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Nearly 80% voter turnout


MNA National Desk: The chief election commissioner (CEC) has said that 80% voters have exercised their franchise during Sunday’s 11th general election, reported new agency. CEC KM Nurul Huda made the disclosure during a press briefing at the Election Commission office in Dhaka’s Agargaon on Monday afternoon. He stressed that voters across the country had voted in a festive and fair environment. However, he said, voting in 16 polling centers around the country had been suspended due to various reasons. “A total of 104.1 million, about 80% of the total voters, exercised their voting right on Sunday,” said the CEC. ...

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Triumph of Bangladesh and few expectations from the government


MNA Editorial Desk: We have just begun our journey with a new year and also a new government of Bangladesh. 2019 has come with lots of expectations and hopes as Awami League is going to form the government for the consecutive third term under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. For shaping up the future of our beloved country, this year is going to play a vital role. Considering the huge development works throughout the last decade, we are standing at a point where we have to be more focused with the development projects in the ...

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World leaders congratulate Sheikh Hasina

World leaders

MNA Exclusive Desk: World leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Premier Narendra Modi, have extended their heartfelt congratulations to Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute majority in the 11th parliamentary elections. Other leaders who extended their greetings to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. Besides, India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also phoned Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, ...

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Mobile internet services resume


MNA Science Tech Desk: The 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services resumed on Tuesday morning after suspension of about 37 hours centreing election. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered to resume all mobile services. BRTC senior assistant director Md Jakir Hossain Khan said all operators have been asked to open the internet services around 10:30am. On December 30, the telecom regulator suspended the services from 9:30pm. During the period, people were not able to use the internet on their phones, stream or upload pictures or videos.

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New Year Celebrations Around the World

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MNA Life Style Desk: Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including political, trade and religious ones. A look at how people in the U.S. and around the world ushered in 2019: New York City Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera welcomed 2019 in a packed Times Square along with revelers from around the world who came to see the traditional crystal ball drop. A drenching rain didn’t stop crowds from ...

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Fizz named in Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI

Cricket Australia

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman has been named by Cricket Australia in its ODI team of the year for 2018, reported news agency. The Fizz bagged 29 wickets in 18 ODI innings this year, at an average of 21.72. The CA especially took into account Mustafizur’s performance in the Asia Cup in the UAE where he notched four wickets in a crucial clash with Pakistan, and two against India in the final. Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Virat Kohli (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Jos Buttler (WK), Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, ...

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Trade wars cost US, China billions


MNA Business Desk: The US-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology – and above all, agriculture. Broad pain from trade tariffs outlined by several economists shows that, while specialized industries including US soybean crushing benefited from the dispute, it had an overall detrimental impact on both of the world’s two largest economies. The losses may give US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, motivation to resolve their trade differences before a 2 March deadline, although talks between the economic superpowers could still devolve. The ...

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Poet Jasimuddin’s birth anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: The 116th birth anniversary of famous poet and litterateur Jasimuddin, popularly known as ‘Palli Kabi’, is being observed in Faridpur on Tuesday. The poet was born on this day of 1903 in his maternal uncle’s house in Tambulkhana village in Faridpur district. As part of the celebration, Deputy Commissioner Begum Umme Salma Tanjia, also the president of Jasim Foundation, along with superintendent of district police Md Jakir Hossain Khan paid floral tributes to the poet’s graveyard at Ambikapur. Jasimuddin’s ageless creation ‘Naksi Kanthar Math’ translated in foreign languages. Besides he is also the father of many remarkable ...

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Bollywood actor-director Kader Khan dies

Kader Khan

MNA Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor-director-writer-comedian and a Quran scholar, Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada today. Kader, 81, is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. According to Ahmed Khan, a close relative, he passed away around 4 am. He said the last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later in the day. Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and has featured in over 300 films. Also, he has written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an ...

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Election materials being delivered to polling centres

MNA Exclusive Desk: The returning officers have started distributing election materials, including ballot papers and ballot boxes, to polling centres throughout Bangladesh. In the capital Dhaka, materials are being distributed from Central Women’s College in the Tikatuli area to some centresfor the Dhaka 6 constituency, including electronic voting machines (EVMs).

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Joy calls 30 Dec day of massive victory


MNA National Desk: Prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday expressed his hope that the election day will be a day of massive victory for ‘boat’. “Tomorrow is election day and I believe will be a day of massive victory for the boat! To all my Awami League brothers and sisters, please ensure a peaceful, successful election,” Joy wrote in a Facebook post shared on his verified page. “The BNP-Jamaat is trying everything to make the election controversial as all polls show they will lose badly. I suspect they will attempt to cause disruptions, seize polling centers, maybe ...

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EC ready, voting Sunday

MNA National Desk: Election Commission has done all preparation to stage the 11th national election on Sunday (December 30). Voting will begin at 8 am and continue uninterruptedly till 4 pm on Sunday. For the convenience of voters, EC will launch SMS service across the country to get information about their polling center, center area and center number. For the 1st time in Bangladesh, Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) will be used in Dhaka-6, Dhaka-13, Chattogram-9, Khulna-2, Rangpur-3 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in national election.

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Earthquake of 6.9 strikes off Philippines

MNA International Desk: An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday and hazardous tsunami waves were possible on parts of the coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, from the earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said struck 193 km (120 miles) east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). “Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of ...

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Phones allowed; but to be kept shut in centres

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MNA National Desk: Election Commission has allowed carrying mobile phones in voting centres, but on condition that they will not use it inside voting centres. “Voters can enter polling centre along with their mobile phone set,” the commission’s Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said in a press briefing today. “But, voters will have to switch off their mobile phones after entering the centres,” he said at the briefing held at Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon.

