Author Archives: News Desk

Stay alert to prevent 2014-like polls violence: CEC

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MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday asked the intelligence agencies to find out whether there was any conspiracy by any third party behind the recent violence to createan anarchic situation like the ones occurred during the 2014 national election. Top representatives from the police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard Bangladesh, Ansar and VDP, intelligence agencies and the Armed Forces Division as well as 66 returning officers and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts joined the meeting that started around 10 am at Nirbachan Bhaban. The CEC said the election preparation and strategy need ...

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Vote for Zafrullah in Faridpur 4: PM

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MNA National Desk: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people to vote for Kazi Zafrullah, the party’s candidate, reported news agency. “Vote for ‘Boat’ so that we can form the government again. All development projects will stop if the Awami League is not returned to power,” she said while addressing a street rally in Faridpur’s Bhanga on Thursday. Hasina addressed the rally on her to Dhaka, from Gopalganj. Kazi Zafrullah, a presidium member of Awami League, is the candidate of Faridpur 4 constituency. On her way back to Dhaka, PM Hasina will also address rallies at ...

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UNGA adopts Bangladesh’s resolution on culture of peace

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh’s flagship resolution on the ‘Culture of Peace’. Chargé d’ Affaires and deputy permanent representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated the proposal on Wednesday. The DPR also mentioned culture of peace is an aspiration of all humankind. “Promoting and inculcating a mindset of a culture of peace is at the core of the creative management of differences and divisions”. The concept of ‘Culture of Peace’ as a General Assembly (GA) agenda was first mooted by Bangladesh in 1999. The ...

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WB approves $250m to create quality jobs

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank on Thursday approved a $250 million development policy operation to help the government of Bangladesh strengthen its capacity to create more, better-paid and quality jobs in a rapidly changing environment. The Programmatic Jobs Development Policy Creditaims at supporting Bangladesh to develop a stronger policy and institutional framework to address barriers to creating more and better jobs for its citizens, including women, youth and the vulnerable population, reported news agency. Despite Bangladesh’s robust economic growth, the pace of job creation has slowed in recent years, and almost stalled in the readymade garments sector. The growth ...

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Canada warns US not to politicize extradition cases

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MNA International Desk: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington’s request. Freeland also told reporters that a second Canadian citizen could be in trouble in China. Authorities in China are already holding former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on Monday, reported news agency. Officials say China had so far not linked Kovrig’s detention to the arrest in Vancouver on Dec. 1 of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial ...

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‘Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’

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MNA Sports Desk: Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday, while Egypt expressed an interest in hosting the finals. “Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told news agency. Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on 15 June. Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to ...

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JSC, JDC, PEC, Ebtedayee results on Dec 24

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MNA Education Desk: The results of Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee examinations will be published on Dec 24. Sources from the ministries of education and mass education confirmed the matter to banglanews Tuesday (Dec 11). As many as 26,70,333 students sat for JSC and JDC and around 57 lakh for PEC and Ebtedayee exams this year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the textbook festival on the same day. Students will be given free textbooks on Dec 30. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations were held ...

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Arjun Rampal to star in web series, ‘The Final Call’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actor Arjun Rampal will headline upcoming Zee5 web series “The Final Call,” the video-on-demand service owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises announced in a press release on Wednesday. The series is an adaptation of Priya Kumar’s novel “I Will Go With You: The Flight of a Lifetime.” The 2016 novel examines a group of flight passengers whose captain has decided to commit suicide on duty, endangering all 300 on board. Details of the director and the rest of the cast are yet to be announced. The originality of the story fascinated the them; Zee5’s programming head Aparna Acharekar ...

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PM launches campaign offering wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday offered wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine to mark the launching of polls campaign, reported news agency. The premier reached Tungipara by road at 2.10pm and went straight to the shrine of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where she first placed wreaths as the Prime Minister and then as the Awami League president. The Awami League president is scheduled to address a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in the district in the afternoon. On December 13, on her way ...

