Current players to testify on behalf of Boucher!

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Earlier this year, CSA confirmed that various charges had been levelled against Boucher, and his disciplinary proceedings have now been set down for 16 to 20 May This comes after former national spinner Paul Adams implicated Boucher in a racial incident when the two were teammates, alleging that the former wicket-keeper was part of a group who called him a brown sht”*. The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe. Boucher and his team of heavyweight legal representatives met with the chairperson of h… Continue reading “Current players to testify on behalf of Boucher!”

Bangladesh’s success story is a lesson in poverty reduction: Here’s why | Daily FT

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The Dhaka skyline seen from a high-rise – Commons Since its founding in 1971, Bangladesh has emerged from overwhelming poverty to achieve the highest cumulative GDP growth globally from 2010 to 2020Bangladesh’s success story is a lesson in development for the modern worldBy Asif Saleh Even in its most remote corners, the world is changing. Global unrest, climate change and growing numbers of refugees are blurring the lines between development and humanitarian response. Migration to cities is causing societal changes; technology is creating both opportunities and division; and the financing lan… Continue reading “Bangladesh’s success story is a lesson in poverty reduction: Here’s why | Daily FT”

Five Famous Cricket Players who Retired in 2021

A notable number of cricket legends announced their retirement in the year 2021. Some have pursued careers as cricket experts or in other related activities after retirement, while others have sought careers as coaches. They were all outstanding professional players who had enjoyed great success on both the international and domestic circuits. The top five cricketers who retired from the game in 2021 are featured in this article. Let’s take a quick look at their professional achievements.

Five Notable Retired Cricketers in 2021

AB de Villiers of South Africa, Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands, Asghar Afghan of Afghanistan, Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka, and Dale Steyn of South Africa are the top five cricketers who have retired. Take a look at their professional cricket achievements.

AB de Villiers

International Statistics: M: 415 | Runs: 19,864 | HS: 278* | Ave: 48.33 | 100s: 47

First Class Statistics: M: 141 | Runs: 10,689 | HS: 278* | Ave: 49.71 | 100s: 25

Mr. 360 AB de Villiers declared his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021. He was widely regarded as the most destructive batter of his generation and was popular with cricket lovers. This gifted South African owns the world record for the fastest 100 and 150 in ODIs. The fans will always remember De Villiers’ unusual and devastating striking technique.

Ryan ten Doeschate

International Statistics: M: 57 | Runs: 2,074 | HS: 119 | Ave: 57.61 | 100s: 5 | Wickets: 68 | BBI: 4/31 | Ave: 23.11 | 5W: 0

First Class Statistics: M: 203 | Runs: 11,298 | HS: 259* | Ave: 44.30 | 100s: 29 | Wickets: 214 | BBI: 6/20 | Ave: 33.84 | 5W: 7

South African-born Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has the most runs for the Netherlands national team. He announced his retirement in September of 2021. Post-retirement, Doeschate was named Kent County Cricket Club’s batting coach in December 2021. He was a member of the Netherlands squad at a number of ICC events. Ten Doeschate made 119 runs against England in the 2011 World Cup, becoming the first Dutch player to hit an ODI century against an ICC full member. Ryan ten Doeschate is perhaps the best Dutch player of all time.

Asghar Afghan

International Statistics: M: 195 | Runs: 4,246 | HS: 164 | Ave: 24.83 | 100s: 2

First Class Statistics: M: 29 | Runs: 1,861 | HS: 164 | Ave: 44.30 | 100s: 6

Asghar Afghan had a decent career for Afghanistan on the international stage. Asghar declared his retirement during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He is one of Afghanistan’s leading run-scorers and competed in a number of ICC tournaments.

Lasith Malinga

International Statistics: M: 340 | Wickets: 546 | BBI: 6/38 | Ave: 28.08 | 5W: 13

First Class Statistics: M: 84 | Wickets: 257 | BBI: 6/17 | Ave: 30.28 | 5W: 7

Lasith Malinga was known as “Slinga” for his toe-crushing Yorker delivery. Malinga was perhaps his generation’s finest white-ball bowler. He had a thriving cricket career. Malinga led the Sri Lankan national team at one stage in his career, and Sri Lanka won the 2014 T20 World Cup while he was captain. This right-handed medium pacer is the first bowler in international cricket history to take four wickets in four deliveries twice. Lasith Malinga announced his retirement in September 2021.

