BNP starts token hunger strike demanding Khaleda’s release

token hunger strike

MNA National Desk: BNP started a two-hour token hunger strike in Dhaka demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment. The program began on the premises of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh around 10am on Wednesday. BNP leaders and activists holding banners, festoons, and placards joined the program. They are chanting slogans demanding their chairperson be freed from jail, reported news agency. A large number of law enforcers were also deployed near the venue to maintain law and order. The token hunger strike is scheduled to end around noon. Additionally, a similar program is being held ...

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Court denies bail to Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam

MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Tuesday denied bail to acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam arrested in an ICT case, reported news agency. Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after a hearing on bail petition for Shahidul. Barrister Sara Hossain and Ehsanul Haque Samaji stood for Shahidul while PP Abdullah for the prosecution. The High Court yesterday ordered to dispose of the bail plea of Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam in a lower court by Tuesday. Shahidul Alam, also founder of Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute, was arrested on August 5 on charges of spreading ...

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Modi lauds Hasina’s development goals

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MNA National Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appreciated his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina’s development goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Modi reiterated his view that leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours, talking and visiting frequently, without getting bogged down by protocol, reported news agency. He recalled Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoring connectivity to the way it was before 1965 and said he was happy that there had been steady progress towards this goal in the last few years. Sheikh Hasina, Modi, Mamata ...

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BNP forms human chain for Khaleda’s release

human chain

MNA National Desk: BNP has formed a human chain in front of city’s National Press Club demanding release and proper treatment of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. “We would likely to clearly say the election will never be acceptable to people if Khaleda Zia remains in jail,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a human chain programme, he said, “The government must release our leader (Khaleda) from jail. If they do it, we will understand they want an acceptable election.” As part of its countrywide scheduled programmes, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain ...

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Hasina, Modi to inaugurate two rail projects today


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will inaugurate the construction work of two railway projects through videoconferencing on Monday. The two projects are – “Kulaura-Shahbajpur Section Rehabilitation of Bangladesh Railway” and “Akhaura-Agartala Duel Gauge Rail Connectivity (Bangladesh part).” They will be jointly funded by Bangladesh and India, according to an official press release issued on Sunday, reports news agency. The Kulaura-Shahbajpur project will restore train link between the two countries as a part of the “Trans Asian Railway Network.” About 53 kilometres duel gaze rail lines, bridges and culverts, stations and infrastructures will ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: PM

take back

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the international community to come up with specific effective steps to force Myanmar to take back their over one million forcibly displaced nationals living in Bangladesh as per the agreements signed between the two countries. “Bangladesh and Myanmar have inked bilateral agreements for the safe and permanent repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. To continue the pressure on Myanmar for implementing the agreements, I urge the international community to take specific effective steps,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development ...

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BNP leaders to meet home minister today

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MNA National Desk: A high-profile Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) delegation will meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition, reported news agency. A 10-member BNP delegation, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 3:00pm at his Secretariat office as per the schedule given by the minister. The home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation, party chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabi Khan told. BNP leaders have been alleging for the last two days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply ...

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AL kicks off train tour for electioneering in northern districts


MNA National Desk: A delegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur railway station in the capital for Nilphamari by a train on Saturday morning, aiming to carry out electioneering in northern districts. The delegation will hold more than 11 rallies at railway stations in Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogra, Jaipurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, reports news agency quoting Awami League Rajshahi unit Organizing Secretary Khaled Mahmud Chowdhury. The delegation members include Awami League Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organizing secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayed AL ...

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Book on Bangabandhu with Pak Intelligence info to be a good read: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the new book containing secret documents of the Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will provide an immense opportunity for people to get to know the founding father accurately and elaborately. “To me, it is the diamond out of a coalmine. We had been able to find the diamond inside the coalmine,” she said speaking at the publication ceremony of the first edition of ‘Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ at her official residence Ganabhaban. Emeritus Professor Rafiqul Islam ...

