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Stop plying unfit vehicles on roads: Prime Minister


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to stop plying unfit vehicles and their unhealthily race on the roads to avert road accidents. “Plying of unfit vehicles and their unhealthy race on the roads must be stopped… stern actions will have to be taken if anybody unnecessarily increases the size or other things of the trucks and buses,” she said. “The mentality of earning some money by fixing the vehicles somehow will have to be discarded,” she added. The prime minister issued the directives while addressing a programme marking the National Road Safety Day-2019 at ...

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BCB chief sees conspiracy behind cricketers’ strike


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon has said the strike announced by national cricket players is part of a conspiracy to destabilize Bangladesh cricket. The BCB chief also slammed the striking players for going on strike without informing the authorities about their demands beforehand. Nazmul Hassan was addressing a press conference in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports The cricketers’ demands are baseless as the BCB is already working to resolve the issues, he said. Earlier on Monday, the cricketers went on strike on Monday, demanding a pay hike, at a news conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National ...

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Over 19mn BD kids at front line of climate change disasters: UN Report


MNA Editorial Desk: Over 19 million children — a quarter of them under 5 — spread across Bangladesh are at the front line of climate change disasters, a UN report says mentioning that climate change threatens child nutrition. In 2018, 58.7 million children under 5 were stunted and almost 25.9 million were wasted in South Asia, the report says adding that more children and young people are surviving, but far too few are thriving. The government of Bangladesh will begin the second phase of its ‘Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan’ this year, placing greater emphasis on the needs of ...

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Oath of BUET students and promise of a prospective change


MNA Editorial Desk: Killing of Abrar Fahad, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) has been a major concern and issue till he was beaten to death on October 7 by allegedly Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing, leaders and activists at BUET’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall. He was a promising soul and lost his life for expressing his own opinions freely. Abrar was brutally beaten to death over accusing him to be linked with Chhatra Shibir, student wing of anti-Bangladesh political party Jamaat-e-Islami. It was never ...

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Comprehensive framework to develop bond market drafted


MNA Business Desk: A comprehensive framework to develop the country’s bond market has been drafted by a designated working committee. Titled as ‘Comprehensive framework on the development of bond market in Bangladesh’ the draft report has also been made available to public on Monday. The government assigned nine-member working committee, headed by Md. Khurshid Alam, general manager of debt management department of Bangladesh Bank earlier submitted the report to the governor of Bangladesh Bank. The 45-page report reviewed the current status of bond market, pointed out the barriers to develop a vibrant bond market and spelled out a number of ...

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India, Pakistan set to sign pilgrim corridor pact amid Kashmir tension


MNA International Desk: India and Pakistan are set to sign an agreement on Indian pilgrims visiting a Sikh shrine in Pakistan, rare cooperation between the nuclear-armed neighbours at a time of tension that has brought exchanges of fire on their disputed border. The pact will introduce visa-free access from India to the Pakistani town of Kartarpur, home to a temple that marks the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died. India’s foreign ministry said in a statement late on Monday an understanding had been reached on most issues and India was prepared to sign the agreement on Wednesday. ...

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President Abdul Hamid reaches Tokyo


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid reached Tokyo on Monday on an eight-day official visit to Japan and Singapore. During his stay, he will attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Japanese emperor on Tuesday, his Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told UNB. A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the President and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) for Singapore at 1:35pm on Sunday and landed on Monday at 6:30am (Local time). The flight also landed at Singapore Changi International Airport at 7:30pm local time on Sunday en route to Japan. Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan ...

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5,000 unidentified people sued over Bhola violence


MNA Editorial Desk: Police have sued 5,000 unidentified people for their alleged links to the clashes that left four people dead and about 100 others injured in Bhola’s Borhanuddin Upazila after a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account sparked protests. Police officials filed the case with the Borhanuddin Police Station, reported. The district administration said that no meetings and processions will be allowed in the area without permission.

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Emphasis on taxing digital commerce to tackle debt


MNA Business Desk: Commonwealth finance ministers have recognized the potential of technology to improve debt transparency while urging closer collaboration to resolve tax challenges arising from growing digital commerce, says a press release. Revenues from tax collection are important for maintaining debt at sustainable levels, yet can often be impaired by the digitization of trade in services, as this often results in countries being unable to determine when, how and where taxes on digital transactions should be collected. Ministers have, therefore, agreed that the Commonwealth should bring its powerful collective voice to ongoing discussions at the Organization for Economic Co-operation ...

