Attack on Zafar Iqbal: Charges pressed against 6

Zafar Iqbal

MNA National Desk: Police on Thursday submitted the charge sheet against Faizul Hasan Foyez, his four other family members and one of his friends in connection with the attack on renowned writer Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Jalalabad Police Station OC Shafiqul Islam said Amulya Kumar Chowdhury, assistant police commissioner (prosecution), submitted the 353- page charge sheet with the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Haridas Pal around 11:45am. The other charge-sheeted accused are Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah. Faizul had planned to kill Prof Zafar ...

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Five killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides


MNA National Desk: Five people including four members of a family were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslide, triggered by incessant rainfall for the last couple of days in Sadar and Ramu upazilas of the district on Wednesday, reported news agency. The deceased were identified as Marjina Akhter, 16, Kafia Akhter, 14, Abul Khayer, 8, and Khairunnesa, 6, four children of Jamal Hossain of the area. All of the family members were asleep then, the locals added. Locals, according to the witnesses, rescued the injured and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared ...

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More rains predicted for next 24 hours

24 hours

MNA National Desk: Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places across the country in the next 24 hours tomorrow, reported news agency. “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at some places across the country in the next 24 hours commencing at 9:00am today,” said a Met bulletin issued here this morning. The highest rainfall in the last 24-hour ...

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Forgo ‘red tape culture’, PM to public servants

red tape culture

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public servants to do the work for the people’s benifit, abstaining the ‘red tape culture’. “There’ll be complexities in every work…once there was a red tape culture; now we’re using white tape (in public office files), but it doesn’t imply that the work will be getting quicker for using the white tape as the red tape (culture) still exists,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating National Public Service Day 2018 and distributing Public Administration Award 2018 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, reported news agency. She ...

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Gulshan attack: Charge sheet against 8

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MNA National Desk: Police have submitted a charge sheet against eight suspects believed to be involved in the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery, which led to the deaths of 20 hostages, reported news agency. The charge sheet has been sent after all formalities were completed, Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Chief Monirul Islam, whose unit led the investigation, said at a press conference at Minto Road on Monday. Six suspects are currently in prison while two are absconding, he said. The investigation did not find the involvement of former North South University teacher Hasnat Karim, who ...

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PM advises generals for patriotic men in army leadership


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Army Generals to select patriotic and eligible leadership who are imbued with the spirit of the Great Liberation War. She said, “The army leadership should be placed in the hands of those who are patriot and believe in the Liberation War.” “The leadership should be handed over to such eligible officers who are well educated, active, cautious, intelligent and above all have strong credence to strengthen democracy,” the Prime Minister added. The premier said this while inaugurating the ‘Army Headquarters Selection Board 2018’ at Dhaka Cantonment., reports UNB. She ...

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Mahmudur Rahman attacked in Kushtia


MNA National Desk: Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly attacked on daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia on Sunday. He came under attack while he went out of courtroom around 4.30 pm. BCL men hurled brick chips targeting Mahmudur and he was seriously injured in the attack. Principal Amirul Islam, senior lawyer of Kushtia Bar Association confirmed the matter. Earlier BCL men allegedly confined Mahmudur Rahman in a courtroom after the court granted him bail in a case filed for making derogatory remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tulip Siddiq. Kushtia ...

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PM Hasina dedicates reception to Bangladeshi People


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has dedicated the reception organized by the Awami League in her honor at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to the people of Bangladesh. Her party held the event to celebrate a number of the prime minister’s achievements, including the launch of the Bangabandhu satellite, Bangladesh’s graduation from ‘least developed’ to ‘developing’ country status, the Global Women’s Leadership Award in Australia and the PhD in Literature she received from the Kazi Nazrul Islam University in India. The event featured a cultural programme, including a performance from singer and MP Momtaz Begum, a dance performance choreographed by ...

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DU Political Science Batch-71 mourns Journalist Anis Ahmed’s death

Anis Ahmed

MNA National Desk: Dhaka University political science batch-71 members mourned the death of veteran journalist and their batch mate Anis Ahmed at Nawab Ali Senate Building of DU on Thursday. A doa mahfil was conducted for the peace of the deceased soul. The journalist passed away on July 2, 2018 at his Mohammadpur residence amid a heart failure. Along with the members of batch-71 political science alumni association, the family members of the deceased journo was present in the program. Chairman of the alumni association and also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee at the Ministry of Chittagong Hill ...

