Neighboring countries must reject India’s ‘backyard’ policy

In a discussion titled “Current context of Bangladesh-India relations,” the participants asserted that South Asian countries desires an equal and respectable... More

China Ready to Mediate Between Burma and Bangladesh over Arakan Refugees

China offered on Tuesday to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas, two... More

Judiciary treated unfairly by all governments: Says BD chief justice

Successive governments treated the judiciary unfairly and the administration never wanted the judiciary to run independently, Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar... More

Chevron to sell Bangladesh gas fields to Chinese consortium

Three Bangladesh gas fields belonging to Chevron Corp, the American multinational energy corporation, is to be sold to a Chinese consortium,... More

“Barbed wire is not conducive to connectivity”

Physical infrastructure alone won’t make connectivity, there is need for people-to-people contact. Only if there is a connectivity of minds, ideas, minds... More

Indian Army chief’s Dhaka visit is ‘baseless’: ISPR

Bangladesh Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has brushed aside as 'baseless' a Times of India report that Indian Army chief General Bipin... More

60 percent Teesta water blocked for Sikkim power plants 

The controversy over Teesta has now reached Sikkim. The West Bengal government has repeatedly complained about the several hydroelectric projects in Sikkim... More

Bhutan to get connected thru’ Ctg, Mongla ports

Bangladesh and Bhutan will now get connected through Chittagong and Mongla ports that will open up further opportunities of bilateral trade... More

Indian army chief to visit Bangladesh next week

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is now headed for Dhaka, soon after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited India earlier... More

Behind-the-scene negotiations, but no mid-term polls in BD

Despite all appearances of stagnancy, there’s a flurry of activity behind the scenes in Bangladesh’s political arena. There is an effort... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever... More

India to invest $10bn in Bangladesh power and energy sector

India is going to invest nearly $10 billion in Bangladesh’s power and energy sector. A total of 13 MoUs and deals were signed at... More

Bangladesh executes three Islamists for 2004 attack on British envoy

Bangladesh executed an Islamist militant leader and two of his aides on Wednesday for a grenade attack on the British ambassador... More

Qawmi education recognized in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the recognition of certificates of Dawrae Hadith under Qawmi Madrasa Education Board as equivalent to... More

PM Hasina rejects Mamata’s alternative Teesta plan

The much-awaited Teesta river water sharing agreement remained in limbo even as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrapped up her India... More

TIB for talks about Bangladesh-India deals in parliament

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said all the agreements, including those signed with India during the prime minister’s ongoing visit, should be... More

Hasina cements her ties with India but brings back little for...

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India appears to have been personally gratifying for her in so far as... More

USIP Research Report: Bangladesh 2014 election most violent in country’s history

General election held in January 5, 2014 is the most violent and hostile election in Bangladesh history, according to research published... More

Mamata offers alternatives to Teesta

There had been hopes of positive talks about Teesta between Bangladesh’s prime minister and West Bengal’s chief minister, but Chief Minster... More

India woos Bangladesh with defence and trade

The defence deal signed between India and Bangladesh would be guided by Bangladesh's needs and priorities, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... More

Modi-Hasina a new spring in bilateral ties!

Strange as it may sound, the number 22 may have something to do with Narendra Modi's handling of Bangladesh. Twenty two... More


De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More


Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... 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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