People of Bangladesh can achieve anything

Independence Award

MNA National Desk: Attributing the achievement of Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one to the people of the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they can achieve anything. ‘This achievement is the achievement of the people of Bangladesh. I think country’s people are the main source of all power. They can achieve anything,’ she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a reception accorded to her at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) for this historic achievement The function was arranged as part of a five-day government programme to celebrate the graduation. ...

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Bir Protik Kakon Bibi no more

Kakon Bibi

MNA National Desk: Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi has passed away at MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night. She was reportedly aged 103. The body was kept at the hospital, he said, adding that the body will be handed over to her family on Thursday morning. She was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long time and recently she got an attack of pneumonia, said doctors of the hospital. In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army. She fearlessly ...

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PM inaugurates BNA Bangabandhu Complex

BNA Bangabandhu Complex

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated BNA Bangabandhu Complex at Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) in Chittagong. It is the first international standard training academy of Bangladesh Navy with all modern facilities. The ship-like complex has been built on the bank of the Karnaphuli River with a 41-feet high bronze made bust of Bangabandhu in front, is a unique architecture from aesthetic point of view. To ensure international standard training, the complex has seamanship, antisubmarine, gunnery and communication model room, chart room, library, computer and language club, modern auditorium and seven different types of laboratories. Prime Minister ...

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Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB DG


MNA National Desk: Major General Md Shafeenul Islam has been made new Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, who was serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, replaced Major General Abul Hossain as the chief of the paramilitary force. Abul Hossain was withdrawn and attached to the Armed Forces Division on March 7. Islam had been serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board since February 14, 2016. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy on June 25, 1984 and was commissioned ...

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Biman flight makes emergency landing

Biman flight

MNA National Desk: A Bangladesh Biman flight made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon. The Dash-8 airliner took off for Syedpur around 12 noon but had to make the emergency landing 15 minutes later due to technical glitches, a number of sources at the airport said. Biman officials have not confirmed what specific technical issue affected the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, which  can carry 73 passengers. The US-Bangla Airlines flight that crashed in Kathmandu on Mar 12 was also a Dash8-Q400 plane, manufactured by Canada-based Bombardier Inc. The crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ...

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Noor, Shykh to get Independence Awards


MNA National Desk: Cultural Affairs Minister Assaduzzaman Noor and Channel i’s Shykh Seraj will receive the Independence Day Award for their contribution to culture and to agricultural journalism. The government has nominated them for the ‘Swadhinata Padak- 2018’ (Independence Award) in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the respective fields. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over the awards at a function at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city on March 25, said a PID handout issued on Monday. The cabinet had previously issued a list of 16 names to receive the Independence Day Award this year. The government ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until 8 May


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court stayed until 8 May a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order on Monday, after considering the leave to appeal petitions challenging BNP chief’s bail. Earlier, on 18 March, the SC bench set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order. Former Prime Minister Khaleda was ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid homage to Bangabandhu

Peshajibi League Leaders

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his 99th birthday. The leaders paid homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka on Saturday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organization secretary Mainuddin Chowdhury Ferdous, assistant secretary Md. Masum Zahid Masud, assistant secretary Ferdous Rahman Rupok, assistant secretary Al-Mamun Titu, assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed, assistant secretary Tusher Abdullah along with other ...

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Plane crash survivor Shahreen returns to Dhaka


MNA National Desk: One of the 10 Bangladeshis, Shahreen Ahmed who survived the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal returned to Dhaka while another flew to Singapore with his family for further treatment. Doctors in Nepal have discharged six of them, two are still in intensive care and one is being treated at the burn unit, according to the foreign ministry. Another patient is waiting to be discharged to fly to New Delhi for treatment. Md Rezwanul Haque, who was admitted to the OM Hospital in Kathmandu, was taken to Singapore on Wednesday. His father Mozammel Haque arranged the transfer, said ...

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Khaleda’s bail stayed until Sunday

MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court today stayed till next Sunday the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing two petitions filed against the High Court order. The apex court also asked the ACC and government to file two separate leave-to-appeal petitions with the court by Sunday challenging the HC order on bail of Khaleda. On February 8, the Special Judge’s Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the ...

