BD enjoying greater press freedom: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday claimed that Bangladesh has been enjoying greater press freedom than other countries of the world. He came up with the remarks after holding a meeting with the visiting chairmen of press councils of India, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan at the secretariat. In a country like the United Kingdom, the minister said, the publication of 108-year-old newspaper was forced to shut down following publishing of wrong news. Besides, many officials, including executive director of an institution like the BBC resigned following broadcasting of wrong information about an MP, he ...

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16,000 law enforcers to be deployed in Dhaka on Feb 21

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MNA National Desk: Around 16,000 police personnel will be deployed across the capital on February 21, the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. “Of them, 6,000 will be working to ensure safety around the Central Shaheed Minar,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said on Tuesday. “There’s no fear of militant attack,” he said while visiting Central Shaheed Minar. Asaduzzaman assured the people that there would be a four-tier security arrangement and metal detectors would be installed at every entrance of Shaheed Minar and surveillance cameras will be placed at key points. He said hawkers and makeshift ...

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Gazette of 49 women MPs published


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has issued an official gazette notification containing the names and addresses of 49 members of parliament (MP) for reserved seats for women. According to the notification, the EC published the list of the MPs for reserved seats as per the provisions of the relevant law. Among the MPs, 43 are from Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers’ Party of Bangladesh and one independent. According to the gazette published on Sunday, 43 elected women MPs are from ruling Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers Party and another is independent, ...

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PM arrives in Germany to join Munich Security Conference


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Munich of Germany on Thursday to attend the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 billed for February 15-17. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at the Munich International Airport around 1:10pm (local time). Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the Prime Minister at the airport. On Thursday morning, Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka on her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On her way back from Germany, she will visit the UAE to attend the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) ...

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Building designs to be approved in four levels: Minister


MNA National Desk: The government has undertaken a landmark decision in giving approval for passing plan of a building in the areas under Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and Khulna Development Authority (KDA). The approval will be given in four levels instead of 16 to ease people’s sufferings, said Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Wednesday. The minister told journalists about the decision after a meeting with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) “We’ve taken some epoch making decision at the directives of the Prime Minister to remove some long standing sufferings and to ease ...

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Yaba smugglers ready to surrender in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: More than 150 yaba smugglers are “ready” to surrender by taking the opportunity given by the government amid a crackdown on drugs, Cox’s Bazar police say. The authorities are organising an event marking the surrender in the southeastern district bordering Myanmar where the methamphetamine tablets are produced. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will attend the programme on Saturday, according to Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police ABM Masud. The venue is the Teknaf Pilot High School ground and the time 10am. The home minister will travel to the district a day before the programme. Inspector General of Police ...

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Stay alert to check militancy, terrorism: PM to Ansar, VDP


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all including the members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to stay alert to check militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country, BSS reports. “We’ll have to remain always careful to prevent militancy, terrorism and drugs in the country,” she told the 39th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at its academy on Tuesday morning. The premier also directed Bangladesh Ansar and VDP personnel to work together with hard labour and honesty to keep up the country’s development spree. “As the biggest force of the country, you’ll have to ...

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Cost of Hajj rises, minimum cost Tk 3.44lac


MNA National Desk: The cost of Hajj package for 2019, through both public and private providers, has been hiked for the second year in a row. As per new price, Hajj package-1 has been set at Tk 418,500 from Tk 397,929 and package-2 at Tk 344,000 from Tk 319,355 this year. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed it to press on Monday after weekly cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The cabinet said a total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go ...

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Information Minister for creating ‘Internet Ombudsman’

Internet Ombudsman

MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said time has come to think globally and work together on how to deal with fake news and rumors on social media platforms through establishing an ‘Internet Ombudsman’ as freedom of media and accountability are equally important. “We need to discuss it deeply. Together, we’ll work out how the unedited platforms (social media platforms) can be brought under rules and regulations,” he said adding that the government will take a decision in consultation with stakeholders in the media industry. The Information Minister made the remark while addressing as the chief ...

