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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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Mobile Phone Users in Bangladesh Cross 158 mn Mark

The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached nearly 156.989 million at the end of December 2018

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The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone users reached over 158 million at the end of February with the addition of 1.449 million new subscribers in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed on Monday.

According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data, the number of subscribers in the country reached 158.438 million in February.

Bangladesh has now four mobile companies, three of whom including Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink are foreign-backed cellphone operators.

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The number of subscribers of the mobile operators, Grameenphone, Robi Axiata, Banglalink and Teletalk stood at 73.470 million, 47.025 million, 34.022 million and 3.921 million, respectively at the end of February, BTRC data showed.

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The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached nearly 156.989 million at the end of December 2018. (IANS)

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