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“Refugees are nothing but commodities”

By Daan Bauwens Follonica, Italy, Nov 9 (IPS) – As countless refugees arriving on Italy’s shores report torture, extortion and forced labour in Libyan detention centers, many say they never intended to make the journey to Europe until the chaos in Libya left them no other choice. Read More »

Developing countries raise concerns over ‘finance’ issues

Bonn, 8 Nov (T Ajit) — On the 2nd day of the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, developing countries called for emphasis to be given to a particular finance issue dealing with quantitative and qualitative information on projected levels of public finance by developed countries under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) of the UNFCCC. Read More »

Loss, damage linked to climate change impact in focus

Bonn, 7 Nov (Jade Chiang and Meena Raman) – Developing countries raised several key concerns at the opening of the 47th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47) on 6 Nov., which was held after the official opening of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in Bonn. Read More »

Climate talks for urgent steps against extreme weather

Bonn, 7 November (Zhu Zhenyan) – Meetings of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol (KP) and Paris Agreement (PA) as well as those of the Subsidiary Bodies serving these treaties kicked off on 6 November. In his opening plenary statement, the newly elected President of the 23rd session of the UNFCCC Conference of ... Read More »

Got climate questions? Climate Watch has answers

By Johannes Friedrich and Andrew Pickens Washington DC, Nov 3 (IPS) – Negotiators and stakeholders headed to Bonn, Germany, for next week’s UN climate summit continue to confront a range of questions surrounding one essential query: How do we meet the imperative to lower greenhouse gas emissions now — quickly — to minimize the most severe impacts of climate change? Read More »

সামরিক বাহিনীর পুতুল সু চি সরকার অপমানিত

ব্রাসেলসের ইউরো-বার্মা অফিসের (ইউরোপিয়ান অফিস ফর দি ডেভেলপমেন্ট অব ডেমোক্র্যাসি ইন মিয়ানমার) পরিচালক ইয়ার্ন ইয়ুনগবি সম্প্রতি রোহিঙ্গা ইস্যু এবং মিয়ানমারের নেত্রী সু চি নিয়ে ঢাকার একটি ইংরেজী সাথে কথা বলেছেন। তিনি রাখাইনের সাম্প্রতিক ঘটনাবলীর আলোকে মিয়ানমারের রাজনৈতিক অস্থিতিশীলতার ওপর আলোকপাত করেছেন। Read More »

My four rules: Barack Obama

Mostafa Kamal, As long as we’ve been working to get the Obama Foundation up and running, I’ve been thinking about what I might say at the Foundation’s first big gathering — what words of wisdom I’d give to a group of people who have devoted their lives to making the world better. In true dad fashion, I came up with ... Read More »

এম কে আনোয়ারের মৃত্যুতে জাতীয়তাবাদী গবেষণা কেন্দ্রের শোক প্রকাশ

ঢাকা – বিএনপির জাতীয় স্থায়ী কমিটির সদস্য, সাবেক এমপি-মন্ত্রী ও কেবিনেট সচিব এবং বরেণ্য রাজনীতিবিদ এম কে আনোয়ারের মৃত্যুতে গভীর শোক ও দু:খ প্রকাশ করেছেন বিশিষ্ট সমাজ সেবক ও রাজনীতিবিদ বাংলাদেশ জাতীয়তাবাদী গবেষণা কেন্দ্র’র প্রতিষ্ঠিতা চেয়ারম্যান ইঞ্জিনিয়ার একেএম রেজাউল করিম । Read More »

The proposals Awami League submiteed to Election Commission

The ruling Awami League yesterday submitted an 11-point proposal to the Election Commission (EC) for holding a free and fair election. Following are the proposals: 1. The initiative of formulating the bangla edition of “The Representation of the People Order, 1972” and “The Delimitation of Constituencies Ordinance, 1976” are praiseworthy. Bangladesh Awami League will have support to the initiatives. 2. ... Read More »

PSAARC for resuming process of 19th SAARC summit

People’s SAARC Statement of 14 Sep: Kathmandu – We, the members of People’s SAARC met in Kathmandu on 13-14 September 2017 to reaffirm our commitment to human rights, freedom of expression, justice, peace, security, and democracy in the region, for equity for all and to eliminate all forms of discrimination. 1. We, the people of South Asia express our deep ... Read More »

রোহিঙ্গা সমস্যা ও সমাধান

ইঞ্জিনিয়ার এ কে এম রেজাউল করিম আমাদের প্রতিবেশী রাষ্ট্র মিয়ানমার, আমরা অনেকে যাকে বার্মা বলেই বেশি চিনি, সেখানে বাংলাদেশ সীমান্তবর্তী আরাকান রাজ্যে রোহিঙ্গা জনগোষ্ঠীর ওপর চরম দমন-পীড়ন চলছে। গণহত্যা চলছে বললেও বাড়িয়ে বলা হয় না। বিদ্রোহীদের বিরুদ্ধে অভিযানের নামে নিরীহ রোহিঙ্গাদের নির্বিচারে হত্যা করা হচ্ছে। বাড়িঘর পুড়িয়ে দেওয়া হচ্ছে, লুট করা হচ্ছে সহায়সম্পদ। প্রাণ বাঁচাতে হাজার হাজার অসহায় রোহিঙ্গা সীমান্তের ... Read More »

