BD, India working on formulas to share 54 common rivers’ water: Jaishankar


MNA National Desk: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged. “We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters adding that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible. Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You ...

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Over 1,500 new dengue patients hospitalized in 24 hours


MNA National Desk: Two more dengue patients died in Keraniganj of Dhaka and Faridpur district on Monday and some 1,572 patients were hospitalized with the mosquito borne disease in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday, according to government sources. The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday, 1,929 on Thursday and 1,880 on Wednesday. At present 56,369 dengue infected patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country, says UNB citing data by Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services ...

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Indian FM Jaishankar to arrive tonight


MNA National Desk: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit, aiming to strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India further. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will receive Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm on Monday, ministry sources said. According to the foreign ministry, the Indian External Affairs Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning of August 20 to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. According to BSS, both Dr A K Abdul Momen ...

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Two Bangladeshis die in Kolkata midnght car crash; driver arrested


MNA National Desk: Two Bangladeshis have been killed and another injured after being crushed by a car in Kolkata. The dead are Kazi Md Mainul Alam, 36, and Farhana Islam Tania, 30, Anandabazar newspaper reported citing police. Mainul, hailing from Jhenaidah, was working as retail support manager of Grameenphone. Tania, a resident of the capital’s Mohammadpur, was a Citibank official working at its Dhanmondi branch. The injured, Kazi Md Shafi Rahmatullah, is Mainul’s cousin. Rahmatullah’s injuries were not serious, according to the Indian media. They took shelter under a shed outside a traffic police outpost near Shakespeare Sarani Police Station ...

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National Mourning Day observed throughout the country


MNA National Desk: The National Mourning Day was observed on Thursday across the country, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, and with a fresh vow to bring back the fugitive killers home aiming to implement the verdict of the Bangabandhu killing case. The killing of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 not only assassinated Bangabandhu, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends ...

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Muslims in Bangladesh celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in festive mood


MNA National Desk: Muslims throughout the country celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, their second-largest religious festival, on Monday. In the morning, devotees thronged Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They sought divine blessings and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country. Well-off Muslims then sacrificed animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail. Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur and Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj hosted two of the country’s largest Eid congregations like previous years. In Dhaka, the biggest congregation was held at the National Eidgah where President Abdul ...

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PM Hasina urges countrymen to embrace spirit of sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to espouse the virtue of sacrifice signified by Eid-ul-Azha and work for the welfare of the country. She made the remarks during an Eid get-together at Ganabhaban on Monday. In a short address, Hasina said, “Eid brings a perspective of sacrifice before us. I hope the people are inspired by the spirit of sacrifice that Eid represents and work towards the welfare of fellow citizens and the country can develop further.” Extending her Eid greetings to all, the prime minister said, “I would like to extend my Eid greetings, ...

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Dhaka, Delhi holding secretary-level talks on water issues


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India are holding secretary-level talks in Dhaka city to discuss water-related issues between the two neighbours. The meeting began at the state guesthouse Meghna at 11:00am today (Thursday) and a media briefing is scheduled for 5:45pm. Indian water resources secretary Upendra Prasad Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar are leading the delegations, an official was quoted by UNB as saying. Both sides are likely to discuss ways to go for a joint study to ensure the best use of Ganges water. Bangladesh and India share 54 trans-boundary rivers. On Tuesday, Indian high commissioner ...

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PM returns home concluding her visit to UK

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from London on Thursday morning, wrapping up her official visit to the United Kingdom (UK). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at around 10:45am. Earlier, the flight departed from Heathrow International Airport in London for Dhaka at 6:55pm (London time) on Wednesday. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem saw the premier off at the airport, reports BSS. Sheikh Hasina went to London on July 19. During her stay there, the prime minister ...

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Railway’s special Eid service fails to halt bleeding


MNA National Desk: The number of railway passengers leaving the city almost doubles during the Eid vacation, but that has little impact on the overall annual income of the Bangladesh Railway (BR), people familiar with the situation said. They said the transport of a large number of passengers does not impact BR’s total revenue as the increase in the sale of tickets before and after the festivals is usually insignificant. The BR launches a five-day special train service from Dhaka and other major stations before and after the Eid festival. During this period, the BR also allows standing tickets in ...

