Ex-addl IGP sent to jail for war crimes


MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Wednesday sent former Additional Inspector General of Police Oahidul Haque to jail in a case filed for war-crimes during the 1971 Liberation war. A two-member bench of ICT led by Justice Amir Hossain passed the order when police produced him before the tribunal today. Earlier around 11:30am, police produced Oahidul before the tribunal. The tribunal also fixed May 10 for submitting a progressive report. Gulshan Police picked up Oahidul Haque from his Baridhara residence around 1:30pm in compliance with a warrant issued by the ICT on Monday for his arrest, reported ...

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Tribute paid to poet Belal Chowdhury

poet Belal

MNA National Desk: People from all walks of life paid rich tribute to noted poet Belal Chowdhury at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Wednesday. The body was taken on the Shaheed Minar premises at about 11am from his Paltan residence. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid his respect by placing wreath. Belal Chowdhury’s namaj-e-janaza will he held at Dhaka University central mosque after Zuhr prayer. The Ekushey Padak winning poet breathed his last at 12.01pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on Tuesday. He was 80. The poet will be laid to rest at his ...

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PM gets global women’s leadership award

Leadership Award

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive the prestigious Global Women’s Leadership Award in Sydney during her next week visit to Australia. Hasina will visit Australia from April 26 to 28 at the invitation of her counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a media briefing on Tuesday. US-based Global Summit of Women will give the award for Hasina’s leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, reported news agewny. During her visit, Hasina will have a bilateral meeting with her Australian counterpart on April 28 when both sides will mainly focus on education, sports, ...

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AL delegation pays tributes to Gandhi


MNA National Desk: An Awami League delegation led by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi and placed wreaths paying tributes to India’s Father of the Nation. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and members of his delegation at the mission on Sunday evening. During the three-day visit, the Awami League delegation will have a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The delegation will also meet BJP President Amit Shah and Lok ...

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Hamid to take oath Tuesday for 2nd term


MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid will be sworn in as the head of the state for a second consecutive term on Tuesday as the parliament unanimously decided to entrust him with the presidency for another tenure. “The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday . . . Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will administer his oath of office at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban,” President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told news agency. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief Justice, former Presidents of the country, Judges, cabinet members, lawmakers, senior politicians, diplomats and other dignitaries ...

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Jail authorities cancel Khaleda’s relative visit


MNA National Desk: The jail authorities have cancelled a planned meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her family members citing illness, reported news agency. Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says they are worried about her health. Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law Iqbal Mand Banu and Tarique’s sister-in-law Shahina Khan Zaman Bindu, and several other relatives went to visit her at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul said they had permission to visit her, but the jail authorities did not allow them to see her. He said the authorities ...

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Hasina on list of top 100 influential persons

influential persons

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named among the top 100 influential persons of the world along with the US President, Britsh Prine Harry, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The influential US magazine ‘Time’ on Thursday published the names of top 100 influential persons across the world. Among others, the names of Prince of Wales Prince Harry and her girl friend Meghan Markle (actor and humanitarian), Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Kim Jong Un (Supreme leader of North Korea), Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer), Mauricio Macri (President of Argentina), Emmanuel Macron (President ...

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Tongi train accident kills 4


MNA National Desk: Four people were killed and at least 25 injured as a commuter train derailed in Tongi of Gazipur today. Rail service to and from Dhaka to the rest of the country has been halted, except on the Narayanganj line. The accident occurred in Tongi’s Notunbazar area around 12:15pm on Sunday, said Joydepur Railway outpost SI Md Raqibul Islam. Three passengers died on the spot and several others were injured, police said. The line was closed after the accident, cutting off rail service from Dhaka to Chattogram, Sylhet, Mymensingh and via the Bangabandhu Bridge to the north and ...

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8 Bangladeshis killed in Riyadh fire


MNA National Desk: At least eight Bangladeshis have been burnt alive and seven others received injuries in a fire following a cylinder blast at a residential building of expatriate workers in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. Riyadh Civil Defence Chief  Maj Mohammed Al Hamadi said the fire broke out at the entrance of the building at about 7:30am on Friday with at least 45 workers inside. The workers could not come out of the building as there was no fire exit, leaving six died on the spot and two others at hospital. All of the dead were the employees of ...

