Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - The Rohingya issue is likely to come up when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets the Chinese President during her official visit in July, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday.
“Myanmar has great respect for China. If Beijing requests Nay Pyi Taw, then we hope the [Rohingya] issue will be resolved quickly,” he said at the closing ceremony of Bangladesh Taekwando Federation Hanmadang Championship 2019 in Dhaka.
Bangladesh has been hosting 1.2 million Rohingyas. Most of them came here from their homeland in Rakhine State after Myanmar launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority on August 25, 2017.
UN’s top human rights official said Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingyas appeared to be textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
State-sponsored discrimination against the Rohingyas stretches back decades in Myanmar where they are denied citizenship and basic rights despite having lived there for generations.
Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw have signed an agreement to repatriate the Rohingyas.
“We’ve prepared a biometric list of Rohingyas as per their (Myanmar’s) requirements and they’ve verified it,” Foreign Minister Momen said. “Myanmar has promised to take back Rohingyas but the process is yet to start.”
The main reason, he said, was the lack of security in the Rakhine State. Myanmar is yet to create a congenial atmosphere in the state.
Momen said other nations support Bangladesh in the Rohingyas issue.
“We want a peaceful solution. Rohingyas came to our country at different times in the past and they were sent back through discussions. We hope they’ll (Myanmar) take back their people through discussion [this time, too],” the minister added.
Dhaka, Jun 22 (UNB) - Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Saturday placed in Parliament the list of 300 top loan defaulters of the country involving Tk 50,942 crore.
The Finance Minister made the disclosure while responding to a tabled written question from ruling party MP Israfil Alam.
He said these loan defaulters took loans from all banks and financial institutions of the public and private sector.
He mentioned that the outstanding amount of these loan defaulters is Tk 70,571 crore while classified amount is Tk 52,837 crore.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal
The top 10 defaulters are¬ -- Samannaz Super Oil Ltd (Tk 1,049 crore), Galaxy Sweater and Yarn Dyeing Ltd (Tk 984 crore), Rimex Footwear Ltd (Tk 976 crore), Quantum Power Systems Ltd (Tk 828 crore), Maheen Enterprise Ltd (Tk 825 crore), Rupali Composite Leather Wear Ltd (Tk 798 crore), Crescent Leather Products Ltd (Tk 776 crore), SA Oil Refinery Ltd (Tk 707 crore), Suprov Composite Knit Ltd (Tk 610 crore) and Grameen Shakti (Tk 601 crore).
Mustafa Kamal also disclosed a list of borrowers who took more than Tk 5 crore from all banks, finance and public sector having outstanding amount 5 crore and bellow.
The list showed that some 14,617 individuals and institutions took loans of Tk 1,741,348 crore since 2009 while Tk 100,183 crore got defaulted.
Responding to a tabled starred question from Workers Party MP elected for reserved women seat Lutfun Nesa Khan, the Finance Minister said the number of loan defaulters in September 2015 was 111,954 involving Tk 59,105 crore while the number increased to 170,390 with Tk 102,315.19 crore in December 2018.
He pointed out reasons of both home and abroad which were beyond control but affected the businessmen and entrepreneurs raising the number of the loan defaulters.
Mustafa Kamal also held banks responsible for not choosing good borrowers.
He said the deficiency of collateral against loan, depositing same asset in more than one banks or loans, showing the value of collateral higher than the actual market price causes risk to any loan. “As a result, there’s a strong possibility to transform the loan into bad one.”
The Finance Minister said a stagnant situation prevails if any loan gets defaulted and this leads to a hurdle for both loan distribution and collection.
He said the government has given a special loan facility for rescheduling the long unpaid loans and one-time exit on May 16, 2019, aiming to maintain the normal flow of loans for the production sectors and others and reduce the defaulted loans and ensure economic development of the country.
“With this, (we) hope the amount of unpaid loans will decline in the banking sector,” he added.
Replying to Israfil Alam’s question, the minister said the government provided Tk 13,612.60 crore from 2015-16 fiscal year to 2018-19 to some banks which had been suffering from capital shortfall.
Replying to a question from ruling party MP Haji Mohammad Salim, he said state-owned commercial and specialised banks waived the interest to the tune of Tk 1198.24 crore last year against 6163 loans.
Agrani Bank Ltd waived the highest amount of Tk 494 crore against 2008 loans while Bangladesh Krishi Bank Tk 435 crore against 66 loans, Rupali Bank Ltd Tk 134 crore against 203 loans, Sonali Bank Ltd Tk 73 crore against 14 loans, Janata Bank Ltd Tk 54 crore against 2473 loans, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank Tk 4.35 crore against 1380 loans and BASIC Bank Ltd waived Tk 1.69 crore against 19 loans.
Bangladesh Development Bank did not waive any interest during the period, he said.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon will pay an official visit to Bangladesh on July 13-15 as the two countries are working to further strengthen their bilateral relations.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, addressing a function in the city, said that former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who played a very important role on climate change front, will visit Dhaka on July 8-11.
Momen also talked about China's role that Bangladesh seeks to resolve the Rohingya crisis by safely sending back Rohingyas to their place of origin.
Dr Momen was addressing the closing ceremony of Bangladesh Taekwando Federation Hanmadang Championship 2019 at Gymnasium, National Sports Council in the city.
Dhaka, Jun 22 (UNB)— Agitating students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) returned to their classes on Saturday, a week after their protests rocked the campus.
Buet students started demonstration on June 15 to press home 16-point demands, including cancelling recruitment of students’ welfare director and increasing research allocation.
They met Education Minister Dipu Moni on Thursday who assured them to fulfill their demands.
On Friday, the university authorities gave the students written assurance that their 16-point demands would be met soon.
Joypurhat, June 22 (UNB)— A human hauler drive and a child were killed in separate road accidents in Akkelpur and Khetlal upazilas on Saturday morning.
The deceased were identified as Abdus Salam, 35, from Akkelpur, and Tanveer Hossain, 4, son of Emran Hossain of Minigari village in Khetlal upazila.
Salam was killed on the spot after a train hit his human hauler at Kanupur rail crossing around 9:30am, said Kiron Kumar Roy, officer-in-charge of Akkelpur Police Station.
In another incident, 4-year-old Tanveer died when a human hauler ran him over after he had fallen off a running motorcycle around 10am, locals said.