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US embassy shares Bangabandhu video on FB page

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MNA Exclusive Desk: US Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday shared a video on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on its verified Facebook page marking the National Mourning Day. The video post said, “Today marks the National Mourning Day, the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. U.S. Embassy Dhaka is proud to say that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a State Department alumnus – he’s one of the very first International Visitor Program (IVP) participants from #Bangladesh.” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman- the architect of the country’s independence — was assassinated along ...

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Dhaka ranked 2nd least liveable city

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Dhaka has ranked the second least liveable city in the world, according to Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey latest report. Dhaka scored 38 out of 100 and ranked 139th out of 140 cities, according to the Global Liveability Index 2018, published on Tuesday. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence ...

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Bangladesh says Myanmar isn’t tackling Rohingya concerns

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, said Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador in a letter to the UN Security Council. Bangladesh is urging the UN Security Council to take actions regarding the safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, as Myanmar is failing to tackle the concerns of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country. In a letter circulated Tuesday to the council, Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that, even though his government continues to engage with Myanmar “in good faith” about the repatriation ...

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BD, Japan share proposals to resolve Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh and Japan on Tuesday shared specific proposals to find an early solution to Rohingya crisis ensuring their safe, voluntary and sustainable return to Myanmar. The Japanese side also sought the safety of its nationals working in Bangladesh and a congenial environment for Japanese investors in Bangladesh. The issues came up for discussions at a bilateral meeting Bangladesh and Japan at state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono led their respective sides at the meeting. However, the two ministers briefed the media after the meeting, reports news agency.

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5-year jail for road accident deaths

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The cabinet has given its final approval to a draft of the Road Transport Act 2018 that raises the maximum sentence for deaths from road accidents to five years from three in prison and fines. The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. Under the proposed law, if death through road crash is proved as intentional murder then the offenders will be punished as per the Penal Code. While talking to reporters after the meeting, Roads and Highway Department secretary Nazrul Islam said earlier the highest punishment for the crime ...

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Govt urges for not to be confused by fake news

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MNA Editorial Desk: Government on Thursday urged all not to get confused with the fake news being run by various vested quarters through different news portals and social media involving the Prime Minister over the current situation. A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said such distorted, fake, fabricated news items are aimed at confusing the common people and the innocent students now on a movement seeking safe roads, UNB reports. The release, signed by PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, said such fabricated news items are creating confusions in public mind under the present condition of the ...

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Myanmar appoints panel to probe Rohingya abuses

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, authorities said on Monday, reported news agency. The four-person commission will be comprised of two local and two international members – Filipino diplomat Rosario Manalo and Kenzo Oshima, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.N – the Myanmar President’s Office said in a statement. Manalo, 82, a former undersecretary of foreign affairs, will chair the commission. The two local members are lawyer Mya Thein and Aung Tun Thet, an economist and former UN official. Aung Tun Thet was last year ...

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India excludes 4m from Assam’s draft citizens list

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MNA Exclusive Desk: India’s registrar general said on Monday that 4,007,707 people had been excluded from a draft national register of citizens in the border state of Assam, in a move that has raised fears for the future of people in the region, reported news agency. Sailesh, the registrar general and census commissioner of India, said those excluded from the list would not be deported from the country and would have a chance to file an appeal. More than 30 million had provided documents to prove their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated after nearly seven ...

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UNSC urges to create conditions for Rohingya return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN Security Council urged Myanmar’s government on Monday to step up efforts to create conditions that will allow Rohingya Muslims who fled a violent crackdown to safely return to the country from neighbouring Bangladesh. The council stressed in a statement following closed briefings that progress is also needed by Myanmar on implementing agreements on relations with the UN refugee and development agencies and with Bangladesh on returning Rohingya, reported news agency. Security Council members again stressed “the importance of undertaking transparent and independent investigations in allegations of human rights abuses and violations.” The new UN special ...

