No evidence of radicalisation at Rohingya camps in BD, says UN official

A year since nearly a million Rohingya refugees poured into Bangladesh, the situation is yet to stabilise, and the impending cyclone season could spell disaster for the humanitarian effort, a senior United Nations official based in Cox’s... More

Bangladesh wants clarity of India-Russia nuclear safety deal

Bangladesh is likely to seek clarity of the deal between India and Russia on nuclear safety cooperation referred in the proposed Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Bangladesh, India and Russia on safety of the Rooppur... More

Construction of India-Bangladesh oil pipeline to begin this month

After cross-country electricity grid, it is time for cross-country oil pipeline between India and Bangladesh. The Prime Minister may flag off the construction of the 136-km pipeline to carry diesel from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur... More

Making the most of our trade relationship with China

According to the Financial Times (US), the USD 3.7 billion Padma Rail link, for which Beijing has provided more than USD 3 billion, will serve as “a physical reminder of China's growing presence” in Bangladesh. Other media... More

Bangladesh Coast Guard delegation on official visit to Goa

A delegation of the Bangladesh coast guard arrived in Goa for a two-day official visit as part of an engagement programme. The delegation, headed by rear admiral Aurangzeb Choudhury, met coast guard Goa’s district commander, DIG Himanshu... More

Nepali newspaper slammed over US-Bangla crash report

A report in Nepal’s Kathmandu Post, which blamed a Bangladeshi pilot for the country’s worst plane crash that killed 51 of the 71 people on board, has been heavily criticized and called “false” and “baseless.” With the investigation... More

Rawhide traders in Bangladesh hit hard by US-China trade war

The US-China trade war has hit the price of rawhide that is the basis of Bangladesh’s burgeoning leather industry. Low export orders from China — the largest leather export destination for Bangladesh — and a steep fall... More

Bangladesh urges Sri Lanka to implement free trade deal

Bangladesh government Monday urged Sri Lanka to implement a free trade agreement (FTA) designed to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call at a meeting held with Sri Lankan Prime... More

Bangladesh moves to go for auction to explore offshore gas

The government of Bangladesh is updating the Model Production Sharing Contract (Model PSC) to invite a new round of international bidding for oil and gas exploration in the country's offshore blocks sometime next year. According to official sources,... More

Artist, uncle and victim of torture in Bangladesh

Who is this man whose ordeal has left my wife distressed and frightened, and my five-year-old daughter scribbling “free Shahidul” on scraps of paper? It is easy for me to answer. He is my wife’s beloved uncle. He... More

Construction of China-funded sewage treatment plant starts in B’desh capital

The construction of a China-funded mega sewage treatment plant started in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka on Sunday. The sewage treatment project agreement, named the "Dasherkandi Sewage Treatment Plant Project," was signed between Dhaka WASA (Water Supply & Sewerage... More

Bangladesh port authority grapples with China, S’pore, Korea, India proposals

The Chittagong Port Authority in Bangladesh has sought government intervention to select suitable financiers as it grapples with late proposals from China, South Korea and Singapore to construct and operate the proposed Bay Terminal in addition to... More

Bangladesh to ramp power import to 10,000 MW from India

Bangladesh, which is currently importing around 700 MW of power from India, is looking to ramp up its electricity import from the country to 10,000MW in the long term, a power division official of the neighbouring nation... More

Bangladesh urged to end clampdown on protesters

Rights groups and church officials have joined growing calls to end a government crackdown on peaceful dissent and release people arrested under a repressive law in Bangladesh. In recent weeks, police have arrested dozens of students, activists and... More

Bangladesh allows forex clearing account in Chinese yuan

Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday announced that it would allow banks to open foreign currency clearing account with the central bank in Chinese yuan (renminbi). To this end, the central bank’s foreign exchange policy department issued a circular on... More

India plans to connect North East with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port

India has unveiled a major plan for the development of its North Eastern states by connecting them with Bangladesh's Chittagong port and invited for the first-time limited Chinese investments which were shunned till now due to security... More

Vague law used to silence students, journalists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh authorities are tracking social media accounts and have detained dozens of people across the country for criticizing the government over its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent wave of arrests,... More

The gov’t of Bangladesh needs to stop silencing its citizens

A tragic traffic accident that killed two students in Bangladesh led to mass student protests across Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Students were demanding that the government take steps to improve road safety, but the peaceful protests were interrupted... More

Bangladesh’s Zia fights for her political future

Supporters of Bangladesh's embattled former premier Khaleda Zia are hopeful she will be released from prison and run for election at the end of the year. But political experts are less optimistic. At 72 years old, former Bangladeshi... More

Arrested and killed: inside Bangladesh’s war on drugs

Bangladesh police arrested Riazul Islam as he was walking home from his in-laws’ house. At 3:15am, he was shot dead in a sandy field beside a set of railroad tracks north of Dhaka. Police say he was killed... More

Shahidul Alam sent to prison

A Dhaka court on Sunday sent noted photographer Shahidul Alam to jail after police produced him before it in a case filed for spreading propaganda and false information against the government. He was produced before the Dhaka Chief... More


Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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