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Bangladesh, Russia set for deal on nuclear waste


Bangladesh is set to ink a crucial deal with Russia on Wednesday on returning the hazardous nuclear wastes to be emerged as spent fuels of the proposed Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. ‘Science and technology minister Yeafes Osman is... More

Dhaka proposes Myanmar for joint drive against militants


Bangladesh government today proposed Myanmar to conduct a joint operation against militant outfits including Arakan Army responsible for creating trouble on bordering area. The proposal was given when Aung Myint, Charge’d Affairs of Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka, met... More

BD Chief Justice to visit Canada and Japan after Eid


Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will be attending the conference of chief justices of the Asia Pacific region in Japan. The conference will take place from 18 to 21 September in Tokyo. The Chief Justice of Japan sent... More

CJ vs Hasina


A grave crisis in the structure of democratic governance has erupted in Bangladesh a year before the general elections. That appears to be the major parallel with Pakistan, where the judiciary has disqualified the Prime Minister. It has... More

Bangladesh’s 2016-17 fiscal balance of payments surplus dips to 3.17 bln USD


Bangladesh's overall balance of payments surplus dipped in the just concluded fiscal year 2016-17 (July 2016-June 2017) on the back of a slower growth in export earnings and drop in inflow of remittances. The Bangladesh Bank (BB) data... More

Dhaka summons Myanmar envoy as thousands of Rohingya flee for BD after...


Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar are trying to cross the border with Bangladesh, Bangladeshi security officials said on Saturday, as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state. The death toll from widespread attacks staged... More

Thousands of Rohingyas stranded at Bangladesh border after Myanmar attacks


Bangladesh has strengthened security along the border with Myanmar as thousands of Rohingyas are fleeing the country after deaths of at least 71 in attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine state. The Rohingya... More

Scrapping the BD constitution amendment


From the emergence of Bangladesh till date, the constitution has undergone 16 amendments in total. Of these amendments, cases had been filed against the 5th, 7th, 8th, 13th, and 16th amendments, questioning the legitimacy of these amendments,... More

HC declares Niko’s deal with Petrobangla, Bapex illegal


The High Court on Thursday declared two joint venture agreements of Canadian gas exploration company Niko with Bapex and Petrobangla illegal. A bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman pronounced the verdict after... More

Bangladesh risks devastating hunger after major floods: UN


As food aid rolls out to more than 200,000 people in flood-hit Bangladesh, the United Nations said on Wednesday that long-term food supplies were at risk with so much farmland now ruined. Flooding, which submerged more than a... More

Govt position against Supreme Court cannot be helpful


Ruling party leaders demand that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) should resign for the landmark verdict that has scrapped Parliament's power to impeach Supreme Court's judges. In the unanimous judgement some critical observations on the... More

Bangladesh govt creating ground to remove CJ: BNP


BNP senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday said there is a speculation among people that the government may take a move to remove Bangladesh chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha creating a ground of his mental... More

Narayanganj 7 murders: Death upheld for 15 convicts in High Court


The High Court has confirmed death sentences for 15 convicts who had murdered seven people in Narayanganj. It has reduced to life in prison death penalties awarded by the trial court to 11 other convicts. The bench by Justice... More

Pro-Awami League lawyers call for Chief Justice Sinha to resign


A forum of lawyers allied with the ruling Awami League has called for Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to step down, venting anger over the top court’s verdict that annulled the 16th constitutional amendment. Justice Sinha must reverse... More

PM Hasina slams CJ for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan


Coming down heavily on the chief justice for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (21 August) said she is not scared at all with such a threat and this is not tolerable either. "This... More

Govt, AL to pay price for going against SC verdict: Moudud


The BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday warned that the government and Awami League will have to pay a heavy price someday for taking a conflicting stance against the Supreme Court verdict that revoked the 16th... More

Amu tells CJ this is Bangladesh, not Pakistan


In an oblique reference to Bangladesh chief justice’s remarks, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said Bangladesh did not emerge from any communal poison like Pakistan but through the sacrifices of three million people. “Such utterances are... More

Bangladesh trade with India grows slowly, trade gap widens rapidly


Trade connectivity and inclusive development, the key words emerging over the last decade, are tangible challenges for Bangladesh. Pragmatic measures and political consensus are imperative to meet these challenges. Also essential for trade, connectivity and inclusive development... More

BD Railway losses multiply


Bangladesh Railway’s net operating losses almost doubled last fiscal year and its losses in the past 10 fiscal years increased by about 176 per cent, according to official data. The railway blames this on salary hike and increased... More

Bandwidth to be sold to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bhutan


The four countries will take 102.5 GB/s bandwidth from Bangladesh Bangladesh is building a link to sell 100 GB/s bandwidth to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, and talks are on with India to connect Bhutan to a 2.5 GB/s... More

Red Cross says floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh


A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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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