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Modi lauds Hasina’s development goals

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MNA National Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appreciated his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s development goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Modi reiterated his view that leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours, talking and visiting frequently, without getting bogged down by protocol, reported news agency. He recalled Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoring connectivity to the way it was before 1965 and said he was happy that there had been steady progress towards this goal in the last few years. Sheikh Hasina, Modi, Mamata ...

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Rohingya women need $72m in aid: Oxfam


MNA Exclusive Desk: Oxfam has said $72 million is required for humanitarian programs designed to aid the Rohingya women and children currently living in Cox’s Bazar’s refugee camps. It said the Rohingya women have been developing health problems, missing out on aid, and are at a greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable facilities—in many parts of the camps. Speakers made the assessment at an Oxfam report launch on Monday. “One Year On: Time To Put Women and Girls At The Heart Of The Rohingya Response,” was launched at the Raowa Complex in Dhaka. State Minister for Foreign ...

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Nigerian gas tanker explosion kills 35


MNA International Desk: At least 35 people were killed on Monday and hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded in northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze, the state emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria. Usman Ahmed, acting director at SEMA, said the truck exploded at the point of discharging the gas, citing a witness account. The agency was investigating the incident, he said. “We have confirmed 35 dead and over ...

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Rohingya repatriation: Fake photo propaganda creates concerns


MNA Editorial Desk: Even after more than a year, the fate of 7.5 lacs Rohingyas remains in uncertainty as they lost their rights to live on the soil where they were born and brought up. From august last year, this third phase of Rohingya influx to Bangladesh took place and as Bangladesh opened its door to provide shelters to these people who were brutally tortured by the Myanmar Army and their associate Buddhists, this number grew so large within a very short time. These men, women and children were forced to abandon their houses, lands, properties and lives. This is ...

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Cartoonist slammed for ‘racist’ drawing of Serena


MNA Sports Desk: A cartoonist is facing calls to apologise for a ‘racist’ depiction of Serena Williams facing Naomi Osaka, reported news agency. It shows Serena Williams, 36, as a petulant child jumping in the air with a smashed racket on the ground, with a dummy lying on the court next to her. Her opponent, who is Japanese with Haitian heritage, is pictured as white, blonde, and tiny in comparison to the ‘disgusting’ caricature of Serena Williams. While Williams is shown having a tantrum, Osaka, 20, is seen reasoning politely with the umpire who asks, ‘Can you just let her ...

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India begins 500MW additional power supply to Bangladesh


MNA Business Desk: Sheikh Hasina has expressed hope that India will help Bangladesh implement its plan to import 9,000 megawatt (MW) electricity from the neighbouring countries by 2041. Hasina’s remarks came after India on Monday afternoon began supplying additional 500MW electricity to Bangladesh as part of the two countries cooperation agreement regarding the energy sector. The power transfer from West Bengal’s Baharampur grid to Kushtia’s Bheramara was inaugurated jointly by the prime minister from Ganabhaban in Dhaka, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata via videoconference. Hasina and Modi, along ...

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Tips to make your perfume stay longer


MNA Life Style Desk: If you find that your fragrance has faded away by lunchtime or you go through perfumes far too quickly, these top tips will help your scent last all day long – without the need to spray an entire bottle on yourself. * When your skin is moisturised, that’s the best time to spritz on perfume as this encourages the skin to retain the scent better. Ideally, use fragrant oils on the body as they will retain their essence for much longer. * The pulse points on your body emits heat. applying perfume on these spots will ...

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Switzerland to install statue in Sridevi’s honour


MNA Entertainment Desk: In a tribute to late Bollywood actor Sridevi, the Swiss tourism industry is planning to install a statue of the legendary leading lady, reported news agency. Sridevi was one of the Bollywood actors who set a trend by being picturized in the snowy alps of Switzerland in the 80s and 90s. From Raj Kapoor’s Sangam in 1964 to Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Switzerland has been a favourite shooting location for Bollywood and Indian tourists have been flocking to the country in the hundreds of thousands. Late filmmaker Yash Chopra was famously very fond of ...

