Chittagong port to hoist signal no 7


MNA National Desk: Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar have been advised to lower local warning signal no. 4 but instead hoist danger signal number 7 (r) seven. The cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ over east-central bay and adjoining area moved slightly north-northeastwards over East-Central Bay and adjoining North Bay and was centered at 9:00 am on Monday. The storm is likely to intensify further, move in a northerly direction and may cross Chittagong – Cox’s Bazaar coast by Tuesday morning. Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars will come under danger ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina leaves for Austria

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Austria on Monday to attend the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). A special Biman flight carrying the prime minister left Dhaka in this morning. She will attend the opening session of the conference titled “Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: 60 years and Beyond- Contributing to Development” on May 30. Hasina will also have bilateral talks with her Austrian counterpart, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told the media on Sunday. Bangladesh became member of the IAEA in 1972. The prime minister’s husband, late nuclear scientist Dr MA ...

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Complete verdict in Rajib murder case published


MNA National Desk: A 163-page verdict for killing blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2015 was published on the Supreme Court website on Sunday, sentencing two people to death, another to life term and six others to different jail terms. After getting signed by two Judges—Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain, the verdict was published this morning. Earlier on 2 April, a High Court bench upheld a lower court verdict over the murder. The condemned convicts are Faisal Din Nayeem alias Dwip and Redwanul Azad Rana while the lifer is Maksudul Hasan Anik. On 15 February, 2013, Ahmed ...

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Explosives recovered from Savar militant den


MNA National Desk: Police recovered huge quantity of illegal bombs and bomb-manufacturing materials, jihadi books from a suspected militant den in Namagenda area of Savar. Security forces have resumed their operation at the militant hideout from this morning. Earlier on Friday, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) surrounded a five-storey building in Genda around 7:30pm and raided a flat, but it emerged that the terror suspects had left it in the morning. Later, the CTTC members detained a woman and rescued two children from the ground floor of the house. Police used loudspeakers requesting neighbours to maintain a safe distance ...

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Greek Statue Removal: 8 injured as police foil demo


MNA National Desk: Police foiled an attempt of protesters who staged demonstrations in front of High Court Mazar Chattar protesting the statue of Greek goddesses’s removal from the Supreme Court premises. Leftist student bodies, including Chhatra Union, Chhatra Front and Chhatra Federation, under the banner of ‘Pragatishil Chhatra Jote’ brought out a procession from the Dhaka University campus, protesting the removal of the statue, in the morning. At one stage, police lobbed tear gas canister and water canon to disperse them, which left eight people injured. The victims were admitted at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said sources at the hospital’s ...

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Mother, daughter hacked dead in Feni


MNA National Desk: A mother and her daughter have been hacked to death at their home at East Bashikpur village in Phulgazi upazila in Feni on Wednesday. On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy around 9 pm. Two people have already been detained over the incident. The deceased were identified as Fatema Sathi, daughter of Monir and Sathi’s five-year-old girl Isma. Fatema had been living at her father’s home she and got divorced from husband a few months ago. The motive behind the killings could not be known immediately. Fatema’s family alleges ...

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Shyamal Kanti sent to jail on bribery charges

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MNA National Desk: Narayanganj school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was publicly humiliated last year, has been sent to jail on charges of bribery. On Wednesday morning, a Narayanganj court issued an arrest warrant for him after taking into account the charges brought against him by a colleague. 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. Hours after the order was out, Shyamal surrendered to the court and pleaded for bail. The court sent him to jail, rejecting his plea. Advocate ...

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900 additional buses during Eid: Obaidul Quader

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will deploy 900 additional buses countrywide to ensure journey of the traveller during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Speaking at a programme of the BRTC, Quader said that out of the 900 ‘special bus services’, 466 will travel between districts and Upazilas. Besides, the sales of advance BRTC bus tickets will begin seven days before the Eid and the special bus services will begin on June 22 and continue till three days after the greatest festival of Muslims, he added. He came down hard ...

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RAB detained 3 from Chapainawabganj


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested three people, and conducted separate raids on four houses in Gomostapur and Nachol upazilas of Chapainawabganj on Wednesday. The drivers were launched around 5am following information gleaned from three suspected members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) who were arrested from Bazarpara in Gomostapur along with 3 kg gunpowder, one pistol, one magazine and four bullets around 4am today. Lt Col Mahbub Alam, commanding officer of RAB-5, declared the end of the drives around 11:00am. He said case will be filed against the three arrestees with Gomostapur police station. Shukur is ...

