No formal dialogue, only a tea party: Quader


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will host a tea party, not a formal dialogue, at the Ganabhaban on Feb 2 for the political parties that took part in pre-polls talks, Obaidul Quader has said. The parties can, however, “just exchange views” at the party, the Awami League general secretary says. Leaders of the BNP’s Jatiya Oikya Front alliance and different other political groups have been invited to the event. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Quader had previously backtracked on his announcement of fresh talks with the political parties after the Awami League won the Dec 30 parliamentary elections. ...

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RAB arrests five in BD over drug haul in Sri Lanka


MNA National Desk: Five people have been arrested in Bangladesh over their suspected involvement in the biggest drug haul in Sri Lanka’s history. The suspects were detained in separate raids on Monday, said Rapid Action Battalion spokesperson Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan. The arrestees are Fatima Imam Tania, 26, Afsana Mimi, 23, Salma Sultana, 26, Sheikh Mohammad Badhon aka Parvez, 28 and Ruhul Amin aka Simon, 29. The elite police unit has recovered 1,970 yaba pills, foreign currency notes and passports from the five suspects. They have “confessed to being involved in an international drug racket” during preliminary questioning. On Dec ...

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US-Bangla plane crash could have been averted: CAAB

US-Bangla Airlines

MNA National Desk: The Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) agrees with the findings of the Nepal investigators in the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash, but believes the probe report has not shed light on the “lack of efforts” by the air traffic control in Kathmandu to avert the disaster. “The pilot had made some mistakes, but it would have been possible to avoid an accident such as this if the air traffic control had wanted,” CAAB Chairman M Naim Hassan told the media in Dhaka on Monday after the Nepalese authorities released the report. As many as 27 of the 51 ...

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First session of 11th parliament on Wednesday


MNA National Desk: The first session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will begin at 3 pm on Wednesday (January 30). President Abdul Hamid called the session on January 9 exercising the power bestowed upon him as per clause (1) of article 72 of the constitution. President will deliver speech on the first day of the session, said sources at parliament secretariat.

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HC orders DoE to act on air pollution


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal action against those responsible for air pollution in the capital. The bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing a writ petition. The court also asked the authorities concerned to take steps to surround areas undergoing development and repair works within the next 15 days to prevent the spread of dust. It ordered to spray water in ‘dusk-prone’ areas twice a day. The mayors of the two ...

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Indo-Bangla cruise to start in March for tourists


MNA National Desk: Cruise ship for tourists between Bangladesh and India would begin in March said Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Sunday. The minister told newsmen after a meeting with acting Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Dr Adarsh Swaika at his secretariat office. Tipu also requested the high commissioner to ease the visa procedures for the Bangladeshi people. Terming India as longstanding friend, the commerce minister said both the countries have agreed to work together which would help to boost bilateral trade further. Dhaka has made proposal to Delhi to construct a land port at Chilahati frontier in Dinajpur, he ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina addresses nation

Prime Minister

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday evening had addressed the nation. Following is the text of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s today’s address to the nation: Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Dear Countrymen, Assalamualaikum Greetings to you all. The 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections were held on December 30 in 2018. I am extending my heartfelt thanks to you for electing the Bangladesh Awami League-led Grand Alliance in a huge margin in the election. Simultaneously, I express deepest gratitude to Almighty Allah. I am grateful to those who made us victorious by casting their votes in favor of ‘Boat’. I am also ...

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BD a role model of disaster management now: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday stressed the need for collaboration and cooperation among neighbouring countries to minimise damages caused by natural disasters. “Collaboration and cooperation among nations, especially the neighbours, is very crucial in facing damages caused by natural disasters of greater magnitude,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 4th session of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific here. She inaugurated the three-day international conference at hotel InterContinental Dhaka in the city. “We may not be able to prevent natural ...

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BNP’s decision to join DNCC by-polls with Tarique’ advice


MNA National Desk: BNP will discuss with Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and top leaders on its decision to join Dhaka North City Corporation by-polls. “We’ve heard the announcement of DNCC by-election schedule.The party Standing Committee will sit this (Thursday) evening. Decision regarding our participation in the by-polls will be taken after discussion with the Acting Chairman,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The BNP leader came up with the disclosure after offering fateha at the grave of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko marking his fourth death anniversary. The by-election to the DNCC’s mayoral post ...

