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PM Hasina receives two UNICEF awards


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday received two international awards given by the UNICEF in recognition to her government’s campaign against early marriage, reported news agency. The awards are: the Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Accolade Winner Award of Excellence End Child Marriage. State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki and Secretary of the Ministry Nasima Begum handed over the two awards to the premier at the outset of the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office here this morning.

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9 more protesting students walk out of jail


MNA national Desk: Nine more students, arrested for vandalism, attack on police and others charges during their recent demonstrations in demand of safe roads, were freed on bail from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj Monday morning, reported news agency. With this, a total 18 student protesters have so far been freed from prison. On Sunday, nine other students were released from jail. According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people were arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students. The ...

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Korean families reunite after being separated since 1950s


MNA International Desk: Some 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting Monday after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist resort on Mount Kumgang, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April. The separated families are victims of a decades-long standoff between the neighbors, which has escalated over the past several years as Pyongyang ...

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Greece exits final bailout programme successfully


MNA Business Desk: Greece has successfully exited its final, three-year bailout programme, agreed in August 2015 to help it cope with the continued fallout from a debt crisis, the euro zone’s ESM rescue fund said on Monday. “Today we can safely conclude the ESM programme with no more follow-up rescue programmes as, for the first time since early 2010, Greece can stand on its own feet,” Mario Centeno, the chairman of the ESM’s board of governors, said in a statement. “This was possible thanks to the extraordinary effort of the Greek people, the good cooperation with the current Greek government ...

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Muslims utter ‘Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik’ at Arafat


MNA Exclusive Desk: More than two million pilgrims from around the world have converged in Mina to perform main ritual of Hajj today. Today, the pilgrims will move to Arafat, where they will listen sermon to be delivered at Namira Mosque. They will perform Dhuhr and Asr prayers together. The pilgrims will spend the time in Arafat with prayers for acceptance of their pilgrimage and recitation of Qur’anic verses until sunset. After sunset, they will head to Muzdalifah, where they will stay until midnight, engaged in prayers after performing Maghreb and Isha prayers combined. Meanwhile, the ritual of changing Ghilaf-e-Kaaba ...

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App launched for ambulance services


MNA Tech Desk: Bangladesh’s first app-based medical ambulance service – URAL EMS – has been launched recently, reported news agency. With a slogan “Be a Champion, Save a Life”, URAL EMS, a health tech startup, already started its operation in Dhaka, said a press release on Sunday. Ural EMS provides a standardised ambulance service through their app and call centre (01969906555). The app is available on Google Play Store. Using a smartphone device, a patient can get a hassle free and cost effective ambulance service within a short time. A patient can also call to its call centre to arrange ...

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Bangladesh reach 2nd round defeating Qatar


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh reached the Round of 16 of the Asian Games 2018 after thrashing Qatar 1-0 in the final group game, reported news agency. Both sides played neck and neck with each other straight from the kick-off at Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia. The stoppage-time goal from Jamal Bhuiyan helped Bangladesh to win against stronger Qatar. According to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the Red and Greens dug deep and created problems for Qatar on the counter. However, no sides could score in regulation time. Then in the 3rd minute of added time, skipper Jamal Bhuiyan scored the ...

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12 JU students awarded scholarships


MNA Education Desk: A total of 12 Jahangirnagar University (JU) students with financial difficulties have been awarded scholarships, reported news agency. Jahangirnagar University Alumni Association in the United Kingdom (JUAAUK), an organisation of former JU students living in the UK, donated the stipend money for the financially insolvent students. On Thursday, convener of JUAAUK Stipend Fund of Bangladesh unit professor Md Kamrul Hasan handed over the stipend money to the students at a function held at the seminar room of JU Philosophy department, said a press release on Saturday. Member of the organisation professor Md Farhad Hossain of Statistics department ...

