Letters to the Editor | The Daily Star
  • Reflections on Int'l Women's Day

    International Women's Day has just passed by. And as usual, there was much pomp and celebration all around the world; there is of course no denying the progress achieved in the realm of women's rights.

  • Scrap the BJMC

    Recently, the Finance Minister AMA Muhith opined that the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation should be scrapped. BJMC has been incurring heavy financial loss since its inception. Successive governments have poured in huge sums of money to compensate for the loss of the industry.

  • Digital divide in the name of 4G

    A few days ago, Bangladesh's five mobile operators launched 4th generation (4G) network technology, which was followed by flashy

  • Breaking the taboo

    The Daily Star published an excellent story titled “For the women by the women” on March 9. I commend the paper for writing on a taboo

  • Ensure fitness for CNG-run autorickshaws

    Recently, I have witnessed a terrible incident at the turning point near Jahangir Gate, while passing through the old airport road. The

  • Difference between Sri Lanka and Myanmar

    The media has recently reported that a riot broke out between Muslims and the Buddhist extremists in the southern part of Sri Lanka.

  • Encourage more girls to go to school

    On March 7, The Daily Star published a report titled “42 pc girls drop out before SSC”. The news that nearly half of all girls drop out before sitting for their SSC examination is alarming.

  • No justice for victims

    Most cases of violence against women filed in Dhaka in the last five years have not ended up with a conviction. This is concernerning especially because the main issue, as cited in media reports, has been negligence on the part of the police, investigating officers and public prosecutors.

  • In pursuit of a clean Dhaka

    I live in Banasree. The area has a lake, but unfortunately, it is filled with filthy substances. The lake is dying due to the reckless dumping

  • Plant trees to save nature

    On the two sides of Lakshmipur-Chandpur highway, there are thousands of large trees. At least, 700 of the trees are a hundred-years-

  • Children as railroad crossing watchmen

    Railroad crossing watchmen play a very important role in warning people of oncoming trains. But recently, I have seen multiple instances when the person assigned to perform the duty was absent. Instead, someone else was doing the job. Often this duty is performed by children, while the main watchman is elsewhere.

  • Tiger census

    Save the tigers

    In the Sundarbans, the sight of a tiger is very rare these days. The number of the world-famous tigers of the Sundarbans is declining at a fast rate. According to the tiger census report, there were only 106 tigers

  • Growing intolerance

    Celebrated writer Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal became the latest victim of attacks targeted at secular writers, bloggers and online activists.

  • Nobel laureates' visit gave us hope

    The recent visit of three Nobel laureates to Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar was significant for Bangladesh. The three Nobel laureates

  • Bangladesh's roads among worst in Asia

    According to a recent ranking, Bangladesh's roads are among the worst in Asia. Bangladesh ranked at 113 among the Asian countries in terms of road quality. Other South Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan ranked way better than we did.

  • Not enough public toilets

    At present, there are not enough public toilets in Dhaka city. That is why we see men so often relieving themselves on the roadside and

  • Falgun joy taken over by mosquitoes

    The Daily Star's front page report “Mosquito rules” was very timely. I am visiting Bangladesh for a short period of time. I thought I would

  • First woman chairman at Janata Bank

    According to a report in The Daily Star, Luna Shamsuddoha became the “first female chairman of a state bank,” when she was appointed

  • Holocaust in Myanmar?

    It would be wrong to simply use the term “ethnic cleansing” when referring to the atrocities that Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist extremists have carried out against the Rohingya people. It should, in fact, be termed a holocaust.

  • Improving healthcare services

    A number of people have recently protested the fact that high-ranking public officials often go abroad for their treatment, instead of going to local hospitals. Many medical colleges and hospitals have been established across the country over the years, but our public officials seem not to trust them. How can they then expect others to use them and be satisfied?

  • Leadership in business

    When it comes to success in business, most people think of business strategy. And yes, strategy is indeed an important aspect of it. However, leadership skill is what makes the real difference at the end of the day. Good leadership in business is all about mentoring, guiding, coaching and leading work teams. Good leaders give people the opportunity to develop, innovate and contribute in their own unique ways for the overall success of their

  • Eradicating mosquitos

    The BBC Bangla's morning programme recently dedicated a long segment on the widespread problem of mosquitos in Dhaka. The programme included an interview of the Chief Health Officer of DNCC, who said that the authority opened a hotline for people to report the spread of mosquitos in their respective areas. This is a commendable step.

  • Quota disparity in job services

    Bangladesh is a densely populated country where unemployment is a huge problem. The government is one of the largest job providers in the country, but its existing recruitment process is responsible for exacerbating the unemployment problems.

  • Protesting a report on Turkey

    I have read the news piece titled “Turkey raids pro-govt forces in Afrin, kill 36: UN points to likely war crimes in Ghouta” published in this newspaper on March 4, with great disappointment.

  • Corruption in rural development projects

    Every year, a huge amount of fund is allocated for various development projects in rural areas. However, much of these funds is syphoned off by politically influential locals. At every phase of these projects, a chunk of money vanishes from the budget. If we could use these funds properly, the rural areas could benefit from that enormously.

  • Bus

    Increase bus seats for women and children

    In Dhaka, it's very difficult for someone to move from one place to another, as there is a shortage of public transport.

  • Reform the quota system

    At a time when many students are struggling to secure a job in public sector, the government is quite impassive towards the students' rational demands to reform the quota system. There is a humongous 56 percent quota in the BCS exam, the most competitive public recruitment exam in the country.

  • Don't bail out failed banks

    It is perhaps unprecedented in the banking history of our country that the government has continually bailed out failing banks. It is a very dangerous step. The banks that the government has been trying to prop up have already lost depositors' confidence.

  • Call centre priorities

    Call centres have rapidly evolved from being a simple add-on or customer-facing service to an important differentiator. At a time when the call centre business is witnessing ever increasing competition and internationalisation, a customer's experience of a company's online or telephone service can have a serious impact.

  • Reform quota system

    It is very unjust that Bangladesh reserves 56 percent of government jobs for candidates with quotas. It is not fair or righteous that nearly half a century after the liberation war, 30 percent of government job positions are reserved for descendents of freedom fighters. Experts, academics and former bureaucrats are nearly in consensus that the quota system hinders appointment of qualified candidates for public service and that it should be reformed.