Bangladesh rights panel says attack on Hindus deliberate: Report

Dhaka : The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday said that the large-scale attack on the Hindu community in Nasirnagar of Brahmanbaria was deliberate and carried out in a planned manner, a media report said.

Enamul Haque Chowdhury, chief of NHRC's fact-finding committee, told The Daily Star while visiting the area on Wednesday that he found the attacks coordinated.


Mob vandalises Hindu temples, houses in Bangladesh

Dhaka : At least 15 temples along with hundreds of Hindu community houses were vandalised and looted by an unruly mob in Bangladesh's Brahmanbaria district, in the aftermath of a social media post allegedly showing disrespect towards Islam. Police have filed two cases against more than 1,000 people over Sundays attack, a media report said on Monday.

A good colonialist? The White Rajah of Sarawak's case

By Vikas Datta

Colonialism, even in its heyday, had its detractors as well as defenders, but the view now is of unbridled and universal disparagement, with what were deemed to be its benefits being questioned. This approach's validity may be debatable, but what it definitely does is to obscure some remarkable historical contributions. Like of this prodigious British adventurer who founded a kingdom in Southeast Asia that lasted over a century and saved scores of peaceful people from piracy and decapitation.

US, UK, China re-elected to UN Human Rights Council

United Nations : The UN General Assembly elected China, United States, the United Kingdom among other countries to the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term of office starting from January 1, 2017.

The other elected members are Tunisia, South Africa, Rwanda, Japan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Croatia, Cuba, Brazil, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Human Rights Council is the main UN intergovernmental body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights and fundamental freedom.


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Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul, says US General

Washington : Islamic State leaders have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul which is under a massive siege by Iraqi forces, aided by the US-led coalition forces, a US general has said.

Operation Inherent Resolve commander US Gen. Gary Volesky said at a briefing on Wednesday that most of the foreign fighters recruited by the terror group have remained to defend Mosul, the outfit's stronghold.

"We have got indications that [Islamic State] leaders have left, a lot of foreign fighters we expect will stay," Volesky told reporters at the Pentagon.


Kuwaiti parliament dissolved over fuel price row

Kuwait City : Kuwait's cabinet has resigned and parliament has been dissolved, triggering early elections following disputes between MPs and the government over fuel price increases in the oil-rich country.

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah issued a decree on Sunday to dissolve the parliament, a few hours after an emergency government meeting, BBC cited the state-run Kuwait News Agency, or KUNA as reporting.

Saudi Arabia appoints first Minister for Gulf Affairs

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the appointment of Thamer Al-Sabhan as the first Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, the media reported.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the creation of the post and named Al-Sabhan as the minister in charge of the region-related affairs, Xinhua news agency reported.

Al-Sabhan was the Saudi Ambassador to Iraq, and Saudi Arabia announced on Friday Abdulaziz Al Shimari as his successor for the post of Saudi Charge d'affaires to Baghdad.


'India can teach world on minority rights'

New Delhi : On the issue of minority rights in a democracy, India can be the teacher of the world, said an academic on Wednesday.

Professor Peter Ronald DeSouza of Delhi University said this while delivering the 9th Annual Lecture on 'Minority Rights and Democracy in India' organised by the National Minorities Commission here.

"As the world struggles with working out the moral, legal, and social terms of the majority-minority relationship India's engagement with this question, since the last 70 years, constitutes a valuable global intellectual resource," DeSouza said.

Protests of Sri Lankan Tamils must not be dismissed as extremism

By Dharsha Jegatheeswaran and Gajen Mahendra for

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