30th Anniversary Supplements | The Daily Star
  • Editor’s Note

    As we celebrate the 50 years of our independence, no one can deny that Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in various social and economic indicators.

  • An ideal vision of democracy in Bangladesh

    Considering that there is no universally agreed definition of democracy, let alone an ideal democracy, any discussion on an ideal vision of democracy may well be deemed as a futile exercise.

  • Bangladesh and the ongoing technological revolution

    In the last one year the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than a hundred million and killed more than two million people around the globe—the pandemic is not yet done.

  • Energy security and our future

    Energy security is a difficult thing to analyse for a country because it is dependent on many factors. To assist in the analysis, researchers have identified four components of energy security: i) Availability;

  • Branding Bangladesh: The ‘identity’ challenge

    Identity matters. It matters most amid flux, which the 21st Century is riddled with. Compromising the past and adding “new” components always knock on identity doors. Distinguishing the non-negotiable identity components from the negotiable gives us a head start.

  • Vaccine nationalism, global public good and the poor

    In a desperate move to inoculate from Covid-19, we are witnessing a kind of vaccine nationalism worldwide, which has manifested in a race to procure vaccine doses, particularly by those having the means and power to do so.

  • Future cities: A short guide to a Bengali urbanism

    When al-Mansur laid the foundation of Baghdad in 762 on the banks of the Tigris, he imagined an ideal city in the shape of a round plan.

  • Citizen participation in sustainable rural development

    Meaningful citizen participation is imperative for equitable development. Since rural development is a people-oriented programme, it is essential that people should take an active part in the rural development process.

  • How technology is changing business

    Now that 2020 is over, it has become clear that things will not go back to how they used to be. Rather we will gravitate towards a new normal. And in this new normal technology will play a major role in every facet of our lives. Even the way companies operate will be impacted by technology. In this article, I will try to highlight and explain the key changes that technology will bring in how we do business.

  • Automation is inevitable, we must embrace it

    When people write about automation, they often discuss it as if this is some futuristic development which will change the way we do business.

  • The future contours of education in Bangladesh

    Being in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), let’s consider two scenarios: In one, consortiums of universities no longer offer terminal degrees.

  • What is the future of our migrant workers?

    Lisbon’s riverfront Praça do Comércio is one of Europe’s largest city squares and a major attraction in tiny Portugal.

  • Can we create an environmentally liveable Bangladesh?

    Since independence, Dhaka’s population ballooned from just about 1.5 million to over 21 million, a 14-fold increase as opposed to 2.5-fold for the entire population of Bangladesh. Hence, for all practical purpose,

  • Skill set workers need for the future job market

    As we fight to overcome the damages done by the Covid-19 pandemic and restart and recalibrate our economies, this is a golden opportunity to ask what we can do to prepare ourselves better for the next decade. One thing is certain.

  • Bangladesh in 2050: Vision of a climate resilient society

    What will Bangladesh look like in 2050? A layman’s projection allows us to draw a picture of its basic parameters. In terms of population, Bangladesh can reach a number of 230-240 million, with an average growth rate of 1.2 percent/year.

  • The joys of travel

    The pandemic brought travel to a halt. With flights grounded, restaurants shuttered, and popular tourist sites morphed into ghost towns,

  • Fabrics of Heritage II

    “Yes, once upon a time, the handloom taant was at its peak. But then came the powerloom variant, parallel to any other sector in the textile industry. That’s when we had the hardest time to compete, because powerlooms have the capacity and capability to yield in greater quantity.

  • Fabrics of Heritage III

    History reminds us that this method worked in motivating the locals. Everyone wore khadi dhoti, sari and handloom cotton products to lead their daily lives and ultimately nationalistic attitude took over.

  • Preserving crafts and artists for the generations

    A snow-white, light quilt embroidered all over in neat miniscule run stiches is dotted with floral jasmine motifs in small intervals.

  • Branding Bangladesh, one good brand at a time

    With advances in local manufacturing, nearly all aspects of a consumer’s needs are easily met, without compromising on quality or taste! A simple systematic approach could easily demonstrate the sheer development in variety of local manufacturing and its impact on citizen mindset.

  • Bangladeshis making names in the global arena

    To make the recognition easier to ‘identify with,’ we have tried to group the names in segments.

  • The GI factor: Marking what is truly ours

    What GI enlistment or tag does is that it allows customers and producers to create trust and confidence on the product’s authenticity and quality in internal or external markets. It helps create a reputation of the product, facilitating fairer prices and access to lager markets for the producers.

  • Dissecting social networks: The truth about our commenting habits

    I joined social networking platforms fresh out of university. In the mid-2000s it seemed like the most happening thing to do. Failing to reap the pleasures of poking, or keeping my pet puppy, Whiskey, healthy — I felt I was a miserable virtual socialite.

  • What real women think, what real women do

    “A whole generation worked to raise empowered women, but forgot to teach men to live with empowered women.”

  • Women at work

    There are multiple aspects to the barriers women face when they decide to work out of the house, be it for need or simply to pursue passions. Despite those facts,

  • Women professionals in Bangladesh

    The long, arduous road from Raj to Partition to Liberation left our new-born country with an economy too small to accommodate many of its able-bodied men, let alone its women.

  • How prepared are our women’s right movement activists?

    Once at an event, advocate Sultana Kamal expressed bitterly how the women of Bangladesh have to start their race from the very beginning, whereas their male counterparts, participating in the same race, have a starting point somewhere comfortably set in the middle.

  • The era of urban farming

    Mujibor Rahman (not his real name), an expatriate living in the Middle East for the last 15 years, returned to his home-country in May last year due to the economic fallout in the country of his employmentand the subsequent termination of his job.

  • The young and educated farmer Key to revolutionised agriculture

    If you have bought locally grown strawberries, or dragon fruit, or the out of season bottle gourd, and the luscious Thai guava all year round, you are already a beneficiary of the silent agri-revolution happening in Bangladesh.

  • Dhaka’s online food business

    The lockdown-days of the coronavirus outbreak gave many a second chance to rediscover their inner fortes. While some resorted to taking up the pen or the painting brush, others looked deep into their recipe books and some honed their baking skills. Quite a few took the next, not necessarily the obvious, step!