Minutes of People’s SAARC-India meeting

21 July 2017, New Delhi People’s SAARC meeting held in New Delhi on 21st July 2017 was attended by 15 people. The main points of discussion were the role of People’s SAARC in the South Asia in the contemporary historical juncture and charting of a work plan for the immediate and medium terms. Read More »

শরণার্থী থেকে নায়করাজ 

‘আমি আমার জীবনের অতীত ভুলি না। আমি এই শহরে রিফিউজি হয়ে এসেছি। স্ট্রাগল করেছি। না খেয়ে থেকেছি। যার জন্য পয়সার প্রতি আমার লোভ কোনোদিন আসেনি। ওটা আসেনি বলেই আজকে আমি এতদূর শান্তিতে এসেছি।’ এক বিশেষ সাক্ষাত্কারে কথাগুলো বলেছিলেন নায়করাজ রাজ্জাক। Read More »

Statement of International Farakka Committee on flood situation

Excessive floods and water scarcity – results of unsustainable river management Dhaka, August 18: People of at least 30 districts out of 64 in Bangladesh are now affected by serious late-monsoon floods due to the onrush of water of common rivers from across the border and incessant rainfall. The floods have already damaged agriculture, vegetable, fruit and fish farms and ... Read More »

বন্যা পরিস্থিতির উপর আন্তর্জাতিক ফারাক্কা কমিটির দেয়া বক্তব্য

আন্তর্জাতিক ফারাক্কা কমিটি, নিউ ইয়র্ক আন্তর্জাতিক ফারাক্কা কমিটি, বাংলাদেশ বর্ষায় অতিবন্যা এবং শুকনো মওসূমে পানিশুন্যতা – ভারসাম্যহীন নদীব্যবস্থাপনার পরিনাম ঢাকা, ১৮ আগষ্ট শুক্রবারঃ সাংবাদিক বন্ধুগন, আপনারা জানেন টানা বৃষ্টিপাত এবং উজান থেকে নেমে আসা পানির তোড়ে এই মুহূর্তে বাংলাদেশের ৩০টি জেলা মারাত্মক বন্যকবলিত হয়েছে। দক্ষিনপূর্ব মৌসূমী প্রবাহের সর্বশেষ মাস আগষ্টে এই বন্যা বাংলাদেশে উপদ্রুত অঞ্চলের কৃষি, বানিজ্যিক সবজি, ফল ও ... Read More »

Socially owned news media must for objective journalism

Mostafa Kamal Majumder A young journalist colleague told me the other day he would make no mistake in aligning himself with either of the two major political parties in Bangladesh because he has seen and is by now ‘sure that there is no future for one in the profession who wants to remain content only with journalistic objectivity, judgment, impartiality, ... Read More »

A dove’s desired flight to nowhere

The dove came from nowhere. As it started asserting its presence, making no mistake of letting know the likes and dislikes, pains and pleasures, happiness and distress, unfriendly environment and surrounding, and of course letting not ignore the attachment and nearness of the new found relationship. Read More »

The love of my only remaining mom

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Dhaka – I call my lone daughter ‘mom’. We have only one issue. The attachment we have for her cannot be compared with anything else. She has grown over the years and now works with the GP as a senior executive. Read More »

My career in journalism

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a tense day in the Dhaka University Arts Faculty building area. Members of Biplobi Chhatra Union wearing red bends on heads were toring apart festoons and banners of rival organisations. It should be in December 1974. Students who were not involved in the brawl ran for safety. Those who were at safe places in the ... Read More »

Making bird nests gives Bangladesh families livelihood, self-reliance

Benapole – Weaving decorative bird nests has turned out to be a life changing endeavour for some women in several areas of Jessore Sadar upazila in Southwest Bangladesh as they have become self-dependent by selling the handicraft product. In Kachua, Bahadurpur, Chawlia and Bejpara Bunopara areas of Sadar upazila, around 200 women have been directly involved in the craft. Read More »

Congratulations Donald J Trump, the US President-elect

The election of Donald J Trump to the US Presidency is unique in a number of respects. He has ascended to the position of the 45th President of the United States, in world’s most powerful political position without having any prior political background. A successful billionaire business tycoon, Trump proved he was more political than day to day politicians because ... Read More »

Who shall care for subscribers of suspended Citycell telecom

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has suspended the operation of Citycell – Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Limited – for its failure to pay Taka 477.51 crore spectrum and license renewal fees and other charges that the company owed to the government. But nothing is said about the nearly one million subscribers of the company many of whom paid prohibitive amounts of ... Read More »

The aspiration of democracy and sustainability

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The International Parliamentary Union (IPU) has today (September 14) called on political leaders everywhere to strengthen connections between the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and citizens’ demands for greater transparency, accountability and inclusive decision-making. Read More »

Bangladesh Muslims celebrate Eid festival of sacrifice

The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of Muslims has been celebrated in Bangladesh. This Eid was of special significance because its central theme is making sacrifice for the satisfaction of Allah Almighty It’s a tradition that has descended from Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) who had been asked by the Almighty Allah to sacrifice his most dear son Ismail. When ... Read More »

Area-based bus services must to reduce jam on Dhaka’s roads

Mostafa Kamal Majumder Some people are learnt to be critical of the circular bus service launched by the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq because of the fixed Taka 15 fare charged for a single trip to any destination in the Gulshan-Baridhara-Banani circle. This feeling might come from short distance passengers, for instance those going from Gulshan No. ... Read More »