Author Archives: Kaushik Ahmed

Photographer Shahidul Alam freed from jail


MNA National Desk: Noted photographer Shahidul Alam was freed from jail on bail on Tuesday night. He walked out of Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj around 8:25pm after his bail paper reached the prison, said jailer Mahbub Islam On November 15, the High Court granted bail to Shahidul Alam in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for spreading ‘propaganda’ through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads. Earlier on October 7, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain within seven days as to why Shahidul Alam, also ...

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Armed Forces Day on Wednesday

Armed Forces Day

MNA National Desk: The Armed Forces Day will be observed across the country today with due solemnity and enthusiasm marking the establishment of Bangladesh military during the Liberation War. On this day in 1971, Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces. Since the country’s independence, the day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day every year. The day’s programmes to start with the offering of special prayers in mosques of all cantonments, naval outposts and establishments and air force outposts after Fazr prayers seeking ...

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Clashes, violations and doubts mark election milieu


MNA Editorial Desk: Hopefully Dec 30 is going to be another landmark in the political history of Bangladesh as the 11th national election is scheduled to be held on that day. Heavy movements and showdowns centering this important political event are going on. Awami League has started its nomination process immediately after election schedule declaration. Jatiyo Oikya Front and other parties followed soon. Aspirant nomination seekers, who started campaign in their respective areas even few months back, of two major alliances turned very active to portray their popularity which even resulted in violation of several rules and regulations of electoral ...

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Trump’s claim angers Pakistan


MNA International Desk: Pakistan reacted angrily Monday to criticism by President Donald Trump that the country had not done enough in return for years of US military aid and that the government had harboured Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” this weekend, Trump defended his decision early this year to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan. “I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” he said. Trump also alleged that the Pakistani government had known bin Laden ...

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NASA considers to sellselling seats on spacecraft


MNA Science & Technology Desk: NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides to the public while opening another line of revenue as the agency attempts to broaden its appeal. On several occasions, Russia has flown wealthy individuals who paid millions for the ride to space. And a trio of private companies backed by billionaires, is also looking to fly tourists out of the atmosphere. But except for a couple of rare exceptions, such as Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who was killed when the space Shuttle Challenger exploded ...

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‘No Objection’ on Khaleda’s photo in election posters

no objection

MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s participation in the upcoming election is yet to be confirmed but the Election Commission has no objection to the use of her photo in the election posters of her party candidates. According to the election rules, only the election symbol, photos of the candidate and the party chief are allowed to be used in the campaign posters for parliamentary election. There is no restriction on the use of Khaleda’s photo in the campaign posters of her party candidates although she has been convicted in a case under the Penal Code, said Election Commission ...

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New US envoy Earl Miller reaches Dhaka

Earl Miller

MNA National Desk: New US Ambassador-designate Earl Miller has arrived in Dhaka on Sunday. Miller earlier served as ambassador to Botswana from 2014 to 2018. He is a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service and joined the Department of State in 1987, the embassy said. He served previously as consul general at the US Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2011 to 2014. Ambassador Miller also served in Washington, San Francisco, Miami and Boston and at US embassies in El Salvador, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq, and India. The US senate confirmed his appointment on Oct 11.

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EC urges Election observers to follow policy


MNA Editorial Desk: Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Tuesday said the election observers should follow the Election Commission’s policy during the 11 parliamentary elections He also urged the election observers not to make any comment to the media on the day of the 11th parliamentary elections. “The election observers must stay at polling stations like statues, even if there’re irregularities,” said the secretary while briefing election observers about the rules and regulations while performing duties during the election, reports UNB. Besides, Helaluddin said, they will not be allowed to enter the polling stations with mobile phones and restricted polling ...

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Six arrested over BNP’s Paltan violence


MNA National Desk: Police have arrested six people with alleged ties to vandalism and arson attacks on law-enforcement agencies’ vehicles in Naya Paltan. All of them are linked to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of the opposition BNP, police said on Tuesday. A helmeted man seen on a police car with his arms stretched in a show of defiance during violent clashes on Nov 14 was among the arrestees. The picture of the young man trended on the social media. Police identified him as Md HK Hossain Ali, an adherent to BNP leader Mirza Abbas. Hossain, a resident of ...

