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Explosion kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace


MNA International Desk: Somalia’s new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast. The explosion hit a busy marketplace in the western part of the capital. The blast from a car parked near a restaurant went off when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market. Women sobbed and screamed outside the market as rescue workers moved bloodied bodies and wounded victims into ambulances. The powerful explosion was the first major attack since Somalia’s ...

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Make your house like a home


MNA Life Style Desk: Making your house feel like a home is not something that simply happens on its own. You need to make some changes to a house when you move in, to give it that cozy, warm feeling that turns it into a true home. Make the windows your own One of the best ways you can instantly warm your home and make it showcase your style is to add some new window dressing. Adding beautiful curtains not only improves your home’s appearance, but it can also help to control the temperature. Make some art If you have ...

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Verdict over Tareque, Mishuk deaths on Feb 22


MNA National Desk: A Manikganj court on Sunday fixed February 22 for delivering its verdict in the case filed over the deaths of noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier in a road accident that took place on Dhaka-Aricha highway in 2011. Additional District and Sessions Judge of Manikganj Al Mahmud Faizul Kabir passed the order. The court testified 24 witnesses among 39. The two died in a road accident on the Dhaka – Aricha highway in Ghior Upazila of Manikganj on August 13, 2011 while returning Dhaka from Manikganj. Tareque Masud was born in Faridpur on December 6, ...

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Dhaka’s meat traders resume selling as strike ends

meat traders

MNA Business Desk: Dhaka city’s meat traders will resume selling red meat on Sunday as their six-day strike, seeking implementation of their four demands, including cancellation of the present lease of Gabtoli Cattle Market, ended on Saturday. Bangladesh Meat Sellers Association (BMSA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Meat Sellers’ Association enforced the strike in the capital on Monday to press for their demands. Their other demands include relocation of tanneries from the city’s Hazaribagh area to Savar, providing permission for the import of cattle from neighbouring countries and withdrawal the DNCC chief executive officer and chief estate officer. The traders also threatened ...

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8000 police to deploy over Language Day security


MNA National Desk: Over 8000 police member will be deployed to ensure security of the dwellers of capital city Dhaka on the occasion of Language Movement Day, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner. Asaduzzaman Miah addressed a press conference held at Central Shaheed Minar premises at about 11:00am on Sunday over the security measures taken for the upcoming programmes to mark the Amar Ekushey. He also said a four-layer security arrangement has been ensured by the security team for the day. Asaduzzaman said additional members of police, SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics), Bomb disposal unit will be kept stand-by to ...

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25 civilians decapitated in DR Congo ethnic attack


MNA International Desk: Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo Nande ethnic group have killed 25 civilians in the country’s violence-torn east, almost all of them hacked to death with machetes, local officials and activists said Saturday. ‘In total 25 people were killed, decapitated by machete by the Mai-Mai Mazembe in and around the village of Kyaghala,’ Francis Bakundakabo, the local representative of the governor of North Kivu province said. ‘All of these people were Hutu civilians,’ he said, adding that the killings took place between 4:00am and 8:00am on Saturday morning. Tensions between the Nande and Hutu communities have ...

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Govt banned Farroki’s film ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Bangladesh government has banned popular Bangladesh director Mostofa Sarwar Farroki’s upcoming film ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’, which is reportedly based on late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed’s life. The Information Ministry had asked Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) to revoke the No Objection Certificate issued to the film on February 15, reported news agency. The film has been produced by Abdul Aziz and Irrfan Khan under the banner of Jaaz Multimedia and Irrfan Khan Films. It stars Bollywood’s star Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and Parno Mittra. BFDC Managing Director ...

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Real Madrid leads La Liga with 2-0 win over Espanyol

La Liga

MNA Sports Desk: Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to three points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. Some 30 minutes into the match, Real Madrid finally broke the visitors’ resistance as Alvaro Morata headed home a floated cross from Isco to make it a-nil. And Gareth Bale, making his return to action after an injury layoff, sealed the victory in the 83rd minute via his 8th goal of the season, shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barcelona are hoping ...

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Facebook announced a new app for TV

MNA Science & Tech: In a bid to give users more options as to how and where they can watch videos, social media giant Facebook on Thursday announced a new app for TV, reported news agency. The app will be rolled out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more platforms to come, said Facebook in a blog post. With the app, you can watch videos shared by friends or Pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests. “Users can also catch up ...

