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UNGA adopts Bangladesh’s resolution on culture of peace


MNA Exclusive Desk: Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh’s flagship resolution on the ‘Culture of Peace’. Chargé d’ Affaires and deputy permanent representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated the proposal on Wednesday. The DPR also mentioned culture of peace is an aspiration of all humankind. “Promoting and inculcating a mindset of a culture of peace is at the core of the creative management of differences and divisions”. The concept of ‘Culture of Peace’ as a General Assembly (GA) agenda was first mooted by Bangladesh in 1999. The ...

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AL to win by majority in election: EIU


MNA Exclusive Desk: London-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted that the ruling Awami League would return to power with majority of parliamentary seats at the 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. In the country report on Bangladesh, published on December 4, EIU stated that the Awami League will win the next polls by majority principally due to the fact that it has overseen solid economic growth. The report also specifically mentions the reputation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as being the key factor in the next election, stating that she remains the most popular candidate, according to numerous local ...

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Awami League’s election alliance has put forward 303 candidates to contest in the upcoming general election for 300 constituencies. Ruling Awami League has submitted its final list of 258 candidates; who will be contesting in the general election under the party’s banner. In its list submitted to the Election Commission today, the final day of setting candidates, it has given 16 seats to alliance members and left 26 seats vacant. Jatiya Party has announced that it will be contesting under the party symbol ‘Plough’ in 29 constituencies.

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The BNP yesterday announced the final list of 298 candidates, including 60 for its allies in the 20-party and the Jatiya Oikyafront. Two other seats — Chottogram-14 and Cox’s Bazar-2 — have been kept for Liberal Democratic Party Chairman Col (retd) Oli Ahmed and Jamaat leader Hamidur Rahman Azad. Oli will contest the December 30 polls with his party symbol “umbrella” while Azad as an independent candidate. All the 298 others will use BNP’s electoral symbol — “sheaf of paddy”. There are no rebel candidates from the BNP and its allies. Meanwhile, the party has also finalised ...

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EC rejects Khaleda’s all appeals


MNA Exclusive Desk: The Election Commission on Saturday upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election. On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the Commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three election commissioners—Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury—rejected Khaleda’s appeals, while election commissioner MahbubTalukder accepted her candidature. Later, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the Commission’s judgment around 5:55pm rejecting the BNP chairperson’s three ...

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Over 300 retired bureaucrats endorse Awami League

Awami League

MNA Exclusive Desk: Over 300 retired senior public servants, including former chairmen of different commissions, senior secretaries and secretaries, have endorsed Awami League and the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reported news agency. The retired public servants expressed their solidarity when they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban on Friday. Former Anti-Corruption chairman M Badiuzzaman, former principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former chairman of Energy Regulatory Commission AR Khan, former chairman of Privatization Commission Mollah Wahiduzzaman, ex-comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, former senior secretaries Mezbah-ul Alam and Unusur Rahman are ...

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Hasina 26th most powerful women in world


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has advanced four notches and has been ranked 26th position on the Forbes 2018 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Hasina’s position on the list was 30th in 2017, 36th in 2016 and 59th in 2015. In Hasina’s profile the magazine said in 2017, Hasina provided aid to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, allotting 2,000 acres of land in Bangladesh for the refugees. According to the list of the magazine published on Tuesday, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list for the eighth consecutive year. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and IMF’s ...

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Viqarunnisa principal among 3 teachers suspended

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Education Ministry directed the school management to suspend its three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, including its acting principal, over the suicide of a student. While talking to reporters at his secretariat office on Wednesday Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the ministry also decided to cancel MPO benefits of trio. Earlier on Monday Aritri Adhikari, 16, student of Viqarunnisa’s Baily Road branch and daughter of Dilip Adhikari, has allegedly killed herself after the school authorities had humiliated her and her parents allegedly for copying answers from the mobile phone. The three teaches are ...

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EC rejects one-fourth of nomination papers

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Election Commission has rejected nearly one-fourth of the nomination papers submitted for the 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. The commission scrutinized a total of 3,065 nomination applications yesterday and rejected 786, approving the nomination papers of 2,279 candidates. The candidates whose nomination papers have been rejected can appeal against their disqualification, which must be done by December 5. Hearing on these appeals will be held on December 6-8. Nomination papers of several heavyweight candidates from the opposition parties, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Abdul Kader Siddique, have been cancelled. No ...

