Bangladesh among 10 worst countries for workers, says labour...

Bangladesh is among the 10 worst countries for workers, according to a report by labour rights group International Trade Union Confederation or ITUC. The ITUC Global... More

PM tells JS of 2041 goal: $12,000 per capita...

Bangladesh's per capita income would reach $12,000 and the size of its economy $2.5 trillion by 2041, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament on... More

Bangladesh infrastructure is world’s costliest, says World Bank

Building infrastructure in Bangladesh is costliest in the world, the World Bank said in a briefing on the national budget. The global lender made the statement... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and... More

The Guardian view on Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won... More

Yunus Centre says US senator’s letter on Hillary links...

The Yunus Centre has denied reports that a US senate committee has launched an investigation to determine whether former secretary of state Hillary Clinton used... More

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul’s motorcade attacked in Chittagong

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's convoy has been attacked in Chittagong on his way to Rangamati to meet local people affected by landslides. BNP... More

Landslides death toll rises to 156, rescue operations called...

The death toll from landslides in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and the three Chittagong Hill Tracts districts has risen to 156 as firefighters recovered four dead... More

Bangladesh needs to prevent the “exploitation” of textile workers:...

Bangladesh needs to “step up” its efforts to prevent the “exploitation” of textile workers, Members of the European Parliament have said in a resolution. “Textile workers... More

A tale of two bridges:  Padma Bridge construction costs...

With the amount being spent on the construction of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh, India could have made 19 bridges, each the size of their biggest... More

Russia to supply five more Mi-171Sh helos to Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract,... More

BD Capital sees downpour, water-logging

The capital experienced a spell of downpour on Wednesday evening, which caused water-logging on the roads in many low-lying areas and disrupted vehicular movements. Many major... More

One Belt One Road: Bangladesh is willing but wary

Bangladesh finds itself between a rock and a hard place. On one side, there is China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which promises seamless connectivity... More

Massive landslides kill 134 in Bangladesh hilly areas

In the worst landslide since 2007, at least 134 people, including four army men, have died in the Bangladesh hilly areas of Chittagong, Rangamati and... More

Bangladesh lodges ‘strong protest’ over diplomat’s arrest in New...

Bangladesh has lodged a “strong protest” over the arrest of a diplomat in New York on charges of labour trafficking and assaults on his servant. “We... More

RMG props credit profile as BD remittance slows

Bangladesh's Ba3 stable sovereign credit profile is supported by the robust growth of an economy that is bolstered by garment export, says Moody's while predicting... More

Quader offers money, jobs to Chhatra League leaders

Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader has offered to provide jobs and money to its student leaders to keep them away from crimes and corruption Bangladesh... More

IMF identifies future risks for Bangladesh

Considering the fast approaching general election in Bangladesh and a likely post-Brexit economic slowdown in Europe, the International Monetary Fund has identified seven risk areas... More

Hasina congratulates her niece Tulip, Rushanara and Rupa for...

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated her niece Tulip Siddiq, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq for their victory in the UK general elections. President Md... More

MPs mount pressure on Muhith for withdrawal

Bangladesh Lawmakers have continued to mount pressure on finance minister AMA Muhith urging him to withdraw the increased excise duty on bank accounts in the... More

Survey: 56.4% people think proposing budget leads to price...

A new survey states that more than half the people in the country believe that the price of essentials go up whenever a national budget... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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