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Rohingya man stabbed to death in Camp

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A Rohingya man was stabbed to death by some miscreants at Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday. The deceased was identified as Yousuf Ali, 50, a resident of D block of the camp. He worked as Imam at a mosque of the camp area. Some assailants attacked Yousuf when he went out his tent for calling for prayer (Azan) early in the morning and stabbed him, leaving him dead on the spot, said Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Ukhia Police Station. Earlier on Friday night, a Rohingya man was gunned down by some ...

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Rethink about Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Criticising human rights violations committed by the Myanmar authority, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, on Saturday asked the authorities to rethink their position, and to put the victims first. She came up with this remark while visiting Rohingya camps in Teknaf early morning on Saturday. After her Bangladesh visit until January 24, the Special Rapporteur will visit Thailand where she will stay till January 30. She visited Damdamia Rohingya camp in Teknaf early morning and talked to 20 Rohingyas – 10 men and 10 women – at the reception centre of ...

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WB suggests need of more aid as Rohingya crisis grows

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Rohingya refugee crisis is growing in Bangladesh rapidly and support is needed to help cope with the influx, the World Bank said. World Bank South Asia Region Vice President Annette Dixon lauded the Bangladesh government for sheltering and caring for the Myanmar refugees. He also said the organization was ready to help the country and the displaced Rohingyas. “The scale of the influx is enormous. As far as the eyes can see, lines after lines of shelters—made of plastic sheets and bamboos—stretched over the deforested hills. It is creating huge pressure on the infrastructure and services ...

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UNHCR involvement in Rohingya repatriation iterated

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled an army crackdown last year in Myanmar. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), responding to the plan, said they were concerned about forcibly repatriating over 650,000 Rohingya who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a conflict erupted in western Rakhine state in August. Statements from the Myanmar and Bangladesh foreign ministries said Bangladesh would set up five transit camps on its side of the border. Those camps would send Rohingyas to ...

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Ivy blames Shamim for attack on her

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Narayanganj city mayor Selina Hayat Ivy came under an attack in the city on Tuesday afternoon. Ivy and her supporters blamed for the attack the followers of local Member of Parliament from Awami League Shamim Osman, who had long enmity with her. The incident took place over eviction of hawkers from the footpath in Chashara area of Narayanganj, a river port city with long tradition of business. According to police and witnesses, Ivy, accompanied by her followers, was walking towards Chashara. All of a sudden, brick chips were thrown on the supporters of Ivy from Shamim Plaza. ...

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Doubts on Rohingya repatriation prior Myanmar, Bangladesh meet

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MNA Editorial Desk: Officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh meet on Monday to discuss how to implement another deal, signed on Nov 23, on the return of more than 650,000 Rohingya who have escaped an army crackdown since late August. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has for years denied Rohingya citizenship, freedom of movement and access to many basic services such as healthcare and education. They are considered illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh. The authorities have said returnees could apply for citizenship if they can show their forebears have lived in Myanmar. But the latest deal – like the one in 1992 – ...

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Next parliamentary polls as per constitution: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared and cleared her position on the next parliamentary polls on the completion of four years of her second consecutive term. Sheikh Hasina addressed the nation on Friday evening on completion of the fourth year in office of the second consecutive term of her government. The PM started delivering her speech at 7:30pm. The address was aired simultaneously on Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar as well as on private TV channels and radio stations. She also said an ‘election-time government’ will be formed following a cabinet reboot again this time like in 2013. The ...

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Hasina calls Khaleda mad in parliament

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday blasted apparently her arch-rival BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for her remarks over the Padma Bridge. “It’s true that a bridge is made attaching different parts. But what she meant by patchwork is not understandable to me… I’ll say it’s better not to concentrate much on the remarks of such a mad person. Any person with a sound brain can’t utter such words,” the prime minister told parliament. Sheikh Hasina was answering a supplementary question from Awami League MP Fazilatunnasa Bappy. Last week at an event of the student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra ...

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‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to a group of lawyers gathered at Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday, ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel, but was made into one.’ Sharif remarked, referring to the tragic consequences that followed the state’s refusal to allow a popularly elected leader to hold the prime minister’s office, reports the Daily Dawn. Claiming that that he had been ‘persecuted’ over the years and ‘pushed towards revolt’, Sharif drew parallels between what he considers to be his own ‘cornering’ by the state and the events that led to the secession of ...

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Guardian tortured at son’s school

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A case was filed with Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police on Monday over alleged torture of the guardian of a kindergarten student by school authorities in Khorulia  of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Ayatullah, the guardian, filed a case on Monday night around 7:00pm accusing six named and 5 unnamed individuals. The accused are Jahirul Haque, Headmaster of Khorulia High School, Md Obayet Hossain, an assistant teacher of the school, Borhan Uddin, Headmaster of the adjoining KG and Pre-cadet School, Nurul Hossain, a record-keeper of the school, ...

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No option but to fight: Rohingya insurgents

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Sunday they have no option to fight what they called Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched raids on the Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25, which sparked sweeping counter-insurgency operations in the Muslim-majority north of Rakhine State that led to widespread violence and arson and an exodus of some 650,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh. The United Nations condemned the Myanmar military campaign as ethnic cleansing. Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejected that. ...

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90pc Rohingya under-nourished: UN

MNA Exclusive Desk: A new UN study has revealed that over 90 per cent of the recent Rohingya arrivals in Bangladesh are under-nourished despite receiving emergency food assistance. The World Food Programme (WFP) Rohingya Emergency Vulnerability Assessment and food security sector partners study in November and December 2017 raised concerns over limited access to a well diversified and balanced diet, deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq announced on Friday. As a result, he said, the WFP will scale up its e-voucher programmes in 2018 to reach new arrivals in Cox’s Bazar district, reports news agency. Some 90,000 people are enrolled in ...