Dale Steyn

International Statistics: M: 263 | Wickets: 697 | BBI: 7/51 | Ave: 23.38 | 5W: 29

First Class Statistics: M: 141 | Wickets: 618 | BBI: 8/41 | Ave: 23.57 | 5W: 35

Dale Steyn announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on August 31, 2021. He was the most devastating pacer of his generation and one of the all-time great fast-bowlers. Steyn had a remarkable cricket career as a bowler. He did not win any significant trophies with the national team. However, he did help South Africa win a number of international series. Dale Steyn is now South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in the Test format.

Aftermath

Former South African captain AB de Villiers, Proteas pacer Dale Steyn, and Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler Lasith Malinga were among the top cricketers of the previous decade. Their contributions as players will live on in the minds of coming generations. Former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan and the Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, both enjoyed significant success with their respective national teams. Many young cricketers look up to these athletes as role models since they were key figures in their respective teams throughout their playing days.

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U-19 World Cup: Pakistan crush Bangladesh in Antigua

In the Super League playoff semifinals of the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by six wickets in Antigua on Monday.

Bangladesh batted first after winning the toss, but they failed to post a challenging total on the board. Despite a century by Ariful Islam, Bangladesh managed to post only 175 for all wickets in 49.2 overs.

Ariful scored 100 off 119 balls with five fours and four sixes. The second-highest runs, 25, came from the bat of Iftakher Hossain.

For Pakistan, Awais Ali and Mehran Mumtaz bagged three wickets each.

In reply, Pakistan chased the target of 176 in 46.3 overs with six wickets in hand. Wicketkeeper-batter Haseebullah Khan scored 79, while opener Muhammad Shehzad hit 36. Irfan Khan and Abdul Faseeh scored 24 and 22, respectively.

For Bangladesh, Rakibul Hasan bagged two wickets while Naimur Rohman took one wicket.

It was the last match of Bangladesh in this edition of the U-19 World Cup.

Earlier, Bangladesh lost their campaign opener against England but won against Canada and the United Arab Emirates to march to the Super League quarter-finals where they lost to India.

Bangladesh started this edition of the U-19 World Cup as the defending champions, but they failed to defend the title.

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Billionaire Singer Rihanna is Expecting her First Child with Rapper A$AP Rocky

Famous singer Rihanna is expecting her first child with her current partner, A$AP Rocky. Rocky revealed their relationship during an interview with GQ Magazine on May 19, 2021, and referred to her as the “love of his life.” Rihanna’s pregnancy was first revealed in People magazine on January 31, 2022. Rihanna is one of the most well-known female singers of her time, and she is the wealthiest female singer as of 2021. Her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky is a rapper and record producer. Let’s take a quick look at the history of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s relationship and their respective careers.

Relationship background of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky

According to reports, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky first met in 2012. The couple performed at MTV’s Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012. They were romantically linked during Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour in North America. However, the rumor died out once the tour was over. A few years later in 2017, Rihanna began dating billionaire Hassan Jameel. On the other hand, Rocky and supermodel Kendall Jenner were seen together at several events.

Rocky was invited to Rihanna’s 4th Annual Diamond Ball, a prestigious fashion charity event that benefits worldwide educational projects. Rocky also attended Rihanna’s fifth Diamond Ball charity event in 2019. They were seen getting intimate at the Louis Vuitton 2019 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

They reconnected in January 2020, after Rihanna ended her affair with Hassan Jameel. However, several sources suggested that the relationship was only casual. Rocky posed alongside Rihanna in a commercial for her skincare line Fenty Skin, on August 26, 2020. Later that year, they were seen together in a number of places. Finally, A$AP Rocky confirmed their romance in an interview with GQ magazine in May of 2021.

A quick rundown of Rihanna’s professional career

Rihanna first rose to prominence through her singing profession. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she received her first exposure. Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006), two of her later releases, helped her gain international fame. Both albums charted in the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the United States. Her career was later expanded by a slew of popular songs, including “Rude Boy,” “Only Girl,” “What’s My Name?” “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Diamonds,” and so on. Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Adam Levine, Paul McCartney, Ne-Yo, and Shakira are just a few of the notable contemporary artists with whom she has collaborated.

