Prime Minister leaves for Germany tomorrow


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave here tomorrow for Germany on a three-day official visit to attend 53rd Munich Security Conference to be held from February 17. ‘Twenty heads of states and government . . . will join the conference which is being considered as the ‘Best Think Tank Conference’ in the present discourses on world security,’ Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a media briefing at his office. But, he said, during the visit the Bangladesh premier would also held bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported news agency. Ali named some of ...

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Chief election commissioner, 4 commissioners take oath

Chief Election Commissioner

MNA National Desk: The newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and four other election commissioners were sworn in on Wednesday. Chief justice SK Sinha administered the oath at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at 3:00pm. On 6 February, president Abdul Hamid reconstituted the new Election Commission (EC) making former secretary KM Nurul Huda as the CEC. He also appointed four new election commissioners — former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder, former secretary Rafiqul Islam, former district and session’s judge Begum Kabita Khanam and retired brigadier general Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury. The five-year tenure of CEC Kazi Rakibuddin and three election commissioners expired ...

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Inauguration of New Executive Committee of Greater Comilla Somity, Dhaka held

Comilla Somity

MNA National Desk: The inauguration ceremony of new executive committee members of Greater Comilla Somity, Dhaka was held in the capital on Tuesday. The program was held at the Engineers’ Institution of Bangladesh (IEB) Auditorium. The newly elected executive committee members took oath in the program as Judge (Retd.) Mamtaj Uddin Ahmed has sworn them in. Honorable Planning Minister, A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP was the Chief Guest of the ceremony but due to some other engagement, he was not present in the program. Railway Minister Md. Mujibul Hoque, MP and Food Minister, Advocate Kamrul Islam, MP was present as ...

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Six detained over SSC question paper leaks

question paper

MNA Education Desk: Six people have been detained in connection with leaking question paper of ongoing secondary school certificate (SSC) examination. The Detective Branch of police claims to have arrested six people for their alleged association with leaking fake question papers of SSC examinations. Additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka metropolitan police confirmed the matter. Details of the arrest will be disclosed in a press briefing later on Wednesday. Identities of the detainees could not be ascertained yet. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday said that a probe committee would be formed to investigate the alleged leak of question papers ...

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BNP to propose PM for election-time government dialogues


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said it will now place a proposal for an election-time supportive government and urge the Prime Minister to take steps for engaging in talks over the issue, reported news agency. Speaking at press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said they are not going to approach the President to take initiatives for dialogue on the election-time government as he has already ‘committee misdeeds’ over the formation of the Election Commission (EC). ‘Now people are talking about supportive government as they strongly feel that ...

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HC upholds order on banning 34 pharmaceuticals


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday upheld its earlier order banning 20 pharmaceuticals from complete production and 14 others from producing antibiotics. ‘The High Court Division bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order, declaring the rule it had issued earlier in this regard, absolute in part,’ said advocate Manzlil Murshid, who filed the petition on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), reported news agency. The court also asked the government to form a five-member committee to ensure that the order is implemented and asked it to ...

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Road Accident Leaves Reporter Mamunur Rashid injured

Mamunur Rashid

MNA National Desk: Staff correspondent and Crime Reporter of The Daily Observer Mamunur Rashid got injured in a road accident in the capital on Sunday afternoon. A black color private car hit Mamun’s motorbike in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area, according to witnesses. A relative of this prominent crime reporter, Mustafizur Rahman Sumon told the media that the private car was following his bike from Farmgate towards Karwan Bazar as he quoted Mamun. When Mamun reached the underpass near Karwan Bazar, that private car hit his bike and left the place in a hurry. Later the passers-by immediately took him ...

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Kamrun Nahar joined as first ever woman PIO

Kamrun Nahar

MNA National Desk: Begum Kamrun Nahar joined as first ever woman Principal Information Officer (PIO) at Press Information Department (PID) on Sunday. She is succeeded Mohammad Jahangir Hossain, an official handout said, reports news agency. A farewell reception was given to Hossain at PID while Nahar was conferred reception for joining as new head of the department. Nahar, an officer of BCS 1984 regular batch, served as Director General (DG) of Directorate of Mass Communication. She also served as DG of Department of Films and Publications and Bangladesh Film Archive and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Film Censor Board in her 31-year ...

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BNP suggested Joy to seek explanation from World Bank

World Bank

MNA National Desk: The BNP on Sunday suggested the prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy to seek an explanation from the World Bank (WB) over Padma Bridge project graft as a Canadian court acquitted the accused. “The prime minister’s son has said those people — from Dr Yunus to opposition parties — shouted bringing the corruption allegation to seek apology following the Canadian court’s verdict. It’s the World Bank that had brought the allegation. Why are you not seeking an explanation from them?” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We’re ...

