Bangladesh becomes ECOSOC member


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh has been elected a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the term 2020-2022 from the Asia-Pacific region by securing 181 votes out of 191. The election was held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, said a press release of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN received on Saturday. Thailand, South Korea and China were the other countries elected from the same region, reports UNB. ECOSOC, one of the six principal organs of UN, is also the most important platform of the UN system and for ...

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Finance Minister presents Tk 5.23 trillion-plus budget for 2019-20


MNA National Desk: Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed a budget of over Tk 5.23 trillion (Tk 5,23,190 crore), which is 18.1 per cent of GDP, for fiscal year 2019-20 in parliament. He placed the budget, up by Tk 590 billion from the revised one of the outgoing fiscal, at 3:00pm on Thursday. Of the budget, Tk 3.78 trillion (Tk 3,77,810 crore) is expected to come from the National Revenue Board (NBR), non-NBR and non-tax revenue. The target for gross domestic product (GDP) growth has been set at 8.2 per cent, and the average inflation target at 5.5 per ...

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PM hopes govt steps will ensure fair paddy price


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday elaborated various steps of her government to ensure fair price of paddy for the farmers, mentioning that the government is executing a plan to stock 28 lakh metric tons (MT) of food grains in the country. “We’ve taken a decision to buy 1.50 lakh MT paddy from the farmers directly at Tk 1040 per maund to keep its price stable as more paddy was produced than the demand,” she said. The prime minister said this in reply to a starred question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Rustom ...

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President leaves for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Thursday

M Abdul Hamid

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid will leave Dhaka for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on a seven-day official visit tomorrow (Thursday). “During his seven-day visit to the central Asian nations, the President will attend the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at Tajik capital Dushanbe . . . He will also start his visit to Uzbekistan on June 16,” President Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS. He said a VVIP flight (BG-1516 ) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members, including his spouse Rashida Khanam and officials concerned ...

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221 killed, 664 injured in Eid journey: Report


MNA National Desk: A total of 221 people were killed in 185 road accidents in 12 days of Eid journey, according to a survey report of a passenger welfare organization. Jatri Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad published at a press briefing held at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Parishad president Brig Gen (retd) Quamrul Islam while reading out the report informed that the accidents also left a total of 652 people injured and 375 paralyzed. Quamrul further said, “A total of 5.5 crore holidaymakers went home to celebrate the Eid festival. At least 221 people were killed in road accidents during ...

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First budget session of 11th parliament begins today


MNA National Desk: The first budget session of the 11th parliament will begin this afternoon. Also the third session of the present parliament in general, it is scheduled for 5:00pm, according to the Parliament Secretariat. Prior to the start of the session, the business advisory committee of the parliament will sit in a meeting at 4:00pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, to fix the duration and businesses of the session. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will place the proposed national budget in the House on Thursday, which will be the first for him heading the current ministry. ...

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Information Minister Hasan Mahmud ‘feels pity’ for Oikyafront

Hasan Mahmud

MNA National Desk: Taking a swipe at Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said those who are unable to keep themselves united want to forge a greater national unity against the government. “It makes me laugh…I feel pity seeing Oikyafront’s messy condition. They’ve long been repeatedly talking about forging a greater national unity. But now there’s no unity in Oikyafront. They’re going to hold a meeting today (Monday) to keep their unity intact,” he said. The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at his Secretariat office, reports UNB. Mahmud said ...

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Offices resume Sunday after Eid vacation


MNA National Desk: Eid holidaymakers have started returning to the city after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in their village homes as the government and private offices resumed on Sunday after a long vacation on the occasion of the Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, was celebrated in the country amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour on Wednesday. Crowds of holidaymakers, who came back to the city, were witnessed at different bus stations, Sadarghat launch terminal, and Kamalapur and Airport railway stations, says a BSS report. This year’s Eid journey was relatively comfortable than the previous ones as the ...

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PM Hasina to brief media Sunday


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Sunday to brief the media about the outcome of her tri-nation official visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland. The press conference will be held at her official Ganabhaban residence at 5.00 pm tomorrow. The Prime Minister returned home on Saturday morning from Finland. On May 28, the Prime Minister left Dhaka for Tokyo, the first destination of her tri-nation visit. UNB adds: During her four-day stay in Japan, the two countries signed the 40th ODA deal involving $ 2.5 billion after a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina returns home


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Saturday morning wrapping up her tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:55 am. Sheikh Hasina left Helsinki for home on Friday afternoon (Finland time) concluding her five-day official visit to Finland, the third and final destination of her tri-nation tour. A Qatar Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage members departed Helsinki International Airport in Finland for Doha around 7.05 pm (Finland time). BSS adds: Bangladesh ...

