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Militant den cordoned off in C’nawabganj


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) cordoned off a house in Char Alatuli union of Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila from early Tuesday suspecting as militant den. The militants opened fire and threw grenade to the elite forces which prompted them to retaliate back. The elite force will take next steps after arrival of its bomb specialist unit, said RAB. RAB-5 personnel surrounded the building around 4am, after receiving information that militants were hiding out at the location, said RAB. RAB Commanding Officer Alam said that they did not know the building owner’s name and they were unsure how ...

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Dhaka city traffic jam: A capital failing to advance


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka city population, currently estimated at nearly 19 million, is larger than that of 174 countries of the world and traffic jam is undoubtedly the biggest hassle for Dhaka dwellers. It is hurting our health, mentality, financial position and the country’s economy. We are losing USD 336 mln every year in loss of fuel cost due to the slow traffic movement. With such a large population, Bangladesh government needs to adopt highly focused planning and actions to eliminate the traffic jam from this growing megacity. If we ask the citizens about the most disturbing thing in Dhaka ...

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Chinese general commits suicide amid corruption probe

Chinese general

MNA International Desk: A prominent Chinese general under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a sweeping anti-graft campaign that has shaken the armed forces. Zhang Yang, a former member of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), was being investigated over links to disgraced generals Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, the official Xinhua news agency said. The investigation into Zhang, 66, had verified that he ‘gravely violated discipline’, was ‘suspected of giving and taking bribes’ and the origin of a huge amount of assets was unclear, Xinhua said, citing the commission. A ...

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Muhiuddin resigns as Farmers Bank chairman

Farmers Bank

MNA Business Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) MP Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir has resigned as the chairman of The Farmers Bank Limited. The bank’s audit committee chairman and bank’s director Mahabubul Huq Chishti has also left his position. The bank made the decisions at a special meeting on Monday. The meeting also appointed a new chairman besides forming new executive committee, audit committee and risk management committee. On Sunday night, the Bangladesh Bank had asked the bank to show reasons why its managing director AKM Shamim will not be removed from his post. Bangladesh Bank executive director and spokesperson Shuvankar ...

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Prince Harry to marry actress Meghan Markle


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged to his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle with the marriage due to take place in the spring of 2018, his father Prince Charles announced on Monday. Harry, 33, currently fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, best known for her role in the US TV legal drama “Suits”, became engaged earlier this month. “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents,” a statement issued by Clarence House, Prince Charles’ ...

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Khulna beat Rajshahi Kings by 68 runs

Rajshahi Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Khulna Titans regained the top spot of the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) beating Rajshahi Kings by 68 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium on Monday. Khulna restricted Rajshahi Kings to 145 thanks to Shafiul Islam’s five-wicket haul after posting this edition’s highest score of 213 runs spurred by half centuries from Afif Hossain and man of the match Nicholas Pooran. The previous highest total in this edition BPL was 211/5 which was scored by Chittagong Vikings with Sikandar Raza’s 95 — the highest individual score in this edition — against Sylhet Sixers at the ...

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Pope flies for Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis


MNA Exclusive Desk: Pope Francis flew to Myanmar on Monday in one of his most sensitive trips yet, as religious tensions fester in the mainly Buddhist nation that has bristled at global outrage over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar’s military is accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless Muslim minority, more than 600,000 of whom have fled a crackdown in northern Rakhine State for neighbouring Bangladesh. Francis will meet powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing during the trip in a highly anticipated encounter between a religious leader who has championed the rights of refugees and the ...

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20th International Children’s Film Festival 2017 held at Hyderabad


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The children cheered and hollered ‘shaktiman’ as Mukesh Khanna, Chairperson, CFSI as was called upon the stage. “Children love to watch films especially made for them,” he said in his welcome address. He wishes for a time when “children’s day will become children’s week.” “My children’s day couldn’t have been better” said the noted actor Yami Gautam. She recalled a childhood memory of her first recital competition. “I froze when when I got onto the stage and ran away” she said. She lauded the little directors for displaying confidence of great leaders. Actor-Director Satish Kaushik ...

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Pakistan Law Minister resigns following deadly clashes

Pakistan Law Minister

MNA International Desk: Pakistan Law Minister Zahid Hamid resigned on Monday following deadly clashes between the police and protesters of various ‘religious’ parties, media reports said. The resignation came as part of an agreement reached between the government and the protesters late Sunday night, reports news agency. The agreement followed after a two-day face-off at Faizabad Interchange and other parts of the country between protesters and security forces that saw at least six people killed and hundreds injured. Following the agreement, the protest leaders were likely to announce an end to the sit-in at a press conference later on Monday. ...

