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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrates Sheikh Hasina’s 72nd birthday

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MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrated the 72nd birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday with due festivities. Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28, 1947. Discussions and special prayers were held at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad, seeking divine blessings for the Prime Minister’s good health and long life. The chairman of Asian Group & Asian TV and the president of Bangabandhu Sainik League — Al-hajj Harun-or-Rashid (CIP) was present as chief guest.

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Sheikh Hasina’s birthday today

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MNA National Desk: The 72nd birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will be observed today. She is the eldest of the five children of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa. Sheikh Hasina was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on this day in 1947.Ruling AL and its associate bodies, and like-minded organisations will arrange elaborate programmes, including milad, doa-mahfil, special prayers and discussion, on the occasion. As part of the central programme of AL, a milad and doa-mahfil will be arranged at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today. Sheikh ...

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Heads of states, int’l agencies expect Hasina’s election win: Foreign secretary

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 MNA National Desk: Different international agencies and heads of states have expressed hopes that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will win the upcoming national election and continue her legacy of development and democracy. They expressed their hopes during separate meetings with the prime minister at the bilateral meeting room of the UN headquarters on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meetings, reported news agency. They hoped that, by coming to power again, Hasina’s government will continue the progress of economic growth and development, Shahidul said. He said from the discussions it became clear that the global reading ...

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PM expresses delight over Tigers’ victory

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed delight over Bangladesh’s victory against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup Cricket. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to my cricket team for today’s victory against Pakistan,” she told journalists in New York in her instant reaction after the Bangladesh’s win in Abu Dhabi. “I pray that the trend of victory that they initiated is continued,” she added, reported news agency. Bangladesh moved into the final of the 14th edition of the six-nation continental tournament as they defeated two-time champions Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinal at the Sheikh ...

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Cost cuts may hinder UN peacekeeping mission: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned that cost cuts might seriously hinder the UN peacekeeping mission that is playing an important role in saving the lives of people in many turbulent areas around the world. “Reducing costs and personnel can have a serious impact on the ground,” she told a high-level event for action for peacekeeping, organsied by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Rather, she said, investment in UN peacekeeping is worth every life it saves. “The concerns of those on the frontline must be heard. Troops and police-contributing ...

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Govt wants free, fair, participatory polls: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government wants the next general elections be held in a free and fair manner and all political parties to join it. The prime minister made the remarks when UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt called on her in the bilateral meeting room at the UN headquarters on Monday morning, reports news agency. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters. Jeremy Hunt said the UK is looking forward to free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh. In response, the premier said: ‘We also ...

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Clean-up Campaign hits Guinness Record

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MNA National Desk: Dhaka Clean-up Campaign, organised by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) in the capital on April 13 last, has hit the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest clean-up campaign. The DSCC in collaboration with Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh arranged the programme to raise awareness among people to make the city a clean and a healthy one. The initiative was taken to create awareness among people that practising hygiene should not be limited to personal life only; rather it should be practised at a community level to build a clean city. Over 20,000 people, including members of Rover ...

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Hasina calls ‘National Unity’ partners killers, corrupt

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MNA National Desk: Awami League president, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said killers, money-launderers and interest-takers got united against her government. She fears the country will be destroyed if they could come to power. “These elements will plunder national resources, destroy the country and become cohorts of the anti-liberation forces if they come to power. So the people will have to think about them,” she told a civic reception hosted in her honour by expatriates Bangladeshis living in the USA. Sheikh Hasina criticised vehemently the formation of a new anti-government alliance led by Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury and wondered ...

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PM arrives in New York to attend UNGA

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here to join the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). A British Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage that left the Heathrow Airport at 11:05am (local time), landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey at 2:10pm on Sunday. Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh permanent representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen received her at the airport. After the reception at the airport, a ceremonial motorcade escorted the Prime Minister to Hotel Grand Hyatt New York, where she will be staying during ...

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RMG workers block Dhaka-Mymensingh highway

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MNA National Desk: The workers of a readymade garment factory have blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Maleker Bari since on Sunday morning demanding their salaries and other dues. The agitated workers of ‘Newtex Factory’ also protested the incident of falling ill of some their fellow workers after drinking contaminated water in the factory on Saturday evening. Later, workers from other nearby factories joined them, reported news agency. They also vandalised several vehicles and burned tyres on the highway. Police have been trying to bring the situation under control, said Kazi Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gachha Police Station. Meanwhile, the authorities of ...

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Oikya Prokriya asks govt to accept 3-point demand by Sept 30

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MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, gave the government a deadline to meet its three-point demand, including steps for the formation of an-election time neutral government through discussions with political parties, by September 30. Their two other demands are taking effective steps for reconstituting the Election Commission and dissolving parliament before the announcement of the election schedule. Oikya Prokriya also announced to hold rallies across the country with the presence of national leaders from October 1 to involve people in their unity process. Engineer Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah, the convener of the National Committee to Protect ...

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DNCC panel mayor Md Osman Gani dies

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MNA National Desk: Senior Awami League leader and Panel Mayor 1 of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Osman Gani has died while undergoing treatment in Singapore. He died at Singapore General Hospital around 8:30am on Saturday (Bangladesh time), confirmed DNCC Public Relations Officer ASM Mamun. Gani was 69 years old at the time of his death. The DNCC panel mayor had left Dhaka for Singapore on August 14 this year. His body will be brought back home in a Singapore Airlines flight around 11:40 on Sunday. In a Facebook post, DNCC prayed for the departed soul of Osman Gani ...

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PM Hasina leaves for UN General Assembly

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left for New York where she is expected to highlight her response to the Rohingya crisis, at the UN General Assembly. She is also expected to present Bangladesh’s proposals to end the Rohingya crisis, at the UN General Assembly or UNGA. A special Biman Bangladesh flight carrying Hasina left Dhaka at 10:23am on Friday for London en route to New York to join the 73rd Session of the UNGA. The prime minister is leading the 50-member Bangladesh delegation and a 200-member delegation of businessmen has also been accompanying her. Among the top ...

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3rd founding anniv of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League

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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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