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Invading Our Privacy


Last week's cover story about safeguarding your privacy on the internet was a timely and useful piece. The tips provided on the internet will help us to be more prudent about the information that we share on the net. What I really liked about the article is that it used simple terms and real life examples to address the problem that many users face when their emails or Facebook accounts are hacked. I usually avoid reading technology related articles but this one was an easy and comprehensive read. I felt the article was talking to me. Like many others I too had to suffer from email hacking and ended up losing many valuable contacts and e-mails. I was further embarrassed when I came to know that my email account was sending off fake emails to contacts in my address book, saying I needed money sent to 'me' as I was stuck in a foreign country robbed of all my possessions and documents. Many people actually believed in the content and called to check if everything was okay with me. Thanks to the Star for this wonderful piece.

Nadia Khan

DIG's Controversial Remark

When I was reading a report published in The Daily Star on November 25, I was amazed at the words of the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) SM Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman who was speaking at a police parade at Narayangonj Police lines. While speaking at the function, the police official said, “Police will build resistance against Jamaat-Shibir attacks and nobody will be spared.”

I see nothing wrong in this speech as the police have the right to take any step against those who violate the existing laws of the country. But what he said next predicting the future is unacceptable and questionable. He said, “If the pro-liberation forces do not return to power, the country will turn into an Afghanistan or Pakistan!” Notice the apprehension of a police official.

Going through his remarks, a question instantly arose in my mind: was he a policeman or an Awami League activist or a BCL cadre? Another question of mine is: did Bangladesh twin with Afghanistan or Pakistan when the so-called pro-liberation force was not in power?

It is true that some police officials like him have forgotten that they are the servants of the common people, and therefore do not carry out their duties properly. They should bear in mind that no party will remain in power forever.

Abul Kalam Azad
Agailjhara, Barisal

Then Who Killed Bishwajit?

The feature “No one killed Bishwajit” in the last week of the Star magazine was very touching and full of details of the killing of the innocent young man, who was no volunteer to any political party. Thanks to the writer for her bold projection of the story of poor Bishwajit.

It was most abhorrent and pathetic to read the outrageous denial of the hard truth of the facts by the office of the PM and the home minister, brushing aside the incidents that were broadcast on TV channels all over the country. And, the press secretary in his press briefing said to have seen no photographs in The Daily Star when he was asked. What a tragic illusion it is for the people to find out that the truth is being suppressed to cover up their party cadres.

Two fathers of the killers incidentally watched their sons' inhuman acts on TV and they even expressed a desire to see their sons punished. The lives of people, under these circumstances of lawlessness and lack of protection from police, can be under threat and at jeopardy at any time. Is this the fruit of our independence? We should not let such a precedent occur; the killers should be brought to justice.

Mashudul Haque

Expecting More

The home minister was reshuffled recently and I absolutely believe he is more educated and better qualified than his predecessor. He has the know-how of the previous cabinet as a state minister. The recent Biswajit killing has been a much talked about issue across the country and there was video footage showing the killing was committed by the present government's student wing fanatics, which has understandably resulted in the government becoming very fretful and embarrassed by this killing. Most of the media, as well as the general public, blame our home minister for inciting the supporters of his own party men to attack the opposition party and the death of Biswajit has proved to be the ultimate result of such encouragement. The home minister's recent statement to the media is very desperate, insulting and confusing. His statement is not what is expected from an educated and qualified minister!

Md Zillur Rahaman
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd

Expressing Appreciation

The article “The Importance of Expressing Appreciation” by Sir Frank Peters has been the most thought provoking piece of work I've read in a long time. I cannot recall the last time I read something that impressed me so much or gave me so much to think about. It was so full of wisdom, irrefutable logic and highlighted a subject very close to my heart and my way of thinking.

This kind of thought process should be taught in schools to promote a better and loving society. My husband Saluddin and I have taken a solemn vow to abide by the advice Sir Frank has given and although this may not change the world, it will make us feel good for trying. Thank you!

Aasha and Saluddin Islam
Dhanmondi, Dhaka

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