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Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan

MNA Editorial Desk: Denying any involvement in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. “All this ‘attack Pakistan’ talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly – Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate,” he said on Tuesday. This is Imran Khan’s first statement on the Pulwama attack, the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir. Pakistan based Dawn adds: Imran Khan said Islamabad will ...

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UAE to consider manpower export, investment demands of BD: Crown Prince


MNA Business Desk: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Nahyan on Monday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that his country will give due consideration to Bangladesh’s demands, including manpower export and increasing investment. He made the assurance during a meeting with the Prime Minister at his Royal Palace. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque briefed reporters where PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim was present. He said there will be a foreign office consultation on Tuesday between the two countries. “This is very much unusual as normally a foreign office ...

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BD enjoying greater press freedom: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday claimed that Bangladesh has been enjoying greater press freedom than other countries of the world. He came up with the remarks after holding a meeting with the visiting chairmen of press councils of India, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the secretariat. In a country like the United Kingdom, the minister said, the publication of 108-year-old newspaper was forced to shut down following publishing of wrong news. Besides, many officials, including executive director of an institution like the BBC resigned following broadcasting of wrong information about an MP, he ...

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International mother language day and promoting multiculturalism


MNA Editorial Desk: February 21 is approaching soon. Along with being an iconic day for the 1952 Bengali Language movement, it attained great importance as international Mother Language Day. This recognition has brought the focus of the whole world on the struggle that this nation had to go through to preserve the right of the beloved language. This day is also known as ‘Shaheed Dibosh’ or ‘Martyr’s Day’ as many from then East Pakistan died from the ruthless bullets of the West Pakistani force on the same day of 1952 while they were holding a demonstration in demand of Bengali ...

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16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency


MNA International Desk: Sixteen US states sued President Donald Trump’s administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying the move violated the constitution. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in California, said the president’s order was contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause, which defines Congress as the final arbiter of public funds. The move had been previously announced by Xavier Becerra the attorney general of California who said his state and others had legal standing because they risked losing ...

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DUCSU polls nomination form distribution starts


MNA Career & Education Desk: Dhaka University (DU) authority has started distribution nomination forms of the upcoming Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) polls scheduled for March 11. The form distribution started around 10am on Tuesday from provost’s office. Chief Returning Officer Professor SM Mahfuzur Rahaman said the form will be distributed every day from 10am-4pm from the office till February 25.

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Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI against NZ


MNA Sports Desk: Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun has been ruled out of third One-day International against New Zealand which is scheduled to be played Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. In the first two matches of the three-match series, Mithun struck the back-to-back fifties which helped the Tigers to pass 200-runs mark, UNB reports. However, Bangladesh have capitulated to the Kiwi in both of the first two matches by a big margin of eight wickets. “Mithun had suffered a hamstring injury in the second match of the series and a scan suggested he will not be available in the next ...

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Kiara Advani shines in elegant white dress by Stephane Rolland

Kiara Advani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani was recently seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019. She picked a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection for the event and looked lovely in it. It won’t be wrong to say Kiara Advani manages to impress the fashion police every time she makes an appearance. Proving it yet again, the 26-year-old was seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019 where she looked elegant in a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection. The floor-length gown was from the designer’s ...

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16,000 law enforcers to be deployed in Dhaka on Feb 21

Feb 21

MNA National Desk: Around 16,000 police personnel will be deployed across the capital on February 21, the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. “Of them, 6,000 will be working to ensure safety around the Central Shaheed Minar,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said on Tuesday. “There’s no fear of militant attack,” he said while visiting Central Shaheed Minar. Asaduzzaman assured the people that there would be a four-tier security arrangement and metal detectors would be installed at every entrance of Shaheed Minar and surveillance cameras will be placed at key points. He said hawkers and makeshift ...

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Scientists create first ant-like walking robot without GPS


MNA Science & Technology Desk: French researchers got inspiration from desert ants and developed a first-of-its-kind walking robot that can move without GPS. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics reported the brand-new robot design with the desert ants’ exceptional navigation capabilities. Scientists from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University created a robot called AntBot, equipped with an optical compass that is sensitive to polarized ultraviolet light and an optical movement sensor to measure the distance covered. AntBot has six feet, allowing it to move with agility in complex environments where wheeled ...

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Consuming meat a lot might endanger liver


MNA Lifestyle Desk: People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention. For the current study, researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver ...

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Gazette of 49 women MPs published


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has issued an official gazette notification containing the names and addresses of 49 members of parliament (MP) for reserved seats for women. According to the notification, the EC published the list of the MPs for reserved seats as per the provisions of the relevant law. Among the MPs, 43 are from Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers’ Party of Bangladesh and one independent. According to the gazette published on Sunday, 43 elected women MPs are from ruling Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers Party and another is independent, ...

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Kashmir tensions hike, 7 killed in fighting


MNA International Desk: Four Indian soldiers, two suspected militants and a civilian were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, officials said, further escalating tensions in the restive region. Another soldier was wounded in the gun battle, which came after a local Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into a paramilitary bus on Thursday, killing at least 40 soldiers in the worst attack against Indian government forces in Kashmir’s history. The fighting erupted early Monday after government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, security officials said. As ...

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Finance minister for approval of three new banks


MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has defended the central bank’s approval of three more private banks even though economists and bankers have long been opposing the move. “The central bank has approved the new banks because it thinks that it is necessary,” the minister told reporters at the Secretariat on Monday. The minister said he will not concerned about the number of banks if quality of service remains good. In 2012, twelve private banks were given licences based on ‘political considerations’ by the Awami League, which drew criticism from different quarters. Over the last few years, the ...

