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Anti-Drug drive: 9 more killed in ‘gunfights’

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MNA National Desk: Nine drug peddlers of seven districts were killed in countrywide ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers, as anti-narcotics drive continue, reported news agency. Of them, 2 in Cumilla, 2 in Dinajpur, 1 in Joypurhat, 1 Chandpur, 1 in Mymensingh, 1 in Pabna, and 1 in Thakurgaon, were killed from 12 am to now on Saturday (May 26). At least 65 people have been killed across the country since the recent anti-drug raids began on May 19. Security forces reports on these ‘shootouts’ have been largely similar. They claim that the casualties occur in crossfire after drug traffickers instigate gunfights ...

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PM inaugurates Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva-Bharati University

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MNA National Desk: Terming Bangladesh-India ties beyond strategic, PM Sheikh Hasina on Friday hoped that the two countries will be able to solve their any problem maintaining their bonds, reported news agency. ‘I hope, we’ll able to solve any problem through maintaining our friendly relations,’ she said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. Sheikh Hasina further said, ‘We, the two neigbouring countries, want to move together always. If there’s a neighbouring country, there may be some problems with it. We’ve solved the problems one by one. I don’t want to break the excellent ...

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Advance sale of train ticket to begin June 1

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance tickets for the holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on June 1 and to continue till June 6. However, the sale of return tickets will begin on June 10 and to continue till June 15. Railway minister Mujibul Haque informed this in a press briefing at the Rail Bhaban on Thursday. Before the briefing, the minister had a meeting with the officials concerned. Tickets for June 10 will be available on June 1 while tickets for June 11 to 15 will be issued from June 2 to June 6 respectively. As usual one ...

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Six more drug peddlers killed

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MNA National Desk: Six more suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported gunfights in Feni, Cumilla and Magura districts early Thursday in the latest anti-narcotics drive undertaken by law enforcement. A total of 55 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since 12 May, reports news agency. Of Thursday’s deceased, two each were killed in Feni, Cumilla and Magura districts. In Feni, Samiran Shamim, son of a certain Mohammad Mostafa of Maij village, and Majnu Mia alias Manir, son of one Fatik Mia of Mantala villages in Phulgazi upazila, were killed in a reported gunfight between their cohorts and ...

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57 Sundarbans robbers surrender

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MNA National Desk: Fifty seven members including chiefs of six forest robber gangs in Sundarbans surrendered along with their arms and ammunition at Khulna RAB Headquarters. The members of Rajan alias Dada bhai Bahini, Amirul Bahini, Hannan Bahini, Surjo Bahini, Choto Shamsu and Munna Bahini surrendered to the Home Minister in the afternoon. The gang members deposited 58 firearms and 1,284 rounds of bullets. Sources said these gangs used to abduct fishermen for ransom. They used to extort from the people who depended on the Sundarbans for livelihoods, reported new agency. A series of successful raids by RAB changed the ...

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Muktamoni dies

Muktamoni

MNA National Desk: Muktamoni, who was diagnosed with a tumour developed in her blood vessels on the right hand, died at her residence in Dakkhin Kamar Baisha village in Sadar upazila of Satkhira on Wednesday morning. Ibrahim Hossain, father of 12-year-old Muktamoni, said she breathed her last around 8am. Earlier, her father said that Muktamoni’s condition had been critical for the last few days as her right hand was decomposed completely. Muktamoni was under the observation of Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. She had been diagnosed with tumour in ...

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HC order on compensation to Rajib’s family stayed

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stayed the High Court (HC) order that directed two bus owners to give Tk 1 crore to the family of Rajib Hossain, who was killed in a road accident last month, and also asked the HC to form an independent committee to assess the liabilities for the accident. The court also asked the authority to submit the probe report to High Court by June 30. Afterwards, judgment will be passed regarding the compensation to two brothers of Rajib. A 4-member panel, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order. ...

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Dhaka-bound flight makes emergency landing

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka-bound Saudi Arabian Airlines flight made an emergency landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah following a malfunction of hydraulic system and subsequent retraction of its nose gear. The plane sustained little damage when its nose sank to the ground while landing. Medical teams at the airport treated 70 passengers while four others were taken to the health centre, Saudi Gazette reports. Abdurahman Al-Tayyib, a spokesman for Saudia, said that SV3818 flight, which was travelling from Madinah to Dhaka, developed some malfunction of the hydraulic system at around 8pm Monday and was diverted to Jeddah ...