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Suu Kyi avoids Rohingya crisis in speech

Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi did not mention the Rohingya crisis — which has led the United Nations to call for a genocide investigation — in her keynote address to an international meeting organised by a group linked to the Unification Church. “At the basis of conflict is ill-will which seeks to hurt and to destroy and thus to open the way to conflict, which in turn spews out an ever-renewing cycle of hate and fear, snuffing out the light of peace,” Suu Kyi said. Suu Kyi called for cooperation between nations to seek peace ...

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Ijtema ground turns into battlefield; Over 100 injured


MNA Exclusive Desk: Top leader of Tabligh Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalvi’s supporters and their rivals has locked into a clash at Airport Intersection in Dhaka. The clash erupted around 8am on Saturday, reported news agency. Following a chase and counter chase between the two groups, panic spread among the city dwellers. The clash also led to heavy traffic from Mohakhali to Uttara. The conflict between the two factions continued from the last session of Biswa Ijtema, Tabligh Jamaat’s annual event and the largest Muslim congregation after the hajj. The groups locked into another clash over the conflict at Dhaka’s Kakrail ...

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3056 candidates submit nomination papers

MNA Exclusive Desk: A total of 3056 candidates, including 265 in 20 seats of capital Dhaka, have submitted their nomination papers across the country to contest the upcoming general election billed for December 30. As per the Election Commission tally, 3,056 individuals and contenders of political parties filed their nominations forms for 300 seats by the deadline, reports news agency. Briefing reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban on Wednesday night, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said 23 contestants filed nomination papers online. The highest 22 nomination papers were filed for Dhaka-8, while the lowest four nomination forms for Magura-2, said the ...

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150 retired armed forces officers meet PM


MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 150 retired officers of Army, Navy and Air Force expressed solidarity with the Awami League and pledged to work for the party’s victory in the upcoming national election. The retired officers pledged allegiance to the party in presence of Prime Minister and the party President Sheikh Hasina at a function in Ganabhaban. Top-level Navy officials to stand in solidarity with Awami League Dhaka Tribune PM’s Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, Ex-Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Wadud, Rear Admiral (retd) Harunur Rashid and Air Commodore (retd) Kazi ...

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Myanmar seizes boat with 93 Rohingya fleeing to Malaysia


MNA Exclusive Desk: Authorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach Malaysia, reported news agency. The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities. The ...

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Protests in Rakhine State opposing Rohingya return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Protesters in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state demonstrated on Sunday against the planned repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, referring to them as “runaway refugees”. About 100 people led by Buddhists monks marched through the state capital Sittwe holding red banners and chanting slogans, reported news agency. “All the people of the nation are responsible to protect the security of the country,” one monk said, according to a Facebook live streaming of the protest. “There will be no benefits to us or our country if we accept the Bengalis,” he added, using a derogatory term for the Rohingya ...

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Youths share their dreams of future Bangladesh with PM


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday interacted with a diverse group of youths and listened to their dreams, hopes and aspirations about future Bangladesh. Demonstrating a strong sense of enthusiasm and vigour, around 150 young people selected from across the country, including professionals, job holders, entrepreneurs, students, sports and cultural personalities, and representatives of various youth groups and associations took part in the discussion, ‘Let’s Talk with Sheikh Hasina’, organised by the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), reported news agency. For the first time in Bangladesh’s political history, the Prime Minister directly talked to the youth ...

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EC urges Election observers to follow policy


MNA Editorial Desk: Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Tuesday said the election observers should follow the Election Commission’s policy during the 11 parliamentary elections He also urged the election observers not to make any comment to the media on the day of the 11th parliamentary elections. “The election observers must stay at polling stations like statues, even if there’re irregularities,” said the secretary while briefing election observers about the rules and regulations while performing duties during the election, reports UNB. Besides, Helaluddin said, they will not be allowed to enter the polling stations with mobile phones and restricted polling ...

