Friday, March 10, 2017



Bangladesh yet to give transit facility to any country: BD Finance...

Bangladesh has not yet given any country the permission to carry goods through the country under transit facility, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said. Reports "Goods from India are being carried under trans-shipment facility of the existing Protocol on Inland Water... More

Bangladesh records lowest monthly remittance in recent years

Expatriate Bangladeshis have remitted $936.2 million in February, the lowest in a month in last five years. The previous record low was $900 million in November 2011. The downward trend began late last year when the monthly flow of remittance dropped below the... More

India visit: Time for Hasina to show her cards

For Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it’s time to show her cards. Her close ally India is fast growing impatient. The confidence India had in her is gradually declining. New Delhi feels that it is slowly losing its grip on Bangladesh.... More

Bangladesh: Curbing covert cultural osmosis

“Mujhe bhookh lagee hai, mujhe khaana de do!” the little girl called out as she came home from school. Her uncle, visiting from the village, looked perplexed. “What is she saying?” he asked, “What language is she speaking in?” Her mother... More

China Warns India on Dalai Lama Visit to Disputed Border Area

In a stern warning to the Indian government, Beijing has asked Delhi to not go ahead with the visit of exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh next month. The Chinese foreign ministry said that the visit will inflict... More

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with...

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for. While New Delhi has called for a... More

Saudi King to visit Bangladesh

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is to visit Bangladesh soon. Although date has not been fixed as yet, a source mentioned that Dhaka will be included in the next tour of Saudi King. The state visit is likely to take... More

India to strengthen military partnership with Bangladesh

India wants to strengthen military partnership with Bangladesh. The framework of a long-term contract has been given to Dhaka, a defense source unanimously acknowledged and also said that the agreement is expected to be signed during the visit of Prime Minister... More

Five sentenced to death for killing of Japanese citizen in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh court handed down the death sentence on Tuesday for five militants found guilty of killing a Japanese citizen, court officials said. Kunio Hoshi, 65, was gunned down in October 2015 by masked men on a motorcycle on his way to... More

Experts for “urgent review” of Farakka Barrage

Echoing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s concern, India's river and environment experts urged government to review the effectiveness of Farakka Barrage. They are claiming that Farakka Barrage had failed to fulfill any of the purpose for which it was built. Moreover,... More

Bangladesh’s proposed hike in gas prices sparks protests

Bangladesh has announced plans to raise natural gas prices for the second time in under two years, meeting with immediate protests from political parties and industry groups, including the $28 billion garments industry, the country's economic mainstay. Gas prices will rise by... More

Al-Qaeda suddenly relevant in Bangladesh? 

Seemingly of out of nowhere a high-ranking US commander has claimed that international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda is active in Bangladesh. Sentinel magazine from an organization called "Combating Terrorism Center" which is known for observing international terrorist activity, published an interview of US Gen. John Nicholson... More

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for Bangladesh? Speculations abound. Indian sources say that his tour is mainly to formalize a date for the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister... More

Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red in...

  Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red as labourers worked on fields at Bogra district in Bangladesh. More than 2,000 people work in almost 100 chilli farms in the area to supply local spice companies with chillies for... More

UN Human Rights experts asks Bangladesh to stop enforced disappearances

Geneva- February 24: The issue of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, has risen from a few isolated cases a few years ago to more than 40, United Nations Human Rights Experts have pointed out and called for immediate action to halt the trend.  Bangladesh... More

Terrorists could use nuclear power plant material for ‘dirty bomb’

Bangladesh’s entrance into the sector of nuclear energy started many, many years ago. In fact, the Rooppur nuclear power plant site was selected even before Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. Dr Petr Topychkanov, made this observation while speaking at a recent seminar... More

China state firm to buy Chevron Bangladesh oil fields

Chevron Corp. has signed a preliminary deal with China's Zhenhua Oil, a state-run oil and gas explorer, to sell its major natural gas fields in Bangladesh for about $2 billion, Reuters reported, citing Beijing-based oil executives. Bangladesh, with rights of first... More

Crisis deepens for Bangladeshi garments

  International brands pull out form Dhaka apparel summit as concern mounting over the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh. Following pressure from rights groups and uncomfortable media exposure in the aftermath of the Ashulia wage strikes in the outskirts of Dhaka, international brands... More

21st February: International Mother Language Day

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The voice of freedom

It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital city Dhaka, all roads lead to the Ekushey Boi Mela, the annual book fair. The date... More


(Exclusive): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to grant citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh... More

(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient... More

The Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) is an honourable institution. Dr Pronab Sen, the... More

(Exclusive): Over the past few months, particularly in the post-sanctions era, Iran has... More


AFTER the cataclysmic events of September 2001, a war was declared on ‘terrorism’.... More

This week’s gathering of the Indian Ocean leaders in Jakarta has drawn a... More

Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today,... More

While China’s growing alliance with Pakistan has raised alarm in relevant quarters in... More



This week people in Myanmar were forced to confront the kind of country... More

Myanmar is currently in the throes of a massive humanitarian crisis. Thousands of... More