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Damaged roads to be repaired three days before Eid: Quader


MNA National Desk: Repairs of all the damaged roads across the country will be done three days before the Eid-ul-Azha, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today. If needs be, the road repair work will be done round the clock, he told reporters during a briefing at the Secretariat in Dhaka city. The briefing follows a preparatory meeting on Eid-ur-Azha with representatives of transport owners and workers, law enforcers and others concerned. Muslims around the world use the Islamic calendar to determine the dates of religious events and observances, including Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Azha, which comes after Eid-ul-Fitr, ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela pays homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara

Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela

MNA National Desk: In celebration of 29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela, the central committee leaders along with Gopalganj district and Tungipara upazila leaders paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara. The leaders along with hundreds of children also expressed their grievance in memory of the national mourning day on August 15 – the black day of brutal killing of the father of the nation along with most of his family members. Chief Advisor of the organization former media advisor to the honorable prime minister Sheikh Hasina and editor of ...

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Dengue has not turned into epidemic: Health Minister


MNA National Desk: Mentioning that dengue is under control, Health Minister Zahid Malik on Saturday said country’s present dengue crisis has not become an epidemic yet. “This situation (dengue) cannot be called an epidemic. There is nothing to be worried,” he replied to a query from journalists. After visiting dengue patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), the minister also urged the media men not to confuse people about dengue. About initiatives taken to control dengue, Zahid Malik said three hospitals, including Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Units, have been kept ready. Some 150-200 beds of Burn unit of ...

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School committee president illegally cut schoolyard trees


MNA National Desk:  School committee president of Nasirabad Government Primary School at Nasirabad village of Shyamgram union of Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria, Jahangir Khan had cut down fruitful trees for the schoolyard. He also cut the branches of many other trees, which were properties of the school and took to his own home. Sheheen Miah, a resident of the same village protested his actions but Jahangir Khan threatened him repeatedly. When Shaheen discussed the matter with local UP member Mehedi Hasan Jalal, he expressed his inability to stop Jahangir due to his aggressive behavior. Later Shaheen lodged written complaints to ...

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Dengue situation to come under control soon: Health Minister


MNA National Desk: Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday expressed his optimism that the dengue situation will come under control soon with the concerted efforts of all and effective awareness campaign. “We are continuously monitoring the dengue situation. We are destroying breeding grounds of mosquitoes. We believe the dengue situation will come under control soon,” he said. The minister said while replying to questions of journalists after an inter-ministerial meeting with two city corporation mayors at the ministry’s conference room at the secretariat here. Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Md Abul Kalam Azad, ...

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Reading out announcement not proclamation: Hasan Mahmud


MNA National Desk: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said reading out the announcement of independence is not the proclamation of independence. The Minister said the debate about the proclamation of independence started after the death of Ziaur Rahman, who never claimed himself about the pronouncement of independence during his life time. “If Ziaur Rahman heard the claim of BNP as he being the person who proclaimed independence, he would startle in his grave,” the information minister said at a meeting on “Journey of 70 years of glory: Awami League in the thoughts of youth” at Shilpakala Academy auditorium in ...

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Don’t pay heed to rumours: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the countrymen not to pay heed to the rumours and hand over the rumour-mongers to the police. “Please don’t pay heed to the rumours and not to take law in own hands, and instead hand over those spreading rumours to the police,” she said. The Prime Minister made the call while addressing a meeting of Awami League (AL) leaders and workers through a teleconference from London on Tuesday, report and BSS. The meeting, presided over by AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, was held at the Awami League central office at ...

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Supreme Court lifts ban on Milk Vita

Milk Vita

MNA National Desk: Sales of state-owned pasteurized milk brand Milk Vita will resume as the Supreme Court has put on hold a High Court order for eight weeks. But restrictions on the distribution and sales of 13 other producers will remain. Chamber Judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman issued the orders on Monday after hearing a petition filed by Bangladesh Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Limited. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for the state-owned firm at the hearing. Mohiuddin Md Hanif Farhad, a lawyer for Milk Vita, said the 13 other companies did not challenge the High Court ban of five weeks in ...

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High Court bans pasteurized milk of 14 companies for five weeks


MNA National Desk: The High Court has ordered 14 registered companies to stop production, distribution and sales of pasteurized milk for five weeks across the country. The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir gave the order on Sunday after the discovery of lead and other hazardous substances in the products, reports The bench also advised customers to refrain from buying pasteurised milk, marketed by the 14 companies with approvals from Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions, for the same period.

