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Muhith’s remarks on 16th amendment personal


MNA National Desk: Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the remarks of finance minister AMA Muhith about the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th amendment is his personal opinion. Obaidul Quader, the ruling Awami League general secretary, said, “We haven’t issued any statement from the party. We don’t want to say anything rashly. We have been considering the matter calmly.” The minister was replying to reporters after signing an agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi-Kawasaki consortium to buy engines and bogies for the Metrorail. The senior Awami League leader also said, “There is no reason to be hot ...

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Insurgents killed over 50 Afghan villagers


MNA International Desk: Insurgents attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children on Sunday, reported news agency. Many details of the attack, including the identity of the insurgents, were not immediately clear. They were a mixed group of Taliban and Islamic State fighters but the Taliban itself denied any involvement, dismissing the claim as propaganda. Although the Taliban and Islamic State are usually enemies, the allegiance of their forces is sometimes fluid, with fighters from both groups sometimes changing sides or cooperating with militants from other groups. ...

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The most educated, the biggest liar: Study

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MNA Editorial Desk: A study has found that the honesty scores of those who did not complete secondary school was nearly twice than that of those with postgraduate degrees. One theory is that more educated people may be better able to calculate the risks of being caught out lying, reported news agency. Researchers of Middlesex University analyzed data on 6,000 people from deception tests used by psychologists. Generally, men told more fibs than women. But while age had no effect, education had a significant impact. Postgraduates had the lowest honesty rating, followed by graduates. Next were people who had vocational ...

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Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield


MNA Sports Desk: Olivier Giroud scored the winning spot-kick as Arsenal won the 2017 FA Community Shield 4-1 on penalties, reported news agency. However, Arsenal have started the campaign in encouraging style by winning the Community Shield, beating Chelsea on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in normal time. Goals from Victor Moses and an equaliser substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level in a match from which few conclusions can be drawn. Arsenal were the better side overall, but in this game last season, Ahmed Musa looked like a terrific signing for Leicester City and ...

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Laisa Ahmed to perform Rabindra Sangeet

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: IGCC is going to organize an evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Laisa Ahmed Lisa at Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The musical soiree will be held on August 9 at 6.30 pm. Apart from being a singer, Laisa Ahmed Lisa also has a PhD degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. She is Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. Earlier, two-day Tagore festival ended at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 5. Bangladesh Rabindra ...

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Dr Fakrul Alam conducts a seminar at NDUB

Fakrul Alam

MNA Education Desk: In order to remove the dilemma among the students who are about to take ELT or Literature as their major stream, the Department of English Language and Literature (ELL), Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB), arranged a seminar titled ‘ELT or Literature? Career Options for Graduating Students’ on August 5, at its premises, at 4pm, conducted by Dr Fakrul Alam, former professor of the University of Dhaka. The anchor of the seminar Sami Hossain Chisty, lecturer of the department of English of NDUB, gives the students a framework of the seminar. He mentions that the students of English ...

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BD to boost trade with EU countries: PM


MNA Business Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Bangladesh is establishing 100 economic zones across the country so that (European Union) EU countries can invest for mutual benefits. The Prime Minister said this when outgoing EU Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon met her at her office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the EU Ambassador also laid emphasis on improvement of trade and investment with Bangladesh, and appreciated the process made in Bangladesh-EU business dialogue. Pierre Mayaudon appreciated PM’s personal commitment to further review Bangladesh’s labour law and draft EPZ law, and said Bangladesh ...

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Environment Ministry to be renamed


MNA National Desk: The Ministry of Environment and Forest will be renamed to include climate change. The decision came on Sunday from a meeting by the National Environment Committee, which is headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ihsanul Karim, press secretary of prime minister, said this to the reporters that the ministry will be renamed as the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Ministry of Environment & Forests is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government, for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes. MoEF oversees all environmental ...

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Bangladeshi militant arrested in Uttar Pradesh

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MNA National Desk: A Bangladesh national, who investigators say was recruiting young men from terror activities and providing them with logistical support, was arrested on Sunday from Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh. The man, identified as Abdullah, is suspected to be linked to the Ansarullah Bangla Team — a Bangladesh-based extremist group inspired by the Al Qaeda, reported news agency. Sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said Abdullah had been living in Uttar Pradesh since 2011. Initially, he lived in Deoband. Abdullah was allegedly involved in terror recruitment, said the anti-terror officials. He was also providing fake identity cards ...

