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Michael Flynn resigned from Trump’s national security advisor

Michael Flynn

MNA Editorial Desk: The White House announced on Monday that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow, reported news agency. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump’s inauguration: ‘I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.’ Trump has named retired lieutenant general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as acting national security advisor, the White House said. Several US media outlets ...

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Death penalty for disrupting civil aviation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a draft law imposing death penalty and a fine of Tk 50 million for disrupting civil aviation. Cabinet has approved the ‘Civil Aviation Movement Act 2017’ at a cabinet meeting on Monday. The draft is also an updated form of the 1960’s ‘The Civil Aviation Ordinance’, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting. The Cabinet Secretary said a provision has been kept for maximum five years of jail or maximum taka one crore as fine or both the punishments for violating the rules of the Air Navigation Order (ANO). ...

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Canada court verdict proves no corruption: Syed Abul Hossain

Syed Abul Hossain

MNA Editorial Desk: Former Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain on Saturday said the Canadian court verdict over Padma Bridge Corruption Case proved that the allegations brought against him were totally false and intriguing. His remarks came after a Canadian court acquitted three former top executives of SNC-Lavalin as no proof of bribery was found in an international case in connection with the Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge construction in Bangladesh. An Ontario Superior Court justice dismissed the corruption case on Friday at the prosecution’s request as Kevin Wallace, Ramesh Shah, and Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan had pleaded not guilty, reports CBS news. Last ...

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Bangladeshi first nano-satellite ‘Onnesha’ launched


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Three students of Brac University have made nano-satellite Onnesha, the first satellite developed by any Bangladeshi university which will be launched into low earth orbit by March. Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, vice chancellor of Brac University, received the satellite from a programme held at Kitakyushu Institute of Technology (KIT) in Japan on Wednesday. The programme was broadcast through video conferencing at the Mohakhali campus of the university at 11:00am (local time) from Japan’s Kitakyushu. Onnesha – a 10 centimetre-edged cube-shaped satellite – designed, developed and assembled by three Brac students in Japan’s Kyutech. Syed Saad ...

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Obama enjoys watersports on luxury Caribbean island


MNA Editorial Desk: Barack Obama has been enjoying life after the US presidency by trying out watersports on a luxury Caribbean island owned by Richard Branson, the Virgin chief said on Tuesday. The former US leader and his wife Michelle Obama visited Moskito Island, in the British Virgin Islands, after handing over the presidency to his successor Donald Trump. Photos published on Branson’s blog show Obama smiling on board a speed boat and wearing a helmet and goggles as he tries out kitesurfing. Obama had been stopped by his security detail from doing watersports during his presidency, Branson said. Two ...

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President appoints Nurul Huda as Chief Election Commissioner

Nurul Huda

MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid on Monday constituted the new Election Commission (EC) making former secretary KM Nurul Huda the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). He also appointed four new election commissioners — former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder, ex-secretary Rafiqul Islam, ex-district and sessions’ judge Begum Kabita Khanam and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury. The President appointed them from the 10 names proposed by the search committee, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam at a press conference at the Secretariat around 9:30pm. Of them, the President picked Nurul Huda, who went on retirement in 2006, for the post. The ...

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Search committee finalized 10 names to propose President


MNA Editorial Desk: The search committee has finalized a list of 10 people to propose those to President Abdul Hamid for appointing new chief election commissioner (CEC) and four commissioners. Before going to the president at Bangabhaban, the search committee sat in a meeting on Monday for finalizing the list, said Cabinet Division additional secretary Abdul Wadud. All the six members of the committee, led by Supreme Court’s Appellate Division judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, joined the meeting that began at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at about 4:00pm, which continued for about two hours, reported news agency. This was ...

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A cricketer killed as angry batsman throws stump


MNA Editorial Desk: A 14-year-old cricketer has died in Chittagong after he was hit by a stump thrown by an angry batsman during a friendly game between neighborhood teams, the police said Monday. Faisal Hossain was fielding in the port city of Chittagong when the batsman was given out, assistant police commissioner Jahangir Alam told news agency. “The batsman was furious when he saw that he was stumped or bowled out. He grabbed a stump and threw it in the air. The stump hit part of the neck and head of Faisal who was fielding close to the wicket,” he ...

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AL senior politician Suranjit Sengupta passes away

Suranjit Sengupta

MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League veteran leader Suranjit Sengupta died at Labaid Hospital in Dhaka’s Panthapath area early on Sunday. He was 77. Suranjit breathed his last around 4:24am, said AL general secretary Obaidul Quader. Suranjit’s body will be taken to Sylhet around 9:00am on Monday, Quader added. Later, it will be taken to Suranjit’s ancestral home in Dirai upazila of Sumanganj around 3:00pm for funeral, he added. Earlier, on Saturday night, he was kept on life support of the hospital as his physical condition turned very critical. The senior politician was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of ...

