Daily Archives: June 15, 2017

Red carpet rolled out as PM arrived in Stockholm

red carpet

MNA National Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Stockholm on Wednesday night on a three‐day bilateral visit to the Scandinavian country. A Scandinavian Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Arlanda Airport in the Swedish capital at about 9:40pm (local time). Later, the Prime Minister was given a guard of honour by the Swedish armed forces. This is the first‐ever bilateral visit by any head of government or state of Bangladesh to Sweden. Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, ...

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Landslide death toll hits 140, rescuers digging for survivors


MNA Editorial Desk: Rescuers went from door to door searching for information on people who might be missing Wednesday after massive landslides crashed onto villages and killed at least 140 in the southeastern area. As many as 106 people died in Rangamati alone while 21 bodies were revered from Rangunia and Chandanaish and three from Bandarban and one from Khagracchari. With some roads collapsed and others blocked by mud, soldiers were erecting a portable bridge to reach the worst-hit district of Rangamati, where government shelters housed about half of the 4,500 people whose homes were swamped by mud and debris ...

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Pakistan booked place in Champions Trophy final

Champions Trophy final

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Pakistan will now face title-holders Bangladesh in Sunday’s final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat India in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston. Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) all but ended previously unbeaten tournament hosts England’s slim hopes of victory with an opening stand of 118. Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs. Brief scores England 211, 49.5 overs (Hasan Ali 3-35) ...

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Anti-Trump gunman attacks US lawmakers

US lawmakers

MNA Internationale Desk: A rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire on Wednesday on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and three others before he was killed by police. The 66-year-old gunman was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, an ardent supporter of liberal Senator Bernie Sanders—who said he was ‘sickened’ by the ‘despicable act.’ The attack provoked a wave of emotion on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats expressed concern over a possible rise in verbal or physical violence amid a bitterly partisan political atmosphere in the aftermath ...

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Rate of excise duty likely to be changed: Muhith

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MNA Business Desk: Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Wednesday said the decision whether the proposed excise duty on bank deposits will be withdrawn or reduced will be taken after discussion in parliament. “Jatiya Sangsad is now discussing the proposed duty and on the basis of the discussion, the rate of excise duty is likely to be changed,” he told journalists after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) at the Cabinet Division in the capital. Muhith also said the duty on bank accounts is not a new thing as there was such duty before, reported ...

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International Day of Family Remittances

Family Remittances

MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated on 16 June, is aimed at recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the well-being of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin. It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society, to do more and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world. The IDFR was unanimously proclaimed by all 176 member states of IFAD’s Governing Council at its 38th session in February 2015, and was noted ...

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