Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Forget about good financial governance!

    The national parliament passed the controversial Banking Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 despite protests from a section of law

  • A violent brand of politics

    To say that the clash between supporters of Narayanganj city Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy and those of local Awami League lawmaker

  • Finance Minister's frank admission

    The finance minister has made a very frank admission about government officials taking bribe to award contract to a foreign company for expansion of the Dhaka-Sylhet 4-lane Project.

  • Shipment of cotton suddenly halted!

    The country sources nearly half (46 percent) of its cotton from abroad. Bales of cotton are used by local yarn makers to produce the thread used by apparel exporters.

  • Faulty diagnosis test results

    The state of medical care in Chittagong is appalling. A number of individuals described to The Daily Star how local diagnosis centres provided them with results that were found to be at variance with results of tests in different labs.

  • CPD under the cosh

    The finance and the commerce minister have handed down very harsh criticisms to the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) for its report on the state of our economy of the past year.

  • More than 72 percent terrorists on bail!

    The figure is horrendous and unbelievable and speaks volumes about the woeful disjoint between the law enforcers and the legal process that should result in a good charge sheet and ensure conviction and not result in bail for the arrested terrorists.

  • Rohingya children must be protected

    We are appalled to learn that there are around 40,000 orphans among the three lakh children in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

  • Abused female migrant workers

    The report that more than a hundred female migrant workers are returning from Saudi Arabia after having endured physical and sexual assault by their employers is hardly surprising.

  • Brick kilns destroying the environment

    The dangerous proliferation of illegal brick kilns in rural areas of Bangladesh is having a two-fold damaging effect.

  • Fighting malnutrition in Cox's Bazar

    One of the biggest problems facing the stranded Rohingya populace and the locals in Cox's Bazaar is malnutrition.

  • Turning marshlands into farmlands

    It is good to see that an Indonesian technique known as "sorjan" cropping has long been successfully implemented in the marshlands of Nazripur upazila in Pirojpur.

  • Protests cannot cause public suffering

    We simply cannot comprehend how, on Wednesday, factions of Tabligh Jamaat were allowed to immobilise a busy section of the capital city—and thus in effect its entirety—for hours on end, including the country's biggest airport.

  • Myanmar's deceitful admission

    At last, Myanmar army has admitted to killing 10 Rohingyas in a massacre at Inn Din village, Rakhine. But it does not paint the actual picture whatsoever.

  • Choking our lifeline

    A picture of Sylhet's Surma River published in this daily on Tuesday is proof that despite all the hue and cry over encroachment of our rivers by activists and the media, nothing has changed.

  • Convicted killers roaming freely abroad!

    As per a report published in this paper on January 9, four convicted killers, one of them given death sentence, for a murder committed in 2012, never served their sentences and are said to be roaming freely in Malaysia.

  • Violence against children shoots up

    According to a report published by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), an average of 28 children are murdered and 49 raped in the country every month.

  • Timely reminder to the police

    We take note of two comments made by the president and the prime minister in their address marking the inauguration of Police Week-2018.

  • Nurul Islam Nahid

    Preventing question paper leaks

    We have, once again, been assured by the education minister, of the government's all-out measures to prevent question leaks.

  • Reducing traffic jam

    Here can be no question that we need a boost in our mass transport system considering the growing population of this city.

  • More surveillance of social media?

    The news of the introduction of a specialised police unit, complete with software that can detect remarks and postings on social media that may be considered cybercrime, brings about mixed feelings.

  • Sundarbans: A safe haven for poachers

    The report by a news agency that the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, is turning into a 'sanctuary for poachers' is indeed terrifying. The forest is supposed to be a sanctuary for its vast flora and fauna.

  • Give space to political oppositions

    The ruling party repeatedly gets permission to congregate and not the opposition. The state of democracy is quite clear.

  • Chaos in bank boards

    The question that has to be asked is, what compels the central bank to remain silent on the issue?

  • Celebrating with violence

    A picture in the back page of this paper yesterday embarrassingly contrasts a story on the front page.

  • Least bothered about workers' safety

    Two separate reports have been published recently about deaths at workplace. Indeed, the year 2017 has been a particularly deadly year for workers in Bangladesh.

  • Where is the MPO protest going?

    The fiasco over the ongoing fast-unto-death of teachers demanding inclusion in the government's Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme and how it came about despite there being a policy to execute the scheme, bespeaks a noble effort that's gone haywire thanks to neglect and systemic failure.

  • Illegal stone extraction must be stopped

    On January 3, we reported that four workers were killed in a landslide in Jaflong while they were extracting stones from a quarry illegally. But, further developments on the story, reported on January 4, reveal far worse.

  • On a self-destructive path

    Three pictures in this paper yesterday depict the utter callousness with which we have degraded our natural resources because of greed and indifference.

  • A city only for the rich?

    Last year, the cost of living in Dhaka hit a four-year high. It rose by an alarming 8.44 percentage points from that of 2016.