PM Hasina slams CJ for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan

Coming down heavily on the chief justice for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (21 August) said she is not scared at all with such a threat... More

Govt, AL to pay price for going against SC verdict: Moudud

The BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday warned that the government and Awami League will have to pay a heavy price someday for taking a conflicting stance against the Supreme... More

Amu tells CJ this is Bangladesh, not Pakistan

In an oblique reference to Bangladesh chief justice’s remarks, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said Bangladesh did not emerge from any communal poison like Pakistan but through the sacrifices... More

Bangladesh trade with India grows slowly, trade gap widens rapidly

Trade connectivity and inclusive development, the key words emerging over the last decade, are tangible challenges for Bangladesh. Pragmatic measures and political consensus are imperative to meet these challenges. Also essential... More

BD Railway losses multiply

Bangladesh Railway’s net operating losses almost doubled last fiscal year and its losses in the past 10 fiscal years increased by about 176 per cent, according to official data. The railway blames... More

Bandwidth to be sold to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bhutan

The four countries will take 102.5 GB/s bandwidth from Bangladesh Bangladesh is building a link to sell 100 GB/s bandwidth to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, and talks are on with India to... More

Red Cross says floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and...

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red... More

EC won’t play any role in building ‘consensus’ among political parties

The Election Commission says it will have no role in initiatives to build a 'consensus' among political parties to take part in the next national election. Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda's remarks... More

Bangladesh signs big rice deal with Cambodia

Bangladesh has signed a deal to buy 250,000 tonnes of milled rice from Cambodia, two weeks after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding. The purchasing agreement was made on Monday... More

BD eyes to import 3,000 MW power from China

Bangladesh has got an opportunity of importing electricity from China as the country has recently proposed a 3,000 MW power export to Bangladesh from Kunming, the capital of its southwest province... More

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday (Aug 15), as rescuers scoured submerged villages... More

How far will the executive-judiciary tussle go in Bangladesh?

A year and a half before the scheduled elections, pre-poll tensions in Bangladesh have been overshadowed by the tussle which has ensued between the judiciary and the executive. The issue is... More

Indian forces kill almost 1000 Bangladeshis in last 10 years

Border killings, human trafficking, drug dealing, cattle trade and smuggling are among the many challenges pertaining to border security between the two neighbors, Bangladesh and India. Speakers at a seminar in... More

Bangladesh completes first pipeline for regasified LNG, plans 3 more

Bangladesh has completed construction of its first dedicated pipeline to move regasified LNG to end-users and has three more in the works, state-run Gas Transmission Company Ltd managing director Md Atiquzzaman... More

Don’t be rattled by CJ’s thoughts on 16th amendment: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has asked the people to not be rattled by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s observation in the top court verdict on the 16th constitutional amendment. The Appellate Division,... More

Bangladesh receives 1.12 bln USD remittances in July

Millions of Bangladeshis, living and working abroad, remitted home 1.12 billion U.S. dollars in July, the first month of the current 2017-18 fiscal year (July 2017-June 2018), a central bank official... More

But why is the 16th amendment becoming a political issue?

The 16th amendment debate is now seriously intense at several levels. It is a conflict between the Judiciary and the Legislature as its powers to remove Judges have been taken away.... More

Chief justice showed audacity: LGRD minister

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had the temerity to belittle Bangabandhu in his observation in the verdict declaring the 16th constitutional amendment illegal, LGRD Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has said. “The chief... More

Court welcomes criticism over verdict on 16th amendment: CJ

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has turned down a call for a contempt rule against the Law Commission chief for his remarks on the verdict that declared the 16th constitutional amendment... More

BD Law Commission chief criticises SC verdict on 16th constitutional amendment

Bangladesh Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque has censured the Supreme Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. Former chief justice Haque heavily criticised some of the... More

UK minister for fair polls in Bangladesh

British Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad today reiterated the UK’s expectations of free, fair and inclusive upcoming parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. “Number one, please participate and secondly let’s have a free, fair and... More


Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More


Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More



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

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