Letters to the Editor | The Daily Star
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • EVM: Whose purpose will it serve?

    The news that the Election Commission is moving ahead with a plan to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the next general election, despite opposition from most political parties and apprehensions among the general people, is deeply disturbing.

  • “Of lies and deception”

    A Reuters news report with the above title, published in your daily on September 1, has revealed how a photo of Bangladesh's Liberation

  • Banking sector mess!

    Recent reports in some of the leading newspapers of our country, including The Daily Star, has revealed what has been suspected all

  • Rescind the uniform minimum call rate

    The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is an autonomous government body and its main responsibility is to look after the interest of the subscribers. Yet, its recent move to introduce a uniform minimum call rate for all mobile operators is really disappointing and goes against the interest of users.

  • Specialised training for new doctors

    It is surprising that the government has decided to establish four new medical colleges in the country. While fresh MBBS doctors in the country are struggling to get into postgraduate programmes because there are not enough seats to accommodate most of them, the government's decision does not seem to be well thought out.

  • Encouraging reading for pleasure

    It gives me pain to see that the habit of reading has been declining among our younger generation. While technology is steadily taking control over individual lives, we must find a way to encourage our children to read.