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Rohingya crisis may destabilize region: President to CICA

CICA

MNA Editorial Desk: Stressing the importance of a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis, President Abdul Hamid on Saturday sought support and cooperation from CICA partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. “We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If left unresolved, the crisis can destabilise the entire region,“ he said. The President said this while addressing the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The world knows Bangladesh ...

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Finance Minister to unpack maiden budget today

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government releases the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 today (Thursday) setting higher growth target, despite a number of domestic challenges. People familiar with the budget preparation said there will be nothing new in the annual document as it is hardly bringing about any major reform. Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is set to place the fiscal blueprint before Jatiya Sangsad with a record outlay of over Tk 5.23 trillion, up by Tk 590 billion from the original budget size of the outgoing fiscal. The budget, which will be the country’s 48th since independence, aims to give ...

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Mount pressure on Myanmar: Bangladesh to diplomats

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar so that it creates a conducive environment for Rohingya repatriation. After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh clarified its position about the matter. “They told us that they’re with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment,” he told the media. “Almost all of them agreed to do so.” In the briefing at State Guest House Padma, Momen expressed dissatisfaction over Myanmar’s failure to ensure security and conducive environment ...

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Govt to brief diplomats Wednesday with Rohingya situation in focus

Rohingya

MNA Editorial Desk: The government will brief diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday on current issues with special focus on the Rohingya one, said an official on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, among others, will be present during the diplomatic briefing. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and the majority of them has entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, according to UNB news agency. Earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee, led by Gambia, to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas ...

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UAE accumulates $18.0m fund for Rohingyas

UAE

MNA Editorial Desk: Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has collected more than US$ 18.0 million fund in a weeklong campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to support livelihood of the Rohingya people sheltered in Bangladesh. The nationwide campaign carried out in May amassed the fund from various platforms including social media and thousands of individuals and charities. The ERC launched the campaign under the directives of its President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The campaign was supported by all the UAE leaders. Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region, has donated ...

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Foreign tourists to get dedicated spots in Cox’s Bazar: PM Hasina

Cox's Bazar

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government has a plan to dedicate some tourist spots in Cox’s Bazar exclusively to foreign tourists. “We’ve a plan to dedicate some tourist spots in Cox’s Bazar exclusively to foreign tourists. If we can do this, the tourism sector will flourish,” she said. Sheikh Hasina came up with the statement while speaking at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban about the outcome of her recent tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland, report UNB and bdnews24.com. Turning to Cox’s Bazar Airport, she said, “We’ve taken steps ...

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UK to work for sustainable resolution to situation in Rakhine

UK

MNA Editorial Desk: The United Kingdom (UK) said that it will continue working for a sustainable resolution to the situation in Rakhine to end the Rohingya crisis, with a countrywide focus on freedom of expression and preventing sexual violence in conflict. The Rohingya minority continued to fear for their safety, lacking protection against vigilante attacks and theft of property and fled to Bangladesh at an average rate of 1,733 per month, according to theFCO 2018 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report (AHRR). The UNHCR estimated that the Rohingya population in Bangladesh increased by a further 14,649 during the period between January ...

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AL for building ‘Sonar Bangla’ under Hasina’s leadership

Awami League

MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League (AL) on Wednesday called upon all to make united efforts to turn the country into a ‘Sonar Bangla’ under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we will represent a better future before the nation,” AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told a ceremony of exchanging Eid greetings at the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue, BSS reports. Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the country is now on the highway of development and the trend would be continued. “We will build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ with ...

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Japanese version of Bangabandhu‘s historic 7th March speech published

Japanese

MNA Editorial Desk: The Japanese version of the historic 7th March speech delivered by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the then Race-Course Ground in 1971 has been published by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo. The speech was translated into Japanese as the first foreign language after English, reports UNB. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while visiting Japan on May 29, launched and unwrapped the booklet of Japanese edition of 7th March speech. The booklet will be distributed to the educational institutions and other important institutions in Japan, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo on Monday. Bangabandhu’s ...