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Seven militants held in Chattogram operation


MNA National Desk: RAB detained seven suspected militants in Chattogram operation, one of whom is an employee of the International Red Cross. The seven were detained in an operation in the Anandabag area near the Kotowali Police Station’s Old Biman Office RAB-7, said Assistant Director ASP Mimtanur Rahman. They have been identified as Md Mohiuddin Tamim (29), Md Afzar Hossain (21), Md Imran Khan (27), Md Daud Nabi Palash (28), Chowdhury Mohammad Ridwan (27), SM Jawad Jafar (26) and Md Muntasirul Meher (26). “They are supporters of international militant organisation IS,” added Mimtanur. “They opened two WhatsApp groups called ‘Deen ...

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Charges pressed against BCL leaders in 2016 Gulistan hawker eviction drive


MNA National Desk: Police have pressed ‘attempted murder’ charges against two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders accused of discharging firearms into the air during a 2016 drive to remove hawkers at Dhaka’s Gulistan. The charge sheet was submitted to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate on Apr 11, but official declaration came on Sunday, said Shahbag Police Station SI Akram Hossain. “The charge sheet will be brought before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi today,” court police General Registration Officer SI Mahmudur Rahman told media. The two accused in the case are Dhaka Metropolitan South BCL General Secretary Sabbir Hossain and ...

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Tight security for Baishakh celebrations

Baisakh celebration

MNA National Desk: Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzaman Miah on Thursday said all out security measures have been taken to ensure foolproof security of Pahela Baisakh celebration in Dhaka. ‘Strong and co-ordinated security measures have been taken as people can celebrate Pahela Baisakh in a festive mood,’ said the DMP commissioner while briefing journalists at the DMP media centre. Police will cordon off important venues in Dhaka University campus, Ramna park, Teachers-Student Centre (TSC), Shahbagh and Suhrawardy Udyan areas for ensuring smooth celebration of the first day of Bangla New Year, he said. Besides, law enforcers will put barricades ...

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DU hall unit BCL chief expelled


MNA National Desk: The Dhaka University (DU) has expelled a leader of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) for torturing a female protester inside the hall on early Wednesday. The expelled leader was identified as Iffat Jahan Esha, president of Sufia Kamal hall unit of BCL. The punitive action was taken against the female BCL leader in the dead of night, said DU Proctor Golam Rabbani. Witnesses said several numbers of BCL leaders and activists led by the hall unit president swooped on the general residents early Wednesday, leaving Morsheda Akhter, a year IV student of ...

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Titumir student Rajib’s condition unstable


MNA National Desk: The physical condition of Titumir college student Rajib, who lost his hand in between two buses in Karwan Bazar of Dhaka, has worsened. Dhaka Medical College Hospital orthopaedics department said, “He has been placed on life support as his neurological and breathing condition has worsened.” On 3 April, Rajib, 21, a second-year undergraduate student of Titumir college in the capital’s Mohakhali area, was travelling on a double decker BRTC bus in Karwan Bazar. He was standing in the doorway at the back of the bus with his hand partially out, when another bus recklessly overtook, severing his ...

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Attack launched to kill me: DU VC


MNA National Desk: Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Professor Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman on Monday claimed that the attack made on his residence during angry protests against the existing quota system in public service was a planned one to kill him. He came up with the remarks while briefing reporters at his office in the morning. The VC also claimed that the attackers are not DU students but outsiders. ‘The attack was not carried out by the quota protesters. Masked attackers were trained and they came to kill me,’ he said, adding that their aim was to destabilise the situation. A group of protesters ...

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PM inaugurates 4 road uplift projects in Cumilla


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened four road development projects in Cumilla expressing her firm optimism that Bangladesh would advance further keeping its head high. “We’re a victorious nation … we’ll move keeping our head high and materialize Bangabandhu’s dream of establishing a developed and prosperous Sonar Bangla (Golden Bangla),” she told the inaugural function of the four projects. The premier opened the four development projects through a video conferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence in city this morning, reports BSS. The schemes are Companiganj-Muradnagar-Homna Highway and Gouripur-Homna Bridge under the Road Transport and Highways Division ...

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Missing PP Rathish found dead


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion recovered the body of a public prosecutor or PP in Tajhat Mollapara area of Rangpur city early Wednesday, five days after he went missing. The deceased is Rathish Chandra Bhoumik, also the treasurer of district Awami League (AL). RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. Public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing since Friday morning. The law enforcers arrested ...

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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

political parties

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

harvest rainwater

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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