** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Readers’ Voice

26 January 2023

Amar Ekushey Book Fair

Books can turn human beings into selfless friends, genuine, noble, humble, and benevolent creatures by shaping their minds and expanding their horizons. Amar Ekushey Book Fair is a great occasion and an ultimate determinant of Bengali entity to the entire world. It is a matter of despair that this biggest book fair held for a long time has not been able to evoke the kind of response that it is supposed to evoke as a reader in the psyche of seventeen crores Bengalis of the country. Overly passionate Bengalis have not yet learned to be numb to the love of books created by white paper and hard covers with coppery smells.
Let Ekushey Book Fair become a unique catalyst for our intellectual positive changes and generate massive revenue through book sales. I expect that Amar Ekushe Book Fair shall be an inevitable and absolute pioneer in creating a unique Bengali reading mindset with the touch of supreme thinking ability. The internal environment of the Bookfair should be safe and comfortable with the allotment of stalls for the interested publishers based on equity and a fair deal. The timing of keeping the fair open should be consistent and reasonable and the price of the books should be within the reach of the readers even in the market with the high cost of book publishing materials.
We hope, Amar Ekushey Bookfair-2023 will encourage better intellectual practice and cater to a high volume of sales, and turn out to be the much-loved congregation of the Bengali readers' community.

Nazifa Nawarah
Sadar, Narsingdi

Abuse of social media
The number of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter users is increasing at an alarming rate these days. Whatever wishes, whoever writes his opinion in an instant whether it has an anti-religious, anti-humanitarian, or negative impact on the social context is out of the question. The ghost of cheap popularity has haunted most of the users. However, in this case, the young society is ahead. They don't stop commenting like that, they are also trying to gain popularity with various video contents.
There is nothing like learning or positive impact on society in these promoted videos, but they are obsessed with various obscenities. The video is being released at the moment by holding various body postures through communication. These poor young people are walking towards darkness day by day.

Redwan Mahmud

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