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  • Changing perceptions on nuclear energy

    Since work began on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project, a total of about 200 people, including journalists, experts, environmentalists, school children, students and industry experts from Bangladesh have visited Russia.

  • A collective stand by nations despite Trump's threats

    The United Nations General Assembly on December 21 passed a resolution rejecting the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

  • The uncertain future of Rohingya children

    All I could see was a sea of people. Young, old and every age in between, standing in line for hours, to receive food. What shocked me the most was the number of children. There were just so many of them. So many hungry eyes.

  • Rohingya refugee

    Bob Rae's Rohingya report lacks a roadmap for repatriation

    I was eagerly waiting for Bob Rae's report on the Rohingya refugees and their repatriation to Myanmar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Rae, a former premier of Ontario, as Canada's Rohingya envoy on October 23, 2017.

  • Rethinking our way forward

    Recently, The Daily Star held a roundtable conference on how infrastructure development projects in Bangladesh can be better managed and the summary was published in the daily on December 12 which I read with interest.

  • Potable water crisis in Southwest Bangladesh

    Their sufferings remind us of a verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Water, water, everywhere. But not a drop to drink.”

  • Of distractions and political manoeuvres

    For many animal species, diversion is necessary for survival. The killdeer, for example, is famous for putting up quite a show.

  • 2018: The year of 'moonshot thinking'

    The year 2017 has been phenomenal—for Bangladesh and for the young people. We have a generation that is growing up with smartphones, internet, and everything digital.

  • An open letter to 2017

    Dear 2017, There are so many things I want to tell you that I don't know where to begin.

  • Facebook's threats to the social fabric

    Former US President Barack Obama has recently joined a growing chorus of critics of social media.

  • A teacher's worth

    My postgraduate classroom was filled with teachers and social workers. Self-proclaimed idealists. Once, during a highly theoretical discussion, someone made a comment about how we are not all as selfless as we claim.

  • Creating Smart Cities

    Bangladesh is on the path to be a middle-income country by 2021 which is well articulated in the government's development plans for the next few years.

  • Why Dhaka is not a walkable city, yet!

    I have been walking around Dhaka, kind of randomly, for the past few months. It was not for health reasons. I was mostly interested in doing a personal assessment of the capital city's walkability.

  • How NRBs can help boost research

    Winter is a great time for the replenishment of academia in Bangladesh when many Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) academics alight on our shores for both personal and professional reasons.

  • Making public exams transparent

    Competitive examinations are a long-standing and important fact of life for our youth entering public service. But few know that the Right to Information (RTI) Act of 2009 can play an effective role to ensure that these exams are transparent and fair.

  • Fighting corruption in Asia and the Pacific

    Corruption is eating away at vital public services in Asia and the Pacific and it is the poor who are disproportionately paying the price.

  • Why the #MeToo movement disrupts the creeping commodification of feminism

    As the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York draws near, women from every corner of the world will convene to deliberate on the theme of CSW 2018: Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

  • The rise of tycoons in politics

    According to media reports, Tabith Awal remains as BNP's man in the Dhaka North mayoral polls, while Awami League is set to choose Atiqul Islam as its candidate.

  • What is the worth of an immigrant?

    But "immigrant" now feels like a dirty word, as if it is associated with all the wickedness in the world; as though they bring nothing else to the table.

  • A rude awakening

    Some crimes are so horrific, so brutal, so barbaric in nature that it is impossible for these acts to not make any human being feel outraged and disgusted at the world we live in. Sexual violence against children is one such unforgiveable crime.

  • Raising doubts

    Remarkable as it may sound, they have made a science out of fooling people. No wonder as time passes, idiots are becoming, more and more, the superior race, in Herbert Spencer's “survival of the fittest”.

  • Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Nuclear Power: Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Shevlyakov's piece is implicitly built on the assumption that the dissenting voice that exists in Bangladesh about nuclear energy is based on fear, and not scientific information. We want to assure him that our fear is historically and scientifically grounded.

  • Wooing talent

    When one is a soon-to-be graduate of a university, they rush around from place to place, website to website, seminar to seminar, and people to people, to figure out a career path.

  • Paving the path forward: Development challenges and priorities for Bangladesh

    On January 17, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the two-day “Bangladesh Development Forum,” a flagship event of the government organised by the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of


    President Abdul Hamid is a lucky president for many reasons. He is set to complete a five-year term next April without being mired in any controversy. And he is likely to get re-elected in a month for another term setting a record in the history of Bangladesh. None of his predecessors in the past have had such luck.

  • Rohingya repatriation must be voluntary

    It is unsurprising that the process of hasty return of the Rohingyas has already faced a snag. The scheduled repatriation of the first

  • Untapped potential

    The software industry is flourishing in Bangladesh. Due to increased demand at both the local and global level, the market for software development in the country has been expanding rapidly.

  • Govts should act now to narrow wealth inequality

    Eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people, or half of the world's total population, says Oxfam in its latest report.

  • Dhaka’s traffic agony

    Traffic congestion in Dhaka city is considered to be one of the most chaotic in the world. Dhaka residents go through immense physical stress and incur monetary losses in terms of man-hours due to the large amount of time spent on the road on working days.

  • Ensuring EC's operational independence

    It seems that the speculation about the High Court's interim order that stalled the Dhaka City Corporation (North) mayoral by-election to fill up the post left vacant with the death of popular mayor Annisul Huq for six months came true, though initially it was reported to be three months only.