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Dewanbagi Pir still at ICU

Dewanbagi Pir

MNA National Desk: Dewanbagi Pir, a Muslim spiritual guide, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of United Hospital in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. He is still at there till filing the report. United Hospital’s media and public relations officer Sajjadur Rahman Shuva told, ‘Dewanbagi Pir was admitted into the hospital suffering from pneumonia on February 5. Later he was taken to the ICU on Friday afternoon after the deterioration of his condition. He is still there under the supervision of Doctor Nazmul Islam. His condition is still unchangeable.’ Rumours about his death have been come out in social ...

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Road crash killed at least 11 people in Narsingdi


MNA National Desk: At least 11 people killed in a bus-microbus collision on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Belabo upazila of Narsingdi on Sunday morning. Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately. The Belabo police Officer-in-charge (OC) Badrul Alam said the accident took place at about 7:30am when the Dhaka-bound bus of Agradut Paribahan coming from Sylhet collided with the microbus coming from opposite direction, leaving 11 passengers of the microbus dead on the spot. The bodies were taken to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital morgue. The injured were admitted to nearby hospitals in Kishoreganj’s Bhairab upazila. From Friday night till Saturday ...

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Some evil believers demean Islam through militancy

boosting cooperation

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that some people believe in an evil version of Islam, and it is they who demean our religion through militancy and terrorism. ‘Murder, attacks and bombing’ are especially prevalent in Muslim majority countries, said the prime minister at a conference of imams on Thursday. “It was in these countries that weapons were being mostly used.” “But who produces these weapons?” she said. “Who benefits? They shed the blood of Muslims. They turn Muslim countries into battlefields. Who sells the weapons? I urge you to think about it.” The prime minister was ...

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Partex director, ex-chairman of RAJUK arrested


MNA National Desk: Former Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury, and Partex Group Director Shawkat Aziz arrested in Dhaka in graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). ACC Public Relation Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattyacharya told media that the Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury and Shawkat Aziz were arrested in cases filed over plot swindle. On Wednesday, the ACC filed a case with Motijheel police station accusing eight people, including Iqbal Uddin and Shawkat Aziz, of allocating two plots (10 katha each) of Rajuk violating rules. Others named in the case are former Rajuk members SD Foyez, AKM Wahidul ...

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HC summons Sagar-Runi murder case investigation officer

investigation officer

MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday summoned assistant police superintendent (RAB) Mohiuddin Ahmed who is the investigation officer (IO) of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi murder case. The deadline for submitting the report ends on Wednesday. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mazharul Islam summoned the investigation officer, said court source. The officer was summoned for prolongation for submitting the investigation report to the court in time. On February 11, 2012, Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar Sarowar and his wife, ATN Bangla senior reporter Meherun Runi, were hacked to death by unidentified people in their rented apartment in the ...

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Khaleda pleaded to change trial court of graft case


MNA National Desk: BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has pleaded in High Court to change the trial court for the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case citing lack of confidence in the judge. A joint bench of justice Ruhul Quddus and justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty set 13 February for the hearing of the plea. Her counsel Mahbub Uddin Khokon submitted the documents on Wednesday to Supreme Court’s concerned wings. The Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases are being tried in the court of Dhaka’s Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar. The court is now hearing Khaleda’s statement defending herself over ...

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Bangladesh Bank deputy director killed in road crash

Deputy Director

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Bank Deputy Director Golam Hossain killed in a road crash at Tikatuli in Dhaka on Tuesday morning. The deceased was 45. The Wari police Sub-inspector (SI) Moyazzem Hossain said the accident took place at Tikatuli crossing under Wari police station at about 7:30am. The body of Golam Hossain has been kept at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue. Four injured, including Golam Hossain, who was also inside the bus, were rushed to Dhaka Medical. Later, Golam Hossain was declared dead at about 8:30am, the police added. The other injured are identified as Jalaluddin, 56, Shahida Begum, ...

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Bangladeshi fisherman shot dead by Myanmar BGP


MNA National Desk: A Bangladeshi fisherman was shot dead and another injured as Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) opened fire on them while fishing in the Bay of Bengal near Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar early on Monday. The victim was identified as Nurul Amin, 26-year-old, son of Kabir Ahmed, a resident of Chowdhurypara of Teknaf municipality. Hakim Ali, also a coworker, said a group of fishermen were fishing there around 7:00am, when a BGP team intruded into the Bangladesh water territory and opened fire on the fishermen, leaving Nurul dead on the spot and Mortuza Miah injured. The injured ...

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Newly elected members of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela take oath

Shishu Kishor Mela

MNA National Desk: Newly elected Cental Executive Committee members of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela, a national children and youth organization has paid their tribute with bouquets at the tomb of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara, Gopalganj. Chief Sponsor of ‘Kendriyo Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela’ Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, Advisor Engr. Abdus Sobhan, Asaduzzaman Jamil, Jinat Barkatullah, Shafiqur Rahman, President of the newly elected central committee Meah Monsaf and General Secretary Yasin Mohammad along with other leaders were present at that time. The oath taking ceremony of Central Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela leaders and Tungipara upazila ...

