India released 93,000 captured Pakistani troops after Pakistan released Mujibur Rahman

India released 93,000 captured Pakistani troops after Pakistan released Mujibur Rahman

In 1972, India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the extraordinary step of releasing 93,000 Pakistani Prisoners of War (POW) because she got her Pakistani counterpart and Chief Martial Law Adminstrator Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to release the Bangladesh founder Sheikh Muiibur Rahman who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani court.  On August 2, 1972 […]

Bangladesh wary about signing defense pact with India during Hasina’s April visit

Bangladesh wary about signing defense pact with India during Hasina’s April visit

By Rezaul Karim/The Daily Star Political, diplomatic and security experts in Dhaka see India’s insistence on this deal as a move to counter Bangladesh Armed Forces’ growing dependence on China. They recognise China has emerged as a major supplier of arms to the Bangladesh Army and that makes India uncomfortable. The recent addition of two […]

The Ghosts of RAW

The Ghosts of RAW

By Subir Bhaumik/www.bdnews24.com A Special Secretary of India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) told me not long ago that the external intelligence agency thrives on the attention it gets in Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. “If we are half as good as we are sometimes made out to be, our day would be […]

Breaking practice, Indian Prez invites Bangladesh PM to stay in Presidential Palace

Breaking practice, Indian Prez invites Bangladesh PM to stay in Presidential Palace

Dhaka, March 13 (www.bdnews24.com):  Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan during her upcoming visit to New Delhi in April. It’s exceptional because no head of government stays at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday after his meeting with Foreign Secretary Md […]

Post-election Modi may force Mamata Banerjee to agree to water sharing with Bangladesh

Post-election Modi may force Mamata Banerjee to agree to water sharing with Bangladesh

By Subir Bhaumik/www.southasianmonitor.com Kolkata ,March 11: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) insiders have indicated that with the crucial Uttar Pradesh State Assembly elections out of the way, and the BJP victorious in two key states including UP, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to work on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to get […]

Bangladesh PM Hasina blames RAW and US for her 2001 defeat

Bangladesh PM Hasina blames RAW and US for her 2001 defeat

Dhaka, March 11 (www.bdnews24.com):  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said here on Saturday that her party Awami League’s defeat in the 2001 national elections was due to an international conspiracy to gain control over Bangladesh’s natural gas. The conspirators were the Indian external espionage agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the US embassy, she […]

Crocodile skin export could rake in millions for Bangladesh

Crocodile skin export could rake in millions for Bangladesh

Dhaka, March 11 (The Daily Star): Crocodile skin has emerged as a dollar earner for Bangladesh due to high demand in some Asian and European countries. The country’s first crocodile farm, Reptiles Farm Ltd, located in Mymensingh district, exported skins of 200 crocodiles to Japan and earned around $1,06,000 in December last year. Established in Hatiber […]

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