Mobile court to continue until appeals’ settlement


MNA National Desk: The operation of mobile court by the executive magistrate will continue until settlement of three appeals filed by the government against the HC verdict over the mobile court act. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah came up with the order on Tuesdaym reported news agency. Besides, the court fixed January 16 for next hearing. On January 3 last, the SC fixed today for hearing of the appeals. On May 11, the High Court declared illegal of the operation by the executive magistrate and later on May 14 after ...

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Khaleda’s cases shifted to Bakshibazar court


MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Monday shifted 16 cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the city. The ministry issued three gazette notifications in this regard, reported news agency. Law Minster Anisul Haque said the cases against Khaleda Zia were shifted to a single court for security concern, not for any political reason. Before talking to reporters, the minister held a meeting with the speaker of London Tower Hamlet Sabina Akthar when he sought the repatriation of the convicted killers of intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War. Anisul Haque hoped that ...

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Build yourself as pro-people force: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the police to build themselves as members of a propeople force. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Police Week-2018 at Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lines at Rajarbagh. The Police Week-2018 has begun with the motto ‘Remedy of Militancy and Drugs: Commitment of Bangladesh Police’. Hasina reviewed a spectacular parade of different contingents of Bangladesh Police arranged on the occasion. The Prime Minister handed over awards in four categories to 182 policemen for their outstanding performance in 2017. Of the police personnel, 30 received Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) while 71 ...

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Lowest temperature recorded 2.6 °C


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Meteorological Department has recorded its lowest temperature in history at 2.6 degrees Celsius in the Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh on Monday morning. Earlier, the lowest temperature in the history of Bangladesh was recorded at 2.8 degrees Celsius in Srimangal in 1968. The poor people, including children and elderly persons, have been suffering much from different cold-related diseases. In the 24 hours prior to 6am Monday morning, temperature averaged out to the country’s all-time low, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. Temperature in Nilphamari’s Syedpur was second at 2.9 degrees Celsius, while it was 3 degrees Celsius ...

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2 Bangladeshi sailors missing at China coast

Bangladeshi sailors

MNA National Desk: Two Bangladeshi sailors are among 32 crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that went missing after a fire broke out following a collision with a bulk freighter at China’s eastern coast. According to China’s transport ministry, the other 30 crew members were from Iran, reported news agency. The oil tanker ‘SANCHI’ and the Hong Kong cargo ship collided 160 nautical miles off the east coast of China around 8pm on Saturday, according to China’s Ministry of Transportation. The oil tanker began leaking after the collision and a fire broke out. Rescue operations are underway to find ...

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7 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road crash

Bangladeshis killed

MNA National Desk: Nine people among seven Bangladeshis killed in a road crash at Jizan region of Saudi Arabia. Several people were also injured during the accident. It has been known that the victims are all cleaners of Al Fahad Company at Jizan. Six among the deceased are Amir Hussain, resident of the village of Bashkhali at Karimpur union of Narsingdi Sadar upazila, Dulal, from Sirajganj, Saifur Islam, resident of Tangail, Motiur Rahman, of Narayanganj, Edan, of Narsingdi, and Jashim, from Kishoreganj. However, details about the identities of the deceased could not be known, as Bangladesh embassy at Saudi Arabia ...

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Non-MPO teachers call off hunger strike


MNA National Desk: The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions, who went on hunger strike for enlistment under the government’s MPO facilities, called off their strike on Friday following assurance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Prime Minister’s personal secretary Sajjadul Hasan and education secretary Sohrab Hossain went to the Jatiya Press Club along with Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzamman Mia around 4:15pm and informed them the PM’s assurance, reported news agency. Earlier on Tuesday, the demonstrators ignored Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid’s assurance, and vowed to continue their strike until an assurance is made to meet their demand ...

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PM inaugurates Mohipal Flyover in Feni

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the Mohipal Flyover project in Feni district which has been completed by 34 Engineering Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army and Road and Highways Division. About 660 metre long Mohipal Flyover constructed at Mohipal of Feni connected Dhaka-Chittagong and Feni-Laxmipur National Highways. The project at a cost of Taka 181.48 crore has been completed six month ahead of the schedule. The PM said the Mohipal section was a ‘sorrow’ for the travellers particularly for the inter-district passengers on this route. The flyover has been constructed considering their sufferings, she added. The ...

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Hunger strike enters 5th day


MNA National Desk: Fourteen more fell sick as the hunger strike for enlistment into Monthly Payment Order (MPO) entered fifth day today, taking the sick tally of the demonstration to 85. The agitating teachers led by the Federation of Teachers and Employees of non-MPO Educational Institutions said they are ready to sacrifice lives till their demands are met. Earlier on 2 January, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged them to postpone the protest. But, the agitated teachers and employees rejected his proposal due to the lack of any specific ‘time frame’ to solve their problems. About 80,000 teachers currently employed ...

