It is alarming to learn of the crises that continue to plague government medical colleges across the country. According to a report by Prothom Alo, some of these colleges lack their own hospitals. The lack of importance given to fundamental courses as opposed to clinical subjects, which hold allure for many students given their professional prospects, is another issue.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: In a bid to materialize its effort to sell domestically produced electricity to third countries, Nepal is finalizing a deal with Bangladesh.

Time to introduce alerts for toxic air

February 17, 2024 07:37 am

The High Court's order for the government to introduce an alert system to caution citizens about toxic air highlights the urgency of addressing the ever-deteriorating air quality crisis in Bangladesh. So far, as with other major public health threats, the government's response has been mostly limited to half-cooked solutions and token gestures that delivered little, if any, respite.

TUMBRU, Bangladesh, Feb 6: At least two people were killed in Bangladesh Monday after mortar shells fired from Myanmar during clashes there landed in a village across the border, police said.

The situation at the India-Bangladesh border has escalated significantly in recent years, with a surge in killings by Indian security forces.

The 12th General election in Bangladesh was held on January 7, despite protests and boycotts from opposition parties, specifically the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Sheikh Hasina, the incumbent prime minister and her party the Bangladesh Awami League secured a landslide victory in the election and formed the government for the fourth consecutive term with more than a two-thirds majority.

DHAKA (AP) — Vote counting was underway Sunday in Bangladesh’s parliamentary election that was fraught with violence and a boycott from the main opposition party, paving the way for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League to seize a fourth consecutive term.

DHAKA, Jan. 7 : Sporadic clashes have been reported after general elections began on Sunday morning in Bangladesh, in which local media reported a person was stabbed to death.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The Bangladesh government has decided to import 40 MW of electricity from Nepal. A meeting of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday gave in-principle approval to the proposal to import electricity from Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Some teachers and employees of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) have gone to Bangladesh.

NEW DELHI, Nov 1: The World Health Organization on Wednesday selected the daughter of Bangladesh's prime minister to be its South-East Asia director, a month after she rejected criticisms of nepotism over her application.

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Ambassador Golam Sarwar from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has taken up his duties as the secretary-general of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), following the approval of the SAARC Council of Ministers. Ambassador Golam Sarwar is the fifteenth secretary-general of SAARC and the third secretary-general from Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Oct. 13: Bangladesh on Thursday joined the global wind power club with the inauguration of its Cox's Bazar wind power project.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: India has made it to the finals by beating Bangladesh by nine wickets in today's match of the men's cricket tournament under the 19th Asian Games in China.

Bangladesh's dengue death toll exceeds 900

September 25, 2023 14:13 pm

BANGLADESH, Sept 25: More than 900 people have died of dengue fever, out of 187,725 cases reported across Bangladesh so far this year, health department figures showed Sunday.

Chitwan, Aug 22: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, has said a power trade agreement will be soon reached with Bangladesh.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Sharat Singh Bhandari, stressed the need for stronger socio-cultural ties between Nepal and Bangladesh.

Nepal has long been recognized as a tourist haven, boasting a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and spiritual experiences. In a promising turn of events, Nepal is now poised to harness the potential of tourism from its close neighbor, Bangladesh. The recent arrival of a delegation of 700 employees from a prominent Bangladeshi company marks a significant step forward in this endeavor, with the promise of not only boosting Nepal's tourism sector but also strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: A company in Bangladesh has sent 700 employees from its industry to Nepal for a tour.

A Beacon of Hope

August 18, 2023 07:15 am

In a significant stride towards sustainable energy collaboration, Nepal has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative that holds immense promise for its future and that of its neighbors.

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: A multi-party agreement to facilitate the supply of electricity from Nepal to Bangladesh has been reached. According to government officials, Nepal has defined the deal as 'a preliminary agreement' with Nepal, India and Bangladesh parties to it.

Bangladesh is scheduled to hold the general elections by January 2024.The Awami League (AL) won the 2018 general elections and formed the government. The question has been raised again about the fairness of the upcoming general elections as a result of high controversies in previous elections.

KATHMANDU, July 25: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina have held talks on matters of bilateral interest and concern.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The Nepali National Women's Football Team left for Bangladesh today for two friendly matches. The 31-member Nepali team left for Bangladesh today for two friendly matches to be played on July 13 and July 16. Nepal has taken these friendly matches as a preparation for the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China.

DHAKA, June 8: Bangladesh has shut thousands of schools as it struggles through its lengthiest heatwave in half a century, with widespread power cuts only compounding locals' misery. Temperatures in the South Asian nation's capital of Dhaka have surged to around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), with the poor bearing the brunt of the blazing sun.

