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Rehab fair-2017 to begin Dec 21

Rehab fair-2017

MNA Business Desk: A five-day Rehab fair-2017 will begin at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on December 21. The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) is arranging the fair that will continue till December 25. Rehab acting president Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawan made the announcement at a press briefing held at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club on Sunday. Around 203 stalls will be set up in the fair while 30 building materials companies and 13 financial institutions will participate. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed will inaugurate the fair and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral ...

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CIA helped to foil terror attack in Russia

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MNA International Desk: Russian president Vladimir Putin telephoned US president Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terror attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying. Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to prevent a planned attack on the Kazansky Cathedral in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg, and arrest the plotters, reported news agency. Putin, in his phone call with Trump, said Russia would alert US authorities if it received any information about any attack being planned on the United States, ...

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About 40 Rohingya villages burned: HRW

Rohingya villages

MNA Exclusive Desk: Analysis of satellite imagery reveals new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. The New York-based global rights body identified 40 villages with building destruction occurring in October and November, increasing the total to 354 villages that have been partially or completely destroyed since August 25, 2017. Satellite imagery confirms that dozens of buildings were burned the same week. On November 25, satellite data detected an active fire and building destruction in Myo Mi Chang village in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township. Four ...

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Rekha gets first Smita Patil Memorial Award

Smita Patil

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Rekha, who received the first Smita Patil Memorial Award here, said she found the late actress was a far better performer than her. Rekha was conferred the award for her contribution in the field of cinema on Saturday. “I am really glad that I am receiving award in the name of Smita. I also want to say that you all did the right thing that you decided to give the first-ever Smita Patil Memorial Award to me, because I think only I have the right to receive this award,” Rekha said. “I am not ...

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DNCC mayoral polls in February last week


MNA National Desk: The by-polls to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will be held in last week of February, Election Commission (EC) acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said on Sunday. The elections for the councilor post in the 36 new wards -18 of the DNCC and 18 of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC)-will be held on the same day during the end-February. The EC acting secretary came up with the information while briefing to reporters after a meeting in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban. The mayoral seat was vacated following the death of Annisul Huq on Nov ...

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Sayedul Hoque’s first namaz-e-janaza held


MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 10:20am on Sunday. Later, his body will be taken to his constituency in Nasirnagar by a helicopter where his second namaz-e-janaza will be held at Ashutosh Pilot High School ground around 11:00 am. He will be buried at his family graveyard at Purbobhagh village of the upazila following another janaza after Zohr prayers, said Public Relations Officer of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Shah Alam Badshah. Sayedul Hoque, also a Liberation War organiser and Bangabandhu Sheikh ...

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Interpol refused to issue red corner notice on Naik

Interpol refused

MNA International Desk: After Interpol refused to issue a red corner notice (RCN) against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it will submit a fresh request. ‘NIA’s request for Red Notice against Zakir Naik was not accepted by Interpol as chargesheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol headquarters. Now NIA will submit a fresh request to Interpol as chargesheet has already been filed in the NIA court concerned in Mumbai,’ an NIA official said. In a statement, Naik’s spokesperson said: ‘Interpol has cancelled red corner notice on Dr Naik ...

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About 80pc Rohingyas want to return


MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar, says a survey. The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added. Xchange, an international ...

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MP’s daughter stabbed in Bagerhat


MNA National Desk: The daughter of Happy Boral, a member of parliament (MP) from woman reserve seat, was stabbed to injuries by miscreants near Amlapara School of Bagerhat district. Aditi Boral, 27, a post-graduate student of a law college in Dhaka, came under the attack at Amlaparha on Saturday evening, police said. MP Happy Boral said that the miscreants attacked on them while she along with her daughter Aditi, was returning home around 6:30pm after attending a programme arranged marking Victory Day at Amlapara High School. The miscreants stabbed Aditi in her abdomen and fled the scene. Hearing them screaming, the ...

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‘Youthquake’ Oxford Dictonaries’ word of 2017


MNA Education Desk: “Youthquake” was crowned as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year 2017, following a five-fold increase in usage. The word is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. It first rose during Britain’s June general election, which saw an upsurge in youth turnout, then had an even bigger spike in September around New Zealand’s general election. However, the word was first coined in 1965 by the then Vogue magazine editor Diana Vreeland to describe how youth culture was changing fashion and music. It beat eight other words ...

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Blood sugar in early pregnancy may affect baby’s heart

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MNA Life Style Desk: Higher blood sugar early in pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of a congenital heart defect, even among mothers who do not have diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Most women who have a child with congenital heart disease are not diabetic,” said James Priest, assistant professor at the Stanford University in California. The results showed that the risk of giving birth to a child with a congenital heart defect was elevated by 8 per cent for every increase of 10 milligrams per decilitre in blood glucose levels ...

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Trump’s move on Jerusalem: A rare case of unity in the Muslim world


MNA Feature Desk: US President Donald Trump has played his ‘Trump card’ by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an occupying state, on December 06, 2017. This declaration came out of the blues when the Muslim world is already fighting for its existence with so many mid-to-low scale wars have been going on around the world. The Muslim world is divided in opinions based on their religious sects and resources. This is clearly evident for many years that the Muslim countries are not united and they have deep rooted differences which they are not ready to let go. Few ...

