Daily Archives: February 20, 2017

21st February: International Mother Language Day

    Photograph by: Bablu Chowdhury

The voice of freedom

It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital city Dhaka, all roads...

Beef tallow in 5-pound note?

The Bank of England invited members of the Hindu Council UK for a meeting over concerns that the new 5-pound polymer currency note contains traces of beef tallow --...

A lull in the NGO movement

The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other issues pertaining to public...

Nepal, India pledge to enhance transport connectivity

Nepal and India, on Sunday, pledged to enhance cooperation on road, air, power grid and cross-border rail connectivity to promote people-to-people contacts- Xinhua News Agency reports. The two sides agreed...

First cargo ship from India arrives in Bangladesh

The first container ship from India has arrived in Bangladesh's Panagon river port here under the Coastal Shipping Agreement signed in 2015, allowing direct cargo vessel movement between the...

Can India-China strategic dialogue reduce tensions?

The first China-India secretary level strategic dialogue begins this Wednesday in Beijing. India's foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will sit with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Yesui. India's Foreign Office terms...

How important is Moscow Conference for peace in Afghanistan?

Many people are looking forward to the Six-party talks in Moscow this week and how successful it will be in ending the long-running war in Afghanistan. This is the...

Issues like river water sharing impede BBIN

The Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) initiative will be adversely affected if hurdles like river water sharing created by different Indian states are not resolved. Delhi needs to handle them for ensuring...

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

The Trump administration has served notice that it intends to expand the Indo-US military strategic alliance. This is not surprising, but nonetheless highly significant: first, because it underscores the...

Speak in our own voice

In mid-January, a week before he resigned as U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma held an unusual dinner at his residence, inviting the Minister of State for Home Kiren...

Seven Countries Mull Buying Russian Su-30MKI

Six countries in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East consider buying Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets armed with BrahMos cruise missiles, BrahMos Aerospace representative...

Khawaja Asif slams term “Islamic terrorism” at Munich Security Conference

At the Munich Security Conference 2017, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif denounced the idea of associating terrorism with any religion. “Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t...

Rivalry with India: China wants to reduce the cost of commercial satellite launches

China plans to reduce 30 percent cost in commercial aerospace industry to compete with India. Although China is ahead in every other sector in aerospace industry they are falling...

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami won the trust vote

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami won the trust vote in the Assembly on Saturday. 122 MLAs voted for him while 11 voted for O Panneerselvam. After his victory,...