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2 ‘Neo-JMB members’ killed in Narsingdi anti-militancy raid


MNA National Desk: Two suspected Neo-JMB members were killed in explosion during a drive at a “militant den” in Shaikerchar area of Narsingdi Sadar upazila, reported news agency. Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told to media that two members of Neo-JMB including a woman were killed in explosion at the militant den. Earlier, operation ‘Gordian Knot’ was going on at one of two suspected militant dens which remains cordoned off by law enforcers in Narsingdi Sadar upazila since last night.

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Police cordon off 2 ‘militant hideouts’

militant hideouts

MNA National Desk: Police cordoned off two houses at Madhabdi and Sheikher Char in Narsingdi since Monday evening suspecting them militant hideouts, reported news agency. Law enforcers locked both the houses with at least five people inside, according to police. Two units of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) including the CTTCU (Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit) have been preparing for conducting operations in the houses that were identified as militant dens by long-run investigations, said police. CTTC Chief Monirul Islam reached the spot at 9:00am Tuesday. Earlier at night, the district administration imposed section 144 in and around 500-yard areas ...

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies

Paul Allen

MNA Tech Desk: Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, reported news agency. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, ...

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ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-graft probe


MNA Sports Desk: Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged for not cooperating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information, the International Cricket Council said Monday. “The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Jayasuriya on two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and have given him 14 days to respond,” the ICC said in a statement. Jayasuriya, 49, was reportedly asked to cooperate with an inquiry from ACU chief Alex Marshall who visited Sri Lanka last month, reported news agency. “The charges include failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including ...

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Trump sends Pompeo to Riyadh over Khashoggi


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia is preparing to acknowledge the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a botched interrogation, CNN and the New York Times said on Monday, after US President Donald Trump speculated ‘rogue killers’ may be responsible. Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans’ relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the US president. Khashoggi, a US resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago to ...

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Political vow needed to fight environmental insecurity


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh being a developing country is going through different challenges especially with its huge population and limited resources. But similarly as the whole world, environmental insecurity is becoming one of the major threats for our country. Though we cannot control some of it, there are many human misdeeds that are driving faster environmental degradations in Bangladesh. The government has taken many steps to fight this phenomenon; the most recent is introducing a long term plan named Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. But the implementation has been a challenge till now. Hence we are still under severe environmental threats. ...

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BD, KSA to sign MoUs on defence cooperation

defence cooperation

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence cooperation with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the country, reported news agency. The prime minister is scheduled to leave for KSA today on a four-day visit. During the visit, she will have a bilateral meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud tomorrow (Wednesday). “The prime minister will also open the new chancery building in Riyadh on Wednesday, and on the same night she will fly to Medina. From there she will go to Mecca to perform umrah,” Foreign ...

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DU ‘Gha’ unit entry test result postponed


MNA Education Desk: Dhaka University authorities have postponed the Gha unit admission test results after an allegation of question paper leak, reported news agency. The university authorities issued a press release in this regard on Monday. “Inconvenience regretted! Further course of action regarding the issue will be announced at a pres conference later,” the release said. However, the entry test for ‘Gha’ unit was held last Friday (October 12).  Following the exam, allegations surfaced over question paper leak. Detective Branch (DB) of police detained 6 suspected people in connection with the question paper leak incident. Later, a case was filed ...

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Ideas for matching styles with your partner


MNA Life Style Desk: Go ahead and show the world that you’re proud to be a couple by trying all of these fashionably fun matching outfit ideas. We’ve included some of them to get you a week’s worth of envious looks from public bystanders. Do the relaxed vacation look with fun shoes like celebrities Each of you should grab plain cotton button-down, long-sleeve shirts in your respective perfect blue hues. Those with very dark hair or very tanned and dark skin tones should go with lighter, brighter shades of blue. Those with blonde hair or fair skin look best in ...

