Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) - Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, during her conversation with former British prime minister David Cameron, claimed that Rohingyas are not from her country but are Bangladeshis, reports Newsweek.
Cameron unveiled a new book on Thursday about his time in office between 2010 and 2016.
The book, titled ‘For the Record’, recounts his meeting with Suu Kyi where she claimed that Rohingyas are not Burmese.
Upon first meeting Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, Cameron was complimentary. “I met the pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, who would soon run for the presidency, and reflected on what an amazing story hers could be: from fifteen years of house arrest to transforming her country into a real democracy.”
But when Cameron met Suu Kyi a year later in London, he felt differently about the interaction, according to the report.
“However, by the time she came to visit London in October 2013, all eyes were on her country's Rohingya Muslims, who were being driven out of their homes by Buddhist Rakhines. There were stories of rape, murder and ethnic cleansing. The world is watching, I told her. Her reply was telling: 'They are not really Burmese. They are Bangladeshi.'"
These comments came to light the same week as the release of a UN report from a fact-finding mission that revealed that the country is still not addressing the violence against Rohingyas.
The report found that Myanmar has failed “to investigate genocide and to enact effective legislation criminalising and punishing genocide”.
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was equally critical in an address to the Human Rights Council earlier this week, saying that Myanmar has “done nothing to dismantle the system of violence and persecution” and that Rohingya live in the “same dire circumstances that they did, prior to the events of August 2017”.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament (EP) has reiterated its call on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose a “global comprehensive arms embargo” on Myanmar.
It also called for suspending all direct and indirect supplies, sales or transfers of all weapons, munitions and other military and security equipment, as well as provision of training or other military or security assistance.
In its latest resolution adopted on Thursday, the EP urged the UNSC to adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against those who appear responsible for serious crimes under international law.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) - The Kha Unit (Arts Faculty) admission test for Dhaka University’s 2019-20 academic session was held on Saturday.
The one-and-half-hour examination was held from 10am to 11:30am at 72 centres on and off the campus.
A total of 45,108 students are vying for 2,378 seats, a DU press release said. Around 19 admission seekers are vying for each seat.
DU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro-VC (Education) Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad, Pro-VC (administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Treasurer Prof Dr Md Kamal Uddin and the faculty Dean Prof Dr Abu Md Delwar Hossain, visited several centres, the press release added.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) – Two dengue-infected people, including a college student, have died in Kushtia and Mymensingh districts while a total of 408 new dengue patients have been admitted to hospitals across the country.
The new deaths were recorded on Saturday while the fresh infections in 24 hours till Saturday morning.
The deceased were identified as Tarek, 18, son of Mahim Uddin of Shyamnagar village in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia and a student of Khalishakundi Degree College in Kushtia, and Fatema Begum, 65, wife of late Afsar Ali of Islampur upazila in Jamalpur district.
Kushtia Civil Surgeon Dr Rowshan Ara said Tarek was admitted to Mirpur Health Complex on Friday with dengue and shifted to Kushtia General Hospital as his condition deteriorated on Saturday morning.
The doctors of Kushtia Hospital referred him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and he died on the way to the hospital around 11am.
Currently, 72 dengue patients are taking treatment for dengue in the district, he said.
Assistant Director of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital Dr Shamsuzzaman said Fatema died around 2:30pm at the intensive care unit of the hospital.
She was admitted to the hospital on September 13 and on Thursday, she was shifted to ICU as her condition deteriorated.
Among the new dengue patients across the country, 135 were hospitalised in Dhaka and 273 in other parts of the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Currently, 2,252 patients, including 917 in the capital, are being treated at hospitals, it said.
Bangladesh has seen a massive outbreak of mosquito-borne disease dengue this year.
Since January, 84,397 people were hospitalised with dengue, most of them in Dhaka. Of them, 81,942 have made full recovery.
Since January, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) received information about 203 dengue-related deaths. It has so far reviewed 116 cases and confirmed 68 dengue deaths.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) - Two cases were filed against Kalabagan Krira Chakra President Safiqul Alam Firoz and four of his office staff on Saturday under narcotics control and arms acts.
Md Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station, said they will be produced before the court later in the day.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained the five men on Friday and recovered a pistol and yaba from the Krira Chakra club office in Kalabagan area.
Firoz is a former member of Krishak League’s central committee.
During the raid, Rab said, they also recovered coins used in gambling, 572 packets of cards and bullets.
On the same day, Jubo League’s central leader GK Shamim was arrested from Niketan area with illegal firearms and a huge amount of money.
On Wednesday, Rab arrested Jubo League leader Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from Gulshan for reportedly running an illegal casino.
Gopalganj, Sept 21 (UNB) - Students of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) continued demonstration on Saturday, defying an order to vacate the residential halls.
A notice signed by Registrar Prof Dr Md Nuruddin Ahmed said the authorities extended the Durga Puja vacation from September 22 till October 3 after consulting members of the Regent Board.
“The decision was taken to control the current situation and resolve the disagreement among groups in the university,” according to the notice published on the university’s website.
During a visit to the campus around 11am, the UNB correspondent saw protesting students demanding resignation of Vice-Chancellor Prof Khondoker Nasiruddin.
The students were ordered to leave halls within 10am.
A number of police personnel were seen on the campus. Gopalganj Sadar Police Station’s in-charge Monirul islam said BSMRSTU authorities had asked them to come.
Students alleged that there was no freedom of speech on the campus and that no-one could speak against irregularities of the VC.
BSMRSTU’s decision to suspended Fatema-tuz-Zinia, also the university correspondent of the Daily Sun, on September 10 for her ‘objectionable’ writings on Facebook triggered a student protest.
Her suspension order was revoked on Wednesday following widespread protests.