Bangladesh police break up opposition protest as election nears

Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition party supporters in the capital Dhaka on Wednesday as tension soared weeks before a general election. Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) set fire to police vans,... More

Japan wants to help N-E set up links with Bangladesh, Myanmar

The Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said Japan aimed to support the development of the North Eastern region by connecting the intra-regional links as well as the links between the North East and neighboring countries... More

Bangladesh politics divided over election use of EVMs

With a national election slated to be held in Bangladesh on December 30, the issue of the usage of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the poll has created a rift in parliament. If ultimately used, it will be... More

470 kms of rivers to be dredged with BD-India joint financing

Bangladesh on Monday approved 'Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade' under which 470 kms of rivers will be dredged with joint financing of Bangladesh and India. According to the deal, India will provide 80... More

The changing dynamics of China-Bangladesh relations

Right from the beginning of their diplomatic ties in October 1975, China and Bangladesh have been maintaining a close relationship, often entitled as “trusted friendship” or “all-weather friendship”. While, for decades, their bilateral relations have primarily been... More

Bangladesh cancels LNG cargoes after temporary closure of regas unit

Bangladesh has cancelled two liquefied natural gas(LNG) cargoes for delivery in November due to a temporary closure of its sole floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), a senior official told Reuters on Friday. The cargoes were meant to... More

Bangladesh takes full control of Bangabandhu-1 satellite

Thales Alenia Space which developed Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, on Friday handed over its transmission and operation management to Bangladesh. A delegation of the Franco-Italian aerospace company handed over relevant documents to acting Chairman of Bangladesh... More

BNP senior party leaders indicate there is little choice but to take...

A day after election-related talks between the Jatiya Oikkyo Front (National United Front) and the Awami League government collapsed, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) appeared to be close to taking a decision in favour of taking part... More

Bangladesh steps up pre-election Internet surveillance

With national elections just months away, Bangladesh’s incumbent Awami League regime is scaling up monitoring and surveillance of the Internet — with a particular focus on social media — to tackle what it calls “increasing cyber-crimes” in... More

Bangladesh rejects opposition plea for caretaker government

Bangladesh’s ruling party has rejected an opposition party’s demand for a caretaker government it says is essential for a free and fair general election due to be held in December. Although Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League had... More

US Navy trains with Bangladesh in Bay of Bengal during CARAT’s latest...

The US and Bangladesh navies are training together in a series of bilateral exercises aimed at strengthening professional skills and relationships across South and Southeast Asia. The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, began in... More

BNP cancels Rajshahi ‘long march’ as party decides to launch national agitation...

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will launch a countrywide, peaceful and non-violent agitation in response to the Awami League government’s refusal on November 7 to accede to five of seven pre-election demands placed before it by the... More

Why China’s influence in BIMSTEC is growing

How is it that China's influence in BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Scientific, Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries is increasing so rapidly? Even though Prime Minister Modi has tried to woo and win over the... More

Exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh sparks ecological crisis

The Rohingya influx has contributed to air pollution, deforestation, groundwater pollution, and soil erosion in a country that has already struggled to respond to climate change, writes Austin Bodetti. Tags: Rohingya, Myanmar, Muslims, Bangladesh, refugees, humanitarian The international... More

AL-aligned think tank to Sheikh Hasina: Pick ‘clean and honest candidates’ for...

Slightly over a month before Bangladesh goes to the polls, the incumbent Awami League, which is faced with mounting pressure from the Oikkyo Front, must put up “good, clean and honest” candidates to contest the general elections,... More

Bangladesh Army buys Australian radios

The Bangladeshi Army has bought 200 radio manpacks from SA company Codan Radio Communications. The multimillion dollar deal aims to improve the quality of Bangladeshi portable communications. The Patrol 2110M manpacks are compliant to MIL-STD-188-141B ALE, FED-STD-1045 ALE,... More

Many questions remain over Rohingya repatriation

Although Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities announced they have a plan to start the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas by mid-November, it is unclear if it will really happen and, if it does, if it will... More

Bangladesh fights for future of its garment industry

A two-hour drive south from the crowded streets of Dhaka, a modern apparel factory stands along dusty streets lined with ramshackle stalls and busy with rickshaws. The state-of-the-art factory can produce 240,000 men's suits per month for... More

Schedule for Bangladesh’s next election on Nov 8

The Election Commission of Bangladesh will announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on November 8. The decision came at a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. Four other election commissioners, EC... More

At current pace, Bangladesh to end extreme poverty by 2021

Sheikh Hasina, seeking reelection later this year, has vowed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2021. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking reelection later this year, has vowed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2021 when the country celebrates 50... More

Bangladesh remains lowest in Asian hydropower production

Bangladesh remained the lowest hydropower producer among other countries in Asia since 2017. However, Bangladesh, with a capacity of 230 megawatts,  and Nepal, the second lowest with 968 megawatts, are working towards increasing their capacity by commissioning more... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More