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Bangladeshi national killed by BSF

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MNA National Desk: A Bangladeshi national was allegedly shot to death by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Burimari border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhar early Wednesday, reports news agency. The deceased is Farid Uddin, 22, son of Shamsul Haque, of Patgram upazila. A Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member seeking anonymity said a patrol team of BSF opened fire at the cattle traders while they went to border pillar No. 843 for bringing cattle around 4:00 am, leaving one dead on the spot and another injured. The injured Akkas Ali, 26, of Ufarmara village adjacent to Burimari border, ...

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President accepts SK Sinha’s resignation

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MNA National Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid has accepted the resignation of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. “It has been accepted. The relevant documents will now be sent to the law ministry.” the president’s Press Secretary Joynul Abedin told media on Tuesday. Earlier, on 11 November, amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Sinha finally stepped down by submitting resignation letter to the president. Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha went on leave on October 3 and left for Australia on October 13. A day after Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement ...

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200,000 more Rohingyas to enter: IRC

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The International Rescue Committee or IRC has said it expects a further 200,000 new arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar in coming weeks- bringing the total Rohingya population to over one million, reported news agency. A recent nutrition survey conducted by humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar, led by International Rescue Committee partner Action Contre la Faim (ACF), has revealed shocking levels of malnutrition amongst Rohingya children, only further deepening fears of an impending, and very serious, public health crisis awaiting the world’s most vulnerable group of refugees. The survey revealed a severe acute malnutrition rate of 7.5%, nearly ...

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Bangladesh elected UNCAC VP

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh ambassador to Austria M. Abu Zafar has been elected one of the three vice-presidents of the 7th session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption or UNCAC. Ambassador Zafar has been elected from the Asia Pacific Group, according to a press release issued by the Bangladesh embassy in Vienna recently. Zafar is also permanent representative to the UN Offices and International Organizations in Vienna. The COSP session is held biennially and the tenure of the elected officials will end with the commencement of the next session of the ...

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BNP to stage ‘showdown’ with rally

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is set to stage a ‘showdown’ through its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in capital Dhaka on Sunday from where its Chairperson Khaleda Zia will send out an important message. The party senior leader have already held a series of meetings with its different units, front and associated bodies and leaders of different districts adjacent to the capital for ensuring the ‘huge presence’ of party leaders and activists and thus demonstrate its ‘popularity’. “We’ve taken all-out preparations to make our rally a success. Observing the National Revolution and Solidarity Day is not our main ...

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Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha quits

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MNA National Desk: Amid various speculations and row over the Supreme Court’s 16th amendment verdict, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, now abroad, has finally stepped down. SK Sinha submitted his resignation letter to the president on 10 November, the last day of his leave, according to a high official of the government. The CJ is learned to have submitted the resignation letter through the Bangladesh high commission in Singapore. Law minister Anisul Huq, who stated on Friday that Sinha would be considered absent from Saturday, said he was not aware of any development relating to quitting of the chief justice. ...

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CJ Sinha to be considered absent: Anisul Huq

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MNA National Desk: Law minister Anisul Huq said chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will be considered absent from Saturday as his leave period ended on Friday. According to article 97, if the office of the chief justice becomes vacant, or if the president is satisfied that the chief justice is, on account of absence, illness, or any other cause, unable to perform the functions of his office, those functions shall, until some other person has entered upon that office, or until the chief justice has resumed his duties, as the case may be, be performed by the next most senior ...

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SC rejects Khaleda Zia’s leave to appeal

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the leave to appeal filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking new recording of deposition of the witnesses of Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A five-member bench led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order. Earlier on Monday, the SC concluded the hearing and set Thursday for delivering verdict. Badrudduza Badal, counsel of Khaleda Zia, said the Appellate Division rejected the leave to appeal filed against HC order that disposed the petition filed by Khaleda Zia for fresh recording of deposition of witnesses. On ...

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PM approves Swadhinata Stambha design

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday approved the design of the Master Plan of Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument, third phase) being constructed at Suhrawardy Uddyan in the capital. The Prime Minister gave the approval during a power-point presentation on the project at her official residence Ganobhaban. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the presentation. He said Chief Architect of Department of Architecture Qazi Golam Nasir and Deputy Chief Architect Asifur Rahman Bhuiyan made the presentation. ‘Shadhinota Stambha’ has been built under the supervision of the Liberation War Affairs Ministry. Meanwhile, Bangladesh National Museum constructed the ...

