Today's Gallery (2022.01.13)

People enjoy boat rides on the Laal Shapla Beel in Sylhet’s Jaintiapur upazila. The Dibir Haor there has four such beels, of which the Laal Shapla Beel is most popular among locals and tourists for the beautiful display of floating red lotuses across the water body. However, the beel has been a victim to land grabbers for the past few years, threatening not only its tourism value but also its biodiversity. PHOTO: SHEIKH NASIR
Mask wearing is the exception rather than the norm while social distancing is ignored altogether at a roadside winter wear market in the capital’s Gulistan. As the Covid-19 infection rate surges, such disregard for health guidelines could weaken the country’s fight against the pandemic. The photo was taken on Tuesday. Photo: Anisur Rahman
People crowd a TCB truck in the capital’s Motijheel area yesterday, as prices of daily essentials keep escalating. Many customers buy the products and sell them later at higher prices after striking deals with outside shopkeepers, depriving others of an adequate amount of essentials. PHOTO: AMRAN HOSSAIN
A woman checks tableware at a stall of the Dhaka International Trade Fair in the capital’s Purbachal recently. The World Bank said that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant indicates that the pandemic will likely continue to disrupt economic activities in the near term. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Cleaning glasses of the capital’s high-rises has always been a hazardous job, which includes climbing up and hanging on to a ladder made of bamboo and rope. While the skilled workers have become quite adept at it, the process, devoid of safety measures of any kind, remains extremely risky. The photo was taken from the capital’s Dhanmondi yesterday. Photo: Rashed Shumon
Around one lakh people live in Mirpur’s Diabari area, who need to go to Savar’s Kaundia by crossing the Turag river every day in search of a living. Most often, these people are seen getting on a boat to get to the other side. This is a particularly risky and inconvenient endeavour, which is why the residents have been demanding a bridge over the river for quite some time now. This photo was taken recently. Photo: Rashed Shumon
Every winter, Karnaphuli riverbank buzzes with workers, as it’s the season to construct large fishing trawlers in the region. A vessel like this one, which is being built by a team near Rajarkhali canal, generally costs around Tk 1 crore and takes three months to build, according to workers. This photo was taken yesterday. Photo: Rajib Raihan