Author Archives: News Desk

Ashulia RMG factories to restart operations today


MNA Business Desk: BGMEA, the apex body of the readymade garment (RMG) factory owners, decided to backtrack from their previous decision after five days and agreed to restart the closed factories in the Ashulia. BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman announced the decision of reopening the factories at a press conference held at BGMEA Building on Sunday at 07:00pm. Siddiqur Rahman said, “We have received applications from labor federations. Prime Minister also ordered us to reopen the factories. The factory closure hurt the workers and owners as well as the country’s economy. That is why; we have decided to reopen the factories.” ...

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New Zealand beats Bangladesh by 77 runs


MNA Sports Desk: Tom Latham and Colin Munro set up New Zealand’s 77 runs win in Christchurch, after their 158-run fifth-wicket stand pulled the hosts out of a difficult position. Latham batted 47.3 overs for 137, beating his previous-best score and his only other century in one-day internationals of 110, while Munro scored 87 from 61 balls to eclipse his best of 85, also against Bangladesh, in 2013. The fifth wicket partnership between the pair of 158 lifted New Zealand to 341-7 after it won the toss, beating by three runs its previous best score against Bangladesh in ODIs and ...

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Pop superstar George Michael died at 53

George Michael

MNA Entertainment Desk: Pop superstar George Michael has died of suspected heart failure at the age of 53. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said. His manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure. On Instagram, Sir Elton John posted a photograph of himself with Michael, writing: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his ...

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92 killed as Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea


MNA International Desk: All 92 people on board a Russian military aircraft are feared dead after it crashed into the Black Sea. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria, the defence ministry said. Debris and 11 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for Russian troops. More than 100 divers are involved in a round-the-clock search operation at the site of the crash, Russia’s ...

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‘Turn Back Hoax’ app to report fake news

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Those who have grown irritated over the fake news that is widespread on their social media accounts can consider reporting it to a crowdsourcing-based app called ‘Turn Back Hoax’ that was designed to gather false information and hoaxes from the internet. Established as an extension for the Google Chrome desktop browser, users simply need to log onto their accounts via Facebook before they can report content that they suspect is a hoax, reported There will be three categories for such reports: webpages, chain messages and pictures, including ones that have been circulated on Facebook. ...

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Discounted Price for Mohammadi Homes Apartment; Installment Facility


MNA Business Desk: Mohammadi Homes Ltd. is offering discounted price for their apartment along with easy installment facily for their customers. Allotment of apartments is going on at buildings under construction at Mohammadi Homes Residential Area, located at Block-B of Mohammadi Housing Ltd. at Mohammadpur, one minute distance from National Parliament house in the capital. Mohammadi Homes Ltd. is providing 15% discount on the usual rate for general customers and additional special gift vouchers of Tk.10,000-30,000 for government service holders at REHAB Fair 2016, an event of the real estate sector, being held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC). Mohammadi ...

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Mustafizur wins the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award, the first Bangladeshi to win an annual ICC award. In the period under consideration, Mustafizur played three ODIs and took eight wickets, while he yielded 19 wickets in 10 T20Is, according to news published on the ICC website. “This award is the best gift of the year for me and will encourage me to do even better in the coming years. I’m delighted and proud to win this award, especially since it’s the first time that a Bangladesh player has won an ...

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Voters casting votes peacefully in NCC polls


MNA National Desk: Voters are casting their votes peacefully in the Narayanganj city corporation (NCC) polls on Thursday in all the 174 centres which has been started since 8am and will continue till 4pm. A total of 156 councilor candidates are fighting for the 27 posts while 38 women for are fighting for nine reserved seats. Awami League’s Selina Hayat Ivy and BNP-supported Shakhawat Hossain are the two top mayor hopefuls among six. A total of 4, 74,931 voters is expected to cast their ballots under 174 poling centers. Of them, 2, 41, 514 are male and 2, 37,878 are ...

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Alviro Petersen banned from cricket for two years


MNA Sports Desk: Alviro Petersen, the former South Africa opener, has been banned for two years by CSA after admitting to 13 breaches of the anti-corruption code in relation to the 2015-16 domestic T20 match-fixing scandal, reported news agency. Among Petersen’s transgressions are four counts of failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; four of failing to disclose evidence of another participant breaching the code; four of failing to cooperate with the investigators by not providing accurate and complete information; and one of concealing and destroying information relevant to the investigation. CSA has withdrawn charges ...