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Biman pilot without passport flies plane to Qatar to bring back Hasina


MNA National Desk: A Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot has flown a jet to bring back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from Finland but been caught without passport in Qatar. Biman sent the passport of the pilot, Captain Fazal Mahmud, in another flight to Qatar later, Civil Aviation Secretary Mohibul Haque told on Thursday. “It will be investigated with importance how the pilot got on the plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport without passport,” he said. contacted the secretary after social media users claimed in posts that the pilot was halted at immigration of Doha International Airport for having no passport ...

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Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated amid festivity


MNA National Desk: The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday amid religious flavor and enthusiasm. Following the end of the holy Ramadan, the month of fasting and abstinence, the very auspicious occasion began with the sighting of the Shawwal moon last night. The celebration of Eid was dampened by incessant rainfall since the morning. On this day, people usually go out in a festive mood but the downpour forced many to stay indoors. Many areas in the capital went under water. In Dhaka alone, 36.6mm rainfall was recorded between 6am and 9am. ...

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Moon sighted; Eid-ul-Fitr Wednesday


MNA National Desk:  Holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday as the Shawal moon is sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday. State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah disclosed the matter around 11:00pm. Earlier around 9:00pm, the state minister after a meeting with the National Moon Sighting Committee announced that moon was not sighted anywhere in the country, that is why Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday. UNB adds : Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the Eid with their near and dear ones at ...

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PM leaves Saudi Arabia for Finland

Saudi Arabia

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Saudi Arabia for Finland, the third and final destination of her tri-nation visit, early Monday. A flight of Lufthansa Air carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage departed from King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah at 1.30am (local time). The flight is scheduled to land at Helsinki International Airport, Finland at 1pm (local time) after nearly a four-hour stopover (5:55am to 9:40am) in Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. During her stay in Finland, Sheikh Hasina will have a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on June 4. The Prime Minister will return ...

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Hasina seeks OIC support to launch Rohingya case at ICJ


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday sought support from the OIC member states to launch the Rohingya case at International Court of Justice with voluntary funding and technical help to ensure the legal rights of Rohingyas and address the question of accountability and justice. Mentioning that the Abu Dhabi Conference of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in March last created a pathway to move the International Court of Justice she said, “We thank the Gambia for steering the process this far. We make an appeal to the member states to support 6launching of the case with voluntary funding ...

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Comfortable Eid journey in roadway: Quader


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said Eid journey in roadway is, so far, being comfortable as no report of sufferings was found anywhere in the country. Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, said, “So far, there is no sufferings in roadway anywhere in the country. We hope the comfortable journey will continue till Eid.” The minister said this while inspecting Mohakhali Inter-district Bus Terminal in capital Dhaka. Mentioning that there is no allegation of extortion in roads, Quader said stern action would be taken against those who are found involved in ...

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Bangladeshi PM places five ideas to make better Asia


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday put forward five ideas to make a better Asia and said Bangladesh wants to resolve the Rohingya crisis through dialogues which is a lesson for the world to overcome chaos in a peaceful manner. The prime minster proposed the ideas while delivering a keynote speech at the Nikkei Inc’s International Conference titled “The Future of Asia” at a hotel here, reports BSS. The theme of the conference is “Seeking a New Global order – Overcoming the Chaos.” Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Cambodian Premier Hun Sen and Philippines ...

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Explore potentials in newer areas in Bangladesh: PM to Japanese Investors


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the Japanese business community to explore newer areas for investment in export-oriented sectors of Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina invited the Japanese businessmen to explore the potentials of business and trade relations with Bangladesh. “I invite you to explore the full potentials of business and trade relations with Bangladesh. Given the excellent bilateral relations and understanding that exist between our two leaderships, and the tremendous goodwill prevails between our two peoples, let’s lift the business relations to a higher level,” she said. The Prime Minister made the call while speaking at ...

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President returns home after treatment abroad

President M Abdul Hamid

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid returned home this morning after an 11-day visit to London and Germany for health checkup and treatment of eyes. “A VVIP flight (BG 202) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:26 am,” President’s Deputy Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told BSS. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Agriculture Minister Dr Md. Abdur Razzaque, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Vatican to Bangladesh Archbishop George Kocherry, British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson, Ambassador ...

