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Letter To The Editor

Some suggestions on reducing road accidents

For heaven's sake, please help the citizens live their lives without further damage. Enough is enough, let no more journalists like Zaglul Ahmed or students like Wahiduzzaman Titu (of Islamic University) or anyone else die just because of the callous driving or irresponsible dropping of the passengers from the running buses on streets. Your report says 134 people died while 155 accidents occurred only in the metropolis this year (published on December 1). There must have been many more...

Letter To The Editor

Obama's pledge of $3 billion for GCF

President Barack Obama recently pledged $3 billion for UN's Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change which include tasks like helping vulnerable communities with early-warning systems, stronger defenses against storm surges and climate-resilient infrastructure. It is hoped that most vulnerable countries including Bangladesh will be benefited from the GCF programme. We want greater welfare of our dear earth and its inhabitants -- humans, animals and plants. Professor M Zahidul Haque Department of Agricultural...

Letter To The Editor

Heed probe teams' tips to curb road mishaps

We have lost people like Tarek Masud, Mishuk Munier, national cricketer Manjarul Islam Rana and recently journalist Zaglul Ahmed to road accidents. Roads are also not safe for the pedestrians. Investigation committees find out the reasons of particular accidents and propose deterrent measures, but we don't see any results. We hope the government will implement the proposals made by the investigation committees in order to save lives. Md. Al- Amin Jony School of Business Asian University of Bangladesh

Comments on news report

“Shipping ministry's no to permanent halt,” published on December 15, 2014 Afreen Please reopen Mongla -Ghasiakhali channel as soon as possible and ban this Sundarbans route as the environment ministry says. Sayed Rahman Ghasiakhali channel must be re-opened to save the environment. Although the traders as well as the minister are advocating its use for the sake of our economy, I think Sundarbans' ecology should be given the first priority. We should save our biodiversity for the safety of ourselves. Anwar The shipping minister probably...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Dastardly attack on schoolchildren

Dastardly attack on schoolchildren

At least 132 children were killed and several others injured in a horrific attack at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 16. Gunmen entered the school premises and indiscriminately opened fire on innocent children who were attending classes and exams in the morning session. We have no word to condemn this barbaric...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 19, 2014
A crook's last trick to keep job

Wahidur Rahman, the chief engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), resorted to a novel way to extend his service period for the third time (although it was reported later that he failed to do so). What he did was very smart; he presented a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) worth Tk. 3.5 crore to the LGRD minister using the funds of the Primary Education Development Programme-3 (PEDP-3). We have known from your report that he earlier extended his job...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Kudos to Malala and Satyarthi

Malala Yousafzai remains an inspiration for the suppressed people all around the globe in their fight against all odds as she is boldly protesting all forms of torture by the vested interest groups. In a similar vein, Kailash Satyarthi should be our role model for his supreme sacrifice and selfless service for the innocent, vulnerable kids whose immense potential get ruthlessly nipped in the bud. Indeed no kudos is enough for the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for awarding due...

Published Date: December 19, 2014
Comments on news report

“Gift didn't work,” published on December 12, 2014 Saiekh Sohrauddin Legal procedures should be followed to immediately sue this man. Snr Citizen Just the tip of the iceberg. Goodbye, Wahidur Rahman. **** “CIA's odious torture tactics” (Dec. 12, 2014) Md. Golam Mortoza May the history be written with the facts and the leaders of the then-US government put in the right place. Hope eventually the people of the world will know what actually happened on 9/11 and onward and how the so called 'civilised' leaders came forward...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 18, 2014
Save disaster-stricken Sundarbans

A tanker carrying 3.58 lakh litres of furnace oil sank in a Sundarbans river on December 9, 2014 spilling the oil over a vast area. It caused unimaginable damage to the world's largest mangrove forest. The hearts of sixteen crore people of Bangladesh also sank with it because Sundarbans is their priceless heritage. Now the mangrove forest is in grave danger. Creatures living in the water and on the shore have started to die; trees are withering away; people...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 18, 2014
''Human Rights or Human 'Farce' Day''

Thanks to Mahfuz Anam for his article on human rights published on 12.12. 2014. He is always special with his insightful writing which penetrates deep into the core issue. The writing under review chimes in with the reality of the time. The sorry state of our human rights situation is due largely to the impunity of members of some law-enforcement agencies are enjoying despite their dubious role in the cases of enforced disappearance and numerous instances of extra-judicial killing....

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