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File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Bangladesh has shown courage against Chinese bullying but Sri Lanka still lacks it

When it comes to dealing with countries in Asia, Beijing does not seem to need a diplomatic veneer anymore.
People stand and watch as rescue workers search for victims amongst the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 April 2013 | Photo: Jeff Holt | Bloomberg

Big apparel brands need to ensure Bangladeshi factories remain safe for workers

After the Rana Plaza incident, global apparel brands entered into safety agreements with local factories, but one accord expired in 2018 and the other is expected to end on 31 May.

US took note of China’s warning to Bangladesh against joining Quad, top official says

China's ambassador in Dhaka warned Bangladesh Monday that joining the anti-Beijing 'club' would result in 'substantial damage' to bilateral relations.
Chinese President Xi Jinping

China warns Bangladesh of ‘substantial damage’ to relations if it joins US-led Quad alliance

Bangladesh Foreign Minister said Dhaka maintains a non-aligned and balanced foreign policy and it will decide what to do according to those principles.
Boats at a ghat in Bangladesh

26 killed as overloaded boat capsizes after collision with sand-laden vessel in Bangladesh

Five people were rescued & searches are underway as more people are feared missing after a boat, allegedly driven by an inexperienced underage boy, capsized at Banglabazar ferry ghat.
People stand and watch as rescue workers search for victims amongst the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 April 2013 | Photo: Jeff Holt | Bloomberg

Remember Bangladesh garment factory collapse? Compliance is still a charade 8 yrs later

The Rana Plaza collapse, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers, briefly shone a spotlight on the underbelly of the global fashion business.
A street vendor carries Bangladeshi national flags in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh closes border with India for 2 weeks in view of Covid surge

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, however, said goods-laden vehicles would be allowed to operate between both countries.

Why PM Modi putting faith before science on Covid is damaging India’s reputation abroad

For the moment, Bangladesh is stuck between a rock and a hard place, although foreign minister S. Jaishankar has said that India will fulfil its commitments.
A visitor takes a photograph of illuminated Olympic rings floating in the waters off Odaiba island in Tokyo, Japan on 14 January | Photo: Toru Hanai | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic — Bangladesh lockdown triggers exodus, Tokyo Olympics ‘difficult’ now

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane at the Army Chiefs' Conclave in Bangladesh on 11 April 2021 | Twitter: @adgpi

Indian Army chief Gen MM Naravane attends ‘Army Chiefs’ Conclave’ in Bangladesh

Gen Naravane delivered a keynote address on Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers and interacted with the senior officers of the participating nations.

On Camera

An online class over Zoom | Photo: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

In the age of Zoom, it is challenging to maintain eye contact. What can we do to fix it?

Trust is the bedrock of civilisation, and living through screens is taking a significant psychological toll.

India’s oil demand worsens as country remains under local lockdowns to battle Covid

The plunge in consumption at the world’s third-biggest crude consumer will weigh on sentiment on oil prices and damp expectations for a strong global demand rebound in the summer.

Defence

Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.