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Portfolios of ministers, state ministers reassigned


MNA National Desk: In a reshuffle in the cabinet, the government on Wednesday reallocated the portfolios of six ministers and state ministers and gave portfolios to three new ministers, aiming to infuse further dynamism into the administration. New face AKM Shajahan Kamal replaced Rashed Khan Menon as the civil aviation and tourism minister while the latter was made the minister for social welfare. State minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed, who had been acting as a minister, will now remain as a state minister. Another new face, Mustafa Jabbar, was made the posts, telecommunications and ICT minister while Kazi Keramat ...

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Helicopter crash injured 4 in Sreemangal


MNA National Desk: Four people were injured as a helicopter crashed into Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) camp on Kalighat Road in Sreemangal upazila of Moulvibazar on Wednesday. The injured were admitted to Sreemangal Upazila Health Complex. The helicopter was carrying around 15-16 passengers, including two senior members of the Kuwait Armed Forces delegation visiting Bangladesh. The officials of assistant director of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the helicopter of Bangladesh Air Force ‘M16’ made the emergency landing near BAF helipad inside the BGB camp around 10:45 am. BGB officers Lt Col Mehedi Hasan and Senior Warrant Officer Md Farhad, ...

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Non-MPO teachers to continue strike


MNA National Desk: The teachers and employees of schools not enlisted under the MPO have decided to continue their fast until death as they were not convinced with the proposal of education minister Nurul Islam Nahid. Nahid on Tuesday went to speak to the agitating teachers and employees, who had been observing the hunger strike in front of the National Press Club since Sunday. The minister arrived at the Jatiya Press Club around 11:00am and took attempt to break their strike. Nurul Islam Nahid also gave them assurance of fulfilling their demand. He informed that Finance Minister have agreed to ...

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Karwan Bazar slum catches fire

Karwan Bazar

MNA National Desk: A fire broke out at the railway slum near Karwan Bazar in Dhaka on Monday afternoon. Being informed three units of fire fighters rushed to the spot said Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters officials. However, rail communication was distracted due to the incident near the railway track. Local people said the fire originated from a house at the slum. Later, the flames engulfed other houses. The fire was brought under control at about 12:45pm as five units of fire fighters joined the rescue operation.  A total of twenty five shanties damaged during the fire, reported news ...

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Nojibur Rahman made PM’s principal Secy

Nojibur Rahman

MNA National Desk: National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman Md Nojibur Rahman has been made the principal secretary to the prime minister. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Sunday morning. Nojibur Rahman will replace Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury. Nojibur joined BCS administration cadre in 1982 and served as the environment and forests secretary, the statistics and informatics division secretary and the director general of Department of Environment prior to assuming office as the NBR chief. Moreover, additional secretary at local government division Nasreen Akhter has been made the acting secretary of the National Academy ...

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No rooftop celebration on 31st night


MNA National Desk: The personal celebration of 31st night is also prohibited on the roofs of housing buildings, Commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Asaduzzaman Mia said this at a press conference at the DMP Media Center. Asaduzzaman said that all kinds of programs are prohibited in open places to celebrate the 31st night. Everything has to be inside upon permission, but not on the roofs. Regarding the security of the Dhaka University area, Commissioner Asaduzzaman said: “No vehicles will be allowed to enter the university premises, except those bearing the university sticker, after 8pm. Apart from Shahbagh and ...

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PM to join BAF function in Jessore

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Jessore on Sunday to join the President Parade 2017 marking the commissioning of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) officers as well as to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of 27 development projects. The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting at Jessore Eidgah Maidan in the afternoon. Sheikh Hasina will first attend the President Parade 2017 marking the commissioning of new Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) officers at the BAF Academy. In the afternoon, the premier will open and lay the foundation stones of 27 development schemes by unveiling their ...

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2 BAF aircraft crash in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: Two training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) is believed to have crashed in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening. Fire broke out because of the collision of the planes carrying two persons each. Their wreckages fell down in two separate areas. Fire fighters were trying to douse the flames, local sources said. Assistant Director of Inter Services Public Relations Rezaul Karim said a Yeak-8 type BAF training aircrafts remained disconnected from the radar since 6:15pm. Maheshkhali Police Station officials said two burning portions of aircraft slammed on the ground – one at Putivilla village ...

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Voting in 6 municipalities, 37 union councils


MNA National Desk: Six municipalities and 37 Union Councils of different districts go to polls on Thursday. The voting began at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break. Besides, by-polls to the chairman posts of six Union Councils  and election of a polling station of a Union Council, which was earlier suspended, is going to be held in the same day. The Election Commission has completed necessary preparation to hold the elections, said EC’s Director (PR) SM Asaduzzaman on Wednesday. The six municipalities are Boda in Panchagarh district, Bonpara in Natore, Alfadanga in Faridpur, Bakshiganj in Jamalpur, Bagha ...

