Letters to the Editor | The Daily Star
  • Reducing Dhaka's population

    Dhaka has recently been branded as the second worst city in the world to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The ranking simply confirms what we have always known.

  • Skilled workforce willpay off

    For a country like Bangladesh, human capital can be the main driving force for economic development and prosperity. According to the UNDP, the working age population constitutes 66 percent of the entire population of Bangladesh. By 2030, the share of working age population will increase to 70 percent. After that, it will gradually begin to decline.

  • Caution against a future global disaster

    Technological developments have brought benefits to humankind but they have also entailed abuse of skills and technology by some people to cause great harm. The two world wars caused enormous loss and damage to life and property. At present super powers of the world have developed nuclear arsenals that have the potential to be catastrophic for human beings.

  • DU question paper leaked, again!

    It's really surprising and frustrating to learn that the question papers of Dhaka University's entrance test were leaked beforehand despite there being stringent measures in place.

  • Developing our countryside

    There are a number of different types of development that every country needs—social, economic, in its governing institutions, etc.

  • Was banning Laguna a wise decision?

    In September, the police banned the Laguna, a small passenger-carrier, in many areas of the capital. While I agree that Lagunas exacerbate traffic jams, I question the decision to ban them without putting any alternatives in the first place.

  • 'Leave politics to politicians'

    The president of Bangladesh and chancellor of Dhaka University, while addressing the 51st convocation of the university, requested to

  • Awareness campaign to save Hilsa

    The Hilsa—the national fish of Bangladesh—is a very important fish for us. Besides its great taste and flavour, it is also a great source of Omega 3 fatty acid. Large quantities of Hilsa have been seen available in the local markets the last few years.

  • Good service makes a difference

    It's hard to deny the fact that the number of hospitals has increased in our country over the years, but it's also true that it isn't nearly sufficient for the entire population.

  • Pay attention to UN climate change report

    The world media is now talking about the report on climate change released by the IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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    Regulating Facebook-based online stores

    With the upsurge in the number of internet and smartphone users, Facebook has become an essential part of the lives of many in Bangladesh. The social media website has numerous features including one that allows users to sell their products to others.

  • Brick kilns on agricultural land

    We have seen many newspaper reports on how brick kilns are being set up without following the proper procedures and plans and even without the permission of the authorities concerned.

  • Find those who are missing

    The disappearance of a large number of people over the last few years has really sowed fear among citizens of this country.

  • Dhaka facing the threat of soil liquefaction

    Recently, the world has witnessed a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia that took away nearly 1,400 lives.

  • Another Naria-like tragedy looming

    Moinot Ghat in Dohar Upazila is one of the most attractive tourist spots near Dhaka. Thousands of visitors come to this place every day. However, due to river erosion, it is daily decreasing in size.

  • Application fee for govt jobs

    According to World Bank data, Bangladesh's current unemployment rate stands at 4.2 percent. Compared to other countries, Bangladesh, in that regard, seems to be in a better position.

  • The plight of the 'third gender'

    In Bangladesh, those belonging to the transgender community are treated as if they are sub-humans. Although the government has classified transgender people as belonging to the “third gender”, it is not reflected in many public documents including their national identity cards.

  • Biased umpiring against Bangladesh

    During the Asia Cup 2018 final, the third umpire's decision that Liton Das was out after being stumped was unfair.

  • 'Shootouts' need to stop

    Almost every day we find reports of “crossfire” or “shootouts” in newspapers. This newspaper reported on Monday that six alleged “drug dealers” and “robbers” were killed on the previous day.

  • Ending the crisis in Myanmar

    The ongoing crisis in Myanmar is truly disturbing. It should be recalled that infighting between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have been happening for some time now. To know why, one has to dig deep into history.

  • Are commentators biased against Bangladesh?

    I was deeply dismayed by TV commentaries during the recently concluded Asia Cup final match between Bangladesh and India in Dubai, UAE. Both Rameez Raja and Sunil Gavaskar,

  • Climate change, liberty and national sovereignty

    Climate change, liberty and national sovereignty

  • Balancing growth and sustainability

    A World Bank report released recently showed that nearly the entire population of Bangladesh, or at least a good chunk of it, is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

  • Rohingya crisis: Int'l community must do more

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a recent interview with Reuters accused—and rightly so—the Myanmar authorities of using delaying tactics to block the Rohingya repatriation process. She also expressed her government's inability to take in nearly a million Rohingya refugees permanently in Bangladesh.

  • Let the media function independently

    A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. It is only a free press that can expose corruption and crime.

  • Digital Security Bill 2018

    The much debated Digital Security Bill 2018 has recently been passed in the parliament with a provision that allows police officials to

  • Minimum call rate hurting the poor

    Because of rapid advances in technology, human beings are becoming increasingly connected at a pace never seen before. Technology is affecting everyone's life, and the same is the case for us here in Bangladesh.

  • Fighting river erosion

    According to a report by US space agency NASA, the Padma River has devoured over 66,000 hectares of land since 1967 in Bangladesh. In the process, hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes

  • Power shortage in Bashabo

    Over the last few years, the government has, to its credit, been able to increase power generation and expand distribution, all the while reducing power loss considerably.

  • UN's Myanmar probe report

    I have been taken aback by the United Nation's recent probe report that describes “crimes of the highest order” committed by Myanmar's military forces against the country's minority Rohingya nationals.