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BNP leader Amir Khosru sent to jail

Amir Khosru

MNA National Desk: A Chittagong court sent BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed under ICT Act. Metropolitan Session Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha passed the order on Sunday (October 21), reported news agency. Earlier, the High Court granted anticipatory bail to Amir Khosru in the case. The case was filed under sections 57 (2) of ICT Act and 15 (3) of Special Power Act with Chittagong Kotwali Police Station on August 4. Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chattogram city unit Acting General Secretary Jakaria Dastagir filed the case on charges of ...

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Bangladesh win the toss, opt to bat first

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has won the toss and decided to bat first against Zimbabwe in the first ODI, reported news agency. The match kicks off at 2:30pm at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. After a long wait, Fazle Rabbi begins his maiden international cap through this match. Squads: Bangladesh- Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Fazle Rabbi, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Saifuddin, Mashrafe bin Mortaza (C), Nazmul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman. Zimbabwe- Hamilton Masakadza (C), Cephas Zhuwao, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor (WK), Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Donald ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina launches MNP service


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the number portability (MNP) services formally for users, who are willing to switch to another operator without changing their existing numbers. The premier inaugurated the service at a function at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital, reported news agency. Post, Telecom and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and State Minister to ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, among others, attended the program. Earlier, the much-awaited MNP services were introduced commercially on a trial basis. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) announced the launching of the MNP services at a press conference on ...

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US to exit INF treaty, citing Russian violations: Trump


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States will exit the Cold-War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons, in a move that is likely to upset Russia, reported news agency. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the US Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. “Russia has not, unfortunately, honoured the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Trump told reporters after a rally ...

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Bangladesh eye win against Zimbabwe


MNA Sports Desk: Host Bangladesh will face off Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the three-match series scheduled to be held today at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in Dhaka, repots news agency. The match kicks off at 2.30 pm. The Tigers will go to the field in the first match missing the service of their two key players Shakib AL Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh Squads (probable) Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Fazle Mahmud, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. Zimbabwe Squads (probable) Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon ...

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EU to sign trade deal with Singapore

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MNA Business Desk: The European Union (EU) was set to sign a trade deal with Singapore after talks with Asian leaders keen to push back against US protectionism, but efforts to encourage China to drop state subsidies ran into resistance from Beijing. The biennial Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) brings together leaders representing 65 percent of global economic output — from the EU, Switzerland, Norway and 21 Asian countries, including Russia and China. The EU hoped to use the gathering to show the world it can move beyond Britain’s departure from the bloc. China requested the changes at a negotiation of senior ...

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Ayub Bachchu on top in Twitter


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ayub Bachchu is trending on the top on twitter. With the hashtag ‘Rest In Peace’ fans are consistently pouring in their respect for the great singer and offering their prayers so that he might rest in peace under the protection of the Almighty in the afterlife. This hashtag was trending on top of the list in South Asia as of yesterday. Along with the hashtag a post referring to Ayub Bachchu’s nostalgic song “Ei Rupali Guitar Fele Ekdin Chole Jabo Bohudure” was posted for the maximum time. Apart from his fans and fellow mates at the music ...

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ASUS announces new Vivobook S15 (S530)


MNA Tech Desk: ASUS Bangladesh announced VivoBook S15 (S530), a stylish and lightweight Windows 10 laptops designed for the young, and the young at heart, reported news agency. The new vivobook S530 features bold color-blocking designs, with five vibrant color options and several textured finishes that let users fully express their personalities. The ErgoLift hinge replicates the feel of typing on a desktop keyboard for more comfortable typing.The VivoBook S15 is powered by up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 discrete graphics. The laptop also features dual-storage design. ASUS VivoBook S15 will be available ...

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Kishore Bangla distributes prize and certificates to quiz winners

Kishore Bangla

MNA National Desk: Country’s prominent monthly magazine for children and youths ‘Kishore Bangla’ distributed prize and certificates among the quiz winners. An event was organized at the head office of the magazine on this occasion on Saturday. Prime Minister’s media advisor and Editor of The Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was present as the chief guest of the program. Eminent cultural figure Dr. Enamul Huq distributed the prizes among the winners. Renowned writer Ali Imam and Mostafa Mamun was also present as the special guests of the ceremony. The quiz winners from Dhaka received their prizes during this ceremony from ...

