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Saudi Arabia assures to take steps for female workers’ safety: Secretary

Saudi Arabia

MNA Editorial Desk: Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment secretary Md Salim Reza on Monday said authorities in Saudi Arabia have assured that they will take necessary steps to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi female workers in their country. He came up with the remark while speaking at a press briefing at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban in the capital. Reza said the third joint technical committee meeting was held between the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development on November 27 in Riyadh. In the last four years, over 5,000 Bangladeshi women have returned ...

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64 parking spots to be set up in city

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) on Sunday approved a proposal to set up 64 parking places in the city. Besides, the two city corporations have been given the responsibility to construct a small ‘city forest’ at a suitable location after evicting encroachers and a ‘bus bay’ adjacent to the streets in Dhaka. The decisions were taken at the 13th meeting of DTCA at its conference room. Road Transport and Bridges (RTB) Minister Obaidul Quader chaired the meeting where decision to free footpaths, as well as removing illegal motorised and non-motorised vehicles from the streets was also taken. ...

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Brazil president accuses DiCaprio of financing Amazon fires

DiCaprio

MNA Editorial Desk: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any evidence, the right-wing leader’s latest broadside in casting blame over forest fires that have generated international concern. Bolsonaro appeared to be commenting on social media postings claiming that the environmental organisation the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had paid for images taken by volunteer firefighters that it then supposedly used to solicit donations, including a $500,000 contribution from DiCaprio. The WWF has denied receiving a donation from DiCaprio or obtaining photos from the firefighters. “This ...

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Extremely tough to set a timeline for Rohingya return: UNHCR

Rohingyas

MNA Editorial Desk: The UN Refugee Agency on Thursday said it is extremely difficult to set a timeline when the conducive environment for the return of Rohingyas will be created. The UNHCR called on the international community to continue its support to Bangladesh and the humanitarian response while, in parallel, working with the Myanmar government to support Myanmar to create the conditions conducive to sustainable return, reports UNB. “It’s extremely difficult to set a timeline (when the conducive environment for Rohingya return will be created). There’re too many factors,” UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T Clements told reporters at a ...

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IS may shift operations to Southeast Asia, Malaysia says

Islamic State

MNA Editorial Desk: A Malaysian minister warned on Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group may shift its base of operations to Southeast Asia after the death of its leader, according to a media report. Authorities in the region have said it will be a long battle to thwart the jihadist group’s ideology, even after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria in October. Malaysia will remain on guard against threats posed by fighters returning from abroad, online radicalisation and possible lone-wolf attacks, home ...

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Myanmar solely responsible for Rohingya repatriation failure, says Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh on Sunday said Myanmar is solely responsible for the non-commencement of Rohingya repatriation as it fails to ensure conducive environment in Rakhine state. Myanmar must not expect Bangladesh to cooperate in repatriation in an uncertain environment in Rakhine, the foreign ministry said in response to Myanmar’s allegation that repatriation could not be started due to the non-cooperation of Bangladesh. Bangladesh observes that Myanmar is entirely responsible for failure in encouraging the displaced Rohingya to return voluntarily in an appropriate manner. Unfortunately, Myanmar has utterly failed to demonstrate any political will to fulfil its obligations and it ...

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PM Hasina urges against propaganda mentioning recent rumours on salt, onion

propaganda

MNA Editorial Desk: Mentioning the recent rumours over the scarcity of onion and salt in the market, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all not to pay heed to such propaganda. “We see confusion being created carrying out false propaganda on many occasions. I would like to tell you all not to pay heed to such propaganda,” she said while addressing a reception at Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka Cantonment. The prime minister hosted the reception for the close relatives of the Bir Shresthas and other gallantry award-winning freedom fighters and their family members on the occasion of the ...

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UN court to hear Myanmar genocide case next month

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MNA Editorial Desk: Gambia will open its case against Myanmar before the UN’s top court in December accusing the mainly Buddhist state of genocide against its Rohingya Muslims, the tribunal said Monday. The small, majority-Muslim African country will ask the International Court of Justice to make an emergency injunction to protect the Rohingya, pending a decision on whether to deal with the wider case. Gambia’s case at the ICJ accuses Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through a brutal military campaign targeting the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. The ICJ said in a statement that it “will hold ...

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Bangladesh under serious threat for money laundering: Finance minister

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MNA Editorial Desk: Mentioning that Bangladesh is under serious threat for money laundering, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said the government is putting all out efforts to prevent the crime. The minister said that money laundering and financing of terrorism not only threaten an economy of a country, but also threaten the existence of human kind. The minister came up with the statement while addressing a seminar on the “National Strategy for Prevention of Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism 2019-2021” at Hotel Intercontinental in the city on Sunday, reports BSS. Foreign Affairs Ministry, Financial Institutions Division of ...