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Kidman radically transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer”, playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history, reported news agency. The Oscar winner swaps her blonde locks for a short bob and rugged style to play Erin Bell, a detective whose past continues to haunt her years after infiltrating a criminal gang undercover in an operation with devastating consequences. “I just felt her and I felt sadness and I felt pain for her,” Kidman said at the BFI London Film Festival. “I thought there was a restlessness and a complexity ...

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Cabinet approves new Broadcast policy


MNA National Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved a new draft of broadcast law to oversee radio, television and online news outlets and ensure they follow regulations, reported news agency. The draft of the ‘Broadcast Act 2018’ was approved at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat. The proposed law would form a seven-member Broadcast Commission that would be appointed through recommendations from a search committee. The commission will give broadcast licences and will be the sole authority on the registration of online media outlets.

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Editors’ Council forms human chain for DSA amendments

Editors’ Council

MNA National Desk: The Editors’ Council formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday, demanding amendment to nine sections of the recently enacted Digital Security Act, 2018. Reading out a 7-point charter of demands at the human chain around 11:30 am, Mahfuz Anam, general secretary of the Editors’ Council and editor of The Daily Star, said the Digital Security Act will restrict the freedom of press and media. ‘We want the government to amend the law in the next session of parliament,’ he said. Earlier the Editors’ Council announced the Human Chain programme at a ...

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Saudi threatens to retaliate against any sanctions


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia rejected threats to punish it over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, saying the kingdom would retaliate against any sanctions with tougher measures, the official state news agency said. The comments came after US President Donald Trump threatened “severe punishment” for Riyadh if it turned out Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi authorities and a legal resident of the United States, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, ...

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Durga Puja begins today

Durga Puja

MNA Feature Desk: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, begins today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Shashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security, reported news agency. On the occasion, preparations at all Puja pandals have completed as devotees and artisans are busy giving the final touches to idols and pandals across the country marking the festival. In separate messages marking the festival, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the country’s Hindu community. The five-day festival starts Monday, October 15, ...

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GP opens new 013 series


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Grameenphone on Sunday unveiled a new number series 013 for its clients, alongside its existing 017 series, reports media. The new number series was unveiled at a local hotel by Brigadier General Md Mustafa Kamal, Director General (E&O) of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Grameenphone’s Deputy CEO and CMO,Yasir Azman, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Mahmud Hossain and other senior officials of the company were present on the occasion, along with the representatives from the media. The first official call of 013 has been made by Yasir Azman to Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa ...

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July-Aug trade gap reaches $2.11b

trade deficit

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh’s trade deficit crossed US$ 2.0 billion in the first two months of the current fiscal year (FY), 2018-19, mainly due to its higher import payments than lower export receipts, reported news agency. The gap in trade with the rest of the world rose to $ 2.11 billion in the July-August period of FY 19, from $ 1.77 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal. The trade deficit registered a 19.31 per cent growth during the period under review, according to the latest statistics of Bangladesh Bank (BB). The overall import grew by 5.66 per ...

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Shakib returns home after finger treatment


MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan returned home after a successful treatment of his left little finger injury in a Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Shakib said his finger infection was almost cured and expected to play cricket within a month or two, subject to gaining strength in his injured finger, reported news agency. Surgery will not requires in his finger if he does not feel any further pain during playing the match or after the match as his reports of the medical tests were said to come satisfactory. Shakib was discharged from a hospital in Melbourne on Friday afternoon after being ...

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Myanmar monk hits back at international community


MNA Exclusive Desk: An ultra-nationalist monk—dubbed the “Buddhist Bin Laden”—on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar’s generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis. Firebrand monk Wirathu, known as the face of Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement, was speaking at a pro-military rally that attracted hundreds of supporters, his first since being barred from giving public sermons last year. The ban, which ended in March, was issued by a council of senior monks who said Wirathu had “repeatedly delivered hate speech against religions to cause communal strife”. The hate speech he espouses—which includes calling the Rohingya Muslim ...

