Editorial | The Daily Star
  • The punishing costs of pollution

    We do not need studies to tell us that indiscriminate, unplanned urbanisation, along with encroachment of land and water bodies, have polluted the air and water making our urban areas, unlivable.

  • Exploiting vulnerability

    We find it appalling that there can be such blatant disregard for human life. In a harrowing image published in The Daily Star yesterday, the failure to ensure workers' safety was shamefully evident. In the photograph, a worker of a power distribution company was seen to be working without any safety gear, precariously leaning against a bamboo plant against power cables.

  • Human rights dishonoured

    We find it shocking and ironic that on International Human Rights Day yesterday, this paper has reported a total of the 154 incidents of enforced disappearances.

  • Rohingyas were targets of genocide

    Despite widespread international condemnation and an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh for Myanmar to stop the violence against its minorities, and to take back its nationals who have sought shelter in Bangladesh, nothing has changed as yet.

  • A burgeoning recycling industry

    We seldom think about what our discarded electronics do to the environment; they contain harmful substances like mercury that do not degrade with time but seep through the soil and are toxic in nature.

  • Biswajit's killers roaming free

    We are shocked to learn that at least five of the 13 convicts, who were awarded death sentences or life terms in the Biswajit Das murder case, are roaming free, although police records say they are "fugitives".

  • Shame the child abusers not the abused

    An in depth story in this Friday's Star Weekend magazine gives a chilling picture of child sexual abuse in our society and how the system works against the survivors.

  • Inequality gap on the rise

    A recent study by a think-tank has exposed the underbelly of the development scenario in Bangladesh in which rising GDP growth and rising income and wealth inequalities walk hand in hand.

  • Trump has sowed the wind

    We are outraged by President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move should draw the unreserved contempt of those who want to see peace in the Middle East based on the two-state solution of the Palestine issue.

  • BCL's growing audacity

    We simply do not understand how the student wing of the ruling political party of the country can dare to threaten people and commit crimes over and over again, and no meaningful action is taken against them.

  • Another unexplained disappearance

    It has come to light that yet another person has also gone missing following a string of high-profile disappearances that include NSU teacher Mubashar Hasan who went missing exactly a month ago.

  • Customs houses all clogged up

    It is astounding that 32.5 lakh tonnes of imported goods worth Tk 9,509 crore have been lying unclaimed for months at 17 sea and land customs houses and stations nationwide.

  • Can't a bridge be built?

    It is ironic to think that in this day and age, 3,500 students of four educational institutions in Ranachandi and Garagram unions of Nilphamari's Kishoreganj upazila have to cross a “bridge” made of bamboos twice a day.

  • No DUCSU poll for 27 years

    The failure of university authorities to hold election of the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU)—violating the express provisions of Articles 4 and 20 of the Dhaka University Order, 1973 (President's Order No 11 of 1973) and the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 27 of the constitution—for 27 years now is completely incomprehensible.

  • A milestone verdict

    We applaud the High Court for its landmark verdict on the compensation case filed under the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1983, by the family of Tareque Masud for his death in a road crash six years ago.

  • The stench of hospital mismanagement

    The healthcare system in Bangladesh has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. In a recent drive against private hospitals and diagnostic centres in Mohammadpur on Wednesday raid by the Rapid Action Battalion and Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) found hospitals and diagnostic centres in a deplorable state.

  • Sonic weapons against protestors!

    The use of noise emitting devices or “sonic weapons” by the police on Thursday, against peaceful protestors remonstrating against the government's decision to increase power prices for the umpteenth time this year—a genuine complaint—is an absolute shame.

  • 20 years of CHT Accord

    It has been 20 years since the Accord was penned between the Shanti Bahini and the government of Bangladesh, but still one hears a murmur of frustration in the Hills over the fact that not all the provisos of the Accord have been fully implemented.

  • A city in mourning

    We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Mayor Annisul Huq who has been fighting against a rare cerebral disease for the last three months. He left behind not only his family, relatives and a legion of friends from diverse walks of life but also many citizens who admired and respected him for his work as Dhaka North City Corporation's mayor.

  • MJF survey on violence

    A recent study by Manusher Jonno Foundation gave this perception a statistical foundation as it tracked incidents of violence and harassment in 2016 and came to the conclusion that around 60 percent members of the surveyed communities had experienced different forms of violence twice last year.

  • Section 57 by another name

    It has been reported that within the first seven months of this year, around 300 cases were filed under the controversial Section 57 of the ICT Act. And yet, now when the government has decided to scrap the provision from the law, it does not bring any relief.

  • Now a NBFI is in trouble!

    We have both reported and editorialised how the Farmers' Bank went down under and now we are seeing a similar situation emerging with the non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs).

  • Pope's visit to Bangladesh

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to Pope Francis who is in Bangladesh on a three-day visit. This is a historic moment for us and for the Christian community in Bangladesh in particular.

  • A young man brings hope to the disabled

    Asaduzzaman, who lost his legs to polio as a child, always dreamed of going to school. His enthusiasm was not shared by his family, who, like most families in Bangladesh, view the disabled as a burden.

  • Rohingyas still fleeing Myanmar

    Despite the agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on repatriating stranded Rohingyas, we are still witnessing Rohingyas crossing the border into Bangladesh. According to a report by AFP, more than 3,000 refugees have come into Bangladesh since the two sides inked an agreement on repatriation less than week ago.

  • Sexual violence rampant

    Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has revealed that at least 50 women and children were raped in Thakurgaon district alone in the last ten months. They prepared the report based on the data from local hospitals where the victims were admitted or took treatment.

  • Illegal occupancy

    A report in this paper has found that spaces under most of the flyers in the city are being illegally occupied by parked cars as well as makeshift shops choking the roads and adding to Dhaka's insufferable traffic congestion.

  • A doctor's gross negligence

    There is much to be improved in the quality of healthcare service in the country. A report published in The Daily Star on November 27, 2017 cited a case that serves as an example of how crucial it is that maternal and neonatal healthcare be prioritised.

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    Arrangement for Rohingya repatriation

    Bangladesh has always preferred problem-resolution with its neighbours through dialogue and negotiations. Thus the Arrangement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar, we feel, is a positive development of sorts.

  • Banking Companies (Amendment) Act-2017

    A parliamentary body recently recommended the passing of the Banking Companies (Amendment) Act-2017, which would allow for the number of directors in a bank's board from a single family to double and extend the tenure of directors.