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BSF killed Bangladeshi youth in Lalmonirhat

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MNA National Desk: A Bangladeshi young man was killed by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Dahagram-Angorpota bordering area of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat district on Tuesday. The dead was recognized as Hazrat Ali, 35-year-old, son of Amir Hossain, a dweller of Baladanga village of the upazila. Local people confirmed that BSF members from Omorbari camp unlocked fire to Hajrat while he was crossing into the Indian Territory through the border point, leaving him dead on the spot, reported news agency. Ahmed Bazlur Rahman Hayati, commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-15, said a letter has been ...

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15-kg robot, spying devices seized at Dhaka airport

Hungary

MNA National Desk: A 15-kilogramme ‘healthcare’ robot and a large consignment of spying and networking devices have been seized at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday. The seized goods were recently imported from China declaring as toys and computer materials. The customs authority temporarily seized the consignment on September 8, the day it arrived from China and seized today after examination, customs officials said. The other seized items included 120 smart watches (with SIM card slots), 10 mini digital cameras and 25 pen cameras, 63Ethernet Swiss, 25 antennas , 19 base stations and some networking devices. According to ...

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No Bangladeshis among New York blast injured

New York

MNA National Desk: There is no Bangladeshis among those injured by the explosion occurred at Chelsea in Manhattan of the USA, said a Bangladesh diplomat in New York quoting preliminary information on Sunday, reported news agency. However, at least 25 people were injured in New York explosion. “25 injuries to civilians confirmed at 133 W 23 St in Chelsea. None appear to be life-threatening at this time,” the Fire Department NY tweeted. “Explosion happened at roughly 8:30pm (0030 GMT Sunday) on 23rd street between 6th and 7th avenues,” in Manhattan, spokesman J. Peter Donald tweeted. “Several injured transported to area ...

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Joy to receive ICT for Development Award

Joy

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) affairs adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy would receive ICT for Development Award in New York, stated the website of Bangladesh Awami League. The award would be handed over to Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed on 19th September by Actor Robert Davi at a high-level reception in support of the first anniversary of the adoption of the UNSDGs and the Importance of ICT and Competitiveness as a Tool for Sustainable Development. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina as well as ministers and high-level political leaders from Bangladesh and other ...

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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with due religious fervor

Eid-ul-Azha

MNA National Desk: The holy Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslim community, was celebrated today across the country with due solemnity and religious fervor. The festival began in the morning with offering of Eid prayers by millions of Muslims at mosques and eidgahs. They prayed for divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country and welfare of the Muslim Ummah. The celebration began with Eid congregations all over the country followed by sacrifice of cattle heads in the name of Allah. Meanwhile, millions of people have left the capital and other major cities for their ...

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1,152 spots in capital designated for Qurbani

Qurbani

MNA National Desk: A total of 1,152 spots have been designated in the capital city for Qurbani in the Eid-ul-Azha, reported news agency. Of the total spots, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has selected 648 and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) 504. Mayors of DNCC and DSCC in separate statements already urged the city dwellers to slaughter their sacrificial animals in the designated places so the corporations could manage the waste easily and timely. The corporations will also deploy 6205 extra cleaning staff, along with their regular ones. Among the extra cleaning staff, DSCC will add 5200 to its regular ...

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Foreign diplomats respected Dhaka’s counter-terrorism

Foreign diplomats

MNA National Desk: The foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka highly respected the government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina for the enhanced surveillance and security measures taken around the country following a number of terror attacks, reported news agency. “The envoys thanked the government for the improved inspection and security measures taken around the country and expressed satisfaction over the counter terrorism efforts and initiatives taken by the Government,” foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters yesterday after a ‘diplomatic briefing’. He said the envoys also shared their views on the possible measures for further strengthening the existing security of diplomats ...

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Tongi boiler explosion toll hits 31 deaths

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MNA National Desk: A fire visibly triggered by a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in Tongi so far killed at last 31 people and injured 100, reported news agency. Gazipur fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Akhtaruzzaman said 17 died at the scene at Tampaco Foils Limited at BSCIC industrial estate of Tongi. And the rest eight succumbed to their wounds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and other health facilities including Tongi Government Hospital, Uttara Adhunik Medical College Hspital and Kurmitola Medical College Hospital. Fire officials said about 25 units of theirs from different fire stations ...

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Snatchers fire on Bikash agent, robbed money

Bikash agent

MNA National Desk: Snatchers opened fire on a Bikash agent and robbed Tk 150,000 from the agent on Wednesday at Chowdhury Mela area in Pirganj upazila, reported news agency. The victim agent was identified as Rezaul Karim, 25-year-old. However, he has immediately been sent to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Sources said the snatchers riding a motorcycle opened fire on him in the area when Bikash agent was going to Chatrahut from Shimultoli Bazar riding his motorcycle. When bullet hit Rezaul fell on the ground snatchers robbed the money from his possession. A subsidiary of BRAC Bank, bKash emerged in 2010 ...

