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Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan

MNA Editorial Desk: Denying any involvement in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. “All this ‘attack Pakistan’ talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly – Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate,” he said on Tuesday. This is Imran Khan’s first statement on the Pulwama attack, the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir. Pakistan based Dawn adds: Imran Khan said Islamabad will ...

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BD employment rate exceeds global average: ILO


MNA Editorial Desk: International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said the employment rate in Bangladesh and other countries in the region exceeded the global average and was expected to remain so in the coming years in view of government’s social protection measures. “The regional unemployment rate (in Asia and Pacific countries including Bangladesh) is projected to remain at around 3.6 per cent until 2020, below the global average,” the ILO said in its World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 (WESO), released recently. It said the global average of the unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent while the figure was around ...

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Protest lodged against Myanmar’s claims of St Martin again

St Martin

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar keeps distorting facts showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of its territory in Myanmar’s government maps prompting Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned acting Ambassador of Myanmar Aung Kyawhere and strongly protested the matter, reports UNB. Director General (South East Asia wing) M Delwar Hossain summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him. “While the Saint Martin’s island of Bangladesh is being presented on the governmental websites ...

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PM Hasina to meet Angela Merkel during Munich Security Conference


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the upcoming the Munich Security Conference. The Prime Minister will leave for Germany on Thursday morning to attend the conference which is known as the “best think-tank conference” in the world. This will be her first overseas visit after coming to power for the third consecutive term, reports bdnews24.com. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the bilateral meeting on Wednesday. He said the prime minister was the first Bangladeshi leader to have attended this “prestigious” conference in 2017. This year Sheikh Hasina was invited ...

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Dhaka Metrorail project to complete by 2022: JICA


MNA Editorial Desk: The metrorail project in Dhaka will be complete by 2022, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA that is financing a major portion of the project. All the projects under the Mass Rapid Transit or MRT programme for overhauling Dhaka’s public transport system will end by 2028, according to Japan’s foreign aid agency. A JICA delegation of three led by its Chief Representative in Bangladesh Hitoshi Hirata revealed the information to Planning Minister MA Mannan during a meeting in the capital on Monday. Briefing the media later, the planning minister said: “I wanted to know about ...

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PM may visit Germany, UAE Feb 14-19


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina likely to visit Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 14-19 to attend two international conference in the countries. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 and Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2019 are scheduled to be held on February 15-17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to have a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit. The Prime Minister, who also attended Munich Security Conference in 2017, is scheduled to leave Bangladesh for Germany on Thursday, according to her primary programme schedule. The bilateral meeting is ...

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Dhaka wants ‘safe heaven’ for Rohingyas


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka wants a “safe heaven” for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Rakhine state by ensuring their safe, secured and dignified repatriation under the monitoring of India, China and other ASEAN nations. “We want a safe heaven for the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and that haven has to be monitored by India, China and other ASEAN nations —As China and India are friendly to Myanmar, it may accept this proposal,” said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in New Delhi last evening, BSS reports. Talking to BSS, Momen said that he requested his Indian counterpart ...

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No more Myanmar citizens allowed in Bangladeshi soil

Foreign Minister

MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday informed that Bangladesh-Myanmar border has been sealed off to obstruct the further entrance of Myanmar citizens. “We’ve sealed off our border with Myanmar. No more Rohingyas and other citizens from that country will be allowed in Bangladesh’s land,” he said at a press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry in the afternoon. Earlier, the minister had a meeting with visiting UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on the Rohingya issue. Replying to a question from a journalist, the minister said he had no detailed information about ...

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Save the Children expresses concern over rising violence against children

Save the Children

MNA Editorial Desk: The Save the Children has expressed its concern over an alarming rise in violence against children in the country recently. According to its own observation, at least 30 incidents of rapes, gang rapes, murders and enforced disappearance, among others against them, took place in January of this year alone. In addition, 28 children faced sexual harassment, it said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that even children were being made to commit crimes. The international NGO pointed out that it estimated the incidents of violence against children in the last month just on the basis of those ...

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Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps prior fund appeal

Angelina Jolie

MNA Editorial Desk: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has visited a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar before the launch of a new appeal for $920 million funds for the refugees in Bangladesh. The special envoy of the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR started for the Chakmarkul camp at Hoikyang in Teknaf after a half-an-hour break at a hotel on her arrival in the resort town on Monday morning. The Oscar-winning actress is in Bangladesh on a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees and some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country. Her visit ...