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Journos continue protest against defamation of Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

MNA Editorial Desk: A demonstration was held at National Press Club today as journalists keep protesting against defamatory statements at National Parliament and conspiring cases against journalist leader Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and countrywide attack-cases-persecution on journalists. Dhaka Sub-Editors Council arranged the demonstration while other organizations as Dhaka Journalists Club, Dhaka Online Media Owners association, Mohammadi News Agency, The Daily Observer and many other journalists participated in the protest. Prominent journalists and leaders of different journalist organizations spoke at the demonstration. They have protested against the continuous attack on the journalists all over the country; specially the death of Dainik Samakal’s ...

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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Dhaka


MNA Editorial Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday on a three-day official visit. President Abdul Hamid received the Palestinian leader near the VVIP tarmac of Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport amid a 21-gun salute, while a tiny tot presented him a bouquet. The Palestinian president was taken to Hotel Le Meridien Dhaka on the Airport Road through a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit. Palestinian foreign minister Reyad Al Malki, chief justice of Palestine and the religious affairs minister Mahmoud al-Habbas, the Palestinian Authority spokesman and ...

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Journos Demonstrate in Support of Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury


MNA Editorial Desk: A demonstration was held at National Press Club today in protest against defamatory statements at National Parliament and conspiring cases against journalist leader Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and countrywide attack-cases-persecution on journalists. The demonstration was jointly arranged by Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ). Current and former journalist leaders of BFUJ, DUJ and Press Club gave speech in the demonstration while many journalists from different print, online and electronic media were present to support the cause. This demonstration was due to the actions of few MPs after a report was published at ...

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Mumbai attack mastermind under house arrest


MNA Editorial Desk: The alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks that killed 164 in Mumbai, India, has been placed under house arrest in Pakistan. Hafiz Mohammed Saeed — the leader of Pakistan’s Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) — was detained in Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, according to a government statement released late Sunday. Saeed is under detention in the town of Lahore. Four other men — Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz — have also been placed under house arrest in other towns around Punjab. The arrests come in conjunction with the placing of two organizations — ...

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Green card holders will need additional screening: White House

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MNA Editorial Desk: US green card holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday. Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. “It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email. A senior White House official later sought to clarify the situation, saying green card holders who had left the ...

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Half-day Strike observed with Clashes at Dhaka


MNA Editorial Desk: A half day strike (from 6:00am to 2:00pm) was observed at Dhaka City with clashes between the protesters of Rampal coal-based power plant project and the police at Shahbag, Mirpur, Kamalapur and several other places. The strike was called by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resource, Power and Port. A rally of the protesters started from Shahbag early in the morning as it moved around TSC, Secretariat and then ended at Press Club. A conference at the end of the rally was held at Press Club presided by Dr. Anu Mohammad, President of the ...

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Six-member search committee formed for EC re-formation


MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid has formed a six-member search committee to find potential candidates for manning the next Election Commission, said President Abdul Hamid’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin. A cabinet official said the cabinet division has received a letter from Bangabhaban in this connection. He said the authorities are working to issue a notification in view of the letter. The cabinet division, which will be in the secretarial role for the search committee, will soon announce the committee through a gazette notification, the press secretary said. A reliable said the six-member body will be led by an Appellate ...

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2 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia for suspected links to IS


MNA Editorial Desk: Malaysian police said on Monday they had arrested four people, including two Bangladeshis, with suspected links to an Islamic State cell based out of the southern Philippines. Muslim-majority Malaysia has been on high alert since an attack last January by Islamic State-linked militants in Jakarta, the capital of neighbouring Indonesia. The four were arrested in a series of raids between 13-19 January in Kuala Lumpur and Sabar, reports Malaysian English news service New Straits Times. The cell, operating out of the province of Mindanao, was led by a former university lecturer, Mahmud Ahmad, who is known to ...

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Suranjit Sengupta’s APS Omar Faruq jailed for 5 years


MNA National Desk: Omar Faruq Talukder, former assistant personal secretary (APS) of Minister Suranjit Sengupta, handed over with five years of imprisonment for concealing wealth statement from the Anti‐Corruption Commission (ACC). The court also fined him Tk 1,23,47,000 crore. In default, he will have to spend two years and six months in jail. On Sunday, the court of Dhaka’s Special Judge Mohammad Ataur Rahman delivered the verdict in the case filed by the ACC. Faruq was on the docks when the verdict was delivered. Faruq was out on bail, but was taken to the jail after the verdict. Border Guard ...