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8 more drug dealers killed in ‘gunfights’

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MNA National Desk: As the countrywide crackdown against drugs continues, eight suspected drug dealers were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the early hours of Tuesday. During the reported gunfights between drug dealers and police or RAB members, two alleged drug peddlers were killed in Cumilla’s Aranyapur, two in Nilphamari, and one each in Netrokona, Feni’s Lemua, Chuadanga’s Alamdanga, Chattogram’s Bayezid and Dinajpur, claimed the law enforcers. Around 27 people, mostly suspected drug peddlers or drug addicts, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers across the country in the last 21 days as of Monday, said human ...

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Rain with squally wind likely to continue

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MNA National Desk: Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at many places across the country in the next 24-hours ending at 9:00am on Tuesday. ‘Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at most places over Chattogram and Barishal divisions and at many places over Dhaka and Khulna divisions,’ said a met bulletin issued this morning here. A few places over Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rangpur and ...

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8 drug dealers killed in ‘shootouts’

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MNA National Desk: At least eight suspected drug dealers were killed in separate gunfights at several areas of Jashore, Tangail, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Narsingdi, and Rajshahi in the early hours of Monday, said law enforcers. The reported gunfights mostly occurred as members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police conducted raids to detain suspected drug sellers. In Jashore, Police recovered three bodies shot in heads from two different spots in the early hours of Monday. However, police could not identify the bodies. In Tangail, an alleged drug dealer, named Abul Kalam Azad, in his forties, was killed in a reported shootout ...

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Khaleda files bail pleas in three cases

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MNA National Desk: The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking her bail in three cases. Among the three cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation, said lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. Earlier in the day, a HC bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hassan granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers sought for it. Later, the HC bench fixed June 7 to hear the bail pleas of ...

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Exams boycott programme postponed

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MNA National Desk: The quota protestors on Saturday postponed their examinations boycott programme considering Ramadan and session jam. Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad convenor Hasan Al Mamun came with this announcement at a press briefing held in front of Dhaka University’s central library. But they will continue their class boycotting programe, he said. Mamun alleged that the protestors of some universities and colleges are facing assault and threat to leave hall.

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Nuremberg trial system for war criminals: PM

Nuremberg trial

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday laid emphasis on introducing Nuremberg trial system in the country where there will be no need for any witness against war criminals. “There’s no need for any witness for the trial of war criminals as documents are there. Justices in Nuremberg do not take any witness, and that trial is still there as the trial for war crimes in the World War II is going on. We can take that type of step in our country, too,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this when the party leaders greeted her on the ...

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Ramadan begins tomorrow

Ramadan begins

MNA National Desk: Muslims in Bangladesh will begin fasting on Friday, as the National Moon-Sighting Committee says Ramadan begins on that day, reported news agency. Tarabih prayers will follow Isha prayers on Thursday night. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion’s two holiest sites, authorities said. Ramadan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Ramadan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. The others are the profession of faith (“there is no God but ...

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Be helpful to people: PM to police

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed police to be helpful to people, by extending service and support, reported news agenyc. “People come to police when they face difficulties. Therefore, police must give importance to human rights and rule of law while performing their duties. They have to be attentive towards women, children and elderly people in society,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy here. The Prime Minister took salute and inspected the parade. She asked the police ...

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PM Hasina reaches Rajshahi

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Rajshahi today (Wednesday). According to her tour schedule, the premier is inspecting the march-past of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and took their salute at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA) in Sardah of Rajshahi. Abdus Sobhan, Superintendent of Police of BPA, confirmed this information on Tuesday, reported new sagency. He said the Prime Minister will deliver her directional speech before the probationary police officers of 35th BCS batch. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police Dr Jabed Patwary and other high civil, military and police officials also have attended the ceremony.

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SC upholds Khaleda bail

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, handed down the order, reported news agency. On 15 March, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state filed two separate leave-to-appeal petitions before the apex court challenging the Khaleda Zia’s bail order by the High Court. On 8 February this year, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and sentenced her to ...

