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Oikya Front to take part in national election

Jatiya Oikya

MNA National Desk: The newly-formed Jatiya Oikya Front opposition alliance has announced that it will compete in the upcoming 11th national parliamentary election. The opposition alliance led by Dr Kamal Hossain briefed the media on its decision at 1pm at the National Press Club on Sunday. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, another leader of the opposition alliance, made the announcement and also called for the current election schedule to be scrapped and for the polls to be delayed by a month.

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Bangladesh bat first in 2nd Test

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bat first in the must-win second Test match against Zimbabwe to avoid series defeat. The hosts have lost the first match by 151 runs. They are out now to salvage the honour at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Bangladesh XI: Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah (capt), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed Zimbabwe XI: Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, PJ Moor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Brandon Mavuta, Donald Tiripano, ...

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PM asks Shakib ‘to hold on to cricket’


MNA National Desk: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, a top cricketer, is expected to buy an Awami League nomination form for the upcoming general election, reported news agency. But ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan reversed his plan. Shakib met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban on Saturday, an official at the Prime Minister’s Office said, asking not to be named. Hasina asked Shakib to hold on to cricket as the World Cup is looming, according to the official. Shakib’s statement was not immediately available. Earlier, Awami League’s Deputy Office Secretary Biplab Barua said that both Mashrafe and Shakib called the party’s ...

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World leaders mark 100 years of WWI armistice

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MNA Exclusive Desk: World leaders gathered in Paris will lead global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital, reported news agency. British prime minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth will attend a separate event in London, while New Zealand and Australia are holding their own ceremonies. The Paris commemorations, centred on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the ...

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California wildfire death toll rises to 23


MNA International Desk: The charred remains of fourteen more victims have been found in and around a Northern California town overrun by flames from a massive wildfire, officials said on Saturday, raising the death toll to 23, reported news agency. The bodies were recovered in and around Paradise, California, a mountain community some 90 miles (145 km) north of Sacramento left devastated by the Camp Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said. Maclean said no details were immediately available about the circumstances of the deaths and that the bodies’ badly burned condition would make identification ...

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46th founding anniv of Jubo League

Jubo League

MNA Feature Desk: The 46th founding anniversary of Jubo League, youth wing of ruling Awami League, is being celebrated today in a befitting manner. Bangladesh Awami Jubo League is the first youth organization of Bangladesh founded by Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni at the directive of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through a youth convention at Institution of Engineers on November 11, 1972. The organization has chalked different programmes to mark the anniversary which include hoisting of national and party flags at its central office at 6.30am, paying tributes to Bangabandhu by placing floral wreaths at his portrait ...

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Rooppur NPP: 3 contracts with Russia by Dec next year


MNA Business Desk: The government is eyeing three contracts with Russia regarding Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) lifecycle services by December 2019 to smoothly implement the project. “We’re working to complete negotiations over the issues and ink the deals within the timeframe,” science and technology secretary Md Anwar Hossain told media. Top officials of Bangladesh and Russia at a recent meeting set a timeline to sign the deals, said Mr Anwar Hossain. However, they agreed to sign the ‘nuclear fuel supply deal’ by December 2018 and ‘service contract for operation technical support, maintenance and repair’ by first quarter of 2019, ...

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Malibu burning: Kardashian, Lady Gaga fear for homes

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga were among thousands fleeing their homes on Friday as a fast-moving wildfire engulfed Malibu and nearby celebrity neighborhoods. Kardashian, who on Thursday evacuated the home she shares in nearby Calabasas with Kanye West, tweeted on Friday that she “heard the flames have hit our property… but now are more contained and have stopped.” The entire 12,000-strong population of Malibu, which stretches 27 miles (43.5 km) along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California and up into the Santa Monica mountains, was placed under mandatory evacuation on Friday as the Woolsey fire exploded overnight. ...

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Mashrafe, Shakib to collect AL nomination form


MNA National Desk: Cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe bin Mortaza will collect nomination papers of ruling Awami League on Sunday for contesting the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. The duo would collect nomination form AL’s Dhanmondi office on 10:30am. They confirmed the matter to Awami League secretary general and also road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at 12:00pm over phone, said Md Abu Naser, senior information officer of the Ministry. Shakib and Mashrafe are likely to contest from their home district Magura and Narail respectively.

