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  • The curious case of bus routes in Dhaka

    Dhaka is probably one of the very few megacities in the world without any proper design or guideline for the operation and expansion of its public transport system.

  • The cost of citizenship

    Shuttered shops and vacant alleys present quite a different picture of the usually bustling corridors within Geneva Camp, located in the capital’s Mohammadpur.

  • Home for the homeless children

    A year and a half ago, five-year-old Ashik had to face the harshest reality of his young life.

  • Caught Between Life and Traffic

    The 17-year-old girl had overdosed herself with multiple drugs. She was first taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College in

  • Life after a fire

    Sitting on a bench on the premises of Bangabandhu Bidyaniketon, 50-year-old Majeda Begum was crying. She wasn’t the only one.

  • Mission Impossible: Dengue control

    The death toll from dengue has broken all previous records. The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) had a budget of nearly 47 crores of taka for the control and surveillance of mosquitoes in the last fiscal year.

  • Breaking the cycle/rickshaw

    Thus, reads an article published on BBC News World Edition by the BBC Reporter in Dhaka, Alastair Lawson. It paints a bleak picture of the people at the helm of Dhaka’s ‘lowest’ form of transport—the cycle rickshaw. Considering the propensity of articles that cover a

  • Anatomy of a city on fire

    A resource-strapped fire brigade, skyscrapers with non-existent fire exits, no fire hydrants on the roads, and hospitals on top of chemical warehouses—that is the city of Dhaka.

  • Eviction in the days of development

    Anyone who has witnessed Ashura in and around of Mirpur may have noticed a two-storey red and gold taziya. Tucked inside a one-roomed imambara mausoleum on Lane 18 of Mirpur-11, locked behind green warehouse doors, this taziya is one of the stranded Pakistani community's best kept secrets.

  • A sanctuary for the 'troublemakers'

    In a world of expensive rentals and shared housing, where bachelors are often treated as troublemakers by landlords, the Sarder Colony of south Kamlapur has become a sanctuary for such people.

  • How a lottery ticket became an eviction threat

    It all started years ago, when an advertisement by the National Housing Authority appeared in The Daily Inqilab on February 14, 1995, inviting prospective buyers for land in Mirpur.

  • When it rains, it pours (and clogs) in Mirpur

    For Mirpur residents, hardship while commuting has become an everyday affair; by now, even the media is probably tired of repeatedly covering the same news about the area.

  • Water bodies or death traps?

    A city that had over 50 canals and lakes only three decades ago, Dhaka has currently lost almost all of its water bodies. Over the years, most of these water bodies have been snatched by land grabbers and some have been used to dump massive quantities of garbage from nearby areas.