India, Bangladesh stress safe return of Rohingya refugees

The prime ministers of India and Bangladesh have agreed on the need for greater efforts to facilitate the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 October 2019

India, Bangladesh stress safe return of Rohingya refugees

  • In what has become Asia's largest refugee crisis in decades, some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh
  • The statement says that India will provide additional humanitarian aid to help refugees living in neighboring Bangladeshi camps

NEW DELHI: The prime ministers of India and Bangladesh have agreed on the need for greater efforts to facilitate the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.
A joint statement Saturday during a visit to India by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says that she and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed that the measures should include improving security and socio-economic conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
The statement says that India will provide additional humanitarian aid to help refugees living in neighboring Bangladeshi camps.
In what has become Asia's largest refugee crisis in decades, some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh.
The two leaders have also signed agreements on security, energy and transport.


In first for Italy, woman to head constitutional court

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In first for Italy, woman to head constitutional court

  • Cartabia was elected by the 15 judges sitting at the court
  • She is one of the youngest ever presidents elected to the court

ROME: Judge and law professor Marta Cartabia was unanimously elected on Wednesday to head Italy’s constitutional court, the first time in the country’s history a woman has presided over the powerful body.
Cartabia, 56, had been considered in 2015 as a potential candidate for Italy’s presidency. And in September this year, she was approached to become prime minister after the disintegration of the previous government.
The constitutional court was created after World War II. Besides ruling on the constitutionality of laws and voting systems and approving referendums, it also decides major social or ethical issues, such as assisted suicide.
Cartabia was elected unanimously by the 15 judges sitting at the court, where she has served since 2011 as one of three women on the bench.
Born in San Giorgio su Legnano near Milan in 1963, Cartabia is one of the youngest ever presidents elected to the court.
Wife and mother to three children, she teaches constitutional law at the University of Milano-Bicocca after having taught and published research papers in numerous Italian and foreign universities, including in France, Spain, Germany and the United States.