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Today's Gallery (2021.01.18)

buying old books

People browsing through and buying old books at a makeshift shop on a footpath near the capital’s Purana Paltan intersection yesterday. At a time when people’s reading habits are said to be decreasing, this was a sight for sore eyes. Photo: Palash Khan

demolishing a structure

An excavator demolishing a structure in Khulna’s Moylapota area. The roads and highway department, with assistance from the Khulna City Corporation, conducted the drive to demolish structures that had encroached upon the road, which will be turned into a four-lane highway. The photo was taken around 11:30am yesterday. Photo: Dipankar Roy

discarded batteries

A boy stands atop a mound of discarded car batteries in Chattogram’s Chandanaish upazila. The batteries are collected here and sent to Dhaka where they are sold at Tk 120-122 per kg to be recycled. Handling such discarded batteries carries risk of exposure to hazardous materials like acids, but usually children are tasked with the work without any protective equipment. The photo was taken on Saturday. Photo: Rajib Raihan

facing food scarcity

Facing food scarcity in Tangail’s Madhupur forest, monkeys sometimes come out on the roads and go to people waiting in stationary cars in search of food. This increases risks of road accidents in the area. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

facing food scarcity

Facing food scarcity in Tangail’s Madhupur forest, monkeys sometimes come out on the roads and go to people waiting in stationary cars in search of food. This increases risks of road accidents in the area. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Sk Enamul Haq

footbridge

A young boy reaches out for help as he embarks on a balancing act to cross the deep trench by walking across on two narrow planks tied together to form a makeshift, flimsy footbridge. The Dhaka Power Distribution Company dug the trench along the road from the capital’s Mohammadpur bus stand towards Bosila in order to lay high voltage power lines. The photo was taken at noon yesterday. Photo: Rashed Shumon

illegally parked

Empty spaces tend to fill up quite fast in Dhaka, especially when those spaces can fit vehicles. Pickup vans are illegally parked on the road near La Vinci Hotel in Karwan Bazar as far as the camera lens could see, yet they seem to avoid the eyes of the law enforcement. Photo: Anisur Rahman

students collect new books

The coronavirus pandemic has forced schools to shut down for close to a year now. This has hit rural children especially hard, as they don’t enjoy the same unbridled access to internet many of their urban and suburban contemporaries do. Still, yesterday was a joyous occasion for them. Going to school for a day to get books for the new year, they got a taste of the old normalcy that they desperately want to get back again. This photo was taken from Sylhet Sadar upazila’s Khadim Nagar union. Photo: Sheikh Nasir

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