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BD, India working on formulas to share 54 common rivers’ water: Jaishankar


MNA National Desk: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged. “We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters adding that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible. Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You ...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Religion and politics must not cease humanity

Jammu and Kashmir

MNA Editorial Desk: From the beginning of August the regional politics of the Indo-Pak sub-continent is experiencing a tremendous turbulence over the newly arisen issues of Jammu and Kashmir-a state of our neighboring country India. Jammu and Kashmir had always been in news, especially Kashmir, due to regional conflicts over that area among India, Pakistan and even China. This conflict had been a deciding factor of the regional politics of this subcontinent and religion had played a great part in this conflict. The history of Jammu and Kashmir lies in its regional setting, both before and after India and Pakistan’s ...

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BD, UNHCR ready to start Rohingya repatriation Aug 22


MNA Editorial Desk: The government and the UNHCR have taken all necessary steps to begin repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on August 22 (Thursday), an official said on Monday. Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office and the UN refugee agency are looking into various aspects of preparation including safety measures. Myanmar has cleared a list of 3999 Rohingyas of 1038 families for the first phase repatriation. UNHCR will start interviewing Rohingyas of the list cleared by Myanmar from Tuesday (today) to know whether they are willing to go back to Rakhine. Bangladesh ...

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Zakir Naik apologizes to Malaysians for racial remarks


MNA International Desk: Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologized on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments. Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia’s ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority. Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours on Monday about a speech earlier this month in which he said Hindus in Malaysia had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese ...

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Over 1,500 new dengue patients hospitalized in 24 hours


MNA National Desk: Two more dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka and Faridpur district on Monday and some 1,572 patients were hospitalized with the mosquito borne disease in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, according to government sources. The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday, 1,929 on Thursday and 1,880 on Wednesday. At present 56,369 dengue infected patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country, says UNB citing data by Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services ...

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Bank Asia opens Central Forex Reporting Hub-Gulshan

Bank Asia

MNA Business Desk: Bank Asia Ltd inaugurated Central Foreign Exchange Reporting Hub-Gulshan for its Dhaka North Zone Branches. From now onwards, customers will enjoy specialized services in foreign trade related transaction and related reporting will be faster, secured and error-free. Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of the Bank, inaugurated the hub at Tejgaon Link Road branch of the Bank on Tuesday. Mohammad Borhanuddin and Md. Sazzad Hossain, DMDs, Md. Zia Arfin, Head of International Division, Zahirul Haque, Head of Tejgaon Link Road Branch along with other officials were present at the programme.

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Chinese ancient town to enter 5G era


MNA Feature Desk: Pingyao, an ancient town in north China’s Shanxi Province, will enter the 5G technology era before October, local authorities said. The 5G technologies are scheduled to be first applied in two demonstration zones — one in a diesel engine plant and another in the new campus of the People’s Hospital of Pingyao County, according to Chen Hongjin, director of the information centre with Pingyao’s culture and tourism bureau. Covering an area of around 70,000 square metres, the diesel engine plant is a venue for many key events, such as the Pingyao International Film Festival and the Pingyao ...

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Six names in running for India national cricket coach job

Ravi Shastri

MNA Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, India’s current head coach, and five other candidates have been shortlisted for Team India’s head coach job, news agency PTI reported. Apart from Shastri, who is currently on a 45-day extension after the World Cup 2019, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh are the other two Indians who have been shortlisted for the coveted job. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Jones are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role. The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by ...

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Twitter, Facebook shut Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong. Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China. It said these accounts were just the most active portions of this campaign and that a “larger, spammy network” of approximately 200,000 accounts had been proactively suspended before they were substantially active. Facebook said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from ...

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The Rock announces wedding on Instagram


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: With a simple “We do,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his wedding to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram. A photo of the movie star and Lauren Hashian was posted on the social media site. Both were wearing white, and they were standing overlooking the ocean. The post said the date of their apparent nuptials was Sunday, in Hawaii. Johnson’s representative did not immediately return calls asking for comment. The couple have been dating for several years and have two young daughters. Johnson also has a teenage daughter from a previous marriage. Johnson has a lot ...

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Changemakers provide solutions to social entrepreneurship


MNA Career & Education Desk: The grand finale of Abinta’s Young Change Leaders (AYCL) was held at Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in the city on August 03, 2019. AYCL is a joint initiative by the Abinta Kabir Foundation and Casper Foundation. It was formed with the aim to give a platform to youth change-makers or social entrepreneurs to present their brilliant ideas that will positively impact not only themselves, but the people and environment around them. The theme for their pilot event was catered around the agent, Child, and the sector, Care. The first round was an online submission of ...

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Bangladesh in control of Hepatitis B, WHO declares

Hepatitis B

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand has become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, the UN body has announced. It means that prevalence of this deadly disease has dropped to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Unwavering determination to reach every child, everywhere, every time, with life-saving Hepatitis B vaccines through childhood immunization, has made this achievement possible,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia. “These successes are a testimony of the countries’ commitment to health of their people, and the untiring efforts being made ...

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Indian FM Jaishankar to arrive tonight


MNA National Desk: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit, aiming to strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India further. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will receive Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm on Monday, ministry sources said. According to the foreign ministry, the Indian External Affairs Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning of August 20 to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. According to BSS, both Dr A K Abdul Momen ...

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DNCC launches ‘combing operation’ to terminate dengue menace


MNA Editorial Desk: The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has announced a so-called ‘combing operation’ aiming to terminate the dengue-inducing Aedes mosquitoes. The programme is set to begin on Tuesday at Dhaka North ward No. 19, said DNCC spokesman ASM Mamun. The authorities divided each ward into 10 sections for the programme, Mamun said. Each section will be assigned 10 cleaners and an officer will oversee the activities., says a bdnews24 report. “The DNCC staff will visit every house in every area during the combing operation. They will check for Aedes mosquito larvae in these houses or establishments. Action will ...

