The sensitive nature of this topic means that there'll be a hundred different opinions, and so I'll request you all to respect each other's views, and not take your disagreement to a personal level. Abusive language and slang will not be tolerated. Also, due to space concerns, I'm afraid I'll have to ask you to keep your letters short and succinct. Please try not to cross 150 words.
Now that that's taken care of, let's get down to business, shall we? The letter of the week this week comes from Ridwan, and he says:
"Personally, science has made it impossible for me to become an atheist by discovering the complex nature of human beings as well as proving that life could not possibly have originated through random chemical reactions. And it is universally admitted that if any religious book gives us clear insight and accurate information about the mysteries of this universe and the creation of life, it is the glorious Qu'ran. Islam also gives us practical methods to achieve our dreams like preventing corruption, reducing poverty, bringing about equality between the sexes, preventing minority repression, ensuring religious freedom and education for all while also proclaiming the universal brotherhood of man.
However, extremism in religion is something that both the Qur'an and our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) warned us about, but has become painfully evident in our country. The responsibility, I feel, has to be shouldered by every single member of the society. It is my belief that, because some Muslims in our country has become unwilling and insincere in performing even their basic religious duties, to counter this effect extremist groups are rising up like mushrooms all over the place. It's a common social phenomenon, I assure you.
Therefore, I feel that only through willing and united efforts to know more about our beautiful religion of Islam, we can ensure a progressive and well-balanced society. That's why I am really eager to see what appears in your column in the following weeks."
Well, you're not the only one. I'd also like to see what the others have to say.
One more thing before I bid you adieu for this week: on page 6 we have a story 'Against All Odds', which starts off our 500 Feat, a contest for stories within a deadly word limit of 500 words. If you think you can come up with a neat, original story within that word limit, just grease your grey cells and start spinning your stories. Check out the contest notice on Page 6 for more details.
Alrighty folks, I'll see you next week.
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and The Soul
Moment Of Isolation
The Victoria University English Language Centre (VU ELC) offers a special English course for the candidates of who appeared for the 2005 SSC examinations.
In April and May, the VU ELC is going to offer a special English course for the SSC examinees who just finished the exams this year. VU ELC conducts the IELTS test and offers short English courses approved by VU Melbourne, Australia.
The aim of the course is to improve the skills of the young SSC candidates in English so that they can get a broader perspective of English language and at the same time come across the practical use of English to be able to use the language in their daily life. Taught by professional ESL/EFL teachers from home and abroad, this course will integrate classroom and outdoor activities where the participants will be exposed to use what they learn in the classroom.
The latest and practical methods of teaching are used to teach the course in keeping with the international standards and practice. The course is designed to be fun and fruitful for the participants so that they are not stressed with just another bout of homework and study right after the SSC hard work.
The first course begins on the 10th of April '05. For further information participants are to contact Mr Shakawat Hossain at Victoria University, House-55, Road-4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209.
Did you know?
The Egyptians used a process called embalming to preserve the bodies of the dead. At first they used the process to preserve the body of the pharaoh. Later the custom of embalming became more widespread. To embalm a body, the Egyptians placed it in the wooden box and covered it with a chemical called Natron. Natron dried up the water in the body, causing the body to shrink. After the shrunken body had dried, it was wrapped with long strings of linen. The wrapped body was also known as mummy.
The Bermuda Triangle is a large area, mainly sea, which lies between Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Florida. For over 500 years many people have been convinced that there is something odd about the area. Several theories have been suggested. Some say that all of the incidents can be explained by sudden storms, or by fast-moving currents. However some more unusual reasons are also suggested. Some believe aliens are studying our planet and have taken 'specimens' from the Bermuda Triangle. Others believe that the disturbances are caused by the activity in the Earth's crust which leads to earthquakes and whirlpools. And some also suggests, that there is magnetic activity in the Earth's molten iron core.
However, the fact is that no-one really knows for sure.
By M Zaleeha Mazen Khan
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