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PM Hasina urges all not to pay heed to rumours

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country not to pay heed to rumours and get confused by false propaganda, reported news agency. “A vested quarter is trying to create instability in the country through false propaganda. Please don’t pay heed to any rumour and don’t get confused by any false propaganda,” she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating optical fiber connectivity in 300 unions of ten districts under ‘National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Development (Info-Sarker Third Phase) through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. “Whatever you see ...

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Tigers win in last-over thriller

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MNA Sports Desk: Another Bangladesh comeback, another major contribution from their seniors. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal powered the visitors to a 12-run win against West Indies to bring them back level in the T20I series, reported news agency. Towards the end of the West Indies chase, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam took three wickets each, but the win was set up by Tamim, who top-scored with a quickfire 44-ball 74, while Shakib complemented his half-century with figures of 2 for 19 from four overs, reports cricinfo.com. Shakib and Tamim added 90 runs for the fourth wicket. Tamim’s innings ...

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Actress Nawshaba held for spreading rumours

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MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from city’s Uttara area on Saturday night over spreading rumours on social media over attack on protesting students. A text message of RAB said that a team of elite force nabbed Nawshaba and took her to RAB-1 office for interrogation over his Facebook live. The actress went to Facebook live around 4:00pm and said that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection, reports news agency. In her Facebook live, the actress requested people to get united, take to ...

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Traffic week begins Sunday: DMP

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MNA Feature Desk: The observance of Traffic Week across the country began today (Sunday) to reinforce discipline on roads and highways, reports news agency. Amid the growing student movement over a nine-point demand, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Miaon Saturday announced to observe the Traffic Week across the country. The DMP Commissioner also added: “Actions will be taken against vehicles without fitness certificates, drivers without licenses, wrong side driving and any kind of traffic law violation during the time. “The week will not only act against drivers, but also pedestrians who do not follow the law,” he also said.

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3G, 4G services suspended

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MNA Tech Desk: The government has suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services for 24 hours in the wake of the ongoing student agitation demanding safe road, reported news agency. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission issued the order on Saturday evening. Accordingly, mobile phone internet subscribers have started facing the consequence — slow speed of internet — since 7:30pm, some subscribers said. The police, earlier, recommended suspension of 3G and 4G network of mobile internet services as protesting students have been carrying out their demonstrations using social media network, especially Facebook. The BTRC step came after a group of youths ...

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Transport strike brings the country to a halt

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MNA National Desk: Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Saturday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh, reported news agency. Dhaka’s streets were devoid of public transports since early morning, citing security concerns. Most areas in Dhaka, including Elephant Road, New Market, Dhanmondi, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Katabon, Uttara and Airport road, had no passenger buses available. The government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service was the only public transport option available throughout the city. The move came following the countrywide protests demanding road safety and justice for two Class XII students ...

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Quota reformists call countrywide strike

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MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh General Students Right Protection Council, the platform for quota reform movement, called a countrywide student strike for Saturday, protesting against attacks on school-college students who took to the streets demanding justice for their dead fellows and road safety. Joint convener of the platform Bin Yamin Molla made the announcement at a press conference in front of national press club in the capital on Friday afternoon, reported news agency. however, the students started the protests from Dhaka, but it spread across the country following the deaths of two fellows in a road crash in Dhaka on Jul ...

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11 found killed in Mexico border town ahead of president-elect’s visit

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MNA International Desk: Eleven bodies were discovered on Friday in a Mexican town close to the US border, days before president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to visit for a series of forums seeking to stem the violence in the country. The bodies of eight men and three women were found in a home in Ciudad Juarez, the government of the northern state of Chihuahua said in a statement. It said the people were victims of homicide. The incident may be related to clashes between criminal groups, the government added. The prosecutor’s office is investigating the killings and identities ...

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29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela observed

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MNA National Desk: A meeting of the central executive committee marking the 29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) was held on Friday. Presided over by the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela and Prime Minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the meeting was attended by the central and district level leaders of the advisory committee. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, chief patron of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies also delivered his valuable speech marking the 29th founding anniversary of BSKM. In the meeting, the decision of observing the 43rd death anniversary ...

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Floating LNG terminal to start operations

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MNA Business Desk: A vessel that arrived in Bangladesh in April to offload its maiden cargo of liquefied natural gas and moor permanently as an import terminal should begin operations “within a week” after bad weather hampered its start-up, an official said. The floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) will allow Bangladesh to import LNG for the first time as its domestic gas production falls and will boost several power projects in a nation where 30 per cent go without electricity. Since its arrival at Moheshkhali, near Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh, bad weather has hampered the FSRU’s efforts to ...

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Xiaomi launches ‘best selfie’ smartphone

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Global technology company Xiaomi on Friday announced Redmi S2 to be available nationwide in the Bangladesh market, reported news agency. Following the announcement users can purchase Redmi S2 now from daraz.com.bd, more than 100 Mi Authorized Stores and 1000 retail stores starting Tk 14,999, said a press release. Xiaomi vice president and India managing director Manu Jain said, “We are excited to extend our best selfie smartphone at an affordable price to the entire Bangladesh market. With Redmi S2 also available in offline stores along with online, we hope to extend our share to the ...

