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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 5 wickets


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got their prized first away win over New Zealand a week before the start of their Champions Trophy campaign. The Black Caps set the Tigers a 271-run chase at Dublin’s Clontarf Cricket Club Ground on Wednesday. Bangladesh rode on half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal (65) and Sabbir Rahman (65) before Mahmudullah (46) and Mushfiqur Rahim’s (45) gritty stand carried them over the finish line with 10 balls to spare and seal their first away win against the Kiwis. The win helped them climb to No. 6 on the ICC ODI rankings table.  Earlier, New Zealand suffered a ...

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Suicide blasts kill 3 police officers in Jakarta

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MNA International Desk: Two suspected suicide bombers killed three Indonesian police officers and injured 10 people on Wednesday night in twin blasts near a bus station in Jakarta, police said. The blasts went off five minutes apart at Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu terminal, police said. Police did not immediately reveal a motive but likened the attack to the events in Manchester and said it was linked to global terror. Authorities in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country have been increasingly worried about resurgence in radicalism, driven in part by a new generation of militants inspired by Islamic State. There has been a ...

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Facebook will court ‘millennials’ with its original videos

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook’s dreams of pushing original videos may be delayed, but that’s doing little to stop its ever-growing ambitions, reported news agency. Facebook has landed deals with a slew of “millennial-focused” internet media companies, including BuzzFeed, Vox Media, ATTN and The Dodo operator Group Nine Media.  The material would include both short clips under 10 minutes (owned by the individual providers) and longer videos over 20 minutes (owned by Facebook), and they’d naturally have ad breaks. You’d initially find the videos exclusively on Facebook’s website and apps, but they’d eventually migrate to other sites. Not surprisingly, ...

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Heat wave to continue

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MNA Editorial Desk: A roasting heat wave sweeping across vast swathes of Bangladesh is likely to continue for more days, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said. Besides erratic load shedding, and low voltage, during the last couple of days have been causing untold sufferings to people across the country out of gear. Many preferred to remain indoors as it has become difficult to travel outside. Day-labourers have been the worst victims. Country’s highest temperature on Wednesday was recorded 37.8 degree Celsius at Jessore and minimum temperature was recorded 21 degree Celsius at Rangpur. Day temperature may rise slightly but night temperature ...

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‘’ launched bidding offer for customers

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MNA Business Desk: Popular e-commerce site has introduced a bidding offer named “Kar Dame Kato Dom” to its customers. Under this offer, customers will be able to purchase various products of different brands by placing highest price. The offer began on May 21 and will be continued till May 27, said a press release. Nirjhar Kumar Kundu, Assistant Brand Manager of, said “Customers have opportunity to purchase various products of different brands, including Apple branded mobile phone, Vision TV, washing machine and air conditioner, Duranto bi-cycle, Regal furniture, Samsung and Xiaomi branded smart-phone, by placing highest price in ...

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Shyamal Kanti sent to jail on bribery charges

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MNA National Desk: Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was publicly humiliated last year, has been sent to jail on charges of bribery. On Wednesday morning, a Narayanganj court issued an arrest warrant for him after taking into account the charges brought against him by a colleague. Plaintiff Morsheda Begum accused Shyamal of taking Tk 135,000 as bribe promising to include her as an employee in the government’s monthly payment order or MPO scheme. Hours after the order was out, Shyamal surrendered to the court and pleaded for bail. The court sent him to jail, rejecting his plea. Advocate ...

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900 additional buses during Eid: Obaidul Quader

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will deploy 900 additional buses countrywide to ensure journey of the traveller during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Speaking at a programme of the BRTC, Quader said that out of the 900 ‘special bus services’, 466 will travel between districts and Upazilas. Besides, the sales of advance BRTC bus tickets will begin seven days before the Eid and the special bus services will begin on June 22 and continue till three days after the greatest festival of Muslims, he added. He came down hard ...

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RAB detained 3 from Chapainawabganj


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three people, and conducted separate raids on four houses in Gomostapur and Nachol upazilas of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday. The drivers were launched around 5am following information gleaned from three suspected members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) who were arrested from Bazarpara in Gomostapur along with 3 kg gunpowder, one pistol, one magazine and four bullets around 4am today. Lt Col Mahbub Alam, commanding officer of RAB-5, declared the end of the drives around 11:00am. He said case will be filed against the three arrestees with Gomostapur police station. Shukur is ...

