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... 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 deserved applause. This relatively young nation – which... More

Yunus Centre says US senator’s letter on Hillary links is no investigation

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 her position to intervene in Bangladesh government's probe... 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 Chairperson Khaleda Zia has demanded arrest of those... More

Landslides death toll rises to 156, rescue operations called off

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 bodies from different areas of Rangamati on Friday. With... More

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

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 in Bangladesh, many of whom are young women,... More

A tale of two bridges:  Padma Bridge construction costs highest in the...

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 one, the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge. India’s newly inaugurated... 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, the value of which is unknown, was signed... 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 areas, including Motijheel, Shantinagar, Bijoynagar, Bailey Road, Elephant... 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 to the rest of the world. On the... 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 Bandarban following incessant downpour overnight, reported the daily... More

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

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 have reasons to believe that the arrest is... 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 risk of receding remittance. In its latest survey report... 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 Chhatra League should not just guard the interests... 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 where Dhaka needs to take policy measures. Most importantly,... More

Hasina congratulates her niece Tulip, Rushanara and Rupa for winning UK elections

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 Abdul Hamid has also congratulated them. The three Bangladeshi-origin... 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 proposed national budget for the next fiscal year. Taking... More

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

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 is announced. The survey, conducted by Brac and the... More

Saudi-Qatar row puts Bangladesh in new foreign policy dilemma

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Bangladesh has joined the Saudi-led alliance against terrorism and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina... More

AL rules out BNP’s demand for polls-time supportive govt

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday ruled out BNP’s demand for election-time supportive government saying that there is no existence of such process in the constitution. “Election Commission is all in all... More

Bangladesh seizes half-tonne of gold from top jeweller

Bangladeshi authorities have confiscated half a tonne of gold from a top jeweller, officials said on Sunday (June 4), amid a crackdown on a booming smuggling trade. Customs officials raided five outlets of Apan... More


Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More


The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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