Commuters struggle as floods submerge city in Dhaka

Commuters wade through flooded streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 26, 2017 as heavy rains submerge parts of the city. Water logging due to a low-pressure monsoon has made it difficult for vehicles to ply on roads, leading to traffic and increasing travel time for residents in the area.

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Love for Dhaka . . . 


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A circus elephant walk on the street at Shahbagh square during the Valentine’s Day celebrations organized by the Dhaka South City Corporation on 14 February, 2016. In an atmosphere of fun, frolic and festivities, people across the country celebrated the Valentine’s Day It organized an innovative programmed titled “Pranoshokha Dhaka – Love for Dhaka” at Shahbagh intersection, considered the gateway to the DU campus for most of the city dwellers.

[ 2014 ] World Press Photo of the Year | John Stanmeyer

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© John Stanmeyer

Finally, I congratulate to John Stanmeyer for his beautiful and brilliant picture, to get awarded the WORLD PRESS PHOTO of the year,to me it’s appear in a new look with a great notice and message, thanks to approach this kind of work to us, and thanks to the World Press Photo to Honor him . . .

Caption: African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.

Photo:© John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer Expression :

Humbled. Honored. Speechless. Thank you to all for your kind words.

Have been asked countless times today what this photograph, Signal, means to me. While standing on the shores of the Red Sea that evening in Djibouti City, it felt as if I was photographing all of us — you, me, our brothers and sisters — all desperately trying to connect to our loved ones. In this tenuous period of human migration where despair and hope simultaneously intertwine, we seek to find comfort, a sense of balance, a desire to be home, reconnecting to something stable, reassuring. This photograph of Somalis trying to “catch” a signal is an image of all of us as we stand at the crossroads of humanity, where we must ask ourselves what is truly important, demanding our collective attention in a global society where the issues of migration, borders, war, poverty, technology and communication intersect.


Broadcast and Cross-Media Journalism

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©Monirul Alam

I would like to start four months Post-Graduation Certificate Course in Broadcast & Cross-Media Journalism under the BRAC University and PATHSHALA in Collaboration with Erasmus University, Rotterdam the Netherlands. Hope it would be a good drives for me to studies in a New Media.

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400 years Dhaka History through Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh

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The night view of the Diwan-i-amm palace east part of Lalbagh.©Monirul Alam

The sky was cloud that day, before an hour heavy rain was splash in the Dhaka city; I make a phone call to Sultana Apa who will be arrange a Light-Sound Display at Lalbagh Fort in old part of Dhaka. She reply me after, we hope to start around 7.p.m. I moved to Lalbagh fort from my office around 5.p.m.

The ministry of Culture organized the `Light and Sound Display in Lalbagh Fort program first time (fixed display show) in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government financed in thes project with support of Creation Unlimited, the 30 munities light-sound display show will be open for the public after inauguration it may regularly display for two times in Lalbagh fort,  said their press release.

After a few discussion about the issue the Hon. Minister Abul Kalam Azad ministry of Culture arrive on time with other official and special guest was also present their, Finally the light and sound display was shown.

The light-sound show mainly present the 400 years history of DHAKA, a beautiful narrative with sound and light present the history of Bengal, Mugal period and Bangladesh history. During the display present viewer were really enjoyed when the light and sound appeared into the Lalbagh fort  building like Darbar Hall & Hammams,Tomb of Pari Bibi’s. Finally the present viewer thanks to the organizer and historians expert,  said a few suggestion after the end of the show and Azad also recommend a few things about these display.

Short Summery of Lalbagh:

The 17th century, Lalbagh Fort is still witness of Mughal Emperor of Bengal  the most popular and renowned fort and a great signature of art  in Bangladesh. It is also known as Fort Aurangabad. It is situated beside the Buringal River in old part of Dhaka, Lalbagh. It was an incomplete structure by a Mughal Emperor named Prince Muhammad Azam (third son of Aurangazeb). He started the work of the fort in 1678 during his vice-royality in Bangladesh (Previous Bengal). He stayed in Bengal for 15 months. It remained incomplete when he was called by his father Aurangazeb.

Shaista Khan was the new Subedar of Dhaka in that time, and he did not complete the fort. In 1684, the daughter of Shaista Khan named Iran Dukht (Pari Bibi) died there. After her death, he started to think the fort as ominous, and left the structure incomplete. Among the 3 major parts of Lalbagh Fort, one is the tomb of Pari-bibi (middle of east-west of the fort),The Mosque (west),The Diwan-i-aam palace (east).

After Shaista Khan left Dhaka, it lost its popularity. The main cause was that the capital was replaced from Dhaka to Murshidabad. After the end of royal Mughal period, the fort became abandoned. In 1844, the area achieved its name as Lalbagh replacing Aurangabad, so the fort as Lalbagh Fort.

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BANGLADESH, Dhaka: A rickshaw maker repairing a rickshaw during the rainy day in the old part of Dhaka on July 28, 2013. Heavy downpour since Saturday night city life has been disrupted heavy rainfall due to influence of low pressure at the Bay of Bengal.©Monirul Alam

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