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Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement that might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday promises to establish a “framework of cooperation” that aims to create the conditions for “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingya refugees, reported news agency. Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes. The U.N. and U.S. have described the army crackdown that ...

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Banking sector plagued by scam: UN

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MNA Business Desk: The banking sector in Bangladesh has been plagued by financial scams, non-performing loans and weak monitoring problems, which might cause a macroeconomic risk in the near term, says a UN report. The report says, robust growth has been supported by domestic demand, especially large infrastructure projects and new initiatives in the energy sector, reported news agency. Remittance flows have also started to increase with the increase in global oil prices, according to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2018. Mobilising financing for development remains a fundamental priority in the Asia-Pacific region, said the ...

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World Press Freedom Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday, May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, reported news agency. Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. A function in connection with the day is ...

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Intellectual Property Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday. WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the ...

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People of Bangladesh can achieve anything

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MNA National Desk: Attributing the achievement of Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one to the people of the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they can achieve anything. ‘This achievement is the achievement of the people of Bangladesh. I think country’s people are the main source of all power. They can achieve anything,’ she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a reception accorded to her at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) for this historic achievement The function was arranged as part of a five-day government programme to celebrate the graduation. ...

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Bangladesh gets developing country status

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has termed it a historic day as it attained all three criteria for graduation from the least-developed country (LDC) group to developing one. “It’s a historic day for us. I am delighted to inform you that Bangladesh has fulfilled the criteria for graduation from the LDC category for the first time,” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CPD) handed over Ambassador Masud Bin Momen an official letter conveying this announcement. The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) determines the graduation ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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Myanmar fails to ensure safe return of Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their safe return to their homes in Rakhine state. “Let me be clear: conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a Security Council meeting, speaking by videoconference from Geneva. “The causes of their flight have ...

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Rohingya crisis could endanger regional security: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority has the potential to spark regional conflict. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein reiterated while in Indonesia on Monday that acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing may have occurred in the campaign of violence against Rohingya that sparked an exodus of nearly 1 million people to neighbouring Bangladesh. “Myanmar faces a very serious crisis with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region,” Zaid said in a speech to a rights conference at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is sometimes said that ...

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90pc Rohingya under-nourished: UN

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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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UN puts new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: With China’s backing, the UN Security Council on Friday slapped new sanctions on North Korea that will restrict oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes. The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers sent abroad to earn revenue for Kim Jong-Un’s regime. It is the third raft of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang this year and comes as the United States and North Korea show no signs they are willing to open talks on ending the crisis on the Korean peninsula. US president Donald Trump Friday hailed the ...

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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition

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MNA International Desk: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the ‘unilateral’ decision while ...

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US considering sanctions over Myanmar

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MNA International Desk: The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday. “We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement. It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s ...

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Over 600,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday. The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed to be stranded along the border waiting to cross. Rohingya refugees have headed for Bangladesh in huge numbers after militant attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened to ethnic cleansing by the UN. Now the UN-led Inter-Sector Coordination Group ...

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UN imposed new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. With backing from China and Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted sanctions resolution just one month after banning exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that “the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” but she ...

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Allow Rohingyas to seek shelter in BD: UN

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MNA National Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has urged the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow the Rohingyas fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh. The UN chief made the appeal recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades. “The secretary general is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” spokesman for the secretary general Stephane Dujarric quoted the UN chief as saying. “The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” he said. The secretary ...

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UK asks UN to discuss Myanmar violence

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MNA International Desk: Britain has asks for the UN Security Council to meet on Wednesday to discuss escalating deadly violence between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said on Tuesday. ‘Need to address long-term issues in Rakhine, urge restraint by all parties,’ Rycroft posted on Twitter. A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Rohingya Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence, reports the Reuters. The meeting is expected to take place ...

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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MNA Feature Desk: The International Day Against Nuclear Tests was observed across the world on 29 August with an aim to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, nearly 2,000 tests have taken place across the globe. Established in 2009, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests has raised the profile of the devastating effects that nuclear testing has on human life. The International Day Against Nuclear Tests fosters ideas of a future free of nuclear weapons and testing. While there have been visible ...

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UN expands N. Korea blacklist

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Friday imposed sanctions on 18 North Korean officials and entities as the United States vowed to respond to Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests ‘through other means, if necessary.’ The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that put North Korea’s suspected spy chief, 13 other officials and four entities on the UN sanctions blacklist, hitting them with a global travel ban and an assets freeze. “The Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today: Stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council. China, ...

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Biological Diversity Day: ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’

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MNA Feature Desk: The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated on 22 May under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. Many ...

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Effectiveness of International Court of Justice

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MNA Editorial Desk: This paper covers the effectiveness of International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN system’s highest judicial body. The ICJ settles legal disputes between states, who must agree to abide by the Court’s jurisdiction before their case will be heard. The ICJ also gives advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by UN bodies and agencies. Here, particular emphasis is given to the efficiency of ICJ. I  will  do  my  best  to  be  as  crisp  as  possible  and  to  communicate  my  thoughts  about  the  International  Court  of  Justice  and  its  capability regarding use of power.  I intend ...

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UN to provide $1.2b for sustainable development

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MNA Business Desk: The United Nations (UN) on Thursday signed an agreement with the government of Bangladesh to provide $1.2 billion for sustainable development in the next four years. The contract, known as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017 – 2020, is also planned to carry forward the legacy of the achievements of the MDGs. Sustainable development is a process for meeting human development goals while sustaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depends. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, senior secretary of the economic relations division, ...

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UN appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The United Nations named comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality on Friday, reported news agency. UN officials at a ceremony formalizing the appointment said Wonder Woman is known for her commitment to justice, peace and equality. “Wonder Woman is an icon,” said UN Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach. “We are very pleased that this character will help us reach new audiences with essential messages of our empowerment and equality.” UN officials have said they hoped the selection of a comic-book hero and movie character would appeal to younger women in ...

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PM received Planet 50-50 Champion, Agent of Change Award

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MNA Editorial Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has received the ‘Planet 50-50 Champion’ and ‘Agent of Change Award’ for her excellent contributions to the empowerment of women. The UN-Women recognized the prime minister as ‘Planet 50-50 Champion’, while Global Partnership Forum handed over the ‘Agent of Change Award’ to her at a high-profile reception at the UN Plaza of the UN Headquarters on Wednesday evening, reports news agency. In her acceptance speech, she said, “I feel humbled by these recognition … I thank UN-Women and Global Partnership Forum for giving me this honour.” “This is a recognition for our women working ...

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North Korea flood death toll rises to 133

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MNA International Desk: The death toll from severe flooding in the northeast of North Korea has risen to 133 with another 395 missing, the UN said, reported news agency. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement received Monday citing Pyongyang government figures. People in the area are suffering “great hardship”, according to North Korean state media. A nationwide mass mobilization labor campaign intended to bolster the economy has been redirected to assist flood victims. More than ...

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Right to education for indigenous people

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MNA Feature Desk: This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education for indigenous people. Indigenous peoples frequently face stigmatization of their cultural identity and lack of admiration and recognition for their heritage and values, including in textbooks and other educational ingredients. Moreover, their marginalization is often compounded by language obstacles as instruction is primarily in the national language, with little or no instruction in, or recognition of, indigenous languages. The right to education is fundamental and indigenous knowledge systems hold many answers to mitigating the consequences of climate change. There are an ...

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Tribute for Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day

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MNA Feature Desk: Today is Nelson Mandela Day and tribute will be paid for Madiba all around the world. On this day, the world will remember the works of the greatest leader of the modern era. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The ...

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