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Bangladesh now acts as a conduit for India’s security and stability in the Indian Northeast, and Bangladesh has become the fifth largest remittance source for India. Bangladesh has expressed all its good intention to mitigate the stateless Arakanese refugee (known as Rohingya) crisis and provided support to Myanmar to neutralise the Burmese insurgent groups.

 

It was a bizarre scene by any measure. On a local Bengali television channel in London a few days ago, a United Kingdom-based activist of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party made it known that the late General Ziaur Rahman was a ‘statesman’ acknowledged by the entire world.

 
Lengthy delays in switching to electronic documentation has led to a Sri Lanka’s export competitiveness being eroded, according to the findings of Verité Research, a think-tank, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has warned.   
 

Someone once said, if you want to find out about the general outlook of a society, then look for their ways of entertainment. Seeking advance apology from those readers who think I write way too much on movies, the recently released film called Aynabaji can be used by sociologists to understand what celluloid fun for a wide number of people actually entails.

 
 
More than a decade ago, I was invited to a businessman’s house for dinner where I met his spouse and two daughters. At that time, Bangladesh Nationalist Party was in power. We were all chatting together in the living room and his children were sitting with mine in the dining room talking about their schools and education.  
 

From a space of total confidence where it had no thought of any opposition, the mood has shifted to battling a tiny opponent. How the government handles itself and tries to build public opinion will be worth watching.

 
Bangladesh’s booming IT sector also came into discussion, and many promised to use the internet to gather more knowledge regarding Digital Bangladesh, which really helped the ruling Awami League get more votes in the last national elections.  
 

Disheartened by the slow progress of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA), Bangladesh is presently looking towards east to promote its trade and economic interests. This new policy thrust is aimed at integrating Bangladesh with the thriving economies of ASEAN and East Asia. Bangladesh’s foreign policy makers seek to diversify the country’s economic relations. Dhaka considers greater regional cooperation key to stability and prosperity in the future. Active participation in regional forum like BCIM is a step in that direction.

 

Apart from our impressive cricket team, spectacular cuisine, and the fact that your clothes were probably made in Bangladesh, the world’s 8th biggest country (by population) punches well below its weight in terms of international recognition.

 
Techdirt has been writing about the apparently unstoppable introduction of the Aadhaar identity card system in India for some time. Judging by this article on Global Voices, it seems that India's eastern neighbor, Bangladesh, has not noticed the serious problems that are emerging with the idea:  
 


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