Sylhet, Nov 17 (UNB) – With their croplands filled with high yields of seasonal paddy Aman, farmers of Biswanath upazila are passionately taking their last-moment preparations for harvesting the silver crops.
Although the farmers have already started harvesting a new variety of paddy, ‘Agam Aman’, on a small scale, they will have to wait for another week to go for a full-swing harvest.
This season, Aman paddy was grown in over 13,470 hectares of lands across eight unions of the upazila where 9,200 hectares with Upushi (a variety of Aman) and 4270 hectares with local varieties, according to the local office of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).
While visiting the areas, this UNB correspondent found the farmers enthusiastically taking all the necessary preparations for a bumper harvest.
Farmers and agriculture officers of the upazila are expecting record harvests of hybrid varieties of BINA-7, BR-11 and BRI-32, 39, 46, 51 and different other local varieties.
Ramjan Ali, upazila agriculture officer, said different varieties of Aman paddy have been cultivated as widely as targeted this year, putting smile on the faces of the farmers of the upazila.
The third committee of the UN General Assembly in New York has adopted a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.
A total of 142 countries voted in favour of the resolution and 10 countries stood against it while 26 countries refrained from casting votes on the resolution brought jointly by the European Union and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday.
Bangladesh and Austria placed the resolution on behalf of the OIC and EU respectively.
A total of 103 countries, including the USA, Canada, Austria and Mexico co-sponsored the resolution.
The international community hopes that the resolution will play a significant role in ensuring sustainable rehabilitation of Rohingyas, said the press wing of
Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations on Saturday.
Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said the resolution makes several references to Bangladesh as the host country for the forcibly displaced Rohingya.
In its capacity as the Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, Bangladesh submitted the draft resolution on behalf of the group and co-sponsored it.
The resolution is yet another affirmation of the international community’s solidarity with the Rohingya, said Ambassador Momen.
Last year, he said, the world had failed yet again to prevent the gravest crimes under international law committed against the Rohingya.
Ambassador Momen said the resolution reaffirms that the Rohingyas must be allowed, on their own accord, to return to their homes or any place of choice in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Since August last year, Bangladesh has urged the international community to stand by it as Bangladesh engaged in renewed efforts to resolve the crisis through dialogue with Myanmar.
With assurance from Myanmar, Bangladesh had agreed on November 15 to commence voluntary repatriation of individuals and families verified by Myanmar as Rakhine State residents.
It, however, appeared that the Rohingya themselves were not sufficiently convinced by the words of assurance as not a single one of them came forward to avail of the option to return.
They have instead made their voices heard seeking guarantees for a pathway to citizenship, entitlement to lands and compensation, protection from violence and reprisal, and dispensation of justice in Myanmar.
The UN agencies concerned must be allowed access to ascertain the right environment for return, said Ambassador Momen.
The Third Committee's (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approval of a draft on the human rights situation in Myanmar was similarly marked by intense debate, with Myanmar’s delegate “totally” rejecting the text as procedurally unwarranted and “hopelessly unconstructive” in its attempt to exert pressure on a soft target.
Passed by a recorded vote of 142 in favour to 10 against (Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Philippines, Russian Federation, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe), with 26 abstentions, it would have the Assembly condemn all rights violations in Myanmar and call for an independent investigation into them, including against Rohingya Muslims, to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.
The Assembly would advocate international support for the underfunded 2018 joint response plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
Introducing the draft on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Turkey’s delegate pressed Myanmar to end the vicious cycle of violence against the Rohingya.
“We must work tirelessly to urge Myanmar to address the root causes of the crisis,” he asserted.
The Third Committee will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Monday to take further action on draft resolution.
The representative of Turkey, introducing the draft on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, expressed deep concern over serious human rights violations in Myanmar against the Rohingya.
Without a comprehensive strategy, it is impossible to find solutions to the crisis, Turkey representative says.
Welcoming Bangladesh’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis, he said the voluntary and safe return of Rohingya is the only lasting solution, cautioning against transferring refugees from camps in one State to those in the other.
“We must work tirelessly to urge Myanmar to address the root causes of the crisis”, he stressed, expressing the organization’s readiness to work with the United Nations and engaged parties.
The representative of Austria, on behalf of the European Union, said the draft articulates the grave international concern over the suffering of the Rohingya.
The representative of Myanmar, in explanation of vote, “totally” rejected the draft, calling the tabling of a country‑specific resolution on any country that is under active consideration by the Human Rights Council procedurally unwarranted and an abuse of human rights procedure.
The representative of the United States expressed deep concern about serious human rights violations in “Burma” and Rakhine State.
She stressed the importance of ensuring the return of displaced persons to their place of origin, while welcoming the establishment of an independent mechanism to collect and analyse data, echoing the call to immediately make it operational.
She also voiced support for efforts to achieve accountability, commending the Special Rapporteur on developing insightful reports, despite Myanmar’s restrictions.
The representative of China said different human rights needs must be addressed through constructive dialogue and cooperation, recalling complex historic and ethnic issues.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) – A new born baby boy was recovered from a bag left in front of a house at Shamibag in the capital’s Gendaria area on Friday.
A local woman Romana Akhter found that an infant was moving inside the bag in the morning and took it to the Pediatric Ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said Sub-inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police outpost.
The baby was admitted to the Pediatric Ward, the SI said quoting the duty doctor of the unit, adding that the baby has injury marks in his head.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) – Women from different professions including members of civil society and a large number of female journalists on Friday formed a human chain in the city to express solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
Speakers at the human chain formed in front of Jatiya Press Club under the banner of
“Solidarity with #MeToo”, arranged by Shachetan Nagorik Shomaj, urged the government to apply the verdict given by the High Court on sexual harassment.
They also demanded investigation into each of the complaints surfacing with the #MeToo tag in Bangladesh and exemplary punishment of the culprits.
Expressing solidarity with the women who recently shared their bitter experience of sexual harassment on the social media, Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra (BNSK) President Nasimun Ara Haq Minu said their movement is not against male bodies of the society, but the sexual offenders.
Resonated with the HC's verdict, speakers mentioned women should be shown their due respect in every aspects of the society.
Television channel Banglavision’s News Editor Sharmin Rinvi appreciated women of the country for being vocal on social media about the harassments they have faced.
“It is by no means just a feminist movement. We want to unmask the harassers collectively,” she said.
Angurnahar Monty, Joint News Editor of News24, expressed her delight mentioning that Bangladeshi men are also in support of #MeToo movement.
Senior Vice-president of Bangladesh Online Journalists Forum Rosy Ferdousi urged the government to ensure exemplary punishment of those perverts who have been unmasked through the movement.
“We want to take this movement forward,” she added.
Nadira Dilruba, a journalist working with magazine Oporadh Bichitra, shared her worse experience of harassments that she faced in her life and claimed that these incidents speak for almost all classes of women in Bangladesh.
Mushfiqa Laizu expressed her thanks to the social media for being able to share her experience which are most likely to others in Bangladesh, saying “Women are not tools for pleasure.”
News portal Bangla Tribune’s Chief Reporter Udisa Islam urged media houses and other organizations to investigate every accusation on any of their employees.
According to speakers, so far nine women and one man spoke about harassments done to them via #MeToo hashtag in social media where publishers, professors, businessmen and journalists were accused of sexual misconduct.
Among others present at the human chain, Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) Secretary Shukkur Ali Shuvo and Ganajagaran Mancha organiser SM Shaheen spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) – Mentioning that a cent percent fair election is held nowhere in the world, Election Commissioner Kabita Khanam on Friday said it is not possible in Bangladesh, too.
“We don’t want to arrange such an election for which we’ve to answer to people all the time. But cent percent election is held nowhere in the world. It’ won’t happen in Bangladesh either,” she said.
The election commissioner was addressing the assistant returning officers of Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area at noon ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
She said they want to hold an acceptable election which will remain above any question.
Mentioning that an election mood is prevailing in the country, Kabita Khanam asked the election officials to ensure so that it is not spoiled.
She said it is a very tough task to hold the election fairly and directed the assistant returning officers to behave well with all to accomplish the job.
The election commissioner also sought cooperation of all, saying it is not the responsibility of the Election Commission alone to arrange a free and fair election.