The rice economy | The Daily Star

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Rice, the four-letter word, is not just the staple food; it is at the centre of the overall life of Bengalis, whether it is culture, politics, or the economy. Although many things have changed in Bengali life over time, rice remains radiant in its own glory. There are a few powerful statistics to substantiate this […]

How Bangladesh became Standout Star in South Asia Amidst Covid-19

How Bangladesh became Standout Star in South Asia Amidst Covid-19

The G7 Summit is all the hype on the global diplomatic canvas. While the Biden-Putin talk is another awaited juncture of the Summit, the announcement of an initiative has wowed just as many whilst irked a few. The Group of Seven (G7) partners: the US, France, the UK, Canada, Italy, Japan, and Germany, launched a […]

Make farm machinery affordable | The Daily Star

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

The government should provide at least 80 per cent subsidy to farmers to bring agriculture machinery within their purchasing power. Representatives of farmers, machinery manufacturers and importers made this call at the “National Workshop on Agricultural Mechanisation Project through Integrated Management” at the Krishibid Institution Auditorium in the capital’s Khamarbari yesterday. For all latest news, […]

Publish gender budget report | The Daily Star

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Speakers at a post-budget webinar urged the government to publish the gender budget report during the final release of the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and take the necessary initiatives to ensure women empowerment and gender equality by allocating specific budget for women and taking necessary work plans in the development programmes. They […]

Budget ignoring environmental concerns? | The Daily Star

It’s quite disheartening to know that in the national budget for fiscal year 2021-22, only Tk 1,221 crore has been allocated for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, according to a DS report published yesterday. This includes allocation for climate protection which is Tk 379.21 crore. Both of these allocations are less than […]

Time for Nature | The Daily Star

The theme for World Environment Day (WED) 2021, “Ecosystem Restoration”, is the ultimate environmental call to action. We can’t reverse time and prevent the damage that has already been done to our environment. But, we can rise now to restore it. What sets apart this year’s WED is that it also marks the launch of […]

A mayor’s motive | The Daily Star

The destruction of Borshijora Eco-Park — a protected forestland spread out on 326.07 hectares of land near Moulvibazar stadium — by the hands of the town mayor has brought to light the question whether any forest or wildlife in the country are protected at all. Although there are other landfills where solid waste of the […]

Boro output to decline | The Daily Star

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

The production of Boro rice may decline by 1.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.90 crore tonnes in the current harvesting season because of the recent heatwave and pests attacks, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result of the heat, key industry contacts believe it may be difficult for Bangladesh to achieve […]

Sundarbans fire doused | The Daily Star

The fire that broke out in Daser Bharani area of Sharankhola Range in East Sundarbans on Wednesday morning was extinguished this afternoon. Mohammed Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the East Sundarbans division, said the fire was now completely extinguished. No new fire or smoke was seen anywhere since afternoon. For all latest news, […]

The Book about Bangladesh | The Daily Star

When everything surrounding is so grey and gloomy due to the pandemic, publication of the book, ‘Bangladesh and International Law’ (Routledge 2021) edited by Professor Mohammad Shahabuddin, brought some colors of joy, pride and excitement among the Bangladeshi law scholars who takes some sort of interest in international law. At least, for sure it was […]