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Indonesia readies mass graves as quake toll tops 800

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MNA International Desk: Mass graves were being readied Monday for hundreds of victims of an Indonesian quake-tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. With the death toll already at over 830 and expected to rise further on the devastated island of Sulawesi, there were growing questions about why an early tsunami-warning system had notbeen working for years. The strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Friday, toppling buildings and sending walls of seawater crashing into Palu, a city of about 350,000. Exhausted survivors scoured make-shift morgues for loved ones, and authorities struggled to ...

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Canada, US reach deal to save NAFTA

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MNA Business Desk: The United States and Canada reached a deal on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, beating a midnight deadline with agreements to substantially boost American access to Canada’s dairy market and protect Canada from possible US auto tariffs, reported news agency. President Donald Trump had threatened to splinter the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement into a bilateral pact with Mexico and tax Canadian vehicle exports to the United States if Ottawa had failed to sign on before a midnight Sunday. But Trump has approved the “framework” deal with Canada, a source ...

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Rajshahi University holds 10th convocation

Rajshahi University

MNA Education Desk:  Rajshahi University (RU) held its much-awaited 10th convocation ceremony amid much festivity and fanfare. University students, parents and well-wishers attended the event. President Abdul Hamid, Chancellor of RU, presided over the ceremony. He underscored the need of honest and competent leadership, to strengthen the foundation of democracy. He urged the graduates to play progressive role, to fulfill the desire of the nation by using their brilliance and works. A total of 6,014 graduates were expected to participate in the event. Eminent litterateurs Hasan Azizul Huq and Selina Hossain were conferred D Litt (Doctor of Letters), for their ...

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YouTube videos on ‘how to hack Facebook’ streaming

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MNA Tech Desk: Even as Facebook struggles to deal with a fresh data breach that affected nearly 50 million of its users, Google’s video streaming platform YouTube continues to host tutorials that claim to provide people ways to hijacking Facebook accounts, the media reported. Hours after Facebook revealed the breach on Friday, some YouTube videos, which were seen several thousand times, described a method similar to the one used by the hackers to get access to the millions of Facebook accounts. In the fresh Facebook data breach case, hackers stole “access tokens” or digital keys that keep people logged in ...

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Oishee wins ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ crown

Miss World Bangladesh

MNA Entertainment Desk: Jannatul Ferdous Oishee from Pirojpur has won the title of ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ defeating 30,000 contestants. Oishee will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming ‘Miss World’ competition set for Dec 8 in China. Nishat Nawar Salwa has been chosen as the first runner-up and Naziba Bushra as the second. The 18-year-old has completed her higher secondary education. She has been participating in debates regularly while in school and college. She is also involved in dance, swimming, drawing, writing, singing and compering, said Oishee adding about her involvement in social welfare activities. Both of her close rivals in the ...

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BNP rally at Suhrawardy Udyan starts

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MNA National Desk: Hundreds of BNP supporters and activists have joined the party’s rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and its Standing Committee Member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and other senior leaders reached the venue. Following the rally, huge traffic congestion created in different points of the capital, causing immense suffering to people, reported news agency. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police gave permission for the rally on 22 conditions, including the party’s own arrangement of security, when two BNP representatives met DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia around 11:30am yesterday. Police asked the party leaders to end the ...

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PM leaves New York for home

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left New York for London en route home wrapping up her weeklong official visit to the United States to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, reported news agency. A British Airways flight carrying the premier and her entourage members departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport here for London at 7:30 pm local time (BST 6.20 am on Sunday). Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen saw the premier off at the airport. The flight is ...

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Indonesia searches for survivors after powerful quake, tsunami

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MNA International Desk: More than 400 people were confirmed killed, many swept away as tsunami waves triggered by a massive earthquake crashed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and authorities expected the toll to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas. Dozens of people were reported to be still trapped in the rubble of a hotel and a mall in the city of Palu, which was hit by waves as high as six meters (20 feet) following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake. With the death toll so far from Palu alone and reports only slowly filtering in from ...

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MNP service to be launched from Oct 1

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MNA Tech Desk: Mobile number portability (MNP) service for users will be launched in Bangladesh from October 1.MNP service allows cellphone or smartphone customer to change telecom carrier/operator while keeping the same phone number.  The authorized company for the job, Infozillion Teletech BD, has already completed all preparations for the launch. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory council (BTRC) has also taken all preparations including connecting with all mobile operators for providing the service. The MNP service was supposed to launch from May 30 but mobile phone operators were not ready.  To get the service, users have to pay Tk 50 free and ...

