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PM inaugurates BNA Bangabandhu Complex

BNA Bangabandhu Complex

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated BNA Bangabandhu Complex at Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) in Chittagong. It is the first international standard training academy of Bangladesh Navy with all modern facilities. The ship-like complex has been built on the bank of the Karnaphuli River with a 41-feet high bronze made bust of Bangabandhu in front, is a unique architecture from aesthetic point of view. To ensure international standard training, the complex has seamanship, antisubmarine, gunnery and communication model room, chart room, library, computer and language club, modern auditorium and seven different types of laboratories. Prime Minister ...

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Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB DG


MNA National Desk: Major General Md Shafeenul Islam has been made new Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, who was serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, replaced Major General Abul Hossain as the chief of the paramilitary force. Abul Hossain was withdrawn and attached to the Armed Forces Division on March 7. Islam had been serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board since February 14, 2016. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy on June 25, 1984 and was commissioned ...

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Myanmar’s president Htin Kyaw resigns

Htin Kyaw

MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s civilian president, Htin Kyaw, has resigned with immediate effect ‘in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities’, his office said in a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday. Htin Kyaw, whose post is largely ceremonial, has been a close ally of the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. He was handpicked by the Nobel peace prize laureate to become president because a constitution drafted by the country’s former junta bars her from the top office. There has been speculation in the local media for some months that Htin Kyaw was in ...

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GP launches ‘Audio Conferencing’ solution


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile phone operator Grameenphone introduced a new cloud telephony solution “Audio Conferencing” for its enterprise customers. Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Grameenphone Yasir Azman launched the solution at GP House in city’s Bashundhara, said a press release on Tuesday. The Grameenphone Audio Conferencing supports simultaneous voice conferencing with up to 1,000 participants and comes with a host of conferencing features, such as PIN-based secure access. This cloud-based service is hosted at Grameenphone’s own Data Center and offered through a number of channels, such as web portal, iOS/Android mobile apps and Microsoft Outlook plug-ins ...

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BCB accepts Halsall resignation


MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has accepted the resignation of the assistant coach of the national team Richard Halsall, said a BCB media release. “Richard has officially submitted his resignation. We understand that his decision is from family considerations and he wishes to stay close to home especially to be by the side of his ailing father. The Board respects his priorities and has accepted the resignation,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said. “Richard has been an integral member of the Bangladesh team management during the last four years and part of many successes of the national ...

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Fitness trainer has 115k followers!

fitness trainer

MNA Entertainment Desk: Let you know that Tahlia Rowena, a professional fitness trainer, is highly active on Instagram in which she has more 115k followers, reports news agency. There are millions of women all over the world that are not only beautiful but also the masters of a small body. In today’s world, every person, especially girls, is very conscious about their figure. Tahlia Rowena is actually a fitness trainer and a model. She was born in London and raised there by her family. Rowena started fitness training when she was a young girl. After so much of her dedication, ...

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Biman flight makes emergency landing

Biman flight

MNA National Desk: A Bangladesh Biman flight made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon. The Dash-8 airliner took off for Syedpur around 12 noon but had to make the emergency landing 15 minutes later due to technical glitches, a number of sources at the airport said. Biman officials have not confirmed what specific technical issue affected the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, which  can carry 73 passengers. The US-Bangla Airlines flight that crashed in Kathmandu on Mar 12 was also a Dash8-Q400 plane, manufactured by Canada-based Bombardier Inc. The crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ...

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Noor, Shykh to get Independence Awards


MNA National Desk: Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzzaman Noor and Channel i’s Shykh Seraj will receive the Independence Day Award for their contribution to culture and to agricultural journalism. The government has nominated them for the ‘Swadhinata Padak- 2018’ (Independence Award) in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the respective fields. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city on March 25, said a PID handout issued on Monday. The cabinet had previously issued a list of 16 names to receive the Independence Day Award this year. The government ...

