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Beauty of democracy ties with leaders’ conscience

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MNA Editorial Desk: Democracy is one of the most practiced government system around the world and it projects sheer beauty if embedded with sacrifice and accountability. It asks for the leaders to take responsibility of their words or works and complete dedication towards the welfare of the people. Democracy calls for participation of the people in forming a government of their choice as well as entitles them for answers. In spite of worldwide adoption of democratic concept, democracy is flawed or not in full practice in most countries including the initiators of democracy. Hence now extent of democratic practice becomes ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s Mazar at Tungipara

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MNA National Desk: Central Leaders of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) on Monday paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his Mazar at Tungipara. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Prime Minister’s Media Advisor, placed wreaths at the mazar. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, the chief patron of BSKM national committee, also paid homage to Bangabandhu marking the 43rd martyrdom anniversary and National Mourning Day. Besides a huge number of children participated in a mourning rally arranged by the BSKM before placing wreaths at the Mazar.

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bdtickets.com brings online Eid tickets

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MNA Tech Desk: Online ticketing platform, bdtickets.com, has offered online ticket for the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha, said a press release on Saturday. People planning to travel, can easily purchase tickets through this online ticketing platform from the comfort of their homes. Interested customers can place purchase request on the platform for their desired destinations along with return tickets and make payment conveniently using their debit/credit cards or mobile wallet (such as bKash, Rocket etc.). Customers can also call directly to the bdtickets.com’s contact center by dialing 16460. The call center agents will process the ticket purchase requests. Having started its journey ...

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Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction

Demi Lovato

MNA Entertainment Desk: In her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital, singer Demi Lovato says she remains committed to overcoming addiction, reported news agency. “I will keep fighting,” Lovato wrote Sunday in a post on Instagram. She also thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed on drugs at her Hollywood Hills home on 24 July. She said she’s learned that the illness of addiction doesn’t fade and is something she “must continue to overcome,” and needs time to heal and focus on her sobriety and recovery. ...

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5-year jail for road accident deaths

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The cabinet has given its final approval to a draft of the Road Transport Act 2018 that raises the maximum sentence for deaths from road accidents to five years from three in prison and fines. The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. Under the proposed law, if death through road crash is proved as intentional murder then the offenders will be punished as per the Penal Code. While talking to reporters after the meeting, Roads and Highway Department secretary Nazrul Islam said earlier the highest punishment for the crime ...

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Photographer Shahidul Alam taken to DB office

Shahidul Alam

MNA National Desk: Drik Gallery owner and eminent photographer Dr Shahidul Alam was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) office for interrogation. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Obaidur Rahman confirmed the matter to media, reported news agency. Dr Shahidul Alam was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence Sunday night, alleged his family and Drik authorities. Some plainclothes people introduced themselves as members of the Detective Branch of police and took away Shahidul following his interview with Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safer roads, alleged Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma Ahmed. Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that she ...

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Bangladesh beat West Indies to take T20 series

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the final T20 match against the West Indies to take the series 2-1. The Tigers won the final game by 19 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after rain interrupted play in the 18th over, reported news agency. The West Indies had needed 50 runs to win off 17 deliveries with three wickets in hand before the match was cancelled. Bangladesh won the toss Bangladesh time and decided to bat first. A whirlwind 61 by Liton Das helped the Tigers to 184/5 in the 20 overs. Liton Das was declared Man of the Match. ...

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Indonesia quake kills 82 on tourist island

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MNA International Desk: At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed, reported news agency. The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday. Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook ...

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Saudi Arabia freezes new trade with Canada

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MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia will suspend new trade and investment with Canada after that country’s foreign ministry urged Riyadh to release arrested civil rights activists, it said in a statement released to the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday. It also gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own ambassador to Canada, the statement by the Saudi foreign ministry said, adding it retained “its rights to take further action.” The Saudi ministry had been briefed that the Canadian foreign ministry and the Canadian embassy urged the Saudi authorities to “immediately release” civil rights ...

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69th birth anniv of Sheikh Kamal observed

Sheikh Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 69th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman, was observed on Sunday. Awami League, its front organisations and different cultural and sports organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes to celebrate his birth anniversary. Awami League paid tributes at the portrait of Sheikh Kamal at the premises of Dhanmondi Abahani Club. Besides, recitation from the Holy Quran, milad-mahfil and Doa-Mahfil was held at Banani graveyard. Born on August 5, 1949 at Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Kamal, a former executive member of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League ...

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PM Hasina urges all not to pay heed to rumours

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country not to pay heed to rumours and get confused by false propaganda, reported news agency. “A vested quarter is trying to create instability in the country through false propaganda. Please don’t pay heed to any rumour and don’t get confused by any false propaganda,” she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating optical fiber connectivity in 300 unions of ten districts under ‘National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Development (Info-Sarker Third Phase) through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. “Whatever you see ...

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Tigers win in last-over thriller

Bangladesh

MNA Sports Desk: Another Bangladesh comeback, another major contribution from their seniors. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal powered the visitors to a 12-run win against West Indies to bring them back level in the T20I series, reported news agency. Towards the end of the West Indies chase, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam took three wickets each, but the win was set up by Tamim, who top-scored with a quickfire 44-ball 74, while Shakib complemented his half-century with figures of 2 for 19 from four overs, reports cricinfo.com. Shakib and Tamim added 90 runs for the fourth wicket. Tamim’s innings ...

