Election schedule in first week of November


MNA National Desk: Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the schedule for the next parliamentary election will be announced in the first week of November. He came up with the disclosure to reporters in Agargaon EC building on Thursday (October 18). He said the Chief Election Commissioner in a meeting with a delegation of European Union informed that the election schedule will be announced in the first week of November. Replying to a question the secretary said that the EU delegation wants to see a free, fair, inclusive and participatory election in Bangladesh. The delegation was assured from the ...

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PM holds meeting with Saudi Crown Prince

Crown Prince

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, deputy premier and defense minister Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday evening, reported news agency. “The meeting took place at the Royal Palace in Arga,” foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque told newsmen after the meeting. They discussed issues related to bilateral interests, he said. Earlier, the prime minister had an audience with Saudi King and Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Royal Palace in Arga in the afternoon.

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Narsingdi raid: 2 female ‘militants’ surrender

female militants

MNA National Desk: Two suspected female militants have surrendered to the law enforcement agencies after a 40-hour standoff in Narsingdi, reported news agency. The two women, amid tight security, were taken to a vehicle from the second militant hideout at Madhabdi municipality on Wednesday afternoon. The female suspects have been identified as Khadija Akter Meghna and Mou. Police cordoned off two militant hideouts – a five-storey building and another seven-storey building – on Tuesday night. Law enforcement agencies raided the five-storey last night and recovered the bodies of a man and a woman along with firearms.

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PM lands in Riyadh for four-day visit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived in Riyadh on a four-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shajalal International Airport at 3:45pm and reached King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh at 6:51 pm. Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar and Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi received the prime minister at the airport. During her visit, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will sign two documents on defence and ...

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2 ‘Neo-JMB members’ killed in Narsingdi anti-militancy raid


MNA National Desk: Two suspected Neo-JMB members were killed in explosion during a drive at a “militant den” in Shaikerchar area of Narsingdi Sadar upazila, reported news agency. Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told to media that two members of Neo-JMB including a woman were killed in explosion at the militant den. Earlier, operation ‘Gordian Knot’ was going on at one of two suspected militant dens which remains cordoned off by law enforcers in Narsingdi Sadar upazila since last night.

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Police cordon off 2 ‘militant hideouts’

militant hideouts

MNA National Desk: Police cordoned off two houses at Madhabdi and Sheikher Char in Narsingdi since Monday evening suspecting them militant hideouts, reported news agency. Law enforcers locked both the houses with at least five people inside, according to police. Two units of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) including the CTTCU (Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit) have been preparing for conducting operations in the houses that were identified as militant dens by long-run investigations, said police. CTTC Chief Monirul Islam reached the spot at 9:00am Tuesday. Earlier at night, the district administration imposed section 144 in and around 500-yard areas ...

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Cabinet approves new Broadcast policy


MNA National Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved a new draft of broadcast law to oversee radio, television and online news outlets and ensure they follow regulations, reported news agency. The draft of the ‘Broadcast Act 2018’ was approved at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat. The proposed law would form a seven-member Broadcast Commission that would be appointed through recommendations from a search committee. The commission will give broadcast licences and will be the sole authority on the registration of online media outlets.

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Editors’ Council forms human chain for DSA amendments

Editors’ Council

MNA National Desk: The Editors’ Council formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday, demanding amendment to nine sections of the recently enacted Digital Security Act, 2018. Reading out a 7-point charter of demands at the human chain around 11:30 am, Mahfuz Anam, general secretary of the Editors’ Council and editor of The Daily Star, said the Digital Security Act will restrict the freedom of press and media. ‘We want the government to amend the law in the next session of parliament,’ he said. Earlier the Editors’ Council announced the Human Chain programme at a ...

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PM opens Padma Bridge rail link work

Bridge Rail Link

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday opened the construction work on the rail link between Dhaka and Jashore under the ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project.’ She also unveiled the plaque of Padma Bridge’s name, ‘Padma Multipurpose Bridge’. The first phase of the ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project’ will establish rail link between Mawa and Bhanga via Janjira and Shibchar through the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. This will connect Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Narail and Jashore. China Railway Group Limited, a Chinese government-nominated contractor, is implementing the project under China G2G system, reported news ...

