Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has laid emphasis on a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis as Bangladesh seeks Cambodia’s support for early repatriation of the forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh.
Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP met the Cambodian Prime Minister at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday afternoon to elicit support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas.
He also highlighted the negative consequences of the prolong stay of these Rohingya people in Bangladesh and the Asean countries and beyond, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Highlighting the humanitarian gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Faruk Khan briefed the four-point policy direction of Prime Minister Hasina to the Cambodian Prime Minister.
He sought support from Cambodia, an important member country of Asean, for early, safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya people.
The Cambodian Prime Minister mentioned that mutual naming of road in Phnom Pen and Dhaka after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the late King Father of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk would strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.
They also discussed other bilateral issues, including trade, agriculture and tourism.
Addressing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as his elder sister, Prime Minister Hun Sen referred to her visit to Cambodia in December 2017 and his visit to Bangladesh in June 2014, and mentioned that these two visits have taken the bilateral relations to a new height.
Faruk Khan mentioned that Bangladesh would organise events in Cambodia during ‘Mujib Year’ from March 2020 to March 2021, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman so that the people of Cambodia can learn more about the glorious life of Bangabandhu.
Earlier in the day, Faruk Khan and the delegation met the President of the Senate, First Vice President of the National Assembly and attended a working meeting with the Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of Cambodia.
In all the meetings, Faruk Khan urged the Cambodian leaders to put pressure on Myanmar so that it takes its residents back.
Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince, MP, Md Abdul Majid Khan, MP, Nahim Razzaq, Bangladesh Ambassador to Cambodia (resident in Bangkok) Md Nazmul Quaunine and high officials from Cambodian Government were also present at the meetings.
Farukh Khan and delegation members met the Bangladesh Community members living in Cambodia on Sunday evening in Phnom Penh.
‘Science’, a prestigious journal, recognised the research achievement of icddr,b and Washington University, USA on microbes to combat malnutrition as one of the runners-up in the collection of ten biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2019.
Science is the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and one of the world's top academic journals. It has been at the centre of important scientific discovery since its founding in 1880—with seed money from Thomas Edison.
The World Health Organization reported that 52 million children underfive years of age are wasted (low weight for height), while 17 million are severely wasted and 155 million are stunted (low height for age).
Many countries will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for malnutrition, according to icddr,b.
As a result their brains do not develop properly and they remain susceptible to diseases for many years after. This is due to their gut microbes which remain in an immature state.
Scientists from icddr,b and Washington University studied the main types of bacteria present in the healthy guts of children. They also tested which sets of foods boost these important bacterial communities in animal models.
In a recently concluded trial involving 68 malnourished children aged 12-18 months living in Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, the research team tested out different diets.
They investigated the impact of diets on the gut microbiota, and how members of microbiota that are beneficial are affected positively.
Another key outcome of this study was to see the effect of diets on proteins produced in the body of the children.
Consequently, two articles were published in Science in July 2019. The findings suggest fostering the right microbes with specific nutritional supplements including green bananas, chickpeas, soybean and peanut flour could help the gut flora recover in these children.
Larger scale clinical trials with diets prepared with these foods are now underway at the icddr,b.
DrTahmeed Ahmed, Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services at icddr,b and Prof Jeffrey Gordon at Washington University have been leading this research since 2014.
Prof Gordon said the aim has been "to target microbes to heal. Microbes don't see bananas or peanuts - they just see a blend of nutrients they can use and share.”
“It wasn't yet completely clear why these foods worked best but a much larger trial was now being carried out to see if the diet had long-term effects on children's weight and height gain,” he added.
DrTahmeed Ahmed said it appears the traditional nutrition interventions practiced in the developing countries have to be boosted with the diets developed based upon the new knowledge of the role of the gut microbiota to combat malnutrition among children and to prevent all the deadly complications.
“If the large trials support our findings this will certainly be an excellent discovery and will strongly help addressing undernutrition in children in the developing countries,” he added.
Two Indian Coast Guard ships - ICGS Sujay and ICGS Sarojini Naidu - arrived at Mongla Port on Monday as part of ongoing bilateral exchanges between Bangladesh and Indian Coast Guard.
ICGS Sujay is a 105m offshore patrol vessel commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard on December 27, 2017 and is primarily designed for round the clock, all-weather surveillance of maritime zones of India and is capable of integrated helicopter operations.
ICGS Sarojini Naidu is 50m long fast patrol craft commissioned on November 11, 2002 and the first to have water jet propulsion system.
She is designed for patrolling, search and rescue, anti smuggling, anti terrorist operations, protection of fishermen and endangered marine species.
Over next three days, personnel from both Coast Guards will interact closely and exchange best practices being followed by each other, as well as undertake joint training in areas of mutual interest like pollution response.
This interaction will facilitate greater synergy between the two forces thereby enhancing safety at sea for mariners from both the countries, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
The activities are in accordance with the MoU signed between the two forces in 2015, it said.
The Rohingya repatriation issue will be prominently discussed with Cambodia when a delegation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will visit the Asean country.
Committee Chairman and former commerce minister Faruk Khan is leading the delegation. It is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Sunday and return home January 8, said a press release.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after August 2017 amid military crackdowns against the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority in the Rakhine State.
Bangladesh remains engaged bilaterally and multilaterally to resolve the crisis in a peaceful manner.
The Embassy of Nepal in Dhaka will formally appoint and honour three renowned personalities of Bangladesh - two time-Mt. Everest Summiteer MA Mohit, popular singer Mehreen Bhuiyan Mahmud and popular artist Zahid Hassan - as goodwill Ambassadors on Tuesday for the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’.
The Embassy will host a function titled ‘Unveiling Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign’ the same day marking the start of ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’.
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon will attend the function as the chief guest while Secretary Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal Kedar Bahadur Adhikari will attend as special guest, said the Nepalese Embassy here on Sunday.
During the ceremony, the Embassy will organise photo exhibitions providing glimpses of beauty of Nepal and will also offer an opportunity to experience Nepal through Nepali food and cultural programs.
The embassy will also launch a tourism blog as a platform for the travellers to Nepal to share their stories and experiences.
The embassy has designed similar programmes in various cities of Bangladesh, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Rajshahi, Cox's Bazaar, Rangpur where the Goodwill Ambassadors will share their experience of Nepal and its beauty and authenticity as a regional tourism destination.
This program will help to enhance further the excellent relationship between Nepal and Bangladesh at people-to-people level.
On January 1, President of Nepal inaugurated ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ amidst a grand ceremony held at the Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal.
The embassy will host guests from different walks of life including senior government officials, tourism sector officials, business houses, journalists, social workers, renowned celebrities and members of diplomatic communities in Dhaka.
After the promulgation of the new constitution, Nepal has entered into a new era of peace and prosperity with sustainable development, said the Embassy.
As Nepal is laced with diverse culture, geography and scenic beauty, it is rightly known as the garden of the world where tourism remains one of the major attractions for visitors around the globe, it said.
The Embassy said Nepal has started a national campaign designed to welcome 2 million tourists in the year2020. Nepal is an all-season destination offering various avenues for adventure tourism, cultural and spiritual experiences and MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism, it said.
Nepal has also been putting huge investment in infrastructure development including in hospitality sector, transport and airport facilities, which will be instrumental to enhance the tourism sector further.