Rihanna is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, and in 2012 and 2014, Forbes named her one of the top ten highest-paid celebrities. She has nine Grammy Awards, thirteen American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records to her name as a musician.

Rihanna has expanded her talents beyond singing after reaching enormous success in the music industry. Rihanna is also an actor, a fashion designer, and an entrepreneur in addition to singing. Her estimated net worth is $1.7 billion as of 2021.

A$AP Rocky’s professional career in a nutshell

A$AP Rocky is a Manhattan-based rapper and record producer. He is a member of the A$AP Mob hip-hop group. Live. Love. A$AP is Rocky’s debut mixtape. He signed a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment after the success of his first mixtape album.

Rocky released his second album, At. Long. Last. A$AP. in 2015 and in 2018 he released his third album, Testing. His third album peaked in the top five in seven nations, including the US Billboard 200.

Rocky has received several awards, including a BET Award, two BET Hip Hop Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award from Japan.

Way Forward

Having a first child is always special for a couple, and Rihanna and her partner A$AP Rocky are no exception. The couple is ecstatic to be expecting their first baby. Rihanna revealed that she wanted to be a mother during a 2019 red carpet interview with Essence. She also stated unequivocally that she aspires to be the mother of a black child, describing it as “the core of her spirit.” Rihanna’s lover Rocky was raised in a Christian household and the two were previously linked in 2013. The rumor was short-lived. However, this time they are more serious about their engagement, having decided to have a child together.

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Commerce minister warns against using fake FB accounts in his name

Unscrupulous elements have been operating multiple fake Facebook accounts using the name and picture of Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi in a campaign that is likely to tarnish his image, the commerce ministry said on Tuesday.

Legal action will be taken against the operators of these fake accounts unless they refrain from the immoral activities, the ministry said in a statement.

It said law enforcers, including police and the RAB’s IT intelligence branch, are conducting necessary investigation in this regard.

The statement said the commerce minister does not have any Facebook account.

Earlier on July 6 last year, a general diary (GD) was filed at Ramna Model Police Station in this regard, said the ministry.

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Longest lightning bolt record: 477 miles over 3 US states

A bolt of lightning that stretched nearly 500 miles across three U.S. states is the new world record holder for longest flash.

The single flash extended 477.2 miles (768 kilometers) across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi in April 2020, the World Meteorological Organization said Monday. That beat the old record set in 2018 in Brazil of 440.6 miles (709 kilometers).

Also in 2020, a single lightning flash over Uruguay and northern Argentina lasted 17.1 seconds, nipping the old time record of 16.7 seconds.

Normally lightning doesn’t stretch farther than 10 miles and lasts less than a second, said Arizona State University’s Randall Cerveny, who is the chief of records confirmation for the meteorological organization.

“These two lightning flash records are absolutely extraordinary,” Cerveny said in an email.

Both were cloud-to-cloud, several thousand feet above the ground, so no one was in danger, he said.

These records, which are not linked to climate change, were spotted and confirmed thanks to new satellite tracking technology. Both regions are two of the few places in the world prone to the type of intense storms that can produce what are called “megaflashes, ” Cerveny said.

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Install Set Top Box by April 1 to watch satellite TV channels: Minister

The decision to bring the cable TV network under the digital system will be enforced from April 1 in Dhaka and Chattogram, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday.

Customers in the two cities will have to get TV set top boxes from April 1 to watch satellite television channels, he told reporters after a meeting with cable TV operators at the ministry.

“We had a discussion in detail to implement our initiative to bring cable TV network under digital system and you (journalists) know that a case was also filed in this regard,” he said.

He said the government has taken the initiative to provide better service to customers and ensure that the government is not deprived of VAT and tax from this sector.

“Today we’ve set a timeframe and we have fixed April 1 to ensure installation of set top boxes in Dhaka and Chattogram. We will work together to provide set top boxes within the time,” he said.

“Those who will fail to install set top boxes during this period will be deprived from watching some satellite channels,” he added.

The decision will be enforced in all metropolitan cities and divisional cities by May 30, he said adding already several lakh set top boxes have been procured and it will be implemented in phases.

The meeting also decided to formulate a guideline for the cable operating system and it is needed, he said adding, “We have reached a decision to form a guideline through a committee involving stakeholders.”

