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Sachin’s cricket ‘guru’ Achrekar dies


MNA Sports Desk: Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar at around 5:00pm. Achrekar, honoured with a Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in coaching Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars in the finer nuances of the game. “The BCCI expresses is deepest sympathy on the passing of Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers but ...

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Putin greets Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections, reported news agency. “The Russian President sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. Putin also wished success of the prime minister as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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Gold prices rise by Tk 1,516 per bhori


MNA Business Desk: The prices of all kinds of gold increased on Wednesday by Tk 1,516 per bhori, in line with the international market, Bangladesh Jewellers’ Samity (BAJUS) said in a statement, reported news agency. The latest rise comes five months after the last price hike of the precious metal in the country. In its statement, BAJUS said the price per gram of 22carat gold was set at Tk4,200, and it will be sold at Tk48,988 per bhori from Wednesday. It was sold at Tk47,472 per bhori even on Tuesday. One bhori is about 11.66 grams. As per the new ...

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Kimye expecting a fourth baby


MNA Entertainment Desk: Celebrity parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye “Ye” West are reportedly expecting their fourth child via surrogate, multiple sources have told Us Weekly. A source told the outlet that a baby boy is due to arrive “in very early May,” reports news agency. This will be West and Kardashian’s second child born through a surrogate. Their youngest daughter Chicago West was born via surrogate on January 15, 2018. The couple has two other children: North and Saint West. After the births of North and Saint, Kardashian was recommended by doctors to not have children through natural pregnancy. Kim ...

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Sudan restricts social media to stop protest

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MNA Tech Desk: Sudanese authorities are blocking access to popular social media platforms used to organize and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis, internet users say, reported news agency. Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations over the past two weeks. Protesters have set alight ruling party buildings and have called on President Omar al-Bashir, who took power in 1989, to step down. In a country where the state tightly controls traditional media, the internet has become a key information battleground. Of Sudan’s 40 million people, some 13 million use the internet and more than 28 million ...

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Healthy foods for children

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MNA Life Style Desk: For many parents, buying and preparing healthy foods is pretty easy. As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Fruit and vegetables Fruit and vegies give your child energy, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre and water. They help protect your child’s body against all kinds of diseases. Grain foods Grain foods include breakfast cereals, breads, rice, pasta, corn and more. These foods give your child the energy she ...

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Gazette for new MPs published, oath taking ceremony Thursday


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has published a gazette listing the newly elected members of parliament (MPs) in the 11th parliament, reported news agency. A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organize the oath-taking ceremony, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to reporters at the commission office on Wednesday. The MP-elects will be sworn in at the parliament at 11am on Thursday, reported news agency. According to the Article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days ...

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Sonia Gandhi greets PM Sheikh Hasina

Sonia Gandhi

MNA Exclusive Desk: Chairperson of Indian Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections. ‘The Indian Congress Party leader sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,’ PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Sonia Gandhi also wished success of the prime minister and continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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UK welcomes participatory polls


MNA National Desk: The United Kingdom has urged a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday, after the announcement of the unofficial results for the recently held polls. In a statement published on the UK government portal, he said: “While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, ...

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Bangladesh have to play qualifiers for T20 WC


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an extra round to play in the T20 World Cup 2020, the ICC said on Tuesday, reported news agency. The 16-team tournament will have the top eight-ranked sides – Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies and Afghanistan – who will get a direct passage to the Super 12s, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start with the group stage. The group stage will include these two sides and six others who will make it there via World T20 qualifiers. The eight teams will jostle for the four remaining ...

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Landslides kill at least 15 in Indonesia


MNA International Desk: Indonesian rescue teams were searching for victims of a series of landslides that killed at least 15 people on New Year’s Day, officials said, after a year of natural disasters killed thousands. At least 20 people were missing after landslides during heavy rain buried 30 houses in Sukabumi regency, West Java.  “Loose soil is a danger to rescue teams that are working in the field,” said disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.  Heavy rain had forced rescuers to suspend the search on Tuesday.  Indonesia is a disaster-prone archipelago that in 2018 suffered its deadliest year in ...

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Saudi King, Qatari Emir, Sri Lankan president greet Hasina

Saudi King

MNA National Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s absolute victory in the 11th national election. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a message greeting the prime minister on her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, press secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her party’s victory in the election. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Bangladesh Premier on securing her party’s absolute victory ...

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GM Quader to act as Ershad’s deputy

GM Quader

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader will be the chairman of the party in absence of his elder brother and party’s current chairman Ershad. HM Ershad made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday night. ‘As Jatiya party’s founding chairman I would like to inform the party’s leaders and activist and supporters at all levels that current co-chairman Golam Mohammed Quader will act as the Jatiya party chairman in absence of me,’ he said.

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EC publishes MP gazette notification

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) published the gazette notification on the 298 MP-elects of the 11th parliamentary on Wednesday, reported news agency. ‘The gazette was sent to the BG (Bangladesh Government) Press on Tuesday evening for printing. It has reached our hand on Wednesday,’ said EC joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman. Traditionally, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MPs takes place within the three days after the publication of the gazette. According to the article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days after the publication ...

