• Risha's death painful

    We are deeply disturbed by the death of Suraiya Akter Risha who was stabbed to death by a stalker at the entrance of her school. It is

  • Different approach needed

    Influential and wilful defaulters were continually taking advantage of the loan rescheduling policy by pressurising banks to reschedule their troublesome loans on flimsy grounds. This impedes on banks' ability to recover loans, increasing their likelihood of becoming irrecoverable long-term according to the findings of the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management study.

  • John Kerry's visit

    It is after long four years that a US Secretary of State is visiting Bangladesh. He is coming at a time when the country is going through a testing period. And we acknowledge the US' words of support and offer of help at this trying time of ours.

  • A welcome decision

    It is heartening to hear that England's cricket team will proceed with their much anticipated tour of Bangladesh, as planned. We would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board for refusing to be intimidated and in making this correct decision, keeping faith in the ability of the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that all the necessary security measures will, indeed, be taken.

  • Another creditable anti-terror operation

    A joint forces raid at a house in Narayanganj Sadar upazila has taken out three militants, including Tamim Chowdhury, the mastermind behind the Holey Artisan Bakery killings. We compliment the law enforcing agencies for the quick and robust operation in the form of “Operation Hit Strong 27”.

  • ambulances

    A unique ambulance service

    It is not every day we come across a local administration official at Upazila level introducing a service that is so out of the box, it makes

  • farmer

    Debit cards for farmers

    A-CARDS”, as they are being called is a project financed by the USAID Agriculture Extension Support Activity and facilitated by non-government organisations Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and CARE Bangladesh, and Bank Asia, a leading commercial bank.

  • Playgrounds turned marketplace!

    No student should have to be in a position where they have to utter the statement: “We are always scared of being kicked or butted by cows.” Or that their classes are disrupted due to the activities of a bazaar on the school premises. Though the distinction between a school and a market are obvious, it is non-existent when it comes to Durgapur Government Primary School.

  • trafficking victims

    Trafficked without a trace

    The mystery regarding the whereabouts of the seven Bangladeshis who were reportedly lured and trafficked to Myanmar instead of Malaysia, their promised destination, is no mystery at all.

  • Party tag used as license for illegal acts?

    We want to alert the prime minister to the very acts of gross imprudence committed in her party's name by party cadres over the last few days.

  • Explosion at fertiliser factory

    We are somewhat relieved that the fertiliser factory blast at Chittagong did not cause much physical damage.

  • Rio 2016

    Curtain comes down on Rio 2016

    We congratulate Brazil and the city of Rio as well as the IOC for successfully holding the world's largest quadrennial sporting event.

  • poverty

    Trapped in poverty

    In a recently concluded national workshop that brought together development practitioners and researchers, the subject of discussion was how to make national development relative to the poor marginalised and excluded groups.

  • Bashundhara shopping mall fire

    Fire safety in shopping malls

    We are happy to note that fire fighters had successfully doused the massive fire that broke out on Sunday in the Bashundhara shopping mall without any casualty.

  • UN Youth Leadership Summit

    Shaping a bright future

    At the fourth Youth Leadership Summit held recently in Bangladesh, dignitaries unanimously concurred that youths were key to achieving the new United Nations sustainable development goals and shaping a bright future.

  • Rethinking university education

    The recent remark by a visiting British scholar that universities should focus more on developing leadership, adaptability and communication skills opens up an opportunity to address the role universities should play in Bangladesh.

  • Air cargo ban still on!

    It has been two months since Germany became the third country to slap a ban on shipment of air cargo from Shahjalal International Airport on security grounds.

  • Students at Jagannath University

    Demand for dorms

    We sympathise with the demand for dormitories by Jagannath University students who are suffering from severe residential problems. And more so because of the on-going militancy issue following the Gulshan attack that is making it particularly difficult for students to rent houses and make arrangements for their accommodation.

  • Hajj pilgrims

    Hajj uncertainties

    When the first flight of Hajj pilgrims left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on August 4, we were happy hoping that Bangladeshis pilgrims would have a smooth sailing this year in performing their Hajj. Our delight has been very short-lived and our hopes, it seems, were unfounded.

  • Laudable HSC results

    The results of this year's HSC examinations published on Thursday are foremost a matter of pride. The success rate of the examinees rose

  • Union Health centres in poor condition

    According to an assessment made by the Directorate General of Family Planning and USAID, most of the 3,590 Union Health and Family

  • Armed and dangerous

    Armed and dangerous

    A report published in this paper on August 18 exposed the history of the growth of jihadi groups over the years. Today, the threat posed by militancy brooks no repetition.

  • Recover govt land

    Recover govt land

    The alleged grabbing of several hundred crore worth of government land in Cox's Bazar by influential quarters is unacceptable.

  • A land of teenage mothers

    A land of teenage mothers

    Though Bangladesh is often cited as a role model for the impressive achievements in maternal and child health and gender parity at primary education...

  • waste of public money

    Twin foot bridges

    The Dhaka Chittagong highway has been expanded from 2-lane to 4, but the pedestrian-crossing bridge near Dania College in Jatrabari was constructed before the expansion.

  • Killings of Bangladeshis in US

    Killings of Bangladeshis in US

    Two Bangladeshi expatriates, an Imam and his assistant, were killed by an assailant outside a mosque in Queens in New York City on August 15.

  • Good yield of jute

    We are heartened by the news of a good yield of jute and also of the farmers receiving remunerative prices this year.

  • Passport forgery

    The experience of a woman, who found when trying to collect her machine readable passport that someone else had fraudulently had

  • The menace of overloaded vehicles

    It is indeed disheartening to note that the plying of overloaded vehicles in the highways and over the bridges have been going on unabated right under the nose of the law enforcers.

  • Payra seaport

    The inauguration of Payra seaport by the prime minster signals a stepped-up effort by the government to provide the country with much needed infrastructure.