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Rehab intends to provide cheaper flats than Rajuk


MNA Business Desk: Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) has promised to provide flats to the low income group people at a cheaper rate than Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk). REHAB president Alamgir Shamsul Al Amin made the promise at the opening ceremony of the five-day REHAB Fair-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka on Wednesday. Asking government lands in Purbachal area, the REHAB president said, “We only can provide flats for rich people because of higher prices of lands.If we get lands then can give flats at a cheaper rate than that of Rajuk.” He also expressed ...

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No more Myanmar citizens allowed in Bangladeshi soil

Foreign Minister

MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday informed that Bangladesh-Myanmar border has been sealed off to obstruct the further entrance of Myanmar citizens. “We’ve sealed off our border with Myanmar. No more Rohingyas and other citizens from that country will be allowed in Bangladesh’s land,” he said at a press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry in the afternoon. Earlier, the minister had a meeting with visiting UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on the Rohingya issue. Replying to a question from a journalist, the minister said he had no detailed information about ...

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Biswa Ijtema extended by a day

Biswa Ijtema

MNA National Desk: Biswa Ijtema has been extended by a day, the government has announced after a meeting with Tabligh Jamaat leaders. The congregation of Muslims will take place from Feb 15 to 18, according to the new schedule, State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah said on Tuesday. Maulana Jobayer will manage the congregation on the first two days and Syed Wasiful Islam the last two days, he told a press conference at his office in Dhaka. The Tabligh leaders will decide who will conduct Akheri Munajat, or the final prayers, according to the state minister. Earlier, following ...

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Trump may meet Kim in Vietnam


MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on 27-28 February, while giving himself credit for averting a major war on the Korean Peninsula. In his annual State of the Union address to Congress, Trump said much work remained to be done in the push for peace with North Korea, but cited the halt in its nuclear testing and no new missile launches in 15 months as proof of progress. “If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would ...

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Primary school teachers warned on social media posts


MNA National Desk: Teachers and staffers of government primary schools have been warned against writing comments and sharing posts on social media that oppose decisions taken by the government. The Directorate of Primary Education sent letters to government officials across the country about social media posts and comments on Monday. The letter cites “a recent spike in negative posts, comments and spreading of misinformation” about primary education on Facebook and other platforms that violate of the government’s guideline on social media use for its employees. Such posts “can give rise to misconceptions about primary education, which is unacceptable.” “Teachers, officials ...

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Ensure harassment-free police services: President


MNA National Desk: Asking police force to ensure harassment-free services, President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday advised them to work cordially with utmost devotion. “Ensure harassment-free services to the people . . . Give topmost priority to necessary legal aids and advises for service-seekers,” the president told a function at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Police Week -2019. The head of the state hoped that the police being imbued with patriotism, honesty and devotion would serve the country and its people, reports BSS. UNB adds: The President said, “One of the key elements of good governance for the development and progress ...

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Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga to perform at Oscars

Lady Gaga

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “A Star Is Born” actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform on the Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” at the 91st Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted the news on Friday, writing simply: “Cooper. Gaga. ‘Shallow’. Oscars”, reports The move was widely expected, and means that four of the five nominees for Best Original Song have now been confirmed for performances during the ceremony: “Shallow”, “I’ll fight”; “The place where lost go” and “When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings”. Cooper made his directorial debut with “A Star Is ...

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IUB ranks number one university of BD


MNA Career & Education Desk: Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) has been ranked as number one university in Bangladesh by the Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities (RWU). RWU is produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the main public research body in Spain, which is universally recognised as one of the top R&D European institutions, said a statement. The RWU uses four criteria for ranking, namely Presence, Visibility, Transparency (Openness) and Excellence (Scholar), compiling the data from reliable prestigious open data sources, namely Google, Ahrefs, Majestic, Google Scholar Citations, and Scimago (which is based ...

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Cyber attacks rising in Bangladesh


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The incidents of cyber attacks continue to rise at different commercial and service-providing outlets in the country despite taking various preventive measures. As the country achieved a good progress especially on socioeconomic front in the era of digitisation, the number of cyber related incidents is also rising. Due to a leap in information technology-related crimes, the issue of cyber security has become a matter of serious concern to most of relevant government and private entities. According to state-run Bangladesh e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT) under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information ...

