1d ago| Opinion

Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury: His journey towards ‘immortality’ began at 17

On February 21, 1952, police opened fire upon the Bangali population that sought their birthright—a right to use their own mother language. A boy of 17, and a Dhaka College HSC student at the time,...

Will Ankhi be able to take the SSC exam this year?

I have known Ankhi since she was two-years-old. She is the daughter of Ali and Kohinoor who have struggled their entire life to support their children as they climb the steps to get out of poverty...

1d ago| Opinion

More chores for women further tilts the gender gap

"My husband says not to look for work too far from home since I have to do the household work as well and asks me to wait." Mita (not her real name) went on to express her frustration by...

2d ago| Opinion

But where do the children play?

Since the pandemic began and schools were shut down, my sole worry was my niece’s well-being. Will she become isolated? Will she be able to remain physically fit? Could she go into depression?

The global hunger crisis is here

Global food prices are soaring. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index—which covers a basket of basic food commodities (cereals, meat, dairy, vegetable oils, and...

Cumilla polls, a litmus test for EC, and the shadow of drugs

For a party so image-conscious and so demanding of "clean image" from its candidates, Awami League surely knows how to make a muck of things and draw unflattering attention.

4d ago| Opinion

Will money laundering continue to haunt us?

PK Halder, the former MD of a bank and a notorious embezzler, siphoned off and laundered about Tk 10,000-11,000 crore out of Bangladesh. That’s equivalent to the combined yearly budget of 51 public...

4d ago| Opinion

Europe’s colonial history and double standard

Commemorating Europe Day, European mission heads in Bangladesh jointly penned an opinion piece published by The Daily Star on May 9.

4d ago| Opinion

Of grief, longing and 'Chiltey Roud'

Grief can be both excruciating and cathartic.

5d ago| Opinion

Price hike of essentials: What can the government do?

Bangladesh has been feeling this inflationary pressure since June 2020.

5d ago| Economy

Bangladesh Economy: What got you here won’t get you there

Over the years, Bangladesh has achieved considerable economic progress despite many odds. The economy, however, has now reached a point where continued progress will require course corrections, as...

6d ago| Opinion

Sri Lanka: Debt crisis, neocolonialism and geopolitical rivalry

Sri Lanka is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis.

1w ago| Opinion

So what if taka slides against dollar?

There is nothing to be panicked about if taka slides further against the dollar.

1w ago| Opinion

Potential Overturning of Roe vs Wade: Let women have agency over their own bodies

A leaked draft opinion shows that the US Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe vs Wade and Planned Parenthood vs Casey, two Supreme Court decisions that guarantee the federal constitutional...

A two-stroke thrombosis

One marker for the oft-chanted prophecy of Bangladesh as the Asian Tiger can be explained through the rise and rise of motorcycles.

May 19, 2022
May 19, 2022

Will money laundering continue to haunt us?

PK Halder, the former MD of a bank and a notorious embezzler, siphoned off and laundered about Tk 10,000-11,000 crore out of Bangladesh. That’s equivalent to the combined yearly budget of 51 public...

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

Of grief, longing and 'Chiltey Roud'

Grief can be both excruciating and cathartic.

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

Engaging with Myanmar’s military based on strategic calculations

No doubt, finding an early and sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis is a "top priority" issue for Bangladesh right now.

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

India’s Covid Con

India is no stranger to political controversies. At least half a dozen rage in its fractious public life at any time. But perhaps the most unseemly dispute recently has been the one over the...

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

Biman’s misadventures continue

Biman is once again making the headlines and, as usual, for all the wrong reasons.

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

Price hike of essentials: What can the government do?

Bangladesh has been feeling this inflationary pressure since June 2020.

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

Bangladesh Economy: What got you here won’t get you there

Over the years, Bangladesh has achieved considerable economic progress despite many odds. The economy, however, has now reached a point where continued progress will require course corrections, as...

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

Why don’t we care about research?

“If we knew what it is we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” said Albert Einstein. Indeed, research gives us a glimpse of what the future might hold through the study of the...

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

Sri Lanka: Debt crisis, neocolonialism and geopolitical rivalry

Sri Lanka is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis.

May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022

Holistic approach needed to rein in rising prices

The prices of essentials continue to rise at a fast pace. Bangladesh has been feeling this inflationary pressure since June 2020, which recently became unbearable for the poor and fixed income...