Suu Kyi blames outside hate narratives for Myanmar tension

first_imgMyanmar`s Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, releases a white dove as she celebrates her birthday with members of her National League for Democracy party at the parliament building in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, 19 June, 2018. Suu Kyi is 73A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that “hate narratives from outside the country” have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country’s west.The Facebook page of the State Counsellor Office said Suu Kyi made the comment in a discussion Tuesday with Christine Schraner Burgener, special envoy of the United Nations secretary-general for Myanmar. It said topics included the situation in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled since last August to escape violent counterinsurgency activities by security forces responding to attacks by a group of Rohingya militants.”The State Counsellor explained that the confidence building between the communities requires patience and time, and the United Nations needs to support in those efforts,” said the Facebook post. “She stated that the mistrust between the two communities exists for decades.”It said Suu Kyi “also pointed out that the hate narratives from outside the country has driven the two communities further apart and stressed the need to focus on how to resolve the issue with forward looking approach.”Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of many Rohingya homes. The United Nations and the United States have described the army crackdown as “ethnic cleansing.” The government has denied the accusations, instead blaming the violence on Rohingya insurgents who attacked security posts.Rohingya Muslims have long been denied citizenship and other basic rights in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.The government says Rohingya are illegal migrants from Bangladesh, even though some families have lived in Myanmar for generations.The account did not elaborate on what Suu Kyi meant by “hate narratives.” Last year the same Facebook account quoted Suu Kyi as telling Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call that there were many fake news photographs circulating which were “simply the tip of a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists.”In that case she referred to some photographs purporting to show atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces, but which actually depicted other situations not related to Myanmar, and suggested they served the cause of the militants, who call themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Independent observers including UN experts and human rights groups inside and outside Myanmar have decried the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to stir up hatred and distrust between the Rohingya and Rakhine groups, as well as between Muslims and Buddhists.Posts denigrating the Rohingya and Muslims are very common and include anti-Muslim material reposted from Indian and European and US right-wing organizations and individuals.Anti-Rohingya posts often attack Western mainstream media, which have generally reported sympathetically on the plight of the Rohingya, for carrying what they call “fake news.”last_img

BNCCI team visits Moscow

first_imgKolkata: Keeping in purview the bilateral relationship between India and Russia, a 14-member delegation of BNCCI visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdol from August 30 to September, 4, 2018.The delegation comprised members from different Trade and Commerce activities in Bengal ranging from Real Estate to Medicine, from Education to Poultry farming among others. The delegation was supported and flagged off by Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe delegation had their first meeting with Daria Suntsova, CEO and Board Member of “OPARA RUSSIA” — the Apex umbrella body of MSME Sector in Russia. The organisation has over 4 lakh members spread approximately over 85 provinces of Russian Federation, with focus on priority sector such as Pharmaceuticals, Food & Food Processing, Tourism, Infrastructure and Engineering. The meeting was held at their head quarter at Suvorovskaya Square, Moscow. Ritwik Das, highlighted the Tourism Scheme and other Investment Opportunities in Bengal as inspired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Das also invited the member of ‘OPARA RUSSIA’ to attend the Bengal Global Summit, 2019, in Kolkata on behalf of Bengal Government. The BNCCI delegation was also invited for a Tea Meet at the Embassy of India in Moscow by G Balasubramanium, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy. The delegation ended with a happy note.last_img read more

Reviving organic fashion at the runway

first_imgIt was a fashion parade on the second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter’ 17 – from incredible sarees designed in lustrous tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai – garments created from some of the best organic fabric of Jharkhand were on glorious display as internationally acclaimed designers showcased their work. Madhu Jain, craft revivalist and textile conservationist showcased her specially curated collection at the fashion extravaganza by taking the ‘Ikat weaving craft’ style to another level. Here, she showcased a blend of several cultures that straddles geographies; from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India, to Thailand and Uzbekistan. The collection bears her inimitable stamp of exquisite craftsmanship, striking design intervention, and an outstanding colour palette. And the best part? Every single textile innovated by Madhu has been woven in India. Her exquisite collection was introduced with some soul-stirring singing by the mesmerising Raghav Meattle, a Finalist of the wildly popular TV show ‘The Stage.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of India’s top fashion designers including Rina Dhaka, Shaina NC, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain showcased their latest fashion collections designed from Jharkhand’s rich fabrics and handloom at the grand fashion show put together by ‘Jharcraft’. Top models sashayed the ramp displaying the elegant collections with elan as the designers showcased their designs made of Tussar silk, Kuchai silk and other handloom fabrics of Jharkhand.”The treasured hand-loom clusters from remotest tribal belt of Jharkhand inspired me to redefine muted glamour of tribal India. Luminous looms like Tussar, mulberry silk, Eri silk and spun cotton in decadent palette of Sand, Ecru, berry purple, Onyx, Charcoal, Burgundy, Mahogany and Teal are meticulously crafted to create easy separates for the coming festive season,” says Shruti Sancheti. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Jharcraft’ (Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd) conceived the fashion event with an objective to put spotlight on to the exquisite and organic fabrics handcrafted by craftspersons of the state.Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani also paid a visit to the ‘Jharcraft’ pavilion and took a close look at the handloom collection. She also discussed the initiatives being undertaken to help artisans from the state to achieve better market access and improve their livelihood. Tussar Silk, a special silk variety produced in eastern and central India, primarily in Jharkhand, was the special focus of the collection. India is the second largest producer of Tussar silk and the exclusive producer of Indian Tussar (also known as tropical tussar). In recent years, Jharkhand state has emerged as the largest producer of Tussar silk in the country.The artisans producing the silk are largely poor tribals from Jharkhand state. In its quest to improve sources of livelihood for these artisans, ‘Jharcraft’ works to promote their work and take it to national and international platforms. “These silks are a deep manifestation of the tribal arts and crafts of the region and reflect the well-springs of creativity endowed with the ethnic communities of Jharkhand. Recognising it as a source of income, the artisans of the state have in recent years further cultivated and enhanced their skills as well as variety of products. Jharkhand is today the leading producer of Tussar silk which is attracting much attention, especially among the discerning fabric lovers. By associating with such an event and showcasing Tussar silk and garments made of other handlooms of Jharkhand, our attempt is to take ours fabrics and handlooms to international markets,” said K Ravi Kumar, Managing Director, ‘Jharcraft’.last_img read more

Health dept holds meet with senior cops on security in hospitals

first_imgKolkata: State Health department officials held a meeting with senior police officers at Swasthya Bhawan on Tuesday, discussing security aspects at various state-run medical colleges in the city. The main purpose of the meeting was to address the instances of security lapse.Senior police officers have already visited various medical colleges in the city to take a stock of the security measures in place. On the basis of their observation, they met the health officials to discuss how to enhance the security infrastructure in the medical colleges and hospitals. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, some junior doctors on Tuesday threatened to organise another movement, in response to the five accused persons arrested in connection with the NRS incident being granted bail. All five persons who were arrested in connection with the assault on the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, were granted bail by a city court on Monday. The accused were given bail as there was not enough evidence to establish their involvement in the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe five persons had been remanded to police custody on two occasions since their arrest. On Monday, a city court granted them bail on personal bond. The release of the accused did not go down well with the junior doctors as they are considering it ‘a failure’ of the police. A team of junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital met the Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra on Tuesday in this regard. They also sought a clarification from the DME on how the accused, who had allegedly attacked the doctors, were granted bail. The junior doctors said that the Health department officials had provided them assurance that the accused persons had been booked under non-bailable sections. The DME reportedly told the junior doctors that it was the court’s decision and the Health department had nothing to do with it.last_img read more