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Conversations with young authors of Ekushey Boi Mela
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Conversations with young authors of Ekushey Boi Mela

The Ekushey Boi Mela provides ample opportunities for young authors to showcase their talents. Star Youth, The Daily Star, caught up with seven such authors to find out about their aspirations, and more.

  • Acing the admission test

    With admission tests of different public and private universities approaching and coaching centres being closed, candidates may be in a dilemma about their preparation strategies. The last few weeks before an admission test can be tiring. Here is a list of tips to ensure that you are on the right track.

  • An aspiring judge’s uphill battle

    Born in the outskirts of Netrakona, Sakhina Akhter stood 15th in the Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission Examination across the country. A graduate of Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), she was recommended as an assistant judge, following her success in the examination in 2019.

  • A bookstore rooted in friendship

    Bondhu Library, an online and offline bookstore, was established in Cumilla by a group of childhood friends in 2019. Founders Shahedur Rahman Rony, Md Ashik, Ahmed Faysal, Tauhid Hridoy, Fahim Imtiaz Kamal, and Shariful Islam have been friends since their school days. Towards the end of their undergraduate studies, they decided to open a bookstore in their city.

  • A torchbearer for our farmers

    Shakil Ahmed, a BSc graduate of the Agriculture Department at Noakhali Science and Technology University, successfully cultivated squash, a foreign variety of a winter vegetable, in Delduar upazila of Tangail.

  • Deshi Ballers holds International Women's Day 3x3 Tournament

    Deshi Ballers, a female-led sports development organisation working to create a platform for Bangladeshi women and girls to be empowered through basketball, hosted the third season of their International Women’s Day 3x3 Basketball Tournament at Madani Avenue, Dhaka, recently. The tournament was sponsored by Save & Serve Foundation.

  • Robot built by MIST students brings glory for Bangladesh

    Team UVC-PURGE, consisting of members from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), recently developed a semi-autonomous virus disinfection robot in an effort to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Sporsho Foundation inaugurate Braille Corner

    To inspire and aid visually impaired readers, The Sufia Kamal National Public Library, in association with Sporsho Foundation, inaugurated their Braille Corner yesterday. State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid, MP, Md Abubakar Siddique, Director-General of the Department of Public Library and Nazia Jabeen, President of Sporsho Foundation, along with other officials were present at the event. The corner also honours the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation and National Children’s Day. It consists of 90 books, including biographies, children’s stories, poems, and many more in its collection. Many of the books focus on the history of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

  • TransEnd begins their Covid-19 vaccine registration drive

    TransEnd, a social welfare organisation that works to empower the transgender community, recently began their vaccine registration drive. They began the drive in the last week of February, and have registered more than 35 transgender individuals for the first dose of vaccination against Covid-19.

  • Youth-based international publication ‘Y Magazine’ launched

    United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) and Young Media (Y Media) launched “Y Magazine”, a youth-based international publication, at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB), yesterday.

  • Why BTS’s Grammys 2021 performance matters

    What was supposed to be the biggest night in K-Pop history ended on a disappointing note and a performance which barely consoled the broken hearts of eager fans. The seven-member South Korean group, Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS), made history by becoming the first ever Korean act to receive a Grammy nomination and perform their own song on the Grammy stage - a feat which has cemented their legacy as South Korea’s most influential and promising artistes.

  • BYLC’s Global Youth Climate Summit honours 12 climate champions

    With an aim to mobilise youth, build their leadership skills, and empower them to lead the fight against climate change, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organised the Global Youth Climate Summit, in partnership with Foundation for Climate Restoration, Resilient Markets, and the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge, recently. The two-day virtual event brought together 500 young change makers, aged between 13 and 24, and engaged them in an inter-generational dialogue with leading experts in the field of climate change.

  • BYLC’s Global Youth Climate Summit 2021 kicks off

    Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) hosted the Global Youth Climate Summit, in partnership with the California-based Foundation for Climate Restoration, Resilient Markets and the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge. Held from March 11 to 12, it is a two-day online summit, with more than 500 young change makers, from six different continents.

  • Transgender youth and the right to access public washrooms

    Although the practice of open defecation was declared 0 percent in Bangladesh in 2017, 22-year-old *Nishita Nisha, a member of the third gender community in Dhaka, said that she is still sometimes forced to defecate in parks, footpaths or alleys.

  • What does it take to build a business empire?

    Binod K Chaudhary, the chairman of the CG Corp Global conglomerate group, is Nepal’s first billionaire. He spoke at the Bangladesh Business Awards 2020, an initiative of The Daily Star. I recently had the privilege of reading his memoir, “Making it Big” (India Portfolio, 2016), in which he looks back upon his professional journey.

