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Why is Dhaka at the bottom of livability index?
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Why is Dhaka at the bottom of livability index?

Dhaka is again at the bottom of EIU’s Global Liveability Index -- this time ranking 137th out of 140 cities.

  • Cyclone Yaas: Should Bangladesh be concerned?

    Meteorologists warn that Cyclone Yaas will likely make landfall on May 26. The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra are advised to hoist distant warning signal number 2.

  • Can Bhasan Char endure impact of 'Yaas'?

    With thousands of lives on it and under incessant international scrutiny, Bhasan Char is facing its first real threat of a tropical cyclone, "Yaas".

  • Smartphone sector in the past year and in budget 2020-2021

    Mobile phone and device manufacturing sector has grown exponentially in Bangladesh keeping pace with the growth of the ICT sector in the country. But this sector has also been a victim of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

  • “Free media is now a minority”

    ​In a democratic system, where power comes from the masses, where the state works for the people -- information ensures that governance is accountable. It is the primary job of a journalist to secure the people’s right to know.

  • Will bail end persecution?

    ​Today, after 7 days of imprisonment, Rozina Islam is finally out on bail. But, the story is far from being over.

  • Impact of coronavirus on foreign investment and National Budget 2021-22

    ​The national budget is once again upon us. This year, the government is going to place the annual budget for 2021-22 fiscal year when the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on the national economy. The Daily Star has tried to find out how much damage the virus has caused to economic activities and how it affected investment in the country? What are the steps the government now needs to take to overcome the challenges? To find answers to the questions, Star Business Talks approached Rupali Chowdhury, president of Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry and managing director of Berger Paints Bangladesh. Watch the full interview here.

  • Farmers of coastal area triumph over salinity

    The coastal farmers of Khulna are reclaiming their farmlands after decades of salinity induced low-yield.

  • Where does the vaccination programme stand?

    ​When another wave of Covid-19 is wreaking havoc in the Subcontinent, Bangladesh’s vaccination programme has come to a sudden halt. As mass vaccination is the only plausible way out of this pandemic, how is the government planning to manage the situation?

  • Rozina behind bars, journalism in shackles

    ​With restrictions and persecutions closing in from all sides, can journalism prevail?

  • Palestine: religious conflict or a constructed humanitarian crisis?

    Gruesome scenes of blood-soaked men, women, children; homes destroyed, evacuated; faces with fear, grief, revolt; missiles raining down on debris -- these overwhelming pictures and videos have once again stirred up the humanity. But for millions of Palestinians, this has always been the only reality they know. As of May 17, at least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women in Gaza have died in the recently escalated conflict.

  • ​Are we doing enough for the Sundarbans?

    There have been 3 instances of fire in the Sundarbans recently, and in the last 19 years this number goes upto 22.

  • Together for half a century

    In this Eid special, we talked life and experience with Ramendu Majumdar and Ferdousi Mazumder, the evergreen couple.

  • Artists out of focus: how’re they doing?

    FDC has always been associated with glamour, fame and success. However, the people who enliven the screen, the unsung heroes, known as junior artists or supporting actors somehow remain out of the limelight.

  • A Threat to Suhrawardy Udyan?

    Suhrawardy Udyan and Ramna Park are considered the lungs of Dhaka. Plans are on to construct restaurants and other commercial structures at the over 400 year old green sanctuary, Suhrawardy Udyan.

  • Siam’s Eid celebration with family

    On the occasion of Eid, Star Connects brings one of the most popular actors working in Bangladeshi film industry at present, Siam Ahmed.

  • Record-breaking remittance influx in Bangladesh

    Going against all national and international predictions, Bangladesh has seen unprecedented inflow of remittance throughout this ongoing pandemic -- surpassing the $20-billion mark in the first 10 months of this fiscal year.

  • Does development come at nature’s expense?

    Dhaka has long been detached from the lush green identity of typical Bengal delta. This concrete labyrinth, full of dust and chaos, now has the last residues of green. But does urbanisation come only at the cost of nature? Does construction really need a barren foundation? Why is Dhaka failing to embrace nature as her innate part? Can this still be redeemed?

  • What will metro rail stations offer?

    Almost two-third of the overall metro rail project has been completed by the end of April. The test run of the service is scheduled to start later this month.

  • Suspension of ferry service couldn't stop home-going crowds

    The government has temporarily shut down ferry service during the day to curb the spread of coronavirus this Eid. However, waves of homebound crowds are flooding the ferry ghats.

  • Sky-high airfare adds to migrant workers’ woes

    Airfare to different Middle Eastern countries has increased manifold in the last few months, putting an additional burden on migrant workers returning to their workplaces. The Daily Star had published a story in this regard titled ‘‘Flights to Middle East: Sky-high airfare adds to migrant workers’ woes’’.

  • Plumes of methane over Bangladesh: What can be done?

    A report from Bloomberg claims that mysterious plumes of methane gas are detected over Bangladesh -- marking 12th highest methane emission in the world.

  • What are the legal complications in Khaleda Zia's treatment abroad?

    There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the health condition of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.

  • Methane gas plumes: Should Bangladesh be concerned?

    Analysing satellite images, Paris-based company Kayrros SAS has detected huge plumes of methane gas over Bangladesh, the Bloomberg recently reported.

  • How will Shakib and Mustafiz return home?

    IPL got suspended for an indefinite period.

  • Public trust is the soul of credible journalism

    Bangladesh's position in the World Press Freedom Index is declining every year. In 2021, Bangladesh ranked 152 out of 180 countries. Bangladesh ranks lower than India, Pakistan, and even Afghanistan, in the index.

  • Modi wave stops in West Bengal

    The Mamata Bannerjee-led Trinamool Congress is on its way to form the state government for the third time. Hindu-Muslim vote sharing, Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, and Amit Shah’s controversial statements – with all these issues combined, how much does the West Bengal election result matter for Bangladesh?

  • Rajshahi’s sorrow 36,000 ponds

    In Rajshahi division, low-lying agricultural land -- including vast stretches of beel -- is being converted into ponds for fish cultivation.

  • 2.45 crore new poor in the country, who is responsible?

    The economic shock induced by the pandemic has pushed 2.45 crore people into poverty in one year. The Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and the Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) run this survey and found that the number of new poor people is higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

  • Covid-19 tsunami in India: How Safe is Bangladesh?

    Covid-19 tsunami is raging in India. Patients are seen waiting for a bed outside hospitals. More than two lakh people have already lost their lives.

  • Will India's oxygen export suspension put Bangladesh in a crisis?

    India has stopped exporting oxygen to Bangladesh due to the severe Covid-19 crisis. Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that there is no oxygen crisis at hospitals in Bangladesh right now. However, he also said that if the number of Covid-19 patients suddenly increases, it will be difficult to handle.