• Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Pedestrians' right of way

Dhaka metropolitan police recently said that mobile courts would jail or fine 'jaywalkers'. My question is, who are the jaywalkers? Aren't they pedestrians? In all civilised countries of the world, I have seen vehicles always stop to let the walkers pass. They have zebra crossings at road intersections with "walk/no walk" signs. What have we done to let the pedestrians walk across roads safely? Almost nothing. There are very valid reasons for the pedestrians not using the overhead or underground...

Letter To The Editor

Israel should accept responsibility

This refers to the above news item published in TDS on November 21, 2014. The news states that Israel said it would cooperate with a UN investigation into Israeli attacks on UN facilities during last summer's Gaza war after denying to cooperate with a separate UN Human Rights Council investigation. During the war, at least six UN-run facilities were hit by Israeli fire, killing twenty-four people. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the war. It...

Letter To The Editor

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

I highly appreciate the DMP for their initiative to set up mobile courts to stop jaywalking from 25th November. I hope our public will respond very well and cooperate fully with the law enforcing agency to stop the jaywalking. Jamshaid Taher Banani, Dhaka

Comments on news report

“BCL blames it on outsiders!,” published on November 22, 2014 Mortuza Huq Doesn't matter who the BCL leader thinks is responsible. Ahmed Aziz The people of the country know the truth. **** “Modi and media: Critic is your best friend?”(Nov. 21, 2014) Biswanath Ghosh Read this piece and found it quite informative. In India, the foundation of democracy is deeply rooted and there have been a number of occasions when the electorates have proved their maturity. **** “The British didn't conquer India…” (Nov. 21, 2014) M. Emad I have all the...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Parochialism splits Bangladeshis in New York

The Bangladeshi community has been rapidly growing in the United States especially in New York, but unfortunately the community does not have any single platform to talk about the issues faced by Bangladeshi immigrants. If the community speaks its problems in one voice, then the mainstream political parties would listen to the issues and they would try to find the solutions. Instead of taking under a single banner, the community has hundreds of small and tiny associations, which are...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: November 25, 2014
The selfish affluent class

A few days back, a male friend of mine was wearing a traditional Moroccan dress. He told me that the dress was presented to him by a friend who owns a holiday home in Morocco and that he often goes there for holidays. That set me thinking. Wealth has become abundant in Bangladesh. Enormous amount of wealth has been amassed mostly by the business people, civil servants, lawyers, doctors, engineers, bankers, smugglers, etc. through dubious means. Many of our RMG...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Comments on news report

“He was no atheist,” published on November 22, 2014 Palm Springs Petanque “Those who killed him were purely an ignorant lot. They call him an atheist solely because they could not grasp the meaning of the path he followed to pray to God.”... “One cannot be called an atheist for choosing a path which does not conform to those followed by a certain group of people.” These statements concern me because they imply that if he was actually an atheist, then...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Marital laws biased against men

This refers to the report, "Redress for women divorced unjustly" (Nov.11). Even men get unjust divorces - does anyone talk of them or is bothered about them? For a husband to get maintenance, it is like reaching Mars. The wife may be working, but she gets maintenance for a certain period. There are laws which favour only women and are loaded against men. Laws have to be gender neutral. Globally, marital laws are against men. The United Nations should work...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Joining Int'l agri-journalists' network

IFAJ, the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, is an international forum of agricultural journalists and communicators. One can become a member of IFAJ by joining a national association or guild. As far as my knowledge goes, once in our country, a national association was formed to get affiliated with IFAJ. But I am not aware if that guild still exists. Meanwhile, IFAJ is doing wonderful job in disseminating agricultural information and in binding together all the agricultural journalists of the...

Letter To The Editor

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Capital flight to Malaysia

Nowadays, flight of money from the country has gone beyond control. For the black money holders, Malaysia is one of the favourite places where our money finally lands. To settle in Malaysia under the MM2H programme, one needs to deposit liquid assets worth at least 500,000 ringgit (about Tk 1.22 crore) and show offshore income of 10,000 ringgit (about Tk 2.45 lakh) per month. This year, 285 Bangladeshis have applied for enrollment in the programme to get five years'...