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Vietnam delegation team visits Dhaka


MNA Business Desk: A delegation of Vietnam led by Do Huu Huy, deputy director general of Ministry of Industry and Trade of the country, has recently visited Dhaka for a three-day business trip. The 22-member team arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday to conduct market a survey and a B2B meeting, says a press release. Bangladesh-Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BVCCI), Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Bangladesh organized the B2B meeting followed by a seminar on ‘Bangladesh-Vietnam Trade and Investment Promotion’ on Wednesday. Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed graced the seminar ...

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PM seeks more German investment


MNA Business Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the German entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh taking the advantage of the cheap labour. The PM made the call when Member of the Parliament of Germany Dr Hans-Peter Uhi met her at her office. She also recalled the assistance of Germany during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Noting that the current Bangladesh-Germany relations are very strong, the German MP apprised the Prime Minister of the present state of MoU signed between the two countries on E-passport project on ...

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No need to import cattle: DLS DG


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh has at least 1.15 crore sacrificial animals for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha and there is no need to import cattle, according to the Department of Livestock Services (DLS). “Our farmers will count losses if we import sacrificial animals despite having enough local livestock production,” said DLS director general Dr Md Ainul Haque. He also suggested people not to buy unhealthy cattle. There has been a sharp rise in livestock production in recent years in the country reducing dependence on neighbouring countries for sacrificial animals during the Eid-ul-Azha, said officials. Now there are some 61,72,990 healthy sacrificial animals ...

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Qatar introduces visa free entry

visa free entry

MNA International Desk: Qatar on Wednesday introduced a visa free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism. “The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region,” tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim told a news conference in Doha. Interior ministry official Mohamed Rashed al-Mazrouei said that nationals of 80 countries would only need to present a valid passport for entry to the energy-rich Gulf state which is to host football’s 2022 World Cup. The waiver programme, which came into immediate effect, affects countries of the European Union’s Schengen zone, other Western states, ...

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SM Sultan’s 93rd birth anniversary observed


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 93rd birth anniversary of world renowned artist SM Sultan. In observance of the occasion, SM Sultan Foundation and Narail district administration have chalked out a daylong program at Sultan Smriti Sangrahasala. He was declared the Man of Asia in 1982 by Cambridge University and Bangladesh government declared him a resident of artist in 1984. He joined the International Conference of Painters in America in 1950 as the representative of the then Pakistan government. The legendary artist Sultan’s paintings have been exhibited alongside masters such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, George Braque, Paul Klee and ...

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Barisal Bulls ruled out of 5th BPL

Barisal Bulls

MNA Sports Desk: Barisal Bulls were ruled out of the franchise-based 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 cricket beginning on November 2 for financial constraints. The team were ousted from the eight-team ensuing league for not paying the tournament fees, curtailing the team number of the tournament to seven. The participating teams are Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Khulna Titans, Rajshahi Kings, Rangpur Riders and Surma Sixers Sylhet. After a meeting on Wednesday, Chairman of the BPL Governing Council Afzalur Rahman Sinha said, “We’ve decided that Barisal Bulls will not be participating in this year’s league as they didn’t ...

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Madhubala’s wax figure unveiled in Delhi

wax figure

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madhubala’s wax figure inspired by her legendary character “Anarkali” from the film “Mughal-e-Azam” was unveiled by Madame Tussauds, Delhi on Thursday. Madhur Brij, sister of the late Bollywood actress, was present to be part of the launch. The figure has been created beautifully by the artists of Madame Tussauds. In the words of Petra, the studio specialist, it involved tremendous research which included meeting the family members and studying the photos and videos available of the celebrity. There were many artists who worked for over six months to create the figure of the actress with ...

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JnU Journalists’ association polls held


MNA Education Desk: The election to the executive committee of Jagannath University Journalists’ Association (JnUJA) for the term of 2017-18 was held at JnUJA office on Thursday, a press release issued by JnU Public Relation Office said. Ashraful Islam of The Daily Manabzamin and Humayun Kabir of The Daily Jugantor were elected as President and General Secretary of the association for the next one year. The rest office-bearers are Jubayer Hossain Sami (Vice-president), Nasrin Farhana (Joint-Secretary),  Kabir Hossain and Sohag Rasif (Organising Secretary), Rashed Hossain (Finance Secretary), Latiful Islam (Office Secretary) and two other executive members—Ismail Hossen and Naimur Rahman. ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s Mazar


MNA National Desk: Central Leaders of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his Mazar at Tungipara. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Prime Minister’s Media Advisor, placed wreaths at the mazar. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, chief patron of BSKM national committee, also paid homage to Bangabandhu marking the 42nd martyrdom anniversary and National Mourning Day. Besides a huge number of children participated in a mourning rally arranged by the BSKM before placing wreaths at the Mazar. Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore ...

