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September 5, 2003

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About Stress

As soon as I got hold of last week's cover story on stress, I read it with my undivided attention. It was a very topical issue because the overall condition of the country is going from bad to worse. Numerous meditation and stress management centres are also mushrooming all over the world to tackle this modern problem. As I am from the village, I too am quite familiar with 'stress' amongst the villagers: conditions of crops, rain, loan, land, bullocks, prices of crops, fertilisers and insecticides are just some of the worries of a farmer. There is no one to help them in their times of anxiety. Dr. Khandker Shahidul's words about the economy leading to stress are quite appropriate. Full credit goes to SWM for their excellent cover piece.

Mohammad Anisuzzaman

Common Sense

It is a matter of great sadness that the people of Bangladesh are quite unaware of the use of sirens in an ambulance. I saw an ambulance on Airport Road blasting its sirens, telling the other vehicles to get out of its way but the car (a Pajero) in front of the ambulance refused to budge. It was almost as if it was intentionally blocking its way. I felt really bad for the patient and his/her family. What is the meaning of having sirens on ambulances if people are unaware of their purpose? I think all drivers in Bangladesh should have a minimal sense of driving etiquette. It is not something that should be told but something that should be enforced and punished if not abided.

Dulal Sharkar

Abduction Crisis

This is in reference to Md. Bashar's letter in SWM dated August 22, 2003 about the issue of “Abduction Crisis”. At present, the abduction situation in Dhaka and Chittagong is at its worst. What will happen to the victims and their families? There was once news in the papers that most abductors do their work in collaboration with the law enforcing authorities. Without links it would be very difficult for abductors to commit these crimes. They even go as far as extortion and rape. After such a long search, Jamal Uddin, a business magnate has not yet been found. Can we begin to think what will happen to the common people? Not only are occurrences making the general public lose their patience with the police but the government is also losing credibility. The government will have to try to retrieve their image before they make heir next move. I agree with Bashar's proposal to introduce the death penalty for abduction cases. Only exemplary punishment will bring about a stop to this situation that has gone totally out of hand.

Md. Aktaruzzaman Dipu
Kabi Jasim Uddin Hall, DU

Good Cover Story

The cover story on August 22, 2003 on stress was a well-written one. Imran H. Khan and Kajalie Shehreen Islam deserve credit for bringing out this common dilemma that is an everyday reality for Bangladeshis. The sad thing was that the issue I got at home had very bad printing quality. I think that SWM could improve themselves in this department because they have come a long way from where they were.

Kollol Ibrahim
Baily Road, Dhaka





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