18 bodies recovered as Rohingya boat capsizes


MNA National Desk: About 18 bodies including ten children and eight women were recovered on Thursday morning from Naf River in Shah Porir Dwip area in Teknaf upazila where a boat capsized in the river. The identity of the victims could not be known immediately. Local sources said hundreds of Rohingyas from Myanmar have already reached Shah Parir Dwip riding on boats last night. In a combined search of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Bangladesh police, 18 other bodies were recovered in the wee hours today, the official said. With this, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsize ...

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Main Eid-ul-Azha Jamaat at 8:00am


MNA National Desk: The main congregation of Eid-ul-Azha, the 2nd largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be held at the National Eidgah at 8:00am on the Eid day. A total of five Eid Jamaat will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque, according to a press release of the Islamic Foundation. The congregations will be held at 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and 10:45am, it said. Eid-l-Azha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid-ul-Azha falls on the 10th ...

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Allow Rohingyas to seek shelter in BD: UN


MNA National Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has urged the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow the Rohingyas fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh. The UN chief made the appeal recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades. “The secretary general is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” spokesman for the secretary general Stephane Dujarric quoted the UN chief as saying. “The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” he said. The secretary ...

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Long tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

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MNA National Desk: A long tailback extended three kilometres on Dhaka-Chittagong highway from Bhaterchar area of Gazaria to Meghna bridge in Comilla on Tuesday. Officer-in-charge of Bhoberchar highway police line Saiful Islam Majumdar said to media that efforts are on to ease the traffic congestion. The vehicles slowed down at the entrance of the two-lane bridges from the four-lane highway, and this is one of the main reasons behind such a long tailback on the busy highway, he added. Police are trying to ease the congestion. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on the highway, causing immense suffering to the passengers.

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US official in Dhaka to discuss regional issues

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MNA National Desk: Acting assistant secretary of US Department of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells arrived in Dhaka early Tuesday on a two-day visit to discuss security situation, energy cooperation and regional issues apart from bilateral issues. Alice Wells held an hour-long meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at state guesthouse Padma from 10:00 am and discussed various issues of cooperation between the two countries. The US official, now in her maiden trip to Dhaka, will meet Prime Minister’s advisers on energy, defence and international affairs on Tuesday. She will also meet Prime Minister Sheikh ...

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7 held over Mymensingh bomb explosion

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MNA National Desk: Law enforcement agency detained seven people including owner of a house, where a suspected militant was killed in a bomb explosion in Kashor area of Bhaluka upazil in Mymensingh. The detainees are Azim Uddin, the house owner, his wife Fatema, his two sons, Ashik and Hassan, and wife and two children of the man who was killed in the explosion. A man was killed as a bomb went off at the house in Bhaluka at about 6:00pm on Sunday. Police claimed the deceased was a member of a militant organization. Members police, RAB, and Police Bureau of ...

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Stay alert about outbreak of diseases: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday directed the officials concerned to remain alert about the possible outbreak of different diseases after recession of floodwater. The second spell of floods this year has affected nearly 7.5 million people, according to figures by the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC). The PM also asked the officials to take necessary steps for clearing stagnant floodwater and construct damaged culverts in the flood-hit areas. “Government will provide all forms of supports for the victims for three months. As many as 10 million people will get rice at Tk 10 a kg,” ...

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Boat with Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Coast Guard sent back a boat carrying 56 Rohingyas, who tried to enter Bangladesh through Noyapara area of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar, to Myanmar early Saturday. On the other hand, Whykong police camp detained 17 Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh illegally and handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). However, the death toll in Friday’s militant attacks has risen to 89 with many more bodies of Rohingya insurgents found in areas around the scene of fighting. Many insurgents, injured during the attacks, were found dead in fields and roads around the zone of attack that ...

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Mayor Annisul Huq still sedated: Wife Rubana

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MNA National Desk: Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq, who is now being treated in a hospital in central London after falling ill, has been kept sedated as the medicines given so far have failed to make any impact. Rubana Huq, wife of Mayor Annisul Huq, in a press statement in London on Friday said, “the first phase of medicines has not impacted him as yet. We expect to get more updates from doctors later next week.” “The doctors have decided to keep Annis sedated as they want his brain to be under full rest” she said adding ...

