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AL leaders suspended over Nasirnagar temple attack


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League suspended three of its local leaders over their involvement in the attack on Hindu community in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar upazila on Friday. They are Nasirnagar Union Parishad Chairman Abul Hashem, also assistant secretary of AL’s upazila unit, Faruk Mia, president of Haripur union, and Haji Suruj, chief of Chapartola union unit. Meanwhile, the district AL formed a five-member committee, headed by its vice-president Helal Uddin, to probe whether the suspended leaders were involved in the attacks, reported news agency. A mob demolished a number of Hindu temples and nearly 100 houses in Nasirnagar on October 30 ...

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AL MP Badi jailed three years for corruption


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League MP Abdur Rahman Badi have been jailed for three years and slapped Tk. 1 million fine on Wednesday on charges of obtaining money from unknown sources in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). A Dhaka court’s Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar delivered the verdict with Badi on the dock. ACC filed the case with Ramna Police Station on August 21, 2014, accusing the legislator of amassing wealth illegally and concealing information in his wealth statement. According to the case statement, Badi acquired Tk. 108.6 million from unidentified illegal sources. The property value ...

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ACC arrests Hall-Mark chairman Jasmine Islam

Jasmine Islam

MNA Editorial Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday arrested Hall-Mark group chairman Jasmine Islam in a money embezzlement charge of Tk 85.87 crore from Janata Bank. An ACC team detained Jasmine from Dhaka at afternoon. ACC deputy assistant director filed a case with Motijheel police station against 16 people. On October 2012, the ACC filed 11 cases against 27 top officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group including Jasmine Islam, who secured bail in all the cases later. On 16 February 2016, a Dhaka court indicted 19 people, including Hallmark Chairperson Jesmine Islam and Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud, in ...

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First-ever UP polling in Ex-exclaves underway


MNA Editorial Desk: For the first time voters of the 100 former Indian enclaves are exercising their franchise as the polling of 22 Union Parishads (UPs) in those areas started on Monday morning.  The polling started around 8am and will end 4pm. The polling in those areas is being held simultaneously along with the polling in some 380 more UPs across the country, reported news agency.. Full-fledged election will be held in 59 UPs, while there will be by-elections to one chairman post and some member posts, reserved seats set aside exclusively for women in 67 UPs. According to Election ...

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Bangladesh-born scientist wins Prince Sultan Award

Prince Sultan

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladeshi-born American scientist Shafiqul Islam jointly won the prestigious Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW). The prize was awarded to the team of Shafiqul Islam (Tufts University, USA) and Rita Colwell (University of Maryland at College Park) for their vigorous performances in developing and testing a model that uses chlorophyll information from satellite data to predict cholera outbreaks at least three to six months in advance, according to the official website of PSIPW. Shafiqul Islam has applied Colwell’s findings to relate chlorophyll levels and cholera outbreaks in the Bay of Bengal. The 7th PSIPW ...

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PM launches toll-free Child Helpline – 1098

child helpline

MNA Editorial Disk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday launched countrywide coverage of Bangladesh’s first toll-free child helpline – 1098 to provide a free telephone service to children who are facing violence, abuse and exploitation. The child helpline – 1098 enables anyone to report child rights violations, child abuse, exploitation or any other act of disruption to the protection of children by calling a toll-free number, 1098, from any corner of the country, through any mobile phone operator, said a press release. The child help line operates a 24-hour telephone line and also links children with existing social protection services ...

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Awami League announces names of 22 secretaries

22 secretaries

MNA Editorial Desk: Ruling Awami League on Tuesday declared names of more 22 secretaries of its 81-member working committee. Obaidul Quader, the new general secretary of the party, declared the names of new committee at a press briefing held in the party president’s office in Dhanmondi. The organizing secretaries are Ahamad Hossain, Misbah Uddin Siraj, BM Muzammel Haque, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, and Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury. The departmental secretaries are finance and planning secretary Tipu Munshi, law affairs secretary Abdul Matin Khasru, information and research secretary Afzal Hossain, relief ...

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Sheikh Hasina remains President while Obaidul elected GS


MNA Editorial Desk: Sheikh Hasina remains President and Obaidul Quader is elected the new General Secretary (GS) of country’s oldest political party, Awami League. The decision came during the late hours of the second day of the 20th National Council of the party. The post of President never faced challenged from the very beginning of the council but there was severe interest from the people for the position of General Secretary as it was in discussion that, the veteran politician Syed Ashraful Islam might be replaced with a new GS and that exactly happened. The new leadership of the party ...

