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How independent and effective is the NHRC?

When it comes to allegations of human rights violations against law enforcement agencies, the NHRC claims that its hands are tied in investigating themselves and it can only ask for reports from the government.

The Curtain Call

33 years back, cinema enthusiast Mohammad Mortuza started his career as a gatekeeper at the famous Ananda Cinema Hall in Farmgate, with a salary of Tk 400 per month.

Analysis / Trends in Fire Incidents show Lapses in Government Action

On Wednesday last week, a busy street in Chawkbazar in Bangladesh's oldest neighbourhood burst into flames, killing at least 67 people and injuring many.

Infographics/Methodology / Mapping Our Many Mother Tongues

Very recently, a video song called “Poran Priyo” released by the telecom provider Robi, featuring an all-girls band F Minor has been making the rounds on social media as a “pahari” song, but very few know that the language of the lyrics is actually Achik, the language of the Garo community.

Mental Health 101

The recent cases of suicide in educational institutes this year—nine cases of suicide at University of Dhaka (DU) and one at a residential complex of a private university—has opened a can of worms, exposing how poorly the mental health condition of Bangladesh's youngsters are dealt with.

Girls Still Left Behind

“We know education is important. All of my three daughters studied up to grade five. But in our village, the demand of dowry increases if our daughters cross 15 years of age.

The rise and silencing of a mass student movement

It all started with a mad race. Two buses from Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan were racing towards a stop near the Armed Forces Medical College in Kurmitola. It was peak hour. The students were in a rush to get home and both buses wanted to cash in on that. They were racing on the Mirpur to Airport flyover.

Erased Desires - Of Disability and Sexuality

Twenty-four-year-old Nayeem, a private university student, has a spinal cord injury. He often talks about his girlfriend, whom he has been dating for more than a year now. They study at the same university. They met on campus when Nayeem was selling coupons for a department picnic, became good friends and eventually started dating. Nayeem says that he loves her “with all his heart”.

Corrupting a Generation

The leaking of question papers before public exams has become a regular phenomenon in Bangladesh.


The Ekushey Boi mela is a little more fun on the weekends when families and children crowd the popular stalls, not to mention the series

From Barter to Banknotes, All in One

You may have heard that eight maund (around 295 kg) of processed rice could be bought with one taka coin in the reign of Shaista Khan (popularly known as Shaista Khan-er Aamol).

Chobi Mela IX Begins Today

The best thing about any February is the frenzy of activities that comes along with it -- the Ekushey Boi Mela, Pahela Phalgun celebrations and of course commemorating the heroes on International Mother Language day.

The Future of Cinema

Cinema is considered to be the most important art form of this century—and to indulge into this art form, this week film enthusiasts witnessed a grand celebration.

Rocket Steamers

Amongst the few paddle steamers that exist around the world used for tourism, Bangladesh has six of them, popularly known as 'Rocket

Marrying off too early?

A law drafted more than two years ago, stating that a girl at the age of 16 will be able to marry as a non-minor with the consent of her parents, still holds its ground in the midst of major criticism. Turn to pages 8-9 to read thoughts and opinions on this draft law.

A trip to Golap Graam

There are roses as far as the eyes can see in the Birulia union, under Savar Upazila, in the most vibrant, flaming shades of red.

10 stories to look back at

As we all try our best to look forward to the New Year – make lists of things to do (better!), to read more, lose weight – in a nutshell, be a better person – we can't help but take a sneak peak at the past. Turn to pages 7-9 and take a look at 10 Star Weekend stories published in the last one year, that we believe have changed us for the better. On a brighter note, the Star Weekend team would like to wish you a happy new 2017!

Songs of Victory

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love,” said Mahatma Gandhi, and how true his words are! The people of Bengal fought for liberation and freedom – not only with strategies, guns and grenades, but also with poetry, words of inspiration and melodies that were strong enough to move mountains.