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SP Babul is not under police watch

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MNA Editorial Desk: Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Home minster, on Tuesday said SP Babul Akter is not under police watch. “We never said he (Babul) is under our observation. We are not thinking of his involvement in the murder either,” Asaduzzaman said while talking to newsmen after a discussion organized by the Department of Narcotics Control in Dhaka. The minister also said about the interrogation on him that “The suspected killers were made to face Babul so that he could try identifying them or could help reveal the mystery. Video footage analysis made it clear who had killed her. We nabbed ...

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Brexit pitches world into uncharted terrain

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MNA Editorial Desk: UK leaving the EU as the decision became obvious, Brexit pitches the world as we know it into uncharted terrain. Decelerating growth, a return to protectionism, inquiring for free trade agreements and worries over the solidity of the EU – the global economy is ingoing an era of bottomless uncertainty following Brexit. “We are moving into completely uncharted territory where the only certainty will be uncertainty,” said Jean-Michel Six, chief economist for Europe at SP Global Ratings. Britain voted by 52% to 48% for their country to leave the EU in spite of dire warnings from world ...

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Dhaka mayors get rank and status of minister

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka mayors will now get the rank and status of a minister. Mayors of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have been given full ministerial status. And the mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation has been given the status of deputy minister. The cabinet division issued a gazette notification yesterday in this regard, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam. “The status of mayors for the other city corporations remains unchanged,” he said The government took the decision in this regard on Tuesday, said a gazette notification issued by the Cabinet Division. Dhaka North ...

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Author J.K. Rowling criticized Brexit movement

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MNA Editorial Desk: Author of the famous Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has criticized the Brexit movement, taking the ‘leave’ camp to task for suggesting the UK can somehow regain its former glory by leaving the EU. She also lamented a ‘remain’ campaign focused on fear. J.K. Rowling has called out the unpleasant campaign leading up to Thursday’s referendum on EU membership, condemning both sides of conjuring monsters in order to panic voters to their side. “I’m not an expert on much,” she wrote on her website, “but I do know how to create a monster. If we can’t see ...

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Sushma said Bangladesh taking steps against terrorism

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MNA Editorial Desk: Sushma Swaraj,Indian external affairs minister, answering to a media, questioning about attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, said that, the Bangladesh government is taking proper steps against terrorism. “The Bangladesh government is not sitting idle over the attacks on minorities. They are taking proper steps in this regard,” said Sushma at a press conference. Alleged militants attacked and murdered university professors, writers, publishers, secular bloggers, gay rights activists, foreigners, policemen and members of religious minorities. Swaraj’s remarks came days after West Bengal units of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress party pronounced anxiety over the recent killings in Bangladesh ...

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Alleged attacker of Madaripur teacher shot dead

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MNA Editorial Desk: Faizullah Fahim, alleged attacker of Madaripur teacher, was shot dead during a police drive in Miarchar area of Sadar upazila at Madaripur Saturday morning. Sarwat Hossain, Madaripur police superintendent, told to media that police along with the suspect, Golam Faizullah Fahim, 19-year-old, went for a drive to arrest his associates in the area while the incident happened. Ripon Chakrabarty, a mathematics teacher at the Government Nazimuddin College, was hacked by three youths, with sharp weapons on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to kill him. The attackers first knocked at his door near the college’s main entry and ...

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Advance bus tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr from June 20

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MNA Editorial Desk: To reduce the hassle of the people in collecting tickets for returning home for Eid- ul-Fitr in rush, it has been decided that advance bus tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr will be sold from June 20. Bus proprietors will start selling advance tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr travelers on next Monday, June 20. Ramesh Chandra Ghosh, Vice-President of Bus-Truck Owners Association. The owner of Shyamoli Paribahan told the media about the decision on Tuesday. He further said no bus service will take extra money as fare from the homebound people. Raju Ahmed, Hanif Paribahan’s manager for the northern districts also said ...

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RMG workers demand Eid bonus by June 26

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MNA Editorial Desk: Issues related to bonus of RMG workers are occurring every year and this year, the RMG workers demand Eid bonus by June 26. The leaders of different labor organizations on Friday demanded payment of their salaries and Eid bonus by June 26 (20th Ramadan) as they gathered to raisee voice at a human-chain organized in front of the National Press Club on Monday. This call came from a human-chain, attended by leaders and members of Bangladesh Garments Industry Workers Federation, National Garments Workers Alliance and other labor leaders on Friday. They told that, the labors will not ...

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More than thousand detained on first day of crackdown

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MNA Editorial Desk: More than 1,000 people, including BNP-Jamaat Shibir men, have been detained in some districts and the capital city on the first day of the crackdown as the law enforcement agencies threw a week wide anti-militant combing operation on Friday. The pronouncement to go threatening on the extremists was occupied at a meeting chaired by IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque at Police Headquarters in Dhaka on Thursday, five days after the murder of decorated SP Babul Aktar’s wife Mahmuda Aktar Mitu in Chittagong. Apart from the capital, the captures were reported from Chittagong, Feni, Rajshahi, Natore, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Satkhira, ...

