Work to meet people’s expectations: PM to new cabinet


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the new cabinet to work with sincerity and honesty to fulfil the expectations of people who have voted Awami League to power again with a huge mandate. “The cabinet will work with sincerity and honesty, every work has to be performed with sincerity…this has to be kept in mind,” she said in her introductory speech at the maiden cabinet meeting of her newly formed government at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) in Dhaka city on Monday morning. The prime minister said there are responsibilities and duties of the government towards the ...

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Aug 21 Grenade Attack Case: 2 Convicted ex-IGPs secure bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday granted bail to two former inspectors general of police Shahudul Haque and Ashraful Huda who were sentenced to two years in jail in the August 21 grenade attack case. An High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabarti passed the order accepting their appeal petitions for bail. Lawyers Arshadur Rauf and Jamilur Rahman represented the defendants in the court while Assistant Attorney General Md Ali Zinnah stood for the state. adds : After the hearing, lawyer Jamilur Rahman told the media, “The court has accepted their appeals ...

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Canals will be restored: Mayor Khokon


MNA National Desk: Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon has warned that the occupation of canals will not be tolerated. “No one will be allowed to grab an inch of our canals,” said Khokon at the Kutubkhali canal cleaning operation in Dhaka on Monday. “The canals in the capital will be restored, leading to the return of clean water streams. The occupiers, regardless of their ideology or the group they belong in, will not be spared,” he said. “The work of restoring our canals cannot be taken lightly. These canals carry the life blood of modern Dhaka. We ...

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Sagar-Runi murder case should resolve immediately: Info Minister


MNA National Desk: Information minister Hassan Mahmud said the journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case should be resolved immediately. He said this while exchanging views with journalists at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium on Sunday noon, reports an online portal. The minister said, “I have taken charge of the ministry. I think the matter must to be resolved, but I can’t let you know the time frame. I will try to resolve the matter as soon as possible after finding the hitch of the investigation consulting with the authorities concerned.” Meherun Runi, senior reporter of private TV channel ATN Bangla, and her ...

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PM urges to free country from corruption, drug abuse, militancy


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the home ministry to work with greater attention to root out drug abuse, terrorism, militancy, and corruption from the country as that is the necessity of time. “If we want to develop the country, we’ve to free it from drug abuse, terrorism, militancy, and corruption… I ask the officials working in this ministry (Home) to give a special attention to these matters,” she said. The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech while holding a views-exchange meeting during her visit to the Home Ministry on Sunday. She said corruption has ...

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PM Hasina vows to work for all from victory rally


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said victory of Awami League-led grand alliance in the parliamentary election is the victory of mass people, victory of the pro-liberation force. She said her government will work for all people without considering any specific party. PM came up with comment while addressing addressing a rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to celebrate the party’s landslide victory in the 11th national parliamentary elections. Though the rally was scheduled for 2:30pm, the location filled with AL leaders and activists chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogans since the morning. Earlier Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at ...

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BNP leaders push for leadership changes


MNA National Desk: Two senior figures in the BNP have pushed for a national council for a radical shake-up in the party leadership after its debacle in general elections. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, vocal leaders who sit on the policy making National Standing Committee, called for the reforms at a discussion chaired by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday. They had a handful of leaders and activists in their audience in the event held at the Supreme Court Bar Association Auditorium in Dhaka. “The party must be restructured through a council. The tested leaders and activists ...

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Yaba traders to surrender by end of Jan: Home Minister


MNA National Desk: Yaba traders are ready to surrender to the authorities in Cox’s Bazar at the end of January, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says. He made the comment amid reports that listed smugglers of the illegal drug were assembling in the district amidst an ongoing anti-drug raid. “I told them (police) to prepare details of their (yaba traders) identities. We will go over there on the 30th of January or the first week of February,” said the minister on Friday. Deaths of suspected drug dealers, killed in so-called shootouts with police, continue to be reported from across Bangladesh ...