DHAKA, May 23: The Bangladeshi government has announced the discovery of a new gas field in the southern district of Bhola. Bangladeshi State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Monday formally announced Bhola's Ilisha-1 as the country's 29th gas field.

DHAKA, May 18: The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 51 percent of the Bangladeshi poor people into poverty in 2022, said the country's leading think tank Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, May 17: Bangladesh has agreed to purchase 40 MW of electricity from Nepal. Bangladesh agreed to purchase 40 megawatts of electricity at the secretary-level 'Joint Steering Committee (JSC)' meeting between the two countries held in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud is leaving for Bangladesh today to participate in the 6th Indian Ocean Conference being held under the theme of ‘Peace, Prosperity and Partnership for a Resilient Future’.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Nepal and Bangladesh will be finalizing the investment modality for the Sunkoshi-3 Hydropower Project in the bilateral energy talks that will kick off on Monday.

Dhaka [Bangladesh], May 9: Bangladesh's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the current fiscal year will overtake China, the International Monetary Fund's latest report on the Asia-Pacific region forecast, according to Daily Sun citing United News of Bangladesh. According to the latest report from the IMF, Bangladesh will be in the second position, after Vietnam, in terms of GDP growth rate in the current fiscal year.

Boosting Cross-border Energy Trade

April 11, 2023 07:50 am

The bilateral energy talk between Nepal and Bangladesh scheduled for May is significant for both countries, offering an opportunity to explore new avenues for cross-border energy trade.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Nepal and Bangladesh will be holding a secretary-level bilateral energy talk in the second week of May.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: In the meeting of the Nepal-India Energy Secretary-level joint steering committee, India has agreed to submit a proposal for exporting 50 megawatts of electricity generated from Nepal's hydropower projects to Bangladesh with certain conditions.

Bangladesh needs to transition from conventional energy sources to ensure its energy security and long-term sustainability in the near future. Given the supply chain disruption followed by the Ukraine crisis, energy security has become a major concern for developing and least-developed countries. As the sources are becoming scarce and prices are becoming volatile, these countries are finding it difficult to navigate without cooperation. In this context, cross-border energy cooperation and revitalizing the idea of the power corridor can help Bangladesh to mitigate energy shortage.

Consolidating Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

January 13, 2023 09:45 am

If Bangladesh and Myanmar improve their relations with each other, their dependence on China and India could be reduced and they could increase trade with other countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Bangladesh saw the completion of quite a few mega transport and communication projects in 2022, marking a revolution in the development of these sectors.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Nepal can now enjoy easy access to a dry port in Bangladesh to export its yarn to third countries. Neighbouring Bangladesh has agreed to allow Nepal, a landlocked Himalayan country, to use its nearest dry port for the exports.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated her Nepali counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal on his appointment as the prime minister.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Bangladesh is going to purchase 50 MW of electricity from Nepal. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina informed about the matter during a courtesy meeting with the Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh, Ghanshyam Bhandari, on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Nepal has defeated Bangladesh in the International Friendly Football Match held in Kathmandu today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: The national football team of Bangladesh will arrive in Nepal today to play a friendly match against Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Nepal will play against Bangladesh in the final of Women's SAFF Championship to be held at Dashrath Stadium in Tripureshwor at 5PM today. Before the final match, Balendra Shah, the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), congratulated the Nepali team.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Nepal has been defeated by Bangladesh in the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifier underway in Bahrain. Nepal faced a 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh in the final match of the league series played last night at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammad Al Khalifa Stadium in Bahrain.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Nepal is facing Bangladesh today in a match under the AFC U20 Asian Cup qualifier. The fourth match in the group phase will take place at 8:45 PM at the Sheikh Ali bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Stadium.

KATHMANDU, September 15: All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has fixed the ticket prices for the international friendly football match between Nepal and Bangladesh to be held at Dashrath Stadium.

KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal said that the government is currently working to export electricity to Bangladesh, targeting power export within this year.

KATHMANDU, August 23: Nepal and Bangladesh are holding energy secretary-level talks in Kathmandu on Thursday, which will be expediting the bilateral works on the promotion of hydropower related issues including joint investment, cooperation and energy trade.

KATHMANDU, August 22: Government officials and representatives from private sector, academia, research institute and civil society from Nepal, Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Bangladesh, and the UN development system, are gathering in Bangkok, Thailand to attend a South-South Exchange on Preparing Smooth Transition Strategies: The Graduating Cohort of 2021.

KATHMANDU, August 6: Bangladesh has offered Nepal to use to Mongla and Chattogram seaports alongside Syedpur airport for mutual benefit, according to Bangladeshi media reports.