Author Archives: Kaushik Ahmed


Sheikh Hasina

MNA Editorial Desk: Today is the 72nd birthday of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She was born on September 28, 1947. Eldest daughter of the greatest Bengali of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina is three-time Prime Minister of Bangladesh today. Due to her tireless and relentless efforts, Bangladesh is at the door of becoming a middle income country after overcoming so many obstacles. With grief of losing her family from inhuman and barbaric killings, she returned to Bangladesh from deportation ignoring dictator’s bloody-eyes on May 17, 1981. Beside adverse political, social and economic ...

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Dramatic hair transformation of Jossa


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jacqueline Jossa has undergone a fabulous transformation, ditching her brunette tresses for a blonde hairdo. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the former EastEnders star surprised her followers with the dramatic look.  “Sort of a bit blonde. Thanks @makeupbymikey for being my musical theatre partner Oo and also my fabulous makeup artist,” she wrote in the caption. “I love you @senizalkancolour thanks so much for my blondish locks!! Xx.” Fans immediately rushed to post lovely comments, with one writing: “Beautiful!! You really suit this colour.” Another added: “I think this really suits you welcome to the ...

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U.S. seeks North Korea denuclearized by 2021

North Korea

MNA International Desk: The United States said it was ready to recommence discussion with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to take to pieces its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took indeterminate actions. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited North Korea’s foreign minister to meet in New York next week, with the plan of completing its denuclearization by January 2021, after a Pyongyang summit between the leaders of the two Koreas. The United States appeared keen to seize on commitments by North Korean leader Kim ...

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BD 2nd most gender equal country of Asia


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh is the second most gender equal country in Asia, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. The 2018 report published on its website says the country has climbed several places since last year’s report, reaching 47th place in the global ranking. “Bangladesh has closed almost 72 percent of its overall gender gap, with advances in every aspect of the Economic Opportunity and Participation indicator,” it says. Improvements have been made in creating equal opportunities for legislator, senior official and manager roles, as well as professional and technical roles. Greater parity exists in the ...

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Mashrafe criticizes Asia Cup scheduling


MNA Sports Desk: Scheduling blunders in the Asia Cup have angered Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. His complaints were two-fold: that Bangladesh, if they topped their group following Thursday’s match, would not have the advantage of playing the second-placed team from the other group in their opening Super Four match on Friday; and that their two matches on consecutive days would be in two different cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Until Wednesday, oddly, only India had been designated a label – A1 – in the tournament handbook. No other team, in the handbook at least, had labels assigned to them. The ...

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Transport law with jail for accidents passed


MNA National Desk: Road Transport Act, the new transport law, was passed by the Parliament with five-year jail term and Tk 500,000 fines for casualties in crashes caused by reckless driving. The maximum punishment will be death penalty under the new law if murder charge is proved in fatal road crash. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presented the Act and the MPs passed it in voice vote on Wednesday. The government accelerated the process of passing the law by raising the penalty for road crashes, which was maximum three years in jail, following student protests for safe roads. ...

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Ma says trade row lets down 1m US jobs vow


MNA Business Desk: Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his ambitious pledge to create one million jobs in the US had been foiled by the trade row between Beijing and Washington, Chinese state news reported Thursday. The billionaire owner of China’s largest online shopping portal made the headline-grabbing promise to Donald Trump last year, as Beijing courted the then-newly elected president. But Ma told official news agency Xinhua his vow had been made on the basis of continued cooperation and trade growth between the US and China, and would now be difficult to fulfill, AFP reports. “The current state of affairs ...

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Digital Security Act passed by Paliament


MNA National Desk: The National Parliament has passed the Digital Security Act 2018 by dropping the much criticized Section 57 of the ICT Act and some other parts. Concerns that it will curb freedom of expression by obstructing journalism, however, remain as some parts of the ICT Act have been kept in the new law. The MPs passed the act in voice vote when Post, Telecommunication and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar presented it on Wednesday. People related to the media have been criticizing different sections of the Act since it was drafted, alleging that it will obstruct independence of journalism. ...

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India clinches easy win over Pakistan


MNA Sports Desk: Having survived against Hong Kong, India came back with a near-perfect bowling performance to register their most contented chase against arch-rival Pakistan with 126 balls remaining. Going through a patch of uninspiring performances, the bowlers returned with a thorough show, exposing Pakistan’s hardly-used middle order, which showed its lack of experience of batting through 50-over innings by going for big shots every time they were tied down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to form after 35.2 wicketless overs in ODIs, and Kedar Jadhav’s return to the side – that cushion of the sixth bowler – showed just what India ...

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11 things you do can increase cancer risk


MNA Lifestyle Desk: While the list includes exposures, mixtures and agents that you probably won’t be exposed to — unless you’re a chimney sweeper, painter or cabinet maker — the list also includes things we can all take precautions against. In case you were still unclear on any of these, here are the top 11 substances that can cause cancer: 1. Tobacco smoke: Smoking the leaves of the tobacco plant through a cigarette, cigar, pipe or hookah pipe causes cancer. 2. Sunlamps and sun-bed tanning: Tanning equipment emits UV radiation that overexposes you and causes skin cancer, cataracts and premature ...

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Justice Sinha claims to be ‘exiled’ by govt


MNA Editorial Desk: Former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said that he resigned in the face of intimidation and threats and was ‘exiled’ by the government. Justice Sinha made the claim in his book titled “A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy” which is available on Amazon. “I had the opportunity and honour to observe this transformation and the hindrances as a participant of the Bangladeshi judiciary since 1974 — rising from a practitioner at a lower court in the north-eastern district of Sylhet to the highest judicial position of the country, the Chief Justice of the ...

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Sheikh Rehana’s Birthday Today


MNA Feature Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sister and Bangabondhu-daughter Sheikh Rehana’s birthday today. She has turned 63 years. She was born on September 13, 1955. Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana were saved while Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed by the traitors on August 15, 1975. Sheikh Rehana was with her elder sister in Belgium at that time. She moved to London with her family later and is permanently residing there. While Sheikh Hasina later returned to Bangladesh and took the leadership of Bangladesh Awami League and became Prime Minister for three terms. In spite of her living in ...

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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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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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