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North Korea spend BB’s heist money to develops nuclear: Kaspersky


MNA Editorial Desk: North Korea was involved in last year’s $81 million cyber heist of the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab on Monday said as it had obtained digital evidence that bolsters suspicions by some researchers. Russian-based Kaspersky released a 58-page report on Lazarus, a group linked to the heist in Bangladesh and the 2014 attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio, which the US government blamed on North Korea. North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting bolder and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide. North Korea is now being ...

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St Petersburg metro blast is ‘act of terror’: Probe Committee


MNA International Desk: About eleven people were killed and dozens more injured as an explosion shocked the Saint Petersburg metro Monday, with the Kremlin saying it bore “all the hallmarks of an attack.” Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was probing an “act of terror” but added it would look into all other possible causes of the blast. However, the authorities shut down metro system in Russia’s second city for several hours as security services said they had also defused a bomb at a second metro station. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which comes after the ...

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Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away

Kishori Amonkar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Legendary Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar died at the age of 84 in Mumbai, on Monday night. She died at her home in Mumbai, family members told reporters. Born on April 10, 1932, Amonkar was recognized as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana. Several of her fans and friends, including great Lata Mangeshkar, mourned the legend’s death. In her singing career spanning seven decades, she was revered as ‘Gaan-Saraswati’. She also received two of India’s top civilian honours, Padma Bhushan in 1987 and ...

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10th season of IPL marches tomorrow

10th season

MNA Sports Desk: The 10th season of the Indian Premier League starts Wednesday, marking a decade of scandal and success for the flashy Twenty20 competition beloved by India and watched across the globe. Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will play Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 in Hyderabad on April 5. The final of the 10th edition on May 21 will also be played at the same venue (Hyderabad). As usual total of eight teams will take part in this year’s IPL. The tournament will be spread over 47 days across 10 venues. The ...

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Facebook blocking at midnight not finalized yet


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has not taken any final decision on blocking Facebook for around six hours after midnight, said a notification on Monday issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. “The Department of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology is firmly opposing the news. The government has taken no such final decision yet. Everyone is requested not to be baffled regarding the issue”, said the notification. It reads that the news published in different newspapers and online portals on Facebook to remain inaccessible for six hours from midnight, is not correct. Earlier, the cabinet ...

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Sayedee’s war crimes: Review petitions included on SC cause list

cause list

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday included the review petitions in its cause list, filed by the government and convicted war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee, against its verdict in his war crimes case. The review petitions have been kept as entry No 147 of the cause list for hearing by the appeal bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. Earlier, on 28 February, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Sayedee to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. On 28 March, 2013, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal ...

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Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno claims victory in Ecuador

Lenin Moreno

MNA International Desk: Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno Lenin Moreno claimed victory in Ecuador presidential vote on Sunday, bucking a shift to the right across South America, but the conservative challenger asked for a recount. A Moreno victory would come as a relief for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after Guillermo Lasso vowed to remove him from the Ecuadorean embassy in London if he won the runoff. Moreno, a paraplegic former vice-president, had secured 51.07 percent of the votes compared to Lasso’s 48.93 percent, with just over 94 percent of votes counted, according to the electoral council. It has not yet ...

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Bangladesh T20I series against Sri Lanka kicks off tomorrow


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play the first twenty20 match among the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. The second T20I will be held on April 6. Both the matches will begin at 7:30pm (Bangladesh time). Bangladesh registered the only victory against Sri Lanka in their last meeting at home in the Twenty20 format Asia Cup 2016. Since September 2007 Bangladesh and Sri Lanka played five T20Is where the latter side secured four victories. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced a 16-man squad for the series with return of Mushfiqur Rahim ...

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Bangladeshi Film Industry: Fight for Survival


MNA Editorial Desk: Film is not only a way of entertainment but also a great and very effective medium of education which many books cannot do. Our industry is stepping towards a dark phase and it will definitely fall into some deep crisis. After the independence the decades of seventies and eighties witnessed the golden time of film industry. Currently, Bengali cinema is passing through a threatening and critical period. Cinema halls in the country have been reduced to half. Releasing new cinemas has also come down to half. After all the quality of films are not satisfactory to the ...

