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WFP to supply food for 500,000 Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: World Food Programme (WFP) will supply food assistance to 500,000 Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar. WFP Executive Director David Beasley announced the food support for Rohingya refugees when he met relief and disaster management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya in a city hotel on Saturday, an official release said. Secretary of the ministry Md Shah Kamal and director general of disaster management department Md Reaz Ahmed, among others, were present at the meeting. The minister said UNICEF would provide assistances for education of Rohingya children. “It is not possible to give shelter to the ...

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Missing Sarishabari mayor found in Sreemangal

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Sarishabari mayor Rukunuzzaman was found in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Wednesday, according to the police. The mayor’s hands and legs were tied when he was rescued, Moulvibazar police superintendent Md Shahjalal confirmed to media. A microbus dropped him off at the local Katiatala tea gardens, the mayor told the media at Police Station. He could not say much more. Rukunuzzaman was missing after he had left his house in Uttara sector 13, Dhaka, around 9:30am on Monday. His mobile phone was switched off since then. His elder brother Md Saiful Islam Tukon filed a general diary over the ...

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6,000 Rohingya orphan children to be rehabilitated

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MNA Exclusive Desk: State Minister for Social Welfare Ministry Nuruzzaman Ahmed on Tuesday said that the government will rehabilitate some 6,000 Rohingya orphan children after giving them field card. “There will be separate arrangements for the Rohingya orphan children aged between 0-18. They will also be divided into two groups” said Nuruzzaman. “By filling up a form, the government is making database on the orphan children.” He also added. He told media that his ministry had already urged the government to allocate 200 bighas of land for their rehabilitation. Besides, Zillar Rahman, secretary of Social Welfare Ministry, said that the ...

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Conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Hasina foiled

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MNA Exclusive Desk: An attempt on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s life, inspired by the way Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards, was foiled four weeks ago by her loyalists and top counter-terrorism officers. Intercepts suggested that six to seven personnel of the Special Security Force (SSF), which guards the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, were preparing to attack Hasina on August 24. Their plan was to attack her as soon as she would step out of her office for an evening stroll. Four independent sources, including two in Dhaka and two in the external intelligence apparatus of India dealing ...

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China welcomes ‘attacks on Rohingya Muslims’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said China welcomes the measures taken by Myanmar’s government to alleviate the situation in Rakhine state. Wang made the comments in New York on Thursday on during a meeting on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly with Myanmar officials, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. More than 400,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled from Rakhine across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar’s army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces. U.N. officials have described Myanmar’s strategy as “ethnic cleansing”. Earlier, myanmar’s army chief called ...

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Myanmar army chief calls internally displaced to return to Rakhine

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, in a major speech on his plans for Rakhine state on his first visit there since the latest strife erupted, said the military had handled the situation as best as it could after a wave of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Aug 25. Min Aung Hlaing did not mention the accusation of ethnic cleansing in his speech ...

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Hasina expects no help from Trump on Rohingya issue

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US president Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees. As Trump left an event he hosted at the United Nations on reforming the world body, Hasina said she stopped him for a few minutes. “He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said ‘it’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar’,” Hasina told Reuters in an interview. “But he ...

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Rohingya exodus to BD now 4,09,000: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations says so far more than 400,000 desperate Rohingya exodus have fled the violence in Myanmar and crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh, as Dhaka pleads for global help to cope with the humanitarian crisis. “An estimated 409,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state,” said Joseph Tripua, a UN refugee agency spokesman, in a statement on Saturday. The latest figure came a day after the UN announced that some 391,000 Rohingya refugees had entered Bangladesh, showing a leap of 18,000 in a matter of a day. However, on ...

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Myanmar violated BD’s airspace again

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh has strongly protested the repeated violations of its airspace by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on 10, 12 and 14 September. Director general (Southeast Asia) of the foreign ministry Manjurul Karim Chowdhury summoned Charge d’affaires of Myanmar embassy in Dhaka Aung Myint on Friday evening at the ministry and handed over a protest note to him. Referring to the earlier instances of violation of the airspace since 25 August last, Bangladesh expressed deep concern at the repetition of such acts of provocation and demanded that Myanmar take immediate measures to ensure that such violation of sovereignty ...

