Telegraph & Telephone Board: Caller ID System
I was very happy when I heard from a friend of mine
to tell me that the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone
Board (BTTB) was going to introduce the Caller ID
System on all the T&T lines, so that we could
be aware of the person who was making the call. But
alas! This did not happen for the existing users of
BTTB telephones. The people who had very recently
subscribed for a telephone line got this facility.
I would like to ask the BTTB the reason for their
discrimination? In these bad times, when crime is
on the increase and people are being threatened over
the telephone for ransom, or just for the fun of it,
wouldn't this provision facilitate the need for someone
to be able to trace the caller and report to the BTTB
or even to the law, if necessary? I often get calls
from people who ask for a certain person. And when
I politely reply that the person they were looking
for is someone I don't know or does not stay in my
home, they hurl vulgar words at me and even threaten
to kill me. If I had the facility of the Caller ID
System I could have easily reported the matter to
the BTTB or the law-enforcing agency. With this letter,
I strongly urge the BTTB authorities to give the matter
a thought. I firmly do hope that others, who share
my frustrations, will join me to support this cause.
There could not be a better topic for this weekend
than the Bangla Academy. We thank SWM for selecting
the topic and Mr. Zaman for carrying out an excellent
job in writing the cover story, dated February 20,
2004. Mr. Zaman has given us a picture of the past
and present state of the Bangla Academy. The material
has enough basic information for one to prepare a
comprehensive evaluation on the past, present and
future of the academy, a very important institution
of this nation. Usually I keep the cover story to
be read at some convenient time but in this case while
browsing through the content of this issue of SWM
my attention was drawn by the photo of the empty research
cell of the Academy. This sight intrigued me into
reading the full article immediately. I then read
a fantastic story of neglect, mismanagement, corruption
and apathy of all concerned.
I take this opportunity to draw your attention to
the fact that it was Mr. Nurul Amin who happened to
be the Prime minister of the time, not Monaem Khan.
The latter was however the Governor of the province
of East Pakistan. Thanking you again for this most
informative write up.
From the very beginning I have enjoyed reading The
Daily Star as it provides new things, current information,
features and so on. I love reading SWM for its special
character. I have become very fascinated with this
magazine. I would like to thank Professor Shawkat
Hussain for his short, simple, but powerful writings.
His element of writing is satirical. I like it very
much. I request that you continue publishing his writing.
Islam into your Magazine?
I am a new reader of SWM. It's true that I enjoy reading
your magazine and am learning a lot, and improving
my English by learning new words. However, I have
a question, why do you not have a page on Islamic
life and culture? I feel that we need to be more educated
on this topic and what better way than to have SWM
help us. I think we should have at least two pages
every week on the "real Islamic life and culture."
Strikes and Beatings
On the latest edition of Star Weekend magazine, I've
seen the small article on strikes, which also had
the picture of a man being mercilessly beaten up by
some policemen, and this brought tears to my eyes.
Though I'm not a supporter of any of the existing
political parties in Bangladesh, I'm a human-being,
which most other politicians are not. What they are
always looking for is power and revenge. My question
is, can't they order their policemen(!) not to beat
up the respectable people of the opposition? Let them
speak, at least!
our Political Parties
I want to make a statement about our two political
parties. I think most of the politicians in Bangladesh
are selfish. They only do things for their own benefit.
If they thought about the country's interests instead
of their own needs and wants, they would never call
hartals. Don't they realise how harmful a hartal is
for a developing country? Why doesn't our honourable
(!) opposition party attempt to go and talk to the
Prime Minister instead of making unreasonable demands
and reacting like children when their demands aren't
met. Although political wrangles may occur in any
democratic country, hartals should never be used as
an instrument in political disputes. A hartal burns
crores of taka in a jiffy. If our political parties
wanted the country's welfare, they would boycott this
nasty habit of calling hartals and would attempt to
Md. Abdullah Imran