Author Archives: News Desk

Khaleda files bail pleas in three cases

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MNA National Desk: The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking her bail in three cases. Among the three cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation, said lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. Earlier in the day, a HC bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hassan granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers sought for it. Later, the HC bench fixed June 7 to hear the bail pleas of ...

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China-US agree to abandon trade war

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MNA Business Desk: Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, reported news agency. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what president Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Vice-premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in Washington said: “The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,” state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. Liu called the agreement a “necessity”, but ...

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Cuba plane crash: Black box found

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MNA International Desk: A black box from a Boeing passenger jet that crashed in Cuba, killing 110 people and wounding three others, has been found and is in “good condition,” Cuban Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo said Saturday. “We should receive the other one in the next few hours,” he told state media. The two black boxes — the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder — will be key in determining what caused the crash of the plane, a 39-year-old Boeing 737-200 that plummeted to the ground on Friday just after take-off on a domestic run to the east ...

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Harry-Meghan tie knot

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle. Archbishop Welby has declared them husband and wife. Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride’s hand and told her: ‘You look amazing – I missed you’. He also said ‘thank you, pa’ after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, daily Mail reports. But the tears turned to laughter when ...

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Rohingya crisis needs urgent action: Canadian aid workers

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A group of Canadian aid workers is urging the federal government to act quickly on some of the recommendations made in a report on the Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar. At a news conference in Toronto on Friday, the group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) said the wait has been unacceptable. “We must lead the international community. The inaction is unbelievable,” said CSRDN co-chair Dr. Aliya Khan, noting that it’s been six weeks since the government released a report from Mr. Rae outlining the crisis, yet no actions ...

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Chelsea edge Man United in Cup final

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MNA Sports Desk: Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty proved decisive as Chelsea salvaged their season by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in what is widely expected to be manager Antonio Conte’s swansong on Saturday. The Belgian’s searing pace earned the spot-kick in the 21st minute after forcing Phil Jones into a desperate lunging tackle and he coolly tucked it away for what proved to be the winner. Jose Mourinho’s United were dismal in a scrappy first half and although they improved significantly after the break they were denied a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph. Chelsea, whose Premier ...

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Apple to bring accessible coding for blind

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: With an aim to offer students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the language of technology, Apple is bringing an accessible coding programme to schools serving the blind and deaf communities, first to the US and then to more schools around the world. Beginning this autumn, US schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the “Everyone Can Code” curricula for Swift-Apple’s intuitive programming language, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said in a statement on Thursday. “Apple’s mission is to make products as accessible as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s ...

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Manik Bandopadhyay’s birth anniv observed

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MNA Feature Desk: Even after living with extreme poverty, Manik Bandopadhyay chose the literary work as the sole resort of his life and livelihood. Yesterday was the 110th birth anniversary of that powerful novelist who is considered one of the leading lights of modern Bengali fiction. Prabodh Kumar Bandhopaddhay was born on May 19, 1908 in a city named Dumka in Bihar, later who was widely recognized as Manik Bandopadhyay by his extraordinary writing. He was the eighth among his fourteen siblings. His journey in literature was quite confident. Manik Bandopadhyay wrote 36 novels and more than two hundred short ...

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8 killed in Afghan sports stadium blasts

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MNA Sports Desk: Eight people were killed and 45 others wounded in a bomb attack in a sports stadium in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar overnight, the provincial government said in a statement Saturday. “Three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated as a result of a coordinated terrorist attack in Jalalabad city’s cricket stadium in Police District 1 of the city at around 11:20 p.m. Friday, leaving the casualties,” the statement added. A local cricket match was underway to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan or fasting month before the blasts. The casualties ...

