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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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5,000 unidentified people sued over Bhola violence

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MNA Editorial Desk: Police have sued 5,000 unidentified people for their alleged links to the clashes that left four people dead and about 100 others injured in Bhola’s Borhanuddin Upazila after a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account sparked protests. Police officials filed the case with the Borhanuddin Police Station, bdnews24.com reported. The district administration said that no meetings and processions will be allowed in the area without permission.

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Four dead as villagers clash with police over Facebook post

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MNA Editorial Desk: At least four people have died and 50 others are injured in clashes between police and locals in Bhola’s Borhanuddin. The violence erupted around 10:45am on Sunday after hundreds of locals gathered for a rally under the banner of ‘Muslim Tawhidi Janata’ in protest against the social media post. Four platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh have been airlifted to Borhanuddin to bring the situation under control, BGB spokesman Shariful Islam said. Police say the Facebook account blamed for the religious slur had actually been hacked. Two bullet-ridden bodies were taken to the Upazila Health Complex, said its ...

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World finance officials facing host of problems

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MNA Editorial Desk: The leaders of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister organization, the World Bank, are laying out their visions for the future, hoping to achieve a world with less extreme poverty and more economic growth. However, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass will likely find their discussions over the next two days consumed with more immediate problems, such as rising trade tensions that have sapped world growth. Both officials will deliver speeches at the opening session Friday of the annual meetings of the two organisations. Also Friday, Japanese Finance Minister Taro ...

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Padma Bridge work to be completed by June 2021: Minister

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MNA Editorial Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the construction work on the Padma Bridge will be completed by June, 2021. He made the remark while talking to reporters at the Visitors’ Centre of Service Area-1 of the Padma Bridge here in the afternoon. The minister said around 84 per cent construction work of the bridge has been completed so far. The overall progress of the bridge work is 74 per cent right now while the financial progress is 75.84 per cent, he said. “The Padma River is very unpredictable. Sometimes it becomes difficult to ...

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Bangladesh hands over fresh list of 50,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said a new list of around 50000 Rohingyas has been handed over to Myanmar to expedite Rohingya repatriation efforts. The minister disclosed this talking to a small group of reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reports UNB. On July 29, Bangladesh handed over a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to their place of origin in Rakhine State. Bangladesh has so far handed over names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities. Turning to Abrar murder he said diplomats’ comments over Abrar ...

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Modi assures Kashmir situation will normalise in four months

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MNA Editorial Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it would take four months for Jammu and Kashmir to return to normal after his government stripped the state of its special status in August and imposed harsh restrictions. At a rally in the western state of Maharashtra on Sunday, Modi said that his government had taken necessary steps to maintain security in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state that is also claimed by neighboring Pakistan. Alongside the withdrawal on August 5 of constitutional provisions that gave Jammu and Kashmir more autonomy than any other Indian state, Modi’s government ...

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AL not in favour of banning student politics: Obaidul Quader

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MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said Awami League (AL) does not back the idea of banning student politics but legal action will be taken if anyone commits any misdeed in the name of politics. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the Circuit House in the town before attending the conference of divisional AL representatives, reports UNB. Asked about the ongoing drives against casino business and corruption, Quader said all those involved in such activities are under the surveillance of law enforcers. Replying to a query about the absence of ...

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No act of injustice to be tolerated in educational institutions: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government wants to maintain academic atmosphere in all the educational institutions of the country and will not tolerate any act of unjust and injustice. “Our message is very clear. We won’t tolerate any act of unjust and injustice, we never did that in past and won’t do either in the future. We’ll take action against whoever will commit any act of unjust and injustice. The academic atmosphere must be maintained in all the educational institutions,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the second national council of ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina to brief media Wednesday

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Wednesday about the outcomes of her recent official visits to New York and New Delhi. The press conference will be held at the Prime Minister’s official residence Ganabhaban at 3:30pm on the day. The Prime Minister went to the USA on September 22 on an eight-day visit to New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. On October 3, Sheikh Hasina went to India on a four-day official visit to New Delhi to attend the India Economic Summit 2019 of the World ...

