IS claims ‘suicide’ blast near Bangladesh airport

The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility late Friday for a suspected suicide bomb attack outside the Bangladeshi capital's main international airport, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant communications. A bomber... More

‘Hasina’s visit will add a new chapter to Indo-Bangla relationship’

Private power producers such as Adani Power and Reliance Power have robust investment plans for Bangladesh’s energy sector, India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla told Business Line in an interview prior to... More

Mamata agrees to discuss Teesta

West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee has finally agreed to discuss the Teesta issue. In an exclusive interview on Thursday with ABP Ananda, she said she would assist Bangladesh as far as possible after... More

Bangladesh India defense cooperation

Both Bangladesh and Indian media is carrying reports on defence cooperation framework, expected to be signed during the forthcoming visit by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi. According to the reports, Sheikh... More

BD apex court rejects govt plea against opposition mayor

Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday (23 March) upheld a High Court order that stayed the suspension of a local city corporation mayor, reports Star Online. A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the... More

India Set to Announce $4B ln Loan to Bangladesh

India is expected to announce a large credit line to Bangladesh when its Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits New Delhi next month. Among the agreements that will be signed, one deal will be to get... More

India for basin-wise river management, prioritizing connectivity

Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that connectivity will get importance among other issues during the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India. Besides that, India has brought basin-wise river... More

BD to sign 9 defence deals during Hasina’s visit to India

Two agreements and seven memorandums of understanding on defence cooperation would figure prominently among more than 40 deals expected to be signed between Bangladesh and India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Delhi visit next... More

Will Pranab dispel differences between Modi and Hasina?

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her upcoming India visit will be the guest of the Indian president and stay at presidential palace, being the first Bangladeshi prime minister to do so. Sheikh Hasina’s relationship with Pranab Mukherjee is... More

India and Bangladesh sign MoU for cooperation in marine navigation

India and Bangladesh, as part of a regional cooperation initiative, signed a MoU on Aids to Navigation (AtoN). Under the agreement, India will advise Bangladesh on AtoN capacity building for the overall marine navigation... More

Suicide blast at BD Rab barrack: IS ‘claimed responsibility’

A suspected suicide bomber sneaked into a Rab barrack and blew himself up in the Bangladesh capital's Ashkona yesterday, in what appears to be the country's first such attack by a terror suspect inside... More

Six killed as BD police raid extremist hideouts

Five suspected militants and a young boy were killed on Thursday as Bangladesh police conducted a series of raids on what they said were extremist hideouts following a series of deadly Islamist attacks in... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s “RAW” tirade

(Exclusive): Why would Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina fire a salvo like this ahead of her India visit in April by accusing Indian intelligence agency RAW and the US embassy of bringing down her government... More

Sheikh Hasina’s four-day India visit announced

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Indian visit was officially announced on Tuesday, after several hiccups in scheduling the trip. The two countries jointly announced the schedule, saying the visit would further expand cordial and... More

BNP demands disclosure of possible military deal

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Secretary General of BNP, the largest opposition party of Bangladesh urged government to disclose the possible military agreement with India claiming people have the right to know about such agreement.... More

Alternative narrative needed to counter violent extremism

It is not a counter narrative, but an alternative narrative that is required to counter violent extremism. The government must formulate polices for counter radicalisation. The law enforcement must understand the communication tools being... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More


Pakistan’s attempts to woo Afghanistan backfire

Last 2 weeks saw a lot of diplomatic activity taking place between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the question of ‘restroing trust’ between them. Apart from Pakistan’s ISI chief’s visit to Kabul, a parliamentary delegation did also visit Afghanistan to  reportedly bridge the ever widening gap between the... More

The strategic triangular dilemma in South Asia

For many in South Asia, only India and Pakistan appear to be each other’s rivals given their past conflicts and a number of crises involving the two states. But those who closely read and understand nuclear strategy tend to include China as a factor in the South... More

Behind the politics of impeachments in Nepal

Back in 1993, Nepal’s House of Representatives received an unusual letter from the Lok Sabha. India’s Parliament was considering an impeachment motion against Supreme Court Justice V Ramaswami, and wanted to gather information from as many countries as possible about the way they had handled similar situations.... More

Challenger Rajapaksa displays his political potential on...

At the May Day rally his group held at the sprawling Galle Face Green here, the leader of Sri Lanka’s “Joint Opposition” and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, amply displayed his potential to be the numero uno in the country’s politics once again. The crowd was humongous with... More

Myanmar prepares to boost foreign investment

Myanmar hopes to boost foreign investment in the new financial year that has just begun. The necessary legal framework has been put into place, which the government hopes will help attract more foreign investment. The Investment Law, and the rules and regulations are all in place. The... More


Returning the award

My friends in Bangladesh are insisting that I explain why I am returning the award bestowed upon my father Professor Waris Mir in 2013 by Sheikh Hasina Wazed. There have been many comments about... More

India’s stance on forum irks China

India risks being “isolated” if it decides not to attend the Chinese Belt and Road Forum on May 14-15, a senior Chinese official said, adding that time was running out for “adequate arrangements” to... More

The Moscow-Islamabad ties: A fling or a marriage?

Of late, Russia, Pakistan, and China have shown a willingness to establish a tripartite alliance based on mutual interests. Events of tactical significance over the past few years may translate into strategic engagements. The... More

Diplomacy and India-Sri Lanka relations

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India this week and the expected visit of Prime Minister Narenda Modi to Sri Lanka in May signal a fresh burst of activity in India- Sri Lanka... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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