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Bangladesh eye win in 2nd T20I

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh aim to win as they face West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida. The match will kick off at 6am. The Tigers will have to win the second match to save the series following their seven wickets defeat in the first T20I. Probable squads: Bangladesh – Mosaddek Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency

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MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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62nd anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 62th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets

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MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Tigers lose 1st T20 against Windies

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MNA Sports Desk: West Indies overcame an early scare in their chase to easily win the first T20 against Bangladesh by seven wickets after rain forced Wednesday’s match to be a curtailed-over affair, reported news agency. Once the Tigers made 143 for 9, a sudden downpour meant the game was slashed down to 11 overs, with the Windies side set a target of 91. Mustafizur Rahman struck twice in the second over to remove openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis to give Bangladesh hope, but Andre Russell hit an unbeaten 35 off 21 balls and Marlon Samuels fired 26 from ...

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Mamata faces police case after ‘civil war’ remark

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MNA International Desk: Mamata Banerjee has been accused of inciting “hate and tension” among communities in a police complaint filed by activists of the ruling BJP in Assam, hours after she warned of a “civil war and bloodbath” over a list of citizens that leaves out four million people from the northeastern state. The complaint was filed by three workers of the BJP’s youth wing in Assam’s Dibrugarh, reported news agency. Banerjee has accused the BJP of trying to divide the country with the draft National Register of Citizens or NRC in Assam, which leaves four million people facing the ...

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BCL president Shovon, gen secy Rabbani

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MNA Education Desk: The central executive committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), has been announced. Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon has been made president while Golam Rabbani general secretary, reported news agency. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader made the announcement on behalf of the party president on Tuesday. Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, declared separate committees for north and south units of Dhaka city and the Dhaka University unit. Saddam Hossain was made the president while Sanjit Chandra Das, the general secretary of DU unit of BCL. AL president ...

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BFIU finds evidence of Tk 40bn capital flight

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MNA Business Desk: A group of businesses is reported to have been involved in capital flight amounting to Tk 40 billion in disguise of imports and exports, reported news agency. Bangladesh Financial Intelligent Unit (BFIU) has discovered the evidence of such an involvement. The BFIU has also sent this information to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and other law-enforcement agencies requesting them to further investigate the cases before moving towards prosecution. BFIU head and Bangladesh Bank (BB) deputy governor Abu Hena Mohd Razee Hassan disclosed this on Tuesday while responding to the reporters at the monetary policy unveiling programme. ...

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AL wins in Rajshahi, Barishal

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MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports news agency. Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended. The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken. In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League ...

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Students block Farmgate road

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MNA Education Desk: Students of Government Science College blocked Farmgate road on Tuesday morning demanding safe roads following death of two students on Airport Road in Dhaka, reported news agency. As part of their pre-scheduled programme, the students took to the street and staged sit-in under the foot-over bridge around 10:15am, disrupting vehicular movement of the road. The nine-point demands include resignation of Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, safe road, capital punishment of the killer driver. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed and nine others wounded as a bus ...

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PM Narendra Modi greets Pakistan’s Imran Khan

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. He spoke to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and also congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly there in the recent elections. The PM expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan, a statement from his office said. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood, the statement said, report news agency. Mr Khan had said that he will take oath as the ...

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Myanmar appoints panel to probe Rohingya abuses

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, authorities said on Monday, reported news agency. The four-person commission will be comprised of two local and two international members – Filipino diplomat Rosario Manalo and Kenzo Oshima, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.N – the Myanmar President’s Office said in a statement. Manalo, 82, a former undersecretary of foreign affairs, will chair the commission. The two local members are lawyer Mya Thein and Aung Tun Thet, an economist and former UN official. Aung Tun Thet was last year ...

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ADB to provide $357m to develop power transmission lines

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MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved an assistance package totalling more than $357 million for a project to develop two power lines in support of Bangladesh’s national target of electricity for all by 2021. The investments comprise a $350 million ADB loan, a $7 million grant from the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM) to partially finance new high-technology energy efficient conductors, and a $500,000 grant from the Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF) to promote socially inclusive growth with gender equality said an ADB press release on ...

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Month of mourning begins Wednesday

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MNA Feature Desk: The month of mourning begins tomorrow with the nation once again recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty. 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 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 Fazilanunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, ...

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Rohingya crisis: August is back again!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Tomorrow we are entering the month of August – a month which has several significances for us as a nation. This month contains the ‘National Mourning Day’.  On 15th August, 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed brutally by the anti-liberation war force. But, over such an important incidence of our national history, this month found a prolific significance last year. During August 2017, thousands of Rohingyas started to flee into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar as they were tortured and oppressed severely by the Myanmar Army. ...

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