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AL’s Khaleque wins KCC polls

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MNA National Desk: Awami League mayoral candidate Talukdar Abdul Khaleque was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election on Tuesday. Khaleque won the election with a big margin bagging 176,902 votes while his nearest rival Nazurl Islam Manju of BNP polled 108,956 in 286 election centres out of total 289. The voting was suspended in the remaining three centres due to violence, capturing of polling stations and forced stuffing. Returning officer Yunus Ali made the announcement around 9:40pm. The voting began at 8am and ended at 4pm without any break. however, the turnout of voters was said ...

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Khulna city election ends

Khulna City

MNA National Desk: Voting came to an end in the Khulna City Corporation election on Tuesday amid allegations of rigging and violence, reported new agency. The allegations of casting fake votes by activists of the ruling Awami league sparked violence in the area. At least five BNP polling camps have reportedly been vandalised. The voting continued until 4pm. A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are there in the election race. The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukdar Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan ...

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BNP agents being forced out from polling stations

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MNA National Desk: BNP nominated mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam Monju has alleged that the ruling party leaders and activists are preventing his polling agents from entering at least 20 centres of the ongoing Khulna City Corporation elections, reported news agency. The ruling party men are making gathering at every polling centre to create panic among the polling agents, opposition supporters and common voters, Monju told newsmen at Khulna Zila School centre around 9:30am. The balloting began at 8:00am and is scheduled to continue till 4:00pm without any break. A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat ...

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Voting begins in Khulna city polls

Khulna City

MNA National Desk: Voting in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election has begun on Tuesday morning to elect its new mayor and councillors, reported news agency. The polling stations were opened at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm. Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek casted his vote at Pioneer Girls’ High School polling centre around 8:07am. A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are there in the election race. The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukdar Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Maulana Mozammil ...

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Railways minister blessed with twin boys

Railways Minister

MNA National Desk: Railways Minister Mujibul Haque and his wife Honufa Akhter Rikta were blessed with twin boys early on Tuesday, reported news agency. The minister’s wife gave birth to the babies around 12:15am at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. Both the twin and their mother are doing well, sources at the hospital said. Dr. Nargis Fatema conducted the caesarian section. The minister made headlines when he married a 29-year-old woman at the age of 67 on October 31 in 2014. However, The couple has a girl child who was born May 28 in ...

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Iftar items seekers killed in stampede

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MNA National Desk: At least nine people were killed and several injured in stampede while collecting iftar items from a factory authorities ahead of Ramadan in Satkania upazila of Chattogram on Monday. Identities of the deceased could not be known. But, most of the victims are women. Md Emran Bhuiyan, Additional Superintendent of Chattogram (South) Police, said the incident took place at a madrasa field in Nolua union this morning. He said over 30,000 people gathered at the field to collect iftar items following an announcement by Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills Limited (KSRM) owner M Shahjahan. He arranged the distribution ...

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Ministry of Environment & Forest renamed

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MNA National Desk: The Ministry of Environment and Forest has been renamed Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The approval for changing the name was given at a Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting Cabinet Secretary Md. Shafiul Alam said the change in the name of the ministry has been done keeping consistency with neighbouring countries, reported news agency. The cabinet also approved a proposal to allow the concerned officials to fell trees in the reserved in Moheshkhali of Cox’s Bazar district for installation of ...

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Quota protesters threaten strike from tomorrow

Quota protesters

MNA National Desk: Quota protesters on Sunday issued an ultimatum to publish the gazette by 5:00 this afternoon otherwise they will enforce strike in educational institutions for an indefinite period from tomorrow, Monday. The Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad – the platform of general students seeking quota reforms – gave the ultimatum after a demonstration in the capital on Sunday. Several thousand students – mostly from Dhaka University and various colleges of the capital — brought out a procession from in front of the DU central library around 11:00am. Later, at a press conferment at the TSC of DU, the ...

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4th span of Padma Bridge installed

Padma Bridge

MNA National Desk: Around 600 meters of much-hyped Padma Bridge is now visible following the installation of 4th span on pillar no 40 and 41 on Sunday. The span has been installed in the Jajira point in the morning, reported news agency. The first span of the bridge was installed on Sept 30 of last year between pillars 37 and 38 on the Jazira side. The second was installed on Jan 28 between pillars 38 and 39, while the third was placed between pillars 39 and 40 on Mar 11. The construction work on the country’s largest bridge started in ...

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