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Electric vehicles to be legalized


MNA National Desk: The new government in Bangladesh is going to legalise electric vehicles. Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has drafted guidelines on the electric vehicles making registration, fitness certificate and tax token mandatory for these. The electric vehicles have been running on the roads despite having no permission in a country that faces power shortage. Among these, the small passenger carrier, known as ‘Easy Bike’, is often blamed for causing accidents on the highways. Opportunities for ‘Easy Bike’ to get legalised will be created through the new BRTA initiative. The vehicles will be tested at Bangladesh University of Science ...

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900 meters of Padma bridge visible now

Padma bridge

MNA National Desk: Around 900 meters of the much-hyped Padma bridge is visible now following the installation of another span named F-6 on the pillars no 36 and 37 on Wednesday. The 150 meter span, weighing 3,140 tones, was installed at Jajira point in Munshiganj around 10am. This is the sixth span of Padma Bridge at Jajira point, and the seventh span of the Padma Bridge overall. The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on October 30, 2017. Later, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and ...

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PM Hasina to inaugurate 4th RCG conference Thursday


MNA National Desk: The three-day-long fourth Regional Consultative Group (RCG) conference will begin in the city on Thursday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the conference at Intercontinental Hotel around 10 am, Enamur Rahman, state minister for Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, told journalists at the Secretariat on Wednesday. RCG was established to tackle the major disasters and strengthen the Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination for Asia and the Pacific, to make plans in coordination with the Civil and Military manpower, to practice and to implement disaster response programmes. A total of 120 representatives from 26 countries and 24 regional ...

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New Committee of Bangladesh Awami Torun League’s BBaria wing declared

Torun League

MNA National Desk: BrahmanBaria district wing of Bangladesh Awami Torun League was formed recently. The organization was formed in 2001 according to the directions of former President of Bangladesh Late Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Advisor and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Previous committee of it’s BrahmanBaria wing was abolished and new committee was formed. A 71-member full committee was formed declaring Imanuzzaman (Pallab) as president, Rajib Chowdhury as general secretary and Mohammad Delowar Hossain as joint general secretary. The committee was approved on Jan 16 with signatures of organization’s central committee president and general secretary of Supreme ...

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PM orders to maintain quality in projects


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday directed all concerned to implement various projects in a faster manner maintaining the quality and standard of works and strengthen monitoring in this regard. The Prime Minister gave the directive in her introductory speech at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) held at Sher-e Bangla Nagar. It was the first meeting of ECNEC after formation of the new government led by Sheikh Hasina for the third consecutive term following the massive victory of Awami League in the 30th December national election. “The country witnessed massive ...

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Dhaka North mayoral by-polls Feb 28


MNA National Desk: The Dhaka North City Corporation by-polls will be held on Feb 28, the Election Commission has announced. The election to the Kishoreganj-1 parliamentary constituency, which has fallen vacant after the death of Awami League leader Syed Ashraful Islam, will be held on the same day, according to the EC. EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the schedules after a commission meeting on Tuesday.

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ECNEC approves Jatrabari-Demra four-lane highway project


MNA National Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a project to upgrade Jatrabari-Demra road into four-lane one. The approval came from the first ECNEC meeting of the newly-formed government held at the NEC conference room in the city with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The Road Transport and Highways Division will implement the project by December 2020 spending Tk 3.69 billion with an aim to ease traffic congestion at the entrance of the capital city. As per the project, the 5.4-kilometre-road from Mayor Hanif Flyover at Jatrabari to Sultana ...

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Work to meet people’s expectations: PM to new cabinet


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the new cabinet to work with sincerity and honesty to fulfil the expectations of people who have voted Awami League to power again with a huge mandate. “The cabinet will work with sincerity and honesty, every work has to be performed with sincerity…this has to be kept in mind,” she said in her introductory speech at the maiden cabinet meeting of her newly formed government at the Prime Minister Office (PMO) in Dhaka city on Monday morning. The prime minister said there are responsibilities and duties of the government towards the ...

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Aug 21 Grenade Attack Case: 2 Convicted ex-IGPs secure bail


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday granted bail to two former inspectors general of police Shahudul Haque and Ashraful Huda who were sentenced to two years in jail in the August 21 grenade attack case. An High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabarti passed the order accepting their appeal petitions for bail. Lawyers Arshadur Rauf and Jamilur Rahman represented the defendants in the court while Assistant Attorney General Md Ali Zinnah stood for the state. adds : After the hearing, lawyer Jamilur Rahman told the media, “The court has accepted their appeals ...

