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  • Fighting the dengue menace

    The residents of Dhaka city are suffering the most from the dengue menace despite DNCC and DSCC having a large budget for controlling the reproduction of mosquitoes.

  • Low rawhide prices this Eid

    The price of rawhide has fallen sharply, a growing concern for small traders for whom Eid-ul-Azha is a major point of the year. Rawhides were traded at very low prices in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh, one of the country’s major tannery hubs, though prices were to remain unchanged


    Is anyone safe at the hands of a mad mob?


    It is true that there are very few options for entertainment in Bangladesh, making the national zoo a popular spot for tourists and families on weekends. But the animals kept caged there for this purpose do not have the basic facilities they need to thrive.


    According to the most recent rankings, no university from Bangladesh (public or private) was competitive enough to make their place

  • The secret life of booksellers

    Growing up in Bailey Road, Shagor Publishers was the place for me. It was owned by the renowned writer M.R. Akhter Mukul who started the shop as a sort of a glorified book club. He would sit on a stool at the small entrance where he would greet readers. If I inquired of a

  • NHRC—just a figurehead

    This letter is in reference to the cover story “How independent and effective is the NHRC?” published last week.

  • When an education budget has nothing to do with education policy

    Our education policies are based on the three divisions—science, arts, and commerce. This is why so many of our youth are leaving the country. Abolish this policy; we’re neither giving proper education or the budget to expand/improve our science and technology sector

  • Where is Pathao headed?

    This is outrageous if Pathao couldn’t ensure such quality. I always wonder why, in most of the cases, Bangladeshi companies can’t keep the standards that they set at the beginning of their journey. Either they don’t know how to be stable in the long run or they are just


    Myanmar has granted early release to the soldiers who were jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during the 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine.

  • Modern day slavery

    Last week’s Shutterstories “Shumi” has stuck with me. What a miserable life she has! 24 hours a day, seven days a week, she goes on working with no holidays or free time of her own.

  • A Tale of Two Languages

    I wanted to reach out in response to your well written essay illustrating the influence of Persian on the Bengali language.

  • A right to privacy

    This is the digital era and we all have personal information online. But is this safe?

  • Migration Myths vs Economic Facts

    A migrant’s journey

    Helal left his motherland to change his ill fate but ended up suffering cruel realities on his journey.

  • Wake up people

    A few days ago, a video posted on Facebook by one of my seniors at BRAC University went viral. It showed a man who was recording all the girls passing by him on the road that connects our university buildings.

  • Going, going, gone

    Awareness of the fact that tigers are a precious and valuable heritage of our country should be made amongst people.

  • Our duty to the victims of accidents like the Banani fire

    Nobody realises the intense pain of such accidents except for the victims and their families. We have some responsibility to help them overcome their traumatic experience.

  • Banani Fire

    When will the collective psyche of the nation awaken?

    It has been a month since the devastating fire in Chawkbazar took 70 lives and soon after, three new fire infernos in the capital also made headlines—Banani's FR Tower inferno

  • Transport sector in Bangladesh

    Check anarchy in bus transport sector

    Public transport in Dhaka is regarded as of low status and poor service. Poor bus conditions due to lack of maintenance, lack of proper bus stoppages

  • My memory from a time in the past

    I am writing in reference to the above-mentioned article published in your esteemed magazine on March 15.

  • Air pollution is a silent killer

    Most air pollution comes from energy use and production. Carbon dioxide and methane raise the earth's temperature.

  • Call them “differently abled”, not “disabled”

    We make the common mistake of calling a person with disabilities a “disabled person”. When we call someone “disabled”, we focus on their impairments rather than their abilities.

  • Only laws cannot protect rivers

    Bangladesh is a country of a hundred rivers. But these rivers, the lifeline of the nation, are under huge threat.

  • Hate crime is not a solution

    Most major religions say one should only fight in self-defense. However, hate crimes in the name of religion is nothing new but getting worse with time.

  • Remembering March 26

    March 26 is a day of immense significance for all Bangladeshis. It was on this day in 1971, history was created by declaring the independence of this country.

  • Disaster-resilient slums

    It is very heartening to know that some slum dwellers have access to necessary equipment to address disasters by dint of some non government organisations.

  • Summing up Chobi Mela

    I have attended the Chobi Mela for years but never before have I felt the emotions that rose out of me this time.

  • No room for Hindu women

    It is saddening that a large number of Hindu women are deprived of their property rights due to the archaic Hindu Women's Right to Property Act, 1937 and conservative Hindu leaders who don't want any reform of the law.

  • Perception matters

    English as a second language is widely accepted in our country without question. Also, the ability to understand or speak Hindi is common to many Bangladeshis. But, while some people think it's smart to speak that language, others are hesitant or critical towards the use of that language.

  • Granted by the Quran, Denied by Men

    This was such an informative and useful article. Most of the time this issue is bypassed and we don't hear or read much discussion on this topic. It would be great to have a Bangla version of this article for a wider audience on this important topic.