Migrants in Europe: Dhaka to seek more time for verification

Dhaka on Tuesday finalised the terms and conditions for the return of irregular migrants from the European Union and agreed to bring back all its irregular nationals through a nationality verification... More

Dholaikhal to be Biman Airbus’ final destination

After spending a fortune on maintaining two grounded aircraft, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is now forced to sell them for scraps after nobody expressed any interest in buying them whole. The two Airbus... More

PM Hasina defends section 57

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke in favour of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act amid growing calls for repeal of the provision for its “widespread misuse”. Speaking at... More

India eyes new waterway with Bangladesh soon

New Delhi expects a new waterway between Bangladesh and India will complete in one year. The Indian and Bangladeshi governments have undertaken an ambitious project to establish a new waterway between the... More

BB reserve theft: Rakesh Asthana called urgently, keeping local agencies in...

The Bangladesh Bank kept local information technology and law enforcement agencies in dark after the cybertheft of $101 million from its reserve in February 2016 and assigned World Informatix Cyber Security... More

UK sees ‘no improvement’ in Bangladesh human rights situation in 2016

The UK has said in a report it saw no improvement in the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2016. The report titled Human Rights and Democracy also added that the... More

First Chikungunya, now dengue strikes Dhaka

Amid the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes, in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, another mosquito-borne disease dengue has silently struck the city amid the variation... More

Is Bangladesh headed towards economic recession?

Bangladesh has been the only country is South Asia over the past seven years with an average economic growth exceeding six percent. And the government has predicted that the growth is... More

Terrorist activities decreases worldwide, increases in Bangladesh: US State Dept

Bangladesh experienced a significant increase in terrorist activity in 2016, according to the US State Department’s annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism-2016’, released in Washington on Wednesday (19 July). The report said that... More

Public servants condemn harassment of UNO over Bangabandhu’s photo

Bangladesh Administrative Service Association or BASA in its statement issued on Thursday demanded action against those involved with the incident. Barisal UNO Tariq Salmon was in jail for two hours on Wednesday... More

Bangladeshi activist detained at the Malaysian ariport

Malaysian immigration barred Adilur Rahman Khan, the secretary of Odhikar, a Bangladesh-based human rights organisation, to enter into the country on Thursday. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a Civil Society Organisation in Malaysia... More

ADB sees improved growth prospects for developing Asia

Economic growth prospects in developing Asia for 2017 have improved on the back of stronger-than-expected export demand in the first quarter of this year, according to a new Asian Development Bank... More

Dhaka traffic three times slower, wastes 3.2m work hours a day:...

Dhaka’s notorious traffic is costing its citizens around 3.2 million working hours every day, according to an analysis by the World Bank The city’s traffic speed has decreased from 21 kilometres per... More

Petrobangla-Chevron meeting today to resolve ‘share transfer dispute’

A Chevron team will meet senior Petrobangla officials today (19-07-17) to sort out the seven-month-old dispute over the former’s share transfer to a Chinese consortium. The meeting will be held at... More

MOUs between Bangladesh and Lanka need to be more than wish-lists

Over two months after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its immediate neighbour India on cooperation in economic projects, Sri Lanka has now turned its attention on Bangladesh. Following his... More

BNP rejects EC roadmap to parliamentary polls, AL waits for implementation

The BNP has formally rejected the Election Commission’s roadmap, saying it will not work since there is no ‘election atmosphere’ while its arch-rival the Awami League is waiting for its implementation. “Our... More

The consequences of a controversial chief justice

When Bangladesh’s 18th chief justice retired in 2010, controversy arose over the appointment of his successor as he superseded two seniors, and in all considerations superior, judges to take office. As... More

Bangladesh Election Commission’s crisis of confidence

The country’s politics is apparently heating up with the 11th national elections nearing fast as the political parties have already started preparing to join the vote battle. Ruling Bangladesh Awami League... More

Roadmap to next BD JS polls unveiled: CEC Says, can do...

The Bangladesh Election Commission cannot intervene if any registered political party's activities are hampered before the announcement of election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said on Sunday. The EC will... More

New Age deputy editor not given visa for Kolkata conference

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka did not issue a visa to a senior New Age journalist who was invited to present a paper at an international conference at Jadavpur University... More

Bangladeshi girls sex trafficked to India narrate ordeal

  On an overcast evening, on a boat criss-crossing a river on the Bangladesh-India border, Payal, 16, hid under a fishing net hoping to reach India where her agent said a dance... More


Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim...

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to military sources. The deployment of the 33rd... More

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India, Kashmir is split into two with Pakistan occupying one half and to Pakistan the story... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More


Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... 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

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