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Nepal invites Bangladesh to sign energy pact


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has been invited by the Nepal government to visit the country to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for bilateral energy tie-up, reports Xinhua, quoting officials concerned. “We have sent a letter to our counterpart Ministry in Bangladesh three-four days ago, inviting them to visit Nepal to finalize the MoU,” Dinesh Ghimire, joint secretary at Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI). Nepal Cabinet approved the MoU. It contains three components — power exchange, investment and establishing a joint mechanism to enhance cooperation in energy, according to MoEWRI. Dinesh Ghimire said after the MoU ...

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International Day of Cooperatives today


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Cooperatives 2018 is being observed across the world today. The theme for the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is “Sustainable consumption and production”, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers. The slogan of the Day “Sustainable societies through cooperation” was selected by cooperators from around the world. Through the IDC, local and global policymakers can learn how cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including cooperatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues. ...

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2020 to be celebrated as ‘Mujib Year’: PM

Mujib Year

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday announced to celebrate the year of 2020 as the ‘Mujib Year’ across the country to mark the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She made the announcement in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office, reported news agency. It was the first such meeting of the party at the newly constructed central office at Bangabandhu Avenue after its inauguration on June 23. The PM said she has already directed the Cabinet ...

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Nawaz sentenced to 10 years jail


MNA International Desk: A Pakistan corruption court on Friday sentenced the country’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years and his daughter Maryam Nawaz seven years imprisonment in a corruption case. Son-in-law Captain Safdar has been given 1 year jail time — also for not cooperating with NAB, reported news agency. NAB had filed the reference, along with two others, on the Supreme Court’s directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which deseated Nawaz as the prime minister. Four members of the Sharif family ─ Nawaz, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain ─ are in London, while Captain Safdar is ...

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ADB approves $ 100m grant for Rohingyas


MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved grant assistance of $100 million for Rohingyas- the first of an envisaged package totaling $200 million to help Bangladesh develop basic infrastructure and services for the displaced persons (Rohingyas). “Given the scale of the humanitarian needs, we are coordinating closely and promptly with World Bank and other development partners to support the government in addressing the crisis in Cox’s Bazar,” said ADB President Takehiko Nakao. Nakao received the request from Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, for grant assistance when they met in early May. Then ADB developed and processed the ...

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PM praises officials for realising ultimate goal of govt

ultimate goal

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday appreciated the public servants for realising the ultimate goal of the government and working to take the country to the height it wants to see, reported news agency. “You have realised what we want, what the goals we want to achieve and the level we want to take the country. Being able to realise this and implement this is the main thing,” she said. The Prime Minister said this at a function in her office marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and subordinate bodies 2018-19 fiscal ...

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England beat Colombia in penalty drama


MNA Sports Desk: England held their nerve against Colombia to win their first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup and reach the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, reported news agency. Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick to win the shootout 4-3 and send Gareth Southgate’s young team through to a meeting with Sweden, who earlier beat Switzerland. A bad-tempered match at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium that featured eight yellow cards—six for Colombian players—ended 1-1 after 30 tense minutes of extra-time, meaning the game had to be decided by penalties. The South American side, without injured forward James Rodriguez, appeared ...

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Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib charged


MNA International Desk: Najib Razak has been charged with corruption, a dramatic fall from grace for the former Malaysian prime minister two months after he lost office, reported news agency. He faces three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power. Mr Najib has long been accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from the state development fund 1MDB, which he set up. He denies wrongdoing. A new investigation began after his shock election loss in May. Mr Najib was arrested by anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday and spent the night in detention. In a video posted on ...

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ECNEC approves 8 projects


MNA Business Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved eight projects, including one to construct 16 regional passport office buildings, aiming to improve the passport services in 16 districts, reports news agency. The approval came from the first ECNEC meeting of the new fiscal year of 2018-‘19, held at the NEC conference room in the city’s Agargaon area with ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. “Today, the ECNEC approved eight projects with an estimated cost of Tk 64.93 billion,” said planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while briefing reporters after the ...

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US Embassy becomes ‘mouthpiece’ for BNP: Joy


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said it seems that the US Embassy in Dhaka has become a ‘mouthpiece’ for the BNP, reported news agency. ‘The current US Government has a strict policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, so this is just the local Embassy’s opinion,’ Joy said on his verified Facebook page. Joy mentioned that there were irregularities in nine polling centres out of 425, which is just 2.1 per cent. ‘Our new Mayor Jahangir Alam received double the votes of BNP’s Hasan, a margin of over 200,000 votes. All ...