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Koreans keen to invest in Bangladesh

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MNA Business Desk: Korean entrepreneurs have shown their keen interest to invest in Bangladesh, saying they will send a trade delegation to Bangladesh soon, reported enw sagency. They expressed their interest at the Bangladesh Investment Seminar jointly organised by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Bangladesh embassy in South Korea in Seoul, South Korea on Friday. BIDA executive chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam and Bangladesh ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam highlighted the remarkable socio-economic achievements of Bangladesh, including the investment opportunities and the incentives offered by the government of Bangladesh. They pointed out that there are ample untapped areas ...

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Ranbir admits to having a crush on Alia

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s relationship status has become a hot topic of discussion these days after the duo was snapped attending a movie screening together and making an entry together for Sonam and Anand Ahuja’s wedding reception. Well, a few years back when Alia was new to the industry she had claimed during an interview that she has a huge crush on Ranbir Kapoor. The actress then went on to say the same thing at various interviews hinting that she admires his acting skills. But now, seems like the tables have turned, reports news agency. During ...

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Nuremberg trial system for war criminals: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday laid emphasis on introducing Nuremberg trial system in the country where there will be no need for any witness against war criminals. “There’s no need for any witness for the trial of war criminals as documents are there. Justices in Nuremberg do not take any witness, and that trial is still there as the trial for war crimes in the World War II is going on. We can take that type of step in our country, too,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this when the party leaders greeted her on the ...

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Ramadan begins tomorrow

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MNA National Desk: Muslims in Bangladesh will begin fasting on Friday, as the National Moon-Sighting Committee says Ramadan begins on that day, reported news agency. Tarabih prayers will follow Isha prayers on Thursday night. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion’s two holiest sites, authorities said. Ramadan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Ramadan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. The others are the profession of faith (“there is no God but ...

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Budget session in parliament to begin June 5

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MNA Business Desk: The Jatiya Sangsad budget session for 2018-19 fiscal year will begin on June 5. It will be the last budget of the incumbent Awami League government. The parliament will go into session at 11:00am on that day with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury in chair. A few hours before the session starts, Working Advisory Committee meeting will fix the schedule of country’s 47th and fifth budget of the current government. however, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith with place the budget proposal for 18-19 fiscal year on June 7. It will be Abdul Muhith’s 12th budget as finance ...

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60 babies born a day in Rohingya camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 16,000 Rohingya babies were born in Rohingya camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar in the nine months since Myanmar forced thousands of families to flee their homes across the border from its in Rakhine State. “Around 60 babies are born a day and are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma and, at times, rape,” said Unicef Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder. “This is far from the best start in life. It has been nine months since the wave of violence forced thousands ...

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Priyanka’s next Marathi production titled Paani

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday announced her fourth production venture in Marathi language, titled Paani. The 35-year-old actor, who is backing the film under her production banner Purple Pebble Pictures, took to Twitter to share the news, reports news agency. The film, to be directed Adinath Kothare, is based on a ‘true story’ and explores the contemporary water crisis. ‘Welcome aboard @adinathkothare and team… Let’s create something special together! #Marathi,’ Priyanka tweeted. However, the production house also shared that the shooting of the movie is expected to begin soon. They also shared a motion poster of the film.

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Be helpful to people: PM to police

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed police to be helpful to people, by extending service and support, reported news agenyc. “People come to police when they face difficulties. Therefore, police must give importance to human rights and rule of law while performing their duties. They have to be attentive towards women, children and elderly people in society,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy here. The Prime Minister took salute and inspected the parade. She asked the police ...

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PM Hasina reaches Rajshahi

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Rajshahi today (Wednesday). According to her tour schedule, the premier is inspecting the march-past of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and took their salute at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA) in Sardah of Rajshahi. Abdus Sobhan, Superintendent of Police of BPA, confirmed this information on Tuesday, reported new sagency. He said the Prime Minister will deliver her directional speech before the probationary police officers of 35th BCS batch. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police Dr Jabed Patwary and other high civil, military and police officials also have attended the ceremony.

