যাপিত জীবন . . . 

 

১. সকালটা ছিল মেঘলা । সেই সাথে ঝিরিঝিরি বৃষ্টি পড়ছে । হাসপাতালের যেতে হবে, ডাক্তার দেখাব । প্রচন্ড ব্যাক পেইন,ডান পাশটায় অনেক বেশী  । রাতে ব্যথার জন্য ঠিক মতো ঘুম হয় না । ডায়বেটিসটা অনেক বেড়েছে সুগার লেভেল ২৪.৫ ! অবশ্য এই বেড়েছে যাওয়ার অন্যতম কারণ— একদম অনিয়ম ! ইনসুলিন শেষ হয়ে যাওয়া, আইসক্রীম খাওয়া, সুগার লেভেল চেক না করা । এটা উচিত না— আমি বুঝি, কিন্তু কখনো কখনো এটা ঘটে যায় । নিজের মধ্য থেকেও কোথায় যেন, এই আমি—হারিয়ে যাই । কী  বিচিত্র আমার এই  জীবনধারা !  আবার মাঝে মাঝে মনে হয়, এই এতো নিয়ম মেনে কী হয় !  দিই না একটু  নিয়মটাকে ভেঙ্গে ! 
 
হাসপাতালের করিডোরে বসে আছি । আমার সিরিয়াল নম্বর সাত । ডাক্তার ফেরদৌস তালুকদার রিপন, সে অর্থপেডিক বিশেষজ্ঞ।  সহযোগী অধ্যাপক, ঢাকা ন্যাশনাল মেডিকেল ইনস্টিউটের হাসপাতাল ।  তাকে দেখাব তার ভিজিডির চাজর্ ২৫০ টাকা । আমার আসে-পাশে আরো বেশ কয়েক জনকে রোগী বসে আছেন, কেউ কেউ খোঁজ-খবর নিচ্ছেন, ডাক্তার সাহেব এসেছেন কিনা, রোগী দেখা শুরু করেছেন কিনা । 
 
বসে বসে ফেসবুকে একটা  স্টাটাস লিখছি; এর মধ্য আমার পাশে একজন এসে বসলেন ! আমি এক নজর তাকে দেখে আবার লিখতে শুরু করলাম । লেখাটা শেষ করে তার দিতে পাশ ফিরতেই দেখলাম, তার ডান হাতটা উঁচু হয়ে আছে ! ভালো করে তাকাতেই দেখলাম— হাতটা অনেক ফুলে গেছে, কনিষ্ঠ আঙ্গুলটাতে ব্যান্ডেজ করা । আমি একজন সাংবাদিক
সেই কৌতুহল থেকেই জানতে ইচ্ছে হয় ঘটনাটি কি, কি ভাবে ঘটল ?
 
 চলবে . . . 
 

Savar Tragedy Victims | Bangladesh

Pakhi Begum 25, lost both of her legs in the Rana Plaza building collapse. Pakhi works as a machine operator on the fifth floor of the nine-storey building when it collapsed in April 24, 2013. Her legs trapping under the concrete bar, her husband Jahangir Alam 30, and her two daughters said, we are very happy to see her alive, when lots of people were either missing or dead. Several injured victims like Pakhi they are admitted in Savar and Dhaka different hospital for the treatment here is some critical patient who are admitted at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar.

Reports state that the death toll rose over 540 ( update 4 May, 2013)  and many more still missing, according to a senior military official leading rescue operations at the spot. 52 bodies were recovered on 03 May 2013 after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza housed mostly garment factories which collapsed on 24 April 2013.

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Shooter Diaries | Rana Plaza |01

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Bangladesh’s garment industry has grown rapidly during the last decade. The Ready Made Garment, RMG, sector contributes 76% of the total export earning of Bangladesh. Recently an eight-story block housing factories and a shopping center on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed on April 24 morning killing at least 430 more ( update, 2 May 2013) people. Rescuers fear the death toll may rise significantly. Local citizen, fire fighters, army personnel,police, volunteers joined  to rescue them. A number of workers  garment factories in Savar alleged that they were forced to work in the morning. Most of the victims who have been rescued from under the debris in the afternoon are dead. The injured and dead victims were rushed at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar to hand over victims’ relatives for burial.

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The Spirit of School | Bangladesh | Work in Progress . . .

In the story, a popular Bangladeshi comic character called Meena (girl), desire for an education but initially has to stay at home to help with the housework. But by the end of the story, Meena’s relatives realize the value of education and the earnest young girl heads to school with her younger brother. The focus on education is evident among policymakers across Bangladesh who are taking measures to achieve a 100 per cent literacy rate within the next decade.

As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40.18 and the literacy of women is 55.71 per cent.

The education system and structure of Bangladesh has three major stages-primary, secondary and higher educations. Primary education is a 5-year cycle while secondary education is a 7- year one with three sub-stages: 3 years of junior secondary, 2 years of secondary and 2 years of higher secondary. The private schools also receive strong financial support from the state. The tertiary education (3-5 years) is provided through universities (31 public and 51 private universities) and affiliated colleges under supervision of University Grants Commission. Establishment of private universities has gained momentum in recent years. At all levels, students can choose the medium of education from Bangla or English.

The constitution is the fundamental law of the country it serves as a framework of all others laws. According to the Bangladesh Constitution article 17 Free and compulsory education. The State shall adopt effective measures for the purpose of –

a) establishing a uniform, mass-oriented and universal system of education and extending free and compulsory education to all children to such stage as may be determined by law; b) relating education to the needs of society and producing properly trained and motivated citizens to serve those needs; removing illiteracy within such time as may be determined by law.

This project was a challenge for me as I had to document the subject in a different way than I did before and continue in upcoming days. I feel this challenge has taken the whole project to a new level.

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An artist makes a school education logo which is display on the school wall its logo is widely use in Bangladesh. As per the latest literacy survey report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the country’s literacy the literacy rate of the population aged above 15 reached 59.82 per cent while the illiteracy rate is 40. PHOTO Nov. 18, 2009 Dinajpure Bangladesh.

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A Bangladeshi child play with his rickshaw tires on the street of Dhaka after he finished his school, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says her government has undertaken necessary plans to free the country of illiteracy by 2014. PHOTO Oct. 27, 2005 Dhaka Bangladesh.

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