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Moving beyond bilateralism: Approach to enhance global cooperation


MNA Editorial Desk: In today’s world, where the relationship among nations is not only political or geographical, but also highly economical, bilateral relations between two nations are getting more significance day by day. The world has become smaller with improvement in terms of technology and communication. Nations now eye on the global markets while developing their products and business. Moreover, countries are engaging themselves in becoming development partners of other countries. The interaction among the countries today has become more dynamic and development oriented. Hence, the bilateral relationship is going beyond its usual concept and affecting more lives all around ...

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Power generation sets record crossing 10,000MW mark


MNA Business Desk: The country’s power generation set a new record crossing the 10,000-MW mark on Monday night.   According to Public Relations Department of Power Development Board (PDB), the electricity generation reached 10,084 MW which was highest so far. Last year, the available power generation was about 8,500 MW in March, it said.   Though record power was generated last evening, there was no power in different parts in the capital for some time. Earlier, the power generation reached 9,715 MW on March 15. Later, the generation was increasing gradually. After the Awami League led government assumed power, the number of ...

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Windies edge Zimbabwe to stay on World Cup


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies edged closer to a place in the 2019 World Cup when they defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets in the latest qualifying match on Monday. Chasing 290 to win, the two-time champions reached their target with six balls to spare after surviving a worrying mid-innings collapse. The West Indies lead the Super Sixes qualifying table with six points but will still need to avoid defeat against Scotland on Wednesday in their last pool match to be sure of a place in next year’s finals. Zimbabwe, on five points, can still make the 2019 finals by beating ...

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‘Only death’ can stop me: Saudi prince Salman


MNA Exclusive Desk: Saudi Arabia’s Bin Salman is widely expected to try and encourage American investors to put money into the kingdom, while also looking to promote his plans to enact sweeping economic and social reforms in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince has said “only death” can prevent him from ruling over the kingdom for several years to come. “Only God knows how long one will live, if one would live 50 years or not, but if things go their normal ways, then that’s to be expected,” Mohammed bin Salman said during a wide-ranging interview that aired on CBS ...

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Sunny spent her Sunday ‘hanging around’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone spent her Sunday ‘hanging around’. Sunny shared a picture from what appears to be a resort and she can be seen chilling like a boss, reported news agency. The 36-year-old actress looks chic in a yellow polka dotted crop top and a black striped pant. ‘Just another Sunday hanging around!! Lol,’ Sunny captioned her post. (Take notes from Sunny. This is actually how you should spend your Sunday). ‘Sunshine’ and ‘awesome picture, Sunny’ are some of the comments on her picture which has got over 1.1 lakh likes in just a couple of ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until 8 May


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court stayed until 8 May a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order on Monday, after considering the leave to appeal petitions challenging BNP chief’s bail. Earlier, on 18 March, the SC bench set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order. Former Prime Minister Khaleda was ...

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Vladimir Putin wins presidential election


MNA International Desk: Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia’s president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that “we are bound for success,” reported news agency. There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot. His only real challenge was to run up the tally so high that he could claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots from 80 percent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday, Putin ...

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Rohit praises tigers’ ‘fearless cricket’


MNA Sports Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma praised Bangladesh for their “fearless cricket” after the Twenty20 minnows came within a ball of a shock victory in the tri-series final in Colombo. Tenth-ranked Bangladesh pushed their illustrious neighbours all the way in Sunday’s final before wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed a six off the last ball to secure a four-wicket win. Karthik’s eight-ball 29 took India over the line after a tense 167-run chase that saw Bangladesh concede 35 runs off the final two overs at the R Premadasa Stadium. But Sharma, who gave his team a blazing start with a 42-ball ...

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‘Suu Kyi seeks support for Rakhine’


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at length about her country’s troubled western state of Rakhine at a Sydney conference on Sunday and appealed to Southeast Asian neighbours for help, Australia’s prime minister said. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters at the end of a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, much of it held behind closed doors, reports Reuters. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively at some considerable length herself… She seeks support from ASEAN and other ...

