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Awareness campaign about disaster urgently needed: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for conducting massive awareness campaign among people about their dos and don’ts during any calamity alongside making the disaster preparedness time-befitting one. “It is urgently needed to create public awareness over their dos and don’ts during any calamity alongside preventing (man-made) disasters,” she said while addressing the National Disaster Management Council held at the Prime Minister’s Office in the city. The Prime Minister said it will have to make the National Disaster Management Council’s preparedness timely reviewing the preparation time to time. She said a small guideline (related ...

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BD working age population rises to 62.7 per cent


MNA Business Desk: The significant rise in the country’s working age population – from 49 per cent in 1994 to 62.7 per cent in 2018 –provides a demographic dividend to the economy. This was pointed out by “The State of World Population Report 2019” launched by the UNFPA Bangladesh on Wednesday. However, the report also revealed that Youth unemployment rate has increased from 6.0 per cent in 1994 to 11 per cent in 2017 showing a doubling of unemployment among the youth aged between 15 – 29 years. Young population of Bangladesh constitutes 30 per cent of the total population- ...

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Widodo comfortably ahead in early results of Indonesia polls


MNA International Desk: Early results from Indonesia’s election on Wednesday showed President Joko Widodo with a comfortable lead, in line with opinion polls that had predicted the low-key reformist was heading for a second five-year term. Private pollsters data based on a partial count of samples from polling stations showed that Widodo was winning more than half of the vote and his challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto, was more than 10 percentage points behind him. One of the pollsters, the Jakarta-based CSIS, showed Widodo with 56.7 percent and Prabowo at 43.3 percent, after just over half of the votes were ...

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Nusrat murder accused Sharif arrested from Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Wednesday morning arrested another accused from Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar in connection with the case filed over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat murder. The arrested is Mohammad Sharif, one of the planners of the killing. Police arrested Sharif from Kamrangirchar area in the morning, said PBI inspector Md Shah Alam. While giving confessional statement before the court, accused Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain disclosed the name of Sharif for his involvement in the murder. Sharif took position in the madrasa gate during the gruesome arson attack on Nusrat. On April 6, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, ...

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Vehicle parking app launched in BD


MNA Science & Technology Desk: An ICT service provider on Wednesday announced that it developed a digital vehicle parking platform to facilitate car users in finding suitable parking places in the capital and expecting the app to ease a little the city’s notorious traffic congestion. Bangla Trac, which developed the app naming it “yes parking”, said the system would digitally locate an open parking place to be rented out by space owners listed with the ICT firm. The firm said their app would assist people effortlessly find an open parking space simultaneously generate earning for space owners while it was ...

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Stop discharging wastes into rivers: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all, particularly mills and factories, to stop discharging wastes into rivers as water pollution has appeared to be a severe problem for the country. “I would like to request you all to stop discharging wastes into rivers…every industrial unit will have to have waste management system so that it doesn’t pollute rivers,” she said adding that sea and river pollution has turned to be a global problem. The Prime Minister made this call while addressing a function organized by Water Resources Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in capital Dhaka, ...

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Sudan President al-Bashir steps down


MNA International Desk: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down by the military on Thursday, after three decades of autocratic power, and moves were under way to form a transitional council to run the country, Sudanese sources said. Government sources and the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that Bashir had stepped down and consultations were taking place to form a ruling military council, reports Reuters. Sudanese sources told Reuters Bashir, 75, was deposed by the army and was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”. The military ...

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Police Bureau instructed to probe Nusrat murder case: Home Minister


MNA Editorial Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said the Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) has been instructed to investigate the case over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat who died on Wednesday following an arson attack. “The PIB has been instructed to investigate the incident quickly. The chargesheet in this regard will be also submitted soon,” said the minister. Mr Asaduzzaman said it while talking to reporters after a meeting of Road, Transport Law Implementation Committee at the secretariat. Law Minister Annisul Huq and Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon were also present at the meeting. Responding to a question about ...

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‘Broken heart’ syndrome may originate in brain


MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has shown for the first time that the brain is involved in the development of a heart condition called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as ‘broken heart’ syndrome. Researchers found that regions of the brain responsible for processing emotions and controlling the unconscious workings of the body, such as heart beat, breathing and digestion, do not communicate with each other as well in TTS patients as in healthy people. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, saw researchers say that although at this stage, they cannot show that the reduced brain functions definitely ...

