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Myanmar soldiers killed 10 Rohingyas


MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s military said on Wednesday its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement. It was a rare admission of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. The army launched a sweeping counteroffensive in the north of the state in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug 25, triggering ...

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Actor Siraj Haydar passes away

Siraj Haydar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Siraj Haydar passed away at his Kalyanpur residence in capital Dhaka on Thursday morning at the age of 71. Siraj’s son Lelin Haydar said his father felt chest pain at night. He had died around 6:14am before taken to hospital. The actor left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death. Siraj’s body will be taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held after Asr prayer. Siraj Haydar started his acting career on 14 August 1962 through a novel named ...

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ICC approves Perth Stadium to host game

Perth Stadium

MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the game, formally lowering the curtain on the city’s venerable WACA Ground. The new 60,000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day international against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at the state-of-the-art arena. ICC match referee Richie Richardson submitted a gushing report after inspecting the venue. The WACA, a Test venue since 1970, was once touted as the world’s fastest pitch, making it the stuff of nightmares for many visiting teams. Last month, the WACA ...

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Tabligh Jamaat’s demo creates traffic chaos


MNA National Desk: A huge number of people, belonging to a faction of Islamic ideological movement Tabligh Jamaat, have demonstrated outside the Dhaka airport, crippling traffic in the northern part of the city. Police said the demonstrators protested the arrival of the Islamic organisation’s supreme council member Saad Kandhalvi from India, reported news agency. Protests started around 9am, before Kandhalvi’s arrival in Dhaka. Saad Kandhalvi who reached the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airways flight around 1:30pm. However, the Tabligh Jamaat activists did not withdraw the barricade till 4:00pm, disrupting traffic on the roads from Kakoli to Gazipur.

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ECNEC approves 13 projects

13 projects

MNA Business Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 13 projects involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion, reported news agency. The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held at NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “A total of 13 projects were approved Tuesday involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion.” Of the total estimated cost, Tk 118.22 billion will come from the national exchequer, while ...

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PM pays rich tributes to Bangabandhu

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the Homecoming Day of the great leader. The PM paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning. After laying the wreaths, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Later, the leaders of Awami League’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, ...

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Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed today across the country with due respect. On January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu had returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and a half months of captivity in a Pakistani jail. The ruling Awami League, its associate and front organisations and various socio-political platforms have drawn up elaborate programmes to mark the Homecoming Day. The programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop AL offices at dawn and placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban ...

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California mudslides killed 13 people


MNA International Desk: Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California and killed at least 13 people, police said Tuesday. Authorities said the bodies were discovered in mud and debris during rescue operations in Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said on its Twitter feed it was using dogs to look for victims where multiple homes once stood in Montecito following heavy rain, with more than 20 people reported missing. The department posted pictures of rivers of waist-high mud flowing through neighborhoods and roads rendered impassable by fallen trees. Roads were clogged ...

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‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel’


MNA Exclusive Desk: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to a group of lawyers gathered at Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday, ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel, but was made into one.’ Sharif remarked, referring to the tragic consequences that followed the state’s refusal to allow a popularly elected leader to hold the prime minister’s office, reports the Daily Dawn. Claiming that that he had been ‘persecuted’ over the years and ‘pushed towards revolt’, Sharif drew parallels between what he considers to be his own ‘cornering’ by the state and the events that led to the secession of ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League pays homage on Bangabondhu’s Homecoming Day

Peshajibi League

MNA National Desk: On the eve of Bangabondhu’s homecoming day, Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders have paid their tributes at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Road-32 of Dhanmondi in the city this morning. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed and Tusher Abdullah along with other senior leaders were present in celebrating this auspicious occasion. Throughout the liberation war of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was imprisoned in Pakistan and after independence, he was released and returned to his beloved ...

