Indian Navy chief visits Bangladesh

Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on an invitation from the Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed. Admiral Sunil Lanba, also Chairman... More

BD-India navy joint patrol in Bay of Bengal from June 27

The naval forces of Bangladesh and India will, for the first time, conduct a joint patrol exercise, namely the Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), in the Bay of Bengal from June 27. The aim is to... More

Three countries are protecting more than half of the World’s refugees

Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution. International responsibility-sharing for displaced people... More

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a...

Former US President Richard Nixon opposed India during Bangladesh’s 1971 war with Pakistan because he believed India’s military action would set a “bad precedent” and endanger the future of any small country, according to... More

Bangaldesh: Between big brothers China and India

“India should not be worried about Bangladesh’s close ties with China; the cooperation is meant only for development,” reassured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while speaking to a visiting delegation of Indian journalists recently. Statements... More

Bangladesh Air Force signs deal with China for additional K-8W trainer aircraft

Dhaka signed an intergovernmental agreement with Beijing on 20 June for the procurement of an undisclosed number of additional Hongdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (HAIC) K-8W Karakoram basic jet trainers for the Bangladesh Air Force... More

Whether crossfire or murder: The BD court kept in dark

The state authorities have never in the past one decade responded to the higher court's subpoenas to determine whether crossfire or gunfight would be considered as extra-judicial killing. Rather, according to a Prothom Alo investigation,... More

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia critically ill, aide says

Imprisoned former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia is critically ill and needs urgent medical care, a top leader of her party said on Tuesday. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a top aide to Zia, said the... More

Bangladesh’s so-called war on drugs is merely a cover for an extrajudicial...

Bangladesh is currently in the midst of a war against drugs, championed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and distinguished members of her Awami League party. The campaign started after talks between Hasina and her... More

OHCHR urges govt to deal with extrajudicial actions by security forces

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged for greater engagement from Bangladesh with respect to human rights. "I encourage greater engagement, particularly with respect to concerns about the shrinking... More

BD rights body readies sexual violence cases against Myanmar for ICC

In separate letters to each ministry on June 10, commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said the rights body firmly believed that — apart from ongoing bilateral initiatives between Bangladesh and Myanmar to reach a... More

UN, WB chiefs likely to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim are likely to make a two-day official visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh on July... More

India’s keen interest in Bangladesh nuclear plant near its border

Less than two hours' from the eastern edge of West Bengal, across the international border, frenzied activity is underway to build a hi-tech nuclear power plant in Bangladesh's Rooppur. Though India won't get a... More

Rohingya upset UN agreement did not address citizenship

Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a UN agreement signed last week did not address one of their key demands: citizenship. Most refugees say they are desperate to... More

West Bengal CM now speaks of taking Sikkim on board for Teesta...

The Teesta agreement may be delayed further as the chief minister of West Bengal has proposed to include the northeastern state Sikkim in the process, said officials who accompanied the prime minister Sheikh Hasina... More

BD urges G7 leaders to take definite actions on Rohingya issue

Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina Saturday urged the G7 leaders to take definite actions to pursue Myanmar to implement the bilateral agreements with Bangladesh for safe and sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas. “Myanmar should... More

Indian firm wins construction contract for Bangladesh’s first nuclear plant

A joint venture between India's Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and Max Group of Bangladesh has won a $110 million construction contract involving Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant, being primarily built by Russia's Rosatom. Under the... More

BNP seeks India’s help for free and fair polls in Bangladesh

India must be seen as a “champion of democracy and human rights” in the region, said senior leaders of Bangladesh’s main Opposition party on a visit to New Delhi. Accusing the Sheikh Hasina government of... More

6.3pc of budget proposed for defence

Bangladesh government has proposed raising the budgetary allocation for the defence services to Tk 29,084 crore for the fiscal year 2018-2019 from Tk 26,415 crore in the revised budget for 2017-18. In the outgoing fiscal,... More

Bangladesh to establish 2 more air force bases, higher budget for defence 

Bangladesh government has taken initiative to establish two full-fledged air force bases of Bangladesh Air Force in Sylhet district as part of its capacity enhancing  programmes for the armed forces. Finance Minister AMA Muhith disclosed... More

UN HR seeks end to killing of suspected drug offenders in BD

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday (June 6) urged the authorities in Bangladesh to ensure that serious human rights violations like alleged extrajudicial killings are immediately halted and... More


Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More


The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... 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