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BD, UNHCR ready to start Rohingya repatriation Aug 22

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government and the UNHCR have taken all necessary steps to begin repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on August 22 (Thursday), an official said on Monday. Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office and the UN refugee agency are looking into various aspects of preparation including safety measures. Myanmar has cleared a list of 3999 Rohingyas of 1038 families for the first phase repatriation. UNHCR will start interviewing Rohingyas of the list cleared by Myanmar from Tuesday (today) to know whether they are willing to go back to Rakhine. Bangladesh ...

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DNCC launches ‘combing operation’ to terminate dengue menace

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has announced a so-called ‘combing operation’ aiming to terminate the dengue-inducing Aedes mosquitoes. The programme is set to begin on Tuesday at Dhaka North ward No. 19, said DNCC spokesman ASM Mamun. The authorities divided each ward into 10 sections for the programme, Mamun said. Each section will be assigned 10 cleaners and an officer will oversee the activities., says a bdnews24 report. “The DNCC staff will visit every house in every area during the combing operation. They will check for Aedes mosquito larvae in these houses or establishments. Action will ...

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National Mourning Day today

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MNA Editorial Desk: The nation is observing the National Mourning Day today, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members. The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, ...

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500 arrests made during clampdown in Indian-ruled Kashmir

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MNA Editorial Desk: A petition was filed Thursday in India’s top court challenging the communications blackout and security clampdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where people remained holed up in their homes for a fourth day. State-run All India Radio said security agencies have arrested more than 500 people in the region apparently to prevent any outbreak of violence. It also reported cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani troops in the Rajouri sector of the Indian-controlled Kashmir late Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the nation on Thursday to discuss Kashmir. India’s government this week revoked the special status ...

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Govt allocates Tk 515.0 million for mosquito control

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government has allocated Tk 515.0 million to help the city corporations and municipalities fight mosquitoes. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam came up with the information at a views exchanging meeting with Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF) at the secretariat on Wednesday. Of the amount, the two Dhaka city corporations were given Tk 75.0 million each. Tk 10 million each was allocated for Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Chattogram city corporations. The other city corporations received Tk 5.0 million each while Tk 300 million was allocated for all the municipalities. Minister Islam said they are conducting ...

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Single-day dengue infections break 18-year record

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MNA Editorial Desk: As many as 2,065 new dengue patients have been hospitalized in the 24 hours to Monday morning in Bangladesh, breaking all previous records for a single day in the country’s history recorded in last 18 year. The patients were hospitalized across the country from 8:00am Sunday to 8:00am Monday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services today noon. Earlier on August 1, the number of dengue patients in a day was recorded at 1,712. The number of patients jumped again on Sunday after a drop over the past two days. Besides, adult female Aedes mosquito population ...

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India urges world to help Bangladesh ease its burden

India

MNA Editorial Desk: India has urged the world to help Bangladesh cope with the “humanitarian burden” mentioning that they are “deeply conscious” of the humanitarian and security implications due to the presence of huge Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar. India has praised Bangladesh generosity and recognized the economic burden this crisis places upon Bangladesh’s society and economy, according to the Annual Security Outlook 2019 released by Asean. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after August 25, 2017 as Myanmar launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority. Though Bangladesh and Myanmar ...

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Import insecticides to kill mosquitoes: HC to city corporations

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MNA Editorial Desk: The High Court has tasked two Dhaka city corporations with importing insecticides to kill mosquitoes, with an order for the government to support them, after a dispute brewed between the two parties. Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Shohrowardi issued the order on Thursday following a daylong hearing. The Ministry of Health, the Directorate General of Health Services and the Local Government Division will have to provide all assistance to the city corporations, including issuance of ‘licences,’ and ‘clearance,’ said the court. A senior doctor ranking no less than an associate professor should be given the overall ...

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1,477 more dengue cases reported in 24 hours

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MNA Editorial Desk: The number of dengue patients continued to rise as a total of 1,477 more people infected with the mosquito-borne fever were hospitalized across the country in the last 24 hours till 8am on Wednesday. A total of 1,300 new dengue cases were reported on Tuesday while the number was 1,096 on Monday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), reports UNB. Currently, 4,903 dengue patients are being treated in hospitals across the country, it said. From January 1 till the date, 17,183 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals and 12,266 of them released after treatment. ...

