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

Indian foreign secretary visits Bangladesh

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday (Apr 8) in a three-day familiarisation tour after taking over the responsibility about two months ago. Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque received Vijay Keshav... More

Development with a difference!

The ‘India vs. Bangladesh’ syndrome Economist Amartya Sen has often drawn comparisons among the South Asian countries, where Bangladesh is well ahead of both India and Pakistan in almost all human development indicators. That is... More

Bangladeshi politics in a mess ahead of poll in December

It’s an election year in Bangladesh and one that has been marked by political turmoil, notably the jailing of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in February over the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Zia’s only... More

Bangladesh opposes moving embassies to Jerusalem by some states

Bangladesh has expressed its concern over the unilateral declarations about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to move embassies of certain states to Jerusalem. “We reaffirm all relevant General Assembly and Security... More

Saudi King invites Bangladesh PM to join joint military exercise in Dammam

Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has invited Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the concluding ceremony of the 23-country joint military exercise to be held in Dammam on April 16.Saudi Ambassador to... More

China to develop Bangladesh industrial zone as part of South Asia push

China is developing a 750-acre industrial park in Bangladesh which will largely be used by Chinese manufacturing firms, a Chinese official said on Wednesday, part of its push to expand links with South Asia... More

Indian foreign secretary to visit Bangladesh on April 8

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale will pay a two-day visit to Bangladesh from April 8 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart. During the visit of Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale, discussion on several... More

Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into a one-party state?

The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham. Fear of a 2014 repeat,... More

Trial run of India-Bangladesh container train service begins

The first container train, carrying 60 containers (TEUs) with a maximum net weight of 27 tonnes in each TEU, from India to Bangladesh was flagged off on a trial run on Tuesday (Apr... More

Bangladesh has no space to resettle Rohingya refugees: FM

Bangladesh, being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, does not have enough space to allow more than half a million Rohingya refugees, who have fled Myanmar since last August, to... More

Bangladesh PM to meet her Indian counterpart in London

Even though signing of the Teesta water-sharing agreement is unlikely in the near future, the issue will dominate the talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the Commonwealth... More

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday (Apr 1). The UN says about... More

US-Bangla plane crash insurance: Each victim may get up to Rs20m

Families of the victims of US-Bangla plane crash are each entitled to get up to Rs20.06 million (Tk 16 million) in compensation from the airlines and its insurers under international aviation laws. The airlines and... More

Shrinking space for freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Bangladesh face challenges from religious fanatics and from a government that is all out to consolidate power by stifling dissent and suppressing independent media. Though Bangladesh's... More

BBIN initiative: Dhaka-Kathmandu trial bus service on April 27

Bangladeshis will soon be able to travel to Nepal by road if next month’s trial run of a proposed bus service proves successful with passengers eager to avoid the stresses and expense of flying. When... More

BIMSTEC for info sharing to address common security threats

Bimstec Member States have emphasized the importance of working together and sharing information and data for addressing common security threats, both traditional and non-traditional, in the region. The issues came up for discussion at the... More

Satellite Bangabandhu-I starts for Florida for launching

Bangladesh's first communication satellite Bangabandhu-I will be shipped from France to Florida of the Unite States Thursday (March 29) for launching to the orbit in the next month. "Manufacturing Company Thales Alenia Space of France... More

2 Bangladeshis in Forbes’ young social entrepreneurs list

Two Bangladeshis have been put on the 2018 version of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Asia list for their contributions towards solving problems through their business initiatives. The two young men are Ayman Sadiq, 26,... More

‘Pitfalls’ ahead of Bangladesh getting out of LDC bloc

As Bangladesh, a country of more than 160 million people and an economy worth US$686.5 billion, enters a stipulated six-year graduation period to become a “developing country” by 2024, policymakers expect a few rough... More

Beijing to take ‘Strategic Partnership’ with Dhaka to new heights

China on Monday (March 26 ) said they are willing to work together with Bangladesh to deepen the cooperation of mutual benefits and continuously push the ‘Strategic Partnership’ of cooperation’ to new heights. “I attach... More


Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... 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


Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... 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



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