India-U.S. interests are aligned in Bangladesh: Marcia Bernicat

The U.S. is not concerned about China’s growing economic role in Bangladesh as infrastructure development is a “good thing”, the U.S. Ambassador in Dhaka, Marcia Stephans Bloom Bernicat, has said. Bernicat, who recently visited Kolkata spoke to... More

Bangladesh’s election enigma

The election enigma deepens in Bangladesh’s political scenario. The government’s moves hints at an election in the near future. However, opposition parties cannot be fully certain as to whether an early election will actually take place.  There... More

EU urges Bangladesh to form a ‘qualified EC’

The European Union urged Bangladesh to form an independent, impartial, non-partisan and highly-qualified Election Commission to hold the next general elections in a fully participatory way. The call came from the biennial meeting in Brussels between the EU... More

Killings on border a grave concern for Bangladesh, says PM

 Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses at a function at Border Guard Bangladesh headquarters in Dhaka marking BGB Day 2016 on Tuesday Prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the ‘incidents of death’ of innocent Bangladeshis along... More

Fortify digital financial flows

Leading bankers, economists and experts suggested at SAARC Finance seminar a combined move for tightening any loopholes in anti-money laundering compliances and cyber-security mechanisms to fortify financial flows. They also called upon the mobile financial services (MFS) stakeholders... More

BD politicians doubt success of President’s dialogue

The mainstream opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is in confusion about the success of dialogue between the President and the registered political parties in Bangladesh over formation of an acceptable Election Commission to solve the... More

Bangladesh’s oldest jail opens to public as a museum

Many of Bangladesh´s most significant political prisoners have been incarcerated within the walls of the two-century old Dhaka Central Jail. Now the prison that has borne witness to much of the country´s brutal history has opened to the... More

Bangladesh observes Victory Day

Bangladesh paid tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War on the occasion of the 46th Victory Day on Friday. On the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid their homage to the heroes who... More

Quader dismisses possibility of holding talks with BNP

Awami League said on Thursday that it would not hold dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Party because BNP had refused to hold dialogue on formation of election-time government, in 2014. The general secretary of Awami League, Obaidul Quader, on... More

Bangladesh police face the heat for arson

The image of Bangladesh police suffers yet another setback. The police have been blamed for for setting fire to the homes of the indigenous Santal community in Gaibandha, a district north of Bangladesh. The incident took place... More

Tensions between Dhaka- Manila over reserve theft issue

Tension running high as Dhaka trying to recover the stolen money of the central bank's reserve heist incident, causing stain in Bangladesh-Philippine relationship. Citing inquiry report of Farashuddin-led investigation committee, Philippine is claiming that central bank's officials are... More

BD SC bars use scale as election symbol

Bangladesh Supreme Court directed the Election Commission (EC) not to allocate scale as election symbol to any political party. The decision was taken at the full court meeting of the SC in the presence of Chief Justice SK... More

India disquiet for jute market as China aids Bangladesh

China is offering massive assistance for Bangladesh to rebuild its once prominent Jute sector. With this aid Bangladesh will be able to save 7-8 billion taka just in viscose fiber importing. From harvesting to processing jute and... More

Formula to form a new Election Commission

The president of Bangladesh has taken initiative to organize dialogue with all the political parties in a bid to overcome the country’s ongoing current political crisis. The primary purpose for this initiative is to strengthen the election... More

Postponement of Hasina’s India visit sparks off speculations

After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another “mutually convenient date’’. This would have... More

Insider’s negligence behind Bangladesh Bank heist

Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the cyber-heist of $81 million from its central bank in February found five officials at the bank were guilty of negligence and carelessness. It was revealed by Mohammed Farashuddin, the head of the... More

PM’s postponed India visit: The story behind

Speculations run high over the abrupt postponement of the three-day bilateral visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. There is also contradictory information over the new schedule of the visit. Neither India nor Bangladesh has so... More

Indian defence minister visits Bangladesh

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a two-day visit to Bangladesh, starting on November 30, to deepen military relations between the two countries. Parrikar’s Dhaka visit underscores India’s growing efforts—backed by Washington—to bring Bangladesh into its orbit, undercutting... More

India presses Bangladesh to sign Chittagong & Mongla port deals

Bangladesh is to sign an agreement allowing the use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for the movement of transit goods to and from India. Officials from both sides agreed to the issue at a shipping secretary-level meeting in Dhaka... More

BD inks oil pipeline deal with Chinese firm

Bangladesh government signed an agreement with China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau to build a mooring point and 220 kilometres of pipeline for imported oil, reported the Star Online, a Bangladeshi news outlet. Zhao Yujian, president of CPPB, and Sayed... More

21,000 Myanmar Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

More than 20,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh following a bloody crackdown by the army in neighboring Myanmar, the humanitarian officials say. Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on the border to stem the influx. However, Sanjukta Sahany, head of... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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