Author Archives: Kaushik Ahmed

Govt urges for not to be confused by fake news


MNA Editorial Desk: Government on Thursday urged all not to get confused with the fake news being run by various vested quarters through different news portals and social media involving the Prime Minister over the current situation. A press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said such distorted, fake, fabricated news items are aimed at confusing the common people and the innocent students now on a movement seeking safe roads, UNB reports. The release, signed by PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, said such fabricated news items are creating confusions in public mind under the present condition of the ...

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PM Hasina gives 20 lakh taka to families of Diya, Rajib


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday donated Tk 20 lakh to the parents of Diya and Rajib, the two college students who died in dreadful bus crash on the Airport Road. The PM handed over savings saving certificates for the amount when the parents of Diya and Rajib called on the Prime Minister at the PMO. PMO officials said Sheikh Hasina consoled the parents and said she would stand by the families with all possible supports, BSS reports. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ...

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Hooligans assault students in Mirpur


MNA National Desk: Some unidentified youths armed with sticks assaulted student protesters when they were already battling against the police during their campaign for safe roads in Mirpur. A large swathe of the area turned into a chaotic scene as police chased and beat the students. Then a group of stick-wielding youths arrived on the road to drive the protesters away. The reporter saw at least one student injured as the clashes unfolded at 4pm on Thursday. The students have continued a popular campaign for safe roads since Jul 29 when two of their fellows lost their lives to ...

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Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury visits historic Teliapara Tea Estate


MNA National Desk: Eminent journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Media Advisor and Editor of The Daily observer, visited historic Teliapara Tea Estate at Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district on Jul 28. Mir Mosharref Hossain, Director of The Daily Observer and Editor of Kishore Bangla, accompanied him on this tour. Teliapara tea estate bungalow is located onoly within 1.5 km of Indian border and has significant historical attachment with the liberation war of 1971. On 29 Mar, 1971 Major Khaled Mosharraf reached the tea estate with 4th East Bengal Regiment under his command. He established and established the first head ...

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PM advises generals for patriotic men in army leadership


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Army Generals to select patriotic and eligible leadership who are imbued with the spirit of the Great Liberation War. She said, “The army leadership should be placed in the hands of those who are patriot and believe in the Liberation War.” “The leadership should be handed over to such eligible officers who are well educated, active, cautious, intelligent and above all have strong credence to strengthen democracy,” the Prime Minister added. The premier said this while inaugurating the ‘Army Headquarters Selection Board 2018’ at Dhaka Cantonment., reports UNB. She ...

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1.16cr sacrificial animals for Eid-ul-Adha


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has around 1.16 crore sacrificial animals, including cows, buffaloes, goats and sheep, for the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha, according to Fisheries and Livestock Ministry. Of them, there are 44.57 lakh cows and buffaloes, while goats and sheep are 71 lakh. In a statement, Senior Information Officer of the ministry Md Shah Alam made the disclosure on Sunday. The government has set Aug 21 to Aug 23 for the Eid holidays, subject to the sighting of the moon. If the moon sighting for the month of Zulhijja is made on Aug 12, Eid-ul-Adha will fall on Aug 22.

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Don’t play with lion’s tail: Rouhani to Trump


MNA International Desk: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail”. Addressing his US counterpart Trump, Rouhani said: “You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people. “You cannot provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests,” he said in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran. Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for international oil supplies, AFP reports. “We have always guaranteed the security of this ...

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Quader says ‘No’ to BNP’s conditional election


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has dismissed the conditions the BNP announced for its participation in the upcoming general election. Bangladesh will not agree to any provisions before it holds an election, the Awami League leader said. Quader described the BNP’s announcement that it would boycott the election again unless Khaleda Zia was released from jail as just ‘cacophonous noise’. “It stinks of conspiracy. We hear hints of violence and sabotage in these words.” “Bangladesh will not hold a conditional election,” he said. “The election will be held according to the constitution. There is no need ...

