Monthly Archives: May 2017

Shyamal Kanti gets bail in bribery charges

bribery charges

MNA National Desk: Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was publicly humiliated last year, has been granted bail after spending a week in jail on bribery charges. On Wednesday, the court of district and sessions judge granted bail to him until Jul 20. Bhakta, the headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School, stands accused of taking bribe in a case filed by a teacher of the same school. Plaintiff Morsheda Begum accused Shyamal of taking Tk 135,000 as bribe promising to include her as an employee in the government’s monthly payment order or MPO scheme. On May 24, Shyamal ...

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PM returns home from Austria after IAEA conference


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning after attending the International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme in Vienna. The VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 7:20am. High civil and military officials received the Prime Minister at the airport. The prime minister addressed the opening session of the conference titled ‘Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: 60 years and Beyond- Contributing to Development’ Tuesday. She thanked IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano for his efforts to ...

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Massive blast hits Kabul, huge casualties

massive blast

MNA International Desk: More than 40 people were killed or wounded on Wednesday as a massive blast ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. Bodies littered the scene and a huge plume of smoke rose from the area which houses foreign embassies. ‘A car bomb’ exploded at 8:25 am, Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman. He said at least 40 people had been killed or wounded, but could not give a breakdown of the casualties. A health ministry spokesman said more than 60 wounded people, mainly civilians, ...

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70 fishermen with 6 fishing trawlers went missing

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MNA National Desk: About 70 fishermen along with six fishing trawlers of Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong and Kutubdia upazila of Cox’s Bazar district went missing in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday during the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’. The owners of the fishing boats could not communicate yet with the fishermen, reported news agency. At least seven people were killed in Cox’s Bazar and  Rangamati districts as severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ hit Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia on Tuesday morning. Besides, the cyclone also destroyed hundreds of houses and uprooted many trees in Saint Matin’s Island and Teknaf areas of ...

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Champions Trophy: Tigers suffer big defeat in 2nd warm-up match


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh conceded a humiliating 240-run defeat against India in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday. In the day’s match, chasing target of 325 runs, Bangladesh finished the innings at 84 for all in 23.5 overs where Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sunzamul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahim could manage double-digit figures scoring 24, 18 and 13 runs respectively. Tigers suffered a massive batting disaster losing three top-order batsmen — Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Imrul Kayes — within a span of 8 balls adding no more runs with their collection of 11. They ...

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‘Allah Meherban’ music video removed from Youtube


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The controversial music video ‘Allah Meherban’ of ‘Boss-2’ film featuring Bangladesh actress Nusraat Faria has been removed from the Youtube. The music video was released on YouTube recently to promote Boss 2, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in Bangladesh and West Bengal in the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. The removal came on Tuesday after a Bangladeshi lawyer on Sunday served a legal notice on Jaaz Multimedia to remove item song within three days. The playback song, starring Indian actor Jeet, has drawn criticism for obscenity when the lyric of the song mention the name of Allah. ...

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‘World No Tobacco Day’ being observed

Tobacco Day

MNA Feature Desk: World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) will be observed on Wednesday in the country as elsewhere across the world highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco uses, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, reported news agency. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.” President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day calling upon all to make united efforts to wage anti-tobacco campaigns across the country to have healthy population to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh. ...

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Cyclone Mora: More than 100 houses destroyed

Cyclone Mora

MNA National Desk: ‘Cyclone Mora’ destroyed hundreds of houses and uprooted many trees in Saint Matin’s Island and Teknaf areas of Coxs Bazar district. Cox’s Bazar cyclone observational centre officials said cyclone Mora crossed the Cox’s Bazar coast around 7:30am. The cyclone is heading towards Chittagong. The severe cyclonic storm that prompted authorities to raise the highest warning level — Great Danger Signal No. 10 — made landfall around 6am on Tuesday at Kutubdia, an offshore island of Cox’s Bazar. The district’s disaster management office said that more than 200,000 people were moved to the 538 cyclone shelters. The local ...

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PM keeps 24-hour contact with Dhaka about cyclone


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Austria on a two-day official visit, is keeping 24-hour contact with Dhaka about the cyclonic storm ‘Mora’. “The prime minister is maintaining round-the-clock communication with Dhaka on the storm situation. She has ordered all-out preparation to tackle the storm,” said Ihsanul Karim, Prime Minister’s press secretary. The press secretary said the prime minister also asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps and perform their respective duties properly in this regard. Earlier, the severe cyclone has crossed Bangladesh coast near Chittagong as per the Bangladesh Meteorological Department around 7:00 AM. The ...