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Comilla mayor Sakku gets permanent bail

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to Monirul Haque Sakku, the newly-elected mayor of Comilla City Corporation (CCC), in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Dhaka metropolitan senior special judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla handed down the order. Earlier on 9 May, the court granted bail to the mayor till 24 May this year in the graft case. At the same time, the court fixed June 12 for hearing on the transfer of the case to Special Judge-8 and charge framing. On 7 May 2008, Shahin Ara Mamtaz, assistant director of ACC, ...

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Sheikh Hasina performs Umrah at Makkah


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, performed holy ‘Umrah’ at Makkah in Saudi Arabia on Monday night. She performed “tawaf” around the holy Ka’aba Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina also offered prayers seeking divine blessings for the people of Bangladesh as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and other entourage members of the prime minister also performed Umrah. ...

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Transport strike in 16 districts called off


MNA National Desk: Truck, tanker-lorry, covered van and pick-up van owners and workers Oikya Parishad called off their 72-hour strike in 16 districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions on Tuesday morning. The decision has been taken from an emergency meeting held in Bogra after assurance of the divisional administrations to sit with the Parishad leaders to solve their problems. The Oikyo Parishad was continuing their strike to press home their seven-point demands, including putting an end to the harassment by policemen on the highways. The workers’ leaders had first enforced a 48-hour strike and then made it a 72-hour one ...

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Polls being in 57 UPs, Khetlal municipality


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) has organized elections in 57 Union Parishads (UP), twenty one wards and one municipality on Tuesday. Polling centres opened at 8am and the voting will close at 4pm, reported news agency. According to EC Election Management and Coordination officials, general elections are being held in 17 UPs, 13 UPs will re-vote after courts accepted legal challenges against previous elections, and the remaining 27 will be holding by-elections for various positions. The polls of 21 wards will be holding re-votes for district administration positions after court challenges and one will hold general elections. Joypurhat’s ...

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AL-backed ‘Blue Panel’ sweeps DU senate polls

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MNA National Desk: The ruling Awami League-backed ‘Blue panel’ swept the senate polls of Dhaka University on Monday. Aspirants from the ‘Blue panel’ won 33 seats of teachers’ representatives out of 35 posts while BNP-backed ‘White panel’ bagged only two posts. The remaining two were secured by the White Panel teachers backed by the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. However, the left-leaning, ‘Pink panel’ did not participate in the senate polls. Around 1,590 teachers cast their votes between 9:00am and 1:00pm at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on DU campus, reported news agency. DU Treasurer Professor Dr Md Kamal Uddin, also ...

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Strict action for food adulteration during Ramadan

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MNA National Desk: Sayeed Khokon, the present mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), said strict action will be taken against those involved in food adulteration and violating the sanctity of Ramadan in clubs and bars. Sayeed Khokon came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a view exchange meeting with the businessmen on the occasion of Ramadan, held at Nagar Bhaban on Monday. The action will be conducted in the city corporation area during Ramadan to check food adulteration in restaurants and punitive measures. He also urged the club and bar owners to maintain purity of Ramadan, ...

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PM invites Donald Trump to visit Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: US President Donald Trump has said he ‘hopes to visit’ Bangladesh, after he was invited by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque. The two leaders met during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. “Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque quoted the US president as saying while briefing reporters after the summit. “Accepting the invitation, Trump expressed the hope that he would visit to Bangladesh,” Haque said. Donald Trump was in Riyadh on his first foreign tour after taking office. While delivering ...

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Jatiya Ganatantrik Party president Shafiul Alam dies

Shafiul Alam

MNA National Desk: Shafiul Alam Prodhan, the president of Jatiya Ganatantrik Party (JAGPA) died of a cardiac arrest early on Sunday. He was 67 years old. The party’s General Secretary Khandaker Lutfur Rahman informed to media that Shafiul Alam Prodhan died in his house located at Dhaka’s Asad Gate on Sunday at 7:30am. Jatiya Ganatantrik Party is an ally of BNP‐led 20‐Party Alliance. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed deep shock at the death of Shafiul and conveyed sympathy to bereaved family member. In early political life, Shafiul was involved with Bangladesh Chhatra League, ...

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Warm welcome to Sheikh Hasina in Saudi Arabia


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received warm reception in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night as the PM on a four-day official visit to attend the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at King Khalid International Airport at 11.15 pm (local time). Saudi State Minister for Sura Affairs Mohamed Faisal Bin Abu Saad and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi received the Prime Minister at the airport. During her visit, Hasina will also perform holy Umrah in Makkah and offer ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet ...

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Police raids BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office

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MNA National Desk: Police on Saturday conducted a raid on the Gulshan office of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in search of search of “anti-state documents.” Nothing, however, was found during the two-hour long search. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the raid was aimed at “harassing Khaleda Zia mentally and keeping her under pressure.” Police said that they had received information that “anti-state materials” were kept at the Gulshan office. And they had a search warrant issued by the court to carry out a raid to find out whether there is any anti-state ...

