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Let Rohingya refugees stranded at sea disembark: HR Lawyer

A senior human rights lawyer on Friday urged Bangladesh and Malaysia to allow Rohingya refugees near their shores to disembark and prevent stranding of asylum seekers at sea. In the statement issued through ‘Refugees International’ HR lawyer Daniel P. Sullivan also called for denouncing hate speeches against them in the respective countries. Read More »

Taylor Kiwi cricket’s top gong, eyes World Cup exit in India

WELLINGTON (BSS/AFP) – Veteran batsman Ross Taylor won New Zealand Cricket’s top award for the third time Friday and vowed to bat on until the 2023 World Cup in India. The 36-year-old was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in a virtual ceremony held online because of COVID-19 restrictions. Taylor was a key part of the Black Caps’ run to ... Read More »

Australia become world’s top Test and T20 side

NEW DELHI (BSS/AFP) – Australia have deposed India in the world Test rankings and Pakistan in the Twenty20 standings, the International Cricket Council said Friday. Just two points separate Australia (116), New Zealand (115) and India (114), who slipped to third position in the Test standings, with cricket across all formats suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. India had held ... Read More »

Bollywood mourns loss of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor

India’s movie industry lost two of its most versatile actors – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor – who passed away within a day of each other last week. Though they came from two very different worlds and two very different schools of acting, both leave behind a treasure of cinematic work and millions of grieving fans. This double whammy for ... Read More »

Foreign footballer dies in Chattogram jail

A football player from Ghana, who was in jail in a drug case, died in police custody at Chattogram Medical College Hospital on Friday. The deceased was identified as Frank En Tim Tham, 40.Senior Jail Superintendent Md Kamal Hossain said Frank was in jail for the past four months in a drugs case. He was hospitalised after he fell sick ... Read More »

Govt ‘mocking’ people’s hunger: BNP

BNP on Friday alleged that the government is ‘mocking with the hunger of people” at this time of dangerous coronavirus pandemic. “Ministers and MPs are harvesting raw paddy to show that they’re with farmers. This not the way of serving people. The government is mocking with the hunger of the poor instead of tackling the famine-like situation caused by the ... Read More »

কাঁচাধান কেটে কৃষকের ক্ষতি, রেশনকার্ড দুর্নীতি বন্ধ করতে হবে

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশ-এর মহাসচিব প্রিন্সিপাল মাওলানা ইউনুছ আহমাদ বলেছেন, কাঁচাধান কেটে কৃষকের অপুরণীয় ক্ষতি করে ফটোসেশন করা সরকার দলীয় জনপ্রতিনিধিদের যে কালচার শুরু হয়েছে তা কোনভাবেই মেনে নেয়া যায় না, তা বন্ধ করতে হবে। তিনি বলেন, কাঁচা ধান কেটে কৃষকের ক্ষতি করে ট্ঙ্গাাইলে এমপি যে কাজ করেছে তা শিষ্টাচার পরিপন্থি। Read More »

Valuing life differently: migrants and the coronavirus crisis

by Felix Bender and Magdalena Ulceluse on 1st May 2020 @FEHBender The coronavirus crisis has led many to revalue human life. But not, it seems, when the lives are of migrants. A lot has been said and written on the trade-off between health and economic performance during the lockdown. The idea of sacrificing the health of the population so the ... Read More »

Unions’ responses to the Covid-19 crisis in Europe

by Chiara Benassi on 1st May 2020 @chiarabenax On International Workers’ Day, it is important to recall the crucial role played by unions in protecting the workforce, especially at times of crisis. The Covid-19 crisis is having a huge impact on the world of work. The International Labour Organization forecasts that the working-hours equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs will ... Read More »

Address stigma and prejudices against coronavirus victims

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The Narayanganj Sadar Upazila administration is campaigning to persuade the residents of a mahalla of the district town not to disturb the family of a doctor for contracting coronavirus. Shilpi Aktar, the doctor who has been seeing Covid-19 patients at the 300-bed hospital in the town for months finds 17 members of her family proving coronavirus positive. Read More »

Press freedom needs protection from pandemic too

By Farhana Haque Rahman ROME, Apr 30 2020 (IPS) – Wearing an orange jacket and face mask, Li Zehua, a Chinese freelance journalist, can be seen filming himself in a car. He is sure that state security agents have been pursuing him since he began documenting events in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the first epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »

The crises of 2020 will delay the transition to clean energy

By Humberto Márquez CARACAS, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) – The oil slump, global recession and uncertainty about the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic will fuel the appetite for cheaper fossil fuel energy and delay investments in renewables, affecting the targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More »

Mitigate Covid-19 caused hunger surge before it is too late

By Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo ROME, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) – Many uncertainties haunt the world’s campaign to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is now sure: Global economic activity will suffer greatly, with large-scale consequences for the incomes and welfare of all, but especially for the most vulnerable food import-dependent countries. Read More »

A Call to Action on Myanmar’s Genocide Against the Rohingya

“As the spread of COVID-19 looms and threatens to obscure attention to one of the world’s gravest crimes, Refugees International wants to be clear: We believe that the state of Myanmar is responsible for the crime of genocide and that the United States and all governments that are parties to the Genocide Convention or support its objectives should take actions ... Read More »