Awareness campaign about disaster urgently needed: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for conducting massive awareness campaign among people about their dos and don’ts during any calamity alongside making the disaster preparedness time-befitting one. “It is urgently needed to create public awareness over their dos and don’ts during any calamity alongside preventing (man-made) disasters,” she said while addressing the National Disaster Management Council held at the Prime Minister’s Office in the city. The Prime Minister said it will have to make the National Disaster Management Council’s preparedness timely reviewing the preparation time to time. She said a small guideline (related ...

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Nusrat murder accused Sharif arrested from Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Wednesday morning arrested another accused from Dhaka’s Kamrangirchar in connection with the case filed over Feni madrasa girl Nusrat murder. The arrested is Mohammad Sharif, one of the planners of the killing. Police arrested Sharif from Kamrangirchar area in the morning, said PBI inspector Md Shah Alam. While giving confessional statement before the court, accused Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain disclosed the name of Sharif for his involvement in the murder. Sharif took position in the madrasa gate during the gruesome arson attack on Nusrat. On April 6, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, ...

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Stop discharging wastes into rivers: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all, particularly mills and factories, to stop discharging wastes into rivers as water pollution has appeared to be a severe problem for the country. “I would like to request you all to stop discharging wastes into rivers…every industrial unit will have to have waste management system so that it doesn’t pollute rivers,” she said adding that sea and river pollution has turned to be a global problem. The Prime Minister made this call while addressing a function organized by Water Resources Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in capital Dhaka, ...

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All risky Old Dhaka buildings should be demolished: Minister


MNA National Desk: Concerned authorities will propose the government to demolish rickety buildings in Old Dhaka and build new ones in their place, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim said Saturday. But he acknowledged that this part of the capital cannot be transformed into a risk-free locality overnight. “The situation in old Dhaka is so sensitive that even hitting a brick can lead to the collapse of a building,” he told a discussion titled ‘Government’s responsibility and people’s duty about constructing buildings’ arranged by Dhaka Utility Reporters’ Association at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. Around 66 percent buildings in Dhaka ...

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US embassy issues security alert for its citizens in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The US embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday issued a fresh alert for its citizens living in Bangladesh encouraging them to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations. In the statement, the embassy said, “In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage US citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.” Terrorist groups, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations remain intent on attacking US and ...

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Massive fire destroys 25 shops in Khilgaon


MNA National Desk: A devastating fire burned down at least 25 shops of two markets in Khilgaon area of capital Dhaka early Thursday. The fire broke out at Khilgaon City Corporation Market around 3:15am and engulfed the adjoining Pubali Shopping Market in the area, said Kazi Najimozzaman, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defense. Being informed, 15 firefighting units rushed to the spot and put out the blaze around 5:35am. But origin of the fire could not be known, and no casualties were reported, the fire service official added. UNB adds: There are three markets—Khilgaon City Corporation, Pubali ...

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BD ready to share best practices in population, development


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh says it is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA). “We’re also keen to learning from the best practices of our partner countries, UN agencies and taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model to overcome the challenges,” said Md Murad Hassan, state minister for Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) at UN headquarters on Monday at an event ...

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No question leaks this time: Education Minister


MNA National Desk: Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni has urged students and guardians to ignore the rumors as the government took “stringent measures” to prevent question leaks in the ongoing higher secondary examination. Assuring the students and guardians, the minister said there will be no question leakage incident this year. Dipu Moni said this while speaking to journalists after visiting the examination center at Siddheswari Girls College in the city. Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel was present at that time. “I urge the examinees and their guardians not to pay heed to any rumor-not to run into ...

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Quader getting well, photo released


MNA National Desk: Ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader is getting well day by day. Quader is now undergoing treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman has posted a photo of Obaidul Quader on his Facebook. In the picture, Quader was seen sitting in middle of two men. Bandages were also seen on both of his hands. Dr Enamur wrote: Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah. Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary and honorable minister of Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Obaidul Quader bhai is getting well gradually. His blood pressure and ...

