Sea-borne Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh believed adrift in Andaman Sea

Rohingya refugees. Representational image (IANS)

Kolkata: Nearly 160 Rohingya refugees who have fled from camps in Bangladesh are now believed to be adrift in the Andaman Sea as their boat's engine broke down. One of the refugees managed to contact the Rohingya Human Rights Initiative (RHRI) and give the coordinates which showed the ship drifting southeast of the Andaman Islands towards Aceh in Indonesia. “Since the contact was made on Wednesday, we have no news of...

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Analyse private studies, data before referring to them while raising issues: Dhankhar to MPs

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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar Friday urged members to analyse private studies or data before referring to them while raising any issue, saying such studies can be based on inadequate data or dictated by interests of others. Dhankhar said this during Question Hour when Union Minister Piyush Goyal was replying to a supplementary query on India's 107th ranking in the Global Hunger Index 2022. KC(M) MP Jose K Mani...

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