Why quota reservation is significant for ethnic minorities

Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract” is the theme to celebrate this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Unfortunately, the government had decided to scrap quotas for class-I and Class-II jobs in Bangladesh in October 2018, following large scale protests in the country. The quota […]

Forest management in Bangladesh: loopholes and inadequacies

Forest management in Bangladesh: loopholes and inadequacies

Forests contribute to the economy and maintain ecological stability. Despite being a selfless auxiliary, forests in Bangladesh have been depleted and degraded in volume and area over the years. Among the multiple factors behind this impropriety with the forests, some are- migrants who decided to move to the forests due to the problems in their […]

A farmer in agreement

Published: 8/1/2021 8:04:42 AM As a farmer I felt validated by Peter Melnik’s words in the July 26 article “Reps Gain Farmer’s Insight on Bar-Way Hemp Tour.” Peter is quoted as saying “I feel like the state is trying to make me a criminal” and that “the state makes it difficult to grow hemp.” This […]

Dead river dolphin washes ashore Karnaphuli river bank

Dead river dolphin washes ashore Karnaphuli river bank

A dead river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) washed ashore Karnaphuli river bank along Hamidchor area of the port city today. Locals spotted the river dolphin around 1:30pm, reports our correspondent. For all latest news, follow The Daily Star’s Google News channel. The dolphin, which locals present at the scene believe was a juvenile, washed ashore at […]

A pandemic Olympics, without all the crowds: What gets lost?

A pandemic Olympics, without all the crowds: What gets lost?

Any sporting event is, at its heart, a show. It has the actors on center stage, performing for the rest of us. It has the spectators, sitting in their seats watching raptly. And — in modern times, at least — it has the “home” audience, which in the past half century of growing video viewership […]

SAD-led 8-party delegation meets LS speaker, demands JPC on Tomar remark on farmer deaths

SAD-led 8-party delegation meets LS speaker, demands JPC on Tomar remark on farmer deaths

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday led an eight-party delegation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla demanding that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) be constituted to probe Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s assertion in Parliament that the Centre did not have any record of farmer deaths during the ongoing agitation. A representation was […]

Bapa calls for making Sundarbans a tiger habitat

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Tigers will only survive if the Sundarbans survives, says Sultana Kamal Green activists have called on the authorities to make the Sundarbans suitable for the habitation of tigers. They shared their stories on tigers and the Sundarbans which reflected the locals’ love and respect for the mangrove forest and its inhabitants, according to a press […]

Four dead as wildfires sweep Turkey; villages and hotels evacuated

Published: July 31, 2021 11:25:13 The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast has risen to four and firefighters were battling blazes for a third day on Friday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels. More than 70 wildfires have broken out this week in provinces on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean […]