Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Deaths under the wheels

    We are shocked at the latest incident of road crash that occurred last Wednesday in Rajshahi. A bus ran over three people including a schoolgirl killing them all on the spot and also injuring several others.

  • Detained students should get bail

    We are concerned by the arrest of at least 22 students of various universities who have been accused of different offences under some laws including the controversial Section 57 of the ICT Act. The accused university students (including female students) have been repeatedly denied bail.

  • Don't fall for Myanmar's deceit

    That Myanmar takes offence at the usage of the term, “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals,” by Bangladesh is unacceptable. Myanmar's claims that neither do Rohingyas have a legitimate citizenship claim in the country nor were they forcibly displaced are simply blatant lies.

  • LGED engineer arrested red-handed

    ACC should act, not warn

    We are perplexed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman's comment made at a discussion recently that the anti-graft body is keeping a close watch on the corrupt practices that are rampant amongst officials of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

  • Housing scheme for urban poor

    We appreciate the government's plans to provide 20,000 urban ultra-poor families with housing and loans.

  • Dhaka second least liveable city

    According to The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual “Global Liveability Index 2018”, Dhaka has slipped two places from last year to become the second worst city to live in the world, only topping war-ravaged Damascus in Syria.

  • National Mourning Day

    August 15 marks a black chapter in the history of this country—a day when the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with almost his entire family, was killed by a despicable group of people.

  • Child marriage law must be stringent

    It has been one year since the controversial Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 has been enacted. At a recent discussion among rights groups it was revealed that as rules under the Act have not been formulated, there has been a rise in misuse of the law.

  • A flyover becomes a thorn for BRT

    We are baffled and disappointed to know that the much-hyped Bus Rapid Transit route that was supposed to cover 22 km of road and relieve much of the traffic congestion of Dhaka city will actually cover only a 10 km stretch. What's more, even this much curtailed goal will not be accomplished before 2024. And the reason why we are getting only half our dreams come true (if they do at all) is that a number of arbitrarily built flyovers are blocking the BRT proposed routes.

  • Nurses' behaviour condemnable

    We are deeply disturbed by the insensitive behavoiur of two nurses of a government health complex who, reportedly, refused to admit an expectant mother, who was in labour, for reasons unknown. Having been driven away from the hospital, the unfortunate woman had to give birth in the hospital compound under a tree without any medical assistance.

  • Introduce emergency pad corner in schools

    We appreciate the initiatives taken by Bojromushthi, a voluntary organisation, which has been working to set up emergency sanitary pad

  • Unnatural hike in onion prices

    There is no good news for onion lovers in the city these days. According to what has been reported in the press lately, local onion is trading at Tk 60 per kilo,

  • Combatting spread of narcotics

    The government's plan of action apparent in the recently launched anti-narcotics drive is not likely to deliver the expected results, it being not an integrated approach which a problem like drugs and narcotics merits.

  • Traffic System in Dhaka

    Dhaka's traffic mess

    Dhaka's insufferable traffic system, a major problem for the city, remains in a shambles—as detailed in a report published by this paper yesterday—in spite of several steps taken by the government.

  • One electronic gateway brings 38 agencies together

    Thirty-eight government and private sector agencies signed an agreement with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to be connected with the National Single Window (NSW) system.

  • Good job by the police

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has managed to apprehend a sophisticated gang that specialised in leaking question papers for both public examinations and recruitment tests.

  • Grant UN agencies access to Rakhine State

    It is very disappointing to learn from a joint statement by UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, and UN Development Programme that Myanmar has not granted their staff independent and effective access to the Rakhine State.

  • Drivers on payroll

    We welcome the move by the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association which declared on August 7 that contractual driving of city buses would end and that drivers will receive monthly salaries.

  • Victims hounded

    It is extremely disconcerting to witness that 22 university students have been placed on two-day remands in cases filed over “vandalism and attacks on police.”

  • CEC's injudicious comment

    We do not know what to make of the CEC's comments that the election commission cannot guarantee irregularity-free national elections.

  • Road Transport Bill, 2018 falls short

    The cabinet has given final approval to the proposed Road Transport Bill, 2018. There are some good measures in the proposed act like minimum educational qualification (Grade 8) and minimum age (18 years) to get a professional driver license, and introduction of a 12-point system which would lead to ultimately cancellation of license for violation of law.

  • Why are universities under attack?

    We deplore the heavy-handed police actions on Monday on the students of several private universities who were protesting against attacks on their peers. Why did police, supplemented by armed goons, fire rubber bullets and tear gas into campuses filled with students leaving scores injured?

  • First coal, now rocks disappear

    The Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Ltd. (MGMCL) is the second state-owned company to suffer from missing resources in so many weeks.

  • Attack on media continues

    We are outraged at the attacks on journalists of different media outlets by the BCL over the last two days.

  • Prime Minister's call to students

    The PM has called upon the protesting students to return to their classes, to where they belong. We appreciate the appeal and reiterate her feelings because it is not desirable that students should be on the streets rather than where they ought to be.

  • An indefensible offence!

    We strongly condemn the attack on the members of the media by the activists of BCL and the police. It is shocking that journalists would have their phones, cameras and other equipment snatched and destroyed, harassed and physically assaulted for doing their duty.

  • Halt char development in Sundarbans

    The Bagerhat district administration is doing the development work of an Ashrayan (shelter for the poor) project on a new char that has emerged recently in East Sundarbans.

  • Why these vicious attacks?

    We are dumfounded by the brutal attacks on student protesters, journalists and other citizens allegedly by Chhatra League men yesterday.

  • Crack down on the syndicate

    As this daily has reported last Wednesday, six cattle markets out of 13, for cattle sales before Eid-ul-Azha, in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have failed to get a single offer in the last three biddings as a syndicate is forcing general bidders to keep out from bidding.

  • Anarchy in transport sector

    It has become a predictable reaction of the government to initiate curative actions after a matter precipitates to a point such as we have witnessed in the present situation stemming in the wake of the killing of the two school students.