The planned visit of Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) of the Netherlands has been cancelled.
Suu Kyi was supposed to visit the lower house of the bicameral parliament on Friday, reports NL Times of the Netherlands.
The meeting between the Myanmar leader and the Dutch Foreign Affairs committee had to be canceled due to "unexpected changes" in her programme, the Tweede Kamer, announced.
Suu Kyi is currently in The Hague due to a lawsuit that The Gambia filed at the International Court of Justice against Myanmar, accusing the country of genocide against the Rohingya people. Dutch parliamentarians wanted to use this opportunity to meet her and talk about events past and present.
The Foreign Affairs committee planned to discuss the background of the genocide charges The Gambia pressed against Myanmar with Suu Kyi, as well as the current situation in her country.
Cambridge International has conferred an impressive 82 outstanding ‘Cambridge Learner Awards’ on Bangladesh students as 21 students across Bangladesh have won ‘Top in the World’ awards.
This means that they achieved the highest mark in the world in a particular subject.
The awards recognise success in four categories – ‘Top in the World’, ‘Top in Country’, ‘High Achievement Award’ and ‘Best Across’.
Out of these 21 winners, 15 students have won the award for their outstanding performance in math.
The students have achieved the awards in a range of individual subjects across Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level and Cambridge International AS and A Level qualification.
The global awards celebrate the highest performing students from over 40 countries in qualifications recognised around the world by leading universities and employers.
Every year, nearly a million students worldwide study courses organised by Cambridge International, which has been providing international exams for more than 160 years.
Students from schools across the country were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at an award giving ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Saturday which is jointly hosted by the Cambridge International and the British Council.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson, who attended function, said the British Council is doing an exemplary work in delivering international exams maintaining strict quality and compliance which is commendable.
“British Council has been playing an exemplary role in creating opportunities that help transform the lives of young people across Bangladesh and connect them to the best education and culture that the UK has to offer,” he said.
Tom Miscioscia, Director, British Council, Zunayed Ahmed, Director Operations Examinations, British Council, Thomas Kendon, Deputy Director, Regional Development, Cambridge International; Satyajit Sarkar, Acting Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International, Shahin Reza, Country Manager, Cambridge International and Farin Islam, Head of Strategic Partnership, BRAC and an alumnus from Chittagong Grammar School were, among others, present at the event.
A total of 70 students in Bangladesh have received the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for their exceptional performance in Cambridge exams in 2018-2019.
Tom Miscioscia said this year’s performance of Bangladeshi students itself is an indicator of the country’s progress in education.” I strongly believe that this success will act as a stairway to access a world of opportunity both in-country and abroad and will pave the way to a brighter tomorrow for Bangladesh.”
Satyajit Sarkar, acting Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International said they are thrilled by their exceptional performance.
“As well as excelling in STEM subjects, the students have also performed extremely well in accounting, law and art & design subjects,” said Satyajit Sarkar extending heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners on their endless efforts.
The ‘Bangladesh Chair’ named as ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professional Fellowship’ has been reinstated at the Heidelberg University of Germany after about 18 years.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed and Rector of the Heidelberg University Prof Dr Bernhard Eitel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to reestablish the Bangladesh Chair ahead of global celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Under the fellowship, one Bangladeshi teacher at the university level will join South Asia Institute (Centre of Asian and Transcultural Studies) of Heidelberg University in order to impart knowledge on social and cultural topics of Bangladesh, including politics and economics, to students from different countries of the world, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin.
In accordance with the signed MoU, the government of Bangladesh will bear expenses of salary and allowances of the teacher while study materials and accommodation for the same will be offered by the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University.
The Bangladesh Chair at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University had been initiated in 1999 to disseminate knowledge on history, politics and economics of Bangladesh and continued for two years at a stretch.
Two teachers from Bangladesh had joined the programme at that time and taught the students until the discontinuation in 2002.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India’s Assam is a threat to Bangladesh’s independence and sovereignty.
“We’ve been saying from the beginning that we’re very worried over India’s NRC. We think the NRC is a threat to our independence and sovereignty,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Fakhrul together with party senior leaders went to the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30am and placed wreaths there in tributes to the martyrs.
He said the NRC will destabilise the entire region, not only Bangladesh. “It’ll also create conflict and trigger violence in this subcontinent.”
The BNP leader said the main motive behind the NRC is to establish communal politics destroying the liberal democratic and secular politics.
Fakhrul bemoaned that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia who was ‘oppressed and assaulted’ by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War is now staying in jail.
He alleged that the current government has destroyed the dream of freedom fighters and the spirit of the Liberation War by obliterating democracy. “They also ruined all the achievements of the nation as we’ve lost our rights and democracy.”
The BNP leader also said an effort is on to eliminate BNP by keeping tits chairperson and several thousand leaders and activists in jail.
Fakhrul said a unity of the entire nation is now a must to foil the move to suppress the democratic parties, and ‘restore’ democracy through a movement.
He said they will intensify their movement following the path of martyred intellectuals to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty, and ‘restore’ democracy.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Jeremy Laurence expressed deep concern over India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, calling it “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”.
Under the law, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who have entered India illegally can apply for citizenship if they can prove they originate from Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan.
The lower house approved it on Monday and the upper house of Parliament passed it on Wednesday night. It now needs to be signed by the country's ceremonial president, a formality before becoming law.
Critics say it undermines the country's secular constitution but ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) argues that it will give sanctuary to people fleeing religious persecution.
“The legislation does not extend the same protection to Muslims, including minority sects,” Laurence said, adding that the amended law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality.
Although India’s broader naturalisation laws remain in place, these amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality, he said.
All migrants, regardless of their migration status, are entitled to respect, protection and fulfillment of their human rights.
The UN official hoped the Indian Supreme Court will consider carefully the compatibility of the law with India’s international human rights obligations.
He also expressed concern over the death of two people and injured police officers in Assam and Tripura as people protest against the Act and urged all sides to refrain from resorting to violence.