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World Refugee Day today

World Refugee Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Refugee Day is being observed in the country along with elsewhere across the globe on Wednesday, reported news agency. June 20 is the day when the world commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. According to UNHCR, one in every 113 people has been forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution in the world. In September 2016, global leaders agreed to work towards a Global Compact for refugees and in 2018 where all parts of society stand together #WithRefugees and do their fair share instead of leaving individual states to ...

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2,300 flood victims in Sharifpur get aid

Sharifpur

MNA National Desk: Local administration has arranged aid for nearly 2,300 flood victims in Sharifpur union today. The distribution started at 11:30am in Sharifpur and was ongoing when our Moulvibazar correspondent last reported this afternoon. Md Faizur Rahman, additional secretary to disaster management and relief ministry, was present during the aid distribution. Flood relief was sent for nearly 2,300 victims of the area, said Chowdhury Mohmmad Gollam Rabbi, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Kulaura. Due to poor road condition, distribution did not get momentum, he said, assuring that the district administration will try to reach out to remotest areas. For ...

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Planned attacks targetting Rohingyas continue: OHCHR

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MNA Exclusive Desk: UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Monday that there are indications that well-organised attacks are continuing to target Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. “In Myanmar, as the council is aware, there are clear indications of well-organised, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingyas in Rakhine state as an ethnic group, amounting possibly to acts of genocide if so established by a court of law,” he said. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was delivering his opening statement and global update of human rights concerns at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council ...

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Aziz Ahmed named as the new Army Chief

Aziz Ahmed

MNA National Desk: The government has appointed Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed as the new chief of Bangladesh Army, reports news agency. The Ministry of Defence issued a notice in this regard on Monday. He will be promoted as a General and take over the charge as Army Chief on June 25 for next three years, it said. He will replace General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq. Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed is currently serving as the Quartermaster General of Bangladesh Army. As a major general, he previously performed as director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, and the GOC of 33 Infantry ...

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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

Eco-friendly lifestyle

MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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Gazipur poll campaign begins today

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MNA National Desk: The Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral aspirants will begin their official campaign from today for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on June 26. Earlier, AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol, reports news agency. Marking the city corporation election, Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will organise a view exchange meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on June 20. The city corporation has 1.13 million voters in 57 wards. This is the second election ...

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Melania Trump ‘hates to see children separated from their families’ at border

Melania Trump

MNA International Desk: US First lady Melania Trump ‘hates’ to see families separated at the border and hopes ‘both sides of the aisle’ can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement Sunday about the controversy over separation of immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border. Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s ‘no tolerance’ policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Government statistics indicate that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May. A spokeswoman for the wife of President ...

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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland

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MNA Sports Desk: Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites under performing as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E opener in Rostov. Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring. Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the ...

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Father’s Day celebrated

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MNA Feature Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the ...

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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Apple closing iPhone security gap

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones, reported news agency. Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour ...

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Ayman, Zaiba to receive queen’s award

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MNA Education Desk: British queen will honour Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya with a ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on 26 June, reported news agency. The awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth countries are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Ayman Sadiq, 25, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work he is doing to improve access to education for young people throughout Bangladesh. Zaiba Tahyya, 27, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is ...

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‘I can send you 25 million Mexicans’: Trump to Abe

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MNA International Desk: The United States President Donald Trump threatened Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would ship 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week’s acrimonious G7 meet. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reported news agency. Behind the scenes, Trump’s counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European ...

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Bangladesh celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr

MNA National Desk: Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated in the country on Saturday amid religious fervour and enthusiasm after a month-long fasting. The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation was held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30 am with Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Senior Pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman leading the prayers. President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Fitr prayer along with hundreds of people from different strata of society at the National Eidgah. After the prayers, the devotees, irrespective of their social status, embraced and greeted each other with Eid Mubarak (have a blessed ...

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Trump imposes tariffs on China

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MNA Business Desk: The US President Donald Trump on Friday announced fresh tariffs targeting tens of billions in Chinese imports, reported news agency. The new tariff will sparking immediate retaliation from Beijing and bringing the world’s two largest economies to the brink of an all-out trade war feared by markets and industry. Making good on a pledge to punish the alleged theft of American intellectual property, Trump warned in a statement of “additional tariffs” if China hits back with tit-for-tat duties on American goods and services exports. At least initially, though, the new tariffs will not cover the full $50 ...

