E-passport is a ‘Mujib Year’ gift for nation: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has launched the much-awaited electronic passport (e-passport) along with the automated border control management programme, saying that it (e-passport) is a gift for the nation in the “Mujib Year”. “We’re handing over the e-passport to the people of the country in ‘Mujib Barsho’, the special year, coinciding with the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It (e-passport) is a gift for the nation in the Mujib Barsho,” she told the inaugural function of the e-passport and automated border control management programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) ...

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President, PM mourn death of AL MP Ismat Ara Sadique

Ismat Ara

MNA National Desk: Awami League lawmaker and former State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadique died at a hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday. She was 78. She breathed her last around 11am at the United Hospital while undergoing treatment there. Ismat, wife of former education minister ASHK Sadique, was born in Bogura on December 12, 1942 and completed her honors from Eden Mohila College in Dhaka in 1960. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the MP elected from Jashore-6. Former State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara ...

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Cold-wave likely from tomorrow


MNA National Desk: A fresh spell of mild cold-wave, also likely to be the last of this winter season, may sweep over some parts of the country from tomorrow (Tuesday). Besides, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said in its weather forecast that in 24 hours light rain or drizzle is likely to occur in different regions of the country, although the weather may remain dry in most other parts until 9.00 am on Monday. The cold-wave may not be as long as other cold-waves of this year, a meteorologist at the BMD told the FE on Sunday. The mild cold-wave ...

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PM mourns death of Bogura-1 MP Mannan

Abdul Mannan

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Awami League leader and Member of the Parliament Abdul Mannan. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister on Saturday recalled the contribution of the former president of Bangladesh Chhatra League in various democratic movements, reports UNB. “Awami League lost a skilled organiser and a devoted activist,” she said. The Prime Minister prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family. Abdul Mannan, an Awami League lawmaker from Bogura-1, has died during treatment for a heart ailment ...

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EC working independently: Quader on Dhaka city polls

Obaidul Quader

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the government is not interfering with elections to the Dhaka south (DSCC) and north (DNCC) city corporations. “The Election Commission (EC) is not working at the order of the government. It is working independently,” he told reporters, responding to BNP’s allegation of influencing the EC’s work. The minister said on Thursday that the government is not interfering with the election process. “It never will,” he added. Obaidul Quader said the people should abide by the order passed by the High Court regarding deferment of the Dhaka city polls, ...

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BD on right track to attain SDGs: PM Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh is now on right track to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to her government’s time-befitting initiatives. “We achieved spectacular success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and we’re already on right track to achieve the SDGs,” she said while replying questions in an interview session at the “Future Sustainability Summit” on Tuesday. The interview session titled ‘The Critical Role of Women in Delivering Climate Action’ of the Future Sustainability Summit was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim ...

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HC rejects plea for changing city election schedule


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Tuesday rejected summarily a writ petition that sought change in the election schedule of two city corporations of Dhaka as the ‘Saraswati Puja’ will be observed on January 30 in 2020, the scheduled date for the election. The decision cleared the way for the Election Commission for holding the Dhaka North City Cooperation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) elections on January 30. The court said in the order that the countrywide SSC examination will start on February 2, the government holiday for Saraswati Puja has been fixed earlier on Jan 29 ...

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PM joins Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020

Sustainability Week 2020

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 and Zayed Sustainability Prize Ceremony. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020 was formally opened at the ICC Hall of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition at 11:00am (local time). On her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This year, Zayed Sustainability Prize was conferred upon 10 organisations and institutes of different countries under five categories. At the function, ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka on Sunday afternoon for Abu Dhabi on a three-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend “Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week”, “Zayed Sustainable Awards Ceremony” and other programmes. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka for Abu Dhabi at 5:10 pm. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury Liton, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism ...

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Gloomy weather likely to continue for two or three more days


MNA National Desk: The foggy weather that started on Saturday morning is likely to continue for two or three more days across the country, said Met office. “The overcast condition may continue for another two or three days,” said Md Abul Kalam Mollik, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Metrological Department. The lowest temperature of the country was recorded at 10.2 Degree Celsius in Pabna’s Ishwardi. Ridge of sub-continental high extends up to west Bengal and adjoining western part of Bangladesh as seasonal low lies over South Bay, according to the latest Met Office bulletin, UNB reported. Weather may remain dry with ...

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Biswa Ijtema begins with huge presence of devotees


MNA National Desk: The Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, began on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi after Fazr prayers on Friday. The Ijtema began with “a’m bayan” (general sermons) by Pakistani Islamic scholar Maulana Obaidul Khorshed. Several thousand devotees are expected to offer Jum’a prayers on the first day of the Ijtema. Thousands of devotees from home and abroad started thronging on the bank of the Turag River to take part in the religious event to seek divine blessings of the Almighty Allah. The three-day of the 55th Biswa Ijtema will end ...

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Sixth national population census starts Jan 2, 2021


MNA National Desk: The country is going to conduct the sixth ‘Population Census and Household Listing 2021’ aiming to get most authentic data. For the first time, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will carryout population census and household listing at a time. The census will be conducted between January 2 and January 8 in 2021. It was disclosed at the inaugural workshop on the Population Census and Household Listing 2021, organised by BBS at its Auditorium in the capital. Planning minster MA Mannan inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest, while statistics and information management secretary Dr Saurendra Nath ...

