News Updates

1st Nov - 16th Nov
  • Repatriation begins: Long awaited repatriation has begun. The first batch of 2,260 refugees, supervised by the UNHCR, has set to leave for Mayanmar. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, however, expressed apprehensions as situation in Myanmar is still not conducive for Rohingyas. Dhaka, on its part, urged UN to help smoothen repatriation and convince Myanmar to keep its promise of making ‘right conductions’ in this regard.
  • No boycott elections this time, BNP: Despite disagreements with the ruling party Awami League (AL), Bangladesh National Party (BNP) along with 20 parties combine and Okiyafront, in principle has decided to take part in polls. Jamaat-e-Islami however is yet to decide as independent or aligned with BNP. Khalida Zia, President BNP, still in the custody, asked party worker for greater unity to give a tough time to opponents.
  • Grand Alliance in making: AL on the other hand, is striving for a grand alliance. With JP-led United National Alliance (UNA) and Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA) of Nazmul Huda, AL total has reached to 103 parties. Juktofront and Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA), comprising over 8 and 18 parties respectively have also showed inclination to AL.
  • Upward Trend in FDI: Foreign Direct Investment FDI in Bangladesh has rose to 2.58 billion dollars as compared to 2.48 billion dollar a year earlier. According to economic analysts, an increase of 5.11 percent is small while keeping in view GDP size, however, gradual upward trend is welcoming. The reason is partly evident from Dhaka’s ranking in Ease of Doing Business index which stood at 176 out of 190, lowest in comparison to other South Asian countries.
  • The Daily Star, Dhaka