Daily Archives: February 26, 2018

Shonku on big screen

Professor Shonku, the genius scientist, inventor and polyglot whose adventures have enthralled generations of young Bengali readers for six decades, will for the first time appear in a feature...

Indian Army Chief’s remarks: Insensate and irresponsible

The remarks of the Indian Army Chief regarding “planned migration” from Bangladesh and “proxy war” are not only irresponsible but also insensitive. He ascribes very dubious motives, that the...

Dhaka most polluted city in the world

Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka has again ranked as the most polluted city in the world. Dhaka scored 295 in the US Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9am on Sunday (Feb 25)....

ITBP men to learn Chinese to enhance security management skills

When it comes to security of the country's borders, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) wants to leave no stone unturned and has now geared up to even break the...

First US front-line adviser troops arrive in Afghanistan

A new US Army unit created specifically to advise and assist conventional foreign military forces has begun deploying to Afghanistan. Military.com reported this week that the leadership of 1st Security...

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Bangladesh border fence

Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which...

In GSP Plus assessment EU finds insufficient progress in Sri Lanka

The European Union (EU) has found that there has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues in Sri Lanka since the unity Government took office 2015. At a...

What is Rustom 2 drone?

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully completed the test flight of its Rustom 2 drone at the Aeronautical Test Range. Rustom 2 is part of the Rustom line...

Anti-Bangladesh and anti-Muslim mindset may increase

Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of international relations, Dhaka UniversityDhaka University’s professor of international relations, Imtiaz Ahmed, talks to Prothom Alo’s AKM Zakaria about the geo-politics of this region, Indo-China relations,...

UNP-SLFP coalition survives, engages in face saving reshuffling

The ruling United National Party (UNP) and its national unity coalition partner, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have roused itself from its state of limbo, following its humiliating...

Mending fences with China gets started

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following his predecessor’s permanent retirement from the South Block...

Chinese tourists are flooding into Nepal, and the floodgates haven’t even opened

When Bishwesh Shrestha started out in 1997, he was a bit of an oddball in Kathmandu’s travel business fraternity. Not many were interested or cared about Chinese tourists. Nepal...

Elections in India’s north-east highlight the BJP’s political savvy

“Preserve our tradition and culture,” reads the sign at the front of the community hall in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. It is written in the raspy, clacking...

What the merger of Nepal’s communist parties means for India

The long-awaited unification of Nepal’s two big communist parties, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), has concluded. The two parties have signed...

Bhutan, China to hold boundary talks next month

Bhutan and China will hold the 25th round of their boundary talks in Thimphu next month. The teams will be led by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji and...

Indian foreign secretary visits China to put ties back on track

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale’s recent visit to Beijing was a low-key affair but it did reflect that India and China were attempting to mend ties and gingerly move...

Pakistan to be placed on terror-financing watch list

At the urging of the Donald Trump administration, an international task force has decided to place Pakistan on a terrorism-financing watch list, a decision that has stunned and alarmed...

Military exercise ‘Shantidoot’ returns to Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Army is going to co-host the multi-country military exercise ‘Shantidoot’ again with the cooperation of the US Pacific Command from Feb 26 to Mar 12. The exercise helps...

Sri Lanka’s political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.And...