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Charges pressed against 6 owners, drivers, helpers of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan

Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan

MNA National Desk: The Detective Branch of police submitted a charge sheet before a Dhaka court today, accusing six people over the death of two college students in a road crash in the city’s Kurmitola area, reported news agency. DB inspector Kazi Shariful Islam submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka against two bus drivers, two helpers and two owners of two Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan. They are bus driver Masum Billah, his helper Enayet Hossain, owner Shahadat Hossain and driver of another bus Zobair Sumon, his helper KaziAsad and owner Jahangir Alam Of the six accused, ...

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Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3


MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the northwest bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low over the same area, reports news agency. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, said a Met office warning message. All the fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They have also been advised not to venture into the deep ...

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PM inaugurates ‘Akash Beena’ dreamliner


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the maiden flight of the country’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, “Akash Beena”, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Biman Bangladesh Airlines Board of Directors Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Muhammad Enamul Bari said “Akash Beena” will fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after the inauguration. The superlight aircraft is designed to be 20% more fuel-efficient than similar-sized planes— and boasts state-of-the-art facilities for a maximum of 271 passengers— including in-flight WiFi services. Biman Managing Director and CEO AM Mosaddique Ahmed said three more aircraft will join the fleet of the national flag ...

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Gazette for Khaleda’s trial in prison published


MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Tuesday evening (Sep 04) published a gazette notification for conducting the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable trust case in old central jail, reported news agency. Earlier, the chief prosecutor of the case advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal told that the jail authority can not produce Khaleda in court hearing due to her illness and the trial of the case is hanging at the near end. Under the circumstances, we have filed a plea to court for shifting the trial to a makeshift court set up on the old central jail ...

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Hasina’s popularity marks significant rise: IRI survey


MNA National Desk: The popularity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has marked a significant rise as around 66 per cent countrymen have lent out their support for the Bangladesh premier, alongside the Awami League-led government still rides on a good public support at 64 per cent, said a survey of IRI. The Washington-based International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted the survey between April 10 and May 21, 2018, reported news agency. IRI collected data using a multi-stage stratified probability sample through in-person, in-home interviews. The sample was stratified by division, by district, and by urban and rural locations. Majority people of ...

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Birangana Rama Chowdhury passes away

Rama Chowdhury

MNA National Desk: Rama Chowdhury, a writer and one of the 200,000 Biranganas of the Liberation War, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital early Monday. She was 79. Rama Chowdhury who had been suffering from old age complications breathed her last around 4am, reported news agency. Born at Popadia village in Boalkhali upazila in 1941, Rama Chowdhury fell prey to perverted Pakistani military forces at her residence on May 13, 1971 during the Liberation War. Rama obtained her MA in Bengali Literature from Dhaka University in 1961. Then, she started her career as the headmaster of Cox’s Bazar High School ...

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PM opens 7th March Bhaban at DU

March Bhaban

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the 7th March Bhaban of Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University constructed in memory of the historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She opened the building as the chief guest through a function at the auditorium of the bhaban at Rokeya Hall of the university this morning, reported news agency. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan were present at the function as the special guests, while DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Aktaruzzaman was in the chair. DU Pro-VC (admin) ...

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British-Bangladeshi jailed for life over plot to kill PM May


MNA National Desk: A British-Bangladeshi man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. Naa’imur Rahman, 21, of north London, planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the heavily guarded gates of Downing Street and gain access to May’s office in the ensuing chaos and assassinate her, according to British police. He was convicted last month of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and at London’s ...

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PM Hasina arrives in Nepal


MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has arrived in Kathmandu for attending the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Hasina left Dhaka on a Bangladesh Biman flight at 8:5am on Thursday.  She was welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel and Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams. The heads of governments of the seven member countries — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are attending the summit to take stock of the progress of the bloc and its policies. Hasina and her Indian ...

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Hasina, Modi to meet on sidelines of BIMSTEC summit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC meeting in Nepal beginning on Thursday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam briefing reporters on the visit on Wednesday at the foreign ministry said Hasina will leave for Kathmandu on Thursday morning to attend the fourth BIMSTEC summit that envisages a “peaceful, prosperous and sustainable” Bay of Bengal”. “It’s expected that our Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other regional leaders.” He added. The Prime Minister is expected to return ...