  • Connecting people through stories

    Team Bertho is a storytelling collective, initiated by a group of friends in 2016. “We present human experiences through creative mediums,” shared Murshidul Alam Bhuiyan, the director of the collective.

  • Thriving as poultry entrepreneurs

    Around 150 students in Sherpur, Bogura, are making profits by rearing deshi (local breed) chickens at their own rooftops or backyards.

  • Right to the City: A colourful celebration of International Women’s Day

    For International Women’s Day 2021, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Bangladesh organised ‘Right to the City’, a daylong mural painting event, on March 6. The wall outside the EU Delegation Office in the capital’s Gulshan 2 was painted by eighteen young female artists in less than seven hours. The mural was curated, coordinated and led by noted artist Fareha Zeba. Renowned artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma was also a part of the initiative. EU Ambassador to Bangladesh, Rensje Teerink, will unveil the mural at 4:30 pm today.

  • JuteX’s jute fibre bicycle: For a better environment

    JuteX is a durable, natural fibre, and an affordable bicycle brand, started by like-minded social entrepreneurs.The startup is the idea of Team Matrix, consisting of Syed Wasim Ul Huda, Tahsin Toqi, and Sadia Turna, recent graduates from the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST). They won the Hult Prize at AUST (on campus round) and the Hult Prize regional, Vietnam 2020.

  • JAAGO Foundation, Urmi Group and Volunteer for Bangladesh arrange vaccine registrations for those in need

    The Covid-19 pandemic witnessed several youth-based organisations step into action. From distributing food and groceries among underprivileged communities to raising awareness about the spread of the virus, youth organisations played an active role in helping the nation combat the pandemic. With vaccination drives being conducted across the nation, resuming normal lives finally seems like a possibility.

  • ‘Social Business Youth Summit 2021’ focuses on building sustainable post-pandemic world

    Social Business Youth Summit 2021, co-hosted by YY Ventures and Impact Hub Dhaka, curated by YY Goshti, and supported by Yunus Centre and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency took place on February 27 and 28.

  • A beginner’s guide to bullet journaling

    In these times of uncertainty, it helps to have something constant in your life. So, if you have an endless flow of tasks, commitments, and reminders bogging you down, or if you’re looking to become more organised, keeping a bullet journal can be productive. These aesthetically pleasing blank notebooks, turned into works of art, have become popular on social media during the last decade. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start bullet journaling.

  • Dedicated to improving mental healthcare

    Established in 2017, The Johnson & Johnson One Young World (JJOYW) Scholarship Program recognises young leaders who are striving to leave behind an extraordinary impact in healthcare.

  • Courting success

    A student from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, she is set to sit for her SSC exams this year. “I never had trouble balancing my studies and tennis,” explains Mashfia.

  • A modern-day haven for women

    Anondolokey, a hostel for women and girls in Bashundhara, was founded by Moriom Mannan around six years ago. Ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), she talks about her journey with Star Youth, The Daily Star.

  • Graduating in the shadow of a pandemic

    Graduating and navigating the start of your career can be daunting even under normal circumstances. The Covid-19 pandemic added more challenging aspects to this experience. The mental toll of taking on a job for the first time amidst a pandemic has weighed down on many young individuals.

  • Find Your Bangladesh: Connecting the youth with their historical roots

    ‘Find Your Bangladesh’, an online competition organised by Finding Bangladesh and supported by The British Council Bangladesh, aimed to engage and mentor the youth, on their historical roots. This team based competition, asked each team to identify a historical site in Bangladesh that is being slowly lost with time. The teams set out to find creative ways to better promote, protect, and preserve the location, and in the process learn its related histories, mythologies, legends, and the socio-cultural importance of the site.

  • ULAB celebrates International Mother Language Day virtually

    Following the theme, A(ma)r Bhashay A(ma)r Bishsho, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) recently concluded their three-day celebrations of International Mother Language Day. The programme was inaugurated by Professor Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, ULAB. During the first day, the organisers conducted a video screening of letters written to mothers in 21 different languages and shared an audio-play entitled "Kajol" from Kolkata. This was followed by an interactive session on German tongue twisters and superstitious beliefs.

  • Encouraging an ethical approach to pet adoption

    In 2017, Orni Hasan found a disheveled kitten around Dhanmondi Lake, deciding to keep him. Before the decision, she looked for safe adoption options, but could not find any.

  • Digitising Bengali

    Sazia Mehnaz, a former student of the Department of Linguistics at Dhaka University, recently won an international award for her research work on the Bengali language.

  • Why the University of Sussex has become a top study destination for Bangladeshi students

    In recent years, the University of Sussex has become one of the most popular choices for Bangladeshi students planning to study in the UK. Sussex, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is currently home to approximately 50 Bangladeshi students, who study a range of subjects, from Engineering to Law to Business.