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Myanmar says it is ready to welcome Rohingays

Rohingyas

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar is ready to welcome the Rohingyas and now they themselves have to take the decision whether they will go back or not, said the Myanmar foreign secretary U Myint Thu on Monday. “We are ready to welcome them, we are ready to receive them. But the only thing is that they have to decide by themselves whether they will go back or not” he told reporters after wrapping up the delegation’s meeting with the foreign ministry officials at the state guest house Meghna in the city. “We have provided them with all information regarding our preparations ...

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Flood claims 75 lives in 14 districts

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MNA Editorial Desk: A total of 75 people, including 56 children and six women, have so far died in 14 districts in the ongoing floods across the country, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman on Sunday. Among the victims, 67 people drowned in floodwater while eight people died in the incidents of boat capsize. Besides, 6,30,383 people were fully devastated by the sweeping flood while 54,44,032 partially in 163 upazilas of 28 districts. The junior minister came up with the information at a press briefing at the Secretariat on the overall flood situation in the country. ...

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Spike in dengue patients stretches Dhaka hospitals

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MNA Editorial Desk: Hospitals in Dhaka are packed with dengue patients so much amid an outbreak of the disease that the relatives have to rush from one hospital to another to get their loved ones urgent medical attention. The government hospitals, including the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, are keeping dengue patients on floors and corridors with the beds fully booked. Doctors are also struggling to attend to so many dengue patients. According to the Directorate General of Health Services, 386 dengue patients got admitted to hospitals in the capital in 24 hours until Friday morning. More than 9,500 people have ...

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Bangali river flows 100cm above danger mark

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MNA Editorial Desk: As many as 22 villages in Sariakandi upazila of Bogura have been inundated as the water of Bangali river has risen excessively. The river flowed 100.79 centimeters above the danger level. As a result, many agriculture land and homesteads of 22 villages under Sadar, Phulbari and Narchi unions adjacent to the river went under water. Meanwhile, water of the Jamuna river has decreased. Now, it is flowing 14cm above the danger level which was 128cm above on July 13.

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Rohingya Crisis: Dhaka seeks role of NAM, ASEAN

MNA Editorial Desk: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has urged the NAM member states, including the ASEAN neighbors of Myanmar, to remain engaged and put in more efforts so that Myanmar authorities do not fail in taking the Rohingyas back. While referring to the oppression against the Palestinian people and violations of international law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, he cautioned that mere expression of concerns for the misdeeds in Palestine and other places in the world did not stop these from recurring again. “Therefore, ...

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Govt calls Priya Saha’s allegation ‘blatant lies’

Priya Saha

MNA Editorial Desk: The government today termed as ‘blatant lies’ complaints made by Bangladeshi national Priya Saha to US President Donald Trump claiming that minority communities in the country are exposed to persecution. “Government of Bangladesh Strongly protests against all the blatant lies told by Ms Priya Saha to President Trump and condemns her remarks in the strongest possible terms,” a foreign ministry press release said in Dhaka. Condemning her remarks in strongest language the foreign ministry release said there was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha’s absolutely false and concocted stories aimed at maligning Bangladesh. The release said that ...

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Rohingya crisis: ICC seeks cooperation to start investigation

ICC

MNA Editorial Desk: The Office of the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday laid emphasis on “effective, timely and tangible” cooperation from all stakeholders as an authorization for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya people is still pending. “We hope to engage as quickly as possible,” Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart told reporters at a press conference in a city hotel. He said they will work in strict conformity with the law if they are authorized to do an investigation. “We will do so independently, impartially and objectively; these are principles which guide all ...

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Minny remanded over husband Refat’s murder

Minny

MNA Editorial Desk: Police have been given five days to grill Ayesha Siddika Minny over her involvement in the daylight murder of her husband Refat Shorif in Barguna. Judge Md Sirajul Islam Gazi of Barguna’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Court gave the order on Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com. Police produced Minny before the court and had sought a 7-day remand for questioning, said Barguna Police Inspector Humayun Kabir, investigating officer of the case. Minny was arrested on Tuesday and interrogated at the SP’s office throughout the day as ‘initial evidence’ pointed to her involvement in the much-publicised murder of Refat, according to ...

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Ex-President Ershad laid to eternal rest in Rangpur

Ershad

MNA Editorial Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman and ex-president Hussain Muhammad Ershad was finally laid to eternal rest on Tuesday at Polli Nibash in his hometown Rangpur. The former military strongman who ruled the country for nine years was buried at the grave dug by his party followers at the Litchi Orchard of his Polli Nibash around 5:53 pm as Jatiya Party was forced to revise its decision of burying him at Military Graveyard in the capital due to rigid stance of party followers in Rangpur. Huge army personnel took position around the prepared grave before the burial to maintain discipline ...