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NBR to scan TIN holders skirting tax returns


MNA Business Desk: The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will find out the TIN (tax-payers’ identification number) holders who are not submitting tax returns despite having taxable income, its chairman said. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said some people use TIN for different purposes, including for house purchase, but do not submit tax returns. “We will see whether the TIN holders are submitting tax returns,” he said. He made the announcement at a pre-budget meeting on Monday. The NBR chairman, however, said the tax authority will not take any steps that would hurt business. NBR member (income tax policy) Kanon Kumar Roy ...

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EWU organizes special cleanliness campaign


MNA Career & Education Desk: East West University (EWU) has organised a special cleanliness campaign at Aftabnagar area in the capital. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam and local Parliament Member, AKM Rahmatullah MP inaugurated the programme on Tuesday morning, according to a press statement. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, EWU, and former Adviser of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, Syed Manzur Elahi, the Chief Adviser of EWU and former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr M M Shahidul Hassan, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr Fakrul Alam, senior officials, faculty ...

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Children’s Day: Assurance of rights against futile celebration

Children's Day

MNA Editorial Desk: Along with the progress of mankind throughout the world, different humanitarian issues are now of serious priority especially throughout the last few decades. Not only in developed worlds but also in least developed or developing countries like; Bangladesh, these human rights issues are followed with importance today. Many events around the globe such as wars or child labour have elevated the vitality of children’s rights. In different countries there are many activities to promote the status of children’s rights and one of those activities is celebration of Children’s Day. In Bangladesh children’s day is celebrated on March ...

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US to stand beside Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has sought US support to create a safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingyas, monitored by international human rights groups, with credible international pressure on Myanmar for their safe return. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. on Monday and discussed the situation. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since their assumption of office in respective governments. Issues featuring in the meeting were: repatriation of the Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect, deportation of Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury ...

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All risky Old Dhaka buildings should be demolished: Minister


MNA National Desk: Concerned authorities will propose the government to demolish rickety buildings in Old Dhaka and build new ones in their place, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim said Saturday. But he acknowledged that this part of the capital cannot be transformed into a risk-free locality overnight. “The situation in old Dhaka is so sensitive that even hitting a brick can lead to the collapse of a building,” he told a discussion titled ‘Government’s responsibility and people’s duty about constructing buildings’ arranged by Dhaka Utility Reporters’ Association at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. Around 66 percent buildings in Dhaka ...

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Malpass ne World Bank president


MNA International Desk: David Malpass, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the World Bank, won unanimous approval from the institution’s executive board on Friday, continuing the 73-year tradition of an American running the world’s largest development lender. The bank said that Malpass, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs, will start his new role on Tuesday as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings get underway. Malpass, a former Bear Stearns and Co chief economist who advised Trump’s 2016 election campaign, was the sole candidate. Previous World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who left in January to ...

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Rohingya repatriation through discussions, not conflict with Myanmar: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar. “Since they (Myanmar) are our close-door neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them. Rather we’ll have to continue efforts so that they’ll take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the Defence Ministry in the city on Thursday. The Prime Minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we provided shelter to such huge people and saved ...

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Bangladesh among top five fastest growing economies: WB


MNA Business Desk: The World Bank in a report has put Bangladesh among the five fastest growing economies in the world. The outlook was reflected in the report titled ‘The Bangladesh Development Update April 2019: Towards Regulatory Predictability’ released on Thursday morning. The report attributed this astounding growth, despite insufficient private investment, to stable macro and export-oriented industry-focused growth. “Overall, the economy is moving forward, growing at a decent pace by Bangladesh’s own historical as well as international standards. Growth on the supply side in FY17 was driven by services and industry which accounted for 3.4 percentage point out of ...

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US embassy issues security alert for its citizens in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The US embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday issued a fresh alert for its citizens living in Bangladesh encouraging them to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations. In the statement, the embassy said, “In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage US citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.” Terrorist groups, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations remain intent on attacking US and ...

