Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Eid Mubarak everyone!

    As the month of Ramadan approaches its end, we will once again be celebrating a different type of Eid.

  • Chinese ambassador’s Quad remarks

    We have been surprised by a statement made by the Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh on Monday.

  • When the home calls, Covid-19 is moot

    Since Friday, it has been dismaying to see thousands of people having to resort to any means possible to get to their hometowns before Eid, just as the second wave of Covid-19 has slowly started to see a dip in the country.

  • Support for the poor crucial to economic recovery

    To protect the consumption of low-income groups and boost overall domestic demand, which has been hit hard by Covid-19, the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs has called on the government to provide cash support to the poor and low-income groups.

  • Whom were the RMG stimulus packages for?

    It is disappointing to know that 25 percent of garment factories which received stimulus packages during the pandemic on the condition that they would not lay off workers have not complied with this condition.

  • Indian variant found in Bangladesh

    The Indian variant is here!

    It is not possible to talk about Covid-19 without appearing to be an alarmist. It was not a question of if but when we will be attacked by the new variant that has mutated in India.

  • Trees face the guillotine in Suhrawardy Udyan

    People are protesting against the felling of trees at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan for the implementation of a mega project.

  • A bend in the Buriganga choked by grabbers

    As far back as 2009, the High Court made a landmark judgement on saving the four rivers surrounding Dhaka by setting boundary pillars, evicting

  • Dhaka continues to be choked by plastic waste

    At a time when the planet is being choked by pollution and experts and leaders across the world are coming together to deal with what is being called the “climate emergency” before it turns into a full-blown crisis,

  • Drop in Covid-19 infection rates reassuring

    That the country yesterday saw the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day since March 28 is indeed good news. It is not difficult to come to the conclusion that the drop in Covid-19 cases and deaths can be attributed to the lockdown that has been enforced from April 14.

  • The re-employed are not faring well

    A recent CPD-Oxfam survey on 2,600 households from 16 districts has painted a grim picture of the pandemic’s effect on people’s incomes and livelihoods.

  • Covid-19 variants from India spreading across Nepal

    According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Nepal is now being overwhelmed by a surge in Covid-19 infections as India’s outbreak spreads across South Asia.

  • Buet researchers develop cost-effective portable ventilator

    Amidst the ongoing countrywide strain on the supply of medical oxygen, researchers at Buet’s Department of Biomedical Engineering have developed a

  • Informal workers left to fend for themselves

    That the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns have been difficult for the poor, especially the urban poor, should not come as a surprise to

  • Will the inter-district transport ban prevent movement of people?

    As part of its strategy to contain the spread of Covid-19, the government has extended the ongoing lockdown till May 16. During this time, all inter-district bus, launch and train services will remain suspended.

  • The Padma river speedboat tragedy could have been avoided

    Twenty-six people tragically died in the Padma river in Madaripur on May 3 when a speedboat capsized after crashing into a sand-laden bulk carrier. According to one of the survivors of the crash, the driver was not skilled at manoeuvring the speedboat and was driving haphazardly from the beginning.

  • Press freedom is in danger

    One essential element of any democracy, universally acknowledged throughout the ages, is a free press. But sadly, in Bangladesh, press freedom is becoming increasingly more restrictive and is diminishing.

  • Covid-19

    Isolate big cities but don’t just stop there

    It’s reassuring to know that despite a lower Covid-19 positivity rate in recent days, the authorities are not lowering their guard yet.

  • Who will hold the reins of private hospitals?

    It is common knowledge that the cost of Covid-19 treatment is much higher in private hospitals than in public ones, like all treatments basically.

  • Woes of the migrant workers

    One of the sectors hit hardest by the pandemic is the migrant workers’ sector. Every country has been affected by the pandemic fallout, in greater

  • Selfless endeavours during pandemic

    It is truly humbling and inspiring to see the efforts of voluntary organisations such as “Mehman” in coming forward for those in need during this pandemic.

  • Gonoshasthaya Kendra Logo

    Exemplary initiative by Gonoshasthaya Kendra

    If our year-long struggle against Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is that a unique health crisis of this nature requires a unique response, unencumbered by the limitations of a past-bound mentality.

  • Vaccines must be recognised as a global public good

    Following a video conference, the foreign ministers of six countries including Bangladesh, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal issued a joint statement on April 28 expressing their desire to work closely in various regional initiatives to defeat Covid-19.

  • Mental health issues haunting healthcare workers

    Recent studies have revealed the woeful state of the mental health of our country’s healthcare professionals amidst a raging pandemic.

  • Bangladesh joins Chinese initiative for vaccine, oxygen

    We welcome the government’s decision to join five other South Asian countries in a multilateral effort to ensure vaccine and oxygen supply among the countries.

  • Urban poor need immediate aid interventions

    The second wave of the coronavirus coupled with the most recent round of lockdown, which took effect from April 14, has once again laid bare the extreme vulnerabilities faced by the urban poor in Bangladesh.

  • Caught between the devil and the deep sea

    Not surprisingly, the administration finds itself on the horns of a dilemma. With the violent onslaught of the second wave of Covid-19 in various mutated forms deadlier than previous ones,

  • If the vaccines are safe and effective, get them!

    With Serum Institute of India failing on its agreement to provide three crore vaccine shots in six instalments, the Bangladesh government has finally started to explore alternative sources for the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Do we have enough food grain stocks?

    Recent media reports have highlighted that during this Ramadan, prices of medium-sized rice in the retail market have gone up by 1.89 percent per kg than the usual rate, while prices of coarse rice has also increased up to 4.35 percent per kg.

  • Depoliticisation of Qawmi teachers and students

    Amidst lingering tensions between the government and Hefazat-e-Islam, the combined Islamic education board of Qawmi madrasas has decided that teachers and students of the Qawmi madrasas will stay away from all sorts of political activities.