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PM issues set of directives to check fire


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday issued a set of directives including introduction of yearly clearance certificate by the Fire Service and Civil Defense Department for high-rise buildings like industries and following building code strictly to check fire incidents. The prime minister gave the directives while chairing the regular cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka this morning. After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters. The cabinet secretary said the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to regular inspect the fire safety arrangements of the high-rise buildings and other establishments. She also directed ...

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Gulshan kitchen market fire destroys 211 shops


MNA National Desk: The fire that broke out Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) kitchen market in Gulshan area on Saturday has gutted all of the 211 shops in the market. Zaman Prodhan, vice-president of Gulshan-1 DNCC Kitchen Super Market Cooperative Association, told reporters that there were 211 shops in the market and all of the shops were gutted in the fire. The fire broke out around 5:45 am and was fully doused around 11:30am. Army, Navy and Air Force members also joined the fire service teams in dousing the fire. However, no casualty was reported, said Khurshid Anwar, a senior ...

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PM asks Rab to keep human rights in mind while enforcing laws


MNA National Desk: Stressing the importance of upholding human rights in enforcing laws, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked Rab members to be careful so that people are not unnecessarily harassed while taking actions against criminals. “Actions will have to be taken against those who are truly involved in offences. But I request (you) to take special attention so that no innocent person is subjected to harassment,” she said. The Prime Minister gave the directive while addressing a function marking the 15th founding anniversary of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Forces at its headquarters in the city, reports UNB. Sheikh ...

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No more distortion of history: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said no one can distort the country’s history and play ducks and drakes with the fate of the nation anymore. “Many generations read and learnt distorted history. Today, no one will be able to distort the country’s history and play ducks and drakes with the fate of the Bangalee nation,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a discussion meeting arranged marking the Independence Day and National Day, 2019. Bangladesh Awami League organised the discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city, reports UNB. Sheikh Hasina said Father of the ...

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Govt aims to reach benefits of independence to villagers: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the prime aim of her government is to reach the benefits of independence to each house in villages. “Everyone will get a prosperous life… no one will be left hungry and homeless, and no one will suffer without treatment… everybody’s life will be meaningful, beautiful and developed one. ‘This is our aim …we’re running the state to this end,” she said. The Prime Minister was distributing the “Swadhinata Padak-2019” (Independence Award-2019) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The Prime Minister said her government’s efforts will be to reach the fruits of ...

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Progress slow in follow-up on PM’s road safety directives


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given new directives on road safety, although most of her earlier orders fell on deaf ears of the authorities concerned. Sources said many of the instructions regarding road safety are yet to be implemented due to the implementers’ procrastination. The latest directive came as the premier opened the second Kanchpur Bridge to traffic on March 16. She earlier directed relaxation of drivers on highways and an end to unhealthy competition while on wheels. Hasina sought to ensure road safety during the weekly cabinet meeting on June 25 last year against the backdrop ...

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President, Prime Minister pays tribute to nation’s father Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday morning paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the great leader. The President and the Premier paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu in Tungipara. President Abdul 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 Father of the Nation ...

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PM Hasina urges affluent people to serve distressed humanity


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the affluent people of the country to come forward for the welfare of the distressed people following the example set by Ranada Prasad Shaha through his philanthropic activities. “He (Ranada Prasad) had founded massive service providing institutions in such a remote village. What he did was to serve people. So, I think there are many wealthy persons in our country who can follow the example the Kumidi Welfare Trust (founded by him) set for the promotion of women education and services of the distressed people.” The Prime Minister said this ...

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Nur demands reelection of all DUCSU posts


MNA National Desk: Hours after the exchange of greetings with his BCL rival Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, Ducsu VP-elect Nurul Haq Nur on Tuesday evening demanded reelection to all the posts of DUCSU, including that of VP, citing irregularities during Monday’s polls. He also demanded resignation of the incumbent officials involved in Ducsu election and holding of the reelection under the supervision of new officials. Talking to journalists around 6:45 pm at TSC, Nur came up with the fresh demand after consultation with other members of his panel and leaders of left student organisatoins. Earlier in the afternoon, tension on ...

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Hasina, Modi to open 4 projects Monday


MNA National Desk: The prime ministers of Bangladesh and India will jointly inaugurate four projects in Bangladesh, including the supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the projects through videoconferencing from their respective capitals at 1:10 pm. According to sources at the PMO, the projects are supply of double decker and single decker ac and non-ac buses and trucks to Bangladesh road transport corporation (under 2nd line of credit), inauguration of 36 community clinics in five districts — Jamalpur, Sherpur, ...