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Vladimir Putin: Russia’s action man president


MNA Feature Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a judo black belt, appears to symbolise two of the martial art’s key qualities – guile and aggression. His swift military interventions in both Ukraine, annexing Crimea in March 2014, and Syria, bombing anti-government rebels in a move that bolstered Syrian government forces, stunned many observers. Mr Putin, 65, has made no secret of his determination to reassert Russian power after years of perceived humiliation by the US and its Nato allies. US prosecutors accuse a longstanding Putin ally – oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin – of orchestrating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ...

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Russia expels 23 British diplomats

British diplomats

MAN International Desk: Russian on Saturday said it will expel 23 British diplomats from the country within a week. The country summoned the British ambassador to inform him of the retaliatory action taken after the UK’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats amid tensions over spy poisoning row. It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the British Consulate in St Petersburg, reported news agency. The move comes in response to Britain’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. They were ordered to leave over the incident on 4 March which ...

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Suu Kyi under fire at ASEAN summit

ASEAN summit

MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”. Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh. The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine ...

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Google bans cryptocurrency advertising


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google said on Wednesday it was banning advertisements for cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings, the latest internet company to clamp down on the sector amid growing concerns about scams. Google’s action, which takes effect in June and follows a similar move by Facebook earlier this year, sent the price of the best-known cryptocurrency, bitcoin, down more than 10 percent to its lowest in a month. Interest in cryptocurrencies has surged in the last year as their prices rocketed. That growth has spawned online advertising used by hundreds of companies trying to raise funds by launching ...

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Actress Urvashi receives death threats


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hate Story 4 actress Urvashi Rautela recently received death threats as her seductress character in the film has a reference of Mahabharata’s Draupadi. On that, Urvashi has finally responded to reports and said she felt shocked and vulnerable, reports media. Talking to Hindustan Times, she said, ‘I was shocked and speechless when I started receiving death threats. I felt vulnerable. It [receiving death threats] has been happening quite often these days, especially in our industry. First, it happened with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, and now with our film.’ Further, the actress said, ‘People need to understand that ...

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Bangladesh gets developing country status


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has termed it a historic day as it attained all three criteria for graduation from the least-developed country (LDC) group to developing one. “It’s a historic day for us. I am delighted to inform you that Bangladesh has fulfilled the criteria for graduation from the LDC category for the first time,” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CPD) handed over Ambassador Masud Bin Momen an official letter conveying this announcement. The UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) determines the graduation ...

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5 Surprising Health Facts


MNA Life Style Desk: With regular studies published about facts on health and fitness, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the information out there. Some of the findings repeat health advice that’s been around for years, but others are a little more shocking. Take a look at these 5 health facts that might surprise you. Drinking coffee can prevent depression: We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ...

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Bangabandhu’s birthday being celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is celebrating the 99th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday. Since the re-assumption of state power in 1996, Awami League has been observing the day as the National Children’s Day as Bangabandhu liked to spend time with children on his birthday. The day is a public holiday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation, heralding the nationwide programmes on the occasion of the 99th birthday of the great leader. The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid homage to Bangabandhu

Peshajibi League Leaders

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday. The leaders paid homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka on Saturday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organization secretary Mainuddin Chowdhury Ferdous, assistant secretary Md. Masum Zahid Masud, assistant secretary Ferdous Rahman Rupok, assistant secretary Al-Mamun Titu, assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed, assistant secretary Tusher Abdullah along with other ...

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Xi re-elects as China’s president with no term limits


MNA International Desk: Xi Jinping was reappointed Saturday as China’s president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve, reported news agency. The National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, also appointed close Xi ally Wang Qishan to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president. At the Great Hall of the People, Xi, Wang and other officials took turns stepping to the lectern to place their left hands on the constitution and raise their right fists as they delivered an oath swearing loyalty to the constitution, the motherland and the people. Xi, 64, is considered the most powerful ...

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