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5 stone quarry workers killed in Sylhet

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MNA National Desk: At least six people including five teenager workers were killed as a portion of hill collapsed on them while they were extracting stone from a hillock at Kanaighat upazila in Sylhet on Tuesday. The deceased are Jakir, around 16 years, son of Yunus Ali, Nahid, around 13 years, and 12-year-old Shakil, sons of Almas Mia, Musabbir Ali’s son Maruf, around 13 years old, Abdul Quader, in his thirteens, son of Ana Mia, and Sundar Ali, in his thirties. The teenagers are students of Daukergul Nesarul Quran Hafizia Madrassa, while Sundar Ali is a resident of the area. ...

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Govt approves 22 public holidays for 2018

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MNA National Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved 22 public holidays for the year 2018. The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister’s office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat after the meeting Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam said 14 days will be observed as ordinary public holidays and eight days will be observed under executive order. The cabinet secretary said public holidays will be observed on February 21 (International Mother Language Day), March 17 (Bangabandhu’s Birth Day) and March 26 (Independence Day), April 29 (Buddha ...

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Thomas A Shannon sits with Khaleda

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MNA National Desk: Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A Shannon sat in a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia here on Monday morning. The meeting was scheduled to be held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at 10:45am, reported news agency. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat are also present at the meeting. Shannon arrived in Dhaka on Sunday with a US delegation to join the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials. Besides, a Canadian parliamentary delegation is also scheduled to meet ...

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Sheikh Hasina calls for more pressure on Myanmar

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on parliamentarians across the Commonwealth nations to exert pressure on Myanmar to halt its persecution of the Rohingya minority and repatriate the 622,000 Rohingyas. “I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop the persecution of its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Hasina said in her inaugural speech to the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference or CPC on Sunday. Hasina highlighted the refuge Bangladesh has given to the 622,000 Myanmar nationals who have crossed ...

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Former president Abdur Rahman Biswas dies

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh’s former president Abdur Rahman Biswas has died due to various old-age complications. He was 93. He breathed his last at the United Hospital in the capital at 8:45pm on Friday. Abdur Rahman Biswas was taken to the hospital after his condition had deteriorated on Friday. Quoting Abdur Rahman’s son Mahmud Hasan, the official of BNP chairperson’s media wing, Shyrul Kabir Khan confirmed the death news to media. He was survived by five sons and two daughters. Abdur Rahman Biswas was the president of Bangladesh during the 1991-1996 tenure of BNP. He was elected MP in the ...

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BNP calls for protest on Thursday, Saturday

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced a countrywide demonstration on Thursday, while in Dhaka on Saturday protesting the attack on party’s Chairperson Khaleda Zia motorcade during her ride towards Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp. Leader and activists of districts and thanas will stage demonstration protesting the attack on party chief’s convoy, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at BNP’s central office in Nayapaltan on Wednesday morning. Though the motorcade had been scheduled to halt its journey at the Feni Circuit House, the plan was changed after a morning delay. A few hundred activists of the local Chhatra ...

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DMCH outdoor services suspended

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MNA National Desk: The doctors and staff of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Tuesday shut all medical services of the outdoor unit following an alleged attack on some doctors by the angry relatives of a patient who died at the hospital on 29 October. Suspending the service around 9:15am, the protesting doctors formed a human-chain in front of the outdoor unit demanding realisation of their five-point demand. The protesters demanded punishment of assaulters and security of the doctors. The doctors also demanded deployment of skilled law enforcing force along with the Ansar members at the hospital. Following death of ...

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Khaleda insists on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas

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MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has insists on the Myanmar government to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh for the ‘sake of humanity’. The former prime minister’s call came on Monday during her visit to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, when she also blamed the government for failing to take proper diplomatic efforts to send the Rohingyas back. More than 600,000 Rohingyas, mostly Muslims, have fled the Rakhine state in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since security forces responded to Rohingya militants’ attacks on Aug 25 by launching a crackdown. Bangladesh opened its border to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds after violence ...

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Quader behind the attack: Rizvi claimed

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has claimed that road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is also ruling Awami League general secretary, is behind the attack that took place on Khaleda Zia’s convoy. “He [Quader] carried out this attack at the behest of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina,” Rizvi said, addressing a press conference on Sunday at BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan in the city. Awami League leaders on Saturday said that the attack was the result of BNP’s internal conflict. Countering a remark by AL leaders that the ...

