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Nur Hossain, Tarek Sayeed, 24 others awarded death sentence

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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

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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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Upazila chairman detained over Liton murder


MNA Editorial Desk: Police on Sunday arrested former chairman of Sundarganj upazila parishad Ahsan Habib Masud over the murder of Gaibandha-1 lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton. Sundarganj Police OC Atiar Rahman said Masud was nabbed from his house in Sundarganj Bazar area this (Sunday) morning. Family members of accused Masud alleged that police picked up Masud on Friday night for questioning him. Local sources said Masud was associated with Swechchhasebak League, the volunteer front of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League. But, the organization’s upazila unit leaders said Masud doesn’t hold any post in the committee now. However, assailants shot MP Liton ...

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Neo-JMB leader Marzan, Saddam killed in gunfight


MNA Editorial Desk: Neo-Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB) leader Nurul Islam Marzan, and Saddam Hossain, an accused murderer of several people including Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi, have been killed in a gunfight with the police. The incident took place at Beribadh area of Mohammadpur around 3:00am. Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, confirmed the news to media. Police also recovered a pistol, three rounds of bullets, a knife and a motorbike from the spot. “One is identified as Marzan and another is Saddam Hossain, an accused neo JMB member,” Monirul said. Nurul ...

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BCL observed 69th founding anniversary with a festive mood


MNA Editorial Desk: The 69th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League, has observed with a festive mood across the country on Wednesday. On the occasion, the BCL placed wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi and cut cakes at Curzon Hall in the morning. Later, a procession was brought out from the Aparajeya Bangla on the DU campus which paraded different parts of the capital. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, inaugurated the rally at about 12 ...

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Rights activists detained over Trump’s Attorney General pick protesting

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MNA International Desk: Police in Alabama arrested six civil rights activists staging a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions’ office on Tuesday to protest his nomination for U.S. Attorney General, criticizing his record on voting rights and race relations. Sessions, 70, has a history of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform, reported news agency. Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had vowed to occupy Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office until the conservative Republican lawmaker either withdrew as a candidate or they were arrested. In the end, Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the ...

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Dhaka University student found dead in Jagannath hall

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MNA Editorial Desk: A Dhaka University student has been declared dead after his roommates at the Jagannath Hall found him unconscious and rushed him to a hospital. The deceased identified as Apu Sarker, a year II student of department of Accounting in the university. Apu Sarker, who hailed from Manikganj, lived in Room 474 at the October memorial block of the residential hall. His roommates found him unconscious on Wednesday morning and took him to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 8:30am. The DU teacher could not say whether Apu had been suffering from some kind of illness or ...

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Imposition of VAT on English medium illegal: SC


MNA Editorial Desk: The Supreme Court stayed a High Court order that declared illegal the imposition of 7.5 per cent value added tax (VAT) on the tuition fees of the English medium schools. A four-member bench of the appellate division of SC led by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order. The SC also asked to state counsels to file a leave to appeal with a regular bench in this connection and fixed January 29 for the next hearing. In 2010, the government imposed 4.5 per cent VAT on fees and services in English medium schools. In the budget for ...

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Living cost in Dhaka increased by 6.47% in 2016: CAB


MNA Editorial Desk: Cost of living increased by 6.47 per cent while prices of commodities and services by 5.81 per cent in the capital in the just concluded year, reported news agency. Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) revealed this information in a study report published on Sunday. According to CAB statistics, cost of living had increased by 6.38 per cent in 2015, which was 0.09 per cent more than the rise in 2016. Except a few items, commodity prices remained stable, to a large extent, in 2016 compared to the previous year’s, said the CAB report. The CAB study report ...

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Five JMB men detained for plotting terror attack


MNA Editorial Desk: Law enforcement agency have detained five suspected Islamist militants believed to be plotting to attack New Year celebrations, reported news agency. The five were alleged to be members of a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group, which was blamed for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 people were killed, most of them foreigners. “They planned to attack on New Year’s Eve,” Monirul Islam, head of the counter-terrorism police unit, told a news conference. Monirul declined to elaborate when asked about the militants’ target and how they planned to attack but ...

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Judicial probe body visits Gaibandha Santal community

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MNA Editorial Desk: A judicial probe body that was formed to investigate the forced eviction, killing and arson attacks on the Santal community at Sahebganj in Gobindaganj upazila visited Madarpur and Joypurpara areas on Tuesday morning to hear the affected people and witnesses in this connection. The probe body went to Gobindaganj upazila to hear the affected people and witnesses in this connection, reported news agency. The judicial probe body, headed by the district’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Shahidullah, was formed following an order of the High Court (HC). Three Santal men were killed and 27 people, including nine policemen, ...

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Indian online train ticket booking from Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: The Indian Railways is now planning to provide online train ticket booking facilities to the neighboring countries, including Bangladesh, reported The New Indian Express. While the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been focusing on increasing cooperation with SAARC countries, the ministry of Railways is mulling to start the process with Bangladesh. Talks have been initiated informally at Indian High Commission level in Bangladesh to start the process. ‘We are in the process of moving a proposal to provide online ticketing platform to Bangladesh, so that people can book their tickets for inbound trains without ...

