Bangladesh and Singapore on Monday signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on cooperation in the areas of air services and private public partnership. The instruments were signed following an official meeting between prime ministers of the two countries at Istana here today. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsein Loong led their respective sides in the talks. Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism of Bangladesh SM Ghulam Farooque and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Transport of Singapore Loh Ngai Seng signed a MoU on cooperation in the areas of air services. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Private Public Partnership Authority (PPPA) of Bangladesh Syed Afsor H Uddin and Assistant CEO of International Enterprise of Singapore Tan Soon Kim singed another MoU on cooperation in Public Private Partnership on behalf of their respective sides.
The United States Holocaust Museum has revoked a human rights award given to Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, over her failure to use her “moral authority” to halt a brutal military campaign. The museum announced on Wednesday that it had withdrawn the Elie Wiesel award, presented to Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012. Officials cited her refusal to condemn or stop the mass killings of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Aung San Suu Kyi had earned comparisons to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela after spending 15 years under house arrest for opposing the country’s military dictatorship. She became an international lodestar and won the Nobel peace prize in 1991. Her party won a landslide victory in 2015 and she became state counsellor. In response, Barack Obama relaxed sanctions, gave financial assistance and became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar. But Aung San Suu Kyi’s international reputation has collapsed over the Rohingya massacres and she has been criticised as an apologist for the purges. She has not even spoken the word Rohingya in public. Sara Bloomfield, director of the Holocaust Museum, explained its reasoning in an open letter to the Myanmar embassy in Washington that was published on the museum’s website. “Based on inspiration that you created for millions around the world, with your long resistance to military dictatorship, and your advocacy for freedom and human rights for all the people of Myanmar, we were honored to present you with the first Elie Wiesel Award in 2012,” Bloomfield wrote. “It is with great regret that we are now rescinding that award. We did not take this decision lightly.” The museum has been “closely monitoring” the Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingya and Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to it, Bloomfield continued, making “numerous visits” to Myanmar and Bangladesh to obtain firsthand evidence. The museum has also published findings that include “mounting evidence of genocide”. The Burmese military, allied with armed Buddhist civilians, has killed thousands of Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine since last August. About 700,000 more have fled to Bangladesh. The US has described Myanmar’s denials of ethnic cleansing as “preposterous” and called on the UN security council to pressure Aung San Suu Kyi “to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country”. The museum had hoped that Aung San Suu Kyi would speak out and try to end the brutal campaign, the letter added. “The National League for Democracy, under your leadership, has instead refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, promulgated hateful rhetoric against the Rohingya community, and denied access to and cracked down on journalists trying to uncover the scope of the crimes in Rakhine State.” The Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, investigating the deaths of 10 Rohingya men and their burial in a mass grave, were arrested and face 14 years in prison. Authorities in Myanmar accuse them of possessing state secrets. Bloomfield acknowledged: “We understand the difficult situation you must face in confronting decades of military misrule and violence in your country and that institution’s still powerful constitutional role. However, the military’s orchestration of the crimes against Rohingya and the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation.” [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
Kirshna Kumari Kolhi from Pakistan's Sindh province has become the first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator in the Muslim-majority country, the Pakistan People's Party has said. Kolhi, 39, from Thar is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People's Party (PPP). She was elected Senator on a minority seat from Sindh. The PPP awarded her the Senate ticket, it said. Her election represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan. Earlier, PPP had elected first Hindu woman named Ratna Bhagwandas Chawla as a senator. Kolhi belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in Sindh province. Born to a poor peasant, Jugno Kolhi, in February 1979, Kolhi and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail owned by the landlord of Kunri of Umerkot district. She was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive. She was married to Lalchand at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade. However, she pursued her studies and in 2013 she did masters in sociology from the Sindh University. She had joined the PPP as a social activist along with her brother, who was later elected as Chairman of Union Council Berano. Kolhi also actively participated and worked for the rights of downtrodden people of marginalised communities living in Thar and other areas. She is from the family of the valiant freedom fighter Rooplo Kolhi, who had waged a war against the invading British colonialist forces when they had attacked Sindh from Nagarparkar side in 1857. Subsequently, he was arrested and hanged by the Britishers on August 22, 1858. Pakistan's ruling PML-N of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday won 15 seats in Senate and became the largest party in the upper house of Parliament, according to the provisional results. Provincial and federal lawmakers voted to elect 52 Senators in the Senate elections, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Twelve seats each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 each from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, four from tribal region and two from federal capital territory were up for grab due to retirement of 52 senators this month. More than 130 candidates, including those nominated by political parties and independent candidates were in the contest. [i]Source: Times of India[/i]
A landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia on Saturday killed three foreign workers, with rescuers searching for 11 others feared trapped in the mud and rubble, officials said. Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said a 10-meter (33-feet) -high slope crashed down at the construction site in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination, early Saturday. He said the bodies of two Indonesians and an unidentified foreigner have been recovered. Rescuers are racing against time to excavate the rubble to get to another 11 foreign workers, believed to be from Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, who are feared buried alive, he said. Bangladeshi worker Mohammad Jashim Hussein Ahmad told the national Bernama news agency that the landslide happened swiftly without warning and was over in just a minute, burying his friends, who had no time to run. State lawmaker Teh Yee Cheu told local media that he was told by a rescue worker that most of the victims were likely buried at least 10-15 feet under mud and rubble. He said natural boulders from the hill had also come hurtling down during the landslide. He said the victims included a Malaysian, who is the supervisor. Penang city Mayor Maimunah Mohamad Sharif said weather on the island was dry and the cause of the landslide wasn't clear.
Radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday (Sep 26) and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led a mob that broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound at the Mount Lavinia suburb of Colombo as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms, a police official said. Two police were wounded in the incident, which also saw the mob pelt stones at the safe house and trash the ground floor furnishings upon entry. There were no reports of casualties among the group of refugees, which included 16 children. "We have pushed back the mob and the refugees have been relocated in a safer place," the official said, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Police said they were going through local media video footage as well as Facebook in the hopes of arresting those who took part in the violence, and the monks who incited them. One of the monks who stormed the building posted a video on the social networking site filmed by his radical group Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa (Sinhalese National Force) as he urged others to join him and smash the premises. "These are Rohingya terrorists who killed Buddhist monks in Myanmar," the monk said in his live commentary, pointing to Rohingya mothers with small children in their arms. The 31 Rohingya refugees were rescued by the Sri Lankan navy about five months ago after they were found drifting in a boat off the island's northern waters. They were thought to be victims of a people smuggler. They were eventually to be resettled in a third country, the official said, adding that they were authorised to remain in Sri Lanka pending the processing of their papers. Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist monks have close links with their ultra-nationalist counterparts in Myanmar. Both have been accused of orchestrating violence against minority Muslims in the two countries. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in the face of the current wave of violence there. The Rohingya Muslims have been the target of decades of state-backed persecution and discrimination in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.
Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying. The plan for the redevelopment of areas destroyed by fires, which the government has blamed on Rohingya insurgents, is likely to raise concern about the prospects for the return of the 480,000 refugees, and compound fears of ethnic cleansing. “According to the law, burnt land becomes government-managed land,” Minister for Social Development, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye told a meeting in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported. Win Myat Aye also heads a committee tasked with implementing recommendations on solving Rakhine’s long-simmering tensions. Citing a disaster management law, he said in a meeting with authorities on Tuesday that redevelopment would “be very effective”. The law states the government oversees reconstruction in areas damaged in disasters, including conflict. There was no elaboration on any plan or what access to their old villages any returning Rohingya could expect. The minister was not immediately available for comment. Human rights groups using satellite images have said that about half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rankine state have been burned in the violence. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has rejected U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25. The government has reported that about half of Rohingya villages have been abandoned but it blames insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army for the fires and for attacking civilians.
