Letters to the Editor | The Daily Star
  • Digital Security Bill 2018

    The much debated Digital Security Bill 2018 has recently been passed in the parliament with a provision that allows police officials to

  • Minimum call rate hurting the poor

    Because of rapid advances in technology, human beings are becoming increasingly connected at a pace never seen before. Technology is affecting everyone's life, and the same is the case for us here in Bangladesh.

  • Fighting river erosion

    According to a report by US space agency NASA, the Padma River has devoured over 66,000 hectares of land since 1967 in Bangladesh. In the process, hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes

  • Power shortage in Bashabo

    Over the last few years, the government has, to its credit, been able to increase power generation and expand distribution, all the while reducing power loss considerably.

  • UN's Myanmar probe report

    I have been taken aback by the United Nation's recent probe report that describes “crimes of the highest order” committed by Myanmar's military forces against the country's minority Rohingya nationals.

  • Making people obey traffic rules

    With police and scout members intervening in trying to bring some discipline on the roads, the traffic situation seems to be improving. However, the fact remains that the traffic infrastructure is too poor for traffic rules to be fully enforced.

  • The fourth estate in peril

    The press is called the fourth estate of a democracy. “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter,” said Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, highlighting the importance of the press.

  • Combating river erosion

    The Daily Star published a story titled “Erosion in Naria” on September 18, showing the devastating state of Naria Upazila due to the worsening river erosion of Padma.

  • The Quixotic UN

    Alonso Quixote, the eponymous hero of the Spanish novel Don Quixote, was portrayed as riding on a donkey, fighting with air and showing bravery against imaginary enemies.

  • Irregular Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia are in danger

    On September 5, The Daily Star published a story on Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia, reporting that the Malaysian government had started a massive crackdown to round up undocumented workers.

  • Bangladesh's super-wealthy population is rising

    Recently, a New York-based institution, Wealth X, has released its World Ultra Wealth Report 2018, according to which, Bangladesh, which is only just on the path to becoming a developing country, has the fastest growing ultra-wealthy population in the world.

  • Repair lane in front of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro

    Earlier, I wrote about the sorry state of the Pantha Kunja park near Karwan Bazar and it is amazing to see that the authorities concerned

  • Suu Kyi should apologise unconditionally

    Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian administration have been a silent accomplice in what has been described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” against the country's Rohingya minority. Suu Kyi has not only failed to stand up against the systematic killings of Rohingyas by the military, she also defended it.

  • Combating cardiovascular diseases

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 1.4 billion people in the world are at high risk of cardiovascular diseases because they do not exercise sufficiently.

  • Fed up with the toxic political environment

    Ever since democracy was restored in the country in the 90s, the two major parties—Awami League and BNP—have been at loggerheads.

  • Ducsu inactive for 27 years!

    The Daily Star published a front-page story titled “No Ducsu polls in 27 years” yesterday. It is really unfortunate that Dhaka University

  • Is Dhaka prepared for earthquakes?

    Dhaka, besides being one of the most densely populated cities in the world, is cramped with thousands of unplanned and dangerous

  • Thoughts on the US-China “trade war”

    As a developing nation, we should closely follow developments regarding the ongoing US-China “trade war.” There could be consequences of the war, both positive and negative, for us in terms of trade and economy.

  • Save rivers from pollution

    I was shocked to learn from a report in this newspaper about Dhaleshwari River being polluted by the newly built tannery factories.

  • Worsening ride-sharing services

    There's no denying that ride-sharing services have made our lives a bit comfortable as we can now call a ride whenever we want using a

  • Upward trend of divorce rates

    Of late, the rate of divorces in the country's big cities has reportedly increased. According to a report by Prothom Alo, citing BSS data,

  • Mismanagement in the financial sector

    The financial sector is one of the most important parts of any economy. But our banking sector is unfortunately one of the worst managed sectors in the country. Defaulted loans in the sector have been constantly on the rise because of poor regulatory practices, corruption, political interference, etc.

  • When survival is threatened

    The article titled “How are we doing — as human beings?” published on Monday was an interesting piece. The first of the human instincts, survival, is in fact linked with power. And therein lies the problem.

  • Prompt action needed to stop river erosion

    River erosion in Bangladesh, a country both riparian and densely populous, often has devastating consequences. It makes people homeless overnight.

  • The anonymous anti-Trump official isn't a hero

    The world was taken aback by an anonymous op-ed penned by “a senior official” in the American administration published in The New York Times that describes how a bunch of administration officials, including the author him or herself, are actively working to derail President Donald Trump's divisive agendas.

  • Who will speak for people, then?

    We are shocked to learn that Mozammel Hoque, a leading road safety campaigner and general secretary of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passenger welfare organisation, has been arrested on a dubious charge over “extortion.”

  • The world is failing the Rohingyas

    After Myanmar, at the time called Burma, gained independence from Britain in 1948, its successive governments had recognised people of all ethnicities living in the country, including the Rohingyas, as full citizens.

  • General election and our expectations

    The people of the country expect transparency and fairness in the upcoming general election. Even after four decades of independence,

  • A literary genius

    September 3 was Abul Mansur Ahmad's 120th birth anniversary. He was not only a writer but also a renowned politician, lawyer and journalist.

  • Death on the highways

    It seems that road accidents on our highways are increasing by the day. I am quite distraught at the news of road crashes being