the October 17th issue of SWM, Chintito has very brilliantly
satirised how the different managing committees of
the CDA conference managed to show a vivid image of
our "Sonar Bangla" before our VIP guests.
We all admit that ours is not a very rich or developed
country. Therefore it is not affordable for us to
manage everything with the kind of efficiency that
other countries do. But is it really that difficult
to raise a flag in the right direction, and to play
the National Anthem in the meantime? We feel very
embarrassed by what the managing committees did, even
though we don't really know whether they themselves
are ashamed or not.
of English in Bangladesh
is no denying that English is an international language.
But some people in our country say that they do not
need English. They argue that Bangla should be the
medium of our education. I am not against the use
of Bangla but I feel that we should learn English
as well. For any kind of higher education we depend
on books written in English. There is no denying the
fact that the knowledge of English is becoming poorer
by day. We see that every year in the public examinations,
a lot of students fail English. As a result they don't
like learning it. This is not good for the future
of our nation. If our nation wants to compete in the
global market and participate in global relations,
in order to open the lines of communication with other
countries we need to have a better grasp of English.
Ahsan's ICDDR.B in the Oct 24 issue is yet another
superb Cover Story and a picture of a world renowned
medical research institution where the "discovery
(of) new ways to save lives" takes place and
where a good number of young research scientists from
home and abroad get world-class medical research training
and experience. Many of them are now working in famed
research institutions abroad including prestigious
ones such as Princeton University, John Hopkins etc.
Along with conducting scientific research the institution
has a hospital that saves thousands of lives a year,
particularly the ones suffering from diarrhoeal, malnutrition
and infectious diseases. On going through this piece
we realised how little we knew of this premier institution.
This institution is definitely a pride possession
of this nation, which is funded and managed by multinationals
with an increasing number of professionals in senior
positions in various Divisions.
Thanks for presenting us beautiful pieces every Friday
morning to which we always look forward.
version of SWM
am a computer operator of a multinational company
and a frequent visitor of Daily Star Internet Version.
Its nice that its previous look has been changed to
a modern one, but I have something to say about the
SWM link. A few days ago, I was looking for a back
issue (November 2002) of SWM but unfortunately it
wasn't accessible anymore. In fact, many of the back
issues are now expired or dislocated. It would be
very helpful if those back issues could have been
installed once again on the web page. Why should we
forget the past?