Naznin Tithi

‘Violence against women is a violation of human rights’

Our society still considers violence against women to be a women's issue and holds the view that only women should talk about it or protest it.

6m ago

Road crash victims deserve a better compensation scheme

Questions have been raised by road safety activists as to whether a human life can be valued at only Tk 5 lakh.

8m ago

Will I ever be able to breathe fresh air in Dhaka?

As soon as we got onto Mirpur Road, I felt suddenly unable to breathe properly

8m ago

Air pollution is not for only one authority to tackle

Md Ziaul Haque, the director of Air Quality Management at the Department of Environment, talks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the factors behind severe air pollution in the country and why concerted efforts are needed from all ministries and government agencies concerned to fight it.

9m ago

‘NHRC can’t directly investigate cases involving law enforcers’

NHRC Chairman Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed talks about how the commission has dealt with the cases of enforced disappearance.

9m ago

‘Health services deeply troubled by corruption, lack of accountability’

Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), talks about how corruption and a lack of good governance have crippled the country's healthcare services.

11m ago

Victims of a rotten healthcare system

The time has come now to question these malpractices and demand the much-needed reforms in our healthcare system.

12m ago

Are we aware of aluminium phosphide poisoning?

The fact that two children would have to die in the “safety” of their own home just because a pest control agency did not do its job properly is inconceivable.

1y ago
November 21, 2022
November 21, 2022

There is no rationale for bulk power price hike

We have observed a serious lack of accountability in the entire process of electricity price fixing.

June 22, 2022
June 22, 2022

Our embankments are contributing to floods, not stopping them

Dr S Nazrul Islam, founder of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and Vice President of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), speaks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the causes behind the devastating floods in Sylhet and Sunamganj, and what the government must do to avoid such disasters in the future.

June 16, 2022
June 16, 2022

When urbanisation and waterlogging go hand-in-hand

The rainy season has just set in, and we have already started to experience waterlogging in many parts of Dhaka.

June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022

‘To properly utilise health budget, we need a system overhaul’

Dr Syed Abdul Hamid, professor at the Institute of Health Economics in Dhaka University, talks the allocation for the health sector in the proposed national budget.

May 12, 2022
May 12, 2022

Everything that’s wrong with Bangladesh Railway

When was the last time we heard of any positive news about Bangladesh Railway (BR)? I don’t remember coming across any in recent years.

April 26, 2022
April 26, 2022

We need a robust national emergency service

At a time when everyone is talking about making the national emergency helpline service more efficient—so that more people can get

March 3, 2022
March 3, 2022

Will Dhaka Wasa and its MD ever be held to account?

In 2019, Taqsem A Khan, managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), faced huge public outrage for saying that the water supplied by Wasa was 100 percent drinkable.

February 6, 2022
February 6, 2022

‘Social engineering is vital to solve waterlogging in Bhabadaha’

Dr Ainun Nishat, professor emeritus of BRAC University and a water resource and climate change specialist, talks to Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the reasons behind the persistent waterlogging problem in the Bhabadaha area and the measures that should be taken to solve it.

January 13, 2022
January 13, 2022

When will our health system put patients before profits?

The recently reported cruel act of a hospital—that removed oxygen tubes from six-month-old twins because their mother couldn’t pay the hospital bills—speaks volumes about the state of our healthcare sector.

December 29, 2021
December 29, 2021

The crime of negligence

In the early hours of December 24, the deadliest launch fire in Bangladesh’s history wreaked havoc on the launch MV Abhijan 10, burning so many people alive; as of December 28 afternoon, the death toll from the tragedy stood at 42, with more than 50 people still missing.

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