Rohingya refugees living in no man’s land refused to return to Myanmar without guarantees of citizenship and security after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials met to discuss their repatriation.
The 6,000 Rohingya were among the first... More
Indian land between Bangladesh and Nepal is going to be the conduit for the two friendly international neighbors to have large scale hydropower trade in between. Bangladesh will have hydropower plants installed in Nepal... More
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir warned that people will not accept if the government tries to score in an empty field keeping their party chairperson Khaleda Zia away from... More
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia's lawyers have received the 1,174-page certified copy of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.
On behalf of the former prime minister... More
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) of Bangladesh has decided to sell 25% of its shares to a consortium of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), considering it a strategic investor.
The value of border trade between Myanmar and Bangladesh, as of 9 February, reached US$22 million, which showed an increase of $13 million, compared with the same period last fiscal year (FY), Myanmar media... More
The United Kingdom has withdrawn its ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London following a significant progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions, reports UNB.
Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism... More
Bangladesh has established formal diplomatic ties with Kosovo as the two countries signed a joint communiqu, in this regard on Friday (Feb 16).
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen and... More
United Nations secretary general’s office has expressed its hope that “a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” in Bangladesh.
Reacting to a query about whether any action was taken... More
The Election Commission of Bangladesh has taken an initiative to introduce a voter registration system for expatriates as over 10 million Bangladeshi nationals are now living in various countries.
The commission plans to start the... More
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another round of peaceful countrywide demonstration programmes for next week, demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
The party will collect signatures from the masses across... More
The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) launched the third Shadhinota-class C13B corvette for the Bangladesh Navy on 12 February 2018, the Chinese media reported.
According to the Sina, the Bangladesh Navy took delivery of its... More
An European Parliamentary delegation on Wednesday (Feb 14) hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh would become ‘less confrontational and hostile’ in the coming months with an inclusive election in place.
The delegation urged Bangladesh... More
Myanmar has said that 508 Hindus are among around 1,000 refugees cleared for the first batch to be repatriated to their homes from Bangladesh.
The list, which also includes 750 Muslims, has been handed over... More
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday concluded its token hunger strike in the city demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, three hours before scheduled time following a request from law enforcers,... More
World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley has said donor agencies are gradually losing their interest in providing food assistance for the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh, said a report by UNB from Rome.
He made... More
Bangladesh jail authorities have received two production warrants in two cases filed against Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, reports UNB
Inspector General (Prisons) Syed Iftekhar Uddin confirmed UNB about... More
Thousands of Bangladeshi opposition supporters staged rallies across the country on Monday (Feb 12) demanding the release of their jailed leader Khaleda Zia and free and fair elections.
Zia, twice president in the Muslim-majority nation... More
Bangladesh’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia landed in jail on Thursday (Feb 8) after a makeshift court sentenced her to five years in jail in a graft case filed during... More
The United Kingdom has indicated withdrawal of ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London soon saying they are very pleased over the progress Bangladesh government and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made... More
Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More
The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More
On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More
The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well. Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More
Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary.
According to the Maldivian... More
Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India.
Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More
The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’.
This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More
Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More
Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More