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Yaba smugglers ready to surrender in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: More than 150 yaba smugglers are “ready” to surrender by taking the opportunity given by the government amid a crackdown on drugs, Cox’s Bazar police say. The authorities are organising an event marking the surrender in the southeastern district bordering Myanmar where the methamphetamine tablets are produced. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will attend the programme on Saturday, according to Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police ABM Masud. The venue is the Teknaf Pilot High School ground and the time 10am. The home minister will travel to the district a day before the programme. Inspector General of Police ...

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ convicted in US

El Chapo

MNA International Desk: The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a US court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful, decades-long career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted Guzman, 61, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, on all 10 counts brought by US prosecutors. Richard Donoghue, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25. “It is a ...

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Stay alert to check militancy, terrorism: PM to Ansar, VDP


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all including the members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to stay alert to check militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country, BSS reports. “We’ll have to remain always careful to prevent militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country,” she told the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at its academy on Tuesday morning. The premier also directed Bangladesh Ansar and VDP personnel to work together with hard labour and honesty to keep up the country’s development spree. “As the biggest force of the country, you’ll have to ...

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Proposed Kishoreganj Economic Zone set to get license


MNA Business Desk: The proposed Kishoreganj Economic Zone (KEZ), a venture of Nitol Niloy Group, is set to obtain license from the authorities concerned, officials related with the development have said. The zone would be established on 91.63 acres of land in Pakundia Upazilla, next to Bhairab-Kishoreganj highway, they added. It received the pre-qualification licence from the BEZA in July 2017. “The KEZ is now getting prepared to receive the final nod,” Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Paban Chowdhury told the FE. He said the zone will host heavy industries like car and steel manufacturing plants by ...

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Dhaka Metrorail project to complete by 2022: JICA


MNA Editorial Desk: The metrorail project in Dhaka will be complete by 2022, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA that is financing a major portion of the project. All the projects under the Mass Rapid Transit or MRT programme for overhauling Dhaka’s public transport system will end by 2028, according to Japan’s foreign aid agency. A JICA delegation of three led by its Chief Representative in Bangladesh Hitoshi Hirata revealed the information to Planning Minister MA Mannan during a meeting in the capital on Monday. Briefing the media later, the planning minister said: “I wanted to know about ...

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US lawmakers reach probable deal to break government shutdown


MNA International Desk: US congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall. “We reached an agreement in principle” on funding border security programs through Sept 30, Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters. “Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said. Neither he nor three other senior lawmakers flanking him provided any details of the tentative pact. But it was far from clear if ...

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Amar Ekushey book fair and thoughts for cultural thrive


MNA Editorial Desk: Amar Ekushey Book Fair, one of the greatest yearly events of Bangladesh, has returned to millions of readers again this year and will be open for all throughout the month of February. This fair is a tremendous platform to bring the publishers, writers and readers together. This is all about books and booklovers. It has become endemic to our culture while holding the ideal of our language movement of 1952. This month-long book fair is not only intended to interest people on books rather it is to familiarize the young generations of Bangladesh with the ideals of ...

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Jashore board postpones ICT exam of SSC


MNA Career & Education Desk: The ICT (Information and Communications Technology) examination under Jashore board has been postponed following printing mistakes in the question paper. The fresh date of the examination will be informed letter, said Professor Abdul Alim, chairman of the board. The chairman also sought pardon to guardians and students for the unwanted incident.

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Mashrafe expresses confidence over success in New Zealand


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his team can break their drought in New Zealand during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder’s absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. Bangladesh’s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets ...

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Kangana lashes out at Alia Bhatt


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Manikarnika’ actress Kangana Ranaut, in a recent interview with Pinkvilla, said that Alia Bhatt’s “existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet.” The 31-year-old actress told Pinkvilla: “I suggested that she grows some spine and supports an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism… If she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet then I don’t consider her successful.” During the interview. Kangana also said that she hopes Alia Bhatt “understands the true meaning of success” and added, “I told her if she is only ...

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Bangladesh alarmingly among least cyber-secure countries


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has been found the sixth least cyber-secure among 60 countries covered in a study. Around 35.91 per cent mobile phones and 19.07 per cent computers of the country were attacked by malware in 2018, said the study conducted by UK-based research firm Comparitecha. In terms of overall performance, Bangladesh has scored 47.21 points, followed by Pakistan with 47.10 points, the study showed. Apart from the percentage of attacks during 2018, the study was also based on seven categories (national strategy, military, content, privacy, critical infrastructure, commerce, and crime). Comparitecha ranked a total of 60 ...

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Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Abraham Lincoln did not live to observe his 65th birthday on Feb. 12, 1874. He had been assassinated nine years earlier, on April 14, 1865. But, on that day in 1874, the nation’s first public celebration of the 16th President’s birthday was held in St. James Hall in Buffalo, organized and funded by drugstore owner — and Lincoln aficionado — Julius E. Francis. The 145th anniversary of the first Buffalo celebration, held near the 210th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, drew more than 50 people and some 30 Civil War era re-enactors to the Buffalo History Museum for ...

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Mistakes to be avoided while setting up an online business


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience. To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting ...

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Cost of Hajj rises, minimum cost Tk 3.44lac


MNA National Desk: The cost of Hajj package for 2019, through both public and private providers, has been hiked for the second year in a row. As per new price, Hajj package-1 has been set at Tk 418,500 from Tk 397,929 and package-2 at Tk 344,000 from Tk 319,355 this year. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed it to press on Monday after weekly cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The cabinet said a total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go ...

