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Few look at local matters and concerns the way our community reporters do — they see solutions where others see problems.

The newspaper recognises readers who took a stand and raised their voice on issues that they felt were important, relevant and required immediate attention.

Today, we acknowledge and award those who shared their experiences and brought significant matters to the fore during the month of February.

Over the past few years, the Your Turn page's Community Report section has highlighted myriad subjects that concerned residents and helped alert the authorities about matters that required urgent attention.

Topics of concern ranged from noise pollution in neighbourhood parks to children playing truant during school hours.

Readers have found Community Reports to be the right platform to create awareness and turn the spotlight on situations that generate interest and truly impact their lives.

Raising important questions, seeking answers from the relevant authorities and highlighting social issues take effort. But community reporters do not shy away from taking the leap, if it has a chance of making a real difference.

The community reports published in February were judged by Senior Hub Editor Meher Murshed. The criteria for selection included content, issue, impact on community, responsibility and the quality of contribution.