Mobile courts started operating from October 1 under the direction of the ministry of information and broadcasting to implement ad-free or clean feed broadcasting of foreign channels in accordance with Cable Network Operation Act 2006.

Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB) members stopped broadcasting foreign satellite channels without ‘clean feeds’, i.e. their advertisement slots filled by show sponsors and other commercial entities cater to a foreign market, on October 19 in line with a government directive.

Legally, a ‘clean feed’ means the broadcast runs without any advertisements from show sponsors or other commercial entities.

The clean feed policy calls for foreign channels to streamline content according to region, i.e. not air commercials meant for one region in another region. For example, if an Indian channel is to be aired in Bangladesh, commercials produced for the Indian market cannot be aired here.

The solution the information ministry would like to force upon these channels is to have a separate broadcast feed for Bangladesh, in which the advertising slots would be filled by commercials aimed at the Bangladeshi market. The channels would have to make this call based on how much revenue they expect to raise from Bangladeshi advertisers.

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A Uyghur gets death sentence, as China bans once OK’d books

As the Chinese government tightened its grip over its ethnic Uyghur population, it sentenced one man to death and three others to life in prison last year for textbooks drawn in part from historical resistance movements that had once been sanctioned by the ruling Communist Party.

An AP review of images and stories presented as problematic in a state media documentary, and interviews with people involved in editing the textbooks, found they were rooted in previously accepted narratives — two drawings are based on a 1940s movement praised by Mao Zedong, who founded the communist state in 1949. Now, as the party’s imperatives have changed, it has partially reinterpreted them with devastating consequences for individuals, while also depriving students of ready access to a part of their heritage.

It is a less publicized chapter in a wide-ranging crackdown on Uyghurs and other largely Muslim groups, which has prompted the U.S. and others to stage a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics that open Friday. Foreign experts, governments and media have documented the detention of an estimated 1 million or more people, the demolition of mosques and forced sterilization and abortion. The Chinese government denies human rights violations and says it has taken steps to eliminate separatism and extremism in its western Xinjiang region.

The attack on textbooks and the officials responsible for them shows how far the Communist Party is going to control and reshape the Uyghur community. It comes as President Xi Jinping, in the name of ethnic unity, pushes a more assimilationist policy on Tibetans, Mongolians and other ethnic groups that scales back bilingual education. Scholars and activists fear the disappearance of Uyghur cultural history, handed down in stories of heroes and villains across generations.

“There’s much more intense policing of Uyghur historic narratives now,” said David Brophy, a historian of Uyghur nationalism at the University of Sydney. “The goalposts have shifted, and rather than this being seen as a site of negotiation and tension, now it’s treated as separatist propaganda.”

Sattar Sawut, a Uyghur official who headed the Xinjiang Education Department, was sentenced to death, a court announced last April, saying he led a separatist group to create textbooks filled with ethnic hatred, violence and religious extremism that caused people to carry out violent acts in ethnic clashes in 2009. He may not be executed, as such death sentences are often commuted to life in prison after two years with good behavior.

Details about the textbooks were then presented in a documentary by CGTN, the overseas arm of state broadcaster CCTV, on what it called hidden threats in Xinjiang in a 10-minute segment. It included what amounted to on-camera confessions by Sawut and another former education official, Alimjan Memtimin, who got a life sentence.

The Xinjiang government and CGTN did not respond to written questions about the material.

Drawings from the textbooks are presented as evidence Sawut led others to incite hatred between Uyghurs and China’s majority Han population.

In one, a man points a pistol at another. The image is flashed over an on-camera statement by Memtimin, who says they wanted to “incite ethnic hatred and such thoughts.”

But both men in the drawing are Uyghurs. One, named Gheni Batur, holds up a gun to a traitor who had been sent to assassinate him. Batur was seen as a “people’s hero” in a 1940s uprising against China’s then-ruling Nationalist Party over its repression and discrimination against ethnic groups, said Nabijan Tursun, a Uyghur American historian and a senior editor at Radio Free Asia.

The Communists toppled the Nationalists and took power in 1949. Mao invited then-Uyghur leader Ehmetjan Qasimi to the first meeting of a national advisory body and said, “Your years of struggle are a part of our entire Chinese nation’s democratic revolution movement.” However, Qasimi died in a plane crash en route to the meeting.

