Amid growing international pressure to hold its military accountable for the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya, Myanmar is sending a high-powered delegation to Dhaka late this month to finalise preparations for the start of the Rohingya repatriation.
It was the cabinet's oath-taking night after the 2001 parliamentary elections. The phone rang in the newsroom of The Daily Star. On the other end of the phone was the quivering voice of a man who, in his Dhaka University student days, was an infamous “armed cadre” of a political party.
A UN assessment shows that the current conditions in northern Rakhine are “not conducive for safe, dignified and sustainable return” of forcible displaced Rohingya Muslims sheltered in Bangladesh, despite the Myanmar government citing its readiness to take them back.
In an unprecedented move since the 1989 Lebanon conflict, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a letter to the Security Council a year ago seeking action against the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim was in Bangladesh from June 30 on a three-day visit. During his visit he talked to The Daily Star's Diplomatic Correspondent Rezaul Karim exclusively on a wide range of issues, including Bangladesh's need to prepare for the economy of tomorrow, improve business environment, invest more in human capital and think seriously about automation in shaping the path of economic development.
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix has highly appreciated Bangladeshi soldiers for their contribution to peacekeeping and serving in some of the most challenging conditions.
The first-ever Bangabandhu Chair was inaugurated yesterday at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok to promote research on “Sustainable and Integrated Smart Energy Modelling” in the context of Bangladesh and other developing countries.