Rohingya repatriation policies to fail without accountability, safety measures: UN

Rohingya repatriation and reconciliation policies will fail without accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety measures to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine, says a top UN political official. “…but... More

In Bangladesh, locals living near Rohingya camps hope for quick repatriation of...

The continuous influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar has fuelled concerns among the local populace, who fear that the refugees will drastically alter the landscape of the coastal district. The current exodus from... More

Bangladeshi-origin NYC bomber motivated by ‘Israeli incursions in Gaza’: reports

Bangladeshi-origin Akayed Ullah, the perpetrator behind Monday's bomb attack in a New York City subway passageway, told police that he was motivated by Israeli 'incursions in Gaza', CNN reported. Three people were injured yesterday when... More

Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist ‘cover-up’

The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka’s monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was... More

Diphtheria kills 9 in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Bangladesh on Tuesday (Dec 12) launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700, reports AFP Health workers in Bangladesh said they... More

Rohingya crisis: BD seeks both bilateral, global urgent action

Bangladesh has said not only bilateral, but the international community’s urgent action is needed for the permanent solution to Rohingya crisis. Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen made the remark... More

Political crisis rooted in clash of nationalisms: Prof. Maniruzzaman

Renowned political scientist and national professor Talukder Maniruzzaman can no longer write and can hardly speak clearly. Born Sirajganj in 1938, Talukder Maniruzzaman graduated from Dhaka University in 1961 and was subsequently awarded a... More

2 Bangladeshis shot dead by Indian BSF along Rajshahi border

Two Bangladeshis have been shot dead by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Bhubanpara bordering area under Godagari upazila in Rajshahi district. Locals said BSF members opened fire at Mithu, 27, son of... More

Storm cloud over Dhaka

November may well turn out to be, in retrospect, the month that decides Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s political fate.  On the 7th, Mubashar Hasan, assistant professor at Dhaka’s North South University, was picked... More

BD, Myanmar working towards solution for Rohingya crisis: BD army chief

Bangladesh Army Chief General Abu Bilal Mohammad Saiful Haq, the reviewing officer at the IMA Passing Out Parade (POP) at Dehradun on Saturday (Dec. 9) when queried about the recent strained ties between... More

Fair, inclusive polls to contribute to build prosperous BD: EU

The European Union has said free, fair and inclusive elections in the period ahead,  in accordance with international standards for democratic elections, will contribute to creating a more prosperous Bangladesh, reports UNB. The EU, a... More

Japan closes in on infrastructure deal with Bangladesh

Japan has snagged preferential negotiating rights from the Bangladeshi government to build highways and other structures there under an exclusive arrangement. Tokyo seeks to capitalize on this and other opportunities to catch and surpass China,... More

BD plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingyas to flood-prone island

Bangladesh's authorities plan to relocate about 100,000 Rohingyas, who have fled Myanmar, to a flood-prone remote island in the Bengal Bay by November 2019, the country’s media reported. CNN reported that about 100,000 of the... More

Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages

Bangladesh’s central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists,... More

Envoy latest in a series of mysterious disappearances in Dhaka

Former ambassador Maroof Zaman is the latest in a series of missing persons in Bangladesh. He ‘disappeared’ on 4 December, Monday night, while on the way to pick up his daughter from Hazrat Shahjalal... More

Rohingya militants may shift to cross-border attacks: ICG report

Rohingya Muslim insurgents who have fled Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh camps may stage cross-border attacks, aiming at security targets and non-Muslims, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned in a new report. But... More

Turkish PM to visit Bangladesh on December 19

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on December 19. During the visit, he will inspect the condition of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar. A Foreign Ministry official said that... More

ADB funds $580 million for Reliance’s BD power plant project

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved debt financing and partial risk guarantees totaling $583 million to develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and power project. The project, which includes... More

BD female military pilots join UN mission for the first time

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh two female military pilots are joining the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Congo. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flight Lieutenant Tamanna-E-Lutfi will leave here for Congo... More

Bangladesh, Cambodia inks 10 instruments

Bangladesh and Cambodia signed 10 instruments -- an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) -- to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil... More


Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More


Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More