Zia Orphanage case: Khaleda’s testimony deferred to May 15

MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s hearing on self-defence statement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case has been delayed once again. Senior Special Judge Quamrul Hossain Molla passed the order and fixed the date on May 15 in the presence of Khaleda Zia in response to a time petition filed by her lawyer. Earlier in the day, Khaleda Zia appeared before the court around 11:40am for placing her self-defence statement in the graft case but she fell sick after reaching the court. On July 3, 2008, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna Police ...

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Ramadan office hours between 9am and 3.30pm

office hours

MNA National Desk: The government has reset office hours during the Ramadan starting from the last week of this month. Office timings have been fixed between 9am and 3:30pm on all working days. The decision has been taken on Monday at the Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a press briefing. He said that new timings will be effective for all government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous offices during the Ramadan. There will be a 15-minute break from 1:15pm for the Zuhr prayers during office time. But the Supreme Court, banks and ...

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2 killed in Jhenaidah militant den raid

militant den

MNA National Desk: Two suspected militants were killed as police launched a raid in a militant den hideout at Bajrapur village in Maheshpur upazila of Jhenaidah on Sunday. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Khulna police Didar Ahmed confirmed death of the two to a private television channel. Three policemen were injured during the operation against the suspected militant hideout. Local administration has imposed section 144 in the area as the raid is still ongoing. Firing has been heard as both the law enforcers and the suspected militants opened fire to each other. A total of four blasts were heard inside ...

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NPP chief Shawkat Hossain Nilu passes away

Hossain Nilu

MNA National Desk: National Peoples’ Party (NPP) Chairman Shawkat Hossain Nilu has passed away at Dhaka’s Square Hospital Saturday night. He was 65. Earlier, he was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday after he fell sick seriously. As his condition was deteriorated, he had been kept under life support for the past two days. Nilu would be buried at Banani Graveyard on Monday after his elder daughter studying in Australia returns home. Born in Gopalganj’s Tungipara on Apr 3, 1952, Nilu entered politics by joining Bangladesh Students’ Union in the 1960s. The founding agriculture secretary of the BNP later joined ...

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PM inaugurates Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive

Marine Drive

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday opened the 80km Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive to traffic. The project, involving Tk 456 crore, was implemented in three phases, reported news agency. The work on the giant project, aimed at developing fast communication in the popular tourist zone, started in 1999. The marine drive has already contributed to an attractive tourist-friendly ambiance along with economic growth in Ukhia and Teknaf where hotels, cottages and resorts are being constructed. Bangladesh Army’s 16 Engineer Construction Battalion constructed the marine drive under a project of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges. In ...

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Bangladesh achieved ‘Global Inclusion Award 2017’

Global Inclusion Award

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh has achieved ‘Global Inclusion Award 2017’ under the category of Global Money Week Award for its central bank’s sustainable and innovative financial inclusion and financial education initiatives. Bangladesh Bank (BB) Deputy Governor SK Sur Chowdhury received the prestigious accolade in a colorful and exalted ceremony held on May 3 at Berlin in Germany, said a BB press release on Thursday. Bangladesh has won the award by competing with 19 countries from five regions which were finalists. Daffodil International University and JobsBD have also been recognized along with Bangladesh Bank in the award. The Global Inclusion Awards ...

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SSC, equivalent results published with 80.35% success rate

success rate

MNA National Desk: The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations have been published on Thursday with a success rate of 80.35%. Nurul Islam Nahid, education minister handed over the result copies to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on this morning. About 14,31,722 students passed in the exams, while 104,761 students scored GPA 5. This year, the success rates in the schools are 81.21 per cent, madrasa 76.20 per cent while 76.69 per cent students passed the exams from the technical board. A total of 17,86,613 students sat for this year’s exams under eight general, one madrasa and ...

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Bangladesh loses $9bn for capital flight in 2014: GFI

capital flight

MNA Business Desk: About $9.11bn drained from Bangladesh in a single year of 2014 for capital flight, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization, revealed the report. The report titled “Illicit Financial Flows to and from Developing Countries: 2005-2014” that was conducted on 149 nations was released on Monday. Major share of Bangladesh’s lost money was taken out of the country through embezzlements in bilateral exports and import deals, the report high-caliber analyses said. The GFI report also revealed that illicit capital flight from Bangladesh was on a higher trend from 2007 following political turmoil of the ...

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BOMA held discussion celebrating World Press Freedom Day

Press Freedom

MNA National Desk: To mark the World Press Freedom Day, Bangladesh Online Media Association (BOMA) held a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club at 4:00 pm today. The discussion was over the topic: ‘Strategic consciousness to tackle tough reality: Journalism’s role in progress of peace, justice and power in society’. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Media Affairs Adviser and a veteran journalist was present as the chief guest. Joyonto Acharjo, president of BOMA presided over the program. He said that, BOMA was created on the verge of implementing a bureaucratic online media policy. “There is around 18,000 online media right ...

