Vibrant Bangladesh', for example, is an apt description to not only reflect our economic fundamentals but to also attract the global market in a vigorous way.[...] The branding of 'Beautiful Bangladesh' is more of an aesthetic impression than of a developmental image. 

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that the UK will accept up to 20,000 more Syrian refugeesby 2020. To help fund this, Chancellor George Osborne says that money should be used from the foreign aid budget to provide support for local councils. He said there should be a "fundamental rethink" of how the aid budget is used.

It's India's latest social media battle cry: #DespiteBeingAWoman erupted on Twitter today after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase while talking about the female prime minister of Bangladesh. Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina was Modi's host this weekend when the two countries ratified a historic boundary agreement, doing what nations rarely do, swapping territory to settle a four decades old boundary dispute. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come up with a clever and unexpected move of extending a new $2 billion line of credit to Bangladesh. It will make China sit up and ponder deeper over its chequebook diplomacy. It will also send a message to smaller neighbours like Maldives which is playing a teasing game with India and refusing to free former president Mohammed Nasheed.

More than a change in terminology is needed to challenge the view that if you don’t pay you owe unquestioning gratitude. [...] For the billions of the poorest people around the world who rely on philanthropic aid to meet even basic needs, as the saying goes, “beggars can’t be choosers”. But why shouldn’t philanthropic programmes abide by the same consumer rights rules expected of a traditional business selling soap or toothpaste?

The second Dhaka International Theatre Festival is being held against the backdrop of social and political unrest.

From Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in India to a one-sided and violent election in Bangladesh, from mass demonstrations in Islamabad to campaigning for an early presidential poll in Sri Lanka, 2014 was a year of fast and furious politics for the fifth of the world’s population who live in south Asia.

December 20, 2014

South Korean embassy in Dhaka is going to organise a music concert at Shah Amanat Auditorium in Chittagong on Saturday, ending three days of celebration to mark 41 years of diplomatic ties.