IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Bangladesh

21st - 27th February
  • Bangladesh High Court Defers Judgement On Khaleda Zia's Bail Petition.
  • For Bangladesh, China is no replacement for India as a friend” Media adviser to PM Sheikh Hasina, Iqbal Shobhan Chowdhury: DHAKA: In an election year, the message from the ruling Awami League to New Delhi is clear – “India should be careful in choosing its friends in Bangladesh”. Media adviser to PM Sheikh Hasina, Iqbal Shobhan Chowdhury, minced no words while addressing a session at the India-Bangladesh media conclave, saying, “For India to trust BNP is comparable to the US or CIA supporting Osama bin Laden, who later emerged as America’s biggest trouble. Hence India should be careful in choosing its friends in Bangladesh.” Chowdhury’s comment came in the context of the bitter political fight between Awami League and main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Dhaka’s claims that India-Bangladesh ties are at their best after Hasina took over the reins as PM, defeating anti-Indian and anti-liberal forces. Chowdhury also tried to address India’s apprehensions about China’s increasing footprint in Bangladesh, saying “for Bangladesh, China is no replacement for India as a friend”. In a way this is a wise advice. In our quest to be the morally upright nation, which we actually are, we are losing many friends around us making way for China to step in. Awami League general secretary and communication minister Obaidur Kader was even more direct as he addressed the conclave. He said, “Amader bikalpo Pakistaner bondhura (Our alternative is a friend of Pakistan).”
    (Times of India: 27.2.2018)
14th - 20th February
  • A dozen Japanese firms show interest in Bangladesh’s development projects: Early this year, Japan's land, infrastructure, transport and tourism ministry talked to Japanese companies and over a dozen firms showed interest in the eight projects in Bangladesh. The companies include Kajima Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Nippon Koei Co Ltd, Marubeni Corporation, Oriental Consultants Global Co Ltd, Mitsui and Co Ltd, and Mitsubishi Corporation. The projects involve construction of a second Padma Multipurpose Bridge at Paturia-Goalanda, an inland container depot near Dhirasram Railway Station in Gazipur, multimodal hubs at Kamalapur Railway Station and Dhaka Biman Bandar Railway Station, circular railway line around Dhaka city, Outer Ring Road along with six transportation hubs, and Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (MRT Line-2), and improvement of Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Highway.
    ( Daily Star; 19.2.2018)
  • At least 20 Bangladeshis have opened offshore companies in European country Malta, which is dubbed “a tax haven”. This has been revealed in the latest report of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that is sifting through a set of 13.4 million leaked documents known as Paradise Papers relating to offshore investments.
    (Daily Star: 17.2.2018)
  • Khaleda confessed abuse of power, says court.
    ( Daily Star:20.2.2018)
5th - 13th February
  • Rohingya girls targeted by child traffickers at Bangladesh border crossings.
    (Abcnews; 8.2.2018)
  • Khaleda lands in jail for corruption: -Khaleda gets 5 years rigorous imprisonment-: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail in Dhaka this afternoon after she was handed a five-year rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka today sentenced Khaleda to rigorous imprisonment after she was found guilty for misappropriating a donation fund. Her eldest son and BNP’s Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others were also given 10 years imprisonment in the case and a fine of Tk 2.10 crore each in the politically significant case ahead of the parliamentary election.
    (Daily Star; 8.02.2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • Bangladesh bans street protests ahead of Khaleda Zia's verdict: Law enforcers have taken a series of measures to prevent BNP supporters from entering the capital so they cannot gather on the streets centering on the expected verdict in a corruption case against Khaleda Zia.