A national shame

THE founding president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is reported to have once said: ‘Everyone gets a goldmine but I have got a mine of thieves.’ Little did he know that the ‘mine of thieves’ would be infested with dacoits, killers, rapists, kidnappers, etc…

April 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Unruly DU students

ON APRIL 18, we, the employees of Janata Bank Limited, were heading to our Motijheel office from Mohammadpur on our staff bus. As our bus stopped at the traffic signal on the Science Laboratory crossing, we saw two Dhaka University buses approach from the wrong side…

April 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Records to feel good about

BANGLADESH has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with the government-arranged ‘Lakho Kanthe Sonar Bangla’ at the national parade ground on Independence Day this year. On Victory Day last year, Bangladesh also rewrote a world record by…

April 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Make powder milk affordable

A PIECE of news appeared in an English-language daily recently that some 50 per cent children in Bangladesh did not get milk as a premium source of nutrition due to lower production and supply shortage…

April 22, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Taxes on books!

A few days back, for academic and professional purpose, I purchased three books from Germany, and had to bring them home through FedEx. I was eagerly waiting for the books since I paid for the books online. After the delivery van of FedEx…

April 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Relieved but still worried

I HEAVED a sigh of relief when I saw on television early Friday morning that Abu Bakar Siddik, husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, was set free by his abductors on Thursday night…

April 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

St Martin’s tragedy and ministry circular

THE death of some students of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology at St Martin’s Island in Cox’s Bazar could remind of a similar incident that took place at Katka sea beach in the Sundarban just over ten years ago; nine students of Khulna University and two of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology drowned in the Bay of Bengal on March 13, 2004…

April 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Meaningless criticism in politics

Henry David Thoreau once said, ‘The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life.’ The aim of finding faults should be to correct the fault or mistake…

April 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Tussle over Crimea

A WAR-LIKE prevails between the United States and Russia over Crimea, which used to be part of Ukraine. It all began when a popular protest led to the ouster of the pro-Russia president of Ukraine. Subsequently, at the request of people of Russian origin and on the plea of security for the people of Crimea, Russian forces took control. A half of Crimea’s population is of Russian origin that wants Crimea to be part of Russia…

April 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Public hospital woes

PROPER treatment and adequate health care are the fundamental needs for citizens. However, in Bangladesh, a large number of people are deprived of such basic needs. As majority of the people are poor; they heavily depend on the public healthcare system…

April 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Child labour

CHILDREN working as waiters in restaurants are a reality that most of us seems to have learned to live with. A few days back, some colleagues and I went to a restaurant by the Dhaka-Sylhet highway and found several children working as waiters. When I told the manager that it…

April 14, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Killing spree

DO WE really have law and order in Bangladesh? This is the question that must be haunting every sensible mind amidst the sharp rise in the number of killings in the past one month or so. When 10-11 killings take place, that too, in one…

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Sylhet city need more public transport

IT DEFIES reason that Sylhet, a major city in Bangladesh, has only one type of vehicle for public transportation, i.e. compressed natural gas-run auto-rickshaws…

April 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Donate blood, save life

HAVING worked with Quantum Lab, one of the pioneers in blood transfusion programme, as a volunteer, and been a regular blood donor for long…

April 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters

Fight against corruption

IN OUR country, politics seems to have become a business with many politicians having got involved in corruption.
In India many prominent leaders have worked against corruption, regardless of the political identity of the people involved.

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Letters