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Five detained with TK 10 million counterfeit notes

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MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained five alleged members of a currency note forging gang, including two women, in possession of about TK 10 million counterfeit notes in the city’s Banasree and Jurain areas early on Thursday. The arrestees were recognized as Abdur Rashid, a former Bangladesh Bank official, Dulal Miah, Sarwar Hossain, Fatema Akter and Rubina Begum, reported news agency. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (media wing) of the RAB Headquarters said, a team of RAB-1 arrested the five members of the note counterfeiting gang in separate drives in Banasree and Jurain areas in ...

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Khaleda Zia charged in three cases

Khaleda Zia

MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court accepted charge sheets against 84 leaders and activists of BNP, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia, in three cases filed under the Special Powers Act with Darus Salam police station, news agency reported. Senior judge of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court M Kamrul Hossain Mollah took into cognizance the charges against the former prime miniser in the three cases. The court also issued arrest warrants against 72 BNP leaders and activists, including BNP leader Amanullah Aman, Maruf Kamal Khan, Sultan Salahuddin Tuku and Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel. The court ordered the officer-in-charge of Darus Salam police station ...

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RAB detained two Neo-JMB couples

Neo-JMB

MNA National Desk: RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) said that they have detained two Neo-JMB couples  from Dhaka and Narayanganj. The couples were supposedly arranging to leave the country, RAB said via an SMS on Wednesday. ASP Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, RAB media wing Assistant Director, said RAB-2 and RAB-11 carried out the raids on Tuesday night following specific tip-offs. But he did not mention their name and which country they were planning to escape to go. Details would be revealed in a news conference later, he later added. Earlier on August, police killed three suspected militants including Gulshan cafe attack ‘mastermind’ ...

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New campus for JnU at Dhaka’s Keraniganj

Keraniganj

MNA National Desk: The Jagannath University (JnU) will get a new campus at Dhaka’s Keraniganj at the outer edge of the capital. “We are really happy as the Cabinet has decided to do so,” Nurul Islam Nahid told a media briefing on Monday. The Education Minister also said that the new campus will be constructed at the site in Keraniganj, where the government has already cleared a project to build a 10-storey building as a residential hall for students. The JnU students protesting for construction of residential halls for them on the empty space of recently abandoned Dhaka Central Jail ...

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Government declared 11 September holiday

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MNA National Desk: The government of Bangladesh has declared 11 September as a holiday to extend the Eid-ul-Azha holidays and made a four-day vacation for the public servants. The public administration ministry ensured this on Monday, also stating that government employees will have to be present at office on 24 September to recover this holiday. Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 13 September as the moon for the Arabic month of Zil-Hajj was not sighted on Friday. However, Eid-ul-Azha also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier ...

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Government to declare media policy soon

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MNA National Desk: Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, the prime minister’s media affairs adviser,  said on Saturday that the government is expected to declare a general policy for the print, electronic and online media soon. “The proposed policy will be aimed at development of media industry,” he told it at a function organized by Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust at Chittagong Press Club (CPC). Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury also said the policy would be prepared after discussions with all stakeholders. The adviser later said the 9th wage board for the media industry would also be announced very soon removing anomalies in the 8th wage ...

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India criticized reports on Farakka Barrage

Farakka Barrage

MNA National Desk: As news agency reported, Ministry of External Affairs of Indian has criticized the media reports regarding release of water from Farakka Barrage contributing to floods in Bangladesh as “erroneous and misleading”. The Ministry of Water Resources of India has also clarified that the Gates of the Barrage are operated to smoothly pass the flows of the Ganga river through Farakka Barrage, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka. The Barrage gates remain open during the monsoon for smooth passage of flows of the Ganga which is a routine and unavoidable activity, it said. Barrage suddenly, and there ...

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Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 13 September

Eid-ul-Azha

MNA National Desk: Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 13 September as the moon for the Arabic month of Zil-Hajj was not sighted on Friday. The parliamentary standing committee on religious affairs ministry announced the date at the Islamic Foundation in the evening. However, in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, the Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on Sep 12. Eid-ul-Azha also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah ...

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SUST students ordered to vacate residential halls

SUST

MNA National Desk: Students of SUST (Shahjalal University of Science and Technology) have been ordered to vacate residential halls following a fight among many factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) centering football tournament committee. Male students have been asked to leave their halls by 6:00 pm on Thursday while the female ones by 12:00 pm on Friday, said Md Ishfakul Hossain, registrar of the university at a press briefing, reported news agency. The authorities took the decision as at least five students were wounded in clashes over the issue in the last two days. A tense situation is prevailing on ...