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BNP forms human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP has formed a human chain in front of city’s National Press Club demanding release and proper treatment of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “We would likely to clearly say the election will never be acceptable to people if Khaleda Zia remains in jail,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a human chain programme, he said, “The government must release our leader (Khaleda) from jail. If they do it, we will understand they want an acceptable election.” As part of its countrywide scheduled programmes, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain ...

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Hasina, Modi to inaugurate two rail projects today


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will inaugurate the construction work of two railway projects through videoconferencing on Monday. The two projects are – “Kulaura-Shahbajpur Section Rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railway” and “Akhaura-Agartala Duel Gauge Rail Connectivity (Bangladesh part).” They will be jointly funded by Bangladesh and India, according to an official press release issued on Sunday, reports news agency. The Kulaura-Shahbajpur project will restore train link between the two countries as a part of the “Trans Asian Railway Network.” About 53 kilometres duel gaze rail lines, bridges and culverts, stations and infrastructures will ...

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Death toll from Japan quake hits 44


MNA International Desk: The death toll from a powerful earthquake in northern Japan last week rose to 44, with 660 injured, the government said on Monday, as electricity supply remained short and top automaker Toyota suspended work at most of its assembly plants. The pre-dawn, 6.7-magnitude quake on Thursday temporarily paralysed the island of Hokkaido, cutting off access by air and train and knocking out power to an island the size of Austria. About 2,500 people remain in evacuation centres, according to Fire and Disaster Management Agency, after landslides buried houses and rain at the weekend loosened soil in a ...

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Novak Djokovic wins US Open

Novak Djokovic

MNA Sports Desk: For Novak Djokovic, a season that got off to a gloomy start is heading for a brilliant finish after he dismissed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 7-6(4) 6-3 to win the US Open on Sunday and earn back-to-back Grand Slam titles. Working his way back from elbow surgery he underwent following the Australian Open, Djokovic did not expect to feature in the Grand Slam picture this season. But in the last eight weeks the 31-year-old has resembled the Grand Slam machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016, winning three of his ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day today


MNA Feature Desk: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15-29 year olds all over the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost eight lakh people commit suicide every year, which comes to one person every 40 seconds. There are many more who attempt suicide. The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’ Various events and activities are organised all around the world for spreading awareness about suicide and mental health. It is imperative that each one of us do our bit to raise awareness ...

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Regional lending gap threatens SDGs: Study


MNA Business Desk: The big regional lending gap emerged one of the major barriers to the country’s financial institutions (FIs) in achieving SDGs (sustainable development goals), according to a study released on Sunday. The study report of the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) titled “Achieving SDGs in Bangladesh: The role of banking sector” found almost 85 per cent of the banks’ advances are concentrated only in Dhaka (66.18%) and Chattogram (18.80%) in 2017. Six other regions are getting 0nly 20 per cent of the overall loans which experts term lending inequality, not suitable for achieving SDGs by 2030. Of ...

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Apple to unveil new iPhone models on Sept 12

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc said it will host an event on Sept 12 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an iPhone with an edge-to-edge display similar to the iPhone X but using less-costly LCD screen technology. Apple’s event invitation made heavy use of the colour gold, fuelling speculation on social media that the company plans to launch a ...

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Julia Roberts’ first TV series gets premiered

Julia Roberts

MNA Entertainment Desk: Julia Roberts walked the red carpet to promote her first television series, Amazon Studios’ “Homecoming,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, reported news agency. Roberts, 50, is the latest major Hollywood star to transition to television, joining the likes of Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and John Travolta. Many like Roberts have signed on to shows by streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, which are drawing audiences away from traditional television. Roberts shrugged off the attention her switch to the small screen has garnered. The psychological thriller, based on an eponymous podcast, stars Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a ...

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RU demand fair probe into Akter murder


MNA Education Desk: Teachers and students of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Department of Rajhsahi University brought out a silent procession on Sunday in demand of proper investigation into the murder of Professor Akter Jahan. The march began from in front of Rabindra Bhavan, and parading main roads of the campus it ended in front of the MCJ department. Later, a commemorative meeting was organized in the room no. 123 of the department. On September 9, 2016, the body of Akter Jahan was recovered from the room 303 of Jubilee residential building of RU teachers. Later Kamrul Hasan, younger brother ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the international community to come up with specific effective steps to force Myanmar to take back their over one million forcibly displaced nationals living in Bangladesh as per the agreements signed between the two countries. “Bangladesh and Myanmar have inked bilateral agreements for the safe and permanent repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. To continue the pressure on Myanmar for implementing the agreements, I urge the international community to take specific effective steps,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development ...

