Zyma Islam | The Daily Star
  • Zyma Islam

  • How a lottery ticket became an eviction threat

    It all started years ago, when an advertisement by the National Housing Authority appeared in The Daily Inqilab on February 14, 1995, inviting prospective buyers for land in Mirpur.
  • Bangladesh's first female major general Susane Giti

    Women can only go up from here

    “Being a woman was a credit not a criterion,” is how Dr Susane Giti described becoming the first woman to achieve the rank of major general of the Bangladesh Army.
  • 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.
  • Tea gardens brewing discontent

    The contract made between tea workers and tea garden owners expired last year. They spent the last two years fighting for their minimum wage to be increased from Tk 85 per day to Tk 230. This would have brought their monthly cash wages from Tk 2,550 to TK 6,900, which is approximately equivalent to the minimum wages of the ready-made garments sector.