Pinaki Roy

Chief Reporter, The Daily Star

September 17, 2022
September 17, 2022

All, except farmers, profit from paddy farming

Paddy farmers in the northern districts have struggled to turn a profit for the past five years, as production costs have risen significantly but rice prices have not increased proportionally.

September 5, 2022
September 5, 2022

Teesta sorrows everflowing

When Bangladesh and India were about to ink a deal on sharing the Teesta water in 2010, people living by the river in Rangpur region dreamt of better days.

August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022

Joint Rivers Commission crippled by a lack of political will

The Joint Rivers Commission has not been much effective in resolving the issues of water sharing of transboundary rivers due to a lack of commitment from India and also for Bangladesh’s technical incapacity to be persuasive.

August 20, 2022
August 20, 2022

Poor, middle class: Soaring rice price deepens their plight

Azmat Ali is a daily wage earner in the northern district of Lalmonirhat. Just a week ago, he bought coarse rice for Tk 44-45 a kg. But yesterday he found the price of the staple rose to Tk 52.

August 17, 2022
August 17, 2022

Victimising journalists: A decades-long tradition of denying justice

Twenty-two years have come and gone since her husband was shot to death, but Selina Akhter Lucky has all but given up hope for justice for the brutal murder.

August 9, 2022
August 9, 2022

Ethnic population in 2022 census: Real picture not reflected

Indigenous leaders and researchers have questioned the accuracy of ethnic population data shown in the latest census report and said the actual figure would be much higher.

August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022

Farmers get a raw deal

Floods, low rainfall and then fertiliser price hike -- the woes of farmers just won’t stop. And now, they will have to bear the brunt of a sudden 42.5 percent rise in diesel cost, which is likely to make them spend an additional Tk 4,000 in irrigation for per hectare Boro production.

August 6, 2022
August 6, 2022

Waiting for the rain

After a spell of extreme heat and scanty rain in the last two consecutive months, farmers across the country were expecting favourable weather for a good harvest of rain-fed Aman paddy, which accounts for 39 percent of total grain production.

August 2, 2022
August 2, 2022

Increase in fertiliser price: Farmers braced for a hard time

The government has raised the price of urea fertiliser for the first time in 11 years, burdening the farmers with an increased production cost.

July 24, 2022
July 24, 2022

Floods over, not the struggles

It has been around a month since flood waters began receding across Sylhet division.