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World Cancer Day 2018

World Cancer Day

MNA Feature Desk: On Sunday 4 February, people across the globe will be celebrating World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness of the millions of people world-wide who face unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. This disease has recently been recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leading cause of global morbidity. Currently there is a serious push for urgent action to reduce the rate of premature cancer deaths on a global scale, while cancer leaders, health professionals and supporters across the world call for diagnostic and treatment access to be prioritized. Globally, an ...

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BNP executive committee meeting begins


MNA National Desk: BNP national executive committee’s daylong meeting started at Hotel Le Meridian on Saturday morning with its chairperson Khaleda Zia in chair. The inaugural session of meeting started at 11:05 am where a condolence motion was adopted for the eminent personalities and party activists who have died recently. The BNP leaders and activists observed a one-minute silence to show respect to them. Organizational report will be placed by the party’s Secretary General at this session and the BNP chief is expected to give fresh directive to her party leaders and activists about the party’s next course of action, ...

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Sri Lanka take lead on fourth day

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka have taken the lead against Bangladesh in the first innings of the Test match in Chittagong. The visitors were 9 runs behind at the start of play on the fourth day on Saturday, but passed Bangladesh’s first innings total of 513 in the third over. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz opened the attack for Bangladesh. Bangladesh posted 513/10 in 129.5 overs in the 1st innings, which ended in the second session on day 2, opening the innings with bat after winning the toss on Wednesday where Mominul Haque shared partnership of 236 off 56.1 ...

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Myanmar denies new mass graves in Rakhine


MNA International Desk:  Myanmar denied on Friday that there were mass graves in a village in troubled Rakhine state, where a military crackdown on insurgents has triggered the flight of nearly 690,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh. The Associated Press has reported it had confirmed the existence of more than five previously unreported mass graves in the village of Gu Dar Pyin, through interviews with survivors in refugee camps in Bangladesh and through time-stamped cellphone videos. The Myanmar government’s Information Committee, part of the office of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a statement on its Facebook ...

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Justice Wahhab Miah resigns

Wahhab Miah

MNA Exclusive Desk: Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, senior-most judge of Supreme Court, has resigned hours after appointment of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain as the Chief Justice. In the resignation letter sent to President Md Abdul Hamid, Justice Miah said he was resigning for some ‘unavoidable personal reason’. The president had made Justice Miah the acting head of the judiciary during the then chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s two-week foreign trip on Sept 10. Wahhab Miah was due to retire on 10 November this year. The president on Friday afternoon appointed the second most senior SC judge Syed Mahmud Hossain ...

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Syed Mahmud Hossain made new CJ

Syed Mahmud

MNA National Desk: Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has been appointed as the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh. President Md Abdul Hamid cleared his appointment on Friday, said the Bangabhaban spokesperson. The office of the chief justice fell vacant after Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned in November last year following his leave on health grounds the previous month. Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the most senior judge of the Appellate Division, has been performing functions as the CJ since early October. Meanwhile, senior judge of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Abdul Wahhab Miah resigned on Friday, officials concerned confirmed. His resignation ...

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Bitcoin skids amid broad cryptocurrency sell-off


MNA Business Desk: Cryptocurrencies plunged on Friday, with bitcoin at one point sliding below $8,000 and headed for its biggest weekly loss since December 2013, amid worries about a regulatory clampdown globally. The currencies have come off their lows but analysts said the sell-off was probably not over. This week’s slump brought the total market value of cryptocurrencies down to around $400 billion, half the high it reached in January, according to industry tracker The market value of cryptocurrencies is calculated by multiplying the number of digital coins in existence by their price, although many question whether that is ...

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Mothers from age 40 at risk of preterm birth


MNA Life Style Desk: Women who plan for a baby at the age of 40 and above may increase the risk of delivering preterm births before the 37th week of pregnancy, a study showed. The researchers noted an association between preterm birth and mother’s age and stated that the maternal age at pregnancy has been increasing worldwide and so has the risk of preterm birth. The research team, led by Florent Fuchs from the CHU Sainte-Justine in Canada, analysed the data from 32 hospitals in Quebec, Canada, from the year 2008 to 2011. The findings of the study, published in the ...

