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STRANDED ROHINGYA REFUSE TO RETURN TO MYANMAR WITHOUT GUARANTEE


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

India to catalyze Bangladesh-Nepal bilateral power tie up


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

PEOPLE WON’T ACCEPT ELECTION WITHOUT KHALEDA: BNP


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 opposition leader gets verdict copy


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

Chinese consortium becomes BD Stock Exchange’s strategic investor


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... More

BORDER TRADE BETWEEN BANGLADESH AND MYANMAR INCREASES


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

UK lifts ban on air cargo flights from Dhaka


The United Kingdom has withdrawn its ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London following a significant progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions, reports UNB.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

Formal diplomatic ties between Bangladesh-Kosovo established


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

UN hopes for free, fair polls in Bangladesh


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

Bangladesh plans to enroll expatriates as voters     


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

BANGLADESH OPPOSITION PARTY TO HOLD DEMOS NEXT WEEK FOR KHALEDA RELEASE


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

China’s CSSC launches C-13B corvette for Bangladesh


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

European MPs expect ‘less confrontation’ in BD in coming months


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

India, China in race for stake in BD Stock Exchange


Two economic giants -- India and China -- are in a race to buy 25 percent stake in the Dhaka Stock Exchange of Bangladesh. A consortium of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock... More

508 HINDU REFUGEES GOING BACK TO MYANMAR: DIPLOMAT


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

BNP SHORTENS HUNGER STRIKE ON ‘POLICE REQUEST’


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

Donors losing interest in Rohingyas: WFP


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

JAIL AUTHORITIES RECEIVE 2 PRODUCTION WARRANTS AGAINST BD OPPOSITION LEADER


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 protest jailing of Bangladesh opposition leader


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

Opposition leader conviction casts deep uncertainty over next polls in Bangladesh


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

UK HINTS LIFT OF AIR CARGO BAN ON DHAKA-LONDON ROUTE


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

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On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

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

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

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

Courage beyond compare

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

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

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

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

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

Hasina is no Mujib

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

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

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

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

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

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More