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Ivy Re-Elected as NCC Mayor


MNA Editorial Desk: Selina Hayat Ivy, the ruling Awami League-backed candidate has been re-elected as Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) mayor. She has won by a huge margin as she gained 182% of votes, almost double, of her closest rival BNP-backed Sakhawat. She defeated BNP candidate Sakhawat Hossain Khan by over 79,567 votes and also won her rival’s neighborhood with 1,930 votes, in one of the most peaceful, violence and vandalism-free elections we have seen in quite a long time. An election was held in Narayanganj for the first time in many years with no contestant from the influential Osman family ...

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Mustafizur wins the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award, the first Bangladeshi to win an annual ICC award. In the period under consideration, Mustafizur played three ODIs and took eight wickets, while he yielded 19 wickets in 10 T20Is, according to news published on the ICC website. “This award is the best gift of the year for me and will encourage me to do even better in the coming years. I’m delighted and proud to win this award, especially since it’s the first time that a Bangladesh player has won an ...

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Police to shoot in case of irregularities in N’ganj elections


MNA Editorial Desk: Police have been ordered to shoot if anybody tries to create irregularities at the polling stations during the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman. DIG of Dhaka range told this to the newsmen in Narayanganj’s Masdair Police Line area on Tuesday. “If anybody tries to snatch ballot box, seize polling station, or breach polling station security, law enforcement will open fire. Action will be taken against those policemen who would not open fire,” he said. Earlier on Monday, 22 platoons of BGB deployed to the electoral zones and the process ...

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Amnesty International warns Myanmar over Rohingya outrage

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MNA Editorial Desk: The actions of Myanmar’s military may constitute crimes against humanity, human rights group Amnesty International has warned, based on accounts of violence against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Myanmar has come under heavy criticism for its army’s forceful treatment of the Rohingya, and international human rights groups have accused the military of mass murder, looting and rape, reported news agency. “The Myanmar military has targeted Rohingya civilians in a callous and systematic campaign of violence,” said Rafendi Djamin, Southeast Asia director for Amnesty International. “The deplorable actions of the military could be part of a widespread and ...

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Country’s oldest jail opens to public as museum


MNA National Desk: The two-century old Dhaka Central Jail that has borne witness to much of the country’s brutal history has opened to the public as a museum. The last inmates of the 228-year-old prison in the capital’s old Mughal quarters were relocated in July this year, and the gates of the 35-acre facility opened, allowing people to explore the jail for a 100 taka (US$1.25) ticket rather than being arrested first. Over the last two centuries, the jail – the biggest in Bangladesh until it closed – has been a central stage for much of the country’s history. Scores ...

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Three engineers suspended over PM flight fault


MNA Editorial Desk: The Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Wednesday suspended three more engineers after an investigation found their negligence in duty that caused a Prime Minister carrying flight to make emergency landing in Turkmenistan. The suspended officials are recognized as Chief Engineer Debesh Chowdhury (Production), Chief Engineer SA Siddique (Quality) and Belal Hossain (System and Maintenance). The decision was taken after getting the full report of the probe committee formed by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said Shakil Meraj, general manager (public relations) of the national flag carrier. The civil aviation ministry, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB), and Biman had formed three ...

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Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa passes away


MNA Editorial Desk: The chief minister of India’s Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, who is Amma to many in India, has died in a Chennai hospital on Monday, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68-years-old, reported news agency. Jayalalithaa had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was rushed back to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Barely two weeks ago, after doctors and her party said she was fully recovered from a respiratory illness, she was moved from the critical care unit to a private room kitted out with emergency equipment, said the Indian television channel. Just ...

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Nasirnagar Attack: Protesters blocked Shahbagh crossing

MNA Editorial Desk: Protesters blocked Shahbagh crossing for about seven hours since noon protesting against attacks on Hindus at Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria. The protesters also burned the effigy of fisheries and livestock minister and Member of Parliament from Brahmanbaria-1 (Nasirnagar) constituency, Sayedul Hoque. The demonstrators demanded resignation of the minister, who received widesprad criticism allegedly for his derogatory remarks on the Nasirnagar incident. Concluding the blockade, protesters’ spokesperson Manik Rakshit issued a three-day ultimatum to the minister to resign or they would block roads and highways at important places across the country on November 15. Different organisations including Jago Hindu ...

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Full verdict on section 54, 167 released

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday released the full text of its judgment on section 54 and 167 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) upholding the High Court verdict. The full verdict was published with a ruling that police cannot arrest and detain any person without any warrant on suspicion. The apex court released the verdict after the judges concerned signed it, according to a source in the SC Registrar Office. Earlier on May 24, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, delivered the verdict  after dismissing an appeal by ...

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Trump 45th U.S. President; Hillary concedes defeat


MNA Editorial Desk: Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States after Hillary Clinton called him to concede in one of the most divisive elections in modern US history. The Republican nominee won on Wednesday after capturing Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold. Mr. Trump addresses a gathering at Trump Towers. “I congratulated Hillary for a hard fought campaign; we owe her a debt of gratitude. Time to bind the wounds, come together,” he says. He says it’s “time for us to come together,” pledges to be president “for all Americans.” He ...

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