Bangladesh election under new scrutiny

The dust was about to settle with the election fever dissipating in Bangladesh. The political scene was slowly returning to an atmosphere of relative calm. Then came a damning report from the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) that... More

UN expert urges caution on Bangladesh’s Rohingya island ‘relocation’ plan

Bangladesh must not “rush to relocate refugees” from the Rohingya Muslim minority, a top UN rights official said on Friday, amid plans to move the community to an island vulnerable to extreme monsoon weather. Some 750,000 Rohingya Muslims... More

India, Bangladesh to finalize proposed waterway on January 28-29 next

Indian and Bangladesh officials will soon finalize various aspects of a proposed waterway between the two countries. This was informed by Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala on Thursday. Deb disclosed that Union Shipping Ministry officials have informed his... More

China offering J-10 fighters to Bangladesh, Laos as rival to Russian Yak-130...

China has started hard-selling its J-10 fighter jet to Bangladesh and Laos to wean them off Russian aircraft such as the Yak-130 trainer/light fighter which both countries are considering. The country has been trying to get Pakistan interested... More

Persecuted and chased away Rohingya seek elusive home in cramped camps of...

For the Rohingya, considered to be the 'most persecuted community in the world', the comforts of home are elusive. Starting August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to escape a brutal army-led crackdown in its... More

Bangladesh election: Regrets by foreign observers indicate Dec 30 polling was marked...

Some of the ‘election observers’ of the recently concluded Bangladeshi parliamentary election, held on 30 December 2018, are now ‘regretting’ their involvement, Reuters reported recently. The report says, “A top official at an observer group that monitored Bangladesh’s... More

China gives Bangladesh $72.6m for bridges, disaster aid

China will provide grant assistance of approximately US$72.6 million to Bangladesh under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, The Bangladesh Chronicle has reported. The grant will be used to pay for disaster management,... More

Some in Bangladesh election observer group say they now regret involvement

A top official at an observer group that monitored Bangladesh's election, as well as one of its foreign volunteers, have said they regret participating in the process, casting doubt on the credibility of a vote won overwhelmingly... More

Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants living in Kolkata’s suburban towns see citizenship hope in...

Radhika Burman shudders recall the moments when she almost lost her breath while running desperately to save the lives of her two infants clutched in her arms. Her husband ran along with their five-year- More

11-member BGB delegation in Myanmar for border talks

An 11-member Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) delegation has reached Maungdaw in Myanmar for a flag meeting on various border-related issues between the two countries. The team reached Maungdaw around 10am on Monday after leaving from the transit jetty... More

Bangladeshis welcome Chinese investment but want questions answered

Bangladeshi experts and scholars raised tough questions about Rohingya refugees and the so-called debt trap to the Global Times following the "Dialogue on China-Bangladesh relations: predicting the future" symposium held on December 8, 2018, in Dhaka, capital... More

Saudi Arabia to deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activist group

Saudi Arabia is planning to deport 250 Rohingya men to Bangladesh, in what will be the second forced deportation by Riyadh this year, an activist group has told Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia is home to almost 300,000 Rohingya,... More

China to provide RMB 500m to Bangladesh; deal signed

China will provide grant assistance of RMB 500 million or approximately $72.57 million to Bangladesh under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between Bangladesh and China. The grant shall be utilized for the welfare projects such as... More

New government in Bangladesh: Implications for China-Bangladesh relations

The People’s Republic of China is one of the earliest countries to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory by securing two-third majority More

India’s Citizenship Bill may not help many Bangladeshi nationals

Only a small number Bangladeshi nationals are likely to benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, as fewer than 200 people from the neighbouring country have so far availed the long-term visas (LTVs), a senior Home Ministry official... More

Bangladesh to see 3rd fastest rise of the rich

Bangladesh will see the third quickest growth in the number of high net-worth individuals in the world in the next five years, according to a new report of New York-based research firm Wealth-X. The country's high net worth... More

China’s energy giant inks deal with leading British company for BD power...

China's energy giant PowerChina signed an agreement and a contract with GCM Resources, a leading British resource exploration company, for development of a coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district, some 338 km northwest of the capital... More

Bangladesh-bound coal trucks from Bhutan caught in Meghalaya muddle

Bangladesh-bound coal trucks from Bhutan have been caught in the confusion following the Supreme Court’s January 15 order banning the transportation of extracted coal in Meghalaya. Customs officials at Dawki in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district have allegedly... More

Bangladesh: Violent repression of opposition

Bangladesh violently cracked down on criticism of the ruling Awami League in advance of national elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said Thursday (January 17) in its World Report 2019. Instead of responding to calls for accountability,... More

BSF’s new chief shunts out senior officers found involved in cattle smuggling...

A mass scale transfer of senior and middling level officers of India’s Border Security Force (BSF), including some from the paramilitary force’s intelligence wing, since December 2018 suggests that new director general Rajni Kant Misra, an IPS... More

Bangladesh-India bilateral talks next month in Delhi

Bangladesh and India will hold the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks in the first week of February, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights. The meeting – 5th Joint Consultative Commission... More


Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... 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