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Six Bangladeshi infected Zika virus in Singapore

Zika virus

MNA National Desk: Six Bangladeshi citizens have been infected positive with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Singapore, the High Commission of Bangladesh confirmed on Thursday. “We have been informed yesterday by MOH (the Ministry of Health) that of those tested positive, as of 12 noon on 30 August, 6 are Bangladeshi nationals,” Mahbub Uz Zaman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore told Reuters by email. Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus. It is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Its name comes from the Zika ...

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Quasem again seek time for presidential clemency

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MNA National Desk: Death-row war criminal Mir Quasem Ali on Thursday has again seek more time from the prison authorities to make the final decision on filing a petition for presidential clemency. “We asked him (Mir Quasem) further whether he will apply for presidential clemency and in reply he sought more time to decide about it,” said Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik, reported news agency. Earlier in the day, Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin said death-row war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali will get reasonable time for seeking presidential clemency. The copy of the Supreme ...

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Police detained alleged killer of Risha

alleged killer

MNA National Report: Police detained the alleged killer of Suraiya Akhter Risha, an eighth grade student of Willes Little Flower School and College, from Nilphamari on Wednesday morning. The arrestee is Obayed, 29-year-old, son of late Abdus Samad of Miratongi village of Birganj upazila in Dinajpur. Earlier, police said that Obayed, worked in a tailoring shop at Eastern Mollika Shopping Complex, had been disturbing Risha over phone for some months. Risha’s mother filled a case against Obayed with Ramna police Risha stabbed by miscreant in city’s Kakrail area, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on August 28. Her family ...

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SC uphold death penalty of Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali

MNA National Desk: SC (Supreme Court) has rejected the review appeal of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali and upheld his death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) for crimes against humanity during Liberation War in 1971. The Appellate Division on Sunday finished the hearing on the petition filed by the death row convict Jamaat leader seeking review of the earlier verdict of the Appellate Division. A five-member appeal bench led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha conducted the hearing, and finally handed down the verdict in the case on Tuesday. Justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui, justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, ...

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KMC banned student politics for BCL clash

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MNA National Desk: Khulna Medical College (KMC) authorities have banned student politics and expelled its four students for their alleged involvement in Saturday’s clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on the campus. The suspended students are college unit former BCL president Saifullah Mansur, BCL activists Sakibul Islam, Aninda Sundar and Russel. The KMC authority took the decision from an academic council meeting of the university on Sunday morning, said KMC Principal Professor Dr Abdullah-Al-Mahbub. Talking to reporters, Khulna City unit BCL office secretary Shahin Alam said the party has suspended its all activities in the college after ...

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JnU students attacked by BCL activists

JnU

MNA National Desk: Jagannath University (JnU) students who are now protesting for residential hall on the empty land of Dhaka’s old central jail came under attack allegedly by some activists of JnU unit of BCL on Sunday, as news agency reported. As part of their scheduled program, a group of students of the university took position on the campus and staged demonstrations to press home their demand. The students also staged demonstration in front of Bahadur Shah Park around 11am. At one stage, a group of JnU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), allegedly led by its president Shariful Islam, appeared ...

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Vessel workers called off strike

vessel workers

MNA National Desk: River vessel workers called off their indefinite strike on Saturday night upon getting assurance from the authorities about their salary hike. The decision came following a tripartite meeting among the government officials, vessel owners and workers at the Department of Labour’s conference room in the city, Shah Alam, president of Bangladesh Water Transport Workers’ Federation, reports news agency. The workers throughout the country went on an indefinite strike on Monday night to press home their four-point demand, Their demand includes fixing minimum salary of the river transport workers at Tk10,000, giving them compensation for any harm in ...

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Verdict on Mir Quasem’s review petition August 30

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MNA National Report: A five-member appeal bench led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha fixed the final verdict on Mir Quasem’s review petition on August 30, Tuesday. The appellate division of Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the petition filed by death row convict Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali seeking review of its earlier verdict that upheld his death penalty for crimes against humanity during the War of Independence in 1971. The other four members of the panel are Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui, justice Mirza Hossain Haider, and justice Muhammad Bazlur Rahman. Mir Quasem Ali was ...

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Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury killed in Narayanganj

Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury

MNA National Desk: Police killed three suspected militants including Gulshan cafe attack ‘mastermind’ Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury raiding a house at Paikpara in Narayanganj. The members of counter terrorism and transnational unit conducted the drive in plainclothes cordoning the five storey building in Paikpara Boro Masjid area. Counter-terrorism Unit’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanowar Hossain told news agency that the gunfight erupted Saturday morning. The raid was conducted based on information obtained from an arrested operative of the banned group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). However, Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury had been identified by police as the mastermind of the Jul 1 attack ...

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