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3rd founding anniv of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League

Peshajibi League

MNA National Desk: The 3rd founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League was observed in a befitting manner on Monday. The leaders of the organization paid homage to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the founding anniversary. They placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 as a pool of leaders of the organization led by Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad and General Secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed. They also distributed vegetable seeds to the over 1,000 citizens who are interested in creating rooftop garden with ...

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BD 2nd most gender equal country of Asia

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh is the second most gender equal country in Asia, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. The 2018 report published on its website says the country has climbed several places since last year’s report, reaching 47th place in the global ranking. “Bangladesh has closed almost 72 percent of its overall gender gap, with advances in every aspect of the Economic Opportunity and Participation indicator,” it says. Improvements have been made in creating equal opportunities for legislator, senior official and manager roles, as well as professional and technical roles. Greater parity exists in the ...

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Transport law with jail for accidents passed

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport Act, the new transport law, was passed by the Parliament with five-year jail term and Tk 500,000 fines for casualties in crashes caused by reckless driving. The maximum punishment will be death penalty under the new law if murder charge is proved in fatal road crash. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader presented the Act and the MPs passed it in voice vote on Wednesday. The government accelerated the process of passing the law by raising the penalty for road crashes, which was maximum three years in jail, following student protests for safe roads. ...

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Digital Security Act passed by Paliament

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MNA National Desk: The National Parliament has passed the Digital Security Act 2018 by dropping the much criticized Section 57 of the ICT Act and some other parts. Concerns that it will curb freedom of expression by obstructing journalism, however, remain as some parts of the ICT Act have been kept in the new law. The MPs passed the act in voice vote when Post, Telecommunication and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar presented it on Wednesday. People related to the media have been criticizing different sections of the Act since it was drafted, alleging that it will obstruct independence of journalism. ...

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Govt firmly believes in freedom of press: PM

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MNA National Desk: Reiterating that the government firmly believes in freedom of press, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the journalists to play a constructive role for the country’s development. She said this while distributing assistance among journalists from Bangladesh Journalists’ Welfare Trust at a function at her office. A total of 113 journalists suffering from various diseases and financially insolvency and family members of the journalists who have died in different incidents were given the financial assistance. Chaired by Information Minister and Chairman of the Trust Hasanul Haq Inu, the function was addressed, among others, by PM’s Media ...

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Verdict on 21 Aug grenade attack Oct 10

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MNA National Desk: A speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka on Tuesday fixed 10 October to deliver its verdict in two cases filed over the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital on 21 August 2004. Tribunal Judge Shahed Nuruddin fixed the date on completion of the closing arguments on Tuesday. The judge also cancelled the bail of eight people accused who are now on bail and asked the authorities concerned to sent to jail. The Aug 21 grenade attack case accuses 52 people, including BNP leader Tarique Rahman and the then State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman ...

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Scrap quota for 1st and 2nd class govt jobs: Committee

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MNA National Desk: A high-level review panel has recommended the removal of quotas for government employees from grade 9 to grade 13, reported news agency. The committee, which was formed by the government to review the existing quota system, submitted its report on Monday. Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam handed the report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the cabinet meeting. Currently, about 56% of government jobs are reserved for candidates from various quotas. The government formed the seven-member committee, convened by Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam, on July 2. In April, public and private university students from across the country ...

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Urban pollution costs $6.5bn a year: WB

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MNA National Desk: Due to pollution and environmental degradation in urban areas, Bangladesh loses about $6.5 billion every year which is about 3.4 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), says a new World Bank report. The report titled ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh: Country Environmental Analysis 2018’ was released on Sunday, reported news agency. Globally, Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by pollution and environmental risks. Pollution has reached an alarming level; in 2015, it caused about 80,000 deaths in cities, it said. Across Bangladesh, 28 percent of all deaths are from ...

