Bangladesh appointed new ambassadors to Sweden, Oman


MNA National Desk: Md Nazmul Islam will be appointed as the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and Md Golam Sarwar will be the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sultanate of Oman, said a Foreign Ministry press release. Md Nazmul Islam is now serving as director general (Administration, GS & ICT) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nazmul, a career diplomat of 15th BCS (Foreign Affairs), joined the Foreign Service in 1995. In his diplomatic career, he served as the consul general in Jeddah and counsellor in Beijing. He also served in Bangladesh missions in Jakarta and London in different ...

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No unfit vehicle on highway during Eid vacation: Quader

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in Gazipur on Tuesday no unfit vehicle and those without route permit will be allowed to ply on the highway during the Eid vacation. The minister made the remarks while visiting the condition of the Dhaka‐Mymensingh Highway ahead of the Eid at Targachh area in Gazipur. He further said the homebound holiday makers have been suffering on the way as a few places of the highways were damaged due to heavy rainfall in the last few days. He requested his party men to help law enforcers as volunteers reduce ...

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Banani rape case: Charges to be framed on 9 July


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday set 9 July as the date to frame charges after taking it into cognizance against five accused, including Shafat and Shadman, in the Banani rape case. The Judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal‐2 Shafiul Azam set the date this morning after rejecting the bail pleas of the five accused. Shafat Ahmed and Nayem Ashraf were charged for rape and Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali for assisting in the offence. On June 8, police pressed charges against all the accused in the case. The two university ...

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Tough action against Fakhrul’s motorcade attackers: Quader

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MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, the road transport and bridges minister, on Sunday said tough action would be taken against those who were involved in attacking the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam at Chittagong. “It’s not sure who were involved in the attack… but it’s an offence…We are looking into the matter and tough actions would be taken against the attackers,” he told the reporters after visiting BRTA Mobile Court activities on the city’s Airport road. A motorcade of BNP delegation led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia ...

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Over 5kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

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MNA National Desk: Customs officials at the Dhaka airport have detained a passenger in possession of gold bars weighing over 5 kg. As many as nine gold bars were found with 48-year-old Abdur Razzak, who landed Dhaka at 1:30am on Saturday on Malaysian Airlines flight, said Customs Assistant Commissioner HM Ahsan Kabir. The gold bars were found after searching the body of Razzak, Customs Assistant Commissioner said to the reporters. He said they have seized five gold bars weighing 1 kg each and four weighing 100 grams each. The estimated market value of the confiscated gold is around Tk 27 ...

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Red carpet rolled out as PM arrived in Stockholm

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MNA National Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Stockholm on Wednesday night on a three‐day bilateral visit to the Scandinavian country. A Scandinavian Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Arlanda Airport in the Swedish capital at about 9:40pm (local time). Later, the Prime Minister was given a guard of honour by the Swedish armed forces. This is the first‐ever bilateral visit by any head of government or state of Bangladesh to Sweden. Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina flies to Sweden via London


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left for Sweden via London on Tuesday for the first-ever bilateral visit. A VIP Biman Bangladesh flight left Dhaka with the prime minister and her delegation on Tuesday at 12:10pm. The flight is scheduled to arrive in London on Tuesday night. She will stopover in London for a day to spend time with family members. Her niece Tulip Siddiq has been re-elected MP in the British elections on Jun 8. This will be the first ever bilateral visit (June 15-16) by any head of state of Bangladesh to Sweden. The premier will ...

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Landslides in Rangamati, Bandarban kill 20


MNA National Desk: More than 20 people were killed in separate landslides in different area of Rangamati and Bandarban districts on Tuesday. Identities of all deceased could not be known immediately. Around 13 bodies were recovered at Rangamati, six at Bandarban and four people were found dead at Chittagong after the mudslides. Moreover, a man was killed as tree fell on him at Kaptai upazila of Rangamati and a young man went on missing in the River Karnaphul. Power outage occurs in several areas of Rangamati. Fire fighters and members of Civil Defence and other law enforcers are conducting rescue ...

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Eid advance train ticket sale begins

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway has started selling advance train tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Tickets for 21 June journeys are available on Monday. Each passenger will be able to buy a maximum of four tickets. Around 30,000 tickets are made available than the normal day sale of train tickets, said Railway sources. Tickets for 22 June will be available on Tuesday on the second day of sale while for 23 June on 14 June, for 24 June on 15 June and for 25 June on 16 June. Return tickets for June 28 will be available on June 19, ...

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Police cordon off militant hideout in Rajshahi, 12 held


MNA National Desk: The police detained 12 people including three alleged militants after cordoning off a suspected militant hideout at Dangapara village in Tanore upazila of Rajshahi early Monday. The three suspected militants identified as Ibrahim, 34, his sibling Israfil Alam, 26 and their brother in-law Robiul Islam, 35. The eight suspected militants along with four children surrendered after a team of counter-terrorism unit from Bogra along with Rajshahi district police conducted the drive, said Asaduzzaman, superintendent of police in Bogra. The law enforcers also recovered two suicide vests, a pistol, six rounds of bullets and a magazine from the ...