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Sheikh Hasina asked to take preparations for next election

take preparations

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the leaders and activists of Awami League to take preparations for the next general elections for a third consecutive win, reported news agency. “In order to ensure current pace of development, Awami League has to win for the third term. So, from now on you will have to take all out preparations to this end,” she said on the second day of the AL 20th National Council at Engineers’ Institution Auditorium on Sunday morning. “We’ve to convince the people that the country’s socioeconomic development takes place when Awami League remains in power,” ...

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BNP followed AL’s trend by not attending AL Council


MNA Editorial Desk: One of the two leading political parties of the country, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) followed its biggest political opponent Awami League(AL)’s trend by not attending AL’s 20th National Council at capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan. BNP received invitation to attend this council on Thursday. BNP’s Joint Secretary General, Moazzem Hossain Alal said and hinted on Friday that, BNP would participate in the Awami League’s Council. It is rare for these two parties to come along at a sigle stage or venue. Hence, people were having their eyes on BNP’s participation in this AL Council. But BNP did not show ...

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Suhrawardy Udyan closed for common people


MNA Editorial Desk: Ahead of the 20th National Council of ruling Awami League, Suhrawardy Udyan has been closed for the public and sufficient measures have been taken by the law enforcement agencies to protect any kind of unexpected hazards at those days. After an inspection of the park on Wednesday, Asaduzzaman Mia, DMP Commissioner, told the media that they were taking over security preparations in line with an SSF directive. Suhrawardy Udyan also scanned by Dog Squads from security agencies following which police would take charge of the park on Oct 21, he said. Earlier on Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina said ...

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Teargas, water cannons fired at a rally towards Indian HC


MNA Editorial Desk: Law enforcement agency foiled a rally of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port near Mowchak area in the capital on Tuesday. The rally is opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant at Bagerhat’s Rampal near the Sundarbans. Police fired teargas shells and used water cannons to disperse the rally heading towards the Indian High Commission with an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bangladesh has signed the deal for the 1,300-megawatt thermal power plant with India’s energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. A Bangladeshi-India joint venture company signed an agreement ...

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Money provider for Gulshan attack joins Islamic State

Islamic State

MNA Editorial Desk: Police on Tuesday said that they had recognized three people as the chief suppliers of finance for the Gulshan cafe attack and one of them had joined Islamic State. The July attack was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State, hit by a spate of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in the past year. Police identified one of the three as a doctor who left Bangladesh with his family for Syria to join Islamic State, reported news agency. He provided 8 million taka ($100,000) for a faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), known as New ...

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Leftist politician Ajoy Roy passes away

Ajoy Roy

MNA Editorial Desk: Veteran leftist politician Ajoy Roy passed away at his Dhanmondi residence in Dhaka around 5am on Monday. He was 89-year-old and suffering from old age complications for a long time. He was also the president of Sammilito Samajik Andolon, a citizens’ platform for democratic social reform and also a coordinator of a stage against militancy and communalism. He left his wife Joyonti Roy with two daughters and a son who live in the US and Germany. The body has been kept at the morgue of Dhaka’s BIRDEM Hospital. Ajoy’s body will be kept at the Central Sheed ...

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Sheikh Hasina at BRICS-BIMSTEC summit in Goa


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in India’s Goa on Sunday morning to join the BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders’ Outreach Summit. The two-day summit kicked off in the Indian southwest state, Goa, on Saturday with the theme ‘BRICS-BIMSTEC: A Partnership in Opportunities’. It is being organized on the sidelines of BRICS Summit that began on Saturday, reported news agency. As host of this year’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, India, as is the practice, can invite neighboring countries to join in for an outreach summit. Hasina landed in Goa at 10:30 a.m. and was greeted by Prime ...

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Bangladeshi, Chinese firms signed $13.6 billion in trade


MNA Business Desk: Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping’s brief tour to Bangladesh, a trade group official said Saturday. The deals are in addition to $20 billion in loan agreements that the two governments signed on Friday, in a mark of Beijing’s growing ties with Dhaka, which is a very close ally of regional power India. The deals were signed after the FBCCI, Bangladesh’s top trade and business lobbyist group, and the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) organized a two-day tete-e-tete between business ...

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Ruhul Kabir Rizvi gets HC bail in violence case

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

MNA Editorial Desk: The High Court on Thursday granted bail to BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi for six months in a violence case filed in 2015. An HC vocational bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Shahidul Karim issued the order after hearing on a petition, reported news agency. Advocates Joynul Abedin and Johirul Islam Sumon led the hearing for the BNP leader. On 28 January 2015, a case was filed against some BNP leaders, including Rizvi, with Ramna police station for torching a bus in the city’s Matsya Bhaban area that killed a policeman. On ...

