A lull in the NGO movement

The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other... More

First cargo ship from India arrives in Bangladesh

The first container ship from India has arrived in Bangladesh's Panagon river port here under the Coastal Shipping Agreement signed in 2015, allowing direct cargo... More

Up the hills and down the river

  Nature at is pristine best. This is the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The hill tracts are nestled in the southeast of Bangladesh, replete in rivers and hills.... More

Bangladesh PM says US threatened her over Yunus’ Grameen...

Though Muhammad Yunus has claimed himself innocent in Padma Bridge 'conspiracy', Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says top US officials, including the ambassador, threatened her with... More

Politicians pocketing extra government money!

Although Bangladesh finance minister called for increasing government spending to keep the economy moving, country's leading economists Rehman Sobhan has a different argument. According to... More

Did a Canada court really clear Bangladesh officials of...

Last Friday , a Canadian court acquitted three former executives of the large engineering company SNC-Lavalin who had been accused of bribing Bangladesh government officials... More

BD-EU soon finalize SOP on irregular migrants

Bangladesh and the European Union will soon finalize the Standard Operating Procedures on the return of irregular migrants with no right to stay in the... More

Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh as military crackdown...

Myanmar has reopened No. 1 border gate with Bangladesh which was temporarily closed following terrorist attacks on some three border posts on Oct. 9 last... More

Life term means jail until death Says chief justice

Life imprisonment means jail sentence until natural death, Chief Justice of Bangladesh Surendra Kumar Sinha said on Tuesday. Although Under Section 57 of the Penal Code,... More

Malaysian aid ship for Rohingyas arrives in Bangladesh

A Malaysian aid ship arrived in Bangladesh on Monday carrying aid for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Myanmar, many citing... More

Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi visit remains uncertain

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s New Delhi visit might be postponed till April instead of February as was expected earlier. This date may even be... More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too

West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now objecting to the Ganges Barrage Project... More

BD- SL expected to sign free trade agreement

A free trade agreement between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is currently being discussed to boost bilateral trade and the two countries’ governments will sign the... More

New CEC more loyal to AL: BNP

The new chief election commissioner is even more loyal to the Awami League than his predecessor Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, the BNP has alleged. "The people of... More

Police form new anti-terror teams in BD

Bangladesh Police is going to create commando teams in all metropolitan areas and range police units to deal with any crisis situation such as militant... More

BD should scrap Rohingya relocation plan: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Bangladesh government to immediately drop its plan to transfer Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited, undeveloped coastal island. It said that... More

New CEC triggers old controversy

Speculations about the political and election scenario in Bangladesh are drawing to a close with the restructure of the Election Commission. President Abdul Hamid on... More

BD candidate challange ACT election results

The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) election 2016 result is being challenged in the Supreme Court, where a candidate who was barred from standing wants the... More

E-9 education conference begins in Bangladesh

A high-level conference of E-9, a forum of nine high-population countries, began here Sunday to discuss policies necessary for the member states to achieve the... More

BD power plant protest not aimed at China

A protest this week against a $2.4-billion Chinese-backed power plant in Bangladesh which turned violent was not against Chinese participation in the project but due... More

Rohingya refugees to be sent in remote deep sea...

THENGAR Char in the coastal area of Bangladesh under Noakhali district, where government planning to relocate thousands of Rohingya is not only isolated from locality... 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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