Israel: No Palestine, no refugee return
The Siasat Daily
Jerusalem, December 28: Israeli prime minister has ruled out the idea of a full-fledged Palestinian state and refugees' right to return to their homeland.
Israel fabricated its existence in 1948 during full-scale military offensives against the Arab world, forcing 711,000 Palestinians to leave their homeland. 2008 estimates put the number of Palestinian refugees at over 4.6 million.
Israel carried out a self-proclaimed withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping the coastal sliver under recurrent attacks, notably the intense ones at the turn of 2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. READ MORE
No rule of law in country: TIB chief
Dhaka: - Transparency International Bangladesh, its chief has alleged that there is no rule of law in Bangladesh.
M Hafizuddin Khan told a discussion on Monday at the National Press Club that the justice system seemed to have a mind of its own. "Whenever one is arrested, he is remanded instantly."...the TIB trustee board chief expressed his frustration. Hafiz said he observes unannounced fascism in the country even after 40 years of independence. READ MORE
Transparency International to proceed legally
Dhaka: Transparency International will deal with the defamation suits legally.
The international corruption watchdog's board chairman M Hafizuddin Khan told bdnews24.com that the suits were 'unfortunate'. "The next course of action will be decided in a meeting."
TIB chairman said, "It (the TIB report) was not anyone's private opinion. We only released the survey findings." ...The corruption watchdog in its report 'Corruption in Service Sectors: National Household Survey 2010' released on Dec 23 said that the High Court was the most corrupt among the judiciary. READ MORE
18 years later - Still waiting for Justice
Lives and longings at India-Bangladesh borderland
Guwahati: The Human Rights Watch has recently released an 81-page report on the situation on India-Bangladesh borderlands in West Bengal where both the countries have deployed border guards to prevent infiltration, trafficking, cross-border terrorism and smuggling etc. but the misuse of power by the security persons is rampant • READ MORE
UK gives £40m to UN disaster fund
photo: AP / Shakil Adil
The UK is to put £40m ($62m) into a UN fund set up to respond to natural disasters.
The money will fill two-thirds of the shortfall in the fund in a year when more than 260 million people in the world were hit by natural disasters.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has also called for a more co-ordinated response to events.
Lord Ashdown will report in the new year on a separate review into the UK's response to natural disasters. READ MORE
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