Stop plying unfit vehicles on roads: Prime Minister


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to stop plying unfit vehicles and their unhealthily race on the roads to avert road accidents. “Plying of unfit vehicles and their unhealthy race on the roads must be stopped… stern actions will have to be taken if anybody unnecessarily increases the size or other things of the trucks and buses,” she said. “The mentality of earning some money by fixing the vehicles somehow will have to be discarded,” she added. The prime minister issued the directives while addressing a programme marking the National Road Safety Day-2019 at ...

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President Abdul Hamid reaches Tokyo


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid reached Tokyo on Monday on an eight-day official visit to Japan and Singapore. During his stay, he will attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Japanese emperor on Tuesday, his Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told UNB. A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the President and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) for Singapore at 1:35pm on Sunday and landed on Monday at 6:30am (Local time). The flight also landed at Singapore Changi International Airport at 7:30pm local time on Sunday en route to Japan. Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan ...

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PM orders not to set up industries in Sonadia


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed all concerned not to establish any industry in Sonadia, saying that only ecotourism will be developed in the island of Cox’s Bazar. The prime minister issued the directive while witnessing a power point presentation on the master plan of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City) at her office in the afternoon. After the event, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. He said Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) made the power point presentation on various aspects of the industrial city. The press secretary said the ...

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Govt plans to set up special ‘cell’ to combat dengue


MNA National Desk: The government plans to set up a special ‘cell’ to combat dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the wake of the most prolific outbreak of the virus on record this year. Experts have been pressing for a contingency plan to effectively tackle these infectious diseases and on Saturday, LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam announced that work is underway to establish a response unit at the ministry. Speaking at a seminar titled “Vector problems in Bangladesh: an integrated management approach” organized by the Center for Governance Studies (CGS) in the capital, the minister said an additional secretary has ...

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Don’t go beyond rules: PM to UGC

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) not to go beyond the rules in case of overseeing both public and private universities. “Don’t go beyond the rules. Follow them properly,” she said when an UGC delegation, led by its Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah, met her at her office on Thursday in the city. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Sheikh Hasina said the UGC will be empowered by enacting law. She directed the UGC to strengthen the capacity of the commission and monitor the colleges affiliated with the ...

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PM urges to be responsible to avert road accidents


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon all including the drivers and pedestrians to be responsible in using the roads to avoid accidents while opening a number of development projects. “Everyone should be sensible to use the roads to avoid accidents,” she said. The premier opened Bhulta Flyover on Dhaka-Sylhet highway, Patia Bypass Road, Satkhira Town Bypass Road, Aldi Bazar Bridge, Banar Bridge on Mymensingh-Gafargaon-Toak district highway and replacement of 13 bridges with permanent construction through a video conferencing at her official residence Ganobhaban in the capital. The prime minister said “It will not be wise ...

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ECNEC clears two new MRT projects involving Tk 940b


MNA National Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved two mega MRT projects — Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line-1) and Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line-5: Northern Route)—involving Tk 940 billion (94,000 crore), aiming to radically improving the capital’s transport sector. The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister in the chair at the NEC conference room. The meeting also cleared eight other projects, including four revised ones, UNB reported. “Today (Tuesday), the ECNEC meeting approved a total of 10 projects involving the estimated ...

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Don’t show firearms publicly, govt issues notification


MNA National Desk: The government on Monday ordered licensed firearm holders not to show their firearms publicly, warning that those who will violate this order will have to face actions as per the section 25 (A) of the Firearms License Supply, Renewal and Use Policy-2016. “The licensed firearms holders have been asked to refrain themselves from working as security personnel at any private security agency or as body guards of any individual following the section 25 (C) the Firearms License Supply, Renewal and Use Policy-2016 and showing arms publicly as per the section 25 (A) of the policy,” said a ...

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Want to get Bangladesh ready to face any calamity: PM Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she wants to prepare Bangladesh in such a way so that it can face any sort of disaster whether it is a manmade or natural one. “Whether a manmade or natural disaster strikes, Bangladesh will always remain prepared to tackle it. That’s what we need,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing an event on Sunday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Disaster Management and Relief Ministry organised the programme with the theme ‘Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services’. ...

