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  • What has changed since the Spectrum disaster?

    The Spectrum factory building collapsed on April 11, 2005. I remember, I was returning to Dhaka from Rajshahi. No one was prepared for a disaster of such a devastating magnitude. The army was called in immediately for the rescue operation. In the meantime, almost 73 people were killed, with a few hundred others injured.

  • Silencing Julian Assange

    US based journalist Elizabeth Lea Vos, Editor-in-Chief of Disobedient Media, who was one of the panellists at an online vigil held for Assange hours after the imposition of the ban, talks to Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, about the latest restrictions placed on Assange and its implications for press freedom around the world.

  • Justice is the only way to prevent recurrence of genocide

    Eminent Indian political psychologist and social theorist Ashis Nandy talks to Shamsuddoza Sajen of The Daily Star about various aspects of genocide in the context of South Asia, particularly Bangladesh.

  • Changing the world page by page

    For Selina Hossain, the year 2018 has been a wonderful one so far. For one, she recently won the prestigious Independence Day Award, better known as the Shwadhinata Padak, for her contribution to literature. The Independence Day Award is the highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh. “I was of course delighted and also very surprised,” says the famous novelist, Selina Hossain.

  • Syed Manzoorul Islam

    'Make question paper leaks redundant'

    "Our examinations hardly test the students' creativity; these are geared more toward testing their memory. Take the MCQ system. It's a quick and snappy way to judge the proficiency of students in a particular topic," says Syed Manzoorul Islam.

  • Freedom of the seas: A cornerstone of economic growth

    First of all, we are talking about the freedom of the seas, that is to say, anyone can have access to the seas. I believe this is a cornerstone of economic growth and is a view widely shared and recognised by the international community.

  • Where our education system has failed

    We have done well to ensure people have access to education. But we have not yet managed to provide quality education for all segments of the population. Providing quality education is without a doubt the biggest challenge.

  • You can't put a price on a forest

    How can you put a value on the oxygen that the trees of the forest produce? Or the food it supplies to the animals?

  • 'Whoever touches Jerusalem will be walking into fire'

    US President Donald Trump has recently recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, drawing sharp international criticism and threatening Yousef Ramadan, Head of Mission at the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Bangladesh, talks to Badiuzzaman Bay of The Daily Star about the unilateral US decision, its implications, and what Bangladesh can learn from the Palestinian experience to deal with the Rohingya crisis.

  • Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman

    Corruption is anti-development

    Corruption is pervasive in Bangladesh, a key challenge against development and social transformation. Corruption is so deep and wide at both micro and micro levels that it threatens to become a way of life.

  • Dr Maung Zarni

    “Ending the genocide is not profitable”

    First, I have been a human rights and political activist for the last 29 years. I can't call myself a human rights defender and turn my back on my own country's genocide, like most human rights defenders in Myanmar are doing today.

  • Empowered women can resist violence

    Gender-based violence can happen to anyone—rich or poor. It happens in trains, buses, public places and inside homes. It does not have any class boundaries. It is a global pandemic.

  • Taro Kono

    Japan's support for Bangladesh will continue

    The Daily Star (TDS): What is the state of progress in the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project and the Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project,

  • Lack of actionable evidence biggest barrier to prosecuting influentials

    Iqbal Mahmood, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, in an interview with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star, talks about corruption in the country and how the ACC and the society at large can fight against it.

  • Asif Nazrul

    Solution lies in a combination of current system and the abolished 16th amendment

    The 16th Amendment verdict has saved one important pillar of independence of Higher Judiciary, although much will also depend on activating the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for dealing with allegations against the Judges.

  • Legal system needs to be more child-friendly

    One of the most pressing and least addressed problems facing the nation currently is the increasing violence against children. Some children, such as those engaged in domestic work, are more vulnerable to abuse than others. Shagufe Hossain of The Daily Star talks to Salma Ali, Executive Director of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association, to further explore the issue.

  • Tale of a butterfly man: A conversation with Murtaza Bashir

    A butterfly's origin is in its caterpillar beginnings. Soldiering through sunlight and rain for a certain period, suddenly it comes out of its cocoon as a colourful winged creature. And we come to love the once ugly entity in its new form. Like the painful transformation of a butterfly, the artist too undergoes a similar ordeal to produce a masterpiece.

  • The combined power of capital and philanthropy

    "I grew up as a young girl in Bangladesh, a post-war country at the time ravished by famine, and saw everyone trying to do their part to rebuild the country."

  • Recognition of Qwami Degree: Will this lead to integration?

    Earlier this month, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced that the government will take steps to recognise the Dawrah-e-Hadith of Qwami madrasah education as equivalent to a Masters degree. The Daily Star talks to Professor Ali Riaz and Professor Salimullah Khan about the controversy surrounding the issue.

  • Did we get a good deal?

    From the particular perspective of Bangladesh, two types of challenges impede her bilateral trade with India.

  • Fourth Anniversary Of The Rana Plaza Collapse: Where do we stand?

    The Daily Star talks to three experts - a researcher, a labour activist and a development professional - about the progress Bangladesh has made and the challenges it still faces.

  • Workers' rights issues remain a challenge

    After the Rana Plaza tragedy, in July 2013, the government signed a plan of action on fire safety and structural integrity in the garment sector with the employers' and workers' organisations.

  • A celebration that endures

    Why is Pahela Baishakh an important practice? Why is it still relevant today?

  • Water sharing should top the list

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India from April 7 to 10 has raised our expectations of resolutions of various prickly issues. Engr M Inamul Haque, Chairman, Institute of Water & Environment, talks to The Daily Star's Naznin Tithi about the long awaited Teesta treaty and other water sharing related issues that should be discussed during this visit.

  • “We learned nation-building the hard way”

    Group Captain (retd) Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam is a decorated Air Force freedom fighter who recently received the Swadhinata Padak 2017. Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam speaks to Mir Aftabuddin Ahmed about some key moments in his life leading up to Bangladesh's independence.

  • What Bangladesh needs to do

    "It is absolutely wrong to say that there is no IS presence or that the Holey Artisan attack was carried by home-grown terrorists. There is nothing "home-grown" about that attack. The attackers did not reflect anything home-grown."

  • The faces of Sexism

    "They said that the divorce rate in Bangladesh is so high because women these days are getting too educated, which gives them the independence to leave their husbands when they are abused physically or refrained from an activity; this wouldn't be allowed in earlier times."

  • Women in Science - Why are we still surprised?

    In 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, considered the 'Nobel Prize of Math', for her contributions to the dynamic and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.

  • A path of 'principled pragmatism'

    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Star, Professor Shafiqul Islam, Director, Water Diplomacy Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, talks to Nahela Nowshin about the challenges of water governance.

  • How's the climate?

    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Star, Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, talks to Amitava Kar about Bangladesh's success in addressing climate change, smart ways of reducing