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In memory of Guru Suruj Dewan

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Sir Frank Peters

An entire village is in deep mourning over the death of one of its most revered and respected members, Guru Suruj Dewan. Guru Suruj, 78, was a Holy Man, wise beyond his years, and a man of great compassion who served the poor and needy. Today a dark cloud of sadness hangs over the picturesque village of Haydarabad Ward-39, Gazipur, for the homeopathic doctor it admired and so loved. He devoted his life to caring for the welfare of people on earth and helping them to prepare their souls for the afterlife. He was a man of God, a servant of man, and a man of peace who never failed to demonstrate love for all mankind, regardless of race, creed or nationality. His mother Komola Begum and father Kalu Mi...

Vital lessons in education to be learned from Nigeria

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Corporal punishment is an illuminated neon sign overhanging a dysfunctional society where schools and homes are no longer safe havens of love, protection and care for children Any government that permits corporal punishment to children in schools, madrassahs and homes would never qualify for a humanitarian award in the eyes of Allah or man. – IMPOSSIBLE!

Sir Frank Peters

It is common knowledge the future of a nation manifests through its children… the caretakers of what they have inherited and the future leaders/developers/purveyors of that they would wish to bequeath. The hackneyed slogan/jingle of most insincere politicians, prime ministers, and presidents worldwide is: “the children are our future”. And, in most ...

For God’s sake stop beating the children

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By Sir Frank Peters

There’s an horrific misconception out there that beating children (corporal punishment) is obeying a command from God. There’s another totally ignorant belief that corporal punishment beats hell out of a child. There’s also one that claims corporal punishment serves the best interests of the child. And there are people who camouflage their own mental demons that torment them and these people perform the abuse and cruelty regularly in Allah’s name. What chances do a defenceless innocent child, only a few years away from the mother’s womb, have of living a normal childhood and becoming a balanced adult against such influential, compressed flawless ignorance? Many ‘teachers’ do not beat children in their charge allegedly for the chi...

Structural transformation of the economy

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By Finance Minister A. M. A. Muhith

As economy develops, a country's agriculture, industry and services sectors are also transformed. The economy consolidates during this process of development if the contributions of industry as well as services sectors to GDP are the rise. In the case of Bangladesh, encouraging signs of structural transformation are gradually becoming visible albeit the strong presence of agricultural sector in food production and employment generation is still there. In FY2005-06, the contributions of agriculture, industry and services

The limits of art in a climate of fear

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Since 2013, Islamist assailants wielding machetes and knives have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh. The targeted attacks on liberal bloggers, freethinkers and atheists have created a climate of repression. "Life is beautiful, but it's also a curse," sighs Pervaj Hassan Rigan as he searches for his best cartoons in a cramped drawer. Almost in passing, the young man mentions that for months he would always wear a motorcycle helmet to go shopping because he, too, was terrified that the machete of a radical Islamist might come down on his head. There came a point, though, where he decided that he could no longer live in constant fear and put the helmet aside. Blood on the boot [caption id="attachment_26641" align="alignleft" width="612"]

Corporal punishment makes children aggressive

Sir Frank Peters

Sir Frank Peters

It’s a proven fact, the more caring that adults are in a child’s life; many times greater are the chances of the child achieving success and happiness. – You reap what you sow. It’s also a proven fact that the more corporal punishment experienced as a child, greater are the chances of the child becoming aggressive, becoming a wife-beater, a child beater, and mentally unstable. – You reap what you sow. From time to time people are known to shake their head in dismay, perhaps even in total disgust, yield a long big sigh and ask why there’s so much cruelty in the world. Don’t expect to find the answers here. I only know corporal punishment, whether administered