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Curzon Hall: A consequence of ‘Bengal Partition’ movement

Curzon Hall

MNA Feature Desk: The construction of Curzon Hall started in 1904 and ended in 1908. In 19 February of 1904, Viceroy Lord Curzon paid a visit to Dhaka and put a foundation stone in his name there to build a library for Dhaka College. At that time a new building was also required to shift the College there. This became Dhaka College’s Grand Assembly Hall. Beside the Hall, 18 rooms were built in the main structure with a total cost of Tk 3 lakhs. The vastness of the whole area of Curzon Hall is unperceivable from outside. Several playing fields, ...

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SUB Inter-University Programming Contest 2017 held

Programming Contest

MNA Education Desk (SUB Correspondent):  The SUB Inter-University Programming Contest 2017 was held at the State University of Bangladesh (SUB) on Saturday in its own campus. The event was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This contest drew many programmers for solving complex real-world problems in an exhaustive five-hour session. Hundred and five teams from forty universities from around the country participated in the contest. The contest was inaugurated by Prof. Dr.S.M.A. Faiz, the honorable advisor of State University of Bangldesh.  Professor Dr. Mohammad Kaykobad from BUET led a thirteen-member panel of judges. In the concluding session, ...

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Municipality polls in Baghaichhari start under new EC


MNA National Desk: Voting in the municipality polls in Rangamati’s Baghaichhari upazila, the first polls under the newly formed Election Commission (EC), is ongoing. The balloting began at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break, reported news agency. A good number of voters are seen at the polling centers, our correspondent reports after visiting several polling stations in the area. Thirty-four contestants, including three of chairman post, are in the election race in the municipality that has some 10,177 voters in nine polling stations. Earlier on Friday, Election Commissioner Brig general (retd) Sahadat Hossain Chowdhury visited the upazila ...

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Khaleda to be punished if proved guilty: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia will certainly be punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case if the court is convinced. Criticising BNP’s threat not to allow holding the election if Khaleda Zia is punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, the Prime Minister said, ‘They (BNP) won’t allow the election just to save a thief. What type of attitude is this?’ She also questioned, ‘Why the BNP leader is afraid of facing the court if she had not been involved in any corruption. She has repeatedly been ...

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Pakistan killed 100 militants after Sufi shrine attack


MNA International Desk: Pakistan says it has killed more than 100 militants in a security crackdown following Thursday’s attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead, reported news agency. A suicide bomber blew himself up among devotees at the Sufi shrine in the town of Sehwan. Pakistan has reacted with raids across the country and by lashing out at Afghanistan which it accuses of tolerating militant sanctuaries. Islamic State said it had carried out the attack. In response, some 18 militants were killed in southern Sindh province, where the Sufi shrine is located, and another 13 in ...

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka tour schedule announced


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka’s cricket board Friday announced the schedule for a series of Test matches and limited overs internationals against Bangladesh who begin a tour of the island next month. The teams will play two Tests at the start of the tour, one in the capital Colombo and another at Galle on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. They then play three 50 over internationals before facing off for two Twenty20 matches. Sri Lanka have a formidable record at home and beat Australia 3-0 in the last series that they hosted in August 2016. First Test: March 7 – 11 ...

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First Indian container ship arrives at Pangaon terminal


MNA Business Desk: First container ship ‘MV Nou Kolla’ directly from Kolkata arrived at the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in Keraniganj under the Coastal Shipping Agreement between Bangladesh and India which India termed a “welcome development” The agreement, signed during the visit of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in 2015, allows direct sea movement of ships between the two countries. “Container services have been formally introduced between Bangladesh and India through arrival of the container ship Sonar Tori Nou Kallyan at the Pangaon terminal,” shipping minister Shajahan Khan told a function at the Pangaon terminal. Shajahan also said, ...

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Stylish casual outfits for spring 2017


MNA Life Style Desk: Getting dress can be difficult even if you just want a simple, casual look in this spring. To give you some ideas on what to wear this spring, we’ve collected some casual outfits that will keep you comfortable and stylish. Being accidentally stylish is not as hard as you might think it is. While the street style regulars get tons of free gear so they can look cool in pictures, regular guys have to buy carefully in order to build a perfect wardrobe. Make everything fits The most dramatic improvement you can make in your style ...