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Three militants killed in shootouts

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MNA Editorial Desk: Three people suspected as militants were killed in three distinct shootouts between their associates and law enforcers in Dhaka, Rajshahi and Brahmanbaria yesterday. Police claimed the two killed in the capital were Tareque Hasan Milu and Sultan Mahmud Rana, aged between 25 and 40 in shootouts. They were operators of forbidden militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Tareque was openly linked to the killing of Rajshahi University Professor AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee and the bomb attack at Kantaji temple. Rana had associations with the Bogra Shia mosque attack, said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational ...

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Wife of Police super shot dead

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MNA Editorial Desk: Wife of a Police Super  has been shot dead at Chittagong. As it was reported, Mahmuda Aktar, wife of a police officer, was shot dead near her home at Chittagong on Sunday. Police said motorcycle-borne assailants attacked the woman around on Sunday while she was on her way to drop her son to school. The victim Mahmuda Aktar was married to Superintendent of Police Babul Aktar, who was working as an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) in Chittagong before being recently promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP). He was at the headquarters ...

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Muhammad Ali, greatest boxer of all time passes away

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MNA Editorial Desk: Muhammad Ali, 74-years-old,  the greatest boxer of all time passes away after being rushed to hospital with breathing problems following 32-year battle with Parkinson’s. Ali’s family said his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and thanked the public for their outpouring of support. The three-time heavyweight champion had been on life support at a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona, after he was found ‘barely breathing’ at his home on Thursday. He was taken to hospital with an ‘unshakeable cough’, a separate source said, with his fatal respiratory problems likely to have been complicated by ...

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Budget for 2016-17 fiscal year

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MNA Editorial Desk: AMA Muhith, Finance minister, is set to place the national budget for the next fiscal year, 2016-17 at parliament on Thursday afternoon with a likely outlay of Tk. 340,605 crore (3.4 trillion) aiming to create more jobs, wooing investment and speeding up the implementation of a clutch of ‘transformational’ mega-projects. Muhith will place his 8th successive budget as finance minister of the AL-led coalition that has been in power since 2009, and his own 10th overall, putting him in a tie with the late Saifur Rahman. Muhith is projected to start his demonstration using PowerPoint at 3pm. ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina worries about Mustafizur

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MNA Editorial Desk: Mustafizur Rahman’s charming presentation in the IPL has pleased everyone but the fresh bowler should also be cautious about too much exposure, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said as she worries about the cutter master. The pacer, who backed home on Monday night after a battle with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Indian Premier League, became a subject of conversation at the meeting of the Executive Committee on National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday. Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal said: “(Hasina) has wished Mustafiz. She said ‘we are proud of him. But he has to be careful.” “The prime ...

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Gorilla killed after baby falls into zoo enclosure

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MNA Editorial Desk: A gorilla was fatally shot to be killed after a baby falls into the zoo enclosure at an Ohio zoo this weekend. The incident happened after it picked up a young boy who had tumbled into an exhibit, officials said. The encounter at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden occurred Saturday afternoon when the boy crawled through a barrier and fell into a moat at the facility’s outdoor gorilla center, zoo director Thane Maynard told reporters. The boy wasn’t seriously hurt in the fall, Maynard said at a news conference, but after he dropped into the enclosure, ...

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Mustafizur named Emerging Player of IPL 2016

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladeshi sensation Mustafizur Rahman has been named the ‘Emerging Player of IPL 2016’ to top off an extraordinary run after his team Sunrisers Hyderabad won the title for the first time. In an exciting high-scoring final on Sunday night, Hyderabad sealed an 8-run win against Royal Challengers Bangalore who put up a valiant effort in their own backyard, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The 20-year-old seamer’s four-over spell went for 37 for one wicket, which complemented a total of 17 wickets from 16 matches at a remarkable economy rate of 6.90 – the lowest among bowlers who bowled ...

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10 killed in violence in 5th phase union council elections

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MNA Editorial Desk: At least 10 people, comprising two applicants, have been killed in violence in the 5th phase of the union council elections. Voting was held in 717 unions under 45 districts on Saturday amid violence and accusations of rigging and other misconducts. The two candidates murdered were Kamal Uddin, BNP rebel chairman candidate at Comilla’s Titas, and MdYasin, who was competing for the post of member at Chittagong’s Karnaphuli. In Jamalpur, poll violence sued four lives, the highest in a district. They died after police unlocked fire to put an end to a clash between followers of two ...

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DRICM contribute to national economic growth

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MNA Editorial Desk: DRICM with a prospect to contribute in national economic growth arranged a seminar on the eve of ‘World Measurement Day’. A seminar titled ‘Contribution of DRICM on Research, Industrialization and National Economic Growth’ was held on Tuesday, as a part of celebrating the ‘World Measurement Day 2016’ at DRICM auditorium.  The seminar was held at the final stages of a week-long program arranged by Designated Reference Institute for Chemical measurements (DRICM) of BCSIR. Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Yafes Osman, was present as the Chief Guest at the seminar. Prime Minister’s Media Adviser, Mr. Iqbal Sobhan ...

