Myanmar’s provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences, warns Bangladesh

Bangladesh has strongly protested the instances of violation of its airspace by Myanmar military drones and helicopters on September 10, 12 and 14. Bangladesh also mentioned that these provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences. Director... More

India fully supports Dhaka’s stand on Rohingya crisis, Sushma Swaraj tells Bangladesh...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has told Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that India would provide complete support to Dhaka on the matter of Rohingya Muslim refugees, the United News of Bangladesh reported on Friday. “... More

Wagah-type retreat ceremony on cards at Dawki on Bangladesh border

India and Bangladesh is all set to start an  Indo – Bangla retreat ceremony at Dawki in Meghalaya frontier in the line with the famous India-Pak retreat ceremony at Wagah, before the next Raising Day... More

Bangladesh set to enter 4G era as gov’t approves guideline

Five years after the roll-out of 3G network, Bangladesh is now all set to enter 4G era as the government has approved relevant guideline with spectrum prices, paving the way for the telecom regulator... More

UN fears 1 million Rohingya influx into Bangladesh

With about 10,000 to 20,000 new Rohingyas arriving in Bangladesh a day, the UN agencies fear that the total number may reach one million by the year-end if the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State... More

With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defence ties

India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defence ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe... More

Bangladesh to raise Rohingya issue in UNGA

Bangladesh will raise the Rohingya issue in the upcoming 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session highlighting the main causes of the long standing crisis and will put forward some proposals for solving the... More

Contesting in the polls while remaining in parliament

During the tenure of the present government, the constitution was amended so that the election can be held while the parliament is still in place. The members of parliament can contest in the coming... More

Bangladesh set to sign 15-year LNG import deal with Qatar

Bangladesh will sign a 15-year deal with Qatar’s RasGas Co to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) starting in 2018 as the South Asian country turns to the supercooled fuel to fill a domestic supply... More

Diplomats from 40 countries visit Rohingya camp

A delegation of 67 foreign diplomats met with displaced Rohingya from Myanmar during a visit to the Kutupalong Registered Camp in the Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali... More

Parliament votes for legal steps over SC’s 16th amendment verdict

MPs have passed a motion in Bangladesh parliament to take legal steps over the Supreme Court verdict on the 16th constitutional amendment and some of the court's observations. The lawmakers adopted the rare motion on... More

Nobel laureate Yunus asks Suu Kyi to start peace process now

Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus has called upon Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take “immediate steps” to halt the Rakhine State violence and stem the flow of Rohingya refugees into... More

Bangladesh shortlists Trafigura, Gunvor for two LNG import terminals

Bangladesh has shortlisted global commodity traders Trafigura and Gunvor to arrange the installation of two floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in 2018 as the country transforms into a major LNG consumer. "Trafigura and... More

Dhaka expects help from Delhi, Beijing

Dhaka expects India and China to stand beside Bangladesh amid the current Rohingya refugee crisis, hoping that the two countries would provide help address the influx of Myanmar nationals. "China and India are friendly nations.... More

Bangladesh will raise Rohingya issue at UN General Assembly, Hasina says

Bangladesh will take the Rohingya issue up with the United Nations General Assembly with a renewed call on Myanmar to take back the refugees, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said. She was speaking in parliament... More

President proposes creation of UN-run “safe zone” for Myanmar refugees

President M Abdul Hamid today proposed creation of a "safe zone" for displaced Myanmar nationals under UN initiatives and supports of organisations like OIC as he met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on... More

Myanmar planted banned landmines near BD border: Amnesty

Myanmar has planted landmines along its border with Bangladesh posing a deadly threat to fleeing Rohingyas, says Amnesty. It said on Saturday that it has confirmed that internationally banned antipersonnel mines have seriously injured three... More

Alarming surge in numbers fleeing to Bangladesh: UN

An alarming and unprecedented influx of 270,000 Rohingya has sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks from violence in Myanmar, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday, a dramatic jump in the... More

Bangladesh wants ‘safe zones’ to ease Rohingya crisis, but seen unlikely

Bangladesh has proposed creating “safe zones” run by aid groups for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing into its territory following a military crackdown. The plan, the... More

Myanmar way of action causes problem for Bangladesh: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today denounced the insurgents activities in the Myanmar's western Rakhine state but said the way of actions by Naypyidaw was also causing problem for neighbouring Bangladesh. "Bangladesh never supported the acts... More

Bangladesh envoy admits ‘frustration’ in recovery of $81M in bank heist

The Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines on Thursday expressed hopes of recovering money lost in last year's $81-million bank heist but admitted there was "immense pressure" to achieve results more than a year... More


De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More


For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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