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100 girls missing after Boko Haram school attack

Boko Haram

MNA International Desk: More than 100 girls were missing on Wednesday, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world. Islamist militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled. But fears have been growing about the whereabouts of the students, and one schoolgirl who escaped said it was likely they were taken by Boko Haram fighters. “We have every reason to suspect that they ...

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100 British MPs for ICC referral for Myanmar’s military general


MNA Exclusive Desk: Over 100 British Parliamentarians have said it is time for the UK to state that Myanmar’s military should be referred to ICC for their appalling ‘security operations’ against the Rohingya, described as ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide by OHCHR. ‘It’s time for the British government to unequivocally state that the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court,’ they said. The Parliamentarians wrote to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday seeking measures in line with their call. ‘I’ve sent a letter to the Foreign Secretary signed by over 100 Parliamentarians calling for an ...

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Ekushey Book Fair witnessed huge crowd

Ekushey Book

MNA Culture Desk: The Amar Ekushey Book Fair witnessed a huge crowd on Wednesday, the Language Martyrs’ Day and the International Mother Language Day. People were seen thronging the fair from the morning after it opened today at 8am. The book fair which usually runs from3 pm to 8:30 pmevery day except for holidays opened in the morning today marking Amar Ekushey. With the rolling of time, the crowd turned bigger. Although the crowd decreased a little at noon, the rush grew thicker again in the afternoon. After paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs at the Central Shaheed Minar, ...

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Microsoft launches Bangla version ‘Kaizala’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Marking the International Mother Language Day, Microsoft has introduced the Bangla version of ‘Microsoft Kaizala’, a mobile application designed for large group communication, work management, reporting and analytics. Kaizala is designed to optimise productivity in a world with intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, particularly in the emerging markets, said a press release on Tuesday. The app, which has a simple chat user interface, allows up to five million people to join one group, and users to communicate in a structured way. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Bangladesh has already started using Microsoft Kaizala in ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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PM hands over Ekushey Padak-2018

Ekushey Padak-2018

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2018 among 21 eminent citizens for contributions to their respective fields. Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, to the awardees at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. AZM Takiullah (posthumous) and Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam got the award for their role in the language movement while Sheikh Sadi Khan, Sujoy Sham, Indra Mohan Rajbanshi, Khurshid Alam and Motiul Haque Khan won for music. Minu Haque and Humayun Faridi (posthumous) got the Padak for dance ...

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Guardianship of Makkah and Madinah: An eternal right of Saudi Arabia


MNA Editorial Desk: Islam is the fastest growing and second largest religion of the world. Around 1.6 billion people around the globe are Muslims with their main concentration in Asia, Middle East and African region. These huge numbers of Muslims are very sensitive towards Islam’s two holiest cities – Makkah and Madinah, both are located in the Saudi Arabia. Makkah holds the holy Kaaba, known as the house of Allah and Madinah houses the shrine of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). There is no place on Earth as revered, as central or as holy to as many people as Makkah. ...

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Repatriation of Rohingyas on no-man’s land

Rohingya refugees

MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar officials are now in discussion over the repatriation of over 6,500 Rohingyas living in no-man’s land near Tambru on Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The meeting began at 10:00am on Tuesday on the zero line near Tombru of Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Divisional Commissioner Abdul Mannan, Relief and Refugee Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam are attending the meeting as part of 12-member Bangladesh team. Bangladesh has handed over a list of 1,673 Rohingya families (8,032 individuals) to Myanmar to start the first phase of repatriation of the displaced people to their homeland in Rakhine state. ‘The Myanmar side has ...

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NZ Cricket backs Eden Park for T20 final

Eden Park

MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) defended Eden Park Tuesday amid criticism the Auckland venue is too small to host international fixtures such as the T20 tri-series final. The decider on Wednesday features New Zealand and Australia, who produced a run-fest at the same ground on Friday that left some purists fuming. A total of 488 runs were scored at 12.7 an over as the sides smashed 32 sixes before Australia completed a world-record run chase of 245 to claim a five-wicket win. The sight of mis-hits sailing over the boundary for six prompted veteran Australian commentator Jim Maxwell ...

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Zareen strikes back at internet trolls


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Zareen Khan says she is glad that her mother is not on social media as she will get disturbed with the way she (Zareen) gets trolled. ‘Trolls don’t realise that whatever they write not only affects us but also affects our family and friends. I am very thankful for the fact that my mother is not on social media because such bad and abusive comments would definitely disturb her,’ Khan said. Khan has been a victim of trolls on social media platforms. She approached MTV to be a part of their new show MTV Troll Police ...

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Plane crash kills 66 in Iran


MNA International Desk: An Iranian commercial plane, carrying 66 passengers, crashed in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran on Sunday, killing all people on board. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, news agency reports quoting Iran’s state media. Aseman Airlines spokesman Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai told state TV that all on the flight were killed. The plane carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members. Due to foggy condition, ...

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BNP submits memorandum to DC office


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists on Sunday submitted a memorandum, containing its demand to release the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin. BNP chairperson’s advisor Barrister Ziaur Rahman, Dhaka district unit BNP president Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin and numbers of party leaders and activists of the unit submitted the memorandum to the DC at noon. Later, BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release. Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near Victoria Park from 10:00am amid the presence of huge ...

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Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?


MNA Feature Desk: A senior cabinet minister and army general from Myanmar arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday to discuss a trouble-plagued scheme to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who fled military assaults and now are in camps in Bangladesh. In less than half a year, around 700,000 Rohingya escaped attacks in their home state, Rakhine, and what the international community has called ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces. The Myanmar government insists it is committed to the repatriation of those Rohingyas who can prove they recently left Rakhine. The Bangladeshi side says the same. But few expect that the two days ...

