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HM Ershad takes oath

MNA National Desk: Jaitya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who has been elected lawmaker from Rangpur-3 constituency, took oath today. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath at the parliament around 12:30pm, reported news agency. The JP chief could not take oath “due to illness” on Thursday.  However, 21 other members from his party were sworn in as lawmakers of the 11th parliament on that day.

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Syed Ashraf’s first janaza held


MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Syed Ashraful Islam, former Awami League general secretary and public administration minister of the previous Cabinet, has been held in Dhaka. The namaz-e-janaza, open for all, was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 10:30am. President Abdul Hamid also took part in the janaza while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, along with other senior female leaders of Awami League, were present in the Sangsad Bhaban premises. His body will be flown to Kishoreganj via helicopter for a second janaza at the Sholakia Eidgah around 12pm. A third janaza will be held ...

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BPL-2019: Dynamites get emphatic victory over Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Dhaka Dynamites got an emphatic victory over Rajshahi Kings at their first game in the 5th season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Afghan batsman Hazratulah Zazai and Bangladesh national pacer Rubel Hossain played the pivotal roles to ensure a big win for current BPL runners-up Dynamites. Zazai struck a polished innings of 78 off 41 balls featuring four fours and seven sixe to be adjudged man of the match to received prize money of US dollars 500 while Rubel Hossain took three scalps for seven runs in three overs. Rajshahi ...

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France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters return to streets


MNA International Desk: Rioters in Paris torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of President Emmanuel Macron turned violent on the fringes. The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over the Seine. Officers fired tear gas to prevent protesters crossing the river and reaching the National Assembly. One riverboat restaurant was set ablaze and a policeman was wounded when he was hit by a bicycle hurled from a street ...

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RMG workers block Uttara road demanding minimum wage hike

Uttara road

MNA Business Desk: Hundreds of garment workers have blocked the Uttara road, barring the main thoroughfare to and from Dhaka, reported news agency. The garment workers took to the streets at around 9:00am on Sunday in the Uttara area, said Airport Police Assistant Commissioner Mizanur Rahman. They blocked the road from Azampur to Jashimuddin Road and are calling for a raise in the minimum wage and several other demands. No vehicles have been able to use the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway due to the protest. The block on the movement of vehicles has led to heavy traffic congestion on both sides of ...

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17th Dhaka International Film Festival to begin on January 10

Film Festival

MNA Entertainment Desk: The 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF)-2019 will kick off on January 10 with the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. The inaugural session will be held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The Rainbow Film Society will organise the festival where more than 200 international and Bangladeshi films will be screened under the categories of Asian Competition, Retrospective, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, and Short and Independent Films. As part of the festival, many filmmakers, actors and personalities from more than ...

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China lunar rover lands on dark side of moon

lunar rover

MNA Tech Desk: A Chinese lunar rover landed on the dark side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing’s ambitions to become a space superpower. The Chang’e-4 probe landed at 10:26am Beijing time (0226 GMT) and sent a photo of the far side of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth, state broadcaster CCTV said. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022, and of eventually sending humans to the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission – ...

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Online learning platform launched for women

online learning

MNA Education Desk: The2HourJob, country’s first online job marketplace for women, launched an online learning platform for the grassroots. “This is such a platform where people from any corner of the country can attain an online certification course. We have launched the programme to meet the growing demand of online learning in the country,” The2HourJob founder Sanjida Khandoker told news agency. Sanjida said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed Thursday with UY lab in this regard. the2hourjob.com is such a platform, where women can get job as per their preference and experience sitting in their respective houses. The website ...

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Nikola Tesla: Unsung hero of 20th century


MNA Feature Desk: By the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla had conceived some of the underlying technology behind alternating current, the induction motor, remote control, X-ray imaging and a host of other crucial Industrial Age technologies, including nearly 300 patents. He’s partly responsible for the fact that most of us have instant access to light, heat, TV, radio and the internet. “He’s an unsung hero,” says University of Oregon professor Brad Garner. “We wouldn’t have cell phones and power in our homes without his work.” Tesla’s vision was even more towering than his ...

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Negative effects of loneliness on mental health


MNA Life Style Desk: Loneliness has increased with modernization, since people are engrossed in virtual social communities and networks and don’t have the urge to attend social gathering or stay in touch with family and friends. Loneliness is hardly seen as a serious disorder, but in reality, chronic loneliness and feelings of alienation can be extremely detrimental to health. It can induce alcoholism, make a person suicidal and increase the risk of mental health disorders. Risk of dementia Chronic loneliness can mingle with normal brain functions and increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders like Dementia. It has been seen that ...

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Sheikh Hasina named leader of 11th parliament

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been named the leader of the 11th parliament, reported news agency. The newly-elected Awami League lawmakers made Sheikh Hasina the party leader, in the house, during the party’s parliamentary body meeting held there on Thursday. Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader proposed Sheikh Hasina as the leader of the party’s parliamentary body; while another member of the party’s advisory council and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu supported the proposal.

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Noakhali gang-rape: Local AL leader among 2 arrested


MNA National Desk: Detectives in separate drives arrested two people including a local Awami League leader from Shenbagh and Sadar upazilas early Thursday over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman after Sunday’s election. The arrestees are Ruhul Amin, former chairman of Charjubli union parishad and also the organising secretary of union unit of Awami League and another Bechu Mia, reports news agency. Md Ilias Sharif, superintendent of district police said a team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila in the dead of night. Later, the team conducted another drive at a brick kiln ...

