Gazette for Khaleda’s trial in prison published


MNA National Desk: The Law Ministry on Tuesday evening (Sep 04) published a gazette notification for conducting the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable trust case in old central jail, reported news agency. Earlier, the chief prosecutor of the case advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal told that the jail authority can not produce Khaleda in court hearing due to her illness and the trial of the case is hanging at the near end. Under the circumstances, we have filed a plea to court for shifting the trial to a makeshift court set up on the old central jail ...

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Hasina’s popularity marks significant rise: IRI survey


MNA National Desk: The popularity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has marked a significant rise as around 66 per cent countrymen have lent out their support for the Bangladesh premier, alongside the Awami League-led government still rides on a good public support at 64 per cent, said a survey of IRI. The Washington-based International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted the survey between April 10 and May 21, 2018, reported news agency. IRI collected data using a multi-stage stratified probability sample through in-person, in-home interviews. The sample was stratified by division, by district, and by urban and rural locations. Majority people of ...

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Birangana Rama Chowdhury passes away

Rama Chowdhury

MNA National Desk: Rama Chowdhury, a writer and one of the 200,000 Biranganas of the Liberation War, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital early Monday. She was 79. Rama Chowdhury who had been suffering from old age complications breathed her last around 4am, reported news agency. Born at Popadia village in Boalkhali upazila in 1941, Rama Chowdhury fell prey to perverted Pakistani military forces at her residence on May 13, 1971 during the Liberation War. Rama obtained her MA in Bengali Literature from Dhaka University in 1961. Then, she started her career as the headmaster of Cox’s Bazar High School ...

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PM opens 7th March Bhaban at DU

March Bhaban

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the 7th March Bhaban of Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University constructed in memory of the historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. She opened the building as the chief guest through a function at the auditorium of the bhaban at Rokeya Hall of the university this morning, reported news agency. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and University Grants Commission Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan were present at the function as the special guests, while DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Aktaruzzaman was in the chair. DU Pro-VC (admin) ...

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British-Bangladeshi jailed for life over plot to kill PM May


MNA National Desk: A British-Bangladeshi man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday over a plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office and then using a knife or a gun to attack her. Naa’imur Rahman, 21, of north London, planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the heavily guarded gates of Downing Street and gain access to May’s office in the ensuing chaos and assassinate her, according to British police. He was convicted last month of preparing to commit acts of terrorism and at London’s ...

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PM Hasina arrives in Nepal


MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has arrived in Kathmandu for attending the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Hasina left Dhaka on a Bangladesh Biman flight at 8:5am on Thursday.  She was welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel and Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams. The heads of governments of the seven member countries — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are attending the summit to take stock of the progress of the bloc and its policies. Hasina and her Indian ...

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Hasina, Modi to meet on sidelines of BIMSTEC summit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC meeting in Nepal beginning on Thursday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam briefing reporters on the visit on Wednesday at the foreign ministry said Hasina will leave for Kathmandu on Thursday morning to attend the fourth BIMSTEC summit that envisages a “peaceful, prosperous and sustainable” Bay of Bengal”. “It’s expected that our Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other regional leaders.” He added. The Prime Minister is expected to return ...

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Everyone will enjoy equal rights: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exchanged greetings with the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami at Ganabhaban. Sheikh Hasina has said that all citizens of the country, irrespective of their religions, will enjoy their equal rights. “You, the people of the Hindu community, will live here with your own rights. This soil also belongs to you… All citizens of Bangladesh have their own equal rights,” she said on Tuesday, reported news agency. “In every sphere of life – socioeconomic, education, healthcare and religious rituals – all have equal rights,” she said. Religious Affairs ...

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Nat’l elections at December end: EC


MNA National Desk: The 11th parliamentary election will be held in the last week of December, the Election Commission said today, reported news agency. Preparation is going on to introduce Electronic Voting Machine in 100 electoral constituencies, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said. With only a few months left before the national elections, the Election Commission is planning to use electronic voting machines in the polls amid opposition from different political parties including the BNP. In the commission’s electoral dialogues last year, 35 of the 40 registered parties, including the BNP and its allies, opposed the idea of EVM in ...

