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Nidahas Trophy: Tigers to face India


MNA Sport Desk: The Tigers will start their Nidahas Trophy campaign on Thursday taking on India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The T20I match of the tri-nation tournament, organised commemorating the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, will begin at 7:30pm Bangladesh time. Bangladesh Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jahed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das. India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh ...

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US Holocaust museum rescinds award to Suu Kyi

US Holocaust

MNA International Desk: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded its top award to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of her failure to condemn and stop military attacks on her country’s minority Rohingya Muslims, the museum said on Wednesday, reports news agency. The Washington museum’s rescission of its Elie Wiesel Award to Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is the latest honour to be retracted over her silence about widespread abuses against the Rohingya. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy have refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, fed hate attacks on the Rohingya ...

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UN calls for Myanmar war crimes panel


MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has set up multiple investigations and fact-finding missions into major trouble spots, including an active one for Myanmar. But some have expressed concern over the limitations of those probes, which focus on gathering a broad range of evidence about alleged atrocities, rather than assembling specific legal cases against individuals that can be taken to court. In the Syrian case, ...

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Historic 7 March being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Historic 7 March, a memorable day in the history of Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle, is being observed on Wednesday with elaborate programmes. This year, the day bears a great significance as Unesco recogonised the historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage. The 7th March is surely one of the greatest days in the history of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the great leader, father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has delivered one of the most influential, sensible, intelligent and heartening speeches in the history of mankind. It was given at the ...

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Trump’s top economic adviser Cohn quits


MNA International Desk: Gary Cohn, the top economic adviser to US President Donald Trump and a voice for Wall Street in the White House, said on Tuesday he would resign, a move that came after he lost a fight over Trump’s plans for hefty steel and aluminum import tariffs. The departure of Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, was expected to be finalized in a few weeks and will blow a hole in Trump’s already depleted advisory team at a time when the economy is growing but markets are volatile. Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday night that ...

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NEC approves Tk 1,48,381cr revised ADP


MNA Business Desk: The National Economic Council (NEC) on Tuesday approved a Taka 1,48,381 crore Revised Annual Development Programme (RADP) for the current fiscal year (FY18) downsizing the original ADP by 3.23 percent. “The NEC today approved the Revised ADP making a cut of Taka 4,950.25 crore from the foreign sources portion,” said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while briefing reporters after a NEC meeting. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting at the NEC conference room at city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. The Planning Minister said considering the organization’s own fund of Taka 9,213.39 crore, the overall RADP size now ...

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Forced starvation: A new weapon against Rohingyas

Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations Human Rights on Tuesday said Myanmar authority now using ‘forced starvation’ as a new tactic weapon to torture Rohingya people. Myanmar has not stopped its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Rakhine state, a United Nations human rights official said, reported news agency. The UN envoy’s assessment of a continued “campaign of terror and forced starvation” comes six months after a military crackdown caused a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims. Some 700,000 people have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since August. They have since told of murder, rape and arson by soldiers and vigilantes. Myanmar’s ...

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Kusal Perera leads Sri Lanka to victory

Kusal Perera

MNA Sports Desk: Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Chasing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera’s 37-ball 66 to achieve their target with nine balls to spare at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. The left-handed Perera, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, overshadowed Indian opener Shikar Dhawan’s career-best 90 that saw the visitors post 174-5 after being put into bat first. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar hurt Sri Lanka’s chase by picking up two wickets each ...

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Omar Sani hospitalized with heart problems

Omar Sani

MNA Entertainment Desk: Popular actor Omar Sani was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Dhaka, following sickness over cardiac problems Monday evening. Fardin Ehsan, son of the actor, said in a Facebook status that four blocks have been detected in his father’s blood vessels. He will be undergoing a ring implantation surgery at the night. Family sources said that Sani felt chest pain suddenly after the noon. Afterwards he was taken to the hospital where the physicians advised him ring implantation. However, the actor is out of danger, said the physicians. Sani’s wife Moushmi and their children accompanied him at the ...

