International seminar held in city with pledge to combat fake news

Speakers at an international seminar here on Tuesday said formal and legal measures, corporate commitments and civil society actions are needed to combat fake news, noting that addressing fake news is a challenging task.

Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) hosted the seminar titled "Fake News: A Threat to Human Rights and Democracy" in Dhaka.

The first session of the seminar held on "Fake News: A Threat to Democracy" where senior journalist Saleem Samad presented a paper titled "Fake News: A Threat to Democracy in SAARC and BRICS Countries".

He pointed out in his presentation that collective efforts of South Asian and BRICS are apparently absent except for canned rhetoric by regional leaders.

His paper recommended more emphasis on social and educational strategies to combat fake news.

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In the later part of the session, Arefin Mizan, research consultant at ELCOP, presented a paper titled "Fake News: A Threat to Democracy in Bangladesh".

He discussed how fake news is a threat to democracy in Bangladesh, by decreasing confidence in democratic processes and institutions, citing recent cases and data.

The paper concluded with a call to Bangladeshis to teach others about fake news and its dangers, with the slogan "Each 1, teach 10."

Professor Dr. Abul Barakat from Bangladesh, Dr. Arghya Sengupta and Pulokesh Ghosh from India participated as designated discussants of the session.

The discussants emphasized on the grey areas of combating fake news.

Dr. Barakat said that the focus should be on identifying what are the determinants of fake news or the determinants of demand of fake news.

Dr. Arghya commented that since fake news is spreading though the platforms of big tech companies, the tech giants have the responsibility to prevent fake news.

The second session held on "Fake News: A Threat to Human Rights" where Aroup Raton Shaha, research consultant at ELCOP, presented a paper titled "Fake News: A Threat to Human Rights in SAARC and BRICS Countries."

In the paper, Shaha depicted different international incidents of fake news that has affected human rights in different parts of the world.

In the later part of the second session Md Johir Uddin Shohag, research consultant at ELCOP, presented a paper styled Fake News: A Threat to Human Rights in Bangladesh.

He pointed out that the rise of the influence of tech companies and populism helps fake news spread faster and consequently, people might get agitated and might act irrationally and attack minorities in response to, for example, fabricated Facebook posts defaming the religion of the majority by any member of such minorities.

The paper illustrated the disastrous impact of fake news on human rights in Bangladesh.

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Johir ended his presentation by calling for international cooperation to combat fake news.

Professor Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed from Bangladesh, Professor Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula from Nepal, Jayanta Roy Chowdhury from India, Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai from India, and Vasily Pushkov from Russia spoke as designated discussants of the session, said a media release.

Dr. Yubaraj, former Attorney General for Nepal said that the accountability and effective functionality of democratic institutions is essential to prevent fake news.

Scholars, journalists, diplomats, civil society representatives, bureaucrats, NGO and INGO officials, UN officials, and human rights activists participated in the open discussion session.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Rahmatullah claims to have 2 crore votes ‘in his pocket’

Ruling party lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah raised eyebrows in the House on Tuesday, when he claimed there are some 30 MPs in Parliament who are followers of Ahle Hadith, but that - and this is where it starts to get strange - they choose to not disclose it.

Ahle Hadith is a Sunni reform movement that emerged in North India in the mid-nineteenth century, from the teachings of Sayyid Ahmad Shahid, Syed Nazeer Husain and Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan.

Standing on a point of order in Parliament, Rahmatullah, MP for Dhaka-11, claimed to have two crore votes in his pocket. Burnishing his credentials a year out from elections - understandable. Before you realise that's one-eighth of the population, he changed direction.

“Two crore votes of Ahle Hadith all over Bangladesh.” So that's what he was getting at. He then proclaimed himself to be the 'chief adviser' to the Ahle Hadith, although they themselves are not known to have ever said anything to this effect.

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He also mentioned that the Ahle Hadith wanted to make him their president, and effectivelty that he has them on a string:

“Whichever direction I will go, they will follow."

Referring to a newspaper report, Rahmatullah said he read how BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam said that people know who escaped after '1/11'.

At the time of 1/11, Sheikh Hasina had come to London from America, he started, obviously an anecdote coming.