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PM Hasina returns home


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home in the early hours of Saturday concluding her four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King and Custodian of two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, reported news agency. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the Premier and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 1.25 am. During the visit to Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister had an audience with the Saudi King at Royal Palace in Riyadh and joined a lunch hosted by the King in her honour. Sheikh Hasina performed ...

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Khashoggi killed in consulate, Saudi Arabia admits

Saudi Arabia

MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia said on Friday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, reported news agency. It also said that it had fired two senior officials over the incident, giving an account that US President Donald Trump said was credible. Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgement that Khashoggi died came after two weeks of denials and growing demands from Western allies for an explanation over Khashoggi’s disappearance, which galvanised a global outcry and prompted some US lawmakers to call for harsh action against Riyadh. Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal of two ...

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Durga Puja ends

Durga Puja

MNA Feature Desk: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Friday with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga across the country. Devotees in their tearful eyes bade farewell to the mother deity and her children — Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh — wishing Durga’s return next year. The ceremonial worship of the goddess ended with the celebrations of Bijoya Dashami and devotees immersing the idols of the deity and her children in rivers and other water bodies. Durga Puja is the worship of ‘Shakti’ [divine force] embodied in goddess Durga. It symbolises the ...

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8000 Rohingyas to return to Myanmar soon

Myanmar soon

MNA Exclusive Desk: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday expressed hope that the first batch of 8000 Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon. Citing the issue of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who took shelter in Bangladesh, he expressed his gratitude to the international community for their continued support to Bangladesh for resolving this complex issue with Myanmar. He made the remark while delivering his statement in the second plenary titled “Reinforcing the multilateral system: advancing the ASEM partnership on global challenges” in Brussels, according to the foreign ministry ...

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Barca not considering swoop for Neymar, says vice-president


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona have no plans to re-sign Neymar from Paris St Germain, the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner said on Friday, knocking down media reports the La Liga champions were ready to tempt the Brazilian forward back to the Nou Camp. Neymar won two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League in four years with Barca and formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, departing in July 2017 after the Paris giants exercised his release clause. “No-one on the Barca board has talked about the possibility of bringing back Neymar, right now we can’t give ...

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China witnesses weakest economic growth since 2009

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MNA Business Desk: China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in the third quarter, with regulators pledging further policy support as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite. Chinese authorities are trying to navigate through numerous challenges, as the trade war fears have sparked a blistering selloff in domestic stock markets and a steep decline in the value of the yuan versus the dollar, heightening worries about the growth outlook. The economy grew 6.5 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, ...

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FB launches ‘war room’ to combat misinformation

War Room

MNA Tech Desk: In Facebook’s “War Room,” a nondescript space adorned with American and Brazilian flags, a team of 20 people monitors computer screens for signs of suspicious activity, reported news agency. The freshly launched unit at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in California is the nerve centre for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere. Inside, the walls have clocks showing the time in various regions of the US and Brazil, maps and TV screens showing CNN, Fox News and Twitter, and other ...

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RU admission test 22, 23 Oct

admission test

MNA Education Desk: The admission test for the first year honours courses in 2018-19 academic session of Rajshahi University (RU) will be held on 22 and 23 October, reports news agency. A total of 88,543 students will appear in the entry test under five units, which are – A unit (Arts and Fine arts faculty), B unit (Business Studies and Business Administration Institute), C unit (comprises of Science and Engineering Faculties), D unit (Life and Earth Science Faculties) and E unit (Law and Social Science Faculties and Education and Research Institute). The candidates will have to sit for 100 marks ...

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Inexpensive ways to keep kids entertained


MNA Life Style Desk: Entertaining your kids can be a tricky business at the best of times, and it’s even more difficult during holidays. We’ve put our thinking caps on and come up with great ways to keep your kids busy, whatever the weather and their age. Camping The kids are ready for an adventure! Time to travel to Neverland. After a while, nobody wants to be cooped up inside and never growing up sounds like the perfect solution to everyone in my home. What better way to create the feeling of distance and adventure than camping? Grab your tent, ...

