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UN chief focuses urgency to address global ‘deficit of trust’

Guterres

MNA Editorial Desk: Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in the planet, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said he wants to reaffirm the UN as a platform for action to repair broken trust in a broken world. “The best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear,” stated Guterres. “It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks,” he added, during the press conference, held at UN headquarters in New York. “I believe the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care – and to mobilize solutions that ...

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Yaba traders to surrender by end of Jan: Home Minister

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MNA National Desk: Yaba traders are ready to surrender to the authorities in Cox’s Bazar at the end of January, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says. He made the comment amid reports that listed smugglers of the illegal drug were assembling in the district amidst an ongoing anti-drug raid. “I told them (police) to prepare details of their (yaba traders) identities. We will go over there on the 30th of January or the first week of February,” said the minister on Friday. Deaths of suspected drug dealers, killed in so-called shootouts with police, continue to be reported from across Bangladesh ...

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ULAB hosts Renuka Khatiwada’s photo exhibition

Renuka Khatiwada

MNA Career & Education Desk: The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has recently organised a photo exhibition in association with Nepalese photographer Ms Renuka Khatiwada at its Campus A in Dhanmondi area in the capital. The photographer’s project primarily took a close look at Dhaka and Kathmandu to compare the two cities as part of the Comparative South Asian Urban Studies project. Professor Dr H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, ULAB inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday, according to a press statement. Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice Chancellor, ULAB, ...

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PM Hasina advises tough stance against corruption

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MNA Editorial Desk: Reaffirming her government’s tough stance against corruption, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the Public Administration Ministry to issue a strong warning against graft by field-level administrations. “Your specific directives must reach the administrations at the grassroots level that tough action will be taken if anyone resorts to corruption,” she said while visiting the Public Administration Ministry in the morning. The Prime Minister wondered why there should be corrupt practices when the government enhanced the salaries, allowances and other privileges of the public servants significantly. “They must change their mindset.” She emphasised ensuring good governance and ...

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Goldman Sachs chief apologizes to Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Goldman Sachs

MNA Business Desk: Goldman Sachs new boss has apologised to Malaysia for the role an ex-partner played in the corruption scandal at one of the country’s wealth funds. However, chief executive David Solomon also distanced the bank from the scheme, which saw billions embezzled from the state development fund, 1MDB. He said Goldman, which had helped to raise money for the fund, had been deceived about details of the deals. Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman last month. It accused the investment bank of helping to misappropriate money intended for the fund. The US and other countries are also investigating ...

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Pompeo’s North Korea counterpart reaches Beijing

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MNA International Desk: North Korea’s top envoy involved in talks with the United States arrived in Beijing on Thursday and is thought to be en route to Washington, South Korean news agency Yonhap said on Thursday. US and South Korean media previously quoted unidentified sources as saying US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean official Kim Yong Chol were expected to meet in the US capital on Friday to discuss a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim arrived at Beijing airport on Thursday on an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang ...

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Seizing assets of war criminals law in final phase: law minister

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MNA National Desk: The government has almost finished creating a legal framework for confiscating assets of war criminals from Bangladesh’s Liberation War, said Law Minister Anisul Huq. “The task of forfeiting their assets began last year. Now, it has reached the final stage,” he said in response to a reporter’s question during an event at Brahmanbaria’s Akhaura on Thursday. The demand to strip war criminals of their assets gained momentum in 2010 when the International War Crimes Tribunal set up by an Awami League government began prosecuting Pakistan Army collaborators. It gained further momentum after a mass movement began in ...

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Green tea can increase type 2 diabetes risk

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, reports Xinhua. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study. The SWHS and SMHS are two large population-based studies initiated in 1996. Data from the studies have been used to investigate genetic and other biomarkers as well as lifestyle risk factors for cancers and other chronic diseases. In the new study, none of the participants had diabetes when they were ...

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RAB detained 5 for fraud using PM’s name

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MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) claimed to have detained five persons from different parts of capital Dhaka and outskirts on charge of committing fraud using the names of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her family members and some national leaders. “A team of RAB-2 nabbed the five persons on different charges, including committing fraud through opening fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Prime Minister, her family members and a number of national leaders,” said a text message sent to media by the RAB sources on Thursday morning. They are : Omar Farooque,30, Sabbir Hossain,24, Al ...

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie

Margot Robbie

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60 years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959. Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated ...

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Dean’s Award to 5 DU teachers & 37 students

Dean’s Award

MNA Career & Edication Desk: A total of 37 students of various departments under the science faculty of Dhaka University (DU) have been given ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in Bachelor of Science (BSc) examination of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Besides, five teachers of the faculty have received the award for their extra-ordinary contributions to original research and writing books. DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of the award as chief guest at a function held Wednesday at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university. Teachers who received Dean’s ...

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BUET holds robotics carnival

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: A two-day “Robo Carnival-2019” has begun at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Thursday to engage the robotics enthusiasts of different institutions of the country. State Minister for Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak is expected to be present at the closing ceremony of Robo Carnival-2019 as the chief guest while BUET Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Saiful Islam as the special guest, reports BSS. This national level event is organised by BUET Robotics Society for the third consecutive time, a BUET press release said. Pathfinder, Industrial Automation Challenge, Soccer Bot Competition, ...

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Muslim countries should solve issues through talks: PM Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Stressing the importance of the unity of Muslim countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Muslim countries should solve their problems, if any, through talks. “The Muslim Ummah should remain together…if there’s any problem among themselves that can be solved through discussions,” she said. The Prime Minister said this when newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar met her at her office. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Prime Minister mentioned that it is the people who suffer if there is any conflict among Muslim countries. Sheikh Hasina ...

