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Jordanian Queen to visit Bangladesh Oct 23 to see Rohingya situation


Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on October 23 to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground. Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive here... More

Bangladesh to sign MoU for LNG import from three countries


The government of Bangladesh has launched a process to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Oman, Indonesia and Malaysia to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) on government to government... More

Bangladesh set to sign 15-year gasoil import deal with India


Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) is set to sign a 15-year deal with Indian oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) to import gasoil to meet the country’s energy demand,... More

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks greater Indian role, warns ‘fire may engulf entire...


Bangladesh today pitched for a greater Indian role in containing the influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in Myanmar, saying the issue may not be directly affecting India now,... More

UN says 582,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh


Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday (Oct 17), warning that thousands more were still stranded at the... More

Church official critical of Bangladesh govt’s suppression of opposition

A senior Bangladesh Catholic Church official has criticized the ruling Awami League government’s crackdown on opposition parties. Consequent protests and strikes have raised fears of serious election violence next year... More

IPU assembly in Russia includes Rohingya issue as ‘emergency item’


The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) overnight included as the top "emergency item" the Rohingya issue as proposed by Bangladesh while its 137th assembly is underway in Russia's St. Petersburg, officials... More

Dhaka-Beijing to strengthen cooperation, says envoy


Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang said the relations between Bangladesh and China reached such a height which will help expedite development efforts benefiting people of the two countries. He... More

Bangladesh to probe corruption allegations against chief justice


Bangladesh’s Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday (Oct 15) said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) may launch an inquiry against Chief Justice SK Sinha as most of the 11 allegations... More

Bangladesh tightens border security as Indian BSF ordered to push Rohingyas


Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory. Patrols have been stepped up along... More

Rohingya crisis may emerge as security issue, warns Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s  Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Saturday said the Rohingya crisis might become a security issue in the region and Bangladesh is now in offensive mood diplomatically engaging... More

Mystery surrounds deaths of Hindu villagers in Myanmar mass graves


Two weeks after the bodies of 45 men, women and children were unearthed in mass graves in Myanmar, the mystery over who carried out the massacre in a Hindu... More

Malaysia’s DPM to visit Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya issue


Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will go Bangladesh on Sunday (Oct 15) on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and Rohingya issues. This visit reflects Malaysia's ‘concern... More

WB loan to be ‘costlier’ for BD from next FY


Bangladesh will have to pay higher interest rates for taking loans from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank as the country will be classified as an... More

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims


Myanmar’s military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many... More

Bangladeshi Navy orders two Do 228s for MPA mission


Bangladesh's navy has ordered two additional Dornier Do 228s for use in maritime patrol mission. The contract will see the service's fleet of the type grow to four, says manufacturer... More

Two Bangladesh courts issue arrest warrants for opposition leader Khaleda Zia


Two courts in Bangladesh issued warrants on Thursday (Oct 12) for the arrest of opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia, a move her party said was politically motivated... More

BD Home Minister flies to Myanmar Oct 23


Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will leave here for Myanmar on October 23 on a 4-day visit to discuss Rohingya issue, aiming to send them back to their... More

Army in systematic bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN


Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday (Oct 11). "Brutal... More

Bangladesh asks Pakistan to join efforts to convince Myanmar to take back...


Bangladesh has called upon Pakistan to join the international community in convincing Myanmar to take back the Rohingya people. High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan made the request to new Prime Minister... More

Rohingya repatriation: BD for joint verification, UN involvement


Bangladesh has proposed a joint verification instead of the unilateral one placed by Myanmar to determine the qualification of repatriation of Rohingyas in a credible manner. “We’ve proposed a joint... More

COLUMN

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More