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‘300 cuts in Padmavat’ is untrue: CBFC


MNA Entertainment Desk:  India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Tuesday refuted a report that the “modifications” demanded by the censor board in the historical drama have resulted in 300 cuts. “The makers have submitted the final film with agreed five modifications. These modifications have tried to incorporate observations and suggestions given by the advisory panel and also in keeping with the sentiments of society. This has already been communicated by CBFC and a U/A certificate has been given to the film. “CBFC’s process is complete and any further news about cuts is absolutely untrue. Let’s ...

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42 Russian athletes banned

Russian athletes

MNA Sports Desk: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes against the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the tribunal said. The announcement on Tuesday comes in response to the sanctions imposed by the IOC following allegations of state-sponsored doping by hosts Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, reports news agency. The athletes were declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games. According to the tribunal, a CAS arbitration procedure has been opened for each athlete. The procedures are being conducted jointly and a combined ...

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DIG Mizanur removed from duty


MNA National Desk: The home ministry has removed Additional Commissioner Mizanur Rahman from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) over allegations of abducting a woman and later marrying her forcefully. Rahman, a deputy inspector general or DIG, has come under fire after the incident was reported in the media. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the media on Tuesday that an inquiry has been opened. Meanwhile, the DIG denied having any marital relation with a certain Mariam Akhter, whom he reportedly married last year. According a Mariam Akhter’s family, the police official reportedly married the banker on 16 July last year at ...

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Mobile court to continue until appeals’ settlement


MNA National Desk: The operation of mobile court by the executive magistrate will continue until settlement of three appeals filed by the government against the HC verdict over the mobile court act. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah came up with the order on Tuesdaym reported news agency. Besides, the court fixed January 16 for next hearing. On January 3 last, the SC fixed today for hearing of the appeals. On May 11, the High Court declared illegal of the operation by the executive magistrate and later on May 14 after ...

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Guardian tortured at son’s school


MNA Exclusive Desk: A case was filed with Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police on Monday over alleged torture of the guardian of a kindergarten student by school authorities in Khorulia  of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Ayatullah, the guardian, filed a case on Monday night around 7:00pm accusing six named and 5 unnamed individuals. The accused are Jahirul Haque, Headmaster of Khorulia High School, Md Obayet Hossain, an assistant teacher of the school, Borhan Uddin, Headmaster of the adjoining KG and Pre-cadet School, Nurul Hossain, a record-keeper of the school, ...

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Electoral system and democratic governance in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: A free, fair and credible election in a democracy requires an electoral system creating level playing field for all political parties while promoting people’s participation in the polls. Bangladesh since its independence has gone through several changes in its electoral systems as it started as a parliamentary form of government, then switched over to presidential system and again shifted back to parliamentary system in 1991. After independence, there have been 10 national elections under different electoral systems and democracy has been under continuous threat from changing patterns of the elections. After the country’s liberation in 1971, seven ...

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2 injured in fire at Trump Tower

Trump Tower

MNA International Desk: Two people were injured in a brief early-morning fire near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as the city’s workday rush began, the New York Fire Department said on Monday. US President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time. One firefighter was hospitalised with nonlife-threatening injuries and a building worker, who had an injury that was initially described as serious, was treated at the scene and declined further medical attention, the Fire Department said. Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter that it was a small electrical fire in the cooling ...

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Facebook to stop virtual assistant ‘M’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook is shutting down its text-based virtual assistant called ‘M’ that helped researchers train an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. According to a report in The Verge, ‘M’ which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger and it was available to only about 2,000 people. ‘M’ was first introduced in August 2015. The final day of the virtual assistant will be 19 January. “We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook said to media. Facebook had described ‘M’ as a “beta” and suggested ...

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Facial exercises can make look younger


MNA Life Style Desk: Just 30 minutes of facial exercises which includes puckering and squeezing the cheeks daily can make you look three years younger, reveals a study. Instead of undergoing anti-ageing skin treatments and care routines, middle-aged women undergoing this non-toxic method can have a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks and reduce some visible signs of ageing, the study further showed. Fat pads present in between the muscle and the skin are responsible for providing firmness to the cheeks and keeping a toned shape of the face. But as the skin starts ageing, the face pads ...