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TIB’s report merely sides with BNP-Jamaat: Information Minister

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MNA National Desk: Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said on Wednesday that Transparency International Bangladesh or TIB’s so-called report as ‘politically-motivated’ and it merely sides with BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. “There are organisations whose work is to damage our country,” the minister came up with this comment at a briefing held in Chittagong. Hasan Mahmud has dismissed the report which alleged widespread irregularities during the 11th general election. After conducting surveys during voting at 50 among the 300 parliamentary seats across Bangladesh, the TIB found proof of some manner of irregularities in at least 47 of those constituencies, said the report released ...

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Canada hires guard for Saudi teen’s safety

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MNA International Desk: Amid threats to the safety of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who was granted asylum in Canada, the Toronto agency helping her has hired a security guard to ensure “she is never alone” as she starts a normal life, its executive director said on Tuesday. Mohammed, 18, made international headlines after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Thailand’s capital Bangkok to avoid being sent home to her family due to fears of being harmed or killed. The family denies any abuse. The teen has received multiple threats online that have made her fear for her ...

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HC open doors for DNCC by-election

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MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Wednesday cleared the way for holding the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). The bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah withdrew its earlier order that kept the mayoral by-election withheld for six months. The court also rejected three separate petitions filed on the election affairs, said Kazi Mynul Hasan, a counsel of the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD). The High Court withdrew the stay order and rejected three petitions as no lawyer from the petitioner was present during the hearing, said the counsel, reports UNB. Now ...

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May’s Brexit deal crushed in parliament

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MNA Editorial Desk: British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. After parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst defeat in modern British history, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn promptly called a vote of no confidence in May’s government, to be held at 1900 GMT today (Wednesday). With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the United Kingdom is ...

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White House considering Indra Nooyi as World Bank chief

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MNA Business Desk: The White House is considering Indra K Nooyi, the former chief executive officer of PepsiCo, for the position of World Bank president, according to several people familiar with the process, The New York Times reports. Nooyi, who stepped down from her role at PepsiCo last August after leading the company for 12 years, has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee. The decision-making process for the top post at the World Bank is fluid and in its initial stages, and ...

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Serena, Zverev makes flashing start

Serena Williams

MNA Sports Desk: A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title. The American giant is bidding to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam crowns on her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant. Now 37, she kept a low profile in the lead-up to the opening major of the year and came out of the blocks flying against fellow mum Tatjana Maria, pummelling her German opponent 6-0, 6-2. Sporting ...

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Joy reappointed PM’s ICT adviser

MNA National Desk: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been reappointed as PM’s part-time and honorary Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser. A circular has been issued in this regard on Tuesday that said the Prime Minister appointed Sajeeb Wazed Joy as her adviser under 3 (B) (1) of the Rules of Business, 1996, BSS reports. Joy would carry out his duties on the prime minister’s instructions and suggestions, according to the circular issued by Director (administration) of the Prime Minister’s Office, M Ahsan Kibria Siddique.

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Thailand election to be postponed again

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MNA International Desk: Thailand’s long-delayed general election to end military rule will have to be postponed from its February 24 date and will likely be held in March, two officials in the Election Commission said on Tuesday. The Election Commission of Thailand has not announced the postponement, but two senior election officials told Reuters it was impossible to hold the polls on Feb. 24, as announced last month. The military junta that has ruled for nearly five years had earlier suggested a one-month delay because of scheduling clashes with the coronation of the king in May. “The February 24 election ...

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Insurgents tumbling Rakhine back into bedlam

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to “crush” rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13 police officers earlier this month. The United Nations says fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army, which recruits from among the mainly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group, has forced about 5,000 people from their homes in the state in the past month. The latest violence underscores the complexity of the ethnic divisions that have long scarred Rakhine. In 2017 attacks on security posts in the north of the state by insurgents from the ...

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Japan willing to invest in BD IT sector

Japan

MNA Business Desk: Japan is willing to invest in the IT sector of Bangladesh and would continue to support the country in key development areas particularly in implementing the Vision 2021. Toshimitsu Motegi, visiting Minister-in-Charge of Economic Revitalization of Japan, expressed his keenness during a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Tuesday, reports BSS. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Japan is a great development partner of Bangladesh since independence which was achieved by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the premier said. Japanese minister congratulated Sheikh Hasina for ...

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Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques at AIUB

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MNA Career & Education Desk: American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) recently organised the 1st International Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques (ICREST) on its campus. Department of Computer Engineering (CoE), and Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB arranged the three-day conference on 10 – 12 January 2019. The opening address and welcoming remarks were given by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain, General Chair of the Conference and Dean, Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB, says a media release. The Chief Patron of the Conference Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor ...

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China to collect samples from moon this year

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for the country’s ambitious space programme. ...

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Protecting hair from dandruff in winter

Dandruff

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Dandruff in winters is usually caused by a dry scalp, which can feel itchy. This is the result of a combination of things-dry, cold air and an abundance of the malassezia fungus. To reduce and treat dandruff, you’ve got to use the right hair care products that are meant for the job. In the winter, we switch to Anti Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Range. However, as you might already know, just making this swap isn’t going to get rid of dandruff in a jiffy! You’ve got to invest in making a few lifestyle changes too! Here are ...

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Offsetting Dhaka traffic requires pragmatic & coordinated approach

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MNA Editorial Desk: Traffic jam has become intolerable over the last few days in Dhaka city after the national election. Citizens of this city are going through continuous hazards caused by this heavy traffic. With schools opened after the year-end vacation along with ongoing metro rail project and Dhaka elevated expressway project works, ongoing Dhaka international Trade Fair, rise in private vehicles of ride-sharing companies and many things else, the situation turned hazardous to the most. It seems like there is no end of the sufferings of the citizens of Dhaka as there is no visible steps to remove Dhaka ...

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