Bangladesh’s well-known haats

“Haat-baar” or the weekly/fortnightly bazaars aka market day are a concept enshrined in the fabric of traditional rural Bengal. In the olden times, artisans and traders of various wares would travel from one region to another,

Learning loss from Covid-19: Can a generational threat be averted?

The United Nations has called it the “longest disruption to education in history” worldwide. In Bangladesh, schools remained closed non-stop for 543 days from March 17, 2020 to September 11, 2021.

Public universities and research: In 2022 and beyond

Research is like the cygnet: it grows and transforms with power and beauty. It represents endurance, elegance, promise and joy! (Adapted from a quote on a consumer product)

Our next big leap will be driven by innovation

At the peak of the pandemic in 2020, Japan-based Hitachi launched an IoT application-based airCloud Pro device which could manage large cooling and heating systems remotely.

Creating a productive workforce for tomorrow

One has to appreciate the fact that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman identified population boom as the “foremost national problem” for Bangladesh, even though the size of the population was 7.5 crore in the ‘70s. It amply indicates how farsighted he was in this case as we are burdened with a burgeoning population of over 16 crore today.

Role of governance in mitigating the effects of climate change

Bangladesh is regarded globally as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts.

Nature-based solutions to our societal challenges

As we enter the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the societal challenges we were fighting in the pre-Covid times all got worse over the past two years—be it extreme poverty, food and water crises, biodiversity loss, ecological degradation, or climatic change and associated disasters. But, can nature still be a part of tackling these challenges?

The many mysteries of Bangladesh’s energy policy 

The recent gas crisis and fuel price hike posed many questions about Bangladesh’s energy policy. Golam Mortoza, editor, The Daily Star Bangla, discussed these issues in Star Viewsroom

Filmmaking for a global audience

Throughout the last two decades in Bangladesh, there has been a shift in storytelling on screen. Most notably, directors made films that not only initiated conversations in the country, but also made strides on global platforms.

Stand-up comedy: A niche industry with limitless potential

“Bring your work to Naveed’s Comedy Club’s cafe. No charge! Stay as long as you want to. No purchase necessary. We have everything here: a great workspace, WiFi, printers, projectors, whiteboards, even a stage to practice your presentations,” announced ace comedian Naveed Mahbub, in a recent video on social media.

Beyond the boundaries of cricket

Be it with the swing of a bat or the hiss of an arrow as it pierces the wind – sports demands undaunted dedication, strenuous physical fitness, and unparalleled solidarity.