Bangladesh celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr


MNA National Desk: Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated in the country on Saturday amid religious fervour and enthusiasm after a month-long fasting. The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation was held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30 am with Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Senior Pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman leading the prayers. President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Fitr prayer along with hundreds of people from different strata of society at the National Eidgah. After the prayers, the devotees, irrespective of their social status, embraced and greeted each other with Eid Mubarak (have a blessed ...

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Only jainamaz, umbrella allowed at Eidgah


MNA National Desk: Only jainamaz (prayer mat) and umbrella will be allowed at the National Eidgah during Eid congregation to ensure the security on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told this to the reporters while visiting the National Eidgah to check security measures on Thursday morning. “There will be several check posts in the entrance of Eidgah to check musullis. No one will be allowed to carrying bag, sharp weapon and cell phone at the Eidgah,” he added. The DMP boss said combined tight security measures have been taken to ensure the security of ...

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Road crashes kill 5 in two dists

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MNA National Desk: Five people were killed and seven others injured in separate road crashes in Rangpur and Gaibandha districts on Thursday, reported news agency. In Rangpur, three motorcyclists were killed when a motorbike plunged into a roadside ditch in Rail Gate area of Kaunia upazila in the morning. The deceased are Abdus Sattar Shaku, 55, Abul Kalam, 25, and Soleman, 28. In Gaibandha, two people were killed while seven others injured in head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Gobindaganj upazila in the morning. One of the deceased is Mehdi Hasan while the identity of the other ...

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10 killed in Rangamati landslides


MNA National Desk: At least 10 people were killed while several remained missing in separate incidents of landslides in Boro Pool, Shikolpara and Hatimara areas of Naniarchar upazila on early Tuesday amid heavy rains in the district. Torrential rains triggered the landslides. The details about the victims could not be known immediately, reports news agency. Besides, vehicular movement on the Rangamati-Chittagong highway remained suspended as the road went under water in Thandachari area. Many low-lying regions of the district have been waterlogged due to the incessant heavy rains over the last two days. On this day a year ago, the ...

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PM calls on Trudeau to extradite Bangabandhu killer


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has requested her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to extradite Noor Chowdhury, a convicted killer of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Chowdhury has been residing in Canada for long. Bangladesh has been requesting the Canadian government to send him back, reported news agnecy. She made the request at a meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Le Petit Frontence (place of residence of Canadian prime minister) in Quebec city on Sunday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim at a briefing said the prime minister requested Trudeau for his action for the immediate deportation ...

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BRTC bus depot catches fire, 11 buses gutted


MNA National Desk: Eleven buses of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) were gutted as a fire broke out at Joar Sahar BRTC bus depot in the city’s Khilkhet area early Saturday. Fire service control room sources said that the fire broke out around 1:30am, reports news agency. On information, four fire-fighting units rushed in and brought the blaze under control around 4:20am. The fire gutted 11 buses kept on the ground and the 1st floor. The origin of the fire could not be known yet.

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PM arrives in Canada to join G7 outreach


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on a four-day official visit to Canada to attend the Outreach Leaders Programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies in the world. A flight of Air Canada, which left Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12:00pm (local time), arrived at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport at 2:00pm on Friday (local time), reports news agency. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to take part in a special outreach session of the G7 Summit. The G7 consists of Canada, ...

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Imran H Sarkar released

H Sarkar

MNA National Desk: Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar was released on Wednesday night hours after his detention from the city’s Shahbagh area. He was freed around 11:00pm following interrogation, said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 commanding officer lieutenant colonel Emranul Hasan. Earlier, the elite force members detained the Ganajagaran Mancha, a platform of secular youths who had organised a mammoth rally at Shahbagh Square primarily seeking capital punishment for ‘war criminals’ in 2013, spokesperson in the afternoon. Witnesses said Imran was about to join a scheduled protest rally against ‘extrajudicial killings’ in the ongoing crackdown on drugs. The RAB also ...

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Bangabandhu-2 to be launched before expiry of Bangabandhu-1: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh would launch its second satellite in the space much ahead of the expiry of the Bangabandhu-1. ‘We are taking preparations from now to launch ‘Bangabandhu-2’ so that our second satellite become operation before 15-year expiry time of the ‘Bangabandhu-1’. The prime minister said this in reply to a question from female member in reserve seat Fazilatun Nesa Bappi during Prime Minister’s question-answer session in the parliament on Wednesday. Laying importance on space technology the Prime Minister said such research is very crucial for development of science and technology, disaster ...