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National Film Day is being observed

National Film Day

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The National Film Day is being observed today (Monday) in a befitting manner under the auspices of the Information Ministry and the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). April 3 is being observed as National Film Day every year since 2012. To mark the day in a befitting manner, the Ministry of Information chalked out elaborate programmes. Besides various arrangements also have been made by the BFDC to mark the day and it will feature remembrance tributes, live talk shows, red carpet receptions, still picture presentations, film exhibitions, puppet show, nagardola, Bioscope and cultural programme. However, ...

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Women entrepreneurs to get collateral-free loan: BB


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has directed banks to provide Tk25 lakh loan to a woman entrepreneur without any collateral. Bangladesh Bank delivered a circular on Sunday to ease the procedure of the SME loans to the women and new entrepreneurs. Bangladesh Bank data showed that the local banks and financial institutions are going to disburse Tk23,500 crore loans to create new entrepreneurs to encourage sustainable development. New women entrepreneurs are going to get Tk1,657 crore as SME loans this year as the women entrepreneurs have to face various unnecessary queries while taking loan from the banks. Besides, there are ...

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Chhatra Union 38th national council begins at DU

Chhatra Union

MNA Education Desk: The 38th national council of Bangladesh Chhatra Union began at Dhaka University on Sunday with the theme “students-people unite, save education-culture”. Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury inaugurated the four-day session at Aparajeya Bangla of the University hoisting the national and the organization flags. Chhatra Union president Lucky Akter, its general secretary GM Jilani Shuvo, delegators From India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, among others, addressed on the occasion. Bangladesh Students Union is a left-leaning independent political organization in Bangladesh. It was established on 26 April 1952, initially as the East Pakistan Students Union. Bangladesh students’ union ...

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Sylhet, Rajshahi mayors suspended again


MNA National Desk: Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul and Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury have been suspended again hours after taking charge on Sunday. LGRD ministry issued two separate notices to make the suspension order effective immediately on Sunday hours after they went to their respective offices to resume duties after their reinstatement by the court following two-year legal battle. Both the mayors were elected with backing of the main opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 2013. On May 7, 2015, the government suspended RCC mayor Bulbul as he was charged with criminal ...

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HC upholds verdict over blogger Rajib murder

blogger Rajib

MNA National Desk: The High Court on Sunday has upheld a speedy trial tribunal verdict that sentenced two people to death for killing blogger Rajib Haider in 2015. A High Court bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain gave the verdict. On December 31, 2015, a special tribunal handed the death penalty to Md Faisal Bin Nayem alias Dweep and former Shibir leader Redwanul Azad Rana for masterminding the murder of blogger Rajib. They were also fined Tk10,000 each. In addition, the tribunal sentenced six others to varying terms of imprisonment for the murder, including a five-year ...

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Saima Wazed designated new WHO Champion for Autism

Saima Wazed

MNA National Desk: Saima Wazed Hossain, a strong advocate for autism, has been designated as the Champion of World Health Organization South-East Asia Region to enhance commitment and generate awareness and action to address the sufferings of children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as their parents and caregivers. As WHO Champion, Saima will be supporting WHO’s advocacy with member countries for the inclusion of ASD in national policies and strategies, promoting WHO’s mental health initiatives and strengthening research and evidence of ASD for more focused interventions. “Ms Hossain’s dedicated and unprecedented efforts have put autism high on the health ...

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PM urges IPU community to stand up against militancy


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called upon IPU leaders to work together against all social disparities like poverty and malnutrition along with the vices of militancy and terrorism to make the world an abode of mutual compassion and fraternity. “We never see democracy as a system, as we term democracy as the carrier of human prosperity and ensuring security,” the prime minister said this at the inaugural event of the five-day 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the South Plaza of the Parliament. During her speech, Hasina urged the global community to stand up ...

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HSC, equivalent exams begin today


MNA Education Desk: About 1.2 million candidates are sitting for this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations that began across the country on Sunday. A total of 11,83,686 candidates — 6,35,697 boys and 5,47,989 girls — from 8,864 institutions under eight general education boards, Madrasah Education Board, Bangladesh Technical Education Board and Diploma in Business Studies (DIBS) Board will appear at the HSC and its equivalent examinations this year at 2,497 examination centres across the country. Of them, 9,82,783 examinees will sit for HSC examination, while 99,320 for Alim examination, 96,914 for HSC (BM/Vocational) examination and 4,669 ...