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Cyclone Mora: Starts crossing coastal region


MNA National Desk: The powerful cyclonic storm Mora has started crossing Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong region at 6:00am today (Tuesday), said Met Office. Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the centre of the cyclone is about 89 kph, rising to 117 kph. The special bulletin also asked the maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to hoist danger signal no. 10 while coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars also will come under danger signal no 10. Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted ...

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Suicide blast kills 13 at Baghdad ice cream shop

ice cream

MNA International Desk: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop, killing at least thirteen people, security officials said on Tuesday. The overnight attack in the Karrada district in central Baghdad also wounded at least 30 people, officials said. The Islamic State group-linked Amaq propaganda agency said the suicide bomber targeted a ‘gathering of Shiites.’ IS considers members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority to be heretics and frequently carries out attacks against them, reported news agency. The bomber struck just days after the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which ...

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Champions Trophy: Tigers to play with India in 2nd warm-up match


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play giant India in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Kennington Oval in London on Tuesday. The Tigers’ 2nd and last warm-up match will begin at 3:30 pm (Bangladesh time). After a day’s break, Bangladesh will play the host England in the opener of the 8th edition ICC Champions Trophy in their Group A match at Kennington Oval in Londo on June 1. However, ahead of the Bangladesh match, India continued to put in the finish touches to their preparations by working out in the nets. The biggest novelty to the session was the ...

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Rainbow Paints opens new showroom at Banasree


MNA Business Desk: Rainbow Paints, a product of RFL, opened its first outlet in the capital’s Banasree area. The retail chain shop was inaugurated for selling Rainbow Paints and Hardware materials, said a press release. RN Paul, Managing Director of RFL, opened the showroom. Kamrul Hasan, Chief Operating Officer, Sazzadul Alam, National Sales Manager, Mohammad Shajahan, Retail Sales Manager, Mainul Islam and Nazmul Akand Tushar, Brand Manager of Rainbow Paints were present at the program. RN Paul said, Rainbow paint is getting popular to the customers day by day. Rainbow Paints has introduced its own showroom with a view to ...

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WhatsApp useful for teenagers: Study


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed. The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that they cannot at school, helping them develop closer and more open relationships with their classmates. “The group chats are based on trust among the members of the group, and this enhances the possibility to be in contact,” Arie Kizel from University of Haifa in Israel, was quoted as saying to — an Israeli Innovation news website ...

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JnU student goes missing


MNA Education Desk (JnU Corespondent): A student of Jagannath University (JnU) went missing from the capital’s Shekhertek area last week. The missing student was identified as Md Sadekul Islam, a third-year student of Physics Department of the university. An uncle of Sadekul said that some unknown persons identifying themselves as law enforcement agencies picked his nephew up from a rented house on Tuesday last at 3:00am. However, a general diary was lodged in the regard, said Al-mamun, Sub Inspector (Investigation) of Adabor Thana, adding that the investigation is going on and they are trying their best to find out him.

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Banani univ girls rape: Probe report to submit 19 June


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday fixed 19 June as the date to submit the probe report of a case filed over the alleged rape of two private university students in Banani. The court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Delwar Hossain passed the order. The report was to be submitted on Monday (today), but as it did not reach the court yet, the date of submission has been deferred. The five accused of the case, including Shafat Ahmed, were brought to court today, the court sources said. The two university girls were allegedly raped at Raintree Hotel in ...

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Chittagong port to hoist signal no 7


MNA National Desk: Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar have been advised to lower local warning signal no. 4 but instead hoist danger signal number 7 (r) seven. The cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ over east-central bay and adjoining area moved slightly north-northeastwards over East-Central Bay and adjoining North Bay and was centered at 9:00 am on Monday. The storm is likely to intensify further, move in a northerly direction and may cross Chittagong – Cox’s Bazaar coast by Tuesday morning. Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina leaves for Austria

Australia today

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Austria on Monday to attend the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). A special Biman flight carrying the prime minister left Dhaka in this morning. She will attend the opening session of the conference titled “Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: 60 years and Beyond- Contributing to Development” on May 30. Hasina will also have bilateral talks with her Austrian counterpart, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told the media on Sunday. Bangladesh became member of the IAEA in 1972. The prime minister’s husband, late nuclear scientist Dr MA ...

