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Myanmar army, government hold rare meeting over Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s army and civilian leadership held a rare “national security” meeting on Friday (Jun 8) and discussed an internal investigation into the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state, the president’s office said. The meeting – only the third of its kind since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took power in 2016 – follows a deal to allow the UN to enter Rakhine to assess when refugees may be able to return. Some 700,000 of the Muslim minority have fled over the border to Bangladesh after the military launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya insurgents last August that the ...

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Tk 4.64 trillion budget approved for FY19


MNA Business Desk: The cabinet approved the national budget of around Tk 4.64 trillion for the fiscal year 2018-19 on Thursday afternoon, reported news agency. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the special meeting of the cabinet held at the parliament complex. Finance Minister AMA Muhith placing the national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal in parliament with all the indicators pointing to another expansionary budget in keeping with the AL government’s previous budgets. The figure is an increase of 25 percent from the revised budget and more than 16 percent higher than the original budget of the outgoing fiscal year. ...

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Rohingya effect: BD loses scores on GPI-2018


MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh slipped down nine spots in the Global Peace Index or GPI 2018 compared with that of the last year, reported news agency. Despite making improvements in two indicators — political stability and terrorism impact — the positive changes were offset by a large fall in ‘external conflicts fought’ and ‘neighbouring countries relations’, which stemmed from the sudden influx of 700,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, according to the latest report published in London today. Bangladesh has ranked 93rd out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.084 while in last year its position was 84th ...

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18 killed in Baghdad explosion


MNA International Desk: At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said. An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation. The ammunition had been stored in a mosque and the explosion happened during its transfer into a car parked nearby, the police source said. Earlier, state television cited a ministry spokesman describing the explosion as “a terrorist aggression on civilians,” which had caused ...

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Imran H Sarkar released

H Sarkar

MNA National Desk: Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar was released on Wednesday night hours after his detention from the city’s Shahbagh area. He was freed around 11:00pm following interrogation, said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Emranul Hasan. Earlier, the elite force members detained the Ganajagaran Mancha, a platform of secular youths who had organised a mammoth rally at Shahbagh Square primarily seeking capital punishment for ‘war criminals’ in 2013, spokesperson in the afternoon. Witnesses said Imran was about to join a scheduled protest rally against ‘extrajudicial killings’ in the ongoing crackdown on drugs. The RAB also ...

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Women’s T20 Asia Cup: Tigresses secure win against India


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women’s cricket secured a historic seven-wicket victory against defending champions India in the ninth match of Women’s T20 Asia Cup at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday. An all-round performance by Rumana Ahmed led Bangladesh team to the victory, reported news agency. Despite back-to-back wins, Bangladesh women are placed fourth in the points table with six points at a NRR of -0.270. India are still topping the table with same number of points at 3.428. Sri Lanka (second, 1.660) and Pakistan (third, 0.889) are placed ahead of Bangladesh. Bangladesh women’s next match is ...

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Six-Point Day: The Foundation of Liberation War


MNA Feature Desk: Political and economic deprivation of the Bengalis prompted Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to put forward in 1966 his historic six points, the “Magna Carta” which in effect structured the foundation for East Pakistan`s future independence. Following the partition of India, the new state of Pakistan came into being. The inhabitants of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) made up the majority of its population, and exports from East Pakistan (such as jute) were a majority of Pakistan’s export income. However, East Pakistanis did not feel they had a proportional share of political power and economic benefits within Pakistan. East ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ to be released in Eid


MNA Entertainment Desk: The film ‘Komola Rocket’ produced by Impress Telefilm, will be released on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reported news agency. The two minutes 24-second long official trailer of the movie also has been released on Youtube channel titled Channel-i TV. Audience can see the popular actors Tauquir Ahmed and Mosharraf Karim’s acting together for the second time on screen. Komola Rocket, movie of comedy genre, has been directed by Noor Imran Mithu based on Bangla Academy Award winner and expatriate writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’. Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel I Super Star contestant Samiya will play ...