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Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar’s crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, telling news agency that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming “part of the problem” in a conflict that forced 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee. Retired Thai lawmaker and ambassador Kobsak Chutikul was secretary for the panel hand-picked by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise her government on how to handle the aftermath of a military campaign that drove the minority out of the country. Kobsak Chutikul said his position became untenable ahead of a second full meeting of ...

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Quader says ‘No’ to BNP’s conditional election

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MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has dismissed the conditions the BNP announced for its participation in the upcoming general election. Bangladesh will not agree to any provisions before it holds an election, the Awami League leader said. Quader described the BNP’s announcement that it would boycott the election again unless Khaleda Zia was released from jail as just ‘cacophonous noise’. “It stinks of conspiracy. We hear hints of violence and sabotage in these words.” “Bangladesh will not hold a conditional election,” he said. “The election will be held according to the constitution. There is no need ...

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‘Rohingya want to return to Myanmar as citizens’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday. UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis. The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement. “Despite these serious violations of ...

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IOM to help BD repatriate Rohingyas: IOM DG

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Director General of the International Organization for Migration or IOM William Lacy Swing reaffirmed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that his organisation will extend all sorts of support to Bangladesh for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees. “We’ve vast experience about repatriation …we’ll give you all sorts of support…this is an extraordinary challenge for Bangladesh. Whatever we can do, we’ll do that,” he said. The IOM DG said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the IOM DG visited Cox’s Bazar to witness ...

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Myanmar in dialogue, not in action: PM on Rohingya issue

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh is in dialogue with Myanmar over the Rohingya issues, but Naypyidaw still remains in a complete inactivity mode, said Prime Minister Sheikh Haisna on Sunday. “We are having dialogues with Myanmar as it wants to resolve the crisis peacefully. Unfortunately, Myanmar agrees on everything, but doesn’t act on anything,” she said when visiting President of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Advocacy Organization Kerry Kennedy made a courtesy call on her at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said they mostly discussed the Rohingya issues, reported enws agency. The prime minister said the ...

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Hasina, Russian Dy PM open construction of 2nd reactor unit of Rooppur plant

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Russia’s deputy prime minister for defence and space industry Yury Ivanovich Borisov on Saturday jointly inaugurated the construction of the second reactor unit of Rooppur nuclear power plant. Both the leaders poured concrete at a programme in Ishwardi of Pabna on the occasion of the first concrete pouring of the second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, reports news agency. The construction of the first reactor unit began on 30 November 2017. Currently, the construction works of the walls, reinforcement of the reactor building and the foundation slab of the auxiliary reactor ...

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Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secret Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The journalists pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. The case has attracted global attention. Some Western diplomats and rights groups say it is a test of progress towards full democracy under the ...

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Rohingya refugees reject UN-Myanmar repatriation agreement

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya community leaders have rejected an agreement between the United Nations and government of Myanmar for the return of refugees who fled violence in Rakhine state. Having seen a leaked text, the leaders say it does not address their concerns and will not help in the repatriation of the refugees. “The agreement is on the issue of return of the Rohingya to their homes. Strangely, they did not bother to consult the Rohingya community before going for the deal. In the agreement there is no commitment from the Burmese government to fulfill our key demands as a ...

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Rohingya face ‘unimaginable’ atrocities: UN chief

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MNA Exclusive Desk: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he heard “unimaginable” accounts of atrocities during a visit on Monday to vast camps in Bangladesh that are home to a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar. Guterres described the situation for the persecuted ethnic minority as “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare”, as he prepared to tour makeshift shelters crammed with people who escaped a Myanmar army operation last year that the UN has called a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”. “In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, I’ve just heard unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees who ...

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UN, UNHCR, WB chiefs in Cox’s Bazar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim arrived in Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning to visit Rohingya refugees, reported news agency. Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, among others, are accompanying the UN chief. They arrived here at Cox’s Bazar airport by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 8:45am. The visit, an official said, will also highlight the “generosity” of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingyas as well as the need for the international community “to do more.” They are scheduled ...