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Fire at Oikya Front office building


MNA Exclusive Desk: A fire has broken out at the commercial building Jaman Tower in Dhaka’s Bijoynagar, reported news agency. Fire Service control room on-duty officer Rasel Shikder told the Dhaka Tribune the fire had broken out on the 8th floor of the building around 2:40pm Friday. Three firefighting units were working to douse the fire, he said. The building hosts the office of the opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front. No casualties have been reported yet. The Oikya Front office is on the third floor of the building, and the online news portal is housed on the 14th floor.

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PM to cast vote at Dhaka City College


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will cast her vote at Dhaka City College centre in Dhaka on Sunday morning. PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said, “Dhaka City College is the polling centre of the AL chief,”. PMO sources say Sheikh Hasina will go to the polling centre in the early hours of voting on December 30.

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Russia to host tri-nation summit on Syria


MNA International Desk: Russia said Friday it will host a three-way summit with Turkey and Iran on the Syrian conflict early next year, after foreign minister Sergei Lavrov voiced scepticism about an announced withdrawal of US forces. “It’s our turn to host the summit… around the first week of the year. This will depend on the schedules of the presidents” of the three countries, deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov was cited as saying by news agency. The last meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place in Iran in September. Lavrov refused to ...

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3G, 4G speed restored


MNA Science Desk: The mobile internet speed was restored this morning 10 hours after it was slowed down by the telecom regulator. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) through an e-mail asked four mobile operators to restore the 3G and 4G services around 7:30am without mentioning details, said officials of the operators. The BTRC yesterday night suddenly directed the mobile operators to slow down the internet by shutting down 3G and 4G services two days ahead of the 11th national election. As per the BTRC order issued around 10:00pm yesterday, people using the internet on their phones would not be able ...

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I feel proud being Bangabandhu’s daughter: PM on last day


MNA National Desk: As she addressed officials and employees at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the last working day of her current tenure, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she feels proud being the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not of being the country’s premier. “I feel proud of being the daughter of the father of the nation, not the prime minister … I don’t think about how I will enjoy the post. Rather, for me it’s a matter of how much I can engage myself in the people’s welfare,” she told officials and employees ...

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BB suspends mobile banking for polls


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank has suspended all kind of mobile-based financial services (MFS) for temporary basis ahead of the December 30 national election, reported news agency. All MFS providers have been asked to keep mobile-based financial services suspended from 5:00pm on December 28 to 5:00pm on December 30, the central bank said in a circular today. However, MFS can allow the individual transaction through mobile account at limited scale up to Tk 5,000 from 5:00pm on December 29 to 5:00pm on December 30, according to the circular. The decision was taken following the instruction given by the Election Commission, ...

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UN chief calls for inclusive election in BD

Antonio Guterres

MNA Exclusive Desk: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on everyone in Bangladesh to enable a ‘peaceful, credible and inclusive poll’ ahead of the Dec 30 election, reported news agency. The secretary general’s office released a statement to the effect on Thursday. The statement called on all stakeholders to ‘ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the elections’. Bangladeshi citizens, including women and minorities, must feel safe and confident in their ability to exercise the right to vote, it said.

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Ershad steps out of election race in Dhaka-17

HM Ershad

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has stepped out of the race in Dhaka-17 constituency for the ruling party candidate, reported news agency. He will be extending support to Awami League’s candidate, ex-film star Akbar Hossain Pathan, insiders confirmed. Ershad returned from attending treatment in Singapore yesterday, and the first thing he did was step out of the race from where he stood as a candidate of Jatiya Party. He is contesting from another constituency in the northern region, Rangpur-3, but not under the name of his own party.

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Grand Alliance to win with two-third majority: Quader

Grand Alliance

MNA National Desk: The Awami League-led Grand Alliance will win the upcoming general election with a two-third majority, the party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader said today, reported news agency. The ruling party leader and contesting for Noakhali-5 constituency said this during an electioneering programme at Bashurhat HSC Govt High School ground in Companiganj upazila this noon. “Sheikh Hasina is being praised by the entire world today. The mass public support generated in favour of ‘boat’ symbol from Sunamganj to the Sundarbans and from Tentulia to Kutubdia, it is apparent that the Grand Alliance, led by Sheikh Hasina, will defeat the ...

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Journalists permitted to use motorbikes


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday lifted its’ previous restriction on plying of motorbikes to gather news of the 11th Parliamentary Election, slated for December 30, reported news agency. The move comes a day after the Editors’ Council wrote to the commission to ensure the mobility of journalists for election observing and media coverage. Earlier on December 21, the EC has issued a guideline citing that journalists covering the 11th general election will not be able to use motorbikes on the Election Day. Amid criticism from journalists, polls observers’ organizations and civil society, the EC backtracked from ...

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No restrictions on 25 Jamaat leaders contesting polls: HC


MNA Exclusive Desk: The High Court has not invalidated the candidacy of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders; consequently they will not be restricted from participating in the parliamentary election, lawyers said. An HC bench, comprised of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam, gave the order on Thursday. Besides, the High Court has issued a ruling to discern why the Election Commission’s decision will not be declared illegal. Barrister Tania Amir was present at the hearing on behalf of the writ filed, while Advocate Yasin Khan represented the Election Commission. Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state at the hearing, ...

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RAB opens FB page to verify fake news


MNA Tech Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has opened a Facebook page titled ‘RAB Cyber News Verification Centre’ to aware people over fake news and rumours spread during the 11th parliamentary election. Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Benazir Ahmed revealed it at a press conference arranged to brief journalists regarding the elite force’s preparation for the upcoming general election at its media centre in city’s Karwan Bazar on Thursday. If anyone becomes confused about any news, he/she will have to share it on the Facebook page and the RAB team will instantly reply it after verifying the ...

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