U.N. starts registering Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have started formally registering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, a move that officials say would help their eventual... More

Bangladesh’s democratic erosion: How democracy assistance can help

Bangladesh has drawn global attention as it struggles to manage the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by nearly one million forcibly displaced Rohingya who has fled to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar. While international organizations... More

Bangladeshi peacekeeper killed in attack in South Sudan

A peacekeeper from Bangladesh was killed on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen ambushed a humanitarian convoy on a road in South Sudan, two United Nations sources said. South Sudan slid into violence in late 2013 when... More

AIIB bullish on Bangladesh

Bangladesh is progressively becoming one of the more important countries for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with the China-led multilateral lender looking to bankroll energy and transport projects in the country. “We are very bullish... More

Indian Navy chief in Dhaka: Defence ties, new areas for naval cooperation...

Amidst growing influence of China on Bangladesh, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has landed in Dhaka on a five-day "goodwill visit". Militaries of both the countries have been maintaining strong ties over the years,... More

Like Awami League, BNP too seeks client-patron ties with India

One afternoon in the second week of June, I received a call on my mobile phone from an unknown number. Speaking in English, the caller identified himself as Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member... More

Indian Navy chief visits Bangladesh

Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on an invitation from the Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed. Admiral Sunil Lanba, also Chairman... More

BD-India navy joint patrol in Bay of Bengal from June 27

The naval forces of Bangladesh and India will, for the first time, conduct a joint patrol exercise, namely the Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), in the Bay of Bengal from June 27. The aim is to... More

Three countries are protecting more than half of the World’s refugees

Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution. International responsibility-sharing for displaced people... More

Nixon opposed India’s military action in Bangladesh because it would “set a...

Former US President Richard Nixon opposed India during Bangladesh’s 1971 war with Pakistan because he believed India’s military action would set a “bad precedent” and endanger the future of any small country, according to... More

Bangaldesh: Between big brothers China and India

“India should not be worried about Bangladesh’s close ties with China; the cooperation is meant only for development,” reassured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while speaking to a visiting delegation of Indian journalists recently. Statements... More

Bangladesh Air Force signs deal with China for additional K-8W trainer aircraft

Dhaka signed an intergovernmental agreement with Beijing on 20 June for the procurement of an undisclosed number of additional Hongdu Aircraft Industries Corporation (HAIC) K-8W Karakoram basic jet trainers for the Bangladesh Air Force... More

Whether crossfire or murder: The BD court kept in dark

The state authorities have never in the past one decade responded to the higher court's subpoenas to determine whether crossfire or gunfight would be considered as extra-judicial killing. Rather, according to a Prothom Alo investigation,... More

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia critically ill, aide says

Imprisoned former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia is critically ill and needs urgent medical care, a top leader of her party said on Tuesday. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a top aide to Zia, said the... More

Bangladesh’s so-called war on drugs is merely a cover for an extrajudicial...

Bangladesh is currently in the midst of a war against drugs, championed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and distinguished members of her Awami League party. The campaign started after talks between Hasina and her... More

OHCHR urges govt to deal with extrajudicial actions by security forces

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged for greater engagement from Bangladesh with respect to human rights. "I encourage greater engagement, particularly with respect to concerns about the shrinking... More

BD rights body readies sexual violence cases against Myanmar for ICC

In separate letters to each ministry on June 10, commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said the rights body firmly believed that — apart from ongoing bilateral initiatives between Bangladesh and Myanmar to reach a... More

UN, WB chiefs likely to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim are likely to make a two-day official visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh on July... More

India’s keen interest in Bangladesh nuclear plant near its border

Less than two hours' from the eastern edge of West Bengal, across the international border, frenzied activity is underway to build a hi-tech nuclear power plant in Bangladesh's Rooppur. Though India won't get a... More

Rohingya upset UN agreement did not address citizenship

Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a UN agreement signed last week did not address one of their key demands: citizenship. Most refugees say they are desperate to... More

West Bengal CM now speaks of taking Sikkim on board for Teesta...

The Teesta agreement may be delayed further as the chief minister of West Bengal has proposed to include the northeastern state Sikkim in the process, said officials who accompanied the prime minister Sheikh Hasina... More


Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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