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‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ launched without B Chy

Jatiya Oikya

MNA National Desk: BNP, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya and a faction of Jukta Front on Saturday launched a new opposition alliance, ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’, ahead of the 11th national election without Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. The new alliance envisages realising seven demands, including the resignation of the government, dissolution of parliament, formation of an election-time neutral government and the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and meeting 11 goals. Dr Kamal Hossain came up with the announcement of the Jatiya Oika Front at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club while Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna ...

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PM to visit Padma Bridge construction site Sunday

Padma Bridge construction site

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the Padma Bridge construction site on Sunday to see for herself the progress of the country’s largest infrastructure project and to inaugurate the construction work of its rail link. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inspect the construction sites of the much-awaited Padma Bridge at Mawa in Mushiganj, Janzira in Shariatpur and Shibchar in Madaripur on Sunday to see for herself the progress of the mega project,” Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sources told news agency. During the visit the premier will open the construction work of the rail link between Dhaka and ...

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Faridur Reza Sagar survives chopper crash in Rajshahi

Faridur Reza Sagar

MNA National Desk: A helicopter carrying Channel i Managing Director Faridur Reza Sagar and five others has crashed in the Lalbagh area of Godagari upazila in Rajshahi. The AHW helicopter, belonging to Impress Telefilm, crashed around 2:45pm Thursday, reported news agency. The occupants of the helicopter were injured, and are receiving treatment at the Upazila Health Complex. Swarna Kishori Network Director Farzana Brownia was among the other occupants of the helicopter. According to Jahangir Alam, the Channel i team was in Rajshahi to distribute bicycles to girls under the Swarna Kishori project at the Anwara Fahim Ziauddin Pilot Girls’ High ...

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Spanish version of Bangabandhu’s autobiography

Spanish version

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday unveiled the Spanish version of the autobiography of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’. She unveiled the cover of the book, published by Spanish Embassy in Dhaka, at a function at her official residence Ganobhaban, reported news agency. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the Spanish Embassy in Dhaka for publishing the book in Spanish language. She also thanked those who translated and edited the book. The book was first published on June 18, 2012 in its original Bangla version ‘Oshomapto Atmojiboni’ as ...

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Aug 21 grenade attack: Babar gets death, Tarique jailed for life


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court has sentenced former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, and 18 others, to death, in the August 21 grenade attack case, reported news agency. Tarique Rahman, and 18 others, have received life imprisonment in the case. Eleven others have been sentenced to various jail terms. Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 delivered the verdict around 12:20pm on Wednesday. The case involves the brazen attack that targeted Sheikh Hasina, who was the opposition leader at the time and now the prime minister of Bangladesh. Hasina survived with a partial hearing loss.

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Signal 4 at maritime ports as cyclone ‘Titli’ moves in


MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal no. 4 as the cyclonic storm, ‘Titli’, over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved north-northwestwards over the same area. It was centring at 6:00am on Wednesday about 945 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 900 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 815 kms south-southwest of Mongla port and 815 kms south-southwest of Payra port, said a Met office special bulletin. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in ...

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21 August grenade attack verdict Wednesday


MNA National Desk: The much-awaited verdict in two cases filed over the grisly grenade attack on an Awami League rally in city’s Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004 will be delivered on Wednesday. The attack was launched on a political rally with the aim of killing the then opposition leader, now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, claimed 24 lives and injured 300 others. On September 18, Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal(STT)-1 judge Shahed Nuruddin set the date of delivering the judgement in two cases where 49  people, including BNP’s Senior Vice Chairman  Tarique Rahman and the then State Minister for Home Affairs ...

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Death sentence for trading, using over 5 grams of Yaba

death sentence

MNA National Desk: The Cabinet approved in principle the draft of Narcotics Control Bill, 2018 with a provision of death sentence or life-term imprisonment as punishment for producing, trading and using more than 5 grams of Yaba or more than 25 grams of heroin and cocaine. The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports news agency. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Secretariat after the meeting. ‘The punishment for transporting, trading, storing, producing, processing, applying and using more than ...

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President gives assent to Digital Security Bill

Digital Security Bill

MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid has assented to the much-talked- about Digital Security Bill passed in the 22nd session of the current parliament, making it a law. The 22nd session of the 10th parliament, which was prorogued on September 20, passed a total of 18 bills, including the Digital Security Bill 2018 and Road Transport Bill 2018, reported news agency. Amid concerns from different quarters, the ‘Digital Security Bill, 2018’ was passed in Parliament on September 19 to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions ...

