Tackling the causes behind fire incidents

Dr Syeda Sultana Razia speaks to The Daily Star Opinion regarding the causes behind frequent fires and some possible solutions. 

Our reality versus government's narrative

Why is there so much difference between the reality of common people and that which the government wants to see or project?

Destructive ‘development’ efforts by Water Development Board

Our rivers are being attacked one after another. India's dams, river connectivity plans, and various projects undertaken within the country, encroachment and pollution are all taking our rivers closer to extinction.

Choose books, not bans

Even if one does find the content of a certain book or the opinions of its author to be agreeable, it is unfortunate for that book to be altogether banned from having a place at the book fair.

50 years in Bangladesh: Dissecting the success story of World Bank

Bangladesh and the World Bank (WB) have completed 50 years of their relationship. As such, there has been a lot of recounting of the WB’s successes. But what really lies behind all this praise? Of all the projects that have been carried out in Bangladesh upon the WB’s prescription, how many have been fruitful for the people of the country? Anu Muhammad, professor of the economics department at Jahangirnagar University, discusses these issues with The Daily Star Opinion.

Why allegations of money laundering not being probed?

In Bangladesh, the problem of money laundering is not new. But, what is the reality of this money laundering allegations? Has any significant action been taken to recover the laundered money?

Who do we look to for a solution for these fatal accidents?

Can the explosion in Gulistan’s Siddikbazar be just pronounced as another accident? Or is it another fatal reminder that the authorities are in complete disregard for our safety and security?

What's the reason behind bike speed limit of 30kmh?

The government has drafted the "Motorcycle Traffic Policy" to control reckless driving and accidents. It has been proposed to set the maximum speed of bikes in the city to 30km per hour.

‘Government wants everyone to be its PR officer’

According to him, these incidents expose the intolerant mindset of the government, the Bangla Academy, and of the Dhaka University administration.

Rabindranath goes 'missing' and 'returns' in pieces

What are the implications of such occurrences?

Are Sagar-Runi’s killers more powerful than the state?

Over the decade, the investigation officer was changed six times, and the agencies have taken 95 dates from court to complete the probe

The lord of water and sewers

You may have heard of Poseidon, lord of the seas.  But do you know about our very own lord of water and sewers?

Metro Rail: Festivities vs Reality

The Metro Rail project has to be used as a guideline for town-planning.

How was 2022 for the majority of the people?

2022 can be termed as a year of attacks on the majority of people in Bangladesh, in which the prices of oil, gas and electricity increased. The increase of the price of oil led to an increase in the price of various commodities. Yet, since the beginning of the Ukraine war, the government has been citing it as the reason behind every price hike. How rational is this explanation? How did general people really fare in the year 2022?

Is BNP truly aiming for state reform with its 27 points?

Can BNP really implement these proposals or is it just an attempt at vitalising their movement?