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CTTC detained Ansarullah IT chief from Bhatara


MNA National Desk: Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), a special unit of Dhaka metropolitan Police (DMP), has arrested suspected chief of the IT section of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team from Bhatara area in Dhaka. The arrestee is Md Ashfaq-Ur-Rahman Ayon alias Arif alias Anik. Yusuf Ali, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), confirmed the matter to media. The DMP said this in an SMS sent to media houses. But the police did not unveil any details of the raid as it is set to hold a press conference at its media centre this noon ...

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5 bodies recovered from Padma river

Padma river

MNA National Desk: Five bodies including two children were recovered after a boat capsized in the Padma river near Rajshahi city on Sunday evening. Rajshahi Fire Service said bodies of two madrassa students were found floating near Talaimari Fultala terminal, some kilometer far from the accident spot at about 6:00am on Tuesday. The fire fighter recovered two more bodies in Char Shatbaria area and another from Tangan area. Later, the fire fighters handed over those to the Boalia police. A boat carrying six passengers sank in the river around 7:00pm on Sunday. A passenger swam shore while five others went missing. ...

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Bangla Tribune journalist Omar Faruk passes away

MNA National Desk: Omar Faruk, special correspondent for online news portal Bangla Tribune, has died after suffering cardiac arrest. The 52-year-old journalist passed away in Dhaka’s Square Hospital around 3am Sunday. He had complained about a sharp pain in his chest after arriving at work on Saturday noon, Bangla Tribune’s Head of News Harun Ur Rashid told to media. Faruk was rushed to nearby Square Hospital where doctors, detecting blocks in his heart, recommended an urgent bypass surgery. But his health deteriorated around 1:30am and the journalist breathed his last around 3:30am. His namaz-e-janaza was held in the Dhaka Reporters ...

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Iftar, Sehri timings published for coming Ramadan


MNA National Desk: The Islamic Foundation has published a schedule listing the ‘sehri’ and ‘iftar’ timings for Ramadan, which is expected to start on May 28, reported news agency. If, according to the Islamic foundation’s calculations, Ramadan begins on May 28 in Dhaka and its surrounding areas, Muslims will have to finish year’s first sehri by 3:40 am and can start iftar at 6:44 pm. However, the holy Shab-e-Barat will fall on May 11 this year, after the moon marking the month of Sha’ban was seen on Apr 27. The following images show the Islamic Foundation’s schedule of 2017 ‘sehri’ ...

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Laborer dies at capital’s City Centre prior to Labor Day


MNA National Desk: A laborer has died falling from a rope-tied elevator while working at capital’s prominent City Centre at Motijheel. The incident took place around 2:30pm today. Two laborers were working on a rope-tied elevator while the rope along one side torn apart. Immediately the laborer on that side fell to the ground and died on the spot. The other laborer was holding the rope and hanging dangerously while the people around rescued him in severely injured condition. “There was a loud shout and suddenly people were screaming. We saw that, a man was on the ground with his ...

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PM reaches to flood affected haor areas in Sumanganj


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached in Sunamganj on Sunday morning to see for herself the woes of the flood-affected haor people. Sheikh Hasina will visit flashflood-hit haor areas and distribute relief goods among affected people. PM will also hold a meeting with the officials where she would give necessary directives to overcome the situation. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan, State Minister for Water Resources Nazrul Islam are accompanying the prime minister. The water level in the hoar marked an unusual rise ...

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4 Chapainawabganj militants buried at municipality graveyard


MNA National Desk: Four militants, killed in a raid on a Chapainawabganj hideout, have been buried at the municipality’s graveyard on early Saturday. The bodies were buried around 1:45am, said sources at the municipality office. Three of the four militant suspects were killed in suicide blasts and the other died from bullet wounds, according to one of the doctors who conducted autopsies on them on Friday. Meanwhile, a case has been also filed against Sumaiya, wife of deceased militant Abul Kalam alias Abu. Sumaiya, who was rescued with bullet wounds in her left leg, is now undergoing treatment at Rajshahi ...

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Garment workers block capital’s Science Lab intersection

Garment workers

MNA National Desk: Garment workers of Alif Group’s Hexa Garments are demonstrating in front of Multiplan Center on Elephant Road thus effectively blocking the road from Science Lab intersection to Bata Signal in the capital. The agitated workers are staging the demo protesting the owner’s sudden decision to shut the factory down. Hundreds of workers of the garments factory gathered at around 10:00am and blocked the road. Soma, operator at the garments, told reporters that the owners shut the factory down overnight without any notice. Vehicular movement on the Elephant Road has come to a standstill and city-dwellers are suffering ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurated ‘Digital Island Moheshkhali’


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated a scheme titled ‘Digital Island Moheshkhali’ that connected the Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar with high-speed internet network. Opening the project from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka in the morning, the prime minister announced that such a digital system would be introduced in other isolated areas like Moheshkhali in phases. “We’ve a plan to introduce digital system in other isolated areas like Moheshkhali in phases, more facilities will come before us when Bangladesh’s first satellite would be launched into orbit,” she said. However, the area is famous for its ...