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Tri-Nation Series: Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl first

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first in the 6th and final match of the Tri-Nation Series against New Zealand at Dublin on Wednesday. There is one change for the Bangladesh side – Sunzamul Islam is replaced in the team with Nasir Hossain. Bangladesh Squad Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman. New Zealand Squad Luke Ronchi (wk), Tom Latham (capt), Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Jeetan ...

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Comilla mayor Sakku gets permanent bail

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to Monirul Haque Sakku, the newly-elected mayor of Comilla City Corporation (CCC), in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Dhaka metropolitan senior special judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla handed down the order. Earlier on 9 May, the court granted bail to the mayor till 24 May this year in the graft case. At the same time, the court fixed June 12 for hearing on the transfer of the case to Special Judge-8 and charge framing. On 7 May 2008, Shahin Ara Mamtaz, assistant director of ACC, ...

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Militants take Catholic hostages in Philippines


MNA International Desk: Islamist militants who triggered martial law in the southern Philippines when they rampaged through a city are threatening to kill a priest and other hostages, the Catholic Church said on Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern region of Mindanao on Tuesday after the militants, who have declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, battled with security forces and burnt buildings. Duterte warned the martial law would be ‘harsh’ and like a dictatorship in an effort to quell not just the gunmen in Marawi, a mostly Muslim-populated city of 200,000 people, but the rising ...

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James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies

Roger Moore

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. A message shared on the actor’s official Twitter account read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He also played Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969. Moore took over the ...

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JnU inter-dept debate competition concluded


MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): The concluding and prize giving ceremony of 13th Inter-department Debate Competition was held at the central auditorium of Jagannath University (JnU) on Wednesday. With the slogan ‘Bitorke Shanito Choitonno’, JnU Debating Society arranged the programme at 1:00pm. In the competition, JnU Public Administration Department became the champion while runner up was Anthropology Department. JnU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman distributed crests and certificates among the winners as Chief Guest. JnU Debating Society General Secretary Sabuj Rayhan conducted the ceremony with its President Shakil Ahmed in the chair. A total of 34 teams from 29 ...

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Islami Bank removes Vice-chairman Syed Ahsanul

Syed Ahsanul

MNA Business Desk: Vice-chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) Syed Ahsanul Alam has been removed from his post. The decision was taken at the 34th Annual General Meeting of the bank held at Kurmitola Golf Club in the city on Tuesday with IBBL Chairman Arastoo Khan in the chair. After the meeting, the IBBL chairman briefed reporters on the meeting’s outcome. As per the decision the bank will now have only one vice-chairman and Yousif Abdullah Al-Rajhi, a foreign director of the bank, will continue with his post of vice-chairman. “From now on, there will be one vice-chairman in ...

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Sheikh Hasina performs Umrah at Makkah


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, performed holy ‘Umrah’ at Makkah in Saudi Arabia on Monday night. She performed “tawaf” around the holy Ka’aba Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina also offered prayers seeking divine blessings for the people of Bangladesh as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and other entourage members of the prime minister also performed Umrah. ...

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19 killed in UK terror attack at pop concert

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MNA International Desk: About 19 people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester. There were scenes of panic as Grande’s audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as a “huge bomb-like bang” in the foyer area at the end of the concert. A fleet of ambulances was seen rushing to the venue and bomb disposal teams were dispatched soon after, as city residents opened up their doors to stranded concert-goers after train services were shut down, reported news ...

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Transport strike in 16 districts called off


MNA National Desk: Truck, tanker-lorry, covered van and pick-up van owners and workers Oikya Parishad called off their 72-hour strike in 16 districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions on Tuesday morning. The decision has been taken from an emergency meeting held in Bogra after assurance of the divisional administrations to sit with the Parishad leaders to solve their problems. The Oikyo Parishad was continuing their strike to press home their seven-point demands, including putting an end to the harassment by policemen on the highways. The workers’ leaders had first enforced a 48-hour strike and then made it a 72-hour one ...

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Polls being in 57 UPs, Khetlal municipality


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) has organized elections in 57 Union Parishads (UP), twenty one wards and one municipality on Tuesday. Polling centres opened at 8am and the voting will close at 4pm, reported news agency. According to EC Election Management and Coordination officials, general elections are being held in 17 UPs, 13 UPs will re-vote after courts accepted legal challenges against previous elections, and the remaining 27 will be holding by-elections for various positions. The polls of 21 wards will be holding re-votes for district administration positions after court challenges and one will hold general elections. Joypurhat’s ...

