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EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar

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MNA Business Desk: The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said. The sanctions, under discussion at the European Commission, would include Myanmar’s lucrative textile industry and potentially put at risk thousands of jobs there but would not come into effect immediately, giving the EU leverage to stop what the West says is ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya, reported news agency. Even by triggering a six-month review process on whether to impose trade sanctions, which could be reversed if ...

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UN court orders US to ease Iran sanctions


MNA International Desk: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered the US to lift sanctions linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation imposed against Iran — a move welcomed by Tehran. Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran after pulling out from the 2015 nuclear deal. Siding with Tehran, the ICJ said exports of “humanitarian” goods, such as food and medicines, should be allowed, the BBC reported. US President Donald Trump moved to restore tough sanctions on Iran in May after announcing he was abandoning Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. He said the deal had “failed to ...

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Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers


MNA Feature Desk: On World Teachers’ Day, celebrated yearly on October 5, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will focus on the professors, teacher, researchers and others who otherwise provide educational services to students at institutions of higher learning. The work of these educators will be the subject of a daylong series of seminars at the Organization’s Headquarters, reported news agency. The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education, said a statement from UNESCO. It requires teacher to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed ...

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Priyanka turns tech investor


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new “chapter” as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble. This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry’s gender disparity. “A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good… let’s do this,” Priyanka ...

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Digital Security Act for preventing social vices: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the new Digital Security Act is meant to combat the abuse of digital platforms in spreading radicalisation, terrorism and pornography that often leads to family problems. Hasina responded to an opening question from the Editor-in-Chief of a news site, who cited Bangladesh cricketer Liton Das as an example to illustrate how social media networks are abused to spread communal slur, reported news agency. The premier also said that journalists who provide correct information have nothing to fear. She said this in a press conferecne, arranged to brief the jornalists regarding the ...

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Three scientists win Nobel Chemistry Prize


MNA Science Desk: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold and the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter on Wednesday for their work harnessing the power of evolution to develop proteins that solve humankind’s chemical problems, reports news agency. A committee member explains that the scientists have ‘applied the principles of Darwin in the test tube.’ Chemistry is the third of this year’s Nobels and comes after the prizes for Medicine and Physics were awarded earlier this week. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the trio managed to ...

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Quotas for class I and II govt jobs abolished


MNA Education Desk: A cabinet meeting on Wednesday abolished quota system for Class I and II government jobs, reported news agency. With the approval of the cabinet, the process of abolishing the quota has started. Public administration ministry will soon publish a gazette notification in this regard, said cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Islam at a briefing at the secretariat on Wednesday afternoon. A committee headed by the cabinet secretary on 17 September submitted a report to the prime minister recommending abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grade of government services, following anti-quota protests across the country. The ...

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Fire at Kolkata Medical College, 250 patients evacuated

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MNA International Desk: A massive fire broke out at Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday morning, reported news agency. The fire is said to have started in the Department Of Pharmacy on the ground floor at around 8am. Ten fire engines and a team of Kolkata police officers have rushed to the spot and over 250 patients have been evacuated. According to eyewitnesses, many patients tried to jump out of the hospital windows to save themselves. Several patients with asthma and lung illnesses were rushed to other wards due to smoke, the Kolkata Police said. The oxygen cylinders ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: UN chief urges India


MNA Exclusive Desk: UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urged India to pressure Myanmar for the safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland. Speaking up for Bangladesh, he said, “It was unacceptable that countries like Bangladesh have to accept a million refugees. Generosity is inversely proportional to richness, I think.” Guterres reserved some of his sharpest commentary for the Myanmar authorities. “I have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as the Rohingya.” He acknowledged reform of the UN Security Council is necessary but much as he would want it, he was powerless to do it alone, ...