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Dhaka-Khulna rail line restored after 12-hr


MNA National Desk: The rail communication of Dhaka with the northern part of the country has been partially restored on Saturday morning after 12 hours of disruption due to derailment. The communication was restarted through a down line at about 7:30 am. “Trains have been plying on the down line [Dhaka to Khulna] whereas the up line [Khulna to Dhaka] is still closed,” said Poradah junction station master Shariful Islam to media. The rail communication of Khulna with Dhaka and North-Bengal will hopefully be restored fully by this noon, the station master also added. Earlier on Friday evening, a compartment ...

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EC sits with registered political parties


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday began its dialogue with registered political parties through its first meeting with Bangladesh Sangskritik Muktijote. The meeting started around 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. A 12-member delegation of the Muktijote, led by its chief Abu Layes Munna, joined the dialogue with the EC. During the talks with 40 registered political parties, the Commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations ...

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15-km tailback on Dhaka-Chittagong highway


MNA National Desk: A 15-kilometer long tailback was created on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway due to slow movement of vehicles ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and multiple road accidents in Camilla last night. Besides the sloth pace of toll collection at Meghna also triggers the traffic stuck since Thursday morning. Officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station Abul Kalam Azad said to media that the tailback stretched from Meghna-Gomti Bridge in Daudkandi to Madanpur in Narayanganj. As a result, hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on the highway, causing immense sufferings to the hundreds of passengers. However, police were trying to ease the congestion, reported news ...

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PM gives cheques to arson attack’s victims


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday provided cheques among wounded persons and family members of those died in the atrocities unleashed by BNP and Jamaat-Shibir at Indurkani of Pirojpur district in 2014 and 2015. Sheikh Hasina handed over cheques to 24 persons at the Prime Minister’s office, said PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim to media. The deceased were casualties of the nationwide violence following the general election on January 5, 2014. The three month spat claimed more than 100 lives. Later, the PM received cheques of donations from Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) for her relief and ...

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Stop use of hydraulic horns: HC


MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Wednesday asked the government to stop the use of hydraulic horns within 24 hours in Dhaka city to prevent sound pollution. The HC bench of Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order in response to a petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer. The court also asked the government to confiscate the instruments in the market used for hydraulic horn in the next seven days and asked the authorities to seize the vehicles after 27 August if they use hydraulic horns defying the order. The bench also asked ...

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87,000 Rohingyas enter since last year: IOM


MNA National Desk: About 87,000 undocumented Myanmar nationals have so far entered Bangladesh following an outbreak of violence on 9 October last year in the Rakhine State, reports news agency. More new arrivals from Myanmar were reported in July, according to an assessment of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Earlier, the figure was 80,000 arrivals. The figure stood over 87,000 with more new arrivals in July and August this year, officials in Cox’s Bazar said. Among those assessed, 52 per cent are women and girls. The National Strategy on Myanmar Refugees and Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) formulated by the ...

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Razzak’s first namaz-e-janaza held at FDC

MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Razzak, popularly known as Nayak Raj Razzak, was held at the premises of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) on Tuesday morning. The body of Razzak was taken to FDC premises at 11:10am and his first namaz-e- janaza was held at 11:35am. His body was kept there till 12:10pm to pay last tributes to him. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu and secretary of the ministry paid their tributes to the iconic actor at the FDC in the morning while a lot of artistes, his co-workers and fans from across the country paid their respects ...

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13th anniv of Aug 21 grenade attack


MNA National Desk: The 13th anniversary of the 21 August grenade attack is being observed on Monday with a renewed call for holding trials of perpetrators of the carnage. The attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on 21 August in 2004 aiming to bankrupt the party leadership. About 24 people including the then Mahila AL president and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life. Those other killed in the barbaric ...

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Flood-hit families to get food for 3 months: PM

flood-hit families

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday announced to provide food aid to the flood-hit families for the next 3 months until the next crops are harvested. “Food assistance to the flood-affected people will continue for three months until the harvesting of the next crops. Arrangements have been made so that flood-affected people get food, and this will continue,” she said. The Prime Minister made the announcement while addressing a rally arranged at Dinajpur Zila School Shelter Centre marking the distribution of relief materials among the flood victims of the region, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina is now ...

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Dhaka’s rail link with north, south suspended


MNA National Desk: The rail communication of Dhaka with the northern and southern regions of the country remained suspended since Sunday morning because of damage of a rail bridge in Kalihati upazila of Tangail, reported news agency. Tangail railway stationmaster Md Jalal Uddin said to media that the rail bridge over Pauli river in the upazila was damaged due to floodwater. The authority noticed the matter around 5:30am and stopped the train movement through the bridge. Efforts were underway to complete repairs and resume services as soon as possible. Train communications may return to normal on Monday, he also said.

