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‘Padmavati’ cleared by British censors

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Even though the makers of “Padmavati” have deferred the release of the film in India, the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared it. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial will hit the screens in the UK on 1 December. Starring Ranveer Singh (as Sultan Alauddin Khilji), Deepika Padukone (as Rani Padmavati, in the lead) and Shahid Kapoor (as Maharawal Ratan Singh), “Padmavati” is being distributed internationally by Paramount Pictures. According to the official website of the BBFC, “Padmavati” will be released “uncut” in the UK. The magnum opus sets out to tell the tale ...

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ACC summons former BASIC Bank Chairman

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MNA Business Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned former BASIC Bank Chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu for questioning over a massive loan fraud. Bachchu and a few others have been instructed to appear at the ACC on Dec 4, said ACC Deputy Commissioner (Media) Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya. The ACC opened an investigation into the state-run BASIC Bank after allegations that Tk 35 billion in loans had been illegally distributed from the Gulshan, Dilkusha and Shantinagar branches between 2009 and 2011. After nearly four years of investigation, the ACC filed 56 cases at three police stations in Dhaka, accusing 156 ...

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Shakib’s behaviour reported by world media


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who is captaining Dhaka Dynamites in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), landed in a major controversy for his behaviour during a match after the umpire rejected the LBW appeal. The incident happened against Comilla Victorians on Monday when the latter needed 74 runs off 68 balls to win the game. Imrul Kayes was on strike when the veteran Bangladesh all-rounder appealed for the decision but the umpire turned it down and it didn’t go down well on him. Disappointed with umpire’s decision, he got furious and even uttered few cuss ...

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Bangladesh-Myanmar begin two-day talks


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar on Wednesday began their long-sought two-day talks with high hopes that it will yield outcomes to sign an MoU enabling both the countries to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas from Bangladesh. The international community is also watching the talks and its subsequent outcome as they want to see the safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas as quickly as possible. The talks between senior officials of the two countries began with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque leading the Bangladesh delegation. Bangladesh Ambassador in Yangon M Sufiur Rahman, officials from the Foreign ...

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Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president

Robert Mugabe

MNA International Desk: Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, but resigned shortly after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out. Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment ...

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Kushtia Islamic University loses appeal


MNA Education Desk: The Appellate Division has upheld a High Court decision scrapping Kushtia Islamic University choice to cancel F Unit admission tests over allegations of question paper leaks. As a result, about 100 students admitted to the two divisions after the exams can continue their studies, a lawyer involved in the case said. In April this year, the High Court declared the decision to cancel the entrance exam illegal. The university administration then appealed the case. An appellate bench led by acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah declared the verdict in the appeal on Wednesday. Barrister Ruhul Quddus ...

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Grand Slam seedings cut to 16 from 2019


MNA Sports Desk: Tennis chiefs have agreed to reduce the number of seeds in the four Grand Slam tournaments from 32 to 16 as part of a raft of rule changes aimed at widening the sport’s appeal. From 2019, Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Opens will have only 16 seeded players in the men’s and women’s draws. Halving the number of seeds is an attempt to make the early rounds of the majors more interesting as it will open the possibility of higher-ranked players facing off before the last 16. There were 16 seeds at Grand Slams until ...

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NBR to introduce VAT Honour Card

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MNA Business Desk: The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to introduce ‘VAT Honour Card’ to encourage people to pay Value Added Tax (VAT). “We’ll give VAT payers this card during the VAT Week from 10 to 17 December across the country,” said NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman to media. The NBR held the dialogue with members of Economic Reporters’ Forum (ERF) at the office of its VAT Online Project at Kakrail. The NBR chief said income tax card created huge enthusiasm among taxpayers during the ‘Income Tax Fair’ held from 1 to 7 November. The NBR has decided ...

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Pope releases video message for Bangladesh

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Pope Francis has sent a video message of greetings and blessings to the people of Bangladesh. The 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City, is due to make a three-day visit to Bangladesh from Nov 30 to Dec 2. It will be on the second leg of a tour that also takes him to Myanmar from Nov 27-30. Vatian Radio released the video, which has English subtitles, on Tuesday. “I come as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to ...

