Monthly Archives: June 2017

Government shifted position on budget focusing election


MNA Editorial Desk: The government has shifted its position on budget specially VAT, excise duty hike as they are focusing on the upcoming general election in 2019. Finance Minister AMA Muhith backtracked from his decisions to impose 15 percent uniform VAT and raise excise duty on bank accounts of smaller balance to meet the huge expenditure of the next fiscal year after severe criticism. The businessmen kept protesting the new VAT law for a period of over one year. The opposition leaders as well as leaders from the government have raised voices following public concern after Muhith presented the proposed ...

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Actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu passes away

Nazmul Huda Bachchu

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran film and television actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu has passed away at the age of 78. He breathed his last on early Wednesday at Square Hospitals in Dhaka while undergoing treatment. He was admitted to the hospital due to low pressure and fever. After the namaj-e-janaja at Azad Mosque in Gulshan, Bacchu will be buried at Banani Graveyard on Wednesday, said the family. Born in in 1938 in Dhaka, Bacchu was honored with National Film Awards for his contribution in acting. Some of Bacchu starring films are—Oggatonama (2016), Runway (2010), Chandra Grahan (2008), Daktar Bari ...

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Helicopter attacks Venezuela’s Supreme Court

Supreme Court

MNA International Desk: A helicopter dropped two grenades on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building in a ‘terror attack’ against his government, President Nicolas Maduro said in a speech on Tuesday, adding that the weapons failed to explode. The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within government, said the helicopter shot at the judicial building and also threw some grenades. Witnesses reported hearing several detonations in downtown Caracas, where the pro-Maduro Supreme Court, the presidential palace and other key government buildings are located. The helicopter also flew over the Interior Ministry, Maduro ...

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Sheikh Hasina mourns death of musician Sudhin Das


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday night expressed deep shock at the death of renowned musician of the subcontinent and Nazrul researcher Sudhin Das. In a condolence message, the prime minister recalled the invaluable contributions of Sudhin Das to the field of music. “His death is an irreparable loss to this field,” she said. Sheikh Hasina prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family, reported news agency. The Ekushey Padak-winning singer breathed his last at about 8:20pm at the Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka. He was 87. Born in Comilla town’s ...

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Road accidents claim 46 lives in 6 days

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MNA Editorial Desk: About 46 people were killed and 68 others injured in road accidents across the district in the last six days till Tuesday. Of them, 23 were killed on Saturday (June 23) alone with 17 in a single road accident in Rangpur while five on Tuesday, reported news agency. In Rangpur, at least 17 people, including five members of a family, were killed and nine others injured in a fatal road accident on Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Kolabari in Pirganj upazila in the small hours of Saturday. In Comilla, three people were killed and two others injured as a ...

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Malinga given suspended ban for criticising sports minister


MNA Sports Desk: Lasith Malinga received a suspended one-year cricket ban after the fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of speaking to the media without permission, Sri Lanka’s cricket board said Tuesday. The sanction is suspended for six months and Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international, Sri Lanka Cricket said. The charge against Malinga came from his response to criticism by Sri Lanka’s sports minister over the team’s fitness levels. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara castigated players for allegedly being overweight soon after Sri Lanka failed to reach the semifinals ...

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Facebook counts 2 billion active monthly users

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant’s founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission — not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” Zuckerberg wrote in a post marking the milestone. “We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” he wrote. “It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.” Facebook’s announcement came as it works to redefine its purpose, led by Zuckerberg who traveled ...

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Religion keeps away from pornography


MNA Life Style Desk: Even as adolescents get more free access to pornography online than ever before, researchers have found that attending religious services can keep the youth away from the adult sites. The study showed that pornography consumption’ increases sharply with age, especially among males However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services, the researchers said. “We were able determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a PhD ...

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Main Eid jamaat held at National Eidgah

National Eidgah

MNA National Desk: The main Eid-ul-Fitr jamaat (congregation) was held at National Eidgah on Bangladesh Supreme Court premises in Dhaka Monday morning. President Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, government high-ups, diplomats and non-government officials, among others, attended the Eid prayers. Strict security measures were taken to ensure safety and security at the Eidgah during the country’s prime Eid congregation. The devotees were not allowed to carry any bags at the prayer-ground. Earlier, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia requested people just to carry prayer rugs (jainamaz) to Eidgah. Special arrangements were also made for women and foreign diplomats to offer ...