“I came to London from Italy. She stayed in a flat in Regent Park. She sent me news. She told me - Rahmatullah, Maya (Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Azam (Mirza Azam), Nanak (Jahangir Kabir Nanak) is jot in Dhaka. If you don't go, will Sahara (Sahara Khatun) be able to gather any people? Then I came back,” he said.

Rahmatullah said that since he is an honest person, he somehow managed to collect 2 lakh people (even though he has 2 crore in his pocket) for Sheikh Hasina's return.

“Then I gave you (Sheikh Hasina) the reception.”

Returning to the news report, he said Fakhrul should hardly talk about who ran away after '1/11'. He seemed to be convinced he was one of them.

“He indicates us? I will send the paper to you. You will understand if you read,” he said, seeming to address the PM.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Fire breaks out at Mongla EPZ

A fire broke out at Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) area in Khulna district on Tuesday.

Ardesh Ali, senior station officer of Mongla EPZ Fire Service control room said the fire broke out at the VIP-1 factory inside the EPZ around 3:30 pm and spread soon.

On information, seven firefighting units rushed to the spot and are trying to extinguish the blaze.

There were so many plastic and flammable materials inside the factory, which made the work of fire fighters difficult, he said.

Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Mongla Police Station, said the fire might have originated from an electric short circuit.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

This is to bid farewell to AL regime: says Mosharraf about BNP’s street march

Stating that the time of the Awami League government is running out fast, BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday said their party’s programme of street march is meant for saying goodbye to the Awami League’s repressive rule.

“Even after so much repression by the government, BNP did not sit at home, nor did the people of this country. Rather, they have come to the streets to ensure your downfall,” he said in remarks directed at the AL government.

The BNP leader also said their party together with the people is carrying out a peaceful movement on the streets. “Awami League is criticizing our march programme under various names out of fear. We would like to tell you, your time is up.”

BNP’s 3rd march from Gabtoli to Mirpur begins

Calling upon the government to get ready to quit, he said “We’re doing this (march) as an advance procession of your farewell. Whatever you think of our march, this is our peaceful procession to bid you farewell.

Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member came up with the remarks while inaugurating their party’s third march towards the Mirpur-10 intersection from Gabtoli.

He said the way the people are taking to the streets, they will be able to bring down the current regime in a very short time. “So, we must forge a strong unity among us.”

The BNP leader said while people are struggling to cope with the growing price hikes of daily essentials, the government has been repeatedly increasing the tariffs of power, gas and water only to plunder public money.

He said the government is now unable to import food from abroad and even unload the goods from vessels for lack of money.

The BNP leader said the government has ruined the country’s economy by indulging in widespread plundering and siphoning off huge money abroad, creating a famine-like situation in the country.

Referring to Transparency International’s latest report he said Bangladesh’s position in the corruption perception index has slid one step lower to 12 from the bottom among 180 countries as the ruling party-backed syndicates are indulging in widespread corruption.’

“As we say, it is also seen internationally that corruption is increasing in Bangladesh. Awami League-backed syndicates are indulging in corruption. So, it is not possible to curb their corruption. That is why the people of the country want the resignation of this government as soon as possible." “The sooner this regime goes the better for the country.”

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Another BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said people are going through a very tough time due to unusual hikes in prices of all essential items.

He said the government is also raising the prices of utility services as it has taken a stance against the people. “There’s no alternative to ousting this regime to save the country, and its people and restore democracy and people’s rights.”

The BNP leader said Awami League’s history is killing democracy or supporting those who obstructed democracy while BNP repeatedly restored democracy. “We need to restore it once again together with people through a movement.”

Khandaker Mosharraf formally inaugurated the march programme at Gabtoli Bus Stand around 3:20 pm. It ended at the Mirpor-10 intersection after parading around a five-kilometre stretch of the road.

It was the third such programme of BNP as the party’s Dhaka North City unit marched from Badda to Malibagh on Saturday and the Dhaka South City unit marched from Jatrabari to Jurine on Monday.

Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme, carrying banners, national and party flags, festoons and portraits of the party's top leaders.

