Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Bangladeshis pay more for healthcare

    According to a new report by the Health Economic Unit of the health ministry, citizens are bearing 67 percent of healthcare expenditure, the government contributing 23 percent and other actors like NGOs shouldering 10 percent.

  • PM's five-point solution

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-point recommendations to protect all civilians in the Rakhine State should resonate well with all peace-loving people of the world.

  • Another death in Rab custody

    We have lost count of the number of times we have pointed out how cases of custodial deaths under mysterious circumstances, of people picked up by law enforcement agencies, is sapping the trust of citizens on the agencies.

  • Massive waste of water in RMG sector

    Bangladesh is the second largest player in the global apparels industry after China targeting USD 50 billion in exports by 2021.

  • Myanmar VP's mendacious claims

    Myanmar's Vice-President Henry Van Thio's statement on the ongoing Rohingya crisis at the UNGA can only be described as scandalous.

  • PM's apt call for OIC unity

    We support the prime minister's call to the members of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) to move beyond the rhetoric and act as a body to save lives in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

  • UN call to end Myanmar military campaign

    After the greatly disappointing speech by Aung San Suu Kyi that refused to acknowledge the Rohingya crisis let alone commit to finding a workable solution, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

  • Investigation into BASIC bank scam

    Three and a half years have elapsed since the BASIC bank scam took place and a new board was placed at its helm after the removal of its chairman and the board.

  • Suu Kyi's first public speech

    Needless to say that Myanmar's state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's much awaited public speech regarding the crisis in the Rakhine state is deeply disappointing. We are shocked that she has chosen to gloss over the gross human rights violations carried out by Myanmarese security forces against Rohingyas.

  • Air cargo ban to UK may be lifted

    The UK prime minister's trade envoy for Bangladesh, Ms Rushanara Ali has hinted that the British ban on direct cargo flights from Hazrat Shahjalal Airport may be withdrawn in the foreseeable future.

  • Four SDG goals stalled

    While the existing laws of the National Integrity Strategy institutions are more or less sufficient, there does exist a culture of impunity that needs to be firmly addressed by the government. Laws must apply equally to everyone.

  • Last chance for Suu Kyi

    It is unfortunate that instead of taking any substantive steps, the world body relies on a misguided belief that Suu Kyi will eventually respond to her conscience.

  • Rice price goes up!

    We are pleased that the government has clarified the confusion regarding a fake letter which said that India had stopped exporting rice to Bangladesh. But at the same time, it is a reality that the price of rice has increased significantly in the recent past, creating much suffering for ordinary citizens. What then is causing this?

  • DPRK's missile tests

    The war cry from the North Korean leader is very disconcerting. It is regrettable that Kim Jong-un chooses to up the ante with every passing week by missile tests, 13 in all so far this year, in what could best be described as thumbing his nose to the rest of the world.

  • Parliament's resolution on 16th amendment verdict

    It is unfortunate that the parliament has passed a resolution calling for legal steps to nullify the Supreme Court's verdict that scraps the 16th amendment from the Constitution.

  • 25 million suffer from malnutrition

    A report titled "World Food Security and Nutrition Situation-2017" brought out jointly by a number of UN organisations states that some 815 million people in the world go to sleep hungry.

  • Using poison to fish

    It's a matter of grave concern that some fishermen are using lethal poison to catch fish, lobsters and other crustacean stocks in Sundarbans canals. The poison is so deadly that a few drops of it are sufficient to kill a large quantity of fish.

  • US position on Rohingyas

    We are glad that the US has moved beyond “voicing” its concern on the persecution of the Rohingyas by Myanmar to something relatively more substantive. It has realised that the situation, which has been described as a “typical textbook ethnic cleansing” by the UN, merits dispatch of a senior-level state department official to that country.

  • Chain of accidents claiming lives

    Apassengers' welfare association on Wednesday disclosed its findings on accidents during the last Eid holiday, saying at least 322 people were killed and 759 others injured in accidents on roads, waterways and railways in just 13 days starting August 28.

  • UNSC meeting on Myanmar

    It is for the first time that the Council had agreed on any kind of statement on Myanmar in nine years. Obviously, absence of any kind of international response to hold Myanmar accountable for its appalling treatment of Rohingyas for so long has given the rulers in Naypyidaw the feeling of impunity.

  • Two lakh refugee camp children at risk

    UNICEF stated on Monday that some 200,000 children housed in the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar are at serious health risk as the camp population has crossed 370,000.

  • PM's unequivocal support for Rohingyas

    We welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's statement that Bangladesh will stand by Rohingya refugees fleeing state-sanctioned violence and persecution in Myanmar. The premier made these remarks during her visit to a registered Rohingya camp at Kutupalong Bazar in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar on Tuesday.

  • BCL assaults teacher, again!

    Members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have, over the years, built a reputation for beating up anyone who does not agree with unethical practices by some members of their fraternity.

  • UN has spoken unequivocally on Rohingyas

    The United Nation's message is loud and clear. It has denounced Myanmar's “brutal security operation” against Rohingyas as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” in what is its strongest ever condemnation of Myanmar.

  • Rohingya refugees exposed to diseases

    The humanitarian response of the administration to the plight of the Rohingya refugees has been commendably proactive, and we think that the plan to allocate a specific piece of area to shelter, and register them, is judicious.

  • 2nd submarine cable launched

    The government should be congratulated for inaugurating Bangladesh's second submarine cable which, if properly used, will ensure faster Internet connection speed for the consumers.

  • Allegations against law enforcers

    While we would like to support our law enforcing agencies in their endeavours to maintain security for all citizens, we cannot help but feel concerned about some of their methods. The constantly emerging contradictory narratives that surround incidents involving law enforcing agencies cannot possibly have any positive effect.

  • Marshalling pressure on Myanmar

    The persecution of the Rohingyas by Myanmar has only been met by sparse and feeble condemnation by the international community,

  • Lower court judge crisis

    It is said the wheels of justice move slowly in Bangladesh. When each lower court judge is burdened with an average of 2,000 cases for hearing and disposal, we begin to comprehend why it takes years to wind up legal proceedings.

  • Women in Politics

    It's disappointing that despite having two women at the country's helm for decades, the presence of women in our wider political landscape is barely noticeable.