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Pay Tk 100cr to Moon Cinema Hall owner: SC

Moon cinema hall

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs to pay Tk 100 crore to the owner of Moon cinema hall by December 8, reported news agency. In May 2011, the Supreme Court declared the 5th Amendment to the constitution unlawful and asked Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to return the property of Moon Cinema Hall within three months. Earlier in 2000, Italian Marble Works filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. On August 29, 2005 the HC declared Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh illegal, which ...

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Medical board examines Khaleda’s medical papers

medical board

MNA National Desk: The five-member medical board of Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) checked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s previous medical papers at the hospital on Sunday. The board went to her cabin on the 5th floor of Cabin Block and examined all the papers for 15 minutes. The board will take a decision about her treatment later, said Brigadier General Abdullah Al Harun, director of BSMMU, after examining the papers. Now, the treatment will continue as before. Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU on Saturday afternoon after the prison authorities shifted her there from old Dhaka Central jail for ...

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22-day ban on hilsa from today


MNA National Desk: A 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in a 7,000-km breeding ground took effect on Sunday to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period. The ban came into effect at 2am on Sunday which will last till October 28 as these 22 days are the peak period for mother hilsas to release eggs, reported news agency. If anyone violates the ban, he or she will face 1-2 years’ jail or a fine of maximum Tk 5,000. The government imposes the ban every year and it has been doing so ...

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Khaleda to be taken to BSMMU


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) from old Dhaka Central jail on Saturday afternoon for her treatment in response to a court order. She will be taken to the hospital from the jail around 3 pm, said Inspector General of Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhan Uddin Ahmed. Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent Iqbal Kabir of Keraniganj Central Jail met Khaleda in the morning. The High Court on Thursday directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment, reported news ...

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No people to live sans food, home: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the utmost goal of her government was to build a country where no people will live without home, die without food and treatment and every person would have the opportunity to have a decent life. “We will celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation in 2020 and golden jubilee of our independence in 2021 when Bangladesh will be a country free from hunger and poverty. In 2041 Bangladesh will be a developed nation in South Asia and we are implementing our all plans with this goal,” ...

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Dhaka-Ctg highway blockade to protest Kanchpur accident


MNA National Desk: Several hundred villagers including students put up a barricade on Dhaka-Chattogram highway following the injuries of two students in a road accident at Kanchpur in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Thursday. Police said two students of Hazi Omar Ali High School sustained injured when a vehicle hit them in Kanchpur area around 8:30 am. The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. As the news spread, the students of the school along with locals put up a barricade on Dhaka-Chattogram highway, halting traffic movement on the busy road. The agitating locals also vandalised 10-12 vehicles following ...

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Digital Security Act for preventing social vices: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the new Digital Security Act is meant to combat the abuse of digital platforms in spreading radicalisation, terrorism and pornography that often leads to family problems. Hasina responded to an opening question from the Editor-in-Chief of a news site, who cited Bangladesh cricketer Liton Das as an example to illustrate how social media networks are abused to spread communal slur, reported news agency. The premier also said that journalists who provide correct information have nothing to fear. She said this in a press conferecne, arranged to brief the jornalists regarding the ...

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Awami League wants meaningful, competitive polls


MNA National Desk: Ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said Awami League want the upcoming national polls to be competitive and meaningful. Awami League doesn’t expect to score goal on an empty field, he said. Obaidul Quader, also the minister for road transport & bridges, was addressing the 51st founding anniversary of Samyabadi Dal, at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB). Samyabadi Dal Secretary General Dilip Barua presided over the event, reported news agency.

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Ex-Chief Justice Sinha sued for corruption

Chief Justice

MNA National Desk: Former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been sued by former BNP minister Barrister Nazmul Huda, reported news agency. Barrister Nazmul Huda filed the case against Sinha with Shahbagh Police Station on September 27, Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station. The case has been filed against the former chief justice on charge of misuse of power and corruption, the police office said. Detail of the case could not be known immediately. Justice Sinha, the 21st chief justice of the country, resigned on November 10 last year while he was abroad. Huda was former communication minister of ...

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