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Myanmar way of action causes problem for Bangladesh: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today denounced the insurgents activities in the Myanmar's western Rakhine state but said the way of actions by Naypyidaw was also causing problem for neighbouring Bangladesh. "Bangladesh never supported the acts... More

Bangladesh envoy admits ‘frustration’ in recovery of $81M in bank heist


The Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines on Thursday expressed hopes of recovering money lost in last year's $81-million bank heist but admitted there was "immense pressure" to achieve results more than a year... More

Turkey First Lady Emine Erdogan arrives in Bangladesh to meet Rohingyas fleeing...


Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan has arrived in Dhaka early Thursday to meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A special aircraft carrying her and her entourage that includes the foreign... More

Pope offers prayers for flood victims in southern Asia


After leading thousands of pilgrims in praying the Angelus, Pope Francis offered prayers for flood victims in Asia where monsoon rains have killed thousands in Bangladesh, India and Nepal and displaced millions of people. "While... More

Justice Wahhab Miah acting CJ during Sinha’s leave


Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, a senior judge of the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, will discharge the responsibility of chief justice during the absence of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as... More

Myanmar refugees big burden on Bangladesh: PM Hasina


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said world leaders must pressure Myanmar into taking back its nationals who have fled to Bangladesh. Hasina made the comment after Indonesian Ambassador Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno urged her to... More

95 per cent work on new fence along Bangladesh border complete: BSF DG


India and Bangladesh have finished 95 per cent of the work on a new single-layer fence aimed at curbing cross-border crime and securing over 250 villages that fall between the international border and a... More

BB sends team to Manila to recover heist money


Bangladesh’s central bank will send a team of officials to the Philippines on Tuesday to push for the recovery of more of the $81 million stolen from its account at the New York Federal... More

Indonesian foreign minister to visit Dhaka and discuss Rohingya issue


Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday to discuss with Bangladesh government officials the current persecution on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine. She is expected to... More

Bangladesh, Russia set for deal on nuclear waste


Bangladesh is set to ink a crucial deal with Russia on Wednesday on returning the hazardous nuclear wastes to be emerged as spent fuels of the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. ‘Science and technology minister... More

Dhaka proposes Myanmar for joint drive against militants


Bangladesh government today proposed Myanmar to conduct a joint operation against militant outfits including Arakan Army responsible for creating trouble on bordering area. The proposal was given when Aung Myint, Charge’d Affairs of Myanmar Embassy... More

BD Chief Justice to visit Canada and Japan after Eid


Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will be attending the conference of chief justices of the Asia Pacific region in Japan. The conference will take place from 18 to 21 September in Tokyo. The Chief Justice... More

CJ vs Hasina


A grave crisis in the structure of democratic governance has erupted in Bangladesh a year before the general elections. That appears to be the major parallel with Pakistan, where the judiciary has disqualified the... More

Bangladesh’s 2016-17 fiscal balance of payments surplus dips to 3.17 bln USD


Bangladesh's overall balance of payments surplus dipped in the just concluded fiscal year 2016-17 (July 2016-June 2017) on the back of a slower growth in export earnings and drop in inflow of remittances. The Bangladesh... More

Dhaka summons Myanmar envoy as thousands of Rohingya flee for BD after...


Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar are trying to cross the border with Bangladesh, Bangladeshi security officials said on Saturday, as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state. The death toll from... More

Thousands of Rohingyas stranded at Bangladesh border after Myanmar attacks


Bangladesh has strengthened security along the border with Myanmar as thousands of Rohingyas are fleeing the country after deaths of at least 71 in attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in... More

Scrapping the BD constitution amendment


From the emergence of Bangladesh till date, the constitution has undergone 16 amendments in total. Of these amendments, cases had been filed against the 5th, 7th, 8th, 13th, and 16th amendments, questioning the legitimacy... More

HC declares Niko’s deal with Petrobangla, Bapex illegal


The High Court on Thursday declared two joint venture agreements of Canadian gas exploration company Niko with Bapex and Petrobangla illegal. A bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman pronounced... More

Bangladesh risks devastating hunger after major floods: UN


As food aid rolls out to more than 200,000 people in flood-hit Bangladesh, the United Nations said on Wednesday that long-term food supplies were at risk with so much farmland now ruined. Flooding, which submerged... More

Govt position against Supreme Court cannot be helpful


Ruling party leaders demand that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) should resign for the landmark verdict that has scrapped Parliament's power to impeach Supreme Court's judges. In the unanimous judgement some critical... More

Bangladesh govt creating ground to remove CJ: BNP


BNP senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday said there is a speculation among people that the government may take a move to remove Bangladesh chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha creating a ground... More

COLUMN

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... More

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READER'S VIEW

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