China is limiting its oil exports to North Korea to comply with new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council last week, which include fuel import restrictions. China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website on Saturday that China would limit exports of refined petroleum products from October 1, and ban condensates and liquefied natural gas immediately. China will also ban textile imports from the North Korea, the ministry said. Textiles are one of North Korea's last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions under which Beijing cut off purchases of coal, iron ore, seafood and other goods. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade, making its cooperation critical to any efforts to derail Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. They supported the latest rounds of UN Security Council sanctions but are reluctant to push Pyongyang too hard for fear the government might collapse. They also argue against doing anything that might hurt ordinary North Koreans. Joseph Cheng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said “China wants to demonstrate its support of the world community's position dissuade North Korea from continuing to hold nuclear tests and long-range missile tests”. But Cheng also said that Beijing understands that economic sanctions alone “will not be able to persuade Pyongyang to give up their programmes”. On Friday, US President Donald Trump praised China for increasing financial restrictions, and has been pushing Beijing to apply more pressure to North Korea over it nuclear programme. His comments came a day after he signed an executive order allowing Washington to ramp up sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear missile programme. Trump said the measure would allow sanctions against "individuals and companies that finance and facilitate trade" with Pyongyang. Also on Friday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said his country could consider a hydrogen bomb test on an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean - a threat, Japan labelled as "totally unacceptable".
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat. "It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa." In a letter, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the researchers detail the "recent sinister development" that has seen resistance to the drug artemisinin emerge. About 212 million people are infected with malaria each year. It is caused by a parasite that is spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes and is a major killer of children. The first choice treatment for malaria is artemisinin in combination with piperaquine. But as artemisinin has become less effective, the parasite has now evolved to resist piperaquine too. There have now been "alarming rates of failure", the letter says. Prof Dondorp said the treatment was failing around a third of the time in Vietnam while in some regions of Cambodia the failure rate was closer to 60%. Resistance to the drugs would be catastrophic in Africa, where 92% of all malaria cases happen. There is a push to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong sub-region before it is too late. Prof Dondorp added: "It's a race against the clock - we have to eliminate it before malaria becomes untreatable again and we see a lot of deaths. "If I'm honest, I'm quite worried." Michael Chew, from the Wellcome Trust medical research charity, said: "The spread of this malaria 'superbug' strain, resistant to the most effective drug we have, is alarming and has major implications for public health globally. "Around 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections, including malaria.
Aung San Suu Kyi has broken her silence on the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis. In a live televised address, Myanmar's State Counselor and de facto leader said that she was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine State" and that Myanmar "does not fear international scrutiny." Suu Kyi stood alone on a large stage in front of a packed auditorium of Myanmar government officials and high ranking militarily personnel in the capital Naypyidaw, began her address by underscoring the fragile nature of Burmese democracy and how little time her own party had been in power. "After half a century or more of authoritarian rule, now we are in the process of nurturing our nation," she said. Addressing the situation in Rakhine State directly for the first time since the United Nations labeled the military's actions there a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing," Suu Kyi said that her government still needed to find out "what the real problems are." "There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them. We have to make sure those allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action," she said. "We want to find out why this exodus is happening. We'd like to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed." More than 400,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in northern Myanmar, have fled since the end of August. From squalid and overcrowded camps in neighboring Bangladesh, they have shared stories of rape, murder and torture, allegedly at the hands of the military. Suu Kyi did not mention the Rohingya specifically, instead referring in broad terms to Muslims and Muslim groups. Notably, her only use of the term "Rohingya" was in reference to the "Rohingya Salvation Army" which she claimed was "responsible for acts of terrorism."
