Why Indian govt commented on a communal riot in Bangladesh

On November 10, a Hindu village was attacked in Bangladesh over a rumoured Facebook post, with more than 30 homes destroyed. The Bangladesh police reacted to the attack by opening fire on the... More

US senators dub atrocities in Myanmar as “war crime”

US Senators visiting to Bangladesh dubbed as "war crimes" the atrocities inflicted on Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces as they called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a day after visiting them in their... More

China for strong engagement with Bangladesh

China wants to strongly engage with Bangladesh to take forward its One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative and build BCIM (Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation) economic corridor ushering in a prosperous future... More

China is willing to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue: Wang Yi

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday (Nov 18) expressed Beijing's eagerness to facilitate a dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis as he paid a courtesy call on... More

Bangladesh releases RFP for standard light armoured vehicle platform

The Bangladesh Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) released a request-for-proposal (RFP) for a standardized light armoured vehicle (LAV) platform for command (Comd), ambulance (AMB) and reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S) roles. The DGDP’s RFP, issued... More

China’s FM to visit Bangladesh, Myanmar to mediate in Rohingya crisis

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will head to Myanmar and Bangladesh this weekend in a bid to shore up Beijing’s influence in the region and mediate in the deepening Rohingya refugee crisis. The visit... More

BD, India to ease process of repatriation of detained, trafficked people

Bangladesh will hold a dialogue with India on Sunday (Nov 19) on easing consular services for repatriation of nationals of the two countries staying in jails and shelter homes. This will be first official... More

Bangladesh to build a new cantonment in southern region

The government of Bangladesh launched a project to establish new "Sheikh Hasina Cantonment" in the country’s southern Barisal region in involving an estimated cost of Taka 1,699 crore (local currency). The main objective of... More

Indian army trains Bangladeshi forces to combat terror

The India Army will be training Bangladeshi forces in the first of its kind counter-terror and insurgency exercise to be held at the Danapur Cantonment near Patna, amid growing radicalisation and emerging terrorist... More

Bangladesh-Cambodia rice deal shelved

Cambodia has failed to finalise the terms of a massive 250,000-tonne delivery of rice to Bangladesh, with industry insiders claiming that shipments have been cancelled as millers do not currently have the stockpiles... More

BD’s ruling party rejects opposition demand for polls under party-neutral govt

The ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has rejected outright Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s call for holding the next general elections under a non-partisan neutral government. “The polls will be held under... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts

Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion... More

Polls under present govt will never be fair, says BD’s opposition leader

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday (Nov 12) said a fair general election is in no way possible under prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina. She demanded deployment... More

Bangladesh’s Chief Justice Sinha resigns

Surendra Kumar Sinha has sent a letter of resignation to the president from abroad, stepping down from the post of chief justice, a day after his month-long leave on health grounds ended. The president’s... More

Pope Francis to ordain 16 priests during Bangladesh ‎visit

Pope Francis will ordain 16 priests on December 1 during his visit to Bangladesh, according to a report by Vatican Radio. The ceremony will take place during a public Mass at Suhrawardy Udyan in... More

World-renowned expert on Islamist extremism missing in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamic extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months. Mubashar Hasan, an assistant... More

Hasina, Modi flag off Khulna-Kolkata rail service

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi Thursday (Nov 9) jointly flagged off the Khulna-Kolkata train service and opened two bridges on railway routes connecting Dhaka with Sylhet and... More

Bangladesh hands over five terrorists to India

Five terrorists belonging to Manipur and Nagaland-based extremist outfits were handed over to Assam Police by Bangladeshi police after they completed their 13-year jail term in that country, a police official said. "Bangladesh police... More

Rohingya crisis: Foreign ministers from 4 countries to visit Bangladesh

The foreign ministers of China, Japan, Germany and Sweden are scheduled to visit Bangladesh to discuss repatriation measures for thousands of displaced Rohingya, who fled to Bangladesh following unrest in Myanmar. They will arrive... More

Bangladesh elected vice-president of UN graft body

Bangladesh has been elected vice-president of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Bangladesh embassy in Vienna made the disclosure in a press release on Tuesday after... More

Brutal killings unabated on Indo-Bangladesh border

It has been six years since Bangladeshis woke up to the horrendous photograph of 15-year-old Felani Khatun of Phulbari in Kurigram, hanging upside down on the barbed fence on the Bangladesh-India border with... More


China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More


Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

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... More