National

Don’t worry, remain prepared for tackling any situation: PM

coronavirus

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people not to worry and remain prepared to face any situation in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe. “I’ll tell all that they shouldn’t worry, rather they’ll have to remain prepared for tackling any situation that has risen due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus,” she said. The prime minister came up with the statement while receiving donation for her relief and welfare fund from various government and private organisations through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon, reports BSS. ...

Read More »

Bangladesh confirms five more coronavirus cases

IEDCR

MNA NAtional Desk: The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Thursday confirmed five more coronavirus cases, taking the total to 44 in Bangladesh. The death toll from the disease has remained unchanged at five, IEDCR Director Meerjady Sabrina Flora said while revealing the latest coronavirus figures at an online media briefing this afternoon, report bdnews24.com and UNB. However, four more patients have recovered from the disease. With this, a total of 11 people have already made recovery from the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the global death toll from the coronavirus has leapt to 21,283 globally as of Thursday. It ...

Read More »

Tk 50.0b stimulus package for export-oriented sectors to pay wages: PM Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced a Tk 50.0 billion stimulus package for export-oriented sectors to pay wages to the workers amid the crisis of coronavirus outbreak. “The fund can be used only for paying wages and allowances to the workers and other employees,” the prime minister said in her televised address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, reports bdnews24.com. “Our production and exports can be impacted. Therefore, we took some emergency measures,” said Hasina. Bangladesh Bank already took some business-friendly initiatives, including the decision not to declare any customer a loan defaulter until ...

Read More »

Rail services, except freight trains, suspended indefinitely

coronavirus

MNA National Desk: The government shut down all passenger train services, except freight trains, from Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh. Railway Minister Nurul Islam made the announcement in a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, report bdnews24.com and UNB. Meanwhile, according to UNB, Bangladesh Railway Director General Shamsuzzaman, “The services will remain closed until further notice,” he said, adding that intercity train services will be shut down gradually. Bangladesh government on Monday declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4, aiming to prevent its transmission. Besides, the armed forces will remain in the field in the ...

Read More »

PM Hasina to address nation on March 25

March 25

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation on March 25, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has said. Quader was speaking to reporters at a briefing in Dhaka on Monday. According to a bdnews24 report, the premier is expected to issue directives on the coronavirus outbreak in her speech. Quader also said that the Awami League has cancelled all its programmes planned for March 26 due to the global pandemic. “We cannot take any impulsive decision now. We have to take comprehensive preparations and plan when to do what,” he replied when asked whether Hasina could ...

Read More »

Coronavirus: DSCC orders closing shops, restaurants, tea stalls

DSCC

MNA National Desk: The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) authorities on Sunday directed to close all restaurants, hotels, tea stalls, bakery, confessionary, and roadside food carts following growing concern over a potential coronavirus outbreak in the country. These establishments will remain closed until further notice, DSCC said in a mass notification. However, hospitals, clinics, primary health service, medical stores, ATM booths, fruits stores, mobile recharge shops, and kitchen markets will remain open as usual, UNB reported. Legal action will be taken against anyone violating the directive, the notification said. Bangladesh on Saturday announced the second coronavirus death and detection of ...

Read More »

IEDCR confirms first coronavirus death in Bangladesh

IEDCR

MNA National Desk: Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on Wednesday said a 70-year-old patient has died due to coronavirus infection for the first time in Bangladesh. IEDCR Director professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora revealed the information at a regular press briefing this afternoon, report UNB and bdnews24.com. The deceased was also suffering from a combination of diabetes, hypertension and kidney ailments, the disease control agency says. Meerjady Sabrina Flora said four more people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection in the country, taking the number of coronavirus-infected patients in the country to 14. On March 8, ...

Read More »

President, PM pay homage to Bangabandhu on his birth centenary

Bangabandhu

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of the great leader. They paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu in Tungipara of Gopalganj. President Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the prime minister. After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the father of the nation while the bugle ...

Read More »

Three new coronavirus patients detected in Bangladesh

COVID-19

MNA National Desk: Three more persons — two children aged under 10 and one woman — were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country Sunday. With the latest, the number of coronavirus cases in the country stands at eight; three of them have already recovered. Two people, who had recently returned from Italy and Germany, were detected as COVID-19 cases Saturday. The new three cases that were detected Sunday are the family members of one of those two cases detected a day ago. Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) director Professor Dr Meerzady Sabrina Flora on Monday briefed the ...

