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Bangladesh asks Pakistan to convince Myanmar on Rohingya issue

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Bangladesh HC called on Pak PM in Islamabad.

Bangladesh has called upon Pakistan to join the international community in convincing Myanmar to take back the Rohingya people.
High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan made the request to new Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Tuesday during an audience, the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad said in a statement.
“He requested the prime minister to join international community to impress upon Myanmar to ensure a speedy repatriation of all their forcibly displaced nationals back to their homes in Myanmar,” the statement reads.
The Pakistani prime minister lauded the role played by Bangladesh in the face of the challenges posed by the influx of more than half a million additional forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.
He remarked that Myanmar should shoulder its responsibilities for the protection of all its nationals, particularly the minorities.
The high commissioner thanked the prime minister for the expression of solidarity with Bangladesh in tackling the humanitarian crisis.
He conveyed the best wishes to the newly elected prime minister who took office on Aug 1.
Welcoming the high commissioner, Prime Minister Abbasi recalled the visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Lahore in 1974 for taking part in the second OIC Summit, immediately after the beginning of Bangladesh-Pakistan diplomatic relations.
He called for strengthening the bilateral relations by “removing all misgivings through dialogue”, in an apparent reference to the strained relations.
He attached particular importance to further enhancing trade and economic relations as well as promoting people-to-people contact between the two countries.
As regards foreign-secretary level consultations, the high commissioner indicated that Bangladesh is open to hold the consultations at any mutually convenient time in Dhaka.

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Bangladesh HC called on Pak PM in Islamabad.

Bangladesh has called upon Pakistan to join the international community in convincing Myanmar to take back the Rohingya people.
High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan made the request to new Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Tuesday during an audience, the Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad said in a statement.
“He requested the prime minister to join international community to impress upon Myanmar to ensure a speedy repatriation of all their forcibly displaced nationals back to their homes in Myanmar,” the statement reads.
The Pakistani prime minister lauded the role played by Bangladesh in the face of the challenges posed by the influx of more than half a million additional forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.
He remarked that Myanmar should shoulder its responsibilities for the protection of all its nationals, particularly the minorities.
The high commissioner thanked the prime minister for the expression of solidarity with Bangladesh in tackling the humanitarian crisis.
He conveyed the best wishes to the newly elected prime minister who took office on Aug 1.
Welcoming the high commissioner, Prime Minister Abbasi recalled the visit of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Lahore in 1974 for taking part in the second OIC Summit, immediately after the beginning of Bangladesh-Pakistan diplomatic relations.
He called for strengthening the bilateral relations by “removing all misgivings through dialogue”, in an apparent reference to the strained relations.
He attached particular importance to further enhancing trade and economic relations as well as promoting people-to-people contact between the two countries.
As regards foreign-secretary level consultations, the high commissioner indicated that Bangladesh is open to hold the consultations at any mutually convenient time in Dhaka.


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BTRC Warns against suicidal game

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has urged people to call at ‘2872’ if any web link, web address, mobile phone apps or any information related to ‘lethal online game Blue Whale’ is found.
The directive comes from a BTRC awareness message, signed by its senior assistant director M Jakir Hossain Khan, on Tuesday.
The message also urged the parents, teachers of the educational institutions and all concerned to be aware and keep children and young generation under strong surveillance while using internet to ward off any untoward incident related to ‘Blue Whale’.
However, the BTRC has not yet found any allegation or identified any pacific link related to internet-based game ‘Blue Whale’, also known as ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, said Sarwar Alam, secretary of BTRC.
“We have heard about the game through different social networking sites but yet to find any link of this game. We are carrying out investigation to find out the origin of the game,” Sarwar said while talking to media on Tuesday.
The BTRC has recently had a meeting with International Internet Gateway (IIG) seeking support to prevent the expansion of the game, Sarwar said adding police have also been investigating the incident with necessary support from the state-run telecom regulatory authorities.
Earlier on Monday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan asked BTRC to look into the matter.
The Blue Whale Game is a 21st-century social network phenomenon that is claimed to exist in several countries, beginning in   2016.A Russian  talented  youth  developed  the online game.
The game reportedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-stage, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.
Recently several incidents in the neighbouring country India and a reported incident in Bangladesh brought the issue under the limelight.

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has urged people to call at ‘2872’ if any web link, web address, mobile phone apps or any information related to ‘lethal online game Blue Whale’ is found.
The directive comes from a BTRC awareness message, signed by its senior assistant director M Jakir Hossain Khan, on Tuesday.
The message also urged the parents, teachers of the educational institutions and all concerned to be aware and keep children and young generation under strong surveillance while using internet to ward off any untoward incident related to ‘Blue Whale’.
However, the BTRC has not yet found any allegation or identified any pacific link related to internet-based game ‘Blue Whale’, also known as ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, said Sarwar Alam, secretary of BTRC.
“We have heard about the game through different social networking sites but yet to find any link of this game. We are carrying out investigation to find out the origin of the game,” Sarwar said while talking to media on Tuesday.
The BTRC has recently had a meeting with International Internet Gateway (IIG) seeking support to prevent the expansion of the game, Sarwar said adding police have also been investigating the incident with necessary support from the state-run telecom regulatory authorities.
Earlier on Monday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan asked BTRC to look into the matter.
The Blue Whale Game is a 21st-century social network phenomenon that is claimed to exist in several countries, beginning in   2016.A Russian  talented  youth  developed  the online game.
The game reportedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-stage, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.
Recently several incidents in the neighbouring country India and a reported incident in Bangladesh brought the issue under the limelight.


