ACC want to keep BNP away from polls

keep BNP

MNA National Desk: BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday alleged that the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) were working with an identical goal to keep BNP out of the next general election. “The Anti-Corruption Commission is working as a government agent and their goal is the same. Both are trying to keep BNP away from the election race,” he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to tell them that BNP will join the next polls, no matter what plots and repressive measures you resort to.” National People’s Party (NPP), one ...

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Increase infrastructural facilities for scouting


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed the ministries and divisions concerned to increase infrastructural facilities for the expansion, development and strengthening the monitoring of scouting in every district.  ‘You must get yourselves ready as eligible citizens and work imbued with patriotism,’ she asked scouts while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 5-day long 6th National Community Development Camp (COMDECA) of Bangladesh Scouts at Haimchar, Chandpur. She asked the rovers and scouts to further strengthen their service-oriented activities as well as reach the fruits of scouting at all levels through expanding scouting in educational institutions and community-based ...

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Gazipur, Khulna city polls on May 15


MNA National Desk: The Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will go to the polls on May 15 this year. The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday announced the schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations elections. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda came up with the announcement at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon in Dhaka. The elections for the two city corporations have been scheduled after the HSC exams, but before the start of Ramadan, reported news agency. The tenure of Gazipur mayor will expire on September 4 this year; Khulna’s on September 25; Sylhet’s on September 8; Rajshahi’s on ...

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PM asks to work sincerely to implement ADP


MNA National Desk: Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked officials of various departments at grassroots to work with utmost sincerity to implement the government’s Annual Development Programmes (ADP). ‘Our goal is the development of the country and…proper implementation of the ADP is very important to achieve the goal,’ she said while speaking at meeting with district level government officials at Thakurgaon Circuit House in Thakurgaon. The prime minister also asked them to play their role in building awareness against militancy, terrorism and drug involving cross section of people particularly guardians, teachers and religious leaders alongside creating sports opportunities for the children ...

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Polls, by-polls to 133 local bodies underway


MNA National Desk: Elections and by-elections to some 133 local government bodies across the country began on Thursday morning amid tight security. The voting started at 8:00am and will end at 4:00pm without any break. Of those, voting to 47 union councils, by-elections to 72 unions and elections to seven municipalities and by-elections to four municipalities and election to an Upazila Council in different posts began in the morning, reported news agency. Voters in the by-elections at two wards in Chittagong and Khulna City Corporations are casting their votes to elect ward councillor posts. In Faridpur, a total of 200,903 ...

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Continue pressure on Myanmar: PM

China, Russia

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her call to the international community to continue pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh. She made the call when Regional Director of WHO-SEARO Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh met her at her official residence Ganobhaban. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. The Prime Minister informed the WHO Regional Director that Bangladesh has given shelter to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh highly appreciated Bangladesh government’s move over the Rohingya issue. ‘The Bangladesh government is doing a great job,’ she ...

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Charitable case: Khaleda gets bail till Apr 5


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court has granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia till April 5 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Judge Dr Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 passed the order on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the BNP chief was not produced in the court today although strict security measures have been taken in the court area ahead of Khaleda’s appearance. Jail sources told media that she was not produced before the court due to sickness. Earlier on March 13, the same court ordered the jail authorities to produce the BNP Chairperson in the court on March 28 and 29 ...

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Harvest rainwater for development: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all concerned to create reservoirs to harvest rainwater during monsoon to utilise it for the development of the country. ‘We’ve to work out a plan for creating ways to harvest the water that we get during monsoon,’ she said. Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing a function organised by Water Resources Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), marking the World Water Day 2018. She said the water preservation capacity of the country’s rivers has decreased due to siltation. ‘Riverbeds get inflated due to siltation. This is how they lose ...

