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Front page of the Friday edition of The Daily Star on 17 January 2008
|Founder(s)||Syed Mohammad Ali|
|Founded||January 14, 1991|
|Headquarters||64-65, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka-1215|
The Daily Star is the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh. Founded by Syed Mohammed Ali on 14 January 1991, as Bangladesh transitioned and restored parliamentary democracy, The Daily Star emerged as a leading and influential national newspaper of record.
Its motto, "Committed to People's Right to Know", appears on the above the fold middle section of the front page. The newspaper is led by Mahfuz Anam, a member of Mukti Bahini, and former United Nations official. Its principal bureaus are located in Dhaka and Chittagong, with several representatives abroad. It is organized into sections: News, Opinion and Editorial, Star Business, Star Sports, Arts and Entertainment, National and Metropolitan. Its major supplements include The Star, Forum, Lifestyle, Star Literature, Law & Our Rights, Shout, Star Insight and Science and Life.
The Daily Star is owned by Mediaworld, in which a major share is held by Latifur Rahman's Transcom Group. The Transcom Group also owns Prothom Alo, one of the most widely read Bengali newspapers in the world.
The general section of the newspaper is headed by Salehuddin Ahmed, its managing editor, while the news team is led by Syed Ashfaqul Haque, chief news editor. Ahmed Ali is in charge of the Metro. Other leaders are AFM Jamaluddin (establishment manager), Mizanur Rahman (accounts manager), Selim S.H. Chowdhury (production and events manager), and Sher Ali (advertising manager).
The online version of The Daily Star as a leading English daily newspaper of Bangladesh is updating 24/7 with latest, breaking, politics, business, technology, world, entertainment, sports, lifestyle and crime news.
The Daily Star publishes a number of supplements along with its 24-page main publication.
In 2016, speaking at a panel discussion on ATN News, editor Mahfuz Anam admitted that The Daily Star ran stories fed to the newspaper by military intelligence outfit DGFI in 2007 and 2008. The stories accused eventual prime minister Sheikh Hasina of corruption. This led to demands in parliament by several lawmakers calling for the trial of Mahfuz Anam and The Daily Star publisher Latifur Rahman.
The online website was blocked on 1 June 2018 without any notice by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). It was unblocked after 18 hours. BTRC didn't explain why it took the action, but the media and public of Bangladesh thought that as the media ran a story regarding alleged killing of Teknaf municipal councillor Akramul Haque the authority had taken the steps.