BD LNG import may raise gas price five times

Increasing gas supplies by 28.32 million cubic metres per day from imported Liquefied Natural Gas may push up average gas price by more than five... More

Can BD’s economy base ensure sustainable development?

In recent years Bangladesh economy has been enjoying an upper-mid growth rate, but it is doubtful whether this development will be sustainable for a long... More

Not torture, really? Justifying police action uncalled for

We were informed by the home minister, much to our dismay, that the police do not torture journalists. Apparently what happened during the half-day peaceful... More

Santos jointly explores oil & gas in BD

Bangladesh state-run Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex), in its first-ever offshore exploration program, is set to initiate oil and gas exploration in offshore Magnama structures under... More

Palestine Prez to visit BD next month

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, will go to Bangladesh on February 1 on a three-day state visit for further strengthening relations between the two... More

Sheikh Hasina’s India tour could be delayed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's New Delhi visit next month seems unlikely as most of the focus in India would be on elections in five states,... More

23 BD rivers die due to upstream water withdrawal

A total of 23 rivers in Bangladesh have died due to upstream withdrawal of waters. Water security has further been threatened by the impact of... More

Bangladesh to invest in hydro projects in Nepal-Bhutan, import...

Bangladesh plans to sign an agreement with Nepal to invest in hydropower projects and import electricity, the state minister for power said recently. “The deal will... More

Why do dialogues, arbitration and negotiations fail?

The history of dialogue or negotiation or third entity arbitration between political parties in Bangladesh to resolve any crisis has never been pleasant. Since its... More

Can Bangladesh gain from China, India on the value...

In September last year, a dialogue on ‘Bangladesh- India Relations: Progress and Challenges Ahead’, was organized in Dhaka by the Institute for Policy and Governance... More

BD Chief Justice wants end to executive-judiciary ‘conflict’

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has urged the executive wing of the state to own the judiciary as he does not want any more... More

Bangladesh Betar add Chinese language to its overseas broadcasting

Alongside with Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Nepali, the Chinese language will be added as the 7th language in Bangladesh Betar’s external program broadcast. A proposal... More

Effectiveness of SAARC yet to end: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation was losing effectiveness, saying that the regional grouping is ‘very... More

Indian duty impose on jute goods is disappointing: Commerce...

Bangladesh Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed has said the decision of India to impose anti-dumping duty on import of jute and jute products from Bangladesh is... More

Bangladesh must live up to its image as an emerging...

On the verge of celebrating its silver jubilee as an independent nation, Bangladesh has seen many changes, reached milestones in reducing poverty, improving healthcare and... More

Bangladesh Won’t Be the Next Pakistan in Equity Market,...

Despite the similarities in many cases, Bangladesh doesn’t have what it takes to be the next Pakistan. When it comes to its equity market potential,... More

26 get death for Narayanganj Seven Murder

  A Bangladesh court sentenced death penalty to 26 people including ruling party leader and members of the elite force RAB and nine others to different... More

Myanmar, so near yet so far

The people of a number of war-torn countries in recent times have been facing starvation and a life with scant hope for the future. Most... More

Coal-laden vessel sinks near B’desh Sundarbans

Another coal-laden vessel sank near the Sundarbans Friday morning. MV Aichgati, a lighterage ship carrying over 1,000 tonnes of coal to Noapara in Jessore, sank... More

Despite history, geography

History is fine (and sometimes not so fine), but our main inspiration and most compelling reason for inter-state cooperation between India and Bangladesh lies in... More

Bangladesh Needs to Respect Rights on its Action against...

The Bangladesh government clamped down on media and civil society and state authorities detained, maimed, killed, and disappeared members of the political opposition, Human Rights... 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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