Read More »

Govt mulls shutting educational institutions: Quader

educational

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the government is mulling over closing the educational institutions in view of the outbreak of coronavirus. “Closing the schools and colleges is being discussed at the high level of the government. We are intensively monitoring the situation. We will take necessary steps in the right time,” he said. Quader, also the Awami League (AL) general secretary, came up with the statements at a press conference after an AL secretariat meeting on the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at ...

Read More »

Nine in isolation with coronavirus like symptoms: IEDCR

coronavirus

MNA National Desk: Nine people are currently in isolation at different hospitals after showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection with four others in institutional quarantine, according to the government’s disease control agency. Among the three patients diagnosed with the infection in the country, two are free of the virus, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said. IEDCR Director Meerjady Sabrina Flora disclosed the latest developments on the coronavirus situation at a media briefing on Saturday, as per a report on bdnews24.com. Bangladesh reported its first cases of the coronavirus on March 8 after two men and a ...

Read More »

Tripura closes all border haats with Bangladesh

Tripura

MNA National Desk: The Tripura government has decided to shut down all the border haats (markets) with Bangladesh as part of the precautionary measures against novel coronavirus, reports The Telegraph, reports bdnews24.com. A memorandum has been issued from the health and family welfare department on Wednesday saying that mass gatherings in any form may be avoided or possibly be postponed till the outbreak of the disease is contained. “All citizens are requested to restrict mass gatherings to avoid severe acute respiratory illness or SAR case and influenza-like illness, including Covid-19. In case a gathering cannot be avoided, the organiser should ...

Read More »

One-minute ‘blackout’ to mark Genocide Day

Genocide Day

MNA National Desk: The government has decided to observe ‘one-minute blackout’ programme on the night of March 25, marking the ‘Genocide Day’. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal came up with the information after a meeting at the secretariat on Wednesday in presence of top officials of the law enforcement agencies on observing the ‘Genocide Day’ and the Independence Day. The ‘blackout’ programme will be observed for one minute from 9pm on March 25, he said. Additional security measures will also be taken on the occasion, said the minister. However, key performance indicators areas and vehicles will remain out of the ...

Read More »

HC asks govt to announce ‘Joy Bangla’ as national slogan

slogan

MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) has declared that ‘Joy Bangla’ will be the national slogan of the country. Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader’s bench made the announcement on Tuesday after a hearing and gave three specific directives to the authorities concerned about the use of ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan. The HC said ‘Joy Bangla’ will be the national slogan of Bangladesh, reports UNB. The High Court asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps so that all constitutional post-holders, state officials and staff use ‘Joy Bangla’ after their speeches on national days and other ‘appropriate’ ...

Read More »

PM urges people to avoid mass gathering

coronavirus

MNA National Desk: In the wake of detection of the first coronavirus cases in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the people of the country not to panic and avoid any mass gathering. Sheikh Hasina made the call while talking about coronavirus at the weekly Cabinet meeting held at her office with the PM in the chair, reports UNB. “The Prime Minister requested you (people) not to get panicked…Since it’s a contagious virus, her directive is to avoid any huge mass gathering as much as possible,” said Health Services Division Secretary Md Ashadul Islam at a press briefing ...

Read More »

Don’t be worried over coronavirus: PM

coronavirus

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country not to be worried regarding coronavirus as Bangladesh has enough capability to face this disease. “Inshallah, we have enough capability (to tackle coronavirus) and we’ll do that. There’s nothing to be worried,” she said while inaugurating the function of the International Women’s Day at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. She said the government is monitoring the situation round the clock and will take immediate appropriate steps if any problem arises in any place. “All have to remain neat and clean and follow the instructions of the Health ...

Read More »

Historic March 7: PM leads nation in paying homage to Bangabandhu

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday led the nation in paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, commemorating his historic March 7 speech, which was touted as an indirect declaration of the country’s independence in 1971. She paid tributes to the father of the nation by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city this morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence. Flanked by central leaders of ...

Read More »

PM urges researchers to be beneficial to country

researches

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she wanted to know the result of the researches in which the government is investing the public funds. “Doing only research is not enough, (I) want to know the outcome, and make it sure that those (results) are beneficial to the country,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while distributing cheques among post-graduate students and researchers under Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and donation for research. Ministry of Science and Technology arranged the ceremony at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday. Sheikh Hasina said the ...