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Rich life style of Mugabe kids & associates


MNA Life Style Desk: People cheered in the streets on Tuesday as dictator Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. They’re angry at years of declining living conditions, with a GDP per capita lower than Afghanistan. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos, showing how the country’s elite are still finding plenty of wealth to go around, reports the Metro. Photos shared online, including by Mugabe’s sons, show a minority have been living the high life, pouring champagne on their Rolex just ’cause, wearing $14,000 alligator skin Giuseppe Zanotti trainers and travelling around in silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets. ...

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Myanmar hopes for deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya: Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi

MNA Exclusive Desk: Amid mounting international pressure, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday planned to sign an MoU with Bangladesh this week to enable them to start the repatriation process of all Rohingyas from Bangladesh. “What we’re trying to do is to sign an MoU that will enable us to start the repatriation of all those refugees who have gone over the border,” she told a crowded press conference at Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw. Suu Kyi, however, said restoring peace and stability in the troubled Rakhine State will not be possible overnight. “Nothing ...

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PM pays tributes to armed forces martyrs

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2017. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing a floral wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) at Dhaka Cantonment. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time, while bugle played the last post. Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitor’s book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban. On this day during the ...

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18th death anniversary of Sufia Kamal

Sufia Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 18th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and a pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation is being observed on Monday. Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Leaders and activists of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote along with noted cultural personalities paid tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at her grave at Azimpur Graveyard. Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, who was her ...

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Armed Forces Day is being observed

Armed Forces Day

MNA Feature Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to the Bangladesh army, navy and air force at the Shikha Anirban, to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, Nov 21, recognises the day in 1971 when all three forces began a combined assault on invading Pakistani forces in 1971. Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrarpaid tribute as well. The president in his message said, “Independence is our great achievement, to make it more meaningful we should ...

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Food Hazard in Dhaka: A threat to citizens’ health


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka citizens have become prone to various food related diseases in past few decades. They are exposed to outside foods to some extents and hygiene and purity of those are ever under questions. Along with urbanization, greater numbers of people are working at offices and are bound to take foods outside. There are thousands of hotels and restaurants along with so many open food shops. With so much dust and germs in Dhaka’s environment along with inadequate availability of clean drinking water, diseases derived from foods are increasing everyday. One of our major costs today is the ...

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Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing ‘apartheid’ on Rohingyas


MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s suffocating control of its Rohingya population amounts to “apartheid”, Amnesty International said Tuesday in a probe into the root causes of a crisis. Distressing scenes of dispossessed Rohingya in Bangladeshi camps have provoked outrage around the world, as people who have escaped Rakhine state since August recount tales of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar troops. Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed in principle to repatriate some Rohingya but disagree over the details, with Myanmar’s army chief saying last week that it was “not possible” to accept the number of refugees proposed by Dhaka. ...

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Justice League opens with $96m

Justice League

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Warner Bros.-DC’s costly Justice League has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations. It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time, ranking 53rd behind “Fast and Furious 6.” “For every macro budget superhero movie the stakes are ...

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Rangpur beat Sylhet Sixers by 7 runs

Rangpur Riders

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders beat Sylhet Sixers by seven runs in their 5th match of the Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL) Cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. With the day’s feat, Rangpur Riders advanced to the 5th slot in the seven team fray securing four points from five matches while Sylhet Sixer remained at the 4th slot with seven points from eight matches. Sent in to bat first, Rangpur Riders scored 169 for 7 in quota 20 overs featuring 80 runs in 8.4 overs in the opening stand by batting sensations Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle. West Indian celebrated ...

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Microsoft appoints Sonia as MD for BD, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sonia Bashir Kabir as managing director for Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Laos. In her new role, Sonia will lead Microsoft’s business in developing and driving strategies for all product lines, services, and support offerings in the four countries, while working closely with partners and local governments to help accelerate the digital transformation across these markets by bringing people, data, and processes together to reinvent business values, provide personalised experience to customers, and transform education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ‘Digital Transformation in emerging markets is an important priority for ...