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Newly elected MPs sworn in, BNP skips


MNA Exclusive Desk: The newly-elected members of parliament (MPs) on Thursday took oath at Jatiya Sangsad. However, Jatiya Oikyafront MPs elect skipped the swearing programme at the oath room that began at from 11:00am, reported news agency. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury delivered the opening speech at the ceremony. The ruling party is scheduled hold a meeting of its parliamentary committee, which will select the leader of the House, who will in turn form the government. Awami League’s parliamentary committee will hold the meeting on Thursday at 12pm, at Level 9 of the Parliament Complex. Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will preside ...

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One killed after women enter India temple


MNA International Desk: One person was killed and at least 15 injured in violence across southern India’s Kerala state which broke out after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism’s holiest temples, police said Thursday. Clashes were reported across the state after the two women activists, escorted by police, entered the Sabarimala temple in a surprise pre-dawn operation on Wednesday. The Supreme Court in September overturned a decades-old ban on women of menstruating age—deemed as those between 10 and 50 — setting foot inside the gold-plated Sabarimala temple. Several women activists have made unsuccessful attempts to reach the ...

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Sachin’s cricket ‘guru’ Achrekar dies


MNA Sports Desk: Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar at around 5:00pm. Achrekar, honoured with a Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in coaching Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars in the finer nuances of the game. “The BCCI expresses is deepest sympathy on the passing of Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers but ...

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Putin greets Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections, reported news agency. “The Russian President sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. Putin also wished success of the prime minister as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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Gold prices rise by Tk 1,516 per bhori


MNA Business Desk: The prices of all kinds of gold increased on Wednesday by Tk 1,516 per bhori, in line with the international market, Bangladesh Jewellers’ Samity (BAJUS) said in a statement, reported news agency. The latest rise comes five months after the last price hike of the precious metal in the country. In its statement, BAJUS said the price per gram of 22carat gold was set at Tk4,200, and it will be sold at Tk48,988 per bhori from Wednesday. It was sold at Tk47,472 per bhori even on Tuesday. One bhori is about 11.66 grams. As per the new ...

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Kimye expecting a fourth baby


MNA Entertainment Desk: Celebrity parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye “Ye” West are reportedly expecting their fourth child via surrogate, multiple sources have told Us Weekly. A source told the outlet that a baby boy is due to arrive “in very early May,” reports news agency. This will be West and Kardashian’s second child born through a surrogate. Their youngest daughter Chicago West was born via surrogate on January 15, 2018. The couple has two other children: North and Saint West. After the births of North and Saint, Kardashian was recommended by doctors to not have children through natural pregnancy. Kim ...

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Sudan restricts social media to stop protest

social media

MNA Tech Desk: Sudanese authorities are blocking access to popular social media platforms used to organize and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis, internet users say, reported news agency. Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations over the past two weeks. Protesters have set alight ruling party buildings and have called on President Omar al-Bashir, who took power in 1989, to step down. In a country where the state tightly controls traditional media, the internet has become a key information battleground. Of Sudan’s 40 million people, some 13 million use the internet and more than 28 million ...

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Healthy foods for children

healthy foods

MNA Life Style Desk: For many parents, buying and preparing healthy foods is pretty easy. As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Fruit and vegetables Fruit and vegies give your child energy, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fibre and water. They help protect your child’s body against all kinds of diseases. Grain foods Grain foods include breakfast cereals, breads, rice, pasta, corn and more. These foods give your child the energy she ...

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Gazette for new MPs published, oath taking ceremony Thursday


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has published a gazette listing the newly elected members of parliament (MPs) in the 11th parliament, reported news agency. A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organize the oath-taking ceremony, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to reporters at the commission office on Wednesday. The MP-elects will be sworn in at the parliament at 11am on Thursday, reported news agency. According to the Article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days ...

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Sonia Gandhi greets PM Sheikh Hasina

Sonia Gandhi

MNA Exclusive Desk: Chairperson of Indian Congress Parliamentary Party Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections. ‘The Indian Congress Party leader sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,’ PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Sonia Gandhi also wished success of the prime minister and continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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UK welcomes participatory polls


MNA National Desk: The United Kingdom has urged a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday, after the announcement of the unofficial results for the recently held polls. In a statement published on the UK government portal, he said: “While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, ...

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Bangladesh have to play qualifiers for T20 WC


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an extra round to play in the T20 World Cup 2020, the ICC said on Tuesday, reported news agency. The 16-team tournament will have the top eight-ranked sides – Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies and Afghanistan – who will get a direct passage to the Super 12s, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start with the group stage. The group stage will include these two sides and six others who will make it there via World T20 qualifiers. The eight teams will jostle for the four remaining ...

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Landslides kill at least 15 in Indonesia


MNA International Desk: Indonesian rescue teams were searching for victims of a series of landslides that killed at least 15 people on New Year’s Day, officials said, after a year of natural disasters killed thousands. At least 20 people were missing after landslides during heavy rain buried 30 houses in Sukabumi regency, West Java.  “Loose soil is a danger to rescue teams that are working in the field,” said disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.  Heavy rain had forced rescuers to suspend the search on Tuesday.  Indonesia is a disaster-prone archipelago that in 2018 suffered its deadliest year in ...

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Saudi King, Qatari Emir, Sri Lankan president greet Hasina

Saudi King

MNA National Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s absolute victory in the 11th national election. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a message greeting the prime minister on her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, press secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her party’s victory in the election. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Bangladesh Premier on securing her party’s absolute victory ...

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GM Quader to act as Ershad’s deputy

GM Quader

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader will be the chairman of the party in absence of his elder brother and party’s current chairman Ershad. HM Ershad made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday night. ‘As Jatiya party’s founding chairman I would like to inform the party’s leaders and activist and supporters at all levels that current co-chairman Golam Mohammed Quader will act as the Jatiya party chairman in absence of me,’ he said.

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