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NASA space tech makes it to Oscars


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The company that takes credit for the shine in the coveted Oscar trophy is using a gold coating technology that NASA has helped it improve, the US space agency has said. “Our telescopes and the #Oscars trophies are both plated with the same gold!” NASA said in a tweet. Brooklyn-based Epner Technology has been using the improved technique for its varied commercial clients, NASA said in a statement released over the weekend. In 2016, Epner’s reputation for durable and brilliant gold coatings, built in part through its many years working for NASA, brought a new ...

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Ferdousi Priyabhashini passes away

Ferdousi Priyabhashini

MNA Culture Desk: Renowned sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini died undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon. She was 71. Priyabhashini, who was also a freedom fighter, was admitted to Lab Aid Hospital on 8 November 2017, as she was suffering from multiple complications including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. She was rushed to the hospital after falling over in her Gulshan residence and went into a shock on 8 November afternoon. Later, she was being kept under treatment at coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital. Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who was persecuted by Pakistani occupation army ...

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Vietnamese President leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang left Dhaka for Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up his three-day state visit and exploring avenues to enhance bilateral trade and investment. Earlier, the Vietnamese and Bangladeshi Presidents have agreed upon specific measures to promote politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, agriculture, education and science and technology. At a meeting with President Abdul Hamid in the capital city of Dhaka on March 5 (local time), President Tran Dai Quang expressed his wish that Bangladesh will successfully hold its general election by 2019 and reach the goal of becoming a middle-income country by ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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Kim ‘wants closer ties’ with South Korea


MNA International Desk: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it is his ‘firm will to vigorously advance’ inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday. A 10-member South Korean delegation led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong travelled to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Monday in hopes of encouraging North Korea and the United States to talk to one another. Washington and Pyongyang have been at loggerheads for months over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes, with U.S. President Donald Trump ...

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National Jute Day today

National Jute

MNA National Desk: The National Jute Day-2018 is being observed throughout the country amid enthusiasm with a view to making jute goods popular among the people. The government took up elaborate programmes including rallies, road shows, art competition, poetry festival, seminars and symposiums. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting people of the jute sector. According to the government, jute will play a vital role in expanding the export market, earning foreign currency, safeguarding the environment, and generating employment as the country is being elevated to middle income ...

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Reforms in Saudi Arabia to project fresh light on world’s Muslims


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia holds the two holiest cities of the Muslims — Makkah and Madinah. Despite its wealth and religious riches, throughout the last century, Saudi Arabia has been criticized for its religiously conservative mindset which many believe had pushed the country to refrain from social and political development while becoming incompetent in today’s competitive world. It was also said that, the country was suffering hugely in terms of humanitarian context. Though these might not all be very true, but serious concern was there until several humanitarian and policy reform were declared by the current honorable King Salman ...

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Nidahas Trophy kicks off today

Nidahas Trophy

MNA Sports Desk: In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, the seven-match Nidahas Trophy will kick off at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Bangladesh and India are the two other parties of the day-night T20I tournament, which will open with the match between host Sri Lanka and India at 8:00pm (Bangladesh time). Bangladesh Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jahed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das. ...

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Vegetarians may keep heart diseases away


MNA Life Style Desk: Consuming a form of vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, may be just as effective as a Mediterranean diet in reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke, researchers have claimed. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet is a kind of vegetarian diet that includes animal products such as eggs and dairy products, but excludes the intake of meat and fish. A Mediterranean diet, meanwhile, includes the consumption of poultry, fish and some red meat as well as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. “The take-home message of our study is that a ...

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3 MoUs signed between Bangladesh, Vietnam


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Vietnam have signed three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to promote bilateral cooperation in fisheries and livestock, industry and cultural exchange. The MoUs were signed after talks between the two sides, reported news agency. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh delegation at the talks while visiting Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang his country side. The MoUs are on promoting cooperation in the field of fisheries and livestock on renewal of the MoU signed on November 02, 2012. Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda signed the MoU on behalf of Bangladesh side while Minister ...

