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Amit Shah’s termite remark unwanted: Bangladesh Minister


By describing Bangladeshis as ‘termites’ and accusing them of ‘infiltrating’ India, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has made an ‘unwanted’ remark, a senior minister of the Government of Bangaldesh has said. Speaking to The Hindu, Minister of... More

India plans waterway freight corridor via Bangladesh to NE states


The government of India is working on a plan to set up a waterway freight corridor to connect the mainland with the northeastern states via Bangladesh at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. The move would substantially reduce... More

In tell-all book, Bangladesh Supreme Court ex-chief justice S K Sinha makes...


Two years after he was unceremoniously removed as Bangladesh’s first Hindu chief justice of the Supreme Court, Surendra Kumar Sinha has written in his just-published book ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’ that... More

Bangladesh to move Rohingya to island from next month: Officials


Bangladesh will next month start moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island, officials said on Tuesday (Sep 18), despite warnings the silty strip is prone to violent weather. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled on Oct 3... More

Bangladesh allows India to use its ports for shipments to NE


Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to use Chattogram and Mongla ports for freight transport to its northeastern (NE) states. Customs duties and transportation costs will be charged on this freight as it makes its way through Bangladesh... More

Separate ministry for minority affairs in Bangladesh if elected: BNP leader in Kolkata


If they win the elections in Bangladesh later this year, they would set up a separate ministry for minority affairs, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders promised in a seminar in Kolkata on Sunday. BNP central committee member Kazi Mazharul... More

BRI evokes awe and apprehensions


China has always been known for its mega size projects. Whether it is the ancient Silk Road that dates back thousands of years, or the magnificent Great Wall of China, these infrastructural giants have evoked the awe More

Bangladesh Army chief attends Bimstec seminar in India


Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed has attended the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) seminar in Pune India. General Aziz spoke at the seminar titled “Possibility of Creating Viable Regional... More

Bangladesh seeks wider investments from India


Bangladesh, armed with India-supported connectivity projects, has sought wider Indian investments in the backdrop of liberal investment atmosphere and high growth rate in the neighbouring country. The Sheikh Hasina government has introduced the One-Stop Service, established Bangladesh Economic... More

China’s Norinco to Build 1,320 Megawatt Coal Power Plant in Bangladesh


A local unit under Norinco International, a state-owned construction firm, has penned a deal to build a 1,320 megawatt thermal power plant in Bangladesh. The firm has green lit plans to pump more than USD152 million into the... More

China plans bullet train to Kolkata via Bangladesh, Myanmar


Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said Wednesday his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh. With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could... More

Chinese envoy proposes belt and road mechanism for Bangladesh


The Chinese ambassador in Dhaka has proposed to establish “China-Bangladesh Communication, Cooperation and Coordination” mechanism for enterprises under the “belt and road” initiative or BRI. Zhang Zuo also put forward several suggestions while speaking at a discussion in... More

Bangladesh to buy Kaplan medium tanks


Bangladesh and the Philippines have put an order for 100 Kaplan medium tanks which are co-produced by Turkish defense contractor FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad, said Windu Paramata, the head of the medium tank project at Pindad. That... More

Qatar begins regular LNG loadings to Bangladesh


Qatar has begun regular shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Bangladesh after a five-month hiatus since the maiden cargo arrived with the South Asian country’s first floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU), Petrobangla officials said on... More

Awami League infighting to hit party’s vote bank and poll prospects


Nearly 10 years of uninterrupted governance of the Awami League paved the way for “rule bending” and allowed “carte blanche” to activists to take to “extortion”, besides causing “intra-party factional feuds” and emboldening “criminal activities” which have... More

Bangladesh on way to be a gadget-making hub


The availability of workforce at a competitive wage, growing domestic market demand and a favourable policy are some of the key factors that make Bangladesh an attractive hub for high-tech manufacturing, according to a survey. In its report,... More

Infiltration falling, says BGB


The chief of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) said here on Friday that there was no large-scale infiltration from Bangladesh to India and in the past six months, only 100 infiltrators were intercepted along the border. On a visit... More

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

Bangladesh arrests top road-safety campaigner


Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested a top road-safety campaigner weeks after the country was rocked by massive student protests demanding greater efforts to halt deaths caused by speeding. Dhaka police said Mozammel Hoque Chiwdhury, the secretary general of... More

Bangladesh rolls out first independently overhauled F-7


The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has taken delivery of its first independently overhauled Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) F-7 fighter aircraft, the country’s state-run news agency reported on 4 September. According to the report, the aircraft was delivered to... More

Bangabandhu-1 debuts with SAFF Championship


Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first ever communications satellite, Tuesday (September 4) made its debut with the live coverage of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2018 on test basis. The government decided to deliver live coverage, despite opposition... More

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Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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