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Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha meets the press

Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha arranged an opinion exchange program ‘Meet the Press’ with the journalists of prominent national print and electronic media today 18th February, 2018 at 11:30 this morning at its office. Chairman of the organization Advocate Sigma Huda was present as the chief guest. General Secretary Advocate Jahanara Begum, National committee member former additional district judge Tarique Haider and executive director Mostofa Sohel was also present in this program. They raised their concern over declining human rights situation on Bangladesh based on the information published in the national dailies during 2017. According to their findings, ...

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Jaya wins Filmfare best actress awards


MNA Entertainment Desk: Jaya Ahsan won the third edition of Jio Filmfare Awards (East) 2018 in the best actress category for the first time for IndoBangla joint venture movie ‘Bishorjan’ after two times nomination for the award. ‘Bishorjan’ was selected as the best film while its director Kaushik Ganguly won the Best Director award. ‘Cinemawala’ director Kaushik Ganguly got the award for the best director and also the best original story last year. Jaya was nominated in 2013 in the Filmfare Awards for the best debutant female for Aborto film while she nominated in the last year in the award ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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BNP begins signature campaign

signature campaign

MNA National Desk: The BNP has started mass signature campaign demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated its pre-scheduled programme around 11am on Saturday at party’s Nayapaltan office in the capital. On Thursday, BNP announced fresh agitation programmes which included conducting mass signature campaigns across the country today, submitting memorandums to all deputy commissioners on Sunday and staging demonstrations in all district towns and metropolitan cities, except for Dhaka, on Tuesday. The BNP chief was sent to jail on February 8 after a special court in Dhaka had sentenced her to five ...

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BD hands list of 8,032 Rohingyas to Myanmar


MNA Exclusive Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has handed a list 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart Kyaw Swe for repatriation. After a meeting between delegations of the two countries in Dhaka on Friday, Kamal said Bangladesh has listed around 1.1 million Myanmar nationals who have crossed the border. He said the people on the list handed to Swe were from 1,673 families. Around 700,000 refugees crossed the border after the Myanmar Army launched an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas on Aug 25 last year following insurgent attacks on security forces in Rakhine State. The Home Minister said ...

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Remembering actor Manna

actor Manna

MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the 10th death anniversary of actor Manna. To mark the day in a befitting manner, different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes. Satellite television channels and radio stations will air an array of quality programmes to pay tribute to the actor. SM Aslam Talukder, better known by stage name Manna, was a Bangladeshi film actor and producer. He performed in more than two hundreds films and achieved National Film Award as the “Best Actor” in 2006. Manna was born in the village of Elenga in Tangail District on December 6 in 1964. Manna’s acting ...

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Kohli ton helps India thrash Proteas


MNA Sports Desk: Virat Kohli was in dazzling form as he hit 129 not out off 96 balls to take India to an eight-wicket win with 17.5 overs to spare in the sixth one-day international. It completed a crushing 5-1 series victory for India, who started the series second behind South Africa in the one-day rankings but finished as the undisputed number one side. The series was a personal triumph for Virat, who hit three centuries and became the first player to score more than 500 runs in a bilateral series. He finished with 558 runs at an average of ...

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Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston split

Jennifer Aniston

MNA Entertainment Desk: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two years of marriage, they said in a statement on Thursday. The pair, who shared a mansion in the upscale Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, met on the set of the 2008 film “Tropic Thunder” in Hawaii, and started dating in 2011. “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation,” the former couple said in the statement released by Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane. “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends ...

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BNP announces fresh protests


MNA National Desk: The BNP has chalked out fresh programmes to press for the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. The protests will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Thursday. Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term after a Dhaka court convicted her on Feb 8 in a graft case involving the Zia Orphanage Trust. BNP will launch a mass signature campaign on February 17. The party will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on February 18 and hold protest programmes ...

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Bangladesh to bat first in first T20

bat first

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in first T20 international match in Mirpur on Thursday. Bangladesh are going to play the match with four debut players. Bangladesh Team: 1 Zakir Hassan, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Afif Hossain, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Nazmul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain. Sri Lanka Team: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Akila Dananjaya, ...

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PM reaches Abu Dhabi on way to home

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning from Rome concluding her four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. An Ethihad flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE Mohammad Imran and senior officials received her at the airport. Earlier, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Sobhan Sikder saw the prime minister off at Fiumicino Airport in Rome last night. In Italy, the premier attended the annual governing council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the ...

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Writ for cancellation of SSC exam


MNA Education Desk: A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking cancellation of the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations. The writ also pleaded for instructions to hold fresh exams for those subjects, conducting an investigation into question paper leakage and introducing a law regarding this. Three Supreme Court lawyers including Ainunnahar Siddiqa filed the writ Wednesday. However, there are allegations that the questions of all the subjects of SSC till date this year have been leaked.  Arrests were made in separate incidents regarding this too. This year’s SSC examination has seen an ongoing spate of question leak ...

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Florida school shooting kills 17


MNA International Desk: 17 people were killed in the United States after a gun man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. The suspect has been named as Nikolas Cruz, 19, and is a former student at the school who had been expelled, reported news agency. As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police swooped in on the building. It is one of the deadliest school shootings since 26 people were killed at a Connecticut school in 2012. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters Cruz killed three people outside the school, ...

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Myanmar Home Minister Swe in Dhaka


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe arrived in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon on a three-day visit when Bangladesh is expected to press for restoration of peace and stability in Rakhine State for sustainable return of Rohingyas. He landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airlines flight around 12:48pm. The Myanmar Minister will meet President Abdul Hamid on Thursday evening. Swe will hold a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday. Apart from the Rohingya crisis, the two sides will discuss halting smuggling of arms and drugs and full implementation of border agreement, ...

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