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Nic Pothas declared interim West Indies coach


MNA Sports Desk: Nic Pothas has been appointed West Indies’ interim head coach for the tour of Bangladesh following the end of Stuart Law’s stint. Law was named Middlesex coach in September and the recently concluded India tour was his final assignment having originally joined West Indies in early 2017. West Indies hoped Pothas, who become fielding coach earlier this year, would bring some continuity for the Bangladesh series before a full-time appointment is made. “Having Nic lead the team at this juncture is important for continuity and we look forward to strong and positive performances from the squad under ...

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Piickme holds helmet distribution program


MNA National Desk: The helmet distribution program of on-demand ride sharing service company Piickme Limited, Bangladesh, was inaugurated at the conference lounge of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday. Piickme Business Operations Manager Shariful Islam Tarek presided over the program. Ilias Kanchan, the chairman of Nirapad Sarak Chai movement, was present as Chief Guest while Sayed Ishtiaq Reza, Chief Editor of GTV and Sarabangla, was present as special guest on the occasion. Helmets were distributed among the Piickme’s respected riders at the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Ilias Kanchan thanked Piickme Ltd for this app service as well ...

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Four technocrat ministers resign


MNA National Desk: All four technocrat ministers have resigned following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s orders as part of the process to reconstitute the cabinet ahead of the general elections. They are Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahman, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, and Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman. They tendered their resignation letters to the Cabinet Division on Tuesday evening, officials at their ministries told media. Earlier in the day, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the media about Hasina’s orders.

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Jatiya Oikya Front to hold protest marchs


MNA National Desk: The Jatiya Oikya Front, a new opposition alliance, says it will start a Rajshahi-bound protest march on Nov 8 if the government does not accept its seven demands, including the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The protest march will be followed by a rally in Rajshahi on Nov 9. The announcement was made from a public meeting held at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Tuesday to galvanise its campaign against the government. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who presided over the public meeting, has also announced a protest march to the ...

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Guard the Polling Station: Dr Kamal

Dr Kamal

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain urged the people to guard polling stations on the election day to protect democracy while mentioning the citizens as the owners of the country. “You’re the owners of the country. You need to wake up to establish your ownership”, he said while addressing a public rally of the Jatiya Oikyafront at Suhrawardy Udyan today, Nov 6. The rally formally started around 1:30pm on Tuesday with recitation from the holy Quran as on Monday, the alliance got conditional permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold the public rally at Suhrawardy ...

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No chance to delay polls schedule: CEC


MNA Editorial Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said that there is no chance to delay the announcement of polls schedule. But if all the political parties are agreed then the election date will be deferred inside the constitutional provisions. The CEC said this while talking to newsmen after inaugurating a training programme on using Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the national election. According to UNB reports, in his inaugural speech, the CEC said there is no alternative to EVM use to protect the interest of voters. Nurul Huda said there are many difficulties in ballot paper ...

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Zimbabwe slams Bangladesh by 151 runs


MNA Sports Desk: Visiting Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in the first Test of the two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Poor performance, irresponsible act of the senior cricketers, unplanned approach and inexperienced Bangladeshi squad contributed in this shocking and shameful defeat. No batsmen of Bangladesh could stand in the face of a tough task to save the test. Zimbabwe fought odds that were stacked against them, but won most sessions in the game with patient batting and bowling. They held their catches too, and dismantled Bangladesh for 169 all out, winning by 151 runs. It ...

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PM asks technocrat ministers to resign


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered technocrat ministers to resign as part of a process to reconstitute the cabinet ahead of the 11th parliamentary election. “Though, the technocrats are instructed to resign, the other members of the cabinet will remain in office,” Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the media at Ganabhaban. Hasina is scheduled to hold a press conference at Ganabhaban on Nov 8, after wrapping up her talks with opposition leaders. After the latest reshuffle in the cabinet in January, there were 30 ministers, 17 state ministers and ...

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Recruitment test of 3 banks to be held on Nov 16


MNA Career & Education Desk: The written examination for recruitment to the post of officer (cash) of three state-owned banks – Sonali Bank, Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Bangladesh Development Bank were rescheduled. The written examination will now take place from 3pm-5pm on November 16 instead of November 9, said a Bangladesh Bank press release on Tuesday.

