Saudi Arabia to deport 250 Rohingya to Bangladesh: Activist group

Saudi Arabia is planning to deport 250 Rohingya men to Bangladesh, in what will be the second forced deportation by Riyadh this year, an activist group has told Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia is home to almost 300,000 Rohingya,... More

China to provide RMB 500m to Bangladesh; deal signed

China will provide grant assistance of RMB 500 million or approximately $72.57 million to Bangladesh under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation between Bangladesh and China. The grant shall be utilized for the welfare projects such as... More

New government in Bangladesh: Implications for China-Bangladesh relations

The People’s Republic of China is one of the earliest countries to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory by securing two-third majority More

India’s Citizenship Bill may not help many Bangladeshi nationals

Only a small number Bangladeshi nationals are likely to benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, as fewer than 200 people from the neighbouring country have so far availed the long-term visas (LTVs), a senior Home Ministry official... More

Bangladesh to see 3rd fastest rise of the rich

Bangladesh will see the third quickest growth in the number of high net-worth individuals in the world in the next five years, according to a new report of New York-based research firm Wealth-X. The country's high net worth... More

China’s energy giant inks deal with leading British company for BD power...

China's energy giant PowerChina signed an agreement and a contract with GCM Resources, a leading British resource exploration company, for development of a coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district, some 338 km northwest of the capital... More

Bangladesh-bound coal trucks from Bhutan caught in Meghalaya muddle

Bangladesh-bound coal trucks from Bhutan have been caught in the confusion following the Supreme Court’s January 15 order banning the transportation of extracted coal in Meghalaya. Customs officials at Dawki in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district have allegedly... More

Bangladesh: Violent repression of opposition

Bangladesh violently cracked down on criticism of the ruling Awami League in advance of national elections in 2018, Human Rights Watch said Thursday (January 17) in its World Report 2019. Instead of responding to calls for accountability,... More

BSF’s new chief shunts out senior officers found involved in cattle smuggling...

A mass scale transfer of senior and middling level officers of India’s Border Security Force (BSF), including some from the paramilitary force’s intelligence wing, since December 2018 suggests that new director general Rajni Kant Misra, an IPS... More

Bangladesh-India bilateral talks next month in Delhi

Bangladesh and India will hold the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks in the first week of February, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights. The meeting – 5th Joint Consultative Commission... More

Bangladesh raises wages for garment workers after violent protests

Bangladesh raised wages for garment workers on Sunday following a week of demonstrations calling for higher salaries, the country’s commerce minister said. The protests, which led to clashes with police that killed one worker and wounded dozens more,... More

India, Nigeria, B’desh home to worlds’ poorest people: WB

According to a World Bank report, out of 736 million extreme poor in 2015, 368 million—half of the total—lived in just 5 countries. The 5 countries with the highest number of extreme poor are India, Nigeria, Democratic... More

Indian dominance in South Asia is on decline

With China’s enhanced interest in Asian affairs and particularly President Xi Jinping’s aggressive policy of building deeper economic relations with the Asian nations in particular and implementing his One Belt One Road (OBOR) plan, India’s influence in... More

Fearing deportation to Myanmar, India-based Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

Fearing they will be sent to Myanmar, scores of Rohingya people have fled India for Bangladesh in recent weeks, officials here said. At least 74 Rohingya who had been living in Hyderabad as well as locations in the... More

West’s ‘worrying’ support for Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina

On December 30, Bangladesh's ruling Awami League (AL) party won by a landslide in a national election, sending Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to a third straight term in office. While the AL alliance won as many as 288... More

‘ARSA, Arakan Army Bases’: Dhaka protests ‘baseless’ claim by Myanmar

Dhaka is utterly disappointed and aggrieved at Myanmar's allegation of existence of Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) bases in Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said yesterday. In a press statement, the ministry termed the allegation fake... More

Bangladesh’s cabinet puzzle: Less of India and more of China?

The elections to Bangladesh’s national assembly were far from credible. And as if the election results were not shocking enough—the Awami League bagging 288 seats while the main opposition BNP only managing to win five—the 47-member cabinet... More

Saudi Arabia continues to deport scores of Rohingya to Bangladesh

Saudi Arabia is continuing to deport scores of stateless Rohingya - held indefinitely by the kingdom - to Bangladesh, where they will become refugees, according to video footage sent to Middle East Eye. The videos show Rohingya, some... More

Bangladesh’s RAB setting up new battalion to prevent Rohingyas from joining terrorist...

After Bangladesh’s counter-terror forces foiled attempts of the banned terrorist organisation, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), trying to recruit Rohingyas from refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the country’s elite counter-terrorism force – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is setting up... More

Sheikh Hasina does away with Awami League old guard and allies as...

A week after winning a controversial election to the Bangladesh national assembly with a brute majority, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday (January 6) struck against the Awami League old guard by excluding some of the party heavyweights... More

Winning an election, but losing a country? A closer look at Bangladesh’s...

Bangladesh’s 2014 election, boycott ted by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and won virtual ly uncontested by the ruling Awami League, was arguably the most discredited national poll in the country’s history. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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