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Rohingya crisis may destabilize region: President to CICA


MNA Editorial Desk: Stressing the importance of a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis, President Abdul Hamid on Saturday sought support and cooperation from CICA partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. “We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If left unresolved, the crisis can destabilise the entire region,“ he said. The President said this while addressing the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The world knows Bangladesh ...

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FBCCI welcomes scope for whitening black money


MNA Business Desk: The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has welcomed the black money whitening facility in the proposed budget national budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The apex trade body also described the budget as ‘public and business-friendly’. “We thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal for announcing such a public and business-friendly budget,” FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim said at a budget reaction press conference in Dhaka on Saturday, reports UNB. Welcoming the black money whitening windows, he said, “We see positive things in the budget.” Replying a question, he ...

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UNESCO to put Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list


MNA Feature Desk: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, has recommended putting the Sundarbans on a list of natural sites in danger. It recommended for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans, to be listed as ‘World Heritage in danger’ as the country has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near the forest. The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice has been released on June 7 by UNESCO and is addressed to the World Heritage ...

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Hong Kong leader suspends controversial extradition bill


MNA International Desk: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after widespread anger over the bill sparked violent protests in the Asian finance hub. The extradition bill, which would cover Hong Kong’s 7 million residents as well as foreign and Chinese nationals in the city, was seen by many as a threat to the rule of law in the former British colony. Around a million people marched through Hong Kong last Sunday to oppose the bill, according to protest organisers. Protests continued through the week ...

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Bangladesh becomes ECOSOC member


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh has been elected a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the term 2020-2022 from the Asia-Pacific region by securing 181 votes out of 191. The election was held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, said a press release of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN received on Saturday. Thailand, South Korea and China were the other countries elected from the same region, reports UNB. ECOSOC, one of the six principal organs of UN, is also the most important platform of the UN system and for ...

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Neymar-less Brazil seal 3-0 victory over Bolivia


MNA Sports Desk: It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants. The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned ...

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Twitter removes 4,800 accounts linked to Iran


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter has removed nearly 4,800 accounts, which were allegedly being used by Iran to spread misinformation, in a continuing effort to prevent election interference and misinformation on the platform. The company revealed the decision on Thursday as it said the accounts were deleted alongside others from several different groups as Twitter tries to tackle interference, reports BBC. It also removed accounts which were reportedly used for Russian, Catalonian and Venezuelan propaganda. Social manipulation The 4,800 accounts were not a unified block, said Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity in a blog detailing its actions. ...

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Nana Patekar cleared of sexual harassment charges

Nana Patekar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Nana Patekar was cleared of sexual harassment charges after police said on Thursday that they did not find sufficient evidence. Patekar was accused by actress Tanushree Dutta, who said he had harassed her in 2008 on the sets of a film starring both of them. Patekar has always denied the allegations, according to a BBC report. But they resurfaced in 2018, sparking India’s #MeToo movement and leading to Dutta registering a new case. Dutta, 35, had said that Patekar demanded that intimate dance steps between the two of them be included in a ...

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Undergraduate students can do short internships


MNA Career & Education Desk: Fresh graduates looking for the ‘six digit salary’ dream job which will also ensure social status and the employers looking for the competent one having the balanced mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake professional challenges but rarely getting one — these two are the real but unfortunate contrasting images of our job market. The outcome is never-ending frustration from both sides. Aspirants are thinking about the requirements of the employers to be over- demanding, and the employers are finding the applicants to be under-qualified. However, there must be an intersection where the expectations ...

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Budget brings new hopes to failing capital market


MNA Business Desk: The finance minister has proposed a set of ‘incentives’, including an increase in the tax-free threshold for dividend income from the listed companies, in a bid to make the country’s capital market vibrant. AHM Mustafa Kamal came up with the proposals for incentives in the national budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 placed in parliament on Thursday. At present, dividend income up to Tk 25,000 earned from the publicly traded companies is exempted from tax. “With a view to incentivising the small investors and strengthening the capital market, I propose to enhance this limit up ...

