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April 2, 2004

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Clowns Sans Frontiers
The members of Clowns sans Frontiers have adopted the mission to bring of laughterto oppressed children around the world. I learned that they rush to all corners of the globe with their gift of laughter for unfortunate children caught in the trap of social stigma and reeling from the grip of war, poverty and famine. I cannot imagine another mission more noble than this. In this world where leaders of so-called mighty nations snatch smiles from the innocent faces of children with war and destruction, members of Clown sans Frontiers have done their part in giving back those lost smiles. How commendable in comparison to the heinous acts being carried out by leaders all over the world. I would like to thank SWM and Ahmede Hussain for writing about this group in their cover story on March 19th, 2004, titled "The Language of Laughter." It was a pleasure to read and an enlightening story about this extraordinary group!
Meshkat Ahmed Chowdhury
Mirpur, Dhaka

Ban Advertisements Advocating Smoking
I am a regular reader of SWM and have noticed that it has recently started publishing cigarette advertisements. SWM is a renowned supplement of "The Daily Star", which has thousands of readers. The different write-ups of SWM are not only creative but also provide a positive reflection on society. However, I feel that these cigarette advertisements reflects negatively on our society. Everybody, smoker or non-smoker, knows that smoking is detrimental for one's health. We should be able to expect smoking free advertisements from SWM. I hope all the non-smoker readers will be in agreement with me and SWM will take this matter into consideration.
Md.Zillur Rahman
Gandaria, Dhaka

Chintito About Chintito
After I had finished reading the column by Chintito titled "Point and Counterpoint in Politics," and it made me feel dejected and disappointed. I am a serious fan of the Chintito column because this section shows the writer's clear thinking and logical reasoning, as well as examines issues from various angles. I was extremely surprised with Chintito's selection of topics for "being worried." The sorry telling of our political culture needs no analysis, but Chintito's concerns on this issue made the column dull, like most other political news issues of Bangladesh. (Is Chintito turning into an ardent of any party? I hope not.) I hope that in the near future, Chintito will be able to choose topics of better concern besides the politics of Bangladesh to ensure the column's good name.
Shirajul Haque
on e-mail

More than five months have passed since Jamal Uddin, a businessman of Chittagong has been abducted. Our police and intelligence branches have failed to trace him and find any news on him. They do not even know now, whether he is dead or alive. Recently, another brutal incident of violence occurred against prominent writer Humayun Azad, when unidentified terrorists stabbed him and he is now fighting for his life. What kind of country are we living in? Where can we turn to for safety? And who will provide us with the civil right of security when our government is obviously not bothered?
Seraj Uddin Haider

Start a new section
I am a new reader of SWM. I like it for its special character. I like Chintito's column the best. I read his articles very carefully and enjoy them very much. It seems like Mita is my new best friend, and I also love Dhaka Diary, Infotech as well as Aly Zaker's articles. However, I have a small suggestion. Why don't you think about starting a page on poetry for amateur writers?
li Pran

No More Hartals
We all know that Bangladesh is not a plutocratic country. In this era of globalisation, as all other countries are moving ahead, only we are falling behind. Frankly speaking confrontational politics is our main barrier for development. Our leaders cannot stand each other and the whole nation is down on their knees. They call hartals whenever they feel like it and have taken to using it as a political instrument. During each hartal we fall victim to many unpleasant incidents such as the torching of vehicles, assaulting civilians and riots, not only damaging our economy, but also causing unrest all throughout the country. The government and opposition party must try to find another alternative to hartals before our country goes down completely.
Md. Shamim
Chittagong University

I am loving it
On 12 March, Star Weekend Magazine published an article titled 'I am loving it" by Richa Jha. In that article the writer narrated the true life of a married man. Being a woman I do agree with all her statements, except for one. It is true that every wife wants to hear positives things from her husband, as you have mentioned. However it is not always necessary for the husband to say "yes" every time. It is possible to show a difference of opinions without getting into an argument. I am sure there is nothing wrong with saying no when it is required. A good understanding between the two is enough to work things out. Remember, all wives are not the same.
Rubaida Sharmin
Dhanmondi, Dhaka

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