India proposes Bangladesh for joint study on exports

India has suggested Bangladesh to carry out a joint study on products being exported by the two countries in order to complement each other and attain synergy. The proposal was made by Indian Commerce Minister... More

India’s Reliance Power seals deal for $1bn BD project

Anil Ambani’s telecom empire may be in dire straits at home but his $1billion plan to set up a generation station in Bangladesh is powering ahead, with the group arm Reliance Power on 30... More

Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word in public for first time on Asia trip

Pope Francis referred to refugees in Bangladesh as “Rohingya” on Friday (Nov 1), using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on his Asia tour after meeting a group... More

Bangladesh enters nuclear world

Bangladesh on November 30, entered the nuclear world as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work on the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the first-ever nuclear plant of the country, reports UNB. She... More

Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded on Thursday (Nov 30) that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what the... More

Launching of Bangladesh’s first satellite deferred

The launching schedule of the country’s first satellite, Bangabandhu Sattelite-1, has been deferred for three months. It will now be launched sometime in March next year instead of previousely set launch date of December 16... More

BD urges int’l community for peaceful Palestine solution

Bangladesh has urged the international community to work in unison to find a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the Palestinian question and translate its solidarity with the Palestinian people into meaningful quest for... More

Bangladesh set to join nuclear club

Bangladesh will move a step closer to becoming the 33rd nuclear power-generating country on November 30 when construction starts on the main phase of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant – seven years after the... More

Except Pakistan all other member countries get awards in SAARC Film Fest

Except for Pakistan, all other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) got awards at the SAARC Film Festival 2017 which concluded in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on November 25. Pakistan had entered... More

Bangladesh for Indian Ocean unity on seafarers’s safety

Bangladesh’s President M Abdul Hamid put emphasis on building strong bridges among the Indian Ocean littorals with a collective sense of responsibility and sharing of resources to ensure safety of sea users, reports BSS. "The... More

Bangladesh HC upholds death for 139 BDR soldiers over carnage during 2009...

The Bangladesh High Court (HC) on November 27 upheld the death sentence of 139 people among 152 condemned convicts in the Pilkhana BDR mutiny case, reports UNB. Among the 152 condemned convicts, one died, four... More

Bangladesh wants solution to Rohingya crisis keeping ties with Myanmar unharmed

Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina on Sunday (Nov 26) said the government wants to solve the Rohingya crisis keeping the 'good relations' with neighbouring Myanmar unharmed. "We want to resolve the crisis keeping the good relations... More

Highest-level security for Pope Francis in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is enforcing the highest security level for the upcoming trip of Pope Francis to the Muslim-majority nation, law enforcement officials say. The pope will be in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka Nov. 30 to Dec.... More

Multilateral naval exercise IMMSAREX to begin tomorrow in Bangladesh

India’s Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba embarks on a three-day visit to Bangladesh today (Nov 26) for a multilateral naval exercise being held under a regional maritime forum set up by India’s initiative. His... More

Bangladesh, Myanmar discuss trade, energy cooperation under BCIM

Bangladesh and Myanmar have discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade, energy and connectivity under Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar initiative, reports UNB. The issues came up for discussion during a meeting between Bangladesh foreign... More

Dhaka, Naypyidaw agree to start Rohingya return in two months

Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating Rohingya refugees in two months, according to a statement issued by Bangladesh Foreign Ministry on Thursday (Nov 23), as global pressure mounts over the crisis that has sent... More

High hopes and expectations over pope’s visit to Bangladesh

Bangladeshi leaders of different faiths hope the upcoming visit by Pope Francis will promote harmony and tolerance in this Muslim-majority nation. However, one hardline Muslim group warned it would protest if the pontiff said or... More

Bangladesh sentences another Islamist leader to death

The International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (ICT,B) on Wednesday (Nov 22) sentenced six people, including former Jamaat lawmaker Abdul Aziz, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, reports UNB. With... More

Why Indian govt commented on a communal riot in Bangladesh

On November 10, a Hindu village was attacked in Bangladesh over a rumoured Facebook post, with more than 30 homes destroyed. The Bangladesh police reacted to the attack by opening fire on the mob,... More

US senators dub atrocities in Myanmar as “war crime”

US Senators visiting to Bangladesh dubbed as "war crimes" the atrocities inflicted on Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces as they called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a day after visiting them in their makeshift... More

China for strong engagement with Bangladesh

China wants to strongly engage with Bangladesh to take forward its One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative and build BCIM (Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation) economic corridor ushering in a prosperous future for... More


De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More


For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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... More