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Govt primary schools to come under midday-meal programme by 2023


MNA Career & Education Desk: The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the National School Meal Policy 2019, aiming to bring all the government primary schools under the midday-meal programme by 2023. The approval came at a cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office, reports UNB. “Initially, the midday-meal programme will be introduced at schools in char, coastal and haor and other backward areas of the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the Secretariat after the cabinet meeting. The school meal is expected to ensure minimum 30 ...

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Trump says US not ready to make trade deal with China


MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday (local time) they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States. “We’re doing tremendously well, our consumers are rich, I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they’re loaded up with money,” Trump said on Sunday. But he was less optimistic than his aides on striking a trade deal with China, saying that while he believed China was ...

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Disney’s Mulan faces boycott calls after star backs HK police


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Disney’s live-action remake of the animated film Mulan is facing calls for a boycott, after its star voiced support for Hong Kong’s police force. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, a naturalised US citizen, reposted a viral pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The territory has been convulsed by sometimes violent pro-democracy protests over the past 10 weeks. Rights groups and the UN have accused the police of a heavy handed response, according to a BBC report. Ms Liu had shared a Weibo post from the government-run Beijing newspaper People’s Daily that read (in Chinese): ...

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Reliance-Microsoft tie-up poses threat to Amazon, Google in India


MNA Business Desk: India’s Reliance Industries Ltd Monday announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, in a move that deepens the offerings of its Jio telecoms unit while posing a direct challenge to rival cloud services providers such as and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), reports Reuters. As part of the 10-year alliance, Jio will build data centers across India that will be hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani told shareholders at the company annual shareholders’ meeting. “We now have the capability to develop truly India-native solutions, including speech recognition and natural language understanding for all major ...

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Merchants to keep rawhide sales suspended until Sunday


MNA Business Desk: Tannery owners have prepared to buy rawhide at the request of the government to keep the market calm, but a decision of the hide and skin merchants to refrain from selling to the tanners has added a new twist to the crisis. Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association took the decision in a meeting in Dhaka on Saturday, saying they will not resume trade with the tanners until they pay dues. The association’s President Mohammad Delwar Hossain could not specify the dues but said it was more than Tk 4 billion accumulated since 2012. “Everyone in today’s ...

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Two Bangladeshis die in Kolkata midnght car crash; driver arrested


MNA National Desk: Two Bangladeshis have been killed and another injured after being crushed by a car in Kolkata. The dead are Kazi Md Mainul Alam, 36, and Farhana Islam Tania, 30, Anandabazar newspaper reported citing police. Mainul, hailing from Jhenaidah, was working as retail support manager of Grameenphone. Tania, a resident of the capital’s Mohammadpur, was a Citibank official working at its Dhanmondi branch. The injured, Kazi Md Shafi Rahmatullah, is Mainul’s cousin. Rahmatullah’s injuries were not serious, according to the Indian media. They took shelter under a shed outside a traffic police outpost near Shakespeare Sarani Police Station ...

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National Mourning Day observed throughout the country


MNA National Desk: The National Mourning Day was observed on Thursday across the country, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, and with a fresh vow to bring back the fugitive killers home aiming to implement the verdict of the Bangabandhu killing case. The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 not only assassinated Bangabandhu, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends ...

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National Mourning Day today


MNA Editorial Desk: The nation is observing the National Mourning Day today, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members. The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, ...

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Muslims in Bangladesh celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in festive mood


MNA National Desk: Muslims throughout the country celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival, on Monday. In the morning, devotees thronged Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They sought divine blessings and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country. Well-off Muslims then sacrificed animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail. Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj hosted two of the country’s largest Eid congregations like previous years. In Dhaka, the biggest congregation was held at the National Eidgah where President Abdul ...

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Hope It Furthers Spirit Of Peace: PM Modi Wishes Nation On Eid-Al-Adha


MNA International Desk: Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is close to the devotees as they prove their devotion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha as people from the Muslim community gathered at mosques across the country to offer prayers. “My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!” PM Modi tweeted. Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is ...

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PM Hasina urges countrymen to embrace spirit of sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to espouse the virtue of sacrifice signified by Eid-ul-Azha and work for the welfare of the country. She made the remarks during an Eid get-together at Ganabhaban on Monday. In a short address, Hasina said, “Eid brings a perspective of sacrifice before us. I hope the people are inspired by the spirit of sacrifice that Eid represents and work towards the welfare of fellow citizens and the country can develop further.” Extending her Eid greetings to all, the prime minister said, “I would like to extend my Eid greetings, ...

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Boss the bull fetches record price in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: “Boss,” a Brahman bull born in the USA but raised in Bangladesh, has been sold for a record price as Bangladesh prepares to sacrifice over 10 million animals to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha next week, officials said on Thursday. Tens of millions of Bangladeshis travel back to their homes across the country to celebrate the annual three-day religious holiday, which is known as the festival of sacrifice. Muslims slaughter an animal — a goat, sheep, cow, or camel — during the festivities in a ritual stemming from the story of Prophet Abraham, commanded by God ...

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Dhaka, Delhi holding secretary-level talks on water issues


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India are holding secretary-level talks in Dhaka city to discuss water-related issues between the two neighbours. The meeting began at the state guesthouse Meghna at 11:00am today (Thursday) and a media briefing is scheduled for 5:45pm. Indian water resources secretary Upendra Prasad Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar are leading the delegations, an official was quoted by UNB as saying. Both sides are likely to discuss ways to go for a joint study to ensure the best use of Ganges water. Bangladesh and India share 54 trans-boundary rivers. On Tuesday, Indian high commissioner ...

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