Interviews

Interviews

‘A violent crackdown during elections does not inspire voter confidence’

The human rights situation in Bangladesh is extremely concerning due to the nation’s steady slide towards authoritarianism.

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'China, India can't replace our export market to the US, EU'

M Touhid Hossain, former foreign secretary of Bangladesh, discusses the implications and significance of the recent US labour rights policy with The Daily Star.

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'Why don't RMG owners pressurise buyers instead of workers?'

Despite the five-year minimum wage review cycle, there seems to be no preparation on the factory owners’ end

'China never exerts pressure on any other country, but believes in diplomacy and dialogue'

China is committed to opening up and translating its immense market into profitable opportunities for the world, including for Bangladesh.

World Polio Day 2023 / “Our studies helped countless people all over the world”

Polio eradication will require an eventual cessation of all traditional OPVs.

'US visa policy alone cannot ensure fair election'

The US position with respect to a fair election is somewhat a reflection of the aspirations of the Bangladeshi people.

Air pollution is not for only one authority to tackle

Md Ziaul Haque, the director of Air Quality Management at the Department of Environment, talks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the factors behind severe air pollution in the country and why concerted efforts are needed from all ministries and government agencies concerned to fight it.

‘Bangladesh should prioritise its national interests above all’

BIPSS President Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star.

The inspiring story of Nijer Bolar Moto Ekta Golpo Foundation

In an interview with The Daily Star, Iqbal Bahar Zahid talks about how his foundation seeks to help Bangladeshis become entrepreneurs, and improve their lives and the society.

'The way parliament is run these days is detrimental to holding the government accountable'

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Jatiya Sangsad, five-time lawmaker and president of the ruling alliance partner Workers’ Party, Rashed Khan Menon, talks about what an effective parliament should be like in an interview with Mohiuddin Alamgir of The Daily Star.

‘The danger of an all-out world war is ever present’

Famed war correspondent John Pilger discusses the Russia-Ukraine war.

‘Textbooks cannot be made completely error-proof’

We need to think about how quickly and efficiently we can remove the errors and print the corrected versions.

‘When people with integrity begin to rise, corruption fails’

Narayan Adhikari (Nepal country director and co-founder) and Sanjeeta Pant (programmes and learning manager) of Accountability Lab speak with Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star.

Why did electricity price go up without a public hearing?

Professor M Shamsul Alam talks to Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the reasons behind the recent electricity price hike and how the energy sector can be made more efficient.

‘To avoid rice shortage, markets must function well’

Dr Mohammad Jahangir Alam of BAU talks to The Daily Star about the country's rice production.

Revisit process of policymaking, not just the policies

The burden of imported inflation and supply-side implications of reduced imports will have adverse implications for economic growth and welfare, particularly of marginalised people.

Is there a way out of Bangladesh's energy crisis? Experts tell all.

"It is time for us to ask how much we have been able to recover from the energy crisis."

Energy prices should be consciously regulated by the government

When global prices dropped, we did not see the energy prices go down in Bangladesh. Why is that?

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