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16 students granted bail

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MNA National Desk: Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted bail to 16 private university students accused in two cases filed over vandalism and attacks on police during the student movement demanding road safety, reported news agency. The students are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat HossainNizhum, Shihad Shahriar, Ajijul Karim Antor , Mahedi Hasan, Foyez Ahmed Adnan, who were booked in a case filed with Bhatara police station, and Noor Mohammad, Jahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khaled Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam, and Mushfiqur Rahman who were accused in case filed under Badda ...

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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gathering every year, a trip required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life, reported news agency. Muslims circle the Kaaba counter-clockwise seven times while reciting supplications to God, then walk between the two hills traveled by Hagar. Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the world’s largest, encompasses the Kaaba and the two hills. Before heading ...

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Asian Games begin with explosive opening ceremony

Asian Games

MNA Sports Desk: The 18th Asian Games being hosted jointly in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang has been officially declared open by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, reported news agency. A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games on Saturday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the ...

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Death toll following deadly India floods rises to 357

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MNA International Desk: The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India’s Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said Sunday, with losses to infrastructure pegged at some $3 billion, reported news agency. The idyllic tourist hotspot has been badgered by torrential monsoon rains since the end of May, triggering landslides and flash floods that have swept away entire villages. “Since May 29, when the monsoon starts in Kerala, a total of 357 people have lost their lives until now,” a statement from the state’s information officer said, with 33 losing their lives over the last ...

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World leaders honour former UN chief

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MNA Feature Desk: World figures have been paying tribute to former UN secretary-general and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80, reported news agency. Current UN chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and Russian President Vladimir Putin described a “remarkable person”. Ex-US President Barack Obama said Annan had always pursued “a better world”. The Ghanaian national served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and is the only black African ever to hold the post. Since then he has served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to ...

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Priyanka and Nick Jonas confirm their engagement


MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actor Priyanka Chopra and American musician and actor Nick Jonas have gotten engaged a few months after confirming their relationship. The couple, both wearing traditional Indian attire, were engaged at a private ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Nick Jonas is a Texan singer and a former member of the Jonas Brothers and is known for his singing, acting, song-writing and production work. No date has yet been announced for the wedding, according to news agency. The couple shared several identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the “future Mrs ...

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Qurbani is the Sunna of Ibrahim


MNA Life Style Desk: Qurbani is also referred to as the Sunna of Ibrahim in many texts. It follows the true story of father and son, Ibrahim and Ismail, and their unflinching loyalty and devotion to Allah (SWT). The story serves as a means of motivation, education and inspiration to millions of Muslims around the world today. Here, we will talk about this story at length. Qurbani or sacrifice is synonymous with surrender. It symbolizes that the person performing Qurbani is willing to sacrifice everything dear to him for Allah. It symbolizes and strengthens the promise with Allah that the ...

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Mexico hopes to resolve NAFTA talks


MNA Business Desk: Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said US and Mexican negotiators are making progress and could resolve remaining issues to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement by next week. Once the two nations iron out the pending differences, Canada could then rejoin the discussions, he told reporters following a meeting with US trade officials. “Hopefully we will be able to close up no later than the middle of the week the remaining issues and probably there will be space to start the trilateral,” he said, reported news agency. Guajardo has been leading a delegation to Washington for ...

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RAB to give traffic updates for Eid holidaymakers

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MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will give traffic updates on Facebook from today in a bid to inform Eid holidaymakers so that they can make their travel plans accordingly, reported news agency. Every four hours, RAB headquarters will give updates on their Facebook page on the overall situation and schedules of bus, train, launch and highways in the country, Benazir Ahmed, director general of RAB, said at a press briefing at RAB media centre at Karwan Bazar today. Apart from the headquarters, 14 RAB units will also give traffic updates on the highways of their respective zones every ...

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM


MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country, reported news agency. The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of army rule. A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the ...