Despite Mao’s approval, this period of history has always been debated by Chinese academics, Brophy said, and the attitude has shifted more and more toward hostility.

Another element in the story came to the fore after a series of knifings and bombings in 2013-14 by Uyghur extremists, who were angered by harsh treatment by the authorities.

The Uyghur movement had briefly carved out a nominally independent state, the second East Turkestan Republic, in northern Xinjiang in 1944. It had the backing of the Soviet Union, which had real control.

A recently leaked 2017 document, one of a trove given to an unofficial Uyghur Tribunal in Britain last September, shows that a Communist Party working group dealing with Xinjiang criticized elements of the uprising.

“The Three District Revolution is a part of our people’s democratic revolution, but there were serious mistakes made in the early stages,” the notice said.

Blaming interference by the Soviet Union, it said that ethnic separatists infiltrated the revolutionary ranks and “stole the right to lead, established a splitting regime, … and committed the grave mistake of ethnic division.”

The document still said that Qasimi should be respected for his role in history.

The CGTN documentary, though, singles out a photo of Qasimi wearing a medal that was the symbol of the second East Turkestan Republic. “It shouldn’t appear in this textbook at all,” Shehide Yusup, an art editor at Xinjiang Education Publishing House, said in the documentary.

Another textbook illustration, drawn from the same period, shows what appears to be Nationalist solider pointing a knife at a Uyghur rebel sprawled on the ground.

Both stories come from novels by Uyghur writers published by government publishing houses. One of the writers, Zordun Sabir, is a member of the state-backed Chinese Writer’s Association. The textbooks themselves were published only after high-level approval, said Kündüz, a former editor at the Xinjiang University newspaper who uses only one name.

When the textbooks were reviewed in 2001, the Uyghur stories hardly got any attention, said Abduweli Ayup, a Uyghur linguist who as a then-graduate student translated some of the stories into Chinese for the review.

Stories that portrayed the Nationalists as the enemy were not considered controversial. Instead, the Uyghur editors worried about foreign stories, said Ayup, an activist who now lives in Norway, such as a line from a Tolstoy story and a Hungarian poem.

Another story cited by CGTN goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ruled China until 1912. Yusup, the art editor tells CGTN: “This is the legend of seven heroic Uyghur girls. It’s all fabricated. Han Chinese soldiers trapped them at a cliff and they jumped to their death to defend their homeland. It’s meant to incite ethnic hatred.”

But the soldiers were not Han, they were ethnic Manchu who founded the Qing Dynasty in 1644. The text of the story visible in the CGTN documentary says so, reading in part, “The Manchu soldiers started to climb Mount Möljer from all sides. Maysikhan (a leader of the Uyghur girls) saw the Manchus clambering up the mountain and told the girls to roll rocks down at them.”

The story is based on a local rebellion against the Qing Dynasty. A shrine dedicated to the seven girls stands in the Xinjiang city of Uchturpan, which partially funded it. Epics, articles and dramas about the story are popular.

“For the Chinese government to praise the uprising and then criminalize the inclusion of the story in textbooks is shocking,” Tursun, the historian said.

From even earlier, officials have been increasing the amount of instruction in Chinese in Xinjiang, especially after ethnic clashes in 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital, said Minglang Zhou, an expert on China’s bilingual education policies at the University of Maryland.

Xi, as China’s leader, has stressed the consolidation of the nation, a move away from the “one unified nation with diversity” promoted by his predecessors, Zhou said. “He sees diversity as a threat to a unified nation.”

Kündüz lamented that her son, growing up in Urumqi, studied more in Chinese than in Uyghur. “They want to assimilate us, they want us to erase us,” she said from Sweden, where she now lives.

To this day, her son speaks Chinese better than Uyghur.

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This year’s Boi Mela to be held from February 15-28

The 2022 edition of the traditional Amar Ekushey Book Fair, which usually begins on the very first day of February, will be held from February 15 to February 28, subject to certain conditions regarding the ongoing Omicron situation of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The new date was stated in a letter issued by the Bangla Academy and signed by the secretary of the academy AHM Lokman on Sunday.

“Considering the current situation of COVID-19, the government has decided to hold ‘Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2022’ from 15th February to 28th February 2022 subject to certain conditions. Therefore, all the staff involved in the Book Fair have been requested to take COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses as per the requirement of adults including vaccination,” the letter stated.

