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Live from a ghost town

Live from a ghost town

Landslides in Rangamati is a wake-up call for the country.

Nobody to blame for the landslides

Nobody to blame for the landslides

As the landslides wreaked havoc over Chittagong division in the last two weeks, there was one thing that everyone was at a consensus about – this was a man-made disaster.

  • Community radio: Helping save lives during Cyclone Mora

    The radio may be largely diminished as a medium for conveying information in modern urban life, but community radios in rural areas of Bangladesh are actually helping save lives during natural disasters.

  • What has Jeremy Corbyn done?

    Corbyn claimed one of the greatest political feats in British history last week. In the recently concluded general elections, he defied the pundits and commentators who had drawn a foregone conclusion and written him off.

  • No longer a burden

    In countries like Bangladesh, where people with disabilities often face societal barriers, negative perception and discrimination, 28-year-old Humayun Kabir, who was born with physical malformation in his lower limb, believes quite the opposite.

  • 'O Madams', a trip to find ancient ruins and haors

    We spent our two days in Habiganj, eating through the town, walking through the forests that house the last vultures, sitting under the shade of an old banyan tree and catching some old-time village gossip.

  • About Town

    A Level Counselling Session, 2017


    “Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,” she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. “What nice dreams they must have!” ― L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


    The article “Longadu burning”, published in Star Weekend, demonstrates the institutional failure to ensure the right of our fellow citizens to live in safety.

  • Child abused at home, teachers helpless

    Teachers are struggling with cases of sexual abuse and they do not have an effective social welfare system to turn to for help.

  • 'Unnoyoner' budget

    Understanding the budget during the era of development.

  • Longadu burning

    The indigenous people of Longadu flee to remote jungles escaping violent rioting.

  • The happy Buddhas

    Between February 19 to 23, 2010, hundreds houses of Jumma villagers, Buddhist temples, and a church were torched in a communal attack in the Baghaihat area of Sajek union and Khagrchari municipality under Khagrachari district allegedly by Bangalee settlers.

  • Cyclone Mora batters Rohingya homes

    Flimsy huts and lack of early warning in the camps lead to considerable damage.

  • When logic takes a back seat

    To expect Bangladesh to ease past teams like Australia, England and New Zealand in conditions that they aren't used to in would be highly impractical.

  • Modi's strategic deployment of cultural diplomacy

    Modi is one of the few Indian leaders to have placed an emphasis on cultural components during state level interactions to complement trade agreements, defence partnerships and economic assistance.

  • Record this and record that

    The future seems to be one where people are busy staring at small screens while recording other things with other devices.

  • The Queen and I

    I have admired Meryl Streep all my life. It is not often that I find myself in the role of a fan or an avid admirer. I can neither swoon over a celebrity, nor fall at their feet.


    “You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.”

  • About Town

    Young Storytellers interactive workshop


    I was moved by the pictures showing what sand mining has done to one of our country's greatest rivers, the Brahmaputra.

  • Rampal Power Plant: Myths debunked

    The critics of Rampal include environmentalists, scientists and experts. Yet, the defence for the power plant has remained the same. But, under scrutiny, how do these claims, meant to relieve us of our fears about the potential risks of the power plant, hold?

  • The last days of an ecology

    Gondamara union is not only incredibly disconnected from the rest of Banshkhali upazila and the greater Chittagong area, it isalso one of the most vulnerable places in the country to cyclones and tidal flooding.

  • Nomads in a land of rivers

    “How can anybody survive there?” a frustrated Mohammad Gul-e-Noor laments. “Whatever we planted is now under water. Even the fish is floating dead. What will they eat there?"

  • About Town

    About Town

  • Deal or no deal

    While President Trump insists that he is yet to make a decision on whether to honour the only global commitment to save the planet from a premature doomsday, he reportedly told his close confidants that he would exit.

  • How natural disasters affect birds

    Finding the link among loss of tree cover, greater non-native or introduced trees and higher bird mortality.

  • Death of the Brahmaputra

    Our ecosystem, our homes, and our livelihoods are under threat.

  • Dhaka needs more trees, but…

    While a liveable city should contain 25 percent greenery of its total area, the capital has barely five percent greenery for lack of regular plantation, and no maintenance of the existing ones.

  • Rajshahi: A model for tackling ambient air pollution in our cities

    One of the first pollution sources to be targeted was the transport sector—in 2004, the city introduced battery-powered rickshaws and banned large trucks in the city centre during daytime.

  • Cutting off Dhaka's lifeline

    The network of 53 canals of Dhaka that once ran through the city and functioned as its water extraction and flood control system is now almost dead. A few of the surviving lakes and canals are also on the verge of extinction due to continuous encroachment.


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