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  • 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.

  • Live from a ghost town

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

  • Digital repression in Digital Bangladesh

    The number of cases filed under section 57 of the ICT Act seems to be on the rise. This year has already seen more than 260 cases.

  • Longadu burning

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

  • 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?

  • No room for the forgotten

    In April, a tender appeared on the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) website inviting constructors to propose a price to build two sets of three six-storied residential buildings at Ganaktuli City Colony, Hazaribagh.

  • An Island Unto Itself

    More than 1.4 million* students of Bangladesh study in an education system that has historically kept itself isolated from the rest of the world.

  • Lost to corruption

    The people set afloat by the flash floods of the haor areas are not blaming their luck—or some supreme being. The only omnipotent force they are naming is far nearer, in the Sylhet metropolis and goes by the name of the Water Development Board.

  • Thinking outside the (white) box

    Pristine, paper white walls. Monorail lightings fixed on the ceiling. And reverent silence.

  • Organising Labour under the Neoliberal Gaze

    What are the prospects and limits of conventional modes of organising labour in the garment industry, given the current labour rights regime in


    Nazia pauses for a moment and continues, “I don't remember what triggered depression in me.”

  • Putting Consumers Last

    When Abdullah Shibli Sadiq got a call from an unknown phone number informing him that he would receive a reward of Tk 62,500 from the government, he was astounded.


    ‘Genocide' was the title of the centrefold single story of the Sunday Times on June 13, 1971. It was Anthony Mascarenhas' 5000-word...

  • The uphill battle of rape victims and survivors

    Sohagi Jahan Tonu, a student from Comilla's Victoria College, was raped and her dead body was dumped in the bushes on March 20, 2016. The incident happened inside the cantonment area where she lived with her family. Her father discovered her dead body.

  • The Invisible Population

    Senwara Begum sits at the door of her small hut with her nine-month-old baby at her breast. She has three other children, but there is nothing in the house to feed them.

  • Caught Between Dreams and Reality

    After three months as a migrant domestic worker in Saudi Arabia, Ejjatun Begum from Barisal realised one thing clearly – she had gotten herself into a trap.

  • Menacing Our Society

    Md Al Amin, an examinee of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) 2017 was baffled by an unusual offer from one of his friends.

  • Where have all the stories gone?

    The children's corner at the Boi mela, filled with books, is always a friendly, fun and happening area. In fact, this is the nook where you

  • The True Treasure Trove

    Bangladesh Bank (BB) had a small currency museum in its Motijheel office, which was initially not for public viewing. To launch it to the public, an initiative was taken by Dr Atiur Rahman, the then Governor of Bangladesh Bank, where he allotted the 2nd floor of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy in Mirpur to use as the currency museum. Along with the BB authority, eminent artist Hashem Khan, historian Muntassir Mamoon and architect Robin Hossain jointly worked on the project. Finally, the expanded museum was inaugurated by Speaker of the National Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on October 5, 2013. Currently, the museum has a collection of 9000 local and foreign currencies, but displays only 2000.

  • The Festival Prepares

    “The global photography spotlight is on Bangladesh. The stars are arriving at our doorstep. It is now up to Bangladeshis to step up the podium. The world of photography beckons.” – Shahidul Alam

  • Prodigies of Celluloid

    Sayeda Abrar Toha Draha, currently a student of class ten at Viqarunnesa Noon School first heard about Children Film Society through her friends and siblings.

  • Sailing on Antiques

    When the Rocket Steamers service was introduced almost a century ago, it was used mostly by the elite classes and considered the fastest mode of water transport; thus, many believe that it is the reason behind the name.

  • The Debatable Draft Law

    Very recently, a law drafted by the Ministry for Women and Children's Affairs stated that if a 16-year-old female gets married with the consent of her parents or the court for justified reasons or under special circumstances, she would not be considered underage or a minor.

  • Roses, Everywhere!

    A mixed bouquet of lilies with fern leaves or a colourful assortment of orchids are undoubtedly magnificent. But let's face it, roses are classic! Who can ever underestimate the power of a bunch of red roses?

  • 10 stories to look back at

    As we all try our best to look forward to the New Year – make lists of things to do (better!), to read more, lose weight – in a nutshell, be a better person – we can't help but take a sneak peak at the past. Turn to pages 7-9 and take a look at 10 Star Weekend stories published in the last one year, that we believe have changed us for the better. On a brighter note, the Star Weekend team would like to wish you a happy new 2017!

  • Christmas for all

    Duriya Ismat Jahan Usha is a nine-year-old student at Cordova School. Like every year, her excitement grows as December 25

  • 10 Songs that Inspire

    At the advent of a new dawn on December 16 in 1971, the people of Bangladesh had something to be proud of -- a country of their own, an identity as a liberated nation. For months together, stories of atrocities committed by the Pakistani soldiers and the collaborators were flowing in from all corners of the country.

  • A Platform for Cartoon Lovers

    Cartoon People is a community that is testament to the adage that you can find your inner artist at any age.

  • Shishu Park hoping for a better future

    As the ever-memorable song starts playing, children, sitting on the metallic horsebacks, delightfully start going round and round. 35-year-old Salma Akter holds her daughter Taskia (3), who is too young to manage herself on the ride.

  • All the World's a Stage: DU at the 9th Asia Pacific Bureau

    The stage was set, the lights dimmed. Silence.