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Highest budget for education for country’s advancement: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said education sector continued to receive highest budgetary allocation as her government envisages an educated nation for country’s advancement in all fronts. “The government allocates highest budget to education sector and took steps for diversification of the education to build up country’s huge population as human resources,” she said as she released the annual results of HSC and equivalent exams at a function at her Gonobhaban residence. The premier added: “We want to create a generation which will take the country in every sector including education, culture, science and technology.” The ...

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Use jute bags, reject plastic: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday laid emphasis on increasing the use of jute-made products giving up plastic-made ones, reported news agency. “Plastic has become a huge problem for the world; plastics cause pollution. Sometimes we saw it blocks the drainage system and also canals. Wherever there is plastic, you’ll find problem there,” she said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the function of World Environment Day, Tree Fair and Campaign for Tree Plantation at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). She said when Awami League came to power in 1996, it took steps to ban the use ...

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Allowances not meant to run whole family: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said allowances being provided under the social safety net programmes are not meant to run the whole family or make one reluctant about work. ‘These allowances are just to ensure that no one suffers from starvation, but nobody should stay away from work,’ she said, reported news agency. The PM was speaking at the inaugural function of electronically distribution of allowances to 115,088 beneficiaries under social safety net programmes of the Social Welfare Ministry through a videoconference at her official residence Ganobhaban. She said those who are getting the money and ...

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Panama Papers leak: ACC quizzing United Group chairman, directors

Panama Papers leak

MNA National Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is quizzing the chairman and three directors of United Group in connection with the Panama Papers leak. S M MAkhter Hamid Bhuiya, deputy director of ACC started the interrogation on Monday morning, reported news agency. The people being interrogated are United Group Chairman Hasan Mahmud Raza and three directors – Khandkar Mainul Ahasan, Akhtar Mahmud, and Ahmed Ismail Hossain, ACC officials said. Names of many Bangladeshis appeared in Panama, Paradise, and other leaks on the murky world of illicit offshore finance. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists or ICIJ had published a large ...

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Don’t isolate me from people: PM to SSF

red tape culture

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Special Security Force (SSF) personnel to remain alert so that she does not get isolated from the mass people for whom she does politics. “I work for people… if we get detached from the people for whom we do politics then our lives will become meaningless,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a function marking the 32th founding anniversary of SSF at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). She asked the SSF personnel to remain cautious that her contact with the general people is not hindered as they ...

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Rajnath pays tribute to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital and paid tributes to the great leader and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reported news agency. After placing floral wreaths on portrait of Bangabandhu, he also signed visitors’ book there. He wrote, “I was very touched to visit the home of late Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh. I pay my homage to late Bangabandhu and his martyred family. He will be always remembered as a freedom fighter not only in Bangladesh but throughout the world.” ...

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‘Bangladesh favours resolving issues with neighbours through talks’


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Bangladesh always favours resolving any issue with its neighbouring countries through talks. “We’re always in favour of holding dialogue to mitigate any problem. We’ve resolved many issues like land boundary disputes through this process,” she said when visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh met her at her official residence Ganobhaban. PM’s Additional Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting, reported news agency. Indian Home Minister Rajnath put emphasis on a regional dialogue for eliminating terrorism and militancy from this region. “But, for non-cooperation by some of the ...

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1st Hajj flight leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: The first Hajj flight with 419 pilgrims departed for Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Biman Bangladesh Airlines General Manager Shakil Meraj said the flight left Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Jeddah around at 7:52am, reported news agency. A total of 126,198 Bangladeshi nationals will be allowed to make the pilgrimage this year, according to the agreement with Saudi Arabia. The journeys of 6,198 will be organised by the government, while those of the remaining 120,000 will be organised through private means. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had officially launched the Hajj activities in Ashkona on Jul 11. Hajj ...

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Dua Mahfil for veteran journalist ‘Anis Ahmed’ held at the Daily Observer

Dua Mahfil

MNA National Desk: A discussion and Dua Mahfil on Thursday held at the Daily Observer board room in remembrance of the death of veteran journalist Anis Ahmed, executive editor of the Daily Observer. The prime minister’s media adviser and Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury; Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, director of the Daily Observer and Chairman of the Mohammadi Group of Companies; his colleagues, journalists and well-wishers joined the dua mahfil. They spoke on the illustrious career of Anis Ahmed and appreciated his professionalism, honesty and sincerity. They also remembered the amiable and friendly personality of the deceased ...