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AL to win by majority in election: EIU

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MNA Exclusive Desk: London-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted that the ruling Awami League would return to power with majority of parliamentary seats at the 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. In the country report on Bangladesh, published on December 4, EIU stated that the Awami League will win the next polls by majority principally due to the fact that it has overseen solid economic growth. The report also specifically mentions the reputation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as being the key factor in the next election, stating that she remains the most popular candidate, according to numerous local ...

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BNP leader Dulu arrested

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MNA National Desk: Detective Branch (DB) of Police has arrested BNP leader Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu from his Gulshan residence in Dhaka. He was arrested around 11am on Wednesday, reported enws agency. On Tuesday, the Election Commission filed a petition with the Appellate Division against a High Court order that cleared the way for him to contest the 11th parliamentary election. The High Court order came after he filed a writ petition against the returning officer’s disqualification of his candidacy on Monday. Dulu, who filed his nomination papers for Natore 2 constituency, had his candidacy rejected for his conviction in ...

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Gunman kills 3 in French Christmas market

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MNA International Desk: A gunman on a security watch-list killed three people and wounded a dozen others near the picturesque Christmas market in the historic French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening before fleeing, reported news agency. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the shooter had evaded a police dragnet and was on the run, raising concerns of a follow-up attack. “The government has raised its security threat to the highest level and is bolstering border controls,” Castaner told a late-night news conference. “We will also reinforce security at all Christmas markets to prevent copycat attacks.” With France still on high ...

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Bomb threat at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook Inc evacuated a few buildings at its headquarters campus in Menlo Park following a bomb threat, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Everyone is safe and the company is looking into the incident, the spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Menlo Park Police Department said a building at 200 Jefferson Drive has been evacuated and the bomb units are on the scene going through the building. YouTube was another Silicon Valley company that faced security threat in the recent past. In May, a woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in San Francisco, wounding three ...

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Radio Shadhin’s ‘Rise up for Women Conference’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Radio Shadhin 92.4FM concluded their 16-day long campaign, titled “Rise up for Women Conference 2018,” on a grand scale yesterday (Monday) at Hotel Galesia and Resort Limited in Banani, featuring an open discussion between the members of the audience and the famous screen pair Aly and Sara Zaker. The event, which lasted from 10am to 5pm, consisted of a day-long session of a painting competition for children, speeches by women entrepreneurs, musical performances, and ended with an open discussion, between the participants and the organizers, and a prize giving ceremony. The open discussion was moderated by a ...

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Windies level series 1-1

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MNA Sports Desk: West Indies won by 4 wickets against host Bangladesh in the second ODI of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Tuesday. Shai Hope carried his bat through the innings and recorded a career-best score of 146 to help Windies draw level. Earlier, Bangladesh scored 255 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs, after they were forced to bat first by West Indies. The series-deciding 3rd ODI match will be held in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday (December 14) as the hosts won the opening match by five wickets on Sunday last ...

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Maulana Bhasani’s 138th birth anniv

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MNA Feature Desk: The 138th birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, is being observed on Tuesday with due reverence. Born in 1880 at Dhanpara village in Sirajganj, Bhasani dedicated his life to establishing the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden. Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country have taken various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Besides, Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) and the Bhasani Foundation and some other organisations will hold various programmes at Santosh remembering his struggle for the rights ...

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70 DU students get Dean’s Award

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MNA Education Desk: Seventy meritorious students from different departments under the Business Studies faculty of Dhaka University (DU) received the Dean’s Award for their academic results in the BBA and MBA examinations, reported news agency. DU vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed the awards among the students at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Tuesday. Business Studies faculty’s dean Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam presided over the function while DU treasurer Md Kamal Uddin spoke at the programme as a special guest. President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nihad Kabir addressed the programme ...

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Some Surprising Health Facts

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MNA Life Style Desk: With regular studies published about facts on health and fitness, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the information out there. Some of the findings repeat health advice that’s been around for years, but others are a little more shocking. Take a look at these 5 health facts that might surprise you. Drinking coffee can prevent depression: We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ...

