Editorial | The Daily Star
  • Breach of law proves fatal

    Breach of law, more often than not, can be lethal and costly. This time it has cost the lives of at least 11 people, all workers in a plastic factory in Keraniganj

  • UGC’s directive to stop evening classes is rash

    The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive asking all public universities to stop evening classes has created more confusion than clarity.

  • A man’s love for trees

    It is heartening to learn from a report by The Daily Star on December 9 that a farmer named Md Abdul Wahid Sardar in Jashore has been removing nails from billboards, banners and signboards from the trunks of roadside trees since July 2018.

  • India’s Citizenship Bill

    Coming on the heels of the controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC) policy in Assam, does the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), one wonders, herald the end of a pluralistic and secular India, and the fulfilment of the dream of the RSS and its founders like Savarkar?

  • Implement UN HR council recommendations

    There is considerable gap between the government’s claim regarding the state of implementation of the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council and the reality.

  • The president’s eye-opening observations

    President Abdul Hamid has rightly pointed out the general malaise that has gripped our public universities over the years.

  • Save Buriganga at all costs

    We commend the High Court for passing an order to the Department of Environment (DoE) on December 8 to shut down all illegal industries, factories, and organisations on both shores of the Buriganga and submit a complete compliance report to it.

  • Rohingyas deserve justice

    The alleged genocide case against Myanmar at The Hague begins today, after the Gambia filed a lawsuit against Myanmar on November 11, accusing it of violating the UN Genocide Convention on behalf of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Conference.

  • Delayed autopsy report hampers murder investigation

    A report published by this daily on December 7, which suggested that a homicide case was filed as an unnatural death (due to suicide) by the police due to the delay in receiving autopsy report, sheds light on the loopholes in our crime investigation process.

  • Now Meghna is being grabbed!

    We are shocked to learn from a Daily Star report that a part of the Meghna River in Munshiganj is being filled up to set up a petroleum company.

  • Illegal stone crushers are degrading the environment

    A report from Sylhet in this paper yesterday has revealed some very concerning news. At present there are over a thousand stone crushers operating in six upazilas of Sylhet, most of them without permission or clearance.

  • Drug trade in broad daylight

    A report published by this daily on December 7, on the dominance of smugglers on trains connecting Khulna to Benapole via Jashore, is alarming.

  • Delayed Rohingya repatriation poses new challenges

    A recent report titled “Forcibly Displaced Myanmar National (Rohingya) in Bangladesh: Governance Challenges and Way Out” prepared by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) tells us that the country faces long-term financial, political and security challenges due to the prolonged stay of Rohingyas on Bangladeshi soil.

  • Hold those responsible to account

    Prices of equipment purchased at Sheikh Hasina Medical College in Habiganj, as this newspaper reported on Wednesday, have been exceptionally high without any explanation.

  • Proliferation of small arms very worrying

    The sale of illicit arms brought in from a neighbouring country has been an ongoing activity paying huge dividends to those involved in arms smuggling for decades.

  • Full execution of CHT Accord can brook no delay

    The CHT Accord signed 22 years ago was certainly a very significant achievement of the AL government, especially of Sheikh Hasina.

  • Wasa sewerage lines polluting Buriganga!

    While we are extremely concerned about the level of pollution that has made the water of Buriganga undrinkable (even after treatment) and unusable for any other purposes, the fact that Wasa’s own sewerage lines and drains have been polluting Buriganga came to us as a shock.

  • Railway expanding but failing on quality service

    Bangladesh Railway’s (BR) fortunes appeared to turn around over a decade ago when the government undertook a major overhaul of this public transportation service and invested thousands of crores, every fiscal, to expand its network.

  • Govt. breaks all bank borrowing records

    The government is set to exceed its annual limit for bank borrowing within the first half of the current fiscal year. This is primarily due to poor forecast on revenue collection.

  • PM’s timely call to the global community

    As one of the countries that are most vulnerable to the climate change, Bangladesh has been working relentlessly to combat the effects of extreme weather events induced by climate change.

  • Drug manufacturers spending on the doctors!

    A recent study by BIDS reveals the reasons why medicine prices are high in our domestic market.

  • An observation worth taking note of

    Once again, the observation of the judge in the case relating to the deaths of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College—Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim—has brought to the fore the anarchy that exists in our transport sector.

  • Disruptions of exam schedule unwarranted

    There are two important points that we would like to flag in this editorial.

  • Awarding licence to another NBFI

    The central bank’s plan to award licence to a new non-bank financial institution (NBFI), despite the struggle of around 10 NBFI’s to pay back their customers and the banks, is disturbing.

  • A learning trip that benefits no one

    Hazraat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has been in the news for some years now. Security, or rather the lack of it had caused a lot of headache for the country’s image. Now, there are

  • Exporters turning away from HSIA

    Hazraat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has been in the news for some years now. Security, or rather the lack of it had caused a lot of headache for the country’s image. Now,

  • A move to prevent Santals from reclaiming their land

    We are surprised and disappointed that despite incurring continuing losses for the last three years, and a track record of more loss than profit, the Rangpur Sugar Mills Ltd in Gaibandha is increasing production which clearly contradicts common sense.

  • Gross anomalies in procurement at FMCH

    The level of corruption that took place in procurement of machines and equipment for the Faridpur Medical College and Hospital’s (FMCH) Intensive Care Unit in 2014 is outrageous.

  • Central bank soft on serial bank defaulters

    Despite the constant alarms being sounded by us in the media about the relentless rise in non-performing loans (NPLs), we find that NPLs are increasing, and not decreasing.

  • Stop overlooking female migrant workers’ safety

    From the discussion that took place at a meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Wednesday, concerning the preparation of a work plan to ensure the safety of our female expatriate workers, we are constrained to say that the government’s action here has not been quick, proactive and effective.