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Turning the tide on violence and harassment at work

by Rothna Begum The #MeToo movement raised global awareness about the experience of harassment at work—now we have a potentially far-reaching ILO convention to combat the phenomenon. ‘This is a historic day.’ The words sent a shiver down my spine, as applause erupted at the United Nations in Geneva on June 21st. The governments, worker representatives and employer organisations which ... Read More »

ICC for judicial backing to probe crimes against Rohingyas

Dhaka, July 4 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday requested its Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes like deportation, other inhumane acts and persecution committed against Rohingyas from Myanmar. As Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, but Bangladesh is, it is important to keep in mind that the authorisation ... Read More »

Dhaka, Beijing sign nine instruments – five on power development

Beijing, Jul 4 – Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas. The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after ... Read More »

German-BD bid to develop Small and Medium Enterprise sector

Monowara Begum Moni Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Germany has organized with its Dhaka, Bangladesh, Branch an education program for Small and Medium Enterprise SME, on 1. July 2019 in Stuttgart. Mr Habiullah Mahmud Additional Secretary of Ministry of Industries who was invited to the programme stressed that Bangladesh is now a Role Model for many other countries in case of Development. ... Read More »

Has India abandoned Palestine?

By Askiah Adam India has recently voted in support of Israel at the United Nations (UN) for the first time in its post-independence history. At the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on June 6, she voted with Israel to deny a Palestinian non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Shahed, an observer status. To many, this may appear innocuous. Israel has persuaded ... Read More »

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Tehran, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani’s threat, combined with Iran surpassing the stockpile limits of the 2015 atomic ... Read More »

Warm reception to Hasina at the Great Hall of People

Beijing, Jul 4 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a red carpet reception as she reached the Great Hall of the People to have bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday morning. On her arrival at the premises of the Great Hall of the People, the Prime Minister was received by Chinese Prime ... Read More »

Ex-Sri Lanka officials arrested over negligence in bombings

Colombo, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested the country’s police chief, currently on compulsory leave, and its former defense secretary for alleged negligence leading to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and police chief Pujith Jayasundara were arrested ... Read More »

Red carpet rolled out for PM in Beijing

Beijing (China), Jul 3 (UNB)— A red carpet was rolled out for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she reached Beijing on Wednesday morning to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese leaders. A special flight carrying her landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 11:05am (local time). Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qing Gang received the Prime Minister there. A little child ... Read More »

Fire kills 14 Russian sailors aboard deep-sea submersible

Moscow, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Fire broke out on one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea research submersibles, and toxic fumes from the blaze killed 14 sailors aboard, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, although it released few details about the disaster or the vessel involved. The Defense Ministry did not say how many sailors were aboard the vessel during Monday’s fire, ... Read More »

Hasina’s proposal to make any Indo-Pacific initiative success

Dalian (China), July 2 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday placed a five-point proposal, including creation of an environment of peace and fair competition by all countries staying away from rivalries, to make any Indo-Pacific initiative a success. “Over a 5-decade of my journey in politics tells me that any initiative in Indo-Pacific should include creation of an ... Read More »

Is there a co-relation between human development & SDGs?

By Pedro Conceição UN, Jul 1 2019 (IPS) – “People are the real wealth of nations,” began the first Human Development Report (HDR). That 1990 report marked a turning point in the global development debate. During the second half of the 20th century there were growing concerns about the tyranny of gross domestic product (GDP). Many decision-makers seemed to believe ... Read More »

Indigenous rights approach a remedy to climate change crisis

By Friday Phiri Jun 29, 2019 (IPS) – The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was held in Bonn, Germany to rally behind a new approach to achieving a future that is more inclusive and sustainable than the present – through the establishment of secure and proper rights for all. On Jun. 22 and 23, experts, political leaders, NGOs and indigenous peoples ... Read More »

EU needs new noisy electric cars for pedestrian safety

Brussels, July 1 (Xinhua/UNB)– From July 1, new types of electric and hybrid vehicles in the European Union (EU) are required to install sound generating devices to help increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. An electric car’s acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) must make a continuous audible noise when travelling below 19 km per hour to signal the vehicle’s ... Read More »

PM Hasina flies to China on five-day official tour

Dhaka, Jul 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here on Monday afternoon for Dalian and Beijing on a five-day official visit, which is expected to bolster ties with Bangladesh and China. A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying her and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 5:20 pm. The flight is scheduled ... Read More »

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, July 1, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – The bodies of a man and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to the United States were returned on Sunday to their native El Salvador. Hearses brought the two corpses from Mexico through Guatemala to the Salvadoran town of La Hachadura, where Salvadoran minister of ... Read More »