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Trump makes veiled WTO threat after EU warning on car tariffs


MNA Sports Desk: US President Donald Trump warned the World Trade Organization on Monday that “we’ll be doing something” if the United States is not treated properly, just hours after the European Union said that US automotive tariffs would hurt its own vehicle industry and prompt retaliation, reported news agency. Trump, speaking to reporters during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House, said, “The WTO has treated the United States very, very badly and I hope they change their ways.” His comments came after the Axios news website reported that Trump’s administration has drafted proposed ...

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Missing youth soccer team found alive in Thai cave

found alive

MNA International Desk: Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were found alive late Monday after a painstaking search by specialist divers who finally discovered the emaciated group on a mud embankment. There had been no contact with the boys, aged between 11 and 16, since they went missing with their 25-year-old coach on 23 June. The massive international rescue effort had for days been hampered by heavy rains that flooded the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand, blocking access to chambers where it was hoped the group would be found alive. ...

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Neymar fires Brazil into quarter-finals


MNA Sports Desk: Neymar barged his way into the World Cup limelight with a goal, an assist and another helping of histrionics as Brazil roared into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday that inflicted a seventh straight last-16 exit on the central Americans, reported news agency. The PSG forward was both architect and executioner for Brazil, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on, but he also writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico Miguel Layun had made slight contact with his ankle. That should not overshadow his ...

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Voter’s trust on EC: Clear and detailed message is mandatory


MNA Editorial Desk: In recent days, the most talked about issue throughout the country seems to be the 11th National Election scheduled to be held by the end of this year. While the participation of the country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) under the current electoral format is still under question, the ruling party Awami League (AL) is actively preparing their fields to participate in the upcoming election to regain the power of the government for the third consecutive time. Meanwhile, the Election Commission (EC) is going through a quite busy time as after the new CEC’s taking office ...

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Govt forms panel over quota system review


MNA Education Desk: The government has formed a seven-member committee with Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam as its convener to review the existing quota system in public service, reported news agency. The other members of the committee are secretaries of the Public Administration, Finance Division, Liberation War Affairs, Legislative Division and PSC and PMO acting secretary, he said. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 working days. Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in public jobs. But, Bangladesh Chhatra League activists reportedly carried out ...

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Death anniv of Alauddin Al-Azad


MNA Feature Desk: Alauddin Al-Azad is a highly respected name in Bengali literature. Al Azad, a language fighter, freedom fighter, eminent poet, ambidextrous writer, and educationist, is one of the brightest stars in our national history. Today is the 9th death anniversary of this great author, novelist, and poet. He died on this day in 2009. The influential poet Azad was born on May 6, 1932 in an elite, noble and cultural family of Ramnagar village under Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district. He achieved his Honors and Masters Degrees from Bengali Department of the Dhaka University. He received his PhD ...

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Mithun Chakraborty’s son accused of rape


MNA Entertainment Desk: A Delhi court has directed the city police to start a case against Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty’s son Mahaakshay Chakraborty, also an actor, for allegedly cheating and raping a Bhojpuri actress and forcing her into an abortion, Indian media reports. Mithun’s wife Yogita Bali has also been accused of allegedly threatening the woman later, The Indian Express reported on Monday. The incident, according to the court order, dates back to May 2015 when the actor allegedly established a physical relationship with the woman by “fraudulently” administering her some “alcoholic/stupefying substance” in a soft drink offered to her. ...

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Rohingya face ‘unimaginable’ atrocities: UN chief


MNA Exclusive Desk: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he heard “unimaginable” accounts of atrocities during a visit on Monday to vast camps in Bangladesh that are home to a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar. Guterres described the situation for the persecuted ethnic minority as “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare”, as he prepared to tour makeshift shelters crammed with people who escaped a Myanmar army operation last year that the UN has called a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing”. “In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, I’ve just heard unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees who ...