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2nd tea auction centre in Moulvibazar

auction centre

MNA Business Desk: Country’s second tea auction centre is going to be launched at Sreemangal in Moulvibazar. The port city Chittagong hosts the only tea auction centre. Moulvibazar district administration and Tea Planters & Traders Association of Bangladesh will arrange the launching programme. The participants at open discussion held at a resort at Sreemangal on Friday night agreed to launch the second tea auction center here in December. At the programme chaired by acting deputy commissioner Ashrafur Rahman, Commerce ministry additional secretary Md Abdur Rauf handed over the approval letter to Moulvibazar district administration and Tea Planters & Traders Association ...

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92nd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury

Munier Choudhury

MNA Feature Desk:  Today is the 92nd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury, an eminent educationist, playwright, and literary critic of Bangladesh. On the day in 1925, the playwright was born in Manikganj district. His ancestral home was in Noakhali district. His father, Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury, was a district magistrate. In 1952 he was arrested under the Preventive Detention Act for protesting against police repression and the killing of students on 21 February 1952. He remained in detention until 1954. While in jail he sat for the MA examination in Bangla, topping the list of successful candidates. In detention, ...

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South African wins Miss Universe

Miss Universe

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Beauties from across the globe converged in Las Vegas Sunday, where Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe. Nel-Peters is only the second South African to win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in 1978. Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations. Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas. During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made ...

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Peelkhana verdict: HC sentencing on Monday


MNA National Desk: The High Court proceedings in delivering the verdict over the killings during the 2009 mutiny at the border guards’ headquarters in Dhaka’s Peelkhana have rolled into Monday. A three-member bench led by Justice Md Shawkat Hossain started announcing the verdict, with observations of over 1,000 pages, on Sunday morning. In court, Justice Hossain, however, said it cannot be confirmed when the bench would be able to complete reading out the verdict. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the sentencing was not announced on Sunday and the procedure would continue through Monday. Extra security check posts were raised around ...

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Myanmar to take back only recent Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar will take back only those refugees who fled to Bangladesh following the violence on Oct 9, 2016 and Aug 25 this year. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed the media on Saturday on his recent trip to Myanmar and a Rohingya repatriation agreement signed with the Southeast Asian nation on Nov 23. The deal covers the residents of Rakhine State who have crossed over to Bangladesh after Oct 9, 2016 and Aug 25, 2017. The repatriation of residents who crossed over to Bangladesh earlier will be considered separately on the conclusion of the present agreement, according ...

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Don’t let Pakistani collaborators return to power: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on people to block the path for “Pakistani collaborators, war criminals and killers who distorted history, to return to power”. “Bangladesh will be a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Bangladesh will be Golden Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty as was dreamt by Bangabandhu. Insha Allah, we will build such Bangladesh …. so that razakars [Pakistani collaborators], war criminals, killers who distort history, cannot return to power anymore,” Hasina told at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan. Officials and employees of different government and autonomous agencies and children of ...

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Egypt mosque attack toll rises 305


MNA International Desk: The death toll in a terrorist attack on a mosque on Friday in Egypt’s North Sinai has risen to 305 killed, including 27 children, and 128 others were wounded, state news agency MENA reported. ‘The attackers of the mosque were carrying the Islamic State flag,’ MENA quoted the statement of the country’s general prosecutor as saying. ‘Some 25-30 militants have gunned down the worshippers while performing the Friday prayer,’ it added. The attack took place after the mosque’s preacher started his speech, when the terrorists threw bombs from the windows and doors of the mosque, besieging the ...

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Grameenphone top telecom taxpayer


MNA Business Desk: Grameenphone received the tax card as the top taxpayer of the year in the telecom sector for fiscal 2017-18. National Board of Revenue (NBR) at its office arranged a programme presided by Nojibur Rahman, chairman of National Board of Revenue, to honour the highest taxpayers in different sectors on 8 November. The tax cards were issued to Grameenphone CEO, Michael Foley and its CFO, Karl Erik Broten while the company also bagged a crest in this regard. Head of corporate tax management unit Md Mohsin received the crest on behalf of its CEO from state minister of ...

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Rangpur Riders seal victory over Chittagong

Rangpur Riders

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders clinched a last ball-thriller victory against bottom-run Chittagong Vikings for their 4th win in the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday. Chasing a target of 177 runs, Rangpur shored their vessel to the winning destination scoring 180 for 7 in 20 overs with a six by Thisara Perera in the match’s last ball off Taskin Ahmed. Rangpur needed four runs in the innings last ball when Taskin delivered a wide ball which provided a great chance to Thisara Perera to pull the victory with the extra ball. ...