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Myanmar rejects ICC probe over Rohingya Issue

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar struck back Friday after a surge of global legal pressure over its alleged crimes against the Rohingya, branding an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) “not in accordance with international law”. On Thursday the ICC approved a full probe into Myanmar’s 2017 bloody military crackdown against the minority Muslim group. The decision came after rights groups filed a separate lawsuit in Argentina —- in which former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was personally named —- and a further submission of a genocide case at the UN’s top court. Two years ago some 740,000 Rohingya ...

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ICC approves investigation into violence against Rohingya

Court

MNA Editorial Desk: Judges at the International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a prosecution request to investigate crimes against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, the court said in a statement. “There exists a reasonable basis to believe widespread and/or systematic acts of violence may have been committed that could qualify as the crimes against humanity of deportation across the Myanmar – Bangladesh border,” a court decision said. “The chamber hereby authorizes the commencement of an investigation into the situation in Bangladesh and Myanmar.”

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Drive to continue until eradication of crimes: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the ongoing drive against casinos and all sorts of corruption, including bribery, will continue until the elimination of crimes from all spheres of the state and society. “The drive by law enforcement and other agencies concerned will continue until the elimination of crimes from all spheres of the state and society,” she said replying to a starred question from Jatiya Party (JaPa) MP Rowshan Ara Mannan during her question-answer session in Parliament, reports UNB. The Prime Minister said laws are being strictly enforced against all the criminals irrespective of their ...

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PM emphasises making railway staff better prepared

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for making the railway staff better prepared and alert to prevent train accidents, particularly during winter. “I don’t know exactly why I see rail accidents occurring with the advent of winter, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Those who work in the railways should be made more alert while loco masters need to be provided training as well,” she said. The Prime Minister expressed her deep shock at the casualties in Kasba train collusion while addressing the 34th meeting of the Board of Governors ...

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Gambia takes Myanmar to top UN court over Rohingya campaign

Gambia

MNA Editorial Desk: Gambia filed a case Monday at the United Nations’ highest court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against its Rohingya Muslim minority and asking the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures “to stop Myanmar’s genocidal conduct immediately.” Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Gambia’s justice minister and attorney general, Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, told The Associated Press he wanted to “send a clear message to Myanmar and to the rest of the international community that the world must not stand by and do nothing in the face of terrible ...

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Great danger signal 10 for Mongla, Payra; 9 for Ctg amid Cyclone ‘Bulbul’

Bulbul

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh raised the storm danger signal on Saturday noon as cyclone ‘Bulbul’ intensified further and was expected to make landfall around the evening. Low-lying areas of the coastal districts are “likely to be inundated by storm surge of 5-7 feet height above normal astronomical tide” because of the fast-approaching cyclone. “Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal number 7 but instead hoist great danger signal number 10,” the Met Office said in a special bulletin at 12pm, reports UNB. “Coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Bagherhat, Khulna, and ...

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Rohingyas won’t be forced to go to Bhashan Char: Foreign Minister

Bhashan Char

MNA Editorial Desk: Mentioning that Rohingyas will have a better living in Bhashan Char once relocated there, Bangladesh on Tuesday said it will not force any of the displaced people to avail of the relocation opportunity. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen shared Bangladesh position with visiting US acting assistant secretary Alice Wells during a meeting held at his office in the evening. Dr Momen and the senior US official briefed reporters separately at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the hour-long meeting, reports UNB. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine ...

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Cabinet approves policy for proper use of HR development fund

Cabinet

MNA Editorial Desk: The Cabinet has approved the draft of the “National Human Resource Development Fund Usage Policy-2019” aimed at creating skilled manpower to accelerate the booming economy and meet the growing demand of competent workforce. The approval came from a weekly cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Monday. The cabinet approved the draft to create skilled manpower considering its growing demand in the local and international arena and to accelerate the booming economy,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam in his maiden briefing told newsmen at the Secretariat ...

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US assistant secretary, USAID deputy administrator due Tuesday

USAID

MNA Editorial Desk: US acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis. Though Wells and Glick are coming on the same day, they will have separate engagements here during their three-day stay, officials said.They will also visit Rohingya camps to observe the conditions of the Rohingyas and host communities during their three-day visit. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine State after ...