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Finance Minister presents Tk 5.23 trillion-plus budget for 2019-20


MNA National Desk: Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed a budget of over Tk 5.23 trillion (Tk 5,23,190 crore), which is 18.1 per cent of GDP, for fiscal year 2019-20 in parliament. He placed the budget, up by Tk 590 billion from the revised one of the outgoing fiscal, at 3:00pm on Thursday. Of the budget, Tk 3.78 trillion (Tk 3,77,810 crore) is expected to come from the National Revenue Board (NBR), non-NBR and non-tax revenue. The target for gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been set at 8.2 per cent, and the average inflation target at 5.5 per ...

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Finance Minister to unpack maiden budget today


MNA Editorial Desk: The government releases the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 today (Thursday) setting higher growth target, despite a number of domestic challenges. People familiar with the budget preparation said there will be nothing new in the annual document as it is hardly bringing about any major reform. Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is set to place the fiscal blueprint before Jatiya Sangsad with a record outlay of over Tk 5.23 trillion, up by Tk 590 billion from the original budget size of the outgoing fiscal. The budget, which will be the country’s 48th since independence, aims to give ...

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PM hopes govt steps will ensure fair paddy price


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday elaborated various steps of her government to ensure fair price of paddy for the farmers, mentioning that the government is executing a plan to stock 28 lakh metric tons (MT) of food grains in the country. “We’ve taken a decision to buy 1.50 lakh MT paddy from the farmers directly at Tk 1040 per maund to keep its price stable as more paddy was produced than the demand,” she said. The prime minister said this in reply to a starred question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Rustom ...

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BD SEZs to attract higher FDI: UNCTAD


MNA Business Desk: The current development of special economic zones (SEZs) through public-private partnership in Bangladesh and other Asian countries is likely to help attract more foreign direct investment (FDI). The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) predicted this in its World Investment Report (WIR)-2019. The report was released Wednesday night. As a flagship publication of the UN body, it generally provides the global FDI and also focused a theme linked with FDI. This year it focused on SEZs. Global FDI flows slid by 13 per cent in 2018, to US$1.3 trillion from $1.5 trillion the previous year ...

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36 children dead in Bihar due to ‘Acute Encephalitis’


MNA International Desk: Some 36 children died at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district of India in the last 48 hours and 133 children were admitted to hospitals due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or AES. The doctors, however, said many of the deaths were due to Hypoglycemia, a condition caused by very low level of blood sugar, reports NDTV. “There’s proper research required, but 90 per cent cases are due to hypoglycemia,” said Dr SK Sahi, Medical Superintendent at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in the district. Most wards in private and government hospitals in the district are full of children, ...

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Huawei files to trademark ‘Hongmeng’ OS around the world


MNA Science & Technology Desk: China’s Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, data from a UN body shows, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as US sanctions threaten its business model. The move comes after the Trump administration put Huawei on a blacklist last month that barred it from doing business with US tech companies such as Alphabet, whose Android OS is used in Huawei’s phones. Since then, Huawei – the world’s biggest maker of telecoms network gear – has filed for ...

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Mount pressure on Myanmar: Bangladesh to diplomats


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar so that it creates a conducive environment for Rohingya repatriation. After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh clarified its position about the matter. “They told us that they’re with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment,” he told the media. “Almost all of them agreed to do so.” In the briefing at State Guest House Padma, Momen expressed dissatisfaction over Myanmar’s failure to ensure security and conducive environment ...

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President leaves for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Thursday

M Abdul Hamid

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid will leave Dhaka for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on a seven-day official visit tomorrow (Thursday). “During his seven-day visit to the central Asian nations, the President will attend the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at Tajik capital Dushanbe . . . He will also start his visit to Uzbekistan on June 16,” President Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS. He said a VVIP flight (BG-1516 ) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members, including his spouse Rashida Khanam and officials concerned ...

