Bangladesh a role model of development in world: PM


MNA National Desk: Highlighting Bangladesh’s tremendous development in the last one decade, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has graduated to a developing country and is a role model of development in the world. She said the country’s GDP rate increased to 8.13 per cent and poverty rate was brought down to 21 per cent from 41 per cent, she said. Sheikh Hasina was addressing a reception accorded to her by Bangladesh Embassy in Spain at Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid on Sunday evening local time. Expatriate Bangladeshis, including Awami League leaders and workers living in Spain and other European ...

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President comes down heavily on food adulterators


MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid on Sunday came down heavily on food adulterators and urged all concerned to gear up campaign against the adulteration of foods and the unscrupulous traders. “We have already become champion in food adulteration”, the President said with a note of sarcasm. “I visited 80 to 85 countries till date. I haven’t seen this type of food adulteration and use of formalin in fruits in other countries, even in neighbouring India and Nepal,” he said. The head of the state made the remarks while addressing the fifth convocation of Rajshahi University of Engineering and ...

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Greed for money a disease: PM


MNA National Desk: Mentioning that the trend of making money now has become a disease, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday renewed her vow to continue the ongoing drive against corruption and drugs. “[Greed] to accumulate wealth has become a disease. It’s sickening … we want those who lead the life with honest income to get the dignity,” she said. Addressing the triennial council of Dhaka North and South City units of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), the Prime Minister said, “The hard-earned money of people will be spent on ensuring the welfare of people, not for lavish lifestyle of anyone.” ...

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Marshall Islands President exchanges pleasantries with Hasina

Marshall Islands

MNA National Desk: President of the Marshall Islands Hilda C Heine on Thursday phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and exchanged pleasantries. Hilda Heine made the phone call to the Prime Minister at noon and exchanged greetings, said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, reports UNB. He said Hilda Heine wished continued peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Bangladesh. The Prime Minister also wished peace, progress and prosperity of the people of the Marshall Islands, the press secretary said.

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Holey Artisan attack: Seven militants sentenced to death

Holey Artisan

MNA National Desk: Seven men were sentenced to death on Wednesday for their roles in the Holey Artisan café attack, the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history that claimed the lives of 22 people, including 17 foreigners. Judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal handed down the verdict. The convicts are – Jahangir Hossain, Aslam Hossain Ryash, Hadisur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan Rigen, Abdus Sabur Khan, Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled. Each of them was fined Tk 50,000. One of the accused, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, was acquitted as charges brought against him could not be ...

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Shajahan Khan wants provision of bail for drivers in Road Transport Act 2018


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation President Shajahan Khan has said drivers should be brought to justice if they commit any crime, but there should be a provision of securing bail in the new road transport act. The former shipping minister also mentioned that there will be a crisis of drivers if they remain in custody for a long time. Shajahan Khan came up with the statement on Sunday after the first meeting of the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan -led taskforce designated for implementing 111 recommendations. The recommendations were proposed by a committee headed by Shajahan Khan to ...

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Guidelines on road transport act to touch finish line: Minister

Obaidul Quader

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the guidelines on the new road transport act are in the final stages. “Once it is done, there won’t be any problem with the enforcement of the law,” he told a news conference at Awami League’s Dhanmondi offices on Thursday, reports Transport owners and workers called off their strike after the government promised to address their concerns over the new law on Wednesday. However, bus services on several long routes are yet to fully resume. “There is no reason to interrupt traffic. There will be no unnecessary ...

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Enough salt in stock: BSCIC


MNA National Desk: The government today urged all not to get confused with misleading information over salt stock and price being spread by an unscrupulous group saying the current salt reserve is much more than the country needs. “There’s no shortage of salt. At present, the salt stock in the country is much higher than the demand,” said Chairman of Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Md Mostaque Hassan. He said an unholy syndicate is trying to reap benefits by spreading misleading information through online media. “The people of the country are requested not to get confused.” The BSCIC ...

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Biman to buy two 787-9 Dreamliner jets


MNA National Desk: The Biman Bangladesh Airlines is set to buy two 787-9 Dreamliner jets, valued at $585 million. Biman and Boeing announced a deal over the procurement at the 2019 Dubai Airshow on Sunday, reports quoting a statement. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who had inaugurated the four 787-8 Dreamliner airplanes of Biman in Dhaka, is currently in Dubai to watch the airshow. The new purchase was recorded in October as an unidentified order on Boeing’s website. It complements Biman’s fleet of 787-8 jets with the larger and longer-range 787-9 variant. The national flag carrier of Bangladesh says the ...

