Army in systematic bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday (Oct 11). "Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern... More

Bangladesh asks Pakistan to join efforts to convince Myanmar to take back...

Bangladesh has called upon Pakistan to join the international community in convincing Myanmar to take back the Rohingya people. High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan made the request to new Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaid Khaqan Abbasi... More

Rohingya repatriation: BD for joint verification, UN involvement

Bangladesh has proposed a joint verification instead of the unilateral one placed by Myanmar to determine the qualification of repatriation of Rohingyas in a credible manner. “We’ve proposed a joint verification against Myanmar’s own verification... More

Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami

Bangladesh police on Monday night arrested the top leaders of the country's largest Islamist party, an official said, as the government appeared to have launched a crackdown on the main opposition parties. Nine people were... 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, it is a straightforward instance of one... More

Rohingya crisis: Dhaka not to take any ‘suicidal step’

No war with Myanmar rather solution thru’ peaceful efforts, says Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Monday said Bangladesh will not take any ‘suicidal’ decision like getting involved in any war with Myanmar as it... More

BBIN MVA: Dhaka, Kathmandu to discuss modalities with Delhi 

Bangladesh and Nepal want to discuss with India the modalities for early implementation of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement (BBIN MVA) to boost connectivity in the region. Bangladesh and Nepal recognised that... More

At least 12 dead, scores missing after Rohingya boat capsizes

At least 12 people died and scores were missing Monday after a boat packed with Rohingya refugees -- many of them children -- capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Coast guard... More

China reinforces mediation call as Rohingya crisis spirals

Without alienating Bangladesh, China is backing Myanmar, setting the stage of mediation between the two countries to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian and refugee crisis. On September 28, China flew 2,000 tents and 3,000 blankets as... More

5-day BD, US Disaster Response Exercise begins

The Bangladesh Armed Forces Division and U.S. Army Pacific on Sunday announced their participation in the Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE), a civil-military disaster preparedness and response initiative between the Governments... More

Bangladesh wants comprehensive action plan for BIMSTEC

Bangladesh favours a ‘comprehensive plan of action’ and submit the same to member states as to how best members should act and support in flourishing BIMSTEC and achieving its desired goals and objectives. Foreign Minister... More

Bangladesh’s mega refugee camp plan ‘dangerous’: UN official

A top UN official today said Bangladesh's plan to build the world's biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly. The arrival of... More

Bangladesh backs China’s OBOR; can’t remain isolated in the name of sovereignty,...

A day after the Trump administration threw its weight behind India's opposition to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Bangladesh backed China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative, also known as the 'Belt and Road... More

Bangladesh Islamists call on government to arm Rohingyas

Thousands of Islamist hardliners marched in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong Friday (Oct 6)calling for the government to arm Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing a crackdown in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. More than half a million... More

All Rohingya to be shifted to mega refugee camp: Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Thursday (Oct 5) announced it would build one of the world's biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. The arrival of more... More

India’s foreign minister due Oct 23 to attend Dhaka, Delhi JCC meet

Bangladesh and India will hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting in the fourth week of October to review the entire bilateral relations and take forward the decisions taken so far. Foreign Minister AH... More

Bangladesh builds two more warships

It took 24 months to build the warships with China's technical assistance. Two more warships built at the Khulna shipyard are scheduled to be commissioned next month. President Md Abdul Hamid will attend the commissioning ceremony... More

Connectivity ‘crucial’ in Dhaka-Delhi ties; 3rd $4.5b LoC deal signed

Indian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley on Wednesday (4 October) said connectivity is crucial to the success of Bangladesh-India bilateral development partnership, sub-regional economic cooperation and economic prosperity in the region. “India-Bangladesh... More

Bangladesh to acquire 155 mm howitzers

Bangladesh’s military procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchases (DGDP), has issued a notice to foreign vendors to submit bids in support of a programme to procure artillery for the Bangladesh Army. The notice was... More

CJ Sinha ‘forced’ to refrain from discharging duty, says Bangladesh opposition BNP

BNP on Wednesday alleged that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been forced to refrain from performing his duty in the name of his illness. Speaking at a press conference, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul... More

Bangladesh top judge’s leave sparks rumours over landmark verdict

Bangladesh's chief justice began a one-month period of leave Tuesday amid claims he was forced to go on holiday after a landmark verdict that went against the government. Justice Minister AnisulHuq rejected widespread speculation linking... 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