Author Archives: Kaushik Ahmed

Myanmar willing to take back all Rohingya refugees


MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday. He was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference in Singapore, where he was asked if the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live, could trigger use of the Responsibility to Protect framework of the United Nations. The so-called R2P framework was adopted at the 2005 UN World Summit in which nations agreed to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ...

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Modi calls for unimpeded trade, access in Indo-Pacific


MNA Business Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for equal access at sea and in the air for all Asian countries at a major defence conference on Friday, but avoided singling out China’s claims to the hotly contested South China Sea. Modi outlined his regional vision at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, attended by defence chiefs from over 40 countries, including US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The Indian leader’s visit to Southeast Asia, which he described as the centre of a new era of cooperation in a region that spanned the coast of Africa to the US West ...

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Audio exposes moments of controversial anti-drug operations in Ekram’s Death


MNA National Desk: Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque was shot and killed on May 26 as the government expanded its controversial anti-drug crackdown. His family claims security forces killed Ekram in cold blood. Five days later, his family distributed four audio clips that recorded terrifying conversations between Ekram and his daughter and wife before he died in a hail of bullets. The audio recorded on a mobile phone also captured sounds of gunfire and groans of the dying man. The death of Ekram illustrates how suspects are killed in overnight raids which security forces later routinely portray as gun battles. ...

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Trump says summit with Kim is back on


MNA International Desk: Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the US president says, a week after it was scrapped. Mr Trump made the announcement after talks with a senior North Korean envoy at the White House. The envoy, General Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. Mr Trump at first said the letter was “very interesting” but later said he had not yet opened it. He also said the issue of formally ending the Korean War would be on the table in Singapore. The 1950-53 conflict ...

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First ten Days of Ramadan: A Shower of Mercy


MNA Feature Desk: Ramadan is known to be broken down into three parts and ten days of mercy for the Muslims stays at the beginning of Ramadan. The first ten days of Ramadan are known as the ‘Ten Days of Mercy’. Muslims are aware that Ramadan is a month of spiritual opportunities, but what does the ‘mercy’ really mean to Muslims? One of Allah’s names is Ar-Rahman, the Most Merciful, and Muslims call upon God using this name in nearly everything they do. Thus, there is no surprise that Mercy manifests itself in the month that God created for Himself. ...

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Election Commission to challenge stay order on Gazipur polls


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has decided to challenge a High Court order that stalled Gazipur City Corporation polls. The commission’s decision comes two days after the court stayed the polls for three months following the hearing of a writ petition filed by local Awami League leader and Shimulia-1 Union Parishad Chairman ABM Azharul Islam Suroj on Sunday. Nine days prior to the elections, Suroj objected to the inclusion of six Mouzas or administrative districts of his union to the city corporation. “We have decided to appeal against the stay order and have appointed a lawyer. We’ll proceed discussing ...

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Tim Paine named ODI captain for England tour


MNA Sports Desk: Test captain Tim Paine will lead Australia’s one-day side for their limited-overs tour of England in June. Wicket-keeper Paine replaces Steve Smith – who was banned by Cricket Australia for a year following the ball-tampering scandal – for the five-match series. His vice-captain, batsman Aaron Finch, will lead the Twenty20 side in their sole match against England. National selector Trevor Hohns said a permanent ODI captain would be appointed “in due course”. The tour of England, which runs from 13-27 June, will be Justin Langer’s first assignment as head coach. Batsman D’Arcy Short, who has five T20 ...

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Your workplace may kill you


MNA Lifestyle Desk: In 2015, an analysis of almost 300 studies found that harmful workplace practices were as bad for mortality and as likely to lead to a physician-diagnosed illness, as second-hand smoke, a known – and regulated – carcinogen. Harmful workplace practices include things like long working hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity arising from job losses and not having regular or predictable work hours, an absence of job control and, in the US, not having health insurance. The workplace is making people sick and even killing them – and people should care. With rising health-care costs all over ...

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Trump’s decision to come on Iran nuclear deal


MNA International Desk: U.S. President Donald Trump will announce on Tuesday whether he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal or stay in. It will also clear if US administration will work with its European allies who say the deal has successfully halted Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Trump has consistently threatened to pull out of the 2015 agreement because it does not address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its role in wars in Syria and Yemen, and does not permanently prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. A senior U.S. official close to the process said France, Germany and Britain had ...

