Government ordered to close Peace Schools


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh government has ordered to close all Peace Schools those are operating without any approval across the country. An education ministry statement released on Tuesday said that it has advised the home ministry to take instant actions to close all Peace Schools. The ministry also ordered the Dhaka Education Board to stop approval of the Peace International School at the capital’s Lalmatia. The government does not have any exact info on how many schools are being functioned with the word ‘Peace’ in their names. The education board claimed that they only approved temporarily an English medium school ...

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ISPs threw internet shut down drill


MNA National Desk: ISPs (Internet service providers) and mobile-phone operators have threw a drill to shut down internet services instantly should there be a need for emergency response to militant attacks. The drill happened in a commercial zone of the capital Dhaka around 1am on Tuesday. “We’ve started work.” telecom regulators BTRC Chairman Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood told to media after the drill began. Mobile-phone companies verified their abilities to shut down voice services. “The capacity to close voice call service along with internet connection is being tested,” he said. A special squad of BTRC oversaw the drill. Commercial area was ...

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Devastating flood likely in August


MNA National Desk: A devastating flood likely to hit the country in the middle of August, weathermen have forecast. They have made the flood forecast monitoring rainfalls in the upstream – in China, Nepal and India. The rain waters flowing through rivers may arrived Bangladesh in the second week of August, initiating a major flood in the country. Brahmaputra and Ganges are likely to swell. As a result, almost half of the areas of Bangladesh may be flooded. The prediction is based on info and data available with India’s IMD, Bangladesh Met Office, and Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre. A ...

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Law enforcement agencies detained 31 people in Sylhet


MNA National Desk: Law enforcement agencies in a combined drive detained 31 people, including 22 campaigners of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir for their suspected militant connection, from numerous places in Jakiganj upazila of the Sylhet district on Thursday. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Suggan Chakma said a combined team including members of Rapid Action Battalion-4 (RAB), Armed Police Battalion and Detective Branch of police, led the drive in some areas of the upazila in the dead of night and detained the 31. They also recuperated vast sharp weapons and jihadi (religious uprising) books from their possession. ...

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Family recognized two of killed militants


MNA National Desk: Family members on Wednesday recognized two of the nine suspected militants killed in an operation by law enforcement agency at Kalyanpur on Tuesday. One of them was recognized as Jubayer Hossain, 20-year-old, son of Abdul Kaiyum and Ayera Begum and dweller of West Maizdi in Sudharam upazila of Noakhali district. Jubayer was a second-year honours student of Noakhali Government College. Police said that Jubayer had remained missing since May and he was enlisted on the missing list prepared by Rapid Action Battalion. Jubayer’s father recognized his son from the pictures of the killed militants posted by the ...

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Body of DBCCI president found at Keraniganj


MNA National Desk: The body of Hasan Khaled, Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DBCCI) president, was found at Keraniganj on Tuesday, three days after he went missing on Saturday. Keraniganj model police station sub-inspector Ilias Sharif said the body was identified by the business card found with the body. Hasan Khaled’s younger brother Murad Hasan recognized the body as well. On Saturday, Khaled went out of his residence around 8:30am for purchasing some prescribed medicine. He was missing since then. His brother-in-law filed a general diary (GD) with Dhanmondi police station on Sunday. Noor-e-Azam Miah, officer-in-charge of the police ...

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DB arrested four suspected women


MNA National Desk: Detective Branch (DB) arrested four suspected members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) women wing from Masimpur Mohalla area in Sadar upazila, Sirajganj on Sunday. Wahiduzzaman, Officer-in-charge of Sirajganj DB, said tipped off that a team of female militants was residing in the area for scheduling to bring out dissident activities. The convicts were recognized as Nadira Tabassum, 30-year-old, wife of Mahbubul Alam, Habiba Akter Nishu, 18-year-old, wife of Khalid Hasan, Nurun Nahar Begum, 19-year-old, wife of Mamunul Islam, and Romana Akter, 21-year-old, wife of Sujon Ahmed Bijoy. They are addressing from Comilla, Kushtia and Gaibandha districts. A ...

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A woman detained for involvement in Gulshan attack


MNA National Desk: A woman has been detained for suspected involvement in Gulshan terror attack on a cafe that killed 22 persons, as media said on Friday. Ruma Akhtar, 28-yaer-old, was picked up on Thursday by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on charges of her involvement in the attack. Her father, Shahaboddin Ahmed Badu, told to media that detectives took her away from their house saying she was a suspect in the July 1 attack. “But I don’t know the reason behind her detention,” he added. However, the family of Ruma said that she went to Dubai six months ago but ...

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JMB regional head arrested from Gazipur


MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday said it had arrested four suspected militants, including a top regional head of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB), from Tongi of Gazipur. RAB raid a flat in an apartment building in the industrial town of Tongi and detained four members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB). “Among them was Mahmudul Hasan, the southern regional head of the JMB. He is a top militant trainer,” RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told reporters. Law enforcement agency recuperated hand-made bombs and bomb-making ingredients from the house, indicating the militants “were planning to carry out an act of sabotage,” he ...