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500 mmcfd LNG supply starts from Chattogram today


MNA National Desk: The supply of 500 mmcfd Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the national grid will start from Chattogram district on Saturday. Petrobangla officials expressed hope that the supply of 500 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) LNG gas will bring a positive impact on country’s gas sector. Along with the increased gas flow, fertilizer and electricity production will also be increased not only in Chattogram but also in Dhaka, they said. A senior Petrobangla official said earlier the supply of 500 mmcfd LNG was started in August on a pilot basis. But the gas could not be supplied ...

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PM inaugurates six power plants

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated six power plants which have added some 1,062 megawatt (MW) electricity to the national grid. Besides, she opened nine grid sub-stations, power supply to Sandwip upazila in Chattogram district through submarine cable, and cent per cent electrification of 12 upazilas. The Prime Minister inaugurated these projects through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban in the city on Wednesday. The six power plants are- Sirajganj 282 MW Simple Cycle Power Plant, Bhola 225 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Chandpur 200 MW Power Plant, Ashuganj 150 MW Power Plant, Rupsha 105 MW ...

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Biswa Ijtema extended by a day

Biswa Ijtema

MNA National Desk: Biswa Ijtema has been extended by a day, the government has announced after a meeting with Tabligh Jamaat leaders. The congregation of Muslims will take place from Feb 15 to 18, according to the new schedule, State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah said on Tuesday. Maulana Jobayer will manage the congregation on the first two days and Syed Wasiful Islam the last two days, he told a press conference at his office in Dhaka. The Tabligh leaders will decide who will conduct Akheri Munajat, or the final prayers, according to the state minister. Earlier, following ...

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Primary school teachers warned on social media posts


MNA National Desk: Teachers and staffers of government primary schools have been warned against writing comments and sharing posts on social media that oppose decisions taken by the government. The Directorate of Primary Education sent letters to government officials across the country about social media posts and comments on Monday. The letter cites “a recent spike in negative posts, comments and spreading of misinformation” about primary education on Facebook and other platforms that violate of the government’s guideline on social media use for its employees. Such posts “can give rise to misconceptions about primary education, which is unacceptable.” “Teachers, officials ...

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Ensure harassment-free police services: President


MNA National Desk: Asking police force to ensure harassment-free services, President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday advised them to work cordially with utmost devotion. “Ensure harassment-free services to the people . . . Give topmost priority to necessary legal aids and advises for service-seekers,” the president told a function at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Police Week -2019. The head of the state hoped that the police being imbued with patriotism, honesty and devotion would serve the country and its people, reports BSS. UNB adds: The President said, “One of the key elements of good governance for the development and progress ...

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Jahalam’s captivity unfortunate: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Terming innocent jute mill worker Jahalam’s captivity in jail for three years unfortunate and undesired, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday expressed his hope that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will take punitive action against those responsible in the incident. “The ACC has already admitted its fault. At the same time, it is investigating the matter. The ACC is a statutory organization, not a body under the government,” he said. The minister said this before an opinion sharing meeting with the Director Guild’s leaders at the Secretariat. “An innocent person served three years in jail,” the minister said, ...

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230 Railway projects to be implemented by 2045


MNA National Desk: Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Monday said the government has a future plan to implement 230 projects by 2045 at a cost of Taka 5,53,662 crore. “The government upgraded Bangladesh Railway Master Plan on January 29, 2018 under technical assistance project for Bangladesh Railway SASEC Rail Communication Investment Activities,” he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench M Abdul Latif of Chattagram-11 in the Jatiya Sangsad. The minister said as per the Bangladesh Railway Master Plan, the government would implement all the projects in six phases from July 2016 to June 2045. Under ...

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No innocent to be victim of police harassment: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the police to remain careful so that innocent people are not harassed and tortured during their duties. “You need to keep in mind that no innocent persons should fall victim to torture and harassment by you,” she said. The Prime Minister said this on Monday while attending the five-day ‘Police Week-2019′ at Rajarbagh Police Lines with the theme of “Build unity of police-people, eliminate drugs-militants.’ She said it is the duty of the police to protect mass people from any type of harassment.”People expect this from you.” Sheikh Hasina said all ...