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Legendary musician Annapurna Devi dies

Annapurna Devi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Annapurna Devi, doyenne of classical Hindustani music, died in a Mumbai hospital early Saturday, according to India’s media. She was 92. She was suffering from age related issues for the past few years, a spokesperson of Annapurna Devi Foundation, Mumbai said. According to Breach Candy hospital officials, Annapurna was declared dead at 3:51am. Annapurna, who was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, third-highest civilian award in India, was popularly addressed as ‘Ma’. She was born in 1927 in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum and was the youngest of four ...

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PM opens Padma Bridge rail link work

Bridge Rail Link

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday opened the construction work on the rail link between Dhaka and Jashore under the ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project.’ She also unveiled the plaque of Padma Bridge’s name, ‘Padma Multipurpose Bridge’. The first phase of the ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project’ will establish rail link between Mawa and Bhanga via Janjira and Shibchar through the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. This will connect Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Narail and Jashore. China Railway Group Limited, a Chinese government-nominated contractor, is implementing the project under China G2G system, reported news ...

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UK-US considering to boycott Saudi conference


MNA International Desk: Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported news agency. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. The authorities in Istanbul believe he was murdered there by Saudi agents – claims Riyadh has dismissed as “lies”. Donald Trump has said he would “punish” Saudi Arabia if it was responsible. A number of sponsors and media groups have decided to pull out of this month’s investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed Davos in ...

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World’s longest flight ends journey


MNA Life Style Desk: An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world’s longest commercial flight. It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5:29 am (0929 GMT), having left Singapore’s Changi airport at 11:23 pm, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes. The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes. The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members as it traveled 10,250 ...

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‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ launched without B Chy

Jatiya Oikya

MNA National Desk: BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front on Saturday launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. The new alliance envisages realising seven demands, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, formation of an election-time neutral government and the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and meeting 11 goals. Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement of the Jatiya Oika Front at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club while Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna ...

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Schumacher’s son wins European F3 title


MNA Sports Desk: Mick Schumacher, the teenage son of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, was crowned 2018 Formula Three European champion on Saturday to claim the first key title of his career, reported news agency. With one race left this season, the 19-year-old Schumacher finished second in the day’s second race at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit to leave him with an unassailable lead in the drivers’ championship. Before Sunday’s final race, Schumacher had 347 points, 51 ahead of Britain’s Daniel Ticktum, who was second in the table and the only driver who could have caught the German. Schumacher had finished ...

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Saudi deports over 500 migrants in 15 days


MNA Business Desk: Bangladeshi workers have kept returning from Saudi Arabia in an increasing number since the kingdom started deporting the undocumented migrants, reported news agency. Statistics at the Probasi Kalyan Desk at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) show that more than 500 Bangladeshi male workers returned home from the Arab country between September 26 and October 10 this year. Of the total, 106 arrived on Wednesday. Besides, about 450 more workers are still waiting at the deportation centre in the Middle Eastern country to be repatriated in phases, according to returnee workers Police are arresting 200 workers on ...

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International Day of Rural Women

Rural Women

MNA Feature Desk: On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite progress on some fronts, gender inequalities remain pervasive in every dimension of sustainable development; and in many areas, progress is too slow to achieve the SDGs by 2030. These women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent ...

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JU hosts 5th Math Olympiad

5th Math Olympiad

MNA Education Desk: The ‘5th Math Olympiad-2018’ organised by Jahangirnagar University Science Club (JUSC) was held on the campus, reported news agency. Director of Wazed Miah Science Research Centre and also the adviser of JUSC, professor Khabir Uddin inaugurated the contest with the slogan, ‘Ganit Niye Bhabbe Joto, Shanito Hobe Buddhi Toto’ on the premises of JU School and College in the morning. Addressing the inaugural session, professor Khabir Uddin said that “Mathematics is the mother of all sciences. One’s mental ability and creativity increase with the practice of mathematics.” The prize-giving ceremony of the contest will be held on ...

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