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Donald Trump – 45th President of the United States


MNA Editorial Desk: Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. He arrived at the White House for the first time as President just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol earlier in the afternoon, Trump placed his left hand on a family Bible and another that belonged to ...

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Donald Trump to take thorny crown

Donald Trump

MNA Editorial Desk: Donald Trump will be a hopelessly conflicted president with an unrivalled array of commercial conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the presidency, according to a leading expert on corporate governance. Washington is preparing for a huge party as it hosts the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Here’s when the key moments will happen. The Trump business empire spans more than 140 companies, with interests in at least 25 countries, according to filings with United States regulators — raising fears the President-elect’s commercial interests could taint decision-making on both domestic and foreign policy. Trump’s planned business arrangements wholly inadequate. ...

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Hawkers warn Mayor, anti-hawker drive to continue


MNA Editorial Desk:   Dhaka South City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Syed Khokon on Monday said the city corporations will continue its efforts to evict hawkers from footpaths in Gulistan and its adjoining areas during office hours. On the other hand, numerous groups of hawkers are continuing to against the DNCC’s move to evict street vendors from Gulistan, Motijheel and Paltan. At a rally in front of the National Press Club on Tuesday, several hawkers’ organizations demanded a policy for rehabilitating those evicted in the last two days. The delegation led by Bangladesh Hawkers’ Union President Abdul Hashem submitted a memorandum ...

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Nur Hossain, Tarek Sayeed, 24 others awarded death sentence

Nur Hossain

MNA Editorial Desk: A Narayanganj court awarded death sentence to twenty-six accused including former ward councillor Nur Hossain, former RAB officials—former lieutenant colonel Tarek Sayed Mohammad, former Navy’s lieutenant commander MM Rana, former Major Arif—in cases filed over the sensational seven-murder. Narayanganj district and sessions judge Syed Enayetur Rahman announced the verdict in presence of 23 convicts at about 10:15am on Monday. Nine others were also sentenced to different terms in the verdict handed down by Narayanganj district and sessions judge Syed Enayetur Rahman. Out of a total of 35 accused in the gruesome murder, 23 were present before the ...

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Sensational N’ganj 7-murder case final verdict tomorrow


MNA Editorial Desk: The final verdict of the sensational Narayanganj 7-murder case will be given on Monday. Judge Syed Enayetur Rahman of Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge’s Court set the date on November 30, upon conclusion of the hearings of the legal arguments in the case. Of the 35 accused, the prime accused are Nur Hossain, a Narayanganj city Awami League leader and also a former councilor, and three sacked RAB-11 officials—Lt Col Tarek Sayeed Mahmud, Maj Arif Hossain and Navy’s Lt Commander M Masud Rana. On April 27, 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver ...

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Gulshan Cafe attack mastermind Razib detained


MNA Editorial Desk: Another mastermind of Gulshan Cafe attack in Dhaka, Razib Gandhi, has detained by the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit from Tangail on Friday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said a CTTC team conducted a drive in Tangail and arrested Gandhi in the dead of night. Jahangir Alam alias Razib Gandi was involved in twenty-two killings, said the chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Monirul Islam. The accused is known to have served as the commander of neo-JMB for the Northern parts of Bangladesh. Rajib (35), who is from Gaibandha district, was involved in ...

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Sheikh Hasina asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

Rohingya refugees

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked Myanmar to take back tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, an official said. According to the UN, at least 65,000 people belonging to the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar—a third of them over the past week—since a military operation was launched in October following attacks on police posts. PM has called for a resolution to the crisis during a meeting with Myanmar’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Kyaw Tin in Dhaka. “She said Myanmar should take back the Rohingya who migrated to Bangladesh,” Hasina’s spokesman Ihsanul Karim ...

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Abdul Hamid starts discussions with AL over EC formation


MNA Editorial Desk: President Abdul Hamid started talks with Awami League on Wednesday afternoon over the formation of the new Election Commission (EC). The meeting started at 4.05 pm at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 19-member delegation at the meeting. The other delegation members are general secretary Obaidul Quader, Advisory council members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, AMA Muhith, HT Imam, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Mohammad Zamir; presidium members Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun and Syed Ashraful Islam; joint general secretaries Dr Dipu Moni and  Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Legal Affairs secretary ...

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Nation pay tributes on Bangabandhu’s homecoming day


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the whole nation on Tuesday paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the Homecoming Day of the great leader, reported news agency. The prime minister paid the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city this morning. After laying the wreaths, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked ...

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