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200,000 Rohingya children at risk: UNICEF

MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 200,000 Rohingya children, who have fled persecution in Myanmar to Bangladesh, are at risk of health hazards, according to the UNICEF. “This is a growing humanitarian crisis and children are at the heart of this crisis. Some 60 per cent of all refugees are children according to preliminary data,” said Jean Lieby, chief of child protection, UNICEF Bangladesh on Tuesday. In a briefing note, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said the Rohingyas are facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees who are coming from Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh. “The first thing you ...

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Dhaka to raise Rohingya issue in UNGA

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said her government will raise the Rohingya issue in the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly. “If required Bangladesh would provide all support to Myanmar to overcome the crisis and rehabilitate the displaced people in their homeland,” she said. The prime minister said while taking part in the discussion in parliament on a motion moved by lawmaker from Chandpur-3 constituency Dipu Moni on Rohingya issue under section 147 of the Rules of Procedure. The prime minister urged everybody not to do politics and exploit the sufferings of the distressed Rohinya ...

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Rohingya insurgents call temporary ceasefire

MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar. Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attack by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on 25 August. “ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period,” ARSA said in ...

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Bangladesh protest at Rohingya killings

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday to protest the Rohingya killings in Myanmar, police said. At least 15,000 supporters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh party chanted slogans against Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they demonstrated in Dhaka and the town of Tongi to the north of the capital after Friday prayers. “Myanmar army is carrying out genocide of the Rohingya with the help of Suu Kyi’s government. She must be held accountable and tried,” said party spokesman KM Atiqur Rahman. Earlier, several thousand supporters of Bangladesh’s main opposition political party ...

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Security tightened after rock hits Australian team bus

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MNA  Exclusive Desk: Security was tightened around the Australian cricket team in Bangladesh on Tuesday after a bus carrying the team was hit by a rock, which could have been thrown up by another vehicle, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday. The incident happened on Monday as the players were travelling back to their hotel after the first day’s play in the second and final test against Bangladesh in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. ‘En route back to the hotel last night a window on the Australian team bus was broken. No one was injured in the incident,’ CA security ...

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22,000 tonnes of waste removed from Dhaka

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Sacrifice of animals on Eid-ul-Azha had left Dhaka city authorities with 22,000 tonnes of waste to manage, according to South Dhaka Mayor Sayeed Khokon. Cleaners were able to remove ninety percent of the total waste, he told a press conference at Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) offices on Sunday, reported news agency. Mayor Sayeed Khokon held the briefing on Dhaka’s two city corporations in the absence of North Dhaka Mayor Annisul Haq, who is taking treatment in UK. Cleaning trucks of South Dhaka took 3,000 trips to remove 14,000 tonnes of waste, he said. Another 8,270 tonnes ...

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More than 2 million Muslims begin hajj

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than two million Muslims from around the world began the hajj pilgrimage at Islam’s holiest sites Wednesday, a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual journey. This year sees pilgrims from Shiite Iran return to Mecca in Saudi Arabia after a hiatus following a diplomatic spat between the regional rivals and a deadly stampede in 2015. It also comes with the Gulf mired in a major political crisis that has seen thousands of faithful who would usually make the journey from neighbouring Qatar stay away. On the esplanade of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the excitement was palpable as ...

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Rana Plaza owner gets 3 years in jail

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A court has sentenced Sohel Rana, the owner of collapsed Rana Plaza building, to three years in prison in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people. Sohel Rana was given the maximum three-year sentence by a special court in Dhaka for failing to declare his personal wealth to Bangladesh’s anti-corruption commission, one of a series of charges brought by prosecutors following the disaster. Rana faces four other charges, including murder, over his role in one of the world’s worst industrial tragedies. He and ...