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UNICEF, EU launches peace-building project for youth in Cox’s Bazar

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MNA Editorial Desk: UNICEF and the European Union (EU) launched a peace-building programme for 20,500 adolescents and youth from Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities aimed at strengthening social cohesion in Cox’s Bazar. The first centres or “social hubs” for the peace-building programme were inaugurated in Jamtoli and Shamlapur this week, with three more social hubs opening soon. “This project helps to empower young people with knowledge and skills in innovative ways – through building skills for adaptability, peacebuilding skills, sports, recreation and adolescent focused programmes”, said UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, Tomoo Hozumi. “Empowered young people support the development of an increasingly ...

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Red carpet rolled out as PM reaches New Delhi

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MNA Editorial Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Thursday morning on a four-day official visit to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). A VVIP flight (BG-2030) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members landed there at Air Force Station, Palam at 9:45am (local time). Indian Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri along with Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das received the Prime Minister at the ...

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Imran Khan phones Sheikh Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan made a phone call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday afternoon. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said, Imran Khan made the phone call to Sheikh Hasina to exchange pleasantries and to inquire about recent treatment of her eye. Sheikh Hasina thanked Imran Khan for inquiring about the treatment of her eyes.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returns home from New York

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday) returned home from New York wrapping up her eight-day visit to the USA when she joined the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:50am. Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, state minister for youth and sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, state minister for fisheries and livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, state minister for civil aviation and tourism Md ...

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World must take steps to compel Myanmar for Rohingya return: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the world must take all measures to compel Myanmar to create conditions enabling the Rohingyas’ safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation to their ancestral homes. “Rohingya crisis is a formidable challenge for Bangladesh … we want a peaceful and immediate resolution of the crisis. Myanmar has created the crisis and the solution lies in Myanmar,” she said. The prime minister made the comments while participating in an interactive dialogue — “A conversation with Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina” — at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York on Wednesday afternoon ...

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Govt policy allows import of casino, gambling materials

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MNA Editorial Desk: Casino and gambling materials have entered the country using legal routes as those are not labelled as restricted ones in the country’s import policy order, sources said. The importers concerned also paid due duty and taxes. The non-inclusion of casino and gambling items in the restricted category by the import policy order, sources noted, contradicts the emphasis laid in the country’s constitution on the prevention of gambling of any type. However, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has now decided to request the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) to restrict the import of casino materials. Meanwhile, the customs ...

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BD, China, Myanmar to jointly evaluate progress of Rohingya repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, China and Myanmar have agreed to form a “tripartite joint working mechanism” to evaluate the situation on the ground for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with development after a joint meeting with his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. “On the ground, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar will evaluate the progress jointly,” Dr Momen told reporters after the meeting adding that Myanmar agreed with the Chinese proposal though Myanmar had some objections initially at the meeting. The first meeting of the ...

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Bangladeshis are sixth largest migrants globally: UN

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is the sixth top country of origin of international migrants in 2019 having 7.80 million diaspora, according to a new estimates released by the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday. The UN estimates also showed that the number of migrants across the world reached at 272 million. Concerning their place of birth, one-third of all international migrants originated from only ten countries. India leads the list having around 18 million people living abroad. Migrants from Mexico constituted the second largest diaspora (12 million), followed by China (11 million), the Russian Federation (10 million) and the Syrian Arab ...

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Pressurise Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: FM to UK MPs

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday urged the United Kingdom (UK) to continue supporting Bangladesh in international forum especially in the United Nations (UN) for creating pressure on Myanmar in order to ensure sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas. He advocated it while addressing a delegation of 14 British parliamentarians led by Ms. Ann Mette Kjaerby at the foreign ministry. The parliamentarians are visiting Bangladesh on a study tour on sexual and reproductive health. Dr Momen told the delegation about the atrocities carried out by Myanmar on the Rohingyas and sought support for ensuring safe and ...

