Detained DU Teachers and CA
There's a big chance that the students' resentment can be exploited to compel the government to free the detained teachers. The ongoing symbolic demonstrations of around 1000 students may turn into a gigantic one, even if one-fourth of the total number of students take part. The detained teachers may reportedly be biased towards the dominant political parties for petty self-interests and even if they did something intentionally to help create a stage that can be exploited by corrupt politicians to oust the much applauded caretaker government, the government should handle this delicate issue keeping in mind a number of facts.
Turmoil in campus again can lead to loss of stability of the whole country as the people, now severely dissatisfied at the skyrocketing prices of essentials, may violently express their grudge. The teachers, no doubt, have self-respect and being imprisoned for such a long time is bad enough for them. It's also very difficult to make a movement effective only by political activists and without the active support and participation of common students. Everyone knows that the teachers have the undivided support of the students. The ongoing demonstrations may get big in the near future with the spontaneous participation of general students. In this complicated condition, it should carefully formulate ways to get out of this mess and ensure stability of the campus as well as the country.
Ahmad Ferdous Bin Alam
Dept. of CSE, DU
Polythene is officially banned in our country. But does anyone care? It has been turned into a useless law like many other laws in Bangladesh and no strong actions are taken against those using polythene. Polythene is now being used rampantly all over the country, especially in the kitchen markets. Since the government has turned a blind eye on the usage of polythene, it is readily available everywhere.
Polythene is without doubt one of the most harmful things for the environment. The government should go back on its previous drive and take exemplary actions against the dishonest traders involved with the illegal use of polythene.
Investment from NRBs
Economic growth and development mostly depend on the inflow of new investments of any country. Developing countries look forward to the investment from their expatriates. A recent conference in Dhaka has made us hopeful. We hope that it will have a positive effect in different sectors of our economy, especially in investment.
Generally the expatriates are not too keen to invest in Bangladesh. They anticipate a lot of risks and complexities to do anything new here. Our government should give value to their plans and expectations. We should try to develop an investment-friendly environment to bring back their confidence in our country. Long-term planning and ensuring infrastructural facilities can inspire them to do something for their motherland.
We hope that the government will consider the opinion of the expatriates with great care and take essential steps as soon as possible.
Md. Abdul Hamid
Dept. of Business Administration
Shah Jalal University
It was a pleasure to read the article "Cocoa and Conflict" (January 11, 2008). It is clear that the richer countries of the world should stop preaching and start practicing. The key word here is partnership between reforming African governments and the so-called developed countries; not constant lecture and bullying. It is seen that countries who are the epitome of international human and child rights are the ones who do not play any proper part in policy reforms. For how long will the rule makers be the rule breakers? It is time they took responsibilities and stopped poking their nose in everything the developing countries are doing.
Mr. Mosharraf Hossain
The Tragedy of Indifference
I would like to thank the author for her article "The tragedy of indifference" (January 11, 2008). She mentioned some bitter truths while describing the tragic story of Maharaja Girizanath High School ground in 1971. I agree with her that the memory of liberation war and the feelings behind the historic war for national independence is fading day by day. A group of young people are being confused (by the forces of the collaborators) about 1971 and 1952. I personally believe that those who want to forget 1971 and 1952 have already lost their identity. Our political leaders had a big role to play in this indifference shown by the young people.
Recently, once again, these criminals openly take position against the liberation war. There is still time to bring these people to justice for speaking against the liberation and for the war criminals. The interim government has already proved their sincerity and commitment to take Bangladesh on the right track. Voices are being raised from every nook and corner of the country asking for exemplary punishment for the war criminals. I want to remind the government that it is not possible to rebuild a nation without bringing its enemy to justice.
Dept. of Biotechnology
Trouble at the Airport
In the article, "An Agonising Stopover at Bahrain" (January 4, 2008) the author informed us about her troubles in Bahrain Airport. I want to thank the writer for informing us about such ordeals in the Middle East. Our government should take necessary steps to resolve these issues.
On The Market of the Future
There is a great interference of middlemen in price hikes which is the prime concern of the country now and CellBazaar has the potential to demolish this price hike by bridging the gap between the buyers and the sellers.
Cellbazaar has a very novel idea to connect the scattered businessmen throughout the country within a common network, which will help to reinforce the business flow. Customers are greatly benefited when they know the market price of products before shopping and CB can make a great contribution for rural Bangladesh.
We hope that more entrepreneurs will come forward to materialise their dreams following the footsteps of CB and its founder Kamal Quadir, which will also create many employment opportunities, a desperate need for a developing economy like ours.
Convener Of DPELS, Dania Pathagar, Dhaka.
Department Of Finance, University Of Dhaka
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