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PM asks RAB not to torture, oppress common people


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to make sure that common people do not fall victims to unnecessary torture and oppression during their duties, reported news agency. “You all must give attention to the fact that common people do not suffer…they must not face any unnecessary torture and oppression…,” UNB quoted her as saying. The PM said this while speaking at the PM’s Special Darbar marking the 13th founding anniversary of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at its Kurmitola headquarters in Dhaka. “Moral turpitude may weaken the mentality of ...

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Police cordon off suspected militant den in Chapai Nawabganj

Chapai Nawabganj

MNA National Desk: Law enforcement agencies have surrounded a suspected militant den in Chapai Nawabganj. Police surrounded a building in Shibganj’s Trimohoni village early on Wednesday. Shibganj police officer-in-charge Habibul Islam said gunshots were fired at the police from the house. The suspected militants have been asked to surrender to the police. A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) joined the police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), while another team set out from the capital to launch an operation, the OC added. The district administration imposed section 144 in and around Shibangar Trimohoni for the sake of security of ...

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British High Commissioner to meet Khaleda this evening

British high commissioner

MNA National Desk: Alison Blake, the British high commissioner in Dhaka, is scheduled to meet former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia this (Tuesday) evening. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Gulshan office of the BNP leader, the BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told to media. During the meeting, Khaleda is likely to discuss the country’s latest political situation and current law and order situation, BNP insiders said. However, a Dhaka court today deferred the hearing on charge framing against Khaleda in 11 cases, including arson cases and a sedition ...

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Life expectancy at birth rises to 71.6 years in 2016

life expectancy

MNA National Desk: The life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh rose to 71.6 years in 2016 from 70.9 years in 2015, according to the results of Sample Vital Registration System of 2016. “The life expectancy at birth in the country rose to 71 years and six months in 2016,” Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told reporters on Tuesday after the ECNEC meeting at the NEC-1 conference room in capital Dhaka. The average life expectancy was 70.7 years in 2014, 70.4 years in 2013 and 69.4 years in 2012. The Planning Minister revealed some major highlights of the ‘Bangladesh Sample Vital ...

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Police cordon off houses suspecting militant dens in Rajshahi

suspecting militant dens

MNA National Desk: Law enforcement agencies have cordoned off a number of houses suspecting militant dens at Court College area under Rajpara thana in Rajshahi city from Tuesday morning. A squad of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) raided in the Purbapara area of Haragram around 10:30am at night and cordoned off the houses in the area, police source said. However, police officials did not confirm whether they had specific information regarding militant presence in the area. Earlier on Sunday, police had conducted a raid in Gazipur’s Tongi area and detained ten suspected militants in possession of extremist literature, weapons and drugs.

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2 years jail for import of harmful, banned fish and fish products

fish products

MNA National Desk: The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle a draft bill having a provision of two years’ jail or fine for the import of harmful, banned fish, fry and fish products, aiming to control the spread of diseases and microbes in fish. The bill, ‘The Fisheries Quarantine Bill, 2017’, was approved at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet. “The new law will control the contraband fish species and damaging or pernicious bacteria which accompany the various types of imported fishes and fish fries,” Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam told a media briefing with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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4,000 modern buses, a new flyover for Dhaka city: Quader

modern buses

MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, Road transport and bridges minister, said 4,000 more new modern buses would be put into plying on various routes in the city to facilitate better transportation of the commuters on Sunday. Quader also said a new flyover will be constructed from city’s Fakirapul to Chunuputiya via Nightingale crossing and Babubazar. He made this remark while addressing the newsmen after the ninth meeting of Board of Directories of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhahan here. Besides, some 300 cops will be provided for the two city corporations of Dhaka and the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha ...

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Brahmanbaria administration imposed Section-144 in 4 upazilas


MNA National Desk: The administration in Brahmanbaria has imposed Section 144 restricting people’s movement in four Upazilas to avert untoward situations as tension mounts high over a dispute between two local Members of the Parliament (MP) of the ruling Awami League (AL). The ban was imposed in Brahmanbaria Sadar, Bijoynagar, Sarail and Ashuganj upazilas. Two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), five sections of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and more than 150 policemen also have been deployed in the important points of the district. Bijoynagar upazila AL called a day long strike in the upazila to block fisheries and livestock ...

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Maritime ports advised to hoist warning signal 3

maritime ports

MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal 3 as steep pressure ‘Gradient’ lies over the North Bay. Heavy rainfall is likely to take place at places over Mymensingh, Sylhet, Dhaka, Barisal and Chittagong divisions, said a Met Office bulletin. All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay were advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice, he said. The highest rainfall for last 24 hours till 6:00pm on Friday was recorded 204mm at Srimangal in Sylhet and the maximum temperature ...

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