Public Library is the biggest and most important library
in Chittagong. Everyday it is visited by numerous
people, most of whom are students. There are a good
number of books for the students but they don't often
cater to the needs of the common people. Besides most
of the books that are here are either too old or too
backdated. Even the newspapers, magazines and journals
are not up to expectations. This building was badly
affected by the tremor on July 27, 2003. It has not
been properly renovated and now, it is somewhat risky
to use this building as a library. Another problem
with this facility is with its officials. The library
is supposed to open at 7:30 in the morning but due
to the laziness of the library attendants, the library
opens at about 8:30 am. Recently the authority have
said that the library will be kept open for the whole
day. I think this is an excellent decision. We need
the library to enrich our mentality but unless proper
care is taken of the libraries, both students and
general readers will suffer.
Islam Bhuiyan (Anwar)
Dept. of English
University of Chittagong
of the most common problems that we have been facing
everyday is the frequent power failure. Even though
power failures were at a minimum this year, for the
last 2-3 months, there have been constant power failures
in many areas of the city. The government had taken
care of it sometime back and there were hardly any
blackouts, until the recent events. Now, it is a routine.
We may take it for granted that there will be no electricity
everyday for about 3 hours. This is outrageous in
this horrible hot weather. There was a black out in
the States a week back and it was shown all over the
world. It was 'sensational news' but when the same
thing happens in Bangladesh, it's just a 'common'
phenomenon. It's sad because I know that it's of no
use to ask the concerned authorities to look into
this issue. It is one of those cases that will perhaps
never be solved.
a doubt one of the main reasons that most people fear
to travel nowadays is because of the traffic jams.
There seems to be traffic jams everywhere. One of
the reasons for this is the road dividers that are
being placed almost everywhere. Wide roads are now
being cut short and precious space is being wasted
in the middle because of isles. Why must the isles
be so wide? So that many people may stand beside one
another holding hands? I really wonder if the concerned
road authorities ever think about the consequences
before they implement their wonderful works.
congratulate the SWM for the excellent cover story
"Sight For Sore Eyes" in the above issue.
Islamia Eye Hospital is definitely a very good Eye
Hospital of our country. The staff and doctors are
dedicated to their service and the patients are getting
good eye treatments. Like many eye patients, I visited
this hospital and found that all patients, irrespective
of their social status, get the same attention. This
is an achievement for which this institution should
be given due credit. Other hospitals of Bangladesh
should try to follow the steps of Islamia Eye Hospital.
I am glad to learn that many organisations have come
forward to lend a helping hand to such institutes.
I would also like to thank Mahfuz Anam for the article
"Our Art of Maintaining Nothing". Being
an old student of Dhaka University I also feel that
the DU authorities should 'wake -up' and take urgent
measures to save the Halls and also the precious lives
of the students.
New Eskaton Road