Will AUKUS complement or relegate Quad?

The AUKUS (Australia-United Kingdom-United States) security pact which was made public barely a week before the first in-person QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) summit on 24 September 2021, generated debate and discussion globally. AUKUS and Quad have common character and objective. Both are anti-China oriented regional groupings to contain China with the US in the lead. […]Read More

Bangladesh will reduce 89.47m tons CO2 emission by 2030: Minister

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said Bangladesh will reduce 89.47 million tons CO2 emission by 2030. Joining virtually in the LDC Ministerial Meeting held in Bhutan’s Thimphu today, Shahab Uddin said they have already submitted their NDCs [National Climate Action Plans] to UNFCCC mentioning the targets. The minister said this target […]Read More

Bangladesh passport holders can travel to 40 destinations without prior

Bangladesh’s passport weakens further, with its position down by seven notches in the latest edition of the Henley Passport Index, the pioneer ranking of world’s travel documents. Out of a total 116 spots on the index, Bangladesh now ranks 108th, according to the Henley Passport Index 2021 released last week. Last year, Bangladesh passport ranked […]Read More

How Does China’s Military View India?

The PLA views India’s growing military cooperation with the United States with some concern but generally does not consider India a major threat. The Indian military sees China as its biggest threat, as Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat made clear in an interview in June 2021. The Indian Army has moved 50,000 troops to its border with […]Read More

Serum Institute to send 1mn doses of Covishield to Nepal,

Serum Institute of India will export one million (10 lakh) Covishield doses each to Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, to help them fight against the pandemic, sources said. The move by the Pune-based Serum Institute — the Indian manufacturer of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine — will fasten the vaccination in the respective countries. So far, Serum Institute […]Read More

Crucial MoU on UN’s operational engagement in Bhasan Char signed

Bangladesh and the United Nations (UN) signed a formal document Saturday, ending a long wait for a much-sought UN engagement at Bhasan Char on the humanitarian front to support the Rohingyas there, reports UNB. Secretary for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Md Mohsin and United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) signed the […]Read More

Rohingya repatriation and the blame game

The killing of Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah has brought to the forefront once again the uncertainty about repatriation of the refugees. However, obviously the discussions at the moment focus on proper and speedy investigations of the killing. Then there is the question of security at the camps. The talks on repatriation which haven’t been started […]Read More

Biden, Xi plan US-China virtual summit before year’s end

The United States and China have agreed in principle for their presidents to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end, a senior US administration official said on Wednesday, after high-level talks meant to improve communication between the two big powers. The closed-door meeting at an airport hotel in the Swiss city of Zurich between US […]Read More

Ties with Bangladesh to grow: Nepalese foreign minister

Nepalese foreign minister Narayan Khadka has said that the existing friendly ties with Bangladesh are set to grow further in the days ahead, UNB reports. “I look forward to working closely with you at the bilateral and multilateral levels to deal with the issues of our common concerns,” Narayan said in a letter to his […]Read More

Keeping Rohingyas in Bangladesh seemingly a business to some: PM

“It seems that some people are benefitting from the presence of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said in response to a question during a media briefing. She was briefing the media virtually — from Gono Bhaban — about her recently-concluded visit to United States to attend the 76th United Nations General […]Read More