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NKorea’s Kim visits factories linked to missile launches

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MNA Editorial Desk: The factories have innocuous names, but analysts say several ostensibly civilian facilities visited by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently are also used to build ballistic missile launchers and other weapons. Today North Korean state news agency KCNA released reports of Kim providing “field guidance” at a number of factories and cities, without saying when the visits happened. The reports only mentioned economic elements, but the sites help form the core of North Korea’s arms industry, and have played a major role in developing its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology, say analysts at the James Martin ...

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Rohingya crisis a lesson for other situations of crises: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Rohingya crisis is a lesson for other situations of crises in the region and elsewhere in the world to overcome chaos with the power of peace, humanity and development. “We’ve sought dialogue and consensus over discord, even in the face of extreme provocation and crisis. We aren’t only responding to a humanitarian call, but we’re also aware about not allowing the crisis to escalate into chaos and regional instability,” she said. The Prime Minister said is while delivering her keynote speech at the 25th International Nikkei Conference on Future of ...

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Amnesty Int’l charges Myanmar military with new abuses

Amnesty

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s military, accused of massive human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority less than two years ago, is committing war crimes and other atrocities as it engages in new military operations in the western state of Rakhine, the human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday. Myanmar’s army has “killed and injured civilians in indiscriminate attacks since January 2019” as it battles the Arakan Army, a well-trained guerrilla force from the Buddhist ethnic group seeking autonomy for Rakhine, Amnesty said in a report. It accused the military of carrying out “extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ...

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Major campaign of UAE launched to assist Rohingyas

Rohingyas

MNA Editorial Desk: A nationwide drive has been launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to generate donations for Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar. The initiative launched by the Emirates Red Crescent – From the UAE for Rohingya Children and Women – aims to provide the more than 1 million displaced people with food supplies, medical assistance, clean water, education and housing, said the UAE Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday. Till May 24, the nationwide campaign to support Rohingyas raised US$ 8.91 million on its first day, with residents across the country showing their support. ...

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RAJUK approved FR Tower plan violating code, probe finds

RAJUK

MNA Editorial Desk: More than 50 officials of the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha, or RAJUK, including its former chairman, committed a series of irregularities in permitting the design and construction of Banani’s FR Tower, a government probe has found. The probe panel said, the plan for the 18-storey building was approved in violation of the building code. The permission to allow the construction of five additional floors on top of the original plan along with other design flaws and irregularities also resulted from corruption at various levels of the capital development authority. The probe also found that the building’s developer Rupayan ...

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Saudi King invites Hasina to attend OIC summit

Summit

MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the 14th Islamic Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held at Makkah at the end of Ramadan. Acting Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Amer Omer Salem Omar on Thursday morning handed over an invitation letter to this end to the Prime Minister at her official residence Ganobhaban here, said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and assured her presence in the summit, reports UNB. At the meeting, the envoy said the Saudi King cordially invited ...

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Obaidul Quader on way home

Obaidul Quader

MNA Editorial Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who had been attending cardiac treatment in Singapore for more than two months, is on his way back home. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying him, took off the Singapore airport at 2:10pm (local time) and is expected to land here at 6:00pm, said, Abu Naser, deputy principal officer at Road Transport and Bridges Ministry. Qauder, also the general secretary of Awami League, was initially admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital on March 3 following breathing complications. Tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery. He ...

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Bangladesh police prevents trafficking of dozens of Rohingyas to Malaysia

Rohingya

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladeshi police prevented dozens of Rohingya Muslims, most of them women, about to be trafficked to Malaysia by boat, authorities said on Tuesday. Traffickers had picked up at least 69 Rohingyas from refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district, promising them work in Malaysia where many Rohingyas already live, police said. Scores of Rohingya Muslims have boarded boats in recent months to try to reach Malaysia, part of what authorities fear could be a new wave of people smuggling by sea after a 2015 crackdown on trafficking. An estimated 25,000 Rohingyas crossed the Andaman Sea for Thailand, ...

