Martin Swapan Pandey | The Daily Star
  • Martin Swapan Pandey

  • Jute Workers: No pay scale in 9 years, no pay for months

    On September 7, 2015, the cabinet approved the eighth national pay scale effective from July that year, and it has been implemented in al-most all government offices and corporations.
  • Serving time even after amnesty

    An elderly man has been rotting in prison for nine years even after getting presidential general amnesty.
  • Out of watch with legal shield

    Almost every time any government agency tried to ensure accountability and transparency of the duty-free liquor trade, it found itself in a legal limbo. Over the last two decades, diplomatic bonded warehouses, who import duty-free liquor for diplomats and foreigners, filed writ after writ with the High Court challenging the legality of the government action.
  • liquor business


    Officially, most bars and social clubs neither import nor purchase alcohol yet they log huge sales; restrictive law, high import tariff, bureaucratic nightmare encouraging smuggling; govt loses big, earning almost nothing out of this trade.
  • JUTE DAY TODAY: Reality vs labour law

    Every time he extends his hands to seek alms, Sohrab Hossain, 63, looks embarrassed. Begging has never been his livelihood; it is now.