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UN SG arrives in Dhaka to discuss Rohingya issue

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MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Dhaka early Sunday when the international community is looking for options beyond bilateral mechanism to resolve Rohingya crisis. The UN chief arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Qatar Airways flight at 2:06am on Sunday, reports news agency. Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali received him at the airport. Earlier on 27 May 2008, Guterres visited Rohingya camps as the chief of the UN refugee agency. The UN chief along with World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim, who arrived here on Saturday, will jointly meet Prime Minister Sheikh ...

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Secret UN-Myanmar deal guarantees no Rohingya citizenship

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya refugees returning to Myanmar will have no explicit guarantees of citizenship or freedom of movement throughout the country, under a secret agreement between the government and the United Nations seen by Reuters. The UN struck an outline deal with Myanmar at the end of May aimed at eventually allowing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh to return safely and by choice, but did not make the details of the deal public. Reuters on Friday reviewed a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreed between the UN and Myanmar authorities. The draft also ...

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Rohingya camp committee formed

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Shalbagan Rohingya camps’ first-ever management committee has been formed in the Nayapara area of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, reported news agency. The camp committee is comprised of four Rohingya representatives. The following representatives were elected: camp leader deputy camp leader camp assistant and the general committee member. The Bangladesh government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and ADRA Bangladesh (the Bangladesh chapter of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency) made the initiative possible. In the past, a number of selected Majhis – Rohingya leaders – bridged the Rohingya people and aid agencies—at the Ukhiya and ...

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Myanmar top brass accused of ‘crimes against humanity’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military chief and other top brass have been accused by Amnesty International of crimes against humanity for overseeing a “systematic” attack against Rohingya Muslims, according to a report by the rights group Wednesday calling for prosecution at the International Criminal Court, reported news agency. A new report from Amnesty said army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and 12 other senior military and security officials oversaw an orchestrated campaign of violence in the restive state where the Rohingya have been historically marginalized. “The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population was achieved by a relentless and systematic campaign in ...

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Myanmar sacks general involved in Rohingya crackdown

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military said it sacked a top general who was named in fresh EU sanctions against security officials accused of serious rights violations in the Rohingya crisis, including killings and sexual violence. Myanmar is accused of waging a crackdown in Rakhine state that forced 700,000 to flee that the UN and major western powers have said amounts to “ethnic cleansing”. Its leaders have come under fire for taking little punitive action against the military, which has maintained its troops were responding to attacks by Rohingya militants. But the military said late Monday in a Facebook post that ...

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UN for addressing root causes of Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations commended the commitment demonstrated by the government of Bangladesh in supporting the Rohingya refugees and highlighted that the root causes of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar must be addressed, reported news agency. “The Bangladeshi people demonstrated very early on its solidarity towards the Rohingya people, providing them with shelter and support when they arrived,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. The Under Secretary-General was addressing at the closing session of a workshop titled “Fostering Peaceful and Inclusive Communities in Bangladesh: The Role of Religious Leaders and Actors” ...

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29 platoons BGB deployed ahead of Gazipur city polls

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MNA Editorial Desk: 29 platoons of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has deployed in preparation for the coming Gazipur City Corporation polls. BGB personnel vehicles were seen patrolling the area on Sunday morning. “The BGB personnel will patrol the area until Wednesday,” BGB Public Relations official Mohsin Reza told. “More BGB personnel are on standby and will be deployed if necessary.” Each platoon will oversee two of the city’s 57 wards. Each of the platoons consists of 20-30 personnel. According to Gazipur Additional District Magistrate Sanjeeb Kumar Debnath, seven platoons will cover the Konabari and Kashimpur area, 10 will cover the ...

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69th Anniversary of Awami League Observed

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MNA National Desk: 69th founding anniversary of country’s largest and oldest political party, Bangladesh Awami League has been observed today. The occasion was celebrated all around the country by its leaders and activists. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the 69th founding anniversary of the Awami League. To mark the occasion, she placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 this morning. After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of respect to ...

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