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RAB detained 39 at airport while going Libya illegally

Libya illegally

MNA Editorial Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members detained 39 people at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Thursday while they were going to Libya illegally. Being tipped off that some people were trying to go Libya with fake visa and documents, a team of RAB-7 conducted a drive at the airport around 11:30am and arrested the 39 people, said Chandan Debnath, assistant director of media wing of RAB-7. Several human traffickers were among the arrestees, he said. A press briefing about the drive was held at Patenga RAB headquarters in the afternoon, reported news agency. However, earlier on ...

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Mashrafe and Sabbir fined, Buttler warned


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman have both been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, while England captain Jos Buttler has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during their sides’ second One-Day International in Mirpur on Sunday, said a release published on the ICC website on Monday. Both the Bangladesh players were found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke ...

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Two Myanmar policemen killed on Bangladesh border


MNA Editorial Desk: Two policemen were killed in coordinated attacks by an unidentified group on posts along Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh early Sunday morning, police said. The attacks hit three border posts around 1:30am near Maungdaw in Rakhine, an impoverished state on Myanmar’s western flank simmering with religious tensions between Buddhists and Muslims. A police source also confirmed the attacks; adding as many as eight policemen might have been killed, as well as some of the attackers, reported news agency. A number of arms were also detained by the assailants from the border posts, that source added. Rakhine has been ...

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11 suspected militants killed in Gazipur, Tangail raid

Police revealed

MNA Editorial Desk: A total of eleven suspected militants were killed in a combined raid dived by the counter-terrorism unit of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in different areas of Gajipur and Tangail on Saturday. Two suspected militants were killed in a raid Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kagmara area of Tangail district town in the early morning. RAB also has driven an operation in two suspected militant grottos in Gazipur since Saturday and killed two suspected militants. The identity of these eleven militants could not be recognized yet. Law enforcement agency had surrounded a house at Harinal area ...

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MP’s group selfie with Khadija drawn public anger

group selfie

MNA Editorial Desk: Three women leaders of ruling Awami League’s associate Juba Mohila League have drawn severe public anger over group selfie taken beside the bed of Khadija Akter Nargis. MP Sabina Akter Tuhin posted the group selfie with Juba Awami Mohila League general secretary Apu Ukil and joint general secretary Koheli Kuddus on her Facebook profile on Wednesday evening. In another status, Sabina wrote, “We despise people like Badrul. My BCL brother Imran took the girl to hospital and donated blood for her.” However after the viral selfies Sabina in another post claimed that the photos were not selfies ...

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Court cleared Tahmid Hasib Khan of all charges

Tahmid Hasib

MNA Editorial Desk: Tahmid Hasib Khan, student of University of Toronto, has been cleared of all charges after the court on Wednesday two days after he was granted bail. Court ruled that he had no connection with the Holey Artisan attack in Gulshan on 1 July. Tahmid, a Bangladeshi-origin Canadian, who was detained under Section 54 of the CrPC in linking with the Gulshan attack. Tahmid and Hasnat Karim, former North South University teacher, suspected masterminds of the 1 July Gulshan attack, was detained by the police force from Bashundhara residential area in the capital on 3 August. However, Hasnat ...

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British scientists win 2016 Nobel physics prize

2016 Nobel

MNA Exclusive Desk: British-born David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics for studies of unusual states of matter such as in superconductors, the award-giving body said on Tuesday. “Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($937,000) prize. “Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics.” Thouless was awarded half the prize with the other half divided between Haldane and Kosterlitz. Physics is ...

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Pope Francis to come Bangladesh in 2017

Pope Francis

MNA Editorial Desk: Pope Francis announced on Sunday he would “almost certainly” visit India and Bangladesh in 2017, as he wrapped up a three-day tour in the Caucasus and headed home to Rome, reported news agency. Asked on board the papal plane what his plans for the coming year were, the Argentine pope confirmed he would join the big annual pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal next year. According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds six times over the course of the year 1917, the first time on May 13. The sanctuary will mark the centenary ...

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PM inaugurated smart NID cards distribution


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the circulation of much- awaited machine readable smart national identity (NID) cards on Sunday among 10 crore citizens. Sheikh Hasina unlocked the procedure through giving biometric details, impression of 10 fingers and picture of her iris at a programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital, reported news agency. The supply of NID cards will begin in two city corporations in Dhaka and in now-defunct Dashiarchhara enclave in Fulbari upazila in Kurigram from tomorrow. Then smart cards would be distributed at upazila, municipality, union and ward levels in phases. According to ...

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19th SAARC summit set to be postponed

19th SAARC

MNA Editorial Desk: The 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit in Islamabad is set to be postponed, as Bangladesh and India are not going to attend it citing growing interference in the internal affairs of member states as well as the recent terror attack in India. The summit is slated for November 9-10. Nepal, which is the current chairperson of SAARC, asked for new venue after countries refuse to go to Islamabad India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan refused to attend the event in Islamabad citing increase in terrorism leading to deterioration of regional peace and security in ...

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