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River grabbers can not contest polls: HC


MNA Editorial Desk: The High Court in a ‘landmark’ decision on Sunday, declared that any persons who encroach on rivers will be barred from contesting in elections and receiving loans. Soon after declaring Dhaka’s Turag River a ‘legal person’ in an effort to conserve rivers, streams and other water bodies, the High Court also announced the formation of a national river conservation commission to serve as their ‘legal guardians’. It also instructed the government to amend existing laws and assign ‘harsh punishments’ to offenders so that the river conservation commission can play a significant role in protecting water bodies, reports ...

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Militants plan to kill a newspaper editor: RAB


MNA Editorial Desk: Four militants arrested in Uttara were planning to murder a newspaper editor, the Rapid Action Battalion has said. The suspected members of banned Ansarullah Bangla Team were caught by the elite police unit during a raid at the suburb area on early Friday. The details were provided in a briefing at the RAB’s media center following the arrests. The suspects have been identified as Md Shahriar Nafis aka Ammar Hossain, 20, Rasel aka Sajedul Islam Gifari, 24, Md Rabiul Islam aka Nurul Islam, 28 and Md Abdul Malek, 31. RAB said they were planning to kill the ...

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President urges to work jointly to establish exploitation-free ‘Sonar Bangla’


MNA Editorial Desk: President M Abdul Hamid has said the Bangalee nation needs to forge an unwavering unity to build exploitation-free “Sonar Bangla” by uprooting terrorism, militancy, drug abuse and corruption from the society. “I urge upon all, irrespective of political affiliations, religion, caste, and creed to accelerate the ongoing democratic process and socioeconomic development of the country,” the President said while addressing the first session of the 11th Parliament with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair on Wednesday. Leader of the House Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition’s Deputy Leader GM Quader and lawmakers of both treasury ...

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Keep up pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the international community including Vietnam to keep up pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their forcibly displaced nationals from Bangladesh. “Myanmar must take back their nationals from Bangladesh and we want the global community to help their repatriation from here,” she said when visiting Special Envoy of the Vietnamese Prime Minister and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung paid a courtesy call on her at her official residence Ganabhaban here this morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. The prime minister said ...

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UNICEF boss urges Myanmar to enact Kofi Annan’s recommendations


MNA Editorial Desk: The head of the UN children’s fund urged Myanmar on Monday to implement the recommendations of a panel on the Rohingya crisis led by former UN head Kofi Annan, saying it had yet to create conditions right for the return of refugees from Bangladesh, reports Reuters. The head of the UN children’s fund urged Myanmar on Monday to implement the recommendations of a panel on the Rohingya crisis led by former UN head Kofi Annan, saying it had yet to create conditions right for the return of refugees from Bangladesh. Fore said Myanmar’s “commitment” to enacting the ...

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PM hosts tea party for foreign diplomats

tea party

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hosted a tea party at Ganabhaban in honor of foreign diplomats and heads of different missions and representatives of international organizations. She hosted the party for them at the South Lawn of Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister, in Dhaka on Monday afternoon, reports BSS. Ambassadors, high commissioners and charge d’affaires of 48 countries as well as the heads of the missions and representatives of international organizations in Bangladesh were present at the programme. The Prime Minister arrived at the venue around 4:10 pm and exchanged pleasantries with the guests. ...

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BD urges China to make Myanmar create Rohingya repatriation conditions


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh on Sunday has sought strong support from China and asked to make Myanmar create conditions for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday asked for China’s assistance regarding the matter when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met the minister at his office. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the repatriation return of Rohingyas. Instead the country is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment, as per UNB report. Ambassador Zhang said China ...

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Commonwealth Secy Gen appreciate Hasina’s development innovation


MNA Editorial Desk: Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development innovation- ‘the SDG-Tracker’ and championing women empowerment. She said, “The Commonwealth under its Innovation Hub has placed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s social innovation initiative of designing and creating ‘the SDG-Tracker’ for as a best practice for realising Agenda 2030.” Patricia said this while receiving the newly-appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK and member of the Governing Board of the Commonwealth Saida Muna Tasneem at the Marlborough House recently, said the High Commission on Saturday. The Bangladesh High Commissioner briefed the Secretary-General about the social ...