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Arrest warrant against Arshi Khan

Arshi Khan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A Jalandhar court has issued an arrest warrant against Bigg Boss 11 contestant Arshi Khan for not attending the proceedings for the past three months, reported news agency. The warrant was issued on Monday. The court ordered police to enter the Bigg Boss 11 house and arrest Arshi. A case had been filed against her for allegedly trying to create enmity between communities by painting the national flags of India and Pakistan on her body, reports the Hindustan Times. The controversial diva is skipping the trial for the third time. This is also the second ...

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Ronaldo gives Real another world title


MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a free kick which went through the defensive wall to break Gremio’s brave resistance and give Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over the South American champions in the Club World Cup final on Saturday. Ronaldo’s 53rd-minute strike gave Real their second world title in a row, the third in the last four seasons, and ended Gremio’s hopes of pulling off what would have been a huge upset. Ronaldo, though, confirmed he will be fit for next weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona. The European champions, enjoying the backing of most neutrals at the Zayed Sports ...

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NASA, Google find solar system with 8 planets

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number. Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on Thursday to announce the finding, reports news agency. This eighth planet orbits the star known as Kepler-90. Like Earth, this new planet, Kepler-90i, is the third rock from its sun. But it’s much closer to its sun — orbiting in just 14 days — and therefore a scorching 800 degrees Fahrenheit (427 Celsius) at the surface. In fact, all eight planets are scrunched ...

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Livestock Minister Sayedul passes away


MNA National Desk: Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque passed away at a city hospital on Saturday morning. He was 75. Sayedul, also a Liberation War organiser and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s political aide, breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 8:30am, said Public Relations Officer of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Shah Alam Badshah. The minister had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since September 17 for old-age complications. He was put on life support on December 13. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 9am on ...

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President and PM paid tributes to war martyrs

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MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning paid tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial here marking the 47th Victory Day. After placing the wreaths, the premier stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation of 1971. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services presented a state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post. Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, chiefs of ...

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Nation celebrating 47th Victory Day


MNA National Desk: The nation is celebrating the 47th Victory Day on Saturday. The country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation on this day. Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. The day is set to be observed with programmes to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for ...

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47th Victory Day today

47th Victory Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 47th Victory Day is being observed on Saturday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion. As part of the day’s programmes, a colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. Freedom fighters, ...

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Tamim T10 fifty leads to defeat Team Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten half-century and England left-arm spinner Liam Dawson’s vital strikes helped Pakhtoons defeat Team Sri Lanka in the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 27-run victory saw the Pakhtoons become the only team to finish up with two wins from two fixtures. The Shahid Afridi-led side had beaten the Maratha Arabians in their first game on Thursday night, reports the Khaleej Times. Chasing a target of 112, Team Sri Lanka wound up at 84 for 7 in their allotment of 10 overs. Earlier, opener Tamim Iqbal ...

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Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians

Israeli troops

MNA International Desk: Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered a second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. Medics said two protesters, one of them wheelchair-bound, were killed and 150 wounded. In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and ...

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8,44,227 Rohingyas’ registration complete

MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh has completed biometric registration of 8,44,227 Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border to escape persecution in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine state. A total of 8, 44,227 Rohingyas have undergone biometric registration till December 14, reports the ANI news agency citing an official release. Bangladesh’s Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) carrying out the registration work in 12 makeshift camps in Ukhia and Teknaf. The registration process started on September 11. Out of the registered refugees, 36,373 have been identified as orphans, which include 17,395 boys and 18,978 girls. Earlier on Thursday, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) ...

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Harry and Markle to marry on May 19


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, his office Kensington Palace said on Friday. Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, who stars in the US TV legal drama “Suits”, announced their engagement last month with the marriage to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. “His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. The couple said they had chosen to marry in Windsor, west of London, because ...

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World trade order in a wobble

World Trade

MNA Business Desk: The frustration of Roberto Azevedo was evident when, as director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), he summed up the results of a three-day ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in the past week. There were simply none. The delegates of more than 160 countries from around the globe failed to reach any new agreements in the face of stinging US criticism of the WTO and vetoes from other countries. At the end, they were not even able to agree on a joint communique, reported news agency. And a further blow could strike in the coming week ...

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PM mourns Mohiuddin Chowdhury’s death


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed deep shock at the death of the President of Chittagong Awami League and former Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said Mohiuddin Chowdhury had played an important role from the front in all the democratic movements since the Liberation War of the country. ‘He never bowed down but embraced jail and faced repression on various occasions in his life. His contributions to the welfare of the people of Chittagong will ever be remembered,’ the Prime Minister said. ABM Chowdhury passed away ...

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Former CCC Mayor Mohiuddin passes away


MNA National Desk: Former Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and city Awami League President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away in the early hours of Friday. He was 73. Mohiuddin Chowdhury breathed his last undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chittagong at about 4:30am, confirmed his elder son Muhibul Hassan Chowdhury Naofel. His namaz-e-Janaza will be held after Asr prayers on Friday at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong city. He will be buried at his family graveyard at Chashma Hill in the city’s Sholoshahar area. Born on December 1, 1944 at Gohira village in Raojan upazila of Chittagong district, Mohiuddin Chowdhury got ...

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Peru opposition party demands resignation of President

opposition party

MNA International Desk: The rightwing opposition party that controls Peru’s Congress said it wants President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign by the end of Thursday and allow Vice President Martin Vizcarra replace him, the party’s spokesman said. Daniel Salaverry, the spokesman for the Popular Force party, told a press conference that Kuczynski could no longer hold office after Brazilian builder Odebrecht reported having transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to him. Kuczynski has previously denied any links to Odebrecht. On Wednesday, he denied wrongdoing but did not deny the transfers took place. Cabinet members were shocked to learn on Wednesday ...

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