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Mahmudur Rahman attacked in Kushtia


MNA National Desk: Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly attacked on daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia on Sunday. He came under attack while he went out of courtroom around 4.30 pm. BCL men hurled brick chips targeting Mahmudur and he was seriously injured in the attack. Principal Amirul Islam, senior lawyer of Kushtia Bar Association confirmed the matter. Earlier BCL men allegedly confined Mahmudur Rahman in a courtroom after the court granted him bail in a case filed for making derogatory remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tulip Siddiq. Kushtia ...

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PM Hasina dedicates reception to Bangladeshi People


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dedicated the reception organized by the Awami League in her honor at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to the people of Bangladesh. Her party held the event to celebrate a number of the prime minister’s achievements, including the launch of the Bangabandhu satellite, Bangladesh’s graduation from ‘least developed’ to ‘developing’ country status, the Global Women’s Leadership Award in Australia and the PhD in Literature she received from the Kazi Nazrul Islam University in India. The event featured a cultural programme, including a performance from singer and MP Momtaz Begum, a dance performance choreographed by ...

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DU Political Science Batch-71 mourns Journalist Anis Ahmed’s death

Anis Ahmed

MNA National Desk: Dhaka University political science batch-71 members mourned the death of veteran journalist and their batch mate Anis Ahmed at Nawab Ali Senate Building of DU on Thursday. A doa mahfil was conducted for the peace of the deceased soul. The journalist passed away on July 2, 2018 at his Mohammadpur residence amid a heart failure. Along with the members of batch-71 political science alumni association, the family members of the deceased journo was present in the program. Chairman of the alumni association and also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee at the Ministry of Chittagong Hill ...

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Outgoing Army Chief meets PM Hasina


MNA International Desk: Outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammmad Shafiul Haq made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office here on Sunday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. During the meeting, they discussed the issue of development of Bangladesh Army. The Prime Minister appreciated the outgoing Army chief for discharging his duties successfully during his tenure. General Belal expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for extending all-out support for the development of Bangladesh Army and performing his duties as its chief.

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Erdogan fights for 2nd term in Turkey election


MNA International Desk: Turks vote for a new president and parliament on Sunday in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule. Erdogan, the most popular but also divisive leader in modern Turkish history, moved the elections forward ...

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29 platoons BGB deployed ahead of Gazipur city polls


MNA Editorial Desk: 29 platoons of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has deployed in preparation for the coming Gazipur City Corporation polls. BGB personnel vehicles were seen patrolling the area on Sunday morning. “The BGB personnel will patrol the area until Wednesday,” BGB Public Relations official Mohsin Reza told. “More BGB personnel are on standby and will be deployed if necessary.” Each platoon will oversee two of the city’s 57 wards. Each of the platoons consists of 20-30 personnel. According to Gazipur Additional District Magistrate Sanjeeb Kumar Debnath, seven platoons will cover the Konabari and Kashimpur area, 10 will cover the ...

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210 members of Jamaat, Shibir detained from Chattogram motel


MNA National Desk: Police have detained at least 210 leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir, including the Jamaat ameer and Shibir president, from a Parjatan Corporation motel in Chattogram. They were detained in a raid on Motel Saikat on Station Road on Saturday night, said SM Mostaeen Hossain, deputy commissioner of the city police. Police raided the motel following a tip and detained more than two hundred people, he told reporters. Mohammed Mohsin, chief of the Kotwali Police Station, later told that the detainees were arrested under the Special Powers Act. Chattogram ...

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U.S. auto tariff move to be responded by EU


MNA Business Desk: The European Union will respond to any U.S. move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on all imports of EU-assembled cars, a month after his administration launched an investigation into whether auto imports posed a national security threat. “If they decide to raise their import tariffs, we’ll have no choice, again, but to react,” EU Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told French newspaper Le Monde. “We don’t ...