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Canals will be restored: Mayor Khokon


MNA National Desk: Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon has warned that the occupation of canals will not be tolerated. “No one will be allowed to grab an inch of our canals,” said Khokon at the Kutubkhali canal cleaning operation in Dhaka on Monday. “The canals in the capital will be restored, leading to the return of clean water streams. The occupiers, regardless of their ideology or the group they belong in, will not be spared,” he said. “The work of restoring our canals cannot be taken lightly. These canals carry the life blood of modern Dhaka. We ...

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Sagar-Runi murder case should resolve immediately: Info Minister


MNA National Desk: Information minister Hassan Mahmud said the journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case should be resolved immediately. He said this while exchanging views with journalists at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium on Sunday noon, reports an online portal. The minister said, “I have taken charge of the ministry. I think the matter must to be resolved, but I can’t let you know the time frame. I will try to resolve the matter as soon as possible after finding the hitch of the investigation consulting with the authorities concerned.” Meherun Runi, senior reporter of private TV channel ATN Bangla, and her ...

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PM urges to free country from corruption, drug abuse, militancy


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the home ministry to work with greater attention to root out drug abuse, terrorism, militancy, and corruption from the country as that is the necessity of time. “If we want to develop the country, we’ve to free it from drug abuse, terrorism, militancy, and corruption… I ask the officials working in this ministry (Home) to give a special attention to these matters,” she said. The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech while holding a views-exchange meeting during her visit to the Home Ministry on Sunday. She said corruption has ...

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PM Hasina vows to work for all from victory rally


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said victory of Awami League-led grand alliance in the parliamentary election is the victory of mass people, victory of the pro-liberation force. She said her government will work for all people without considering any specific party. PM came up with comment while addressing addressing a rally at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan to celebrate the party’s landslide victory in the 11th national parliamentary elections. Though the rally was scheduled for 2:30pm, the location filled with AL leaders and activists chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogans since the morning. Earlier Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at ...

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BNP leaders push for leadership changes


MNA National Desk: Two senior figures in the BNP have pushed for a national council for a radical shake-up in the party leadership after its debacle in general elections. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, vocal leaders who sit on the policy making National Standing Committee, called for the reforms at a discussion chaired by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday. They had a handful of leaders and activists in their audience in the event held at the Supreme Court Bar Association Auditorium in Dhaka. “The party must be restructured through a council. The tested leaders and activists ...

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Yaba traders to surrender by end of Jan: Home Minister


MNA National Desk: Yaba traders are ready to surrender to the authorities in Cox’s Bazar at the end of January, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal says. He made the comment amid reports that listed smugglers of the illegal drug were assembling in the district amidst an ongoing anti-drug raid. “I told them (police) to prepare details of their (yaba traders) identities. We will go over there on the 30th of January or the first week of February,” said the minister on Friday. Deaths of suspected drug dealers, killed in so-called shootouts with police, continue to be reported from across Bangladesh ...

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Seizing assets of war criminals law in final phase: law minister


MNA National Desk: The government has almost finished creating a legal framework for confiscating assets of war criminals from Bangladesh’s Liberation War, said Law Minister Anisul Huq. “The task of forfeiting their assets began last year. Now, it has reached the final stage,” he said in response to a reporter’s question during an event at Brahmanbaria’s Akhaura on Thursday. The demand to strip war criminals of their assets gained momentum in 2010 when the International War Crimes Tribunal set up by an Awami League government began prosecuting Pakistan Army collaborators. It gained further momentum after a mass movement began in ...

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RAB detained 5 for fraud using PM’s name


MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) claimed to have detained five persons from different parts of capital Dhaka and outskirts on charge of committing fraud using the names of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her family members and some national leaders. “A team of RAB-2 nabbed the five persons on different charges, including committing fraud through opening fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Prime Minister, her family members and a number of national leaders,” said a text message sent to media by the RAB sources on Thursday morning. They are : Omar Farooque,30, Sabbir Hossain,24, Al ...

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Muslim countries should solve issues through talks: PM Hasina


MNA National Desk: Stressing the importance of the unity of Muslim countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Muslim countries should solve their problems, if any, through talks. “The Muslim Ummah should remain together…if there’s any problem among themselves that can be solved through discussions,” she said. The Prime Minister said this when newly appointed Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar met her at her office. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Prime Minister mentioned that it is the people who suffer if there is any conflict among Muslim countries. Sheikh Hasina ...

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