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China draws 3-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Bangladesh counerpart AH Mahmood Ali attend the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 20, 2017. Reuters

China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State.

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BNP’s Tarique indicted in 2015 sedition case by police

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BNP leader Tarique Rahman, who has been living in London since 2008, has been sentenced to 7 years in jail by the High Court last year for money laundering. File photo

A court in Dhaka has ordered trial for sedition charges against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, former ETV chairman Abdus Salam and the TV station’s two journalists. The four were indicted on Monday, when a metropolitan sessions judge set Jan 15 for testifying witnesses. Salam, who is out on bail, appeared before the court for the indictment hearing, where he pleaded not guilty, his counsel Md Shahabuddin told bdnews24.com.

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Keep watch on NGOs

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Keep watch on NGOs

A number of ministers yesterday demanded a stricter monitoring of the activities of the local and international NGOs operating in Bangladesh. They also called for scrutinising the earnings and expenditures of the non-governmental organisations, alleging that some of those provoke workers to create chaos. The demands were made at an unscheduled discussion at the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister at her office, said sources.

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ASEM FMs for repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh, ending hostilities

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ASEM FMs for repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh, ending hostilities

Foreign Ministers of Asian and European countries have agreed on the broad points of the Rohingya issue, and asked for the immediate cessation of hostilities, halting the outflow of Rohingya from Rakhine State, and early return of the displaced population from Bangladesh. They also asked for implementation of recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission for a durable solution to the crisis.

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HC rule on handing over dead patients to relatives

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The High Court has ruled that hospitals cannot refuse to hand over dead patients to their relatives over unpaid hospital bills and medical costs. The court has also ordered the formation of a fund to help poor and destitute patients. The High Court made the ruling on Monday based on several media reports it had taken into consideration five years ago.

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Rohingya Crisis - Dhaka wants greater pressure on Myanmar at ASEM FMs meet

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Ahead of ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Myanmar, Bangladesh wants to make the best use of high-level visits from a number countries, including China and Japan, to mount pressure on Myanmar and expedite talks for sending back Rohingyas to their homeland, reports UNB.

 

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BNP renews demand for polls-time supportive govt

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Reiterating its demand for polls-time supportive government, the BNP has threatened to realise the demand through waging movement. "The national election must be held under a supportive government as per the BNP's proposal. If the government does not meet our demand, it will be realised through waging movement," said the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

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Graft charges against Justice Sinha: Govt 'waiting' as ex-law minister suggests probe

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Justice SK Sinha has resigned amid criticism.

Former law minister Shafique Ahmed thinks the Anti-Corruption Commission or ACC should move to investigate charges of corruption against Surendra Kumar Sinha who has resigned as chief justice, but the national anti-graft agency has not taken any action. Law Minister Anisul Huq says measures will 'surely' be taken against Justice Sinha, but advices ‘waiting’ for them.

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Rohingya crisis unprecedented

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament said Bangladesh is faced with an unprecedented crisis over providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya refugees and sending them back home. “The Rohingya crisis has taken a serious turn due to the recent military operation and violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar. The present situation is very much worse compared to anytime in the past,” she also said while responding to a question of treasury bench lawmaker Abdul Matin.

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Blasphemous photo post: Titu put on 4-day remand

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A court on Wednesday granted four days remand for Titu Roy in case filed against posting blasphemous photo on social media that triggered an arson attack on Rangpur Hindu houses. Debangshu Kumar Sarkar, Senior Judicial Magistrate of Rangpur, passed the order after police appeared the accused before the court and sought 10days remand for interrogation.

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Army to be deployed in polls, reiterates Mahbub

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Army to be deployed in polls, reiterates Mahbub 

Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday reiterated that the army will be deployed in the next general election. “I talked to other commissioners and their realisation is that the army should be deployed in the election. I also personally think that there should be army to meet public expectations,” he told reporters at his office in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban.

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No decision yet on army deployment: CEC

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The Election Commission has not taken any decision of deploying army during the 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda. “The commission has not taken any decision in this regard, (though) discussions are underway if the army would be called out during the polls time,” he told Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha on Tuesday.

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Bangladesh-Myanmar border conference begins

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A six-day long border conference between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Police Force (MPF) began on Tuesday in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. The conference will end on November 18, said an official release.

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Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 168

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At least 168 people were killed in Iraq and Iran on Sunday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region, state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble. At least 164 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran's National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More than 1,650 were injured, he said.

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Around 200,000 more to enters BD in coming weeks, says IRC

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Around 200,000 more Rohingyas will arrive in Bangladesh in coming weeks, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) expects, bringing the total Rohingya population to over one million - only exacerbating an already unimaginable humanitarian crisis.

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If return to power, we'll purify Awami League: Khaleda

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday said her party, if voted to power, will carry out a purge to purify Awami League as the party has ‘indulged’ in many misdeeds, including killing and enforced disappearance. “We won’t do the politics of vengeance like you. Like you, we won’t pick up people, put them in jail or kill them. We don’t pursue the politics of violence,” she told a rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan, , reports UNB.

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Bangladesh Chief Justice Sinha resigns amid criticism over constitutional amendment verdict

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Before leaving for Australia on Oct 13, Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said that the criticism over the verdict 'embarrassed' him. File photo

Bangladesh's chief justice resigned about six weeks after he went on leave amid criticism by the ruling party over a top court verdict scrapping a constitutional amendment.Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha was the first top judge in Bangladesh to have stepped down. The president's office said on Saturday that they received a letter of resignation from Sinha, who is now abroad. Sinha was appointed to the top court as the chief justice in January 2015, with his term scheduled to end on Jan 31, 2018.

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