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At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

northern India

MNA International Desk: A commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India killing at least 59 people on Friday, state officials said, making it India’s worst rail disaster this year. Video footage from the scene showed hundreds had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy as part of the Dussehra festival celebrations, when a commuter train ran through the crowd. Police said it was “freak accident” as people did not hear the train approaching amid the din of festivities and fireworks. During the festival of Dussehra people all ...

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Last tributes paid to Ayub Bachchu

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MNA Entertainment Desk: People from all walks of life on Friday paid their last tributes to celebrated guitarist, songwriter, composer and singer Ayub Bachchu at the Central Shaheed Minar when millions of fans in every corner of the country and abroad are mourning the irreparable loss. The body of the popular singer, carried by an ambulance, reached the ShaheedMinar around 10:25am. The body was kept there until 12:30pm giving a chance to his fans, well-wishers and followers to see him for the last time, reported news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, SommilitoSangskritikJote ...

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Election schedule in first week of November


MNA National Desk: Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the schedule for the next parliamentary election will be announced in the first week of November. He came up with the disclosure to reporters in Agargaon EC building on Thursday (October 18). He said the Chief Election Commissioner in a meeting with a delegation of European Union informed that the election schedule will be announced in the first week of November. Replying to a question the secretary said that the EU delegation wants to see a free, fair, inclusive and participatory election in Bangladesh. The delegation was assured from the ...

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PM holds meeting with Saudi Crown Prince

Crown Prince

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, deputy premier and defense minister Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday evening, reported news agency. “The meeting took place at the Royal Palace in Arga,” foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told newsmen after the meeting. They discussed issues related to bilateral interests, he said. Earlier, the prime minister had an audience with Saudi King and Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Royal Palace in Arga in the afternoon.

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Legendary singer Ayub Bachchu no more

legendary singer

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh’s legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter Ayub Bachchu breathed his last on Thursday morning, reported news agency. Ayub Bachchu is also the founder of the country’s one of the leading bands, the LRB (Love Runs Blind). Ayub Bachchu, who is also AB, is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. ‘Cholo Bodle Jaai’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Shohore’, ‘Rupali Guitar’, ‘Gotokal Rate’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Rate’, ‘Madhabi’ are among his most popular songs. Ayub Bachchu began his music career with a local music band Feelings at his birth place, Chittagong, in 1978. He later joined the band Souls in 1980. In ...

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MJ Akbar resigns amid #MeToo storm


MNA International Desk: India’s junior foreign minister M.J. Akbar announced his resignation on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment by a string of women, as the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement gathers pace. “Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations against me,” M.J. Akbar, a veteran newspaper editor before joining politics, said in a statement. He earlier denied #MeToo claims. On Sunday he dismissed sexual harassment allegations made against him by several women, mostly journalists, and ducked calls for ...

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Sheikh Russel’s birthday today

Sheikh Russel

MNA Feature Desk: The 54th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh fMujibur Rahman, is being observed today. On this day in 1964, Russel, also the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born in the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban at the capital’s Dhanmondi. Russel was brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975. along with most of his family members, including his father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, when he was a class IV student of University Laboratory School. Different socio-cultural organisations including associate bodies of the ruling Awami League have taken various programmes to observe the birthday ...

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US again most competitive economy: WEF


MNA Business Desk: The US economy sits atop of the World Economic Forum’s annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, benefiting from a new ranking methodology this year, reported news agency. In its closely-watched annual Global Competitiveness Report, the WEF said the US is the country closest to the “frontier of competitiveness,” an indicator that ranks competitive productivity using a scale from zero to 100. The US beat off Singapore, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, the other top four markets, with a score of 85.6 out of 100, the report said, due to its “vibrant” ...

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Controversy shrouds DU ‘Gha’ unit entry test results

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MNA Education Desk: Controversy surfaced centring the results of Dhaka University (DU) ‘Gha’ unit (combined unit) entry test marred by question paper leak allegation acknowledged by the university authority. Anomalies surfaced in pass rate of the test which were published on Tuesday as the tally reach in highest point in last 20 years breaking all the records of the past as some student secured records marks, claimed university students. In an analysis, it is shown that 26.21 percent students secured pass mark in 2018-19 academic sessions whereas it was 14.35 pc in 2017-18, 9.83 pc in 2016-17, 9.91 in 2015-16 ...

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