Bangladesh-India joint exercise SAMPRITI 2017 from 6 Nov

Army personnel of India and Bangladesh, Asia's two of the most frequent witnesses to terror strikes, will engage in a joint counter-terrorist training exercise at India's Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte in Mizoram and at the Joint... More

Bangladesh to start work on first nuclear reactor next month

Construction work on Bangladesh’s first nuclear power reactor will start next month with Russian collaboration and completion slated for 2024, the country’s minister for science & technology said on Wednesday (Nov 1). Bangladesh has been planning to build... More

Pilot at Bangladesh national air carrier arrested over plot to fly plane...

A pilot with Bangladesh's national air carrier Bangladesh Biman was arrested on Wednesday (Nov 1) on suspicion of terrorism offences, including plotting to keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top government leaders,... More

UNESCO recognises Bangabandhu’s 7th March Speech

UNESCO has recommended Historic 7 March Speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a Memory of the World International Register. The director general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, announced the decision on Monday, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris,... More

Rail connectivity between India and Bangladesh expanding

India and Bangladesh are in a mood of expanding railway connectivity as the two countries seem at their height in relationship. Both the countries have decided to restore their erstwhile railway links. Sources in Indian Railway ministry has informed that the... More

US Acting Assistant Secretary of State to visit Bangladesh Wednesday

US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw will visit Bangladesh Wednesday (Nov 1) to discuss ways to address the humanitarian and human rights concerns stemming from the Rakhine... More

Bangladesh’s opposition leader Khaleda caught in a legal quagmire

With the 11th national general elections only a year away, whether Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – which boycotted the last national elections – will participate in the elections is on everyone’s minds. That participation hinges heavily on whether... More

China, Bangladesh sign framework agreement on oil pipeline project

The Bangladeshi government signed a framework agreement with China for construction of a 220-km pipeline to carry oil from tankers in the Bay of Bengal to storage plants on the mainland. Bangladesh's Economic Relations Department (ERD) Secretary Kazi... More

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda visiting Rohingya camps

Bangladesh opposition party BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) leader Khaleda Zia is visiting Rohingya camps in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar and distributing relief materials among the displaced Myanmar nationals Monday (Oct 30). She reached Cox’s Bazar from... More

BD, Myanmar to sit together to solve Rohingya issue: Chinese envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang on Sunday (Oct 29) said Bangladesh and Myanmar will sit together and solve the Rohingya problem. "We also expressed our commitment that we stand with Bangladesh (regarding Rohingya problem). We do hope... More

Bangladesh signing $554 million deal with China for single point mooring

Bangladesh is penning a $554 million loan deal with China to build a deep-sea single point mooring with an aim to cut the time and cost of offloading fuel oil from tankers, according to a report by... More

Chevron not winding up business in BD

Bangladesh’s state minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Thursday (Oct 26) said US oil major Chevron is not leaving Bangladesh; rather, it will invest $400 million in the country’s gas sector. While addressing a contract signing... More

Bangladesh approves China-funded elevated expressway project

Bangladesh's highest economic policy-making body has approved a China-funded elevated expressway project, Xinhua reported. The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. After the... More

China wants peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis

China wants to see a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis bilaterally and send them back to their homeland – Myanmar, says an official on Wednesday (Oct 25). “Their intention and commitment for sending them (Rohingyas) back is now... More

Bangladesh cattle herds surge as India curbs smuggling

Moves by the Modi government in India to crack down on the country's previously strong beef industry in the name of protecting cows, holy to Hindus, have given new life to the sector in neighboring Bangladesh. Until recently,... More

Post 2019 elections, Delhi readies to face challenges in Dhaka

With the Bangladeshi parliamentary elections due in January 2019, neighboring India is preparing to face any change that the elections might bring about in Dhaka. While being closely tied to the ruling Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina... More

Myanmar to take back Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh

Myanmar agreed to take back the Rohingya people, forced out of their homes in the Rakhine state of that country and pushed into Bangladesh, side by side with implementing the Kofi Annan report. Both Myanmar and Bangladesh would... More

ADB approves $1.2bn for Dhaka-Northwest int’l trade corridor

The Asian Development Bank has approved $1.2 billion in finance for the second phase upgradation of the Dhaka-Northwest international trade corridor in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh has good prospects of becoming a regional trade hub, if the country’s transport infrastructure... More

Jordanian Queen denounces ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Myanmar

Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Monday called on the international community to respond “effectively, quickly, and generously” to alleviate the suffering of Rohingyas, decrying global inaction in the face of “what many are acknowledging now as... More

India’s NRL enters diesel export pact with Bangladesh

State-run Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) today said it has signed a 15-year agreement with Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) for export of diesel to the neighbouring nation, a company release said. "In a historic development, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd inked... More

India, Bangladesh resolve to fight terror together

India and Bangladesh today discussed the common challenge of terrorism and resolved to fight the scourge together even as New Delhi reaffirmed its status as a reliable development partner of Dhaka. "We are both determined to protect our... 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

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

‘Syndrome 2020’ unleashes a new bid to change the constitution

Myanmar’spro-democracy forces have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With some 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament it hopes will amend the military-drafted constitution and give the party an important campaigning issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead up to the... 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