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Manushi, Sonam to add glamour to GES


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Newly-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar, actors Sonam Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari will add glamour to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning here on November 28. They are among personalities from the cinema and entertainment industry who will speak at the event being co-hosted by the US and India. Aditi and Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja will be among the panellists at a breakout session “Future of cinema’ on November 29. Subhas Chandra, Essel Group, Chairman, will the moderator of the session which will explore the business behind the arts and entertainment industry and how to ...

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Mouthwash may raise diabetes risk


MNA Life Style Desk: Most of us are in the habit of using mouthwash at least once or twice daily, as a part of oral hygiene. But your routine may spike the sugar level in your blood. People who use mouthwash at least twice daily are at approximately 55 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes, when compared to less frequent users, found a new study. The study, published in the journal Nitric Oxide, stated that most mouthwash contain anti- bacterial ingredients, which could impact the production of oral microbes that may hamper the nitric oxide formation in the mouth. ...

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DU-affiliated 7 colleges’ results published


MNA Education Desk: The results of the final year (fourth year) examination of honours courses 2015 of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University (DU) were published on Saturday. Details of the results are available at Dhaka University website and the successful students will be able to collect their provisional certificates and transcripts from their respective colleges paying the fixed fee after 10 December, said a press release. In last month, the students of seven colleges have blocked Nilkhet intersection demanding result of honours final year examinations. The seven affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy ...

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‘Bookmarks’ to help users save tweets


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Twitter is testing a new feature named “Bookmarks” that will help its 330 million monthly active users privately flag tweets for viewing at ease when they have time. In October, the micro-blogging platform announced that it is developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets. “News from the #SaveForLater team! We’ve decided to call our feature ‘Bookmarks’ because that’s a commonly used term for saving content and it fits nicely alongside the names of the other features in the navigation,” Tina Koyama, a staff product designer at the company, tweeted. The feature will help users keep ...

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Colourful rally on “March 7: Aloker Jharnadhara”

colourful rally

MNA Exclusive Desk: A colourful rally and seminar on “March 7: Aloker Jharnadhara” will be held in Dhaka on Saturday. The rally will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital in the afternoon where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the chief guest. A discussion will also be held at 10am in the BMA auditorium here. Information and Research Sub-Committee of Awami League will organize the seminar on the occasion of UNESCO recognition to the historic March 7 Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a world documentary heritage. Awami League General Secretary and Road ...

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EU to monitor Rohingya repatriation process

Rohingya refugees

MNA International Desk: The European Union has said it will monitor the implementation of the instrument signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on return of Rohingyas to Myanmar with attention in full compliance with international law. “We now expect the agreement signed (on Thursday) to be implemented without delay, and Myanmar to create the conditions on the ground that will allow for a voluntary, safe and dignified return of the refugees to their places of origin,” said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini. She made remarks on the signing of a bilateral repatriation instrument between the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh. The signing ...

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PM to open envoys conference


MNA National Desk: A consultation meeting with the participation of all Bangladesh envoys currently posted in 58 countries around the world titled ‘Diplomacy for Peace and People’ will begin here on Sunday. This conference, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is being hosted for the first time since the independence of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the three-day envoys’ conference and is expected to give necessary directives to Bangladesh diplomats. High commissioners, ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh will attend. The conference will have exclusive sessions on foreign policy issues in the changing global context. It will ...

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Tulip receives ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ award


MNA Feature Desk: UK Labour Party MP and granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tulip Rizwana Siddiq has received an award for ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ at the annual Patchwork Foundation Awards in Westminster. She recently received the award from the Speaker of the House of Commons John Simon Bercow. ‘I was so proud to receive a certificate for Labour Newcomer of the Year and to speak to the brilliant volunteers about life as an MP’, reads a Facebook post of Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana. The Patchwork Foundation is a UK-wide organisation that ...

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Chittagong record 2nd victory beating Sylhet


MNA Sports Desk: Chittagong Vikings recorded their second victory in the 26th match of AKS Bangladesh Premier League T20 with a 40-run victory over Sylhet Sixers held on Friday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here. Chasing a huge winning target of 212-run set by Chittagong, Sylhet Sixers were fell short as they restricted at 171 for 8 in 20 overs despite a strong reply by Andre Fletcher and Bazar Azam. The West Indies batsman Fletcher smashed 46-ball off 71 runs , an innings that studded with eight boundaries and four over boundaries and during the process he also shared 80-run ...

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