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  • Fourth Anniversary Of The Rana Plaza Collapse: Where do we stand?

    The Daily Star talks to three experts - a researcher, a labour activist and a development professional - about the progress Bangladesh has made and the challenges it still faces.

  • Living with the ghost of Rana Plaza

    People tell her she is lucky to be alive, to have escaped the “clutches of death”. They tell her to “count her blessings” for making it out of the rubble that was once Rana Plaza, with her limbs intact. They remind her of all those who didn't share her fate.

  • Nababarsha in a different tenor

    Preparations for the Bengali New Year festivities are in full swing. The shops are abuzz with patrons looking for red and white attire...

  • Nababarsha graffiti defaced in port city

    Days before the Pahela Baishakh celebrations, unknown criminals smeared graffiti painted on roadside walls near Chittagong

  • It's time to break Teesta stalemate

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday embarked on a four-day state visit to India with a flickering hope of breaking the stalemate on the much-delayed Teesta water-sharing treaty. “I want to have a separate meeting with Mamata [chief minister of West Bengal], and I am waiting for that,” Hasina told a group of four Indian journalists hours after Indian Premier Narendra Modi received her at Delhi's Palam Air Force Station in a departure from his protocol.

  • The challenge of inequality - An agenda for action

    It is only when the poor and other excluded sections of the population are sitting in the representative institutions of the state, in local elective bodies as well as in Parliament, that they will be able to ensure that their particular concerns are mainstreamed within the policymaking process.

  • “The war is not over yet”

    March 25 has been declared as Genocide Day recognising the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army on civilians 46 years ago on this day. In this week's In Focus, Mashruk Ahmed tells the stories of these valiant freedom fighters of Bangladesh through their photos and words.

  • Will it be another case of impunity for rape?

    The last time anyone involved in investigating Tonu's case gave any real updates was last June.


    A TV commercial by a prominent telecom company was brought to my attention through a Facebook post by a journalist.

  • “Yahya does not believe Pakistan can be held together by force”

    Today we are publishing two documents from the recently declassified CIA files. These documents reflect on the developments following Yahya Khan's arrival in Dhaka on March 15, 1971 to meet Sheikh Mujib for “negotiations”.

  • Another regression therapy for Bangladesh?

    A recent move by the Government to allow child marriage under special circumstances is tantamount to excluding many Bangladeshis from the benefits of growth and development.

  • Where there is a will…

    Teaching is a profession that requires patience, skill and an enthusiasm for education. Teachers aim to inspire. Rokeya Begum, 27, an

  • Bill passed okaying underage marriage in 'special cases'

    Keeping intact a provision that allows marriage of underage girls and boys in “special circumstances”, the Jatiya Sangsad last night passed the Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017 with 18 and 21 as minimum marriageable age for women and men respectively.

  • Killing, harbouring, kayaking and dog training

    The Bangladesh-India border has been labelled as one of the most securitised borders of Asia, if not of the world. During 2010 to

  • Grim finding

    An estimated 64 lakh people in the country suffer from depressive disorder while 69 lakh from anxiety disorders, says a new study of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Why we need to open that book now

    A group of teenagers spray-painted a historically black school with racist and anti-Semitic messages recently in Virginia. The judge, as reported by the Huffington Post on February 7, 2017, served the young men an unusual punishment: writing reports on a list of books and movies, besides also visiting a Holocaust museum and doing research on the swastika.

  • Corruption in Bangladesh: Perceptions vs. reality

    The country has already become a lower middle-income country. So far so good! However, these indexes don't always tell us the whole truth about the states of governance, corruption, poverty, inequality, and most importantly, frequent violations of human rights across the country.

  • Dhaka-Syria-Dhaka

    Gazi Kamrus Salam Sohan went to Syria in December 2014 to join Islamic State, believing he was answering a holy call. But after a five-month stay in the war-torn country, he got disillusioned as he learnt that the terror group kills Muslims as well.

  • Even a ship full of fertiliser vanishes

    Mongla Port is no Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean, where several ships and also aircraft are said to have mysteriously vanished. But when it comes to ships full of fertiliser, they can disappear under equally mysterious circumstances from this port in southern Bangladesh, about 14,000km east of Bermuda Triangle.

  • TIB finds mishandling of climate projects

    Climate change funds are allocated under the influence of ministers and powerful quarters, not considering the severity of risk and

  • Disturbing deviations in children's books

    Over the recent backlash of the erroneous content and apparently mysterious changes to the curriculum, the education minister on January 10 stated during a press briefing, “I'm not avoiding my responsibility, but I'm leaving the matter to you whether handing over such a volume of textbooks is a bigger thing than these errors,” to which, the answer is an obvious yes.

  • Light things float and heavy things sink

    After Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu came to power in 1965, he called himself "The Genius of the Carpathians". He had even

  • Dhaka to engage with Delhi to lift jute duty

    With a fifth of the country's yearly jute exports at stake following India's imposition of anti-dumping duty on import of jute products from Bangladesh and Nepal, a national jute advisory committee meeting yesterday decided to engage immediately with India for lifting the duty.

  • The twin tragedies of Syria and Myanmar

    While Alan and Mohammed hail from different countries, the circumstances which led to their premature deaths are very similar, and sadly, all too frequent. Both the Syrian war and the Rohingya tragedy see no end in sight.

  • To live and die in surrogate democracies

    Russian leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, in their spare time, used to make fun of Western sympathisers who blindly supported them.

  • City market ravaged by 16-hour blaze

    A devastating fire reduced much of the DCC Market at Gulshan-1 to rubble yesterday. No one was killed or hurt in the blaze that swept through the two-storey building for about 16 hours since around 2:00am. But over 300 shops were gutted and a portion of the market collapsed on impact, causing losses worth several hundred of crores of taka.

  • Musa told wife to blow herself up

    After police cordoned off the Ashkona militant hideout early Saturday, Maynul Musa instructed his wife Trisha Moni to wear a suicide vest and blow up herself along with their four-month-old daughter instead of surrendering to law enforcers.

  • No Christmas this year for Gaibandha Santals

    Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is called Borodin in Bangla. The Santal community calls it Sorhai, which is

  • Dhaka needs a revolution in its public transportation network

    From the very top, I think I should make it clear that living in the snowy apocalyptic hell of Toronto, I do use Uber from time to time.

  • A monument of Bangladesh and the world

    The month of December in Bangladesh is a time of remembrance and reflection. The country's independence in that month in 1971 was followed by a yearning to memorialise the heroism and sacrifice of the freedom fighters.