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US urges Myanmar to ensure democracy

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has urged the Myanmar authorities to take further steps to ensure everyone has full and equal access to the opportunities and the benefits of a democratic society. “For decades, the United States has stood with the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of peace, freedom, and justice,” said Rex W Tillerson, secretary of state, in a press statement on Wednesday. Tillerson said the US remains committed to helping advance Myanmar’s democratic transition, and continue to support the civilian government in efforts to end decades of conflict; strengthen respect for human rights, transparency, and rule ...

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Govt targets 100,000 Rohingya for first repatriation

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The government wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslims who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said Friday. Obaidul Quader said a list of 100,000 names was to be sent to Myanmar authorities on Friday so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments. More than 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August, fleeing what the US and United Nations have described as ethnic cleansing. That added to more than ...

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US sanctions based on ‘unreliable accusations’: Myanmar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar “feels sad” over a US decision to sanction a military general, a government spokesman said, after Washington linked the commander last week to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. “This targeted sanction is based on unreliable accusations without evidence, as we have repeatedly said, so we feel sad for that,” said Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, reported news agency. The Trump administration announced on Dec 21 that it was sanctioning Major General Maung Maung Soe, who was in charge of a crackdown on the Rohingya minority. The United States, as ...

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Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Aung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops and police when she met a senior UN official, according to an internal memo seen by the Guardian. Pramila Patten, the special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, travelled to the country for a four-day visit in mid-December to raise the crisis with government officials. But she said Aung San Suu Kyi, a state counsellor in the Myanmar government, avoided to engage in “any substantive discussion” of reports that soldiers, border guard police and Rakhine Buddhist militias carried out “widespread ...

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Analysis: No sign Rohingya will be allowed to return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: After facing international outrage and charges of ethnic cleansing, Myanmar made a pledge: Rohingya Muslims who fled the country by the hundreds of thousands would start their journey home within weeks. With so many obstacles, however, and no real sign of good will, few believe that will happen, AP reports. The returns are supposed to be voluntary. But many members of the religious minority, now living in sprawling refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, are afraid to go back. They don’t trust the nationalist-led government and feel widely hated by the general population. Meanwhile, the military – which ...

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US sanctions Myanmar general for abuses

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on 13 “serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors” including Myanmar general Maung Maung Soe, who oversaw this year’s brutal crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority. The US government, applying penalties for the first time under a law passed last year, also targeted 39 other individuals and entities with sanctions that block their assets under US jurisdiction, bar most Americans from dealing with them and largely cut them off from the global financial system. The Treasury Department said those sanctioned included Benjamin Bol Mel, who has served as an adviser ...

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Dhaka, Ankara to work together on Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Sheikh Hasina and Turkish premier Binali Yildirm on Tuesday agreed to continue to work together for socio-economic development and issues of mutual concerns like Rohingya crisis. The two PMs iterated their commitment to work closely and support each other on bilateral and international matters and issues of mutual concern including the Rohingya crisis. The two premiers made the commitments issuing separate statements after their official talks at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Sheikh Hasina was aided by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, home minister ...

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65 media workers killed in 2017: RSF

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up working in the world’s deadliest spots. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed, followed by Mexico where 11 were assassinated. They included Javier Valdez, one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico’s deadly drug war, whose murder in ...

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About 40 Rohingya villages burned: HRW

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Analysis of satellite imagery reveals new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. The New York-based global rights body identified 40 villages with building destruction occurring in October and November, increasing the total to 354 villages that have been partially or completely destroyed since August 25, 2017. Satellite imagery confirms that dozens of buildings were burned the same week. On November 25, satellite data detected an active fire and building destruction in Myo Mi Chang village in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township. Four ...

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About 80pc Rohingyas want to return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar, says a survey. The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added. Xchange, an international ...

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8,44,227 Rohingyas’ registration complete

MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh has completed biometric registration of 8,44,227 Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border to escape persecution in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine state. A total of 8, 44,227 Rohingyas have undergone biometric registration till December 14, reports the ANI news agency citing an official release. Bangladesh’s Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) carrying out the registration work in 12 makeshift camps in Ukhia and Teknaf. The registration process started on September 11. Out of the registered refugees, 36,373 have been identified as orphans, which include 17,395 boys and 18,978 girls. Earlier on Thursday, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) ...

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6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar: MSF

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late August. Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar’s official figure of 400, reports the BBC. ‘In the most conservative estimations’ at least 6,700 of those deaths have been caused by violence, including at least 730 children under the age of five, MSF said in a reports. MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders, said it was ‘the clearest indication yet of the widespread violence’ ...

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IOM scales up Rohingya healthcare operations

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MNA Exclusive Desk: International Organization for Migration (IOM) now runs 13 health posts and one primary healthcare centre for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar as the UN migration agency has scaled up its operations. The IOM has been providing healthcare to Rohingyas and local Bangladeshis living in Cox’s Bazar since 2013, reported news agency. It also supports nine government health facilities and works with over 350 community health workers – making it one of the largest health responders on the ground. IOM is harnessing solar energy to power its remote health posts in Cox’s Bazar’s giant Kutupalong and Balukali makeshift settlements, ...

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Bilateral, global action to solve Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh has said not only bilateral, but the international community’s urgent action is needed for the permanent solution to Rohingya crisis. Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen made the remark at an event titled ‘Strengthening of the Coordination of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance of the United Nations, including Special Economic Assistance’ held at General Assembly, UN Headquarter in New York, said the Bangladesh Mission on Monday. Mentioning Bangladesh government’s continued engagement with the Myanmar authorities in good faith, the Ambassador said, ‘We stress that Bangladesh can bilaterally address only perhaps the ...

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