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Actress Nawshaba held for spreading rumours

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MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from city’s Uttara area on Saturday night over spreading rumours on social media over attack on protesting students. A text message of RAB said that a team of elite force nabbed Nawshaba and took her to RAB-1 office for interrogation over his Facebook live. The actress went to Facebook live around 4:00pm and said that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection, reports news agency. In her Facebook live, the actress requested people to get united, take to ...

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Traffic week begins Sunday: DMP

Traffic Week

MNA Feature Desk: The observance of Traffic Week across the country began today (Sunday) to reinforce discipline on roads and highways, reports news agency. Amid the growing student movement over a nine-point demand, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Miaon Saturday announced to observe the Traffic Week across the country. The DMP Commissioner also added: “Actions will be taken against vehicles without fitness certificates, drivers without licenses, wrong side driving and any kind of traffic law violation during the time. “The week will not only act against drivers, but also pedestrians who do not follow the law,” he also said.

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3G, 4G services suspended

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MNA Tech Desk: The government has suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services for 24 hours in the wake of the ongoing student agitation demanding safe road, reported news agency. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission issued the order on Saturday evening. Accordingly, mobile phone internet subscribers have started facing the consequence — slow speed of internet — since 7:30pm, some subscribers said. The police, earlier, recommended suspension of 3G and 4G network of mobile internet services as protesting students have been carrying out their demonstrations using social media network, especially Facebook. The BTRC step came after a group of youths ...

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Transport strike brings the country to a halt

Transport

MNA National Desk: Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Saturday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh, reported news agency. Dhaka’s streets were devoid of public transports since early morning, citing security concerns. Most areas in Dhaka, including Elephant Road, New Market, Dhanmondi, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Katabon, Uttara and Airport road, had no passenger buses available. The government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service was the only public transport option available throughout the city. The move came following the countrywide protests demanding road safety and justice for two Class XII students ...

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Quota reformists call countrywide strike

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MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh General Students Right Protection Council, the platform for quota reform movement, called a countrywide student strike for Saturday, protesting against attacks on school-college students who took to the streets demanding justice for their dead fellows and road safety. Joint convener of the platform Bin Yamin Molla made the announcement at a press conference in front of national press club in the capital on Friday afternoon, reported news agency. however, the students started the protests from Dhaka, but it spread across the country following the deaths of two fellows in a road crash in Dhaka on Jul ...

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11 found killed in Mexico border town ahead of president-elect’s visit

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MNA International Desk: Eleven bodies were discovered on Friday in a Mexican town close to the US border, days before president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to visit for a series of forums seeking to stem the violence in the country. The bodies of eight men and three women were found in a home in Ciudad Juarez, the government of the northern state of Chihuahua said in a statement. It said the people were victims of homicide. The incident may be related to clashes between criminal groups, the government added. The prosecutor’s office is investigating the killings and identities ...

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29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela observed

Shishu Kishor Mela

MNA National Desk: A meeting of the central executive committee marking the 29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) was held on Friday. Presided over by the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela and Prime Minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the meeting was attended by the central and district level leaders of the advisory committee. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, chief patron of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies also delivered his valuable speech marking the 29th founding anniversary of BSKM. In the meeting, the decision of observing the 43rd death anniversary ...

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Floating LNG terminal to start operations

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MNA Business Desk: A vessel that arrived in Bangladesh in April to offload its maiden cargo of liquefied natural gas and moor permanently as an import terminal should begin operations “within a week” after bad weather hampered its start-up, an official said. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) will allow Bangladesh to import LNG for the first time as its domestic gas production falls and will boost several power projects in a nation where 30 per cent go without electricity. Since its arrival at Moheshkhali, near Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh, bad weather has hampered the FSRU’s efforts to ...

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Xiaomi launches ‘best selfie’ smartphone

Xiaomi

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Global technology company Xiaomi on Friday announced Redmi S2 to be available nationwide in the Bangladesh market, reported news agency. Following the announcement users can purchase Redmi S2 now from daraz.com.bd, more than 100 Mi Authorized Stores and 1000 retail stores starting Tk 14,999, said a press release. Xiaomi vice president and India managing director Manu Jain said, “We are excited to extend our best selfie smartphone at an affordable price to the entire Bangladesh market. With Redmi S2 also available in offline stores along with online, we hope to extend our share to the ...

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Bangladesh eye win in 2nd T20I

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh aim to win as they face West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The match will kick off at 6am. The Tigers will have to win the second match to save the series following their seven wickets defeat in the first T20I. Probable squads: Bangladesh – Mosaddek Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency

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MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

Sonali Bendre

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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62nd anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 62th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets

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MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Tigers lose 1st T20 against Windies

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MNA Sports Desk: West Indies overcame an early scare in their chase to easily win the first T20 against Bangladesh by seven wickets after rain forced Wednesday’s match to be a curtailed-over affair, reported news agency. Once the Tigers made 143 for 9, a sudden downpour meant the game was slashed down to 11 overs, with the Windies side set a target of 91. Mustafizur Rahman struck twice in the second over to remove openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis to give Bangladesh hope, but Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls and Marlon Samuels fired 26 from ...

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