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  • Ekushey Boi Mela

    The highlight of February, a month of devotion to the Bangla language, is experiencing the annual 'Ekushey Boi Mela' at Bangla Academy and around Suhrawardy Uddan.

  • DUCSU election: Make it happen

    As per the High Court directive and steps taken by the Dhaka University administration, the much-anticipated Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) and the hall union elections

  • Cancer treatment: A bleak scenario

    I read the article "A Fatal Diagnosis: Cancer treatment in Bangladesh" published on January 11. My mother died from breast cancer in 2008. She took treatment from NICRH (National Institute

  • A nomadic existence

    In our country, Bede families are well known but not respected. Our government, especially, should think what they can do so that the Bedes can live a respectable life.

  • Decision to study in the UK in coming days

    I am a regular reader of Star Weekend and the article “Stuck in limbo” shows a true picture of the British government.

  • A victim no more

    It needs sufficient courage for a victim to stand up against the injustice or the violence she faced. Those who raise their voice or express outrage are exemplary and Purnima Shil is one of them.

  • How many were murdered at Salanaga?

    This is a response to Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan's article on the Salanaga Massacre of 1922, which came out in The Daily Star on January 25.

  • Waste management is not a child's responsibility

    It was very moving to read the piece on child waste collectors in last week's issue of Star Weekend. It was frustrating, on one hand, to learn about the inefficient process of waste collection in our city

  • Elephants used at a political rally!

    That street animals in Dhaka live in appalling conditions is no secret. Everyday, as I make my way home, I find animals that have been beaten up, that are

  • Heinous rape in Subarnachar not election violence?

    There are detailed testimonies of the rape survivor and her husband about the men who threatened her for voting for 'sheaf of paddy' in the election and that the same men came

  • Fatal Diagnosis: Cancer Treatment in Bangladesh

    It was indeed a pleasure to read this article. As a former oncologist, trained in the US, I am appalled at the lack of training and protocols in Bangladesh.

  • Workers deserve equality in wages

    Our country's GDP mostly depends on the huge garment sector and its hundreds of thousands of workers.

  • Garment workers protests

    Protests over the last week in Savar, Gazipur, and Uttara show that garment workers are unsatisfied with the 'discriminatory' wage board declared last year, shortly before the elections.

  • Grades aren't everything

    Grades and CGPA are the most common questions youngsters are hammered with, or with which they themselves are grappling.

  • Stop poaching migratory birds

    Migratory birds from different parts of the world arrive at the onset of the winter season every year. A number of species of wildlife and birds arrive from the Siberian region every year to escape the severe weather prevailing there.

  • Regulate, monitor, stop single-use plastic, polythene bag use

    Polythene bags have managed to stage a huge comeback, despite a government ban on their use in the country. Their use has seen such a massive increase because of

  • Conserve rivers

    "Let the rivers run wild" last week really put the spotlight on what's happening to Bangladesh's rivers. Rivers have a significant influence on life, the environment, ecology, and travelling in the country.

  • The great minds we lost

    Every year on December 14, we remember martyred intellectuals with due solemnity, who lost their lives in 1971 at the hands of the Pakistani military and their local collaborators.

  • A healthy democracy is much needed

    The first question that comes to our mind when we talk about the upcoming parliamentary elections is “How healthy is the democracy that prevails in our country right now?”

  • Myanmar's double standards on the safe return of Rohingyas

    Since the Rohingya crisis began in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Bangladesh has engaged constructively with the government of Myanmar and the international community in order for Rohingya refugees to be able to safely and voluntarily return to their places of origin or choice in Myanmar.

  • Our duty on the suicide issue

    Suicide has been skyrocketing over the past decade despite numerous preventative measures. Five DU students recently ended their lives.

  • Let there be no others like Aritry

    The untimely demise of Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grader of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College was saddening for our nation as a whole. Her tragic death should serve as a wake-up call for us.

  • Tabligh Jamaat factional clash

    Clash in Tabligh Jamaat

    The fight between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat was really unexpected. People saw that the Tongi Ijtema Maidan turned into a battlefield where an elderly person died and more than 200 were injured.

  • Stop air pollution and changing environmental degradation

    Bangladesh has been struggling with air pollution for a long time and Dhaka continues to rank among the most polluted cities in the world.

  • If music be the food of love, play on

    It was a privilege for me to attend the Dhaka International Folk Festival, popularly known as Folk Fest, this year. I only made up my mind to attend on the last night of the festival.

  • Proper safety for women remains a far cry

    Ensuring proper safety for women remains a far cry as women still face harassment and ignominious behaviour when outside on the streets.

  • Avoid pre-election clashes

    At the onset of a national election, we hope the polls are going to be free and fair with the participation of all political parties.


    The population of Dhaka is almost 20 million and it is set to grow even larger. People from other cities and rural areas are attracted to the city life because of the


    On the October 19 issue of Star Weekend, Zyma Islam wrote a piece on the #MeToo movement. In the writeup, she analysed obstacles for such a movement in Bangladesh.


    It is democratically ambiguous if there should be "reserved seats" for women to be chosen indirectly by the (mainly) male MPs, not the voters.