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Cyclone Roanu killed 23 people

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MNA Editorial Desk: At least 23 people were killed and 13 others were missing after Cyclone Roanu made landfall yesterday afternoon on Chittagong-Noakhali coast. The cyclone damaged tens of thousands of mud-and-tin houses in the impoverished southern districts, with many low-lying villages inundated by a storm surge that swelled up to seven feet high. Tens of thousands of people left their homes in the coastal areas for safety ahead of the storm and afterwards amid high tides, wind gusts and incessant rain. Authorities took more than 500,000 people into shelters as the cyclone made landfall just after midday, packing winds ...

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Teacher humiliation incident seeks apology

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MNA Editorial Desk: According to different class of people, the teacher humiliation incident seeks apology from MP Salim Osman. University teachers demanded an apology from MP AKM Salim Osman for publicly shaming a teacher in Narayanganj by making him squat while holding his ears. People are making angry posts and changing profile pictures with photos of them holding ears captioned ‘Sorry sir’ in a stunning show of solidarity with the teacher. In a statement on Tuesday, FBUTA (Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations), described the incident as the ‘highest form of savagery’. Being forced to do squats while holding one’s ...

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River diversion to intrigue Indo-Bangla water dispute

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MNA Editorial Desk: River Diversion by India in the upcoming days is going to intrigue Indo-Bangla river water dispute. A senior minister of India has announced that India is going to divert water from its rivers to deal with its severe drought. Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati said transferring water, including from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, to drought-prone areas is now her government’s top priority. At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India. Drought is taking place as heat wave spreads across India, with the temperatures in surplus of 40C. The Inter Linking ...

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NASA discovers 1,200 new planets

MNA Editorial Desk: The universe is yet to be explored; truly as reports say, NASA discovers 1,200 new planets and the universe just got bigger. NASA has announced an astonishing discovery of more than 1,200 new planets, several of which orbit in their sun’s habitable zone. The discovery more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler, giving scientists hope that they may eventually discover another Earth-like planet that could harbor life. The Kepler spacecraft has been looking for Earth-like planets since May 2009 and before the recent findings had discovered thousands of candidate planets, including 12 in the ...

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Nizami hanged for 1971 liberation war crimes

Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged for 1971 liberation war crimes on Wednesday night. The death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami was executed as Bangladesh hanged the Islamist party leader for genocide and other crimes committed during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Nizami, head of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the war. Nizami, 73, a former legislator and minister during opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s ...

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SWIFT technicians left Bangladesh Bank vulnerable to hackers

It is becoming more visible day by day that SWIFT technicians left Bangladesh Bank system vulnerable to hackers. Bangladesh’s central bank became more vulnerable to hackers when technicians from SWIFT, the global financial network, connected a new bank transaction system to SWIFT messaging three months before a $81 million cyber heist, Bangladeshi police and a bank official alleged. Technicians from SWIFT (Society for the Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), connected a new bank transaction system to SWIFT messaging three months before an $81 million cyber heist. And that time Bangladesh become more vulnerable to hackers. Mohammad Shah Alam, the head of ...

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Bus driver’s son became London’s first Muslim mayor

Sadiq Khan, a proud Pakistani-born bus driver’s son became London’s first Muslim mayor. He is so liberal that, he backed gay marriage and even launched his campaign in a pub. The Labor Party MP also put tackling terrorism and ‘rooting out its cancer’ at the heart of his election manifesto and pledged to put the capital on a ‘war-footing from day one’. Mayor Khan was helped into City Hall by Tory rival Zac Goldsmith’s campaign, which was even branded ‘racist’ by his own party after he claimed Labor ‘thinks terrorists are its friends’. But his political career has been dogged ...

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Eight Bangladeshi terrorists detained in Singapore

The Singapore government on Tuesday announced the arrest of eight Bangladeshi terrorists detained in Singapore for terror attacks in home country, including assassinations, to establish an Islamic state. The men, aged between 26 and 34, called their group the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) and intended to join terror group ISIS as foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. But as it was difficult to travel to the Middle East, these terrorists focused on returning to Bangladesh to topple their government through violent means, set up an Islamic State there, and bring it under the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State ...

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AQIS claim responsibility of Xulhaz murder

US-based monitoring agency SITE Intelligence Group confirmed Ansar Al Islam (AQIS), Bangladesh branch of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the murder of Xulhaz Mannan and his friend. In a Twitter post by spokesperson of Ansar Al Islam, Mufti Abdullah Ashraf, AQIS’s Bangladesh unit, said their ‘mujahidins’ assassinated the two for being ‘pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh’. The twitter account mentioned as @Ansar_Islam_BD posted a statement, one in Bangla and the other in English. “Alhamdulillah, By the grace of Almighty Allah, the Mujahidin of Ansar Al-Islam (AQIS, Bangladesh branch) were able to assassin Xulhaz ...

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