Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Canada recognises genocide of Rohingyas

    We thank the Canadian House of Commons for their recent unanimously voted declaration terming Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya as a genocide.

  • Grand alliance's demands

    The three-point demand made by the Jatiya Oikya Prokriya should be looked at carefully by the government and not be dismissed off-hand.

  • Assault on leftwing protest

    We are appalled by the way police baton-charged left-leaning protesters who were marching toward the office of the Election Commission on September 20, leaving scores injured.

  • Maltreatment of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia

    Reportedly, Bangladeshi expatriate workers in Malaysia are being rounded up and herded off to immigration camps at random.

  • Why the rush for EVMs?

    We are surprised that the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has so expeditiously approved tens of billions of taka to purchase thousands of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) that are planned to be used in the next election due to be held in 2024. It makes little sense because the next election is over five years away.

  • A sad day for freedom of speech

    It is regrettable that the Digital Security Bill has been enacted into law in spite of the objections from all concerned. The bill effectively curtails the freedom of speech and thus the very fundamentals on which democracy is built. If a law is meant to deliver greater good to the greater mass then the new Act, we are afraid, cannot pass the test.

  • Govt. bodies not paying their electricity bills

    It would seem that many government, semi and non-government bodies believe that the electricity they consume is free. It is not free.

  • ICC's probe into Rohingya genocide

    In a welcome move on Monday, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor launched a preliminary probe into Myanmar's crimes against its Rohingya minority, including killings, sexual violence and forced deportations.

  • Digital Security Act 2018 passed

    A blow to the fundamentals of the Constitution

    We are extremely disappointed and shocked that a parliamentary standing committee report on the said Bill has been placed before the House without a single substantial change. The role of the JS body in this regard is disappointing.

  • Classes dislocated for MPs programme

    When a sitting member of parliament (MP) decides to turn a secondary school in his constituency into a party centre for his personal use, and that too for three days during which time no classes were held, we pause to think how power goes to one's head.

  • The mystery of picked-up people returning as corpses

    On Saturday, September 15, JCD President Mashiur Rahman Rony went missing.

  • Environmental pollution out of control

    The report entitled “Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh” unveiled by the World Bank is yet another reminder for policymakers and the people of the country of the monumental environmental costs of unplanned urbanisation and the lack of implementation of existing environmental laws.

  • What the HDI says about Bangladesh

    It is good that Bangladesh has climbed up three spots—from 139 to 136—in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme. This again illustrates the tremendous progress we have made over the past years as a nation.

  • Tamim and Mushfique's exemplary display

    We are not writing this editorial to revel in a win but to celebrate the manner in which it was achieved.

  • Fix barriers to foreign investment

    Although Bangladesh has received record multi-billion foreign investments from select countries, its efforts to make the country a foreign investment destination remain hamstrung by infrastructure and bureaucratic bottlenecks. There is no reason why the country should be lagging behind because we have what many countries do not—an abundant pool of surplus labour.

  • Suu Kyi's delayed realisation

    It is intriguing that Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, realises the Rohingya crisis was not handled in a way that it should have been.

  • Crimes in Rohingya camps

    The lack of security and extent of violence inside the Rohingya camps as evident from an investigative report in the latest issue of Star Weekend (“Murder in the Camps”, September 14) should be a major concern for the government and international community. It goes to show how precarious the situation is.

  • Maternity leave and pay

    It is very disappointing to learn that many of our garment workers still do not get maternity leave with full pay and other benefits. And that working conditions in RMG factories are quite unfavourable to the female workers who are expecting.

  • Gross anomalies in recruitment and promotion!

    It is extremely unfortunate that there is no uniform set of guidelines to govern the recruitment of teachers in public universities. And

  • Phantom culprits, phantom cases

    Multiple newspapers have recently reported how the police have filed cases against opposition activists who were in hospital or abroad or deceased when the alleged offences took place.

  • Unlicensed hospitals a menace to public health

    The delaying tactics apparently adopted by police officers investigating the case of two Tripura girls allegedly raped by two members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Lama Upazila of Bandarban on August 22 are frustrating.

  • The long road to 'identification'

    The delaying tactics apparently adopted by police officers investigating the case of two Tripura girls allegedly raped by two members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Lama Upazila of Bandarban on August 22 are frustrating.

  • Collapse of banks' corporate governance

    Nonperforming loans (NPLs) jumped by Tk 15,037 crore in the last six months alone bringing the total amount to Tk 89,340 crore in June of this year. This shows just how little control Bangladesh Bank (BB) actually exercises over state-owned banks and their management.

  • Cases based on falsities

    The absurdity of accusing a bedridden 82-year-old, just out of the hospital, of taking part in an assembly of individuals at a playground to carry out “subversive activities” would seem fictional if it weren't actually a true happening reported by this paper.

  • Rise in traffic violations worrying

    Yesterday's front-page report in this paper about the soaring number of motorbikes hitting the country's roads revealed some very problematic findings.

  • Students allegedly in DB custody

    On September 5, 38 students were picked up by people identifying themselves as members of the Detective Branch from different parts of the capital, according to the students' parents.

  • Stop spilling more Syrian blood

    Seven years into the devastating Syrian war, the international community remains still divided as experts fear a possible bloodbath in Idlib, the last stronghold of the Syrian armed opposition.

  • AL campaign rolls out

    Although the election schedule has not been officially announced by the EC as yet, the ruling party campaign for the next general election has rolled out, literally on the rolling stock, with the first of its forays to the north of the country.

  • ICC's landmark ruling on Myanmar

    The International Criminal Court has asserted its jurisdiction to take cognisance of the crimes committed under its statute by the Myanmar military against the Rohingyas.

  • Baffling case against road safety campaigner

    A person rooting for public interest was arrested, ostensibly on charges of “extortion” on Thursday. The extraordinary circumstances surrounding the case against Mozammel Hoque, the road safety campaigner and general secretary of a passenger welfare organisation, raise lots of questions.