• Alarming rise in child killings

    As per a news report in a leading Bangla daily, some 1,085 children have been murdered in the country over the last four years.

  • Celebrating 25 years

    For most people a 25th anniversary celebration is an excuse for a grand party.

  • The Daily Star at 25

    What seemed the other day has been 25 years! We have lived through very interesting times, and time flies when redolent with interesting events.

  • Rampant tree felling in national park

    We are outraged at the news of unbridled tree plundering in the reserved area of Kadirgrah National Park in Mymensingh.

  • Negotiating levy-free work a must

    Malaysia will now take Bangladeshi workers for all sectors including construction, industries, services and plantations.

  • Bloated civil bureaucracy

    We are dumbfounded at government plans for yet another round of promotions at deputy, joint and additional secretary levels. We are

  • Insulted for doing his job?

    Auno in Faridpur has risked his job by doing his duty as a representative of the government. He refused to allow a father to enter the

  • Elimination of child labour

    While we can take comfort from the fact that we have been able to reduce the number of child workers by two million in the last 10 years, a large number of children are still employed in hazardous work.

  • Too many migrant worker deaths

    A Daily Star report has found that over the last decade the number of Bangladeshi migrant workers who have died abroad of stroke or heart attack has been increasing every year.

  • Ekushey Book Fair

    We appreciate the move by Bangla Academy to provide security to the Amar Ekushey Grontho Mela through a number of measures including the setting up of two Rab camps...

  • Hassles of Benapole - Jessore road travel

    That people travelling on road between Benapole border and Jessore should be subjected to checks not once or twice but as many as seven times...

  • When will the farce end?

    The purpose of relocating the tanneries to Savar was to save the rivers around Dhaka from eventual death. The relocation has been on

  • Children murdered for ransom

    The recovery of three bodies of children from Rangpur and Tangail in one day, all of whom were kidnapped and subsequently murdered,

  • Action against river polluters

    There are several ways our rivers are being gradually killed off. There have been illegal encroachments of many important rivers around the capital and this has gone on with impunity.

  • Major improvements in garment workers' safety

    We are delighted to note that members of the Sustainability Compact Partners that include the US, Canada, the European Union...

  • Institutional corruption at Rajuk

    The recently held public hearing by Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) has opened up a can of worms on the systemic graft that exists in the institution.

  • PM's call to the police

    The prime minister's call to the police to uphold the rule of law without any exception is timely and laudable. Unfortunately, it appears to be out of sync with the realities on the ground.

  • Family planning stuck

    There was a time when Bangladesh's national family planning policies were a role model for other countries to emulate. That was then; today the situation is slightly different.

  • No letup in road crash

    Although there have been umpteen campaigns and reports from road safety activists and media and regular public outcry to make our roads safer there is no brake on road crash incidents.

  • Most teachers ignorant of the creative education method

    Undoubtedly, our education needs major overhaul, especially when it comes to changing the way children are taught.

  • Loss of agricultural productivity

    In five upazilas of Lalmonirhat, 500 bighas of farmland lose productivity every year.

  • Road to higher middle income economy

    It is indeed heartening to see the prime minister declare the establishment of the Bangladesh Development Authority to help foster business and economic activities in the country.

  • Forced marriage of a minor

    The news of three people – a mother, stepfather and husband- being sent to jail for forcing a twelve-year-old girl into marriage...

  • A strike protesting accountability?

    The recent physicians' strike at private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres of Chittagong, in protest of cases filed against their colleagues for medical negligence...

  • Factory fire kills five

    The fire at a chemical factory in Gazipur on Saturday, which left at least five workers dead, has once again exposed the horrific vulnerability of workers engaged in hazardous work in unregulated factories.

  • Suspicious blaze at Kalyanpur slum

    The fire that was allowed to burn down the shanties and shops at the Kalyanpur slum shows utter disregard for human lives. The

  • Water filters sans safety certificates

    This may come as a surprise to the bulk of consumers in Bangladesh, but manufacturers and importers of water purifying and filtration

  • Rajuk's demolition drive in the city

    Rajuk has launched simultaneous drives in various parts of the city to reclaim footpaths, parking spaces that were being used for other purposes.

  • Decision time on fuel prices

    The minister of finance has sought the opinion of the ministry of energy on how to revise prices of petroleum downwards.

  • Police or politician?

    We are flabbergasted by the comments made by officer-in-charge of Hatibandha Police Station, of a decidedly political nature, at two consecutive programmes at which 1100 former BNP and JP activists formally joined the AL at Gaddimiri union.