News Analysis - Bangladesh

  • 1. Medicine Abuse Rising in India (March 12, 2007)
    A recent United Nations International Narcotics Control Board report expressed concern over the rise in the use of cocaine and excessive abuse of painkiller and cough syrups medicines.<More>

  • 2. BSF Wants No Habitation on Bangla Border (February 09, 2007)
    The Border Security Force (BSF) has proposed a "no-habitation zone" of 150 yards along the long Indo-Bangla border in West Bengal, Meghalaya, and Tripura so it can effectively manage it and stop illegal infiltration.<More>

  • 3. 19 Bangla Politicians Jailed (February 07, 2007)
    The interim Bangladesh government arrested nineteen politicians and sent them to jail for a month on charges of corruption and anti-state activities.<More>

  • 4. Bangla CEC Quits, Elections Cancelled (January 22, 2007)
    Bangladesh’s controversial Chief Election Commission M.A. Aziz resigned citing a “rapidly changed” political landscape and visibly resigned President Iajuddin Ahmed accepted the resignation and called off the elections.<More>

  • 5. Involve Myanmar in ULFA Hunt (January 20, 2007)
    With increased violence from United Liberation of Asom (ULFA), External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Myanmar over the weekend to cement oral agreement on the sidelines of the ASEAN meet in the Philippines on joint operations.<More>

  • 6. New Govt in Bangladesh (January 16, 2007)
    In a dramatic move, bowing to international pressure President President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned his position of caretaker prime minister paving way for former Bangladesh central bank governor Fakhruddin Ahmed to take over the government.<More>

  • 7. UN Withdraws Aid for Bangla Poll (January 11, 2007)
    As tens of thousands of troops take up positions to stop the opposition blockade of a discredited poll on the 22nd, the United Nations said that it withdrawing assistance in the upcoming poll and that it was “concerned” about the future of democracy in that country.<More>

  • 8. Bangladesh in Turmoil (January 08, 2007)
    Bangladesh police fired tear gas and charged with batons on demonstrators in Dhaka to break up opposition blockades for the second day trying to force a delay in elections scheduled January 22.<More>

  • 9. Bangla Polls Dubious (January 05, 2007)
    After indicating their participation in the January 22 polls, the 14-party opposition led by former Prime Minister and Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina have now decided to boycott the elections alleging that it was “stage-managed.”<More>

  • 10. Bangla Polls On (December 26, 2006)
    After objecting bitterly about election planning irregularities and breach of Constitution, Awami League led 14-party opposition is reportedly decided to contest in parliamentary election scheduled January 22 next year.<More>

  • 11. Riots in Bangladesh (December 23, 2006)
    The general strike called by the 14-party opposition led by Awami League (AL) trying to force electoral reforms turned violent with the army and police fighting running battles with civilians leaving 25 people wounded in Dhaka and 100 in other areas.<More>

  • 12. 4 Advisers Quit in Bangla (December 18, 2006)
    Four members of Council of Advisers of President-cum-Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed resigned protesting that there was “no situation” that “warranted an army deployment” of the Army ahead of the general election.<More>

  • 13. Bangla Army Deployed (December 11, 2006)
    Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed ordered the army to aid civil administration to deal with broad based blockade of cities by a 14-party opposition led by the Awami League but also “to avert any unwarranted situation on the eve of the coming general election.<More>

  • 14. Bangla Blockade Resumes (December 05, 2006)
    President Iajuddin Ahmed met separately with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia and Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance leader Sheikh Hasina failed to resolve differences which saw a resumption of blockade of Dacca. <More>

  • 15. Hu’s Visit to India (December 04, 2006)
    India categorized Chinese President Hu Jintao as “an important step forward” to develop “cooperative framework of engagement” but acknowledged “outstanding issues” even as the two nations signed 13 agreements covering a range of cosmetic issues.<More>

  • 16. Bangla Blockade Called Off (November 16, 2006)
    Even though Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed failed to prove his constitutional neutrality, the 14-party coalition led by Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina said that they would call of the blockade “in view of public sufferings” till next Sunday.<More>

  • 17. The Bangladesh Blockade (November 14, 2006)
    Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed called out the Army “to assist law-enforcing agencies” to quell Opposition protests and blockade while outgoing Prime Minister Khaleda Zia instigated her cadre to “retaliate” if attacked.<More>

  • 18. Security and Telecom Investment (November 08, 2006)
    After a year of deregulation in the Telecommunications space allowing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from 49% to 74%, the Government has received only 2 applications while others complain that the security restrictions are too harsh for viable investment.<More>

