Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) - A group of International NGOs (INGOs) in Myanmar have said the key drivers of insecurity and violence in Rakhine need to be comprehensively addressed, as outlined in the recommendations put forward by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.
The current upsurge in violence threatens the safety of civilians, said the INGOs in a joint statement on Tuesday.
The signatories to the joint statement are ACTED, Action Contre La Faim, CARE International, Christian Aid, Consortium Dutch NGOs, Danish Refugee Council, Lutheran World Federation, Malteser International, MAUK-Myanmar, Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Peace Winds Japan, People In Need, Relief International, Save the Children, Solidarités International and World Vision International.
As International NGOs supporting communities throughout Rakhine State, they expressed deep concern for displaced communities and others affected by the upsurge in fighting between the "Arakan Army" (AA) and Myanmar Military.
Fighting, attacks, and reports of abuse have invoked fear and anxiety among local communities and displaced an estimated 5,000 men, women, and children, the statement reads.
"We condemn the violence and call on all sides to show restraint and ensure the protection of civilians," according to the statement.
The INGOs said humanitarian access is now extremely restricted to five key townships where violence and resulting displacement has been most pronounced.
Without effective and ongoing access, the ability of local and international organisations to provide life-saving assistance to all conflict-affected communities in central and northern Rakhine is seriously compromised, says the statement.
"We commend Rakhine civil society organisations, the Red Cross movement, and other agencies already responding to the urgent needs of displaced and other affected people."
The INGOs said they are very concerned that this response will not be sufficient to meet the humanitarian needs of an estimated 5,000 people now displaced in Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun and Rathedaung, with further fighting and displacement expected.
"We stand ready to support all conflict-affected communities and complement ongoing response efforts as needed. Local and international organisations should be granted rapid, unfettered and sustained access to all affected populations to independently assess needs and provide comprehensive assistance and protection to all communities in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law," the statement adds.
Sirajganj, Jan 22 (UNB) – The husband of a woman is among four people sentenced to death over her murder in 2011.
Sirajganj Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal handed down the maximum punishment on Tuesday.
The convicts are — Subir Kumar Roy, Sushil Kumar Roy, Sunil Kumar Roy and Monoranjan Roy. Subir was the husband of victim Sumi Roy.
The court also fined them Tk1 lakh each.
According to the prosecution, Subir married to Sumi, daughter of Gopinath Biswas of Tangail. in 1999. Subir used to torture his wife for dowry since their marriage.
On January 12, 2001, Subir along with his family members beat up Sumi after she had refused to bring dowry from his father.
At one stage, they strangled Sumi and tried to pass it on as suicide. But the autopsy report revealed that it was a murder.
Manirul Islam, sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station, filed a case against four people. After examining records and witnesses, Sirajganj Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Fazle Khoda Mohammad Najir handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday approved chargesheets against former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu and his wife on charges of acquiring wealth beyond known sources of income and concealing asset information.
ACC Deputy Director Md Jahangir Alam filed the case against Falu, also chairman and managing director of a private television channel NTV, with Ramna police on May 15, 2017.
ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said Falu was accused of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 17.86 crore. According to case documents, the BNP leader concealed information about his wealth in the asset details submitted to ACC.
The commission also filed a case in the same year against Falu’s wife for allegedly acquiring wealth beyond known sources of income. She concealed information of the wealth worth around Tk 4 crores according to the case.
Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB)- A two-day long music festival will be held at Dhaka University (DU) Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on January 27-28.
DU music department organises the festival as part of its regular academic curriculum, the department’s chairperson Tumpa Samadar said at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman will inaugurate the event as the chief guest. Acting High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Dr Adarsh Swaika, DU Pro- VC (Academic) Dr Nasreen Ahmad, Pro- VC (Administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, among others, will attend the ceremony as special guests.
Students and teachers of the music Department, invited singers from India and Sri Lanka will perform at the festival.
The honours student, who graduated at the top of the class in 2017, will be given Nilufar Yasmin Memorial Scholarship. Besides eminent music personalities – late professor Mridul Kanti Chakrabarty and Madan Gopal Das – will be honoured.
Brahmanbaria, Jan 22 (UNB) – Indian Border Security Force (BSF) took back 31 Rohingyas from the no man’s land on Tuesday, said Lt Col Golam Kabir, commander of 25 Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion.
The Rohingyas, including 17 children and six women, came to the place near Kajiatoli area in Kasba Upazila on Friday evening to enter Bangladesh.
Gopinathpur Union Parishad Chairman SM Mannan claimed the BSF was trying to force the refugees into Bangladesh.
The BGB intensified vigil to prevent them from entering the country. But severe cold and hunger took their toll on the children.
Several flag meetings between BGB and BSF yielded no results. The BSF set up tents for the Rohingyas on Monday and supplied them food before taking them back in phases in the morning.