32-km tailback on Dhaka-Chattogram highway


MNA National Desk: Passengers continued to suffer as they were getting stuck in a 32-kilometre tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway on Thursday, reported news agency. A 22-km tailback was seen stretching from Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gumti bridge toll plaza to Madhaiya in Chandina upazila while a 10-km gridlock in Munshiganj district. Hundreds of vehicles, including cattle-laden ones, remain stranded on both sides of the bridge, causing untold sufferings to the travellers. Cattle traders travelling through the highway suffered a lot as most of the cattle fell sick for unavailability of fodder. Nazrul Islam, superintendent of regional Highway Police, said the tailback on ...

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Golam Sarwar’s body taken to Shaheed Minar


MNA National Desk: The body of Daily Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar has been taken to Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka around 11am on Thursday. The body will be kept there till 12:30pm for people from all walks of life to pay their last respect. Golam Sarwar’s body was taken to his Tejgaon office around 8:30am where his colleagues paid their last respect. Later, the body will be taken to National Press Club around 1pm. The Samakal Editor died at Singapore General Hospital at 9:25pm on August 13 at the age 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to ...

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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj on the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Bangabandhu. Later, the Prime Minister along with her family members took part in munajat. Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, and other family members, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre. Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the ...

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Nation recalls Bangabandhu in tears


MNA National Desk: The 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Wednesday across the country with due reverence and solemnity. The nation recalled Bangabandhu- the architect of the country’s independence – in tears and prayers. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members at the crack of dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army personnel under a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country and its ...

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Nation set to observe Nat’l Mourning Day


MNA National Desk: The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The nation on Wednesday will observe the National Mourning Day recalling with a heavy heart Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, ...

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Samakal editor Golam Sarwar no more

Golam Sarwar

MNA National Desk: The daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar died in a Singapore hospital at 9:25pm on Monday (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihe rajiun). He was 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to LabAid Hospital in Dhaka on 29 July being attacked by pneumonia. He was air lifted to Singapore on August 3 for better treatment as his condition deteriorated. He was put on life support on as his blood pressure fell on Monday afternoon, and died at night. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of renowned journalist Golam Sarwar. Prime ...

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Death penalty for 5 Patuakhali war criminals


MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday convicted five persons from Patuakhali including Ishaq Shikder, and sentenced them to death for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation war. A three-member tribunal headed by ICT Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the verdict after reading out 159-page verdict. The other four other accused are :  Abdul Ghani Hawladar, Abdul Awal alias Moulvi Awal, Abdus Sattar Pyada and Sulaiman Mridha. Earlier on September 23, 2015, the tribunal issued warrants against them. Later, they all were arrested. The tribunal framed six charges including murder, genocide, rape and arson against ...

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Moon sighted, Eid-ul Azha on Aug 22


MNA National Desk: The holy Eid-ul-Azha – one of the two biggest festivals for Muslims – is set to be celebrated in Bangladesh on 22 August, Wednesday, as the Zil-Hajj moon was sighted in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country this evening. The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the moon sighting, says a press statement. National Moon Sighting Committee chief and religious affairs minister Matior Rahman chaired the meeting, it adds. Eid-ul-Azha, however, will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia on ...

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Killers of Ramiz Uddin College students will be punished: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to bring to justice those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, reported news agency. “This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the (traffic) rules, resulting in the loss of two lives…many students were also injured,” she said. The prime minister said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School ...

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BNP’s Ariful re-elected as Sylhet mayor


MNA National Desk: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has finally been elected Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), after reelection in two suspended centres of the city held on Saturday. Ariful bagged a total of 92,598 votes after getting 2102 votes in the two polling centers while Awami League candidate Kamran got 86,392 votes, including 527 votes from the latest two centres, said Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. The two polling centres– Gazi Burhanuddin Garam Dewan Government Primary School and Hobinandi Government Primary School– of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election were postponed due to various irregularities on July 30. The BNP ...

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Govt working to strengthen democracy: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is working relentlessly for further strengthening democracy and speeding up development in the country as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC paid a courtesy call on her. “We’re working tirelessly for further consolidating democracy and accelerating development in the country,” Premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying while briefing reporters after the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka. In this connection, the Commonwealth Secretary General said her organisation is ready to extend cooperation with Bangladesh in upholding its democratic process. Sheikh Hasina said over 6,000 ...

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SC adjourns Shahidul’s plea hearing until Monday


MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division has adjourned, until Monday, the hearing on a government petition that challenges a High Court order sending photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital. A four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order on Thursday. This after Shahidul’s lawyer said the High Court is set to hear a petition that was filed to challenge the remand order against Shahidul. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during the hearing. A High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir will hear ...

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Eid advance train ticket sale begins

advance train

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway authority on Wednesday morning began the selling of advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha, reported news agency. Hundreds of ticket-seekers were seen gathered at Kamalapur Railway Station from early hours to collect tickets for August 17. The advance ticket for August 18, 19, 20 and 21 will be available on August 9, 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Many ticket seekers standing in the queue said that they came to buy tickets the previous evening and passed the night at the station to ensure they get hold of the tickets. Besides, the return tickets for the journey ...

