PM praises officials for realising ultimate goal of govt

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday appreciated the public servants for realising the ultimate goal of the government and working to take the country to the height it wants to see, reported news agency. “You have realised what we want, what the goals we want to achieve and the level we want to take the country. Being able to realise this and implement this is the main thing,” she said. The Prime Minister said this at a function in her office marking the signing of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) of ministries and subordinate bodies 2018-19 fiscal ...

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US Embassy becomes ‘mouthpiece’ for BNP: Joy


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said it seems that the US Embassy in Dhaka has become a ‘mouthpiece’ for the BNP, reported news agency. ‘The current US Government has a strict policy of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, so this is just the local Embassy’s opinion,’ Joy said on his verified Facebook page. Joy mentioned that there were irregularities in nine polling centres out of 425, which is just 2.1 per cent. ‘Our new Mayor Jahangir Alam received double the votes of BNP’s Hasan, a margin of over 200,000 votes. All ...

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Veteran journalist Anis Ahmed’s first Namaj-e-Janaza held at Jatiya Press Club


MNA National Desk: The first namaj-e-janaza of veteran journalist Anis Ahmed, executive editor of the Daily Observer, was held on the premises of Jatiya Press Club at 1.30pm. The prime minister’s media adviser and Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury; Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, director of the Daily Observer and Chairman of the Mohammadi Group of Companies; Jatiya Press Club President Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman; his colleagues, journalists and well-wishers joined the namaj-e-janaza at the press club. Anis Ahmed passed away at his Mohammadpur residence in the capital on Monday morning. He was 64. Ahmed, also the former Chief ...

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Veteran journalist Anis Ahmed passes away

Anis Ahmed

MNA National Desk: Anis Ahmed, executive editor of an English daily ‘The Daily Observer’ passed away at his Mohammadpur residence in the capital on Monday morning (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun). He was 64. Ahmed, also the former Chief of Correspondent and Dhaka Bureau Chief of Reuters, breathed his last at about 8:15am, said his son Kaushik Ahmed. He left behind his wife, a daughter, a son, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Press Club around 1:30pm. Later, Ahmed’s will be buried in his family graveyard in Brahmanbaria.

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People paying tribute to victims at Holey Artisan Bakery

Artisan Bakery

MNA National Desk: People have been paying their tributes to the victims who were killed in the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery of Dhaka on this day in 2016, reported news agency. Two years ago, a group of militants lay siege to the Gulshan café killing of 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners. Two police officers also lost their lives as they responded immediately. Besides, five attackers and a restaurant staffer died during the Operation Thunderbolt that brought an end to the nerve-racking 12-hour hostage crisis at the posh eatery. Marking the day, the authorities have kept the café ...

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BCL attacks quota reform movement leaders


MNA National Desk: Some leaders of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, the platform of students that led the quota reform movement, were physically assaulted allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists in front of Dhaka University Central Library on Saturday, reports news agency. The quota reform movement leaders came under attack when they were scheduled to hold their scheduled press conference to announce their fresh programme in front of the library. Quota protesters and some witnesses alleged that some BCL activists suddenly swooped on the quota protesters. Later, the BCL men drove out the quota reform demonstrators from ...

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Quader warns foreign diplomats


MNA National Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) spokesperson Obaidul Quader on Friday warned foreign diplomats against making any remarks that might hurt their relations with Bangladesh, reported news agency. Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader issued the warning while talking to newsmen during his visit to Dhaka-Bhanga 4-lane construction site at Kolakandi in Keraniganj of Dhaka district. Apparently reacting to US ambassador’s comments on Bangladesh elections, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader also asked the foreign diplomats to avoid making such remarks. On Thursday, Bernicat commended the holding of elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations ...

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HC rejects Sayeedi’s division plea


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Thursday rejected a writ plea filed by convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayeedi seeking division facilities in jail, reported news agency. The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after concluding hearing on the petition on Wednesday. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on February 28, 2013, sentenced Sayeedi to death for killing Ibrahim Kutti and one Bisa Bali in Pirojpur during the Liberation War in 1971. Following two appeals by Sayeedi and the government, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on September 17, 2014 ...

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Army chief pays homage to Father of the Nation

Army Chief

MNA National Desk:  Newly appointed Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed yesterday paid rich tribute to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum in Savar, reported news agency. After placing wreaths at the monument, he stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of deep respect to the liberation war heroes, who laid down their lives, said an ISPR press release. At that time, a smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army gave a Guard of Honor, while the bugle played the last post. Later, Army Chief Aziz Ahmed paid homage to ...