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Celebration of Eid ul-Fitr around the World

MNA Editorial Desk: With hard followings of the teaching of the Islam, Ramadan is completed and it is time to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with Muslims around the world. Millions of Bangladeshi Muslims begin to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Monday, the festive celebration marking the end of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting and abstinence from worldly pleasures. Eid-ul-Fitr starts when the new moon is spotted in the sky, making the Eid holiday different around the world. Around the world, Muslims gather on the first day of Shawwal–the month following Ramadan on the Islamic calendar–for the Eid prayer to worship and ...

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Eid special Ityadi boasts with 3 musical dramas

Eid special

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular magazine show Ityadi’s Eid special episode always comes up with plenty of entertaining and enlightening segments. Keeping up with this trend, this year’s Eid special episode of Ityadi contains a lot of attractive segments much to the delight of the audience. The shooting of this special episode of Ityadi was held on 23 May in front of a capacity audience of about 5000 people. Fagun Audio Vision sources have recently revealed they have done the picturisation of three entertaining musical dramas by five celebrities for this Eid special episode of Ityadi. The first musical ...

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Le Reve launches Eid-ul-Fitr collection

Le Reve

MNA Life Style Desk: This Eid, Le Reve gives you amazing outfit ideas to adorn with its exclusive Eid collection. The collection comes in exquisite patterns, vibrant colours and exclusive designs and boasts of embroidery work in high quality fabrics like net, chiffon, satin, jacquard, velvet, georgette and silk. Le Reve Eid Collection has clothing for men, women, children and newborns, which will appeal to customers who are looking forward to unique contemporary designs with hints of traditional elements and motifs. This year’s collection theme is Juxtapose, which is an artsy, abstract, modern, and complex trend with lots of primary ...

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National moon sighting body to sit Sunday

National Moon

MNA National Desk: The National Moon Sighting Committee will sit in a meeting on Sunday to decide the date of Eid‐ul‐Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims. The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office at 7:15pm with Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahaman in the chair, said an Islamic Foundation release on Thursday. The committee will announce the date of Eid‐ul‐Fitr after reviewing information on the sighting of the Shawwal moon. People have been requested to inform the committee over following phone and fax numbers if they see the Shawwal moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky. ...

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First consignment of rice to arrive from Vietnam in 15 days: Envoy

first consignment

MNA Business Desk: The first consignment of rice from Vietnam is scheduled to arrive in Chittagong within 15 days, said newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to Dhaka Tran Van Khoa. The Vietnamese Ambassador said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her parliament office on Thursday. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Vietnamese Ambassador expressed satisfaction over the extension of MoU on rice trade with Bangladesh as the first consignment of rice is scheduled to arrive in Chittagong in 15 days. In this context, Sheikh Hasina said, “We want to keep ...

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Home-bound people got stuck on highways

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MNA National Desk: Home-bound people got stuck on different highways and roads on Thursday due to serious traffic chaos as a large number of vehicles ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. In Gazipur, the Dhaka-Tangail highway experienced a long tailback, inflicting immeasurable sufferings to the home-bound passengers. Highway police sources said two vehicles went out of order in two separate places on Dhaka-Tangail highway early Thursday morning, causing tailback on the highway. Besides, a heavy pressure of vehicles was noticed on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Chandana intersection point, keeping several hundred vehicles stranded on the highway. Vehicles were moving slowly on Bypail-Abdullahpur highway and ...

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Saudi Arabia extends Eid Al Fitr holidays to 24 days

Eid Al Fitr holidays

MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia has extended this year’s Eid Al Fitr holidays to twenty four days, state news agency SPA announced on Wednesday. The announcement came as part of royal decrees which replaced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with Mohammed bin Salman, previously deputy crown prince. Government employees are usually given a 10-day break during Eid. Government offices, which were scheduled to reopen after Eid holidays on July 2, will now open on July 9. Eid Al-Fitr holidays for the public sector started on 15 June. However, Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It ...

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More than 400 construction workers killed in 5 yrs: BILS

construction workers

MNA Editorial Desk: At least 456 construction workers were killed and 463 others sustained injuries during their respective works across the country in last five years till December 31 in 2016. M Yusuf Al Mamun, Information Coordinator of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) disclosed this while presenting a paper titled ‘Professional Protection of Construction Workers and Social Security: Bangladesh Perspective’ at a journalists’ orientation workshop at BILS’ Dhanmondi office on Wednesday. Among the casualties, 85 workers were killed and 97 others injured in 2016, 61 killed and 119 other injured in 2015, while 102 were killed and 64 injured ...