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Japan pays UNESCO dues suspended over Nanjing row


MNA International Desk: Japan said on Thursday it has paid millions of dollars in UNESCO annual funding dues after holding back the payment over a World War II-era history row, reported news agency. UNESCO last year agreed to China’s request to include documents in its Memory of the World register recording atrocities by Japanese troops after the fall of the Chinese city of Nanjing 1937. Japan—one of UNESCO’s biggest contributors—had protested the listing and warned that it might pull its funding for the Paris-based organization. Tokyo said it feared the memory project risked being politicized. Tokyo then failed to pay ...

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REHAB Fair 2016 Started at BICC


MNA Business Desk: REHAB Fair 2016 has started at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) today (December 21, 2016). Honorable Finance Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated the fair in the evening. The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) is an association of the Real Estate business organizations and the association is observing their 25th year in 2016. The fair will be a five-day event this year as it will start on Dec 21 and will end on Dec 25, 2016. There are 177 companies participating in this fair among which 22 are ...

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Talks with Myanmar on Rohingya issue soon: Home Minister

Rohingya issue

MNA National Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said Bangladesh government will sit for talks with the Maynmar government over the Rohingya issue very soon. ‘Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is keeping a close eye on the Rohingya issue… Bangladesh government will discuss the Rohingya issue with Myanmar very soon,’ he told journalists after inaugurating Roangchhari Police Station and Extension Building of Balaghata Police Lines School in the town. Replying to a query, the home minister said the present government vows to show ‘zero tolerance’ against the use of illegal firearms and terrorist activities. ‘The law enforcement agency continues ...

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Actress Lena Dunham apologizes for abortion joke


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Lena Dunham has apologized for her “distasteful” abortion joke, which she made during the latest episode of her “Women of the Hour” podcast, reported news agency. In the episode, Dunham had recalled an incident at a Planned Parenthood NGO meeting in Texas when she was asked to share a story about her own abortion. She said that she had never gone through the procedure, before adding: “But I wish I had.” Her remarks prompted a wave of criticism online. Dunham later took to Instagram to apologies for the joke, reports “My latest podcast ...

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Police to shoot in case of irregularities in N’ganj elections


MNA Editorial Desk: Police have been ordered to shoot if anybody tries to create irregularities at the polling stations during the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman. DIG of Dhaka range told this to the newsmen in Narayanganj’s Masdair Police Line area on Tuesday. “If anybody tries to snatch ballot box, seize polling station, or breach polling station security, law enforcement will open fire. Action will be taken against those policemen who would not open fire,” he said. Earlier on Monday, 22 platoons of BGB deployed to the electoral zones and the process ...

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Charge framed against arrestee over Baishakh sex assault


MNA National Desk: Police submitted the charge sheet on Tuesday against the lone arrestee in the case for sexual harassment of some women at Dhaka University (DU) during Pahela Baishakh celebration in 2015. Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Inspector Abdur Razzak submitted the charge sheet, pressing charges against the only arrested Mohammad Kamal. The charges were filed at the office of Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas this morning. A total of 34 people have been made witnesses in the charge sheet. During preliminary interrogations, Kamal confessed his involvement in the incident. On April 14, 2015, several women, who joined the Bengali ...

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Results of JSC, JDC to be published Dec 29


MNA Education Desk: The result of this year’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will be published on December 29. The ministry of education confirmed this on Wednesday. This year, Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations were held from November 1 to November 17. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told that the copies of the results will be handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina around 10:30am on that day. Around 2,412,775 students took the JSC, JDC exams at 2,734 examination centres across the country that began on November 1 and continued ...

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde found guilty

Christine Lagarde

MNA Business Desk: French court on Monday found IMF head Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence over a massive state payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister but spared her a fine or prison sentence, reported news agency. The Court of Justice of the Republic found against Lagarde over her handling of a dispute between the state and flamboyant businessman Bernard Tapie, which ended in a 404-million-euro ($422m) award for Tapie. The French court chose not to sentence Christine Lagarde to a fine or jail time. Yet the charge of negligence threatens to cloud the reputation of the ...

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A lorry kills 12 at Christmas market in Berlin


MNA International Desk: An articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48 on Monday evening. Almost 50 people are in hospital and at least four have suffered serious injuries. Germany’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said “many things” pointed to a deliberate attack. Police said on Twitter that the lorry driver had been arrested. The market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in the city’s west. Security sources cited by the German news agency DPA said that the driver of the truck was ...