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2 killed in Dhaka road accident amid AL clash


MNA National Desk: Two teenage boys were run over by a vehicle and killed amid a clash between two factions of the Awami League in the Adabor area of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur. The dead were identified as Arif, 17, and Shujon, 15. They were killed on Noboudoy Housing Road area, reported news agency. “Some youths came near the iron gate on a pickup van, when a group noticed the pickup and attacked it. People began to run around.” The pickup tried to make a hasty getaway and the two boys were caught beneath the wheels. Arif was taken to Suhrawardy Medical ...

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BD takes full control of Bangabandhu-1 satellite


MNA National Desk: Thales Alenia Space which developed Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, on Friday handed over its transmission and operation management to Bangladesh. A delegation of the Franco-Italian aerospace company handed over relevant documents to acting chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Md Jahurul Haque at a function at the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) office at Banglamotor in the city in the evening. Later, the acting chairman transferred the documents to BCSCL Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood at the program. Former posts, telecom and IT minister Mustafa Jabbar and French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin were ...

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‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’: Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list


MNA Exclusive Desk: For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home. “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in the Jamtoli Camp in southeast Bangladesh. Reuters identified and spoke ...

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Mamata agrees to fence 300 acres of Bangladesh border


MNA International Desk: India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has agreed to the country’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s request to acquire 300 acres of land in the state and give it to the Centre for constructing barbed wire fencing along the India-Bangladesh border, officials said Friday. The move came after the home minister wrote to the chief minister, whose government had been dithering for months over acquiring the land, leading to a delay in construction of a fence along the international border, they said. Singh’s letter to Banerjee, requesting her to acquire and hand over about 300 acres of ...

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Govt plans reforms in NBR to boost revenue


MNA Business Desk: The government has taken an initiative to bring infrastructural reforms in the Internal Resources Division (IRD) and create new units at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to boost revenue collection. According to the IRD of the Finance Ministry, through the reforms in its special functional unit and creating new units under the NBR Income Tax Wing, it will be possible for the government’s revenue collecting body to boost revenue generation by 20 percent, reported news agency. A summary of the proposals has been sent to Finance Minister ABA Muhith and he has given an affirmative response ...

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Junior Tigers lose youth ODI series 2-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-19 cricket team suffered a 2-1 series defeat in the youth ODI series against Sri Lanka after a 19-run loss (Duckworth/Lewis method) in the fifth and final match in Katunayake Friday. Asked to bat first, the home side posted 205 losing seven wickets in their stipulated 50 overs, opener Kamal Mishra top-scoring with 83 off 135 balls, featuring a couple of fours. Bangladesh’s Sajid Hossain bagged two wickets. In reply, the visiting side registered 80 for the loss of four wickets in 21 overs before rain intervened. The junior Tigers were 19 runs behind at this ...

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Samsung gives first glimpse of foldable phone

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MNA Tech Desk: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it. The South Korean tech company needs to get the foldable phone right to reverse steep declines in profit for its mobile division and restore some of the cachet its brand has lost to Apple Inc. Foldable phones promise the screen of a small tablet in a pocket-sized device. Justin Denison, a senior vice president of mobile product marketing, showed a prototype with a screen he said measured 7.3 inches (18.5 cm) diagonally. Folded in two it ...

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Staying in shape may make you live longer


MNA Life Style Desk: A healthy long life is what most aspire for and this could be possible by reducing excess fat and staying slim and shape, according to a new study. While several unhealthy habits and bad lifestyle impacts life expectancy adversely, certain healthy lifestyle may increase life span of a person. “Our study has estimated the causal effect of lifestyle choices. We found that, on average, smoking a pack a day reduces lifespan by seven years, whilst losing one kilogram of weight will increase your lifespan by two months,” Peter Joshi, researcher at the University of Edinburgh in ...

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Arjun gets protective for ladylove Malaika


MNA Entertainment Desk: Rumours are doing the rounds on social media about Malaika Arora dating actor Arjun Kapoor. Malaika and Arjun were snapped post their cosy dinner date. Arjun Kapoor, who seems to be protective for her, was seen shielding her from the paparazzi as they tried to click their pictures, reports the news agency. Reportedly, Malaika’s friends Arvind and Tanya Dubash will hosting a party for Arjun Kapoor. It was Arora and Arjun’s pictures from a fashion show, which sparked rumours about their budding romance. Reportedly, Arjun flew to Italy to celebrate his ladylove Arora’s birthday. Earlier, their pictures ...

