4d ago| Interviews

Why did electricity price go up without a public hearing?

Professor M Shamsul Alam talks to Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the reasons behind the recent electricity price hike and how the energy sector can be made more efficient.

1w ago| Interviews

‘To avoid rice shortage, markets must function well’

Dr Mohammad Jahangir Alam of BAU talks to The Daily Star about the country's rice production.

2w ago| Interviews

Revisit process of policymaking, not just the policies

The burden of imported inflation and supply-side implications of reduced imports will have adverse implications for economic growth and welfare, particularly of marginalised people.

‘To properly utilise health budget, we need a system overhaul’

Dr Syed Abdul Hamid, professor at the Institute of Health Economics in Dhaka University, talks the allocation for the health sector in the proposed national budget.

‘There’s a disconnect between the proposed budget and reality’

Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), discusses the proposed national budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star.

‘Inflationary pressure higher than what official figure suggests’

Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), talks about inflation and the discrepancy between official and real data in a conversation with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star.

June 22, 2022
June 22, 2022

Our embankments are contributing to floods, not stopping them

Dr S Nazrul Islam, founder of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and Vice President of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), speaks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the causes behind the devastating floods in Sylhet and Sunamganj, and what the government must do to avoid such disasters in the future.

June 15, 2022
June 15, 2022

The indigenous experience is similar, be it in Bangladesh or Canada

Researching the plight of Indigenous people is a passion of mine because I am Indigenous.

June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022

‘To properly utilise health budget, we need a system overhaul’

Dr Syed Abdul Hamid, professor at the Institute of Health Economics in Dhaka University, talks the allocation for the health sector in the proposed national budget.

June 12, 2022
June 12, 2022

‘There’s a disconnect between the proposed budget and reality’

Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), discusses the proposed national budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star.

March 23, 2022
March 23, 2022

‘Inflationary pressure higher than what official figure suggests’

Hossain Zillur Rahman, executive chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), talks about inflation and the discrepancy between official and real data in a conversation with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star.

February 27, 2022
February 27, 2022

‘Political will is the missing catalyst for quality education’

Dr Manzoor Ahmed, professor emeritus at Brac University and vice-chair of the Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) Council, talks to Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star about a new book, of which he is a co-author, on the political economy of education in South Asia.

February 18, 2022
February 18, 2022

‘Society is evolving; we have to evolve with it’

Renowned novelist Selina Hossain, after retiring as the director of the Bangla Academy, has recently been reappointed as its chairperson. In a conversation with Emran Mahfuz of The Daily Star, she talks about the academy, the Ekushey Book Fair, society, culture and more.

February 14, 2022
February 14, 2022

‘My agenda has been to uphold democracy’

Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar speaks with Mohiuddin Alamgir of The Daily Star about various issues related to the outgoing Bangladesh Election Commission, as well as the elections held during its five-year tenure, which expires today. This is the last of a two-part series of interviews marking the occasion.

February 13, 2022
February 13, 2022

‘The EC can’t hold elections if it probes all the electoral allegations’

Election Commissioner Md. Rafiqul Islam talks to Mohiuddin Alamgir of The Daily Star about various issues and allegations that marked the five-year tenure of the outgoing Election Commission, which ends on February 14, 2022. This is the first part of a two-part interview series intended to mark the occasion.

October 19, 2021
October 19, 2021

‘There can be no excuse for not formulating the EC law’

Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar is global vice-president and country director, The Hunger Project, and secretary of Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan). In this interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, he talks about the constitutional obligation of formulating a law to establish the Election Commission and why politicians so far have ignored it.