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Over 800,000 Rohingyas now in Bangladesh: IOM

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MNA National Desk: Over 817,000 Rohingya people are now living in Cox’s Bazar, the southernmost district of Bangladesh, reports BSS quoting an IOM release. “Since 25 August, some 604,000 people have crossed the border, having fled violence in Myanmar. This is in addition to the over 200,000 people who had sought safety in Cox’s Bazar following previous outbreaks of violence. The majority of new arrivals lives in crowded makeshift settlements, with only 46,000 people living among the host community,” it added. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been meeting with male and female community leaders in the rapidly growing Kutupalong ...

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Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka to visit Rohingyas

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia is going to Chittagong on Saturday as she embarks on a four-day tour of Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingyas who have taken shelter there in the face of persecution in their own country, Myanmar. The BNP chairperson is scheduled to start her journey from her Gulshan residence at 10:00am, and will have a break for lunch at Feni Circuit House. She will stay overnight at Chittagong Circuit House on Saturday, and again start her journey for Cox’s Bazar on Sunday at about 11:00am. Reaching Cox’s Bazar at about 5:00pm, she ...

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Govt’s continuity ‘indispensable’ to maintain development

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the continuity of the government is ‘very much indispensable’ to maintain the development activities in the country. “For maintaining the continuity of development, the continuity of government is ‘very much indispensable’…….we’ve been able to unleash the development works in a well manner since we’ve been in power from 2008,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this while laying the foundation stones of two projects for constructing rental-based flats for the slum dwellers in city’s Mirpur and another for constructing residential flats on abandoned plots in city’s Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas ...

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Former BNP MP Mashiur jailed for 10 years

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MNA National Desk: A special court in Jessore has sentenced former BNP lawmaker from Jhenidah-2 Mashiur Rahman to 10 years’ imprisonment in a case filed by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in a graft case. After examining records and witnesses, Judge Nitai Chandra Saha of Jessore Special Judge Court handed down the verdict on Wednesday. The court also fined the president of Jhenidah district unit BNP Tk 70,000 and confiscated his wealth worth Tk 10,05,69,330. According to the court statement, Kushtia ACC’s then assistant director Mossarraf Hossain Mridha filed a case against Mashiur on December 14, 2008 for concealing wealth information ...

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3 Apan Jewellers owners sent to jail

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MNA National Desk: A day after issuing warrants for the arrest of three owners of Apan Jewellers, separate courts here on Tuesday sent them to jail in five cases filed for laundering money and dodging tax. Four metropolitan magistrates — Nurunnahar Yeasmin, Satyabrata Shikder, Mazharul Haq and Ahsan Habib — passed the orders when Dildar Ahmed and his two brothers — Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed — surrendered before the courts seeking bail. Of them, Dildar was sent to jail in three cases filed with Dhanmondi, Ramna and Uttara police stations while his brothers in two cases filed with Gulshan ...

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BNP leader MK Anwar dies

MK Anwar

MNA National Desk: BNP standing committee member and former minister MK Anwar died in the early hours of Tuesday at his Elephant Road residence in the city. He was 85. Anwar, a bureaucrat-turned politician breathed his last around 1:20 am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabir Khan, reports news agency. He said the veteran BNP leader had long been suffering from diabetics, heart disease and various old age complications. His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Katabon Mosque at 10:00am. He will be buried in his family graveyard in Homna upazila. Anwar joined BNP in 1991 and was elected ...

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Warrant against Tarique in sedition case

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for of BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and two others in sedition case filed with the Tejgaon police. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions’ Court Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the warrant in the morning, reported news agency. Earlier, the case’s investigating officer police’s detective branch (DB) Inspector Emdad Hossain lodged the charge sheet to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Megistrate’s (CMM) Court against Tarique Rahman and three others. The accused in the case are, former ETV chairman Abdus Salam, Mahathir Faruqui Khan and Kanak Sarwar. Among the accused, ETV’s former Chairman Abdus ...

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Syed Ashraf’s wife passes away

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MNA National Desk: Awami League presidium member and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam’s wife Sheila Islam died undergoing treatment at a London Hospital in local time early hours of Monday. She was 57. Sheila Islam breathed her last at University College London Hospital’s ICU unit at about 3:00am. Her daughter Rita Ashraf was beside her. Sheila Islam was suffering from cancer for a long time. Before visiting London, she also took her treatments and chemotherapies for cancer at a hospital in Germany. She was a former teacher of a London school. The news of her death spread on the ...

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Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka

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MNA National Desk: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues aiming to take forward the relations to the next level. She arrived at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at1:41 pm, a senior official said, reported news agency. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received Sushma upon her arrival. Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides at the fourth such meeting which will begin at4:30 pmat Sonargaon Hotel in the city. ...

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