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     Volume 7 Issue 1 | January 4, 2008 |

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On “Block-Buster 2007”
The most exciting episode of the film “Whose Dirty Laundry First?” (December 28, 2007), an apt sequel to last years' “The Big Mess”, are the two 'Jail Birds' Queen Dolly Bee and her arch-enemy Shaksina who were not even willing to acknowledge each other at a coffee meeting before the movie was staged. 'Dr. Noble's Grand Entry and Quiet Exit' is a single quake of hope and aspirations among the masses.
The most mysterious side of this blockbuster movie is the silence of the dashing heroes in case of treating the amnesia of The Three Evil Stooges called LWDs. The story of Boner Raja Ozman and Barber' Blues was great humour and exceptional. Like the Hollywood movie “Lord of the rings: Return of the king”, the superstars are fighting against the C Monster and may be they will be the kings of the next throne.
SWM's unleashing of the scripts of this all time blockbuster movie on our political soap opera has given us much enjoyment.
Amit Abdullah
Convener of DPELS, Dania, Dhaka
Department Of Finance, DU

Benazir's Murder

The circumstances under which Benazir Bhutto was assassinated is shrouded in mystery which the Pakistani government is desperately trying to concoct without giving the slightest thought about how plausible it would be to the whole world. TV footages show how assassins standing mere inches away from her shot Benazir at the back of her head. Who could have committed this grisly, cold-blooded murder of a person who epitomised the true character of a resilient, uncompromising and intelligent leader? Judging by his desperation to keep a firm stranglehold on power and veil the incident with ridiculous theories, the military despot Musharraf is the prime suspect and key beneficiary of Benazir's demise; but how would anyone rule out the extremist terrorist groups mushrooming throughout Pakistan? Pakistan's democracy is at its nadir and the country seems to be like a time bomb, ready to explode in violence, acrimony and rebellion any time now.
Nayeem Islam
The Aga Khan School, Dhakar

Fancying the Killer Drugs
Many youngsters think that doing drugs is a matter of embracing the trend. But in practice, drug-addiction is one of the most dangerous of all maladies from which there can be no escape.
We must not stigmatise the drug addicts but their obsession for drugs, and find out the reason behind their addiction. It is extremely disappointing that in spite of the thousands of international awareness programmes, the number of drug-addicts is growing every day.
The young generation is taking drugs because of the lack of knowledge about their culture and their importance in the society as individuals. The teenagers are so confused about their lives that they do not have confidence in themselves or in their culture-they undermine the fact that staying “in control” means being dominated when this is not. Abiding with the morals and ethics of the society instil responsibility towards others and the sensibility of being disciplined.
Parents have problems of communications with their kids. Some parents are so busy they neglect spending time with their children. Out of insecurity, the youngsters get involved with bad company and end up doing drugs, since they have no one to consult to. Parents as well as children should join hands to stop drug-addiction once and for all.
Naome Syed

Crisis in Technical Studies
In Bangladesh technical studies are severely overlooked. After 36 years of independence Bangladesh has only four government engineering universities where only a limited amount of students can get admitted. There are also some government science and technology universities offering engineering studies. But they cannot provide enough educational facilities such as labs, modern equipment etc. Even these universities do not have enough qualified teachers. So, how will a student from these universities compete with the international world? This is a great loss for the students, parents and for the whole of Bangladesh.
Ahasanul Habib
Department of CSE
Hajee Danesh Science & Technology University, Dinajpur

Thoughts on Corruption
I would like to thank the author for the cover story "Corruption, The Common Enemy" (December 14, 2007). What seems to be the most important thing now is that we concentrate more on how to make the new generation aware of the evils of corruption. Corruption is a cancer-like disease, and spreads fast if it is not checked.
Shaikh Imran Aziz
By email

The Gonoshasthya Nagar Hospital
From SWM's lead story 'The Fight for Affordable Healthcare' (November 30, 2007), we have come to know about the highly commendable altruistic work in our health sector by a really devoted social worker Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury. There is no dearth of NGOs in our country working in the same sector. What is lacking unfortunately is the spirit of social work of Gonoshasthaya Kendra and the real devotion of Dr. Chowdhury.
A heap of thanks to SWM for choosing such a noble topic.
Meshkat Ahmed Chowdhury
NAM Garden Officers' Quarters
Mirpur 13

Neglected Lives of Day Labourers

In spite of all the unimaginable hard work of day labourers, they hardly make enough to make ends meet. They are even harassed by the police when they look for work. The price hike makes it more difficult for them to survive. Sometimes the contractors disappear without paying their wages.
The government and concerned authorities should pay attention to change the lives of these neglected people.

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