PM to join BAF function in Jessore


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

Bridge Rail Link

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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Jatiya Party candidate wins RpCC polls

Jatiya Party candidate

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman won the Rangpur City Corporation polls defeating his nearest rival Awami League contender Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu. According to the unofficial result, Mostafiz bagged 1,60,489 votes while Jhantu polled 62,400 votes and BNP candidate Kawsar Jahan Babla got only 35,136 votes. Returning officer of the election Suvash Chandra Sarkar announced Mostafizur Rahman unofficially elected around 12:10 am. The voting was held from 8am to 4pm without any break at 193 polling stations in the city corporation in a peaceful atmosphere with the good turnout of voters. A total of 3,93,994 voters — 1,96,356 ...

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Polling agents being forced out from centres: BNP


MNA National Desk: Accusing the ruling party men of driving out their mayoral candidate’s polling agents from different centres, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday voiced strong doubt about neutral election in Rangpur City Corporation. At a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that its mayoral candidate Kausar Zaman Babla is being obstructed from visiting polling stations as the Election Commission is playing an ‘inactive’ role. The BNP leader said, “We’re in serious doubt whether the Rangpur City Corporation polls will be held in an impartial ...

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Voting begins in RpCC polls


MNA National Desk: Voting began in Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) election on Thursday morning amid a four-tier security measure. The voting began at about 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break. Of the 193 polling stations, 128 are said to be vulnerable, or at risk of seeing violence. A security team, numbering 22-25, will guard every polling station. Seven candidates are there in the election race for the mayoral post, while 211 candidates for ward councillors and 65 women candidates for reserved councillors. In the mayoral race, there is a triangular fight among Sarfuddin Ahmed of Awami League, ...

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PM urges BGB to maintain discipline strictly

discipline strictly

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday hoped that the members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) will work for the country maintaining discipline strictly. ‘I always want this force (BGB) to maintain its discipline strictly and work for the development of the country,’ the PM said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Day 2017 at its Peelkhana headquarters in the city. ‘I believe that the mutual confidence, respect, discipline, humanity and above all mutual sympathy among the officers and members will strengthen the bonding of this force,’ she added. The PM also ...

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Khaleda sends legal notice to PM

legal notice

MNA National Desk: Khaleda Zia has sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, asking her to apologise for making ‘baseless and defamatory’ remarks about her assets abroad. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel and BNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon sent the notice by post on Tuesday. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir disclosed this at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. In the notice, Khaleda demanded that the Prime Minister apologise unconditionally and publish it in the media by 30 days. Otherwise, Khaleda will take legal steps to sue the Prime Minister for ...

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‘Joint Working Group’ formed


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar have formed a Joint Working Group to handle the repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and his counterpart Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar U Myint Thu signed an agreement on behalf of the respective governments in the presence of the Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at Dhaka’s State Guest House Padma on Tuesday. A six-member delegation led by Myanmar Foreign affairs secretary Myint Thu attended the meeting. The working group will be led jointly by the both countries. It will handle all the facts ...

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Gaibandha MP passes away


MNA National Desk: Lawmaker of Gaibandha-1 (Sundarganj) Golam Mostofa Ahmed died undergoing treatment on Tuesday morning after being injured in a road accident. He breathed his last at Dhaka’s Combined Military Hospital around 8:30pm. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker of the House Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah have expressed their condolences on Mostofa’s death. Mostofa was injured in a road accident as he was traveling to Dhaka from his constituency by microbus on Nov 18. Four, including the MP and the driver, were injured when the microbus collided head-on with a bus headed for Rangpur in ...

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Infant dies falling from mother’s lap during mugging


MNA National Desk: A 5-month-old infant has died after falling from a moving rickshaw as muggers attempted to snatch his mother’s purse in Dhaka’s Doyaganj. The incident occurred around 6am on Monday on the eastern side of the Doyaganj rail tracks, said police. The muggers attempted to snatch Aklima Begum’s purse and caused the infant to fall to the ground. Arafat was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital or DMCH in critical condition, where doctors declared him dead. Shah Alam and his ailing son hired a rickshaw from Shadarghat area for Shishu Hospital, while Aklima Begum rode on another rickshaw ...

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Turkish PM to visit Dhaka Tuesday

visit Dhaka

MNA National Desk: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will visit Dhaka early on Tuesday on a two-day official visit to discuss the Rohingya and other bilateral and regional issues. He will be in Dhaka at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said a diplomatic source. Yildirim will visit Cox’s Bazar to see the Rohingya situation on the ground after his official meetings in Dhaka, including a bilateral meeting with Sheikh Hasina. During the visit, the relations between Bangladesh and Turkey, which is based on friendship and brotherhood, is expected to be discussed comprehensively, according to Turkish ...

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DNCC mayoral polls in February last week


MNA National Desk: The by-polls to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will be held in last week of February, Election Commission (EC) acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said on Sunday. The elections for the councilor post in the 36 new wards -18 of the DNCC and 18 of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC)-will be held on the same day during the end-February. The EC acting secretary came up with the information while briefing to reporters after a meeting in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban. The mayoral seat was vacated following the death of Annisul Huq on Nov ...

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Sayedul Hoque’s first namaz-e-janaza held


MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 10:20am on Sunday. Later, his body will be taken to his constituency in Nasirnagar by a helicopter where his second namaz-e-janaza will be held at Ashutosh Pilot High School ground around 11:00 am. He will be buried at his family graveyard at Purbobhagh village of the upazila following another janaza after Zohr prayers, said Public Relations Officer of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Shah Alam Badshah. Sayedul Hoque, also a Liberation War organiser and Bangabandhu Sheikh ...

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MP’s daughter stabbed in Bagerhat


MNA National Desk: The daughter of Happy Boral, a member of parliament (MP) from woman reserve seat, was stabbed to injuries by miscreants near Amlapara School of Bagerhat district. Aditi Boral, 27, a post-graduate student of a law college in Dhaka, came under the attack at Amlaparha on Saturday evening, police said. MP Happy Boral said that the miscreants attacked on them while she along with her daughter Aditi, was returning home around 6:30pm after attending a programme arranged marking Victory Day at Amlapara High School. The miscreants stabbed Aditi in her abdomen and fled the scene. Hearing them screaming, the ...

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Livestock Minister Sayedul passes away


MNA National Desk: Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque passed away at a city hospital on Saturday morning. He was 75. Sayedul, also a Liberation War organiser and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s political aide, breathed his last at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 8:30am, said Public Relations Officer of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Shah Alam Badshah. The minister had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since September 17 for old-age complications. He was put on life support on December 13. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 9am on ...

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President and PM paid tributes to war martyrs

paid tributes

MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning paid tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial here marking the 47th Victory Day. After placing the wreaths, the premier stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation of 1971. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services presented a state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post. Cabinet members, PM’s advisers, parliament members, chiefs of ...

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PM mourns Mohiuddin Chowdhury’s death


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed deep shock at the death of the President of Chittagong Awami League and former Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said Mohiuddin Chowdhury had played an important role from the front in all the democratic movements since the Liberation War of the country. ‘He never bowed down but embraced jail and faced repression on various occasions in his life. His contributions to the welfare of the people of Chittagong will ever be remembered,’ the Prime Minister said. ABM Chowdhury passed away ...

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