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Riders, Dynamites fights to reach final on Wednesday


MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders and Dhaka Dynamites will lock horns in the Qualifier-2 of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday for a final berth. The Titans’ clash will start at 6:30 pm. The winners of the match will qualify for the BPL season-six final on Friday (February 8) at the same venue against Comilla Victorians, which smartly reached the title-deciding final beating holders Rangpur Riders by eight wickets in Qualifier-1 on Monday. The loser of Wednesday’s match will be eliminated from the prestigious league. At the start of the league, defending runners-up Dynamites ...

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Pakistan University declares Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’

Valentines Day

MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day”, and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the institution’s website. “We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was ...

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Tax rates, fiscal measures to be consistent: Finance Minister

Finance Minister

MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday pledged to maintain consistency in tax rates and other fiscal measures and frame a simple budget from the next fiscal year (FY). In a meeting with income tax officials, Mr Kamal asked the taxmen to avoid issuance of statutory regulatory orders (SROs) after budget except for any national urgency. The tax officials, who attended the closed-door meeting at the Economic Relations Division, said such SROs that are usually issued bypassing parliament do affect the government’s policy guidelines. Top income tax officials and National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Md Mosharraf ...

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Save the Children expresses concern over rising violence against children

Save the Children

MNA Editorial Desk: The Save the Children has expressed its concern over an alarming rise in violence against children in the country recently. According to its own observation, at least 30 incidents of rapes, gang rapes, murders and enforced disappearance, among others against them, took place in January of this year alone. In addition, 28 children faced sexual harassment, it said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that even children were being made to commit crimes. The international NGO pointed out that it estimated the incidents of violence against children in the last month just on the basis of those ...

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Averting diversion and manipulation remains key in war on drugs


MNA Editorial Desk: Spread of drugs has been one of the most devastating problems of Bangladesh today as it has spread its black claws all over the country and is destroying the future generation. Bangladesh has made tremendous developments during the last decade under the astute direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and that is going to continue with her successive third term as the head of state. However, along with that development comes the question of sustaining the progress which is a duty bestowed on the shoulders of the youths of the nation. But drug abuse is actually damaging ...

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Jahalam’s captivity unfortunate: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Terming innocent jute mill worker Jahalam’s captivity in jail for three years unfortunate and undesired, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday expressed his hope that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will take punitive action against those responsible in the incident. “The ACC has already admitted its fault. At the same time, it is investigating the matter. The ACC is a statutory organization, not a body under the government,” he said. The minister said this before an opinion sharing meeting with the Director Guild’s leaders at the Secretariat. “An innocent person served three years in jail,” the minister said, ...

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Ariana Grande sued over ‘God is a Woman’ image

Ariana Grande

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star’s widely-viewed “God is a Woman” music video. Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in US District Court in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas. The lawsuit calls the image that appears a little more than a minute into Grande’s 2018 music video nearly identical to paintings that Kush painted ...

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Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps prior fund appeal

Angelina Jolie

MNA Editorial Desk: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has visited a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar before the launch of a new appeal for $920 million funds for the refugees in Bangladesh. The special envoy of the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR started for the Chakmarkul camp at Hoikyang in Teknaf after a half-an-hour break at a hotel on her arrival in the resort town on Monday morning. The Oscar-winning actress is in Bangladesh on a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees and some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country. Her visit ...

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230 Railway projects to be implemented by 2045


MNA National Desk: Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Monday said the government has a future plan to implement 230 projects by 2045 at a cost of Taka 5,53,662 crore. “The government upgraded Bangladesh Railway Master Plan on January 29, 2018 under technical assistance project for Bangladesh Railway SASEC Rail Communication Investment Activities,” he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench M Abdul Latif of Chattagram-11 in the Jatiya Sangsad. The minister said as per the Bangladesh Railway Master Plan, the government would implement all the projects in six phases from July 2016 to June 2045. Under ...

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No innocent to be victim of police harassment: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the police to remain careful so that innocent people are not harassed and tortured during their duties. “You need to keep in mind that no innocent persons should fall victim to torture and harassment by you,” she said. The Prime Minister said this on Monday while attending the five-day ‘Police Week-2019′ at Rajarbagh Police Lines with the theme of “Build unity of police-people, eliminate drugs-militants.’ She said it is the duty of the police to protect mass people from any type of harassment.”People expect this from you.” Sheikh Hasina said all ...

