BD govt likely to seek clarification about Indian army chief’s statement: Report

Bangladesh government is likely to seek a clarification from India about a statement of Army chief of the country involving Bangladesh in an ‘imaginary’ proxy war by Pakistan with help of China, officials told... More

Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials... More

BD Police to use FBI’s DNA indexing technology from now on

The United States has provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to Bangladesh Police as part of cooperation between the two countries and to enhance identification capability at their... More

IDB to give Bangladesh €94.7 million in loans for low-cost housing

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved €94.7 million in loans for housing projects in rural Bangladesh. IDB approved the loan at its board meeting held recently, an official of the Economic Relations Division told... More

India shouldn’t worry about China-Bangladesh ties, says Sheikh Hasina

India should not be worried about Bangladesh's growing ties with China, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, asserting that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the country's development. Hasina said her government was... More

Indonesia looks to win defence exports in Bangladesh

Indonesia and Bangladesh are looking to expand collaboration to facilitate defence trade and industrial engagement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta said on 20 February. Following meetings between defence officials from the two countries... More


Rohingya refugees living in no man’s land refused to return to Myanmar without guarantees of citizenship and security after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials met to discuss their repatriation. The 6,000 Rohingya were among the first... More

India to catalyze Bangladesh-Nepal bilateral power tie up

Indian land between Bangladesh and Nepal is going to be the conduit for the two friendly international neighbors to have large scale hydropower trade in between. Bangladesh will have hydropower plants installed in Nepal... More


Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir warned that people will not accept if the government tries to score in an empty field keeping their party chairperson Khaleda Zia away from... More

Bangladesh opposition leader gets verdict copy

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia's lawyers have received the 1,174-page certified copy of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case. On behalf of the former prime minister... More

Chinese consortium becomes BD Stock Exchange’s strategic investor

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) of Bangladesh has decided to sell 25% of its shares to a consortium of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), considering it a strategic investor. The... More


The value of border trade between Myanmar and Bangladesh, as of 9 February, reached US$22 million, which showed an increase of $13 million, compared with the same period last fiscal year (FY), Myanmar media... More

UK lifts ban on air cargo flights from Dhaka

The United Kingdom has withdrawn its ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London following a significant progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions, reports UNB. Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism... More

Formal diplomatic ties between Bangladesh-Kosovo established

Bangladesh has established formal diplomatic ties with Kosovo as the two countries signed a joint communiqu, in this regard on Friday (Feb 16). Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen and... More

UN hopes for free, fair polls in Bangladesh

United Nations secretary general’s office has expressed its hope that “a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” in Bangladesh. Reacting to a query about whether any action was taken... More

Bangladesh plans to enroll expatriates as voters     

The Election Commission of Bangladesh has taken an initiative to introduce a voter registration system for expatriates as over 10 million Bangladeshi nationals are now living in various countries. The commission plans to start the... More


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another round of peaceful countrywide demonstration programmes for next week, demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The party will collect signatures from the masses across... More

China’s CSSC launches C-13B corvette for Bangladesh

The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) launched the third Shadhinota-class C13B corvette for the Bangladesh Navy on 12 February 2018, the Chinese media reported. According to the Sina, the Bangladesh Navy took delivery of its... More

European MPs expect ‘less confrontation’ in BD in coming months

An European Parliamentary delegation on Wednesday (Feb 14) hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh would become ‘less confrontational and hostile’ in the coming months with an inclusive election in place. The delegation urged Bangladesh... More

India, China in race for stake in BD Stock Exchange

Two economic giants -- India and China -- are in a race to buy 25 percent stake in the Dhaka Stock Exchange of Bangladesh. A consortium of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock... More


Myanmar has said that 508 Hindus are among around 1,000 refugees cleared for the first batch to be repatriated to their homes from Bangladesh. The list, which also includes 750 Muslims, has been handed over... More


The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the Sk. Hasina’s government. It makes the Awami League Government of Bangladesh look like a helpless... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More