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BNP leaders to meet home minister today

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MNA National Desk: A high-profile Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) delegation will meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition, reported news agency. A 10-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 3:00pm at his Secretariat office as per the schedule given by the minister. The home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation, party chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabi Khan told. BNP leaders have been alleging for the last two days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply ...

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N Korea to hold military parade to mark 70th anniv

N Korea

MNA International Desk: Hundreds of trucks carrying thousands of troops lined a Pyongyang riverbank in the pale light of dawn early Sunday, as nuclear-armed North Korea prepared to celebrate its birthday with a huge show of military strength. Sunday is the 70th anniversary of the 1948 foundation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, three years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War. Such set-piece dates are a mainstay of the North’s political calendar, particularly when round numbers are involved, and have traditionally ...

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UN urges ICC to probe atrocities against Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng has urged ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider the recommendation of its Chamber to decide on the opening of an investigation into the atrocities against Rohingyas without delay. He said the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) provides victims an opportunity to access justice for some of the crimes they have endured, which is an important first step, reported news agency. Myanmar has refused to cooperate with any impartial investigation into the matter and continues to insist hiding behind its sovereign ...

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First ever Japanese Naomi Osaka clinches US Open

Naomi Osaka

MNA Sports Desk: Tears, boos, anger and accusations overshadowed a remarkable victory by Naomi Osaka, who defeated Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4, on Saturday to become the first Grand Slam singles champion born in Japan. Osaka, 20, moved to the United States at age 3 and grew up idolising and emulating Williams, who was seeking a record-tying 24th major singles championship. But in what should have been a moment of uninhibited joy for Osaka, she shed tears of sadness while standing on the podium after the match. The celebration was tarnished by the booing from fans upset over what they perceived ...

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AIIB to invest $270m in clean water project

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MNA Business Desk: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) plans to invest $270 million in a clean water infrastructure project. The project aims to improve access to piped water and sanitation to municipalities with poor water quality. The announcement was made on September 3 when members of the AIIB’s Board of Directors visited Savar to meet the beneficiaries of an ongoing energy infrastructure project. “We are delighted that our investment has had a positive impact on the low income population of Bangladesh,” said AIIB Director Emil Levendoḡlu, reports news agency. “We are considering investing in a clean water and sanitation ...

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Women rally for rights, respect at Toronto film festival

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Nearly 200 men and women, among them Hollywood stars, rallied Saturday outside the Toronto film festival headquarters to call for equal pay and respect for women in film, reported news agency. Demonstrators shouted, “Women rock!” as they marched amid growing calls in the industry for more women-led storylines and meaty roles, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement brought into the spotlight by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. There were also 136 female leads. The festival, meanwhile, set up a hotline for staff, volunteers, guests and audience members, and posted signage around venues highlighting its zero tolerance ...

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126th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy


MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died on December 5, 1963. Born into a prominent Bengali Muslim family, Suhrawardy was educated at Oxford and joined the Swaraj Party of Chittaranjan Das upon returning to India in 1921. ...

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AL kicks off train tour for electioneering in northern districts


MNA National Desk: A delegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur railway station in the capital for Nilphamari by a train on Saturday morning, aiming to carry out electioneering in northern districts. The delegation will hold more than 11 rallies at railway stations in Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogra, Jaipurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, reports news agency quoting Awami League Rajshahi unit Organizing Secretary Khaled Mahmud Chowdhury. The delegation members include Awami League Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organizing secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayed AL ...

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Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe


MNA International Desk: A former advisor to US president Donald Trump whose contacts with Russians set off the investigation into possible collusion with Moscow was jailed Friday for lying to the FBI. US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison, acknowledging his guilty plea and his remorse, but noting that he “lied in an investigation that was important to national security.” Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russia collusion investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, and came just over two weeks after two former top aides ...

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