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PM’s visit to Sweden for first ever bilateral meeting

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Sweden on Tuesday upon an invitation by her Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, in his Sunday press briefing said the Swedish prime minister has invited her for the visit. This will be the first ever bilateral visit (June 15-16) by any head of state of Bangladesh to Sweden. The premier will have a stopover in London, he told journalists in the morning. The Bangladesh PM will lead a high-power delegation including a 47-member high-level business delegation during the visit, the FM said. Sweden was one ...

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Rangamati JL leader murdered for motorbike: Police


MNA National Desk: Rangamati Jubo League leader Nurul Islam Nayan was murdered as the attackers wanted to hijack his motorbike, said police. Ali Ahasan Khan, the superintendent of police in Khagrachhari, said this after the army-led joint force arrested two people — Runel Chakma and Junel Chakma — for their alleged involvement in the killing. Nayan, the organising secretary of Longadu Sadar upazila unit of Jubo League, was found dead on a road in Dighinala upazila of Rangamati on June 1. The miscreants in the guise of passenger hit the victim’s head with an iron rod on Dighinala-Khagrachhari road and ...

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Banani univ girls rape: Police press charges against 5 accused


MNA National Desk: Police on Thursday pressed charges against five people including Ahmed Shafat and his friend Nayeem Ashraf in the Banani double rape case. The three other accused are Ahmed Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain, bodyguard Rahmat alias Azad and associate Shadman Sakif. Ismat Ara Ame, inspector of women support and investigation centre of Dhaka metropolitan police, submitted the chargesheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in the afternoon. The two university girls were allegedly raped at Raintree Hotel in Banani of the capital on March 28 last. One of the rape victims filed a case with Banani Police Station ...

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Moudud files writ with HC against RAJUK eviction drive


MNA National Desk: A writ petition was filed with the High Court on Thursday challenging the legality of the eviction of BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed from his Gulshan residence. Layer Mahbub Uddin Khokon filed the writ petition on behalf of Moudud Ahmed. Earlier, on Wednesday, Rajdhahi Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) took over BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed’s Gulshan house following a court order. The Gulshan house originally belonged to Md Ehsan, a Pakistani national, who got the rights of the house from the then Dacca Improvement Trust or DIT in 1960. The owners had left Bangladesh in 1971 after the ...

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Fitra fixed at Tk 65 minimum per head


MNA National Desk: Fitra has been fixed at a minimum of Tk 65 again this year. The amount of the money, or the equivalent foodstuff, is distributed among the poor during Sadkatul Fitr or Fitra before the Eid-ul-Fitr congregation. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Fitr Fixing Committee of Islamic Foundation held at conference room of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Thursday morning. Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Moulana Mohammad Mizanur Rahman presided over the meeting. Per person Fitr has been fixed at minimum Tk 65 and maximum Tk 1,980 this year ...

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Mirza Fakhrul visits Allama Shafi at hospital


MNA National Desk: BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday visited ailing Hefajat-e Islam Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi at a city hospital. Fakhrul along with party leader Mir Mohammad Nasir went to Asgar Ali Hospital in old Dhaka around 1:30pm. On Tuesday, the 95-year-old Hefajat ameer was airlifted to the hospital at Gendaria in the capital by a helicopter as he has been suffering from various old-age complications, including high-blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory problem. Earlier, yesterday Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad went to the hospital to know about the physical condition of Ahmed Shafi. He entered ...

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6-Point Day: Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the memorial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to commemorate the historic 6-point demands. After placing the wreath, she observed a moment of silence to pay her respects. Later, associate bodies of Bangladesh Awami League including Dhaka city AL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League and Swechchhasebak League placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu marking the historic occasion. On this day in 1966, Bangabandhu launched a nationwide movement seeking autonomy for the then East Pakistan from the misrule of West Pakistan. The Six-Point Demand ...

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About 1.27 lakh people will perform hajj this year

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MNA National Desk: A total of 1,27,798 people are allowed to perform hajj this year under public and private management, Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman said on Tuesday. “As per the bi-lateral hajj agreement 2017, around 10,000 persons in public and 1,17,198 persons are allowed to perform hajj in private arrangement during the current hajj season,” the minister said. In addition to this, 1162 private agencies are also received approval for administering the hajj programme during this year. Meanwhile, the bilateral hajj agreement already has been completed between the government of Bangladesh and the Royal Saudi government. However, the ...

