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Govt has failed to prevent Rohingya influx: BNP

Dhaka – The BNP has accused the government of not taking a tough line against the forced migration of over half a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The government should have used ‘tougher language’ while addressing the crisis, said Mirza Abbas, a BNP standing committee member, during a programme at the party’s central offices in Dhaka’s Naya Paltan on Sunday. ... Read More »

Syria’s survival is blow to jihadists

By Alastair Crooke Syria’s victory in remaining still standing – still on its feet, as it were – amid the ruins of all that has been visited upon her, marks effectively the demise of the Bush Doctrine in the Middle East (of “the New Middle East”). It signals the beginning of the end – not just of the political “regime ... Read More »

UN to launch inter-agency appeal to fund Rohingyas

Fate of other 68 Rohingyas on boat remains unknown, says IOM Dhaka, Sept 29 – The UN will launch an updated inter-agency appeal in the coming week as lack of funding to address the needs of Rohingyas in Bangladesh remains one of the biggest challenges, said the UN Migration Agency on Friday. Read More »

Diarrhoeal diseases rise alarmingly among Rohingyas

IFRC appealing for 12.7mn Swiss francs to support 100,000 Rohingyas Dhaka, Sept 29 – Red Crescent mobile clinics in Cox’s Bazar are treating an increasing number of people with acute watery diarrhoea, raising concerns about a possible outbreak of disease among the over 500,000 people who have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in recent weeks. Read More »

Burma must stop operation, take back refugees: UN chief

UN, Sep 29 (AP/UNB) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.” The U.N. chief warned that the humanitarian crisis is a breeding ground for radicalization, criminals and ... Read More »

Bali volcano exodus nears 100000 amid tremors

Bali, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — The exodus from a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded daily. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 96,000 people have now fled the area around Mount Agung in the northeast of the ... Read More »

Dhaka seeks steps thru UN to send back the Rohingya

Bangladesh expects concrete steps through the UN Security Council so that the ‘forcibly displaced people from Myanmar’ in Bangladesh can go back to their homeland smoothly and without any fear. “…we expect such steps through which they (Rohingyas) will return to their homeland smoothly,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters on Wednesday. He said the countries which are not ... Read More »

35,000 more Rohingyas reach Cox’s Bazar: ISCG

Dhaka, Sept 27 – Some 35,000 more Rohingya refugees reached the makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar district in the last couple of days fleeing the persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar rising the cumulative arrival to 4,80,000 since fresh violence erupted there on August 25. Read More »

Concrete steps through UNSC awaited on Thursday

Dhaka, Sept – Bangladesh, at this point, is expecting a ‘concrete steps’ through UNSC resolution to resolve the crisis as “forcibly displaced people from Myanmar” continued flooding Bangladesh as the current figure of new arrivals stand at 449,000. “We’re working behind the scene. There’re signs. We want to keep up the momentum (in diplomacy) but we need more time to ... Read More »

UN Security Council to meet on Myanmar Thursday

The UN Security Council will meet Thursday to discuss the violence in Myanmar and hear a briefing from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the crisis, diplomats said. Britain, France, the United States and four other countries requested the meeting after more than 430,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, fled an army campaign in Myanmar in recent weeks and crossed into Bangladesh. ... Read More »

Refugee number soars to 480000

The refugees are fleeing a Myanmar military offencive launched in response to about 30 coordinated attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug 25. “The change in the new arrivals figure … is due, in large part, to the additional estimated 35,000 new arrivals settling in the two refugee camps, which was not reported in the last situation report,” the Inter-Sector ... Read More »

6000 Rohingya orphans to get smart cards

State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed today said the ministry will issue smart cards to around 6,000 orphan Rohingya children for taking responsibilities to provide their food, shelter and other basic needs. “Orphan Rohingya children up to 18-year will be given separate smart cards to provide them foods, shelter and other facilities.. . Some 120 workers of Social Welfare ... Read More »