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NSU suspends arrested pro-VC Ahsan


MNA National Desk: The authorities of North South University (NSU) yesterday suspended the acting pro-VC, Gias Uddin Ahsan, who was arrested on charges of renting out a flat to Gulshan cafe attackers and withholding tenants’ information from the police. The NSU authorities took the action against Gias Uddin Ahsan, dean of the private university’s School of Health and Life Sciences, NSU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Atiqul Islam told to media. On Sunday, the VC at a view exchange meeting with government officials termed militants “cancer” and announced that his university would root it out from the campus through “operations”. Gias Uddin Ahsan, ...

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Three men get death for 1971 war crimes in Jamalpur


MNA National Desk: Three men get death for 1971 war crimes in Jamalpur. The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has found eight men guilty of crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971 from Jamalpur. The tribunal found all the five counts of charges, including mass killing, murder, confinement, torture, arson and looting, pressed against them proved. In its judgment delivered on Monday, the court ordered death sentence for three while five others have to spend rest of the life in prison. The three death convicts are Ashraf Hossain, Professor Sharif Ahammed and Abdul Bari while the five who ...

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NSU acting pro-VC detained for sheltering militants


MNA National Desk: Gias Uddin Ahsan, acting pro vice chancellor (pro-VC) of North South University (NSU), has been detained here along with two others for sheltering militants who carried out Bangladesh’s worst terror attack at a cafe in which 22 people were killed by suspected Islamic State militants. Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said “North South University’s (NSU) acting pro-VC Gias Uddin Ahsan was arrested yesterday for renting out a flat to the attackers of Holey Artisan Bakery.” Meantime, Dhaka court has given police eight days to interrogate the acting pro-VC Ahsan. Counter terrorism Unit’s Additional ...

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World leaders at ASEM to support Hasina government


MNA National Desk: World leaders, at the 11th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, expressed their eagerness to support Hasina government in any situation as news agencies reported. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said that her government would take help from Russia, if necessary, in fighting extremism and militancy. Hasina said this when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held two-sided talks with her on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit here. Medvedev offered to stay beside Bangladesh at its dangerous time if there is any terrorist attack. Foreign secretary M. Shahidul Haque said, numerous topics on bilateral ...

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Khaleda to meet intellectuals on Thursday


MNA National Desk: Khaleda Zia, BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) chairperson, is set to meet and exchange views with intellectuals, journalists and professionals on Thursday evening over the current militant occurrences at Gulshan restaurant and Eid congregation at Sholakia. Sayrul Kabir Khan, BNP chief’s press wing member, confirmed that the meeting would be held at 8:00pm at chairperson’s Gulshan office. However the BNP chief already set on a meeting with its standing committee members on Wednesday at 8:00pm. After closing that meeting she also sat for another conference with its alliance’s leaders at the same place. The two attacks and significance ...

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PM advised parents to remain watchful of children


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday advised all, counting parents, teachers and government officers, to remain watchful about the activities of their children to stop them from terror and crime occurrences. “The people of the country are pious, but not bigots. I simply cannot understand why the children of these pious people who are receiving education from reputed institutions, good schools and colleges, and English medium ones are turning bigots,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said that it essentials to be burrowed out how the criminals are misguiding students. “We don’t want these students to lay down ...

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Nisha Desai Biswal visited Dhaka terror attack site


MNA National Desk: Nisha Desai Biswal, the US point person for South Asia, has visited Dhaka terror attack site, the Gushan cafe that terrorists stormed on July 1 and killed 20 people including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian and an American citizen of Bangladesh origin. The Islamic State (IS) has supposedly demanded responsibility for the occurrence at Holey Artisan Bakery, in Gulshan diplomatic zone, which is visited by foreigners. The US assistant secretary of State remained there for around 20 minutes on Monday. She will also leave on Monday, finishing her two-day visit, for Sri Lanka after meeting Prime ...

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Government decided to ban Peace TV


MNA National Desk: The government of Bangladesh on Monday decided to ban Peace TV, which is run by Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik. The cabinet committee on law and order chaired by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu took the decision after two back-to-back attacks within July’s first week. The Bangladesh government has also said that it would monitor sermons delivered during the Friday prayers. The government would crack down on ‘provocative’ speeches. Mir Hossain Akhtar, president of Cable TV Operators Bangladesh (COB) said that cable TV operators in the nation wish to stop airing Zakir Naik’s Peace TV. “We ...

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Fugitive Army officer arrested after one year


MNA National Desk: A fugitive former army officer has been arrested almost after one year. The officer was named Udvas Chakma and belonged from tribal ethnicity. He was a captain of the Bangladesh Army, who deserted his position in 2015 as he flew away to join some rebel force of the hill tracts area and became a fugitive. He has been arrested with the help of the Indian authority, according to an official release by ISPR. Udvas Chakma, a resident of Khagrachhari, was enrolled in the Sylhet Cantonment for a course since Feb 15, 2015. He fled the base on ...