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EU gives €2.0m more to WFP for assisting Rohingyas

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MNA Editorial Desk: The European Union (EU) has provided a fresh fund of €2.0 million to the United Nations World Food Programmes (WFP) for carrying out its humanitarian activities for the Rohingyas refugees. The new funding will help WFP sustain lifesaving food assistance to the refugees, address high rates of malnutrition among children and mothers, while also protecting them from the risks of monsoon season, said a WFP statement on Thursday. “Two years on since the biggest influx of the Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh, the situation in the camps in Cox’s Bazar remains critical,” says Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and ...

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BD to hit Guinness record sewing world largest T-shirt

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MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh is set to sew the world’s largest T-Shirt to break the Guinness record, marking the centenary founding anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has been assigned to sew the T-Shirt using cotton fabric to be branding the country’s apparel industry, which is the world second largest exporter. BGMEA President Dr Rubana Huq on Saturday said they started the process upon getting proposal from the ILO. Bangladesh is going to take the record over the Plastindia Foundation at Mumbai, India, which on 5 January 2018 sewed the largest T-shirt ...

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Rights group skeptical that Myanmar’s military seeks justice

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MNA Editorial Desk: Plans announced by Myanmar’s military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism on Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced over the weekend that investigations had determined that orders were not properly followed at a village in Rakhine state. It gave no dates or other details of the offence, but said a court martial is being convened to act “in accordance with the military discipline due to the weakness in following the instructions ...

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Quader warns of bigger terror attacks

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MNA Editorial Desk: The crude bomb attack on police in Dhaka should not be played down, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, adding that the blast could be a precursor to a bigger plot by militants. The roads and bridges minister warned that although the attack was ostensibly aimed at the police, ministers and parliamentarians could become targets in future. Two policemen were injured in the incident that took place around 9:20 pm on Saturday in Dhaka’s Science Laboratory intersection. One of them was escorting LGRD Minister Tazul Islam through the area. “Police were undoubtedly the target of the ...

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Dengue infections mark significant fall

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MNA Editorial Desk: Two people have died of dengue in Khulna and Chattogram and 760 new patients have been hospitalized across the country, showing a significant improvement in the situation. The new deaths were recorded on Saturday while the new infections in 24 hours till 8:00 am on Saturday. In Khulna, 45-year-old housewife Shilpi Akhter, wife of Saheb Ali of Athalia village of Terokhada upazila, lost her battle to the mosquito-borne disease at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) in the afternoon, said its Resident Physician Dr Shailendranath Biswas. Shilpi was admitted to the hospital on Friday and later shifted to ...

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Dhaka improves position on world safe city index

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka has improved as the least safe city in the latest edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Safe Cities Index (SCI). This year it climbed to the fifth position from the third at the bottom of the SCI recorded in last year. The EIU prepared this index taking in view the indicators of digital, health, infrastructure and personal security. The index shows Dhaka ranking fourth, fourth, second and sixth least from the bottom in terms of the categories of security mentioned above. The four cities that rank below Dhaka on the index are Karachi, Yangon, Caracas, ...

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TV channels enjoying full freedom: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said all television (TV) channels are enjoying full freedom in Bangladesh. The Prime Minister made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports BSS. The primer said, “Bangladesh had earlier only a single television channel BTV (Bangladesh Television). We have opened it (in private sector) after assuming office in 1996.” She said that her government has given liberty to the TV channels to broadcast news. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after ...

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5,562 dengue patients undergoing treatment in country

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MNA Editorial Desk: Around 5,562 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics across the country. Among them, 3,081 patients are taking treatment in Dhaka division and 2,481 are hospitalized outside the capital, a release of Health Crisis Management and Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Monday. A total of 64,765 patients got admitted to the different hospitals across the country since January this year. Among them, 59,030 patients have returned home after recovery, DGHS said. According to DGHS, 52 people have so far died of dengue. Around 1251 new dengue patients got ...

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