Porimol Palma

Porimol Palma

Rohingya repatriation looking like pipe dream

The issue of Rohingya repatriation is getting more complicated for Bangladesh with the rebel armed group Arakan Army (AA) controlling most of the bordering Rakhine state.

1w ago

PM’s China visit: Dhaka now has to play its cards right

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s China visit has laid the foundation for a forward-looking and expansive relationship and Dhaka now needs to play its due role to make the most of it, according to international relations analysts.

1w ago

Hasina, XI Talks: Economy, trade to be in focus

Beijing will push for initiatives with strategic interests in Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal, while Dhaka will focus on trade and economy as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang today.

2w ago

PM’s visit to China: Dhaka to seek $20b fresh loans from Beijing

Bangladesh will seek fresh loans amounting to $20 billion during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to China, which Beijing hopes would be a “game changer” in the bilateral relationship.

2w ago

‘Take action to prevent child marriage’

Child marriage in Bangladesh is deeply troubling, and effective and immediate action is required to put an end to it, said UN Under-Secretary-General Dr Natalia Kanem.

3w ago

Takeaways: Hasina-Modi Talks

The statements from the two leaders of Bangladesh and India appear to be quite ambitious. However, they don’t address the challenges that the people of Bangladesh face.

4w ago

Teesta Water Sharing: Dhaka, Delhi should look for ‘creative solution’

Bangladesh and India should find a “creative solution” to the Teesta management as Dhaka has long been demanding its share of water from the transboundary river, said Prof Sreeradha Datta of OP Jindal Global University.

1m ago

Climate Adaptation: Loans to raise debt distress

It is an injustice when countries like Bangladesh that are not responsible for the climate crisis have to take loans for adaptation programmes, said Prof Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).

1m ago
June 3, 2024
June 3, 2024

Migrant Worker Exploitation: The agencies picked by KL to blame

Dhaka wanted to allow all 1,520 licenced recruiting agencies to send manpower to Malaysia, but Kuala Lumpur selected only 101 agents, which industry insiders say are involved in manipulation and exploitation of migrants.

May 31, 2024
May 31, 2024

Recruitment in Malaysia: Syndicate siphons over $1b out of Bangladesh

When Malaysia resumed hiring Bangladeshis in August 2022 after a four-year hiatus, governments of the two countries agreed that a worker would have to spend just Tk 78,990 to get a job in the Southeast Asian country and fly there.

May 29, 2024
May 29, 2024

Hiring begins with bribery

UN independent experts say Bangladeshi workers pay up to 8 times for migration alone due to corruption of Malaysia ministries, Bangladesh mission and syndicates

May 29, 2024
May 29, 2024

Bangladesh could be a regional trade hub

Bangladesh could become a regional hub for trade and investment in the wake of ongoing geopolitical tensions and growing focus on the Indo-Pacific region, according to Paul J Thoppil, Canada’s trade representative for the Indo-Pacific.

May 19, 2024
May 19, 2024

Bangladeshi students terrified over attack on foreigners in Kyrgyzstan

Mobs attacked medical students, including Bangladeshis and Indians, in Kyrgyzstani capital Bishkek on Friday and now they are staying indoors fearing further attacks

May 19, 2024
May 19, 2024

Attack on Foreigners: Bangladeshi students terrified in Kyrgyzstan

Mobs attacked medical students, including Bangladeshis and Indians, in Kyrgyzstani capital Bishkek on Friday and now they are staying indoors fearing further attacks.

May 15, 2024
May 15, 2024

‘US for lifting Rab sanctions’

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu yesterday told the government they will support the withdrawal of sanctions against Rapid Action Battalion, Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman said.

May 15, 2024
May 15, 2024

‘US for lifting Rab sanctions’

Dhaka’s priority will be trade and economy, while Washington’s will be security, especially advancing partnership under its Indo-Pacific Strategy, as US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu holds meetings with the government high-ups today.

May 10, 2024
May 10, 2024

Bangladesh a trusted and reliable partner

The UK wants increased engagement with Bangladesh and other partners in the Indo-Pacific region for its future security and economic prosperity, said the country’s Minister of State for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

April 27, 2024
April 27, 2024

Dhaka-Doha Ties: Mutual interests may lead to strategic partnership

Amid geopolitical shifts, Bangladesh’s emergence as an economic and diplomatic power in the Indo-Pacific region and mutual interests in trade and commerce may lead both Dhaka and Doha to elevate the existing ties into strategic partnership, said experts.

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