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Bangladesh seeks developers for first LNG terminal


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh is seeking expressions of interest to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, according to a company official and a document posted on the company’s website. The South Asian country, which has a population of more than 160 million is turning to land-based LNG terminals as its first imports of the super-chilled fuel through a floating platform were delayed due to the weather and technical issues. Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Co, part of state-owned Petrobangla, which oversees LNG supplies, has requested interest from potential terminal developers for a land-based LNG regasification terminal at ...

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Maduro warns White House to be ‘stained with blood’

White House

MNA International Desk: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has warned Donald Trump he will leave the White House “stained with blood” if he insists on pursuing what he called a “dirty” imperialist conspiracy to overthrow him. “Stop. Stop, Trump! Hold it right there! You are making mistakes that will leave your hands covered in blood and you will leave the presidency stained with blood,” Maduro warned during a combative interview with the Spanish journalist Jordi Évole. “Why would you want a repeat of Vietnam?” He also rejected European calls for elections, saying: “We don’t accept ultimatums from anyone. I refuse to ...

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First phase of Upazila polls on Mar 10


MNA National Desk: The first phase election to the Upazila Council will be held on March 10. In the first phase, voting will be held in 87 upazilas of 12 districts. Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the election schedule on Sunday. Earlier, the 45th meeting of the commission was held. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting. As per the election schedule, the deadline for the nomination submission is February 11 while February 12 is set for scrutiny and February 19 is the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. Helal Uddin said the 5th ...

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River grabbers can not contest polls: HC


MNA Editorial Desk: The High Court in a ‘landmark’ decision on Sunday, declared that any persons who encroach on rivers will be barred from contesting in elections and receiving loans. Soon after declaring Dhaka’s Turag River a ‘legal person’ in an effort to conserve rivers, streams and other water bodies, the High Court also announced the formation of a national river conservation commission to serve as their ‘legal guardians’. It also instructed the government to amend existing laws and assign ‘harsh punishments’ to offenders so that the river conservation commission can play a significant role in protecting water bodies, reports ...

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January holds record inflow of remittances


MNA Business Desk: Bangladeshi migrant workers sent a record amount of remittance home in January. They sent $1.59 billion in inward remittances to Bangladesh in the first month of the year, a new monthly record. The amount is about 15 percent higher than in January 2018. Migrant workers had sent over $9.08 billion in remittances to the country in the first seven months of the fiscal year, according to data from Bangladesh Bank. The amount over the same period in fiscal 2017-18 was $8.31 billion. Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of Policy Research Institute, suggested devaluing the taka’s exchange rate ...

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Special lab to check food adulteration: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: The government will set up a specialized laboratory in the country to check food adulteration, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday. “A specialised laboratory for food testing is urgently needed and we’ll set up that lab,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a programme marking the National Food Safety Day 2019 at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB), reports UNB. The theme of the day this year is ‘Sustho-SabolJati Chai, Pushtisommoto Nirapod Khadder Bikolpo Nai’ (Need a Healthy Nation, There is no Alternative to Nutritious, Safe Food). Sheikh Hasina said there will be a central ...

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Maduro seeks early parliament vote amid Venezuelans protest


MNA International Desk: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government. As domestic and international pressure on Maduro to step down mounts, a senior air force general disavowed him in a video that circulated earlier on Saturday, expressing his allegiance to parliament head and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido. The military’s support is crucial for Maduro, who is deeply unpopular, largely due to an unprecedented economic crisis that has prompted an ...

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Realistic education: Potential & effective route to eliminate unemployment

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MNA Feature Desk: Unemployment rate is one of the most important indicators of a country’s economy. Though the unemployment rate is comparatively stable during the last decade ranging between 4.2-4.5 per cent, still it is not at all satisfactory. Many will even argue that the actual unemployment rate is much higher as we often meet unemployed young and not so young people. Though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her last two terms in the government, has created thousands of government jobs but that is also not good enough to solve this unemployment problem. The private sector is not strong enough ...

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