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BD employment rate exceeds global average: ILO


MNA Editorial Desk: International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said the employment rate in Bangladesh and other countries in the region exceeded the global average and was expected to remain so in the coming years in view of government’s social protection measures. “The regional unemployment rate (in Asia and Pacific countries including Bangladesh) is projected to remain at around 3.6 per cent until 2020, below the global average,” the ILO said in its World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 (WESO), released recently. It said the global average of the unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent while the figure was around ...

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Social media: The monster, destroying moral & social values

Social media

MNA Feature Desk: Social media, one of the most popular attributes of modern technology, has reached almost everywhere of the country as well as the world. Mainly, it is used and lived by the young generations. Most of the social media users lie in the age group of 16-34. But along with widespread use of social media, many negative things are coming out as by-products and as future of this world and Bangladesh rests on the hands of the young generation, it is becoming a concern that we might have a lame and vulnerable future. Moreover, the moral, ethical and ...

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BCB declares new domestic T20 tournament


MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced that a Twenty20 cricket tournament comprising teams from the Dhaka Premier League will begin on Feb 25. The tournament will feature local cricketers exclusively. Foreign players will not be allowed to take part. BCB Director Kazi Inam Ahmed made the announcement at a media briefing on Monday. The decision came amid growing calls for a domestic T20 competition outside the Bangladesh Premier League to develop more local talent in the shortest format of the game. The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) had previously expressed a willingness to stage a ...

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PM arrives in Germany to join Munich Security Conference


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Munich of Germany on Thursday to attend the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 billed for February 15-17. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at the Munich International Airport around 1:10pm (local time). Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the Prime Minister at the airport. On Thursday morning, Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka on her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On her way back from Germany, she will visit the UAE to attend the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) ...

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Protest lodged against Myanmar’s claims of St Martin again

St Martin

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar keeps distorting facts showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of its territory in Myanmar’s government maps prompting Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned acting Ambassador of Myanmar Aung Kyawhere and strongly protested the matter, reports UNB. Director General (South East Asia wing) M Delwar Hossain summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him. “While the Saint Martin’s island of Bangladesh is being presented on the governmental websites ...

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Deal inked to prepare Payra port master plan


MNA Business Desk: The Payra Port Authority (PPA) has appointed a joint team of Dutch company Royal Haskoning DHV and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) to prepare the detailed master plan for the overall development of the third seaport of the country. A tripartite agreement titled ‘Consultancy Services for Preparation of Payra Port Detailed Master Plan’ was signed on Thursday at the seminar hall of the Shipping Ministry in presence of its Secretary Abdus Samad and Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij. Commodore M Jahangir Alam, chairman of PPA, Prof Shamsul Haq, of BUET’s Bureau of Research, Testing ...

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18 killed in deadliest attack on Indian security forces


MNA nternational Desk: At least 18 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy near the main city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives rammed a bus carrying the officers to Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, BBC reports. The Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has said it carried out the bombing. It is the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades. The blast took place on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from Srinagar city. “It’s not yet clear how many ...

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Piickme ‘Car service’ launched on the Valentine’s Day


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Piickme has officially launched their newly added car ride sharing service on 14 Feb. The on-demand app based ride sharing service Piickme was established by a Bangladeshi Entrepreneur named Mr. Omar Ali Raj in September 2018. At first it was launched with the motor bike service which is getting popular day by day. In respect of the car ride sharing service launching Piickme has announced special discount up to 200 taka for its user to be continued till the end of this month. Riders will also enjoy very attractive bonus on the occasion of this launching ...

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Heart of Space

MNA Feature Desk: As love besieges our hearts on Valentine’s Day every year, we tend to impress our loved ones with different types of gifts, some of which are very romantic and innovative. But if someone is looking for an out of the world gift this Valentine’s Day, it can become a reality this valentine’s day.  Well, for about $500,000 you can get your special someone a heart-shaped space rock, 320-million-years old. As far as space relics go, meteorites are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike. The charred, twisted remnants of space rock can teach us a lot about ...

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PM Hasina to meet Angela Merkel during Munich Security Conference


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming the Munich Security Conference. The Prime Minister will leave for Germany on Thursday morning to attend the conference which is known as the “best think-tank conference” in the world. This will be her first overseas visit after coming to power for the third consecutive term, reports Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the bilateral meeting on Wednesday. He said the prime minister was the first Bangladeshi leader to have attended this “prestigious” conference in 2017. This year Sheikh Hasina was invited ...

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NZ beats BD by 8 wickets in 1st ODI


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare. The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday. After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups. It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and ...

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Building designs to be approved in four levels: Minister


MNA National Desk: The government has undertaken a landmark decision in giving approval for passing plan of a building in the areas under Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and Khulna Development Authority (KDA). The approval will be given in four levels instead of 16 to ease people’s sufferings, said Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Wednesday. The minister told journalists about the decision after a meeting with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) “We’ve taken some epoch making decision at the directives of the Prime Minister to remove some long standing sufferings and to ease ...

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BD and UAE to sign two investment-related deals


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign two investment-related deals during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s three-day visit to the Middle Eastern nation, starting on Feb 17. “This will speed up our economic diplomacy,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday, referring to the new foreign policy priority of the government. Trade and investment would be the key focus, the minister told reporters. UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also the ruler of Dubai invited the prime minister for the visit. Hasina will attend the inauguration of the International Defence ...

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