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

River Water Sharing: India denying Bangladesh its right

India has been denying Bangladesh the right to the water of shared rivers, said Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, Monday. “The interesting question is that a day before 1947, the lower riparian was part... More

Swamy’s threat to invade Bangladesh unwarranted, says BNP

Bangladesh’s opposition BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) on Sunday (Sept 7) urged Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to withdraw his remark that India should invade Bangladesh. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, speaking at a press conference... More

Disquiet and anger in Awami League as party’s alliance with fundamentalist Hefazat-e-Islam...

Even as the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League battles anti-incumbency at a time when Bangladesh is headed for general elections, the party’s rank-and-file is riven with anger and disappointment by the “unholy nexus” the leadership has established with... More

Bangladesh to hold talks with Emirates National Oil for LPG terminal

Bangladesh will hold talks with Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) to set up an liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal in the country, a Dhaka-based official said on Tuesday. “ENOC has sent us a proposal for a joint... More

Bangladesh: the latest assault on free speech

Bangladesh already suffers poor standards when respecting freedom of expression, but a new set of laws will enable the government to suppress political dissent and free speech using brutal means. A recently passed law known as the Digital... More

Bangladesh delays plan to shift Rohingya to remote island

Bangladesh has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said Monday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was slated to open... More

Consider changes to the digital security act: US envoy

Responding to the newly enacted Digital Security Act 2018, which has created concern at home and abroad over press freedom and freedom of expression in the country, US Ambassador in Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat has encouraged the government... More

UN for ensuring press freedom in Bangladesh

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcomes of Bangladesh, with recommendations including taking steps to ensure freedom of press and freedom of opinion and expression, protecting journalists and human rights defenders,... 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