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The militant money maker

The militant money maker

The man takes different names but introduces himself as an automobile trader to all. He lures people into buying vehicles at prices far lower than the market rate, citing special connections with the custom officials at Chittagong Port.

Proud to be tired all the time? Not cool
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Proud to be tired all the time? Not cool

Sleep. Most of us really love it. The others are not really human. One group will say our life is wasted away in sleep. People spend roughly 230,000 hours, equivalent to about one-third of their lives, in sleep.


    “But some secrets are too delicious not to share.” ― Suzanne Collins

  • The abandoned mothers

    Thirteen-year-old Rupa Akter begs on a foot over-bridge in the capital's Shewrapara area, with her eight-month-old son, Nirob. Akter lives in a makeshift house (if one can call the threadbare tarp tent a house) under the bridge—her unemployed husband left her and married another woman during her pregnancy.

  • How Trump is endangering undocumented Bangladeshi-American youth

    A group of undocumented Bangladeshi-Americans are in a fix but there is no talk of it in their country of origin.

  • Jailed in God's own country

    While Bangladeshi trafficked victims and those looking for work have traditionally been found in various parts of Northern India, finding them in the southernmost parts of the country is a relatively new trend.

  • The promise of municipalities

    Bangladesh's towns and cities are infested with problems resulted from uncontrolled population growth and unplanned infrastructural developments.

  • Xi Jinping bores party into submission, takes over world

    Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has recently been bandied about by serial exaggerators like The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy as the most powerful man in the world.

  • “Subodh” artist arrested [SATIRE]

    Dhaka, Bangladesh: The police in Dhaka have arrested an artist who they say is the creator of the much-talked-about graffiti series “Subodh,” along with his two alleged collaborators.

  • Stranger thoughts

    The slow but steady permeation of American and British TV into the lives of millennials and post-millennials has been raged at by living-room social scientists ever since Ross and Rachel found out that going back and forth in a relationship before marriage makes for good television.

  • Where blue birds fly

    All the houses in the city have it—an empty patch under the sky.

  • Meet the world's most infamous diamond

    The world's most infamous little diamond—only the 90th largest in the world—glimmers along a bloody trail from throne to armband, (briefly) a humble paperweight, from brooch to crown, smuggled and secreted, carelessly misplaced or locked away, looted, gifted, exhibited, mocked, cut and, even today, sought by several claimants.

  • Lazy man's guide to becoming fit like Hugh Wolverine

    We have seen him flex his muscles and unsheathe his claws. Women and men love him with equal intensity.

  • Is BTV obsolete?

    BTV, at best, is a nostalgic reminder of the past—of the powerful, yet entertaining serials and dramas of the 70s and 80s—when it was the sole broadcaster of the country.

  • The inequality of Dhaka's roads

    Are all roads treated equally by them? Why was the initiative to improve roads, footpaths and drains in the upscale tri-state area prioritised by the incumbent Mayor and the DNCC in their first two years in office?

  • Financing tertiary education

    Every year, after the university admission tests, we find students who score well, but cannot afford their educational expenses, and eventually drop out. Private banks, on the other hand, offer many lucrative loan products for their customers, including education loans.

  • Phoenix of Longadu

    “After the landslide, it became all too clear where the aid was headed. Of course there would be an inclination to send relief to the Bengalis,” says Mrittika Kamal, Director of Terracotta Creatives and one of the curators of Phoenix of Longadu, a charity exhibition, held between October 16 and 19 at Drik Gallery, dedicated to raising funds for the affected families.

  • Alia Madrasa: an education system on its death bed

    Most of these madrasas, including the Government Madrasah-E-Alia, Dhaka have lost their foundational spirit of producing skilled manpower by providing unified education with religious knowledge.

  • Not just a one-hour test

    University of Dhaka (DU) undergraduate admission tests remind us that you only live once; after all, there is no second chance for test-takers.

  • The colonial hangover in academia

    The colleges and universities established during the colonial period have, hitherto, contained, concealed and, in many cases, carried out this colonial purpose in the subcontinent.

  • The Great Bengal romance with the Sundarbans

    She is a friend and a foe. She is all encompassing and she can take away all. The mighty Sundarbans, the enchanted forest, the recipient of my modern-day love letters.

  • Animal Farm in the making

    Animals in and around the country have been raising allegations of discrimination, squarely levelling the blame on the government and its actor for propagating a harmful and hateful narrative.

  • The tales of Sonali: a 1992 Toyota Vista

    The few times I tried fixing it up resulted in my thoughtful colleagues nicknaming it “Sonali Bank” since it kept swallowing up all my money. Here's the story of my car, my unhealthy obsession.

  • The bittersweet magic of “Spirited Away”

    I was nine, perhaps eight. In a darkened room where a small television set glowed and sang, I trembled with the knowledge that I was the only person who had ever felt these things. That isn't entirely true, of course, but in my imagination, it had seemed just as good.


    "Sullen faces like slates of grey–what I’d seen on a walk today." — Jess C. Scott

  • Prison babies: childhood behind bars

    What is it like spending the formative early years in one of the most overcrowded prison systems in the world? What protections are there in place to ensure they develop like any other child?

  • How effective will the anti-discrimination law be?

    The right to equality and the principle of non-discrimination is recognised by the constitution of Bangladesh. While article 27 of the constitution states that the people of Bangladesh are equal in the eyes of the law, article 28 forbids any discrimination on the basis of race, caste, religion, sex or place of birth.

  • Are we covering suicide responsibly?

    The month of October is yet to come to an end, but the country has already witnessed at least 15 deaths by suicide. It won’t be a surprise if that number increases—statistics show that thousands commit suicide in Bangladesh every year.

  • The marriage conundrum

    The marriage conundrum

    Shoaib Hossain, a 26-year-old madrasa teacher, was well-thought-of by his neighbours for his honest and polite character. He was also venerated as a young hafiz (a person who has memorised the entire holy Quran) by the inhabitants of Charigram village under Singair upazila of Manikganj district.

  • Catalan independence

    Will Catalunya be the first new independent country since South Sudan?

    At the time of writing, October 12, Spain is celebrating the Fiesta Nacional de España—the anniversary of the day on which Christopher Columbus finally found land in a scurvy-addled state after having lied about being able to read maps.

  • From “lau diye moong daal” to online catering

    When it comes to cooking, I am reminded of the early days of trying my hand at the stove. The earliest was probably when we were in our single digits and would have bon-bhojon, i.e. cooking in the front yard or backyard with a bit of help from the cook or an adult.

  • Dhaka Attack Arefin Shuvo and Mahiya Mahi

    Playing the damsel in distress

    When Don 2 was released back in 2011, many South Asians living in Malaysia stormed the local cineplexes and halls to watch the movie. A remake of an old Indian gangster flick, a star cast, including Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, pulled in quite the throng. As a part of an international conference in Kualalumpur at the time, a bunch of journalists from Bangladesh decided to watch the movie as well, catching one of the late-night shows after dinner.