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Can you please let me know in detail about merchant banking? I have heard that one can do stock business through these banks. Can you please elaborate?
I have a daughter who is 13 years old. She participates in different television programs, the payment for which is made through a cheque. Is it wise to have a separate account on her name or would it suffice to have a joint account with me?
What is a cash management service provided by banks?
What is equipment-leasing service?
What is a venture capital loan?
Can banks sell insurance policies and retirement plans?
When I was young I used to suffer from chronic infection in my left ear. There used to be a lot of pain and a smelly discharge. The condition improved with medication. After almost two decades, I am facing the problem again. What can be the cause of this?
Whatever the reason you definitely need to get it treated as repeated ear infection may lead to hearing loss. In the meantime please make sure there is no entry of water into ears, use oil soaked cotton balls or earplugs while bathing, and definitely consult with an ENT specialist for treatment. If you have a perforated drum it can be treated very easily by tympanoplasty, an operation which can be successfully done in Bangladesh.
I have recently pierced my nose. There has been a painful inflammation and the wound is simply not healing. Please help.
People suggest weird remedies for burn injuries like applying toothpaste. What are the things that one should actually do after having a burn injury? I would also like to know about the degree of burns.
If there is any clothing around the burnt area it needs to be removed, and the area surrounding the burn needs to be cleaned by normal saline or clean, cool boiled water. Please do not use Savlon or any other solution around the area. If there is a blister formation then it needs to be pricked by a sterile needle but this is best left for the doctors to deal with.
Do not apply anything on the burn area. If possible put a sterile dressing on it. Some dressing materials are available in pharmacies like sterile gauze, sofratulle, etc. If nothing is available, use a clean cloth. Do not rub ice on it. If the patient is in pain you can give a painkiller and lots of fluid. Then definitely the patient needs to be seen by a doctor, its good if a plastic surgeon can see the affected area.
You asked about the degree of burns. That usually depends on the amount of body surface area that got burnt and also the depth of the burn is considered. It can be superficial or deep. Any patient with more than 15% burn needs fluid replacement by intravenous (I/V) route. The doctor will clean the wound, apply a proper dressing, give a tetanus shot, prescribe the patient with an antibiotic, painkiller and start I/V fluid if needed. However, even for small burns, maybe it's always best to consult a doctor and get it treated.
To all my Farhanas of the 2th of Feb '09
TODAY I am going to call all of you collectively, Farhana. Because my Farhana represents all of you. I see each of you in my Farhana's brave, strong, practical and ever smiling face. I, along with the nation, bow our heads in shame, because we couldn't protect you from such an unimaginable fate. I do not think we can ever look into your eyes and say anything, which will ever redeem us in your souls.
I met my Farhana in 1999, when we both went to work for the Aga Khan School under the leadership of George Kays. We became friends instantly. I loved her take on life and her infectious joie de vivre.
We shared our tiffin, our joys, and bits of our lives as our working days went by. I always wondered in awe, how single handedly she was bringing up her two boys while her husband, who I knew as Shumon, a valiant true son of the soil, was serving the country by being where ever he was needed. To give the boys stability, she stayed in Dhaka for their education. We two used to have a good giggle when Shumon used to come visiting the family. I would joke with her by pointing out how lucky she was to have so many honeymoons through her married life. Finally he came back home to them. The last fifteen months were pure bliss for her. Finally she had someone to share her daily decisions. Her younger son, still the baby of the family, had his father home. The older son, in university. Everything was finally, falling into place.
Farhana, I do not know why this happened to all of you? I cannot find any answers while I am awake, nor can I make any sense of my chaotic nightmares. But all I know is, we all are also hurting. The hurt is so intense, as if someone has taken our hearts out of our bodies and is kneading it and at the same time trampling it with their merciless boots. With each and every passing moment, with each breath we feel your pain. The pain is sharp, claustrophobic at times, and sometimes so over whelming that is mind numbing. Only the tears are unstoppable. It is like someone has opened a gushing tap next to our eye sockets.
Farhana, I know your loss is irreplaceable. Nothing and nobody on this Earth can fill Shumon's shoes and the rest of the 49 pairs of shoes beside him ... but life has to go on. And while you all have to try to start living again, I hope we all can be by your side to help rebuild your shattered lives and dreams.
I know Farhana, those last phone calls will haunt you for the rest of your life, but remember what he said. How he wanted to go as a soldier. With courage, spirit and valour.
Death is inevitable. And even in death there should be dignity. These brave soldiers were even denied of this basic right. The whole nation weeps for them. In grief, United we stand.
Finally, to all my Farhanas, take a deep breath, wipe your tears and try... to be strong. If not for yourself, try for you children, your parents, your friends and lastly for the nation. If you give us one tremulous smile, it will be like a thousand fireworks up in the sky. I know I am asking a lot.. but I am sure all the 50 stars twinkling up in the twilight will smile right back at all of you.
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