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Khaleda gets permanent bail in graft cases


MNA National Desk: The High Court has granted permanent bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases. An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim on Wednesday passed the order after final hearing on the rule issued by the court in 2008 granting anticipatory bail to Khaleda in the graft case. The court also said if Khaleda misuses the bail, the trial court concerned may scrap her bail. The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on July 3, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her ...

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Landslide kills 24 in southwest China


MNA International Desk: A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed at least 24 people in China’s mountainous southwest province of Sichuan on Tuesday, reported news agency. Extreme weather this summer has triggered a series of landslides and floods across the country, leaving scores dead and tens of thousands displaced. The latest disaster hit a village in Puge county at around 6 am, news agency said, adding that four others were injured and one person remained missing. As of late Tuesday afternoon, authorities estimated that 71 houses and five kilometers of roads had been destroyed, the Sichuan government information office said ...

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US legendary singer Glen Campbell dies

Glen Campbell

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US country music legendary singer Glen Campbell has died Tuesday at 81 after struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for years. Campbell died Tuesday around 10:00 a.m. local time in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients, reported news agency. Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, the United States. He was one of the most famous rock and country music singers in the 1960s and 1970s in the country, best known for songs such as ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ ‘Gentle on My Mind,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and ‘Country Boy’ among others, and also known for hosting a ...

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Isco leads Real Madrid to victory in Super Cup


MNA Sports Desk: A pleasant goal by Isco leads Real Madrid to victory over Manchester United by 2-1 and lifts the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale. United were unable to create another clear-cut chance as Madrid became the first team to retain the Super Cup since 1990. With temperatures over 30C in the Macedonian capital, the match was twice ...

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Protest for punishment of Salman Shah’s killers


MNA National Desk: Fans and followers of actor Salman Shah formed a human chain in front of a lower court in Dhaka, demanding punishment of the killers of their hero. Fans of the actor led by Sheikh Mohammad Shahriar Jamal formed the human chain in the premises of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge court on Tuesday. Earlier, one of the accused in Salman Shah’s death case, Rabeya Sultana Rubi said that the actor did not kill himself; rather he was murdered in a planned way. Rubi recently posted a video on social media from the US. She claimed that Salman Shah ...

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12 get death for killing college student Rajan


MNA National Desk: A Tangail court on Tuesday sentenced twelve people to death for killing college student Rajan Sarkar in Bhuapur upazila. Judge Wahiduzzaman Sikdar of the Tangail Special Judge Court handed down the verdict. Eight among the 12 convicts were present in court. The rest have been absconding since the beginning of the trial. Rajan Sarkar, a second year student of the Dhanbari Degree College, was hacked to death for rivalry over land on Apr 13 of 2014, according to the case details. The victim’s father Lal Miah Sarkar had accused 19 people of murdering his son in a ...

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200 children killed in Yemen since 2017: UNICEF

200 children

MNA International Desk: A total of 200 children have been killed in the Yemeni ongoing civil war since the beginning of 2017, a top United Nations official in Yemen said on Monday. “In 2017, 201 children have been killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” UNICEF resident representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano said in her twitter account on Monday. Relano’s remarks came three days after an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a family’s home in Mahdha area in the Yemeni northern province of Saada, killing six children and three women. Commenting on Friday’s airstrike, Relano condemned the attack ...

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DU to add 253 seats for 2017-18 session


MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have increased 253 seats for undergraduate courses for session 2017-18. DU vice chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique unveiled it while inaugurating online process for admission test on Monday. The online registration process will remain open till 10:00pm on 29 August. The deadline for depositing admission fees at the banks is to end on 30 August. The applicants will have to pay Tk350, including a bank and online service charge, for each unit through Sonali, Agrani, Janata or Rupali banks across the country. In the upcoming academic session, students will be admitted against 7,053 ...

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Call money transactions cross 75bn


MNA Business Desk: The volume of overall transactions in the money market crossed BDT 75 billion on Monday while the rate was almost unchanged. The volume of transactions in the inter-bank call money market rose to BDT 75.11billion on the day from BDT 73. 61 billion of the previous working day, according to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) statistics, released on Tuesday. The weighted average rate on call money remained came down to 3.61 per cent on the day from 3.62 per cent of the previous level. However, the inter-bank call money rate remained stable in the range between 1.50 per ...

