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BNP leader Hannan Shah passed away in Singapore

Hannan Shah

MNA National Desk: ASM Hannan Shah, BNP standing committee member, died in a Singapore hospital Tuesday morning. He was 77-year-old. The first namaz-e-janaza of Hannan Shah will be held in Singapore after Esha prayer today. His son Shah Riadul Hannan said the ailing leader was shifted to Raffles Heart Centre in Singapore on 11 September from Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka where he was admitted after a heart attack on 6 September. BNP’s media wing member Shairul Kabir Khan said the veteran politician died while undergoing treatment for cardiovascular diseases. His body will be brought home soon after completing the ...

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Six JMB activists arrested in Kolkata

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MNA National Desk: Six alleged Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists’, including three of Bangladeshi origin, have been arrested from Assam and West Bengal, Kolkata police said on Monday. “Special Task Force of Kolkata police has arrested six Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists,” joint CP crime Visal Garg told a media meet. All of them are actively involved with JMB, said the police official. Garg said four of them are wanted in connection with the Khagragarh explosion case in Burdwan district in 2014. Police have seized laptops, mobile phones, wire, detonators, a powder like substance and fake ID proofs from them. Two suspected ...

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Two more bodies recovered from Tampaco

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MNA National Desk: Two more rotten bodies were recovered on Monday from the remains of the Tampaco Foils factory in Tongi, raising the death toll in the fire incident to 38. Sixteen days after the fire, eleven people are still missing in the incident. The fire in Tongi, just 12 miles north of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, is the country’s worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that killed 1,135 garment workers. Tampaco Foils, which owns the five-storey factory, packages various items for several international brands, including Nestle and British American Tobacco. This latest tragedy raises ...

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Nazrul Islam Medical College closed after BCL clash

Nazrul Islam Medical College

MNA National Desk: The authorities of Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College announced for an indefinite closed time on Sunday following a conflict between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). The clash was occurred between the groups over establishing domination on the campus, reported news agency. However, the college academic council sat a meeting and took the pronouncement fearing additional worsening of the situation, said principal of the medical college professor Ruhul Amin. Meanwhile, a three member body has been created to inspect the occurrence, he said. The male students were asked to vacate their dormitories by 5:00pm Sunday ...

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4 fake DB arrested from Motijheel area

Motijheel area

MNA National Desk: Members of Detective Branch (DB) arrested four people for allegedly impersonating its members from the city’s Motijheel area on Saturday night. Identities of the arrestees could not be known immediately. Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman said, acting on a tip-off, a team of DB police conducted a drive in the area and arrested the four who used to impersonate DB men. The law enforcers also recovered walkie-talkie sets, handcuffs, DB jackets and toy pistols from their possession, reported news agency. On the other hand, three policemen also have been closed to district ...

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Two killed in clash between two groups of AL in Kushtia

Kushtia

MNA National Desk: Two people have been killed and twenty people wounded in a clash between two groups of Awami League followers in Kushtia on Saturday. The conflict broke out at Machhpara village in Jhaudia union. The dead were identified as Iman Ali, 35-year-old, a resident of Machhpara village, and Shahabuddin, 42-year-old, a resident of Boidyanathpur village. Iman Ali was killed on the spot and Shahabuddin died at Kushtia General Hospital. Locals claimed that some 22 houses were ransacked and looted by the unruly people during the two-hour clash. Additional police personnel were deployed in the area to avoid further ...

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Arrest warrant against BNP’s 14 leaders

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against 14 BNP leaders and activists, including BNP Vice-chairman Selima Rahman, in a case filed under Special Power Act. Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah, Metropolitan Session Judge’s Court, issued the warrant. The case was filed with Pallabi thana on charge of violence in 2015. Apart from Selima Rahman, the accused in the case include special assistant to the BNP chairperson Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan and BNP leader Asifa Ashrafi Papiya. In the case, BNP leader Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia and four others are ...

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Written tests for public university teachers appointment

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MNA National Desk: The government of Bangladesh has recommended for taking written examinations along with viva voce for appointment of teachers at public universities. The ministry for education issued a statement on its website drawing consideration to the subject so that misdeeds can be restricted in the recruitment process. “Only viva voce for appointing teachers and officials creates scopes for irregularities,” stated the secretary of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The ministry has requested the UGC to take actions towards executing the government decision. The ministry also requested the UGC for verification of applicants’ personal data by law enforcement or ...

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Barisal launch capsized death toll increases to 17

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MNA National Desk: At least 13 people died and around a dozen more remain missing as an overcrowded launch capsized in the Sondha River in Banaripara upazila of Barisal district on Wednesday morning, reported news agency. “So far we have recovered 13 bodies including three women and a child. Around a dozen people are still missing,” said Barisal police chief Mohammad Akhteruzzaman. Officer-in-charge of Banaripara police station Ziaul Islam said the Uzirpur-bound launch ‘ML Oishi’ from Banaripara reached Dasherhat Launch Terminal around 11:15am. When the launch anchored, a heavy chunk of mud from the erosion site on the riverbank fell on ...

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Two drown, 25 missing in Barisal launch capsized

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MNA National Desk: Two women drowned, 25 people went missing as a launch capsized in the Sondha River in Banaripara upazila of Barisal district on Wednesday morning. The deceased were recognized as Kohinur Begum, 40-year-old, hailed from Banaripara and Saleha Begum, 60-year-old. Officer-in-charge of Banaripara police station Ziaul Islam said the Uzirpur-bound launch ‘ML Oishi’ from Banaripara reached Dasherhat Launch Terminal around 11:15am, reported news agency. When the launch anchored, a heavy chunk of mud from the erosion site on the riverbank fell on the vessel and it sank with 60-70 passengers on board. Of the passengers, 25 remained missing ...

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Sajeeb Wazed Joy received ‘ICT for Development Award’

Sajeeb Wazed Joy

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has received ‘ICT for Development Award’ in New York. The award has handed over to Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed 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. However, Sheikh Hasina, special guest of the ceremony, said: “Joy taught me how to operate a computer. Therefore, he is my teacher.”  “He is the mastermind behind the development of ...

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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

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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

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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

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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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