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Tulip urges PM to release Shahidul Alam


MNA National Desk: British MP Tulip Siddiq has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to release photojournalist and artist Shahidul Alam, reported news agency. Tulip, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said the detention of Shahidul was “deeply distressing and should end immediately.” Siddiq, eldest daughter of Sheikh Rehana, and niece of Prime Minister Hasina, joins a growing chorus of international condemnation of Shahidul Alam’s detention. The British MP said: “Bangladesh must uphold international standards of justice in treating its own citizens.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, she added: “I would hope our Foreign Office will convey that message ...

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US-Bangla pilot ‘tremendously stressed’: Nepal probe report


MNA National Desk: An official investigation into the US-Bangla plane crash, led by the Nepal government, has blamed the Bangladeshi pilot for making erroneous decisions during the flight. A total of 51 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed in the deadliest plane crash in the history of Bangladesh at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport on 12 March. Low visibility at the airport and lack of proper communications with the control tower were then widely blamed for the accident. The Kathmandu Post on Sunday came up with another version of the sad story. “Captain Abid Sultan was going through tremendous personal ...

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Transport leaders, owner, driver sued over Natore road crash


MNA National Desk: A case has been filed against seven people including transport leaders, owner and driver in connection with yesterday’s road accident in Natore’s Baraigram upazila which left 15 people dead and 20 injured, reported news agency. The accused are Banpara Human Hauler (Leguna) Owners Association President Jabed Hossain, its secretary Jakir Hossain, Leguna owner Shahadat Hossain, unidentified owner and driver of the bus, our Natore correspondent reports quoting police. The case document also includes the names of Leguna driver Rahim and helper Raja who died in the accident. At least 15 people, including five members of two families, ...

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Eid Holidays: Road crashes kill at least 31


MNA National Desk: At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in road accidents during the three-day Eid holiday, while six others were killed in a single road crash in Feni yesterday. Besides, another 17 people were killed in two road crashes in Feni and Narsingdi on Monday, a day before the vacation. Most of the road mishaps during the Eid holiday happened on national and regional highways. Motorcycles were involved in 10 of the 23 incidents while three accidents took place when buses and trucks hit auto-rickshaws, run by CNG and batteries, on highways where ...

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PM exchanges Eid greetings at Ganabhaban


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exchanged greetings with people from different walks of life, including party leaders and workers, judges, and foreign diplomats—on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. She exchanged the greetings at her official residence Ganabhaban on Wednesday, reports news agency. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, first exchanged Eid greetings with a group including professionals, party leaders and workers. Later, she did so with judges and foreign diplomats.

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Largest Eid congregation at Sholakia


MNA National Desk: The largest Eid-ul Azha congregration of the country was held peacefully on Wednesday morning at Sholakia, Kishoreganj. Eid prayers began at 9:00am with a huge number of devotees coming from different parts of the district to attend the 191th congregation there. The congregation began following the traditional gunshot at 9:00am. Maulana Mufti Hifzur Rahman Khan conducted the prayers. A special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace, development and welfare of the people of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah. As a security measure, the people were searched before entering the ground in four ...

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PM pays tribute to August 21 grenade attack victims

grenade attack

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday) paid rich tributes to the victims of August 21 grenade attack in 2004 by placing wreaths and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs at Awami League’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in capital.  Today is horrifying August 21. The country, on this day 14 years ago, experienced one of the deadliest, barbaric and bizarre incidents in its history that stunned the whole nation. Miscreants hurled grenades at a rally of the then opposition Awami League (AL) on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on August 21, 2004 ...

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PM Hasina receives two UNICEF awards

Bridge Rail Link

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday received two international awards given by the UNICEF in recognition to her government’s campaign against early marriage, reported news agency. The awards are: the Accolade Global Film Competition 2017 Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Accolade Winner Award of Excellence End Child Marriage. State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki and Secretary of the Ministry Nasima Begum handed over the two awards to the premier at the outset of the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office here this morning.

