Bangladesh Navy ship reaches Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed a Bangladesh naval ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday (22 March). A guided missile frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, BNS Bangabandhu arrived at... More

Bangladesh listed as new “autocracy”

Bangladesh is among five countries where minimum standard of democracy is absent, according to a German organisation. The country is under an autocratic government, observed Bertelsmann Stiftung in its latest Transformation Index released on Friday... More

Turbulent politics set to return to Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s two main parties, the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), have been in a deadlock for years over the legitimacy of the government. The BNP leadership accuses the Awami... More

Second BIMSTEC security chiefs’ meeting next week in Dhaka

The second meeting of the BIMSTEC National Security Chiefs will be held in Dhaka next week, the Indian High Commissioner says. Harsh Vardhan Shringla said this meeting would “deepen” the cooperation in the security domain... More

Bangladesh to build 317km road along India, Myanmar border

The Bangladesh government has approved a road construction project along 317km of the 540km of its border with India and Myanmar. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Tk 17 billion... More

Nepal plans to trade power with China, Bangladesh

Nepal and China have proposed to ink a memorandum of understanding to have a power trade agreement during the next high-level political meeting between the two countries. Nepal has already signed a power trade pact... More

TIB hails BD’s National Defence Policy

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today hailed the draft of the National Defence Policy-2018, terming it as a landmark decision of the government in establishing good governance in the country. "It is a landmark decision of... More

Moscow, Dhaka FM level talks on April 2

Russia and Bangladesh is likely to have foreign minister-level bilateral talks in Moscow on April 2 when the Bangladesh side is expected to put emphasis on seeking Russian support in resolution of Rohingya crisis. Foreign... More

Nepal Tragedy: A plane crash, a leaked tape and a few unanswered...

A Bangladeshi aircraft – carrying 36 Bangladeshis and 33 Nepalese – crash landing at a Nepali airport, and killing over 20 people each of both the countries, is a tragedy of a large scale. The crash of... More

Bangladesh Air Force annual exercise WINTEX begins

The annual winter exercise, WINTEX-2018, of Bangladesh Air Force began at all BAF bases and units across the country on Sunday (March 18). The main objective of the exercise is to assess the capability of... More

India, Bangladesh meeting next month on transit protocol

The proposed high-level meeting on the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh next month is expected to finalise its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP), an official said. Once the PIWTT... More

BD to take expert service from India for its Nuke plant, draft...

Bangladesh is going to sign an agreement with New Delhi under which Dhaka will take Indian nuclear agency's expert service in Rooppur nuclear power plant. The science and technology ministry officials said a draft of... More

‘Bangladesh meets criteria for graduation from LDC’

Bangladesh has met the criteria for graduation from the status of least developed country (LDC) for the first time, according to the Bangladesh mission at the UN. The mission issued a statement in this regard,... More

Bangladesh is a connectivity hub between South Asia and Southeast Asia: Thai...

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chaon termed Bangladesh a “gateway and connectivity hub” between South Asia and Southeast Asia and offered to establish coastal shipping connectivity between Thailand’s Ranong Port and Bangladesh’s Chittagong Port. He proposed... More

Bangladesh, Russia to form joint working group on cyber security

Bangladesh and Russia reached a consensus on forming a joint working group on cyber security as Bangladesh’s state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak held a bilateral meeting with Russian communications and mass... More

China exports largest tunneling machine to Bangladesh

A Chinese firm on Tuesday (March 13) rolled off China's largest shield tunneling machine for export, which is destined for Bangladesh to assist with a river tunneling project. The export of the machine produced by... More

Graft case: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda gets 4 months’ bail

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday (March 12) secured four months' bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case that saw her sentenced to five years' imprisonment, reports The Daily Star. But she could... More

The trouble with Bangladesh’s military

The armed forces account for 6 percent of Bangladesh’s annual budget, totaling $3.2 billion in the year 2017-2018, according to official statistics. Yet Bangladesh’s military has proved to be incapable of showing strength in... More

26 Bangladeshis among 49 killed in Nepal plane crash

This is the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Bangladesh's history. At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed when an US-Bangla flight from Dhaka crashed in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport yesterday. The dead include 21... More

Bangladesh, Myanmar conduct joint patrol along border

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar have jointly conducted a patrol along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The patrol was conducted between Bandarban’s Ghumdum and Rakhine’s Tambru on Sunday from 10am to... More

Tripura CM seeks Bangladesh PM’s cooperation

Biplab Kumar Deb, the new chief minister of Indian state Tripura, has sought the cooperation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on bilateral issues. Biplab made the request when he called Sheikh Hasina hours before... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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


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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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