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Present Army quite different: PM

quite different

MNA National Desk: Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Bangladesh Army is now quite different from the one a decade back in terms of infrastructure, strategy and technology. “The present army is much more developed, skilled and smart one due to the combination of modern trainings and equipment,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the President Parade marking the commissioning of the cadets of 75th BMA Long Course at Bangladesh Military Academy Parade Ground in Bhatiari of Chittagong. “We’ve enhanced the capacity of Bangladesh Army to a large extent alongside developing its infrastructure in the last nine years,” Sheikh ...

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‘Rapist’ BCL leader Arif arrested


MNA National Desk: Police on Tuesday arrested a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), on charges of raping six women and releasing the videos of rape scenes on internet. The arrestee, Arif Hossain Howlader, was the general secretary of Narayanpur union unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Bhedorganj upazila in Shariatpur. BCL expelled Arif on 11 November after one of rape victims filed a case with Bhedorganj police station against him. Allegations have it that Arif, a bachelor student at a local college, secretly installed video cameras in bathrooms to shoot videos of housewives’ bathing, and used them ...

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Car hits Hatirjheel bridge railing


MNA National Desk: Several people have been injured at Dhaka’s Hatirjheel as a car smashed into a bridge railing before falling into a roadside ditch. The car rammed into the Mahanagar Bridge 2 and damaged a portion of the railing before hurtling down to the ditch around 10:15pm on Monday, reported news agency. Witnesses said the occupants of the car were injured in the accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals. Rampura Police Station officials said four people, including a woman, were injured in the accident. However, the injured could not be identified immediately. Hatirjheel is a lakefront in ...

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23rd Founding Anniversary of Daily Ajkaler Khobor Celebrated

Ajkaler Khobor

MNA National Desk: 23rd founding anniversary of Daily Ajkaler Khobor was celebrated today at their office at Motijheel. To observe this auspicious occasion, a day long program was arranged. Many well wishers including prominent journalists, politicians, media personalities, intellectuals, journo leaders and the readers of the newspaper visited their office to celebrate the occasion as the office was decorated elegantly by its cheerful employees. Prime Minister’s Media Adviser and Editor of the Daily Observer, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was present as the Chief Guest. He along with Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, prominent journalist and Chairman, Mohammadi Group of Companies congratulated Farooque ...

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16th amendment: Govt filed review petition


MNA National Desk: The prosecution on Sunday filed a review petition seeking cancellation of the full verdict of the Supreme Court that upheld a High Court judgment scraping the 16th constitutional amendment. The petition was submitted to the department concerned of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the morning, reported news agency. The verdict by the appeals bench led by the chief justice reinstated the Supreme Judicial Council, which was introduced by a military government, in the Constitution. In the petition, the state also sought cancellation of the irrelevant, unnecessary and objectionable comments made in the 16th constitutional ...

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PM to visit Chittagong today

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Chittagong on Sunday to join the annual President’s Parade of Bangladesh Navy here. She will also visit the Chasma Hill residence of late mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the afternoon to express her deep sympathies to the bereaved family members, reported news agency. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, former mayor of the port city, and a pillar of Bangladesh Awami League, passed away on December 14. District administration sources said the Prime Minister will reach Naval Academy around 10:10am and attend scheduled programmes till 3:30pm. Then she will pay visit to the residence of ...

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2 robbers killed in Comilla shootout


MNA National Desk: Two suspected robbers were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Zafarganj union in Debidwar upazila early Saturday. The deceased were identified as Russel and Faruk. Tipped off that a gang of bandits was preparing to commit robberies on Comilla- Syllhet highway, a team of detective branch of police conducted a drive in Hatimara area adjacent to Zafarganj Bazar around 4am, said Mohammad Shah Abid Hossain, superintendent of Comilla Police. However, sensing the presence of the police team, the bandits swooped on them, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate that triggered the gunfight, leaving two dead ...

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Missing NSU teacher Mubashar returns home


MNA National Desk: North South University teacher Mubashar Hasan Caesar, who went missing one and half months ago, returned his South Banasree home in Dhaka early Friday. “Caesar was dropped off by unknown people on the Airport Road. He then returned home by autorickshaw,” she said. Mubashar’s sister Tamanna Tasmin confirmed this to media on Friday morning. Asked about his brother’s health condition, Tamanna said, there were no major health issues. He came back wearing the same dress he was in when he had disappeared. Mubashar, an assistant professor of North South University’s political science and sociology department, went missing ...

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Entry pass mandatory for Dhaka Cantonment

Dhaka Cantonment

MNA National Desk: No-one will be allowed to enter the Dhaka Cantonment without pass from Jan 1, according to the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR). A notice board with seven rules was set outside the Jahangir Gate on Thursday. It says cantonment residents (Matikata-Zia Colony-MP Checkpost and Rajanigandha Super Market-Sainik Club MP Checkpost) must collect passes from the Dhaka Cantonment Board by Dec 31. The rules, however, are not applicable to those who travel through the cantonment by bus, reported news agency. People who work in houses located inside the cantonment (caretaker, guard, driver and domestic worker) and relatives ...

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