Diphtheria kills 9 in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Bangladesh on Tuesday (Dec 12) launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700, reports AFP Health workers in Bangladesh said they... More

Rohingya crisis: BD seeks both bilateral, global urgent action

Bangladesh has said not only bilateral, but the international community’s urgent action is needed for the permanent solution to Rohingya crisis. Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen made the remark... More

Political crisis rooted in clash of nationalisms: Prof. Maniruzzaman

Renowned political scientist and national professor Talukder Maniruzzaman can no longer write and can hardly speak clearly. Born Sirajganj in 1938, Talukder Maniruzzaman graduated from Dhaka University in 1961 and was subsequently awarded a... More

2 Bangladeshis shot dead by Indian BSF along Rajshahi border

Two Bangladeshis have been shot dead by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Bhubanpara bordering area under Godagari upazila in Rajshahi district. Locals said BSF members opened fire at Mithu, 27, son of... More

Storm cloud over Dhaka

November may well turn out to be, in retrospect, the month that decides Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s political fate.  On the 7th, Mubashar Hasan, assistant professor at Dhaka’s North South University, was picked... More

BD, Myanmar working towards solution for Rohingya crisis: BD army chief

Bangladesh Army Chief General Abu Bilal Mohammad Saiful Haq, the reviewing officer at the IMA Passing Out Parade (POP) at Dehradun on Saturday (Dec. 9) when queried about the recent strained ties between... More

Fair, inclusive polls to contribute to build prosperous BD: EU

The European Union has said free, fair and inclusive elections in the period ahead,  in accordance with international standards for democratic elections, will contribute to creating a more prosperous Bangladesh, reports UNB. The EU, a... More

Japan closes in on infrastructure deal with Bangladesh

Japan has snagged preferential negotiating rights from the Bangladeshi government to build highways and other structures there under an exclusive arrangement. Tokyo seeks to capitalize on this and other opportunities to catch and surpass China,... More

BD plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingyas to flood-prone island

Bangladesh's authorities plan to relocate about 100,000 Rohingyas, who have fled Myanmar, to a flood-prone remote island in the Bengal Bay by November 2019, the country’s media reported. CNN reported that about 100,000 of the... More

Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages

Bangladesh’s central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists,... More

Envoy latest in a series of mysterious disappearances in Dhaka

Former ambassador Maroof Zaman is the latest in a series of missing persons in Bangladesh. He ‘disappeared’ on 4 December, Monday night, while on the way to pick up his daughter from Hazrat Shahjalal... More

Rohingya militants may shift to cross-border attacks: ICG report

Rohingya Muslim insurgents who have fled Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh camps may stage cross-border attacks, aiming at security targets and non-Muslims, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned in a new report. But... More

Turkish PM to visit Bangladesh on December 19

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on December 19. During the visit, he will inspect the condition of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar. A Foreign Ministry official said that... More

ADB funds $580 million for Reliance’s BD power plant project

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved debt financing and partial risk guarantees totaling $583 million to develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and power project. The project, which includes... More

BD female military pilots join UN mission for the first time

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh two female military pilots are joining the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Congo. Flight Lieutenant Nayma Haque and Flight Lieutenant Tamanna-E-Lutfi will leave here for Congo... More

Bangladesh, Cambodia inks 10 instruments

Bangladesh and Cambodia signed 10 instruments -- an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) -- to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil... More

Bangladesh Army Chief to review IMA parade on Dec 9

The Chief of the Army staff of Bangladesh will be the reviewing officer for December 9 passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Bangladesh Army Chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq will... More

India proposes Bangladesh for joint study on exports

India has suggested Bangladesh to carry out a joint study on products being exported by the two countries in order to complement each other and attain synergy. The proposal was made by Indian Commerce Minister... More

India’s Reliance Power seals deal for $1bn BD project

Anil Ambani’s telecom empire may be in dire straits at home but his $1billion plan to set up a generation station in Bangladesh is powering ahead, with the group arm Reliance Power on 30... More

Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word in public for first time on Asia trip

Pope Francis referred to refugees in Bangladesh as “Rohingya” on Friday (Nov 1), using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on his Asia tour after meeting a group... More

Bangladesh enters nuclear world

Bangladesh on November 30, entered the nuclear world as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work on the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the first-ever nuclear plant of the country, reports UNB. She... More


Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More


Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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