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PM unveils foundation stone of Chancery in Thimphu

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday unveiled the plaque of foundation stone of Chancery of Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo in Bhutan’s Thimphu. The prime minister unveiled the plaque through a colorful function in the presence of Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay. Earlier, an agreement on the allotment of land for Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo was inked between the two countries. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments. Later, the national flag of Bangladesh was hoisted ...

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Ctg AL leaders Mahiuddin, Nasir join hands on stage

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MNA Editorial Desk: The two rival leaders of Chittagong city Awami League, ABM Mahiuddin Chowdhury and AJM Nasir Uddin, shared the same stage and joined hands during a programme on the historic Mujibnagar Day on Monday. President of the unit, Mahiuddin, at the end of his speech, called out the unit general secretary, Nasir, who was seated on the stage, to the dais. When Nasir arrived, the ex-mayor took his hand, raised it, and announced, “We don’t have any differences. We’ll work together for the party. You, too, will do the same.” Mohiuddin and the incumbent mayor, Nasir, had been ...

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USS Carl Vinson steams toward North Korea

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MNA Editorial Desk: The U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group suddenly changed course from Australia to the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches. The move gave more ground to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of unilateral action to solve the problem of North Korea’s nuclear program. North Korean state media warned of a nuclear attack on the United States if there was any sign of American aggression. Statements made by the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis show that the approach of Carl Vinson strike group to the ...

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Mufti Hannan, his accomplices hanged

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MNA Editorial Desk: Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and his accomplices Delwar Hossain Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul— were executed on Wednesday night. He walked the gallows at Kashimpur in Gazipur along with his accomplice Bipul at 10:01pm. His other accomplice Ripon was executed at the same time in Sylhet jail, police said. They have paid for killing three in a grenade attack on the then British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004. Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin was present at Kashimpur Central Jail. Their bodies have sent to their respective villages ...

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Family members meet death row convict Mufti Hannan

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MNA Editorial Desk: The family members of death row Mufti Mohammad Abdul Hannan met him at Kashimpur Central Jail on Wednesday. Hannan’s wife, two daughters and elder brother met him at the jail gate, said Mizanur Rahman, senior jail super of Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur adding that they talked with Hannan around 7:10am. Meanwhile, the family members of Delwar Hossain alias Ripon, the other condemned militant, also met him at Sylhet Central Jail at yesterday afternoon. The Harkat-ul Jihadi al Islami (HuJI) leader and two of his accomplices will have to walk the gallows over the 2004 attack on ...

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Hasina’s four-day visit to India: Full list of agreements, MoUs

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MNA Editorial Desk: India and Bangladesh inked nearly 22 pacts in strategic areas of defence and civil nuclear cooperation after productive talks between their prime ministers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive discussions with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Here is the list of agreements and MoUs: MoU on Defence Cooperation Framework. Agreement between India’s Defence Services Staff College and Dhaka’s Defence Services Command and Staff College for Enhancing Cooperation in the Field of Strategic and operational studies. MoU between Dhaka’s National Defence College and India’s National Defence College ...

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Bangladesh, India sign 22 agreements, MoUs

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh and India signed 22 agreements, including deals and memorandums of understanding (MoUs), in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Modi announced $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh and both countries signed 22 pacts in different sectors in New Delhi, reported news agency. The documents signed cover a host of issues including border posts, information exchange, nuclear power, science, technology, cyber security, electricity, energy and defence. The defence MoUs will cover a whole of issues, including training of submariners, information sharing, cooperation between coast guards and information sharing between the ...

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Swedish Radio exposes RAB officer’s conversation on ‘extrajudicial killings’

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Swedish Radio has revealed a recording over extrajudicial killings and human rights violations conducted by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bangladesh. In the secret recording, a high ranking officer in the elite police force, RAB revealed the working methods of RAB. According to the report the measures are used on people who RAB suspects of serious crimes but who they consider too difficult to convict in a trial or impossible to rehabilitate, reports Swedish Radio. The investigative report published today is based on a two hour long recording in which the officer reveals how RAB regularly ...

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Traffic restriction on 25 points near Suhrawardy Udyan Thursday

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MNA National Desk: Traffic on two roads and 25 locations in Dhaka near Suhrawardy Udyan will remain closed for a few hours on Thursday as part of heightened security measures during the Islamic Foundation Conference. The ‘Ulama-Mashayekh Grand Conference’ marking 42nd founding anniversary of the Islamic Foundation will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan. Organizers expect more than 200,000 participants, including the leaders of Saudi Arabia’s Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nababi at the conference. The guests will be carried to the venue by around 2,500 vehicles.  Participants have to carry the invitation cards provided by the Islamic Foundation to enter Surawardy Udyan, he ...

