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  • No, Chawkbazar fire won't be our 'wakeup call'

    Yet another tragedy has struck Bangladesh. Suddenly, everyone has woken up to the danger of chemical factories in Old Dhaka which this daily, along with other newspapers,

  • Flirting with disaster

    A major portion of my childhood was spent in Farmgate—my paternal grandmother's place. It was a residential area wedged into the corner of a labyrinth breathing with multi-storey buildings, shops, parlours, salons, warehouses, other settlements, and tall electric transformers.

  • inclusive development

    We need inclusive development

    Watching TV talk shows nowadays has become tantamount to listening to people trumpeting development projects taken or being taken by the government.

  • Old Dhaka Chawkbazar chemical warehouses

    Of mortality and unlearned lessons

    If you Google “Tragedies in Bangladesh,” you will see a multitude of news articles popping up about disastrous mishaps where factories have collapsed, burned, or had a major industrial machinery explode, and claimed the lives of tens to hundreds to thousands of workers and passers-by who were unfortunate enough to be around the area of disaster. And many of these are just the ones in Dhaka city.

  • Indian fighter jet

    Dark clouds of conflict

    The ongoing tension between India and Pakistan is taking a dangerous turn. The Indian air force crossed Pakistani airspace and carried out strikes against alleged terrorist training camps within Pakistan-administered territory, followed by Pakistan's own airstrike.

  • Bangladesh Biman airlines hijack bid

    From a 'gun' to a 'toy gun' to a 'plastic pipe'

    In today's world, airport and aviation security is tight that incidents of plane hijacking have almost ceased to occur. After September 11, 2001, when an airplane was hijacked to carry out the devastating attack on the World Trade Centres in New York, USA, aviation security across the world has been tightened even further.

  • Imran Khan has taken a leaf out of Josh Malihabadi's book

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken a leaf out of the great Urdu poet Josh Malihabadi's book.

  • Student movements and the culture of dissent

    After a long and agonising wait, we are finally going to witness the election of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) on March 11.

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Muibur Rahman

    The voice of revolution

    March of 1971 is a historic month for us because beginning March 1, the course of history of one Pakistan changed very fast. In the first general election of Pakistan since it was created in 1947, the Awami League (AL) led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won 167 seats out of 169 constituencies of East Pakistan (seven reserved seats for women), of a total 300 seats in the National Parliament of Pakistan.

  • Healthcare In Bangladesh: Women to lead the way

    Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the government of Bangladesh was proactively focusing on improving the healthcare scenario of the country. A series of awareness advertisements were aired on national television, focused on educating women about nutrition, vaccination, pregnancy and neonatology.

  • ‘Women's right to make decisions is paramount'

    ‘Women's right to make decisions is paramount'

    Cooperation between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in different sectors goes back over half a century. This year, the

  • The untapped potential of women in water resource management

    The untapped potential of women in water resource management

    The International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed this year with a call to build a gender-balanced world. The day is an occasion

  • Appreciating women who don't work (for pay)

    The following questions are for the men reading this article: have you ever cooked meals to feed yourself and others? Have you ever cleaned an entire house?

  • Financial independence: Luck or habit?

    With 12.9 percent of our population still living in extreme poverty and nearly 10 percent of the global population living below the lower poverty line, financial independence is a distant dream for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

  • Populism and how it impacts democracy

    In recent times, the socio-political scenes in scores of countries around the world have been turning toxic. A creeping polarisation among political forces is taking hold, accompanied by a culture of demonising the adversaries, use of vitriolic and bareknuckle hate rhetoric.

  • Between two languages: Examining my identity as a Bangladeshi

    My father is the son of a former Muslim League president of East Pakistan. My mother is the daughter of a former president of the East Pakistan Mohila Awami League.

  • The emerging new world order's alarm bells

    Friday's attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of 'civilisationalism' at the expense of the nation state.

  • Christchurch and the 'mass dissemination of hate' in the media

    I woke up to the news of the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, like millions around the world. I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed on Friday morning

  • 'Women hold up half the sky'

    Women in Bangladesh have made their mark in multiple fields, from the farms to the peak of the Himalayas, from the sports arena to high-tech jobs, from the handicrafts industry to the Gono Bhaban.

  • Remembering the barbarities of Operation Searchlight

    On the fateful night of March 25, 1971, the Pakistani army officially launched its campaign of genocide in erstwhile East Pakistan, by unleashing death squads that mercilessly killed 7,000 unarmed, innocent Bengalis in one single night.

  • Ethics rather than policing of the internet

    For many people in Australia and New Zealand, the horrific attack on mosques in Christchurch by an Australian national was not totally unexpected.

  • Access to books for prisoners in Bangladeshi jails

    ''Words are just words, a book never harmed anyone by itself.” These words by Rob May might have encouraged a lot of people to read. We all know that reading increases knowledge, provides mental stimulation and is a great source of stress relief.

  • The health challenges for the urban poor

    Bangladesh is being urbanised at a rapid pace, fuelled by rural poverty, climate change and the promise of a better economic future.

  • Banani Fire victim

    Living in a minefield of manmade disasters

    I was at the canteen during lunch hours at my workplace on Thursday when I found out about the fire in FR Tower. Everyone's eyes were fixated on the TV.

  • My journey through the mysterious world of autism

    One day, when we were very tiny, I remember watching my severely autistic and non-verbal twin brother Ayman during a session with a therapist in his room.

  • Drawing a false moral equivalence

    A recent op-ed piece in The Daily Star, titled “Crusading children: Fault in our stars... or ourselves?” published on March 31, was a bit intriguing and, perhaps, rather disconcerting.

  • Has privatisation benefitted the public?

    In most cases of privatisation, some outcomes benefit some, which serves to legitimise the change. Nevertheless, overall net welfare improvements are the exception, not the rule.

  • Digital technology: A cultural shift in healthcare

    Do you remember the primary function of a wristwatch? It is a timepiece, which gives you the time of the day and in some cases date as well.

  • Why universal health coverage is a must

    Health is a fundamental right of every human being, without distinction of any kind, but this is not a right enjoyed by everyone.

  • Safety First

    The news that at least 26 people died and many others were injured after fire broke out at the FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani was another tragic reminder of the everyday dangers faced by citizens of this country.