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Myanmar police shoot, injure 4 in Rohingya camp raid

Myanmar police

MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar police shot and injured four Rohingya Muslims on Sunday, after detaining two men accused of smuggling people out of a camp for displaced people in western Rakhine state, reported news agency. Some 20 police entered Ah Nauk Ye camp, about 15 km (9 miles) east of the state capital Sittwe on Sunday morning, apprehending the two men accused of owning a boat used in an attempt to smuggle 106 Rohingya out of the country on Friday. The rickety vessel, which carried 25 children among its passengers, had been bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it south ...

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UNGA committee approves Rohingya resolution


MNA Exclusive Desk: A UN committee has approved a resolution Friday condemning the continuing “gross human rights violations and abuses” against Rohingya Muslims who are treated as outsiders in Myanmar and were victims of a brutal campaign by the country’s military, reports news agency. The report says the General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution by a vote of 142-10, with 26 abstentions. The resolution could formally be adopted by the 193-member world body in December. Myanmar neighbours China, Cambodia and Laos and Russia voted against the measure. Bangladesh, which has given refuge to approximately 1.1 million Rohingyas, voted ...

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Rohingyas unwilling to go back, stages demonstrations


MNA Exclusive Desk: Although Bangladesh and Myanmar have completed all the necessary preparations to repatriate some 150 refugees, Rohingyas in different camps staged demonstrations on Thursday afternoon expressing their unwillingness to return to their homeland. Rohingyas at different camps in Jamtoli, Naikhangchhari and Teknaf areas are chanting slogans against the repatriation plan. Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mohammad Abul Kalam told reporters that although the local administration has been trying to take them to Ghumdhum point of Naikkhongchhari in Bandarbanon for starting the repatriation but they have not been able to do so yet. “No one of them will ...

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Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid return to Myanmar

Rohingya refugees

MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya refugees are fleeing the camps in Bangladesh, and some have gone into hiding, out of fear of being sent back to Myanmar this week, according to aid groups, reports news agency. Repatriation of the Rohingya is scheduled to begin on Thursday, but it is proving controversial, with the first batch of 4,000 “approved” refugees put on a list for return without their consent and most, if not all, have said they do not want to go back to Myanmar under current conditions. “The authorities repeatedly tried to motivate the ones on the returning refugee list to ...

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11th general election now on December 30

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced the new date while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of an electronic voting machine (EVM) exhibition at BICC-Bangabandhu International Conference, on Monday. Adhering to the new timetable, candidates must file their nomination papers either online, or manually, by November 28. However, the chief election commissioner did not announce the new dates for scrutinizing the nomination papers and the deadline for withdrawing nominations. Earlier, on November 8, the commission had declared December 23 as the date for the general election. “EVMs will be scrapped if the people do not have ...

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World leaders mark 100 years of WWI armistice

World leaders

MNA Exclusive Desk: World leaders gathered in Paris will lead global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions. Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital, reported news agency. British prime minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth will attend a separate event in London, while New Zealand and Australia are holding their own ceremonies. The Paris commemorations, centred on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the ...

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‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’: Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list


MNA Exclusive Desk: For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home. “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in the Jamtoli Camp in southeast Bangladesh. Reuters identified and spoke ...

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Too soon to send Rohingya back: UN rights envoy


MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations’ human rights investigator on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to drop plans to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a “high risk of persecution”. The two countries agreed on 30 October to begin the returns to Myanmar in mid-November. The UN refugee agency has already said that conditions in Rakhine state were “not yet conducive for returns”. Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in a statement that she had received credible information from the refugees in Cox’s Bazar ...

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No chance to delay polls schedule: CEC


MNA Editorial Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said that there is no chance to delay the announcement of polls schedule. But if all the political parties are agreed then the election date will be deferred inside the constitutional provisions. The CEC said this while talking to newsmen after inaugurating a training programme on using Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the national election. According to UNB reports, in his inaugural speech, the CEC said there is no alternative to EVM use to protect the interest of voters. Nurul Huda said there are many difficulties in ballot paper ...

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Accountability crucial for voluntary return of Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: Accountability is crucial to build confidence in the Rohingyas for them to voluntarily return; without this, repatriation will not be sustainable, Bangladesh says. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen stated this during the general debate of the General Assembly about the Human Rights Council’s report, in New York, recently. He said: “While our continued efforts and readiness for the safe, voluntary, and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas, to their original place of abode in the Rakhine state, are about to see fruition, one should, therefore, not be oblivious of the imperativeness of ...

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