Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Abuse of domestic workers must stop!

    The picture of Lamia, an 11-year-old domestic worker, with a bruised face and injury marks all over her body, published in this daily yesterday, is a sad example of how little we have done to ensure that our children have a harassment and torture-free childhood.

  • Fatal road crashes continue

    According to the count of a leading Bangla daily, so far 5,354 lives have been lost to road crashes this year which comes to about 601 people dying every day. And this is excluding the number of people killed yesterday or today.

  • Crack down on kilns near farmlands and habitation

    In a report published in this newspaper on Wednesday, we reported how toxic gas emitted from a brick kiln in Faridpur Sadar upazila is damaging ripe paddy on nearly 10 acres of land. The emissions from the kiln, which started operation in 2017, have burned paddy fields and reduced the yield of paddy according to locals. Yet, despite complaints from farmers to the DC and the environment department, little has been done, and the owner of the kiln has been able to continue with its operation.

  • Is Bangladesh lagging behind in competitiveness?

    In the latest edition of Geneva-based World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitive Index (GCI), Bangladesh has slipped a notch and has been ranked 103rd out of 140 economies covered. This year the GCI was prepared using a new methodology and applied globally. Last year, the country ranked 99 out of 137 countries (using the old method). This year three new countries have been added to the Index. We have scored badly in nine out of the 12 indicators and the two poorest scores were in business dynamism and product market development.

  • Illegal parking clogs busy roads

    Abdul Gani road is a very important road in Dhaka. It leads to the Secretariat, the seat of the bureaucracy (along with a number of other important government buildings) and also heads to a very busy junction of the city.

  • No end to dowry deaths

    The prevalence of the dowry system continues to baffle rights activists and policymakers.

  • Healthcare and education very expensive

    As per a report published in a leading Bangla daily, we find that the financial burden of education and healthcare is increasingly becoming unsustainable.

  • The election commissioner should have his say

    We are dismayed that one of the election commissioners was forced to walk out of an election preparatory meeting because he was not allowed to voice his proposals regarding how to hold a free,

  • Another exam paper leak!

    The news of question paper leak of Dhaka University's “Gha” unit admission exam is very disappointing. According to newspaper reports, some admission seekers got the question paper of the said unit via WhatsApp and other instant messaging apps prior to the exam, which was held on October 12, 2018.

  • With recognition comes decision-making power

    The lack of recognition of women's unpaid work in Bangladesh is something that has fortunately begun to be discussed. This was highlighted yet again at a press conference on Sunday marking the International Day of Rural Women.

  • DSCC given the short shrift

    That most chiefs of utility service-providing organisations choose not to attend coordination meetings called by the Mayor of South City Corporation is just shameful. Not only have they defied a direct order from the Prime Minister's Office, but their repeated refusals to attend the meetings are an insult to the mayor and the public.

  • Focus more on technical education

    There is a general perception among our people, especially our young generation, that higher education is the only way to become a member of the skilled work force.

  • Dangerous level of water contamination

    The World Bank unveiled a report titled “Promising Progress: A Diagnostic of Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Poverty in

  • In Dhaka, fire safety in a shambles

    The fire department's recent report paints a grim picture of fire safety in the capital's public and private establishments. A year-long

  • Success in Human Capital Index

    We are happy to learn that Bangladesh has outperformed its largest South Asian neighbours, India and Pakistan, in the World Bank's Human Capital Index.

  • Bangladesh should seek ICCs intervention

    In a report published recently, a UN special rapporteur—who has been barred from entering Myanmar since last December—said that the Myanmar government is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingyas.

  • Why were ferry services suspended for 12 hours?

    This sort of highly irresponsible behaviour can be expected only from callous and careless government functionaries. Without any prior notice, ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route were inexplicably suspended for a period of 12 hours on October 10 at midnight.

  • Lessons of the verdict

    The verdict on the August 21 grenade attack case reveals some very dark features of politics in Bangladesh. It is indeed frightening to think that politics would degenerate to such a level where the psyche of the ruling party would be pervaded by such pathological animosity towards the opposition, so as to instigate it to eliminate the entire leadership of the...

  • Little being done to reduce inequality

    As per Oxfam's latest “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”, Bangladesh ranked 148 among 157 (where a lower number means better performance) countries surveyed.

  • Need to invest in mental health

    There is no denying the importance of the awareness of mental illness as a growing health concern in Bangladesh.

  • Six months for release order to reach jail?

    We really do not know what to say about the manner in which an innocent man, who passed 13 long years in Khulna jail on death row, died without seeing his family. The High Court declared Obaid innocent six months ago, by which time he was fighting a losing battle against colon cancer.

  • Averting a global climate chaos

    The just-released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report should serve as a clear warning to world leaders that time is fast running out in the fight against global warming.

  • Crisis of doctors at upazila hospitals

    We thank the prime minister for highlighting a major concern in the healthcare sector at a physicians' conference recently: absence of

  • Shrinking Saudi job market

    According to Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) statistics, the number of Bangladeshi workers going to Saudi

  • Peace Prize for activists against sexual violence

    The past one year or so has been an important one in confronting the systemic instances of sexual violence that women face—be it in conflict zones, where rape continues to be used as a weapon of war, or in everyday lives.

  • Transport owners holding people hostage

    The Bangladesh Goods Transport Owners Workers United Association's decision to abstain from work until their seven-point demands are met, which includes making changes to the Road Transport Act-2018, is shocking.

  • Threat of militancy persists

    After a brief hibernation, terrorism tried to rear its ugly head, again. On Friday, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) carried out an operation targeting a house in Mirsarai, Chittagong.

  • Impending Aedes outbreak in the city

    Officials from the directorate of health are raising the alarm on a spike of dengue cases in the city.

  • The ugly business of posters

    As election season is on full swing we the ordinary citizens have to bear with the eyesores that are the thousands of posters plastered on every wall, bridge, letter box, lamppost etc.

  • Another solar success!

    We applaud Sarishabari Sales and Distribution Division of Power Development Board (PDB) for adopting the on-grid solar plant as an alternate means of producing electricity.