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Dhaka world’s most populous city: UN data

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka is the most populous city in the world, according to the United Nations’ habitat data. The data collected from the national census offices has given the number one spot to Dhaka with a density of 44,500 people per square kilometre. It is mostly Asian cities in the top of the list: Mumbai is second, while Manila is fourth, with Singapore high up as well. Medellin is South America’s most dense city at third overall, with Casablanca and Lagos in Africa close behind. However, the UN’s Demographic Yearbook gives a different result. This smaller measurement of area ...

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6 killed during Rajshahi anti-terror drive

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MNA Editorial Desk: Five suspected militants and a firefighter were killed in a police drive at an alleged militant hideout in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi. Before setting off a suicide blasts on Thursday morning, the terror suspects speared a fireman to death. Two policemen have been also injured and admitted to the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Godagari police said they surrounded the house at Benipur village at wee hours of Thursday after intelligence inputs suggested presence of militants there. Two children have been rescued from the house. Police claimed the deceased are militant Sajjad Ali Mishthu and his wife Beli ...

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Engagement with Hifazat-e-Islam is ‘positive’: EU

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MNA Editorial Desk: The European Union Head of the Delegation in Dhaka finds the government’s approach in engaging with the Islamist group Hifazat-e-Islam ‘positive’. “If initiatives are taken to engage with some components of society who otherwise would have been left aside….i think it is positive,” ambassador Pierre Mayaudon said on Monday. The question raised in light of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent invitation to Hifazat leaders to visit her residence. “This inclusive society rallies long objectives which are consensual objectives of bringing forward socio-economic agenda, and development agenda of Bangladesh. No quarters, no segments of the society, of population ...

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Jatiya Party formed 58-party alliance

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MNA Editorial Desk: Jatiya Party (JaPa) formed a new political coalition ahead of next national parliamentary election named ‘United National Alliance’ (UNA) with fifty eight political parties. JaPa Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad announced the formation of the alliance at National Press Club at about 11:30am on Sunday. In the press briefing the former president said, “We will join the next polls and candidates will be given in 300 seats. JaPa is no more with the Awami League led 14-party alliance.” However, only two among the fifty eight parties are registered with the Election Commission. The two parties are, Jatiya Party ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina walks barefoot on Inani Beach

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has walked barefoot on Inani Beach at Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar. She spent some time on the beach along with her entourage and military members around 12pm. The Prime Minister earlier inaugurated Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf 80 Kilometer Marine Drive from the beach ground in front of Bay Watch Resort. The marine drive has already contributed to an attractive tourist-friendly ambiance along with economic growth in Ukhia and Teknaf where hotels, cottages and resorts are being constructed. In the speech of inaugural ceremony, Sheikh Hasina said that the main tourist town of Bangladesh, Cox’s ...

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Bangladesh media faces more restrictions: Amnesty

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Bangladeshi government has stifled freedom of expression by failing to protect dissenters and using repressive laws and tactics, London-based Amnesty International has said in a report. “Between the violence of armed groups and state repression of the state, secular voices in Bangladesh are being consistently silenced,” said Amnesty’s Bangladesh researcher Olof Blomqvist. Most media workers, interviewed by Amnesty, said media freedom was at its worst since Bangladesh returned to democracy in 1991, although the government insists that there was “enough freedom” for journalism in Bangladesh. In a statement, Amnesty claimed that Bangladesh had frequently invoked “archaic, ...

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Muhith, FBCCI exchange heated words over new VAT law

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MNA Editorial Desk: A forum of businessmen today exchanged heated words with Finance Minister AMA Muhith centering Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)’s proposal over new VAT law. The argument took place at a meeting jointly organized by National Board of Revenue (NBR) and Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka this noon. At one point in the discussions Business Unity Forum Secretary and FBCCI Director Abu Motaleb claimed the government was levying the new VAT without providing small businesses sufficient training in how to deal with the new tax. Abu ...

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First 100 days of Donald Trump administration

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MNA Editorial Desk: The first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration is remarking today (Saturday). By any account, this presidential honeymoon of sorts was a mixed bag. The 45th president’s biggest achievement was the confirmation to the Supreme Court of Neil Gorsuch. His biggest defeat was the failure to live up to a campaign promise to get Congress to repeal Obamacare—officially known as the Affordable Care Act. The current 100 days administration will claim several crowning achievements that fall somewhere in between the president’s Supreme Court victory and his healthcare reform defeat. Online privacy took a hit as well ...

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Hillary Clinton’s aides threatened Sajeeb Wazed Joy

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MNA Editorial Desk: Hillary Clinton’s Department of State aides allegedly threatened Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy with an IRS audit in an attempt to stop a government investigation of a close friend and donor of Clinton’s, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group reported. A Bangladesh government commission was investigating multiple charges of financial mismanagement at Grameen Bank, beginning in May 2012. Muhammad Yunus, a major Clinton Foundation donor, served as managing director of the bank. “They threatened me with the possibility of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service,” Joy told the pro-Republican conservative news outlet. ...

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12,000 Bangladeshi illegal immigrants to leave Saudi

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MNA Editorial Desk: About 12,000 Bangladeshis are set to return from Saudi Arabia before June 30, after Riyadh set a deadline for illegal immigrants to leave the kingdom, reported news agency. The Saudi government made the announcement on 20 March. The Bangladeshi nationals have received clearance from the Saudi government to leave the kingdom.  But those failing to honour the deadline will face jail terms and fine. Until Tuesday, 7,309 Bangladeshis collected the out pass (clearance letter) in Riyadh and 4,855 others in Jeddah, according to the Bangladesh embassy. The Saudi authorities have reportedly formed a task force to filter ...

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About 10,000 hectares crops lost as dam breaks at Shonir Haor

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MNA Editorial Desk: About 10,000 hectares of cropland has been as part of the dam at Shonir Haor in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj collapsed on Sunday. The embankment collapsed around 2.00am due to increased water level in the haor, said upazila chairman Kamruzzaman Kamrul. Incessant rainfall paired with water flowing down from the upstream hilly areas increased the water level on the hoar. Shanir Haor, was the lone haor which remained safe from the upstream hill water as villagers were trying to repair the dam for the last 24 days. There are total 22 haors, including Shanir Haor, in Tahirpur ...

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Police cordon off another militant den in Jhenaidah

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MNA Editorial Desk: Police on Saturday kept another house cordoned off at Porahati village in Jhenaidah sadar upazila suspecting it to be a militant den. Earlier on Friday, huge explosives, and several firearms and suicidal vests were found at a militant den at Thanthalia village in the same upazila. The law enforcers condoned off the house at Thanthalia village in the evening suspecting it to be a militant den. Law enforcement agencies including members of Rapid Action Battalion, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), and of police took position around the house around 5:00pm on Friday. However, the CTTC team did ...

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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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