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EC to declare election schedule at 7pm Thursday

gazette notification

MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will address the nation on Thursday to announce the schedule of the 11th parliamentary election. The CEC’s address will be aired at 7pm on Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Radio, says a release issued by the Election Commission. Previously, in a meeting on Monday, Jatiya Oikya Front requested the Election Commission to announce the election schedule after dialogues between the political parties and the government had ended. In response to the request, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said it would not be possible to defer the announcement ...

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2nd dialogue of Jatiya Oikya Front


MNA National Desk: The dialogue between the Awami League and the Jatiya Oikya Front has begun at Ganabhaban. Led by Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain, an 11-member delegation entered Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official residence in Dhaka around 10:38am on Wednesday. The talks started around 11:00am. The members of Oikya Front’s delegation are: Dr Kamal Hossain, JatiyaSamajtantrik Dal President ASM AbdurRab, BNP Secretary General MirzaFakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP Standing Committee members KhandkakerMosharrafHossain and Barrister Moudud Ahmed, MostafaMohsinMontu, Advocate SubrataChowdhury, NagorikOikya Convener MahmudurRahman Manna, SM Akram, Abdul MalekRatan and Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed. On the other side, accompanying the prime ...

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Democrats capture US House majority


MNA International Desk: Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with president Donald Trump to win control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday where they will seek to keep his agenda in check and open his administration to intense scrutiny. In midterm elections two years after he won the White House, Trump and his fellow Republicans were set to maintain their majority in the US Senate following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues. With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump’s tax returns and possible conflicts of ...

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Create atmosphere for credible polls: LDA tells PM


MNA National Desk: Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of left-leaning political parties, on Tuesday urged the government to create an atmosphere for holding a free, neutral, participatory and acceptable to all election, reported news agency. They also urged the government to dissolve Parliament before announcement of the election schedule, form a neutral caretaker government, reform the Election Commission, scrap the EVM, stop filing and withdraw political cases, create a level-playing field for all parties. LDA Convener Saiful Huq, who is also the general secretary of Biplobi Worker’s Party, said this to reporters after emerging from the dialogue with the ...

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Too soon to send Rohingya back: UN rights envoy


MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations’ human rights investigator on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to drop plans to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a “high risk of persecution”. The two countries agreed on 30 October to begin the returns to Myanmar in mid-November. The UN refugee agency has already said that conditions in Rakhine state were “not yet conducive for returns”. Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in a statement that she had received credible information from the refugees in Cox’s Bazar ...

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7th November: Freedom fighter-soldier killing day

Soldier Killing Day

MNA Feature Desk: Freedom Fighter- Soldier Killing Day is being observed across the country today. On this day in 1975, the killing process of the freedom fighter-soldiers started in the name of sepoy (soldier) revolution. The process was initiated much earlier, in August 1975, through the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and almost his entire family. Subsequently, on November 3 in 1975, the four national leaders were brutally killed in prison. After four days, the then rulers started killing the finest sons of the nation. In the name of sepoy revolution, three prominent freedom ...

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Rohit’s century helps India clinch T20 series


MNA Sports Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering century to help the team secure a series-clinching 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday. The right-hander’s unbeaten 111 off 61 balls powered India to a commanding 195 for two wickets, and he returned to marshal his bowlers who restricted the tourists to 124-9 to earn an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Having elected to field, West Indies initially managed to restrain Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, conceding only nine runs in the first four overs. Rohit broke loose ...

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Camila sweeps MTV Europe awards


MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning best song with her hit “Havana” as well as best artist and best video, reported news agency. “This year has been the best of my life,” the 21-year-old Cuban native said at the event in Bilbao, northern Spain. Cabello had opened the show hosted by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld with a rendition of her Latin-influenced “Havana”. She is fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August — artist of the year and video of the year — ...

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Kader Siddiqui joins Oikya Front

Kader Siddiqui

MNA National Desk: Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) of Kader Siddiqui on Monday formally joined Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, aiming to ensure a credible and acceptable national election in the country, reported news agency. KSJL president Kader Siddiqui came up with the announcement at a press conference at his party office in the capital’s Motijheel area. “Today is the greatest of my life,” Siddique said. “Today I am glad to announce that we are joining the Jatiya Oikya Front led by Dr Kamal Hossain.” “We are joining the group under his leadership to restore the rights of the ...