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Want to see if any plot behind onion price surge: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government wants to see whether there is any conspiracy behind the sudden surge in onion price in the country. “Onion price is a problem right now…this is right that onion price has surged in different countries, but I don’t know why this price soared abnormally in our country. We want to see if anyone is involved in this conspiracy,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the 3rd national council of Awami Swechchhasebak League, an associate body of Awami League, at historic Suhrawardy Udyan. A total of ...

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RAB’s glory will fade if it fails to unearth Sagar-Runi murder mystery: HC


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Thursday observed that the success of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will fade if it fails to debunk the mystery behind the murder of journalist couple Sagar and Runi. The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman came up with the observation while delivering an order over an appeal filed by an accused of the case seeking cancellation of the case. “Failure to debunk the mystery behind the murder, identify the offenders or arrest them even after a long time is certainly a matter of sorrow and frustration. The success ...

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Police arrest two EC employees over NID scam


MNA National Desk: Police have arrested two employees of the Election Commission’s offices in Chattogram in connection with the distribution of counterfeit NIDs to Rohingya refugees. The arrestees are Abul Khair Bhuiyan, 45, a staffer at the EC’s Chattogram district office, and Anwar Hossain, 45, a staffer at the EC’s Mirsarai Upazila office. They were arrested from their workplaces on Tuesday, said Counter-terrorism and Transnational Unit Inspector Rajesh Barua. Law enforcers arrested the two in a case over the NID scam with the Kotwali police and sought 10 days to grill them in custody on Tuesday, said Rajesh. Police have ...

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Train collision: Turna Nishita loco master, two others suspended


MNA National Desk: The loco master of Turna Nishitha train and two other staff of Bangladesh Railway have been suspended after the fatal train crash at Mandbagh of Brahmanbaria that left 16 people dead and over 100 others injured. Loco master Taser Uddin, assistant loco master Apu Dey and working guard Abdur Rahman were suspended, said Shariful Alam, senior information officer of the railways ministry. Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from Chattogram collided with Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet around 3:00am, said Deputy Commissioner Hayat-Ud-Dowllah Khan, who visited the spot right after the crash, UNB reports. “So far, 16 people have died ...

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Govt set to implement G2G projects under PPP


MNA National Desk: The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Public-Private Partnership (PPP-Amendment) Bill, 2019’ to pave the path for undertaking and implementing the G2G (government-to-government) projects under PPP as well. The approval came from the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, according to UNB. “There’s no provision to implement G2G schemes in the existing Bangladesh Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, 2015. After the enactment of the PPP Act, 2015, the government took initiatives for the execution of the PPP projects (G2G PPP) with different countries,” ...

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No fund for public universities if provocative acts don’t stop: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government will stop providing funds to public universities if the teachers do not stop provocative activities to take their students to a wrong path in the name of movement. “The government will stop all funding…why should the government provide funds, these are autonomous institutions. Now, you have to think, what you will do,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the 13th council of Jatiya Sramik League at Suhrawardy Udyan, reports UNB. No one will ever accept taking students to a wrong path through provocation and uttering ...

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Information Minister express praises for Bangabandhu’s 100th Birth Memorial Book


MNA National Desk: Information minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud praised “Jatir Jonok Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Shototomo jonmo Sharok Grontho”- a memorial book published jointly by kishore Bangla and Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela. He congratulated the publication for providing the next generation an opportunity to learn about many aspects of the greatest Bengali of all time Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from a single publication. He said that, the book will play a great role as a basic document of correct history of the country for the 7 crore children and teenagers of today and also the future generations. He made ...

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Won’t leave behind farmers, agriculture: PM Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will not desert agriculture and farmers on its way to make Bangladesh a developed and industrialized nation. “We’ll be developed, we’ll be [an] industrialized [nation] without abandoning our farmers and agriculture,” she said at the 10th national council of Bangladesh Krishak League at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan. She said the main goal of the government is to protect the rights of the farmers. “Because, agriculture keeps us alive by providing food and nutrition,” she said. In this connection, she said the government takes all its development programmes giving ...

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Use insurance industry for humanitarian welfare: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the insurance companies to utilise their industry for humanitarian welfare and said Unified Messaging Platform (UMP) will be introduced to save the customers from insurance-related cheating. “I hope you (insurance companies) will use the insurance industry for humanitarian welfare and play a more effective role in keeping production and economy out of risk,” she said. The prime minister was addressing as the chief guest the inaugural ceremony of the 15th International Conference on Inclusive Insurance at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the afternoon, BSS reports. Sheikh Hasina described inadequacy of ...