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Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter

Sri Lanka

MNA Editorial Desk: Sri Lanka is temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, it said on Monday after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants. Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the Christian-majority town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources said. Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will ...

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Dhaka ranks 4th worst in Air Quality Index

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh’s capital was ranked fourth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning. Dhaka had a score of 165 at 10:44am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy. A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. India’s Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore and Nepal’s Kathmundu occupied the top three spots respectively. The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might ...

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UN moves to protect Rohingyas vulnerable to Fani in BD

UN

MNA Editorial Desk: The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have taken measures to ensure the protection of Rohingya families in Cox’s Bazar district during the expected heavy rains and strong winds caused cyclone Fani. According to the World Metereological Organization (WMO), the forecast on Friday was that cyclone Fani “would move north-northeast towards Bangladesh where there were concerns about the effects of potential coastal flooding”. Bangladesh is hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas, most of whom fled Myanmar in 2017. The impact is expected to be less severe in areas such as, for example, Cox’s ...

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Bangladesh-Myanmar talks Friday amid ‘zero progress’ on Rohingya repatriation

repatriation

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to sit in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issue as the current crisis steps into almost two years with “zero progress” on Myanmar side that can help Rohingyas return to their place of origin confidently. Bangladesh is expected to press for “expediting” the ongoing process to build confidence among Rohingyas during the fourth Bangladesh-Myanmar joint working group (JWG) meeting as the “lack of trust” remains one of the key issues, an official told UNB. He said Bangladesh is likely to place a proposal to Myanmar to arrange a tour ...

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Death toll from Sri Lanka blasts reaches 359

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MNA Editorial Desk: The death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in SriLanka rose to 359, police said on Wednesday without providing any further details. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit by suicide bombers. The toll had been put at 321 on Tuesday, with about 500 people also wounded. The attacks were claimed on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group, which said they were carried out by seven attackers but gave no evidence to support the ...

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Sri Lanka blasts: IS claims responsibility

Sri Lanka

MNA Editorial Desk: Terrorist outfit Islamic State has claimed responsibility for series of bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 321 people and injured about 500 others. According to Reuters, the terrorist group’s AMAQ news agency came up with the claim on Tuesday without giving any evidence. Separately, Sri Lanka’s defence minister, Ruwan Wijewardene said the attacks were a response to the recent mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” Wijewardene told a special sitting of parliament, referring to the terrorist ...

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Police Bureau instructed to probe Nusrat murder case: Home Minister

Police

MNA Editorial Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said the Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) has been instructed to investigate the case over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat who died on Wednesday following an arson attack. “The PIB has been instructed to investigate the incident quickly. The chargesheet in this regard will be also submitted soon,” said the minister. Mr Asaduzzaman said it while talking to reporters after a meeting of Road, Transport Law Implementation Committee at the secretariat. Law Minister Annisul Huq and Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon were also present at the meeting. Responding to a question about ...

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US to stand beside Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

Rohingyas

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has sought US support to create a safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingyas, monitored by international human rights groups, with credible international pressure on Myanmar for their safe return. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. on Monday and discussed the situation. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since their assumption of office in respective governments. Issues featuring in the meeting were: repatriation of the Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect, deportation of Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury ...

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Rohingya repatriation through discussions, not conflict with Myanmar: PM

Rohingyas

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar. “Since they (Myanmar) are our close-door neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them. Rather we’ll have to continue efforts so that they’ll take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the Defence Ministry in the city on Thursday. The Prime Minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we provided shelter to such huge people and saved ...

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HRW urges Bangladesh to stop expelling Rohingya students

Rohingya

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh should cease the expulsions of Rohingya refugee students from schools and ensure that all children are able to receive a formal education, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday. It came up with the call, alleging that scores of Rohingya refugee children lacking Bangladeshi citizenship were dismissed from schools since late January 2019. The expulsions were made from the secondary schools near the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar as per “a government notice”, according to the US-based rights body. “The Bangladeshi government’s policy of tracking down and expelling Rohingya refugee students instead of ...

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