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Memorial Book on Banagabandhu handed over to contributing writers


MNA National Desk: A memorial book on Bangabandhu marking the 100th birthday of father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was unveiled on Sep 28 at Tungipara of Gopalganj district in a program celebrating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 73rd birthday. The book was distributed among the writers and poets who contributed in this book today from a ceremony at Shishu Academy. The book was titled as ‘Jatir Pita Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Shototomo Jonmo Sharok Grontho’. The handover session of this memorial book was a part of Shishu Academi’s week-long program marking World Children’s Day and Children’s Rights Week, ...

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Implement development projects maintaining quality: President


MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid has asked all concerned to implement development projects maintaining quality and standard. The head of the State came up with the statement while witnessing the progress of different ongoing development projects, including the Itna-Mithamain-Astagram road, in Kishoreganj on Saturday afternoon. “Ensure quality work of development projects . . . The concerned institution or person must become liable, if any negligence is found in the work,” he cautioned, terming the under-construction the Itna-Mithamain- Astagram road is a visible development initiative of the incumbent government. The President directed the authorities concerned to complete the under-construction ...

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Maintaining non-communal spirit is our best achievement: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said ensuring a conducive atmosphere through maintaining non-communal spirit for celebration of all religious festivals is the best achievement of Bangladesh. “Bangladesh is a secular state and we all irrespective of religion, caste and creed are moving together along the same road. We all are celebrating festivals including religious ones together, which is the best achievement for us,” she said. Sheikh Hasina came up with the remarks while addressing a function during her visit to the Durga Puja Mandap at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhaka on Monday afternoon, report UNB and BSS. She ...

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Indian Congress leaders meet PM


MNA National Desk: Leaders of Indian National Congress on Sunday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi were present, among others, at the meeting. During the meeting, they exchanged pleasantries and recalled their old memories. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting held at the PM’s place of residence, Taj Mahal Hotel. The Prime Minister recalled the contributions of the Indian government and its people to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. Hasina invited Sonia Gandhi to visit Bangladesh and ...

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Samrat, Arman jailed for wildlife law violations, drunkenness


MNA National Desk: A mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has sentenced two expelled Jubo League leaders — Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and Enamul Hoque Arman — to six months in prison for wildlife law violations and drunkenness respectively. RAB executive Magistrate Mohammad Sarwar Alam came up with the information while talking to reporters after the end of a raid at Samrat’s office in Kakrail area in Dhaka around 6:20 pm on Sunday. The RAB arrested the duo from Cumilla on Sunday over their involvement in running illegal casino in Dhaka. Later, the elite police unit also raided ...

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Saima Wazed named as innovative women leader in global mental health

Saima Wazed

MNA Editorial Desk: Saima Wazed named as innovative women leader in global mental health Saima Wazed Hossain has been named among the 100 ‘Innovative Women Leaders in Global Mental Health’ by ‘Five on Friday’ publication blog of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Programmes. The list of the ‘Five on Friday’ contains women leaders who are individually and collectively improving “our understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illness”. The daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Saima, known by her nickname Putul in Bangladesh, is the chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh, and also Shuchona Foundation that works ...

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Bangladesh to raise issues of Teesta, NRC, border killings


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh will raise the issues of Teesta river water-sharing, Assam’s citizenship exercise and border killings along with other ones during a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on October 5. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen came up with the statement while briefing the media on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for the Indian capital at 8:00am on Thursday in a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in her first visit to the neighbouring country after winning the 2018 elections. The minister said a whole raft of ...

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Wrongdoers under surveillance: Obaidul Quader


MNA National Desk: Mentioning that the ongoing anti-crime drive will also be conducted across the country, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said many of those involved in various misdeeds are now under the radar of intelligence agencies. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hinted that the drive will be strengthened and those involved in various misdeeds are under the surveillance of intelligence,” he said while talking to reporters at the Bangladesh Secretariat. Replying to a question about the arrest of Jubo League leader Samrat, Awami League General Secretary said, “No one will be spared. Law enforcement agencies ...

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Memorial Book on Bangabandhu’s 100th Birthday unveiled on PM Sheikh Hasina’s Birthday


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Kishore Bangla jointly published a memorial book celebrating the 100th birthday and 99th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The book was unveiled at Bangabandhu’s mausoleum courtyard at Tungipara of Gopalganj district, birth place of the father of the nation on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 73rd Birthday. The memorial puts light on different aspects of Bangabandhu’s life, which was mostly dedicated to the welfare of his fellow countrymen. Many books were written and published over the years on Bangabandhu since the independence of Bangladesh. “This book ...

