Bangladesh has won a remarkable victory at the International Tribunal for Law of the Seas (ITLOS), securing the entitlement to the resources in the exclusive economic zone.
"We've got all we wanted," foreign minister Dipu Moni told bdnews24.com by phone from Hamburg, where the ITLOS is based.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh got more than it claimed in its dispute with Myanmar.
"Bangladesh claimed 107,000 square kilometres while it got 111,000 square kilometers area in the Bay of Bengal," she said.
"The court has given equitable solution on equi-distance basis," she said.
"The court also gave St Martin's a full effect," she said.
The full effect means Bangladesh has the territorial and economic rights surrounding the island up to 200 nautical miles toward continental shelf in an angle of 215 degrees.
"The ITLOS ruling, by a vote of 21 to 1, brings to a conclusion the case initiated by Bangladesh against Myanmar in December 2009, to resolve a longstanding dispute with regard to the maritime boundary in the oil-and-gas rich Bay," says a statement from the foreign ministry in Dhaka.
"The court sustained Bangladesh's claims to a full 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the Bay of Bengal, and to a substantial share of the outer continental shelf beyond 200 miles.
"President of the Tribunal, Jose Luis Jesus of Cape Verde, read the judgment in the Hamburg courtroom.
"The judgment is final and without appeal.
"All of our strategic objectives have been achieved," the foreign minister said.
"Bangladesh's full access to the high seas out to 200 miles and beyond is now recognised and guaranteed, as are our undisputed rights to the fish in our waters and the natural resources beneath our seabed."
The Tribunal also awarded Bangladesh a full 12-mile territorial sea around St. Martin's Island, rejecting Myanmar's argument that it should be cut in half.
ঢাকা, এপ্রিল ১১ (বিডিনিউজ টোয়েন্টিফোর ডটকম)- ঢাকা ও চট্টগ্রামসহ দেশের বিভিন্ন স্থানে মৃদু ভূকম্পন অনুভূত হয়েছে বুধবার দুপুরে।
দুপর ২টা ৪৪ ও ৪৭ মিনিটে দুই দফায় এই কম্পন অনুভূত হয়।
ঢাকার আবহাওয়া অধিদপ্তরের কর্মকর্তারা তাৎক্ষণিকভাবে ভূমিকম্পের মাত্রা ও উৎস জানাতে না পারলেও কাছাকাছি সময়ে ইন্দোনেশিয়ার সুমাত্রা থেকে ৩১৫ কিলোমিটার দূরে ৮ দশমিক ৮ মাত্রার প্রবল ভূকম্পনের খবর দিয়েছে যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের ভূতাত্ত্বিক জরিপ দপ্তর- ইউএসজিএস।
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, director of Muslim spiritual care provision in the NHS, a trustee of the major British charity Muslim Aid and a central figure in setting up the Muslim Council of Britain, fiercely denies any involvement in a number of abductions and "disappearances" during Bangladesh's independence struggle in the 1970s.
He says the claims are "politically-motivated" and false.
However, Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, the chief investigator for the country's International Crimes Tribunal, said: "There is prima facie evidence of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin being involved in a series of killings of intellectuals.
"We have made substantial progress in the case against him. There is no chance that he will not be indicted and prosecuted. We expect charges in June."
Mr Mueen-Uddin could face the death penalty if convicted.
BNP powerful leader and ex Sylhet MP M Illius Ali was kidnapped by some unknown group last Tuesday night from Dhaka banani.IF it is done by BAL government’s agency and he remain missing or death it will be beginning of end for BAL government IF not it will create CHAOS in Sylhet. He was outspoken and strong against India's border killing and Tipai Mukh Dam. It is an attack on Sylhet’s heart.
I don't support any party in BD except anyone works for the country. I liked him only because he did keep his promises and tried to develop his constituency. In Sylhet people loves him because of his work in short period of time. Kidnapping, killing, vengeance and revenge politics will only lead BD backward. Bangladesh already 100 years behind compares to westerns countries. These two ladies will make sure it is 300 years backward when they leave power and they will only leave power until death takes their soul.
Originally Posted by Isnaad
Hattrick of Hartals. Has this ever happened before? Can anyone recall?
You must be a kid... We had grand father of Hattricks... We had months long continuous HARTAL's called by BAL for Care Taker Government...which they now cancelled as unconstitutional... what's a hatrick ..?? That was dozens of consecutive Hatricks...
I'm with Shahbag for fair punishment of all war criminals. Im with Shahbag to stand for fair trials of all Corruption, all murders and social injustices occurred over last 40 years. I'm for a secular, corruption free & Just society in Bangladesh. Spirit of '71