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Sri Lanka monsoon death toll hits to 164


MNA International Desk: Sri Lanka’s monsoon toll climbed to 164 with the discovery of more bodies of people buried in landslides triggered by intense rains, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday. Friday’s deluge also caused the island’s worst flooding in 14 years and drove nearly half a million people out of their inundated homes in the southern and western regions. The DMC said 104 people were still listed as missing while another 88 remained in hospital. Police said an air force Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in the southern Baddegama area Monday while transporting relief supplies to flood victims. ...

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Swedish satire ‘The Square’ wins Cannes top prize Palme d’Or

Swedish satire

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Swedish satire “The Square”, a send-up of political correctness and the confused identity of the modern male, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday. Critics hailed the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as “high-wire cinema” that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism, though some said it could easily have shed part of its 2 hours and 22 minutes running time. The Swedish satire highlight is a dinner for the museum’s well-to-do patrons, with a performance artist leaping from table to table impersonating an ape in a ...

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The Changing Pattern of Environmental Changes


MNA Editorial Desk: With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental changes our planet is facing. All across the world, people are facing a wealth of new and challenging environmental problems every day. Some of them are small and only affect a few ecosystems, but others are drastically changing the landscape of what we already know. Our planet is poised at the brink of a severe environmental crisis. Current environmental problems make us vulnerable to disasters and tragedies, now ...

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Complete verdict in Rajib murder case published


MNA National Desk: A 163-page verdict for killing blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2015 was published on the Supreme Court website on Sunday, sentencing two people to death, another to life term and six others to different jail terms. After getting signed by two Judges—Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain, the verdict was published this morning. Earlier on 2 April, a High Court bench upheld a lower court verdict over the murder. The condemned convicts are Faisal Din Nayeem alias Dwip and Redwanul Azad Rana while the lifer is Maksudul Hasan Anik. On 15 February, 2013, Ahmed ...

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VAT to remain 15pc: Finance Minister


MNA Business Desk: Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Saturday expressed his determination to keep the new Value Added Tax (VAT) at the 15 per cent. “I’ll not reduce the VAT from 15 per cent, because it has remained so from the beginning. However, many will be taken out of the VAT net,” said the finance minister while talking to reporters at his secretariat office on the upcoming national budget. He said, “I would reduce the VAT slightly, but it would create many problems if I did so.” Earlier, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has asked the authorities to ...

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ICC Champions Trophy warm-up: Pakistan beat Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by two wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England on Saturday. Shoaib Malik (72 off 66 balls) provided the perfect foundation for the run chase and Fahir Ashraf scored an unbeaten 64 off just 41 balls to clinch the match for Pakistan. Chasing a huge target of 342, Pakistan were off to a rocky start after they lost Azhar Ali and Babar Azam within the first five overs of their innings. However, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez steadied the innings and both the batsmen were unlucky to miss out ...

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Tele-Cine Awards: Razzak to get lifetime achievement award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Nayak Raj Razzak will be honored with the lifetime achievement award in Kolkata’s Tele-Cine Awards on June 4. Kolkata based Tele-Cine Society (TCS) will organize the programme to honor artistes from the two Bengals (India’s West Bengal state and Bangladesh) at a ceremony at the Nazrul Mancha. Ayub Bachchu will also be honored for his outstanding contribution to rock music of Bangladesh while Shakib Khan will receive the Best Hero Award for his outstanding performance in the film ‘Shikari’. Other awardees from Bangladesh will be actress Nusrat Faria, singers Habib Wahed and Kana, ...

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Explosives recovered from Savar militant den


MNA National Desk: Police recovered huge quantity of illegal bombs and bomb-manufacturing materials, jihadi books from a suspected militant den in Namagenda area of Savar. Security forces have resumed their operation at the militant hideout from this morning. Earlier on Friday, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) surrounded a five-storey building in Genda around 7:30pm and raided a flat, but it emerged that the terror suspects had left it in the morning. Later, the CTTC members detained a woman and rescued two children from the ground floor of the house. Police used loudspeakers requesting neighbours to maintain a safe distance ...

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Ramadan to start from Sunday in Bangladesh


MNA Feature Desk: The holy month of Ramadan will begin in the country on Sunday as the moon was not sighted anywhere in Bangladesh’s sky on Friday. The moon-sighting committee of the Islamic Foundation reported that the moon of the month of Ramadan could not be seen in Bangladesh. Minister of Religious Affairs Motiur Rahman chaired the meeting, which was held at the Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka. The Moon Sighting Committee also decided that Laylat-al-Qadr would take place on June 22. However, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month ...

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