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125 Bangladeshi migrants return from Myanmar

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Dhaka: At least 125 Bangladeshi trafficking victims who were rescued from the Bay of Bengal were brought back home from Myanmar on Tuesday. Myanmar Navy reportedly rescued some 935 fortune seekers on May 21 and 29 from their territorial waters and claimed that all of them were from Bangladesh, Xinhua reported. In collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), some 501 Bangladeshis have so far been repatriated from Myanmar in four phases since June.

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According to sources, some 325 Bangladeshis are still on the waiting list to return home from Myanmar. Earlier, IOM National Program Officer Asif Munier said they have completed all formalities for the repatriation. He added that one or two more people could be included in the list to be handed over to the representatives during the flag meeting.  The list includes 20 to 25 adolescents, the IOM official said adding that they would provide humanitarian help for them until they reach home.

(IANS)

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Bangladesh Court Imposes Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products Across The Country

The plastic waste carried by the country's 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity

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Bangladesh Court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring. Pixabay

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the orderfollowing a writ petition jointly filed by 11 rights organizations, including Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), reports Xinhua news agency.

The court also ordered the concerned authorities to strictly enforce ban on polythene use across the country with proper monitoring.

Advocate Syed Ahmed Kabir who appeared for the writ petitioners during the hearing, said polythene use was the total violation of Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act as it was banned in 2002.

But he said the use of plastic products like drinking straws, cotton buds, food packaging, food containers, bottles, plates, plastic cutlery and plastic bags was on the rise in the country.

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A Bangladesh court on Tuesday asked the government to ban single-use plastic products across the country within the next one year. Wikimedia Commons

The plastic waste carried by the country’s 54 rivers and generated in coastal regions were dumped into the Bay of Bengal, posing threat to marine resources and biodiversity, Kabir said, so 11 rights organizations submitted the writ petition before the High Court in this regard on December 17, 2019.

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The court also directed the authorities concerned to inform it within January 5, 2021 about what actions are taken to stop plastic use. (IANS)

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