Rohingya Conflict

In news: Bhashan Char Island


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Bhashan Char Island and its location

Mains level : Rohingya Crisis

Bangladesh has announced that it will not move the Rohingyas settled on the Bhashan char island amid Corona pandemic.

Try this question from CSP 2018:

Q.Which one of the following pairs of islands is separated from each other by the ‘Ten Degree Channel’?

(a) Andaman and Nicobar

(b) Nicobar and Sumatra

(c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

(d) Sumatra and Java

Bhashan Char Island

  • Bhasan Char also known as Char Piya, is an island in Hatiya, Bangladesh.
  • The island was formed with Himalayan silt in 2006 spanning 40 square kilometres.
  • It is underwater from June to September annually because of the monsoon, and it has no flood fences.
  • In June 2015, the Bangladeshi government suggested resettling Rohingya refugees on the island under its Ashrayan Project.
  • The proposal was characterized by the UN Refugee Agency as “logistically challenging”.

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