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SRK, Katrina, Anushka take rickshaw ride

rickshaw ride

MNA Entertainment Desk: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan went on a rickshaw ride with his ‘Zero’ co-stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif on the set. Shah Rukh tweeted a photograph in which he is seen riding a rickshaw with Katrina and Anushka as passengers. They seem to be enjoying the ride. ‘Best memories begin with insane ideas. Girls taking me along for a ride called ‘Zero’. Aanand L. Rai, Katrina and Anushka Sharma,’ Shah Rukh captioned the image. The three stars are shooting for filmmaker Aanand L. Rai’s upcoming movie ‘Zero’. The film’s teaser showcased Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged ...

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Zero tolerance to militant activities: New IGP

militant activities

MNA National Desk: Newly-appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary on Thursday warned that they will show zero tolerance to militant activities and drug abuse. “The law enforcing agency will go ahead in a planned way to keep the law-and-order situation under control aiming to implement of government’s Vision 2021 and Vision 2041,” the IGP said while talking to reporters at the Police Headquarters. Terming the journalists as co-warriors of the police, he thanked both the print and electronic media for raising awareness against militancy across the country.  “There are no fixed working hours for police. But sometimes ...

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6,900 Syrians shield from US deportation


MNA International Desk: Some 7,000 Syrians can live another 18 months in the United States as the Trump administration has extended temporary protection for them. They were shielded from deportation under a humanitarian programme, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), reported news agency. Since 2011, Syria has been embr54oiled in a civil war that has caused millions to flee and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Protections were set to expire for Syrians on 31 March, but with the extension will now last at least another 18 months. The president has cancelled TPS programmes for various countries in recent months, affecting immigrants from ...

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Ekushey Book Fair begins Thursday

Ekushey Book Fair

MNA Culture Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Thursday like every year. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm on the day. Cultural minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while the Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman will deliver the welcome speech with its president emeritus professor Anisuzzaman in the chair. Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some ...

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WB approves $300 million loans for BD

carbon tax

MNA Business Desk: The World Bank on Wednesday approved a $300 million loans for improving the transparency as well as efficiency of major cash transfer programmes in Bangladesh and benefitting about 5 million of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. With the finance, the World Bank’s total commitment in the social protection sector stands at over $1.3 billion. The credit provided by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s concessional lending arm, is interest-free and repayable in 38 years, including a 6-year grace period and 0.75 percent service charge. “Bangladesh has cut by half the number of people ...

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Mominul ton puts tigers in control


MNA Sports Desk: Mominul Haque hit his 5th Test century during the 1st innings on day one of the 1st match of a two-match series against visiting Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Mominul did his job in the 2nd session with two successive boundaries off Lakshan Sandakan to reach 101 off 96 balls from run-a-ball 93. Mominul played so far 26 matches, making his Test debut in March 2013 against Sri Lanka at Galle where he hammered a half century of 55 runs and the erstwhile Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim hit a double century ...

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Turbulence feared ahead of national election


MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is turning more and more dramatic as we approach the eleventh national election by the end of this year or in early 2019. Many events are making the overall political scenario vulnerable to volatility in the recent months. Though there is no strong election-oriented move yet, so many plots have been created on which we might find seeds laid for chaos in the coming months. Both Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the ruling and main opposition parties, are trying to strengthen their grip over national politics. AL, the ruling party holds a ...

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BNP leader Gayeshwar arrested


MNA National Desk: Police last night arrested two BNP leaders, including its Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, police said. He was arrested around 9:30pm from in front of Police Plaza on charges of “plotting” an attack on policemen near the Supreme Court and snatching two party activists from a prison van, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia. Meanwhile, BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that he was arrested as part of government’s ‘dangerous and evil design’. The BNP leader demanded the government immediately release Gayeshwar and stop arresting and harassing BNP leaders. Earlier in ...

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Bangladesh Bank clips ADR limit


MNA Business Desk: The Bangladesh Bank issued a directive to banks to bring down their advance deposit ratio or ADR to highest 83.50 per cent down from over 85 per cent now, by 30 June. This will be applicable for the conventional banks while such limit for the Islamic banks and the Islamic branches of the conventional banks will be highest 89 per cent, down from over 90 per cent now, where it is termed as IDR. As per the circular, until the next directive, the conventional banks will have to maintain their ADR at 83.50 per cent (80.50 per ...

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Iqbal Sobhan stresses news exchange between BSS, SPA

Iqbal Sobhan

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s Media Adviser and Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury called on the Saudi authorities to exchange information and news between Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the state-owned news agency of Bangladesh and Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the state-owned news agency of Saudi Arabia. He also urged the Saudi government to keep Bengali news contents along with other languages at the SPA news portal for the expatriate Bangladeshis working in Saudi Arabia. He made the call while meeting the Saudi Information and Cultural Minister Dr. Awad Saleh Al Awad at King Fahad Cultural Center at Riyad on ...

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Actress Penelope to get Cesar award


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from Frances Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43rd Cesar Awards ceremony, Frances equivalent of the Oscars, on 2 March in Paris. “Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in (smaller) films, whether (she is working) for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’, which will come out in May,” Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema, said in a ...

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Dhaka University, GIGCAS ink MOU


MNA Education Desk: With a view to establishing supportive collaboration between Dhaka University (DU) and Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or GIGCAS a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed. DU treasurer Md Kamal Uddin and GIGCAS director Gan Zhang signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides, said a press release. DU vice-chancellor (VC) Akhtaruzzaman, Science faculty dean professor Md Abdul Aziz and Chemistry department chairman professor Md Azizur Rahman, among others, were present in the meeting held at VC lounge, added the release. Under the MoU, teachers, researchers, students and publications and documents ...

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PM offers prayer at Sylhet shrines


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday offered fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) in Sylhet. The Prime Minister arrived here today to inaugurate different development projects as well as address a public rally. Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 14 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 24 others. The PM will address a public rally on Sylhet Government Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon. Like previous visits, Hasina first visited the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal, Hazrat Shah Paran and Hazrat Gazi Burhan Uddin after reaching ...

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FBI’s deputy director stepping down


MNA International Desk: The FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, is stepping down after President Donald Trump accused him of being a Democratic partisan, a government source confirmed Monday. McCabe is stopping work immediately but will remain on the FBI payroll until March to obtain retirement benefits, the source confirmed. McCabe, 49, was expected to leave sometime early this year when he became fully eligible for a pension, after two decades in the bureau. The New York Times reported that McCabe had hoped to stay active in his position up to his retirement, but was pressured to leave earlier by FBI ...

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Digital Security Act draft approved

Digital Security Act

MNA National Desk: The cabinet has approved a draft of the Digital Security Act, which amends parts of the ICT Act, including the controversial section 57. Section 57 criminalised ‘publishing fake, obscene or defaming information in electronic form’. The approval for the ‘Digital Security Act 2018’ draft was granted at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. Section 57 deals with defamation, hurting religious sentiments, causing deterioration of law and order and instigating against any person or organisation through publishing or transmitting any material in websites or in electronic form. It stipulates maximum 14 years in ...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th death anniv


MNA Feature Desk: Indian independence icon Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. He was on his way to a prayer meeting at Birla House. The world remembers Mahatma Gandhi, as it observes the 70th death anniversary of the father of the Indian nation. Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards the nation and its independence is no secret. He always taught the lesson of non-violence and worked towards building unity of the nation. After India got it Independence in 1947, Mahatma Gandhi stayed away from politics and started working towards people’s harmony, peace, and brotherhood. The 78-year-old was gunned ...

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‘Blue blood’ lunar eclipse Wednesday


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A total lunar eclipse will take place in Bangladesh on Wednesday. In Dhaka, the partial eclipse will start at 5:48 pm after the moonrise and the total lunar eclipse will start at 6: 51 pm. The maximum eclipse will occur at 7:29 pm and the total eclipse will end at 8:07 pm. The duration of the full eclipse is one hour and 16 minutes. The penumbral eclipse will end at 10:08 pm, said a press release of Anushandhitshu Chokro Science Organization. Another total lunar eclipse will be visible in Bangladesh on 27 July 2018, it ...

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Protecting human rights: Imperative for improving lives in Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Human rights, as a concept, have gained huge importance all over the world in the last few decades. We are hearing a lot about the protection of human rights now-a-days. Many local and multinational institutions have devoted their works to ensure the rights of people to provide them a sense of equality, safety and to rid them of deprivation. In the context of Bangladesh also, human rights is gaining much attention today. But still, it is being violated every day. Hence, a lot is required to be done to protect human rights in our country. In simple ...

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2nd span installed on Padma Bridge

Rail Link Project

MNA National Desk: The second span of the much-hyped Padma Bridge was installed between pillars 38 and 39 on Sunday morning. With the installation of the second span around 8:30am, a total of 300 metres of the Padma Bridge is now visible. Earlier on Saturday, the second span of the bridge could not be installed due to the depth and strong current in the river. The installation of the second span was delayed a number of times before. This particular span was supposed to be placed on January 23 and later on January 25. The work for placing the span ...

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