PM returns today shortening Singapore visit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home today shortening her official visit to Singapore to stand beside the families of the victims of tragic plane crash at Kathmandu on Monday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed that the prime minister will return to Dhaka Tuesday afternoon by a regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Singapore. Sheikh Hasina, who arrived in Singapore on Sunday on a four-day official visit, was scheduled to return home on Wednesday. Meanwhile in a message to the nation, the prime minister said she will return home to stand beside the families of ...

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Khaleda secures four-month interim bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court has granted a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A two-member High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Haque granted her the bail. On Sunday, the High Court deferred until Monday the passing of its order on Khaleda’s bail petition in the case in which she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. However, the documents later reached the department concerned of the High Court on Sunday. On February 22, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking ...

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Massive fire breaks out in Mirpur slum

massive fire

MNA National Desk: A massive fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur 12 section of Dhaka in the early hours of Monday. Over 4,000 shanties were gutted as a devastating fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur area in the capital. The fire broke out at Ilias Mollah slum around 4am and soon engulfed the adjacent shanties, Fire Service and Civil Defense control room duty officer Mahfuz said. On information, 21 fire fighting units rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control at about 7:22am after three and half hours of frantic efforts. Fire service officials ...

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PM accorded warm reception in Singapore


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm reception as she reached Singapore on Sunday afternoon on a four-day official visit to Singapore at the invitation of her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Changi Airport in Singapore at 2:30pm local time. Singapore Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman received the premier at the airport. From the ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Singapore

Bridge Rail Link

MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina reached Singapore on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which left Dhaka at 8:30am carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at Changi Airport, Singapore at 2:30pm (local time). Minister-in-Attendance of Singapore, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, and Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman received her at the airport. Dhaka is putting high importance on the visit as the prime minister would seek support ...

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3rd span of Padma Bridge installed

Padma Bridge construction site

MNA National Desk: The third span (superstructure) of the Padma Bridge was installed between pillars 39 and 40 on Sunday morning, reports news agency. With the installation of the third span around 8:30am, a total of 450 metres of the Padma Bridge is now visible, said the engineers concerned. The installation process of the 150 metres span has been started at 7:30am. The floating crane carrying the 150-metre span weighing 3,140 tonnes reached near the pillars on Saturday afternoon. The work of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150 metres first span on the pillars 37 and ...

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Vietnamese President leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang left Dhaka for Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up his three-day state visit and exploring avenues to enhance bilateral trade and investment. Earlier, the Vietnamese and Bangladeshi Presidents have agreed upon specific measures to promote politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, agriculture, education and science and technology. At a meeting with President Abdul Hamid in the capital city of Dhaka on March 5 (local time), President Tran Dai Quang expressed his wish that Bangladesh will successfully hold its general election by 2019 and reach the goal of becoming a middle-income country by ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

human chain

MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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National Jute Day today

National Jute

MNA National Desk: The National Jute Day-2018 is being observed throughout the country amid enthusiasm with a view to making jute goods popular among the people. The government took up elaborate programmes including rallies, road shows, art competition, poetry festival, seminars and symposiums. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting people of the jute sector. According to the government, jute will play a vital role in expanding the export market, earning foreign currency, safeguarding the environment, and generating employment as the country is being elevated to middle income ...

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Parents of Zafar Iqbal’s attacker held


MNA National Desk: The parents of Foyzur Rahman, the attacker on professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), surrendered to the police on Sunday night. Foyzur’s father Atiqur Rahman and mother Minara Begum appeared in the Jalabad police station of Sylhet city, ending hours of their hiding after the attack on Zafar. On Saturday, renowned writer and educationist Zafar sustained head injuries when 24-year old youth Foyzur stabbed him with a knife during a prize-giving ceremony of the university. Foyzur’s family members went into on hiding immediately after the attack. The law enforcement claimed Foyzur, ...

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Zafar Iqbal’s attackers are fanatics: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday termed fanatics the attackers of Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and urged all to keep their children away from militancy, terrorism and drug abuse. She said her government is committed to ensuring that no terrorist or militant activity occurs in Bangladesh. “Those who commit such acts are fanatics,” she said at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, a day after popular science fiction writer Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was attacked and injured by a man during a campus event in Sylhet. “They believe they can gain access to heaven through murder. ...

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Nizam Hazari retains MP status


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Thursday, in its order, declared parliament membership of Awami League MP Nizam Uddin Hazari legal. The single bench of Justice Md Abu Zafar Siddique handed down the verdict rejecting the writ petition filed challenging the legality of his parliament membership. Earlier on February 27, the same bench set on Thursday for delivering its verdict on completion of the hearing, said Advocate Satyaranjon Mandal, lawyer of the petitioner. In 2014, Shakhawat Hossain Bhuiyan, a Jubo League leader of Feni, filed the writ petition with the HC attaching a newspaper report of May 10, 2014, ...

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PM opens agriculture portal ‘Krishi Batayon’


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday opened digital platform ‘Krishi Batayon’ (agriculture portal) and ‘Krishak Bandhu Phone Seba’ for expansion of e-agriculture services across the country. The prime minister inaugurated the services through a video-conference from her official residence Ganabhaban here this afternoon. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury spoke on the occasion, while Senior Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah made a power point presentation. Director General (admin) of the Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of the A2I Project Kabir Bin Anwar moderated the function. Krishi Batayon is a central service portal. Some mobile ...

