Star Weekend

Of hope and resistance in Balata

Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River Valley, in Palestine, there are some of the oldest cities in the world—Jericho and

An indigenous way to save our soil

Namapara village is like any of the 84,000 villages of Bangladesh. Located in Rowmari upazila of Kurigram, the poorest district in Bangladesh, this village is inhabited by some 200-250 families,...

What do Fidel Castro, Walt Disney and Bertrand Russell have in common?

Mohammad Anwarul Quadir pushed his glasses over his forehead and moments later, began looking for it everywhere. It may appear so, but he was no amnesiac. The 77-year-old flawlessly recollects the...

A paper card to save a baby

Hospitals being too far away is probably the single-most common problem that health sectors in the developing world are dealing with, and this contributes majorly to infant mortality.

Against the odds

This year alone has witnessed the DMCH succesfully perform three rare surgeries.

Sazeda's story of breaking chains

Sazeda visits every home in the village regularly and educates parents and other family members about the harmful effects of child marriage and the importance of educating female children.

September 27, 2019
September 27, 2019

Of hope and resistance in Balata

Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River Valley, in Palestine, there are some of the oldest cities in the world—Jericho and

July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019

An indigenous way to save our soil

Namapara village is like any of the 84,000 villages of Bangladesh. Located in Rowmari upazila of Kurigram, the poorest district in Bangladesh, this village is inhabited by some 200-250 families,...

March 29, 2019
March 29, 2019

What do Fidel Castro, Walt Disney and Bertrand Russell have in common?

Mohammad Anwarul Quadir pushed his glasses over his forehead and moments later, began looking for it everywhere. It may appear so, but he was no amnesiac. The 77-year-old flawlessly recollects the...

February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

The Motorcycle Diaries

Their first obstacles were their families and their apprehension. When a group of four women—Sakia Hoque, Manoshi Saha, Silvy Rahman and Shamsun Nahar—decided to explore Bangladesh's North on...

November 23, 2018
November 23, 2018

A school off the beaten track

Just a few days back, The Daily Star ran a report that students' enrollment in government primary schools is decreasing sharply.

October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018

A day on the Shitalakhya

Though it's a sunny Friday morning, the concrete Gulistan flyover renders the landscape gunmetal, where I'm to meet Shohag Mohajon, the manager of Clean River Bangladesh. Almost 20...

July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018

The tree doctors

Even though it was monsoon, I watered my rooftop plants before leaving Dhaka during Eid. While travelling in the night coach, I kept worrying about my plant babies. What would happen to them in the...

July 6, 2018
July 6, 2018

More than a place of learning

Abinta Kabir was one of the 22 hostages killed at the terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery, two years ago now. Only 19 years old and an undergraduate student in the US, she wanted to return to...

June 1, 2018
June 1, 2018

Our environmental saviour?

As global concerns continue to rise with 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags being produced every year around the globe, a number of eco-friendly companies come up with a seemingly wonderful...

February 23, 2018
February 23, 2018

Adopt a Library

While Boi Mela sadly lasts only a month, what do readers in Dhaka and the rest of the country do the rest of the year? Buying a year's worth of books in one go is hardly feasible. For those...