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People getting back trust in police: PM

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MNA  National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said people are now getting back their trust and confidence in the police force as they are discharging their responsibilities with utmost honesty, sincerity, devotion and dedication to ensure their security. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the newly established Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RMP) and Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban. She said the police personnel are discharging their duties with honesty and they have been able to ensure security of the mass people. “To develop a country, maintaining the law and order is very ...

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Unchaining people from deprivation ‘my duty’: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said it is her duty to unchain people from deprivation and a plan is underway to provide urban facilities to villagers. ‘So many years have been wasted…we have lost times from 1975-96… we didn’t see any development in those 21 years, a handful of people managed to make their own fortune, while the rest were deprived…it’s my duty to free these people from their deprivation,’ she said, reports news agency. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day 22nd National Council of the Institution of ...

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B Chy, Dr Kamal alliance places 5-point demand

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MNA National Desk: The new alliance, led by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain, on Friday placed five-point demand to the ruling party for the formation of an election-time neutral government. The new alliance issued a press release signed by Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain in this regard. Their five points are- Forming a neutral government to ensure equal opportunities for all the parties after the dissolution of parliament before the announcement of the national election schedule and forming the new government in consultation with all the political parties; and members of the election-time government will have to ...

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Bangabandhu killer Rashid’s son-in-law held under ICT act

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MNA National Desk: The son-in-law of fugitive Bangabandhu killer Sultan Shahriar Rashid was detained yesterday in a case filed against him under the ICT act for posting derogatory comments against Bangabandhu on Facebook. Detainee Fuad Zaman also demanded release of Bangabandhu killers and praised them in the Facebook post, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, claimed. A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked up Fuad Zaman from Eskaton area last night, the DC said. The case has been filed with Dhanmondi Police Station in this connection under the ICT Act recently, reported news ...

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Sholakia attack: Charges pressed against 5

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MNA National Desk: Police pressed charges against five alleged activists of banned terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the militant attack near Sholakia Eidgah in 2016 that left four people dead, reported the news agency. The indicted are — Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, 60, Anwar Hossain, 33, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahmud, 33, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, 32, and Jahidul Haque Tanim, 24. however, on 7 July 2016, the Eid-ul-Fitr day, at least four people, including two policemen, were killed and 12 others injured in a bomb attack coupled with an exchange of gunfire after terrorists attacked ...

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Get clear idea before investing in share market: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the small investors not to get tempted by others while investing in the capital market but take their own decisions after knowing everything about a company, reported news agency. “You’ve to take steps after having a clear idea about everything, don’t take any decision after getting influenced by anyone,” said said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a programme marking celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Financial Institutions ...

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BNP starts token hunger strike demanding Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP started a two-hour token hunger strike in Dhaka demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment. The program began on the premises of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh around 10am on Wednesday. BNP leaders and activists holding banners, festoons, and placards joined the program. They are chanting slogans demanding their chairperson be freed from jail, reported news agency. A large number of law enforcers were also deployed near the venue to maintain law and order. The token hunger strike is scheduled to end around noon. Additionally, a similar program is being held ...

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Court denies bail to Shahidul Alam

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Tuesday denied bail to acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam arrested in an ICT case, reported news agency. Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after a hearing on bail petition for Shahidul. Barrister Sara Hossain and Ehsanul Haque Samaji stood for Shahidul while PP Abdullah for the prosecution. The High Court yesterday ordered to dispose of the bail plea of Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam in a lower court by Tuesday. Shahidul Alam, also founder of Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute, was arrested on August 5 on charges of spreading ...

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Modi lauds Hasina’s development goals

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MNA National Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appreciated his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s development goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Modi reiterated his view that leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours, talking and visiting frequently, without getting bogged down by protocol, reported news agency. He recalled Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoring connectivity to the way it was before 1965 and said he was happy that there had been steady progress towards this goal in the last few years. Sheikh Hasina, Modi, Mamata ...