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AL starts nomination form sale from Nov 9


MNA National Desk: Amid disagreement among political parties over different issues ahead of the 11th national election, ruling party Awami League has decided to start selling its nomination papers among aspirants from November 9. The nomination aspirants have been asked to collect the nomination papers from Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office (new building), said a press release signed by Abdus Sobhan Golap, office secretary of the Awami League. The nomination form price was increased to Tk 30 thousand from Tk 25 thousand this time. The selling of the nomination papers will start from 10:00pm, it reads.

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Sons want to bury Khashoggi in Madinah


MNA International Desk: The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi issued an emotional appeal for the return of their father’s body. They made the appeal in their first interview since he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago. Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, who called their father “courageous, generous and very brave,” said they have endured weeks of anguish and uncertainty following his disappearance and death, reports CNN. “I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” Abdullah Khashoggi, 33, told CNN during a sit-down interview ...

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Imprecise & wide agenda diminishes political efficacy of dialogues


MNA Editorial Desk: One word hovering around all the Bangladeshi citizens in recent days is ‘Dialogue’. In light of the current context of the national politics as well as the propinquity of the next national election, it was the demand of every stakeholder. This dialogue was supposed to break the ice among the political parties. It was also anticipated to reach an equilibrium point which will facilitate to hold an election with all parties’ participation. The existing ruling party Awami League is taking everything by the book and is moving towards holding the 11th parliamentary elections resolutely. On the other ...

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Much Awaited Dialogue begins at Ganobhaban


MNA Editorial Desk: The much-talked-about dialogue between the ruling alliance leaders, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the newly-formed Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, has begun at the Ganobhabanin Dhaka on Thursday evening. In her introductory speech Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged all to get united to build the country. Development of the country is now visualized after nine years’ rule of Awami League, she said. The talks began around 7pm. Through the talks with the Oikyafront, the Prime Minister opened her door of discussions over the 11th parliamentary polls before the announcement of its schedule as ...

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PM Hasina urges to find new markets


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized on the requirement to diversify products and find new markets to increase export earnings. She spoke at the inauguration of an international conference, “Destination Bangladesh” organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Sunday. “We want to diversify the industry. We have to assess the areas with more production and what kind of market demand is there.” “We must think of diversifying our products and what difference it makes. What is the global demand? Just don’t look at one or two countries. We have to ...

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BB warns nine banks on rigged dollar sale


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank warned Dutch-Bangla Bank, Dhaka Bank, Trust Bank, BASIC Bank, Mutual Trust Bank, City Bank, Prime Bank, NCC Bank and Exim Bank on rigged dollar sale. The central bank said those banks have reported less than what they have charged importers for dollars. Regulators now seek explanations on why they would not be penalized for giving false information by hiding the actual data. The banks face a three-day deadline to respond to the notice issued on Sunday. If a bank fails to respond properly, it will be fined under the existing law. “The banks have taken ...

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Tigers reach SAFF U-15 semifinal


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh reached the semifinal of the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship with one match to spare eliminating the Maldives by huge 9-0 goals in their first appearance at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur of Nepal on Saturday.With the day’s humiliation, the Maldives eliminated from the meet with two successive defeats including 0-4 goals against hosts Nepal last Thursday. With the day’s well merited victory, Bangladesh team dominated Group A table securing full three points from the first match with better goal margin of 9-0. Nepal, which also assured the semifinal berth from the group, followed Bangladesh neck and neck ...

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New pic of Arjun & Malaika ignites rumors

Malaika Arora

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: On Saturday, rumoured couple Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora trended a great deal for reports stating that they are likely to get married next year. Amidst the wedding rumours, a new photo of Arjun and Malaika, partying together with close pals like Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora (her sister) and Natasha Poonawalla, has popped up. The picture appears to be taken a couple of days ago and it was shared on Instagram by Natasha Poonawalla on Sunday. Several unconfirmed reports claim that Malaika’s industrialist friends Tanya and Arvind Dubash, also seen in the viral ...

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48-hr transport workers’ strike creates chaos


MNA National Desk: People’s sufferings went endless as transport workers enforced a 48-hour countrywide strike since Sunday morning. The workers under the banner ‘Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation’ began the work abstention from 6am to press home for their eight-point demand. Office-goers and students are the worst sufferers as the workers were obstructing private cars and App-based ride-share services, including Uber and Pathao. A group of transport workers surrounded a photojournalist in Jatrabari area when he went there to take photo on the situation. They ordered him to stop taking pictures. When he tried to take photo, the protestors snatched ...

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