Dhaka, Dec 16 (UNB) - The 48th glorious Victory Day of Bangladesh was observed in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday with due respect and festivity.
Different activities were organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan, said a press release.
The day’s program began with hoisting of the National Flag with the National Anthem at the Embassy premises in the morning.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima hoisted the flag while all the officials and representatives of Bangladesh community were present. Later one-minute silence of respect followed by special prayer (dua) was offered in the memory of the martyrs who dedicated their lives in the historic war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
During delivering her massage, the ambassador solemnly recalled and paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who died on l5 August 1975.
A colorful cultural program including patriotic songs, Rabindra sangeet and recitation of poem was staged. The program ended with singing the national anthem by all.
Later Bangladeshi foods were offered to the guests.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) - Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit (BANFPU-2) has provided free medical consultations for the people of Goundam town in Mali.
The free medical consultation programme was held recently aiming to bring relief to the population but also to engender trust between them and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeepers.
The activity was carried out at the Community Health Centre of Goundam by a medical team from BANFPU-2 who were supported by doctors from the health centre, according to the MINUSMA website.
Over the course of the day, 213 patients suffering from malaria, the flu and rheumatism were treated.
In addition, some older patients who were diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure received treatment.
Mamadou Konate, the Prefect of Goundam Cercle, said he was encouraged by this gesture of solidarity towards the vulnerable members of the population.
“Once more, you just marked the hearts and spirit of this fragile part of the population by this act of friendship. We’ll forever be grateful!,” he added.
The Head of UNPOL in Goundam reassured the community leaders of Goundam of MINUSMA’s dedication to work with all Malians for peace and security in Mali.
He also announced that a similar activity would take place in the first semester of 2019, in Tonka city, located 32km south-west of Goundam.
Dhaka, Dec 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh has “outperformed” its many South Asian neighbours in health-related achievements, “convincingly defying the expert view” that economic strength and abundant health resources are the key drivers of better population health, says a Bangladesh envoy in New York.
“The Lancet, a renowned British medical journal, called Bangladesh’s success as one of the great mysteries of global health,” said Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN highlighting the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the health sector.
He made the remarks while delivering Bangladesh statement on the draft resolution on ‘Global health and foreign policy: healthier world through better nutrition under the agenda’ at the 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York recently.
Ambassador Momen said Bangladesh has seen remarkable health improvements since gaining its independence in 1971, and has evolved to a role model of “good health at low cost”.
Public Health scholars mentioned Bangladesh as a positive deviant, performing far better, given its widespread challenges, than anyone could have expected, he added.
In terms of health expenditure, per capita expenditure (PPP) from public funds in Bangladesh has increased to US$ 88 only in 2014 and it spent less than 3 percent of its GDP for health in the same year, said the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations on Saturday.
However, Bangladesh's health achievements in reducing maternal, infant, and under-5 mortality rates, increased vaccination coverage, higher life expectancy at birth have come in spite of this low per capita GDP spending on healthcare, said Ambassador Momen.
“The progress in infant, child and maternal mortality has been particularly striking, with maternal mortality reduced from 594 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 176 deaths in 2015. The infant mortality and under 5 mortality rates, as of 2016, are 29 and 36 per 1000 live births respectively,” he said.
The envoy said challenges in global health, despite progress, still remain with special regard to inequities and vulnerabilities within and among countries, regions and populations.
“We think that political commitments at the UN can play a significant role in contributing to the global health agenda,” he said.
Ambassador Momen said they need to work for collective actions and its greater coherence at all levels and across all sectors and stakeholders as they endevour to address the health needs of the most vulnerable populations and improve equity.
“Global health is multidimensional in scope, often crosses physical boundaries and requires sustained high-level commitment and closer international cooperation, including partnerships among relevant stakeholders,” he said.
Bangladesh undertook a "pluralistic" health system where resources were pulled in from public funds and spaces were given for NGOs to work in the health sector. “Our government's role in promoting and facilitating widespread education of girl child's have also helped.”
In Bangladesh, among the health indicators, Ambassador Momen said, not all are positive, particularly child malnutrition. “Like many other developing countries, Bangladesh has also been experiencing this dual burden.”
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs has declared it genocide in Myanmar as its military and security forces unleashed a targeted campaign against the Rohingya people.
Mentioning killing unarmed civilians, raping women and children, burning down villages, and planting landmines along border areas transited by refugees fleeing for their lives, the House of Representatives took a stand on Thursday by passing a resolution declaring these crimes "genocide".
On the House floor earlier this week, Chairman Ed Royce said, “With this resolution, the House will take the important step of naming the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in Burma what they are: genocide."
The measure also accomplishes a number of other important goals. "It provides a thorough accounting of the crisis, calls out the complicit Burmese Government, urges the Secretary of State to join us in formally declaring genocide and promotes multilateral agreement on that declaration."
Importantly, the resolution also called for the immediate pardon and release of two journalists who were framed and jailed by Myanmar authorities for shining a light on some of the atrocities by government forces.
The Rohingya people, predominantly of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, are often called the world’s most persecuted minority.
The Rohingya are essentially stateless people, as the Myanmar government refuses to recognize them as citizens – despite the fact that the Rohingya people have lived in Burma for generations, said Royce.
Further, the House chair said, institutional restrictions on the Rohingya have impacted their rights to study, work, travel, access health services, practice religion and even marry.
The most recent wave of persecution began in August of 2017, when Myanmar security forces and civilian mobs began a horrific wave of attacks.
Mass murder, rape and destruction of villages throughout Rakhine State has been documented, Royce.
These atrocities have driven more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes to Bangladesh, bringing the total Rohingya refugee population there to nearly a million.
"Bangladesh has been very generous in accepting all these refugees in the face of such dire circumstances," said Royce.
The House chairman said, "A year and a half later, the evidence is overwhelming. As I said at our hearing on the subject this past September, it is time that we take the next step in declaring that these crimes amount to genocide."
In September, the State Department released a report on the stomach-turning, systematic and widespread acts of violence against the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine State, but failed to label these atrocities genocide.
The State Department’s investigation revealed countless heart-wrenching pieces of evidence, like the account of one woman who hid in bushes as she watched Burmese soldiers throw infants and toddlers into a river to drown and shot their mothers who tried to save them.
"The United States has a moral obligation to call these crimes genocide. Failing to do so gives the perpetrators cover and hinders efforts to bring those accountable to justice. With this resolution, the House fulfills its part of that duty," Royce said.
The House chair said Congress has a proud legacy of declaring genocide when warranted – just as they did over two years ago when the House voted unanimously to declare ISIS’ atrocities against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria genocide. "It is time to take this sober step again."
Royce urged all of his colleagues to join him in supporting this measure and fulfilling their responsibility to reinforce the universal values they hold dear.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali met newly elected Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora at his office in New Delhi on Wednesday.
It was a courtesy call with Arora who assumed office on December 2, said an official on Thursday without giving further details.
The Indian Election Commission will hold the 2019 general election under him, a 62-year-old former bureaucrat.
Besides, Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are scheduled to be held next year, according to Indian media.