There was a heavy deployment of law enforcers w in the area to maintain law and order and fend off any untoward incidents.

Earlier on Thursday last, BNP announced the four-day march programme in the capital for January 28, 30, 31 and February 1.

The programme will be concluded with the Dhaka South City unit’s march from Mugda to Malibagh on Wednesday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Feasibility study on Chattorgram metro rail begins

The feasibility study on Chattogram metro rail began on Tuesday.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader joined the inauguration programme of the feasibility study virtually.

Addressing the event, Quader said,“Today is a historic day for Chattogram as we have started the feasibility study of the metro rail.”

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The study will be conducted at an estimated cost of TK 70 crore.

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will provide TK 50 crore, while the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges will provide the rest.

The feasibility study is scheduled to be completed by March 2025.

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Tasks of the feasibility study include an integrated plan on transport in the city, reviewing and updating theongoing and completed projects, conducting transport survey, assessment and evaluation of future traffic demand, economic evaluation of projects, pre-feasibility study of Mass Rapid Transit Network Proposal, planning public transport system, traffic safety, etc.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

HC orders Viqarunnisa Noon School to admit siblings of 41 students

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed Viqarunnisa Noon School and College authorities to admit 41 students, siblings of the students who are already studying there, to class 1.

The HC bench of Justice KM Kamrul Quader and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order after hearing the writ petition filed by the parents of the 41 students.

Senior lawyer ABM Altaf Hossain and lawyer Shafiqur Rahman appeared for the writ petitioner while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar stood for the state.

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Lawyer Altaf Hossain said if the admission seekers’ siblings are already studying in the institution, then the respective admission committee will verify the application and take necessary measures for their enrollment as per the Private School, School and College (Secondary, Lower Secondary and Attached Primary Level) Students Admission Rules, 2022.

As per the provision, siblings of 41 students applied for admission to class 1 of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.

But on January 16, the Ministry of Education issued a circular stating that only an additional 5 percent of the total seats in any institution including the entry class can be filled with the applicants whose siblings are already studying in that institution for the 2023 academic year.

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The writ petition was filed challenging the legality of thes circular.

The HC also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why this provision of the Ministry of Education will not be revoked.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

BNP’s 3rd march from Gabtoli to Mirpur begins

The leaders and activists of BNP’s Dhaka North City unit have started marching towards the capital's Mirpur from Gabtoli to press home their 10-point demand, including holding the next general election under a non-party caretaker government.

BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain formally inaugurated the programme at Gabtoli SA Khalekque Paribahan Maidan around 3:20 pm on Tuesday.

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It is the third such programme of BNP as the party’s Dhaka North City unit marched from Badda to Malibagh al on Saturday and the Dhaka South City unit marched from Jatrabari to Jurine on Monday.

In a brief address prior to launching the march, Mosharraf said whenever BNP announces any programmes, the ‘usurper’ government try to mislead people by talking about violence. “But BNP held 10 rallies peacefully braving various obstacles. We also held many other programmes peacefully. The fact is that the government gets scared of losing power whenever BNP comes up with any programme.”

He said the government has ruined the country’s economy by indulging in widespread plundering and siphoning off huge money abroad, creating a famine-like situation in the country.

The BNP leader said people have taken to the streets to ensure the fall of the current government. “The sooner this regime goes the better for the country.”

He asked the party leaders and activists to hold the programme peacefully as they did all other previous programmes to prove once again BNP does not resort to violence and chaos.

Another BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said people are going through a very tough time due to unusual price hikes in all essential items.

He said the government is also raising the prices of utility services as it has taken a stance against the country’s people. “There’s no alternative to ousting this regime to save the country, and its people and restore democracy and people’s rights.”

BNP’s 2nd march from Jatrabari to Jurain begins

BNP’s 3rd march from Gabtoli to Mirpur begins

The BNP leader said Awami League’s history is killing democracy or supporting those who obstructed democracy while BNP repeatedly restored democracy. “We need to restore it once again together with people through a movement.”

Thousands of leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme, carrying banners, national and party flags, festoons and portraits of the party's top leaders.

A huge number of law enforcers have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order and fend off any untoward incidents.