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BD’s assistance for military training, agriculture sought by CAR


MNA International Desk: Central African Republic (CAR) has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation, especially in the fields of military training and agriculture, according to a report on UNB. Central African Republic Defence Minister Marie-Noëlle Koyara sought the cooperation when a goodwill delegation from Bangladesh Army, led by Major General Mohammad Mashud Razzaq, paid a courtesy call on her at her office at Bangui on Friday. During the meeting, Koyara expressed her gratitude and satisfaction over the activities of Bangladesh contingents that have been performing responsibilities under the MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic) since October 2014. “Members of Bangladesh ...

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PM may visit Germany, UAE Feb 14-19


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina likely to visit Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 14-19 to attend two international conference in the countries. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 and Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2019 are scheduled to be held on February 15-17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to have a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit. The Prime Minister, who also attended Munich Security Conference in 2017, is scheduled to leave Bangladesh for Germany on Thursday, according to her primary programme schedule. The bilateral meeting is ...

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Survey on harmful elements in cow milk, HC orders


MNA Business Desk: The High Court on Monday directed the authorities to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodder containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country. The High Court bench of justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice K M Hafizul Alam came up with the order following a report published on different national dailies on adulterated milk. The HC also asked the authorities to submit a report over this within 15 days. Food, agriculture, fisheries and livestock and health secretaries, cabinet secretaries, all members of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, ...

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Information Minister for creating ‘Internet Ombudsman’

Internet Ombudsman

MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said time has come to think globally and work together on how to deal with fake news and rumors on social media platforms through establishing an ‘Internet Ombudsman’ as freedom of media and accountability are equally important. “We need to discuss it deeply. Together, we’ll work out how the unedited platforms (social media platforms) can be brought under rules and regulations,” he said adding that the government will take a decision in consultation with stakeholders in the media industry. The Information Minister made the remark while addressing as the chief ...

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China condemns Modi’s visit to disputed region


MNA International Desk: China’s foreign ministry on Saturday condemned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the disputed north-eastern border state of Arunachal Pradesh, saying it “resolutely opposes” activities by Indian leaders in the region. Modi’s visit was part of a series of public meetings in the region aimed at garnering support for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Indian elections due by May. Despite recent efforts to improve bilateral ties in both countries, disputes over the mountainous Indo-China border – which triggered a war in 1962 – and the region that China claims as southern Tibet have ...

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BD to lower foreign trade cost and time


MNA Business Desk: The government targets to lower time and cost of overseas trading taking into consideration Singapore’s success in this case, sources said. In the World Bank’s latest ‘ease of doing business’ index, Singapore stood second and Bangladesh 176th. The target was set at a recent meeting with prime minister’s principal secretary Nojibur Rahman in the chair. Officials said the government wants to raise capacity of customs department and ports in handling cross-border trade to improve business environment in Bangladesh. According to the index, Bangladeshi exporters need to spend 168 hours for obtaining, preparing and submitting documents during port ...

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Dhaka wants ‘safe heaven’ for Rohingyas


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka wants a “safe heaven” for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Rakhine state by ensuring their safe, secured and dignified repatriation under the monitoring of India, China and other ASEAN nations. “We want a safe heaven for the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and that haven has to be monitored by India, China and other ASEAN nations —As China and India are friendly to Myanmar, it may accept this proposal,” said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in New Delhi last evening, BSS reports. Talking to BSS, Momen said that he requested his Indian counterpart ...

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500 mmcfd LNG supply starts from Chattogram today


MNA National Desk: The supply of 500 mmcfd Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the national grid will start from Chattogram district on Saturday. Petrobangla officials expressed hope that the supply of 500 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) LNG gas will bring a positive impact on country’s gas sector. Along with the increased gas flow, fertilizer and electricity production will also be increased not only in Chattogram but also in Dhaka, they said. A senior Petrobangla official said earlier the supply of 500 mmcfd LNG was started in August on a pilot basis. But the gas could not be supplied ...

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National Vitamin-A Plus campaign unveils


MNA Lifestyle Desk: The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign is being observed across the country on Saturday in a bid to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to children aged between six months to 59 months. Under the campaign, 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.50 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red colored high-power capsules. They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20 thousand mobile health centres across the country. Mobile health centers has been set up at ...

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Injury throws away Shakib from New Zealand tour


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh stalwart Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out from the upcoming New Zealand ODIs due to a finger injury that he sustained during the final of Bangladehs Premier League (BPL) on Friday between Dhaka Dynamites and ComillaVictorians. Shakib led the Dynamites in the Final who lost the by 17 runs and failed to clinch the title in the second attempt on a trot. A source close to Shakib said he got injured on his left ring-finger while batting for the Dynamites. The southpaw got the blow while facing a short delivery from Sri Lankan ...

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ADB approves $50m microenterprise development loan


MNA Business Desk: The government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed an agreement for $50million in loan to promote microenterprise development for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. The assistance will help improve microenterprises’ access to finance through the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), an apex development finance and capacity building organisation; and its partner organisations. Monowar Ahmed, Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), and Manmohan Parkash, Country Director, ADB, signed the agreement on behalf of Bangladesh and ADB, respectively on Wednesday. The total cost of the project, which is due for completion at the end of 2020, is ...

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PM inaugurates six power plants

power plants

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated six power plants which have added some 1,062 megawatt (MW) electricity to the national grid. Besides, she opened nine grid sub-stations, power supply to Sandwip upazila in Chattogram district through submarine cable, and cent per cent electrification of 12 upazilas. The Prime Minister inaugurated these projects through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban in the city on Wednesday. The six power plants are- Sirajganj 282 MW Simple Cycle Power Plant, Bhola 225 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Chandpur 200 MW Power Plant, Ashuganj 150 MW Power Plant, Rupsha 105 MW ...

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