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Deal inked to prepare Payra port master plan


MNA Business Desk: The Payra Port Authority (PPA) has appointed a joint team of Dutch company Royal Haskoning DHV and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) to prepare the detailed master plan for the overall development of the third seaport of the country. A tripartite agreement titled ‘Consultancy Services for Preparation of Payra Port Detailed Master Plan’ was signed on Thursday at the seminar hall of the Shipping Ministry in presence of its Secretary Abdus Samad and Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij. Commodore M Jahangir Alam, chairman of PPA, Prof Shamsul Haq, of BUET’s Bureau of Research, Testing ...

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18 killed in deadliest attack on Indian security forces


MNA nternational Desk: At least 18 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy near the main city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives rammed a bus carrying the officers to Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, BBC reports. The Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has said it carried out the bombing. It is the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades. The blast took place on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from Srinagar city. “It’s not yet clear how many ...

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Piickme ‘Car service’ launched on the Valentine’s Day


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Piickme has officially launched their newly added car ride sharing service on 14 Feb. The on-demand app based ride sharing service Piickme was established by a Bangladeshi Entrepreneur named Mr. Omar Ali Raj in September 2018. At first it was launched with the motor bike service which is getting popular day by day. In respect of the car ride sharing service launching Piickme has announced special discount up to 200 taka for its user to be continued till the end of this month. Riders will also enjoy very attractive bonus on the occasion of this launching ...

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Heart of Space

MNA Feature Desk: As love besieges our hearts on Valentine’s Day every year, we tend to impress our loved ones with different types of gifts, some of which are very romantic and innovative. But if someone is looking for an out of the world gift this Valentine’s Day, it can become a reality this valentine’s day.  Well, for about $500,000 you can get your special someone a heart-shaped space rock, 320-million-years old. As far as space relics go, meteorites are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike. The charred, twisted remnants of space rock can teach us a lot about ...

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PM Hasina to meet Angela Merkel during Munich Security Conference


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming the Munich Security Conference. The Prime Minister will leave for Germany on Thursday morning to attend the conference which is known as the “best think-tank conference” in the world. This will be her first overseas visit after coming to power for the third consecutive term, reports Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the bilateral meeting on Wednesday. He said the prime minister was the first Bangladeshi leader to have attended this “prestigious” conference in 2017. This year Sheikh Hasina was invited ...

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NZ beats BD by 8 wickets in 1st ODI


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare. The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday. After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups. It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and ...

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Building designs to be approved in four levels: Minister


MNA National Desk: The government has undertaken a landmark decision in giving approval for passing plan of a building in the areas under Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and Khulna Development Authority (KDA). The approval will be given in four levels instead of 16 to ease people’s sufferings, said Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Wednesday. The minister told journalists about the decision after a meeting with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) “We’ve taken some epoch making decision at the directives of the Prime Minister to remove some long standing sufferings and to ease ...

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BD and UAE to sign two investment-related deals


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign two investment-related deals during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s three-day visit to the Middle Eastern nation, starting on Feb 17. “This will speed up our economic diplomacy,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday, referring to the new foreign policy priority of the government. Trade and investment would be the key focus, the minister told reporters. UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also the ruler of Dubai invited the prime minister for the visit. Hasina will attend the inauguration of the International Defence ...

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Yaba smugglers ready to surrender in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: More than 150 yaba smugglers are “ready” to surrender by taking the opportunity given by the government amid a crackdown on drugs, Cox’s Bazar police say. The authorities are organising an event marking the surrender in the southeastern district bordering Myanmar where the methamphetamine tablets are produced. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will attend the programme on Saturday, according to Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police ABM Masud. The venue is the Teknaf Pilot High School ground and the time 10am. The home minister will travel to the district a day before the programme. Inspector General of Police ...

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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ convicted in US

El Chapo

MNA International Desk: The world’s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a US court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful, decades-long career. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn convicted Guzman, 61, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, on all 10 counts brought by US prosecutors. Richard Donoghue, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25. “It is a ...

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Stay alert to check militancy, terrorism: PM to Ansar, VDP


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all including the members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to stay alert to check militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country, BSS reports. “We’ll have to remain always careful to prevent militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country,” she told the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at its academy on Tuesday morning. The premier also directed Bangladesh Ansar and VDP personnel to work together with hard labour and honesty to keep up the country’s development spree. “As the biggest force of the country, you’ll have to ...

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Proposed Kishoreganj Economic Zone set to get license


MNA Business Desk: The proposed Kishoreganj Economic Zone (KEZ), a venture of Nitol Niloy Group, is set to obtain license from the authorities concerned, officials related with the development have said. The zone would be established on 91.63 acres of land in Pakundia Upazilla, next to Bhairab-Kishoreganj highway, they added. It received the pre-qualification licence from the BEZA in July 2017. “The KEZ is now getting prepared to receive the final nod,” Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) Paban Chowdhury told the FE. He said the zone will host heavy industries like car and steel manufacturing plants by ...

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Dhaka Metrorail project to complete by 2022: JICA


MNA Editorial Desk: The metrorail project in Dhaka will be complete by 2022, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA that is financing a major portion of the project. All the projects under the Mass Rapid Transit or MRT programme for overhauling Dhaka’s public transport system will end by 2028, according to Japan’s foreign aid agency. A JICA delegation of three led by its Chief Representative in Bangladesh Hitoshi Hirata revealed the information to Planning Minister MA Mannan during a meeting in the capital on Monday. Briefing the media later, the planning minister said: “I wanted to know about ...

