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Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100...

Return too complicated

The repatriation of Bangladeshis rescued recently in Thailand after they were trafficked into that country to be sold as slaves may take at least three months.  “My heart is aching to go home,” said Absar Mia, 27, father of three children, from Teknaf of Cox's Bazar. He is now staying at a Thai detention centre with others, mostly Bangladeshis and some Myanmar nationals. "All I think about is how I can get home, how I can see my mother again, how I...

40,000 Yaba tablets seized in Teknaf

40,000 Yaba tablets seized in Teknaf

Border Gaurd Bangladesh (BGB) seized around 40,000 pieces of contraband yaba during a crackdown in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar early today. Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of BGB launched a drive on Naf River near Jaliapara area around 1:00am and seized the tablets, our Cox's Bazar correspondent reports quoting, Abuzer Al...

2 Thais arrested for trafficking of Bangladeshis, Rohingya

2 Thais arrested for trafficking of Bangladeshis, Rohingya

Thai authorities have arrested two men charged with human trafficking, police said on Tuesday, following the discovery of 134 suspected victims in southern Thailand at a time when the military government is under international pressure to tackle the crime. The two Thais were charged in relation to a group of 53 men found on...

Preacher refuses to give up Yangon church keys

Preacher refuses to give up Yangon church keys

A recent Magazine article reported on the dwindling number of Armenians in Myanmar, also known as Burma. As Jonah Fisher reports from Yangon, the head of the Armenian Church has been to meet the local congregation and has made some changes. To mark the visit of the head of the Armenian Church the garden...

1.40 lakh yaba tablets seized in Cox’s Bazar

1.40 lakh yaba tablets seized in Cox’s Bazar

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 1.40 lakh of yaba tablets worth about Tk 4.50 crore in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar. No one was detained in this connection, our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reports quoting Lt Col Abu Jar Al Jahid, commanding officer of BGB battalion-42 in Teknaf. Acting on a tip-off, a special...

50,000 Yaba tablets seized in Cox’s Bazar

50,000 Yaba tablets seized in Cox’s Bazar

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 50,000 pieces of contraband Yaba tablets worth around Tk 1.5 crore from Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early today. BGB received intelligence of an organised effort to smuggle in the Yaba from Myanmar along Naf river, said Abuzer Al Jahid, commanding officer of 42nd BGB battalion. On-patrol, troopers spotted a...

Myanmar's fragile peace talks grind to a halt

PEACE talks between the Myanmar government and the leaders of the country's ethnic rebel groups have stalled. After a protracted week of talks, the negotiations are at an impasse. The only thing they could agree on was to meet again. And as fresh fighting erupts in many ethnic areas, between government troops and rebel soldiers, there is a very real danger that the peace process will unravel altogether. This was the sixth round of talks between the two sides, since...

Register as 'Bengalis' or face detention

Myanmar has drafted a plan that will give around a million members of the persecuted Rohingyas a bleak choice: accept ethnic reclassification and the prospect of citizenship, or be detained. Many Rohingyas lost documents in the widespread violence, or have previously refused to register as "Bengalis", as required by the government under the new plan, because they say the term implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. Most of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingyas already live in apartheid-like conditions in western...

Myanmar cancels planned parliamentary by-election

Myanmar cancels planned parliamentary by-election

Myanmar's Union Election Commission said Sunday it is canceling by-elections that were scheduled for later this year to fill 35 empty parliamentary seats. Commission chairman Tin Aye made the surprise announcement at a media briefing in Yangon. Reasons he gave included preparations for the 2015 general election, Myanmar's duties hosting the summit of Association of...

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