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BB wants study before issuing digital currency

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) deputy governor SK Sur Chowdhury on Saturday said the matter of the issuance of crypto-currency by the central bank in the country still needs lots of study as it has both good and bad sides. The deputy governor said central bank’s issuing cryptocurrency is still in the stage of study and observation. He, however, added that, ‘We are seriously thinking on it.’ Cryptocurrency is a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. Lots ...

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Int’l Human Rights Day today

Rights Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Human Rights Day is being observed in the country on Sunday as elsewhere across the globe. Various rights groups have to chalk out elaborate programmes, including discussion, rally and human chain, to mark the day. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will bring out a rally from Manik Mia Avenue (Khamar Bari) marking the day. The commission will organise a two-day seminar at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on the occasion. The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with a view to bringing to the attention ‘of ...

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Iraqi PM declares ‘end of war against IS’


MNA International Desk: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq’s very existence. “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS),” Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. “Our enemy wanted to kill our civilisation, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed in little time,” he said, hailing Iraq’s “heroic armed forces”. As the authorities announced a public holiday on Sunday “to ...

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PM urges to ensure fundamental rights of Rohingya


MNA National Desk: Reaffirming Bangladesh fully support to and cooperation with all UN human rights mechanisms, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to work for ensuring the fundamental rights of Rohingya people. ‘Bangladesh continues to urge the international community to work towards ensuring the fundamental human rights of the Rohingya population including their right to return to their homeland, self-identification, citizenship and other basic human rights required for them to lead a dignified life,’ she said on Saturday. The Prime Minister made the remark in a message on the occasion of International Human Rights Day that falls ...

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They tried to take me across the border: Farhad Mazhar

Farhad Mazhar

MNA Exclusive Desk: Poet and writer Farhad Mazhar has claimed that he was forced during interrogation to say that he had gone out on a leisure trip. Speaking at a press conference at his Shyamoli residence, he said certain plainclothesmen had tried to take him from RAB and his abductors had tried to take him across the Khulna-Jessore border to the other side. Mazhar convened the press conference two days after a court granted police to file a counter case against Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhtar for lodging a “false abduction” case. Claiming to have been kidnapped while he ...

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Indian actress Zaira ‘molested’ mid-air


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Zaira Wasim has alleged she was molested mid-air by a middle-aged man, drawing strong reactions by women rights activists and politicians. The National Award winning Kashmiri actress complained about her ordeal, claiming that a middle-aged man seated behind her moved his foot up and down her neck and back. In a self-shot video for Instagram live chat, Zaira is also seen breaking down. “I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled… and this is not done… this is not how you should be treated or made to feel. This is terrible. ...

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Comments on Khaleda, PM should apologise: Mirza Fakhrul


MNA National Desk: BNP accused the Prime Minister of giving ‘false and defamatory’ information about its chief Khaleda Zia and her family members’ assets in Saudi Arabia. “The PM’s comments on laundering money by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia are totally false, fabricated and baseless. The main motive behind such imaginary story of corruption is to dent the image of her and her family members and politically malign them,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The secretary general of BNP came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office for giving reaction to Prime ...

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Five receive Rokeya Padak-2017

Rokeya Padak

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Five persons on Saturday received prestigious Rokeya Padak, 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the society and the empowerment of womenfolk. They are—Freedom Fighter and organiser Mazeda Shawkat Ali, journalist Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud (Posthumous), Artiste Suraiya Rahman, writer Shobha Rani Tripura, and social worker Masuda Faruk Ratna. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the prizes and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. The Ministry of Children and Women Affairs organised the programme with State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki in ...

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Thousands protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan


MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of protesters in Muslim-majority countries in Asia rallied on Friday to condemn the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies. Leaders in both Indonesia and Malaysia have joined a global chorus of condemnation of President Donald Trump’s decision. Protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. In Indonesia, a few hundred demonstrators mostly clad in white rallied outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Some ...

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Google doodle observes Begum Rokeya Day

Begum Rokeya

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has come up with a doodle to pay tribute to Bengali pioneer for women’s rights Begum Rokeya, marking her 137th birthday and 85th death anniversary. The doodle shows an image of Begum Rokeya carrying some books. Another book lies open on a divan. The logo of the Google is divided into three, with the ‘Go’ giving a deeper meaning of Begum Rokeya’s journey beyond the contemporary tradition and setting a precedent in her era. Clicking on the doodle will bring the visitors to search result page for Begum Rokeya’s life and ...

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Two dead in ‘Day of Rage’ over Jerusalem


MNA International Desk: At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters took to the streets on the Muslim holy day to express solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at Trump’s reversal of decades of US policy. Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest. Scores of people were wounded on the “Day of Rage”. A second person later ...

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Depression in Bay, rain likely until Monday


MNA National Desk: City dwellers have been experiencing drizzle since early Saturday due to the influence of deep depression which weakened into depression in the Bay of Bengal. The light rain started falling in the early hours of the day and was continuing till filing of the report. Commuters and private office-goers faced problems in reaching their destinations for lack of transport due to the persistent drizzle. The meteorology office said the rain will continue until Monday morning. The Met office recorded 4 mm rain in the capital in the last 24 hours till 6am on Saturday while it recorded ...

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NBR tax revenue falls short of target: UO


MNA Business Desk: The Unnayan Onneshan (UO), an independent multidisciplinary think tank, in its monthly publication of Bangladesh Economic Update November 2017 revealed that collection of NBR tax revenue falls short of target in the first four months of the current fiscal year. For the period of July-October 2017, revenue target was set at Tk. 19575 crore for income and travel tax, Tk. 25331.01 crore for value added tax (VAT) at the local level, and Tk. 20552.57 crore for import and export tax, while the actual collections fall short by 13 percent, 9.55 percent, and 7.78 percent respectively. Analysing historical ...

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Begum Rokeya Day being observed

Rokeya Day

MNA Feature Desk: Begum Rokeya Day is being observed today with due respect to mark the 137th birth and 85th death anniversaries of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer of women’s rights in the subcontinent. The Rangpur District Administration along with Rokeya Day Observance Committee has planned a three-day programme, starting today at her birthplace — Pairaband village in Mithapukur upazila. President Abdul Hamid and the prime minister issued separate messages paying respect to the memory of Begum Rokeya and also congratulating the recipients of the Begum Rokeya Padak-2017. The president, in his message, said the life and works of ...

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Dhaka humble Comilla to reach final


MNA Sports Desk: Afridi and Shakib helped Dhaka bundle Comilla out for 96. Holders Dhaka Dynamites booked their place in the Bangladesh Premier League 2017 final outclassing Comilla Victorians by 95 runs in the Qualfier 1 on Friday. Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of Comilla’s top and middle order batsmen could reach double figure, as they were bundled out for a sorry 96 by an attacking Dhaka bowling unit. Tamim’s 31 came off 28 balls, but that was very little to scale Dhaka’s 191 down. In fact, had number-nine batsman Hasan Ali and number-ten batsman Mahedi Hasan not made 18 and ...

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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition

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MNA International Desk: Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the ‘unilateral’ decision while ...

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Mohammadi Stock Market steps into 3rd year of operation

Mohammadi Stock Market

MNA Business Desk: Mohammadi Stock Market Ltd. celebrated the 2nd founding anniversary with clients, stakeholders, regulators, civil society and community partners on Thursday. The company specializes in developing the country’s most efficient stock brokerage workforce with unmatched skills and consummate perfectionism. The company also has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing brokerage house in terms of transaction value in the capital market. The company’s success is underpinned by its strong network of key clients and its unparalleled standard of service quality, offering clients the highest level of convenience and reliability in transacting business. On this occasion, Mir ...

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Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating further unrest in the Middle East. In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would begin a process of moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years. The status of Jerusalem — home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions — is one of the thorniest obstacles to reaching a peace deal between ...

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Seaports asked to hoist cautionary signal


MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal No 1. The depression over southeast bay and adjoining area moved slightly north-northwestwards over the same area and was centred at 6:00am Thursday about 1,400 kilometres southwest of Chittagong port, 1,330 kilometres southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 1,375 kilometres South or southwest of Mongla port and 1,335 kilometres south or southwest of Payra port. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north-northwesternly direction, said a special bulletin of the Met office. All fishing boat and ...

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17th APICTA Awards begins in Dhaka

APICTA awards

MNA Science & Technology Desk: The 17th edition of APICTA Awards, which is called the OSCAR of ICT, kicked off in Dhaka on Thursday. Department of ICT of the ICT Division and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) are jointly organising the event. The event will be held between 7 and 10 December. Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) is working for the ICT sector development in Asia Pacific region. Bangladesh is organising this mega event for the first time. Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Srilanka, Thailand and Vietnam are also ...

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Bangladeshi-British remanded over plot to kill Theresa May

Theresa May

MNA Exclusive Desk: One of the two men remanded over a plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May has introduced himself as a Bangladeshi-British. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, planned to detonate a homemade bomb and attack the May with a suicide vest and a knife, reports the BBC. A second man also appeared in Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with preparing terrorist acts. Both men will appear at London’s Old Bailey on Dec 20. Rahman is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and also with assisting another man to prepare separate acts of terrorism, according to ...

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Women more athletic than men


MNA Life Style Desk: A new study has shown that women have a natural capacity to process oxygen more quickly than men during aerobic exercises, making them more athletic. The findings showed that the faster processing of oxygen enabled the cells of a woman’s body to undergo less strain especially during aerobic exercises-such as cardio, spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking-which require oxygen to help produce energy. The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, compared the oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction between healthy and active young men and women of similar age and weight during a ...

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U-19 Cricket World Cup team announced

Cricket World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced a 15-member final squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup beginning in New Zealand on January 13 next year. Bangladesh was put in Group C of the Under-19 World Cup with Namibia, Canada and England. In the group matches, Bangladesh will play Namibia in one of the four opening day match on January 13 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, Canada on January 15 at the same venue and will face England on January 18 at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. Bangladesh team is expected to leave for New ...

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‘Shital Pati’ recognized as cultural heritage

Cultural Heritage

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sylhet’s traditional art of ‘Shital Pati’ weaving has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity by UNESCO. The recognition was given on Wednesday at UNESCO’s 12 ICH Committee session at Jeju in South Korea. This is the third ICH from Bangladesh inscribed by UNESCO, according to its official website. Earlier in 2016, “Mangal Shobhajatra” was inscribed while “Baul songs” was inscribed in 2008. Forty-seven elements have been inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding to date in 26 countries. The Representative List ...

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PM opens Digital World exposition

Digital World

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated the four-day Digital World, the biggest ICT exposition in Bangladesh,at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here with the slogan ‘Ready for Tomorrow’. ICT Division in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the exposition. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post, Telecom and Information Technology Ministry Imran Ahmed, BASIS President Mostafa Jabbar and Secretary of the Information and Communication Technology Division Subir Kishore Chowdhury were present at the inaugural session. Some 170 companies, ...

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ACC resumes questioning Bachchu


MNA National Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has resumed the interrogation of former BASIC Bank Chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu over a Tk 35 billion loan fraud accusation. The second day of Bachchu’s questioning began at 10am on Wednesday, said ACC Deputy Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya. ACC Directors AKM Zayed Hossain Khan and Syed Iqbal are leading the interrogation. Questioning began Monday, when the former BASIC Bank executive answered a summons to appear at the ACC offices in Segunbagicha. The session lasted about two-and-a-half hours. Other BASIC Bank directors, including Md Anwarul Islam, Anis Ahmad, Quamrun Naher Ahmed, Prof ...

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Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East. Facing an outcry of opposition from Arab capitals, Trump, in a landmark speech, will announce he has ordered the State Department to begin developing a plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv in what is expected to be a process that takes three to four years, the officials said. He will ...

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