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Only jainamaz, umbrella allowed at Eidgah

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MNA National Desk: Only jainamaz (prayer mat) and umbrella will be allowed at the National Eidgah during Eid congregation to ensure the security on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told this to the reporters while visiting the National Eidgah to check security measures on Thursday morning. “There will be several check posts in the entrance of Eidgah to check musullis. No one will be allowed to carrying bag, sharp weapon and cell phone at the Eidgah,” he added. The DMP boss said combined tight security measures have been taken to ensure the security of ...

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Road crashes kill 5 in two dists

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MNA National Desk: Five people were killed and seven others injured in separate road crashes in Rangpur and Gaibandha districts on Thursday, reported news agency. In Rangpur, three motorcyclists were killed when a motorbike plunged into a roadside ditch in Rail Gate area of Kaunia upazila in the morning. The deceased are Abdus Sattar Shaku, 55, Abul Kalam, 25, and Soleman, 28. In Gaibandha, two people were killed while seven others injured in head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Gobindaganj upazila in the morning. One of the deceased is Mehdi Hasan while the identity of the other ...

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World escaped nuclear weapons threat: Moon

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MNA International Desk: South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. “There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important ...

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No VAT on remittance: NBR

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MNA Business Desk: The National Board of Revenue or NBR has brushed aside as rumours social media posts claiming the government has imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on the money sent by Bangladeshi expatriates. It clarified in a media release on Wednesday that no such tax has been levied in the budget proposed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith for 2018-19 financial year.  “This is utterly false and nothing but rumour. The NBR thinks the propaganda aims at stopping the flow of remittance through legal channels and encouraging the expatriates to use Hundi,” the release says. Money sent by the expatriates ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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People switching from Facebook: Study

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MNA Tech Desk: Many people are switching from Facebook to closed forums like WhatsApp to discuss daily news because of worries about privacy, fake stories and toxic debates, a survey said on Thursday. The latest Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that news consumption via Facebook is falling, particularly among the young, who prefer WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Facebook remains the most popular social network for news, with 36 per cent using it in the last week. But it has lost ground to other apps, especially WhatsApp, which has tripled in popularity as ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey

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MNA Feature Desk: Millions of people are all set to leave the busy city Dhaka for their roots to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Not only from Dhaka but also from other districts people will rush to their homes to celebrate the largest festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones. Throughout the year, many of us wait for this auspicious occasion to unite with our relatives. This is the greatest joy of our hectic lives. But every year, some of us do not come back to their regular lives as they have to sacrifice their lives on the ...

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PM’s Eid gifts for Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent gifts worth Tk10 crore to the people of Cox’s Bazar on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr— the largest religious festival of Muslims. The matter was confirmed by sources from the Cox’s Bazar district administration. The gifts were sent from the personal relief fund of the prime minister. The district administration formally started distributing these gifts items from the Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib Women’s College campus in Ukhiya, around 11am on Tuesday. The distribution ceremony was inaugurated by Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung townships ...

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UK to offer Hawking fellowships

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MNA Education Desk: Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honour of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the government announced on Monday. Up to 10 fellowship will be awarded each year for the next five years to candidates completing doctoral studies in maths, physics and computer sciences, according to the department for business, energy and industrial Strategy. The 50 recipients will receive financial support allowing them to continue their work in any British institution for up to three years, it said. The creation of the “Stephen Hawking Fellowships” follow discussions ...

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Healthy way to enjoy a holy Eid

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MNA Life Style Desk: Observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid, a glorious occasion that is followed by rejoicing, giving of alms and a feast of various and delicious foods. Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy Eid: Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as milk or laban, preferably low fat or zero fat. A moderately light breakfast can follow. For example you can have whole grain breakfast cereals with low fat milk and a ...

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37th BCS final results published

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MNA Education Desk: A total of 1,314 candidates have been recommended for different cadres of civil service in the 37th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations, according to officials. Public Service Commission (PSC), the body that hires civil servants, published the final results on Tuesday after a special meeting at its office in the capital. Though in 37th BCS circular the number of cadres was mentioned as 1,226, the commission finally recommended 1,314 candidates for different cadres. Of them, 465 cadidates are enlisted as general cadres, 272 as assistant surgeons, 51 as dental surgeons, 316 for other categories and 210 for education ...

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Trump, Kim enter wider talks ending one-on-one meeting

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un entered wider talks attended by their top leaders in Singapore, after ending a 41-minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday. Kim and Trump shook hands and smiled cautiously as they met. The two men will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. “Working together we will get it taken care of,” Trump told Kim at the start of the wider meeting. “We will solve it.” Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of ...

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