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Man gets death for N’ganj five-murder


MNA National Desk: A Narayanganj court on Monday sentenced a young man to death in a case filed over the murder of five members of a family at Baburail on 16 January 2016. The lone convicted young man was Mahfuz Rahman. The court also fined him Tk 5,000. Taslima Begum, 35, wife of Shafiqul Islam, a private car driver in capital Dhaka, their children Sumaiya, 5, Shantu, 10, Taslima’s brother Morshedul, 22, and Lamia, 25, who was married to Shafiqul’s brother Sharif, the five members of the family were found dead in their house. Shafiqul Islam filed the case against ...

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Muhith’s remarks on 16th amendment personal


MNA National Desk: Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the remarks of finance minister AMA Muhith about the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th amendment is his personal opinion. Obaidul Quader, the ruling Awami League general secretary, said, “We haven’t issued any statement from the party. We don’t want to say anything rashly. We have been considering the matter calmly.” The minister was replying to reporters after signing an agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi-Kawasaki consortium to buy engines and bogies for the Metrorail. The senior Awami League leader also said, “There is no reason to be hot ...

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Insurgents killed over 50 Afghan villagers


MNA International Desk: Insurgents attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children on Sunday, reported news agency. Many details of the attack, including the identity of the insurgents, were not immediately clear. They were a mixed group of Taliban and Islamic State fighters but the Taliban itself denied any involvement, dismissing the claim as propaganda. Although the Taliban and Islamic State are usually enemies, the allegiance of their forces is sometimes fluid, with fighters from both groups sometimes changing sides or cooperating with militants from other groups. ...

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The most educated, the biggest liar: Study


MNA Editorial Desk: A study has found that the honesty scores of those who did not complete secondary school was nearly twice than that of those with postgraduate degrees. One theory is that more educated people may be better able to calculate the risks of being caught out lying, reported news agency. Researchers of Middlesex University analyzed data on 6,000 people from deception tests used by psychologists. Generally, men told more fibs than women. But while age had no effect, education had a significant impact. Postgraduates had the lowest honesty rating, followed by graduates. Next were people who had vocational ...

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Arsenal beat Chelsea to win Community Shield


MNA Sports Desk: Olivier Giroud scored the winning spot-kick as Arsenal won the 2017 FA Community Shield 4-1 on penalties, reported news agency. However, Arsenal have started the campaign in encouraging style by winning the Community Shield, beating Chelsea on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in normal time. Goals from Victor Moses and an equaliser substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level in a match from which few conclusions can be drawn. Arsenal were the better side overall, but in this game last season, Ahmed Musa looked like a terrific signing for Leicester City and ...

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Laisa Ahmed to perform Rabindra Sangeet

Rabindra Sangeet

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: IGCC is going to organize an evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Laisa Ahmed Lisa at Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The musical soiree will be held on August 9 at 6.30 pm. Apart from being a singer, Laisa Ahmed Lisa also has a PhD degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. She is Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. Earlier, two-day Tagore festival ended at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 5. Bangladesh Rabindra ...

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Dr Fakrul Alam conducts a seminar at NDUB

Fakrul Alam

MNA Education Desk: In order to remove the dilemma among the students who are about to take ELT or Literature as their major stream, the Department of English Language and Literature (ELL), Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB), arranged a seminar titled ‘ELT or Literature? Career Options for Graduating Students’ on August 5, at its premises, at 4pm, conducted by Dr Fakrul Alam, former professor of the University of Dhaka. The anchor of the seminar Sami Hossain Chisty, lecturer of the department of English of NDUB, gives the students a framework of the seminar. He mentions that the students of English ...

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BD to boost trade with EU countries: PM


MNA Business Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Bangladesh is establishing 100 economic zones across the country so that (European Union) EU countries can invest for mutual benefits. The Prime Minister said this when outgoing EU Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon met her at her office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the EU Ambassador also laid emphasis on improvement of trade and investment with Bangladesh, and appreciated the process made in Bangladesh-EU business dialogue. Pierre Mayaudon appreciated PM’s personal commitment to further review Bangladesh’s labour law and draft EPZ law, and said Bangladesh ...

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Environment Ministry to be renamed


MNA National Desk: The Ministry of Environment and Forest will be renamed to include climate change. The decision came on Sunday from a meeting by the National Environment Committee, which is headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ihsanul Karim, press secretary of prime minister, said this to the reporters that the ministry will be renamed as the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Ministry of Environment & Forests is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government, for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes. MoEF oversees all environmental ...

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