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PM emphasizes on mass awareness on violence against women


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday put emphasis on creating mass awareness in society to eliminate discriminations and violence against women saying that only enacting laws is not enough to get this done. “All have to remember one thing: enacting laws only won’t help stop violence and disparities against women…we’ve to create awareness in society. To make that happen, women and men have to work together,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the inaugural function of the International Women’s Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs arranged ...

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March 7 speech – an inspiration for freedom-loving people: PM

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MNA National Desk: Describing the March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as one of the best speeches in the world, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The speech is still an inspiration for the freedom-loving people.” “Every word, every sentence of the speech inspires us afresh— the March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation is a never ending appeal. The speech will give inspiration to the freedom loving people across the globe,” she said at a discussion organized by Bangladesh Awami League on the occasion of March 7 at Bangabandhu International Conference ...

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PM urges exploring global market for jute goods


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid emphasis on branding the jute products as environment-friendly ones throughout the world to grab markets for earning greater amount of foreign currencies from the country’s jute sector. “We’ll have to spread jute products throughout the world branding those as environment-friendly ones. If we can do that, we’ll get a larger market (for jute products) and can earn more foreign currencies,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the National Jute Day-2019 programme and inaugurating a two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the ...

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Obaidul’s bypass surgery Schedule to be decided after Friday


MNA National Desk: The schedule for bypass surgery upon Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will be determined after Friday, said Abdus Sobhan Golap, the Awami League’s office secretary. Meanwhile, the minister’s health has improved further during treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The Awami League general secretary was diagnosed with a combination of kidney and blood-related ailments which have been brought under control, said Prof Abu Naser Rizvi of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, who accompanied Quader to Singapore. On Sunday, Quader was rushed to the BSMMU in a critical condition by his wife Ishratunnesa Quader after ...

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Doctors considering bypass surgery on Quader


MNA National Desk: Doctors at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore are considering conducting a bypass surgery on ailing minister Obaidul Quader, said a Bangladeshi physician on Tuesday. He, however, said it will take some time as Quader has slight problems in his kidneys and developed infections. A medical board constituted with Dr Koh Siam Soon Philip, a senior consultant of cardiology department of the hospital, as its head examined him on Tuesday morning (BST) and briefed about the treatment. Prof Dr Abu Nasar Rizvi of the Neuromedicine department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) who accompanied the road transport ...

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5 security personnel suspended over plane hijack incident


MNA National Desk: Two civil aviation security officials and three Ansar personnel, who were all on duty during the attempted hijack of a Biman plane, have been suspended. A sergeant in the Bangladesh Air Force has been closed, said AKM Rezaul Karim, the public relations officer of the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh or CAAB, reports The suspended officials are: Lehaj Uddin Bhuiyan, the civil aviation’s security supervisor, Yunus Howladar, a security guard, Ansar personnel Alim Hossain, Mahfuzur Rahman and Saddam Hossain, and Air Force Sergeant Sajedul Islam. “They were all on duty at the airport’s domestic terminal on the ...

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Prime Minister visits critical Quader at BSMMU

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visited her party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka Sunday afternoon. Hasina came to the hospital at 3:30 pm after returning to Dhaka from an event organized by the army in Rajshahi. Quader, who is suffering from heart problems, has been admitted to the Coronary Care Unit of the state-run hospital. Doctors say Quader has three arterial blocks, one of which has been cleared. However he remains in critical condition and is being ventilated to help him with breathing. Though preparations had been ...

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Utility lines cut at chemical warehouse amid protest


MNA National Desk: Task force has cut off electricity and gas connections of a building that housed chemicals at city’s Bakshi Bazar area on Saturday noon amid protests by locals. It was part of a drive launched in the aftermath of the February 20 fire at Chawkbazar that has so far claimed 71 lives, reports UNB. In the morning, the taskforce formed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to evict chemical warehouses in the Old Dhaka was forced to stop in the face of unrest by locals. DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon later joined the drive around 2pm and cut off ...

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