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Tigers set Windies 256-run target

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MNA Sports Desk: Fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh to 255 for 7 in the second ODI against West Indies on Tuesday. Opener Liton Das was retired hurt on five while one-down Imrul Kayes failed to manage a single run, but Tamim and Mushfiq then added 111 runs to put Bangladesh in control. Tamim departed just after reaching his fifty, made with four fours and a six, while Mushfiq soon followed him to the pavillion after scoring 62 in 80 balls, courtesy of five fours. Shakib and Mahmudullah (30) now added 61 to take ...

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Fakhrul’s motorcade attacked in Thakurgaon

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MNA National Desk: The motorcade of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been attacked in Thakurgaon, as he was entering the district to engage in his campaign for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. Fakhrul is contesting from Thakurgaon 1 constituency in the election slated for December 30. BNP Press Wing official Shairul Kabir, who confirmed the matter, said the attack took place around 1pm on Tuesday, as the senior BNP leader was on his way to his home district to start campaigning.

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Director General of BGB visits remote hilly border of Khagrachari

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MNA National Desk: Director General of BGB Major General Md. Shafeenul Islam, ndc, pschas vsited the most remote ‘UttorLakkachara’ BOP and ‘Kantalong’ BOP of Khagrachari sector as part of routine border visit at Monday (Dec 10) afternoon. These two BOPs are so remote that it takes 4-5 days to reach by foot from battalion headquarter. Walking lanes for traveling to these BOPs are being made as per the directions of the Director General. DG of BGB inspected different development works implemented at those BOPs and instructed the respective battalion commanders to take new initiatives for BOP’s development. Director General informed ...

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Modi may see biggest election loss

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MNA International Desk: India’s ruling party could lose power in three key states, four TV networks said on Tuesday, citing vote count leads, potentially handing Indian prime minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014, and months ahead of a general election. The main opposition Congress party could form governments in the central states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, and in the western state of Rajasthan, all big heartland states that powered Modi to a landslide win in the 2014 general election. Analysts say a big loss for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party would signify rural dismay ...

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Aritri’s demise and prospective crossroads for our education system

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MNA Editorial Desk: A school going girl has took her own life on Dec 3. She hailed from a well off family and a renowned school of the country. She was a student of class 9 of Viquarunnisa Noon School and College. Her name was Aritri. She was caught during copying in the exam using her mobile phone and her parents were called in by the school authority. As her parents reached the school the next day, the principal and few other teachers insulted them so ruthlessly and threatened to rusticate her from the school. Aritri could not tolerate her ...

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Faculty of Fine Arts steps into 70 with mega expo

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MNA Entertainment Desk: To celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka a mega art exhibition has been arranged. December 29 marks the birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, founder of the Dacca Art College (at present the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). In this regard the exhibition is also part of Zainul Utshob 2018. The exhibition features artworks from veterans of the faculty, who were or still are faculty members at the art hub. It was inaugurated on December 10 on the fine arts premises at Shahbagh in the capital. On the ...

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India central bank chief resigns

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MNA Business Desk: The head of India’s central bank announced his resignation on Monday following a public spat with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration about alleged government interference. Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel cited “personal reasons” for his decision but media reports have said that he was annoyed by repeated government efforts to influence central bank policy. His short statement made no mention of the rift, highlighting only what he called the RBI’s “considerable accomplishments in recent years”. Indian business dailies had reported in October and November that Modi’s government has invoked never-before-used powers to send at least ...

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Researchers explore new way of treating malaria

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MNA Science Desk: In the ongoing hunt for more effective weapons against malaria, international researchers said Thursday they are exploring a pathway that has until now been little studied — killing parasites in the liver, before the illness emerges. “It’s very difficult to work on the liver stage,” said Elizabeth Winzeler, professor of pharmacology and drug discovery at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. “We have traditionally looked for medicines that will cure malaria,” she told to media. For the latest research, published in the journal Science, scientists dissected hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes to remove parasites inside ...

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PM Hasina to launch electoral campaign from Tungipara

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will start her electoral campaign on Wednesday for the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls, reported news agency. Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said, on Wednesday Sheikh Hasina will visit Tungi Para. She will officially start her electoral campaign after paying tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu’s grave. After paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina will attend a public meeting in her constituency [Gopalganj 3]. She will then visit several districts and participate in the election campaign. Nanak announced this on Monday at a press briefing. Awami League ...

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