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Thursday, November 08, 2007


People's Republic of Bangladesh, or Gana Prajatantri Bangladesh, is surrounded by India, Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal.  Bangladesh was formerly East Pakistan, one of the five provinces into which Pakistan was divided at its creation, when Britain's former Indian Empire was partitioned in August 1947.  East Pakistan became independent entity named Bangladesh on December 16, 1971, following a civil war in which India actively supported the East.   

Bangladesh has Parliamentary form of Government, which is located at Dhaka.  The official religion is Islam (86.7% of the population) and the other dominant religion is Hinduism (12.1% of the population).

Bangladesh is the second largest Islamic country of the world, in terms of population. Dhaka, with 2000 mosques, is known as the City of Mosques.


The total for the country is over 200,000.  There are an estimated 1,200,000 tribal people in Bangladesh.  Most of them (700,000) are in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Recently, with active involvement of ISI (Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan), many terrorist training camps have come up in Bangladesh.  India faces security problems due to illegal immigration and smuggling from the country.  In this regard, India has been erecting fences along the border with Bangladesh, which has been the cause of straining of relations between the two countries.  Lately, the Border Rangers of Bangladesh has been assaulting the BSF (Border Security Force) personnel of India.  


Although Bollywood is much maligned for churning out mindless blockbusters, at times, it also obliquely depicts the ground realities. (Nation In Distress , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

The proposed visit of Defence Minister AK Antony to Israel will, apart from underscoring the strategic relationship between the two countries, send out the right political message to Tel Aviv. (Antony's Israel Visit, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

A REPORT by the Asian Development Bank on Pakistan’s socio-economic status belies the claims of progress that the government often makes in connection with health, education and other human development indicators. (No Trace Of Progress, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

Despite pressure being mounted by the US administration and feelers sent by the UPA government, the BJP on Wednesday has not budged from its stand on opposing the nuclear deal in Parliament. (Bjp Refuses To Budge On Nuke Deal, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Credible minimum deterrent and not energy, according to the BJP, should be the central concern while considering the Indo-US nuclear deal. (N-Power Must Be A Credible Deterrent: Bjp , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

The Indian government, relieved that for the first time it is not being perceived or blamed as a part of the problem during an internal crisis in Pakistan, is hoping for the process of ‘democratisation’ to begin as it closely monitors the evolving . . . . (India Seeks Peace, Stability In Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

Controversy is not new to Blue Lady. The 76,049-tonne luxury liner, formerly known as SS Norway and before that SS France, was once the largest passenger ship in the world and has a colourful history. (Shipload Of Trouble, Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 07, 2007)

American war colleges delight in playing computer war games, sometimes to the consternation of countries that are posted as enemies. (The Arc Of Instability, Tribune, S. Nihal Singh, Nov 06, 2007)

Strong and sustained international pressure will be needed to defuse the present crisis. An unstable, volatile, radicalised, and nuclear-armed Pakistan is in no one’s interest. (Pakistan: Having A Tiger By The Tail, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Nov 06, 2007)

Unfamiliarity with the many ways of speaking English can create diplomatic hiccups. (Macho Vs Mature, Times of India, Swapan Dasgupta, Nov 05, 2007)

Hearing a set of guidelines by amicus curiae Khalid Anwar for dealing with demonstrations and protests, the Chief Justice observed that the deployment of police in plain clothes was illegal. (No Democracy Without Transparency, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 05, 2007)

THE rupee hit a nine-year high when it touched 39.22 against the dollar on Thursday following a rate cut by the US Federal Reserve. (Rising Rupee Hits Exporters, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 05, 2007)

In many ways Indian journalism is at crossroads. Media houses are facing ever-increasing competition. Market forces and globalisation have brought about changes, which were unthinkable even 10 years ago. (India, In Print, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

An independent judiciary is an institution that politicians like the least. It can show them for what they truly are. (Good To Be Free, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

A retired middle-level officer in the country's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, has published a book quite critical of the R&AW's functioning. (Intelligence And Accountability, Pioneer, Joginder Singh, Nov 05, 2007)

The Peace Nobel for Mr Al Gore, former US Vice-President, and Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), brings together the narrator of an “inconvenient truth” and a “climate warrior” on an important platform. (Warming Up To Climate Change, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 03, 2007)


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