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  • The bot bubble

    How are clickers countering the depreciating value of the Like button?

  • Fear, a part of the curriculum

    Bangladesh Chhatra League's reign in Dhaka University

  • Tenants: At the mercy of landlords

    Ananya Paul, 26, a working professional in Dhaka had an eye-opening experience of religious harmony (or lack thereof) while house-hunting in Dhaka. In 2015, she and her in-laws went searching for an apartment in the Banasree area.

  • An underwhelming experience

    A museum is meant to be a gateway—a magical door into another world at a different time and place. For those (like this writer) who are not avid readers and are more visual learners, there are not many places better than museums to learn, experience and marvel at the wonders of the world.

  • Lure of the confirmed A+

    The neighbourhood around Dhanmondi Lake is a quiet residential area. On each side of the narrow roads, there are only residential buildings, a few grocery stores and the tranquil greenery of Dhanmondi Park.

  • Ghosts of News Past

    Something wicked this way comes

    Propping up a hood against a mild December chill, a lone figure strides forward along the train platform.

  • Coming home in coffins

    If you haven't hit 45, you are ideally not supposed to worry about suffering from medical conditions such as brain strokes or heart attacks.

  • Editing out 1971

    The tendency to change textbooks according to the ruling party's ideology and its own version of history has meant that millions of students have learned distorted, inconclusive versions of history.

  • Not seen, not heard, not believed

    Over the last month Star Weekend surveyed and interviewed 300 people to find the answer to this question: why do child sexual abuse cases not get reported, and what can be done to rectify it? The respondents included social workers who deal with these cases, lawyers, eye-witnesses and 195 child sexual assault survivors themselves.

  • Death camps for wildlife

    Juboraj, the 19-year-old ailing lion is awaiting death in a cage at Comilla Zoo. His skeletal body and the rotting wounds on his back are stark signs of the extreme negligence that put him in this fatal state.

  • 5 years since Tazreen: delayed compensation and deferred justice

    It has been five years since Reba leaped out of the third floor of the Tazreen garments factory and fractured both her legs. It's been half-a-decade since a rod pierced through Akash's eyebrow, after he smashed a window in an attempt to escape the burning floor. It has also been five years since either of them have had a good night's sleep.

  • militant money maker

    The militant money maker

    The man takes different names but introduces himself as an automobile trader to all. He lures people into buying vehicles at prices far lower than the market rate, citing special connections with the custom officials at Chittagong Port.

  • The spectre of Red October: 100 years of the Russian Revolution

    The 1917 October Revolution was a watershed moment in history. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels set the philosophical vision for the scientific theory of revolution, and even actively fought for it, but it was Vladimir Lenin under whose stewardship it became a reality.

  • The abandoned mothers

    Thirteen-year-old Rupa Akter begs on a foot over-bridge in the capital's Shewrapara area, with her eight-month-old son, Nirob. Akter lives in a makeshift house (if one can call the threadbare tarp tent a house) under the bridge—her unemployed husband left her and married another woman during her pregnancy.

  • Is BTV obsolete?

    BTV, at best, is a nostalgic reminder of the past—of the powerful, yet entertaining serials and dramas of the 70s and 80s—when it was the sole broadcaster of the country.

  • Prison babies: childhood behind bars

    What is it like spending the formative early years in one of the most overcrowded prison systems in the world? What protections are there in place to ensure they develop like any other child?

  • Living the genocide: in the grip of trauma

    With no psychosocial assistance, Rohingya refugees are vulnerable to life-long PTSD.

  • Swallowed by the river

    A flood is a familiar drill for Anwar Hossain. He can't keep track of how many times he has dismantled and moved his house. Of the millions who live on the riverine islands, or chars, in the Jamuna, no one lives in one place for more than a few years.

  • Why your drugs don't work

    There are drugs that come as tablets or capsules and can be kept at room temperature. Then there are drugs that patients will not usually handle—reagents used by diagnostic centres to conduct tests or intravenous drugs administered by medical professionals.

  • Yearning for relief

    August 26, 2017. The morning started like any other at Shikderpara village in Maungdaw town. He was preparing to visit his paddy fields where around 400 maunds of rice were almost ready to be harvested next month.

  • How flows become floods

    Failure of flood embankments and absence of alternative solutions are leading Bangladesh to a watery grave.

  • An ominous trend

    Statistics related to floods and cyclones display a dramatic increase in intensity in the last three decades in Bangladesh and experts fear that the trend is likely to get worse.

  • This time Dhaleshwari

    Leather factories polluting again

  • Science is out

    The number of students pursuing science is decreasing at an alarming rate

  • Is 'politics' a dirty word?

    With no democratic student governments in private universities, what recourse do students really have?

  • Not your regular 9-to-5 job

    With greater independence in work and better pay, many Bangladeshi workers are turning to freelancing in the online marketplace.

  • Humans for sale

    Human trafficking in Bangladesh has taken a turn for the worse

  • What about justice for the unheard?

    It is a long and difficult struggle for persons with intellectual, hearing and speech disabilities

  • A demographic time bomb?

    According to the latest figures released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), around two million youths of working age are unemployed. Young university graduates are struggling the most to secure employment.

  • Finding the superbug, the invincible bacteria

    Scientists find invincible bacteria resistant to all antibiotics in city locations