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Seven militants held in Chattogram operation


MNA National Desk: RAB detained seven suspected militants in Chattogram operation, one of whom is an employee of the International Red Cross. The seven were detained in an operation in the Anandabag area near the Kotowali Police Station’s Old Biman Office RAB-7, said Assistant Director ASP Mimtanur Rahman. They have been identified as Md Mohiuddin Tamim (29), Md Afzar Hossain (21), Md Imran Khan (27), Md Daud Nabi Palash (28), Chowdhury Mohammad Ridwan (27), SM Jawad Jafar (26) and Md Muntasirul Meher (26). “They are supporters of international militant organisation IS,” added Mimtanur. “They opened two WhatsApp groups called ‘Deen ...

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Charges pressed against BCL leaders in 2016 Gulistan hawker eviction drive


MNA National Desk: Police have pressed ‘attempted murder’ charges against two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders accused of discharging firearms into the air during a 2016 drive to remove hawkers at Dhaka’s Gulistan. The charge sheet was submitted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate on Apr 11, but official declaration came on Sunday, said Shahbag Police Station SI Akram Hossain. “The charge sheet will be brought before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi today,” court police General Registration Officer SI Mahmudur Rahman told media. The two accused in the case are Dhaka Metropolitan South BCL General Secretary Sabbir Hossain and ...

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Central Banks of India, Pakistan crack down on crypto currencies

crypto currencies

MNA Business Desk: India’s central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other crypto currencies on local exchanges. Pakistan’s central bank said in a separate statement late on Friday that crypto-currencies were not legal in the country. The State Bank of Pakistan told banks and other financial services providers to refuse customers seeking crypto-currency transactions. It noted that those using crypto-currencies to transfer funds outside Pakistan could be prosecuted. India’s government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have previously cautioned the public over crypto currencies, with New ...

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Parents’ arguments really affect their children


MNA Lifestyle Desk: It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. Not only the relationship between the parent and child that is important but also how parents get on with each other also plays a big role in a child’s wellbeing, with the potential to affect everything from mental health to academic success and future relationships. But there is the chance for some good to come out of a “positive” row. In most cases, arguments will have little or no negative effects for children. But when parents shout and are angry with ...

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At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma


MNA International Desk: At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements. It said the deaths were likely to rise. There has been no independent verification of the reports. Syria has called the allegations of a chemical attack a “fabrication” – as has its main ally, Russia. The US state department said Russia – with its “unwavering support” for Syria’s government – “ultimately bears responsibility” for the alleged attacks. Several ...

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PSC publishes 39th BCS Circular


MNA Education & Career Desk: The Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has published the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) circular seeking applications from medical doctors for 4,792 vacant posts in the medical cadre. The circular, its syllabus and instructions for the exam have been published in BPSC website. The online application and submission will continue from Apr 10 to Apr 30. The age limits for the candidates is 21 to 32 years of age. The PSC had previously announced that approximately 5,000 doctors could receive appointments to the medical cadre through the special BCS circular. The government has also issued a ...

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Bravo storms as CSK beats Mumbai Indians


MNA Sports Desk: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by one wicket in the opening game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 as Dwayne Bravo storms with his bat. Mumbai Indians didn’t account for the possibility that Chennai Super Kings, who were coming back from a two-year ban, could also come back from the dead. After managing to overcome a poor start with the bat, putting up an above-par score, throwing their superstar at Super Kings’ top order and unleashing a starlet to dismantle the middle order, Mumbai should have won this. Having then had Super Kings needing 48 off ...

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Little progress in resolving Rohingya crisis despite efforts: PM Hasina


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh hasina has told that despite efforts, little progress have been made in resolving Rohingya crisis. Bangladesh and Myanmar have been making several efforts to repatriate over a million of Rohingyas but little progress is seen in reality, she said. “We have signed a deal, ministers from Myanmar have visited Bangladesh and witnessed plights of the displaced people. But little progress is seen in reality,” she said during her meeting with Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, on Thursday. The meeting was held at Ganabhaban, PM’s official residence. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed ...

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Take care of your precious gold, pearl and diamond


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Women admire their jewellery like nothing else. Sit down while putting on your emeralds, and store your kundan jewellery in cotton-lined boxes. Here are some tips to take care of your delicate jewellery pieces. After spending your hard-earned money on precious jewellery, it is important to store and handle it properly too. When you invest in real pearls, don’t forget to wrap them in muslin cloth and sit down to wear your emeralds because if they fall, they’ll break easily, say experts. Here are some tips to take care of your delicate jewellery pieces: – Never directly ...

