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Pick polls observer not affiliated with politics: CEC

  

Pns:Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday urged the polls monitoring organisations not to pick any person affiliated with politics as election observer. "You'll have to be careful so that no person linked to politics can be appointed as election observer," he said at the Election Commission's dialogue with the polls monitoring organisations. Some 30 representatives from the election monitoring organisations attended the meeting began at 11am in the city's...

Suu Kyi 100 percent to blame: Yunus

  

Pns: In what the United Nations has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", in recent weeks more than half a million majority-Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist vigilantes have been accused of mass rape, murder and the burning of entire villages. Nobel Peace laureate and economist Muhammad Yunus placed the blame on de facto leader and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. "I'll put 100 percent...

India supports Rohingyas’ return: Sushma

  

Pns: Voicing concern at the spate of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said it is clear that normalcy will be restored only with the return of the displaced people to Rakhine state. “India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar. We’ve urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population,” she said.Sushma further said, “We’ve also supported...

President off to London for medical checkup

  

Pns: President Abdul Hamid left here for London on Saturday for health checkup and treatment of eyes. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11 am, President’s Deputy Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali, Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Dean of Diplomatic Crops Archbishop George Kocherry, the Cabinet...

Fallen tree halts traffic between Dhaka and northern region

  

Pns: Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway has remained halted since Saturday morning as a big tree fallen on the road at Palashbari due to storm coupled with heavy rains. The traffic movement remained snapped from 7:30am, disrupting road communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern parts, witnesses said.They said some 2,000 vehicles – buses and trucks-- on both sides of the highway got stranded, causing immense woes to thousands of passengers amid incessant...

Countrywide heavy rainfall continues

  

Pns: Moderate to heavy rainfall, triggered by land depression in the Bay, has been continuing throughout the country including the capital Dhaka, disrupting the normal life in the city and elsewhere in the country. Residents of Khulna, Barisal and Dhaka divisions witnessed the most downpours as the Met office recorded 90 mm, 86 mm and 76 mm rainfall in the three divisions respectively from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, said Sarwar Alam, assistant meteorologist of Dhaka Met office. The Met...

Pledge more support for Rohingya refugees: Amnesty

  

Pns: More countries need to step up and pledge their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International said today. The meeting of high-level representatives of donor countries at the UN’s office in Geneva on Monday must include pledges of new money, including from countries in the region, to support rising numbers of Rohingya refugees who have sought shelter in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.The recent influx estimated...

700, 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar

  

Pns: More than 700, 000 people over the age of one year have been administered oral cholera vaccine in the first phase of a campaign here to protect the newly arrived Rohingya population and their host communities against the deadly diarrheal disease. "The coverage is commendable as the oral cholera vaccination campaign was planned and rolled out against very tight timelines," said WHO Representative to Bangladesh Dr N Paranietharan.The WHO officials said it demonstrates the...

Committee formed to file review on 16th amendment verdict

  

Pns: A 11-member committee has been formed led by the Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for filing a review petition against the Supreme Court's 16th amendment verdict. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told UNB that the attorney general office formed the committee seven days ago and its members are now examining the SC verdict and taking preparation for the review petition.The body will file the review petition after taking preparations in this regard, added the AG.Earlier, on...

No Rohingya woman safe as rapists run rampant, say experts

  

Pns: Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the Rohingya crisis, with no woman safe from the risk of sexual attack as Myanmar’s Muslim minority is driven out of its homeland, according to experts in the field and those caught up in the crisis. Doctors treating some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, according to UN clinicians.And...

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