Earlier on Thursday, BNP announced the four-day march programme in the capital for January 28, 30, 31 and February 1.

The programme will be concluded with the Dhaka South City unit’s march from Mugda to Malibagh on Wednesday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

US to increase weapons deployment to counter North Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday said the United States will increase its deployment of advanced weapons such as fighter jets and bombers to the Korean Peninsula as it strengthens joint training and operational planning with South Korea in response to a growing North Korean nuclear threat.

Austin made the comments in Seoul after he and South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup agreed to further expand their combined military exercises, including a resumption of live-fire demonstrations, and continue a “timely and coordinated” deployment of U.S. strategic assets to the region, according to their offices.

Austin and Lee also discussed preparations for a simulated exercise between the allies in February aimed at sharpening their response if North Korea uses nuclear weapons.

Austin’s trip comes as South Korea seeks stronger assurances that the United States will swiftly and decisively use its nuclear capabilities to protect its ally in face of a North Korean nuclear attack.

South Korea’s security jitters have risen since North Korea test-fired dozens of missiles in 2022, including potentially nuclear-capable ones designed to strike targets in South Korea and the U.S. mainland.

South Korea and the United States have also been strengthening their security cooperation with Japan, which has included trilateral missile defense and anti-submarine warfare exercises in past months amid the provocative run in North Korean weapons tests.

In a joint news conference following their meeting, Austin and Lee said they agreed that their countries' resumption of large-scale military drills last year, including an aerial exercise involving U.S. strategic bombers in November, effectively demonstrated their combined capabilities to deter North Korean aggression.

The allies had downsized their training in recent years to create room for diplomacy with North Korea during the Trump administration and because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We deployed fifth-generation aircraft, F-22s and F-35s, we deployed a carrier strike group to visit the peninsula, you can look for more of that kind of activity going forward,” Austin said.

He said the U.S. commitment to protecting its allies with its full range of military capabilities, including nuclear ones, remains “ironclad.”

North Korea’s ramped-up missile tests have been punctuated by threats to preemptively use its nuclear weapons in a broad range of scenarios in which it perceives its leadership to be under threat, including conventional clashes or non-war situations.

Tensions could further rise in coming months with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubling down on his nuclear ambitions.

During a political conference in December, Kim called for an “exponential increase” in nuclear warheads, mass production of battlefield tactical nuclear weapons targeting South Korea, and development of more powerful long-range missiles designed to reach the U.S. mainland.

Experts say Kim’s nuclear push is aimed at forcing the United States to accept the idea of North Korea as a nuclear power and negotiating badly needed economic concessions from a position of strength.

Nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea have been derailed since 2019 because of disagreements over a relaxation of U.S.-led economic sanctions against the North in exchange for steps by North Korea to wind down its nuclear weapons and missiles programs.

North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal and provocations have raised the urgency for South Korea and Japan to strengthen their defense postures in line with their alliances with the United States.

In an interview with The Associated Press this month, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said his government was discussing with the Biden administration joint military planning potentially involving U.S. nuclear assets.

In December, Japan made a major break from its strictly self-defense-only post-World War II principle, adopting a new national security strategy that includes the goals of acquiring preemptive strike capabilities and cruise missiles to counter growing threats from North Korea, China and Russia.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Migrant Workers: Destination countries “must act against perpetrators” of HR violations

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, on Tuesday said destination countries – most of them in the Middle East – must take an active role in “investigating and sanctioning perpetrators of human rights violations” against Bangladeshi migrant workers.

At the same time, Bangladesh should continue reinforcing its consular services, he added.

"Bangladesh must step up efforts to strengthen regulation of the migrant recruitment system to protect migrant workers against exploitation and abuses," the UN Rapporteur told reporters at a press conference in Dhaka at the end of a 10-day official visit to Bangladesh.

In his preliminary observations, the UN expert said despite the positive economic contributions migrant workers bring to the local economy and the existence of necessary legislation and policy, many flaws still exist in the recruitment system which adversely impact the rights of migrant workers. “These challenges exist at all stages of migration.”

He will present a full report on his visit, including findings and recommendations, to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2023.

