India eyes new waterway with Bangladesh soon

New Delhi expects a new waterway between Bangladesh and India will complete in one year. The Indian and Bangladeshi governments have undertaken an ambitious project to establish a new waterway... More

BB reserve theft: Rakesh Asthana called urgently, keeping local agencies in dark

The Bangladesh Bank kept local information technology and law enforcement agencies in dark after the cybertheft of $101 million from its reserve in February 2016 and assigned World Informatix... More

UK sees ‘no improvement’ in Bangladesh human rights situation in 2016

The UK has said in a report it saw no improvement in the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2016. The report titled Human Rights and Democracy also added... More

First Chikungunya, now dengue strikes Dhaka

Amid the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes, in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, another mosquito-borne disease dengue has silently struck the city amid... More

Is Bangladesh headed towards economic recession?

Bangladesh has been the only country is South Asia over the past seven years with an average economic growth exceeding six percent. And the government has predicted that the... More

Terrorist activities decreases worldwide, increases in Bangladesh: US State Dept

Bangladesh experienced a significant increase in terrorist activity in 2016, according to the US State Department’s annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism-2016’, released in Washington on Wednesday (19 July). The report... More

Public servants condemn harassment of UNO over Bangabandhu’s photo

Bangladesh Administrative Service Association or BASA in its statement issued on Thursday demanded action against those involved with the incident. Barisal UNO Tariq Salmon was in jail for two hours... More

Bangladeshi activist detained at the Malaysian ariport

Malaysian immigration barred Adilur Rahman Khan, the secretary of Odhikar, a Bangladesh-based human rights organisation, to enter into the country on Thursday. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a Civil Society Organisation... More

ADB sees improved growth prospects for developing Asia

Economic growth prospects in developing Asia for 2017 have improved on the back of stronger-than-expected export demand in the first quarter of this year, according to a new Asian... More

Dhaka traffic three times slower, wastes 3.2m work hours a day: WB

Dhaka’s notorious traffic is costing its citizens around 3.2 million working hours every day, according to an analysis by the World Bank The city’s traffic speed has decreased from 21... More

Petrobangla-Chevron meeting today to resolve ‘share transfer dispute’

A Chevron team will meet senior Petrobangla officials today (19-07-17) to sort out the seven-month-old dispute over the former’s share transfer to a Chinese consortium. The meeting will be... More

MOUs between Bangladesh and Lanka need to be more than wish-lists

Over two months after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its immediate neighbour India on cooperation in economic projects, Sri Lanka has now turned its attention on Bangladesh.... More

BNP rejects EC roadmap to parliamentary polls, AL waits for implementation

The BNP has formally rejected the Election Commission’s roadmap, saying it will not work since there is no ‘election atmosphere’ while its arch-rival the Awami League is waiting for... More

The consequences of a controversial chief justice

When Bangladesh’s 18th chief justice retired in 2010, controversy arose over the appointment of his successor as he superseded two seniors, and in all considerations superior, judges to take... More

Bangladesh Election Commission’s crisis of confidence

The country’s politics is apparently heating up with the 11th national elections nearing fast as the political parties have already started preparing to join the vote battle. Ruling Bangladesh... More

Roadmap to next BD JS polls unveiled: CEC Says, can do nothing...

The Bangladesh Election Commission cannot intervene if any registered political party's activities are hampered before the announcement of election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said on Sunday. The... More

New Age deputy editor not given visa for Kolkata conference

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka did not issue a visa to a senior New Age journalist who was invited to present a paper at an international conference at... More

Bangladeshi girls sex trafficked to India narrate ordeal

  On an overcast evening, on a boat criss-crossing a river on the Bangladesh-India border, Payal, 16, hid under a fishing net hoping to reach India where her agent said... More

Murders, masked men spook Rohingya in Bangladesh camps

As fellow Muslims were celebrating the end of Ramadan in June, Ms Noor Ankis and her neighbours buried her husband at the refugee camp in Bangladesh where he had... More

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka sign 14 deals after Hasina-Sirisena talks

Bangladesh has signed 14 deals with Sri Lanka after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Maithripala Sirisena. Their meeting began after the Sri Lankan delegation arrived at... More

Dhaka signs initial deal with Doha to import 2.5m tonnes of LNG...

Bangladesh inked Thursday the country's first-ever deal to import from Qatar liquefied natural gas (LNG), a new fuel for the country, to meet the mounting natural gas demand. Qatar's RasGas... More


New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More


Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... 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,... 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