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SC seeks undertaking from BGMEA


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court asked the BGMEA authorities to give an undertaking saying that they would not seek more time to relocate their building constructed illegally at Begunbari and Hatirjheel Lake. It will pass order on the time-petition filed by BGMEA after the authorities give the undertaking, said the four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Muhammad Hossain. The Apex Court was scheduled to pass an order today on the petition recently submitted by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) seeking one-year time for demolishing the BGMEA building. The court will not ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League paid homage to war martyrs


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar in commemorating 48th Independence Day on Monday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organizing secretary Rashedul Hasan, assistant secretary Md. Masum Zahid Masud, Dhaka division convener freedom fighter Sheikh Nur Islam,  assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed, assistant secretary Tusher Abdullah, Manikganj district convener Sheikh Omar Faruq, Tangail district coordinator Shahinur Rahman along with other senior leaders were present. On March 26, 1971, Father of ...

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US-Bangla pilot Abid’s wife dies


MNA National Desk: The widow of US-Bangla Airlines pilot Abid Sultan has died about a week after she was hospitalised with a stroke she had suffered on hearing about her husband’s passing in a plane crash in Kathmandu. Doctors at the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital in Dhaka declared Afsana Khanam dead at 9am on Friday. Abid Sultan, who sustained injuries in the plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal, died at Norvic International Hospital there, a day after the incident. US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, which flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at Nepal’s ...

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Observer’s Correspondent Conference held

Observer Correspondent Conference

MNA National Desk: The daylong daily Observer Correspondent Conference was held at the Observer office at Motijheel in Dhaka on Friday presided over by the editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. The daily Observer Director Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir was also present on the occasion along with the senior journalists and staff of the newspaper.

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People of Bangladesh can achieve anything


MNA National Desk: Attributing the achievement of Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one to the people of the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they can achieve anything. ‘This achievement is the achievement of the people of Bangladesh. I think country’s people are the main source of all power. They can achieve anything,’ she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a reception accorded to her at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) for this historic achievement The function was arranged as part of a five-day government programme to celebrate the graduation. ...

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Bir Protik Kakon Bibi no more

Kakon Bibi

MNA National Desk: Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi has passed away at MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night. She was reportedly aged 103. The body was kept at the hospital, he said, adding that the body will be handed over to her family on Thursday morning. She was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long time and recently she got an attack of pneumonia, said doctors of the hospital. In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army. She fearlessly ...

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PM inaugurates BNA Bangabandhu Complex

Awami League

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated BNA Bangabandhu Complex at Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) in Chittagong. It is the first international standard training academy of Bangladesh Navy with all modern facilities. The ship-like complex has been built on the bank of the Karnaphuli River with a 41-feet high bronze made bust of Bangabandhu in front, is a unique architecture from aesthetic point of view. To ensure international standard training, the complex has seamanship, antisubmarine, gunnery and communication model room, chart room, library, computer and language club, modern auditorium and seven different types of laboratories. Prime Minister ...

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Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB DG


MNA National Desk: Major General Md Shafeenul Islam has been made new Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, who was serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, replaced Major General Abul Hossain as the chief of the paramilitary force. Abul Hossain was withdrawn and attached to the Armed Forces Division on March 7. Islam had been serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board since February 14, 2016. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy on June 25, 1984 and was commissioned ...

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Biman flight makes emergency landing

Biman flight

MNA National Desk: A Bangladesh Biman flight made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon. The Dash-8 airliner took off for Syedpur around 12 noon but had to make the emergency landing 15 minutes later due to technical glitches, a number of sources at the airport said. Biman officials have not confirmed what specific technical issue affected the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, which  can carry 73 passengers. The US-Bangla Airlines flight that crashed in Kathmandu on Mar 12 was also a Dash8-Q400 plane, manufactured by Canada-based Bombardier Inc. The crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ...