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NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby


MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA rang in the New Year on Tuesday with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind — a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule — in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape. “Go New Horizons!” said lead scientist Alan Stern as a crowd including kids dressed in space costumes blew party horns and cheered at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland to mark the moment at 12:33 am (0533 GMT) when the New Horizons spacecraft aimed its cameras at ...

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Import, export resume through Hili Land Port

Hili Land Port

MNA Business Desk: After import and export was closed for four days, operations at Hili Land Port resumed on Tuesday, reported news agency. President of the importers group in Hili port Harun ur Rashid said that the operations resumed at 1pm. The laborers working at the port have already begun loading and unloading goods. He said it might take a day or two for operations to begin in full capacity. The land port was closed from December 27-31 due to the general election, weekends and bank holiday.

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SUST reopens after 14-day vacation


MNA Education Desk: Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) reopened on Tuesday after 14-day vacation for winter and Christmas, reports news agency. The academic activities of the university resumed in the morning, said a press release signed by deputy-registrar Yunus Ali. Earlier on 26 December, the administrative activities were resumed. The students have started returning to the campus.

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Cyrus confirms marriage to Hemsworth


MNA Entertainment Desk: Pop singer Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to teen sweetheart, actor Liam Hemsworth, posting photos taken at their quiet family wedding on social media. With the caption “10 years later” and the date “12.23.18,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer posted a trio of photos on Instagram and Twitter late on Wednesday of her in an off the shoulder white dress, hugging and kissing Hemsworth. Hemsworth, 28, posted one of the photos on his Twitter account, writing “My Love” and a heart emoji. Cyrus, the 26-year-old former Disney Channel star of comedy “Hannah Montana,” met Australian actor Hemsworth ...

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Political and government officials congratulate Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Political leaders, government and public sector officials have congratulated Awami League President Sheikh Hasina over the unprecedented third consecutive term in office she won in the 11th parliamentary election. The Prime Minister’s Press Wing said that several political leaders, civilian and military officials went to Ganabhaban and greeted the prime minister with flowers. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Advisor to the Prime Minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Cabinet Secretary, Chiefs of the armed forces, PM’s Principal Secretary, Public Administration Secretary, Office Secretary, Press Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Director General of RAB and the Director General ...

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Lawmakers to be sworn in Jan 3


MNA National Desk: Newly-elected lawmakers to the parliament will be sworn in on January 3.Parliament Secretariat confirmed this morning that the oath-taking ceremony will be held in the Jatiya Sangsad on that day. With BNP refusing to participate in the oath-taking, it remains to be seen that if their party and alliance elects will be joining the ceremony on that day. The term of the prevailing Sheikh Hasina administration will end January 28.

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Textbook Festival kicks off across country

Textbook Festival

MNA Education Desk: The Textbook Festival, marking the distribution of free textbooks among school and madrasah students, was kicked off across the country on Tuesday morning, reported news agency. Millions of schoolchildren have joined the festivity at schools and madrasas across the country to receive books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the new year. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid began the handing over of newly printed books among students at Azimpur Government Girls’ School and College around 9:30 am. Later around 11 am, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar started distributing ...

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PM Hasina pays tributes to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of her party’s absolute victory in 11th national election. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city, reported news agency. After laying the wreaths, Sheikh Hasina stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked by senior Awami League leaders, Hasina placed ...

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Dazzling Sydney kicks off global 2019 celebration


MNA International Desk: Australia’s largest city Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colours lit up the city’s skyline for 12 minutes and dazzled the more than 1.5 million spectators who packed the harbour front and parks. An earlier thunderstorm did not dampen the spirits of revellers who camped out at vantage points, some since the early hours of the morning. To mark the international year of indigenous languages ...

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Nearly 80% voter turnout


MNA National Desk: The chief election commissioner (CEC) has said that 80% voters have exercised their franchise during Sunday’s 11th general election, reported new agency. CEC KM Nurul Huda made the disclosure during a press briefing at the Election Commission office in Dhaka’s Agargaon on Monday afternoon. He stressed that voters across the country had voted in a festive and fair environment. However, he said, voting in 16 polling centers around the country had been suspended due to various reasons. “A total of 104.1 million, about 80% of the total voters, exercised their voting right on Sunday,” said the CEC. ...

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Triumph of Bangladesh and few expectations from the government

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MNA Editorial Desk: We have just begun our journey with a new year and also a new government of Bangladesh. 2019 has come with lots of expectations and hopes as Awami League is going to form the government for the consecutive third term under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Sheikh Hasina. For shaping up the future of our beloved country, this year is going to play a vital role. Considering the huge development works throughout the last decade, we are standing at a point where we have to be more focused with the development projects in the ...

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World leaders congratulate Sheikh Hasina

World leaders

MNA Exclusive Desk: World leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Premier Narendra Modi, have extended their heartfelt congratulations to Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute majority in the 11th parliamentary elections. Other leaders who extended their greetings to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering. Besides, India’s West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also phoned Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, ...

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Mobile internet services resume


MNA Science Tech Desk: The 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services resumed on Tuesday morning after suspension of about 37 hours centreing election. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered to resume all mobile services. BRTC senior assistant director Md Jakir Hossain Khan said all operators have been asked to open the internet services around 10:30am. On December 30, the telecom regulator suspended the services from 9:30pm. During the period, people were not able to use the internet on their phones, stream or upload pictures or videos.

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