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Hearing of Khaleda’s graft cases deferred to 26 February

MNA National Desk: A special court on Thursday deferred the hearing on Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until 26 February. Judge Abu Ahmed Jomadar of the Special Judge Court-3 approved the order at Bakshibazar’s makeshift court in response to a time petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia. Earlier on 9 February, a special court fixed 16 February for hearing on the two graft cases against Khaleda. The court on February 2 dismissed the petition. Later, she moved for the High Court to transfer the case from the special court. The ACC ...

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Myanmar’s military officially ended operation in Rakhine state


MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s military has ended a clearance operation in the country’s troubled Rakhine State, government officials said, reported news agency. The security operation had been under way since nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct 9. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have since fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to UN estimates. The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied almost all allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, including mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims, and said the operation was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign. Two senior officials ...

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Massive fire at Banshbari slum in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur


MNA National Desk: At least 150 shanties were burnt as massive fire broke out at Banshbari slum in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area in the early hours of Thursday. The fire originated at around 3:25am, and soon overwhelmed the whole slum near the Shia mosque in the area. On information, a total of 15 units of firefighters rushed in and brought the fire under control after almost two hours of their frantic efforts at around 5:25am. The fire service officials could not confirmed the amount of damages in the fire. It has been believed that the fire destroyed around 200 shanties in ...

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Police detained second woman in Kim Jong Nam murder

Kim Jong Nam

MNA International Desk: Malaysian police detained a second woman on Thursday suspected of involvement in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reported news agency. She has been remanded in custody for seven days along with a woman who was caught at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday, two days after Kim Jong Nam was assaulted there with what was believed to be a fast acting poison. The woman was carrying an Indonesian passport, unlike the first suspect who held Vietnamese travel papers. Lawmakers in South Korea earlier cited their ...

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Barcelona slammed after 4-0 embarrassment against PSG


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s Champions League hopes are all but over for this season after they were outclassed 4-0 by a brilliant Paris Saint-Germain in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday. The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while Barcelona are staring at their earliest exit since losing to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2007. It was the Catalans’ worst night in Europe since their 7-0 aggregate mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013 semi-finals, and no ...

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MAG Osmani’s 33th death anniversary today

death anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: The 33th death anniversary of General Mohammad Ataul Gani Osmani is being observed on Thursday with due respect. General Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the liberation forces in 1971, died on February 16, 1984 at a hospital in London. Marking the day, Jatiya Janata Party and different political and socio-cultural organizations have chalked up elaborate programmes. Osmani joined the war responding to the call of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. General Osmani was born at village Dayamari in greater Sylhet on November 1, 1918. He joined then British India Military Academy in 1939 and was commissioned in 1940. Osmani was ...

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Real Madrid fight back to win 3-1 against Napoli


MNA Sports Desk: Casemiro’s stunning volley has crowned a superb display from Real Madrid, who have fought back to beat Napoli 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance, but when Real clicked into gear they created chances at will. Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title and eyeing a seventh straight quarter-final appearance, will travel to Naples for the return leg on ...

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Govt to set industrial park in Munshiganj: Amu


MNA Business Desk: Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to set up an industrial park, spreading over 50 acres, at Sirajdikhan in Munshiganj district with a cost of Tk 133 crore. The work on developing a plastic industrial estate is likely to be completed by June 2018 to ensure an environment-friendly plastic industry in the country, he added. The minister was speaking as the chief guest during the inaugural session of the four-day-long 12th International Plastic Fair-2017 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city. The Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers’ ...

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Alarming increase of air pollution in Dhaka city

Air pollution

MNA Editorial Desk: Air pollution is one of a variety of man made environmental disasters that are currently taking place all over the world. Air pollution may be defined as an atmospheric condition in which various substances are present at concentrations high enough above their normal ambient levels. Dhaka city is more than 400 years old. Over these years the population has increased many folds. Dhaka city is expanding in all direction east to west, north to south, population is increasing in geometric progression but the civic amenities cannot keep pace with the growing demand. The capacity of various utilities ...

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‘Rangoon’ co-stars Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali incredible: Kangana

Saif Ali

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Kangana Ranaut says her ‘Rangoon’ co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are incredible actors and she is fortunate to share screen space with them. ‘Rangoon’ a love story set against the backdrop of World War II and brings together the three actors on-screen for the first time. ‘They are incredible actors. They are amazing with Vishal Bhardwaj sir (director) and he has given them wonderful characters in the films that he did with them. They are very special, very natural and spontaneous. ‘I feel fortunate to be working with great actors like them. ...

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