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India relaxes hydro power import rules to allow Nepal-Bangladesh trade


India has amended its cross-border power trading regulations, paving the way for Nepali power producers to export electricity to third countries such as Bangladesh. Before the amendment, only state-run companies of the two countries or companies with at... More

Bangladesh opposition website shut down ahead of polls: party


Bangladesh's main opposition website has been shut down, the party said Saturday, amid accusation the government is muzzling dissent ahead of next week's general election. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said authorities had closed the site since last... More

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote


Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said Thursday. The sites — nine Facebook pages designed to... More

Bangladesh opposition goes underground as election threats grow


Subrata Chowdhury, an opposition candidate in the looming Bangladesh election, is too scared to leave his party office as campaign deaths and threats mount. The Dhaka lawyer should be out on the streets handing out leaflets on meet-and-greets.... More

India-Bangladesh waterway: IWAI team to visit Tripura on 26 December to finalise...


A high-level team of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) would visit Tripura on 26 December to conduct a survey and decide on the location for a jetty for a new waterway connecting India and Bangladesh,... More

‘EC TO DECELERATE INTERNET SPEED ON VOTING DAY’


Election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmad on Wednesday said the commission is considering to slowdown internet speed on the polling day of the 11th parliamentary election slated for 30 December, reports UNB. The EC secretary came up with the... More

Bangladesh deploys thousands of paramilitary guards amid deadly election campaign


More than 20,000 Bangladesh paramilitary guards were deployed across the country on Tuesday (Dec 18) amid mounting deadly violence ahead of a Dec 30 general election. At least six people have been killed in clashes over the past... More

India’s Bangladesh policy: Unwavering support for Sheikh Hasina is harmful for both...


In September, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, the former Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, noted the possibility of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League being reduced to an embarrassing minority in the next Parliament if there is a free and fair... More

Ominous Indian silence this time over Bangladesh during December 16 Victory Day...


Green and red lights glowed everywhere, flags and festoons gave the city a festive look. Dhaka celebrated Bangladesh Victory Day on December 16. Elsewhere in the country, from the bigger cities, the smaller district towns to the... More

KHALEDA CANNOT CONTEST POLLS: HC


The High Court has rejected three writ petitions filed challenging the cancellation of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s candidature in three constituencies to contest the upcoming general election. The one-member bench of justice JBM Hassan handed down the verdict... More

AL VOWS CITY FLAVOURS FOR THE VILLAGES


Ruling Awami League promised availability of city amenities in every village of the country in its election manifesto unveiled today. If voted, the party will undertake programmes to upgrade villages to cities, party’s President Sheikh Hasina said; reading... More

AL SET TO UNVEIL ELECTION MANIFESTO


Awami League on Tuesday completed all its preparations to launch its election manifesto, ahead of the 11th national election slated for 30 December, reports UNB. AL assistant office secretary Biplob Barua told UNB that prime minister and party... More

Bangladesh to sign SOP with Bhutan


Bangladesh is going to sign a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with Bhutan for promoting bilateral trade and day to day commercial operation of vessels between the two friendly nations. For signing the SOP, the ministry of foreign affairs... More

PROVISION FOR POLLS-TIME GOVT WILL BE MADE: OIKYAFRONT


The parliament will have an upper chamber, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convener of Nagorik Oikya and a leader of the Oikyafront, said this while reading out the manifesto at a press briefing at a hotel in Dhaka. Article 70... More

PRE-POLLS VIOLENCE LEAVES 162 INJURED IN 9 DISTS


At least 162 people were injured in pre-elections violence in Chattogram, Narsingdi, Bhola, Tangail, Chandpur, Bagerhat, Naokhali, Natore and Rangamati districts on Sunday, reports UNB. On the first day of the polls campaign on 11 December, two Awami... More

FINANCIAL INCLUSION OF 20 MILLION UNDERPRIVILEGED IN 10 YEARS


Nearly 20 million underprivileged people in the country are now enjoying financial inclusion with bank accounts in their names. This large number of people, including extreme poor, marginal persons, street children and beggars, didn’t have access to banking... More

A Bangladeshi ex-diplomat is missing for a year. All he did was...


Samiha Zaman says she will always remember December 4, 2017 as the most agonising day she has ever lived. That day, she returned home to Bangladesh after a month-long vacation in Europe with her only sister. Her... More

A ghost survey causes concern


The telecoms regulator has collected sensitive personal data of about 7 crore cellphone users without their consent and shared those with another government agency for a “survey,” just weeks before the parliamentary elections. Four mobile operators were at... More

Dhaka seminar on elections, raises critical questions on fairness of polls and...


With all major Bangladeshi political parties now on poll mode, the call for inclusive elections must be fulfilled even as questions ranging from how participatory they would be and whether voters More

DR KAMAL HOSSAIN’S MOTORCADE ATTACKED


The motorcade came under the attack when Dr Kamal was coming out of the Mausoleum after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals around 9:45am, Latiful Bari Hamim, a staff of the Oikyafront’s media wing, confirmed told The... More

PRESS BANGLADESH GOVT TO CREATE CONDITIONS CONDUCIVE TO FAIR POLLS: HRW TO...


Human Rights Watch has urged the international community to press the government of Bangladesh to create conditions conducive to a free and fair national election slated for December 30. “The United Nations, European Union, United States, India, China,... More

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How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... More

Beginning with insurance and banking sectors, Myanmar’s financial reforms hit top...

Myanmar’s long-anticipated plans for economic liberalisation have finally gone into overdrive. To usher in the new year, the government announced radical changes to the insurance sector and removed some of the barriers to foreign insurance companies operating in the country. This follows several other reforms in the financial sector in recent weeks, including further easing of restrictions on foreign banks, setting up of a credit rating bureau and formation... More

Pakistan: Do our laws provide justice?

To provide justice is a central endeavour of any human society and the aim of any state. However, not all human societies have the same idea about what is just. This means that the idea of justice is different in different cultures and it changes over time. The understanding of justice in a tribal or a feudal society is different from a democracy where justice is supposed to mean... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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