IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Bangladesh

8th - 15th January
  • A section of Tabligh-Jamaat men blockaded the Airport Road in Dhaka protesting arrival of a top religious scholar from India causing a severe gridlock on the city roads. Indian Tabligh-Jamaat Scholar Maulana Saad Kandhalvi reached the Dhaka airport by a Thai Airways flight to attend the Biswa Ijtema, Nure Ajam Miah, officer-in-charge (OC) of Airport Police Station, told The Daily Star. Later he could not attend the Ijtema. The protestors protested against his controversial remarks’ on Quran and Sunnah.
  • Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee reached Dhaka on a five-day private visit.Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received him at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla, among others, was also present there to receive Pranab, said foreign ministry officials. Pranab's daughter Sharmista Mukherjee, among others, is accompanying him. It is his first foreign trip after he went into retirement in July last year. Pranab was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress. In a political career spanning six decades, he occupied several ministerial portfolios in the central government. Prior to his election as the president, he was the union finance minister from 2009 to 2012.A trusted friend of Bangladesh, he played a crucial role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. After becoming president, Pranab made his first foreign tour to Bangladesh on March 13, 2013.
1st - 7th January
  • Bangladesh is looking to China for help to build a 12-billion-U.S. dollar major power hub at Payra, 204 km south of capital Dhaka, Bangladeshi State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said.
  • In 2017, around 5,500 Bangladeshi tourists visited different places in Kashmir followed by 15,000 Thai and 20,000 Malaysian tourists.
  • Bangladesh recorded its lowest ever temperature in history at 2.6 degrees in Tetulia, Panchagarh under the influence of a severe cold wave prevailing through the northern districts.