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Commission to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State




The Myanmar government will establish an advisory commission on the Rakhine state to resolve the protracted regional issue, an official statement said said on Wednesday.

The ministry will sign a MoU with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for establishing the nine member advisory commission, Xinhua news agency reported.

The commission will comprise three international memebers and six eminent Myanmarese who are respected and neutral individuals, the release said.

To find best possible solutions the commission will undertake meetings with all relevant stakeholders, international experts and foreign dignitaries to hear their views, it said.

The commission will consider humanitarian and development issues, access to basic services, the assurance of basic rights and the security of the people of Rakhine.

The commission will also undertake assessments and make recommendations by focusing on conflict prevention, humanitarian assistance, rights and reconciliation, institution building and promotion of development of Rakhine.

After wide consultations, the commission will submit its findings and recommendations to the government of Myanmar through the State Counsellor and publish its report within 12-months of its establishment.

On March 28, days before the incumbent government was to take office, Myanmar’s previous government lifted the state of emergency imposed on western Rakhine state for nearly 4-years since 2012, claiming that since there was no more threat to lives and property of the people according to a report submitted by the state government.

As unrest and violence in Rakhine state escalated then, triggered by communal conflict, the then Myanmar government declared the state of emergency on western coastal state on June 10, 2012.


Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Babu Sheikh detained in Dubai



Chhota Shakeel

Mumbai, Dec 15 : The D-company received a major blow as  Gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Shaikh, who is wanted in Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was arrested from Abu Dhabi Airport on Friday.Chhota Shakeel is considered the trusted right hand of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Sheikh, who is wanted in Mumbai and Thane in connection with several offences including the March 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Among other things, Sheikh is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating the Mumbai serial blasts from a location abroad.

After the Mumbai serial blasts red corner notice has been issued against him  and Indian authorities are trying to seek Anwar’s custody.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police are understood to have recovered a Pakistani passport from Sheikh, raising questions on his extradition to India.

Both Indian and Pakistani embassies in the UAE are said to be in touch with the Dubai authorities seeking his deportation to their respective countries.


Mumbai and Thane police sources said that Sheikh is linked to Pakistan’s ISI and was involved in several terror acts in India before he fled this country.

Earlier this year, Thane Anti Extortion Cell chief Pradeep Sharma had nabbed couple of persons for illegally keeping AK-56 Army assault rifles in their Mumbai suburban home in Goregaon.




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Israel Demolishes house of Palestinian charged with Killing Soldier



Israeli Hamas

Ramallah (West Bank), Dec 15 : Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the house of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and then clashes took place between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in which 10 Palestinians were injured.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded the house that belonged to the family of Islam Abu Hmaid, accused of killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky.

Abu Hmaid threw a marble plate from a rooftop which led to the killing of a Israeli soldier  during an Israeli operation in Al-Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in May.Al-Amari camp is located in the West Bank Area A, in which Israel does not have administrative or security control as per the Oslo II Accord.

Palestinian activists and some international activists tried to prevent the house demolition.

Soldiers forced the activists to vacate the building and then destroyed it using explosives.

Clashes erupted in the process between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, who used teargas and rubber bullets, causing injuries to over 10 Palestinians who were taken to a Ramallah hospital, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said.


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Sri Lanka’s disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns amid crisis



Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo, Dec 15: Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.

The former strongman signed his resignation letter, surrounded by his party members at his official residence in the capital, television footage showed.

Rajapaksa’s resignation is likely to bring to an end a nearly two-month-long power struggle and will pave way for a new government to be established under President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka plunged into political turmoil when Sirisena abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former President Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe is now expected to return to office on Sunday. “The President has agreed to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am,” his United National Party’s spokesman Harin Fernando told the BBC.

Fernando said this would end the political deadlock, remarking that the the country and its economy had suffered “huge damage” since the crisis began 50 days ago.

Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, said his father had quit to ensure national stability.


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