Editorial | The Daily Star
  • A flyover becomes a thorn for BRT

    We are baffled and disappointed to know that the much-hyped Bus Rapid Transit route that was supposed to cover 22 km of road and relieve much of the traffic congestion of Dhaka city will actually cover only a 10 km stretch. What's more, even this much curtailed goal will not be accomplished before 2024. And the reason why we are getting only half our dreams come true (if they do at all) is that a number of arbitrarily built flyovers are blocking the BRT proposed routes.

  • Nurses' behaviour condemnable

    We are deeply disturbed by the insensitive behavoiur of two nurses of a government health complex who, reportedly, refused to admit an expectant mother, who was in labour, for reasons unknown. Having been driven away from the hospital, the unfortunate woman had to give birth in the hospital compound under a tree without any medical assistance.

  • Introduce emergency pad corner in schools

    We appreciate the initiatives taken by Bojromushthi, a voluntary organisation, which has been working to set up emergency sanitary pad

  • Unnatural hike in onion prices

    There is no good news for onion lovers in the city these days. According to what has been reported in the press lately, local onion is trading at Tk 60 per kilo,

  • Combatting spread of narcotics

    The government's plan of action apparent in the recently launched anti-narcotics drive is not likely to deliver the expected results, it being not an integrated approach which a problem like drugs and narcotics merits.

  • Traffic System in Dhaka

    Dhaka's traffic mess

    Dhaka's insufferable traffic system, a major problem for the city, remains in a shambles—as detailed in a report published by this paper yesterday—in spite of several steps taken by the government.

  • One electronic gateway brings 38 agencies together

    Thirty-eight government and private sector agencies signed an agreement with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to be connected with the National Single Window (NSW) system.

  • Good job by the police

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has managed to apprehend a sophisticated gang that specialised in leaking question papers for both public examinations and recruitment tests.

  • Grant UN agencies access to Rakhine State

    It is very disappointing to learn from a joint statement by UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency, and UN Development Programme that Myanmar has not granted their staff independent and effective access to the Rakhine State.

  • Drivers on payroll

    We welcome the move by the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association which declared on August 7 that contractual driving of city buses would end and that drivers will receive monthly salaries.

  • Victims hounded

    It is extremely disconcerting to witness that 22 university students have been placed on two-day remands in cases filed over “vandalism and attacks on police.”

  • CEC's injudicious comment

    We do not know what to make of the CEC's comments that the election commission cannot guarantee irregularity-free national elections.

  • Road Transport Bill, 2018 falls short

    The cabinet has given final approval to the proposed Road Transport Bill, 2018. There are some good measures in the proposed act like minimum educational qualification (Grade 8) and minimum age (18 years) to get a professional driver license, and introduction of a 12-point system which would lead to ultimately cancellation of license for violation of law.

  • Why are universities under attack?

    We deplore the heavy-handed police actions on Monday on the students of several private universities who were protesting against attacks on their peers. Why did police, supplemented by armed goons, fire rubber bullets and tear gas into campuses filled with students leaving scores injured?

  • First coal, now rocks disappear

    The Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Ltd. (MGMCL) is the second state-owned company to suffer from missing resources in so many weeks.

  • Attack on media continues

    We are outraged at the attacks on journalists of different media outlets by the BCL over the last two days.

  • Prime Minister's call to students

    The PM has called upon the protesting students to return to their classes, to where they belong. We appreciate the appeal and reiterate her feelings because it is not desirable that students should be on the streets rather than where they ought to be.

  • An indefensible offence!

    We strongly condemn the attack on the members of the media by the activists of BCL and the police. It is shocking that journalists would have their phones, cameras and other equipment snatched and destroyed, harassed and physically assaulted for doing their duty.

  • Halt char development in Sundarbans

    The Bagerhat district administration is doing the development work of an Ashrayan (shelter for the poor) project on a new char that has emerged recently in East Sundarbans.

  • Why these vicious attacks?

    We are dumfounded by the brutal attacks on student protesters, journalists and other citizens allegedly by Chhatra League men yesterday.

  • Crack down on the syndicate

    As this daily has reported last Wednesday, six cattle markets out of 13, for cattle sales before Eid-ul-Azha, in Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have failed to get a single offer in the last three biddings as a syndicate is forcing general bidders to keep out from bidding.

  • Anarchy in transport sector

    It has become a predictable reaction of the government to initiate curative actions after a matter precipitates to a point such as we have witnessed in the present situation stemming in the wake of the killing of the two school students.

  • Take money laundering seriously!

    The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit has detected cases of money laundering involving Tk 4,000 crore and is set to conduct a thorough probe into the matter, according to the Deputy Governor of the Bangladesh Bank.

  • The students have a cause

    Not every day is the entire city's traffic managed by school going students—boys and girls alike. Yet, that is exactly what is happening on Dhaka's streets for the last few days.

  • Sex crimes on the rise in CHT

    Afourth-grade student of Noymile Tripura Guchchagram Primary School was found raped and murdered in a forest.

  • Chaos in the transport sector

    The prime minister has ordered the BRTA and the DMP to take action against those responsible for the deaths of two students and injuries of several others a couple of days ago, as well as against underage and unlicensed drivers.

  • Three city polls replicate the previous two

    While we are happy that the three city mayoral elections have come to an end with little violence, they were, as we had feared, simply the iteration of the Khulna and Gazipur polls. They bear nearly all the hallmarks—from ballot stuffing to expelling election agents—of a heavily manipulated election.

  • First the Rohingyas, now the Muslims in Assam

    We consider it a matter of grave concern that four million people in Assam have been de-registered, mostly Bengali Muslims, who have become foreigners in their own land. We are equally confounded by this move particularly at a time when Indo-Bangladesh relations is at its peak!

  • Pathetically low conviction rate of traffickers

    We are quite dismayed to know that between February 2012 and June 2018, despite a recorded number of 4,152 cases of human trafficking, only 25 people have been convicted.

  • Stop patronising reckless driving

    We deeply mourn for the two college students whose lives were lost on Sunday for the lawlessness that plagues our roads. For the recklessness of two buses, which were racing with each other near the Airport Road flyover, Rajib, aged 18, and Mim, aged 17, both students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, had to pay the price.