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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim released from jail

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MNA International Desk: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim was freed from jail after receiving a royal pardon. Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Anwar, which was granted on Wednesday morning. Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government. Mahathir has promised to step aside for Anwar to become prime minister within two years. The politician was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges, reports news agency. For years he had been heading Malaysia’s ...

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Euro zone GDP growth slows in Q1

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MNA Business Desk: The economical growth of the Euro zone slowed in the first quarter of this year and industrial output in March was weaker than expected, data from the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat has showed. The Eurostat said on Tuesday that its earlier preliminary flash estimate that gross domestic product (GDP in the 19 countries that share the euro rose 0.4 per cent quarter on quarter in the Q1 slowing from 0.7 per cent in the previous quarters. Year-on-year, euro zone GDP grew 2.5 per cent, in line with the preliminary estimate and down from 2.8 per cent ...

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Gary Kirsten to join BCB as consultant

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MNA Sports Desk: BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that South African Gary Kirsten appointment as a consultant is in the final stages. He was talking to Sport scribes yesterday after the reception to honour former coach West Indian Gordon Greenidge, reported news agency. BCB chief literally surprised the reporters by saying that Kirsten was already working for the board. Kirsten, who is currently in India as the coach of IPL outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore might come to Bangladesh on May 21 when his IPL duties end. Bangladesh head coach role has been vacant since Chandika Hathurusingha resigned last year ...

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Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices

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Science & Tech Desk: On Wednesday, Whole Foods debuted a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers special discounts to Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials such as $10 per pound off wild-caught halibut steaks. Those perks are available now in Florida and will roll out to all other stores starting this summer. Amazon previously announced free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores for members of Prime, its subscription club with fast shipping and video streaming. The new loyalty strategy will test whether Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods brings much-feared disruption and ...

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Swedish opera singer wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme has won the one-million dollar prize awarded in memory of the Nordic nation’s legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, the jury said on Tuesday. The prize, one of the largest in the world of classical music, is given every three or four years to recognise the achievements of an active artiste in the field, reported news agency. Stemme was honoured “for her interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire with her respect for the composer’s intentions, her tireless dedication to the dramatic soprano repertoire, and for being a great Wagnerian soprano of today,” the jury ...

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AL’s Khaleque wins KCC polls

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MNA National Desk: Awami League mayoral candidate Talukdar Abdul Khaleque was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election on Tuesday. Khaleque won the election with a big margin bagging 176,902 votes while his nearest rival Nazurl Islam Manju of BNP polled 108,956 in 286 election centres out of total 289. The voting was suspended in the remaining three centres due to violence, capturing of polling stations and forced stuffing. Returning officer Yunus Ali made the announcement around 9:40pm. The voting began at 8am and ended at 4pm without any break. however, the turnout of voters was said ...

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Local govt elections: A question on accomplishment

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MNA Editorial Desk: The recent politics of Bangladesh is having an election-centric vibe while we are quickly approaching the national polls scheduled for end of this year and also five city corporation elections slated to be held prior to this. Both the ruling and opposition parties are considering these city corporation elections as the dress rehearsal of the 11th general election and putting high emphasis on the likely outcome. In spite of huge differences in the form, importance and style between local government and national elections, the rivalry, mass communication and election-oriented activities are in full form for these CC ...

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Israeli forces kill 41 in Gaza protests

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MNA International Desk: Israeli forces killed at least 41 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier hours on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, reported news agency. It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on 30 March, and since the 2014 Gaza war. The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets. Tens of thousands streamed to the coastal enclave’s land border ...

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Railways minister blessed with twin boys

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MNA National Desk: Railways Minister Mujibul Haque and his wife Honufa Akhter Rikta were blessed with twin boys early on Tuesday, reported news agency. The minister’s wife gave birth to the babies around 12:15am at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. Both the twin and their mother are doing well, sources at the hospital said. Dr. Nargis Fatema conducted the caesarian section. The minister made headlines when he married a 29-year-old woman at the age of 67 on October 31 in 2014. However, The couple has a girl child who was born May 28 in ...

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