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Land grabbing main goal of attackers: rights groups


Minority communities’ 3,307 houses and businesses and 1,104 temples and idols were damaged in Bangladesh in last four years, show media and rights groups’ reports. Rights groups blamed influential land grabbers for the attacks on houses, businesses, community and... More

Bangladesh buys two submarines from China


Bangladesh took delivery on Monday of its first submarines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh paid a reported $203 million for the two submarines, a deal that... More

Three Indian naval training ships arrive in Bangladesh


  Three Indian navy training ships have reached Chittagong naval base as part of a five-day “goodwill” visit, Bangladesh Navy has said Commander Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed those ships in a traditional ceremony... More

Five contracts likely to be awarded without bidding


The government is likely to award at least five contracts to different foreign companies to set up facilities to import liquefied natural gas or LNG without bidding. A project processing committee of energy division decided to begin negotiations... More

EU parliament delegation will visit Dhaka


  A 15-member European Parliament delegation will arrive in Dhaka in the middle of November to discuss Bangladesh's politics, freedom of expression, and labour and human rights issues with politicians, business leaders, NGOs, and the media. "This is an... More

India concerned about BD Hindus safety


India expressed ‘grave concern’ about the safety and wellbeing of the the Hindu community people in Bangladesh, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in tweets on 6 November. Sushma Swaraj said that she directed the Indian high commissioner... More

How much Bangladesh foreign policy inching towards a balanced state?


Is Bangladesh looking for a new track of foreign relationship? Some of the recent events are being analyzed in the light of this question. Along with India, Bangladesh played a vital role in boycotting SAARC conference in... More

Geopolitics hampers deep seaport development in Bangladesh


The competition among three major powers for building a deep-sea port in Bangladesh has intensified following the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh. In an article published the US-based biweekly magazine joc.com observed that... More

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Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... 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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