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Readers’ Voice

02 February 2023

Ensure no more death on road

Traffic mishaps on the highways are one of the preeminent causes of mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organisation, globally 1.35 million people die each year due to road traffic injuries. Without proper initiatives, road traffic injuries and fatalities are estimated to intensify from the ninth contributor to the global load of disease. The international federation and Red Cross have stated that this condition is "a worsening global disaster destroying lives and livelihoods, hampering development and leaving millions in greater vulnerability"
For instance, traffic accidents are the cause of high mortality and morbidity rates in developing countries, more destructive than epidemics that historically swayed that population; where 5 percent to 20 percent of diseases are ascribed to road traffic injuries. In developing countries such as Bangladesh, the complications of irresponsible driver behaviour and lack of knowledge and perspective to insufficient driver training and testing are not adequate. There are authorized driving licensing offices present in every city in Bangladesh that host tests but there is no implementation because authorities don't look after these disciplines. In the recent 2 years, officials are starting to look at licensing offices.
Furthermore, there is no proper vehicle inspection system that results in old cars and 40-year-old buses on the road. Vehicle fitness certification is needed for public transportation vehicles however only visual inspection happens. There are numerous vehicles on the road that are health hazards. There are damaged cars on the road with broken headlights, improper breaks, and vehicular exhaust emissions that result in numerous accidents and injuries. Motor vehicle emissions are a serious health problem because they cause 70pc of pollution in the air.

Ahmed Sabbir

Price manipulation in Ramzan

Ramzan is very near to us. The price of essential commodities is increasing by leaps and bounds. The price of rice, pulses, oil, milk etc. are increasing day by day and it's becoming more difficult for the poor and middle classes people to maintain families with limited earnings. People say that the price of a commodity is rising surpassing the purchasing power of common people. The ordinary men are at stake due to price hike.
Most of the people in this country are still living below in the poverty line. Most commodities are now beyond the purchasing power of these people. The syndicate of traders is one of the main reasons for the rise in commodities prices. Thinks about the people, efforts should be made and necessary actions and proper measures should be taken to tackle the situation.

Israt Jahan

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