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water as protest escalates

Hong Kong

MNA International Desk: Hong Kong police fired tear gas and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who had massed outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semi-autonomous territory. The afternoon violence marked a major escalation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s biggest political crisis in years. It came after protesters earlier in the day forced the delay of a legislative debate over the bill, which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial in mainland ...

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221 killed, 664 injured in Eid journey: Report


MNA National Desk: A total of 221 people were killed in 185 road accidents in 12 days of Eid journey, according to a survey report of a passenger welfare organization. Jatri Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad published at a press briefing held at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Parishad president Brig Gen (retd) Quamrul Islam while reading out the report informed that the accidents also left a total of 652 people injured and 375 paralyzed. Quamrul further said, “A total of 5.5 crore holidaymakers went home to celebrate the Eid festival. At least 221 people were killed in road accidents during ...

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Chronology of national budget


MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is set to place the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year at the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday. This will be the country’s 48th budget and the 20th of the Awami League government in five terms. Tajuddin Ahmed presented the first budget as the finance minister of the post-independence Bangabandhu government in 1972. According to BSS, the chronology of national budget is given below along with budget size with amounts in crore: Fiscal— Who placed—Total Size— ADP 1972-73—Tajuddin Ahmed —Tk 786 —Tk 501 1973-74 —Tajuddin Ahmed —Tk 995 —Tk 525 1974-75 —Tajuddin Ahmed ...

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Rhodes hopeful of Shakib to be fit for Windies clash


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh are optimistic that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will recover from a thigh injury in time for Monday’s World Cup match against West Indies in Taunton, their coach Steve Rhodes has said. Shakib strained a muscle in his left thigh while batting against England in Cardiff last week, but fought past the pain to make 121 runs as Bangladesh lost by 106 runs, reports Reuters. The 32-year old, who has scored 260 runs at the tournament so far, was a doubt for Tuesday’s match against Sri Lanka, which was subsequently abandoned, and Rhodes is confident the extra ...

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First budget session of 11th parliament begins today


MNA National Desk: The first budget session of the 11th parliament will begin this afternoon. Also the third session of the present parliament in general, it is scheduled for 5:00pm, according to the Parliament Secretariat. Prior to the start of the session, the business advisory committee of the parliament will sit in a meeting at 4:00pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, to fix the duration and businesses of the session. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will place the proposed national budget in the House on Thursday, which will be the first for him heading the current ministry. ...

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Govt to brief diplomats Wednesday with Rohingya situation in focus


MNA Editorial Desk: The government will brief diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday on current issues with special focus on the Rohingya one, said an official on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, among others, will be present during the diplomatic briefing. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and the majority of them has entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, according to UNB news agency. Earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee, led by Gambia, to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas ...

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Budget 2019-20: Prospect of dual focus on infrastructure and human indices


MNA Editorial Desk:Today the National Parliament will go into the budget session for 2019-20 fiscal. This will be the third session of the incumbent 11th parliament after the second. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will place the national budget, his first, for fiscal year 2019-20 before the House on June 13 while the whole nation will be eyeing for a dynamic and progress oriented budget for the next one year. The current Awami League government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had presented and managed the last ten consecutive budgets which were mostly highly ambitious and development oriented ...

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Rain delays Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match


MNA Sports Desk: The toss of the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at The County Ground in Bristol delayed due to rain. Rain ensured the covers remained on the pitch and square and prevented the toss taking place as scheduled at 3.30pm. Only 7.3 overs were possible in the match between West Indies and South Africa at Southampton on Monday. Sri Lanka’s match against Pakistan at Bristol on 7 June was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It is still not clear when the game can take to the field as the rain continues. UNB adds: The ...

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North Korean leader’s slain half-brother ‘was a CIA informant’


MNA International Desk: Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to a Wall Street Journal report run by the Reuters news agency on Monday (US standard time). The Journal cited an unnamed “person knowledgeable about the matter” for the report, and said many details of Kim Jong Nam’s relationship with the CIA remained unclear. Reuters could not independently confirm the story. The CIA declined to comment. The Journal quoted the person as saying “There was a ...

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