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North Korea spend BB’s heist money to develops nuclear: Kaspersky

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MNA Editorial Desk: North Korea was involved in last year’s $81 million cyber heist of the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab on Monday said as it had obtained digital evidence that bolsters suspicions by some researchers. Russian-based Kaspersky released a 58-page report on Lazarus, a group linked to the heist in Bangladesh and the 2014 attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio, which the US government blamed on North Korea. North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting bolder and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide. North Korea is now being ...

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PM urges IPU community to stand up against militancy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called upon IPU leaders to work together against all social disparities like poverty and malnutrition along with the vices of militancy and terrorism to make the world an abode of mutual compassion and fraternity. “We never see democracy as a system, as we term democracy as the carrier of human prosperity and ensuring security,” the prime minister said this at the inaugural event of the five-day 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the South Plaza of the Parliament. During her speech, Hasina urged the global community to stand up ...

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Police raid two militant hideouts in Moulvibazar

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MNA Editorial Desk: Police cordoned off two residential buildings at Sadar upazila in Moulvibazar suspecting those to be militant hideouts on Wednesday morning. Police raided a building at Barhat area of Moulvibazar city and another resident house in the Sadar upazila’s Fatehpur area. Gas and electric supplies of the area were also cut off. Police fired back to the building as miscreants opened fire and hurled two grenades at police from the building.  Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit joined the police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on the spots, police said. However, the two buildings are ...

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JMB leader Musa believed to be killed in Operation Twilight

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MNA Editorial Desk: Sylhet police and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit on Tuesday said that JMB leader Mainul Islam Musa and Marzina Begum are believed to be among the four militants killed in the Operation Twilight on the militant den in Sylhet city’s Shibbari area. “The police and the intelligence agencies are trying to confirm their (militants’) identities by matching their finger prints,” Director of Military Intelligence Brigadier General Fakhrul Ahsan said. Police claimed that they identified Musa with the picture he showed while renting out the house. DNA samples and other evidences will be collected from the ...

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Operation Twilight: two militants killed so far, operation continues

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MNA Editorial Desk: Gunshots and explosions were heard on Monday as the Operation Twilight led by Bangladesh Army Commandos continues at the suspected militant hideout at Shibbari area in South Surma upazila of Sylhet city. Earlier, two suspected militants have been killed during the raid at the militant hideout since Saturday. The operation is underway for the fourth day amid tight security around the building. Six people, including two policemen, were killed in explosions near that building a day earlier. Several explosions have occurred in the area, including a large blast Sunday afternoon. Police have barred civilians, including journalists, from ...

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Suicide bomber kills himself near Shahjalal airport, IS claims

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MNA Editorial Desk: A suicide bomber was killed as he attempted to attack a police check post at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Dhaka at 8pm Friday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility late Friday for a suspected suicide bomb attack outside the Bangladeshi capital’s main international airport, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist communications. DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said the explosion took place at a trolley bag a man was carrying through the area. It is suspected that he was carrying a bomb in the bag. He declined to comment on whether militants were involved ...

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Human Rights Watch urges to suspend Hannan execution

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MNA Editorial Desk: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked Bangladesh to immediately suspend execution of three men convicted of a 2004 grenade attack on the British high commissioner to Bangladesh. The HRW made the call in a statement on Tuesday as HuJi leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and two activists in the group – Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon – are awaiting execution if their appeal for presidential clemency is rejected. “Criminals need to be punished, but Bangladesh is moving in the wrong direction by invoking the death penalty,” said HRW Asia director Brad Adams. “Bangladesh should instead ...

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Govt to preserve 20000 graves of freedom fighters

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government will preserve graves of all the martyred and general freedom fighters in view of their great sacrifices during the War of Liberation in 1971. “In the first phase, the government has taken a project involving Taka 348 crore to preserve 20,000 graves of the martyred and general freedom fighters to pay due respect to the worthy sons of the sacred soil,” Md. Mominur Rahman, assistant chief of Liberation War Ministry said. 20,000 more graves will also preserve in the second phase after the proper completion of first phase. A Development Project Proforma (DPP) has already ...