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Heroic Tigers return home

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh national cricket team, led by proud skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, returned home after a ‘successful tour’ in the final of the Asia Cup against India in UAE. The team on Saturday night reached the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka at 11:30pm by a special flight, reported news agency. Soon after arrival at the airport, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed his opinion over the tour saying, ‘I have seen a strong mentality among the players which is a good sign.’ ‘I am not frustrated. I am proud of the boys. But, I will be frustrated later if ...

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International Translation Day today

Translation Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today, September 30, is the International Translation Day. This day is meant to pay tribute to the work of language professionals which plays a key role in bridging gaps between nations, facilitating talks and understanding their cooperation and ultimately, contributing towards making the world a better place for peace and security. “Transposition of a literary or scientific work, including technical work, from one language into another language, professional translation, including translation proper, interpretation and terminology, is indispensable to preserving clarity, a positive climate and productiveness in international public discourse and interpersonal communication,” says the United Nations on ...

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Bangladesh, UN agree to address sexual violence against Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The government of Bangladesh and the United Nations will jointly address conflict-related sexual violence committed against members of the Rohingya population forcibly displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The United Nations and the government of Bangladesh signed a ‘Framework of Cooperation’ in this regard, reported news agency. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, after signing the document, said, “I believe that through this Framework of Cooperation the Rohingya survivors of sexual violence will benefit from enhanced service-delivery, accountability and protection.” During her two official visits to Bangladesh, in November 2017 ...

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Canadian FM postpones UN address to focus on NAFTA

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MNA Business Desk: Canadian Foreign Minister postponed her country’s 2018 address to the United Nations General Assembly to work on ongoing talks with US regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the government said Saturday. For the past month, Canada has been locked intense discussions with the United States to reach common ground on revamping NAFTA after Mexico and Washington said they had reached a deal on Aug. 27. Mexico on Friday said the US Trump administration and Canada were making efforts to resolve their differences, raising hopes the pact could be kept trilateral. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spokesman ...

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Iraqi model and Instagram star shot dead

Iraqi model

MNA Entertainment Desk: Tara Fares was a 22-year-old Iraqi model who was shot and killed in her car in Baghdad night, just a day after she was voted one of Iraq’s most followed online stars. She was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zayed hospital where doctors reported that the model had at least three bullet wounds, reports news agency. The influencer was well known on Iraq’s fledgling beauty pageant circuit and had competed in the Miss Iraq and Miss Baghdad contests. She lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan but recently spent an increasing amount of time in Baghdad as ...

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BNP gets permission to hold rally

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MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was finally given permission on Saturday to hold its planned public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday. On Monday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference said that they sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their party’s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday. But the party rescheduled it on Tuesday for Saturday. Meanwhile, the party on Thursday sought fresh permission from the DMP authorities to hold the public rally on Sunday ...

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Death toll rises to 384 in Indonesia after quake, tsunami

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MNA International Desk: The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi jumped to 384 on Saturday, authorities said, with many of those killed swept away by giant waves as they played on the beach. Strong aftershocks continued to rock the coastal city on Saturday morning after waves up to six metres (18 feet) high swept through the scenic tourist town on Friday, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on land. Hundreds of people were preparing for a beach festival to celebrate Palu’s anniversary. The festival was due to start Friday night. Some people climbed ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela observed Sheikh Hasina’s 72nd birthday

Amir Hossain Amu

MNA National Desk: Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Friday said today’s children must follow the philosophy of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “Bangabandhu was a true example of humanity. He started helping poor people since his childhood. Today’s children must follow the principles of him,” he made this comment as the Chief Guest at the award ceremony of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela. He also noted that children can learn a lot of things from the life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Wishing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her 72nd birthday Industries Minister said, Prime Minister is an ...

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India defeat Bangladesh on last ball to retain Asia Cup

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: India beat a spirited Bangladesh by three wickets in a last-ball finish of the final in Dubai on Friday to retain the Asia Cup. They lost the third Asia Cup final with this, but given the way they made Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka toil, they can hope the day they will be champions is not so far. Liton Das scored a maiden one-day international hundred as Bangladesh were bowled out for 222 in 48.3 overs before India survived a middle order slump to chase down the target for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs ...

