No tigers in Bangladesh Sundarbans by 2070, as region faces 100% habitat...

Bengal tigers could vanish from the Bangladesh Sundarbans in the next 50 years--by 2070--as a combination of climate change and rising sea levels threatens their last remaining habitats, says a new study by a team of researchers from Bangladesh... More

The Rohingya are not going home to Myanmar, can Bangladesh cope?

Bangladesh is once again calling for the establishment of "safe zones" for the Rohingya in Myanmar so that it can begin resettling some of the 1 million or so refugees in its care around the district of... More

The South Asia Triangle: Life after SAARC’s end

Bangladesh PM Sk. Hasina is expected to visit China in April. China is interested in welcoming Bangladesh as it has shown increasing interest in BRI. India isn’t fond of this suggestion though. However, the rise of China... More

India may extend anti-dumping duty on jute bags from Bangladesh

The commerce ministry of India has recommended extension of anti-dumping duty on jute sacking bags from Bangladesh to guard domestic players from cheap imports. The ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in its probe has... More

Bangladesh detains senior Fifa official for ‘defaming’ prime minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh authorities jailed a senior member of football's world governing body on Saturday (March 16), hours after she was arrested for allegedly defaming the country's leader. Mahfuza Akhter, a Fifa council member since 2017 and national chief of... More

BRI developments a boon to Bangladesh

Bangladesh historically enjoys good ties with China. The beginning of their relations dates back more than 2,000 years and was brought about primarily by the Silk Road. Both countries have long shared deep political, economic and people-to-people... More

Offshore gas exploration inert in the Bay

Gas exploration and extraction in the offshore blocks of the Bay of Bengal is more or less inert and is not likely to be revived any time soon. With oil prices dropping in the international market, gas prices are falling too. More

Philippines’ RCBC sues ‘vicious’ Bangladesh Bank over heist claim

A Philippine bank has filed a lawsuit accusing Bangladesh’s central bank of defamation, hitting back at what it says are baseless claims of its complicity in the world’s biggest cyber heist. In February 2016, criminals used fraudulent orders... More

Bangladesh gets a $20 billion Saudi windfall

Saudi Arabia signed a slew of agreements with Bangladesh on March 7 worth up to US$20 billion in investments. The Saudi investment will cover different development projects in Bangladesh connected with energy, industries and infrastructure. This significant increase... More

UNenvoy fears ‘new crisis’ for Rohingya if moved to Bangladesh island

A United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar voiced deep concern on Monday over Bangladesh’s plan to relocate 23,000 Rohingya refugees in April to a remote island, saying it may not be habitable and could create a... More

Bangladesh eyes $35 bln in Saudi investment but doesn’t give time frame

Bangladesh expects Saudi Arabia to invest $35 billion in infrastructure projects, its finance minister said on Thursday after meeting a visiting Saudi delegation. He did not give a time frame but bilateral trade was currently only $1.4 billion... More

Chinese firm starts $1.6bn Chittagong road tunnel in Bangladesh

China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has begun work on Bangladesh’s first ever tunnel under a river. The 3.4km twin-bore Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel will carry two lanes under the Karnaphuli River in the port city of Chittagong,... More

Is Bangladesh ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

One in every three young persons in Bangladesh is unemployed. That makes up for 34.3 per cent of the youth. It is the state-run Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) that has revealed this disturbing picture of unemployment... More

BRI and S Asian geopolitics: The Bangladesh factor

Though South Asia occupies only 3.4% of the world’s land surface area, it is home to 24% of the world population. Each country in South Asia is in an economic upswing. Estimates are that South Asia has... More

India-Bangladesh begin joint military exercise

A joint military exercise to counter terrorism, insurgency and other challenges has begun as part of the ongoing India-Bangladesh defence cooperation. The military exercise Sampriti-2019 is being conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from March 2-15. The 8th edition of... More

Bangladesh vs. India in the development race

There’s an old theory that as an organism develops, it progresses through the same evolutionary stages traveled by its ancestors. Traditionally, economic development has worked in a similar way. When a country first shifts from agrarian poverty... More

Rohingya crisis: UN investigates its ‘dysfunctional’ conduct in Myanmar

The UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority. UN sources... More

India-Bangladesh joint military exercise: Tangail to host Sampriti-2019

As part of the ongoing India Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military exercise Sampriti-2019 will be conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from Mar 2 to Mar 15. Exercise Sampriti-2019 is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and... More

Is India’s Citizenship Bill a poll stunt, questions Bangladesh PM Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently said she failed to understand why did the Indian government bring the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and its intention. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim... More

Hasina’s Rohingya dilemma growing, Delhi must help Dhaka resolve crisis

Bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh have blossomed into a full-fledged, broad-based relationship that has broken new ground over the past decade. Weeks after Sheikh Hasina’s government was re-elected for a third term, Bangladesh foreign minister A.K.... More

Bangladesh, UAE hold first-ever FOC in Abu Dhabi

Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday held the first-ever foreign office consultations (FOC) between the two countries in Abu Dhabi and underscored the need for working together at official levels to materialise the cooperation... More


Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... 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