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The ‘War on Trees’ is winning

Unlike the “War on Terror,” a script written and executed by US President George W Bush, the “War on Trees” has been far more successful.

To catch a plagiarist

If the language is too flawless and the writer unknown, if the nit-picking editor cannot put a single mark on the script, chances are that it is too good to be true.

Can AI solve the insanity of Dhaka’s traffic?

Before jumping into the realm of artificial intelligence, we should start with some old-fashioned “common sense”

Price hike: Don’t worry, be happy – no matter what

If things are bad, there must be a good reason for it.

Where death follows too closely

Experts and road safety activists scream themselves hoarse calling for the basics.

Who is entitled to 'hurt religious sentiments'?

Apparently, only the majoritarian population experience hurt sentiments – minority communities have no sentiments to be hurt.

April 20, 2022
April 20, 2022

Who will speak for the George Floyds of Bangladesh?

In the US, being Black or just a person of colour is enough to get one killed or arrested by a cop, merely for being at the wrong place at the wrong time—or even the right place at the right time.

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Can traffic get any worse than this? Yes, it can.

Why is it that, no matter how many times we have experienced something unpleasant, we continue to do the exact same things we did before, expecting a different outcome?

March 27, 2022
March 27, 2022

Bangladeshis are so ‘senti’

Bengalis are well-known for being unusually driven by emotion, a trait that has brought about many great things—our right to speak in our mother tongue, our right to be independent.

March 20, 2022
March 20, 2022

We must not stop talking about Tonu’s murder

As ritualistic as it may be, we must keep talking about the murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, even though there is nothing new to say—or precisely because of that.

January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022

The consistent chaos that is Dhaka airport

Airports are the most fascinating places in the world. This forced congregation of total strangers from all corners of the world, rushing off to destinations as exotic as Zanzibar or Casablanca—isn’t it just wonderful?

January 1, 2022
January 1, 2022

Our children will be our saviours

Is it really 2022? How did 2021 go so fast? Was it because we had such high expectations and ended up facing one daunting catastrophe after another, that we didn’t realise that the days had turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into a whole year?

September 27, 2021
September 27, 2021

‘I’m not a wall that divides. I’m a crack in that wall.’

Feminist icon, educator, and author Kamla Bhasin passed away on September 25, 2021, at the age of 75. The Daily Star pays tribute to her rich legacy by reprinting an interview first published in 2016.

May 6, 2021
May 6, 2021

Victim blaming is a crime. Who are its abettors?

It would have gone unnoticed as another suicide of a heart-broken young woman, a forgettable statistic among the thousands of desperate individuals taking their own lives to escape some harsh reality or the other.

April 25, 2021
April 25, 2021

Airborne transmissions could be the next new battle

The latest report in The Lancet, one of the most well-known international medical journals, on how Covid-19 spreads, is a real shocker.

January 1, 2021
January 1, 2021

Are we looking at a hug-less world?

I have to confess, one of the most frustrating things I have had to face during The Year of Covid-19 is having to restrain myself from hugging people.