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Noor, Shykh to get Independence Awards


MNA National Desk: Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzzaman Noor and Channel i’s Shykh Seraj will receive the Independence Day Award for their contribution to culture and to agricultural journalism. The government has nominated them for the ‘Swadhinata Padak- 2018’ (Independence Award) in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the respective fields. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city on March 25, said a PID handout issued on Monday. The cabinet had previously issued a list of 16 names to receive the Independence Day Award this year. The government ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until 8 May


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court stayed until 8 May a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order on Monday, after considering the leave to appeal petitions challenging BNP chief’s bail. Earlier, on 18 March, the SC bench set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order. Former Prime Minister Khaleda was ...

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Plane crash survivor Shahreen returns to Dhaka


MNA National Desk: One of the 10 Bangladeshis, Shahreen Ahmed who survived the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal returned to Dhaka while another flew to Singapore with his family for further treatment. Doctors in Nepal have discharged six of them, two are still in intensive care and one is being treated at the burn unit, according to the foreign ministry. Another patient is waiting to be discharged to fly to New Delhi for treatment. Md Rezwanul Haque, who was admitted to the OM Hospital in Kathmandu, was taken to Singapore on Wednesday. His father Mozammel Haque arranged the transfer, said ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until Sunday

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court today stayed till next Sunday the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing two petitions filed against the High Court order. The apex court also asked the ACC and government to file two separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the court by Sunday challenging the HC order on bail of Khaleda. On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the ...

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39 to be hanged in Ekram murder verdict


MNA National Desk: A Feni court on Tuesday sentenced 39 people including Awami league leader Jahangir Adel was provided with death sentence in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram murder case. District and sessions Judge Aminul Haque also acquitted 16 accused in the case including district Tanti Dal president Mahtab Udin Chowdhury Minar. Armed assailants shot at Ekram, also local Awami League leader, and set ablaze his car in broad daylight on Academy Road in Feni town on May 20, 2014. Ekram’s brother Rezaul Hoque Jasim filed the murder case with Feni Sadar Police Station on that day, accusing Mahtab ...

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US-Bangla pilot Abid Sultan dies

Abid Sultan

MNA National Desk: Abid Sultan, the pilot of the crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight who sustained injuries in the plane crash, died at Norvic Hospital in Kathmundu on Tuesday morning. Mohammad Kamrul Islam, General Manager (GM), Marketing Support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines, confirmed the death. Two other cabin crew members co-pilots—Prithula Rashid and Khwaja Hossain—died after the crash, reported news agency. The US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, which flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country of Nepal on Monday, leaving 49 people, including 25 Bangladeshis, ...

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PM returns today shortening Singapore visit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home today shortening her official visit to Singapore to stand beside the families of the victims of tragic plane crash at Kathmandu on Monday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed that the prime minister will return to Dhaka Tuesday afternoon by a regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Singapore. Sheikh Hasina, who arrived in Singapore on Sunday on a four-day official visit, was scheduled to return home on Wednesday. Meanwhile in a message to the nation, the prime minister said she will return home to stand beside the families of ...

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Khaleda secures four-month interim bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court has granted a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A two-member High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Haque granted her the bail. On Sunday, the High Court deferred until Monday the passing of its order on Khaleda’s bail petition in the case in which she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. However, the documents later reached the department concerned of the High Court on Sunday. On February 22, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking ...

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Massive fire breaks out in Mirpur slum

massive fire

MNA National Desk: A massive fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur 12 section of Dhaka in the early hours of Monday. Over 4,000 shanties were gutted as a devastating fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur area in the capital. The fire broke out at Ilias Mollah slum around 4am and soon engulfed the adjacent shanties, Fire Service and Civil Defense control room duty officer Mahfuz said. On information, 21 fire fighting units rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control at about 7:22am after three and half hours of frantic efforts. Fire service officials ...

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PM accorded warm reception in Singapore


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm reception as she reached Singapore on Sunday afternoon on a four-day official visit to Singapore at the invitation of her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Changi Airport in Singapore at 2:30pm local time. Singapore Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman received the premier at the airport. From the ...

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