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MATS students clash with police at Shahbagh area

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MNA National Desk: Students of Medical Assistance Training School (MATS) clashed with police in Dhaka’s Shahbagh area on Thursday as police obstructed them while staging demonstrations. When the MATS students took position in the area around 11:00am to press home their four-point demand police obstructed them. Police fired tear shells water and used water cannon to disperse the students and the students also threw brick chips towards police. The MATS students vandalized two vehicles at that time. Several injured in the clash and police arrested 11 people from the spot. Later, fighting resumed in the area when police blocked a ...

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‘I perceiving conspiracies from childhood’: Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her firm determination to take Bangladesh to its desired goal, saying that she doesn’t care any conspiracies to this end. “I have perceiving the conspiracies from my childhood … I don’t care it. I believe that as long as the almighty Allah, the people and the blessings of my parents remain with me, we could reach our desired goal,” she said. The prime minister said this while addressing the leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies at Ganobhaban, this morning to greet her on the occasion of Sheikh Hasina’s ...

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23 awarded death penalty for killing 4 AL activists


MNA National Desk: A Narayanganj court has awarded death penalty to twenty three persons for the 2002 brutal murder of four Awami League activists. The verdict was announced by Narayanganj Additional District and Sessions Judge Quamrunnahar on Wednesday. Nineteen of the death row convicts were present when the judgement was pronounced, while four are absconding. The four Awami League supporters were enticed away from their homes in Araihazar Upazila’s Jalakandi village on March 12, 2002 and hacked and burned to death, said Additional Public Prosecutor Jafrin Ahmed to the reporters. After the delivery of the verdict, Additional Public Prosecutor has ...

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Former foreign secretary Faruq Ahmed Choudhury dies

Faruq Ahmed Choudhury

MNA National Desk: Former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Faruq Ahmed Choudhury has passed away at 83. He had been suffering from multiple diseases of heart, liver and kidney. Choudhury died at around 4:30 am at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Foreign Ministry for holding and later his body will be taken to Baitul Aman Mosque in Dhanmondi-7 for another namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed their deep sorrow at Choudhury’s death. Born in 1934, Choudhury entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956. He served in ...

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Inauguration Program 2017 of DSEC Held


MNA National Desk: The inauguration program 2017 of the new executive committee of Dhaka Sub-editors Council (DSEC) was held today at national press club at 11.00am. Minister of Information Hasanul Haq Inu, MP was present as the chief guest of the program. Abdul Wadud Dara, MP and Chairman of Food related Parliamentary Committee; Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, President of National Press Club; Shamim Mohammad Afzal, Director General of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh was present as special guests. K.M. Shahidul Huq, President of DSEC chaired the program. At the beginning of program Tarun Tapon Chakrobarti, former executive committee member of DSEC in his ...

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RAB starts operation at suspected militant dens in Jhenidah


MNA National Desk: Bomb disposal unit of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have started their operation at the suspected militant hideouts at Chuadanga village in Sadar upazila of Jhenaidah on Tuesday noon. Members of the elite force and local police cordoned off the two houses, owned by Selim and Pranto, adjacent to a camp of RAB-6 since early morning, said the RAB official. Meanwhile, two live suicide vests were found at a bamboo cluster near one of the houses, Rab said. The elite force suspected that there are people inside the brick-built houses and the team may recover bomb, grenades and ...

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Customs raids 5 Apan Jewelers branches, Raintree hotel

Apan Jewelers

MNA National Desk: The Gulshan outlet of Apan Jewelers has been sealed as customs intelligence officials are conducting raids at its five branches in search of illegal money. Customs detectives also have conducted raids on Raintree hotel. The drives were also going on at Apan Jewelers’ Uttara, Mouchak and Shimanto Square outlets around 12:30. Tax officials of Dhaka south and North along with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) forces are jointly conducting the drive. Customs Intelligence on Friday formed a two-member committee, headed by Deputy Director Shariful Hasan, to look into the sources of the wealth of Shafat’s father Dilder, who ...

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Selim Osman surrenders over teacher humiliation case

Selim Osman

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party MP Selim Osman surrendered to a court in Dhaka on Sunday in connection with a case filed for humiliating school teacher Shyamol Kanti Bhakta on 23 May. The MP surrendered to the court of Dhaka Chief Judicial Magistrate Jasmine Ara Begum in the morning. The magistrate set May 23 for the hearing of the bail petition, as he submitted a bail order issued by the High Court on 8 May for two weeks. On May in 2016, Shyamol Kanti, headmaster of Piyar Sattar Latif High School in Narayanganj, was humiliated and forced to squat holding ...

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