Santu Larma addressing a press conference on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThere has been no remedy to the violation of human rights of the indigenous communities, said president of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma.”The state’s irresponsibility and hostility towards them have broken all previous records. The existence of the indigenous people is threatened,” alleged Santu Larma while addressing a press conference at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.The press conference was organised on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August.The leader of indigenous people said the government claims that the country has seen a wave of development, but millions of people, including ethnic people, poor farmers and labourers, are being washed away by this so-called development, he added.He said the government did nothing despite in landslides killing 131 people and affecting 20,000 families in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.Santu Larma said around 15000 people were starving in Sajek of Khagrachhari, 10000 tonnes of rice was needed, but the government remains indifferent.Santu Larma announced various programmes to mark 9 August. He said educationist professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal will inaugurate the main event at Central Shaheed Minar while civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon will attend it as chief guest. Functions to mark the day will be organised in the districts where the ethnic people live.Oikya NAP president Pankaj Bhattacharya alleged that an attempt was on to wipe out the existence of indigenous people from the country. He terms this attitude as a collapse in the spirit of democracy and the spirit of the liberation war.Researcher columnist Syed Abul Maksud said, “Not only indigenous people, no one is in fine, except pro-Awami League people. The country does not only belong to the pro-AL people. We fought together to liberate the country.”Professor of Dhaka University Mesbah Kamal said the state does not recognise the existence of indigenous people. The election commission declares regional political parties will not be allowed to participate in the election, he said, adding that in the neighbouring country such parties participated in the elections and formed the government.Kamal called upon the EC to allow all parties including Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity to participate in the election.Indigenous Peoples’ Forum member secretary Sanjib Drang moderated the press conference addressed by human rights activist Numan Ahmed Khan, and organising secretaries of indigenous peoples’ forum Saktipad Tripura and Rabindra Saren.
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed, saying the summit “may not work out for 12 June.”Trump raised the possibility that the meeting could be pushed back during a White House meeting with South Korea president Moon Jae-in as the two leaders sought to coordinate strategy as concerns mounted over ensuring a successful outcome for the North Korea summit.Trump told reporters: “If it doesn’t happen, may be it happens later,” reflecting recent setbacks to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas. The North pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and the Republic of Korea forces, and it threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over the U.S. insistence on denuclearizing the peninsula.Moon said in the Oval Office that the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks, telling the U.S. president that they were “one step closer” to the dream of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.”There are certain conditions that we want,” Trump said. He added if they aren’t met, “we won’t have the meeting.” He declined to elaborate on those conditions.
Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offensesA three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation.“After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must remove any barriers that hinder the reporting this criminal behavior, to make sure the proper authorities are alerted and action to protect students, athletes, and patients is taken. Nassar victimized young girls for two decades and this legislation will prevent another monster from doing the same.”Kesto’s legislation prohibits anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct.The legislative package also adds a mandatory reporting requirement for K-12 and post-secondary coaches and athletic trainers for criminal sexual conduct offenses. Sexual abuse, assault, or rape also would be added to the state of Michigan’s OK2Say program, which allows anyone to confidentially report tips or criminal activities directed at Michigan students, school employees, or taking place on school grounds.“The victims of Nassar stated over and over they felt bullied or prevented from having a voice,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “This legislation stops that from happening again, while giving multiple options to report this illegal behavior.”The Nassar case showed a legal requirement for athletic officials must be added to Michigan law.“It is completely unacceptable that our coaches and trainers are not required to report allegations of abuse,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Our children look up to these individuals to guide and protect them, not to turn a blind eye when something is terribly wrong. Identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction and I am proud to be a part of this change.”House Bill 5537, 5538 and 5539 have been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee.##### 08Feb House bills to improve crime reporting for victims Categories: Iden News,News
Video technology provider Kaltura has partnered with Nokia to offer a “more personalised and monetised” over-the-top viewing experience for customers.Through the deal, customers can now get a combination of Kaltura’s TV platform and Nokia’s IP video technology and systems.“Today’s TV landscape is constantly evolving into a personal experience for each and every user on their preferred devices,” said Paul Larbey, head of Nokia’s IP video business division.“Joining forces with Kaltura allows us to ensure that our customers keep pace, and enjoy new revenue streams from advanced OTT services.”Kaltura co-founder and CEO, Ron Yekutiel, said: “Key considerations for any current TV offering include monetisation flexibility, excellent cross-device user experiences, and the ability to scale quickly and cost effectively – Kaltura’s TV platform addresses exactly these main elements, which is even further enhanced by the great products and impeccable services provided by Nokia.”
Saints face Wigan in a ‘Bad Friday’ derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium with tickets selling fast and Lomax insists Friday’s clash with the Warriors “means so much” to both sets of fans.“You’re brought up on the derby as a young lad, he said. “If you are a Saints fan or a Wigan fan, it means so much. Some games mean more and this is one of them!“It’s a local derby, local rivalry and form and league table goes out of the window for these games. It is something we look forward to and something you want to be a part of as a kid when you grow up and nothing changes as you continue through your career. You are upset if you miss them and if you are a part of them you look forward to them. The whole week is built up and it is different to other weeks.”As Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook alluded to, Wigan have found form in recent weeks, winning five games on the bounce and Lomax insists he and the rest of the Saints squad knew it was only a matter of time before our neighbours found their feet.“We had no doubts about how good of a side Wigan are. Even at the beginning of the year, their form wasn’t where they wanted it to be but at the end of the day they were champions last year for a reason and have been there or there about’s every year.“If they haven’t won it they have been up there and that is what you expect. Wigan are a champion side and their form is reflecting that. There is a lot of mutual respect between the two teams and it is for that reason – because we are two good teams. Hopefully we can put on a good spectacle come Friday.The game is not televised for the first time in 24 years, but Jonny believes that can hopefully add to the atmosphere on the night with close to a sell out expected.“I suppose it is a bit of bizarre one because as fans you want to see these games, but I suppose it [the atmosphere] will only add to the spice of the game and hopefully it can be a sell out, the atmosphere will be loud and that will add to the excitement about playing in these games.” For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.,Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.