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PM asks intl bodies, UN to work inside Myanmar for repatriation

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said international organizations and UN agencies should work inside Myanmar for the return of Rohingyas to their homeland. She also said Myanmar should start the repatriation process to take its nationals back from Bangladesh. The Prime Minister said this when outgoing French Ambassador Marie-Annick BOURDIN met her at her official residence Ganobhaban, reports UNB. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Prime Minister again expressed her firm stance that Myanmar has to take back its over 1 million nationals from Bangladesh. She also said Bangladesh ...

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Former President HM Ershad dies at 90

Ershad

MNA Editorial Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who has died today (Sunday) at the age of 90 after having been on life support for the last 10 days, will be laid to eternal rest at the army graveyard in Dhaka city on Tuesday. The burial will follow four funeral prayers in Dhaka and Rangpur, the former military dictator’s hometown. The first namaz-e-janaza for Ershad was held at the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka on Sunday after Zuhr prayers. Later, his mortal remains will be kept at the CMH mortuary for the night. His second namaz-e-janaza will be held at ...

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Water levels in 79 rivers rise alarmingly

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MNA Editorial Desk: Water levels at 79 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises while 11 stations recorded fall. Among the 93 monitored stations, water levels at two river station have been registered steady while water levels at 23 river stations are flowing above danger level, a bulletin issued by the FFWC said on Saturday. All the major rivers are in rising trend, the bulletin said adding, the major rivers in Chattogram, Sylhet and Rangpur division including the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Feni, Haldha, Matamuhuri, Sangu and Dharala may rise rapidly in next 24 hours. ...

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Myanmar has ‘much more’ to do for safe Rohingya return: Ban Ki-moon

Ki-moon

MNA Editorial Desk: Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon believes Myanmar is not playing the role expected of it in repatriating refugees from Bangladesh to their homeland in order to resolve the Rohingya crisis. Speaking to the media after visiting the Rohingya people at refugee camps in southern Bangladesh district of Cox’s Bazar neighboring Myanmar on Wednesday, he voiced concerns over the ethnic group’s safety back in their country. The former United Nations secretary-general, who is working as chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, came to Cox’s Bazar to see the impact of the Rohingya population on the environment of ...

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Ecological balance in Cox’s Bazar under threat for Rohingya presence: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the environmental balance of Cox’s Bazar is under threat as settlements are being established there for Rohingyas clearing hills and forests. “For this (Rohingya presence) natural equilibrium is being destabilized in that area, settlements are being established in that area clearing forests and hills, as a result those areas are becoming insecure and risky too,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the ‘Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation’ at Hotel Intercontinental. Mentioning that Bangladesh has given shelter to this huge number of Myanmar nationals on ...

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Rohingya camps, host communities at risk of floods, landslides

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MNA Editorial Desk: Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, UNICEF said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. UNICEF has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s work for Rohingya children and those affected in host communities in 2019. The current funding gap is $68.7 million. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund also noted that more than 500,000 Rohingya children are in need of humanitarian assistance. “Conditions in ...

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PM slams US Congressman’s proposal to annex Rakhine with Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday came down heavily on US Congressman and Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee Brad Sherman for his proposal to incorporate Rakhine State of Myanmar into Bangladesh, terming it ‘fulsome and unjust’. “Uttering such words is very much fulsome and unjust,” she said while responding to a question at a press briefing at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcomes of her recent China visit. The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is happy with its areas of 54,000 square miles or 147,000 square kilometres. “We fully reject the proposal to include other ...

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Dhaka, Beijing agree on speedy Rohingya solution

Rohingya

MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka and Beijing on Friday agreed on speedy solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held talks in Beijing. “The two leaders have agreed on solving the Rohingya problem fast and said it cannot be kept unresolved,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting held at Diaoyuati State Guest House. The foreign secretary said the Chinese president and the Bangladesh prime minister added that two years have passed after the signing of agreements to this effect. “There is no disagreement among us on how ...

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ICC seeks authorization to probe into crimes against Rohingyas

ICC

MNA Editorial Desk: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday requested its Judges to authorize an investigation into alleged crimes like deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against Rohingyas from Myanmar. As Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, but Bangladesh is, it is important to keep in mind that the authorization to investigate, if granted by Judges, would not extend to all crimes potentially committed in Myanmar, but will focus on crimes allegedly committed in part on the territory of Bangladesh, according to the ICC. Investigating deportation will, however, mean taking a ...

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