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Hasina wishes Johnson with mangoes, flowers


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in London on an official visit, has sent Bangladesh’s famous mangoes along with flowers to newly appointed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a mark of her good wishes for Johnson. “The honourable prime minister sent Rajshahi Fazli, the king of mango, along with flowers to Boris Johnson after his assumption of office as the prime minister of the United Kingdom on Thursday,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. He said two officials of the Bangladesh High Commission in London handed over the delicious mangoes and flowers to the officials concerned at ...

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Triennial convention of Patuakhali district unit of Bangbandhu Shishu Kishore Mela held


MNA National Desk: Triennial convention of Patuakhali district unit of Bangbandhu Shishu Kishore Mela was held on Friday, 26 July at Patuakhali Shishu Academy. Former religion state minister and president of Patuakhali district unit of Bangladesh Awami League Alhaj Advocate Md. Shahjahan Miah inaugurated the program. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, the Daily Observer Editor and former media adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present as the Chief Guest. Chief patron of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Editor of Kishore Bangla Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, S.M. Shahzada MP and Kazi Kaniz Sultana Helen MP were present as honorable guest while general ...

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Import effective Aedes mosquito repellents within a week: HC


MNA National Desk: Expressing concern over the dengue outbreak and its resultant panic in the country, the High Court has asked the relevant authorities to import effective Aedes mosquito repellents within a week. The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Md Sohrowardi passed the order while hearing a suo moto rule on the same issue today. The court also asked the chief health officials of the bifurcated Dhaka city corporations to tell it by 2:00pm how they are going to import the mosquito repellents by the time it set for them, local media reports say. Earlier on July ...

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Professor Barkat protests Priya Saha’s claim

Abul Barkat

MNA National Desk: Professor Abul Barkat, president of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), has protested Priya Saha’s misinterpreting data from his study. Earlier, Priya Saha was criticised for telling US President Donald Trump that there disappeared 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians from Bangladesh. In the next video-interview, she said her data matches with a study conducted by Prof Barkat’s, or her data and Prof Barkat’s data are the same, according to a press release sent by the BEA. According to the estimation of Mr Barkat in his 2016 book Bangladeshy Krishi-Bhumi-Jola Songskarer Rajnity (Political economy of Agarian-Land-Aquarian Reform in Bangladesh), ...

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PM to join envoys’ conference in London today

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys in Europe, the first of its kind, in the British capital of London today. “The prime minister will join the conference at a hotel in the British capital this afternoon (London time),” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. He said 15 Bangladesh ambassadors, high commissioners and permanent representatives posted in different countries of Europe will attend the conference. They are Abu Zafar (Austria), Mohammed Shahdat Hossain (Belgium), Muhammad Abdul Muhith (Denmark), Kazi Imtiaz Hossain (France), Imtiaz Ahmed (Germany) , Jashim Uddin (Greece), Abdus Sobhan Sikder (Italy), ...

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PM flies to London Friday on 17-day official visit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for London on Friday on a 17-day official visit to the United Kingdom. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here for London at 9:30am on Friday, reports UNB. The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 3.55 pm (local time). “During the visit, the Prime Minister will attend a Conference of Bangladesh envoys who are in Europe, in London, the UK capital city, on July 20,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. At ...

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No child to remain unschooled: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government does not want any children to remain unschooled as an educated nation is urgently needed to ensure ‘Golden Bangladesh’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “Education is a kind of light…this light helps human being to flourish. So, no child should remain outside this light and that’s our aim,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while handing over awards to 12 meritorious students selected at the national level through Creative Merit Searching Competition-2019 across the country at her official residence Ganobhaban. She ...

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PM directs to stop buying demo train


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed to stop purchasing anymore diesel electric multiple unit (Demo) train. The premier gave the direction at Ecnec meeting held at the NEC Conference Room on Tuesday. In absence of planning minister, planning Secretary Md Nurul Amin briefed the reporters after Ecnec meeting. Prime Minister has given the direction cancelling the project of purchasing six sets (1 set in 6 units) shuttle train plying in capital Dhaka to Kaliakair Hi-Tech Park. In this connection, she suggested for introducing a separate direct train from capital to the Hi-Tech Park. Railway has been in ...

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