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Myanmar must ‘allow Rohingya to leave camps’

Panel led by ex-UN boss Kofi Annan says camps where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are trapped should be closed.

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A panel led by former UN chief Kofi Annan says Myanmar needs to close the squalid camps in Rakhine State, where thousands of persecuted displaced Rohingya Muslims have been trapped for nearly five years, and allow them to return home.

“It’s really about time they close the camps and allow the people in the camps, particularly those who have gone through the (citizenship) verification process, access to freedom of movement and all rights of citizenship,” Annan told Reuters on Thursday by telephone from Geneva.

This screen grab taken on January 4, 2017 from a YouTube video shows policemen standing guard around Rohingya minority villagers seated on the ground in the village of Kotankauk during a police area clearance operation on November 5, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

More than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims have languished in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) since they were driven from their homes by extremist Buddhists in 2012.

Most are not allowed to leave the bleak displacement camps, where they live in rundown shelters with little access to food. They have also been denied access to basic education and healthcare.

“We have made recommendations that can be implemented now and help improve the situation,” Annan said.

Ghassan Salame, a member of the body, also said at the launch of the body’s interim report in the Myanmar city of Yangon on Thursday that the commission calls for “an independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine.”

The report calls for the Myanmar government to ensure “security and livelihood opportunities at the site of return/relocation” for those leaving the camps. It also suggests building new houses for the displaced Muslims.

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s office said it would implement the “large majority of recommendations” without giving more details.

Myanmar has long faced international condemnation for its treatment of the Rohingya. Suu Kyi, who has received the Nobel Peace Prize, has been incapable of containing the violence against the minority community.

Rakhine has been under a military siege since October 2016 over a raid on a police post that was blamed on the Rohingya. A four-month crackdown on the minority group has seen some 75,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh.

A Rohingya refugee girl carries a baby inside a refugee camp in Sitwe, in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar, on March 4, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

UN investigators, who interviewed Rohingya escapees in neighboring Bangladesh, have blamed Myanmar’s government forces for responding with a campaign of murder, gang rape and arson that they say may amount to genocide.

On Monday, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, warned that the Southeast Asian country may be seeking to “expel” all members of the Rohingya Muslim community from its territory.

The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, has said treatment of the Rohingya merits a UN commission of inquiry and review by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Buddhist-dominated Myanmar has a history of discrimination against Muslims, considering the Rohingya illegal immigrants.

Rights groups and governments have challenged the claim, arguing that the Rohingya had historical roots in the country.

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Foreign currencies worth Rs 2,10,00,000 recovered at Jaipur airport

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Jaipur, July 17: The Currencies of Muscat, Bangladesh, and Qatar, worth Rs 2,10,00,000 in Indian National Rupee, recovered from a Dubai-bound passenger by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and police at Jaipur airport on Tuesday. 

The matter has been handed over to Income-Tax department.

On Monday, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 1550 pieces of US 100-dollar bill currency notes worth 1,05,40,000 INR, concealed between layers of the walls of cardboard boxes, from two passengers at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata.

Further probe is underway.

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Partly cloudy Tuesday morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, July 17: It was a partly cloudy morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average, the weather office said.

“The sky will remain cloudy with chances of light rain and thunderstorm later in the day,” said an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 79 per cent.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.

Though monsoon clouds covered the capital city’s sky on Monday, rain was only seen in patches and similar conditions are expected throughout the week, the IMD said.

The maximum temperature settled at 35 degrees Celsius on Monday, while the minimum was 27.2 degree Celsius, the season’s average.

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Slide in crude prices lift equity indices

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Mumbai, July 17: Slide in global crude oil prices along with expectations of healthy quarterly results pushed the key indices of the Indian equity market higher during the morning trade session on Tuesday.

According to market observers, healthy buying was witnessed in oil and gas, banking, automobile and consumer durables stocks.

Around 9.35 a.m., the broader Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 10,987.30 points — higher by 50.45 points or 0.46 per cent — from its previous close.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which opened at 36,390.99 points, traded at 36,452.51 points — higher by 128.74 points or 0.35 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 36,323.77 points.

Sensex has so far touched a high of 36,463.32 points and a low of 36,261.78 points during the intra-day trade.

“Despite the SGX Nifty showing a cut, the markets have opened in the green as per our expectations, led by oil marketing companies and Hindustan Unilever,” said V.K. Sharma, Head – PCG and Capital Market Strategy for HDFC Securities.

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