Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi visit remains uncertain

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s New Delhi visit might be postponed till April instead of February as was expected earlier. This date may even be shifted to later in the year if the two countries fail to... More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too

West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now objecting to the Ganges Barrage Project proposed by Bangladesh. Recently in a letter to the Indian government, West Bengal... More

BD- SL expected to sign free trade agreement

A free trade agreement between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is currently being discussed to boost bilateral trade and the two countries’ governments will sign the agreement soon, Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said. “The proposal is now... More

New CEC more loyal to AL: BNP

The new chief election commissioner is even more loyal to the Awami League than his predecessor Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, the BNP has alleged. "The people of the country have no confidence in him that he would be... More

Police form new anti-terror teams in BD

Bangladesh Police is going to create commando teams in all metropolitan areas and range police units to deal with any crisis situation such as militant attack or hostage situation. “The crisis teams will respond to any emergency call... More

BD should scrap Rohingya relocation plan: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Bangladesh government to immediately drop its plan to transfer Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited, undeveloped coastal island. It said that relocating the refugees from the Cox’s Bazar area to Thengar Char island... More

New CEC triggers old controversy

Speculations about the political and election scenario in Bangladesh are drawing to a close with the restructure of the Election Commission. President Abdul Hamid on Monday night formed the new Election Commission with former bureaucrat Nurul Huda... More

BD candidate challange ACT election results

The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) election 2016 result is being challenged in the Supreme Court, where a candidate who was barred from standing wants the result in Gungahlin, one of the eighteen districts, declared void. It is... More

E-9 education conference begins in Bangladesh

A high-level conference of E-9, a forum of nine high-population countries, began here Sunday to discuss policies necessary for the member states to achieve the United Nations' education-related "Sustainable Development Goal-4". Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the... More

BD power plant protest not aimed at China

A protest this week against a $2.4-billion Chinese-backed power plant in Bangladesh which turned violent was not against Chinese participation in the project but due to residents' "different opinions", China's Commerce Ministry said on Friday. The coal-fired plant... More

Rohingya refugees to be sent in remote deep sea isle

THENGAR Char in the coastal area of Bangladesh under Noakhali district, where government planning to relocate thousands of Rohingya is not only isolated from locality but far away from relatively well known Island-Upazila Hatia. Hatred towards Muslim –... More

BD LNG import may raise gas price five times

Increasing gas supplies by 28.32 million cubic metres per day from imported Liquefied Natural Gas may push up average gas price by more than five times the current price in the domestic market in Bangladesh. The distribution utilities... More

Can BD’s economy base ensure sustainable development?

In recent years Bangladesh economy has been enjoying an upper-mid growth rate, but it is doubtful whether this development will be sustainable for a long term. The government has fixed a target of 7.2 percent growth rate... More

Not torture, really? Justifying police action uncalled for

We were informed by the home minister, much to our dismay, that the police do not torture journalists. Apparently what happened during the half-day peaceful protest on January 27 by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas,... More

Santos jointly explores oil & gas in BD

Bangladesh state-run Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex), in its first-ever offshore exploration program, is set to initiate oil and gas exploration in offshore Magnama structures under a joint venture (JV) with Australian Santos, the media reported. The country’s cabinet... More

Palestine Prez to visit BD next month

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, will go to Bangladesh on February 1 on a three-day state visit for further strengthening relations between the two nations, the media in Bangladesh reported Tuesday. Foreign minister Reyad Al Maliki and... More

Sheikh Hasina’s India tour could be delayed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's New Delhi visit next month seems unlikely as most of the focus in India would be on elections in five states, including the most populous Uttar Pradesh, beginning February 11 along with increased... More

23 BD rivers die due to upstream water withdrawal

A total of 23 rivers in Bangladesh have died due to upstream withdrawal of waters. Water security has further been threatened by the impact of climate change. Ground water levels have fallen drastically and salinity has increased.... More

Bangladesh to invest in hydro projects in Nepal-Bhutan, import electricity

Bangladesh plans to sign an agreement with Nepal to invest in hydropower projects and import electricity, the state minister for power said recently. “The deal will be signed within a month,” Nasrul Hamid said at a press meet... More

Why do dialogues, arbitration and negotiations fail?

The history of dialogue or negotiation or third entity arbitration between political parties in Bangladesh to resolve any crisis has never been pleasant. Since its inception, Bangladesh hasn't seen any meaningful solution to its political crises though... More

Can Bangladesh gain from China, India on the value added chain?

In September last year, a dialogue on ‘Bangladesh- India Relations: Progress and Challenges Ahead’, was organized in Dhaka by the Institute for Policy and Governance Advocate (IPAG) and the leading English newspaper The Daily Star. The dialogue... More


Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

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



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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