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Govt to sit with VCs of private universities


MNA National Desk: The education ministry has invited vice-chancellors of all private universities to a meeting to discuss clashes between police and students during a campaign for safe roads, reported news agency. The meeting will take place at the Dhaka International Mother Language Institute auditorium at 3pm on Wednesday, said the education ministry. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will be the chief guest. Earlier, he had given several directives through a meeting with chiefs of government and private educational institutes on Aug 5. Two students died in a bus accident on Airport Road on Jul 29 which galvanised a student ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s Mazar at Tungipara

paid rich tribute

MNA National Desk: Central Leaders of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) on Monday paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his Mazar at Tungipara. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Prime Minister’s Media Advisor, placed wreaths at the mazar. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, the chief patron of BSKM national committee, also paid homage to Bangabandhu marking the 43rd martyrdom anniversary and National Mourning Day. Besides a huge number of children participated in a mourning rally arranged by the BSKM before placing wreaths at the Mazar.

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Photographer Shahidul Alam taken to DB office

shahidul alam

MNA National Desk: Drik Gallery owner and eminent photographer Dr Shahidul Alam was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) office for interrogation. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Obaidur Rahman confirmed the matter to media, reported news agency. Dr Shahidul Alam was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence Sunday night, alleged his family and Drik authorities. Some plainclothes people introduced themselves as members of the Detective Branch of police and took away Shahidul following his interview with Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safer roads, alleged Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma Ahmed. Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that she ...

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PM Hasina urges all not to pay heed to rumours


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country not to pay heed to rumours and get confused by false propaganda, reported news agency. “A vested quarter is trying to create instability in the country through false propaganda. Please don’t pay heed to any rumour and don’t get confused by any false propaganda,” she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating optical fiber connectivity in 300 unions of ten districts under ‘National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Development (Info-Sarker Third Phase) through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. “Whatever you see ...

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Transport strike brings the country to a halt


MNA National Desk: Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Saturday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh, reported news agency. Dhaka’s streets were devoid of public transports since early morning, citing security concerns. Most areas in Dhaka, including Elephant Road, New Market, Dhanmondi, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Katabon, Uttara and Airport road, had no passenger buses available. The government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service was the only public transport option available throughout the city. The move came following the countrywide protests demanding road safety and justice for two Class XII students ...

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29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela observed

Shishu Kishor Mela

MNA National Desk: A meeting of the central executive committee marking the 29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) was held on Friday. Presided over by the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela and Prime Minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the meeting was attended by the central and district level leaders of the advisory committee. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, chief patron of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies also delivered his valuable speech marking the 29th founding anniversary of BSKM. In the meeting, the decision of observing the 43rd death anniversary ...

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PM Hasina gives 20 lakh taka to families of Diya, Rajib


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday donated Tk 20 lakh to the parents of Diya and Rajib, the two college students who died in dreadful bus crash on the Airport Road. The PM handed over savings saving certificates for the amount when the parents of Diya and Rajib called on the Prime Minister at the PMO. PMO officials said Sheikh Hasina consoled the parents and said she would stand by the families with all possible supports, BSS reports. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ...

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Hooligans assault students in Mirpur


MNA National Desk: Some unidentified youths armed with sticks assaulted student protesters when they were already battling against the police during their campaign for safe roads in Mirpur. A large swathe of the area turned into a chaotic scene as police chased and beat the students. Then a group of stick-wielding youths arrived on the road to drive the protesters away. The reporter saw at least one student injured as the clashes unfolded at 4pm on Thursday. The students have continued a popular campaign for safe roads since Jul 29 when two of their fellows lost their lives to ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets


MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury visits historic Teliapara Tea Estate


MNA National Desk: Eminent journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Media Advisor and Editor of The Daily observer, visited historic Teliapara Tea Estate at Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district on Jul 28. Mir Mosharref Hossain, Director of The Daily Observer and Editor of Kishore Bangla, accompanied him on this tour. Teliapara tea estate bungalow is located onoly within 1.5 km of Indian border and has significant historical attachment with the liberation war of 1971. On 29 Mar, 1971 Major Khaled Mosharraf reached the tea estate with 4th East Bengal Regiment under his command. He established and established the first head ...

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AL wins in Rajshahi, Barishal


MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports news agency. Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended. The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken. In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League ...

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Voting begins in Rajshahi, Barishal, Sylhet


MNA National Desk: Voting in the elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations began on Monday morning, reported news agency. The balloting that started at 8:00am will continue till 4:00 pm without any break. The city elections are the last major polls before the next general election expected to be held in December this year. Five mayoral candidates are contesting the polls in Rajshahi, while seven mayoral contenders are running in Barishal and Sylhet each. On 29 May last, the Election Commission announced the election schedules for the three city corporations. The embassies of the US and the Netherlands ...

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2 dead, several injured as bus ploughs into students


MNA National Desk: Two students of Dhaka’s Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College have been killed and several others injured after they were struck by a bus on Airport Road, reported news agency. The accident occurred around 12:30am on Sunday, following which students from the educational institution took to the streets and blocked the road in protest. The accident took place when a Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ ran over a group of students while they were standing beside the road, leaving the duo dead on the spot. After the accident students took to the streets in protest and vandalised several ...

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BGB deployed in Rajshahi ahead of civic polls


MNA National Desk: A total 19 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have been deployed in the Rajshahi city ahead of the city corporation elections. The border guards were deployed at different parts of the city in the morning to avert any untoward incident, said lieutenant colonel Shamim Masud Al Iftekhar, commanding officer of BGB-1 battalion. Loud publicity through megaphones by canvassers of mayor and councilor candidates is irritating the residents of the city. Although some people are disturbed, they are not preventing miking because the election campaign will end at 12 midnight after Saturday. The city corporation polls ...

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