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Masihuzzaman Serniabat made BAF chief

Masihuzzaman Serniabat

MNA National Desk: Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will take over the command of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from June 12 next, said a release from the Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate on Tuesday. He is set to take over the command the BAF for three years as the Defence Ministry issued a notification in this connection, the release added, reports news agency. ‘Air Vice Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC, GD (P) has been promoted to the post of Air Marshal for three years as Chief Officer of Bangladesh Air Force. This order will come into effect from June ...

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BRTC special bus ticket sale begins Tuesday

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will start selling tickets for Eid special bus service from Tuesday for home-bound people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. This year, around 904 special buses will be pressed into service while 54 more to be placed on standby for different routes in the capital. The decision was taken at a meeting between BRTC officers and depot managers at the BRTC office in city’s Motijheel area on Monday. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was also present in the meeting. Quader said that BRTC buses for factory workers bound for North Bengal will leave ...

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Trudeau invites Hasina to G7 special session


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been invited by her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to join a session of the G7 Summit, reported news agency. Trudeau yesterday announced that Canada will welcome the Bangladesh premier and 15 other world leaders and heads of international organisations to a special outreach session of the G7 Summit on June 9. The session will focus on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities, reads a news release of Canada PM’s official website. The list of the invited world leaders and heads of international organisaions as follows: Mauricio Macri, president of Argentina and Chair ...

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PM inaugurates second Dharla Bridge

Dharla Bridge

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday opened the second Dharla Bridge in Kurigram district on Sunday, reported news agency. She inaugurated the bridge, named ‘Sheikh Hasina Dharla Bridge’, through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. The 950-meter long bridge over the Dharla River has connected Fulbari upazila of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila. The 9.8-metre wide bridge has 19 spans and 2.919 km of approach roads. The main bridge cost Tk 131.58 crore, while the approach roads Tk 13.09, the 3.5-km river training works Tk 43.50 crore and land acquisition Tk 2.33 crore. The total ...

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Audio exposes moments of controversial anti-drug operations in Ekram’s Death


MNA National Desk: Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque was shot and killed on May 26 as the government expanded its controversial anti-drug crackdown. His family claims security forces killed Ekram in cold blood. Five days later, his family distributed four audio clips that recorded terrifying conversations between Ekram and his daughter and wife before he died in a hail of bullets. The audio recorded on a mobile phone also captured sounds of gunfire and groans of the dying man. The death of Ekram illustrates how suspects are killed in overnight raids which security forces later routinely portray as gun battles. ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League holds iftar mahfil and extended meeting

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MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League on Wednesday organized its 2nd extended committee meeting and iftar mahfil at Jatiya Grontho Kendra Auditorium at capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue. Fazlul Kader Manju, national committee member of Awami League and also the president of Bhola district Awami League, was present as chief guest. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad presided over the function, said a press release. Shafi Ahmed, central leader of Awami League; Principal MA Awal Siddik, advisor of Dhaka Mahanagar (North) Awami League; Freedom Fighter Enajur Rahman Chowdhury; General secretary of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, ...

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PM briefs press at Ganobhaban


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing a press conference at 4:00pm today (Wednesday) to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Kolkata, India. The press conference has been started at her official residence Ganobhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to the West Bengal, India on May 25 on a two-day official visit. During the visit, Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated ‘Bangladesh Bhaban’ at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. They also had a meeting with Modi at Bangladesh Bhaban. Sheikh Hasina also attended Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the Guest of ...

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Minimum Fitra set at Tk 70


MNA National Desk: Fitra, a charity donation by well-off Muslims at the end of Ramadan, has been fixed at a minimum of Tk 70 per person this year. The maximum Fitra has been fixed at Tk 2,310 per person, taking into account the market prices of flour, dates and some other essential items, said a press release of Islamic Foundation. The Islamic Foundation decided on the donation rates at a meeting on Wednesday, said Baitul Mukarram spokesperson Muhammad Nizamuddin. Fitra can be given either in cash or kind. Last year, the minimum Fitra rate was Tk 65 and maximum at ...

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Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city polls on July 30

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MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday set July 30 to hold Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city corporation polls. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda told media this after a meeting of the EC, reported news agency. According to the election schedule, June 28 has been fixed for submitting nomination papers, while the July 1 and 2 for scrutinising those and the deadline for withdrawal of candidature is July 9. Recently, the EC completed the Khulna city polls on May 15 this year. Though the Gazipur civic elections were supposed to be held on the same date, it was ...

