Hasina’s Rohingya dilemma growing, Delhi must help Dhaka resolve crisis

Bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh have blossomed into a full-fledged, broad-based relationship that has broken new ground over the past decade. Weeks after Sheikh Hasina’s government was re-elected for a third term, Bangladesh foreign minister A.K.... More

Bangladesh, UAE hold first-ever FOC in Abu Dhabi

Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday held the first-ever foreign office consultations (FOC) between the two countries in Abu Dhabi and underscored the need for working together at official levels to materialise the cooperation... More

Bangladesh’s biggest opposition party crushed by a legal avalanche

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – one of the country’s biggest political parties – is enduring the worst days since its formation four decades ago, with its leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia languishing in jail... More

‘Godfathers’ surrender but meth keeps flowing in Bangladesh

Despite the surrender of 102 alleged “godfathers” and their associates in Bangladesh, shipments of methamphetamines, or yaba, from Myanmar keep coming, The Daily Star newspaper reported. The Bangladesh government has a list of 43 drug traffickers and their... More

Tapping potential of connectivity through BCIM-EC

The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor (BCIM-EC) is a sub-regional initiative, earlier known as “Kunming Initiative”, or BCIM Regional Economic Cooperation, was established in August 1999 in Kunming, capital of China’s south-western Yunnan Province by the scholars from China,... More

Bangladesh PM Hasina hints on retirement from politics after present term

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given hint that her present — and third consecutive — term could possibly be her last as prime minister as she said she wanted to create room for younger leaders. In an... More

Bangladesh gets first female Christian MP

A Catholic lawyer has become the country’s first female Christian member of parliament in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. Gloria Jharna Sarker, a mother of two, will represent the ruling Awami League party in Bangladesh’s Lower House. The Awami League retained power... More

Rohingya urgently need relief, but is world willing to make an effort?

Eighteen months after being driven from their homes in Myanmar by what U.N. officials described as a campaign of genocidal violence by the military, the situation facing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh remains perilous. Hundreds of thousands of... More

Bangladesh stops more Rohingya taking risky trip to Malaysia

Bangladesh security forces stopped 22 Rohingya Muslims from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat, officials said on Monday (Feb 11), the second group in three days prevented from leaving squalid refugee camps. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces found... More

After criticizing vote, US charts careful course on Bangladesh

Bangladesh faced widespread international criticism over the conduct of recent elections, but the United States looks set for business as usual as it sees strong common interests with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. As the eighth most populous nation... More

Canada offers role in helping Rohingya refugees

Canada wants to play a role in solving the Rohingya refugee crisis, The Bangladesh Chronicle and New Age reported on February 5. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s special envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae, stressed during a recent... More

Hundreds of Arakanese, Chin flee to Bangladesh as army, AA clash in...

About 250 newly displaced Arakanese and ethnic Chin from Chin State’s Paletwa Township were driven from their homes into neighboring Bangladesh last week by fierce fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA). Some of... More

Row at India-Bangladesh border: 8 Rohingya women, 17 children released

A Rohingya Muslim group of eight women and 17 children, who were arrested after being stuck at the India-Bangladesh border last month, was on Monday released from jail following deposit of bail bonds by Rohingya refugee community. Judicial... More

SWIFT help for Bangladesh bank that lost US$81 million in world’s biggest...

International payments network SWIFT said it had signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s central bank to help it rebuild its infrastructure after hackers used it to steal US$81 million in 2016 in the world’s biggest cyber heist. Unidentified hackers,... More

China-Bangladesh cooperation under BRI to mitigate seaborne security threats in the Bay...

The ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative (BRI), commenced by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, has been the most significant and far-reaching project that China has ever put forward. More

Bangladesh imports first LNG from Oman Trading as terminal runs full

Bangladesh has imported its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo from Oman Trading International, its long-term supplier of the super-chilled fuel, after construction at a domestic pipeline was completed. The LNG tanker Cape Ann, with a capacity of... More

Illicit money gushing out of Bangladesh

Illicit capital outflows from Bangladesh go unabated and as much as US$81.74 billion was siphoned off the country during the period 2006-2015, according to a recent study by the Washington-based research organization Global Financial Integrity. The study, which... More

GI war between Bangladesh and India over Khirsapati mangoes

Khirsapati mangoes from Chapai-Nababgunje of Bangladesh, recently got Geographical Indication (GI) recognition following which a dispute arose between India and its neighbouring country as the mango variety was already GI tagged some ten years back here. Malda of... More

Bangladesh rejects Pakistani envoy’s credentials nearly a year after appointment

In a sign of persistent strain in bilateral relations, Bangladesh on Tuesday refused to accept the credentials of Saqlain Syedah as Pakistan’s high commissioner in Dhaka, The Express Tribune has learnt. According to diplomatic sources, the government of... More

China’s considerations and concerns

There has been quite a bit of curiosity about the intent and role of China in post-election Bangladesh.  It is not easy to read the minds of Chinese policymakers since they prefer to remain circumspect on most... More

Dhaka seeks Beijing’s strong support to resolve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought China’s “strong support” so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving Rohingya crisis as Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return for Rohingyas to their place of origin in... More


Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More