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Demi Lovato speaks about relapse in her single ‘Sober’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Demi Lovato has released a new single that reveals a heartbreaking setback in her road to recovery from addiction. In her new single, titled “Sober,” a candid Lovato admits to suffering a relapse. Her song comes just weeks after she celebrated six years of sobriety. “To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down the road before. I’m so sorry. I’m not sober anymore,” Demi sings in the tune. Lovato has always been an open when it comes to her mental health and struggles with substance abuse. In the past, Lovato has spoken candidly ...

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Intel CEO resigns over consensual relationship with employee


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Intel says CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of a “past consensual relationship with an Intel employee.” “An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” the company said in an announcement on Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will serve as interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. A source familiar with the matter said the company has a strict non-fraternization policy that prevents managers from engaging in relationships with employees. Employees who see inappropriate workplace behavior are required to ...

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18 Things to Avoid Sleepless Nights


MNA Lifestyle Desk: When you just can’t seem to turn off that is you are having sleepless nights , it’s always best to have a back-up strategy—and there are 18 options to try right now. 1. Think Positive It’s that easy—according to science, ridding your mind of those negative thoughts (“It’s so late, I’ll never get to sleep at this rate,” “I’m going to be so tired tomorrow at work,” “This stinks”) calms you down and makes you more likely to fall asleep. 2. Pick One Thing to Focus On You know how they always say to try counting sheep? ...

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Decision of Khaleda’s bail scheduled on July 2


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Sunday fixed July 2 to pass its order on a leave-to-appeal against the High Court order that earlier granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case. A four-member bench of SC bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the leave-to-appeal. Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali and Joynul Abedin stood for Khaleda while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represents the state. Besides, the court fixed Monday for hearing another leave-to-appeal filed by the state in another case filed against the BNP chief under ...

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Germany’s World Cup hope saved in a flick of a foot


MNA Sports Desk: Germany’s World Cup hope saved in a flick of a foot. The German shots came from the left and the right and, at least once, even off a striker’s chest. They slammed into Swedish legs and Swedish backs and, at least once, right off the goal post. But the go-ahead goal didn’t come. It didn’t seem it would ever come. And then, in the blink of an eye, at the last possible moment, it did. Germany restored its 2018 World Cup hopes with one swing of Toni Kroos’s right foot on Saturday night, snatching a 2-1 victory ...

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PM Hasina inaugurates AL’s new office building


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the newly constructed head office building of Bangladesh Awami League in city’s Bangabandhu Avenue at Gulistan on Saturday on the occasion of the party’s 69th founding anniversary. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, unveiled the plaque of the 10-storey building at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue amid a number of ceremonies. The ceremonies included hoisting of the national flag by the prime minister and party flag by party’s general secretary Obaidul Kader and playing the national anthem. The prime minister released pigeons and balloons and planted a sapling in front of the ...

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Peshajibi League leaders observe AL’s 69th Anniversary


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League leaders paid homage to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday marking the 69th founding anniversary of country’s oldest political party Bangladesh Awami League. They placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 this morning as a pool of leaders of the organization led by Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad and General secretary of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, Advisor of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League freedom fighter, economist and political analyst Jamal Uddin Biswas, Relief Secretary of Shariatpur ...

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69th Anniversary of Awami League Observed


MNA National Desk: 69th founding anniversary of country’s largest and oldest political party, Bangladesh Awami League has been observed today. The occasion was celebrated all around the country by its leaders and activists. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday paid glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the 69th founding anniversary of the Awami League. To mark the occasion, she placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 this morning. After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of respect to ...

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Coutinho and Neymar snatch win for Brazil; Switzerland and Nigeria also wins


MNA Sports Desk: On a breezy afternoon by the Gulf of Finland Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium to ease their route towards the knockout stage of Russia 2018. The goals were both scored in injury time, the first by their best player on the day Philippe Coutinho, who came haring through a crowd on to a touch from Gabriel Jesus to poke the ball through the legs of Keylor Navas and send the yellow-shirted stands into a fever. As the clock ticked down Neymar added a second, the Costa Rica defence finally parting after some ...

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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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