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Life expectancy now 72 years in Bangladesh

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MNA National Desk: The average life expectancy of Bangladeshis has increased to 72 years and seven months twenty days, said a survey of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), reported news agency. As per the survey, life expectancy for males is less than females. A woman’s average life expectancy is 73 years five months which is 70 years six months for a man. The survey under the project titled ‘Report on Bangladesh Sample Vital Statistics 2017’ was published at the BBS Auditorium Wednesday (June 27). Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, BBS Acting Secretary Sourendra Nath Chakrabarty and Director General Amir ...

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AL’s Jahangir unofficially declared Gazipur mayor


MNA National Desk: Awami League mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam was unofficially declared elected in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election on Tuesday as he defeated his rival BNP contestant Hasan Uddin Sarker by a huge margin of 4.10 lakh votes. Jahangir bagged 4,00,010 votes while Hasan Uddin polled 1,97,611 in 416 centres out of 425. The voting was suspended in the remaining seven polling stations due to violence, booth capturing and fake voting. Returning officer Rakib Uddin Mandol announced the unofficial results around 7am on Wednesday. Earlier, the balloting in the GCC election was held amid BNP’s various allegations of ...

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New Army chief meets President

new Army chief

MNA National Desk: Newly appointed army chief General Aziz Ahmed paid a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday afternoon, reported news agency. Aziz Ahmed expressed his gratitude to the government for appointing him as the Army chief. He also sought cooperation from the President in developing and modernising Bangladesh Army, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin said after the meeting. Congratulating the new Army chief, the President expressed the hope that Bangladesh Army will move forward further under his leadership. Abdul Hamid also assured General Aziz Ahmed of providing all-out cooperation. Lt General Aziz Ahmed took over ...

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Gazipur City polls: Voting ends, Counting begins


MNA National Desk: Voting in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) ended on Tuesday amid some irregularities. The balloting began at 8am at 425 polling stations and ended around 4pm without any break. BNP-nominated mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker has urged the Election Commission to cancel Gazipur city polls, alleging widespread rigging and other irregularities. Election officials have shut four polling centres as a group of people attempted to rig votes. Earlier, Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam said the BNP has been raising “false allegations” over the polls to make it controversial. However, the first Gazipur City Corporation election was ...

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Army chief adorned with General rank badge

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MNA National Desk: Newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff Aziz Ahmed was adorned with the rank badge of General in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat adorned the new army chief with the rank badge of General. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said that after the function, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the new army chief by presenting a bouquet, reported news agency. Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Advisor HT Imam, Security Affairs Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed ...

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Gazipur City polls begin

Gazipur City

MNA National Desk: Voting has begun in the Gazipur City Corporation elections on Tuesday morning amid tight security, reported news agency. The voting started from 8:00am and will continue until 4:00pm uninterruptedly. Candidates of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and main opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are competing with their party symbols first time ever in this city polls. AL’s Jahangir Alam  and BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarkar, the main candidates for the mayoral polls, said they were optimistic about winning. Members of law enforcement agencies including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were seen patrolling in and around the city.

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General Aziz takes over command of army


MNA National Desk: General Aziz Ahmed on Monday has taken over the command of Bangladesh army as the Chief of Army Staff, reported news agency. He took over the charge from the outgoing chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq at Army headquarters, according to an ISPR press release. According to the Bangladesh Army website, before assuming his latest assignment, he had been serving as the ‘Quarter Master General’ of the Army. Born on Jan 1, 1961 in Chandpur, Aziz was commissioned in the Corps of Artillery on Jun 10, 1983 with 8th BMA long course. The general is a ...

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UN appreciates Bangladesh’s peacekeeping engagement


MNA National Desk: UN under secretary general for peacekeeping operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Sunday lauded Bangladesh’s strong engagement in ensuring peace around the world with its peacekeepers. “We had a very frank discussion. This was an opportunity for me to thank him personally and Bangladesh for its extremely strong support to peacekeeping and its steadfast engagement in favour of peace around the world,” he said. Jean-Pierre Lacroix recognised Bangladesh’s ‘invaluable support’ to the initiatives of the UN in peacekeeping during a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali. The foreign ministry said Ali assured the UN official of Bangladesh’s support ...