  • 19. Constitutional Crisis in Bangladesh (October 31, 2006)
    Violating Constitutional norms, Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed named himself head of a non-party caretaker government to organize the next general election and in a partisan manner held private political briefs with selected parties.<More>

  • 20. Maoist Meet Focuses on Coordination (October 03, 2006)
    In an ominous note, the fourth conference of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) in Nepal resolved to better coordinate to turn South Asia “into a flaming field of people’s upsurges.”<More>

  • 21. BDR Denies ULFA Presence (September, 06 2006)
    At the end of a 3 day face to face between the Border Security Force(BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) whereIndia demanded imprisoned terrorists be repatriated, Bangladesh denied the presence of leaders of the terrorist movement.<More>

  • 22. Security Concerns Bar Chinese Investment (August 31, 2006)
    After a year of internal discussions, India intelligence agencies rightly barred Chinese investments in ports and handling thus rejecting 14 port construction and management projects valued at Rs. 61,000 crore (USD 13.26 billion) citing security threats.<More>

  • 23. Nathu-La Not as Spectacular As Expected (August 30, 2006)
    With the hype over the reopened Nathu-La Pass dying down, India and China now understand that the modern trade potential on ancient silk route now replaced by a 56 kilometer stretch connecting the two nations is not spectacular as expected.<More>

  • 24. BSF, BDR Exploring Better Inter-working (August 30, 2006)
    Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) are meeting in Assam to find ways to work better together and are considering a range of initiatives that would better confidence between the two forces bickering over one issue or the other.<More>

  • 25. BSF, BDR to Reduce Tension (August 17, 2006)
    After exchanging gunfire, troop movements, and tension the Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) agreed to reduce tensions by pulling out additional troops from the frontier and adhere to border guidelines and land-boundary agreement.<More>

  • 26. India, Bangla Border Clashes Continue (August 14, 2006)
    Indo-Bangla border tensions escalated with heavy mortar attacks from the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to cover mass troop movement along Assam killing 2 women and retaliatory fire from Border Security Force (BSF) resulted in the death of 5 BDR soldiers.<More>

  • 27. India Watches Bangla Elections with Interest (August 03, 2006)
    Speaking at a meeting hosted by India-Bangladesh friendship organizations, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed India promised to work with any Government elected by the scheduled January 2007 elections and hoped it will be “truly free and fair.”  <More>

  • 28. Punitive Action Sanctioned on Bangla Border (July 28, 2006)
    Increased infiltration of illegal economic migrants, terrorists, lack of adequate response from Bangladesh, and suspected official complicity has changed India’s attitude ordering the infusion of another 40 battalions on the border and authority to deliver retaliatory fire.<More>

  • 29. Bangladesh Joins ARF (July 28, 2006)
    The 13th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in Kuala Lumpur will see Bangladesh included as its 26th member led by Foreign Minister Morshed Khan to strengthen participation in the group.<More>

  • 30. Indo-Bangla Spat Worsens (July 03, 2006)
    In widening disagreements along multiple-spheres, India and Bangladesh exchanged heavy fire across the border and this time over a plot of land along the Surama River bank which Bangladesh claims as its own following a change in the river's course.< More>

  • 31. India to Consider Bangla FDI  (June 21, 2006)
    After considering recommendations of a joint task force of Chambers of Commerce from both countries, Federal Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Jairam Ramesh said India will consider lifting the ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh.<More>

  • 32. India to Pay Myanmar for Port (June 20, 2006)
    Vexed with Bangladesh’s recalcitrant attitude to deny land, sea, and rail access to North Eastern India from the mainland, India is offering Myanmar money and sops to open a sea and river trade route.<More>

  • 33. Indo-Bangla Business Ties (June 06, 2006)
    Six task forces of Indian and Bangladesh business leaders have agreed to influence their respective governments to allow containerized movement of cargo through road, rail and inland waterways to boost bilateral trade and investment.<More>

  • 34. Bangladesh Planning Anti-Terror Laws (May 19, 2006)
    Bangladesh is planning to enact a new law along the lines of hated Special Powers Act to grant police draconian powers to curb terrorism gripping the country and fast slipping into India.<More>

  • 35. Indo-Bangla Meet on Customs & Water (May 10, 2006)
    India and Bangladesh officials met to iron out differences in inter-state customs levies, issues, and protocol to boost bilateral trade and the implementation of the Ganga Water Accord of 1996.<More>

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