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Traffic Jam Management

Here is a list of possible solutions to manage the traffic jam problem:

1. Ban all single decker buses and mini buses from the city roads. Only allow double decker buses to run through main roads.

2. Ban private cars during busy periods of the day.

3. Run half hourly train services from suitable end points of Dhaka city, which will stop in key stations inside the city.

4. Construct over- passes on all rail line crossings inside the city on a priority basis.

5. Install lifts or escalators with all the over bridge passes.

6. Rail line over-passes can be designed, precast in segments and assembled on site to allow unhindered traffic flow. Bangladesh Army can be entrusted to do the job.

I hope, if implemented, all these steps will significantly reduce the traffic jam problem until long term solutions are in place.

M K Uddin
Uttara, Dhaka

Eve Teasing: Leads To Death

Nowadays, eve teasing is the talk of town and has already taken 14 girls as victims in four months according to a Daily Star report. Now, eve teasing is also referred to as stalking. Generally, eve teasing starts with a rude comment or a song from a distance or at closer range, a nudge, pinch or brush against the body. With the passage of time the manner of eve teasing has changed to phone calls, text messages, emails and letters and flowers.

“Jan tumake chara ami bachbona” (I will not live without you), “I love you, If I cannot have you then no one can” are some of the kind of comments used when teasing and threatening their victims who often take their own lives to escape the humiliation.

Many victims suffer from severe mental trauma as do their family members.

Everyday, eve teasing and sexual harassment are occurring around the country. But only few of them are covered by print and electronic media. Most of them are not reported.

Along with other problems-load shedding, traffic jam, eve teasing is now turning into a big issue. Preventive measures have already been taken by police visiting educational institutions across the country trying to provide protection against harassment and providing phone numbers to call during emergencies and to report offenses .

But it should be noted that it is not possible for the police to give security to the all educational institutions of the country. The most effective steps can be taken by the Khatibs of mosques as they play a crucial role in increasing awareness about AIDS to the masss. They can also condemn eve-teasing.

In fact, the punishment of eve teasing should be covered by electronic media and print media so that people are discouraged from committing this crime.

It is tragic that in a society where men persistently pursue women until they get their attention, it has taken the deaths of 14 women for us to comprehend the fact that such harassment can have deadly consequences

Md.Fazlul Karim (Tutul)
Dept. of English
Chittagong University

Load Shedding

Load shedding is a familiar phenomenon now a days. There is hardly anyone in any region who is not a victim of load shedding. It is summertime, so, we are suffering from scorching heat. At the same time, electricity has become irregular. It feels like the government is adding insult to injury. My appeal to the conscientious authority is to take a look at this complicated problem.

M Kafil Uddin

The 'border tragedy'

Ours is a country surrounded geographically by an economic and industrialised giant-India. Undoubtedly, the economy and others sectors of our country are being greatly influenced by this neighbour. “India” is also a non- divisible name to the history of the liberation of Bangladesh. However, it is unfortunate that the some recent nuisances are creating tension in the border between these two neighboring countries. Unauthorised shooting from BSF (Border Security Force) is behind this trouble. The border-adjacent areas of Bangladesh are becoming the major victims. A recent BSF shooting has killed a couple of inhabitants of Chapainawab-ganj in Bangladesh (August 17, 2010). It has become a common affair that the people of the border areas will remain in fear of being shot at. The families of the dead people hardly ever receive the dead bodies! If this continues, it will adversely impact the overall relationship between these two countries. So, both governments must come forward with utmost sincerity and sympathy to bring in a better solution on an urgent basis!

Khondoker Rezwan Tanvir
Dept. of Business Administration
SUST, Sylhet

Game: Way of Branding Country

Sports is one of the important ways of bringing people under one umbrella. It creates brotherhood among the people in different nations from different cultural backgrounds. Through sports every country tries to advertise it's culture, language and goods before the world. Every year many countries try to organise large sporting events like the World Cup for football, cricket and Olympics in their country. But why do they compete with other countries to be a organisers of these events? The answer is, to promote the tourism sector of their country. In 2008, China organised the Olympics and showed their development to the world Bangladesh will be a host country for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. We have great opportunities to promote our country. Many countries think of Bangladesh only as a country affected by natural calamities. But we are doing well in many sectors such as tourism, RMG, and technology.World Cup Cricket would be a great opportunity for the government and concerned authorities to work with each other and make the most of this mega event in promoting these sectors.

Md. Mahi Uddin
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

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