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NU: Honours application from November 11


MNA Education Desk: Application form of Honors 4th year (BA, BSS, BBA, BSc.) under National University (NU) will be started at the online from 11th Nov, 2018 and continued to 6th December, 2018., reported new agency. All other information in this respect will be available in NU web site ( Details schedule of the examination and other information will inform at NU web site later on.

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Election is not acceptable without level-playing field: Fakhrul

MNA National Desk: BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said an election is not acceptable without a level-playing field. “Our words are very clear: a level-playing field must be created and equal rights must be given to all political parties. Begum Khaleda Zia must be released. Otherwise, no election will be acceptable,” said the secretary general of BNP, a key ally of the Jatiya Oikya Front, at the Rajshahi rally on Friday. The rally was organised, a day after the Election Commission set Dec 23 as the voting date. Dr Kamal Hossain, chief of the alliance, did not join ...

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AL begins selling nomination papers

MNA National Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League on Friday started selling its nomination papers among the party’s aspiring candidates of members of parliament in the 11th parliamentary elections. Party general secretary Obaidul Quader inaugurated the sale of nomination forms at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office around 10:00am by purchasing a nomination paper on behalf of the party president Sheikh Hasina. Quader bought two forms for Sheikh Hasina. One of the forms was bought for contesting the election from Gopalganj-3 (Tungipara-Kotalipara). Later, he handed over the forms to AL’s religious affairs secretary Sheikh Abdullah. Obaidul Quader said the name of the ...

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National elections on Dec 23


MNA National Desk: The 11th parliamentary election will be held on December 23 this year. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda made the announcement on Thursday evening in a televised address to the nation. The aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19, said CEC. The nomination papers will be scrutinised on November 22, he said adding that the last date for withdrawing candidature is November 29. While addressing the nation at 7pm, the CEC urged all the political parties to participate in the general election to keep the trend of democracy and pace of development ...

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Polls-time govt likely on Friday: Muhith


MNA National Desk: Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the polls-time government is likely to be formed on Friday (Nov 9), reported news agency. There will be no new minister. However, the resignation letters of technocrat ministers were not accepted by the Prime Minister yet, he said. Muhith made the remarks to reporters in secretariat on Thursday noon (Nov 8). Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu was also present at the time. He said the technocrat ministers’ resignation will come into effect after PM accepts their letters.

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Khaleda Zia taken to jail from BSMMU


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was taken back to jail in old part of Dhaka from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday, reported new agency. Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at a makeshift court in Old Dhaka central jail. The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons. According to the gazette, room no 7 of the old central jail’s administration building will be the venue for the makeshift court. ...

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Pakistan’s Asia Bibi freed from jail


MNA International Desk: A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail and is believed to have already flown out of the city of Multan where she was being held, heading for an unknown destination, her lawyer said Thursday. Asia Bibi’s release comes a week after her acquittal in a landmark case that triggered angry Islamist protests in Muslim-majority Pakistan and following appeals from her husband for Britain or the United States to grant the family asylum. Her lawyer fled to the Netherlands on Saturday under threat to his life. Bibi’s ...

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PM’s press conference postponed


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s Thursday’s scheduled press conference has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, reported news agency. “The press conference has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told Wednesday evening. The premier was scheduled to address a press conference tomorrow, Thursday on the outcomes of the dialogues between the Awami League-led 14-party alliance and other political parties. However, the CEC will announce the election schedule in the address at 7pm on Thursday despite the Oikya Front’s call for its deferment. The BNP leaders said the Oikya Front decided to wait and ...

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Australia announce squad for SAfrica, India T20s


MNA Sports Desk: Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, veteran spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were all left out of Australia’s Twenty20 squad Thursday to play South Africa and India. Coach Justin Langer said they, along with Peter Siddle, would be better off playing Sheffield Shield cricket to be ready for a busy home summer featuring four Tests against India and two against Sri Lanka. In their absence, Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff get a chance to impress after being included in the 13-man squad for a single T20 against the Proteas and three against the Indians. Aaron Finch (capt), ...

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