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Morales stressed on strengthening monitoring and coordination to promote regular migration and help stop human trafficking.

“Recruitment currently imposes exorbitant high costs on many migrants, creating debt bondage, much of which is imposed by “middlemen” who are used to recruit workers,” he said.

He urged authorities to protect the rights of migrant workers at all stages of migration, including pre-departure, during employment abroad and upon their return.

The Special Rapporteur commended the government for actions taken to curb these challenges, but said there was still a need to regulate, closely monitor and enhance the recruitment system to ensure effective protection for migrants, including better access to justice.

The expert noted the stark difference in skilled migration schemes channeled through government-to-government initiatives, which yield more beneficial results for migrants due to more robust regulation and oversight.

“It is the lower-skilled migrants who are often subject to vulnerable situations, including exploitation, as they are often poor, lack education and without access to information that can help inform their decisions and enhance their migration experiences,” Morales said.

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The Special Rapporteur encouraged ongoing training initiatives for aspiring migrant workers but stressed the need to better equip them with adequate information prior to departure, including recourse when they suffer abuse.

He welcomed the establishment of a database of aspiring migrant workers as well as better regulation of middlemen, including requirements for registration.

Morales emphasised that responsibility for migrant workers equally falls on countries of destination.

“These countries must do their part in ensuring strong protection for migrant workers, particularly women who are disproportionately at risk of human rights violations when they are hired as domestic workers,” he said.

Durable Solution for All Rohingyas Critical

During his visit, the Special Rapporteur travelled to Cox’s Bazar to meet with Rohingya refugees.

Morales praised Bangladesh for receiving nearly one million Rohingyas escaping from Myanmar and said he was impressed by the resilience of the Rohingya refugees – some of whom have been living in camps for over five years, and others 30 years since first arrivals in the early 1990s.

“A durable solution for all Rohingya refugees is critical,” the UN expert said. He expressed concern about the lack of legal status for Rohingyas, and noted that children who are born in the camps he visited are not issued an official birth certificate.

The expert also called on the authorities to facilitate permits to improve access to education through learning centers and life skills training which many Rohingyas have praised and welcomed as a means to a more hopeful and dignified life.

The UN rapporteur said it is important to enhance coordination among the agencies engaged to address the challenges. "It's a tremendous challenge."

He also noted the need to upgrade the quality of housing in the camps particularly in light of the impact of climate change that have resulted in fire and flooding incidents.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Blinken in Mideast renews appeal for Israel-Palestinian calm

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is wrapping up a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank on Tuesday with renewed appeals for Israeli-Palestinian calm amid an alarming spike of violence.

Blinken was meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday, a day after seeing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing alongside the Israeli leader, Blinken stressed the importance the Biden administration places on resolving the long-running conflict with a two-state solution.

However, beyond urging a de-escalation of tensions Blinken offered no new U.S. initiative to do so. There were no signs that Blinken was making progress on even the modest goal of halting the latest wave of violence, much less of addressing the broader issues surrounding peace talks.

Netanyahu’s far-right government is dominated by hard-liners who oppose Palestinian statehood and are unlikely to make even minimal concessions.

Blinken’s visit comes amid one of the deadliest periods of fighting in years in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem. The violence has further complicated the administration's already difficult attempts to find common ground with Netanyahu's government.

In Ramallah, Blinken was expected to discuss the Palestinian Authority's decision to halt security coordination with Israel. The security ties, which in the past are believed to have helped contain violence, are deeply unpopular among everyday Palestinians, who accuse Abbas of acting as a subcontractor for the Israeli military.

Before heading to the West Bank, Blinken met with Israel's opposition leader, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

"The secretary conveyed his concern over the deteriorating security situation in the West Bank and the need for urgent action to prevent greater loss of life. Secretary Blinken reiterated that Israelis and Palestinians deserve to have equal measures of security, prosperity and freedom,” his office said.

Following a meeting with Blinken on Monday, Netanyahu made only passing reference to the Palestinians and focused instead on Iran, which he believes is his most urgent security priority.

