Editorial | The Daily Star
  • When will this insanity end?

    Unsuspecting people are becoming victims of reckless bus drivers and their killing machines with sickening regularity. Only in the space of 10 days three persons fell victim to wild bus drivers who thought the streets of Dhaka were racing tracks, and consequently, Rajib and Rozina eventually succumbed to their injuries. The case of the latest victim is even more appalling. He is a car driver who was deliberately run over by the driver of a private transport company, when told to stop by the victim after the bus had hit and damaged the car.

  • Crops in haor areas in peril, again!

    In the last two years, farmers in haor areas had lost their boro crops to flash floods caused by heavy rain, followed up by onrush of water from the upstream. This year, water has again entered the paddy fields in 88 villages of Sunamganj's Tahirpur and Dhamapasha upazilas after part of the Naotana dyke along the Tanguar Haor had allegedly been cut by some local fishermen.

  • Celebrating Buddha Purnima

    We would like to wish a joyous Buddha Purnima to all followers of Gautama Buddha in Bangladesh and all around the world. The day, observed on the occasion of Buddha's birthday, aims to celebrate his life, teachings and the message of peace and non-violence.

  • UNSC visit must break the stalemate

    The visit of the delegation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to first Bangladesh and then Myanmar comes at a crucial time when Bangladesh is facing several daunting challenges as it struggles to host over one million Rohingya refuges forced to flee Myanmar's persecution.

  • Libraries crucial for a knowledge-based society

    It was heartening to learn from a report in this newspaper that a councillor at Shibalaya Model Union in Manikganj has set up a library in his community so that people in his locality can nurture their habit of reading and become ideal citizens.

  • Triumph of diplomacy over belligerence

    History was made when for the first time in sixty-three years a North Korean leader stepped on the southern side of the divided peninsula that at one time had been one country and one people. We welcome the momentous step that Moon and Kim have taken to shed the baggage of history, turn around from the past and transform a situation of intractable hostility to one that the world hopes presages enduring peace.

  • Historic UNSC visit

    To have the Security Council members visit a country is indeed extremely significant, particularly when that is taking place in connection with a matter as important as the Rohingya crisis. Noteworthy is Myanmar relenting eventually to allow a UN visit to the Rakhine State; we would hope that the significance of the entire visit would be fully understood by our policy makers, and that the occasion would be fully utilised to carry our point home to the visiting team members.

  • Rising child rape incidents

    A number of human rights organisations have expressed concerns over rising incidents of child rape at a protest rally on April 25 at the central Shaheed Minar. According to their statistics, in just the last three months, as many as 99 children became victims of rape all over the country.

  • Water crisis in CHT

    This daily reported yesterday that many of the villages of Rangamati and Khagrachhari districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts are facing an acute crisis of water as most of the springs and streams in these villages are running dry. The situation is so bad that even after digging up to 150 feet, no groundwater could be found in some of the springs.

  • Fake currency a silent menace

    Come the major festival times come the increased activity of the fake currency gangs. Taking a stock of the incidents of busting of currency gangs would reveal this dangerous phenomenon. And this has again been confirmed by the seizure of fake currency-making materials by the Rapid Action Battalion on April 24.

  • A community's commendable effort

    Not very often are we accustomed to seeing a news item as inspiring as the one about a school for children with special needs in Jessore published by this newspaper on April 24. A bunch of wilful and dedicated people of the district's Abhaynagar Upazila built the school on their own. The school—a tin-shed building comprising four classrooms—currently caters to as many as 101 students, many of whom discontinued or were rejected from normal schools.

  • Lessons from Rana Plaza

    Five years after Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that took over a thousand lives, the collective efforts of the Bangladesh government, entrepreneurs, apparel retailers and brands, workers' rights groups, NGOs and inspection bodies such as the Accord and Alliance, have led to considerable progress in fire, electrical and structural safety in Bangladesh's garment factories. But more needs to be done.

  • Santals' demand is legitimate

    We are surprised that the Santal community of Gabindaganj upazilla (Gaibandha district) who had been cruelly evicted from their own farm land by law enforcers, are still having to bring out a human chain, to demand justice and the return of their land

  • Sexual harassment in bus

    On Sunday, a few hundred students of Uttara University staged demonstrations demanding punishment of some staff of Turag Paribahan bus service.