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India, China can together unlock potential


MNA International Desk: It is widely acknowledged that China and India are playing pivotal roles in regional and global affairs in the 21st century. Indeed, both countries have taken comparable stances or approaches to many critical policy areas, such as international trade and global governance reform, on intergovernmental platforms. As emerging economies and the two most populous countries, China-India cooperation can affect the livelihood and welfare of 2.7 billion people. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2017 ushered in a new era of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. New Delhi’s pursuit of a New India ...

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Four dead as villagers clash with police over Facebook post


MNA Editorial Desk: At least four people have died and 50 others are injured in clashes between police and locals in Bhola’s Borhanuddin. The violence erupted around 10:45am on Sunday after hundreds of locals gathered for a rally under the banner of ‘Muslim Tawhidi Janata’ in protest against the social media post. Four platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh have been airlifted to Borhanuddin to bring the situation under control, BGB spokesman Shariful Islam said. Police say the Facebook account blamed for the religious slur had actually been hacked. Two bullet-ridden bodies were taken to the Upazila Health Complex, said its ...

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PM orders not to set up industries in Sonadia


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed all concerned not to establish any industry in Sonadia, saying that only ecotourism will be developed in the island of Cox’s Bazar. The prime minister issued the directive while witnessing a power point presentation on the master plan of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City) at her office in the afternoon. After the event, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. He said Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) made the power point presentation on various aspects of the industrial city. The press secretary said the ...

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Modi cancels Turkey visit over Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir


MNA International Desk: The Indian government has decided to call off a proposed visit by the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Turkey’s capital Ankara. The decision was taken as part of a number of measures showing the Indian government’s displeasure over Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month. During the speech, Erdogan criticised India’s move to abrogate Article 370 of the constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Supporting Pakistan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that it is imperative to solve the problem through “dialogue on the ...

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Joy inaugurates three digital one-stop services


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has inaugurated three digital one-stop services – Eksheba, Ekpay and Ekshop – to enable the people to get different government services, utility bills and fees payment facilities and e-commerce. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division arranged the launching ceremony at ICT Tower at Agargaon in Dhaka on Sunday, reports BSS. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam and South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Hu Kang-il addressed the function. The Access to Information ...

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Tourism fair begins in Chattogram on Thursday


MNA Business Desk: A three-day international tourism fair ‘Chittagong Travel Mart 2019’ begins in the port city of Chattogram from Thursday, October 24. The 11th edition of the fair is being organized at the Peninsula Chittagong Hotel by the Bangladesh Monitor, a premier travel fortnightly of the country. Online travel agency Buy Tickets is the title sponsor of the event, says a press release. Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation AJM Nasir Uddin will inaugurate the fair as the chief guest, while Mahbubul Alam, president, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will be present as the special guest at the ...

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Govt plans to set up special ‘cell’ to combat dengue


MNA National Desk: The government plans to set up a special ‘cell’ to combat dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the wake of the most prolific outbreak of the virus on record this year. Experts have been pressing for a contingency plan to effectively tackle these infectious diseases and on Saturday, LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam announced that work is underway to establish a response unit at the ministry. Speaking at a seminar titled “Vector problems in Bangladesh: an integrated management approach” organized by the Center for Governance Studies (CGS) in the capital, the minister said an additional secretary has ...

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Bangladesh to get highest assistance from WB: Finance minister


MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has expressed his hope that Bangladesh would get its highest loan assistance from the World Bank this time. “The World Bank is very much eager to lend additional loan assistance to Bangladesh and I hope we’ll get the highest loan assistance from the World Bank this time,” he said. The Finance Minister was talking to reporters on Friday after holding separate meetings with IFC regional vice president Snezana Stoiljkovic, Deputy Governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Nobumitsu Hayashi, with the USAID delegation on tax reforms and on road safety issues ...

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Brexit: Commons set for knife-edge votes on deal


MNA International Desk: MPs are debating the PM’s Brexit deal, amid uncertainty about whether the decisive vote on it will go ahead. The PM is trying to convince MPs to support the agreement he secured with the EU, in Parliament’s first Saturday session in 37 years. Mr Johnson told MPs “now is the time to get this thing done”, saying any delay beyond 31 October would be “corrosive”. But MPs will debate a proposal that could delay Brexit again until all the necessary UK legislation is passed. Commons Speaker John Bercow has chosen an amendment that, if passed, would require ...

