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Police Bureau instructed to probe Nusrat murder case: Home Minister


MNA Editorial Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday said the Police Bureau of Investigation (PIB) has been instructed to investigate the case over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat who died on Wednesday following an arson attack. “The PIB has been instructed to investigate the incident quickly. The chargesheet in this regard will be also submitted soon,” said the minister. Mr Asaduzzaman said it while talking to reporters after a meeting of Road, Transport Law Implementation Committee at the secretariat. Law Minister Annisul Huq and Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon were also present at the meeting. Responding to a question about ...

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US to stand beside Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has sought US support to create a safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingyas, monitored by international human rights groups, with credible international pressure on Myanmar for their safe return. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. on Monday and discussed the situation. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since their assumption of office in respective governments. Issues featuring in the meeting were: repatriation of the Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect, deportation of Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury ...

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Rohingya repatriation through discussions, not conflict with Myanmar: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar. “Since they (Myanmar) are our close-door neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them. Rather we’ll have to continue efforts so that they’ll take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the Defence Ministry in the city on Thursday. The Prime Minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we provided shelter to such huge people and saved ...

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HRW urges Bangladesh to stop expelling Rohingya students


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh should cease the expulsions of Rohingya refugee students from schools and ensure that all children are able to receive a formal education, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday. It came up with the call, alleging that scores of Rohingya refugee children lacking Bangladeshi citizenship were dismissed from schools since late January 2019. The expulsions were made from the secondary schools near the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar as per “a government notice”, according to the US-based rights body. “The Bangladeshi government’s policy of tracking down and expelling Rohingya refugee students instead of ...

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Death toll from Banani fire reaches 19


MNA Editorial Desk: The death toll from the devastating fire at FR Tower in the city’s Banani area rose to 19 as 13 more bodies were recovered from the spot when the blaze was brought under control on Thursday evening. The massive fire broke out at the multi-storey building at Kamal Ataturk Avenue around 12:45pm. Khurshid Anwar, senior station officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said 13 bodies were retrieved from the spot, while three died at United Hospital, two at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and one at Kurmitola General Hospital. Forty-one of the injured were admitted ...

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UN inquires on modalities of Rohingya relocation to Bhasan Char


MNA Editorial Desk: The United Nations (UN) has appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to seek alternative locations for Rohingyas but sought clarification about the modalities of potential relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char. The government of Bangladesh has said it plans to relocate Rohingya people from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char which could help to “decongest” the overcrowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar. Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived here since August 25, 2017. “We’re seeking clarification about the modalities of any relocations, the living conditions that would be provided ...

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100th birthday of Bangabandhu celebrated


MNA Editorial Desk: The nation on Sunday celebrated the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through extensive programmes, fanfare and gaiety. In Tungipara, Gopalganj, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The President and the Premier paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu there. President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the prime minister. After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as ...

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Christchurch mosque shooting: 2 BD nationals killed, 3 missing


MNA Editorial Desk: State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Saturday confirmed that two Bangladeshi nationals were killed and three went missing in the attack on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch. Five people are undergoing treatment at hospital. The state minister informed reporters of the revised death toll at a Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh event. At least 49 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. Many others were injured, reports bdnews24.com. Bangladesh Honorary Consul in Auckland Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan had said on Friday that three Bangladeshi nationals had ...

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Norwegian teen activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


MNA Editorial Desk: Three Norwegian lawmakers have nominated Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has become a prominent voice in campaigns against climate change, for the Nobel Peace Prize. Freddy Andre Oevstegaard and two other members of the Socialist Left Party said they believe “the massive movement Greta has set in motion is a very important peace contribution.” Thunberg, 16, has encouraged students to skip school to join protests demanding faster action on climate change, a movement that has spread beyond Sweden to other European nations. Oevstegaard told the VG newspaper Wednesday that “climate threats are perhaps one of the ...

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Ethiopian plane smoked and shuddered before crash: Witnesses


MNA Editorial Desk: The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing 157 people was making a strange rattling noise and trailed smoke and debris as it swerved above a field of panicked cows before hitting earth, according to witnesses. Flight 302 took off from the Ethiopian capital on Sunday morning bound for Nairobi with passengers from more than 30 countries. All on board the Boeing 737 MAX 8 died, reports Reuters. The pilot had requested permission to return, saying he was having problems – but it was too late. Half a dozen witnesses interviewed by the aforementioned news agency in the ...

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Quader’s condition improves, IABP machine removed


MNA Editorial Desk: The Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine which was set up in the heart of ailing Road Transport Minister and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, UNB reports. “His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Director Dr Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of Cardiologist Dr Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday noon. The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also ...

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Rohingya lawyer Razia Sultana wins US award


MNA Editorial Desk: Rohingya lawyer Razia Sultana has been named as one of the 10 winners of this year’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award, recognizing her role in advancing human rights. Sultana was born in Myanmar’s Maungdaw in 1973 to ethnic Rohingya parents and has devoted her career to advancing human rights for her own community and for all in Myanmar, according to the State Department, which identified her as “a citizen of Bangladesh”. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will host the annual IWOC Awards at the Department of State on Thursday to honor 10 extraordinary women from around ...

