“Wary” Bangladesh to weigh India’s offer to use its ports

Bangladesh will evaluate cautiously a recent Indian offer asking the country to use its Kolkata and Haldia ports for transshipment to make coastal shipping more cost effective for bilateral trade, officials and reports said in Dhaka on... More

Curious political tie-up emerges before Bangladeshi election

Bangladeshi politics saw the unlikely emergence of a new alliance last week – the “Jatyio Oikya” or National Unity Front – forged between the country’s center-right opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and some left-leaning parties. The alliance has... More

Rizvi: Bangladesh now an Awami League colony

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Tuesday Focus Bangla He said police obstructed their party activists from observing black-flag procession program, protesting the conviction of... More

Myanmar’s Hindu refugees mark festival in Bangladesh camp

Hindu refugees from Myanmar living in a camp in Bangladesh have been celebrating the festival of Durga Puja for the first time since fleeing violence in northern Rakhine state last year. More than 500 Hindus escaped their homes... More

HRW worried at Bangladesh govt’s intensive surveillance on social media

The Bangladesh government has embarked upon an intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of the national election, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. Draconian new laws and... More

Surveillance: HRW worried at govt move

The Bangladesh government has embarked upon an intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of the national election, raising concern over a chilling effect on speech, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Draconian new laws and policies are... More

Bangladesh allocates 2,000 acres in distinct areas for Saudi investors

Bangladesh has allocated 2,000 acres of land in one of the exclusive economic zones for Saudi Arabian investors to develop and operate them as per their own requirements, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She called on Saudi businessmen... More

Bangladesh approves works to facilitate river transit to India

Bangladesh’s Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved a number of procurement proposals including awarding a contract for development of fairway from Sirajganj to Daikhowa river route to facilitate the river transit offered to neighbouring India. As... More

With Nod to Draft Broadcast Law, Bangladesh Furthers Attempts to Curb Free...

Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday approved a law which would allow the government to send someone to jail for giving “misleading and false” information in a talk show. According to cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, the draft of the... More

Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia to sign defence deal

Bangladesh is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the kingdom. Hasina will leave Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon on a special flight of Bangladesh Biman for Riyadh... More

Bangladesh to send high-powered delegation at China’s first import expo

Bangladesh is all set to send a high-powered delegation to the first China International Import Expo (CIIE), to be held in Shanghai from Nov. 5 to 10 which reflects Beijing's commitment to open its door wider for... More

India has a Rs 4,500-crore border business plan in the making

Life has become a little easier for Mohammad Sawan. Nowadays, the Bangladeshi truck driver has to wait only for a few hours to get the documents processed at the Petrapole border check post. Earlier, he would have... More

In Bangladesh, a secular icon and the centre-right opposition join hands

How much would you bet on a party that has been out of power for more than a decade, its chief behind bars on corruption charges and its exiled de facto leader just sentenced to life in... More

Bangladesh elected UNHRC member

Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the next three years. The election to the council was held in New York yesterday. “Bangladesh has so far won thrice -- 2009-2012, 2015-2017... More

BJP’s December ‘rath yatra’ in Bengal to whip up support for Indian...

Beginning in the first week of December, the Bengal unit of the BJP will launch a state-wide rath yatra to whip up sentiments in favour of granting citizenship status to the Hindus living in as well as millions More

Bangladesh orders 250 extra strong train cars from Inka

State-owned train maker PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) said Bangladesh has ordered 250 extra strong train cars from the company. “The train cars purchased by Bangladesh are larger with stronger structures and thicker walls and roofs. It is... More

Exclusive: Bangladesh PM takes aim at photographer, critics say it is part...

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she is convinced that jailed photographer Shahidul Alam instigated trouble by spreading what she describes as “false news” about protests against her rule in August. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Hasina... More

Bangladesh Journalists allege ‘breach of trust’ over press freedoms

More than 100 journalists staged a protest in Bangladesh’s capital on Thursday, their faces covered in black cloth, accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of breach of trust in enacting a law they fear is aimed at curbing... More

PTC India inks $1.8 billion power supply deal with Bangladesh

Power trading solution provider PTC India said Wednesday it has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for supplying 200 MW power to that country. PTC India is already supplying 290 MW... More

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to sign coastal shipping deal

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have finalised the much awaited coastal shipping agreement between the two countries. Sri Lankan Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama told a recent forum in Colombo that the deal will be signed... More

‘Govt has deceived editors’, says BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Monday slammed the government for formulating the much-debated Digital Security Act, saying the law's enactment reflected the government's intention to fortify its “illegitimate rule” and curb freedom of speech. The law has been formulated... More


Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... 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