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 73rd birthday today


MNA National Desk: The 73rd birthday of Prime Minister and Bangladesh Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will be celebrated across the country today (Saturday). Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28 in 1947. Like previous years, Awami League and its affiliated organisations will celebrate the day through various programmes on the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina, who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footsteps of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On the occasion, Milad ...

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RAB seals off Fu Wang Club

Fu Wang

MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) sealed off Fu Wang Club early Thursday after a large amount of illegal liquor was seized from it. The elite force also arrested three people in this connection. The arrestees are Jahid, Xavier Jerry D’Costa and Chanchal. Director (Legal and Media) of the RAB Headquarters Lt Col Sarwar-Bin-Kashem said around 2,000 bottles of foreign wine, 10,000 cans of beer and Tk 700,000 were seized from the club. Nearly 3.0 per cent of the liquor was stored illegally and the club could not show relevant papers for the extra alcohol, he said.

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PM to place four-point proposal at UN to solve Rohingya crisis


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she is going to place a four-point proposal at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to end the Rohingya crisis. “Let me reiterate the following points which I shall be presenting to the (current) 74th UNGA Session,” said the prime minister. The proposals, she said, are: 1) Myanmar must express clear political will manifested by concrete actions for sustainable return and reintegration of Rohingyas to Myanmar. 2) Myanmar must build trust among the Rohingyas by discarding discriminatory laws and practices and allowing “go and see” visit to the Northern Rakhine ...

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Army chief hails ongoing drives against corruption, casinos


MNA National Desk: Hailing the ongoing drive against corruption and misdeeds, chief of army staff General Aziz Ahmed on Tuesday said action will be taken if any retired army official is found involved in casino business. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after inaugurating a modern milking parlour at Savar Military Farm in the morning on Tuesday. Aziz said their intelligence agency has been asked to investigate corruption and misdeeds. “If anyone is proved guilty after investigation, we’ll do whatever is needed.”

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PM Hasina receives ‘Vaccine Hero’ award

Vaccine Hero

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received the prestigious ‘Vaccine Hero’ award in recognition of Bangladesh’s outstanding success in vaccination to immunise children. Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisations (GAVI) conferred the award upon the Prime Minister at a ceremony at the Conference Room 1 of the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday (local time). GAVI Board chair Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala handed over the award to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Receiving the award, Hasina dedicated it to the people of Bangladesh and said, “This award is not mine, it’s the award of the people of Bangladesh.” She ...

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Jubo League leader Khaled Bhuiyan arrested for operating ‘casino’ in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: The Rapid Action Battalion or RAB has arrested Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan for running an illegal casino inside a club in Dhaka. The elite police unit apprehended Khaled at his residence in the capital’s Gulshan on Wednesday evening, said RAB’s Media Wing Director Sarwar Bin Kashem . RAB personnel carried out simultaneous raids on his home and Fakirapool’s Young Men’s Club in the afternoon. They also detained 142 people, including two women, from the club. Raids are ongoing at several other clubs where casino business is ongoing for a long time.

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Nursing education to be upgraded to int’l standards: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the nursing education and training in Bangladesh will be upgraded to international standards as the country needs a large number of trained nurses. “Alongside foreign trainings (for nurses), we’re also taking measures so that its (training) standard in the country could be upgraded to international one,” she said. The government has already created a scope for oversees trainings for nurses, she added. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the 1st Graduation Ceremony of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Specialised Hospital and Nursing College at Kashimpur area in Gazipur district. ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrates founding anniversary


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League observed its 4th founding anniversary by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital. President of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Sarkar Md. Abul Kalam Azad (Ph.d.) and general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed led the procession of other leaders of the organization. Member of Parliament and member of science and technology related parliamentary standing committee Shirin Ahmed, deputy attorney general Advocate Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Awami League central sub-committee member Shah Alam and Mafijul Islam, vice president of Kalabagan thana Awami League Md Nazrul ...

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PM Hasina orders separate police unit for metrorail safety


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the authorities to form a separate police unit for the safety of the ongoing Dhaka metrorail project. The directive came from a meeting on the progress of the project at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Monday. “The metrorail police will be there for security. They have to be trained,” Hasina said. Former Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the National Security Affairs Cell Md Asaduzzaman Mia has been assigned to start the process of forming the new police unit. More than 30 percent of ...

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