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US resolution to restrain Jamaat in Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: A resolution has been introduced at the US House of Representatives seeking to curb the activities of Jamaat-e-Islami, the party that committed war crimes during Bangladesh’s liberation war. US Congressman Jim Banks introduced the resolution on February 28. Titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and human rights by theocratic groups operating in South Asia’ the resolution also asked Pakistan to act on the party. It stated, “The United States should more actively engage with the Government of Bangladesh regarding shared interests in safeguarding human rights, religious freedom, and secular democracy in Bangladesh, while preventing ...

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Obaidul Quader reaches Singapore for advanced treatment


MNA Editorial Desk: The ailing Awami League General Secretary, Obaidul Quader, has reached Singapore by an air ambulance for advanced medical care as he is suffering from heart complications. The ambulance for Mount Elizabeth Hospital arrived in the island nation at 7:50pm Bangladesh time on Monday, Welfare Officer Al Amin Hossain at the Bangladesh High Commission there told. Al Amin could not say anything about the road transport and bridges minister’s condition as the politician was yet to reach the hospital when spoke to him. The air ambulance departed Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport at 4:15pm after doctors decided to transfer ...

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AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader in critical condition


MNA Editorial Desk: Doctors say Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader is suffering from heart disease and is currently in critical condition. According to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Cardiology Department Prof Syed Ali Ahsan, who is leading the board overseeing his care, the road transport minister has three arterial blocks. One of the blocks has been removed by stenting, he added. His condition is unstable, he added. “There is nothing to do but pray,” he said. “As he is on ventilation it can be said that he is in critical condition.” Doctors could not ...

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Commercial and industrial gas prices may rise: Nasrul


MNA Editorial Desk: The government has moved for raising gas prices, mainly for commercial and industrial consumers and for power plants to offset the losses caused by LNG import. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid gave the information at a programme in Dhaka on Saturday, reports UNB. “We’ve submitted proposals to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) for some adjustment in gas prices. But it’ll depend on BERC’s decision how much it would allow us,” he said. The remarks from the junior minister came against the backdrop of BERC’s announcement to hold 4-day public hearing on ...

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Chemical warehouses to be relocated at Kadamtali, Tongi


MNA Editorial Desk: The government has decided to relocate the chemical warehouses from Old Dhaka to the capital’s Kadamtali and Gazipur’s Tongi area. In the aftermath of the devastating fire in Chawkbazar that claimed 69 lives, the decision was taken on Wednesday with an aim to prevent such fatal accidents in future. Earlier, a meeting between business leaders and government was held at the industries ministry on the day. Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim presided over the meeting, reports bdnews24.com. Abdul Halim said the chemical storages will be relocated to a six-acre land under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation beside ...

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300 terrorists killed in Indian air strike: Ind Govt


MNA Editorial Desk: Indian airstrike in Pakistani territory killed 300 suspected militants, a senior Indian government source said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The strikes on a training camp run by a Pakistani-based militant group have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars against each other. The Indian Air Force launched air strikes on terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at 3.30am, India Today reports. Sources in the Indian Air Force said 1,000 kg bombs were dropped on Jaish bases across the LoC by multiple jets, including the ...

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Probe body over ’plane hijacking’ formed by Civil aviation ministry


MNA Editorial Desk: A five-member investigation committee has been formed over a plane hijacking attempt in the port city of Chattogram. The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry formed the committee, with additional secretary Md Mokabbir Hossain in the lead, according to a ministerial press release received on Monday. The committee has been asked to submit its report within five working days, the statement added. The other members of the committee are: joint secretary Zanendra Nath Sarker, director (Flight Safety & Regulations) of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, wing commander Chowdhury M Zia Ul Kabir, director (planning) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines ...

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Suspect held from Biman aircraft


MNA Editorial Desk: Law enforcers arrested a suspected man from an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines after its emergency landing at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram on Sunday afternoon. All 142 passengers were evacuated safely from the Dubai-bound boeing-737 Mayurpankhi aircraft, according to airport sources. The passengers were evacuated from the plane soon after it landed at the airport and the situation is under control now. Law enforcers arrested the man who attempted to ‘hijack’ the plane. There is no possibility of further sabotage in plane and airport area, as law enforcers brought the situation under control. Members of ...

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PM orders removal of chemical establishments from Old Dhaka


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the removal of chemical establishments from Old Dhaka, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said. She gave a directive to remove the chemical establishments from Chawkbazar at first, he told reporters on Saturday after visiting the scene of the chemical-fuelled fire that broke out on Wednesday night claiming at least 67 lives. Obaidul Quader said, “Our first and foremost duty is to hand over the bodies of those killed in the fire to their families, arrange for proper treatment of those injured and find out those missing. To that ...

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IS bride Shamima losing UK citizenship


MNA Editorial Desk: The British government has revoked the citizenship of Shamima Begum, a teenager of Bangladeshi origin, who left London when to join Islamic State in Syria, according to a letter sent to her family. Begum, who gave birth to a son at the weekend, was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria by a London Times journalist earlier this month. Now she has told reporters that she wants to return to Britain. The letter, published by ITV News on Tuesday, addressed to Begum’s mother said, “Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home ...

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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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