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    On April 4, Rajib Hasan, a student of Govt Titumir College, was on his way to class on a double-decker BRTC bus. Standing at the rear gate of the overcrowded bus, his right hand was dangling outside. At the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, another bus tried to drive through the narrow space between the BRTC bus and the footpath. Rajib's right hand was caught between the two buses, severing it at the

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    Many children are deprived of their basic human rights, with poor health, nutrition, and education, in Bangladesh. In addition, children are exposed to severe forms of sexual, physical and mental abuse at home, in institutions, and other public places. Disturbing video clips appear daily on social media, of a child being tortured inhumanly by a single person or a group of people. Bystanders are just observing or

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    “A campus forever linked to liberation" by Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan in the Star Weekend on March 23 is a laudable effort to glorify the historical monuments of DU. Multilinguist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah had said, "mother, mother language and motherland are favorite and respectable affairs to all". Our mother language, Bangla, was preserved through the historic language movement in 1952 that initiated at

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    March 26 is a historical and glorious day for all Bangladeshis as, on this day in 1971, a new history was created by declaring the independence of this country. Innocent Bengalis took up arms to fight against the injustice of the Pakistani junta who were perpetrating genocide. We are among those people of the world who have had to sacrifice a lot for liberation. Ultimately, we achieved liberty but at the cost of a sea

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    March 17 is a memorable and remarkable day for Bangladesh and Bangladeshis, as on this day in 1920, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born. He was the dreamer and designer of independent Bangladesh. He struggled for the hopes and rights of the people of this country throughout his life. He raised his voice against the injustice of the then Pakistani junta and tried to achieve the rights of

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    Our country is developing quite fast, except for one thing, gender equality. The men of our country do not yet totally support it but do our women support it fully? In our country, it is thought that women can't do everything like men.

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    Through Nilima Jahan's article, published in the Star Weekend on March 2, we got to know of the misdeeds of the police. Actually, this department is completely corrupt, you cannot hope to get a single service from them without greasing someone's palm—whether you are having your passport made to perform Hajj or want a police clearance certificate to go abroad. Last month, when the “Passport Service Week-

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    As one of the youngest sons of one of the heirs (called the nine sharers) of the Dhaka Nawab family, I thank your correspondent Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan for this story last week. Just recently, when family members on my mother's side went to visit the waqf state in Savar, they were severely abused and chased away by the people living there on disclosure of their family's identity. The Nawabs of Dhaka, even

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    This is in reference to a write-up titled “How safe is your child online?” on February 16 in the Star Weekend. I think the write-up touched upon all the hazards growing children are exposed to when they venture into the internet. However, the point I would like to re-emphasise, as was stated in the write-up, is the massive role that parents and teachers play in this regard. The internet is a powerful tool that can be

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    Punish the leakers

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    Two articles published in the Star Weekend on January 29, 2018, reflected experiences of discrimination faced by Dhaka's residents.

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    I would like to thank Star Weekend for publishing a story on the dire situation of our national museum. The country is progressing at a decent rate.

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    Finally, the hunger strike of non-MPO teachers has come to an end following the assurances of the Prime Minister.

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    Finally, the hunger strike of non-MPO teachers has come to an end following the assurances of the Prime Minister.

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    The editor's note of the Star Weekend issue of January 5 was a wonderful piece of writing to wrap up the news that has gone by last year. The past year has left many indelible impressions for us to ponder and we all have to do a little soul-searching in order to face the year ahead.

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    Question paper leaks were a regular trend in the past and it has become of great concern at present in our country. Earlier, the leaks were mainly of SSC, HSC and BCS exam questions.

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    As a reader of the above-titled article in Star Weekend on December 15, 2017, it is disturbing that there is no authentic and factual history of our nation. A period of 46 years has gone by and we are yet to establish a non-debatable history, because of the change in regimes and party politics.

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    Tomorrow, we are going to celebrate the 47th glorious Victory Day of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, our country achieved independence after a nine-month long war against the Pakistani military forces.

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    Thanks to Star Weekend for revealing the deplorable scenario of zoos at the district level in its last issue of December 1, under the title "Death camps for wildlife". The article was thought-provoking as it made me think of the importance

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    The fallout since Tazreen shows us that nothing really has changed in the garments industry. As the accounts of the Tazreen workers illustrate, they are left alone to pick up the pieces.

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    This is a very valid question asked by Star Weekend in its article published on November 17, 2017. Although Bangladesh's two main political parties are led by women, male dominance in the political arena is quite prominent.

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    I would like to thank Star Weekend for publishing a valuable article on the 1917 Revolution written by our respected scholar Serajul Islam Choudhury.

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    An article titled “How effective will the anti-discrimination law be?” published in the Star Weekend has rightly highlighted the social isolation and discriminations faced by the third gender.

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    The article on Alia madrasa based education system published in Star Weekend on October 27, 2017 really drew my attention.

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    October is known to us as 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month'. It is a matter of great regret that in our country still many women die from this disease every year without any diagnosis and treatment.

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    The series of harrowing events that the Rohingya are facing is extremely disheartening. They are living in miserable conditions and suffering from various diseases.

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    The anti-corruption hotline is a much-needed initiative. It allows ordinary citizens to be vigilant in informing the ACC about corrupt activities they have witnessed or been forced to participate in.

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    Our lifestyle changes with the demands of time but what about the values and principles that determine one's personality? Do they belong to any particular era? Are they also changeable? Always speak the truth, respect your elders, do not quarrel with anyone and be kind in your life–are these pieces of advice no longer applicable in this competitive world?

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    Firsthand accounts of journalists, aid workers and well-meaning philanthropists flocking to Cox's Bazar in light of the Rohingya refugee influx tell of the enormous civilian efforts to help the refugees.

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    Confusion between media, message, and personal bias abound in Zyma Islam's article, "Whimsical, political, subversive: A review of

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