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Bangabandhu-2 to be launched before expiry of Bangabandhu-1: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh would launch its second satellite in the space much ahead of the expiry of the Bangabandhu-1. ‘We are taking preparations from now to launch ‘Bangabandhu-2’ so that our second satellite become operation before 15-year expiry time of the ‘Bangabandhu-1’. The prime minister said this in reply to a question from female member in reserve seat Fazilatun Nesa Bappi during Prime Minister’s question-answer session in the parliament on Wednesday. Laying importance on space technology the Prime Minister said such research is very crucial for development of science and technology, disaster ...

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Singer Asif Akbar arrested

singer Asif

MNA Entertainment Desk: Members of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested singer Asif Akbar early Wednesday in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. A team of CID arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am, special police super Mollah Nazrul Islam of CID said, reported news agency. Composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin filed the case against him on Monday evening with Tejgaon Police Station. More to follow…

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Qatar eager to join NATO


MNA International Desk: Qatar’s defence minister said on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” is to join the Western military defence alliance NATO, reported news agency. Speaking on the anniversary of a year-long bitter Gulf diplomatic dispute, which has seen Qatar separated from its former regional allies, Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Qatar today has become one of the most important countries in the region in terms of the quality of armament,” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. “Regarding the membership, we are ...

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Argentina calls off match against Israel


MNA Sports Desk: Argentina has called off a World Cup warm-up match against Israel following protests by pro-Palestinian groups, reported news agency. A source at Argentina’s football federation on Tuesday confirmed the cancellation of the international friendly scheduled to be played Saturday at Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to comment. The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had urged Argentina to cancel the match and had called on Arab soccer fans to burn posters of Argentina captain Lionel Messi if he ...

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July-May export earnings witness 6.66pc growth

export earnings

MNA Business Desk: Country’s export earnings in the first eleven months (July-May) of the current fiscal year (FY2018-19) witnessed a 6.66 percent growth fetching $3372.88 crore buoyed by the good performance of garment, jute and jute-made goods and agricultural products. The single-month export performance for May was 9 percent higher with $332.24 crore. Export earning in May of last fiscal year (FY17) was $304.76 crore, reported news agency. According to the figures of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) for the July-May period of the current fiscal, knitwear export maintained its positive trend fetching $1, 398.11 crore, which showed a 11.48 percent ...

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Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement that might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday promises to establish a “framework of cooperation” that aims to create the conditions for “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingya refugees, reported news agency. Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes. The U.N. and U.S. have described the army crackdown that ...

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FB shares data with Huawei, Lenovo


MNA Science & Tech  Desk: Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, which has come under scrutiny from US intelligence agencies on security concerns. The social media company said Huawei, computer maker Lenovo Group, and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL Corp were among about 60 companies worldwide that received access to some user data after they signed contracts to re-create Facebook-like experiences for their users. Members of Congress raised concerns after The New York Times reported on the practice on Sunday, saying that data ...

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BSMRSTU, DIU Environment Day programme


MNA Education Desk: With the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” the Department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management (ESDM) of Daffodil International University (DIU) observed ‘World Environment Day-2018’ yesterday. To mark the day department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management of DIU organised a rally and project exhibition to create awareness of the restoration of environment. The rally led by Prof Dr SM Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder, pro-vice-chancellor, was brought out at the university premises. After the rally, project exhibition was inaugurated at the Student Lounge of Daffodil Tower by Prof Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder and Prof Dr AKM Fazlul Hoque, ...

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World Environment Day observed

World Environment

MNA Feature Desk: The World Environment Day was observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Tuesday with a call to refuse those cannot be reused. Ever since its conception in 1974, World Environment Day has had a special theme relating to the pressing environmental concern at the time. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and is a call for individuals to take charge of their surroundings and realise the severity of using plastic in daily life. Different organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organised a ...

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Masihuzzaman Serniabat made BAF chief

Masihuzzaman Serniabat

MNA National Desk: Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will take over the command of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from June 12 next, said a release from the Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate on Tuesday. He is set to take over the command the BAF for three years as the Defence Ministry issued a notification in this connection, the release added, reports news agency. ‘Air Vice Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC, GD (P) has been promoted to the post of Air Marshal for three years as Chief Officer of Bangladesh Air Force. This order will come into effect from June ...

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Guatemala volcano death toll up to 69


MNA International Desk: Guatemalan authorities have increased the confirmed death toll from the eruption of the Volcano of Fire to 69 as officials suspended the search until dawn on Tuesday. Fanuel Garcia is the director of Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences and he announced the higher death toll late Monday. He said only 17 of the dead have been identified so far. The burning ash and mud that engulfed villages on the volcano’s flanks Sunday left many victims unrecognizable. They will have to be identified through DNA testing or other means. A lack of electricity in the most heavily ...