Netanyahu's coalition partners also gave a cool reception to Blinken's comments.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Power party, vowed to push forward with punitive measures against the Palestinians in response to a pair of shootings in east Jerusalem over the weekend. Ben-Gvir has pledged to demolish Palestinian homes and hand out more weapons to Israeli civilians.

Cabinet Minister Orit Strock, another ultranationalist, objected to comments by Blinken that were seen as criticizing the Israeli government's plan to overhaul the country's judicial system and weaken the Supreme Court.

During his appearance with Netanyahu, Blinken voiced “support for core democratic principles and institutions," including “the equal administration of justice for all, the equal rights of minority groups, the rule of law.” Critics say Netanyahu's plan will weaken the country's judicial system and destroy its democratic system of checks and balances.

Speaking to the Kan public broadcaster, Strok accused Blinken of meddling in internal Israeli affairs.

“We’re not the 51st or 52nd state of the U.S., and he didn’t need to interfere in internal disputes in the state of Israel,” she said. "It’s not his job.”

Before leaving Jerusalem for Ramallah, Blinken met with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant who repeated the prime minister's concern about Iran.

“Your visit comes at a critical time,” Gallant said. “It sends a clear message to the region: the United States and Israel are united facing Iran or anyone threatening peace and stability in the region.”

Blinken agreed about unity when confronting Iran and preventing it from acquiring nuclear weapons. He said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security remains ‘ironclad’ but suggested there was more on his agenda. “We have a lot on our hands in this moment and so I couldn’t see you at a better time,” he said.

January is shaping up to be the deadliest month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in years. Some 35 Palestinians have been killed in fighting, including 10 who were killed in an Israeli military raid in the flashpoint town of Jenin last Thursday.

On Friday, a Palestinian gunman killed seven people outside a synagogue in an east Jerusalem settlement on Friday. The next morning, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and wounded two Israelis elsewhere in east Jerusalem.

Israel’s options may be limited. Both shooters are believed to have acted individually and were not part of organized militant groups, and punitive steps against the broader population such as those promoted by Ben-Gvir could risk triggering even more violence. Israel has also pledged to “strengthen” West Bank settlements.

The U.S., like most of the international community, considers Israeli settlements on lands claimed by the Palestinians for their state as obstacles to peace. However, the Biden administration has yet to restore a decades-old legal opinion that the settlements are “illegitimate” that had been rescinded under former President Donald Trump.

Nor has it made any progress on its stated intent to re-open the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, which had been the main conduit for engagement with the Palestinians before Trump closed it. The closure was part of his decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem, a step that infuriated the Palestinians.

The violence comes after months of Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank, which were launched after a wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the spring of 2022 that killed 19 people.

But it has spiked this month during the first weeks of Netanyahu’s new far-right government, which has promised to take a tough stance against the Palestinians and ramp up settlement construction.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

DMP takes 3-tier security measures for Ekushey Book Fair

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq said a three-tier security has been taken in and around the Ekushey Book Fair venue.

The DMP commissioner said this while talking to reporters after visiting the book fair venue at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday afternoon.

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He said there is no specific threat to anyone centering the book fair.

“However, if any author or publisher feels insecurity, we will keep a close eye on him/her,” he added.

CCTV cameras have been installed at the fair venue.

Besides, 1500 police personnel will be deployed to ensure the overall security of the fair.

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He also said that they have made special arrangements so that visitors can easily enter the book fair. There will be separate gates for entering and exiting the fair and the visitors will be checked by the archway and metal detectors, added the DMP chief.

There will be parking arrangements at the fair venue, he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

First Div Handball: Victoria SC, Purbachal Parishad win

Victoria Sporting Club and Purbachal Parishad earned victory in the Cute Metropolis First Division Handball League beating their rivals on the 3rd day of the league at the Shaheed Capt. (Retd) M. Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.

Victoria SC returned to winning run crushing all losers Satirtho Club by 53-8 goal (first half 27-4) after conceding 31-36 goal defeat against Mansur Sporting Club in the last match on Monday.

Purbachal Parishad found the winning way in their 3rd match defeating Star Sports by 28-25 goal after leading the first half by 15-12 goal.

They suffered defeats against Victoria SC and Old Ideals in previous two league matches.

Source: United News of Bangladesh