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Dialogue with Oikya Front on Wednesday

Oikya Front

MNA National Desk: Awami League President Sheikh Hasina agreed to resume dialogue with the Jatiya Oikya Front, said Obaidul Quader. She will sit with the leaders of the Dr Kamal Hossain-led coalition at the Ganabhaban at 11am on Wednesday, reported news agency. “Oikya Front has sent a letter for talks again. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had earlier said that her door is always open for talks. But no more talks can be held after Nov 7,” he said. “Considering everything, we are holding talks with the Oikya Front on a limited scale,” he added. Earlier in the day, Gono Forum ...

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Suu Kyi’s party slapped down in by-polls


MNA International Desk: The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory, ending decades of military rule. But her tenure has been full of stumbles, most notably with ethnic groups involved in peace talks with the military — which has been marred by skirmishes and ongoing civil war in states like Kachin and Shan. The dissatisfaction ...

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US sanctions loom over Iran’s oil sector

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MNA Business Desk: Thousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” rallied on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector. Students attending the government-organised rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Donald Trump outside the former embassy compound. Hardline students stormed the embassy on Nov 4, 1979, soon after the fall of the US-backed shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for ...

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‘Pather Panchali’ named in BBC’s top 20 foreign language films

foreign-language films

MNA Entertainment Desk: The BBC has unveiled their list of the 100 best foreign-language films of the 21st century where 209 critics from 43 different countries took part in the poll. The survey run by BBC Culture narrowed down 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. French turned out to be the predominant language as 27 of the highest-rated films in this poll were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese. However, only one Indian film has made it to the list, Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali,” which ...

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Australia cricket director Taylor quits

Mark Taylor

MNA Sports Desk: Former Test captain Mark Taylor quit as a Cricket Australia director Monday, saying he had “lost the energy” to continue after a torrid time sparked by the ball-tampering scandal and a scathing review into the governing body. He becomes the latest top figure to exit the embattled organisation following chief executive James Sutherland and chairman David Peever, reported news agency. Taylor was only last week floated as a potential successor to Peever, with the sport in desperate need of inspired leadership after the damning independent review blamed CA’s “arrogant” and “controlling” culture as contributing to players cheating ...

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IU admission test held peacefully

Martyred Intellectuals Day

MNA Education Desk: The admission tests of ‘A’ and ‘B’ units for the first year Honours courses of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia held peacefully amid tight securities on Sunday. A total of 1,996 candidates were contesting against 240 seats at ‘A’ unit under theology faculty and 21,208 candidates were contesting against 1,035 seats at ‘B’ unit under humanities and social sciences faculty, acting registrar of the university SM Abdul Latif said. The admission test of A-unit was held at the 1st shift around 9.30am to 10.30am while the test of B-unit was held at 2nd, 3rd and 4th shifts ...

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Hyundai integrating solar panels


MNA Tech Desk: Hyundai and Kia are planning to introduce solar roofs on some models. The new tech will help owners rely less on increasingly expensive fuel. They are set to implement the solar technology in hybrid, fully electric and internal combustion vehicles. The first generation tech will be used in hybrids, weaving silicon solar panels into the car’s roof. Hyundai believes the solar panels can charge the batteries by between 30 and 60 per cent capacity on a normal day. Second-generation tech will be installed on internal combustion vehicles. Hyundai plans to integrate a semi-transparent solar roof with a ...

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World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami

MNA Feature Desk: World Tsunami Awareness Day is being observed across the world on 5 November 2018.  Its objective is to raise awareness and share innovative approaches to tackle the challenge. The day aligned with the ‘international day for Disaster Reduction’ and the ‘Sendai Seven Campaign” which are amide at reducing the number of affected people globally by disasters. Though they may be rare, tsunamis are among the most devastating natural disasters. They know no coastal borders. Coastal communities – often concentrated in low-lying and highly populated areas – are the most potentially vulnerable to coastal hazards including tsunamis, with ...

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Natural tips to cure your acne


MNA Life Style Desk: Acne is a tremendously embarrassing and burdensome problem. It is easy to feel that you don’t have control over your breakouts. Here are some easy things you can start doing today to help you heal your acne. Apply a honey mask to your face once or twice a week:  Honey has antibacterial properties so it is great for disinfecting and healing minor blemishes. It is also gentle on sensitive skin. Wash twice a day with acne soap: You should wash your face twice a day with a sulfur based soap designed for acne. Once when you ...