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Dhaka Residential Model College opens probe into student’s death

Kishor Alo

MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka Residential Model College has opened an investigation into the death of a student who was electrocuted during a programme at the institution amid protests by his peers. Nayeemul Abrar, 15, a nonresident student of class nine, received electric shock from a power generator set up behind a stage erected for “Ki Ananda”, a function of the daily Prothom Alo’s magazine for juveniles Kishor Alo, on Friday afternoon. Students launched protests on the campus on Saturday blaming the mismanagement and negligence of the authorities for Abrar’s death. They formed a human chain in front of the college’s ...

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PM assures exporters all-out support to expand export basket

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the country’s businesspeople of extending all-out cooperation to them in producing diversified products and exporting those to new markets across the world. “Our government is always active to produce new products and explore new markets across the world for expanding the export basket,” she said. “You’ll get all-out support from us in this connection. We can give you this assurance,” she added. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Bangladesh Leather Footwear & Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) at BICC in the capital on Wednesday. LFMEAB together with the ...

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Shakib should have informed ICC about match fixing offer: PM

match fixing

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said skipper Shakib Al Hasan should have informed the International Cricket Council about the match fixing offer. “It’s clear that Shakib made mistakes and he realised that,” Hasina said at a media briefing in Dhaka on Tuesday. Shakib allegedly hid a match fixing offer as per the probe report of the anti-corruption and security unit of the ICC, the media reports. Bangladesh plans to travel India without Shakib for the three T20I and two Test matches, scheduled to start on Nov 3. The new development has confirmed Shakib’s non-availability for the tour. “There’s ...

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ADB lauds Bangladesh for self-sufficiency in rice output

ADB

MNA Editorial Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lauded Bangladesh for achieving self-sufficiency in rice output, but voiced worry over falling income of farming community. “This progress was largely driven by the Green Revolution technologies that put high yielding seed varieties in the hands of our farmers,” Takehiko Nakao, the ADB’s president, told a three-day Rural Development and Food Security Forum that opened in Manila on Monday. The advancement was also accompanied by investments in rural roads and irrigation, and agricultural extension, he added. Bangladesh’s rice production has tripled to more than 35 million tonnes since 1971, when the ...

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Agriculture no more dominating country’s population

Agriculture

MNA Editorial Desk: Agriculture is no more dominating the country as farmer families comprise only 47 per cent of its total households, a new government census says. The information was revealed from the report of Agriculture Census 2019, conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Primary findings of the census were disclosed at a programme, organised by the BBS at its office in the city on Sunday. Planning minister M A Mannan was present at the programme as chief guest. According to the census, there are 16.5 million farmer households in Bangladesh, out of total 35.53 million. Number of farm ...

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Malaysia to continue work to recruit more Bangladeshi workers: Mahathir

Malaysia

MNA Editorial Desk: Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad has said his government will continue work to recruit more Bangladeshi workers. Terming Malaysia’s ties with Bangladesh as very deep, he assured that the Malaysian investment in Bangladesh will boost further. Mahathir also talked about safety and security of the Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia during a bilateral meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Baku Congress Centre on the sidelines of the 18th NAM Summit on Friday afternoon. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters. Demanding trial for the atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar, Mahathir said Malaysia ...

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16, including ex-principal, get death in Nusrat murder case

Nusrat

MNA Editorial Desk: A tribunal has sentenced to death all 16 accused, including SM Siraj-Ud-Doula, the then principal of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa, over the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a girl student of the madrasa. Feni Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the verdict around 11am on Thursday. The judgement follows hearing on 62 working days only — an unprecedented development in the country’s justice system, according to local media reports. Nusrat succumbed to burns on April 10, four days after she was set on fire by the perpetrators for not withdrawing a sexual assault case against the ...

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ACC imposes travel ban on 22 persons over ‘casino involvement’

Casino

MNA Editorial Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has imposed travel restriction on 22 graft suspects, who reportedly accumulated illegal wealth through Casino business, so that they cannot go abroad. ACC director Syed Iqbal Hossain sent a letter to the special police super (immigration) of Special Branch (SB) in this regard on Wednesday, ACC spokesman and public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said. As part of a probe launched earlier against Casino owners, the national anti-graft agency imposed the ban on leaving the country against 22 people. Among them, a number of graft suspects were already arrested. The ACC, in its ...

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Over 19mn BD kids at front line of climate change disasters: UN Report

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MNA Editorial Desk: Over 19 million children — a quarter of them under 5 — spread across Bangladesh are at the front line of climate change disasters, a UN report says mentioning that climate change threatens child nutrition. In 2018, 58.7 million children under 5 were stunted and almost 25.9 million were wasted in South Asia, the report says adding that more children and young people are surviving, but far too few are thriving. The government of Bangladesh will begin the second phase of its ‘Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan’ this year, placing greater emphasis on the needs of ...

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