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Former Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka dies in USA

Sadeque Hossain Khoka

MNA National Desk: Sadeque Hossain Khoka, former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation and BNP vice-chairman, died on Monday in the USA. Khoka, also a former minister, breathed his last at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York around 1pm (BST), said the BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan. Khoka stepped into politics through joining Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s National Awami Party (NAP). Later, he joined BNP, and was made party’s Dhaka city unit president. Khoka was first elected MP in 1991 from Sutrapur-Kotwali seat and subsequently made state minister for youth and sports. He was ...

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Masterminds of Aug 15, Nov 3 killings to be unveiled one day: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday hoped that someone in the future will surely find out the real conspirators behind the killings of August 15 and November 3 in 1975. “We may not be able to try these conspirators… we’ll try to do that… history cannot be erased… in the future someone will surely catch these conspirators (of the killings of August 15 and November 3) that [day] will come…this must be done,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a discussion organised by Awami League at the city’s Krishibid Institution marking the Jail Killing ...

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‘Govt working to make rural economy stronger’


MNA National Desk: Putting emphasis on improving the lifestyle of villagers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government is working to make the country’s rural economy stronger. “We want to make the rural economy stronger so that people could earn enough living in their own villages and make the rural economy more vibrant. We’re taking our steps keeping that in our mind,” she said. Sheikh Hasina made the statement while addressing a function, marking the 48th National Cooperative Day and warding the recipient of the National Cooperative Award at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city. “People ...

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Cylinder blast leaves five dead in city


MNA National Desk: At least five persons, including four children, were killed and seven others injured in a gas cylinder blast near a school in Rupnagar Residential area in the capital’s Mirpur on Wednesday afternoon. “The cylinder exploded when a vendor was pumping up balloons in Monipur School area around 3:30 pm, leaving five people dead on the spot and seven others critically injured,” Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Rupnagar Police Station Abdul Kalam Azad said, report BSS, and UNB. Rupnagar Police Inspector Mokammel Hoque said, “The van was surrounded by a lot of people, some of whom were buying balloons, ...

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PM terms onion crisis temporary


MNA National Desk: As the onion market still remains overheated, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday termed the crisis temporary, saying there is nothing to worry about it. “The crisis is temporary. It won’t last for long. There’s nothing to worry,” she said while addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban on her Azerbaijan tour for attending the 18th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The Prime Minister said 55,000 tonnes of onions are entering the country. Foods can be cooked without onion, she said, adding that many items are cooked without onion at her residence, too. On ...

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Cabinet approves proposed list of holidays for 2020


MNA National Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved the proposed list of holidays for the 2020 calendar year with 14 general holidays and eight more by the executive order of the government. The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters at the Secretariat after the meeting Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the 14 general holidays will include seven weekly holidays – five Fridays and two Saturdays. Apart from these 22 days of public holidays, Shafiul Alam said, there will ...

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Chattogram also to have metro rail service: Quader


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the port city of Chattogram will also be brought under the metro rail network. “It’s good news for the residents of Chattogram that the government has taken an initiative to construct three lines of metro rail,” he said. The minister was inaugurating and unveiling plaques of seven development projects at Sarak Bhaban in Agrabad area of the port city. Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said a feasibility study will be conducted soon to introduce the metro rail service in Chattogram. He said Prime Minister Sheikh ...

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Probe body submits report on Bhola violence


MNA National Desk: Local authorities have completed a probe into the violent clashes which left four people dead and over 100 others injured in Bhola’s Borhanuddin. A three-strong probe panel, headed by Mamudur Rahman, deputy director of the Local Government Department in Bhola, handed a 15-page report to the deputy commissioner on Saturday. The committee was initially given three days to submit the report with a deadline of October 24, said Mamudur, but they were later granted a two-day extension. However, he refused to be drawn on any details relating to the investigation as the High Court may look into ...

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PM leaves for Azerbaijan to join 18th NAM Summit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Baku on today (Thursday) on a four-day official visit to Azerbaijan to attend the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The two-day summit of the NAM, a forum of 120 developing countries, will be held at Baku Congress Centre in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on October 25-26, reports BSS. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the summit along with other heads of state and government of the member states of the NAM,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. According to the schedule of the visit, a special ...

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