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PM urges Alem, Ulema to stay away from social media propaganda


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Qawmi madrasa teachers and students to ignore propaganda spread on social media. She also asked for their prayers ahead of the upcoming elections at the thanksgiving rally organised at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday to commemorate the government’s recognition of the highest certification offered by Qawmi madrasas as equivalent to postgraduate degrees. The rally by the Al-Haiatul Ulya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh, the organisation representing the six Qawmi education boards in the country, was led by the organisation’s chairman, Hefazat Islam Amir Shah Ahmad Shafi. Sheikh Hasina is the chief guest. Shafi ...

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Qawmi madrasa’s Shukrana Mahfil starts at Suhrawardy Udyan

Qawmi madrasa

MNA National Desk: Al Haiatul Ulaya Lil-Jamiatul Kawmiya Bangladesh, a Qawmi madrasa board, started their ‘Shukrana Mahfil’ (thanks giving rally) on Sunday morning at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the rally around 11am as the chief guest. The body arranged the rally to hail the government for giving the Dawra-e-Hadith (Taqmil) of Qawmi Madrasas the status of master’s degree. Allama Ahmad Shafi is the chairman of this oragnisation. Thousands of Hefajat activists have been gathering at Suhrawardy Udyan to join the rally since morning. On September 18, parliament passed a bill to recognize the Dawra-e-Hadith (Takmil) ...

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Bangladesh clinch SAFF U-15 title


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday. The match rolled into a tie breaker after the regulation time ended in a 1-1 goal draw, reported news agency. Bangladesh emerged Group ‘A’ champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals after defeating Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match and the Maldives by 9-0 goals to start their campaign ...

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Italian storms claim 17th life, 14 million trees


MNA International Desk: Heavy storms and gales devastating parts of Italy have claimed two more lives, taking the overall death toll to at least 17. A spokeswoman said 17 deaths related to the severe weather had been reported to the Agency so far. Many of the victims to date have been killed by falling trees. Coldiretti, the association of Italian agricultural companies, said in a statement that gales had destroyed around 14 million trees, many in the far north. Areas from the far northeast to Sicily in the southwest have been affected, with the worst damage in the northern regions ...

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EU threatens to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar


MNA Business Desk: The European Union (EU) has threatened to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar if it fails to address the concerns of the international community. “The EU stands ready to provide necessary support to Myanmar to address the concerns of the international community. Nevertheless, withdrawal of trade preferences is a clear possibility if other channels of cooperation have failed to reach results,” it said. A monitoring mission of experts from the European Commission and the European External Action Service visited Myanmar from 28 to 31 October, reported news agency. This follows deeply worrying developments highlighted in various United Nations ...

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Accountability crucial for voluntary return of Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: Accountability is crucial to build confidence in the Rohingyas for them to voluntarily return; without this, repatriation will not be sustainable, Bangladesh says. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen stated this during the general debate of the General Assembly about the Human Rights Council’s report, in New York, recently. He said: “While our continued efforts and readiness for the safe, voluntary, and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas, to their original place of abode in the Rakhine state, are about to see fruition, one should, therefore, not be oblivious of the imperativeness of ...

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“Paathshala” to be released on November 23


MNA Entertainment Desk: The much-awaited Bangla cinema ‘Paathshala’ is set to be released in November. The story of ‘Paathshala’ revolves around the life struggle of a talented 10-year-old street child Manik. The release date of the film, produced by Faysal Raddi and Asif Islam, was declared earlier, but deferred later. First trailer of the film has already been released on YouTube. Earlier, the film was screened in a number of festivals of Germany, Canada and India. Habib Arinda plays the main character of the film (Manik) , and Emma Akhter in the role of Chumki. Other characters include Nazmul Hussain ...

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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu, four national leaders

four national leaders

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders marking the Jail Killing Day, reported news agency. In memory of the leaders, the premier placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in Dhaka this morning. Sheikh Hasina first laid a wreath as the prime minister at the portrait of Bangabandhu around 7:00am. After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories ...

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Zimbabwe to bat first against Bangladesh

bat first

MNA Sports Desk: Visiting Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and decided to bat first in the first Test against Bangladesh at the picturesque Sylhet International Stadium, which is hosting its first five-day game, reported news agency. Hosts are looking to boost their Test record in the two-match series against Zimbabwe despite missing big names Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh XI: 1 Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah (capt), 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu ...

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