On Tuesday morning, North Korea launched a missile test that was intercontinental missile, Pyongyang said. This time for the first time the successful test of intercontinental missiles demanded that North Korea The information was given on North Korean state television channel on Tuesday. It has been said that President Kim Jong Un himself has reviewed the missile called Yangshan. The missile went above 2 thousand 802 kilometers and was 933 kilometers away in the sea before the specific target hit. Earlier on Tuesday morning, South Korean army said that at 8:40 am local time, missile was thrown from an air base in the Panghian area, about 100 kilometers northwest of North Korea's capital Pyongyang. In addition, the Japanese government said in a statement that the missile flew about 40 minutes in the sky and it probably hit the Special Economic Zone zone of the Japan Sea. North Korea has been improving missile technology for years after ignoring UN sanctions. The country is believed to be trying to build missile-capable missile in the mainland about 9,000 kilometers away. It was reported from the US military command in the Pacific Tuesday morning, this is a medium-range missile. Meanwhile, South Korean President Mon Zaye urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against North Korea immediately after the missile test. US President Donald Trump has also reacted angrily to the incident. On Twitter, he pointed to the North Korean President and wrote, 'Will this person not do any good work in his life?'
Two pole resident in the shopping mall and two places in the prison. One of the fountains of light in the night and in the darkness of the other person, the prisoners sung in the morning of the release. But there is a place in the world where residents of these two poles have come together at one point. A huge luxurious shopping mall is now being used as a prison. Sixties The dictator Marcos Perez was then in Venezuela's state power. Suddenly on the head of Perez sat on the shopping mall, ghosts. He ordered the construction of a shopping mall on the hill of San Agustin, south of the capital, Caracas. This shopping house, known as El Helikoidi or Hilix, was designed by renowned designer Richard Burkinister Fuller. This spiral-shaped shopping mall is about two and a half miles tall. There were a variety of amenities including three hundred shops, a five star hotel, a separate theater for watching movies, gallery for pictures, gymnasiums, pool venues and nurseries. Besides, one of the benefits of the shopping mall was to take the car directly on any floor. It was so beautiful in architecture that the Nobel laureate in Chile named Pablo Neruda described the shopping mall as the most beautiful building of the sixties. Besides, the renowned painter Salvador Dali's desire to design inside. All the construction work of the building was being done properly. But the hazard started when the dictator Perez fell down to the end of the sixties. Due to involvement of the dictator, the new government did not show any interest in the shopping mall. Turning off financing also halts its work. As a result, it became a land of illegal occupants. The negligent building has become a hub of alcohol, gambling and sexual business. In the beginning of 1982, the government started to look at the building with the intention of building the museum. All illegal occupants were evicted. But after moving away from the previous plan, the government established the headquarters of Venezuela Intelligence here in 1984. As a result, the shopping mall has now become a prisoner. Political prisoners are interrogated and tortured here. A statistics from a non-government organization revealed that in 2014 there are about 145 inhuman torture cases. What a ridiculous mockery of fate! What was supposed to be was the shopping mall, which is now a terrible prison. Around the night, the shopping mall was spreading the fountain of light, the people around him were heavily shrieked.
According to Saudi media, over two million Muslims from around 150 countries are performing the annual pilgrimage this year, which includes more than 100,000 from Bangladesh. The final rituals of the Hajj started on Tuesday, when pilgrims gathered at Mina where they spent the day and night in prayers before heading to Arafat on Wednesday morning. Pilgrims will spend the day at the Arafat plains the most important ritual without which the pilgrimage is not valid. The day at Arafat will be spent in prayers, reciting from the holy book of Quran and calling out the chant: “Labbaika Allahumma, Labbaik, Labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik. Innal-Hamda wanni'mata laka wal mulk. La shareeka lak" (Here I come in response to Thy call, Allah, here I am. There is no other God but Allah. Praise be unto Thee). After sunset, the pilgrims will leave Arafat and head to nearby Muzdalifah to stay overnight, where they will collect pebbles for the next phase of the pilgrimage  the symbolic stoning of the devil represented by three pillars in Mina. They will move back to Mina after dawn on Thursday for the stoning, a ritual that lasts three to four days, and for sacrificing animals to celebrate the beginning of the Eid-ul-Azha. Though the rituals for the five-day annual gathering began on Tuesday, the rituals will peak on Wednesday when pilgrims will assembled at the Arafat plains where Prophet Mohammed (SM) is believed to have delivered his final sermon more than 1,400 years ago.