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Ex-caretaker government chief Latifur Rahman dies

Latifur Rahman

MNA National Desk: Former chief justice Latifur Rahman, who served as the chief adviser to the 2001 caretaker government, has passed away at 6:30am on Tuesday. Supreme Court registrar general Syed Aminul Islam said the 81-year-old breathed his last at Samarita Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and other complications, he added. Rahman served as the chief justice of the Supreme Court for 14 months, starting on Jan 1, 2000. Then he was appointed chief advisor to the caretaker government because he was the final chief justice to retire during the Awami League’s 1996-2001 term. BNP Chairperson ...

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HC commutes Oishee’s death sentence to life term

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MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Monday commuted the death sentence of Oishee Rahman to life term imprisonment in the case filed over the killing of her parents in 2013. An HC bench comprising Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Mohammad Jahangir Hossain announced the verdict at about 11:00am. The court also fined her Tk 5,000. Oishee was sentenced to death by a Dhaka speedy trial tribunal in November 2015 for murdering police inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Rahman. Later, Oishee surrendered to police confessing to her involvement in the killing. In November 2015, the trial ...

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SC dismisses Moudud’s review for Gulshan home, orders to vacate

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MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court has ordered Moudud Ahmed to vacate his Gulshan home of 30 years, scrapping his petition to review the verdict given by the Appellate Division. A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed the plea with observations, paving way for the BNP leader and former law minister to leave house number 159, in Gulshan-2 for sure. The apex court today also dismissed a review plea of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging Appellate Division judgment quashing a graft case filed in this regard against Moudud and his brother Manjur. The BNP leader ...

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CIID confiscates gold, diamond from Apan Jewellers

Apan Jewellers

MNA National Desk: Customs Intelligence Investigation Directorate (CIID) has confiscated gold and diamonds at Apan Jewellers showrooms that have no legal documents. The showrooms are at Gulshan DCC Market, Gulshan Avenue, Uttara, Simanto Square and Mouchak. The confiscated gold and diamonds will be deposited at Bangladesh Bank’s vault in the presence of the authorities concerned, the CIID DG added. The 13.5 maunds [approximately 503.88kg] gold and 427 grams diamonds were initially rounded up on May 14 and May 15 though they were not confiscated. The CIID had previously handed over 2.3kg gold seized from the Apan Jewellers showrooms to 85 ...

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400 sued over Langadu arson attack


MNA National Desk: More than 400 people were sued on charges of attacking and torching 100 houses in Langadu upazila of Rangamati following the killing of a Juba League leader. Langadu Police Station sub-inspector Dulal filed the case accusing 15 named and around 400 unnamed people on Friday night. Meanwhile, police also arrested seven people in connection with the arson attack. To prevent untoward situations, the local administration imposed section 144 in the upazila. On Thursday, Nurul Islam Nayan, organizing secretary of upazila Jubo League who used to carry passengers on his motorcycle in exchange for money, was found dead ...

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Kidnapped physician returns home after 7 months


MNA National Desk: Physician Muhammed Iqbal Mahmud, who was reportedly abducted from Dhanmondi area in Dhaka on 14 October in 2016, was found alive in Lakshmipur after seven and half months of his alleged abduction. Lakshmipur police said unknown men dropped Iqbal Mahmud near Goruhata area in Lakshmipur municipality at around 11:00pm on Wednesday with his eyes tied. Iqbal later went to his home in Sadar hospital area in an auto rickshaw. Muhammed Iqbal Mahmud was whisked away in a microbus by seven or eight people shortly after he got down from a bus at the Science Laboratory intersection around ...

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Shyamal Kanti gets bail in bribery charges

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MNA National Desk: Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was publicly humiliated last year, has been granted bail after spending a week in jail on bribery charges. On Wednesday, the court of district and sessions judge granted bail to him until Jul 20. Bhakta, the headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School, stands accused of taking bribe in a case filed by a teacher of the same school. Plaintiff Morsheda Begum accused Shyamal of taking Tk 135,000 as bribe promising to include her as an employee in the government’s monthly payment order or MPO scheme. On May 24, Shyamal ...

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PM returns home from Austria after IAEA conference


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning after attending the International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme in Vienna. The VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 7:20am. High civil and military officials received the Prime Minister at the airport. The prime minister addressed the opening session of the conference titled ‘Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: 60 years and Beyond- Contributing to Development’ Tuesday. She thanked IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano for his efforts to ...

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70 fishermen with 6 fishing trawlers went missing

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MNA National Desk: About 70 fishermen along with six fishing trawlers of Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong and Kutubdia upazila of Cox’s Bazar district went missing in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday during the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’. The owners of the fishing boats could not communicate yet with the fishermen, reported news agency. At least seven people were killed in Cox’s Bazar and  Rangamati districts as severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ hit Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia on Tuesday morning. Besides, the cyclone also destroyed hundreds of houses and uprooted many trees in Saint Matin’s Island and Teknaf areas of ...

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