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BD can achieve quality education by 2030: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the country can achieve comprehensive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning by 2030 facing all the challenges. ‘Education is one of the areas receiving my government’s highest budgetary allocation,’ she said while addressing the inaugural session of the 3-day E-9 Ministerial Meeting on Education 2030 at a city hotel in the morning. She also mentioned that the challenges of terrorism, violent extremism and armed conflicts affecting human rights and peace and stability of the world today can be addressed with innovation, understanding, right attitude and farsighted policies. The Prime ...

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Hartal observed in Sirajganj protesting journalist killing


MNA National Desk: A half-day hartal in protesting the killing of a local journalist in crossfire during a clash between two factions of ruling Awami League was observed in Shahzadpur, Sirajganj, on Saturday. Abdul Hakim Shimul, local correspondent of Bangla daily Samakal, received bullet wounds on Thursday and died on way to Dhaka on Friday. Supporters of a faction of local Awami League and its student front Chhatra League enforced called the hartal. The local press club extended its support to the 6am-12pm shutdown. Allegations have it that Hakim was hit with bullet shot from the gun owned by Shahzadpur ...

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Ragib Ali and his son get 14-year jail in fraud case

Ragib Ali

MNA National Desk: A Sylhet court has convicted industrialist Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hye of forging land ministry documents to grab temporality of a tea estate. The father and son each have been sentenced to 14 years in jail on Thursday in the verdict delivered by the court of the chief judicial magistrate. Ragib and his family fled to India hours after a court issued arrest warrant for him and his son in the case, but they were brought back late last year. According to case details, a Hindu man donated the Tarapur Tea Estate and all other ...

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Khaleda Zia appears court for hearing in graft cases


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today appeared before a special court in Dhaka for hearing in the graft cases of Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage. The court is hearing both the Zia Charitable Trust and the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption cases. Khaleda had begun her defence testimony in the Zia Charitable Trust at a hearing on Dec 1. She reached the makeshift court of Abu Ahmed Jomadar of Special Judge’s Court-3 in Bakshibazar around 11:40am. According to the charge sheet of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, Khaleda and three others abused their power to collect Tk ...

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Dhaka Metropolitan Police to Observe Its 42nd Anniversary

Dhaka Metropolitan Police

MNA National Desk: Dhaka Metropolitan Police held several activities today at the city on the occassion of its 42nd anniversary on the upcoming Saturday. DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah inaugurated the program at Bijoy Shoroni of the city by flying balloons. He congratulated the citizens of Dhaka on this occassion as he said, “DMP has been working as the partner of joy and sorrow of the citizens of Dhaka for long 4 decades. DMP is ensuring security at different cultural, religious, political and national programs”. “We have achieved immense success in controlling crimes and terrorism,” he added. The DMP members later ...

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Another woman repression case filed against Arafat Sunny


MNA National Desk: Yet another case under Women and Children Repression Act was filed against national cricketer Arafat Sunny and his mother, Nargis Akhter, by Nasrin Sultana on Wednesday. Nasrim filed the case with the court of Judge SM Rezanur Rahman Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-4. The judge after recording the statement of the plaintiff ordered the Mohammadpur police to investigate the complaint lodged against the player and his mother. Nasrin Sultana, who earlier accused Arafat Sunny of uploading sensitive photos on social media, filed a total of three cases against him. On 5 January, Nasrin Sultana filed a ...

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JMB IT chief among 4 held in Jatrabari raid


MNA National Desk: Four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) including its alleged IT chief were held during a raid at a house in east Dholaipar area of Jatrabari in Dhaka early on Wednesday. According to RAB, the four members of the ‘Sarwar-Tamim’ group, including the IT head of the faction Ashfaque-e-Azam, were arrested in a raid in a Jatrabari house. RAB Signal and Media Wing assistant Director Mizanur Rahman told that on Wednesday morning, being tipped off a team of RAB 10 conducted a drive at the house from 4:00am to 7:30am. RAB also claimed ...

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Probe report over Avijit Roy murder soon: DMP

Avijit Roy

MNA National Desk: The probe report in connection with blogger-writer Avijit Roy murder case would be placed before the court soon said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia. The DMP chief made the disclosure while addressing a press briefing held at Bangla Academy in the capital on Tuesday. In the last two years, the Detective Branch pleaded 15 times to the court for extending the deadline to submit the probe report. Since the killing of Avijit, several others, including online activists, writers, publishers, members from the minority communities have been attacked or killed in similar fashion by machete-wielding attackers, ...

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AL, BNP submit names to search committee


MNA National Desk: Ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday proposed five names for making recommendations by the search committee for appointing the new election commissioners. A BNP delegation led by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi submitted the proposal to additional secretary Abdul Wadud at the cabinet division, which provides secretarial services to the search committee. BNP leaders said the persons they named are from the civil society and they had no bad records in their professional life. AL’s office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap went to the cabinet division in secretariat at about 12:45pm ...

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