Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Another hardship on migrant workers in Malaysia

    We are dismayed to learn about the proposal that will allow Malaysian employers to deduct 20 percent of migrant workers’ salaries to prevent them from fleeing workplaces. The disturbing news came to light when two rights bodies submitted a petition to the Malaysian human resources

  • Expired drugs in pharmacies ‘not unusual’!

    The comment of the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Industries would have been passed off as a pun were it not for the fact that it has to do with the health of the public. He wants us not to be worried that there are time-expired medicines in the pharmacies

  • When hospital wards become death traps

    When parts of the ceiling of a paediatric ward falls on child patients and their attendants, it cannot be dismissed as an accident.

  • New budget fails to address old concerns

    The proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20 did not throw up any big surprises, but that itself is perhaps somewhat of a surprise.

  • Myanmar reneging on its promise

    While briefing foreign diplomats in Dhaka on Tuesday, the foreign minister lamented the mendacious position of Myanmar regarding the Rohingya issue, particularly its position on the repatriation of Rohingyas.

  • No big surprise in new budget

    There is no big change in the new budget, but it has promised many new reforms and development initiatives.

  • A cancer hospital sitting idle for 12 years!

    While care facilities for the large number of cancer patients in the country are severely inadequate, Rajshahi Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, the lone cancer care facility in Rajshahi division, is sitting idle with no cancer patients to avail treatment.

  • Budget should include cash subsidies to rice farmers

    It has been a disheartening realisation that farmers of our country, despite their back-breaking work in the fields to grow paddy that provides

  • Is it really that hard to make our roads safe?

    Words are not enough to describe our frustrations at the anarchy that is going on in our transport sector which leads to dangerous road

  • Another ominous sign for the banking sector

    Defaulted loans soared to the highest ever in the country’s history, totalling Tk 110,874 crore as of this March after another Tk 16,962 crore—also a new record—was added to the tally in the first quarter of this calendar year. Defaulted loans now account for 11.87 percent of total outstanding loans, up from 10.30 percent last December, which itself was alarming enough.

  • The sorry state of Bailey bridges

    We are not really surprised to know that frequent collapses of Bailey bridges have been reported across the country. Truckers, overloading their vehicles, go into these decades-old bridges causing them to fall apart. Although there are signs warning drivers of the dangers

  • Revive the Mosquito Control Department

    At a time when the residents of Dhaka are suffering from the unending menace of mosquitoes, the Mosquito Control Department, situated in Old Dhaka, is sitting idle with its limited authority to control the problem. A Daily Star report published on June 9 reveals that the office building

  • Good govt initiative, if implemented well

    We welcome the government’s plan to allocate Tk 100 crore for the rehabilitation of victims of river erosion which annually leaves around 50,000 people—who comprise around 30 to 40 percent of the homeless in the country—without a home.

  • ASEAN’s clean chit to Myanmar

    A leaked report prepared by the regional body’s Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) on the Rohingya issue exposes a preposterous attempt to hide the facts about the brutality committed by the Myanmar army in Rakhine.

  • Who will answer for the ‘shootout’ killings?

    The deaths of five persons in “shootouts” in different districts, and the manner in which those were explained away by the responsible agencies, show how this method of dealing with alleged criminals has become a law enforcement tool in Bangladesh.

  • A major threat to the environment

    It makes absolutely no sense as to why illegal stone extraction in Sylhet, Bandarban and other hilly regions in the country would continue despite directives from the High Court and calls from environmentalists and the local people to stop this dangerous practice.

  • When fishermen cannot fish

    Several fishing villages in Barishal did not take part in the usual Eid festivities like most parts of the country. It was like any other day, a day of struggle and hardship. Fishermen who have been in this profession for generations were barred from throwing their nets into the river to fish because of a government ban

  • Road accidents mar Eid festivities

    We are deeply saddened to know from news reports that at least 30 lives have been lost in road accidents around the country during the last three days of Eid holidays. The number of injured is as high as 104 till the time of writing this editorial. It is a matter of regret that despite the passionate road safety

  • A promising start at the World Cup

    We couldn’t be prouder of the Bangladesh cricket team for its stunning victory over South Africa at The Oval on Sunday.

  • Let us share the joy of Eid with everyone

    The lessons that come with this holy month are many: we are supposed to learn some of the basic human values such as self-restraint, compassion, honesty, peace and tolerance and respect for one another. The month also teaches us to be empathetic to the less fortunate through the practice of Zakat and Fitra.

  • Bangladesh should welcome Chinese investment

    With the ongoing US-China trade war and because the Chinese economy is also currently undergoing some structural changes, a number of Chinese garment makers are looking to set up factories in Bangladesh under joint ventures.

  • PM’s call to OIC to hold Myanmar to account

    The prime minister’s powerful call at the 14th OIC Summit is very appropriate—both in terms of the timing as well as the forum. And we strongly reiterate her views.

  • Violators of HC directive should be held to account

    It is disappointing to learn that stone extraction in Bandarban continues unabated despite a High Court directive and calls from the indigenous communities and environmentalists to stop such activities that are destroying the environment and natural resources of the area.

  • Prioritising inclusive regional development

    Bangladesh’s uneven economic growth is a puzzle that continues to mystify the economists. A new study aimed at charting the

  • Fresh crackdown in Rakhine

    According to the Amnesty International, Myanmar’s “unrepentant, unreformed and unaccountable” military has been committing new war crimes since it launched a campaign in recent months against ethnic rebels in northern Rakhine state—the scene of the military’s bloody crackdown against the Rohingya Muslims in 2017.

  • A right decision

    The decision of the government to subsidise agriculture inputs by Tk 3,000 crores, mostly for agriculture machinery, has not come a day too soon.

  • May the best team win!

    The moment we have all been waiting for is here. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 officially kicked off yesterday with England taking on South Africa at The Oval in London. The month-and-a-half-long cricket bonanza is surely going to be an exciting time for millions of lovers of the sport who wait for the tournament with bated breath for four long years.

  • PM’s Japan visit

    We believe that the three-day visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Japan will further deepen the deep mutual bonds of friendship between the two countries. Having been one of the first countries to recognise the newly independent nation, Japan has been a trusted and all-weather friend of Bangladesh.

  • Ensure hassle-free Eid journey

    During every Eid, holidaymakers have to go through intolerable sufferings. And as it seems, there will hardly be any exceptions this time, despite the fact that several steps have been taken by the government to ensure smooth Eid journeys for home-goers.

  • Nusrat murder trial must be fast-tracked

    A rather distorted version of the old adage “Great things are done when men and mountains meet” has come to become the norm in our society.