Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Snail's pace of anti-terror special courts

    One of the facilitators of effective fight against terrorism and extremism is quick disposal of cases related to these.

  • Respond to ICC request

    We wonder why Bangladesh is still undecided whether to respond to a request by the International Criminal Court for its input as the court was considering an application by a prosecutor for jurisdiction over the expulsion of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

  • Stop sexual harassment at work

    Sexual harassment at workplace has emerged as a growing problem for women in Bangladesh as more women are now joining the workforce. Speakers at a discussion on Wednesday talked about the problems of harassment, violence and discrimination facing female professionals in general, and stressed on bringing in appropriate legislation to prevent them. Law, if enforced properly, can greatly help to curb such practices, but it is only part of the solution.

  • Participation of MPs in electioneering

    The Election Commission has approved 11 changes to its City Corporation Election Code of Conduct Rules 2016, one of which will permit parliament members to participate in electioneering in local elections. What is surprising is that not only have they been delisted from the list of people barred from campaigning in local elections, but also that the decision was taken hastily without discussing the issue with other political parties, to accommodate the demands of the Awami League.

  • Halt stone extraction in the hilly streams

    A survey conducted by Bangladesh Marma Student Council on the effects of relentless stone mining in over 200 streambeds has been

  • Anti-drug drive

    We remain deeply skeptical and concerned about the strategies employed by the security forces to curb the drug trade. So far, 42 alleged drug traders have been killed in so-called shootouts across the country.

  • Outrageous act by hospital

    It is outrageous that a private hospital in Chittagong would dispose the body of a newborn in the Chittagong City Corporation's garbage dumping ground last Tuesday.

  • Callous disregard for freedom fighter's burial

    What are we to make of the fact that a freedom fighter was buried in Pabna's Bera upazila last Saturday with full state honours, but instead of the national flag his body was draped using a chatai (bamboo mat)?

  • Writing off loans a bad practice

    TK 48,192 crore has been written off as irrecoverable loans by state-owned and private banks as of December last year. This state of affairs has come in the backdrop of a failure of banks to effectively pursue legal battles in the effort to recover bad loans. According to central bank regulations, banks are required to file lawsuits in the loan default court, Artha Rin Adalat.

  • Shootouts are not the answer

    We are extremely concerned at the rising death toll in shootouts by law enforcers in countrywide anti-narcotic drives. In the last nine days alone, at least 33 alleged drug peddlers have been killed in “gunfights” according to our reports. The details around these gunfights are hazy at best, and there are contradictory accounts by police and family members and neighbours of the deceased, who have made claims of plainclothes men picking up the accused.

  • Implement HC order

    It seems that Dhaka lacks a basic traffic management system. In the past, we have seen motorcyclists using footpaths during gridlocks ignoring traffic rules.

  • Six years lost in jail

    A report published by this newspaper on Monday told the story of how one Azaher Ali Raza, acquitted six years ago, was still stuck in Dinajpur jail, due to a procedural lapse in the communication of his release order.

  • Impeding traffic on roads and highways

    It seems that blocking of the nation's highways and the capital's busy roads has become normal for any party ventilating its grievances.

  • Evicting Rohingyas from no man's land

    Myanmar's blatant deceit towards Rohingya repatriation took a fresh turn when its Border Guard Police (BGP) started announcing to the estimated 5,800 Rohingyas stuck in the no man's land in Bandarban area to move somewhere else.

  • Living on Tk 85 a day!

    It is unthinkable how a worker can survive with a wage as low as Tk 85 a day these days. As ridiculous as this might seem,

  • Reducing Dhaka's waterlogging

    Waterlogging has become a ritualistic affair in Dhaka. It is unfathomable how a city of over 16 million people still does not have a working storm drainage system.

  • Nazim Uddin

    Speeding buses take another life

    A recent spate of reckless driving by racing buses has cost the life of Nazim Uddin, a senior executive of the advertisement department of English daily Dhaka Tribune. Nazim, whose wife had given birth to their second child only five days ago, got his motorcycle knocked down on Mayor Hanif flyover by a bus from behind and then run over.

  • Sorry state of pasteurised milk!

    A recent study conducted by ICDDR,B in 18 upazilas of Bogra, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Joypurhat, Rangpur and Sirajganj on the prevalence of bacteria in milk has found evidence of high level of bacteria, which make 77 percent of all pasteurised milk unsafe for human consumption.

  • Repatriation in limbo

    That the repatriation of Rohingya refugees has been immobilised is as depressing as unsurprising. The sincerity of Myanmar's authorities

  • In pursuit of moral attainment

    The holy month of Ramadan begins today, and it's important to remember what makes this month so special and what we can learn from

  • Harassment at land offices

    A recent hearing organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission on the harassment people faced when visiting land offices for tax and mutation issues brought out a plethora of complaints that ranged from non-cooperation to the issue of graft. We have written on this issue many times.

  • KCC elections

    The much-anticipated Khulna City Corporation mayoral election has been held and we congratulate the new mayor on his victory. However, considering some of the reports regarding rigging, booth capture, and voter intimidation on the polling day, we wish the EC would have handled the matter more efficiently.

  • Hold Israel to account

    We condemn strongly Israel for its brutal killing of 58 unarmed Palestinians. More than two thousand others have been wounded, and the casualty is mounting. They were protesting in Gaza against shifting the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognising the annexation of the holy city by Israel.

  • Heed UNHRC's call

    Notwithstanding the laudatory comments by the UN Human Rights Council on the improvement of labour rights and several other sectors, its call upon the Bangladesh to thoroughly investigate all incidents of abductions, enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial killings, merits immediate attention of the government.

  • Public suffering on Ctg-Dhaka highway

    The public suffering caused by the 110km-long tailback on Chittagong-Dhaka highway, which continued on to its fifth consecutive day as of Sunday, beggars description.

  • Prices hike yet again

    For the second time this month, prices of essential food items have shot up—the first hike came just before the Shab-e-Barat, and now again ahead of the month of Ramadan.

  • Save the trees

    We are astonished that the ministry of environment and forest has itself initiated a proposal to cut down more than 3,000 trees in two reserve forests of the country. The purpose is to build a stadium in Chandpur union of Gazipur and a Petroleum Corporation project in Maheshkhali of Cox's Bazar district.

  • Recognising the role of mothers

    On Mother's Day, which was observed yesterday, it is important to remember that we must reinforce our commitment to all women, especially those who are mothers, in our society. Mothers always have a defining role in our lives and what we become is largely because of their contribution in terms of the love and care they have bestowed on us and the values they have tried to inculcate.

  • Exemplary act by teachers

    It is not every day we come across a story where a student's education is put back on track by his teachers who convinced his parents that the boy had a bright future and he should continue his studies.

  • Is police overstepping?

    The news that the police has detained more than a hundred opposition activists in the run-up to the upcoming Khulna city elections is surprising.