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Leather industry now polluting Dhaleshwari :
When industrial waste ends up in a river unfiltered, it is safe to say that the river's days are numbered. The government allows factories to be built for the betterment of the country. But most factories are built near rivers, because that way it is easier for the factory managers to dump the waste and harmful substances into them.
As the leather industry has been shifted to Savar, the factories are now polluting Dhaleshwari river, after having nearly destroyed Buriganga. A central effluent treatment plant (CETP) is supposed to filter all waste materials, but the plant is not working round the clock due to electricity shortage. It does not even refine all harmful substances.
We urge the authorities to take quick steps to save Dhaleshwari before it is too late. By ensuring electricity in the industrial area and persuading the plant managers to filter all harmful substances, irrespective of the cost, the government may be able to save Dhaleshwari from being consigned to the same fate as Buriganga.
Sumon Kumar Paul
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Rohingya repatriation

Rohingya repatriation is proving to be a difficult process as Russia and China are complicating the matter in the UN Security Council by obstructing the way to holding Myanmar responsible. However, we appreciate the sanctions imposed by the United States on Myanmar military's General Maung Maung Soe who oversaw the brutal crackdown. We expect that other influential countries will follow suit. Only if key individuals involved in the entire affair are held responsible will Myanmar feel the pressure.

Shafkat Rahman
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