Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 02:51:52 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Heated debate by IPU lawmakers

SA nations in hostile co-existence !

By Special Correspondent
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

An international roundtable discussion on nuclear disarmament in Dhaka witnessed a heated debate on Thursday when participant lawmakers of South and Southeast Asian countries heavily protested a portion of the keynote paper delivered at the event.
Though the Inter-Parliamentary Union [IPU] Assembly concluded on Wednesday, the international roundtable forum, organized by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament [PNND], an associate organisation of IPU, was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
Presided over by Bangladeshi Parliamentarian Moinuddin Khan Badal, the keynote paper was represented by Indian Parliamentarian Dr Mani Shankar Aiyar.
Among others, Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Fazle Rabbi Mia, IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Chairperson of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Dipu Moni and parliamentarians of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Japan, New Zealand and United Kingdom took part in the discussion.
Global Coordinator of PNND Alyn Ware conducted the programme as moderator. Some of the lawmakers became irritated, when Dr Shankar at one paragraph of his keynote paper mentioned that the South Asian nations are now in "hostile co-existence", which ultimately flared up heated arguments in the roundtable meeting.
In the article, it was also mentioned that Bangladesh and Myanmar are facing hostility in many areas where India and Pakistan have been nourishing enmity between them for a long time.
The Bangladesh parliamentarians instantly protested the statement given in the keynote paper. Later, the legislators of other countries, including Speaker of Bhutanese parliament, raised their voice against it, which created a chaotic situation in the conference room.
Protesting the statement, Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Fazle Rabbi Mia said: "Bangladesh maintains a friendly co-relation with its neighbours. Rather, a dangerous situation has been prevailing in some other countries like Palestine…So, the global community will be 'confused' by this theory [keynote paper]."
Fazle Rabbi Mia also demanded to withdraw such statements from the keynote paper. The Speaker of Bhutan supported his proposal. They also threatened to boycott the programme, if their proposals are not taken for consideration.
The hot situation became cool after Chairperson of the event Moinuddin Khan Badal announced the withdrawal of the controversial statements. Later, the roundtable discussion began again, but there was a less of warmness. Taking part in the discussion, Saber Hossain Chowdhury said: "IPU - the largest organizations of parliaments in the world - always speaks out of world peace, democracy and equality. Bangladesh is always in favour of global peace. I hope, the countries will declare them as nuclear free countries, not as the nuclear free zones." Moinuddin Khan Badal, in his speech said, "I do urge all big powers not to sanction money for spreading nuclear weaponries. There is no alternative to check the spreading of nuclear weapons and disarmament to keep an equilibrium and friendly relationship among the states."

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

Cricket World Cup team of the tournament

England won the World Cup for the first time after beating New Zealand in Sunday's thrilling final at Lord's, bringing the curtain down on a dramatic event featuring some superb individual performances.AFP Sport names its team of the tournament:Rohit Sharma (India)The 32-year-old emerged as the tournament's star batsman, making history ...

Cricket »

I will be apologising for rest of my life - Stokes on overthrows drama

Ben Stokes has been saying sorry a lot lately. His latest apology was to the people of New Zealand for one of the most outrageous sporting flukes that contributed to England winning the Cricket World Cup at the expense of the country of his birth.Stokes had already broken New Zealand ...

International »

Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees, says Britain

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria.He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that ...

Entertainment »

Deepika’s Veronica stays etched; shares sneak peeks as Cocktail turns seven

Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone gave an electrifying performance in one of her most strongly essayed characters- Veronica which stays as one of her most memorable characters. As Cocktail clocks seven years today, the actress took to social media to give a shout-out to one of her most rebellious characters ...

Cricket »

Mashrafe begins practice amid concern over his Sri Lanka tour

Amid the widespread apprehension over his Sri Lanka tour following a hamstring injury that kept him at bay throughout the World Cup, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza began practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.He was seen spending busy time in gymnasium and latter running at the Stadium, ...

Editorial »

Lee Nak-yeon's visit to strengthen Dhaka -Seoul ties

THE official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and South Korea held at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yeon led their respective sides. After the talks, a number of bilateral instruments on trade, investment and cultural fronts were signed. ...

International »

Israel threatens 'crushing' response to any Hezbollah strike

AFP, Jerusalem :Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the head of Lebanon's Tehran-backed Hezbollah that "crushing" retaliation would follow any attack, after its leader said the group's rockets could reach Tel Aviv."Over the weekend we heard (Hassan) Nasrallah's boasting about his attack plans," he said at the start ...

Entertainment »

Nishita Barua`s new songs

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Anybody can identify the voice of Nishita Barua by virtue of her vocal. It is really a matter for a singer to introduce herself by her ‘signature voice.’ Nishita has been getting positive response from the listeners from the beginning of her career in music. With her ...

Cricket »

A look at the 11 previous Cricket World Cup finals

AP, Dhaka :A look at the previous 11 finals of the Cricket World Cup:1975 LondonFinal: West Indies def. Australia by 17 runsCaptain Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards dominated the pace attack of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.Made to bat first, Lloyd went to the middle with his side in trouble ...

Sports »

Chinese divers plunder 10-metre Synchronize World Title

AFP, Gwangju :China's teenage diving sensation Lian Junjie helped retain the mixed 10-metre Synchronize World crown by partnering Si Yajie to a crushing victory in Saturday's final in Gwangju.The 18-year-old successfully defended the title he won with Rio Olympic champion Ren Qian in Budapest two years ago as he and ...

Editorial »

Flood control policy needed in an urgent basis

THE incessant rainfalls for the last couple of days have caused floods in different parts of the country stranding thousands of people. Newspaper reports said floods have already struck 10 districts. Many other areas are feared to be affected over the next week which are not considered to be 'flood ...

International »

US House votes to curb Trump powers to start Iran war

The US House of Representatives voted Friday to restrict President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran, voicing fear that his hawkish policies are pushing toward a needless war.The Democratic-led House approved an amendment on a broad defense bill that would prohibit funding for military operations against Iran unless they are ...

International »

Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

AFP, Istanbul :Turkey's main opposition scored a major blow against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month when it won control of Istanbul, but now faces a wounded government reluctant to relinquish power.With Erdogan expected to stay in office until at least 2023, the new mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu of ...

City »

Former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed speaking at the hunger strike programme organised by Khaleda Zia Mukti Ainjibi Parishad in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday demanding release of BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia and national election under non-partisan government.

Entertainment »

Haimanti Sukla teams up with Samarjit Roy

Entertainment Desk :The song was written and composed by Samarjit, and the singers recorded it at a studio in Kolkata Bangladeshi singer Samarjit Roy has performed a duet with legendary Indian singer Haimanti Sukla, which is set to be released today.   The song, titled Tumi bhorer pakhir moto, will be released ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news