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9 more protesting students walk out of jail


MNA national Desk: Nine more students, arrested for vandalism, attack on police and others charges during their recent demonstrations in demand of safe roads, were freed on bail from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj Monday morning, reported news agency. With this, a total 18 student protesters have so far been freed from prison. On Sunday, nine other students were released from jail. According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people were arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students. The ...

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16 students granted bail

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MNA National Desk: Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted bail to 16 private university students accused in two cases filed over vandalism and attacks on police during the student movement demanding road safety, reported news agency. The students are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat HossainNizhum, Shihad Shahriar, Ajijul Karim Antor , Mahedi Hasan, Foyez Ahmed Adnan, who were booked in a case filed with Bhatara police station, and Noor Mohammad, Jahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khaled Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam, and Mushfiqur Rahman who were accused in case filed under Badda ...

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RAB to give traffic updates for Eid holidaymakers

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MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will give traffic updates on Facebook from today in a bid to inform Eid holidaymakers so that they can make their travel plans accordingly, reported news agency. Every four hours, RAB headquarters will give updates on their Facebook page on the overall situation and schedules of bus, train, launch and highways in the country, Benazir Ahmed, director general of RAB, said at a press briefing at RAB media centre at Karwan Bazar today. Apart from the headquarters, 14 RAB units will also give traffic updates on the highways of their respective zones every ...

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32-km tailback on Dhaka-Chattogram highway


MNA National Desk: Passengers continued to suffer as they were getting stuck in a 32-kilometre tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway on Thursday, reported news agency. A 22-km tailback was seen stretching from Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gumti bridge toll plaza to Madhaiya in Chandina upazila while a 10-km gridlock in Munshiganj district. Hundreds of vehicles, including cattle-laden ones, remain stranded on both sides of the bridge, causing untold sufferings to the travellers. Cattle traders travelling through the highway suffered a lot as most of the cattle fell sick for unavailability of fodder. Nazrul Islam, superintendent of regional Highway Police, said the tailback on ...

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Golam Sarwar’s body taken to Shaheed Minar


MNA National Desk: The body of Daily Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar has been taken to Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka around 11am on Thursday. The body will be kept there till 12:30pm for people from all walks of life to pay their last respect. Golam Sarwar’s body was taken to his Tejgaon office around 8:30am where his colleagues paid their last respect. Later, the body will be taken to National Press Club around 1pm. The Samakal Editor died at Singapore General Hospital at 9:25pm on August 13 at the age 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to ...

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PM pays homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj on the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Bangabandhu. Later, the Prime Minister along with her family members took part in munajat. Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, and other family members, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre. Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the ...

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Nation recalls Bangabandhu in tears


MNA National Desk: The 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Wednesday across the country with due reverence and solemnity. The nation recalled Bangabandhu- the architect of the country’s independence – in tears and prayers. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members at the crack of dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army personnel under a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country and its ...

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Nation set to observe Nat’l Mourning Day


MNA National Desk: The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The nation on Wednesday will observe the National Mourning Day recalling with a heavy heart Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, ...

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Samakal editor Golam Sarwar no more

Golam Sarwar

MNA National Desk: The daily Samakal editor Golam Sarwar died in a Singapore hospital at 9:25pm on Monday (Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihe rajiun). He was 75. The eminent journalist of the country was admitted to LabAid Hospital in Dhaka on 29 July being attacked by pneumonia. He was air lifted to Singapore on August 3 for better treatment as his condition deteriorated. He was put on life support on as his blood pressure fell on Monday afternoon, and died at night. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of renowned journalist Golam Sarwar. Prime ...

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Death penalty for 5 Patuakhali war criminals


MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday convicted five persons from Patuakhali including Ishaq Shikder, and sentenced them to death for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation war. A three-member tribunal headed by ICT Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the verdict after reading out 159-page verdict. The other four other accused are :  Abdul Ghani Hawladar, Abdul Awal alias Moulvi Awal, Abdus Sattar Pyada and Sulaiman Mridha. Earlier on September 23, 2015, the tribunal issued warrants against them. Later, they all were arrested. The tribunal framed six charges including murder, genocide, rape and arson against ...

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