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Rohingya Muslims escape from Rakhine

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of fearful Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhist civilians fled the worst fighting to grip Myanmar’s northwest in five years, reported news agency. The mass escape from the northern part of Rakhine state was triggered by widespread coordinated offensives by Rohingya insurgents wielding sticks, knives and homemade bombs in attacks on Friday on 30 police posts and an army base. The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered in the region since last October, when a similar but much smaller Rohingya attack prompted a brutal military response dogged by allegations of human rights ...

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2.5m households live in abject poverty: BRAC

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MNA Exclusive Desk: About 2.5 million households in Bangladesh live in extreme poverty, according to BRAC, a non-government development organization. Bangladesh has reduced its poverty level to 27 percent but the challenge of extreme poverty still remains and women are disproportionately affected, the organization said in its Annual Report 2016. “We’re working towards eliminating extreme poverty completely from Bangladesh by 2030 through a powerful combination of direct and complimentary efforts,” Brac said in its report. The report in its ‘eliminating extreme poverty’ section said people living in extreme poverty are forced to make impossible choices every single day about basic ...

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HC bans factories within 10km of Sundarbans

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The High Court (HC) on Thursday has ordered the government not to approve any more industries within 10km of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. Forest and environment secretary, industries secretary and the director general of the Department of Environment have been asked to submit the lists to the court. An HC bench of Md. Moinul Islam Chowdhury and JBM Hassan passed the order following a writ petition filed by Save the Sundarbans president Sheikh Faridul Islam. The court also issued a rule as to why setting up of industries in a 10-km radius of the ...

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Passport verification triggers corruption: TIB

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The police verification before obtaining passport triggers the way for corruption, says Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). A total of 72.2 per cent of the passport applicants are subject to such corruption and harassment, while 70.3 per cent have to give the police bribes or unofficial payments. The data was showed in a study titled “Good governance in passport services: Challenges and the way forward” conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) from September 2016 till May this year. And 1,453 respondents took part in the survey. The highest percentage of this was in Sylhet at 60 per cent, ...

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16m affected in Bangladesh, India, Nepal

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday. “This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” the IFRC said in a statement Friday, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region. According to the statement, more than one third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis ...

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Australian senator wears Burqa to parliament

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Australian senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, reported news agency. Hanson sat in her seat in the assembly for about 20 minutes covered by the black burqa before removing it to call for them to be banned in public for national security reasons. Hanson, who first rose to prominence in the 1990s because of her strident opposition to immigration from Asia and to asylum seekers, has in recent years campaigned against Islamic clothing and the building of mosques. ...

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Saudi approved all pilgrims’ visa applications

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Saudi authorities have approved all pending applications of intending Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims paving ways for them to perform the holy Islamic ritual, a Bangladesh foreign ministry statement said in Dhaka on Tuesday. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to inform that 118,924 pilgrims’ visas have been approved by Saudi authorities as of 14 August 2017,” the statement read. “The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka has informed that there is no pending application with them.” It also added. It is “closely working” with the Saudi authorities in this regard. Some 1,27,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh are ...

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Killed militant planned to attack Dhanmondi 32

Dhanmondi 32

MNA Exclusive Desk: The suspected militant of Neo JMB, who was killed in self decorated explosion in a hotel of Panthapath area in Dhaka on Tuesday, planned to commit attack on Dhanmondi 32, said Inspector general of police (IGP) A K M Shahidul Hoque. The deceased is identified as Saiful Islam, a resident of Dumuria upazila in Khulna. The police chief was briefing media after the operation ‘August Bite’. Earlier, law enforcement agency cordoned off a building of Hotel Olio International near Square Hospital in Panthapath since morning on Tuesday. Sounds of explosions and gunshots were heard from the hotel. ...

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Obaidul Quader meets chief justice

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MNA News Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader visited the residence of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and had dinner together on Saturday night. Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, went to the CJ’s official residence around 8:30pm and then to the Gono Bhaban, reported news agency. What was discussed at the meeting could not be known immediately. Obaidul Quader met Surendra Kumar Sinha at a time when the judiciary, the executive and the legislature are apparently at loggerheads over supremacy and which has intensified recently following the 16th amendment annulment verdict of ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s Mazar

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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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