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Seizing assets of war criminals law in final phase: law minister


MNA National Desk: The government has almost finished creating a legal framework for confiscating assets of war criminals from Bangladesh’s Liberation War, said Law Minister Anisul Huq. “The task of forfeiting their assets began last year. Now, it has reached the final stage,” he said in response to a reporter’s question during an event at Brahmanbaria’s Akhaura on Thursday. The demand to strip war criminals of their assets gained momentum in 2010 when the International War Crimes Tribunal set up by an Awami League government began prosecuting Pakistan Army collaborators. It gained further momentum after a mass movement began in ...

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RAB detained 5 for fraud using PM’s name


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) claimed to have detained five persons from different parts of capital Dhaka and outskirts on charge of committing fraud using the names of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her family members and some national leaders. “A team of RAB-2 nabbed the five persons on different charges, including committing fraud through opening fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Prime Minister, her family members and a number of national leaders,” said a text message sent to media by the RAB sources on Thursday morning. They are : Omar Farooque,30, Sabbir Hossain,24, Al ...

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Muslim countries should solve issues through talks: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Stressing the importance of the unity of Muslim countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Muslim countries should solve their problems, if any, through talks. “The Muslim Ummah should remain together…if there’s any problem among themselves that can be solved through discussions,” she said. The Prime Minister said this when newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar met her at her office. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Prime Minister mentioned that it is the people who suffer if there is any conflict among Muslim countries. Sheikh Hasina ...

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TIB’s report merely sides with BNP-Jamaat: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said on Wednesday that Transparency International Bangladesh or TIB’s so-called report as ‘politically-motivated’ and it merely sides with BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. “There are organisations whose work is to damage our country,” the minister came up with this comment at a briefing held in Chittagong. Hasan Mahmud has dismissed the report which alleged widespread irregularities during the 11th general election. After conducting surveys during voting at 50 among the 300 parliamentary seats across Bangladesh, the TIB found proof of some manner of irregularities in at least 47 of those constituencies, said the report released ...

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HC open doors for DNCC by-election


MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Wednesday cleared the way for holding the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). The bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah withdrew its earlier order that kept the mayoral by-election withheld for six months. The court also rejected three separate petitions filed on the election affairs, said Kazi Mynul Hasan, a counsel of the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD). The High Court withdrew the stay order and rejected three petitions as no lawyer from the petitioner was present during the hearing, said the counsel, reports UNB. Now ...

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Joy reappointed PM’s ICT adviser

MNA National Desk: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been reappointed as PM’s part-time and honorary Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser. A circular has been issued in this regard on Tuesday that said the Prime Minister appointed Sajeeb Wazed Joy as her adviser under 3 (B) (1) of the Rules of Business, 1996, BSS reports. Joy would carry out his duties on the prime minister’s instructions and suggestions, according to the circular issued by Director (administration) of the Prime Minister’s Office, M Ahsan Kibria Siddique.

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AL for campaign & spread of Islam based on Quran & Sunnah


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said, “Awami League government want campaign and spread of Islam in the country based on Quran and Sunnah. Islamic Foundation was formed in 1975 under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Government wants our social and personal life to be led by by Islamic principles.” He made this comment in a doa mahfil program on the occasion of Feni district model mosque and Islamic center’s place finalization and land transfer arranged by Islamic Foundation. The program was held nearby Fatehpur Boro Bari Hafezia Madrasa and Orphanage of Sharshadi union of Feni Sadar ...

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BNP to join PM’s dialogue considering agenda


MNA National Desk: Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which rejected the 30 December parliamentary polls, may join the talks reportedly initiated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, if demand for cancellation of the election results is made the agenda. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir raised the demand on Monday in response to the prime minister’s overture to the opposition that held talks with her before the general elections won by her party but plagued by allegations of rigging. “We’ll consider joining such a dialogue only if the issue of cancellation of election results is included as the key agenda,” the ...