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Pakistan orders for reopening border with Afghanistan

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MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan on Monday ordered the border with Afghanistan to be reopened immediately, a month after it was closed amid soaring tensions as Islamabad and Kabul accused one another of providing safe haven for militants. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the two main crossings on the long, porous border be reopened as a gesture of goodwill, a statement from his office said. The crossings — Torkham at the famed Khyber Pass, and Chaman in Balochistan province — were closed last month after a wave of militant violence killed 130 people across Pakistan. The closure left hundreds of thousands ...

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Blast Inside Ashkona RAB Camp Left ‘Suicide Bomber’ Dead

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MNA Editorial Desk: A blast inside a makeshift camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Ashkona of Dhaka left a ‘suicide bomber’ dead. Inspector General (IG) of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque and RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan assumes that militants are involved in this attack. This alarming attack was carried out only a day after raids on two militant hideouts at Sitakunda of Chittagong. Immediately after the attack airports, maritime ports and prisons across Bangladesh was ordered to increase security. Middle East-based radical group Islamic State claimed credit for several previous militant attacks in Bangladesh.  In the case of ...

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CTTC, SWAT, RAB joint drive killed 4 JMB militants in Sitakunda

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MNA Editorial Desk: Four people including a woman were killed and three police members were injured as a team of police’s counter-terrorism unit started another drive in a suspected militant hideout in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong on Thursday morning. Starting at about 6:00am, the drive, Assault 16, ended at about 10:00am. The law enforcers also rescued around twenty residents from the house who were trapped inside during the raid. It was a joint team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), SWAT and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members cordoned off the two-storied building Chhayanir suspected it as a militants’ hideout ...

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ICC chairman Shashank Manohar resigns

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MNA Editorial Desk: India’s Shashank Manohar has resigned as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to personal reasons, the governing body said on Wednesday. “The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation,” the governing body said in a brief statement. “The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement.” However, according to highly-placed sources Manohar has decided to quit as BCCI seems to have gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the ICC at ...

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Sheikh Hasina to visit India from 7 to 10 April

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a state visit to India in April, seven years after her last visit in January 2010, reports news agency. Bangladesh and India on Tuesday issued a joint statement saying Hasina would visit New Delhi from 7 to 10 April. The Bangladesh premier last visited India in January 2010 which was reciprocated by her Indian counterpart in June 2015. “The upcoming visit is expected to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders,” reads a ...

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Japan to send largest warship to South China Sea

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MNA Editorial Desk: Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two, reported news agency. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint ...

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PM commissioned country’s first twin submarines in navy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally commissioned the twin submarines named ‘Nabajatra’ and ‘Joyjatra’ in the navy at a colorful ceremony in the Chittagong Naval Berth on Sunday. Bangladesh Navy has started its journey as a ‘three-dimensional force’ as two submarines were commissioned in its fleet for the first time. She handed over the ‘commissioning formans’ to the commanding officers of the submarines procured from China and formally unveiled their name plaques as per the rules of the navy. “With the induction of the submarines, Bangladesh Navy has started its fresh journey with a new shape and strength ...

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Holey Artisan attack suspect arrested from central Kolkata

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MNA Editorial Desk: A Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh leader wanted in connection with the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Dhaka’s Gulshan was arrested from a central Kolkata hideout earlier this week. Mohammad Idris, one of the “most wanted” suspects in the July 1 cafe attack, was hiding in the Burrabazar area, according to information passed on by a special cell of Delhi police to Kolkata police. According to the information gathered by Delhi police, Idris was actively involved in the attack on the Gulshan café and he fled the country immediately thereafter to escape the Bangladeshi security agencies. On the night of ...

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Badrul Alam gets life in jail for attempting to murder Khadija

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MNA Editorial Desk: A Sylhet court on Wednesday sentenced Badrul Alam to life in jail in a case filed for attempt to kill college student Khadija Begum Nargis. Sylhet metropolitan sessions judge Akbar Hossain Mridha passed the verdict after recording depositions of a total of 34 witnesses, out of 37, in the case. Attacker Badrul also confessed to hacking Khadija in his statement made under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) on 5 October last year. On 5 March, Akbar Hossain Mridha fixed the date for delivering its verdict in the case. Of the total 37 witnesses, ...

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First-ever IORA leaders’ summit formally kicked off

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MNA Editorial Desk: The first-ever Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit formally kicked off here Tuesday morning under the theme ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean’. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is also the current chairman of IORA, formally opened the summit at Jakarta Convention Center in the presence of heads of state and government of 21 coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the opening ceremony of the summit. On Monday, Hasina arrived at the Indonesian capital on a three-day visit. Representatives of seven dialogue partners of IORA ...

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