Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis.The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement.“Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided,” it added.More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched nearly a year ago in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.UN rights officials have documented allegations of mass killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of Myanmar’s military, which the Myanmar authorities have denied.The United States, Britain and France as well as the United Nations have described the military campaign as ethnic cleansing.Schraner Burgener, who was appointed in April, said Bangladesh needs more international aid to host the Rohingya and tackle the risk of landslides from monsoons that have already killed 12 people near the camps.The envoy will deliver her first briefing to the Security Council on Monday, which will be held behind closed doors.
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Dhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.
Listen 00:00 /00:47 X Oil prices took a steep tumble this week, but some experts say the drop is neither worrying nor surprising. Share The recent plunge in oil prices was bound to happen, said Jim Krane, a Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.“You know, the dam is broken, and all these compounding effects have pushed prices way back down,” Krane said. “Whether we’re gonna see a rebound like we often do in oil markets is anybody’s guess, but I think a lot of folks are going to be watching OPEC.”Krane said that factors driving oil prices down include increased U.S. oil production, a run-up in prices that occurred ahead of President Trump’s reinstated sanctions on Iran, and conflicts in the Middle East. As for Texas, Krane said people should not be worried — yet. “Oil prices affect the Texas economy sort of in the long run,” Krane said. “I think oil prices would have to go down and stay down for quite a while before you saw, you know, any layoffs or any perceptible effect on companies operating in Texas.”OPEC and partners will meet in Vienna, Austria on December 6, where they are expected to make critical production decisions. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: