Tasneem Tayeb | The Daily Star
  • Tasneem Tayeb

  • Climate change bringing its own set of conflicts

    In 2014, United Nations tweeted, “Peace means dignity, well-being for all, not just absence of war”. The statement couldn’t have been closer to the truth: peace is not just the absence of war, it is the building of inclusive societies, where people can live with dignity and coexist in harmony with each other.
  • Juvenile delinquency: No child’s play

    The recent surge in teen gang violence has become a major concern for the citizens. The murder of 17-year-old Mohsin Ali in the capital’s Mohammadpur area on September 4, 2019 had haunting echoes of the gruesome killing of Adnan Kabir (14) in 2017—which
  • Bhasantek slum

    Housing the entire pyramid

    Bangladesh continues to grow at an impressive rate. According to World Bank projections, the country’s GDP growth for 2019 is 7.3 percent.
  • What does it take for a tree to fall?

    If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it really fall? If another tree follows it, and then another, followed by a million others, and no one is around to hear the sound of their fall, do they really fall?
  • Slums: Whose problem is it anyway?

    The recent fire incident at the Chalantika slum in Mirpur has perhaps been the kindest to the victims: claiming no lives, only their life’s possessions. The fire that broke out around 7:20pm on August 16, 2019, engulfed more than a thousand shanties, leaving thousands of people homeless. It took 24 firefighting units hours to reign in the insatiable flames. A lot of the slum dwellers had been away to their native villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, serendipitously escaping the blazing fires. Concerned authorities have also been quick to contain the situation and provide relief to the affected people, with DNCC operating treatment facilities for the victims.