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Wasting the Treasures
We all know that the river Buriganga is becoming smaller everyday. It is also becoming more polluted everyday and now the water is dark black and a deep stench comes out of it. Most of the fish and sea plants are already dead and the rest are soon going to die if nothing is done about it. The industry owners are contributing more and more to pollute this river only for the greed of people. It is not only industrial waste that is thrown into the river but even the untreated sewage is piped directly into it. This sewage is useful only if it is treated. If the sewage is treated a vast amount of fertilizers can be produced and these fertilizers can easily be used for farming. Even small amounts of methane or natural gas comes out during the treatment process. However this natural gas is not adequate but still it can easily fulfil the requirements for the nearby villages. Most importantly the Buriganga can be saved. But the efforts have to be taken now or else it will be too late and the rich aquatic life will be extinct.
Md Mahbubur Rahman
Student of A levels, Old town

The New Government and Our Expectations
All's well that ends well. At last we have an elected government in office. Now we should start from a clean slate. We are expecting that the new government will work for the welfare of the country and for the interest of the people. At the same time the opposition party will accept the finality of the outcome as quickly as possible. We all hope that the opposition will work together with the new government party for the sake of Bangladesh and set an example of concession that we have never seen from any opposition party before.
Mohammad Zia-ul-Haque
Eng. Department

International Islamic University


After two years Bangladesh is going to function under a democratic system. A new government has been elected. In the New Year the people of Bangladesh are hoping for the welfare of the country at the hands of the newly elected government. People don't want corruption anymore. They want peace and prosperity. Everyone hopes that this government will be honest and lead our country towards a new direction. Time has come for us to focus our efforts to making our country into a developed nation.
Foyjul Islam



Removing all our scepticism about the elections the caretaker government has at last presented us with a fair and acceptable election. Although we had to wait for two years for it to take place I would like to congratulate the newly elected government and at the same time remind them of their responsibility and promise. In the past we have seen a turnaround by the political parties after they have won the elections. Now we hope it will be different. Nowadays people are more conscious about their rights. The young generation want to see a different Bangladesh where the common people will not be deprived from their basic rights, where the country will be free from corruption and terrorism, where political leaders will think and work for the country rather than thinking only about filling up their own pockets. And none of these things are possible without the cooperation of the opposition. Considering the future of the country, the opposition party should come forward and work together. The newly elected government must take the initiative to invite the opposition party to work together for the country. We hope we will see a new Bangladesh in this New Year.
Md. Kamruzzaman
Student, School of Business

Eastern University


Contaminated Fruits

Our markets are full of contaminated fruits. In all the shops we see eye-catching fruits displayed by the sellers and they look very appealing to the buyers. Our fruits have lost their natural minerals at the hands of these so called fruit sellers. Bananas, papayas, oranges, grapes etc. are artificially ripened by the shady businessmen. Fruit juices are full of preservatives. By consuming such adulterated food we are doing a lot of damage to our bodies. The number of patients with kidney and liver diseases is gradually increasing because of these contaminated fruits. For a layperson it is impossible to tell which fruit is fresh and which is contaminated. I would like to request the concerned authorities to raise people's awareness on this issue and do something to stop such dishonest business.
Md. Zahidul Islam Zibon
Dept of English
International Islamic University Chittagong

Good Cricket!

Once again our tigers have presented to us another mind-blowing game at the end of an eventful year. “A real champion is he who gets up even when he knows he can't” -- this comment is rightly applicable to our players.
Captain Ashraful's responsible knock and Sakib's all-rounder performance were very notable throughout. Although we lost in the tournament we showed the opponent that we were a formidable opponent. This was also very good entertainment for a deprived nation like us. But it is also a matter of sorrow that being a good team we can't perform consistently. Good performance does not necessarily mean that we need to win every match. But it is the only way to answer to the other countries who show scepticism about our ability.
Again, it is a good signal to India and England who it seems are not interested in arranging any home series' against Bangladesh due to what they termed were 'economical loss'. They also mentioned that Bangladesh does not have the capability to play test cricket.
Aiman Bin Shaofiqul Hamid (Jasim)
International Islamic University

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