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 Trump, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan,... 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 2018 programme was made at a... 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 to this end. “I have been observing... 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 attack cases. In separate rulings the court... 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 has attended the forum to discuss... More

Bangladesh Govt claims a record 7.24% GDP growth, WB projects 6.8%

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 sticks to its earlier growth projection... More

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

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 President Donald Trump and other world... 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 for 2019. However, the party has... More

BD FM Muhith says new budget will put pressure on people...

Finance Minister AMA Muhith understands that the government will not be able to pressurise the people for revenue in the budget before the election, so he plans to do this in... More

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their “blessings” is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting “elders” or... More

BNP unveiled “Vision 2030”: Proposed to curb the PM’s powers, Upper...

Bangladesh main opposition party BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia unveiled “Vision 2030” on Wednesday, a set of proposals she said her party would implement if voted to power in the next national... More

Seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law”...

Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)’s Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized a seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” on 9 May 2017.... More

16th amendment hearing: Chief justice, AG trade heated words

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had a heated exchange during a hearing on the appeal against the High Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment... More

Bangladesh opposes proposal of ADB regional hub

Bangladesh is opposed to any regional hub of the Asian Development Bank as most country and sub-regional offices are faring well, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Sunday. "I'm not in favour... More

WB wants deal on immunity

The World Bank has urged the Bangladesh government to sign an agreement to provide it with full immunity. Finance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday revealed the WB’s intention during the annual general... More

Some officials giving govt bad advice: CJ

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said some over enthusiastic officials and employees were acting against the interest of the government by giving it bad advice. They are making recommendations that go... More

Bangladesh govt stifles freedom of expression: Amnesty

The Bangladeshi government has stifled freedom of expression by failing to protect dissenters and using repressive laws and tactics, London-based Amnesty International has said in a report. “Not only is the government... More

Pressure mounts on Bangladesh’s economy

The slump in agricultural production, negative growth of remittances and stagnancy in export earnings is mounting pressure on Bangladesh’s economy. Given the circumstances, it will be difficult to reach the projected... More

Bangladesh to build hundreds of mosques with Saudi cash

Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost $1 billion from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday. The government plans to construct 560 mosques -- one in every... More

Neighboring countries must reject India’s ‘backyard’ policy

In a discussion titled “Current context of Bangladesh-India relations,” the participants asserted that South Asian countries desires an equal and respectable relationship with the neighboring India, and do not want to... More

China Ready to Mediate Between Burma and Bangladesh over Arakan Refugees

China offered on Tuesday to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas, two Bangladesh foreign ministry officials said. Around 69,000 Rohingyas have fled to... 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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