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PM asks to probe torching paddy field by farmers


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the ministry concerned to investigate some incidents over setting fire to paddy fields by farmers to protest the price fall. “Investigation will be held to know if the incidents were the acts of sabotage or a bid to tarnish the image of the government,” said Road transport and bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday at his Secretariat office. Obaidul Quader, also the General Secretary of Awami League, said that problem would not be solved through torching paddy field. Recently, a number of news reports on setting fire to paddy fileds by ...

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Minimum Fitra fixed at Tk 70 and maximum Tk 1,980


MNA National Desk: Fitra, a charity donation by well-off Muslims at the end of Ramadan, has been fixed at minimum Tk 70 per person this year. The maximum Fitra has been set at Tk 1,980, said Mohammad Nizam Udin, assistant director of Islamic Foundation. The Islamic Foundation fixed the amount on Thursday at a meeting chaired by Hafez Maulana Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and president of the National Fitra Fixing Committee. The minimum and maximum rates of Fitra have been set taking into account the market prices of flour, dates, and other relevant ...

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Eid tickets to be sold at different stations in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Advanced train tickets for Eid-ul-Fitr will be sold from different stations for the first time this year, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan today said. The minister made the announcement when he was briefing media on advanced Eid ticket sale at the Rail Bhaban this afternoon. Tickets to all trains to the country’s western destinations will be sold from Kamalapur Railway Station while tickets to Chattogram and Noakhali will be sold from Airport Railway Station. Besides, holidaymakers will have to buy their tickets of Mymensingh and Jamalpur from Tejgaon Station. All tickets for Netrakona-bound Mohonganj and Haor Express ...

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HC orders to term none ‘fake’ freedom fighter


MNA National Desk: The High Court has ordered government officials and journalists not to describe anybody as a fake freedom fighter. The order means the media is barred from using the word ‘fake’ before freedom fighters. If anyone violates the order, he or she will be summoned, said the court. Justice Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order on Tuesday after hearing a petition, reports Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state. “The court said that anyone can claim himself as a freedom fighter by showing a forged certificate. Because of this, ...

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Food Safety Authority seeks BSTI report before moving against 52 ‘substandard’ products


MNA National Desk: The High Court’s orders to take 52 food products off the shelves has left retailers in a quandary as the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority tasked with implementing the directives awaits a report from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Instituion (BSTI). Based on a report by the BSTI, the court on Sunday ordered that 52 ‘substandard’ products of 18 companies be immediately withdrawn from shop shelves and destroyed. The Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and the Directorate of National Consumers’ Right Protection were given 10 days to execute the order. On Monday, the sales of the impugned products continued ...

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Supreme Court clears way for Jahalom compensation case to proceed

Supreme Court

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a hearing on compensation to Jahalom, a jute mill worker who was wrongly put behind bars for three years in a loan fraud case. The top court has turned down a petition from the Anti-Corruption Commission, which means the case will proceed in the High Court Division. A panel of four judges led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Monday after hearing the petition filed by the ACC. On Apr 23, the chamber judge adjourned all proceedings of the Jahalom case, including the High Court ...

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Biman opens probe into Yangon crash landing


MNA National Desk: The national flag carrier has constituted a six-member investigation committee over the crash landing of its Dash-8 aircraft at the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar. Shoeb Chowdhury, chief of Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ flight safety, is heading the committee, Shakil Meraj, general manager (public relations) of national flag carrier Biman, told the media on Thursday morning. The committee will find out how the aircraft veered off the runway while landing at the Myanmar airport, he said. “Weather in Yangon was poor due to the presence of a thunderstorm in the area,” local media reported citing the Aviation Safety ...

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Thousands suffer for Dhaka-Ctg highway gridlock


MNA National Desk: Thousands of people are suffering immensely as 30-kilometer long tailback was created on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Cumilla and Munshiganj districts on Wednesday. The tailback stretched from Raipur of Cumilla’s Daudkandi upazila to Meghna Bridge area in Munshiganj’s Gazaria upazila. The gridlock started from Tuesday 12:00 midnight, causing untold sufferings to the people who fast in severe hot weather. Daudkandi Highway Police Station officer in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said goods-laden vehicles got stuck in Chattogram Port for several days due to cyclone Fani. Excessive pressure of those goods-laden vehicles towards the capital from the Chattogram Port and ...

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