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BNP forms human chain for Khaleda’s release

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MNA National Desk: BNP has formed a human chain in front of city’s National Press Club demanding release and proper treatment of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “We would likely to clearly say the election will never be acceptable to people if Khaleda Zia remains in jail,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a human chain programme, he said, “The government must release our leader (Khaleda) from jail. If they do it, we will understand they want an acceptable election.” As part of its countrywide scheduled programmes, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain ...

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Hasina, Modi to inaugurate two rail projects today

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will inaugurate the construction work of two railway projects through videoconferencing on Monday. The two projects are – “Kulaura-Shahbajpur Section Rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railway” and “Akhaura-Agartala Duel Gauge Rail Connectivity (Bangladesh part).” They will be jointly funded by Bangladesh and India, according to an official press release issued on Sunday, reports news agency. The Kulaura-Shahbajpur project will restore train link between the two countries as a part of the “Trans Asian Railway Network.” About 53 kilometres duel gaze rail lines, bridges and culverts, stations and infrastructures will ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the international community to come up with specific effective steps to force Myanmar to take back their over one million forcibly displaced nationals living in Bangladesh as per the agreements signed between the two countries. “Bangladesh and Myanmar have inked bilateral agreements for the safe and permanent repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. To continue the pressure on Myanmar for implementing the agreements, I urge the international community to take specific effective steps,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development ...

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BNP leaders to meet home minister today

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MNA National Desk: A high-profile Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) delegation will meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition, reported news agency. A 10-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 3:00pm at his Secretariat office as per the schedule given by the minister. The home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation, party chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabi Khan told. BNP leaders have been alleging for the last two days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply ...

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AL kicks off train tour for electioneering in northern districts

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MNA National Desk: A delegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur railway station in the capital for Nilphamari by a train on Saturday morning, aiming to carry out electioneering in northern districts. The delegation will hold more than 11 rallies at railway stations in Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogra, Jaipurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, reports news agency quoting Awami League Rajshahi unit Organizing Secretary Khaled Mahmud Chowdhury. The delegation members include Awami League Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organizing secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayed AL ...

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Book on Bangabandhu with Pak Intelligence info to be a good read: PM

Intelligence

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the new book containing secret documents of the Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will provide an immense opportunity for people to get to know the founding father accurately and elaborately. “To me, it is the diamond out of a coalmine. We had been able to find the diamond inside the coalmine,” she said speaking at the publication ceremony of the first edition of ‘Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ at her official residence Ganabhaban. Emeritus Professor Rafiqul Islam ...

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Charges pressed against 6 owners, drivers, helpers of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan

Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan

MNA National Desk: The Detective Branch of police submitted a charge sheet before a Dhaka court today, accusing six people over the death of two college students in a road crash in the city’s Kurmitola area, reported news agency. DB inspector Kazi Shariful Islam submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka against two bus drivers, two helpers and two owners of two Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan. They are bus driver Masum Billah, his helper Enayet Hossain, owner Shahadat Hossain and driver of another bus Zobair Sumon, his helper KaziAsad and owner Jahangir Alam Of the six accused, ...

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Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

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MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the northwest bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low over the same area, reports news agency. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, said a Met office warning message. All the fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They have also been advised not to venture into the deep ...

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PM inaugurates ‘Akash Beena’ dreamliner

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the maiden flight of the country’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, “Akash Beena”, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Biman Bangladesh Airlines Board of Directors Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari said “Akash Beena” will fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after the inauguration. The superlight aircraft is designed to be 20% more fuel-efficient than similar-sized planes— and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for a maximum of 271 passengers— including in-flight WiFi services. Biman Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed said three more aircraft will join the fleet of the national flag ...

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Gazette for Khaleda’s trial in prison published

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MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Tuesday evening (Sep 04) published a gazette notification for conducting the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable trust case in old central jail, reported news agency. Earlier, the chief prosecutor of the case advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal told that the jail authority can not produce Khaleda in court hearing due to her illness and the trial of the case is hanging at the near end. Under the circumstances, we have filed a plea to court for shifting the trial to a makeshift court set up on the old central jail ...

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