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Attacker of Sholakia Eidgah massacre was NSU student


MNA National Desk: Law enforcement agency has recognized the suspected attacker of Sholakia Eidgah massacre as he was a student of North South University (NSU). Anwar Hossain Khan, Kishoreganj SP, confirmed to media that Abir Rahman, who was killed in a firefight, is a BBA final-year student of the private university, had been missing since March. Abir hailed from Comilla’s Debidwar and his father is Sirajul Islam. The family lived in Block-D at Bashundhara Residential Area in capital Dhaka. Ashikur Rahman, Abir’s elder brother, identified him from the photos and videos published in the media. Ashikur also said the family ...

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Alleged captured Gulshan attacker Zakir dies at DMCH


MNA National Desk: Alleged captured Gulshan attacker Zakir dies at DMCH. Zakir Hossain Shaon, who is alleged to be one of the attackers in last Friday’s Gulshan havoc, yielded to his wounds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Friday. Zakir’s parents went to Holey Artisan bakery with a photograph of their son on 4 July as they could not find him after the attack on the restaurant. A group of terrorists killed at least 20 people, mostly foreigners, in the attack. Zakir’s parents said that they went to Gulshan police station in search of their son. They waited in Gulshan ...

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Sholakia Eid Gathering Bombing Kills at Least four


MNA National Desk: Grave news started this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr proceedings as bombing at Sholakia Eid gathering kills at least four. At least four people, including a woman and two policemen, were killed in a bomb attack near the country’s largest Eid congregation at Sholakia in Kishoreganj on Thursday. Law enforcement agency said they detained two in connection with the blast that also left 12 others, including seven policemen, wounded. Three of the deceased were identified as constables Ansarullah and Zahirul Haque and a woman named Jharna Rani Bhowmik. Police said the other killed in the blast, whose identity could not ...

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Motorcycle-ridden assailants hacked Hindu priest to death


MNA National Desk: A Hindu religious leader (priest) has been hacked to death by unidentified motorcycle-ridden assailants at Sagra village in Jhenaidah. The murdered Shyamanondo Das was working as a priest of Sri Sri Radha Modon Gopal Moth at Uttar Kastasagarha in the southwestern Bangladesh district Jhenaidah’s Sadar Upazila for the past three years. Treasurer of Sri Sri Radha Modon Gopal Moth, Prabhash Kumar said Das hailed from Musuridanga village in Narhail Sadar Upazila. “He came to serve this temple three years ago. He had no enmity with anyone”, he added. Hasan Hazijur Rahman, OC of Jhenaidah told that, Shyamanondo ...

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Three arrested with VoIP equipment in Mymensingh


MNA National Desk: Police in a drive arrested three people along with huge number of VoIP equipment, SIM cards from Shankipara Nayan Moni Market area in Mymensingh on Wednesday night. Police said that the captures were made during a raid from a house in the town.The three held have been recognized as Jahirul Islam, 20-year-old, Humayun, 25-year-old, and Ruhul Amin, 20-year-old, said local police OC Kamrul Islam. He claimed that they were involved in illegal international telephone call operation using VoIP technology. VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made free over ...

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Massive fire at 14-storey building at Badda in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: A massive fire has broken out at a 14-storey building at Badda in Dhaka. The fire service said the fire at the ‘BTI Premier Plaza’, started on Wednesday and took 26 fire-fighting units more than three hours to tame it. Ataur Rahman, duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) control room, ensured that the fire exploded at the building at about 3:00am. The building has shops from the ground floor up to third floor, while the rest is housingflats. No fatalities have been reported. Some residents of the building have been taken to local ...

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Another two persons held in Mitu murder case


MNA National Desk: Another two persons were held in Mitu murder case. Law enforcement agency arrested two more for their alleged connection in the murder of Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, wife of police superintendent Babul Akter on Tuesday. Debdas Bhattacharya, Additional commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police, told to media. The suspects, identified as ‘Bhola’ and ‘Monir’, have been nabbed from the port city’s Baklia. He said that they have seized two firearms from the suspects, which were used in the Jun 5 killing. Till now, counting the latest detentions, six people have been held in this case. Two have been shown ...

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PM inaugurated construction of metro rail


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the construction works of the first metro rail service in the capital. She unveiled the construction work from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday. Besides, the PM inaugurated the work to build a depot in Gazipur for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Hasina stated in her inauguration speech, “The metro rail is being constructed to ease the general people’s traffic hassle and to modernize the transportation system. With the construction of the metro rail, around 60,000 people will be able to travel from Uttara to Motijheel in just 38 minutes.” In the ...

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Uttara shopping mall fire kills six


MNA National Desk: According to reports, Uttara shopping mall fire kills six and injures hundred. Six people, including two women, died and over 100 others were wounded in fire at a shopping mall named Tropical Alauddin Tower Shopping Complex in the capital’s Uttara on Thursday evening. The fire initiated at one of the three basements of 15-storey mall after a lift chop down in its shaft with a loud bang, said Abdur Razzak, inspector of Uttara West Police Station. Initial enquiry proposes there was aburst and a fire after the lift severed and hit the underground around 6:15pm, said Brig ...

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