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BCL again attack on quota reformists

quota reformists

MNA Education Desk: Some quota reformists were injured in an attack by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Central Shaheed Minar chattar in the capital on Monday, reported news agency. Witnesses said quota reformists gathered on the Central Shaheed Minar premises at about 11am as part of their pre-scheduled demonstration programme. Suddenly, some 10 to 15 BCL activists allegedly swooped on them and beat up them. Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council convenor Hasan Al Mamun alleged that BCL men picked up Faruk Hossain, joint convener of the council. Earlier on Saturday, some leaders of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council ...

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Veteran journalist Anis Ahmed’s first Namaj-e-Janaza held at Jatiya Press Club


MNA National Desk: The first namaj-e-janaza of veteran journalist Anis Ahmed, executive editor of the Daily Observer, was held on the premises of Jatiya Press Club at 1.30pm. The prime minister’s media adviser and Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury; Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, director of the Daily Observer and Chairman of the Mohammadi Group of Companies; Jatiya Press Club President Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman; his colleagues, journalists and well-wishers joined the namaj-e-janaza at the press club. Anis Ahmed passed away at his Mohammadpur residence in the capital on Monday morning. He was 64. Ahmed, also the former Chief ...

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UN, UNHCR, WB chiefs in Cox’s Bazar


MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim arrived in Cox’s Bazar on Monday morning to visit Rohingya refugees, reported news agency. Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, among others, are accompanying the UN chief. They arrived here at Cox’s Bazar airport by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 8:45am. The visit, an official said, will also highlight the “generosity” of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingyas as well as the need for the international community “to do more.” They are scheduled ...

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Leftist ‘AMLO’ wins Mexico polls


MNA International Desk: Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won Mexico’s presidential election Sunday with more than half the vote, according to an official projection of the results, a resounding rejection of the country’s established parties, reported news agency. The fiery leftist known as “AMLO” won between 53 and 53.8 percent of the vote, according to a projection by the National Electoral Institute, based on a sample of polling stations. It gave Ricardo Anaya of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) between 22.1 and 22.8 percent, Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) between 15.7 and 16.3 ...

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Veteran journalist Anis Ahmed passes away

Anis Ahmed

MNA National Desk: Anis Ahmed, executive editor of an English daily ‘The Daily Observer’ passed away at his Mohammadpur residence in the capital on Monday morning (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun). He was 64. Ahmed, also the former Chief of Correspondent and Dhaka Bureau Chief of Reuters, breathed his last at about 8:15am, said his son Kaushik Ahmed. He left behind his wife, a daughter, a son, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Press Club around 1:30pm. Later, Ahmed’s will be buried in his family graveyard in Brahmanbaria.

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Russia stuns Spain in penalty shootout


MNA Sports Desk: Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, reported news agency. The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes. But there was high drama in the shootout for the 78,000 spectators at Luzhniki Stadium, with all four Russian penalty-takers keeping their cool and Muscovite Akinfeev, ...

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BD to get more tariff reduction under APTA


MNA Business Desk: The tariff-cut amendment of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) became effective Sunday, with China’s Ministry of Commerce saying it would facilitate regional economic integration in Asia, according to reports by Xinhua and Global Times. “The amendment will provide member countries new economic impetus, prompt continued trade increases, facilitate economic integration and help further materialise the Belt and Road Initiative,” the ministry said Sunday in an online statement. The six members of APTA – China, India, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Laos – will slash tariffs by an average of 33 per cent on 10,312 product categories. ...

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Google, FB tricking users about privacy rights


MNA Tech Desk: Tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft have been using “dark patterns” around privacy settings to discourage users in the European Union from exercising their privacy rights, according to a new report by the Norwegian Consumer Council. The popups from Facebook, Google and Windows 10 have design, symbols and wording that nudge users away from the privacy friendly choices, said the study. The consumer watchdog studied the privacy settings of the firms and found a series of “dark patterns”, including intrusive default settings and misleading wording, reported news agency. It picked Facebook, Google, and Microsoft for the study ...

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People paying tribute to victims at Holey Artisan Bakery

Artisan Bakery

MNA National Desk: People have been paying their tributes to the victims who were killed in the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery of Dhaka on this day in 2016, reported news agency. Two years ago, a group of militants lay siege to the Gulshan café killing of 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners. Two police officers also lost their lives as they responded immediately. Besides, five attackers and a restaurant staffer died during the Operation Thunderbolt that brought an end to the nerve-racking 12-hour hostage crisis at the posh eatery. Marking the day, the authorities have kept the café ...

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