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Readers’ Voice

18 April 2023

We are feeling very sad by the incidents of fire in market places

Almost every day, news of fire breaking out in many places is reaching us; the inferno is mostly gutting market places leaving the shop owners devastated. Instead of taking a concrete step to investigate the incident, the government is pointing its finger towards BNP and Jamaat. This is not an example of good judgment.
People are not happy, they are wondering who will be benefited by clearing the land in such an inhuman way. We hope the truth will come out and the culprits will be punished as they should.
Our deep sympathy for the sufferers may they recover from the agonised situation.

Nur Jahan

Impose restrictions
on tobacco

Tobacco produced goods have a huge health risk for its consumers. If tobacco consuming persons are infected with Covid-19, the risk will be intensified and multiple for sure. According to a conducted survey, around 37.5 million people consume tobacco in the country. Almost 1.26 lakh people die worldwide due to intake of tobacco produced products. Bangladesh government is to spend more than 30 thousand crores every year because of direct or indirect impact of tobacco produced goods consumed by its people.
There are about 2 lack tobacco cultivators in the country and the figure has alarmingly doubled in the last 10 years. By the bye, recently cigarettes have been enlisted as the first-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in the country. Bangladesh is one of the signing countries on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) initiated by the WHO and the country has strongly committed to make it a tobacco free zone by 2040.
Therefore, authorities concerned are being urged to undertake proper measures to execute a high vat imposing policy on the tobacco produced goods, extend the pictorial cautionary displays marked on segregate packets and initiate a strict provision of not displaying tobacco produced items at the stores entitled to sell publicly.
Wares Ali Khan
Sadar, Narsingdi

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