  • Put public concerns at rest

    On average, 16 people have become victims of enforced disappearance between 2012 and 2017, which amounts to more than one every month. It is regrettable too that in the four or five years that the afflicted families have been making their annual plea to the government through a press conference, to trace the victims out, their number has risen gradually.

  • Road sector is a disaster!

    A survey by the Passengers' Welfare Association revealed at least 87 percent of buses and minibuses ply recklessly in violation of traffic rules on the roads of Dhaka, creating chaos.

  • Yaba pills

    Stop yaba trade

    It is alarming news that a syndicate is using a new route to bring yaba pills from Teknaf to Dhaka and has already brought 10 lakh yaba pills through the route in the last month alone.

  • Midnight eviction from women's hall

    We are appalled to learn that Dhaka University authorities handed three students of Sufia Kamal Hall over to their guardians in the early hours of April 20.

  • UAE open to migrant workers again

    We welcome the recent lift of a six-year-long ban on recruitment of Bangladeshis to the UAE. An MoU between officials of the two countries has sealed the deal which will allow jobseekers to apply for employment in the Emirates. It is especially reassuring that under this MoU workers will get contracts stating job description, salary and other benefits such as food, accommodation and transport. This will hopefully provide better protection to the migrant workers.

  • Steep rise in air pollution

    A new global study on air pollution has placed Bangladesh among three countries experiencing the steepest air pollution levels in the world since 2010. Bangladesh has suffered a steady decrease in air quality over the past years, largely because of dust and industrial pollution resulting from the operation of brick kilns as well as development works, among other sources. Particularly, the capital's air quality is of a questionable standard.

  • PM's call to the world very timely

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's call to the international community to put more pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees is very timely, because, it seems, only international pressure can make Myanmar act according to the deal.

  • Make our roads safer

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader recently said that road management is not responsible for road accidents as a result of vehicles overtaking one another; rather drivers, passengers and transport management are to blame. We would like to point out two things. First, the minister's comments leave out the role of traffic management which is crucial for road safety. And second, road accidents are a result of overall management which includes road, transport and traffic management.

  • Licensed firearms in criminal hands!

    It has come to light that a section of arms dealers are apparently selling legally imported and licensed guns to underworld criminals. According to a report printed in this paper on April 18, some dealers are filing off the serial numbers that each firearm carries before selling them on the black market. Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism (CT) unit made the revelations after catching a manager at a legal arms-selling shop red-handed.

  • Public works hostage to crony capitalism

    The front page report in this newspaper on April 17 depicts the pitiable state of the development works taken up by the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) in 44 wards. It shows exactly how crony capitalism is working to waste public money and increase public sufferings. This grim picture, we are afraid, represents fairly well the state and quality of works in most of the wards under most city corporations.

  • Of protesters and white microbuses

    We are concerned by the way three university students, who are leaders of the recent quota reform movement, were unceremoniously picked up by detectives while they were travelling in a rickshaw and then shoved into a microbus and taken to the office of the Detective Branch (DB), allegedly blindfolded.

  • Ensure compensation in Rajib case

    We are deeply saddened to hear that Rajib Hossain, the student who lost his arm to a race between two buses in the Karwan Bazar area in the capital, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he was on life support.

  • Myanmar is not fooling anyone

    Such a blatant hoax does not fool anyone, least of all the people of Bangladesh.

  • Stop risking Sundarbans

    The Sundarbans suffered another disaster on Saturday when a vessel carrying 775 tonnes of coal sank in the Passur River.

  • A welcome ban

    We welcome the High Court's recent decision to prohibit the use of the much-criticised "two-finger test" on rape survivors—a landmark judgement that was long overdue. Activists, experts, and lawyers have constantly highlighted over the years why the physically invasive test, a remnant of archaic colonial law, is legally unsound and scientifically inaccurate.

  • Spike in traffic-related deaths

    The traffic crashes, particularly in the capital city, are assuming epidemic proportions. And much of that has to do with the wanton attitude of the drivers at the wheels. Regrettably, in a matter of three days only in this month, reckless driving has seriously injured three young people who are either fighting to survive or facing a life of disability.