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WB forecasts 7.0pc growth for Bangladesh in FY19


MNA Business Desk: The World Bank has forecast a growth rate of 7.0 per cent for Bangladesh this fiscal year on the back of robust private investment, increased exports and remittance inflows. The projection is lower than the Asian Development Bank’s estimate of 7.5 per cent and the government’s 7.8 per cent for fiscal 2018-19, reported news agency. Driven by strong domestic demand, Bangladesh’s economy remains among the fastest growing economies in the developing world and it would grow at an even faster pace if it implemented economic reforms, the World Bank said in a new report launched in Dhaka. ...

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China fines Fan Bingbing for tax evasion

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MNA Entertainment Desk: China’s taxation authorities fined A-list Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing more than 479 million yuan ($69.74 million) over tax evasion and ordered her to pay back more than 255 million yuan in taxes, reported news agency. Fan appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises with more than 62 million followers online in China. She dropped off the radar in June amid reports she was involved in an investigation into tax evasion in the film industry. Her vanishing act sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports she had been detained. A Chinese TV ...

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Bangladesh girls beat Nepal 2-1 to emerge champions


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 women’s football team emerged group champions in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal football team by 2-1 goals Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan, on Tuesday. Bangladesh will now meet group A runners-up host Bhutan in the second semi-final following the first semi-final between group A champions India and group B runners-up Nepal on October 5 at the same venue. In the day’s match, Sirat Jahan Shawpna put Bangladesh ahead in the 16th minute while Khrisna Rani doubled the lead for Bangladesh in the 32rd minute, reported news agency. Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mossammat Sirat ...

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Signs that show you doing well in life


MNA Life Style Desk: Perhaps you’ve lost your job, or your marriage just ended, or you failed to pass an exam and now you are simply feeling helpless and defeated. Winston Churchill once said: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Today I want to remind you why, even though you may be feeling a bit like a failure, you are most definitely not. You learning everyday No one said life was easy and while the bumps on the road may hurt, the ride is definitely worth it.  Think back to your failures and defeats. You ...

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Awami League wants meaningful, competitive polls


MNA National Desk: Ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said Awami League want the upcoming national polls to be competitive and meaningful. Awami League doesn’t expect to score goal on an empty field, he said. Obaidul Quader, also the minister for road transport & bridges, was addressing the 51st founding anniversary of Samyabadi Dal, at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB). Samyabadi Dal Secretary General Dilip Barua presided over the event, reported news agency.

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Death toll from Indonesia’s quake, tsunami jumps to 1,234


MNA International Desk: The confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet), which swept ashore at the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi. Rescuers have yet to reach many affected areas leading to fears the death toll could rise again

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IMF appoints Gita Gopinath as chief economist


MNA Business Desk: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has appointed Gita Gopinath as its chief economist. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018, as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department, the IMF said in a media release on Monday. “Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said of ...

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Corruption: Main obstacle to progress


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a small country on the globe with huge population, has drawn the attention of the whole world with its prompt improvement in different development indices. Specifically during the last few years, this improvement got strong pace due to the current government’s praiseworthy focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with commitment towards accomplishing Vision 2021 and 2041 as well. To attain those targets, several large development projects have been launched along with emphasizing on human indices. We have moved forward in all aspects which is very much visible in all evaluations but question remains ...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniv


MNA Feature Desk: The world is commemorating the Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi — an International icon of peace and human rights who was born exactly 150 years ago. Popularly and adoringly called as ‘Bapu’ and ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ in his country of origin, he was the man who, through his self-developed tactics of passive resistance and non-violence, ensured India’s freedom from the slavery of British colonial powers. Mahatma Gandhi who was born into a conservative Hindu family in Porbandar in the state of Gujarat was an average student who didn’t excel in any subject. But his childhood exposure to initial teachings ...

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Bangladesh beat Laos 1-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have launched their Bangabandhu Gold Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Laos. Midfielder Biplo Ahamed scored the winner for Jamie Day’s team at the Sylhet District Stadium on Monday. It is the first victory for Bangladesh over Laos, who had won one match and drawn the other against Bangladesh in their previous two ties. Bangladesh will play the Philippines in their last Group B match on Friday.

