Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - The United States has said they will continue to hold accountable those responsible for atrocities against Rohingyas what the US described as the "abhorrent ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The US also said Myanmar military must respect human rights for Myanmar’s democracy to succeed.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came up with US position on Saturday.
"A year ago, following deadly militant attacks, security forces responded by launching abhorrent ethnic cleansing of ethnic #Rohingya in Burma. The U.S. will continue to hold those responsible accountable. The military must respect human rights for #Burma’s democracy to succeed," Pompeo said in a message on Twitter.
August 25 was marked as the first anniversary of Rohingya influx into Bangladesh following military operations against Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Over 700,000 Rohingyas are now living in camps in Cox's Bazar district of the country.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque recently said the international pressure on Myanmar sustained over the past one year as Bangladesh worked both bilaterally and multilaterally to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. “We’ve seen broader embargo…I don’t see any possibility that pressure will come down.”
Bangladesh has emphasised the need for accelerating efforts to create a congenial environment there and build houses and villages for the returnees to facilitate the repatriation.
Chattogram, Aug 26 (UNB) - Four children died and 21 others fell sick in five days till Sunday due to the outbreak of an ‘unknown’ disease at remote Tripura Palli on a hill in Hathazari upazila.
Family sources said Onno Bala Tripura, 7, died on Sunday while Onno Roy Tripura, 5, on Tuesday (August 21), and two others- Somo Roy Tripura, 3 and Kisha Moni Tripura, 3 on Friday (August 24) at their respective houses.
Besides, hospital sources said, 21 other children were undergoing treatment at Hathazari health complex.
They said the affected children of Tripura Palli under ward No 2 of Farhadbad-1 union of the upazila had been suffering from fever and rash.
Contacted, Civil Surgeon of Chattogram Azizul Haque confirmed UNB about the death of the minors and said he visited the health complex.
Besides, he said, a team from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will visit the hospital to collect the blood samples of the affected patients.
In July last, nine children died from a mysterious disease at another Tripura Palli on a hill in Sitakundu upazila of the district.
Later, probe committees, formed in this connection, revealed that the children died of measles.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - Bangladesh faces the worst manmade disaster from Myanmar without any war or any conflict and the total value of 6,000 acres of deforested land in Rohingya camps is equivalent to Tk 741.31 crore or USD 86.67 million, said a leading chamber on Sunday.
The influx of Rohingyas has created a pressure on the economy and overall security of Bangladesh, said the International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) in its editorial of the current News Bulletin (April-June 2018).
This also has adverse impacts on the environment and climate of Bangladesh.
Some 6,000 acres of land have already been deforested by the Rohingya camps.
According to an estimate, the total value of 6,000 acres of deforested land in the Rohingya camps is equivalent to Tk 741.31 crore or USD 86.67 million.
The government of Myanmar had signed a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh, which continues to host the Rohingyas.
But not a single Rohingya refugee has returned under the formal framework agreed with Bangladesh, ICCB observed.
Besides, it said, many of those who have returned home have been detained. Between January and April this year, 58 Rohingyas who returned were arrested and convicted on unspecified charges.
They then received a Presidential pardon, but have simply been transferred from Buthidaung prison (in northern Rakhine province) to a so-called ‘reception centre’. So, more Rohingyas continue to seek shelter in Bangladesh.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on July 2.
After visiting Rohingya camps, he said the violence they had faced at home in Myanmar since last August was probably one of the most “tragic stories” of “systematic violation” of human rights ever recorded.
The UN chief was accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, which announced nearly $500 million in grant-based support to help Bangladesh address the needs of refugees. World Bank President Kim called on everyone to “stand in solidarity” with the Rohingyas so that they can live a life of dignity.
While Myanmar faced widespread international condemnation for the military’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, concrete action was less forthcoming.
In September, the UN Security Council held its first open discussion of the situation in Burma in eight years.
A draft Security Council resolution was blocked by a veto threat from China, ICCB said.
In September, the United Kingdom also announced it was halting all the engagement programmes with the Burmese military.
In October, the European Union suspended invitations to senior military officers and undertook a review of defense cooperation.
The United States ceased consideration of travel waivers for current and former senior military officials and rescinded invitations for senior military officials to attend US-sponsored events.
In December, the UNHCR held a special session condemning the violations, urging the government to grant access to the council-created Fact-Finding Mission, and calling on the government to address the root causes.
And in December, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution drafted by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and co-sponsored by a broad cross-regional coalition that called for an end to military operations, unhindered access for humanitarian assistance and actors, the voluntary and sustainable return of refugees to their original places, accountability for violations and abuses, and full respect for the ‘human rights and fundamental freedoms’ of the Rohingya population, including full citizenship.
The Rohingya crisis has created multi-dimensional problems for Bangladesh. For hosting Rohingyas the economy and environment of Bangladesh has affected adversely.
Bangladesh deserves all the supports and solidarity from the international community to face the crisis.
Though Bangladesh has been receiving sympathies for hosting the Rohingyas from different quarters, including the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, there has been no tangible progress in repatriation of these distressed Rohingyas so far.
It is, therefore, imperative on the part of world leaders to force Myanmar in rehabilitating Rohingyas without delay and provide them full citizenship and grant civil liberties.
The United Nations estimates that almost 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar’s violent campaign of ethnic cleansing.
The vast majority of Rohingya refugees are women and children, including newborn babies and elderly people requiring additional aid and protection, the ICCB said.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the northwest bay and adjoining area persists.
The low is likely to intensify, said a Met office bulletin on Sunday.
Under its influence, steep pressure gradient persists over the north bay and adjoining areas.
Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, north bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.
Under the influence of the low, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Borguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind-driven surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.
They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) – State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government will import 100,000 tonnes of coal from abroad to meet the demand of the Barapukuria coal-fired power plant.
“We’ve already floated a tender to import the coal,” he said while exchanging Eid greetings with reporters at his office.
The state minister said the move was initiated as part of the contingency plan to manage any difficult situation.
He, however, said it is yet to be selected from which country the coal will be brought. “We’ve just invited tender in this regard and the selection will be made after submission of bids by suppliers,” he said.
The Barapukuria coal-fired power plant was forced to shut down on July 22 following an unusual shortage in coal supply by the nearby Barapukuria coal mine.
The shutdown of the power plant led to a huge power cut in the country’s northern region.
The coal shortage appeared when the operation of the coal mine was suspended due to change in shaft and it was identified that about 144,000 tonnes of coal disappeared from the coal storage.
The government formed a number of committees to probe the coal disappearance.
Nasrul Hamid said the Barapukuria power plant is expected to resume partial operation from September next and it might be fully operational from October.
Responding to a query, he said the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will not have any impact on the electricity tariff.
He, however, said the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has the ultimate authority to decide the readjustment of power tariff.