Daily Archives: June 7, 2017

Al least 7 killed in Iran parliament attack

Iran parliament

MNA International Desk: Attackers raided Iran parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television. Another lawmaker said one of the assailants was surrounded by security forces and all the doors to the building had ...

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6-Point Day: Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the memorial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to commemorate the historic 6-point demands. After placing the wreath, she observed a moment of silence to pay her respects. Later, associate bodies of Bangladesh Awami League including Dhaka city AL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League and Swechchhasebak League placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu marking the historic occasion. On this day in 1966, Bangabandhu launched a nationwide movement seeking autonomy for the then East Pakistan from the misrule of West Pakistan. The Six-Point Demand ...

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5 farmers shot dead in Madhya Pradesh during protest

Madhya Pradesh

MNA International Desk: Five farmers were shot dead on Tuesday at a protest in Madhya Pradesh, according to news reports, marking an escalation of violence as a rural strike demanding debt relief spread. The outburst of discontent in India’s heartland farming states of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Maharashtra poses a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farmers’ incomes over the next five years. The farmers were shot during a protest in the central city of Mandsaur. The spokesman of one farming union said police had fired on the protesters. The state’s home minister, Bhupendra Singh, ...

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Cotton-paper Tk 100, Tk 500 notes from June 11


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has issued cotton-paper new bank notes of Tk 100 and Tk 500 which will be available in the market from June 11. The new bank notes will be cent percent coated cotton-paper printed instead of existing paper notes, said a BB press release on Tuesday. The central bank said Tk 100 note will be 140mm by 62mm in size with 4mm width and Tk 500 will be 152mm by 65mm in size with same the width having Kinetic StarChrome Thread and containing the signature of Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir. The new bank notes, however, ...

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Champions Trophy: England booked place in semi-finals


MNA Sports Desk: England captain Eoin Morgan praised his ‘outstanding’ bowling attack after the tournament hosts booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with an 87-run win over New Zealand in Cardiff. Tuesday’s success means England will return to the Welsh capital as Group A winners for a last four clash against the as yet unknown Group B runners-up on June 14, in an event featuring the world’s leading eight one-day international teams. England looked to have fallen short of a par score despite making 310 all out after Joe Root (64), Alex Hales (56) and Ben ...

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Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter (TWTR.N) users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account recently blocked a number of accounts that replied to his tweets with commentary that criticized, mocked or disagreed with his actions. Twitter users are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York said in its letter that the blocking suppressed speech in a public ...

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Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in Movie

Anupam Kher

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An adaptation of Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ will hit the silver screen with Bollywood actor Anupam Kher playing the role of the former Indian PM. A report in the Economic Times said the movie is expected to be released in December 2018, months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The book by the Baru, Singh’s former media adviser, was released ahead of the 2014 general elections. In the book, Baru had said that Manmohan Singh had been “defanged” by the Congress party with party ...

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