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PM pays tributes to ex-mayor Jhantu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid tributes to former parliament member and valiant freedom fighter Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu. The prime minister paid the homage by placing wreaths on his coffin, also the immediate past mayor of Rangpur City Corporation, at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. After laying the wreaths, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Jhantu. Flanked by senior party leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath on his coffin on behalf of the party. Earlier, a namaz-e-janaza ...

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DNCC polls: SC orders disposal of HC rule


MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the High Court for expeditious disposal of its previous rule issued halting the by-election to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). A four-member appeal bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after disposal of the leave-to-appeal filed by Election Commission (EC) challenging the High Court order. EC lawyer Towhidul Islam said the Appellate Division assigned the HC bench, led by Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, for quick disposal of the rule. The process for holding the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Natore


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Natore on Thursday morning to join the 6th Engineering Corps Reunion of Bangladesh Army at Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering at Qadirabad Cantonment. An Air Force helicopter carrying the premier landed at the helipad of Qadirabad Cantonment here around 10:50 am. After attending the reunion, the prime minister will go to Rajshahi where she will open 21 development projects and lay foundation stones of 12 other schemes from Madrasa Moidan, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, will address a public meeting to be organized by the ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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PM hands over Ekushey Padak-2018

Ekushey Padak-2018

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2018 among 21 eminent citizens for contributions to their respective fields. Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, to the awardees at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. AZM Takiullah (posthumous) and Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam got the award for their role in the language movement while Sheikh Sadi Khan, Sujoy Sham, Indra Mohan Rajbanshi, Khurshid Alam and Motiul Haque Khan won for music. Minu Haque and Humayun Faridi (posthumous) got the Padak for dance ...

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HC asks to complete trial of 139 prisoners by Aug 31


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to complete trials of 139 prisoners, who are kept in different jails without trial, by August 31. An High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim gave the suomoto order  as the matter of was brought to their attention by Supreme Court Legal Aide Panel lawyer Kumar Debul De. The court also asked to take departmental action against the investigation officers of the cases if trials are not completed within this time. Deputy Attorney General Farhad Ahmed and Assistant Attorney General Yusuf Mahbub Morshed ...

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BNP submits memorandum to DC office


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists on Sunday submitted a memorandum, containing its demand to release the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin. BNP chairperson’s advisor Barrister Ziaur Rahman, Dhaka district unit BNP president Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin and numbers of party leaders and activists of the unit submitted the memorandum to the DC at noon. Later, BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release. Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near Victoria Park from 10:00am amid the presence of huge ...

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Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha meets the press

Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha arranged an opinion exchange program ‘Meet the Press’ with the journalists of prominent national print and electronic media today 18th February, 2018 at 11:30 this morning at its office. Chairman of the organization Advocate Sigma Huda was present as the chief guest. General Secretary Advocate Jahanara Begum, National committee member former additional district judge Tarique Haider and executive director Mostofa Sohel was also present in this program. They raised their concern over declining human rights situation on Bangladesh based on the information published in the national dailies during 2017. According to their findings, ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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BNP begins signature campaign

signature campaign

MNA National Desk: The BNP has started mass signature campaign demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated its pre-scheduled programme around 11am on Saturday at party’s Nayapaltan office in the capital. On Thursday, BNP announced fresh agitation programmes which included conducting mass signature campaigns across the country today, submitting memorandums to all deputy commissioners on Sunday and staging demonstrations in all district towns and metropolitan cities, except for Dhaka, on Tuesday. The BNP chief was sent to jail on February 8 after a special court in Dhaka had sentenced her to five ...

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BNP announces fresh protests


MNA National Desk: The BNP has chalked out fresh programmes to press for the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. The protests will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Thursday. Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term after a Dhaka court convicted her on Feb 8 in a graft case involving the Zia Orphanage Trust. BNP will launch a mass signature campaign on February 17. The party will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on February 18 and hold protest programmes ...

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PM reaches Abu Dhabi on way to home


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning from Rome concluding her four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. An Ethihad flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE Mohammad Imran and senior officials received her at the airport. Earlier, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Sobhan Sikder saw the prime minister off at Fiumicino Airport in Rome last night. In Italy, the premier attended the annual governing council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the ...

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Tarique involved in Bangladesh mission attack : Obaidul


MNA National Desk: The road, transport and bridges minister today claimed that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, who is now in England, was involved in Wednesday’s attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London. The government has taken legal measures against those involved in the attack and has also taken steps to bring them back, Obaidul Quader said while inaugurating a gate on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway today. The attack took place in London a day before a lower court verdict in Dhaka against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. A special court on that day (February 8) ...

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PM off to Rome to attend IFAD meeting

New York

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left country for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. The PM will also join the upcoming meeting of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD president Gilbert F Houngbo. An Emirates flight carrying the premier and her entourage members departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the Italian capital at 10am. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obidul Kader, Chief Whip ASM Firoz and chiefs ...

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