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Christchurch mosque attacker to face 50 murder charges: Police


MNA International Desk: The Australian man arrested over New Zealand’s mosques shooting massacre will face a total of 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in court on Friday, police said. Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with one murder the day after the attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 and was remanded without a plea. Fifty people were killed and dozens wounded as they attended Friday prayers by a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons. The gunman broadcast his attack live on Facebook. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the ...

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Massive fire destroys 25 shops in Khilgaon


MNA National Desk: A devastating fire burned down at least 25 shops of two markets in Khilgaon area of capital Dhaka early Thursday. The fire broke out at Khilgaon City Corporation Market around 3:15am and engulfed the adjoining Pubali Shopping Market in the area, said Kazi Najimozzaman, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defense. Being informed, 15 firefighting units rushed to the spot and put out the blaze around 5:35am. But origin of the fire could not be known, and no casualties were reported, the fire service official added. UNB adds: There are three markets—Khilgaon City Corporation, Pubali ...

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No 4G outside Dhaka


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a report said that country’s mobile phone operators are yet to ensure 4G services outside the capital. The telecom regular published on Wednesday the report of its comprehensive quality of service (GoS) measurement through drive tests conducted in four divisions to find out the internet speed, including 4G, service coverage, call setup success rate and call drop rate. During the drive tests, it was found that minimum download speed of at least 7mbps could not be ensured by the top three mobile operators — Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — ...

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Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan making big Bollywood musical


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Filmmaker Farah Khan says her upcoming directorial will be the remake of a popular Indian film and will be mounted as a massive Bollywood musical. Recently, director Rohit Shetty announced that he would be producing a film to be directed by Farah. The director, known for making out-and-out potboilers inspired by the Hindi cinema of the ’70s and ’80s, said the currently untitled movie is right in her zone. “Rohit and I are both extremely excited for the collaboration. We are making a really big, massive Bollywood musical. “It’ll be absolutely my kind of a ...

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Pele hospitalized with urinary infection


MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian soccer great Pele was hospitalized in Paris with a strong fever but his condition is not life-threatening and he should be released “within a couple of days,” one of his long-time friends said on Wednesday. The 78-year-old was suffering from a urinary infection and being treated with antibiotics, his friend and spokesman Pepito Fornos, who was with Pele at the hospital, said. “Everything is under control. Everything’s fine.” Pele was admitted late on Tuesday as a precaution after attending an event in the French capital with France’s World Cup winning youngster Kylian Mbappe. He was still ...

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BD ready to share best practices in population, development


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh says it is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA). “We’re also keen to learning from the best practices of our partner countries, UN agencies and taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model to overcome the challenges,” said Md Murad Hassan, state minister for Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) at UN headquarters on Monday at an event ...

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Comedian Zelenskiy leads Ukraine polls


MNA International Desk: A comedian who’s never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election, but even he appears to be falling far short of enough support to win in the first round. Ukrainians on Sunday will choose from among 39 candidates for a president they hope can guide the country of 42 million out of troubles including endemic corruption, a seemingly intractable war with Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east and a struggling economy. President Petro Poroshenko is seeking another term, but a poll released Friday by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology showed ...

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Translations of 21 Liberation War stories published


MNA Feature Desk: A translated book on twenty-one selected real life stories of Liberation War has been published. Adorn Publications has brought forth the book with translations by Professor Harunuzzaman. Titled ‘The Chronicles of 1971: An Anthology of Twenty-one Stories of Bangladesh Liberation War’ the book has stories penned by Jahanara Imam, Zahir Raihan, Abu Ishaque, Shawkat Osman, Satyen Sen, Syed Shamsul Haq, Hasan Azizul Haque, Rizia Rahman, Akhteruzzaman Ilias, Abdul Mannan Syed, Harunuzzaman, Humayun Ahmed, Alauddin Al Azad, Selina Hossain, election commissioner Mahbub Talukder and more. The book was launched at Biswa Sahitya Kendra, Bangla Motor in the city ...

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Facebook deletes India’s Congress party & Pakistan military linked accounts


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a national election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not abused for political purposes or to spread misinformation. The action against accounts with alleged links to Congress, the party led by the Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence era, marks a bold move by Facebook. ...

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