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Cancer researchers win 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize


MNA Science Desk: American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries leading to new approaches in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, the award-giving body said on Monday. “Allison and Honjo showed how different strategies for inhibiting the brakes on the immune system can be used in the treatment of cancer,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said, on awarding the prize of 9 million Swedish crowns ($1 million). Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and ...

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Ex-Chief Justice Sinha sued for corruption

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MNA National Desk: Former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been sued by former BNP minister Barrister Nazmul Huda, reported news agency. Barrister Nazmul Huda filed the case against Sinha with Shahbagh Police Station on September 27, Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station. The case has been filed against the former chief justice on charge of misuse of power and corruption, the police office said. Detail of the case could not be known immediately. Justice Sinha, the 21st chief justice of the country, resigned on November 10 last year while he was abroad. Huda was former communication minister of ...

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Cardi B charged with assault over strip-club brawl


MNA Entertainment Desk: US rapper Cardi B surrendered to police in New York on Monday, charged with assault and reckless endangerment over an ugly brawl in a strip club that injured a female employee, reported news agency. The 25-year-old star was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens on 29 August when someone in her group lobbed furniture inside the night club, causing an employee to suffer “some bruising to her legs,” police said. The fast-rising rapper turned herself in at a Queens police station and was instructed to appear in criminal court on 29 October, charged with one count ...

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Stay alert against conspiracies: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the Awami League leaders and activists to remain alert against all conspiracies keeping in mind that the party is moving forward fighting various odds and obstacles. ‘The conspirators are still conspiring …their conspiracies are going on…we’ve to move forward keeping that in mind,’ she said. The Prime Minister said this when AL leaders accorded an instant reception to her at Ganobhaban for her successful completion of the US visit to attend the 73rd UNGA, brightening the country’s image, reported news agency. She returned home on Monday morning completing her weeklong ...

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Susane Giti made 1st woman major general

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MNA National Desk: Dr Susane Giti promoted as country’s first woman major general as she was adorned with the new rank badge at Army Headquarters. Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and Quarter Master General Lieutenant General Md Shamsul Haque adorned her with the new rank badge in presence of senior military officials on Sunday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) release said. Major General Dr Giti’s husband Brigadier General (retd) Md Hossain Saad himself was a specialist military physician, reported news agency. Giti passed MBBS from Rajshahi Medical College in 1985. In 1986, she joined Bangladesh Army as a ...

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BNP rolls out 7-point charter of demands


MNA National Desk: The BNP has announced a seven-point list of demands, including a general election under a neutral polls-time government, and two days of programmes during its public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan. Amid speculations on whether BNP will take part in the 11th general election, the party has unveiled its plans for the run-up to the polls while announcing a number of demands and future visions for the country if it returns to power. At a rally in Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Sunday, top BNP leaders urged the people to get united to oust the incumbent “undemocratic government” to ...

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Bangladesh girls down Pakistan 17-0


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team Pakistan by 17-0 goals at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Sunday evening to reach the semifinal of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship from Group B. They led the first half by 8-0 goals. Siraj Jahan Shopna made double hat-trick scoring seven goals in the 10th, 30th, 44th, 62nd, 73rd , 76th and 90th minute minutes, Marzia made hat-tricks scoring four goals in the 7th, 13th, 22nd, and 71st minute while Sheuly Azim struck twice in the 32nd and 69th minute respectively, reported news agency. Besides, captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, Akhi ...

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Malaysia to no longer support Suu Kyi


MNA Exclusive Desk: Stating that he lost all faith in Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said his country will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader over handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country. In an interview with Turkish international news channel TRT World, Dr Mahathir said Suu Kyi seemed to be a “changed person” in over the plight of the Rohingya people, reports Malaysia’s The Star Online on Sunday. “Over this issue, she seems to be a changed person. She did not want to say anything against the action taken by ...

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