The week in re(ar)view
City footpaths provide survival training Recent eviction drives have somewhat freed up city streets and sidewalks from encroachers but the walkways still remain virtually unusable for thousands of pedestrians.
Pedestrians find most of the sidewalks poorly maintained and covered with all sorts of garbage including human waste. Other items include scattered litter, construction materials and debris, missing or damaged slabs, potholes leading to underground sewerage lines and missing manhole lids.
Someone could get rich if they offer a survival course where contestants have to go through the whole course and get through with their noses intact.
How to be a millionaire
Of course, despite his official designation is, he is now a millionaire who enjoys a large number of properties including a six-storey building at Malibagh in Dhaka and a market in his village home in Narail.
Will Smith should be making a movie about these rags to riches to jail stories.
Bangladeshis take to arms
Following his information, a Rab team then raided a workshop, Bismillah Engineering and Servicing Centre, and found various arms making instruments and a lathe machine.
The Rab men also arrested the owner of the factory, Abul Kalam Azad, and seized the tools.
Lead stomach linings invented for Bangladeshi people
On Feb 19, 230 tonnes of milk powder were seized that were to be used in condensed milk. A mobile court raided Abul Khair Consumer Products Ltd in Chittagong and seized the milk powder to be used as ingredient in its Starship brand condensed milk. Sigh! Those childhood memories of licking condensed milk straight out of the can and occasional diarrhea within 5 hours make such sense now.
By Gokhra and Mood Dude
There are many events happening in the present world, but what do the young generation of our country have to say about it? “Vox-Pop” (Voice of the Population) allows the young minds to voice their opinions for the entire nation to hear.
This week's topic:
“People know Dr. Yunus as 'Banker to the Poor', and joining politics would change his identity.” Rubab.
“It's really encouraging to see that Professor Yunus is joining the political race. Unlike the rest of the so called 'civil society', he is actually brave enough, and is trying to do something for the country. So I would say to him, 'Go on dude...we are right behind you!'” Ankan.
“If the people participates in the way he dreams them to be participating, then yes. But in the cynical view - the mud-wrestling that is our political environment, will probably mar Yunus's ideas and ideals too much - especially for it to make any significant difference. still, my hopes will be with Yunus." Jitu.
“Yes, I want to believe that he can carry out his promises. He doesn't seem to be the typical politician. Perhaps he can make a change.” Naima.
“It is not possible to be in politics without being corrupted. At this point, it may make some difference to have new ideas, but I don't know what will happen in the long run.” Perdita.
" At a stage like this, is inexperience really the answer? I don't agree with that!” Safwaan D. Shams
Out of all the people interviewed, 54% did believe Professor Yunus could make a significant difference, 33% thought he could not, and 13% were undecided.
Compiled by Iftikhar
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The week in Re(ar)view is utterly, utterly depressing and funny at the same time. Contradiction? It's all about corruption and some more each week making me feel that Bangladesh is up to no good. But then again, the current news of illegally constructed property being demolished, rotten food producers getting caught and rich people going to jail is a welcome news. Possibly the proverbial silver lining. Maybe we can finally hope for a better Bangladesh. The cynical “Re(ar)view duo's” mood is catching.
We accommodated pics of some lovely basketball players this week. RS desk
Time to save a life!
I was in the Book Fair when suddenly my cousin yelled, "Ori, run!" "What the..." I began. But I was unable to finish my sentence. A strong hand grabbed me from behind. I spun around, expecting a monster or something. But no. It was a harmless man in a white apron. The BLOOD MAN!!
For the last few years, I have been tormented by the volunteers of the Blood Donation Program. But thankfully, due to my age(hey, I am not that young), they backed away. Although I cannot donate my blood this year, some of you out there can! Just imagine, only a bag of blood can bring a smile to many faces and can even save lives. Won't it feel great to return someone's life back to him or her. And to add a cherry on the cake, the procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes.
"Most people make excuses to avoid us. They say that they are too young to donate blood, and the ones who can say that they have diabetes!" said one of the volunteers. "Some are also afraid of the needles!" he added. But the truth is, people are afraid that they might get infected by diseases like HIV if they use needles used by infected people. But the good news is that Quantum Foundation takles this threat by using new needles for every donator.
Whenever you think of donating blood, just remember that you are saving more than one life. So come forward to help us in this campaign, because the life you save, could be mine.
Voluntary Blood Donation Program
You know you're weird when……
1. You enjoy deliberately confusing people.
By Anika Tabassum
The hits that are heating up the music charts this week
Source: Piano, Sings, Ghuri.
Alliance Française is starting special course for the art connoisseurs who want to take their knowledge just that much farther. The art appreciation course highlights understanding and appreciating different genres of art. The course involves slideshows and discussion on various topics conducted by noted teachers and artist art critics. Registration fee is 2000 taka with classes taking place every Friday from 6-8 PM. A total of 25 classes will be taken with registration ending on March 8, 2007.
Contact: Alliance Française, 26 Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi Dhaka 1205. Registration takes place between 9-12 AM and 5-8PM.
Resource material and information will be provided by artists Aminul Islam, Rafikunnabi, Rafiq Ahmed as well as art critics Syed Borhanuddin, Nawajes Ahmed Khan Jahangir, Syed Manjurul Islam and Nahid Akhter.
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