Author Archives: News Desk

Xiaomi launches ‘best selfie’ smartphone

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Global technology company Xiaomi on Friday announced Redmi S2 to be available nationwide in the Bangladesh market, reported news agency. Following the announcement users can purchase Redmi S2 now from daraz.com.bd, more than 100 Mi Authorized Stores and 1000 retail stores starting Tk 14,999, said a press release. Xiaomi vice president and India managing director Manu Jain said, “We are excited to extend our best selfie smartphone at an affordable price to the entire Bangladesh market. With Redmi S2 also available in offline stores along with online, we hope to extend our share to the ...

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Bangladesh eye win in 2nd T20I

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh aim to win as they face West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The match will kick off at 6am. The Tigers will have to win the second match to save the series following their seven wickets defeat in the first T20I. Probable squads: Bangladesh – Mosaddek Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency

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MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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62nd anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 62th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets

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MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Tigers lose 1st T20 against Windies

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MNA Sports Desk: West Indies overcame an early scare in their chase to easily win the first T20 against Bangladesh by seven wickets after rain forced Wednesday’s match to be a curtailed-over affair, reported news agency. Once the Tigers made 143 for 9, a sudden downpour meant the game was slashed down to 11 overs, with the Windies side set a target of 91. Mustafizur Rahman struck twice in the second over to remove openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis to give Bangladesh hope, but Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls and Marlon Samuels fired 26 from ...

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Mamata faces police case after ‘civil war’ remark

Mamata Banerjee

MNA International Desk: Mamata Banerjee has been accused of inciting “hate and tension” among communities in a police complaint filed by activists of the ruling BJP in Assam, hours after she warned of a “civil war and bloodbath” over a list of citizens that leaves out four million people from the northeastern state. The complaint was filed by three workers of the BJP’s youth wing in Assam’s Dibrugarh, reported news agency. Banerjee has accused the BJP of trying to divide the country with the draft National Register of Citizens or NRC in Assam, which leaves four million people facing the ...

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BCL president Shovon, gen secy Rabbani

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MNA Education Desk: The central executive committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), has been announced. Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon has been made president while Golam Rabbani general secretary, reported news agency. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader made the announcement on behalf of the party president on Tuesday. Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, declared separate committees for north and south units of Dhaka city and the Dhaka University unit. Saddam Hossain was made the president while Sanjit Chandra Das, the general secretary of DU unit of BCL. AL president ...

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BFIU finds evidence of Tk 40bn capital flight

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MNA Business Desk: A group of businesses is reported to have been involved in capital flight amounting to Tk 40 billion in disguise of imports and exports, reported news agency. Bangladesh Financial Intelligent Unit (BFIU) has discovered the evidence of such an involvement. The BFIU has also sent this information to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and other law-enforcement agencies requesting them to further investigate the cases before moving towards prosecution. BFIU head and Bangladesh Bank (BB) deputy governor Abu Hena Mohd Razee Hassan disclosed this on Tuesday while responding to the reporters at the monetary policy unveiling programme. ...

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AL wins in Rajshahi, Barishal

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MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports news agency. Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended. The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken. In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League ...

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Students block Farmgate road

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MNA Education Desk: Students of Government Science College blocked Farmgate road on Tuesday morning demanding safe roads following death of two students on Airport Road in Dhaka, reported news agency. As part of their pre-scheduled programme, the students took to the street and staged sit-in under the foot-over bridge around 10:15am, disrupting vehicular movement of the road. The nine-point demands include resignation of Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, safe road, capital punishment of the killer driver. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed and nine others wounded as a bus ...

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PM Narendra Modi greets Pakistan’s Imran Khan

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. He spoke to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and also congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly there in the recent elections. The PM expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan, a statement from his office said. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood, the statement said, report news agency. Mr Khan had said that he will take oath as the ...

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Myanmar appoints panel to probe Rohingya abuses

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, authorities said on Monday, reported news agency. The four-person commission will be comprised of two local and two international members – Filipino diplomat Rosario Manalo and Kenzo Oshima, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.N – the Myanmar President’s Office said in a statement. Manalo, 82, a former undersecretary of foreign affairs, will chair the commission. The two local members are lawyer Mya Thein and Aung Tun Thet, an economist and former UN official. Aung Tun Thet was last year ...

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ADB to provide $357m to develop power transmission lines

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MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved an assistance package totalling more than $357 million for a project to develop two power lines in support of Bangladesh’s national target of electricity for all by 2021. The investments comprise a $350 million ADB loan, a $7 million grant from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM) to partially finance new high-technology energy efficient conductors, and a $500,000 grant from the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF) to promote socially inclusive growth with gender equality said an ADB press release on ...

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Month of mourning begins Wednesday

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MNA Feature Desk: The month of mourning begins tomorrow with the nation once again recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty. The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilanunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, ...

