India to strengthen military partnership with Bangladesh

India wants to strengthen military partnership with Bangladesh. The framework of a long-term contract has been given to Dhaka, a defense source unanimously acknowledged and also said that the agreement is expected to be... More

Five sentenced to death for killing of Japanese citizen in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court handed down the death sentence on Tuesday for five militants found guilty of killing a Japanese citizen, court officials said. Kunio Hoshi, 65, was gunned down in October 2015 by masked men... More

Experts for “urgent review” of Farakka Barrage

Echoing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s concern, India's river and environment experts urged government to review the effectiveness of Farakka Barrage. They are claiming that Farakka Barrage had failed to fulfill any of the... More

Bangladesh’s proposed hike in gas prices sparks protests

Bangladesh has announced plans to raise natural gas prices for the second time in under two years, meeting with immediate protests from political parties and industry groups, including the $28 billion garments industry, the... More

Al-Qaeda suddenly relevant in Bangladesh? 

Seemingly of out of nowhere a high-ranking US commander has claimed that international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda is active in Bangladesh. Sentinel magazine from an organization called "Combating Terrorism Center" which is known for observing international terrorist activity,... More

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for Bangladesh? Speculations abound. Indian sources say that his tour is mainly to formalize a date... More

Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red in the...

  Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red as labourers worked on fields at Bogra district in Bangladesh. More than 2,000 people work in almost 100 chilli farms in the area to... More

UN Human Rights experts asks Bangladesh to stop enforced disappearances

Geneva- February 24: The issue of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, has risen from a few isolated cases a few years ago to more than 40, United Nations Human Rights Experts have pointed out and called... More

Terrorists could use nuclear power plant material for ‘dirty bomb’

Bangladesh’s entrance into the sector of nuclear energy started many, many years ago. In fact, the Rooppur nuclear power plant site was selected even before Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. Dr Petr Topychkanov, made this... More

China state firm to buy Chevron Bangladesh oil fields

Chevron Corp. has signed a preliminary deal with China's Zhenhua Oil, a state-run oil and gas explorer, to sell its major natural gas fields in Bangladesh for about $2 billion, Reuters reported, citing Beijing-based... More

Crisis deepens for Bangladeshi garments

  International brands pull out form Dhaka apparel summit as concern mounting over the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh. Following pressure from rights groups and uncomfortable media exposure in the aftermath of the Ashulia wage strikes... More

21st February: International Mother Language Day

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The voice of freedom

It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital city Dhaka, all roads lead to the Ekushey Boi... More

A lull in the NGO movement

The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other issues pertaining to public interest, are no longer in... More

First cargo ship from India arrives in Bangladesh

The first container ship from India has arrived in Bangladesh's Panagon river port here under the Coastal Shipping Agreement signed in 2015, allowing direct cargo vessel movement between the two countries. The ship, 'Shonartori Nou... More

Up the hills and down the river

  Nature at is pristine best. This is the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The hill tracts are nestled in the southeast of Bangladesh, replete in rivers and hills. Around 14 indigenous culturally diverse communities have been living... More

Bangladesh PM says US threatened her over Yunus’ Grameen Bank sacking

Though Muhammad Yunus has claimed himself innocent in Padma Bridge 'conspiracy', Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says top US officials, including the ambassador, threatened her with suspension of funds for the bridge project. She has alleged... More

Politicians pocketing extra government money!

Although Bangladesh finance minister called for increasing government spending to keep the economy moving, country's leading economists Rehman Sobhan has a different argument. According to him a large part of the money allocated for... More

Did a Canada court really clear Bangladesh officials of corruption?

Last Friday , a Canadian court acquitted three former executives of the large engineering company SNC-Lavalin who had been accused of bribing Bangladesh government officials to win a $50 million consultancy contract involving the... More

BD-EU soon finalize SOP on irregular migrants

Bangladesh and the European Union will soon finalize the Standard Operating Procedures on the return of irregular migrants with no right to stay in the EU. It was agreed upon at the second Diplomatic... More

Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh as military crackdown ends

Myanmar has reopened No. 1 border gate with Bangladesh which was temporarily closed following terrorist attacks on some three border posts on Oct. 9 last year, according to the State Counselor's Office Thursday –... 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

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... 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

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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