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Senior citizen cards soon

Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon today said the government will introduce senior citizen cards for the elderly people of the country aiming to ensure their dignified life. "There are 1.30 crore old aged people in the country. We are working to provide necessary A playful child on a rickshaw. Dhaka, Bangladesh. May 16, 2007.  (photo)facilities through providing them senior citizen cards," he told a function in the auditorium of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at Agargaon in the city, an official release said. ...

Kiwi aid worker heads to help Rohingya

Caritas Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Mark Mitchell, has just left for Bangladesh to assess the needs of Caritas Bangladesh as they provide aid to individuals and families caught up in the Rohingya refugee crisis, as well as to provide support on emergency response strategies. Violence against Rohingya in Rakhine State escalated to a critical point driving an estimated Rohingya671,500 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Mr Mitchell stresses the complexity of this crisis, “A lasting resolution for Rohingya w...

Being a woman in a developing country

Despite having female heads of state and many female politicians, Bengali women still struggle to find their role in society, however, as hardworking citizens, it seems like these women are ready to fight for what is rightfully theirs Being a woman has never been an easy task. Even in today’s modern world, where there are many movements supporting women’s rights and developments in women’s lives, there are still many challenges that a woman faces and fight against in her everyday life. These challenges get bigger and harsher especially if you are a woman who lives in the not so lucky part of the

Bangladesh, UN blast Myanmar ‘propaganda’ on Rohingya

Bangladesh and the United Nations refugee agency on Sunday disputed Myanmar’s claim it had repatriated five members of a Rohingya family, saying neither the government of Bangladesh nor the aid agency had any involvement in any such repatriation. Abul Kalam, the Bangladeshi government’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, said a family of five who were in the Konarpara area in no man’s land between the two countries, rohinga womanhad reentered Myanmar territory and had been taken to the reception center...

Myanmar’s repatriation proposal trickery, not trustworthy

The governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed, on 2nd October, to work on a repatriation plan. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that verified refugees will be accepted. But the question is how the terrified and traumatized refugees would be repatriated to Arakan/Rakhine State where they experienced, witnessed and fled the genocidal brutality of Myanmar troops, Rakhine terrorists and other vigilantes. Despite assurance by the Myanmar government the violence and brutality continue. There were arson attacks on Quarter No.5 of Maungdaw town even today. Therefore, the Myanmar government’s policy is obscure and its offer for repatriation is trickery. During recent weeks more than half a million Rohingya refugees have taken refuge in Bangladesh due to genocide by Suu Kyi-army r...

HRW scraps Rohingya refugee relocation plan

The Bangladeshi government should immediately drop its plan to transfer Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited, undeveloped coastal island, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Relocating the refugees from the Cox’s Bazar area to Thengar Char island would deprive them of their rights to freedom of movement, livelihood, food and education, in violation of Bangladesh’s obligations under international human rights law. Between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees, most of them unregistered by the authorities, are in Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in Burma dating back to the 1990s.