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First phase of Upazila polls on Mar 10


MNA National Desk: The first phase election to the Upazila Council will be held on March 10. In the first phase, voting will be held in 87 upazilas of 12 districts. Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the election schedule on Sunday. Earlier, the 45th meeting of the commission was held. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting. As per the election schedule, the deadline for the nomination submission is February 11 while February 12 is set for scrutiny and February 19 is the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. Helal Uddin said the 5th ...

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Special lab to check food adulteration: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: The government will set up a specialized laboratory in the country to check food adulteration, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday. “A specialised laboratory for food testing is urgently needed and we’ll set up that lab,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a programme marking the National Food Safety Day 2019 at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB), reports UNB. The theme of the day this year is ‘Sustho-SabolJati Chai, Pushtisommoto Nirapod Khadder Bikolpo Nai’ (Need a Healthy Nation, There is no Alternative to Nutritious, Safe Food). Sheikh Hasina said there will be a central ...

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EC plans to organize first phase of Upazila elections on Mar 10


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission is planning to hold Upazila Parishad election in 101 Upazilas in the first phase on Mar 10. The EC secretariat will present the names of 101 Upazilas in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions chosen for the ballot at the commission meeting. The schedule for the fifth Upazila council elections to the posts of chairman, vice chairman and reserved women vice-chairman will be announced on Feb 3, said EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed. A meeting led by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has been convened for Sunday. The meeting will focus on two ...

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Govt trying to ensure equal right for everyone: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh government is working to ensure equal rights for every citizen regardless of religion, race and ethnicity, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said. She was speaking at a scholarship ceremony organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, which runs a project offering assistance to small ethnic groups living in flat lands. Five-hundred students whose higher education is supported by the project were awarded stipends during the ceremony on Thursday. “Everyone in this country will enjoy equal rights regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or caste. This is our goal and we will meet our goal,” said Hasina. ...

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Speaker, Deputy Speaker pay homage to martyrs


MNA National Desk: Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and Deputy Speaker M Fazle Rabbi paid homage to martyrs of Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial on Thursday. After placing wreaths at about 12 noon, they stood in solemn silence for a minute and, later, signed the visitor’s book. Whips of the Parliament were also present.

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11th parliament starts journey, BNP boycotts


MNA National Desk: The first session of the 11th parliament began at 3pm on Wednesday amid BNP’s boycott and protest. The first session started within 31 days of the general election held on December 30. Earlier on January 9, President Abdul Hamid summoned the session exercising the power bestowed upon him as per clause (1) of article 72 of the constitution. According to the parliament’s rules of procedure, the duration and proceedings of the first session will be finalized at a meeting of the business advisory committee of the parliament with parliament speaker in the chair today. The duration of ...

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Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury appointed chief whip of parliament

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MNA National Desk: Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury Liton has been appointed the chief whip of 11th parliament. The member representing Madaripur-1 was approved for his new role by President Md Abdul Hamid on Wednesday. Chowdhury is a nephew of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The president has also approved as whips Atiur Rahman Atik from Sherpur-1, Iqbalur Rahim from Dinajpur-3, Mahabub Ara Begum Gini from Gaibandha-2, Panchanan Biswas from Khulna-1, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon from Jaipurhat-2 and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury of Chattogram-12. As per rules, the parliament secretariat will publish a circular for the appointments. The chief whip is allowed the privileges ...

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BNP forms human chain to protest start of parliament’s session

human chain

MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in the city on Wednesday protesting start of the maiden session of the 11th parliament. Leaders and followers of the party formed the human chain around 10:30 am in front of the Jatiya Press Club 30 minutes before the scheduled time. Following the human chain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other party senior leaders are scheduled to address the programme. The leaders and activists were chanting different slogans demanding reelection and release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. Meanwhile, a huge number of law enforcers ...

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Nine projects worth Tk164.33 billion approved by ECNEC


MNA National Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved nine projects involving an estimated cost of Tk 164.33 billion. Among the nine projects, it approved a Tk 86.90 billion project to bring some 10 million people under the electricity coverage across the country. The approval came from the 2nd ECNEC meeting of the current government, held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka on Tuesday with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said a total of nine projects involving Tk 164.33 billion ...

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