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AL-backed ‘Blue Panel’ sweeps DU senate polls

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MNA National Desk: The ruling Awami League-backed ‘Blue panel’ swept the senate polls of Dhaka University on Monday. Aspirants from the ‘Blue panel’ won 33 seats of teachers’ representatives out of 35 posts while BNP-backed ‘White panel’ bagged only two posts. The remaining two were secured by the White Panel teachers backed by the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. However, the left-leaning, ‘Pink panel’ did not participate in the senate polls. Around 1,590 teachers cast their votes between 9:00am and 1:00pm at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on DU campus, reported news agency. DU Treasurer Professor Dr Md Kamal Uddin, also ...

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Strict action for food adulteration during Ramadan

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MNA National Desk: Sayeed Khokon, the present mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), said strict action will be taken against those involved in food adulteration and violating the sanctity of Ramadan in clubs and bars. Sayeed Khokon came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a view exchange meeting with the businessmen on the occasion of Ramadan, held at Nagar Bhaban on Monday. The action will be conducted in the city corporation area during Ramadan to check food adulteration in restaurants and punitive measures. He also urged the club and bar owners to maintain purity of Ramadan, ...

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Central Hospital doctors get bail over DU student’s death

Central Hospital

MNA Education Desk: Eight doctors, including Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, of Dhaka’s Central Hospital have been granted bail in a medical malpractice case over the death of a Dhaka University student. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Khurshid Alam granted the bail after the accused had surrendered to the court in the morning. Hospital director MA Kashemwas also freed on bail on Friday in this regard. Bail was set at Tk 30,000 for each of the suspects. Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, Kashem Yusuf, Dr Mortuza, Lt Col ASM Matlebur Rahman, Dr Masuma Parvin, Dr Jahanara Begum Mona, Dr Maksud Parvin and ...

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PM invites Donald Trump to visit Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: US President Donald Trump has said he ‘hopes to visit’ Bangladesh, after he was invited by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque. The two leaders met during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. “Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US president as saying while briefing reporters after the summit. “Accepting the invitation, Trump expressed the hope that he would visit to Bangladesh,” Haque said. Donald Trump was in Riyadh on his first foreign tour after taking office. While delivering ...

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Mumbai Indians beat Pune by 1 run to win IPL

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MNA Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 1 run in a low-scoring final to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here on Sunday. In a match that went right down to the last ball, Mumbai registered a one-run victory in front of packed stands at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. This is Mumbai’s third IPL title. Chasing a target of 130 runs, Pune could only manage to post 128/6 in their 20 overs. IPL final, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians 129-8: K Pandya 47, Unadkat 2-19, Zampa 2-32, Christian 2-34 Rising Pune Supergiant 128-6: Smith 51, Rahane ...

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4 climbers die near top of Mount Everest


MNA International Desk: Four climbers have died on Mt. Everest in a busy and tragic weekend on the world’s highest mountain, officials and expedition organizers said Monday. Sherpa rescuers spotted a body of Indian climber Ravi Kumar, but it was impossible to retrieve the body, said Thupden Sherpa of Arun Treks and Expedition. It appeared that Kumar had fallen some 200 meters (650 feet) below the route, he said. Climbers from the United States, Slovakia and Australia also died on the mountain over the weekend. Kumar fell sick on his way down from the summit on Saturday and did not ...

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Shipping Corporation to get 6 new ships

Shipping Corporation

MNA Business Desk: Six new ships will be added with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) by 2018, said an official release in Dhaka on Sunday. The ships would be bought from China National Import and Export Machineries Corporation (CMC) at a cost of Taka 1,843 crore (Tk 18.43 billion). “Each ship will have 39,000 tonnes capacity. The six ships – three oil tankers and three bulk carriers – will be added with Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) by 2018,” the release added quoting shipping minister Shajahan Khan as he confirmed this after returning home from China last night. Bangladesh Shipping Corporation has ...

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Biological Diversity Day: ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’

Biological Diversity

MNA Feature Desk: The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated on 22 May under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. Many ...

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Jatiya Ganatantrik Party president Shafiul Alam dies

Shafiul Alam

MNA National Desk: Shafiul Alam Prodhan, the president of Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (JAGPA) died of a cardiac arrest early on Sunday. He was 67 years old. The party’s General Secretary Khandaker Lutfur Rahman informed to media that Shafiul Alam Prodhan died in his house located at Dhaka’s Asad Gate on Sunday at 7:30am. Jatiya Ganatantrik Party is an ally of BNP‐led 20‐Party Alliance. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed deep shock at the death of Shafiul and conveyed sympathy to bereaved family member. In early political life, Shafiul was involved with Bangladesh Chhatra League, ...

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