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PM receives ‘Int’l Achievement Award’ & ‘Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’

Outstanding Leadership

MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred with the prestigious ‘International Achievement Award’ and the ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’ for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas. Inter Press Service (IPS), a global news agency, conferred her on the ‘International Achievement Award’, while the Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, honoured with the ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Leadership’. The prime minister received the awards at two separate functions in New York Thursday evening. She received the ‘International Achievement Award’ ...

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UAE keen to invest more in Bangladesh

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MNA Business Desk: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed interest to invest more in Bangladesh considering the potential economic opportunities in the country. State Minister for Foreign Affairs, M Shahriar Alam held a meeting with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of UAE, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash in the margins of ongoing 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday and discussed the issue. The UAE Minister sought cooperation of the government of Bangladesh in getting lands for establishing an exclusive economic zone for the UAE companies, said the foreign ministry here ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrates Sheikh Hasina’s 72nd birthday

Peshajibi League

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrated the 72nd birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday with due festivities. Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28, 1947. Discussions and special prayers were held at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad, seeking divine blessings for the Prime Minister’s good health and long life. The chairman of Asian Group & Asian TV and the president of Bangabandhu Sainik League — Al-hajj Harun-or-Rashid (CIP) was present as chief guest.

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Up to 50 million Facebook accounts breached

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook revealed on Friday that up to 50 million accounts were breached by hackers, dealing a blow to the social network’s effort to convince users to trust it with their data. The social network is investigating the extent of harm done when hackers exploited a trio of software flaws to steal “access tokens,” the equivalent of digital keys that enable people to automatically log back into the social network. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said engineers discovered the breach on Tuesday, and patched it on Thursday night. “We don’t know if any accounts were actually misused,” Zuckerberg ...

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Help your partner to deal with stress

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MNA life Style Desk: When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection. But by supplying a steady supply of support for your partner when he or she is stressed, not only can you help prevent your relationship from becoming strained, you can create a new level of intimacy that actually brings you both closer together. Don’t assume the top-of-mind topics are really the issue. Look beneath the surface. Retrace your partner’s steps to find events or circumstances that could have caused hurt, sadness, anger, disappointment, rejection or similar emotions. If you can be ...

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Youth Summit-2018 at PU

Youth Summit

MNA Education Desk: Primeasia University (PU) and Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF) have jointly organized Youth Summit -2018 with a theme “Youth in Innovation to achieve SDG and youth in tourism to achieve SDG”. The program including a seminar on “Diversity of Bangladeshi Youth” was held at the IQAC conference center of its Campus, Banani. Hasanul Huq Inu, Minister, Ministry of Information, was present at the Summit as the chief gust while Prof Dr Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Vice- Chancellor of PU presided over the Program. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, was present at here as ...

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Sheikh Hasina’s birthday today

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MNA National Desk: The 72nd birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will be observed today. She is the eldest of the five children of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa. Sheikh Hasina was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on this day in 1947.Ruling AL and its associate bodies, and like-minded organisations will arrange elaborate programmes, including milad, doa-mahfil, special prayers and discussion, on the occasion. As part of the central programme of AL, a milad and doa-mahfil will be arranged at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today. Sheikh ...

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Heads of states, int’l agencies expect Hasina’s election win: Foreign secretary

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 MNA National Desk: Different international agencies and heads of states have expressed hopes that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will win the upcoming national election and continue her legacy of development and democracy. They expressed their hopes during separate meetings with the prime minister at the bilateral meeting room of the UN headquarters on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meetings, reported news agency. They hoped that, by coming to power again, Hasina’s government will continue the progress of economic growth and development, Shahidul said. He said from the discussions it became clear that the global reading ...

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India top court rules ‘adultery no longer a crime’

Adultery

MNA International Desk: Adultery is no longer a crime in India, said the Indian Supreme Court on Thursday. The court junked a 158-year law that punished a man for an affair but not the woman, treating her as her husband’s property, reported news agency. “The husband is not the master of the wife,” said five most senior Supreme Court judges in a constitution bench, unanimously sticking up for gender justice and calling out the Victorian adultery law — Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code — as arbitrary. The law punished a man who has an affair with a woman ...

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