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IBBL’s internship for univ students


MNA Education Desk: Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) on Monday started a two-month long internship program for the students of different public and private universities, said a press release. Arastoo Khan, Chairman of IBBL inaugurated the program organized by Islami Bank Training & Research Academy (IBTRA) at the IBTRA Conference Hall as the chief guest. A total of 129 students of BBA & MBA level from 34 universities are participating in the internship program. The bank is a sharia compliant bank in Bangladesh which started operations on 30 March 1983. It was founded by Saudi and Kuwaiti investors. It is ...

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Khaleda’s cases shifted to Bakshibazar court


MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Monday shifted 16 cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the city. The ministry issued three gazette notifications in this regard, reported news agency. Law Minster Anisul Haque said the cases against Khaleda Zia were shifted to a single court for security concern, not for any political reason. Before talking to reporters, the minister held a meeting with the speaker of London Tower Hamlet Sabina Akthar when he sought the repatriation of the convicted killers of intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War. Anisul Haque hoped that ...

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Build yourself as pro-people force: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the police to build themselves as members of a propeople force. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Police Week-2018 at Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lines at Rajarbagh. The Police Week-2018 has begun with the motto ‘Remedy of Militancy and Drugs: Commitment of Bangladesh Police’. Hasina reviewed a spectacular parade of different contingents of Bangladesh Police arranged on the occasion. The Prime Minister handed over awards in four categories to 182 policemen for their outstanding performance in 2017. Of the police personnel, 30 received Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) while 71 ...

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Lowest temperature recorded 2.6 °C


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Meteorological Department has recorded its lowest temperature in history at 2.6 degrees Celsius in the Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh on Monday morning. Earlier, the lowest temperature in the history of Bangladesh was recorded at 2.8 degrees Celsius in Srimangal in 1968. The poor people, including children and elderly persons, have been suffering much from different cold-related diseases. In the 24 hours prior to 6am Monday morning, temperature averaged out to the country’s all-time low, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Temperature in Nilphamari’s Syedpur was second at 2.9 degrees Celsius, while it was 3 degrees Celsius ...

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Bannon backs off comments about Trump’s son


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump’s son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon’s influence as a would-be conservative power broker. Bannon, ousted from the White House in August, was quoted in ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ by journalist Michael Wolff, as saying a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials was ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic.’ The president responded by saying Bannon had lost ...

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Australia seals 4-0 Ashes series triumph


MNA Sports Desk: Australia romped to an innings and 123-runs victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic. England captain Joe Root raced from his hospital bed, where he had been treated overnight for gastroenteritis, to try to rescue a face-saving draw but when he failed to reappear after lunch the die was cast for the tourists. Australia’s bowling attack mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 ...

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Coca-Cola launches jeera flavoured ‘RimZim’

alcoholic drink

MNA Business Desk: Multinational beverage company Coca-Cola on Sunday launched a new Jeera flavoured beverage tilted ‘RimZim’, said a press release. The new soft drink item of the renowned company was formally opened at a programme at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). The new drink item launch adds to the suite of beverage options that are currently available for the Coca-Cola’s consumers in the country, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Kinley Water, Kinley Soda, Coca-Cola Zero and Sprite Zero. PET bottle 250 ml RimZim is the first being rolled out in key towns of the country at a price ...

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Oprah declares ‘new day’ for women


MNA Entertainment Desk: Oprah Winfrey on Sunday declared a “new day” for women and girls facing down abusive men as she delivered a stirring speech at the Golden Globes. Accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Hollywood gala, the Oscar-nominated actress and daytime television trailblazer saluted the #MeToo movement that has quickly gained steam after revelations of rampant sexual misconduct by film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Paying tribute to Recy Taylor, an African American woman who daringly reported her 1944 gang rape by white men and died last month just short of her 98th birthday, Winfrey deplored “a culture broken by ...

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