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Rohingya crisis: August is back again!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Tomorrow we are entering the month of August – a month which has several significances for us as a nation. This month contains the ‘National Mourning Day’.  On 15th August, 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed brutally by the anti-liberation war force. But, over such an important incidence of our national history, this month found a prolific significance last year. During August 2017, thousands of Rohingyas started to flee into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar as they were tortured and oppressed severely by the Myanmar Army. ...

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Neymar admits ‘exaggerated’ reactions at WC

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MNA Sports Desk: Ridiculed the world over for faking and diving during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette and published on social media accounts and Brazilian television, Neymar sought to win back fans who criticised his behaviour. “Studs on my calf, knee in my back, stamp on my foot,” he said. “You might think I exaggerate and sometimes I really do exaggerate. But the fact is that I suffer on the field. “There’s ...

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Salman welcomes Katrina to Bharat

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan welcomed Katrina Kaif to the cast of “Bharat” in style, by calling her “sundar” (beautiful) and “susheel” (virtuous). “Ek sundar aur susheel ladki jiska naam hai Katrina Kaif… Swagat hai aapka ‘Bharat’ ki zindagi mein (A beautiful and virtuous girl named Katrina… We welcome you the world of ‘Bharat’),” Salman tweeted on Monday. Katrina, who has given several hits with Salman at the box office, will play his love interest in “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Katrina has stepped into a role which was originally being played by Priyanka Chopra, who according to Zafar, ...

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App ‘Joy’ to combat violence against women, children

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MNA Tech Desk: ‘Joy’, a mobile app on receiving emergency support to combat violence against women and children, was launched, reports news agency. The mobile-based Joy application software has been developed by Multi-Sectoral Program on Violence Against Women (MSPVAW) of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs with funding and technical support from the a2i Programme in an attempt to provide immediate assistance to women and children who are already and/or are about to be victims of torture or violence. During an emergency, the app user can instantaneously send distress SMS to the Police Super, Deputy Police Commissioner of the ...

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India excludes 4m from Assam’s draft citizens list

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MNA Exclusive Desk: India’s registrar general said on Monday that 4,007,707 people had been excluded from a draft national register of citizens in the border state of Assam, in a move that has raised fears for the future of people in the region, reported news agency. Sailesh, the registrar general and census commissioner of India, said those excluded from the list would not be deported from the country and would have a chance to file an appeal. More than 30 million had provided documents to prove their citizenship. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated after nearly seven ...

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Voting begins in Rajshahi, Barishal, Sylhet

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MNA National Desk: Voting in the elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations began on Monday morning, reported news agency. The balloting that started at 8:00am will continue till 4:00 pm without any break. The city elections are the last major polls before the next general election expected to be held in December this year. Five mayoral candidates are contesting the polls in Rajshahi, while seven mayoral contenders are running in Barishal and Sylhet each. On 29 May last, the Election Commission announced the election schedules for the three city corporations. The embassies of the US and the Netherlands ...

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Greece wildfires death toll rises to 91

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MNA International Desk: Greek fire services on Sunday said three more people were confirmed killed by the wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 91, reported news agency. Several children — the total is not yet known — have become the face of the tragedy, including nine-year-old twin girls, a six-month-old infant, a brother and sister aged 11 and 13, and another 13-year-old. Four foreign victims have so far been identified including a young Irishman on his honeymoon, a Polish woman and her son, and a Belgian man whose daughter was ...

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Rubel slapped with demerit point

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MNA Sports Desk: Rubel Hossain received an official warning for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during the deciding ODI against the West Indies on Saturday, reported news agency. He was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. In addition to the reprimand, one demerit point has been added to the fast bowler’s disciplinary record. Rubel now has two demerit points after he had received one demerit point for showing dissent during ...

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2 dead, several injured as bus ploughs into students

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MNA National Desk: Two students of Dhaka’s Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College have been killed and several others injured after they were struck by a bus on Airport Road, reported news agency. The accident occurred around 12:30am on Sunday, following which students from the educational institution took to the streets and blocked the road in protest. The accident took place when a Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ ran over a group of students while they were standing beside the road, leaving the duo dead on the spot. After the accident students took to the streets in protest and vandalised several ...

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6.4 magnitude quake hits Indonesia; kills 10

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MNA International Desk: At least 10 people were killed as a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, reported news agency. It also damaged many buildings, authorities said. The quake hit Lombok island early hours when many people were still sleeping. Twelve people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings. The quake was centred 50 km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Around 43 quakes were recorded after the initial 6.4 magnitude ...

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Tigers win ODI series against West Indies

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MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal scored another century and Bangladesh successfully defended 301 runs to beat the West Indies by 18 runs and win their one-day international series 2-1 on Saturday, reported news agency. Tamim made 103 from 124 balls and Mahmudullah a lusty 67 off 49 balls as Bangladesh finished on an imposing 301-6. After a good start by openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, the West Indies run rate slowed in the middle overs. Despite a fillip by Rovman Powell of 74 off 41 balls, the home side still fell short on 283-6. After being crushed in the ...

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