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39 to be hanged in Ekram murder verdict


MNA National Desk: A Feni court on Tuesday sentenced 39 people including Awami league leader Jahangir Adel was provided with death sentence in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram murder case. District and sessions Judge Aminul Haque also acquitted 16 accused in the case including district Tanti Dal president Mahtab Udin Chowdhury Minar. Armed assailants shot at Ekram, also local Awami League leader, and set ablaze his car in broad daylight on Academy Road in Feni town on May 20, 2014. Ekram’s brother Rezaul Hoque Jasim filed the murder case with Feni Sadar Police Station on that day, accusing Mahtab ...

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US-Bangla pilot Abid Sultan dies

Abid Sultan

MNA National Desk: Abid Sultan, the pilot of the crashed US-Bangla Airlines flight who sustained injuries in the plane crash, died at Norvic Hospital in Kathmundu on Tuesday morning. Mohammad Kamrul Islam, General Manager (GM), Marketing Support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines, confirmed the death. Two other cabin crew members co-pilots—Prithula Rashid and Khwaja Hossain—died after the crash, reported news agency. The US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, which flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country of Nepal on Monday, leaving 49 people, including 25 Bangladeshis, ...

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PM returns today shortening Singapore visit


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return home today shortening her official visit to Singapore to stand beside the families of the victims of tragic plane crash at Kathmandu on Monday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed that the prime minister will return to Dhaka Tuesday afternoon by a regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Singapore. Sheikh Hasina, who arrived in Singapore on Sunday on a four-day official visit, was scheduled to return home on Wednesday. Meanwhile in a message to the nation, the prime minister said she will return home to stand beside the families of ...

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US Bangla plane crashes in Nepal

US-Bangla plane

MNA National Desk: A US-Bangla plane crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) runway in Kathmunda on Monday afternoon, said MD Kamrul Islam, GM, Marketing Support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines. The aircraft, carrying 78 passengers on board, skidded off the runway while landing at the airport. However, condition of the passengers is yet unknown. The fire fighters are trying to douse the fire, reports Khatmunda Tribune. “We are trying to bring the fire under control. Details are awaited,” airport spokesman Birendra Prasad Shrestha said.

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Khaleda secures four-month interim bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court has granted a four-month interim bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A two-member High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Haque granted her the bail. On Sunday, the High Court deferred until Monday the passing of its order on Khaleda’s bail petition in the case in which she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. However, the documents later reached the department concerned of the High Court on Sunday. On February 22, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking ...

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Massive fire breaks out in Mirpur slum

massive fire

MNA National Desk: A massive fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur 12 section of Dhaka in the early hours of Monday. Over 4,000 shanties were gutted as a devastating fire broke out at a slum in Mirpur area in the capital. The fire broke out at Ilias Mollah slum around 4am and soon engulfed the adjacent shanties, Fire Service and Civil Defense control room duty officer Mahfuz said. On information, 21 fire fighting units rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control at about 7:22am after three and half hours of frantic efforts. Fire service officials ...

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PM accorded warm reception in Singapore


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm reception as she reached Singapore on Sunday afternoon on a four-day official visit to Singapore at the invitation of her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Changi Airport in Singapore at 2:30pm local time. Singapore Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Mohammad Mostafizur Rahman received the premier at the airport. From the ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Singapore

Australia today

MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina reached Singapore on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which left Dhaka at 8:30am carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at Changi Airport, Singapore at 2:30pm (local time). Minister-in-Attendance of Singapore, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, and Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman received her at the airport. Dhaka is putting high importance on the visit as the prime minister would seek support ...

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3rd span of Padma Bridge installed

Padma rail link

MNA National Desk: The third span (superstructure) of the Padma Bridge was installed between pillars 39 and 40 on Sunday morning, reports news agency. With the installation of the third span around 8:30am, a total of 450 metres of the Padma Bridge is now visible, said the engineers concerned. The installation process of the 150 metres span has been started at 7:30am. The floating crane carrying the 150-metre span weighing 3,140 tonnes reached near the pillars on Saturday afternoon. The work of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150 metres first span on the pillars 37 and ...

