11h ago| Opinion

What does Padma Bridge mean to a southerner?

The need for a bridge over the mighty Padma River may not have been felt so dearly by people other than those who have been born and bred in the southwestern part of Bangladesh.

How the US could lose the new cold war

The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia.

Why I’m a fan of Ananta Jalil

But not because of the logic-defying stunts in AJ's latest movie venture, Din: The Day. It's because of Ananta Jalil, the human being.

EC’s big nothing: From a crowning moment to a humbling experience

Now that the Cumilla City Corporation (CCC) election is over and everything there was to see and hear has been seen and heard, we need to address the elephant in the room.

3d ago| A Closer Look

Why are we still rewarding money launderers?

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed a controversial suggestion in his budgetary proposal: money launderers – read financial criminals – will be allowed to legalise their laundered money without having to face any questions, if they pay a meagre 7-15 percent tax.

3d ago| Interviews

Our embankments are contributing to floods, not stopping them

Dr S Nazrul Islam, founder of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and Vice President of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), speaks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the causes behind the devastating floods in Sylhet and Sunamganj, and what the government must do to avoid such disasters in the future.

5d ago| Opinion

Why not declare Sylhet, Sunamganj as ‘disaster zones’?

It was pitch-dark when I entered Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital on Saturday afternoon. The ground floor was submerged in knee-high floodwater. I climbed up the stairs to the first floor to find an elderly patient named Ana Miah lying on the floor.

5d ago| Opinion

Government urgently needs to arrange relief for all flood-hit people

We have not seen such devastating floods in the country since 1988. Every year during monsoon, the haor areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts experience flooding – but it has never been this catastrophic.

Stateless refugees and the calculus of human worth

There’s a whole calculus about good refugees and bad refugees, and how many of which must be welcomed where.

6d ago| Opinion

Dire lessons from the Cumilla City Corporation election

The just completed Cumilla City Corporation election was a “test case” for the newly formed Awal Commission.

Unusual power lust in modern West

After quenching their lurid lust for power and property, funded by slavery and wholesale loot for centuries, leaving behind a trail of torture, murder and injustice, Western colonialists began to spread the word of the holy books,

6d ago| Opinion

Can Bangladesh-Myanmar military ties stabilise the region?

A power shift in Myanmar and the subsequent polarisation among major powers triggered a new geopolitical flashpoint in Bangladesh’s strategic backyard, which the latter cannot afford to ignore.

1w ago| THE THIRD VIEW

Column by Mahfuz Anam: New assault on the freedom of the press and expression

There is a new assault on the freedom of the press. This time, sadly, it comes from another section of the mass media itself – the television.

How do we get the goons out of the EVM booths?

The recent eruption of political activity, and hence political news centred on city corporation elections has again livened up the dull, drab political stage of recent times.

1w ago| Opinion

Bangladesh must protect its human rights defenders

It is not just anti-corruption HRDs who fear being targeted in Bangladesh.

1w ago| Opinion

Do we need stricter tobacco control?

A "smoking zone" in the middle of an otherwise smoke-free area does not protect people from second-hand smoke.

1w ago| Opinion

Cheaper polythene bags spell disaster for the environment

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed to withdraw the existing 5 percent supplementary duty on all types of polythene bags, plastic bags (including oven plastic bags) and wrapping materials made of polyethylene.

1w ago| Opinion

Enjoying Dhaka rain doesn't have to be a privilege

I probably won't be too wrong in saying, there is nothing likeable about the rainy season if you happen to be a Dhaka resident who have to be out and about, rain or shine.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

How the US could lose the new cold war

The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

The Sylhet floods are anything but normal

As you read this piece, the water is receding in Sunamganj, while the bodies surface.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

What does Padma Bridge mean to a southerner?

The need for a bridge over the mighty Padma River may not have been felt so dearly by people other than those who have been born and bred in the southwestern part of Bangladesh.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

'Israel’s actions are that of an apartheid regime. The only difference is that we are all brown.'

Dr Amal Jadou, Palestine’s deputy foreign minister, talks to Porimol Palma of The Daily Star about the decades long Palestine-Israel conflict, and the recent escalation of violence against the Palestinians.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

Education system in Bangladesh needs to change

In Bangladesh, although primary education is free and the government provides the textbooks, more than 4.3 million children aged 6-15 years are not in school.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

India should think beyond the Hindutva agenda

Over the last few years – under the BJP government – India’s religious polarisation has increased in degree and intensity.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

Why I’m a fan of Ananta Jalil

But not because of the logic-defying stunts in AJ's latest movie venture, Din: The Day. It's because of Ananta Jalil, the human being.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

How can the WTO help its ‘weaker’ members?

The 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) finally took place during June 12-16, 2022 after being cancelled twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The MC12 was held at a time of unprecedented global economic downturn.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Inflation, globalisation, and localisation

It is difficult these days to go anywhere or do anything without thinking or hearing about inflation – what is less obvious is what to do about it.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our foremost intellectual and writer in Bangladesh

Today – June 23 – marks the 87th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury.