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Mexico hopes to resolve NAFTA talks


MNA Business Desk: Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said US and Mexican negotiators are making progress and could resolve remaining issues to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement by next week. Once the two nations iron out the pending differences, Canada could then rejoin the discussions, he told reporters following a meeting with US trade officials. “Hopefully we will be able to close up no later than the middle of the week the remaining issues and probably there will be space to start the trilateral,” he said, reported news agency. Guajardo has been leading a delegation to Washington for ...

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RAB to give traffic updates for Eid holidaymakers

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MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will give traffic updates on Facebook from today in a bid to inform Eid holidaymakers so that they can make their travel plans accordingly, reported news agency. Every four hours, RAB headquarters will give updates on their Facebook page on the overall situation and schedules of bus, train, launch and highways in the country, Benazir Ahmed, director general of RAB, said at a press briefing at RAB media centre at Karwan Bazar today. Apart from the headquarters, 14 RAB units will also give traffic updates on the highways of their respective zones every ...

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM


MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country, reported news agency. The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of army rule. A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the ...

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Selim-Al-Deen’s 69th birth anniversary

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MNA Feature Desk: The 69th birth anniversary of late noted playwright Professor Selim Al Deen is being observed today, reported news agency. Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University has taken a daylong programme to celebrate the birth anniversary on the campus in a befitting manner. The daylong programmes include holding seminar, staging drama, bringing out silent procession, offering ziarat and placing floral wreaths at Selim Al Deen’s grave on the university campus, reported news agency. Besides, Dhaka Theater has drawn up a two-day programme in the city. The two-day programmes include paying homage to Selim-Al-Deen by placing floral wreaths ...

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US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units for involvement in what it called “ethnic cleansing” and other human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, the treasury department said. The sanctions marked the toughest US action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority, which started last year and has driven more than 700,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh and left thousands of dead behind. But the Trump administration did not target the highest levels of the Myanmar military and also stopped short of ...

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India bids tearful adieu to Vajpayee


MNA International Desk: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose appeal transcended party lines and geographical boundaries, was cremated with full military honours on Friday in the presence of the country’s top leaders cutting across the political divide and adoring masses, reported news agency. Amidst chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers, his foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre in the presence of a galaxy of leaders including prime minister Narendra Modi, president Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu, political leaders and foreign dignitaries bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya ...

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Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Nasir Jamshed

MNA Sports Desk: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Friday, reported news agency. Jamshed, who played 48 one-day internationals and two tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation. Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but was alleged to ...

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App launched for finding toilets


MNA Tech Desk: Finding a clean toilet becomes stressful especially for women children and the elderly people who face the problem during long Eid vacation journey. With Eid travels just around the corner, a ‘Public Toilet Bangladesh’ app is now available for download in Play Store, providing toilet locations across four major highways and selected areas of Dhaka city based on a user’s GPS location or through direct searches, reported news agency. WaterAid has been working with city corporations and local authorities to renovate and build public toilets in Dhaka city and beyond (Sylhet, Khulna, Chattogram) for over 5 years ...

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JU admission online registration opens

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MNA Education Desk: The online registration for admission at Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the academic session 2018-19 began on Thursday, reported news agency. JU vice-chancellor professor Farzana Islam formally inaugurated the online registration process at a programme held at the council room of the VC office on the campus this morning. The online registration for admission under academic session 2018-19 began Thursday and it would continue till 16 September next. The admission seekers will be able to pay registration fee by 21 September while they will have to collect admit card by 22 September. The detailed information about the admission ...

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Local cattle in surplus as demand ticks up


MNA Business Desk: Sacrificial animals are in surplus this Eid mainly thanks to commercial and marginal farmers, officials said. This year a total of 11.58 million cattle are available against the total demand for 11 million for sacrifice, said the Department of Livestock Services (DLS). A total of 2,910,640 cows and buffaloes, 1,826,419 sheep and goats, and 31,923 others like camel and Arabian dumba will be sacrificed during this Eid, reported news agency. The animals have been reared under the government’s cow-fattening programme at 442,991 farms, according to the official statistics. On the other hand, 1,546,360 more aged non-productive cows ...

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies

Aretha Franklin

MNA Entertainment Desk: Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, reported news agency. Franklin, who won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her publicist said. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer. Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin’s family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their ...

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32-km tailback on Dhaka-Chattogram highway


MNA National Desk: Passengers continued to suffer as they were getting stuck in a 32-kilometre tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway on Thursday, reported news agency. A 22-km tailback was seen stretching from Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gumti bridge toll plaza to Madhaiya in Chandina upazila while a 10-km gridlock in Munshiganj district. Hundreds of vehicles, including cattle-laden ones, remain stranded on both sides of the bridge, causing untold sufferings to the travellers. Cattle traders travelling through the highway suffered a lot as most of the cattle fell sick for unavailability of fodder. Nazrul Islam, superintendent of regional Highway Police, said the tailback on ...

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Golam Sarwar’s body taken to Shaheed Minar


MNA National Desk: The body of Daily Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar has been taken to Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka around 11am on Thursday. The body will be kept there till 12:30pm for people from all walks of life to pay their last respect. Golam Sarwar’s body was taken to his Tejgaon office around 8:30am where his colleagues paid their last respect. Later, the body will be taken to National Press Club around 1pm. The Samakal Editor died at Singapore General Hospital at 9:25pm on August 13 at the age 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to ...

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Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam

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MNA International Desk: A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or acquit them. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese, could face the death penalty on charges of murdering Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a nerve agent banned by the United Nations, at a Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13, last year. The women, both in their 20s, are the only suspects in custody and have pleaded not guilty, saying ...

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Atletico beat Real Madrid, lift Super Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Saul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions, reported news agency. Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramos penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half. That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian ...

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US embassy shares Bangabandhu video on FB page


MNA Exclusive Desk: US Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday shared a video on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on its verified Facebook page marking the National Mourning Day. The video post said, “Today marks the National Mourning Day, the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. U.S. Embassy Dhaka is proud to say that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a State Department alumnus – he’s one of the very first International Visitor Program (IVP) participants from #Bangladesh.” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman- the architect of the country’s independence — was assassinated along ...

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DU observes Mourning Day with due solemnity

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MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University (DU) authorities on Wednesday observed the National Mourning Day and 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a befitting manner. As part of the programmes, pro-vice chancellors, treasurer, senate and syndicate members, deans, provosts, proctors, chairpersons of departments, directors of institutes and office heads led by DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning. The national flag, university and hall flags were hoisted at half-mast atop all main buildings including halls of the university. ...

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Nation pays rich tributes to Bangabandhu

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MNA Feature Desk: The nation paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mubijur Rahman with a renewed pledge to materialise his dream to build a “Sonar Bangla” thwarting conspiracies of the anti-liberation and communal forces, reported news agency. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the 43nd anniversary of his martyrdom. People of the capital and its adjacent areas paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Apart from Awami League, ...

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Turkey doubles tariffs on some US imports


MNA Business Desk: Turkey has doubled tariffs on some US imports, such as passenger cars, alcohol and tobacco, in what its vice president said was a response to deliberate US attacks on the Turkish economy, reported news agency. The move comes amid increased tension between the two NATO allies over Ankara’s imprisonment of a pastor and other diplomatic issues. Last Friday, US President Donald Trump said he had authorised higher tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Turkey, reports Reuters. A decree published in Turkey’s official gazette and signed by President Tayyip Erdogan doubled the tariffs on passenger cars to ...

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FB ‘too slow’ to fight hate speech in Myanmar

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem, the company said in a statement on Thursday, reported news agency. The acknowledgement came a day after a Reuters investigation revealed how the company has struggled to address a wave of vitriolic posts about the minority Rohingya, targeted last year in what the United Nations has termed ethnic cleansing. More than 1,000 examples of hate speech about the Rohingya and other Muslims were still online as of last week, including posts comparing them to dogs and maggots. “The ethnic ...

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Jolie wants divorce finalised by 2018


MNA Entertainment Desk: Angelina Jolie sought to move forward with her long and sometimes bitter divorce from Brad Pitt, which has yet to be finalised after almost two years, reported news agency. Jolie’s attorney filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court saying the actress wanted a judgment “returning the parties to single status during calendar year 2018.” The document also said that Pitt has “paid no meaningful child support since separation” and said that although informal arrangements had been made with him, payments “had not been regularly sustained.” Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, ending two years or marriage ...

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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj on the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Bangabandhu. Later, the Prime Minister along with her family members took part in munajat. Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, and other family members, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre. Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the ...

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Nation recalls Bangabandhu in tears


MNA National Desk: The 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Wednesday across the country with due reverence and solemnity. The nation recalled Bangabandhu- the architect of the country’s independence – in tears and prayers. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members at the crack of dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army personnel under a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country and its ...

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Nation set to observe Nat’l Mourning Day


MNA National Desk: The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The nation on Wednesday will observe the National Mourning Day recalling with a heavy heart Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, ...

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Dhaka ranked 2nd least liveable city

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Dhaka has ranked the second least liveable city in the world, according to Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey latest report. Dhaka scored 38 out of 100 and ranked 139th out of 140 cities, according to the Global Liveability Index 2018, published on Tuesday. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence ...

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Samakal editor Golam Sarwar no more

Golam Sarwar

MNA National Desk: The daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar died in a Singapore hospital at 9:25pm on Monday (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihe rajiun). He was 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to LabAid Hospital in Dhaka on 29 July being attacked by pneumonia. He was air lifted to Singapore on August 3 for better treatment as his condition deteriorated. He was put on life support on as his blood pressure fell on Monday afternoon, and died at night. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of renowned journalist Golam Sarwar. Prime ...

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11th National Election: Reality After The Dress Rehearsals


MNA Editorial Desk: It is not very far that we are going to participate and observe the 11th national election scheduled to be held at the later part of this year. All the city corporation elections which were scheduled to be held prior to the national election are over. The results of these local government elections were very important as those were considered to be the dress rehearsal of the general election though conducted in a much less significant parameter. In the last few City Corporation elections country’s largest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party also participated and made the polls competitive. ...

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