Bangladesh forces 2,000 Rohingya off remote island

The United Nations says 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have poured over the border into Bangladesh since the latest round of fighting broke out 10 days ago in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state. Bangladesh authorities have forced these more than 2,000 Rohingya to leave a remote island where they were hiding out after fleeing violence in Myanmar, officials said today.  The vast […]

India To Confirm Sushma Swaraj’s Dhaka Visit

India’s External Affairs Ministry today said it can confirm at a later stage whether External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Dhaka in September for attending a meeting of the joint consultative committee (JCC).   Asked about reports in Bangladesh media that Swaraj would be visiting for the joint consultative meeting and if any meeting is […]

Supreme Court clears way for Gatco graft trial against Khaleda

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed two leave-to appeal petitions filed by Khaleda seeking stay on the trial proceeding. Khaleda filed the petition on May 10 last year, also challenging a High Court verdict that rejected her writ petitions against the initiation and continuation of the case. Today, the […]

Two Bangladeshi Teenagers Die Taking Flood Selfies As Crisis Worsens

Two Bangladeshi teenagers have died while taking selfies in raging floodwaters, officials said on Thursday, as the death toll from fresh monsoon downpours reached 56 with nearly five million affected.  Police said the 15-year-old boys were snapping selfies at a flooded road in the northern town of Melandah on Wednesday when they were swept away by powerful […]

Fire breaks out inside Air India office at Bangladesh airport

Fire has broken out at the main building of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Later it was notice that the fire broke out at the Air India Office in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.  The fire broke out on the second floor of the building around 1:37pm on Friday.  Fire Service headquarters duty officer Polash Chandra Modok confirmed the matter . He said 10 firefighting units are […]

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to visit Bangladesh in September

On the first half of September External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be visiting Bangladesh (Dhaka); to attend the fourth Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting. Dates are to be finalized for the proposed visit. This will be Swaraj’s second visit to Bangladesh. Her previous visit to Bangladesh was between June 25 and June 27, […]

Project marking 70-year partition anniversary seeks to unite communities

By Reena Kumar INDIA’S partition evokes painful memories for many who were caught up-in the brutal division of the country and the largest mass migration in human history. It was a turbulent period where bloody riots and violence resulted in the deaths of and displacement of millions of families. Now, on the 70th anniversary of […]

Press freedom under threat across south Asia

By Drew McLachlan Journalists and other media workers in Bangladesh are enjoying “maximum freedom” to cover the news despite a recent international report finding otherwise, a journalist-turned-government spokesperson from the country said. Nadeem Qadir, who worked as a journalist for 26 years before becoming minister of press for the Bangladesh High Commission in London, said […]

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for those responsible for 2004 attack on British envoy

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of banned Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami’s former leader and two of his accomplices for a grenade attack in 2004 on Britain’s then envoy to the country. HuJI leader Mufti Hannan lost the legal battle to save himself from the charges of an attempt on life of the former UK envoy to Bangladesh. An Appellate […]

Bangladesh rebukes Myanmar for ‘unprovoked aggression’

Bangladesh on Wednesday (8) rebuked Myanmar for opening fire on a boat in the Naf river that marks their border and killing one fisherman, describing it as an “act of unprovoked aggression”. Tensions have been running high since thousands of Rohingya began pouring over the border, fleeing a crackdown by the Myanmar army which began […]