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New Foreign minister to visit India first


MNA Natioanal Desk: AK Abdul Momen will go to India for his first trip abroad as the new foreign minister of Bangladesh. India is considered as the most important neighboring country of Bangladesh. “India is our neighbour. We have warm relations. They invited me,” he said while responding to reporters at his office on Monday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first leader to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League swept the results of the general election held on Dec 30. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also sent message to her new counterpart AK ...

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PM will hold talks with political parties again


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks with all political parties again, said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of Awami League on Sunday. The prime minister will send letters inviting them to a dialogue, he told reporters at the AL’s central offices on Bangabandhu Avenue and announced the new round of talks. The decision comes after the Jatiya Oikya Front called for a ‘national dialogue’ after it boycotted the 11th national parliamentary election. On Dec 30 the Awami League won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in a landslide victory. Meanwhile, the Oikya Front, which won only ...

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PM pays tributes to martyred Armed Forces martyres

Armed Forces

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the assumption of her office as the Prime Minister for the fourth time. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) of Dhaka Cantonment in the morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice during the War of Liberation. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, ...

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PM urges BNP’s MPs-elect to join parliament


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the MPs-elect of BNP to join Parliament for the sake of democracy and to utilize the scope for their return to constructive politics. “BNP should join Parliament for the sake of democracy accepting its defeat in the election,” she said. The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office here. The meeting was held with Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. She also asked the ...

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Homecoming Day being observed today

Homecoming Day

MNA National Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed today (Thursday). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the country’s independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city. The Prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for some time showing deep respect to the Father of the Nation, reports UNB. Flanked by ministers and central leaders of Bangladesh Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of her party, placed another wreath at ...

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PM Hasina pay homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her new cabinet colleagues on Wednesday paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his final resting place at Tungipara. The prime minister paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his graveyard marking the installation of her government for the third consecutive term. After laying the wreaths, Hasina stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three forces gave a guard of honour to the prime minister, ...

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Law to be amended for Jamaat’s trial


MNA National Desk: Law Minister Anisul Haq on Wednesday said his ministry is taking initiatives again to amend the law for holding trial of Jamaat-e-Islami as a party on charge of committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971. “We’ve formulated a draft of the law. It will be placed in the cabinet once get the Prime Minister’s nod,” said the minister while exchanging views with the reporters at his Secretariat office on Wednesday. He said initiatives are being taken to amend the law to examine if Jamaat is brought to book for justice as a political ...

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RMG workers’ wage to be reviewed amid protests


MNA National Desk: The government has decided to set up a 12-member panel to review the wage of garment workers and take steps within a month amid labor protests in Dhaka. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi made the announcement after a meeting between garment factory owners and labor leaders on Tuesday. The new minister urged the workers to “refrain from causing disorder in the street”. Earlier hundreds of garment workers have taken to the streets for a third successive day to demand a minimum wage hike and to press a series of other demands. Workers have been blocking the streets in ...

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Hasina led cabinet pay homage to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in Dhaka city on Tuesday morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked by the new cabinet colleagues, Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president, placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait as the party chief. Advisers to the prime minister, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip, whips, AL parliament ...

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47 including PM Hasina take oath


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid on Monday administered the oath of office of ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of the new cabinet headed by Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Bangabhaban. Outgoing prime minister Sheikh Hasina was first sworn in, for the fourth term, at the oath-taking ceremony. The cabinet division on Sunday announced the new cabinet, including 31 new faces and dropping as many as 36 members of the outgoing council of ministers. Twenty four ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers were picked up for the oath-taking, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Sunday. ...

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RMG workers block road, torch bus creating chaos


MNA National Desk: Garment workers blockade Abdullahpur-Airport road on Monday for the second day demanding implementation of newly announced salary structure, creating a long tailback of vehicles on both sides. Agitating workers had blockade the road on Sunday to press home for their demand. Later, they lifted the barricade following assurance by the authorities of Versatile Garments. The workers again took to the street today as their demand was not met yet, reports a Bangla online news portal. The workers first blockade Gazipur road. But, being obstructed by police, they later, proceeded to Abdullahpur and Uttara at about 11:15am. Witnesses ...

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