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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:  
 

It is quite appreciable that the Government of Bangladesh has adopted a balanced foreign policy. It is applying the ‘friendship to all, animosity to none’ principle of our constitution quite effectively, serving the legitimate and just national interest of Bangladesh, while contributing to the maintenance of the right regional and continental balance of power.

 

If anywhere on earth can be called a dystopia of runaway, unregulated, exploitative private higher education, then Matt Husain, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, claims to have found it.

 

In a minute, a rickety-looking young man, most likely in his early 20s, came into the room. My friend asked him to have a seat. He did so, and then introduced himself as the cultural secretary of the student union of a nearby college, not forgetting to mention that he was also the president of the local unit of the student wing of a political party.

 

It has been 45 years since Bangladesh was born, with Russia in our favour and China along with the United States taking an “anti” stand in the name of what they called the “ping-pong diplomacy.”

 
What would it take for the Awami League to regain the trust of the secularist corner of the country?  
 

Sheikh Hasina and her Government have been battling jihadis within and outside the political system. The Prime Minister’s determination to stamp out extremism has been hailed by world leaders, including India

 

Millions of Bangladeshis, each year, continue to pursue justice using traditional methods of mediation and dispute resolution. The most common of these is shalish, the system by which arguments are discussed and resolved by community members. While many shalish yield fair and just results accepted by all, many others result in illegal and abusive settlements distorted by class, gender, and religious bias.

 


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