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Letter To The Editor

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

''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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Is this judicial independence?

This refers to the report, “Sisi sees new future for Egypt after Mubarak verdict” (Dec.2). One may or may not welcome the court's decision. But what is surprising is that some people protested against the verdict on the streets. The Arab revolution is all but dead. In the US, protests erupted as people thought justice was not done as the police officers involved in the killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were not indicted by the grand jury....

Comments on news report

“Labour leader, not minister,” published on December 14, 2014 Anonymous Wondering if PM Sheikh Hasina even reads the newspapers. She must be really desperate to keep a politician like Shajahan in her cabinet. How can he be a labour leader and shipping minister at the same time? He should be facing multiple life sentences for killing thousands of citizens with his corrupt appointments and decisions. S. M. Iftekhar Ahmed Another example of the fact that in politics only money matters. ***** “Cold, killing design” (Dec....

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Human rights violations in the US

Human rights violations in the US

It seems no black man is safe in the United States. Police shot many of them in the past few years. They don't even hesitate to shoot black men. Since the grand jury did not indict the police officers involved in Eric garner and Michael brown's death, which incited protests all over America,...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Kids in hazardous job as tempo helpers

The tempos that ply the roads of Chittagong city employ children as assistants who collect fares from the passengers and assist the drivers. Many of the tempo assistants are barely ten years old. They are compelled to do this risky job for long hours. There is every possibility of losing the grip of the handle and falling from the running vehicle. Shouldn't they be at school instead of working as tempo assistants? But no one seems to care about...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Indian visa agents' tyranny

The current Indian government has put emphasis on curbing corruption in their country, but it's a shame that their representative offices in the neighbouring countries are failing to work that way. The system of online visa application for getting Indian visa has become completely useless in Bangladesh, as everything must be done with the help of the agents who charge excessive amount of fees (as much as BDT 5000) in exchange for their service. I just hope that the Indian...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Comments on news report

“Seepage spreads over 50km water,” published on Dec. 11, 2014 Muramirr Mohaimen Nothing will happen by filing cases. Proper measures need to be adopted to control the spill. Deep Procrastination in taking proactive measures will only worsen the situation. The government should not handle the matter lightly. ***** “The pot calling the kettle black” (Dec. 11, 2014) Akm Fazlul Bari Khaleda Zia is no longer the opposition leader since she did not get elected. She may be the leader of one of the largest political parties, but...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Saddest part of 1971's surrender ceremony

Air Vice Marshall (retd.) A.K. Khandakar in his book '1971 Bhetore Baire' has not mentioned a vital issue at the surrender ceremony held at Race Course Maidan on the south of Dhaka Club. I was present at the ceremony. Two chairs were procured from the office of the Race Course but a table was required to place the historic surrender documents. Two senior members of Dhaka Club and I arranged to bring a small table from the club. This...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Ban plying of merchant ships thru' Sundarbans

Ban plying of merchant ships thru' Sundarbans

An oil tanker carrying 358,000 litres of furnace oil sank in the river Shela near the Sundarbans on December 9 after it was hit by a cargo vessel. The oil has been spreading fast and animals have already started to die. Biodiversity of this world heritage site has come under threat due to...

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