BNP demands Khaleda’s treatment in local hospital

Two BNP senior leaders met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Sunday with their party's demand for ensuring better treatment of their ailing chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at United Hospital in Dhaka. Talking to... More

BD, India border forces to meet in Dhaka, fake currency & attacks...

The unabated smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and attacks on BSF personnel by cross-border criminals are some of the issues that will be discussed at a high-level meeting of the chiefs of India... More

China wants to see smooth, stable elections in Bangladesh

China, the biggest trade partner with $15 billion exports to Bangladesh, wants to see the upcoming general elections “smooth and stable”. The Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counsellor, Li Guang Jun, said his government wants... More

Bangladeshi among Reuters’ Pulitzer-winning team

Mohammad Ponir Hossain, a Bangladeshi photojournalist, is one of the photography staff of the Reuters' team that won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography documenting the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Reuters photography... More

Hasina’s Visva Bharati visit may be in sync with Modi’s convocation trip

Bangladesh wants the inauguration of the upcoming Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva Bharati in presence of the two premiers — Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi. The Bhavan housing a museum showcasing Tagore’s association with Bangladesh,... More

China funding Payra power plant

China’s Exim bank has confirmed the funds for the power plant that is being built in Payra, Patuakhali. The bank was sent a $430 million invoice by Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL) on Monday. This comes... More

Foreigners in Bangladesh formally remit $2b a year

Foreigners in Bangladesh formally remit $2b a yearForeigners working in Bangladesh repatriate $2 billion or Tk 165 billion a year through formal channels, according to Pew Research Center. However, unofficial estimate shows, Indian nationals working... More

Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia boost military relationship

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Saudia Arabia on Sunday (Apr 15) to attend the concluding ceremony of a joint military exercise named “Gulf Shield -1” hosted by the Kingdom. An 18-member Bangladesh Armed Forces... More

Bangladesh eyes settlement in US cyber heist suit ahead of its own...

An Ecuadorian bank and Wells Fargo have reached an out-of-court settlement over a 2015 cyber heist, providing a possible precedent for the Bangladesh central bank’s planned suit to recover $66 million still lost in... More

BD finds Myanmar’s claim of repatriating a Rohingya family ridiculous

Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday (Apr 15) termed ridiculous Myanmar’s claim of repatriating a five-member Rohingya family saying that Bangladesh does not have any information about that so-called repatriation. “It’s ridiculous to us.... More

Dhaka signs MoU with UNHCR on Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh on Friday (Apr 13) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, relating to voluntary return of Rohingya refugees, once conditions in Myanmar are conducive. The UN refugee agency's High... More

PM Hasina to embark on visit to KSA to attend military exercise...

Prime Minister of Bangaldesh Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka on Sunday to begin a two-nation visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom (UK). The prime minister will visit Dammam,... More

Invitation for ‘Gulf Shield’ military exercise reflects strong BD-SA ties: FM

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali says that Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz’s invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the closing ceremony of the multi-country military exercise ‘Gulf Shield’... More

Quota in Bangladesh govt. jobs: Sought reform, got abolition

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wednesday (Apr 11) announced scrapping of the quota system in public service recruitments, and asked students to return to classes ending demonstrations over the demand for quota reforms. "The... More

Bangladesh satellite Bangabandhu-1 launches May 4

After a couple of rescheduling, Bangladesh's first commercial satellite Bangabandhu-1 will be flying to space on May 4. Bangabandhu-1 project director Md Mesbahuzzaman confirmed the new schedule to UNB on Wednesday (APR 11). ‘US... More

China and India’s geopolitical tug of war for Bangladesh

The Indian government sees Bangladesh as an important neighbour for political, national security and religious reasons. Bangladesh is a transport corridor to India’s northeastern states and a vital alternative route to the... More

Bangladesh to slap tax on online advertisments on FB, google

Bangladesh’s Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the government is going to impose tax on advertisements on Google and Facebook in Bangladesh. “We will ask for tax on their earnings in the upcoming national... More

China launches fourth and final Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy

China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the fourth and final Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvette on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the website.The launch ceremony... More

Bangladesh plans to buy 9,000MW from neighbours

Although the government of Bangladesh has made significant strides in power generation, a large number of people in Bangladesh are still living in the dark. The current electricity production is insufficient to meet the... More

100 injured in major student protests in Bangladesh over govt job quotas

Thousands of students across Bangladesh staged protests and sit-ins on Monday (Apr 9) after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100 people injured. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Dhaka... More

Dhaka, Delhi sign six MoUs to strengthen dev ties

Bangladesh and India on Monday (Apr 9) signed six documents to strengthen development cooperation between the two countries. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale and his Bangladesh counterpart M Shahidul Haque witnessed the signing of... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More