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Mother helpless to be helpful

Mother helpless to be helpful

The thought of keeping children with mental health problems chained, that also by none other than the mother herself, might seem ghastly. But the need to feed and keep her two children safe drove one Bogra widow to harden her heart, cast away her motherly yearnings and resort to this measure. Life has not been...

Siblings' Suicide

Frustration turns fatal

The Green Day number “Wake me up when September ends” was his favourite. He loved to sing this song to his mother with an acoustic guitar every now and then. "Summer has come and passed/the innocent can never last/ wake me up when September ends," Jayasree Zaman, mother of Alim, recalls the first three lines of the song. However, Muhammad bin Alim, the 14-year-old ninth-grader, will not wake up from his eternal sleep even after September ends. Alim and his 18-year-old sister...

2 children killed as villagers clash in Kishoreganj

2 children killed as villagers clash in Kishoreganj

Two children were killed and 20 others injured as rival groups of villagers clashed in Mithamoin upazila of Kishoreganj today. The victims were identified as Chaina, 9, daughter of Urshid Ali, and Mujakkhir, 13, son of Mohammad Ali of Borkanda village, reports our Kishoreganj correspondent. The clash ensued between the two groups over establishing supremacy...

No vitamin A capsule distribution without clinical test: HC

No vitamin A capsule distribution without clinical test: HC

The High Court today prohibited the government to distribute vitamin A capsule among the children without conducting any clinical test. Acting on a suo moto rule, the HC bench of Justice Hassan Arif and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman said the government can only distribute vitamin A capsules if those are found standard...

Editorial

Using children as courier

THESE are very disturbing statistics that the annual report of the Department of Narcotics Control reveals. According to 'Narcotics Report -2013', children below the age of 16 are being used as carriers of drugs and narcotics. This practice had started in the early nineties, but has been growing at an alarmingly galloping rate – from six percent in 2002 when the survey started to 25 percent in 2013. The data is astounding, and one hopes that the relevant authorities would...

3 of a family 'drown' in Ctg canal

Three members of a family, including two children, went missing while crossing a canal in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong yesterday afternoon. They are Jahangir Alam, 50, of Shetkua village and his daughter Fatema Jinnat, 7, and son Shamsul Alam, 5. Quoting family members, Mohammad Anwar, a member of Paindhong union parishad, said Jahangir, a sawmill worker, along with his two children went to catch fish in Durong canal around 1:00pm and the three might have drowned while going across the canal. A...

Religion exposed children find difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, reports the Huffington Post quoting a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science. Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories -- religious, fantastical and realistic –-to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional, the report said. The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who...

Fake medicine factory busted

Fake medicine factory busted

A mobile court backed by Rab members yesterday busted a medicine factory in the capital's Topkhana for producing spurious antibiotics, including those for children, and jailed its owner for two years. Owner Aminul Ehsan, 40, had been running the unauthorised business on the ground floor of his four-storey building over the last three years. The...

Children in prisons for lazy magistrates

Many children are languishing in prisons across the country due to the negligence of a section of judicial magistrates who do not care to verify their ages and send them to juvenile correctional facilities, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Mizanur Rahman said in Rajshahi yesterday. “I can't understand how a magistrate can send a child to jail citing her/his age as above 18, in order to avoid some additional work of verifying their age,” he told reporters...

Editorial

Children at the centre of development strides

FOR a section that constitutes about 45 percent of our population we cannot afford   the issues related to their development to lose focus. Specific goals should be set in order to formulate appropriate strategies to reach those goals.   While the achievement so far under the MDG 2015 in respect of child and maternal welfare is a matter of satisfaction, the performance being better than that of many of our neighbouring countries, our future strategy after 2015 in this respect...

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