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Colombia landslide death toll rises to 250: Red Cross


MNA International Desk: In the southwestern Colombia town of Mocoa a sudden surge of mud and water swept away homes, bridges, vehicles and trees, leaving piles of wrecked timber buried in thick mud. The toll has risen to 250 dead in a violent landslide in Colombia caused by the overflowing of three rivers swollen by torrential rain, the local Red Cross said Sunday. Hardest-hit was the southwestern town of Mocoa, in the Amazon rainforest basin, with the previously reported number of fatalities hitting 206. At least 202 people were wounded, more than 100 people missing, 300 families affected and 25 ...

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Twenty people murdered at Pakistani Sufi shrine


MNA International Desk: At least 20 people, including six members of a family, were tortured and killed at a shrine allegedly by its “mentally ill” custodian and his associates in Sargodha in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Sargodha Deputy Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta said the incident took place at the dargah (shrine) of Muhammad Ali Gujjar in a village in Sargodha district, some 200 km from Lahore. The custodian Abdul Waheed, who was apparently suffering from mental disease, used a dagger and a stick to kill his victims, he said. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked for a police report on ...

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe banned for one match


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Murtaza has been suspended for next one match for slow over rate during bowling and fielding of Bangladesh team against Sri Lanka at Colombo on Saturday. Bangladesh’s next match is against Ireland on 12 May during the tri-nation series also participated by New Zealand. Bangladesh took about half-an-hour additional time to complete 50 overs bowling after the captain decided to field first winning toss. The ban will be effective in ODIs only. So Mashrafe will be able to play the two-match T20I series against the Lankans, scheduled to be held on 4 and ...

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Safety campaign for garment industry launched

safety campaign

MNA Business Desk: The government has launched a workplace safety campaign for garment industry to raise awareness about the basics of Occupational Safety and Health. The radio-based campaign titled ‘Safe Workplaces, Go ahead Bangladesh’ was launched here, aiming to raise awareness of basic Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues and their prevention in Bangladesh’s RMG sector. The Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will carry out the radio-based campaign. To have better recognition ...

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A woman fined $500,000 for false Facebook post

Facebook post

MNA Science & Technology Desk: A judge in North Carolina has ordered a woman to pay $500,000 for writing a Facebook post falsely accusing her former friend of killing her son. Jacquelyn Hammond from Asheville wrote on Facebook, in 2015, of Davyne Dial: “I didn’t get drunk and kill my kid.” But Dial who claimed to have nothing to do with her son’s death sued Hammond for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Dial and Hammond’s friendship had broken down after the failed attempt to work together on the radio station. “There are no ...

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Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced  ceremony on Saturday, the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October. The first songwriter to receive the prestigious award, Dylan joins a celebrated group of laureates including Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Doris Lessing. The meeting took place at a secret location ahead of Dylan’s first ...

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About 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO


MNA Life Style Desk: More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day. “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let’s ...

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Group-based politics never exists in BCL: Obaidul

MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that group-based politics will never exist in Bangabandhu’s Chhatra League. No group is also in the present BCL committee led by Sohag–Jakir. None would grab any post by making a group; rather leader would be elected according to his capability. The Minister Obaidul Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, came up with this comment as Chief Guest while addressing the BCL annual council-2017 of Jagannath University (JnU) unit at Science Faculty premises on the campus at 12:00pm. Pointing at BCL leaders and activists, he said ...

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SC ordered to shut down Hazaribagh tanneries by 6 April

6 April

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the tannery owners to relocate the tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar by 6 April. A three-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by tannery owners seeking a stay on the High Court order. The court also fixed 9 April for hearing petition on the fines the tannery owners were asked to pay for not relocating their factories in time. The High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by the tannery owners seeking permission to continue ...

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First daughter Ivanka Trump takes White House job

daughter Ivanka

MNA International Desk: First daughter Ivanka Trump is about to take on another title as an unpaid adviser to her father President Donald Trump, the White House announced on Wednesday. Ivanka will not receive a salary for her work as a federal employee. Kushner, a real estate developer, is also unpaid. “We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president,” a White House statement said. “Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities ...

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