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Minority groups fear discrimination

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Bangladesh’s religious minority  groups  expressed fears of discrimination in employment and alleged it surfaced after the debate over Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.
Addressing  a  press conference  in the city on Thursday, Bangladesh Hindu-Boudhha-Christian Oikya Parishad alleged that a vested quarter within the government is exploiting the religious identity of the chief justice and is pulling a divide against the religious minority.
Reading out a scripted statement, the forum’s General Secretary Rana Dasgupta said that the vested quarter is capitalising the issue of the chief justice to engage in “communal conspiracy”.
They alleged that meritorious, skilled and senior employees of the government service are being kept deprived and denied of promotions and better placement.
They also raised a finger on “a senior secretary of Prime Minister’s Office” for pulling the strings behind the scenes and hatching a plot for discriminating the religious minorities.
The forum requested the prime minister to launch an investigation based on their allegations.
Hindu-Boudhha-Christian Oikya Parishad organised the press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, presided over by their President Hubert Gomez.

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Bangladesh’s religious minority  groups  expressed fears of discrimination in employment and alleged it surfaced after the debate over Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.
Addressing  a  press conference  in the city on Thursday, Bangladesh Hindu-Boudhha-Christian Oikya Parishad alleged that a vested quarter within the government is exploiting the religious identity of the chief justice and is pulling a divide against the religious minority.
Reading out a scripted statement, the forum’s General Secretary Rana Dasgupta said that the vested quarter is capitalising the issue of the chief justice to engage in “communal conspiracy”.
They alleged that meritorious, skilled and senior employees of the government service are being kept deprived and denied of promotions and better placement.
They also raised a finger on “a senior secretary of Prime Minister’s Office” for pulling the strings behind the scenes and hatching a plot for discriminating the religious minorities.
The forum requested the prime minister to launch an investigation based on their allegations.
Hindu-Boudhha-Christian Oikya Parishad organised the press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, presided over by their President Hubert Gomez.


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Three NGOs barred from aid activities among Rohingya


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The Bangladesh government has barred three NGOs from operating aid activities among the Rohingyas, who fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine.
The three NGOs are Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation.
A member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Foreign Ministry said the ministry informed them of the decision.
“It is believed they were running other operations under cover of relief efforts,” ruling MP Mahjabeen Khaled, who sits on the House panel, told the media.
“Several others, who are running operations without proper authorisation, have also been ordered to stop their activities,” she said on Wednesday after a meeting of the committee.
However, the government’s NGO Affairs Bureau said Muslim Aid’s relief operations were cancelled in September.
Islamic Relief’s Bangladesh Media Coordinator Saiful Azam told the media that  they had sought permission to run aid operations, but yet  to get  officials answer.
NGO Affairs Bureau official Md Shah Alam, who is the focal point in Cox’s Bazar aid operations, said that they have no update on these organisations’ operations, but confirmed they have been told by the foreign minister to gather information.
Over half a million refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, with no let-up in the influx, since Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Aug 25.

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The Bangladesh government has barred three NGOs from operating aid activities among the Rohingyas, who fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine.
The three NGOs are Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation.
A member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Foreign Ministry said the ministry informed them of the decision.
“It is believed they were running other operations under cover of relief efforts,” ruling MP Mahjabeen Khaled, who sits on the House panel, told the media.
“Several others, who are running operations without proper authorisation, have also been ordered to stop their activities,” she said on Wednesday after a meeting of the committee.
However, the government’s NGO Affairs Bureau said Muslim Aid’s relief operations were cancelled in September.
Islamic Relief’s Bangladesh Media Coordinator Saiful Azam told the media that  they had sought permission to run aid operations, but yet  to get  officials answer.
NGO Affairs Bureau official Md Shah Alam, who is the focal point in Cox’s Bazar aid operations, said that they have no update on these organisations’ operations, but confirmed they have been told by the foreign minister to gather information.
Over half a million refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh, with no let-up in the influx, since Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Aug 25.


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DU ‘Ka’ unit admission test on Oct 13

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The admission test for first year honors courses under Ka-unit of Dhaka University (DU) for 2017-2018 academic session will be held on October 13.
The test will be held in 87 centers inside and outside of the campus from 10 am to 11.30 am, a DU press release said here Thursday.
A total of 89,506 admission seekers will vie for the test against 1,765 seats under the unit to get admission in separate disciplines of science group, the release added.
The applicants are highly prohibited to carry any kind of electronic devices including mobile phone and communicable devices during the admission tests.
The seat-plan of the test is available on the university website- admission.eis.du.ac.bd, the release said.

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The admission test for first year honors courses under Ka-unit of Dhaka University (DU) for 2017-2018 academic session will be held on October 13.
The test will be held in 87 centers inside and outside of the campus from 10 am to 11.30 am, a DU press release said here Thursday.
A total of 89,506 admission seekers will vie for the test against 1,765 seats under the unit to get admission in separate disciplines of science group, the release added.
The applicants are highly prohibited to carry any kind of electronic devices including mobile phone and communicable devices during the admission tests.
The seat-plan of the test is available on the university website- admission.eis.du.ac.bd, the release said.


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