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Everyone will enjoy equal rights: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exchanged greetings with the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami at Ganabhaban. Sheikh Hasina has said that all citizens of the country, irrespective of their religions, will enjoy their equal rights. “You, the people of the Hindu community, will live here with your own rights. This soil also belongs to you… All citizens of Bangladesh have their own equal rights,” she said on Tuesday, reported news agency. “In every sphere of life – socioeconomic, education, healthcare and religious rituals – all have equal rights,” she said. Religious Affairs ...

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Nat’l elections at December end: EC


MNA National Desk: The 11th parliamentary election will be held in the last week of December, the Election Commission said today, reported news agency. Preparation is going on to introduce Electronic Voting Machine in 100 electoral constituencies, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said. With only a few months left before the national elections, the Election Commission is planning to use electronic voting machines in the polls amid opposition from different political parties including the BNP. In the commission’s electoral dialogues last year, 35 of the 40 registered parties, including the BNP and its allies, opposed the idea of EVM in ...

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Tulip urges PM to release Shahidul Alam


MNA National Desk: British MP Tulip Siddiq has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to release photojournalist and artist Shahidul Alam, reported news agency. Tulip, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said the detention of Shahidul was “deeply distressing and should end immediately.” Siddiq, eldest daughter of Sheikh Rehana, and niece of Prime Minister Hasina, joins a growing chorus of international condemnation of Shahidul Alam’s detention. The British MP said: “Bangladesh must uphold international standards of justice in treating its own citizens.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, she added: “I would hope our Foreign Office will convey that message ...

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US-Bangla pilot ‘tremendously stressed’: Nepal probe report


MNA National Desk: An official investigation into the US-Bangla plane crash, led by the Nepal government, has blamed the Bangladeshi pilot for making erroneous decisions during the flight. A total of 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed in the deadliest plane crash in the history of Bangladesh at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport on 12 March. Low visibility at the airport and lack of proper communications with the control tower were then widely blamed for the accident. The Kathmandu Post on Sunday came up with another version of the sad story. “Captain Abid Sultan was going through tremendous personal ...

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Transport leaders, owner, driver sued over Natore road crash


MNA National Desk: A case has been filed against seven people including transport leaders, owner and driver in connection with yesterday’s road accident in Natore’s Baraigram upazila which left 15 people dead and 20 injured, reported news agency. The accused are Banpara Human Hauler (Leguna) Owners Association President Jabed Hossain, its secretary Jakir Hossain, Leguna owner Shahadat Hossain, unidentified owner and driver of the bus, our Natore correspondent reports quoting police. The case document also includes the names of Leguna driver Rahim and helper Raja who died in the accident. At least 15 people, including five members of two families, ...

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Eid Holidays: Road crashes kill at least 31


MNA National Desk: At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in road accidents during the three-day Eid holiday, while six others were killed in a single road crash in Feni yesterday. Besides, another 17 people were killed in two road crashes in Feni and Narsingdi on Monday, a day before the vacation. Most of the road mishaps during the Eid holiday happened on national and regional highways. Motorcycles were involved in 10 of the 23 incidents while three accidents took place when buses and trucks hit auto-rickshaws, run by CNG and batteries, on highways where ...

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PM exchanges Eid greetings at Ganabhaban


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exchanged greetings with people from different walks of life, including party leaders and workers, judges, and foreign diplomats—on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. She exchanged the greetings at her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday, reports news agency. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, first exchanged Eid greetings with a group including professionals, party leaders and workers. Later, she did so with judges and foreign diplomats.

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Largest Eid congregation at Sholakia


MNA National Desk: The largest Eid-ul Azha congregration of the country was held peacefully on Wednesday morning at Sholakia, Kishoreganj. Eid prayers began at 9:00am with a huge number of devotees coming from different parts of the district to attend the 191th congregation there. The congregation began following the traditional gunshot at 9:00am. Maulana Mufti Hifzur Rahman Khan conducted the prayers. A special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace, development and welfare of the people of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah. As a security measure, the people were searched before entering the ground in four ...

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