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Govt unblocks online battle game PUBG shortly after blocking


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The Bangladesh authorities have unblocked online multiplayer game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG shortly after blocking it at the request of police following complaints by parents of adolescent players. Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar disclosed the development on Facebook on Friday night after an officer of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Security and Crime Division, in another post in the afternoon, announced the ban. “The PUBG users who were unhappy with the blockade will be delighted to know that it is no longer blocked,” the minister wrote. “The game has been unblocked because the government ...

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World finance officials facing host of problems


MNA Editorial Desk: The leaders of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister organization, the World Bank, are laying out their visions for the future, hoping to achieve a world with less extreme poverty and more economic growth. However, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass will likely find their discussions over the next two days consumed with more immediate problems, such as rising trade tensions that have sapped world growth. Both officials will deliver speeches at the opening session Friday of the annual meetings of the two organisations. Also Friday, Japanese Finance Minister Taro ...

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Experts share knowledge about capital market


MNA Career & Education Desk: East West University (EWU) Investment and Finance Club celebrated the World Investor Week 2019 in the university campus on October 02 and 03, 2019. On the first day of celebration, an intra university finance-based quiz and composition writing competition took place with the title “Finalogy season 3”. More than 120 undergraduate students participated in this competition. On the following day, a seminar was arranged on “Challenges faced by young investors in the emerging capital market”. Farhad Ahmed, executive director, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission, and Dr Md Tabarak Hossain Bhuiyan, managing director and CEO, Prime ...

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Lady Gaga falls off stage while dancing with fan

Lady Gaga

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Lady Gaga is recovering after falling off the stage while dancing with a fan at a concert. During her Las Vegas show Thursday night, the pop star invited a fan onstage who picked her up and lost balance. Both plunged to the floor as a result. Moments after the fall, Gaga was back onstage with the fan and told him: “You promise me you’re not gonna be sad about that, right?” He responded: “I promise.” Several fans posted video of the fall and Gaga’s return to the stage on social media, reports the Associated Press. ...

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Don’t go beyond rules: PM to UGC

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) not to go beyond the rules in case of overseeing both public and private universities. “Don’t go beyond the rules. Follow them properly,” she said when an UGC delegation, led by its Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah, met her at her office on Thursday in the city. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Sheikh Hasina said the UGC will be empowered by enacting law. She directed the UGC to strengthen the capacity of the commission and monitor the colleges affiliated with the ...

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Padma Bridge work to be completed by June 2021: Minister

Padma Bridge

MNA Editorial Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the construction work on the Padma Bridge will be completed by June, 2021. He made the remark while talking to reporters at the Visitors’ Centre of Service Area-1 of the Padma Bridge here in the afternoon. The minister said around 84 per cent construction work of the bridge has been completed so far. The overall progress of the bridge work is 74 per cent right now while the financial progress is 75.84 per cent, he said. “The Padma River is very unpredictable. Sometimes it becomes difficult to ...

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UK PM agrees ‘great’ new Brexit deal with EU


MNA International Desk: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Britain and the European Union had agreed a “great” new Brexit deal and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend, reports Reuters. “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control,” Johnson said in a tweet. “Now parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment.” DUP SAYS NO TO JOHNSON’S DEAL Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said on Thursday its position on Brexit had not changed and it ...

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Netflix shares jump as subscribers grow ahead of Disney, Apple attack


MNA Business Desk: Netflix Inc added slightly more paying subscribers than Wall Street expected in the third quarter, a relief to investors who had worried the company might fall short just as Disney and Apple prepare to ramp up the streaming video wars. The results for July through September represented a rebound from the previous quarter when Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years and missed targets for overseas subscribers. Shares of Netflix rose 9.2 per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday to $312.69. That performance, combined with concerns about new competitors, had weighed on ...

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PM urges to be responsible to avert road accidents


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon all including the drivers and pedestrians to be responsible in using the roads to avoid accidents while opening a number of development projects. “Everyone should be sensible to use the roads to avoid accidents,” she said. The premier opened Bhulta Flyover on Dhaka-Sylhet highway, Patia Bypass Road, Satkhira Town Bypass Road, Aldi Bazar Bridge, Banar Bridge on Mymensingh-Gafargaon-Toak district highway and replacement of 13 bridges with permanent construction through a video conferencing at her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital. The prime minister said “It will not be wise ...

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