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RU proctor Mozibul Huq resigned

Mozibul Huq

MNA Education Desk: Rajshahi University proctor Professor Mohammad Mozibul Huq Azad Khan resigned from his post showing personal reasons on Sunday morning. The proctor submitted his resignation letter to RU Vice-chancellor Professor M Abdus Sobhan around 10:30am. The outgoing proctor told to media that he has requested the authority for approving his discontinuation from the charge of proctor. Professor Mojibul Haque Azad Khan assumed in the office of RU Proctor on March 29, 2016. Earlier in the morning, teachers of Political Science Department of the university went on indefinite work abstention demanding removal of Dr Nasima Zaman from the chairperson ...

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76th death anniversary of Rabindranath


MNA Feature Desk: The 76th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore is being observed on Sunday with due respect. Different organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes while various television channels are airing many productions based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works. A tribute ceremony featuring a special lecture programme and a cultural event will be held in the Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium on this day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion. Channel I, a private satellite TV, is airing a set of programmes all along the day ...

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UN strengthened sanctions on North Korea


MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue. The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China’s willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally. The resolution imposed a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state—stripping North Korea of a third ...

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Sarahah app gaining popularity


MNA Technology Desk: Sarahah, a new messaging app, that’s gaining popularity among teens can be used for bullying, experts warn. Sarahah is a messaging service that lets anyone with a link send or receive anonymous texts to those registered. There’s no way of knowing who posted the comments and no way to respond to the messages. It was initially created by a Saudi developer who was worried about workplace discrimination. The app can now be integrated into Snapchat and has become a serious lure for teens. Sarahah works by giving each of its users a custom URL. That URL then ...

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Bolt loses out to Gatlin in 100m world title


MNA Sports Desk: American star Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday, reported news agency. Gatlin, who served a doping ban between 2006-10 and won silvers behind Bolt at the last two world championships, clocked 9.92 seconds, with teammate Christian Coleman winning silver in 9.94sec. Bolt suffered a dreadful start and could only claim bronze in 9.95sec. Gatlin was afforded the same rough reception as he had in the heats and semi-finals, loud boos and jeering ringing around the same stadium where in 2012 his rivalry with Bolt ...

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Science Festival held at DU


MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University Science Society (DUSS) conducted a daylong science festival at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on the campus on Friday. Science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman joined the prize giving ceremony as chief guest at TSC auditorium while DU vice-chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique presided over it on Friday evening, said a Dhaka University release on Saturday. Dhaka University pro vice-chancellor (academic) professor Nasreen Ahmad and Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering department professor Lafifa Jamal were present on the occasion, among others. Earlier, Dhaka University pro-VC (administration) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the daylong festival in the Friday morning.

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3 held over domestic help’s murder case


MNA Editorial Desk: Three people, including a woman, have been shown arrested in a case filed over death of a domestic help in the city’s Banasree area. The arrestees are Moin Uddin, owner of the house, his wife and caretaker Kamal. The death of the 25-year-old, Laili Aktar, sparked angry protest in the area on Friday afternoon as locals alleged that the domestic help was killed in a planned way. The angry locals ransacked the house, torched a vehicle and damaged a dozen following the death. Violence erupted after police had tried to disperse the agitated crowd, leading to running ...

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US to take part climate change negotiations

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MNA International Desk: The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming, reported news agency. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its ‘intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement’ — a process that will take at least until 2020. But in a statement, the State Department said Washington was still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions ...

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Sheikh Kamal’s 68th birth anniversary observed

Sheikh Kamal

MNA National Desk: The 68th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed across the county with due respect. Awami League, its associate bodies and different political, socio-cultural and sports organizations have taken elaborate programmes marking the day. The AL and its associate bodies paid tribute to Sheikh Kamal by placing wreaths at his portrait on Dhanmondi Abahani Club premises at 8:00am and at his grave in the Banani at 9:00am. Besides, Awami Swechachasebok League, Jubo League and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote have also taken various programmes to observe the day. ...