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Sheikh Hasina among 100 top Global Thinkers of the decade


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named among the 100 leading Global Thinkers of the decade from 2009, a list made by Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine. She is on the list in the defense and security category. “Sheikh Hasina has responded to the greatest security challenge facing Bangladesh with a generosity that she has not always shown her opponents at home,” the magazine said about her. “Rather than turn away the approximate 700,000 Rohingya who fled persecution in Myanmar, Hasina welcomed them and allowed them to remain in her country,” it added. Though the date of the ...

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Ijtema in February: Home Minister


MNA Editorial Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said that Bishwa Ijtema will be held in February as two factions of Tabligh Jamaat reached a consensus over holding this grand congregation. The minister came up with the announcement while briefing reporters after a meeting with two factions of the Tabligh Jamaat at his secretariat office, reports UNB. “In today’s meeting it was decided that the Bishwa Ijtema will be held in Tongi in February. The two factions jointly will organize the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj,” said the minister. Two factions of the Tabligh Jamaat—one ...

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India clarifies reports of Rohingya movement towards BD


MNA Editorial Desk: India’s external affairs ministry has clarified the media reports of Rohingya movement towards Bangladesh. “Government is aware of media reports of alleged movement into Bangladesh by some such persons,” the ministry said on its website on Tuesday, citing an official spokesperson. “Government is not a party to such movements. We will work with our neighbors to handle such matters through mutual consultation.” The spokesperson in New Delhi was responding to a question about the presence of “Rohingya” refugees stranded on the India-Bangladesh boundary in the Tripura sector. “Government is aware of the presence of 31 persons originally ...

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Saudi to deport 250 more Rohingyas to Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia is planning to deport 250 Rohingya men to Bangladesh. This will be the second forced deportation by Riyadh this year, an activist group has told Al Jazeera. Activists group is fearing that the deported Rohingyas could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh. Earlier on January 7, Riyadh sent 13 Rohingya men to Dhaka. Saudi Arabia is home to almost 300,000 Rohingya, according to Nay San Lwin, campaign coordinator for the Free Rohingya Coalition, who urged authorities to stop the deportations, adding that the men faced imprisonment in Bangladesh upon their arrival. “Majority of these Rohingya ...

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RAB arrests Holey Artisan attack suspect Ripon

Holey Artisan

MNA Editorial Desk: RAB says the militant arrested from a bus in Gazipur’s Board Bazar area has been identified as absconding Holey Artisan attack suspect Mamunur Rashid Ripon. RAB Law and Media Branch Director Mufti Mahmud Khan told: “He was arrested around 1 am on Sunday aboard a bus traveling from Haluaghat to Dhaka.” According to law enforcers, Ripon aka Rezaul Karim aka Reza is a top tier neo-JMB leader. Investigators say Ripon was responsible for supplying arms, explosives and money to the militants who carried out the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan on Jul 1, 2016. ...

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UN chief focuses urgency to address global ‘deficit of trust’


MNA Editorial Desk: Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in the planet, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said he wants to reaffirm the UN as a platform for action to repair broken trust in a broken world. “The best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear,” stated Guterres. “It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks,” he added, during the press conference, held at UN headquarters in New York. “I believe the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care – and to mobilize solutions that ...

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PM Hasina advises tough stance against corruption


MNA Editorial Desk: Reaffirming her government’s tough stance against corruption, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the Public Administration Ministry to issue a strong warning against graft by field-level administrations. “Your specific directives must reach the administrations at the grassroots level that tough action will be taken if anyone resorts to corruption,” she said while visiting the Public Administration Ministry in the morning. The Prime Minister wondered why there should be corrupt practices when the government enhanced the salaries, allowances and other privileges of the public servants significantly. “They must change their mindset.” She emphasised ensuring good governance and ...

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May’s Brexit deal crushed in parliament


MNA Editorial Desk: British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. After parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst defeat in modern British history, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn promptly called a vote of no confidence in May’s government, to be held at 1900 GMT today (Wednesday). With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the United Kingdom is ...

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Insurgents tumbling Rakhine back into bedlam


MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to “crush” rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13 police officers earlier this month. The United Nations says fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army, which recruits from among the mainly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group, has forced about 5,000 people from their homes in the state in the past month. The latest violence underscores the complexity of the ethnic divisions that have long scarred Rakhine. In 2017 attacks on security posts in the north of the state by insurgents from the ...

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