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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...


Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

Myanmar pledges to take back Rohingyas

Myanmar has agreed to resume the repatriation of registered Rohingyas from Bangladesh within the next two months. “They have agreed to start work towards repatriation of verified Myanmar nationals within two months… although the process will start with a small number of 2,415 out of over 32,000 registered Myanmar citizens, we consider it a major breakthrough,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said. The development came at the 8th round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Bangladesh and Myanmar at the foreign...

Myanmar agrees to take back its verified citizens

Myanmar agrees to take back its verified citizens

In a major breakthrough, Myanmar has agreed to take back its verified citizens living in two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh in next two months.  Initially, they will take back 2,415 people, who have been verified as Myanmar citizens in 2005, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after a meeting...


Economic Nirvana

Economic <i>Nirvana</i>

WHEN the Board of Investment (BoI) invited me to a dialogue on the State of the Economy, it used a trump card of a huge sell-point we have acquired by virtue of a sizeable success through the recent maritime boundary delimitation along the Bay. It was an irresistible invitation for many in spite...

Foreign Secy-Level Meeting with Myanmar

Rohingya, trade high on agenda

Repatriation of Rohingya refugees, border management, human trafficking, boosting trade and investment, and introduction of coastal shipping will be high on the agenda at the Bangladesh-Myanmar meeting to be held in Dhaka on August 31. The foreign secretary-level Eighth Foreign Office Consultation will also discuss issues like regular holding of security dialogues, import of gas from Myanmar, confidence-building measures to remove misunderstanding between the two neighbouring countries, cooperation in areas of climate change, energy, agriculture, education and increasing border trade...

4 held with over 29,000 Yaba tablets in capital

4 held with over 29,000 Yaba tablets in capital

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people along with 29,800 Yaba tablets and Tk 11 lakh from Matuail in the capital early today. The arrestees are Helal Uddin, 36, and his associates Boni Amin, 50, Nazmul Hasan, 27, and Ibrahim Hawladar, 26. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab conducted a raid at a...

Maritime Boundary

Disputes resolved only for AL

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that if the Awami League was not voted to power in the 2008 and 2014 general elections, Bangladesh could not win the international courts' verdicts over maritime boundary disputes with Myanmar and India. "Questions could be raised whether the previous governments except the one led by the Awami League and myself would ever dare file cases over maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar. The BNP didn't have the courage even for demanding the...

Yunus discusses social business with Suu Kyi

Yunus discusses social business with Suu Kyi

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus met Aung San Suu Kyi, an opposition politician in Myanmar and a Nobel peace laureate, at her home in Yangon on Saturday and discussed social business programmes of Bangladesh. Yunus went to Yangon for a three-day visit at the invitation of British Council in Myanmar. Yunus was invited to speak...

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