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Living off luxury: An important trait of leadership in democracy


MNA Editorial Desk: Leadership is made up of many qualities such as dedication, sacrifice and effort. Instead of pursuing a life of luxury a good leader always crave for welfare of the people, society and country. These become more important when a leader works in democratic environment. He or she should lead by examples to drive his or her followers in working for cumulative benefits. Throughout the world, no leader could achieve any goal without making sacrifices. The roads for them are not strewn with flowers but full of thorns. But they endure the pains and suffering focusing on certain ...

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Serena out of French Open with injury

French Open

MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams has pulled out of the French Open before her fourth-round match with Maria Sharapova because of an injury that affected her serve. The 23-time Grand Slam winner recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, but looked in good form in her opening matches. “I’ve had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can’t serve,” said the 36-year-old. Williams said she first felt the problem during her third-round win over German 11th seed Julia Gorges on Saturday. Williams said she will have an MRI scan in Paris on ...

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Azam Khan’s 7th death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the seventh anniversary of death of Azam Khan, one of the pioneers of pop music. Songs rendered by him in 1970s and 80s like Ore saleka ore maleka, Hariye gechhe phire pabo na, Ami jare chaire, Ashi ashi bole tumi, Obhimani, Rail liner oi bostite, Sara raat jege jege and Alal o dulal are still popular among the masses. Born on February 28, 1950, Mahbubul Haque Khan, took the stage name Azam Khan when he started his music career with the band Uchcharan, a pioneering band of the country and Azam was the vocalist of ...

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‘Salman is a man with golden heart’


MNA Entertainment Desk: New co-stars like Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala as well as frequent collaborators Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah heaped praise on their ‘Race 3’ co-star Salman Khan, calling the superstar a very loving, caring and respectful person to everyone around him. Jacqueline, who worked with Salman in ‘Kick’, told news agency, “There is an energy around him that might just make you feel intimidated when you meet Salman first time. “I do not think he means to be like that but his aura is very strong… even after years, as a friend and co-star, when I am ...

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BRTC special bus ticket sale begins Tuesday

special bus

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will start selling tickets for Eid special bus service from Tuesday for home-bound people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. This year, around 904 special buses will be pressed into service while 54 more to be placed on standby for different routes in the capital. The decision was taken at a meeting between BRTC officers and depot managers at the BRTC office in city’s Motijheel area on Monday. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was also present in the meeting. Quader said that BRTC buses for factory workers bound for North Bengal will leave ...

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Death toll from boat off Tunisia rises to 46


MNA International Desk: A boat carrying migrants toward Europe sank off the coast of Tunisia and at least 46 people drowned, though dozens more could be missing, the North African nation’s defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry said 68 people were rescued overnight after the boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea near Kerkennah island, off Tunisia’s eastern coast. Authorities said the vessel was believed to have been carrying about 180 passengers, reported news agnecy. Rachid Bouhoula, the defense ministry press officer, said a rescue and recovery operation continued in the waters around the island. The ministry said earlier that those ...

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US trade policy ‘extremely deplorable’: Japan


MNA Business Desk: US-imposed trade tariffs on its close allies could have a “grave impact” on ties and the world trading system, the Japanese government said Monday, describing the situation as “extremely deplorable”. Washington found itself isolated at a weekend meeting of G7 finance ministers over its stinging steel and aluminium tariffs and Tokyo kept up the barrage in unusually strong language, reported news agency. “It is extremely deplorable that the situation has not improved even after Japan has explained to the US its concerns at various levels,” said government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. Close allies Tokyo and Washington have been ...

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Trudeau invites Hasina to G7 special session


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been invited by her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to join a session of the G7 Summit, reported news agency. Trudeau yesterday announced that Canada will welcome the Bangladesh premier and 15 other world leaders and heads of international organisations to a special outreach session of the G7 Summit on June 9. The session will focus on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities, reads a news release of Canada PM’s official website. The list of the invited world leaders and heads of international organisaions as follows: Mauricio Macri, president of Argentina and Chair ...

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