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Selim-Al-Deen’s 69th birth anniversary

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MNA Feature Desk: The 69th birth anniversary of late noted playwright Professor Selim Al Deen is being observed today, reported news agency. Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University has taken a daylong programme to celebrate the birth anniversary on the campus in a befitting manner. The daylong programmes include holding seminar, staging drama, bringing out silent procession, offering ziarat and placing floral wreaths at Selim Al Deen’s grave on the university campus, reported news agency. Besides, Dhaka Theater has drawn up a two-day programme in the city. The two-day programmes include paying homage to Selim-Al-Deen by placing floral wreaths ...

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US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units for involvement in what it called “ethnic cleansing” and other human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, the treasury department said. The sanctions marked the toughest US action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority, which started last year and has driven more than 700,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh and left thousands of dead behind. But the Trump administration did not target the highest levels of the Myanmar military and also stopped short of ...

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India bids tearful adieu to Vajpayee


MNA International Desk: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose appeal transcended party lines and geographical boundaries, was cremated with full military honours on Friday in the presence of the country’s top leaders cutting across the political divide and adoring masses, reported news agency. Amidst chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers, his foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre in the presence of a galaxy of leaders including prime minister Narendra Modi, president Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M. Venkaiah Naidu, political leaders and foreign dignitaries bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya ...

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Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Nasir Jamshed

MNA Sports Desk: Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017, the country’s cricket board (PCB) said on Friday, reported news agency. Jamshed, who played 48 one-day internationals and two tests, was suspended from all forms of cricket in February 2017 for violating the PCB’s anti-corruption code and handed a one-year ban in December for failing to co-operate with the ACU’s investigation. Jamshed did not participate in the first two editions of the PSL but was alleged to ...

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App launched for finding toilets


MNA Tech Desk: Finding a clean toilet becomes stressful especially for women children and the elderly people who face the problem during long Eid vacation journey. With Eid travels just around the corner, a ‘Public Toilet Bangladesh’ app is now available for download in Play Store, providing toilet locations across four major highways and selected areas of Dhaka city based on a user’s GPS location or through direct searches, reported news agency. WaterAid has been working with city corporations and local authorities to renovate and build public toilets in Dhaka city and beyond (Sylhet, Khulna, Chattogram) for over 5 years ...

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JU admission online registration opens


MNA Education Desk: The online registration for admission at Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the academic session 2018-19 began on Thursday, reported news agency. JU vice-chancellor professor Farzana Islam formally inaugurated the online registration process at a programme held at the council room of the VC office on the campus this morning. The online registration for admission under academic session 2018-19 began Thursday and it would continue till 16 September next. The admission seekers will be able to pay registration fee by 21 September while they will have to collect admit card by 22 September. The detailed information about the admission ...

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Local cattle in surplus as demand ticks up


MNA Business Desk: Sacrificial animals are in surplus this Eid mainly thanks to commercial and marginal farmers, officials said. This year a total of 11.58 million cattle are available against the total demand for 11 million for sacrifice, said the Department of Livestock Services (DLS). A total of 2,910,640 cows and buffaloes, 1,826,419 sheep and goats, and 31,923 others like camel and Arabian dumba will be sacrificed during this Eid, reported news agency. The animals have been reared under the government’s cow-fattening programme at 442,991 farms, according to the official statistics. On the other hand, 1,546,360 more aged non-productive cows ...

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies

Aretha Franklin

MNA Entertainment Desk: Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, reported news agency. Franklin, who won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her publicist said. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer. Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin’s family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their ...

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32-km tailback on Dhaka-Chattogram highway


MNA National Desk: Passengers continued to suffer as they were getting stuck in a 32-kilometre tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway on Thursday, reported news agency. A 22-km tailback was seen stretching from Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gumti bridge toll plaza to Madhaiya in Chandina upazila while a 10-km gridlock in Munshiganj district. Hundreds of vehicles, including cattle-laden ones, remain stranded on both sides of the bridge, causing untold sufferings to the travellers. Cattle traders travelling through the highway suffered a lot as most of the cattle fell sick for unavailability of fodder. Nazrul Islam, superintendent of regional Highway Police, said the tailback on ...

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