Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Inclusive elections

    We agree with the prime minister that it is up to a political party to take part in the polls and that nothing can be done if it chooses not to do so. However, we feel that the matter is more intricate than the prime minister's remarks suggest. It is our belief that as the ruling party, and one that is running the government, AL has also some responsibilities in ensuring a participatory and fair election.

  • The eternal Ekushey

    Today we pay homage to those who had laid down their lives on this very same day, back in 1952, in defence of our mother tongue, setting an example the likes of which the world has never witnessed. Their great sacrifice did not go in vain, as it was their call to the Bangalis to stand up for their right to speak their own language that had, in essence, inspired a whole series of events, including the education

  • Not a day too soon

    We welcome the UK government's decision to fully withdraw the two-year-long ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London with immediate effect.

  • Corruption in police

    The comments of a deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at a recent police conference show the prevalence of corruption in the postings of officers-in-charge and sub-inspectors. According to the DC, prospective OCs have to pay amounts as high as Tk 30 lakh to Tk 1.5 crore for their postings. The amount of bribes for transfers of sub-inspector also goes into the lakhs.

  • Putting water in the sand?

    We find it absurd that the state-owned banks should ask for Tk 20,000 crore allocation in the next budget, despite continued poor performance of some of these banks.

  • Rafiq deserves a good turn by DU

    Ameritorious student of Dhaka University, Ehsan Rafiq, was a victim of some BCL cadres' wrath.

  • Start Rohingya repatriation soonest

    Now that Bangladesh has implemented what Myanmar demanded—a family-wise list of Rohingya returnees—we expect the latter to carry out its part immediately.

  • Gross dereliction of duty by police

    A report in a leading Bangla daily on February 18 is a shocking example of both illegal and inhuman acts of the police.

  • Trucks on the loose!

    A picture of a truck carrying iron rods near Dhaka University's TSC area published by The Daily Star on Thursday shows the iron rods jutting out into the road, and running in broad daylight despite there being a restriction on daytime entry of goods-carrying trucks into the city.

  • For a free and Independent media

    On the occasion of our 27th anniversary that we celebrated yesterday, we must express our sincere gratitude to our readers, patrons, advertisers and well wishers who have, over these years given us tremendous support by placing their trust in us and giving us the courage to continue in our endeavour to engage in ethical journalism.

  • More emphasis needed on merit

    Questions are constantly raised about our civil bureaucracy's efficiency.

  • UNSC must visit Myanmar, too

    Earlier this month Myanmar had asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to not visit the Rakhine State.

  • Why bikes on footpaths?

    A collage of pictures on the back page of this paper published on February 14 speaks volumes about a ban on motorcycles plying footpaths for pedestrians.

  • Donors losing interest in Rohingyas?

    We are surprised to learn that donor agencies are “losing interest” in providing food assistance for the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

  • It serves the party in power, not justice

    We are deeply disappointed by the House's passing of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial Amendment) Bill, 2018 that has raised the jail term to seven years from five.

  • What type of person beats up a teacher?

    It appears that assaulting teachers is becoming a way of life with some people.

  • Finding a workable solution

    The decision to suspend Internet services to tackle question paper leaks, and its subsequent withdrawal, is part of a pattern that has frequently characterised government responses to problematic developments in the public sphere.

  • Capital punishment for Rupa's rapists

    Last year, on August 25, 27-year-old Rupa Khatun was brutally gang-raped and murdered on a moving bus in Tangail.

  • Why is the probe committee not working?

    We find it hard to drive away our frustration over the government's failure to stop the question paper leaks of this year's SSC exams, as all the question papers of SSC exams held so far have been leaked.

  • Burying their crime under the sand

    On February 3 this paper published a picture of hundreds of bags filled with black engine oil covering large portions of the sandy bank of the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong.

  • myanmar massacre

    Myanmar govt has nowhere to hide

    The recent Reuters report on the mass execution of 10 Rohingya men on September 2, 2017 in Inn Din village of Myanmar's Rakhine State is groundbreaking for many reasons.

  • UK's endorsement should be followed by others

    We welcome the news of an imminent lift of UK's ban on air cargo from Dhaka to London imposed two years ago.

  • Private healthcare in a sorry state

    Private healthcare was introduced partly to take the pressure off public hospitals struggling with a huge number of patients and stem the flow of those going abroad for treatment, depriving the country of sizable revenue.

  • Rohingya cleansing continues

    That repatriation of the Rohingya refugees will be meaningless without creating a favourable environment for their return and proper resettlement is beginning to be clear.

  • DU's steady fall from grace

    There was a time when Dhaka University was lauded as “Oxford of the East” due to the standard of its faculty and quality of its education.

  • Khaleda's sentencing

    The judgment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case was delivered yesterday and the former prime minister was sentenced to five years in

  • Solar brings more than light

    Solar is one area of electrification where Bangladesh has done very well.

  • Rohingya crisis may cause regional conflict

    The recent concern expressed by the UN human rights chief—that Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority has the potential to spark regional conflict should be taken seriously by the international community and especially the countries in this region.

  • How about a VIP world?

    It is bad enough, as it is, for the ordinary citizens to be ignored, shuffled around and made to wait for hours with closed roads and clogged traffic.

  • No quarter being given to opposition

    As we approach February 8, we find a toughening of government's position on the largest opposition party.