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US lawmakers reach probable deal to break government shutdown


MNA International Desk: US congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall. “We reached an agreement in principle” on funding border security programs through Sept 30, Republican Senator Richard Shelby told reporters. “Our staffs are going to be working feverishly to put all the particulars together,” Shelby said. Neither he nor three other senior lawmakers flanking him provided any details of the tentative pact. But it was far from clear if ...

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Amar Ekushey book fair and thoughts for cultural thrive


MNA Editorial Desk: Amar Ekushey Book Fair, one of the greatest yearly events of Bangladesh, has returned to millions of readers again this year and will be open for all throughout the month of February. This fair is a tremendous platform to bring the publishers, writers and readers together. This is all about books and booklovers. It has become endemic to our culture while holding the ideal of our language movement of 1952. This month-long book fair is not only intended to interest people on books rather it is to familiarize the young generations of Bangladesh with the ideals of ...

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Jashore board postpones ICT exam of SSC


MNA Career & Education Desk: The ICT (Information and Communications Technology) examination under Jashore board has been postponed following printing mistakes in the question paper. The fresh date of the examination will be informed letter, said Professor Abdul Alim, chairman of the board. The chairman also sought pardon to guardians and students for the unwanted incident.

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Mashrafe expresses confidence over success in New Zealand


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his team can break their drought in New Zealand during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder’s absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. Bangladesh’s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets ...

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Kangana lashes out at Alia Bhatt


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Manikarnika’ actress Kangana Ranaut, in a recent interview with Pinkvilla, said that Alia Bhatt’s “existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet.” The 31-year-old actress told Pinkvilla: “I suggested that she grows some spine and supports an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism… If she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet then I don’t consider her successful.” During the interview. Kangana also said that she hopes Alia Bhatt “understands the true meaning of success” and added, “I told her if she is only ...

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Bangladesh alarmingly among least cyber-secure countries


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has been found the sixth least cyber-secure among 60 countries covered in a study. Around 35.91 per cent mobile phones and 19.07 per cent computers of the country were attacked by malware in 2018, said the study conducted by UK-based research firm Comparitecha. In terms of overall performance, Bangladesh has scored 47.21 points, followed by Pakistan with 47.10 points, the study showed. Apart from the percentage of attacks during 2018, the study was also based on seven categories (national strategy, military, content, privacy, critical infrastructure, commerce, and crime). Comparitecha ranked a total of 60 ...

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Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Abraham Lincoln did not live to observe his 65th birthday on Feb. 12, 1874. He had been assassinated nine years earlier, on April 14, 1865. But, on that day in 1874, the nation’s first public celebration of the 16th President’s birthday was held in St. James Hall in Buffalo, organized and funded by drugstore owner — and Lincoln aficionado — Julius E. Francis. The 145th anniversary of the first Buffalo celebration, held near the 210th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, drew more than 50 people and some 30 Civil War era re-enactors to the Buffalo History Museum for ...

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Mistakes to be avoided while setting up an online business


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience. To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting ...

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Cost of Hajj rises, minimum cost Tk 3.44lac


MNA National Desk: The cost of Hajj package for 2019, through both public and private providers, has been hiked for the second year in a row. As per new price, Hajj package-1 has been set at Tk 418,500 from Tk 397,929 and package-2 at Tk 344,000 from Tk 319,355 this year. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed it to press on Monday after weekly cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The cabinet said a total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go ...

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BD’s assistance for military training, agriculture sought by CAR


MNA International Desk: Central African Republic (CAR) has sought Bangladesh’s cooperation, especially in the fields of military training and agriculture, according to a report on UNB. Central African Republic Defence Minister Marie-Noëlle Koyara sought the cooperation when a goodwill delegation from Bangladesh Army, led by Major General Mohammad Mashud Razzaq, paid a courtesy call on her at her office at Bangui on Friday. During the meeting, Koyara expressed her gratitude and satisfaction over the activities of Bangladesh contingents that have been performing responsibilities under the MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic) since October 2014. “Members of Bangladesh ...

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PM may visit Germany, UAE Feb 14-19


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina likely to visit Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 14-19 to attend two international conference in the countries. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 and Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2019 are scheduled to be held on February 15-17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to have a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit. The Prime Minister, who also attended Munich Security Conference in 2017, is scheduled to leave Bangladesh for Germany on Thursday, according to her primary programme schedule. The bilateral meeting is ...

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Survey on harmful elements in cow milk, HC orders


MNA Business Desk: The High Court on Monday directed the authorities to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodder containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country. The High Court bench of justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice K M Hafizul Alam came up with the order following a report published on different national dailies on adulterated milk. The HC also asked the authorities to submit a report over this within 15 days. Food, agriculture, fisheries and livestock and health secretaries, cabinet secretaries, all members of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, ...

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Information Minister for creating ‘Internet Ombudsman’

Internet Ombudsman

MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said time has come to think globally and work together on how to deal with fake news and rumors on social media platforms through establishing an ‘Internet Ombudsman’ as freedom of media and accountability are equally important. “We need to discuss it deeply. Together, we’ll work out how the unedited platforms (social media platforms) can be brought under rules and regulations,” he said adding that the government will take a decision in consultation with stakeholders in the media industry. The Information Minister made the remark while addressing as the chief ...

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