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  • Bangladesh Faces Serious Shortage of ICU Beds amid Huge COVID-19 Spike0

    By Ahammad Foyez on Apr 12, 2021 04:38 pm Seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh are being turned away from hospital due to an acute shortage of Intensive Care Unit beds amid spiraling infections, a local health expert told BenarNews on Monday, blaming the government for not acting rapidly in installing these facilities. A government

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  • US Special Envoy: Restoring Democracy in Myanmar Will Ease Bangladesh’s Rohingya Burden0

    Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry held a meeting on Friday Courtesy   By Jesmin Papri on Apr 09, 2021 Democracy must be restored in Myanmar to ease the Rohingya refugee burden on Bangladesh, U.S. special envoy John Kerry said Friday during a lightning visit to the

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  • China Turning South China Sea Supply Ships into Mobile Surveillance Bases0

    By Zachary Haver on Apr 09, 2021 Benar News – See more at: http://juldians.org/2021/04/china-turning-south-china-sea-supply-ships-into-mobile-surveillance-bases/ China is upgrading two of its civilian South China Sea supply ships with new high-tech surveillance equipment to help the vessels track ships from the United States, Vietnam and other foreign countries, new Chinese government procurement documents show. This is just

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  • Huge Fire at Bangladesh Rohingya Camp Leaves Thousands Homeless0

    By Sunil Barua and Jesmin Papri on Mar 22, 2021  A massive fire damaged thousands of makeshift shelters at a Rohingya refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh on Monday, officials said, but could not immediately confirm reports that there were casualties. Firefighters took more than eight hours to extinguish the blaze, which was fanned by high

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  • Fence Around Rohingya Camps Did Not Hamper Fire Rescue, Bangladesh Says0

    © Amlai Boyjors/Save the Children   By Abdur Rahman and Jesmin Papri on Mar 24, 2021  Bangladesh officials denied Wednesday that a barbed-wired fence around Rohingya refugee camps disrupted relief and rescue work during and after a massive fire at a refugee settlement this week that left at least 11 people dead. They also denied

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  • Bangladesh: Hundreds in Jail Await Hearings before Cyber Tribunal0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Mar 16, 2021 09:03 pm A special court formed eight years ago to handle cybercrime in Bangladesh has completed work on a fraction of thousands of cases in its docket, and obtained only 30 convictions, court records show. Due to this backlog, and the difficulty of getting bail under vaguely

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  • UN Officials Make First Visit to Bangladesh Island Since Relocation of Rohingya0

    Abdur Rahman and Sharif Khiam Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka 2021-03-17 Rohingya refugees board a Bangladesh Navy ship in Chittagong to be transported to the island of Bhashan Char in Bangladesh A United Nations delegation on Wednesday arrived on an “initial” three-day visit to a Bay of Bengal island where Bangladesh has moved thousands of Rohingya

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  • Rights Groups Urge UN to Suspend Talks on Increasing Bangladeshi Peacekeeper Numbers0

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    • February 9, 2021

    By Shailaja Neelakantan and Imran Vittachi on Feb 08, 2021  Human rights groups are urging the United Nations to review its links with Bangladesh’s armed forces in light of a TV news documentary alleging corruption by senior government officials, including the Bangladeshi army chief who is set to visit U.N. Headquarters this week. The joint

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  • Bangladesh Editorials Express Frustration over Limits in Reporting0

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    • February 7, 2021

    By John Bechtel     Feb 03, 2021 Leading newspapers in Bangladesh on Wednesday expressed frustration over a media environment in which a major investigative report leveling allegations against senior leaders and key institutions in the country had been met with “silence” in the domestic press. Editorials in The Daily Star and The Dhaka Tribune noted

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  • In Power Grab, Myanmar’s Generals Deal Rohingya Coup de Grâce0

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    • February 4, 2021

    By Commentary by Zachary Abuza on Feb 04, 2021  Benar News Some might find it odd that Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, ousted Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup d’etat. After all, how often does a Nobel Peace Prize laureate defend a genocidal military campaign against the Rohingya before the International Criminal Court at The

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  • Bangladesh Moves About 2,000 More Rohingya Refugees to Remote Island0

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    • January 28, 2021

    Abdur Rahman and Jesmin Papri Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka, Bangladesh 2021-01-28 Benar News A Rohingya family waits to board a bus taking them to Chittagong en route to Bhashan Char Island, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 28, 2021. Close to 2,000 more Rohingya left refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday as Bangladeshi authorities moved them

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  • Baul Singers of Bangladesh Struggle to Survive Amid Onslaught By Muslim Hardliners0

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    • January 22, 2021

    Pulack Ghatack Dhaka 2021-01-22 A Baul sings as he plays a traditional single-string musical instrument called ‘Ektara,’ at a rural concert in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh. Dec. 26, 2019.  [BenarNews] Singers of the Baul folk tradition in Bangladesh are struggling to survive after more than a decade of physical and legal attacks by Islamic hardliners who

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  • Bangladesh Again Denies Al-Qaeda Presence0

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    • January 18, 2021

    By Shailaja Neelakantan on Jan 15, 2021 Bangladesh strongly rejected U.S. charges this week that al-Qaeda cells had committed attacks on the South Asian nation, although the U.S. State Department had documented such incidents in its annual reports on terrorism around the world. In a talk in Washington on Tuesday on al-Qaeda’s “new home base

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  • Next Myanmar-Bangladesh-China Meeting on Rohingya Repatriation Set for Jan. 190

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    • January 14, 2021

    By Sharif Khiam on Jan 13, 2021    Benar News China-brokered talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar aimed at repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are expected to resume next week after being stalled for a year, officials said Wednesday. Myanmar has not cooperated in ironing out related issues, but Bangladesh is hopeful some headway

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