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Arrest warrant against Khaleda, Goyeshwar


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Bangaldesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making derogatory remarks about the number of martyrs in war of liberation and martyred intellectuals, reported news agency. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed issued the warrant allowing a plea of plaintiff AB Siddiqui. The court also set 7 August for submitting report on execution of the order. According to the case documents, Khaleda at a rally of Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal on 21 December 2015, had made the objectionable remarks. Her party ...

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No militant act undercover of Islam: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain alert so that militant acts cannot be carried out in the name of Islam as it promotes peace and the rights of people. ‘We’ve to take steps so that Islam always remains on top,’ she said while inaugurating the Hajj programme-2018 at Hajj Camp, reported news agency. After the inaugural programme, the Prime Minister exchanged greetings with the Hajj pilgrims. The hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims for performing hajj this year will begin on July 14. This year, a total of 1,27,198 pilgrims— 7,198 under government management ...

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Rohingya Repatriation: FM to visit Myanmar soon

Myanmar military

MNA National Desk: Amid growing pressure on Myanmar to create conditions for the safe return of Rohingyas, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will soon visit Myanmar to see in person the conditions in Rakhine State, reported news agency. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Tuesday shared Minister Ali’s plan to visit Myanmar to see whether any visible progress is there in Rakhine. Haque spoke to journalists after inaugurating a workshop on maritime counter-terrorism in Dhaka. The decision follows a recent meeting between the foreign minister and Myanmar’s Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office Kyaw Tint Swe with Chinese Foreign ...

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Cabinet approves ‘National Agriculture Policy 2018’

National Agriculture

MNA National Desk: The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘The National Agriculture Policy 2018’, aiming to ensure profitable agriculture and nutrition and food security in the country, reported news agency. The draft was approved at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet at the Bangladesh Secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in chair. “The new agriculture policy has been formulated by incorporating some new elements following the expiry of the Agriculture Policy 2013,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said in a briefing to reporters after the meeting. The new elements include research on agriculture development, technology transfer and agriculture ...

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BNP begins 7-hr hunger strike

hunger strike

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) started a seven-hour token hunger strike at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Monday protesting at the Supreme Court order upholding its stay on bail granted by the High Court to Khaleda Zia in a murder case in Cumilla. BNP leaders, activists and supporters sat on mats in front of photos showing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and banners calling for her release. The activists chanted slogans demanding Khaleda Zia be freed. Advisors to the BNP Chairperson Kabir Murad and Ataur Rahman Dhali, BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Organising Secretary ...

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Private hospitals in Ctg to remain close indefinitely


MNA National Desk: The owners of private clinics and diagnostic centres in Chittagong announced an indefinite closure of their organisations following an inspection by law enforcers in three hospitals including Max Hospital, reported news agency. A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted a drive at Max Hospital today after the committee formed to investigate the cause of death of Rafida Khan Raifa in the privately-run hospital found negligence in treatment as the primary reason. After conducting the raid, Sarowar Alam, Rab’s executive magistrate, said Max Hospital has ben fined with Tk 10 lakh over different irregularities during today’s raid. ...

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Quota reform body’s first meeting held

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MNA National Desk: The first meeting of the seven-member committee formed to review the existing quota system in public service was held at the secretariat here on Sunday. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the meeting with the presence of all members, Public Administration Ministry’s Joint Secretary Abul Kashem Md Mohiuddin, spokesperson of the committee, told reporters after the meeting, reported news agency. In April, students of public and private universities across the country waged a strong movement demanding reform in the quota system. In the face of the movement, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April ...

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President flies to London for health check-up

health check

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid on Saturday left Dhaka for London for health check-up and treatment of eyes. “A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited carrying the President took off from Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport at 10:55 am,” said President’s Assistant Press Secretary (APS) Imranul Hasan. Abdul Hamid is scheduled to have his check-up at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, reported news agency. “The President is expected to return home on July 15,” the APS added. Abdul Hamid has been suffering from Glaucoma since long. He used to have his health check-up ...

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2020 to be celebrated as ‘Mujib Year’: PM

Mujib Year

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday announced to celebrate the year of 2020 as the ‘Mujib Year’ across the country to mark the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She made the announcement in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office, reported news agency. It was the first such meeting of the party at the newly constructed central office at Bangabandhu Avenue after its inauguration on June 23. The PM said she has already directed the Cabinet ...

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