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Julius Maada Bio sworn in as new Sierra Leone president

Sierra Leone

MNA International Desk: Opposition candidate and former military junta leader of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as the country’s new president late on Wednesday, just hours after the elections commission announced his victory in a tight run-off poll. He now faces the complex task of rebuilding the impoverished West African nation’s economy that was dragged down by the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic and a global slump in commodity prices. Representing the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Maada Bio won 51.81 per cent of votes cast in the March 31 poll, according to results announced by the National ...

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Liverpool dazes Man City in Champions League


MNA Sports Desk: Liverpool registered a stunning 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane scoring for the hosts. Liverpool swept Manchester City aside with a three-goal blitz in 19 first-half minutes to take a commanding 3-0 first leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final. Champions-elect City lead Liverpool by 18 points in the Premier League, but their only league defeat this season came in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January, and they suffered an even worse fate on Wednesday to leave their ...

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PM inaugurates 4 road uplift projects in Cumilla


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened four road development projects in Cumilla expressing her firm optimism that Bangladesh would advance further keeping its head high. “We’re a victorious nation … we’ll move keeping our head high and materialize Bangabandhu’s dream of establishing a developed and prosperous Sonar Bangla (Golden Bangla),” she told the inaugural function of the four projects. The premier opened the four development projects through a video conferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence in city this morning, reports BSS. The schemes are Companiganj-Muradnagar-Homna Highway and Gouripur-Homna Bridge under the Road Transport and Highways Division ...

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Zuckerberg to testify before US Congress on April 11


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US congressional committee after the Cambridge Analytica scandal over alleged misuse of users’ personal data. He will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, the panel said on Wednesday. Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump’s campaign, gained access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users. “This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues ...

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U.S. anticipates talks with China on rise of trade fight


MNA Business Desk: The U.S. expressed willingness on Wednesday to negotiate a resolution to an escalating trade fight with China after Beijing retaliated against proposed U.S. tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods by targeting key American imports, but the Chinese ambassador to Washington said it will require willingness of both. Just 11 hours after President Donald Trump’s administration proposed 25 percent tariffs on some 1,300 Chinese industrial, technology, transport and medical products, China shot back with a list of similar duties on major American imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals. Beijing’s rapid and vigorous reaction raised the ...

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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actor Salman Khan was convicted for killing two blackbucks in September 1998 while shooting for a Bollywood movie. Actors and co accused Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Neelam Kothari were acquitted. Quantum of punishment will be pronounced soon. Actor Salman Khan was on Thursday convicted of killing two blackbucks by a Jodhpur court in the two-decade-old poaching case. Fellow actors and co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted along with Dushyant Singh, a local from the area. The quantum of punishment ...

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Star Ceramics IPO Road Show held

Star Ceramics

MNA Business Desk: Star Ceramics, among the most premium tiles and sanitaryware companies of Bangladesh, organized a Road show at Radisson Hotel, Dhaka,to announce their plan to raise equity through IPO under book-building method. Subject to regulatory approval, Star Ceramics intends to raise BDT 60 crore from the IPO. About BDT 43 crore for expansion of its sanitaryware project and the rest for loan repayment and meeting IPO expenses. The program witnessed an unusually large attendance of eight hundred plus guests including eligible investors comprising merchant bankers, portfolio managers, asset managers, fund managers, stock dealers, alternative investment fund manager, recognized ...

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Mourning for Nepal plane crash victims in Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is mourning the victims of the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal. The national flag flies at half-mast at government and nongovernmental organisations and at the Bangladesh embassies abroad. Special prayers will be offered at mosques, temples, churches and pagodas across the country on Friday. An aircraft operated by the US-Bangla Airlines crashed with 71 people on board in Kathmandu on Monday killing 49, including 26 Bangladeshis. There were four crew members among the Bangladeshi victims. The incident prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cut short her Singapore visit and return to Bangladesh on Wednesday. Hasina convened ...

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Xi Jinping’s BRI uplifts debt trap risk for 68 nations: US experts


MNA Business Desk: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s mega Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) raises the risk of debt distress for 68 countries identified as potential borrowers if the programme follows Chinese practices for infrastructure financing, which often entail lending to sovereign borrowers, Washington, D.C. based think tank Center for Global Development said in a recent report. BRI has come into sharper focus following the Chinese Communist Party’s decision to change the rules to allow Xi to potentially rule for life. The report said that eight countries including Maldives, in India’s neighbourhood, and Djibouti, which hosts the lone Chinese military base ...

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