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PM condemns Barcelona terror attack


MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has condemned the Barcelona terror attack that claimed 14 lives and injured scores. The foreign ministry said Prime Minister sent a message to Spanish President Mariano Rajoy Brey expressing her sentiment on behalf of the country, reported news gaency. “I am deeply shocked and grieved at the terror attack”, she wrote, “I, along with the people and the government of Bangladesh, strongly condemn such mindless act of cowardice and stand in solidarity with the people and the government of Spain.” “I express our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and the people of Spain. ...

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Govt to rehabilitate flood-affected people: Obaidul Quader


MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, Awami League General Secretary, on Friday said the government will take steps for rehabilitation of the flood-affected people. “The Prime Minister will visit the flood-hit areas and mitigate your sufferings. She’ll compensate you for the losses,” the road transport and bridges minister said. He said this while addressing the flood victims before distributing relief materials among them at Raghunathpur High School compound in Biral upazila. The minister also ensured that the flood-hit people will get back everything they lost due to the flood. Among others, Awami League leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Dinajpur-6 MP Md ...

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BCL men attacked Imran H Sarkar

Imran H Sarkar

MNA National Desk: About 5 activists of Ganojagaran Manch, including Imran H Sarkar, were injured in an attack allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men at Shahbagh on Thursday evening. Sources said some BCL men attacked on Imran when he was collecting relief materials in front of the National Museum for the flood-affected people. According to sources, around 12 people attacked the demonstrators immediately after the programme ended, reported news agency. Earlier, on July 16, a car carrying the Mancha spokesperson was attacked by BCL activists when he was leaving the Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court after attending the hearing of ...

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DNCC mayor Annisul shifted to bed


MNA National Desk: The physical condition of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq, who is now staying in London, is improving and he was shifted to bed from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital there. “We were informed that physical condition of the DNCC Mayor is being getting improved and he was shifted to bed from ICU,” said Monwar Hossain, public relation officer (PRO) of the DNCC to news agency. The mayor had been suffering from various health complications for the last two months. On July 29, Huq went to London to visit his daughter. Huq’s ...

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PM to visit Dinajpur on Aug 20

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to visit Dinajpur and distribute relief among the people on 20 August to take a stock of flood-affected areas in the district. Dinajpur-2 constituency lawmaker and Awami League’s organizing secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury confirmed about this visit to media. This year Dinajpur is one of the mostly affected districts by flood. Water levels of the rivers in Dinajpur are also rising. Water of River Punarbhava and Atrai crossed the danger level. Earlier, on Wednesday evening, Sheikh Hasina along with two of her cabinet members and attorney general met the president, Abdul ...

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‘15 August’ created not to change state power

state power

MNA Education Desk (JnU Corespondent): Jagannath University (JnU) Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman on Thursday has said that the purpose of creating the incident of ‘15 August’ was to simultaneously kill the three facts—Bangabandhu, Bangladesh and Bangalism not to merely change the state power. He came up with this comment while addressing a discussion as Chief Guest titled ‘Mass Media and 15 August’ held at the central auditorium of the university at 12:00pm marking the National Mourning Day and 42nd death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman. The VC said that the incident was created ...

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Over 3m people affected by floods: Ministry


MNA National Desk: Over 3 million people from 7,52,349 families living in 623 Union of 96 Upazilas are affected in the countrywide floods. The death toll raised to 37 till, said Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief acting Secretary Ghulam Mostafa on Wednesday. As many as 411,000 people have taken shelter at 1,599 centres that are opened to support the flood victims. The government has distributed 3,255 tonnes of rice and Tk 13.2 million in cash among the flood victims since 9 August. Some 16,000 packets of dry foods have also been distributed among the affected people, the acting secretary ...

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Annisul Huq hospitalised in London

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MNA National Desk: Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq was admitted to a hospital in London with nervous system complications. Annisul Huq is now in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of hospital as he is suffering from a brain disease called cerebral vasculitis. The mayor had been suffering from various health complications for the last two months. Earlier, on Jul 29, Huq went to London to visit his daughter. “He was suffering from cerebral vasculitis. It was not detected in Dhaka. He was suffering for the last two months with occasional spells of dizziness and lack of balance,” ...

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