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Curfew in Kashmir after 4 killed by Indian troops


MNA International Desk: A curfew has been imposed on parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir to contain protests after Indian troops killed three young civilians and a rebel. Indian army Colonel Rajesh Kalia says militants fired at a checkpoint in southern Shopian area and a shootout with soldiers followed. The Associated Press reports citing the locals, that the three civilians were killed in cold blood. Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India with both nations claiming the region entirely. Rebel groups demand the region be united under Pakistani rule or as an independent country. Most people in the portion governed by India ...

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Parents of Zafar Iqbal’s attacker held


MNA National Desk: The parents of Foyzur Rahman, the attacker on professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), surrendered to the police on Sunday night. Foyzur’s father Atiqur Rahman and mother Minara Begum appeared in the Jalabad police station of Sylhet city, ending hours of their hiding after the attack on Zafar. On Saturday, renowned writer and educationist Zafar sustained head injuries when 24-year old youth Foyzur stabbed him with a knife during a prize-giving ceremony of the university. Foyzur’s family members went into on hiding immediately after the attack. The law enforcement claimed Foyzur, ...

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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture


MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantastical romance ‘The Shape of Water’ won best picture, the film industry’s most prestigious honor, at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. The academy’s top acting honors went, as widely expected, to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). “If I fall over, pick me up, because I’ve got some things to say,” Ms. McDormand said. She thanked “every single person in this building” and her sister before asking the female nominees in the room to stand. “Look around,” she said. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financing.” Jennifer Lawrence and ...

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US to stand by BD in resolving Rohingya crisis

Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: Visiting Deputy Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council Lisa Curtis today said the USA will remain with and stand by Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya crisis. She made the vow while held a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, at the latter’s office this morning, reported news agency. The Donald Trump’s aide said the USA offers further assistance to deal with the upcoming challenges, especially when the monsoon is approaching soon. During the meeting, she shared her experience of visiting Cox’s ...

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Messi free kick gives Barcelona win v Atletico

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi put Barcelona on a clear path to the Spanish league title after scoring from a free kick for a third straight game on Sunday. Messi’s goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win against second-place Atletico Madrid and widened the gap over its closest rival to eight points with 11 rounds remaining. The Argentina forward dipped a shot over the wall in the 26th minute to take his league-leading tally to 24 this season and 32 in all competitions. It was Messi’s sixth goal from a free kick this season, and his third straight after successful free ...

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Zafar Iqbal’s attackers are fanatics: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday termed fanatics the attackers of Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and urged all to keep their children away from militancy, terrorism and drug abuse. She said her government is committed to ensuring that no terrorist or militant activity occurs in Bangladesh. “Those who commit such acts are fanatics,” she said at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, a day after popular science fiction writer Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was attacked and injured by a man during a campus event in Sylhet. “They believe they can gain access to heaven through murder. ...

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Ronaldo passes 300 La Liga goals

300 La Liga

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another landmark in his career, with his first strike in Saturday’s La Liga game at home to Getafe taking him to 300 La Liga career goals. Ronaldo reached the mark just before half-time at the Bernabeu, when he took Karim Benzema’s clever disguised pass, held off his marker and steered a low shot to the net from 15 yards. The Portugal captain is only second player ever to reach 300 in the Spanish league — Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the other — but Ronaldo did it in 48 games ...

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Amazon to stop selling all Nest products

Whole Foods

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Nest products won’t be sold by any longer once current stock runs out, according to a report from Business Insider. Amazon last year declined to offer some of Nest’s newer products like the Nest Cam IQ and latest-generation smart thermostat. After weeks of simply ignoring the products and being unresponsive to Nest, Amazon informed the company of its decision by phone late in the year and said the directive “came from the top,” something Nest took to mean it had been handed down by CEO Jeff Bezos. There has been no direct confirmation of ...

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