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US ambassador to Panama resigns

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MNA International Desk: US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump. Feeley’s departure had been communicated to State Department officials on Dec 27 and was not a response to Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and African countries at a meeting on Thursday, US officials said. Trump denies using the term, reported news agency. Feeley, one of the department’s Latin America specialists and among its senior most officers, made clear that he had come to a ...

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Facebook emphasizes friends, not news

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook Inc began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centrepiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook, said the company would change the filter for the News Feed to prioritize what friends and family share, while reducing the amount of non-advertising content from publishers and brands. Facebook, which owns four of the world’s most popular smartphone apps including Instagram, has for years prioritized material ...

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Next parliamentary polls as per constitution: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared and cleared her position on the next parliamentary polls on the completion of four years of her second consecutive term. Sheikh Hasina addressed the nation on Friday evening on completion of the fourth year in office of the second consecutive term of her government. The PM started delivering her speech at 7:30pm. The address was aired simultaneously on Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar as well as on private TV channels and radio stations. She also said an ‘election-time government’ will be formed following a cabinet reboot again this time like in 2013. The ...

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Hair care tips for this winter

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MNA Life Style Desk: The winter months can put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress. Here are some key tips and tricks to keep your hair and scalp healthy during winter. While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a hair care routine that is fit for winter. Control Frizz One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang ...

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China’s foreign trade rose 14.2 per cent

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MNA Business Desk: Chinese foreign trade rose 14.2 per cent in 2017, helped by an increase of 18.7 per cent in imports, putting an end to two consecutive years of declines, reported news agency. The Asian giant’s total foreign trade volume reached 27.79 trillion Yuan ($4.28 trillion), Efe news reported. The Chinese trade surplus stood at 2.87 trillion Yuan with a decline of 14.2 per cent compared to 2016, according to Customs data which are always reported in Yuan. China’s imports last year totalled 12.46 trillion Yuan, 18.7 per cent more than in 2016. Exports of goods and services of ...

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‘Tareque Masud Film Week’ begins

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The ‘Tareque Masud Film Week’ will begin from today at European Standard School in the city’s Dhanmondi, reported news agency. According to the organisers of the event, the opening ceremony of the festival will be held at 5:00pm. Muktir Gaan, Otorjatra, Runway, Noroshundor, Adam Surat and Matir Moina will be screened in the festival organised by Digital Life. The event will continue till 16 January and it will remain open for all. The filmmaker died in a road accident on 13 August in 2011 on the Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj. He was a ...

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Govt aim to improve living standard: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government aim is to develop the country, simplify the life and improve the living standard of people through using modern technologies. The PM said this in her introductory speech at the inaugural programme of a three-day ‘Development Fair’ at upazila and district levels across the country from her official residence Ganobhaban through a video conference. “I seek your utmost cooperation so that our development programmes can be implemented properly,” she said. However, the main objective of the fair is to inform the country’s people about the development initiatives and ...

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Hasina calls Khaleda mad in parliament

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday blasted apparently her arch-rival BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia for her remarks over the Padma Bridge. “It’s true that a bridge is made attaching different parts. But what she meant by patchwork is not understandable to me… I’ll say it’s better not to concentrate much on the remarks of such a mad person. Any person with a sound brain can’t utter such words,” the prime minister told parliament. Sheikh Hasina was answering a supplementary question from Awami League MP Fazilatunnasa Bappy. Last week at an event of the student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra ...

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BD economy may grow 6.4%: WB

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank has revised upwards its growth forecast for Bangladesh and said the economy is expected to attain a 6.4 percent growth in current fiscal. In last June, the bank predicted a 6 percent growth for the financial year. The revised growth forecast came at the global lender’s half-yearly report ‘Global Economic Prospect’ released on Wednesday. However, the government eyes an economic growth of 7.8 percent in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Earlier, the bank predicted a 6 percent GDP growth in the 2016-17 fiscal which has now been revised at 7.2 percent. According to the Bangladesh ...

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Myanmar soldiers killed 10 Rohingyas

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s military said on Wednesday its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement. It was a rare admission of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. The army launched a sweeping counteroffensive in the north of the state in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug 25, triggering ...

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Actor Siraj Haydar passes away

Siraj Haydar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Siraj Haydar passed away at his Kalyanpur residence in capital Dhaka on Thursday morning at the age of 71. Siraj’s son Lelin Haydar said his father felt chest pain at night. He had died around 6:14am before taken to hospital. The actor left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death. Siraj’s body will be taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held after Asr prayer. Siraj Haydar started his acting career on 14 August 1962 through a novel named ...

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ICC approves Perth Stadium to host game

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MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday approved the new Perth Stadium to host all international formats of all the game, formally lowering the curtain on the city’s venerable WACA Ground. The new 60,000-capacity stadium will host a sold-out one-day international against England on January 28 in the first sporting event held at the state-of-the-art arena. ICC match referee Richie Richardson submitted a gushing report after inspecting the venue. The WACA, a Test venue since 1970, was once touted as the world’s fastest pitch, making it the stuff of nightmares for many visiting teams. Last month, the WACA ...

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Tabligh Jamaat’s demo creates traffic chaos

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MNA National Desk: A huge number of people, belonging to a faction of Islamic ideological movement Tabligh Jamaat, have demonstrated outside the Dhaka airport, crippling traffic in the northern part of the city. Police said the demonstrators protested the arrival of the Islamic organisation’s supreme council member Saad Kandhalvi from India, reported news agency. Protests started around 9am, before Kandhalvi’s arrival in Dhaka. Saad Kandhalvi who reached the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airways flight around 1:30pm. However, the Tabligh Jamaat activists did not withdraw the barricade till 4:00pm, disrupting traffic on the roads from Kakoli to Gazipur.

