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Children

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...

Anaesthesia during infancy can affect memory: Study

Anaesthesia during infancy can affect memory: Study

General anaesthesia before the age of one may impair memory later in childhood, possibly life-long, a study said today. This was the conclusion of scientists who compared the recollection skills of two groups of children-- some who had undergone anaesthesia in infancy and others who had not, reports The Indian Express. The children, aged six...

BITTER TRUTH

Victims of exploitation, apathy and neglect

A study by Unicef that some 33 million children -- about half of the child population -- are living in abject poverty while one in four is deprived of basic necessities reveals the state of children in the country. According to Unicef, about 67 lakh 84 thousand children -- 4 lakh 34 thousand boys and 3 lakh 33 thousand girls between 5 and 9 years of age -- are engaged in hard labour.  According to some investigative reports, 4...

Be sympathetic to autistic children: PM

Be sympathetic to autistic children: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the people to help create scope for flourishing talents of the autistic children and be sympathetic to them as all have duties and responsibilities to such disadvantaged children alongside their parents and the state. “I'll urge all to see that the autistic and disabled children are not neglected...

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the children to adopt the philosophy and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy. “Terrorism, militancy and drugs destroy ones life; you’ve to say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy,” the PM said while addressing a children’s...

Modern life ‘damages infant brains’

Modern life ‘damages infant brains’

Overuse of baby equipment and electronic screens can impede the physical and emotional development of under-threes, a charity has warned. What About The Children? (Watch?) says modern lifestyles could be harming infant brains. It highlights strapping small children into pushchairs, and the increased use of smartphones and tablets as being particularly damaging. It says these could...

Children's diets 'far too salty'

Children's diets 'far too salty'

Children in the UK are eating far too much salt, with much of it coming from breads and cereals, research suggests. Children should eat less than a teaspoon of salt a day, but 70 percent of the 340 children in the study published in Hypertension ate more than this. Breads and cereals accounted for more...

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