Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) - Bangladesh and India are likely to hold home minister-level talks in New Delhi on August 7 to discuss the issues of mutual interest with a greater focus on security and migration.
The two sides are now finalising things that will be discussed at the meeting, officials said on Sunday.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and his Indian counterpart Amit Shah are likely to discuss border issues and ways on how the two countries can further strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalisation.
This will be the 7th round of home minister-level meeting between Bangladesh and India.
Former Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Bangladesh in July last year and co-chaired the 6th meeting of the Bangladesh-India home minister-level talks.
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) - Jean-Marin Schuh has been appointed as new French Ambassador to Bangladesh.
Jean-Marin Schuh will take over charge after submitting his credentials to President Abdul Hamid. He is expected to arrive here on Monday.
Former French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin left Dhaka for Paris on Friday on completion of her tenure.
Schuh served as French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 2015-2018, according to his profile.
He also served as Deputy Director for Asia and Oceania at Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2012-2015 apart from serving as second and first secretary in New Delhi from 2009-2012.
Dhaka, Jul 21 (UNB) – European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink has said the EU stands shoulder to shoulder with the government of Bangladesh in reintegrating migrants back in their community.
She made the assurance recently while visiting Khulna to see the activities and impact of Prottasha project.
“I’m very impressed with the work being done under Prottasha project. I take this opportunity to reassure that the EU stands shoulder to shoulder with the government of Bangladesh in reintegrating migrants back in their community,” she was quoted as saying in an IOM media release issued on Sunday.
The EU Head of Delegation, Rensje Teerink, accompanied by Chief of Mission of IOM Bangladesh Giorgi Gigauri, Deputy Chief of Mission Dimanche Sharon and Acting Executive Director of BRAC Asif Saleh visited the project area of Prottasha in Khulna and Dumuria upazilas from July 17 to 19.
The EU is funding the four-year Prottasha project which is being implemented in 10 districts since 2017 aimed at the sustainable reintegration of returnees and the progressive achievement of SDG Goal 10.7 –-to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) in close collaboration of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry and partnership with Brac has been implementing the project having three components --reintegration, governance and awareness raising.
During the visit to Dumuria upazila, EU delegates interacted with the beneficiaries, para-counselors and migration forum members at the project locations.
On the second day of the visit on 18 July, EU delegates attended a District Coordination Committee (DCC) meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office and visited a Reintegration Service Centre –RSC in Khulna city.
Chief of Mission of IOM Bangladesh Giorgi Gigauri said they are taking a broader developmental approach when it comes to reintegration support to returnee migrants.
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – Transport Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Priyabala Saha, who complained of minority oppression in Bangladesh to US President Donald Trump, should be given a chance a to explain herself.
Priya claimed that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from Bangladesh and that her home was torched and her land was grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists.
“The reasons for making such allegations should be investigated. I think she should be given a chance to defend herself when she returns home,” Quader told the media after attending the license handover ceremony of MRT Line 6 at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre.
Bangladesh strongly condemned Priya Saha’s allegations. The government on Saturday said that there appears to be an ulterior motive behind her false and concocted stories aimed at maligning Bangladesh.
“Her motive should be investigated,” Quader said. “She should make a public statement.”
Meanwhile, several people, including lawyers, have moved the court seeking permission to file sedition cases against her in various districts across the country.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged global educationists, researchers and renowned institutions to play their role, independent of regional and international initiatives, to find a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.
“Myanmar hasn’t come forward to resolve the crisis. No step has been taken by Myanmar. They couldn’t create the congenial environment in Rakhine to build confidence among Rohingyas (to return). Instead, Myanmar is playing blame game,” he said urging the global community to come forward.
The Foreign Minister made the remarks while addressing a seminar titled ‘International Rohingya Awareness Conference’ held at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts of the USA on Friday.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh is doing whatever possible for sustainable return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Boston-based economist of Bangladeshi origin Dr Abdullah Shibli, and Professor Emeritus Dr David Dapice of the Ash Center arranged the seminar where Dr Momen was the key discussant, according to Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN.
Director at UNHCR’s New York office Ninette Kelley also spoke at the seminar moderated by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s Director Anthony Saich.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after August 25, 2017 amid a military crackdowns and "ethnic cleansing" of the persecuted minority.
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Dr Fatou Bensouda has recently requested the Court’s Judges to authorise an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya people from Myanmar.
The outcome of this request is still pending and is before the Court’s judges.