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Charges framed against Tarique


MNA National Desk: A court on Monday framed charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and former chairman of Ekushey TV Abdus Salam and its two other senior journalists in a sedition case. Dhaka metropolitan sessions court judge Mohammad Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order. The court also fixed 15 January for hearing the witnesses of the case. The two other accused are Ekushey TV’s chief reporter Mahathir Faruqui Khan and its special correspondent Kanak Sarwer, who are absconding. Earlier, on 23 October, the court issued warrants for the arrest Tarique Rahman, Mahathir Faruqui Khan and Kanak Sarwer taking cognizance ...

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China proposes 3-stage path to resolve Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire in Myanmar’s Rakhine State so that refugees can return from Bangladesh, China’s Foreign Ministry said ahead of meeting of European and Asian officials in Myanmar on Monday. The foreign ministers Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, opening in the Myanmar capital Naypyitaw is an important multilateral diplomatic gathering which happens once every two years and is designed to discuss issues between Asia and Europe. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Myanmar before the outbreak of the current crisis. Speaking in Naypyitaw on ...

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EU to discuss Rohingya issue with Suu Kyi


MNA International Desk: The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday she would discuss ways to end the Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi when she meets the Myanmar leader in Yangon. Mogherini and foreign ministers from Asia and Europe toured refugee camps along Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar and heard harrowing testimony from displaced Rohingya there before their meeting Monday with Suu Kyi. Myanmar’s civilian leader has been facing mounting global outrage over an army crackdown that has driven an estimated 620,000 Rohingya Muslims from the mainly Buddhist country’s western state of Rakhine and into Bangladesh. Mogherini said ...

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Best Electronics opens 10 new showrooms

Best Electronics

MNA Business Desk: Country’s leading global brand electronics retailer, Best Electronics, has opened 10 more showrooms in Bangladesh, said a press release. Syed Asaduzzaman, Managing Director of the company, opened the Flagship Outlet of Best Electronics in Bangladesh, while 9 more showrooms in the country were opened by higher officials at the same time. Syed Tahmid Zaman Rashik (Marketing Director), and Syed Ashhab Zaman Rafid (Sales Director) were also present during the opening ceremonies. Along with these 10 showrooms, Best Electronics is now operating over 110 own showrooms in Bangladesh, distributing global brands like Hitachi, Sharp, Panasonic, Philips, Conion, Whirlpool, ...

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Robert Mugabe defies pressure to resign

Robert Mugabe

MNA International Desk: President Robert Mugabe stunned Zimbabwe on Sunday by making no mention of resignation in a television address, defying his own ZANU-PF party, which had sacked him hours earlier. Two sources – one a senior member of the government, the other familiar with talks with leaders of the military – had told media Mugabe would announce his resignation to the nation after ZANU-PF dismissed him as its leader in a move precipitated by an army takeover four days earlier. But in the speech from his State House office, sitting alongside a row of generals, Mugabe acknowledged criticisms from ...

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Reopening order of Lakehead school stayed

Lakehead school

MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday extended a stay order for 10 more days on the High Court order that had directed the authorities concerned to reopen all the branches of Lakehead School. The court also asked the state counsel to file a regular leave to appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court order. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate shut down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The five-member appeals bench led by acting Chief ...

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China eager to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA National Desk: The visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expressed Beijing’s eagerness to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. “As a friend, China will help resolve the issue and will not be partial to any side,” he told a bilateral meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart AH Mahmood Ali, according to a foreign ministry press release. The release said the Chinese foreign minister stressed on importance of continued consultations and dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the issue. “Bangladesh is facing the brunt of continuing influx of Rohingya people. As a friend of both Bangladesh and Myanmar, China wants ...

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PEC, Ebtedayee exams begin


MNA Education Desk: As many as 3,096,075 fifth-grade students are taking Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee exams at 7,267 centres today. The English exam is the first, starting at 11am and ending at 1:30pm. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar will inspect the Motijheel Ideal Government Primary School, an exam centre, the ministry said. This year 2,804,509 are taking their PEC exams, while 291,566 are taking the Ebtedayee exams. This year 2,953 special needs candidates will take the PEC exams, while 379 signed up for the Ebdetayee exams. They will each receive 20 extra minutes to complete ...

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