Chevron threatens to fire Bangladesh staff protesting asset sale

U.S. oil company Chevron has threatened to fire staff protesting against the planned sale of its assets in Bangladesh to Chinese investors, according to a... More

Story of a Bangladeshi girl with Chinese Navy

The Chinese naval ocean-going visiting taskforce arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, the fifth stop of its voyage, on Tuesday morning. Amid the welcoming crowd on the wharf,... More

Indian RSS attempts to convert Nazrul!

Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, the pride of the Bengali nation, the revolutionary who stood up against the British colonialists, against religious... More

‘SAARC, BIMSTEC inactive, ineffective’

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga has slammed the SAARC and BIMSTEC for not doing anything to solve regional crises. “Both regional organisations failed to... More

IDB to sell off its most shares in largest...

The Islamic Development Bank is selling off two-thirds of its shares in Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) as part of its tenure strategy to drive... More

Sheikh Hasina’s blunder: Bangladesh PM uses piety to mask...

Sheikh Hasina Wajed has inflicted many injuries on Bangladesh’s democracy. She has pursued a dogged vendetta against her main rival for the job of prime... More

CJ’s opinion shall have primacy: BD HC

The chief justice is the key person in forming opinion as to the eligibility of persons for appointment in the higher judiciary and his opinion... More

Islami Bank Bangladesh in dire straits

Islami Bank, the largest and most profitable bank in the country, has plunged into a bout of infighting within just five months of wholesale restructuring... More

Judiciary getting non-cooperation: BD CJ

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Sunday said the judiciary was becoming dysfunctional due to non-cooperation from the law ministry. He asked Attorney General Mahbubey... More

‘Only Pakistan-bound journos should be monitored’

The parliamentary standing committee directive to monitor to Bangladeshi journalists while travelling abroad was actually intended only for journalists travelling to Pakistan on the invitation... More

‘Some people feel they can commit any crime with...

Kazi Reazul Huq joined the civil service in 1973. He became a member of the Human Rights Commission in June 2010 and continued in this... More

Bangladesh govt backtracks from trailing journalists abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has withdrawn its order instructing missions to watch activities of Bangladeshi journalists travelling abroad. A Bangladeshi diplomat posted in a Western... More

BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office raided

Police on Saturday morning launched a search at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka. BNP chairperson’s press wing member Shamsuddin Didar said police began... More

PM to fly for Riyadh tomorrow

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will fly to Riyadh on Saturday to attend Arab-Islamic-US summit hosted by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. US president Donald... More

Bangladesh to host OIC foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018

Bangladesh is set to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018. The decision on Dhaka as the host city for the... More

I don’t care about any conspiracy: PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her firm determination to take Bangladesh to its desired goal, saying that she doesn’t care about any conspiracies... More

HC stays Khaleda’s trial in 3 more arson cases

The High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed trials of former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in three more arson... More

OBOR forum: BD to discuss BCIM corridor

The two-day Belt and Road Forum ended in Beijing on Monday evening with promises of joint action by participating countries. A high-level delegation from Bangladesh... More

Bangladesh Govt claims a record 7.24% GDP growth, WB...

Bangladesh government announced on Sunday that the country's GDP growth would hit a record 7.24 percent in the outgoing fiscal year, while the World Bank... More

PM Hasina to join world leaders in May 21...

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to a summit to be attended by US... More

Vision 2030: A smart move

Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled... 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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