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... 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... 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... More

Hasina signals changes in proposed budget for FY2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted at changes in the budget proposed for FY2018. "We have proposed a budget, which will be discussed in parliament. If... More

Rangamati arson attacks: Over 400 sued, 4 more arrested

More than 400 people were sued today (03-06-2017) in connection with Friday’s arson attacks and vandalism in Longadu upazila of Rangamati, Bangladesh. Longadu police filed the... More

Rosatom to Engage Indian Experts in Bangladesh Rooppur NPP...

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom plans to engage Indian experts in the construction of the first Bangladeshi nuclear power plant (NPP) Rooppur, the company's CEO... More

Hefazat demands arrest of Sultana Kamal within 24 hours

Hefazat’s Dhaka city unit leaders on Friday demanded the arrest of rights activist Sultana Kamal within 24 hours, after the committee took offence to hypothetical... More

The Budget is big: Does size matter?

Bangladesh’s Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed the annual national budget of the 2017-18 fiscal in parliament on Thursday, with an outlay of Tk... More

Gas price may rise as LNG import starts next...

Lagging five years behind schedule, the government is finally expecting to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar from the end of next year to... More

US for participatory JS polls in Bangladesh

US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat on Wednesday hoped that the national elections in Bangladesh will be a participatory, violence-free and credible one. Secretary of the... More

Indian Navy in Bay rescues 33 cyclone survivors

Indian Navy is engaged in rescuing stranded survivours of cyclone Mora from the Bay of Bengal, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said today (Wednesday). Currently... More

Biman lost Tk200 crore by leasing two non-operational planes

In another case of mismanagement, Biman has been forced to ground two leased Boeings from EgyptAir at a cost of Tk200 crore that was supposed... More

BD Chief justice warns law ministry

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Monday said it would be a serious mistake on the part of law ministry officials if they try... More

Signal 7 at maritime ports as Cyclone Mora near...

Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to hoist danger signal number seven while Mongla and Payra ports signal number five as... More

9pc graduates, undergraduates unemployed: BBS

The number of unemployed youths in the country has increased to 2.6 million, having an equal ratio from men and women. The total number of unemployed... More

Chinese and Bangladesh navies conduct joint maritime drill

A Chinese ocean-going naval fleet completed its friendly visit to Bangladesh and left the Port of Chittagong at about 10:00 am on May 26, local... More

Separation of the judiciary and deft manipulations

Former Chief Justice Mustafa Kamal had drawn up the verdict of the Masdar Hossain versus the State, regarding separation of the judiciary. Justice Kamal passed... More

Implementation of 10 mega projects sluggish

The Bangladesh government is unlikely to complete any mega projects in its current tenure, to expire in January 2019, because of sluggish progress in their... More

SC circular ineffective

The government has issued a statement regarding a Supreme Court circular that 17 lower court judges cannot travel abroad without the apex court's approval. The statement,... More

Chinese naval fleet visits Bangladesh

A Chinese naval fleet arrived at the Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh on Tuesday for a four-day friendly visit to Bangladesh. The fleet received a... More

Bangladesh economy: Projected growth not reflected in reality

When the new crop of rice enters the market in Bangladesh, price of food grain falls. At least that is how it has always been... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

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 of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... 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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