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Drug War: Death toll rises to 117


MNA National Desk: As a nationwide ‘anti-drug’ crackdown continues, 12 more people were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights early Tuesday, reported news agency. With the incidents, the number of victims, who were described as drug dealers, has reached 117 since 12 May. In ‘gunfights’ with the Rapid Action Battalion and the police, the 12 people were killed in Dhaka, Thakurgaon, Brahmanbaria, Barguna, Cumilla, Mymensingh, Satkhira, Kushtia and Jashore. The law enforcers said, yaba, cannabis, phensedyl and other drugs along with local and foreign firearms are recovered from almost all the spots the raids were conducted. Home minister ...

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Thailand’s Princess in “highest-profile” visit to Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has arrived in Dhaka on a four-day royal visit to Bangladesh, reported news agency. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam received her at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival on Monday. She is leading an 11-member high profile Thai government delegation in connection with philanthropy projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father, the late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation, the foreign ministry said. During her four-day visit, the princess is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood ...

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Advance bus tickets sale from Wednesday

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MNA National Desk: Private bus operators will sell advance bus tickets from Wednesday (May 30) for the home-goers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, reported news agency. Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners’ Association Chairman and Shohagh Paribahan Managing Director Md Faruk Talukder Sohel confirmed the matter Sunday (May 27). The selling of Air Conditioned buses, however, has started. Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh Railway announced to begin sale of advance train tickets ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr from June 1. Every year, tens of thousands of people leave the capital Dhaka to celebrate Eid with near and dear ones at their village homes. But their journey ...

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PM inaugurates Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva-Bharati University


MNA National Desk: Terming Bangladesh-India ties beyond strategic, PM Sheikh Hasina on Friday hoped that the two countries will be able to solve their any problem maintaining their bonds, reported news agency. ‘I hope, we’ll able to solve any problem through maintaining our friendly relations,’ she said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. Sheikh Hasina further said, ‘We, the two neigbouring countries, want to move together always. If there’s a neighbouring country, there may be some problems with it. We’ve solved the problems one by one. I don’t want to break the excellent ...

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Demonstration to protect Noor Mosque

Noor Mosque

MNA National Desk: An allegation of grabbing the land of Noor Mosque located on Mohammadi Housing at Mohammadpur, was raised against the local land grabber known to Japan Garden City. Several local people on Friday(25 May) bought out a demonstration rally to protect the land of mosque after Jumma Prayer. The protesters claimed that, Asadur Rahman Jamil Gongra, son of the owner of Japan Garden City, who is also known as land-grabber of this area, want to grab 96 percent land of the mosque making fake papers through fraud. Meanwhile, the Mosque Committee filed a general diary with the Adabar ...

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Advance sale of train ticket to begin June 1

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway will start selling advance tickets for the holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr on June 1 and to continue till June 6. However, the sale of return tickets will begin on June 10 and to continue till June 15. Railway minister Mujibul Haque informed this in a press briefing at the Rail Bhaban on Thursday. Before the briefing, the minister had a meeting with the officials concerned. Tickets for June 10 will be available on June 1 while tickets for June 11 to 15 will be issued from June 2 to June 6 respectively. As usual one ...

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Six more drug peddlers killed


MNA National Desk: Six more suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported gunfights in Feni, Cumilla and Magura districts early Thursday in the latest anti-narcotics drive undertaken by law enforcement. A total of 55 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since 12 May, reports news agency. Of Thursday’s deceased, two each were killed in Feni, Cumilla and Magura districts. In Feni, Samiran Shamim, son of a certain Mohammad Mostafa of Maij village, and Majnu Mia alias Manir, son of one Fatik Mia of Mantala villages in Phulgazi upazila, were killed in a reported gunfight between their cohorts and ...

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Dhaka-bound flight makes emergency landing


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka-bound Saudi Arabian Airlines flight made an emergency landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah following a malfunction of hydraulic system and subsequent retraction of its nose gear. The plane sustained little damage when its nose sank to the ground while landing. Medical teams at the airport treated 70 passengers while four others were taken to the health centre, Saudi Gazette reports. Abdurahman Al-Tayyib, a spokesman for Saudia, said that SV3818 flight, which was travelling from Madinah to Dhaka, developed some malfunction of the hydraulic system at around 8pm Monday and was diverted to Jeddah ...

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8 more drug dealers killed in ‘gunfights’


MNA National Desk: As the countrywide crackdown against drugs continues, eight suspected drug dealers were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the early hours of Tuesday. During the reported gunfights between drug dealers and police or RAB members, two alleged drug peddlers were killed in Cumilla’s Aranyapur, two in Nilphamari, and one each in Netrokona, Feni’s Lemua, Chuadanga’s Alamdanga, Chattogram’s Bayezid and Dinajpur, claimed the law enforcers. Around 27 people, mostly suspected drug peddlers or drug addicts, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers across the country in the last 21 days as of Monday, said human ...

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