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ECNEC approves 13 projects

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MNA Business Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 13 projects involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion, reported news agency. The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held at NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “A total of 13 projects were approved Tuesday involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion.” Of the total estimated cost, Tk 118.22 billion will come from the national exchequer, while ...

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PM pays rich tributes to Bangabandhu

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the Homecoming Day of the great leader. The PM paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning. After laying the wreaths, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Later, the leaders of Awami League’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, ...

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Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day

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MNA Feature Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed today across the country with due respect. On January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu had returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and a half months of captivity in a Pakistani jail. The ruling Awami League, its associate and front organisations and various socio-political platforms have drawn up elaborate programmes to mark the Homecoming Day. The programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop AL offices at dawn and placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban ...

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California mudslides killed 13 people

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MNA International Desk: Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California and killed at least 13 people, police said Tuesday. Authorities said the bodies were discovered in mud and debris during rescue operations in Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said on its Twitter feed it was using dogs to look for victims where multiple homes once stood in Montecito following heavy rain, with more than 20 people reported missing. The department posted pictures of rivers of waist-high mud flowing through neighborhoods and roads rendered impassable by fallen trees. Roads were clogged ...

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‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said to a group of lawyers gathered at Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday, ‘Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was not a rebel, but was made into one.’ Sharif remarked, referring to the tragic consequences that followed the state’s refusal to allow a popularly elected leader to hold the prime minister’s office, reports the Daily Dawn. Claiming that that he had been ‘persecuted’ over the years and ‘pushed towards revolt’, Sharif drew parallels between what he considers to be his own ‘cornering’ by the state and the events that led to the secession of ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League pays homage on Bangabondhu’s Homecoming Day

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MNA National Desk: On the eve of Bangabondhu’s homecoming day, Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders have paid their tributes at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Road-32 of Dhanmondi in the city this morning. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed and Tusher Abdullah along with other senior leaders were present in celebrating this auspicious occasion. Throughout the liberation war of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was imprisoned in Pakistan and after independence, he was released and returned to his beloved ...

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‘300 cuts in Padmavat’ is untrue: CBFC

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MNA Entertainment Desk:  India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Tuesday refuted a report that the “modifications” demanded by the censor board in the historical drama have resulted in 300 cuts. “The makers have submitted the final film with agreed five modifications. These modifications have tried to incorporate observations and suggestions given by the advisory panel and also in keeping with the sentiments of society. This has already been communicated by CBFC and a U/A certificate has been given to the film. “CBFC’s process is complete and any further news about cuts is absolutely untrue. Let’s ...

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42 Russian athletes banned

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MNA Sports Desk: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes against the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the tribunal said. The announcement on Tuesday comes in response to the sanctions imposed by the IOC following allegations of state-sponsored doping by hosts Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, reports news agency. The athletes were declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games. According to the tribunal, a CAS arbitration procedure has been opened for each athlete. The procedures are being conducted jointly and a combined ...

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DIG Mizanur removed from duty

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MNA National Desk: The home ministry has removed Additional Commissioner Mizanur Rahman from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) over allegations of abducting a woman and later marrying her forcefully. Rahman, a deputy inspector general or DIG, has come under fire after the incident was reported in the media. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the media on Tuesday that an inquiry has been opened. Meanwhile, the DIG denied having any marital relation with a certain Mariam Akhter, whom he reportedly married last year. According a Mariam Akhter’s family, the police official reportedly married the banker on 16 July last year at ...

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Mobile court to continue until appeals’ settlement

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MNA National Desk: The operation of mobile court by the executive magistrate will continue until settlement of three appeals filed by the government against the HC verdict over the mobile court act. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah came up with the order on Tuesdaym reported news agency. Besides, the court fixed January 16 for next hearing. On January 3 last, the SC fixed today for hearing of the appeals. On May 11, the High Court declared illegal of the operation by the executive magistrate and later on May 14 after ...

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Guardian tortured at son’s school

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A case was filed with Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police on Monday over alleged torture of the guardian of a kindergarten student by school authorities in Khorulia  of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Ayatullah, the guardian, filed a case on Monday night around 7:00pm accusing six named and 5 unnamed individuals. The accused are Jahirul Haque, Headmaster of Khorulia High School, Md Obayet Hossain, an assistant teacher of the school, Borhan Uddin, Headmaster of the adjoining KG and Pre-cadet School, Nurul Hossain, a record-keeper of the school, ...

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Electoral system and democratic governance in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: A free, fair and credible election in a democracy requires an electoral system creating level playing field for all political parties while promoting people’s participation in the polls. Bangladesh since its independence has gone through several changes in its electoral systems as it started as a parliamentary form of government, then switched over to presidential system and again shifted back to parliamentary system in 1991. After independence, there have been 10 national elections under different electoral systems and democracy has been under continuous threat from changing patterns of the elections. After the country’s liberation in 1971, seven ...

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2 injured in fire at Trump Tower

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MNA International Desk: Two people were injured in a brief early-morning fire near the top of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as the city’s workday rush began, the New York Fire Department said on Monday. US President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time. One firefighter was hospitalised with nonlife-threatening injuries and a building worker, who had an injury that was initially described as serious, was treated at the scene and declined further medical attention, the Fire Department said. Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said on Twitter that it was a small electrical fire in the cooling ...

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Facebook to stop virtual assistant ‘M’

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook is shutting down its text-based virtual assistant called ‘M’ that helped researchers train an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system. According to a report in The Verge, ‘M’ which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger and it was available to only about 2,000 people. ‘M’ was first introduced in August 2015. The final day of the virtual assistant will be 19 January. “We launched this project to learn what people needed and expected of an assistant, and we learned a lot,” Facebook said to media. Facebook had described ‘M’ as a “beta” and suggested ...

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