The letter also stated that the academy has already sent a letter to the Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services to set up a vaccination booth at the academy premises as per the instructions of the Ministry.

Earlier on January 16, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs postponed this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair for two weeks due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country.

Last year, the traditional month-long fair was also postponed to avoid the spread of coronavirus infections. The fair finally began on March 18 at the Bangla Academy premises and the adjacent venue in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan.

The fair concluded on April 12, two days before the country went into a hard lockdown from April 14 to curb down the surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and the overall fair failed to get its usual momentum with publishers and sellers who suffered a significant amount of losses in their businesses.

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One year into Myanmar coup: Stronger course of int’l action needed

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews on Tuesday reiterated the urgent need for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Myanmar military and stressed the need to significantly increase financial pressure on the junta, as many in Myanmar are doing with boycotts.

“The fact that one year has elapsed with no Security Council Resolution imposing a comprehensive arms embargo — as arms continue to flow to the junta and kill innocent people — is unacceptable,” he said. “The people of Myanmar deserve better from the United Nations.”

One year after the Myanmar military launched a coup, the UN Special Rapporteur released a video featuring the voices of some of those in Myanmar who have suffered greatly and are taking action to defend their country.

Tom Andrews implored States to take a more robust course of international action “before it’s too late”.

“Now is not the time for more rhetoric, it is time for meaningful action,” the UN expert said. “The international community must take strong, meaningful steps to cut the junta’s access to weapons, funds and legitimacy.”

Andrews said he would soon release a report that identifies the weapons that continue to flow into the arsenal of the junta and where they are from.

“The military junta is functioning as a criminal enterprise, committing murder, torture, abductions, forced displacement, all the while stealing the revenue and seizing the assets that rightfully belong to the people of Myanmar,” he said.

What is worse, they appear to be getting away with it. Their attacks continue unabated. The suffering of the Myanmar people is steadily increasing.

“Recent months have seen an even further escalation of violence, and a campaign of terror now widespread across the country. I have received more reports of mass killings, attacks on hospitals and humanitarian targets, and the bombing and burning of villages,” Andrews said.

Despite great risks and immense hardships, he said, the people of Myanmar are responding with courage, tenacity and an unwavering commitment to save their country and their children’s future.

“I am amazed at the resilience of the Myanmar people. In the face of aerial assaults, and mass arrest and torture, they continue to strike, to protest, to speak out and to defend themselves. They need and deserve stronger support from the international community,” Andrews said.

On this first anniversary of the illegal coup by the military junta, the best and worst of humanity is unfolding in Myanmar, he said.

“As we mark this dark day and what amounts to a military occupation of Myanmar, let the international community, and Member States of the United Nations, offer not only words of concern, but strong action. The people of Myanmar deserve nothing less,” he said.

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No US plan to impose sanctions on Bangladesh: Congressman Meeks

Influential US Congressman and Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory W Meeks has said they do not want to impose any sanctions on Bangladesh as there is an excellent relationship between the United States and Bangladesh.

“We want to make sure we aren’t (imposing any sanctions) against Bangladesh and we’re still working with the government and people of Bangladesh,” he told a fundraising luncheon function at a restaurant in New York’s Queens area on Monday.

Meeks, also an eminent lawyer, has been a US representative of Democratic Party from New York since 1998, and serving as the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2021.

“We aren’t imposing any embargo on Bangladesh. The sanctions were imposed on some individuals of an organisation, not the entire organisation … we’re looking into the scenario there,” he added.

The US Congressman also replied to a question about a vested quarter who is strongly lobbying from inside and outside Bangladesh for imposing sanctions on more officials and the politicians as well, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC.

“We’ll not do it as per their words … it’s not possible, and we’ll take the right steps after scrutinising all things,” he said.

Meeks said he will visit Bangladesh this year to see the human rights situation and other issues. “Before then, I’ll talk to the State Department and Congress Sub-Committee on the Asia-Pacific … if necessary, we’ll arrange a hearing in the Congress on Bangladesh issues,” he said.

Known for his compassionate and tenacious representation of his constituents, and his coalition-building skills, Chairman Meeks proudly serves the constituents of New York’s Fifth Congressional District, which is a major Bangladeshi American concentration.

Source: United News of Bangladesh