Saudi Arabia Tells Bangladesh to Take Back 128 Rohingya With Expired Visas

The Saudi government has asked Bangladeshi authorities to take back 128 Rohingya, all of whom entered the oil-rich kingdom carrying Umrah visa using Bangladeshi passports. They are now being detained in jails in Saudi Arabia, said sources in... More

Will beleaguered Awami League be able to withstand pressure from Bangladesh’s united...

Bangladesh’s electoral politics is heating up with opposition parties on overdrive, to cobble together a joint national front, to take on the ruling Awami League (AL) in the forthcoming general election. The AL, led by Prime Minister... More

Bangladesh photographer denied bail for fourth time

Award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam, who has been held by Bangladeshi authorities for three months in an internationally watched freedom of speech case, has been denied bail for the fourth time, his lawyer said Thursday (Nov 1). The 63-year-old... More

No guarantees in upcoming Bangladesh elections

Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is heading to parliamentary elections by early January. Nestled between India and Myanmar, Bangladesh has actively cooperated with the US in the “war on terror” and offered refuge to more... More

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to begin Rohingya repatriation by mid-November

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape a Myanmar army crackdown, though doubts about a speedy return are likely... More

Bangladesh Navy seeks new patrol craft, anti-aircraft missiles for corvettes

Bangladesh’s Defence Ministry is seeking responses to a tender for five patrol craft for the country’s navy. According to the tender, the patrol craft should have a proven design with a length of approximately 50–52 m, a beam... More

Bangladesh PM Hasina’s response on NRC inadequate: BNP leader

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has not responded adequately to the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, a leading opposition figure of Dhaka has told The Hindu. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, General Secretary of Bangladesh... More

Jamaat-e-Islami stripped of right to contest in Bangladesh elections

Five years after the High Court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a political party be revoked, the Election Commission has executed the orders in a gazette. The gazette got delayed because of the delay in getting the... More

Dhaka, Beijing to fight terror together

Bangladesh and China have signed three cooperation documents, as the two countries seek to establish close cooperation and share intelligence on issues like terrorism, transnational crimes and cyber crimes. “These three documents have been signed for deeper understanding,”... More

Unipec, Vitol poised to win tender to supply fuels to Bangladesh

Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) has received offers from a mix of traders and state oil companies in its tender for over 1.4 million tonnes of oil products for the first half of 2019, with Unipec and Vitol... More

Bangladesh opens Chattogram, Mongla ports for India trade

India and Bangladesh on Thursday signed an agreement to use the Chattogram and Mongla ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India. The countries also decided to initiate Kolkata-Dhaka-Guwahati-Jorhat river cruise services. The agreements were signed... More

India, Bangladesh discuss issues pertaining to improvement of inland water transportation

India and Bangladesh discussed various issues pertaining to the protocol arrangements and improvement of inland water transportation between the two countries in the 19th Standing Committee meeting under 'Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade' (PIWTT) held... More

A battle between Bangladesh’s old and new elites?

Bangladesh society and the power relations within are undergoing significant changes. The paths to elite-hood and the protection that many established elites had taken for granted for long are also undergoing transformation. This doesn’t mean that impunity... More

“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


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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