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BNP seeks Gazipur SP’s withdrawal


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday demanded the election commission withdraw the Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP), Harun-ur-Rashid, in order to make Gazipur mayoral polls free and fair, reported news agency. “We demanded that Gazipur SP Gazipur Harun-ur-Rashid be pulled out,” BNP leader Abdul Moyeen Khan told reporters after a meeting with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at the election commission secretariat. A three-member BNP delegation, led by Moyeen Khan, also submitted a letter of the party containing its various demands and observations for holding the election in a fair and acceptable manner. Moyeen Khan ...

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Outgoing Army Chief meets PM Hasina


MNA International Desk: Outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammmad Shafiul Haq made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office here on Sunday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. During the meeting, they discussed the issue of development of Bangladesh Army. The Prime Minister appreciated the outgoing Army chief for discharging his duties successfully during his tenure. General Belal expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for extending all-out support for the development of Bangladesh Army and performing his duties as its chief.

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210 members of Jamaat, Shibir detained from Chattogram motel


MNA National Desk: Police have detained at least 210 leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir, including the Jamaat ameer and Shibir president, from a Parjatan Corporation motel in Chattogram. They were detained in a raid on Motel Saikat on Station Road on Saturday night, said SM Mostaeen Hossain, deputy commissioner of the city police. Police raided the motel following a tip and detained more than two hundred people, he told reporters. Mohammed Mohsin, chief of the Kotwali Police Station, later told that the detainees were arrested under the Special Powers Act. Chattogram ...

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Decision of Khaleda’s bail scheduled on July 2


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Sunday fixed July 2 to pass its order on a leave-to-appeal against the High Court order that earlier granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a murder case. A four-member bench of SC bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the leave-to-appeal. Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali and Joynul Abedin stood for Khaleda while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represents the state. Besides, the court fixed Monday for hearing another leave-to-appeal filed by the state in another case filed against the BNP chief under ...

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PM Hasina inaugurates AL’s new office building


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the newly constructed head office building of Bangladesh Awami League in city’s Bangabandhu Avenue at Gulistan on Saturday on the occasion of the party’s 69th founding anniversary. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, unveiled the plaque of the 10-storey building at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue amid a number of ceremonies. The ceremonies included hoisting of the national flag by the prime minister and party flag by party’s general secretary Obaidul Kader and playing the national anthem. The prime minister released pigeons and balloons and planted a sapling in front of the ...

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Peshajibi League leaders observe AL’s 69th Anniversary


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League leaders paid homage to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday marking the 69th founding anniversary of country’s oldest political party Bangladesh Awami League. They placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 this morning as a pool of leaders of the organization led by Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad and General secretary of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, Advisor of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League freedom fighter, economist and political analyst Jamal Uddin Biswas, Relief Secretary of Shariatpur ...

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Yoga can protect youth from drug addiction

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said yoga can be a way to bring the misguided youth back to normal life from drug addiction, reported news agency. “Yoga can be a powerful and effective way to protect the young generation distracted by the vicious claws of drug addiction,” Quader said at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka to mark International Yoga Day on Thursday. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added a new dimension to yoga. Now it has spread to Bangladesh thanks to the Indian High Commission.  When illegal drug is spreading across the country ...

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PM hosts reception for women cricketers

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hosted a reception for the Bangladesh women cricketers who won the Twenty20 Asia Cup recently, reported news agecny. “Let’s not look back now that the journey has begun,” Hasina told the team at the reception organised at the Ganabhaban on Wednesday evening. “I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for the fantastic pride that you have brought us,” she said. The prime minister handed the players, coaching staff and officials of the team Tk 20 million awards announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board. On June 10, Bangladesh beat six-time champions India ...

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Polls-time govt likely in Oct


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has hinted that the polls-time government is likely to be formed in October, reported news agency. “The polls-time government will take the responsibility just after the announcement of election schedule. It does not mean that a new government will be formed,” he said adding, “The incumbent will act as the polls-time government. But it will short in size,” he said. The minister was talking to journalists after a post-eid review at his secretariat office on Wednesday. Discarding possibility to hold any one-sided election in the country, the Awami League General ...

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PM meets President Hamid


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with Abdul Hamid, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin said, reports news agency. The Prime Minister also apprised the President of the outcomes of her recent visits different countries—Saudi Arabia for joining the military drill ‘Gulf Shield One’, the UK for attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Australia for taking part in the Global Summit of Women-2018, India, and Canada for participating in the G-7 Leaders’ Outreach Session. Abdul Hamid congratulated Sheikh Hasina for ...

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