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    Frontier on Monday, July 14, 2014
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    The cabinet today strongly condemned the killings of a huge number of innocent Palestinian people, including women and children, in the Gaza strip by indiscriminate Israeli air strikes in the last few days.

    Terming the killings in the Palestinian territory as a serious violation of human rights, the cabinet noted that the killings in the holy month of Ramadan are more unfortunate.

    The condemnation came at the regular weekly cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters.

    He said the cabinet mentioned that Bangladesh has unequivocal support to the just demands and rights of the Palestinian people, and this support will continue in the future also.

    Apart from demanding the immediate stop of barbaric Israeli attacks on the innocent Palestinian people, the cabinet also called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the killings soon.

    The cabinet also adopted a thanksgiving motion on the recent maritime boundary verdict over India congratulating the Prime Minister and the individuals and authorities concerned for gaining such huge 19,467 square kilometers of maritime areas in the Bay of Bengal.

    The cabinet secretary said the Prime Minister gave directives to the concerned persons to make highest coordinated efforts for extracting marine resources in the vast gained maritime areas.

    The ministries of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and the Fisheries and Livestock are related in this regard.

    Bhuiyan said that the cabinet also gave a nod to a proposal from Foreign Ministry to publish a gazette notification like the maritime boundary verdict over Myanmar highlighting the huge gain of marine areas through the arbitral tribunal verdict over India.

    The cabinet secretary said that the Prime Minister is likely to hold a press conference on the recent Arbitral Tribunal verdict over India where she would give details about the matter.

    He said that Bangladesh has been benefited from the verdict as it emphasized gaining its just rights based on equity principle instead of equi-distance principle.

    Bangladesh won in its maritime boundary litigation with India as the Hague-based international arbitral tribunal delivered its verdict on July 7 awarding Bangladesh 19,467 square kilometers area out of disputed 25,602 square kilometers in the Bay of Bengal.

    With this verdict, Bangladesh has finally won more than 118,813 square kilometers of waters comprising territorial sea, exclusive economic zone extending out to 200 NM across sizable area, and also have 'undeniable' sovereign rights in the seabed extending as far as 354 NM from Chittagong coast in the Bay of Bengal with all the living and non-living resources.

    The award by the arbitral tribunal, which cannot be appealed, is binding on both states. It brings an end to the arbitral process that was commenced by Bangladesh in respect of Myanmar and India under the UNCLOS in 2009.

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali officially disclosed the verdict at a crowded press conference at the Foreign Ministry on July 8. The previous victory for Bangladesh came on 14 March 2012 when the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg delivered the judgment in the maritime boundary case with Myanmar.

    Bhuiyan said the cabinet also approved the draft of the 'Bangladesh Railway Board (Repeal) Bill, 2014 " subject to vetting of the Law Ministry to bring the related ordinance of 1983 into Bangla which was annulled by the higher courts earlier.

    The draft was made in Bangla as per the earlier decision of the cabinet to bring about 253 ordinances in Bangla with necessary updates which were promulgated during the military rules and cancelled by the higher court.

    Besides, the cabinet endorsed the amended agreement on Cultural Cooperation between Bangladesh and Azerbaijan keeping a provision of drafting the agreement in three Languages; English, Bengali and Azerbaijani.

    Besides, the cabinet was apprised of the participation of the Foreign Minister in the "Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth" held at the Hague in Netherlands on April 22-25, 2014, the "Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: London 2014" held in London on June 10-13, 2014, and the "Foreign Minister- Level 41st Council of OIC" held in Jeddah on June 18-19, 2014.

    Ministers and state ministers concerned attended the meeting, while concerned secretaries were present.

                               
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