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PM for formulation of master plan for development

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for formulating a master plan to ensure planned development of the country protecting the water bodies, arabale lands and environment as well at the district, upazila and union level. “We would have to pursue development at district, upazila and even in union level in a well-planned way after formulating a master plan,” she said while inaugurating seven housing development projects at the city’s Eskaton Garden Road area, reports BSS. PM002Four of the seven projects have been comp...

Myanmar reluctant in returning Rohingyas: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today accused Myanmar of being reluctant in repatriating their over a million Rohingya nationals defying their promise and feared that some international aid agencies to tend to keep the crisis alive. “The problem lies with Myanmar as they don’t want to return the Rohingyas by any means” though Naypyidaw signed an agreement with Bangladesh promising to repatriate them, she told a crowded press conference at her Ganabhaban official residence this afternoon, reports BSS. [caption id="attachment_27103" align="alignleft" width="534"]PM-01

Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

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The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military’s violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace prize winner should have considered returning to house arrest rather than excusing the military. A new UN report says Myanmar’s military should be investigated for genocide. Myanmar has rejected the report as one-sided. The army of the Buddhist-majority nation - which has been accused of systematic ethnic cleansing - has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing.

HRW urges to stop attacks on student protesters, critics

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Instead of prosecuting those responsible for unlawfully attacking student protesters demanding road safety, Bangladesh authorities are arresting students and targeting activists and journalists who are highlighting the abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should order an immediate investigation into reports that renowned photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, was beaten while in custody. Alam was detained on August 5, 2018, for criticizing the government and its supporters for targeting students. [caption id="attachment_26946" align="alignleft" width="650"]

Cabinet Okays draft of revised agriculture policy

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The cabinet today approved the draft of a revised National Agriculture Policy eying to benefit farmers and attaining food and nutrition security for the people. The cabinet approval came at its weekly meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS. “The policy has been framed by upgrading the previous policy of 2013 . . . its prime goal is to make the agriculture sector safe and profitable and attain food and nutrition security,” Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam told a news briefing after the meeting, simultaneously approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Act.

UN starts registering Rohingya refugees

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The United Nations(UN)  and the Bangladesh government have started formally registering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, a move that officials say would help their eventual return. More than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have escaped Buddhist-majority Myanmar since last August, when attacks by Muslim insurgents triggered a military offensive that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies the accusations and has said it waged a legitimate counter-insurgency operation. The registration programme started jointly by the United Nations High Commissioner for