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Man who raped DU student is a serial rapist: RAB


MNA National Desk: The man who raped a Dhaka University (DU) student in Kurmitola is a serial rapist and a mugger, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said. “Majnu (the arrestee) choked the victim (DU student) and dragged her to a nearby bush. He hit the girl and threatened to kill her,” a RAB officer told the media on Wednesday afternoon. He has admitted to being a serial rapist and a drug addict, RAB said. “Majnu, hailing from Noakhali’s Hatiya, used to rape physically challenged women and beggars,” the RAB officer said. Majnu was arrested from Dhaka on Tuesday night, reports ...

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Pilkhana BDR carnage: HC releases full text of verdict


MNA National Desk: The full text of the High Court verdict in the sensational Pilkhana BDR mutiny murder case was released on Wednesday. The 29,059-page text of the verdict, the longest in Bangladesh’s legal history, was published after three judges signed the copies. Seventy-four people, including 57 army officers, were killed in the BDR mutiny on February 25-26 in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka. The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Fifty-eight cases were filed — one for serious crimes, including murder and looting, and the rest for mutiny, in connection with the incident. A ...

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Keep faith in me: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people to help her face new challenges as she promised to move forward by drawing on past experiences with the her third consecutive government completing its first year. In a televised address to the nation to mark the occasion on Tuesday, the prime minister recalled the lifelong struggle and sacrifices of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to ensure the people’s welfare. Mentioning that the government always welcomes any peaceful democratic movement, Sheikh Hasina said it will not tolerate any destructive activity aimed at realizing illogical ...

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Action against those involved in DU student’s rape: Minister


MNA National Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday said legal actions will be taken soon against those involved in the rape of Dhaka University (DU) student. The Home Minister said this while talking to reporters at the Annual Sports Competition organized as part of the Police Week at Rajarbagh Police Lines field in the capital, reports UNB. A second-year student of Dhaka University (DU) was allegedly raped in the city’s Kurmitola area on Sunday night. She is now undergoing treatment at the One-Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The Home Minister said law enforcement agencies ...

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Be a people-friendly force, PM Hasina asks police


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked police members to establish themselves as the ‘police of people’, saying it is very easy to eliminate any crime through gaining people’s confidence and trust. “Police will have to establish themselves as the police of people. It’s very easy to contain any type of crime through gaining people’s trust and confidence. I hope you’ll work keeping this in mind,” she said. The Prime Minister was inaugurating the five-day ‘Police Week-2020’ with the theme ‘Mujib Borsher Angikar Police Hobe Jonatar’ at the Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital. She said the ...

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All DSCC mayor aspirants declared valid


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has declared all seven candidates who have submitted nomination papers for contesting the mayoral post in Dhaka South City Corporation polls to be valid. Returning officer Md Abdul Baten made the announcement at Dhaka’s Gopibag on Thursday after scrutinising the nomination papers of the aspirants, reports The valid candidates are: Awami League’s Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, BNP’s Ishraque Hossain, Jatiya Party’s Saifuddin Ahmed Milon, Islami Andolon Bangladesh’s Abdur Rahman, National People’s Party’s Bahrane Sultan, Gonofront’s Abdus Samad, and Bangladesh Congress’ Md Aktar Uzzaman. Awami League’s Taposh wished for a competitive and fair election ...

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AL picks Atiqul, Taposh as candidates for Dhaka mayoral polls


MNA National Desk: The ruling Awami League has announced Atiqul Islam and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh as its candidates for contesting the city mayoral elections of respectively Dhaka North and Dhaka South. The party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names at the party president’s Dhanmondi office in the city on Sunday morning, according to local media reports. The announcement means that the Awami League could not continue to put its trust on Sayeed Khokon, the current mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation. Hence, the party chose Taposh over him to contest the upcoming polls. However, it retained its trust ...

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National Conference of BSKM 2019 held


MNA National Desk: The 7th national conference of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela (BSKM) was held at the Shishu Academy auditorium on Saturday. The conference resolved to take various programmes to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the ‘Mujib Year’ 2020. Presided over by BSKM president Mia Mansaf the conference was addressed by Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Chief Adviser of BSKM, Lucky Enam, Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Mir Mosharref  Hossain, Chief Patron of BSKM, Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artist Dr. Monoranjan Ghosal and Dr. Abdus Sobhan, a leading expert on climate change. ...

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BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed laid to rest

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

MNA National Desk: BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who committed his life to alleviating poverty in the country, was laid to rest beside his wife Ayesha Abed at the Banani Graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza at the Army stadium in Dhaka city on Sunday. Before the burial, people from all walks of life, including political leaders, social activists along with BRAC staffers and dignitaries, paid last respects to him at the stadium where his body was taken at 10:30am for the namaz-e-janaza at 12:30pm. Major Ashiqur Rahman, the PA to president Abdul Hamid’s military secretary, placed a wreath on Sir ...

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Pledge to build non-communal country as Victory Day celebrated

Victory Day

MNA National Desk: The nation on Monday celebrated the 49th Victory Day, marking the most precious moment when the country was liberated from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month bloodstained war, with a vow to build a non-communal country in keeping with the spirit of the Liberation War. The publication of a list of Razakars just a day before the Victory Day brought a new dimension in the observance of the precious moment this year. Forty-eight years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent state under the leadership of Father of Nation ...

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Nation celebrates 49th Victory Day today

Victory Day

MNA National Desk: The nation celebrates the 49th Victory Day today to pay deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War in 1971. On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war, resulting in independent and sovereign Bangladesh. The day is a public holiday. The nation is set to celebrate the Month of Victory with much enthusiasm amid a variety of programmes throughout the month of December. Various socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations chalked out programmes to mark the nation’s victory achieved under the leadership ...

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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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