our traditional Bangladeshi education system, we are always
learning about the age-old formulas and inventions. We hardly
learn anything about the current affairs or significant parts
of world history from our textbooks. A few days ago, while
browsing through the net, I came to know that there are 118
fundamental scientific elements in the world, which were discovered
recently. We are still being taught that there are only 112.
It is only because of our education system that we have no
knowledge of things happening around us. The other day, the
young scientist Aref Chowdhury came to our college in a science
workshop and said that we should be acquainted with current
affairs to keep pace with the rest of the world. We should
definitely start viewing education from a global point of
view and not trap it inside books.
Jahed Jiti Viqarunnessa Noon College
Close Encounter with an Extra-Terrestrial
have read science fiction stories about people in the future
establishing colonies on other planets, and possibly shifting
from Earth altogether. I have heard people, exasperated with
crowded urban life, imagining buying plots of land on the
moon. A few days ago, however, it seemed to me that these
fantasies are soon going to turn real. As I was going down
6 in Dhanmondi, an advertisement banner caught my eye. Normally,
I would not have noticed it. With the apartment craze exerting
its influence all over the city, advertisements of real estate
or building companies are seen peeking out from everywhere.
This banner, however, was surprising - and confusing. Apparently,
it was advertising a company named "Alien Properties"!
could not help but wonder what this company's actual business
was. Did they build dream homes on the moon or on Mars? Or
perhaps they were exclusive sellers of land on other planets?
Who were the owners--little green men, or scrawny grey creatures
with enormous eyes?
still chuckle every time I pass that banner. Perhaps this
unique name was a product of the company's sense of humour.
Or perhaps it was just another laughable result of a limited
knowledge of English.
Hossain Firoz Dhanmondi
was going to go to Chandpur from Laksham by train for the
first time a few days back. When I went to the ticket counter
of Laksham junction, I saw a board where the ticket fares
were posted for the travelers. According to the chart, the
fare for Laksham to Chandpur was Tk 25 by the meghna express.
However, when I went to buy a ticket from the ticket counter
they asked for tk 30. When I wondered aloud at this, they
explained that the 'Tk 25 was for government purposes and
another Tk 5 for non-government fare'. At that moment, there
was a police man and I asked him as to why I was being charged
five extra takas. He simply replied with a smirk on his face,
that he did not think it necessary to answer my question.
Even though this incident sounds normal, especially in a highly
corrupt country like ours, I think it was barbaric, both on
the part of the police officer and the men sitting at the
Md. Wohid IIUC, Chittagong.
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