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Farah wins 10th successive global title


MNA Sports Desk: British athletics legend Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title on Friday winning the 10,000 metres world crown at the London Stadium where he won Olympic gold in 2012. The 34-year-old won despite being spiked twice in the final lap—the first saw him almost come to grief and fall into the infield—and which resulted in blood pouring from his left calf. The Somalia-born runner, who prior to Friday’s victory had racked up two Olympic and world doubles as well as the 2011 5,000m world crown, tried to shrug off the battering he had taken but still ...

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BD needs $928b more for SDGs: GED


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh may require around $ 928.48 billion worth of additional resources for implementing the 2030 development agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was revealed in a recent report of the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission titled “SDGs Needs Assessment and Financing Strategy: Bangladesh Perspective”. The government is focusing more on local resources than the foreign ones to mobilize the funds needed to meet 17 of the 2030 the goals, the report also stated. Out of the estimated funding, the government is seeking to mobilize some $ 796.9 billion from local sources while $ ...

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Music video ‘Nesha’ receives mixed reactions

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress and model Kushum Sikder has received mixed reactions from her fans and followers for acting in her newly released music video ‘Nesha’. The actress is seen in a steamy avatar in the music video. The video is receiving negative reaction from the viewers with many of them saying Kushum was not expected in such an intimate scene. Kushum Sikder penned the lyrics and sang while Hridoy Khan contributed to the composition and tune. Khaled Hossain Shujon worked as a co-model under the direction of Shubhro Khan and Sraboni. However, she debuted in the 2010 ...

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Neil Armstrong’s 86th birth anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut and engineer was the first person to walk on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Neil was in the US Navy. He was a naval aviator and a test pilot. He later joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962 where he made his first space flight command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, officially becoming the first civilian astronaut to fly in space. Three years later in 1969, Neil flew into space for the second and last time as a commander of Apollo 11. Along with pilot Buzz Aldrin, the two men ...

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Yousef suggests dialogue over Rohingya issue


MNA Editorial Desk: Secretary General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen suggested holding an interfaith dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis. Dr Yousef said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. The OIC Secretary General also thanked Bangladesh for giving shelter to Rohingya refugees and told the Prime Minister, “You are very generous”. Sheikh Hasina said her government has already earmarked an island to give temporary shelter to the Rohingya refugees so that ...

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ACC hotline gets over 70,000 calls in week


MNA National Desk: Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) new hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said on Thursday. Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft. “Since July 27 around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman told to news agency. The news line is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system. The commission is authorized to inspect bribes in government offices and agencies, ...

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SC stays DU VC election panel

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MNA Education Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stayed all activities of Dhaka University’s vice chancellor panel. A three-member of appellate division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order. The three-member judges panel also asked the High Court Division to resolve the matter in four weeks. Earlier, on July 29, the Dhaka University senate nominated a three-member board, including incumbent DU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, for appointing a new VC. The VC election drew criticism as the election was held in presence of only 47 senate members, with ...

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Australian cricket’s pay dispute resolved


MNA Sports Desk: A deal has been reached to resolve Australian cricket’s protracted pay dispute, paving the way for the nation’s professional players to be re-contracted and for this month’s scheduled Test tour to Bangladesh to proceed as planned, said a report on the CA website. The in-principle agreement was signed after a final round of face-to-face negotiations between Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and his Australian Cricket Association counterpart Alistair Nicholson in Melbourne this morning. The central sticking point throughout the sometimes rancorous stand-off has been the model by which the players are paid. In previous iterations of ...

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LNG imports could surge 17.5m tonnes


MNA Business Desk: South Asia, long a backwater for energy markets, is emerging as a hotspot for liquefied natural gas – LNG, with Pakistan and Bangladesh set to join India as major consumers. With a fast growing population, strong economic growth and soaring energy demand, more import projects are being developed, lead by Pakistan and Bangladesh, reported news agency. “Both countries already have extensive gas infrastructure due to legacy production from domestic gas fields,” said Chong Zhi Xin, principal Asia liquefied natural gas analyst at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. “As domestic production has failed to keep up with demand, both ...

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