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Confederations Cup: Ronaldo strikes as Portugal down Russia

Confederations Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off the tax storm clouding his Real Madrid future by scoring the only goal of the game as Portugal beat hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday. The 32-year-old netted after just eight minutes to give the Euro 2016 winners their first victory in Group A as they leapfrog Russia in the standings. Group rivals Mexico and New Zealand meet later in Sochi. The Portuguese camp had insisted ahead of this game that their skipper was focused solely on matters on the field in Russia despite the speculation surrounding his future at ...

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26 AL activities sued over attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade


MNA National Desk: Twenty-six activists of ruling Awami League and its front organizations have been sued over attack on BNP Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other BNP leaders in Chittagong. Former public prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong court Enamul Haq filed the case with a speedy tribunal here on Wednesday morning accusing 26 people, reported news agency. A S M Shahidullah Kaiser, chief judicial magistrate of the court, will hear the case later, said the former PP. Fakhrul and his motorcade came under the attack in Chittagong while the BNP leaders were on way to landslide affected areas in Rangamati ...

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Bangladesh appointed new ambassadors to Sweden, Oman


MNA National Desk: Md Nazmul Islam will be appointed as the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and Md Golam Sarwar will be the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sultanate of Oman, said a Foreign Ministry press release. Md Nazmul Islam is now serving as director general (Administration, GS & ICT) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nazmul, a career diplomat of 15th BCS (Foreign Affairs), joined the Foreign Service in 1995. In his diplomatic career, he served as the consul general in Jeddah and counsellor in Beijing. He also served in Bangladesh missions in Jakarta and London in different ...

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Saudi crown prince dismissed, king’s son named successor

crown prince

MNA International Desk: Saudi King Salman on Wednesday named his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, completing a gradual removal of powers from the previous prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has been fired. According to a royal decree issued by the official Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defence. Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran law enforcer well-regarded in the west for his efforts to combat Al-Qaeda, was also fired from his post as interior minister, the decree said. The appointment of Mohammed bin Salman ...

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PSC published 38th BCS circular


MNA Education Desk: The Public Service Commission (PSC) published a circular for the 38th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination seeking applications against 2,024 posts. PSC Chairman Dr Muhammad Sadiq told that they published it on their website to fill up 2,024 vacant posts of the government. Of them, 300 will be recruited for the administration, 100 for the police cadres, 520 for the general cadres, 549 for the technical and professional cadres, and 955 for the education cadres. The process to fill up forms and submit fees online will begin on July 10 and end on August 10 next, he ...

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Budget long on hopes, short on measures: World Bank


MNA Business Desk: Terming the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 an ambitious one, the World Bank on Tuesday said it is ‘long on hopes, short on measures’. “The budget has many good hopes and ambitions to increase the country’s GDP by raising huge revenue through implementation of VAT law. But it lacks the specific actions, especially, necessary structural reforms in the financial sector,” said Zahid Hussain, the lead economist of the World Bank Dhaka office. He said the targets are impossible to be achieved without reforms. The World Bank came up with its observation about the budget ...

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Anil Kumble steps down as India coach

Anil Kumble

MNA Sports Desk: Anil Kumble has stepped down as India coach after falling out with skipper Virat Kohli, a top source in the country’s cricket board confirmed on Tuesday. Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications for the role last month and Kumble had re-applied for the same. The official confirmed the 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, decided to step down after the ...

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Poet Nirmalendu Goon turns 72

Nirmalendu Goon

MNA Feature Desk: Poet Nirmalendu Goon, one of the most popular Bangladeshi poets known for his accessible verse, stepped into 73nd year today. Well wishes and congratulatory messages poured in for Goon from his friends, fans and family members on his birth anniversary. His first book of poetry was published in 1970. Since then he has published a total of 45 collections of poetry and 20 collections of prose. Part of the generation of poets of 1960s, Goon’s poetry contains stinging criticism of the nouveau riche and a touching description of the contrasting fate of the masses. A love of ...

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Rice prices rise unusually

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MNA Editorial Desk: The prices of all varieties of rice are increasing at a rate that even the sellers call ‘unusual’, without any good reason in the markets. The state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh reportedly recorded a 47 per cent hike in the prices of coarse rice this month compared to the same period last year. Rising prices of food items is a key concern for the government as nearly 31.5 per cent of its around 160 million people still live below the national poverty line. As the domestic market has again become volatile in the wake of reports that ...

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Oscar-winning legend Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement

Daniel Day-Lewis

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring. In a statement the 60-year-old star’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said he ‘will no longer be working as an actor,’ trade magazine Variety reported. ‘He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,’ Dart said. ‘This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.’ Day-Lewis, a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles, is the only performer ...

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