6th US-BD security dialogue set to be held in Washington

Bangladesh and the United States will hold their sixth bilateral security dialogue in Washington on Tuesday, looking to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in security areas and finding ways to... More

Bangladesh to formulate national strategy for Rohingya refugees

Concerned government officials are set to hold a meeting to formulate a new national strategy for supporting the influx of undocumented Rohingya people entering Bangladesh to escape violence in... More

Why are Indians reluctant to use the Kolkata-Agartala route that runs through...

The transit and transhipment agreements between Bangladesh and India were hotly debated and widely discussed. Arguments were made on both sides for and against opening up a route between the... More

Terms settled on deal to supply rice to Bangladesh: CRF

Cambodia and Bangladesh have finalised terms on a massive rice deal that could see up to 1 million tonnes of rice purchased from the Kingdom over the next five... More

Muhith rules out WB’s GDP growth forecast

Economists have expressed mixed reaction over the remarkable gap in the GDP growth projections by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB) and the government. In his budget speech,... More

Suu Kyi invites Mahmood Ali to visit Myanmar for ASEM

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has been invited by his Myanmar counterpart Aung San Suu Kyi to visit her country to attend the 13th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers’... More

Bangladesh signs nuclear disarmament treaty

Bangladesh signed nuclear disarmament treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, according to a statement issued today in New York. The United Nations on July 7, 2017 adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition... More

Don’t blame Pakistan, Haqqanis were your ‘darlings’ at one time: Asif tells...

Pakistan refuses to take the blame for the Haqqani Network and other alleged militant outfits, reminding the United States that these 'terrorists' were considered the 'darlings' of the White... More

Bangladesh seeks concrete steps thru’ UN for sending back Rohingyas

Bangladesh expects concrete steps through the UN Security Council so that the ‘forcibly displaced people from Myanmar’ in Bangladesh can go back to their homeland smoothly and without any... More

‘Are we heading for a Bihari-like situation?’

Obsession with one nation, one religion and one language continues down till today in Myanmar, leading to its present predicament. The psyche of the country has been shaped by... More

Bangladesh proposes UN-led verification for Rohingya return

Bangladesh has proposed to the international community a United Nations-led screening process of Myanmar nationals who have fled violence in Rakhine State and taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar. It has... More

China sending relief for Rohingyas, willing to play role in solving crisis:...

China is sending relief for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh coming from Myanmar and willing to play its part to end the crisis, its ambassador in Dhaka says. Ma Mingqiang... More

BD Navy to develop Thengar Char to shelter the Rohingya

Bangladesh Navy has been given the responsibility to develop 13,000 acres of land in Thengar Char, now known as Bhasan Char, to create temporary accommodation for Rohingya refugees from... More

WHO warns of cholera threat in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday (Sept 25) of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh where more than 435,000 Rohingya Muslims have... More

Bangladesh inks deal with Qatar for LNG

Bangladesh has signed a long-term "LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement with Qatar's RasGas" to import up to 2.5 million tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) annually to meet the... More

China favours permanent solution of Rohingya crisis

The Communist Party of China (CPC) today assured Bangladesh of convincing Myanmar government to resolve the Rohingya problem permanently. The assurance came from a meeting in Beijing between the CPC... More

Rohingyas won’t be given refugee status: Amu

The government has no intention to give refugee status to Rohyingas who fled the military crackdown in Myanmar and entered into Bangladesh, said industry minister Amir Hossain Amu on... More

Media report on foiled plot to assassinate Bangladesh PM Hasina baseless, says...

The Bangladesh government has rubbished reports in foreign media over a foiled plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "The media reports over a plot to attack the prime minister... More

Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance: UN

Bangladesh needs "massive international assistance" to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said Sunday. UN High... More

Chief justice Sinha returns home

  Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha returned to Dhaka after wrapping up his 16-day visit in Canada and Japan. He arrived here in a flight of Singapore Airlines at around 10:40pm... More

U.N. eyes $200 million for refugees

Bangladesh and aid organizations are struggling to help 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who have arrived since Aug. 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a Myanmar crackdown that the United... More


Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More


Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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