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Myanmar's army chief says Rohingya exodus 'exaggerated

  

Pns: The media has "exaggerated" the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing an army crackdown, Myanmar's commander-in-chief said today, in a brash rebuttal of accusations of ethnic cleansing by his forces. Some 520,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's western Rakhine state since August 25, when the military launched a sweeping campaign against militants from the Muslim minority.The crackdown has been so intense that the UN on Wednesday accused Myanmar of trying to purge its entire...

Govt reconstitutes International Crimes Tribunal

  

Pns: The government on Wednesday issued a notification, reconstituting International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) with Justice Md Shahinur Islam as its chairman. The other two members are Justice Amir Hossain of High Court Division and District and Sessions Judge Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar, who is now on post-retirement leave (PRL).The chairman and the two member judges will get salary and enjoy same benefits like the judges at the High Court Division of the Supreme Court, the notification...

Brutality to make Rohingyas' return almost impossible: UN

  

Pns: Brutal attacks on Rohingyas in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning to their homes, a new UN report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh has found. The report, conducted by a team from the UN Human Rights Office, who met he newly arrived Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar from September 14-24, 2017, states that human rights violations...

Over 3.5 lakh Rohingya kids exposed to serious health risk

  

Pns:Over 3.5 lakh Rohingya children who fled to Bangladesh along with their families have been suffering immensely for lack of pure drinking water and hygienic sanitation system in the makeshift Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district, exposing them to a serious health risk. According to data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services, some 90,504 girls and 85,674 boys -- aged from zero to five -- have been using open spaces to defecate regularly in and around Kutupalong,...

Preparations on for larger influx’

  

Pns: Preparations are underway in Cox’s Bazar for a larger influx of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine State to escape the ongoing atrocities orchestrated by the Myanmar security forces. “UNHCR is working with the Bangladesh authorities on a transit centre to prepare for a potential refugee influx in the coming days. This is in view of yesterday’s sudden increase in people arriving from Myanmar,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson of the UN Refugee Agency, told a press briefing in Geneva...

World’s 2nd largest oral vaccination campaign begins in Rohingya camps

  

Pns: A massive cholera immunization campaign started in Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar yesterday to protect the newly arrived Rohingyas and host communities from the life-threatening diarrheal disease, reports UNB. Some 900,000 doses of the vaccine have been mobilised and are being delivered by more than 200 mobile vaccination teams, making it the second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign ever. The campaign, led by the Ministry of Health and supported by...

Dhaka doubtful about repatriation proposal

  

Pns: Bangladesh appears to be doubtful about the recent proposal of Myanmar to take back part of Rohingya Muslim populace of Rakhine state, who had fled to Bangladesh to escape the atrocities of the Myanmar security forces in October last year and since August 25. “The proposal of Myanmar to take back part of Rohingya Muslims may be its tactic to reduce international pressure and concerns,” Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told a seminar on Rohingya crisis organised by the Bangladesh...

Yaba supply now in lozenge packets

  

Pns: Following the ban on shisha lounges at different restaurants in the capital, drug traders are supplying narcotics, especially the ‘madness tablet’ Yaba, by using lozenge and chocolate packets to conceal their illegal trade, disclosed sources in the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC). The drug traders have now boosted supplies of Yaba—a potent mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine—to drug users, mostly students from affluent sections of society, especially those studying in...

Jamaat reels under leadership crisis

  

Pns: The recent arrest of several top leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, including party ameer Maulana Maqbul Ahmed and secretary general Dr Shaifiqur Rahman, has plunged the party into a serious leadership crisis ahead of the next general election. Earlier on September 29, nine more Jamaat leaders, including four central leaders, were arrested. The arrest of Jamaat leaders at different levels have been going on for the past seven years after the government took a hardline...

Jamaat ameer, 8 others put on 5-day remand

  

Pns: A court here on Tuesday put nine leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, including its ameer Maqbul Ahmad, on a 5-day remand each in two cases filed against them with Kadamtali Police Station. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Golam Nabi passed the order after investigation officer of the cases SI Saju Mia (Operation) of Kadamtali Police Station sought a 10-day remand for each.Among the two cases, one was filed under the Special Powers Act while the other under the Arms...

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