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Zuckerberg introduced virtual butler ‘Jarvis’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mark Zuckerberg on Monday introduced the world to “Jarvis”, an artificial intelligence system the Facebook chief created in his spare time, which can choose and play music, turn on lights, and recognize visitors, deciding whether to open the front door. Jarvis, named after the virtual assistant in the Iron Man movies, could be a step toward a new product, Zuckerberg wrote, although he cautioned that the system he had created in 100 hours over the last year was customised for his house. Zuckerberg announced results of the project, a personal challenge he set for himself ...

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Mindsets that make extremely strong souls


MNA Life Style Desk: Often the souls that have been through the hardest challenges experience the most growth. Growth allows us to become stronger and also allows us to become more aware of our abilities, wisdom and intuition. This in turn, helps us to create mentally strong habits that allow us to view life with more positivity, grace and thoughtfulness. Let troubles go Strong souls know when it is time to let go of what no longer serves them. They also know that through letting go, something new will always arrive. Take responsibility Strong souls know how important it is ...

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India thump England to complete 4-0 series win


MNA Sports Desk: India saved the best for the last as a dramatic turnaround on the fifth day of the final in Chennai allowed the hosts to clinch the series 4-0. England, which started the day at 12/0 on a pitch that hardly had any support for bowlers, were bowled out for 207 as India beat them by an innings and 75 runs. India’s fifth day charge was led by the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who picked seven wickets on the final day. English openers, Alastair Cook (49) and Keaton Jennings (54) put up a solid stand of 103 to ...

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Kareena Kapoor , Saif Ali Khan blessed with son

Kareena Kapoor

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan has been blessed with their first child, a son, and have named him Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. Kareena delivered the baby on Tuesday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital here, reported news agency. A statement released on behalf of the actors read: “We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on 20 December, 2016. “We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over ...

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BGB deployed in electoral zones of Narayanganj


MNA National Desk: Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops have been deployed in Narayanganj ahead of its city corporation election on December 22, election officials said today. NCC election returning officer Nuruzzaman Talukder said 22 platoons of BGB deployed to the electoral zones and the process has started from Monday. BGB will act as a striking force during the election period along with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Meanwhile, district police are working to maintain law and order of the city by setting up searching barricade at several points in the city. But the BNP, which had been demanding troops for ...

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Amnesty International warns Myanmar over Rohingya outrage

Amnesty International

MNA Editorial Desk: The actions of Myanmar’s military may constitute crimes against humanity, human rights group Amnesty International has warned, based on accounts of violence against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for its army’s forceful treatment of the Rohingya, and international human rights groups have accused the military of mass murder, looting and rape, reported news agency. “The Myanmar military has targeted Rohingya civilians in a callous and systematic campaign of violence,” said Rafendi Djamin, Southeast Asia director for Amnesty International. “The deplorable actions of the military could be part of a widespread and ...

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Man held with 5 kg gold bars at Shahjalal Airport

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MNA National Desk: Customs officials have detained a passenger with gold bars weighing about five kilograms at Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Sunday. The passenger, identified as Zahirul Islam, was detained with gold worth around Tk. 24 million at about 11:00pm. He reached Dhaka from Dubai. Acting on secret information, customs officials searched Jahirul while crossing the the Green Channel zone and found 42 gold bars hidden in his underwear. Customs Assistant Commissioner AKM Ahsanul Kabir confirmed media about the matter. The estimated value of the seized gold bars is Tk 2.40 crors, he added. Jahirul was handed ...

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The eleventh-hour push to stop Trump


MNA International Desk: Many liberals and progressives are still clinging to one faint, almost-certainly-doomed hope that Donald Trump can be blocked from the presidency through the Electoral College. That’s because the November 8 vote was technically not to make Trump president, but only to determine who 538 electors in various states across the country will be. It is those electors who will cast the votes that legally elect the president on Monday, December 19. In modern times, the casting of electoral votes has been a purely ceremonial occasion in which the state results from Election Day have been rubber-stamped. Thirty-seven ...

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Barcelona beat Espanyol in the Catalan derby


MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Luis Suarez and a sparkling Lionel Messi display helped Barcelona to a 4-1 Catalan derby win over Espanyol on Sunday. Suarez scored in each half before Jordi Alba added a third, but it was some amazing footwork from Messi that brought Camp Nou to its feet as the home fans celebrated a victory that takes them back into second place in LaLiga. Barca had not been beaten by their city rivals since 2009 and they looked set to extend that run as soon as Suarez put them ahead following a spectacular long pass from ...

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