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Vietnamese President leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang left Dhaka for Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up his three-day state visit and exploring avenues to enhance bilateral trade and investment. Earlier, the Vietnamese and Bangladeshi Presidents have agreed upon specific measures to promote politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, agriculture, education and science and technology. At a meeting with President Abdul Hamid in the capital city of Dhaka on March 5 (local time), President Tran Dai Quang expressed his wish that Bangladesh will successfully hold its general election by 2019 and reach the goal of becoming a middle-income country by ...

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BNP’s human chain for Khaleda’s release

human chain

MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists formed a human chain in Dhaka this morning as part of their countrywide protest demanding release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Senior leaders and supporters of BNP gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club since 10:00am with placards and chanting slogans, blocking one side of the road. Huge number of law enforcers cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. BNP’s districts, city units are also scheduled to observe the programmes at their convenient time and places. Earlier on Sunday, the party announced two-day countrywide fresh programmes, including formation of human chain ...

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National Jute Day today

National Jute

MNA National Desk: The National Jute Day-2018 is being observed throughout the country amid enthusiasm with a view to making jute goods popular among the people. The government took up elaborate programmes including rallies, road shows, art competition, poetry festival, seminars and symposiums. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting people of the jute sector. According to the government, jute will play a vital role in expanding the export market, earning foreign currency, safeguarding the environment, and generating employment as the country is being elevated to middle income ...

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Parents of Zafar Iqbal’s attacker held


MNA National Desk: The parents of Foyzur Rahman, the attacker on professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), surrendered to the police on Sunday night. Foyzur’s father Atiqur Rahman and mother Minara Begum appeared in the Jalabad police station of Sylhet city, ending hours of their hiding after the attack on Zafar. On Saturday, renowned writer and educationist Zafar sustained head injuries when 24-year old youth Foyzur stabbed him with a knife during a prize-giving ceremony of the university. Foyzur’s family members went into on hiding immediately after the attack. The law enforcement claimed Foyzur, ...

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Zafar Iqbal’s attackers are fanatics: PM

continue pressure

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday termed fanatics the attackers of Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and urged all to keep their children away from militancy, terrorism and drug abuse. She said her government is committed to ensuring that no terrorist or militant activity occurs in Bangladesh. “Those who commit such acts are fanatics,” she said at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, a day after popular science fiction writer Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was attacked and injured by a man during a campus event in Sylhet. “They believe they can gain access to heaven through murder. ...

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Nizam Hazari retains MP status


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Thursday, in its order, declared parliament membership of Awami League MP Nizam Uddin Hazari legal. The single bench of Justice Md Abu Zafar Siddique handed down the verdict rejecting the writ petition filed challenging the legality of his parliament membership. Earlier on February 27, the same bench set on Thursday for delivering its verdict on completion of the hearing, said Advocate Satyaranjon Mandal, lawyer of the petitioner. In 2014, Shakhawat Hossain Bhuiyan, a Jubo League leader of Feni, filed the writ petition with the HC attaching a newspaper report of May 10, 2014, ...

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PM opens agriculture portal ‘Krishi Batayon’


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday opened digital platform ‘Krishi Batayon’ (agriculture portal) and ‘Krishak Bandhu Phone Seba’ for expansion of e-agriculture services across the country. The prime minister inaugurated the services through a video-conference from her official residence Ganabhaban here this afternoon. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury spoke on the occasion, while Senior Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah made a power point presentation. Director General (admin) of the Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of the A2I Project Kabir Bin Anwar moderated the function. Krishi Batayon is a central service portal. Some mobile ...

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PM pays tributes to ex-mayor Jhantu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid tributes to former parliament member and valiant freedom fighter Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu. The prime minister paid the homage by placing wreaths on his coffin, also the immediate past mayor of Rangpur City Corporation, at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. After laying the wreaths, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Jhantu. Flanked by senior party leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath on his coffin on behalf of the party. Earlier, a namaz-e-janaza ...

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