Trump becomes 1st sitting US leader to enter North Korea

Panmunjom, Jun 30 (AP/UNB) — With grins and handshakes, President Donald Trump welcomed North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone Sunday, seeking to revive talks on the pariah nation’s nuclear program in a bid for a legacy-defining accord. Trump then became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. The brief photo-op, another historic ... Read More »

Health costs people $ 0.5Tn in developing countries a year

Tokyo, Japan, June 2019 — People in developing countries spend half a trillion dollars annually — over $80 per person — out of their own pockets to access health services, and such expenses hit the poor the hardest, according to a new report by the World Bank Group launched ahead of the G20 Summit. It says that lack of universal ... Read More »

Spanish town hosts annual wine battle

Haro, June 29 (AP/UNB) — Getting drenched with red wine might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it is the idea behind one of Spain’s most popular — and unusual — fiestas. The town of Haro staged the annual Wine Battle in Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region on Saturday. Organizers say the aim is to “cover your neighbor in wine ... Read More »

G20 summit: World leaders sans Trump agree on climate deal

Leaders have agreed on a climate deal similar to the one struck in Argentina in 2018. The US has again refused to commit to tackling climate change. World leaders attending the 2019 G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka on Saturday agreed to a climate change deal similar to that signed in Argentina last year. Speaking at the conclusion ... Read More »

‘Back on track’: Trump, Xi seal trade war truce

Osaka, Japan, June 30, 2019 – US President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as “far better than expected” and vowed to hold off on further tariffs as negotiations continue. “The quality of the transaction is far more important to me than speed. I am in no hurry, but things look very good!” ... Read More »

Myanmar: Internet shutdown risks lives: HRW

Immediately End Restrictions in Rakhine, Chin States Bangkok – The Myanmar government should immediately lift internet restrictions imposed on nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States, Human Rights Watch said today. The disruption to internet services since June 21, 2019 has exacerbated an information blackout and increased difficulties for humanitarian agencies and human rights groups to assist vulnerable populations in ... Read More »

Vatican to honour Prof Yunus with ‘Lamp of Peace’ award

Bangkok, June 29 (UNB) – Vatican will honour Prof Muhammed Yunus with the ‘Lamp of Peace’, an award exclusively given to honour those who work towards promoting peace and harmony. Pope Francis has invited Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus to the Economic Summit in Spring 2020. Father Enzo Fortunato, Spokesperson and Communication Director of The Holy Convent of Papal Basilica of ... Read More »

We can’t stop climate disaster if big emitters don’t step up

By Frank Bainimarama SUVA, Fiji, Jun 27, 2019 (IPS) — Are the most climate-vulnerable nations of the world right to demand that developed and major economies commit to carbon neutrality by 2050? Should the poorest nations of the world insist that the “haves” put their significant economic and political resources behind aggressive efforts to combat climate change? Do we have ... Read More »

Wall collapses on huts in western India, killing 16 workers

New Delhi, June 29 (AP/UNB) — A 23-meter (60-foot) high wall collapsed on a cluster of tin-roofed huts in western India early Saturday following heavy rains, killing at least 16 workers and their families living there. The wall dividing the car parking area of a multi-story residential apartment building collapsed in Pune, a city in Maharashtra state, fire officer J. ... Read More »

New York declares climate emergency, first US city to do so

Dhaka, June 28 – New York City officials declared a climate emergency in an effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming, reports CNN. It’s the largest city in the US, with over 8.62 million inhabitants. The New York City Council passed the legislation Wednesday, calling for an immediate response to the global climate crises. The bill ... Read More »

Missing treasure: Delacroix canvas rediscovered, now on sale

Paris, Jun 27 (AP/UNB) — It’s been hanging on people’s walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye. The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by 19th ... Read More »

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Seoul, Jun 26 (AP/UNB) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding “behind-the-scenes talks” to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North’s expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea’s president said, four months after a second meeting between the leaders in Vietnam collapsed without any agreement. There have ... Read More »

Countries differ over review of achievements under UNFCCC

Bonn, 26 June (TWN) – Disagreements between developed and developing countries arose over the need to review the progress on achievements under the UNFCCC, at the Bonn climate talks. The talks which began on 17 June, are scheduled to end on 27 June. Developing countries, led by the G77 and China wanted a review of the overall progress and implementation ... Read More »

Poorest nations weighed down by fastest growing populations

By Thalif DeenReprint| UN, Jun 24 2019 (IPS) – With a new report projecting a rise in population, specifically in Asia and Africa, the United Nations has warned that continued rapid population growth presents enormous challenges for sustainable development in the world’s 134 developing nations. Among them, the heaviest impact will be on the 47 least developed countries (LDCs), described ... Read More »