Read More »

7 ‘Rohingya robbers’ among 8 killed in gunfights

robbers

MNA National Desk: Seven suspected Rohingya robbers and a ‘drug trader’ were killed in separate gunfights with law enforcers in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. In the first incident, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 15 company commander Mirza Shahed Mahtab said a team of the elite force raided Jadimura Mochni Rohingya Camp at early hours. Sensing presence of the team, the gang opened fire on the elite force. In retaliation, the Rab men also fired back which triggered a gunfight. After two-and-a-half hours of the gun-battle, the RAB members ...

Read More »

New Dhaka mayors, councillors sworn in

mayors

MNA National Desk: The newly-elected mayors and councillors of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) took oath of office on Thursday morning. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath to DNCC and DSCC mayors-elect Atiqul Islam and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh respectively at a function at the Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office. Later, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam administered oath to the councillors elected from both general wards and reserved seats. However, the newly-elected mayors and councillors will have to wait until mid-May to take over charge as the five-year ...

Read More »

Germany pledges 15 million euros to Rohingya cause

Rohingya

MNA National Desk: German Development Minister Gerd Müller promised €15 million ($16.3 million) to the Rohingya refugees during his trip to Bangladesh on Wednesday. Müller hopes that the boost in funding will help improve the lives of the young among Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingyas in refugee camps as well as in host communities, reports Deutsche Welle. “The development minister plans on implementing measures that would specially support young Rohingyas in the areas of education and income security,” a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development told DW. “The projects will be implemented by the governmental organisation GIZ and ...

Read More »

NEC approves second perspective plan

NEC

MNA National Desk: The National Economic Council (NEC) has approved the Second Perspective Plan of Bangladesh (2021-2041) in a bid to turn Bangladesh as a higher mid-income country by 2031 and a higher income and developed country by 2041. The NEC gave the approval during a meeting at its conference room on Tuesday . NEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting, reports BSS. The implementation of the country’s First Perspective Plan (2010-2021) is nearing completion. Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said the meeting approved this historic outline document for the next ...

Read More »

Dev works need to complement each other: PM Hasina

development

MNA National Desk: Putting emphasis on undertaking integrated development plans, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the development works should be complementary to each other. “…a development work should be complementary to each other,” said the Prime Minister. She said it while witnessing a power-point presentation on Hatirjheel part realignment of Sonargaon-Buet Link under Dhaka Elevated Expressway PPP Project at the Prime Minister’s Office. The PM gave her consent to the new alignment of the Sonargaon-Buet Link under Dhaka Elevated Expressway PPP Project witnessing the presentation. Sheikh Hasina also gave some other directives over the construction of nearly 20-kilometre ...

Read More »

Nation pays tributes to Language Movement martyrs

martyrs

MNA National Desk: The nation paid deep respects to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement on Friday, marking ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day and the International Mother Language Day. The Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of the mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, and culture and heritage. Walking barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers, singing ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February’, people from all walks of life paid rich tributes to the heroes of the Language Movement who laid down their lives for ...

Read More »

Don’t construct high-rise buildings along sea in Cox’s Bazar: PM Hasina

Cox’s Bazar

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned not to build high-rise establishments along the sea in Cox’s Bazar. “We will not allow construction of high-rise establishments along the sea as it will harm the natural beauty of Cox’s Bazar ,” she said, adding tourism parks should be developed keeping intake the natural beauties of the region. The prime minister made the remarks while witnessing a presentation of master plans of three special tourism parks to be developed at Cox’s Bazar, reports BSS. The Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has been entrusted with setting up the ...

Read More »

PM to hand over Ekushey Padak Thursday

Ekushey Padak

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute on Thursday the coveted Ekushey Padak – 2020 among 20 eminent personalities and an organization in recognition of their contributions to various fields. The Prime Minister will hand over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function to be organised by the Cultural Affairs Ministry at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium. The Cultural Affairs Ministry announced the names of the recipients on February 5. Aminul Islam Badsha (posthumous) has been selected for his role in the Language Movement. Begum Dalia ...

Read More »

Fakhrul denies discussing parole, Quader has ‘evidence of conversation’

parole

MNA National Desk: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said he did not discuss about Khaleda Zia’s parole with Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader during their recent telephonic conversation. Fakhrul made the statement while speaking to reporters after paying tribute to the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman on Tuesday. “I clearly told you the other day to ask him [Quader] about this. Why don’t you ask him?” Fakhrul said when reporters sought his opinion about Quader’s recent statement on the telephonic conversation. Meanwhile, according to BSS, Quader on Tuesday reiterated that Mirza Fakhrul called him ...

Read More »
Scroll Up