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Operation Twilight: two militants killed so far, operation continues

Operation Twilight

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


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


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


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


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


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

Shashank Manohar

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


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

South China Sea

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

Gulshan cafe attack

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

Badrul Alam

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


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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HC ordered to close down 154 Hazaribagh tanneries immediately

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MNA Editorial Desk: The High Court on Monday ordered the authorities to close down 154 Hazaribagh tanneries immediately. An HC bench comprising Justice Refaat Ahmed and Justice Mohammad Selim issued the order. The court also ordered disconnecting electricity, gas lines and water supply to the tanneries, said Syeda Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Earlier on Thursday, the HC directed the 154 Hazaribagh tannery owners, who had not pay fine as per the court’s previous directive, to pay Tk 306.5 million for not relocating their factories within the given time. On Wednesday, the Industries secretary submitted a list ...

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Shahidul’s Plea for Death Sentence Review Declined


MNA Editorial Desk: Shahidul’s plea for death sentence review was declined by Supreme Court in brutal Shazneen murder case. Shahidul Islam and five others, were awarded death sentence in 2003. Three years later, High Court acquitted one of them. Shahidul, the caretaker of the house was the main planner of the killing. He appealed to the Supreme Court to review his death sentence. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has rejected defendant’s plea to review his death sentence in 1998 Shazneen murder case. After hearing the defendants’ appeal against the order, the Appellate Division upheld capital punishment for Shahidul ...

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Arrest warrants issued against BNP’s 34 leaders, activists


MNA Editorial Desk: A Dhaka court on Thursday issued arrest warrants against of 35 BNP leaders and activists in a case relating to arson of a vehicle during the opposition’s blockade in Dhaka’s Paltan area in January 2015. Metropolitan Session Judge Quamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after accepting the charge sheet against 47 leaders and activists of BNP. The court also asked the officer‐in‐charge concerned to submit a progress report on it on 5 April. BNP leaders Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, Barkatullah Bulu, Selima Rahman, Maruf Kamal Khan, Mir Sarafat Ali Sapu and Azizul Bari Helal were among the ...

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Intolerable sufferings of SSC examinees as strike entered 2nd day

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MNA National Desk: Thousands of the Dhaka city commuters, especially the SSC examinees suffered as a transport strike, enforced by Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, entered second day on Wednesday. The SSC examinees suffered badly in the morning for lack of adequate public transports. They complained that rickshaws and CNG‐run auto‐rickshaw drivers charged them excessive fares, taking advantage of the situation. In the capital, no inter‐district bus left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad bus terminals in the morning while very few buses were seen plying the road throughout the city. On 13 August in 2011, Tareque and Mishuk along with three ...

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Death Penalty to Five Islamist Militants in Kunio Hoshi Killing


MNA Editorial Desk: Death penalty was awarded to five Islamist militants in the 2015 brutal killing of a Japanese national, Kunio Hoshi. A Bangladeshi Court today provided this verdict. Masked assailants riding motorcycles shot 66-year old Kunio Hoshi several times on the morning of Oct 3, 2015 when he was heading to his farm in the country’s northern district of Rangpur. The victim died on the spot. The killing was similar to that of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella in capital city Dhaka a week earlier. Several attacks on the foreigners spread terror to the foreign nationals working in Bangladesh ...

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‘Moonlight’ wins the Oscar for best picture

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite ‘La La Land’ for the movie industry’s most prestigious award. But in a highly unusual mishap, presenter Warren Beatty first, mistakenly initially announced that musical ‘La La Land’ had won the best picture, causing confusion and uproar on Hollywood’s biggest night. Beatty said he had been given the wrong envelope to open. Emma Stone won best actress for the musical, and ‘Manchester by the Sea’ star Casey Affleck was named best actor on a night where U.S. President Donald Trump was the butt of ...

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Trump’s media war threatens journalists globally


MNA Editorial Desk: The Trump administration should “act as a champion of press freedom”, a senior member of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Saturday, rather than prosecute a war with mainstream US media that could “send a signal to other countries that it is OK to verbally abuse journalists and undermine their credibility”. Rob Mahoney, deputy executive director of the CPJ, a nonprofit that promotes press freedom worldwide, told news agency Trump’s attacks on the press do not “help our work trying to deal with countries like Turkey, Ethiopia or Venezuela, where you have governments who want ...

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Immigration police barred Shafik Rehman from UK flight


MNA Editorial Desk: The immigration police at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport barred journalist Shafik Rehman from going UK on Thursday. Shafik Rehman, who is also a British citizen, said he was barred from boarding a flight from Dhaka to London, where his wife is receiving treatment for leukaemia. An immigration official of the airport confirmed the incident and said Shafik Rehman failed to catch the flight on time as they took time to scrutinize his travel documents. Earlier, on 16 April 2016, detective branch (DB) of police arrested Shafik Rehman, for sedition. Shafik Rehman is currently on bail in a ...

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Quader Khan mastermind of MP Liton murder

Kader Khan

MNA Editorial Desk: Police on Wednesday said Jatiya Party (JaPa) central vice president and former Gaibandha MP Abdul Quader Khan is the mastermind of murdering of the Awami League parliamentarian Manjurul Islam Liton. “We have already arrested the mastermind and three of the killers – Mehedi, Shahin and Abdul Hannan,” said Rangpur police DIG Khandakar Golam Farukh at a press conference in the district. Earlier on Tuesday, detectives arrested Abdul Quader Khan from his Bogra residence over killing of the Awami League Gaibandha-1 constituency MP Manjurul Islam Liton. Kader would be produced before a court on Wednesday. Liton was shot ...

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8000 police to deploy over Language Day security


MNA National Desk: Over 8000 police member will be deployed to ensure security of the dwellers of capital city Dhaka on the occasion of Language Movement Day, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner. Asaduzzaman Miah addressed a press conference held at Central Shaheed Minar premises at about 11:00am on Sunday over the security measures taken for the upcoming programmes to mark the Amar Ekushey. He also said a four-layer security arrangement has been ensured by the security team for the day. Asaduzzaman said additional members of police, SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics), Bomb disposal unit will be kept stand-by to ...

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Khaleda to be punished if proved guilty: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia will certainly be punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case if the court is convinced. Criticising BNP’s threat not to allow holding the election if Khaleda Zia is punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, the Prime Minister said, ‘They (BNP) won’t allow the election just to save a thief. What type of attitude is this?’ She also questioned, ‘Why the BNP leader is afraid of facing the court if she had not been involved in any corruption. She has repeatedly been ...

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Myanmar’s military officially ended operation in Rakhine state


MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s military has ended a clearance operation in the country’s troubled Rakhine State, government officials said, reported news agency. The security operation had been under way since nine policemen were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct 9. Almost 69,000 Rohingyas have since fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to UN estimates. The government led by Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has denied almost all allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, including mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims, and said the operation was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign. Two senior officials ...

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World Bank’s 16 vehicles, passbooks summoned


MNA Editorial Desk: Customs Intelligence summoned sixteen cars of World Bank’s Bangladesh branch and those vehicles’ passbooks on charges of exploiting duty-free facilities. Dr. Moinul Islam Khan, director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, confirmed the news. He said citizens of several countries including Koreans are working in Bangladesh branch of World Bank. They enjoyed the facility of using duty-free vehicles and were asked to use documents and passbooks for keeping records of their movements. However, before leaving the country, the foreign employees of World Bank did not submit their cars, passbooks, and documents. The Customs Intelligence Directorate ...

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