Rain with squally wind likely to continue

squally wind

MNA National Desk: Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at many places across the country in the next 24-hours ending at 9:00am on Tuesday. ‘Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at most places over Chattogram and Barishal divisions and at many places over Dhaka and Khulna divisions,’ said a met bulletin issued this morning here. A few places over Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places over Rangpur and ...

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8 drug dealers killed in ‘shootouts’


MNA National Desk: At least eight suspected drug dealers were killed in separate gunfights at several areas of Jashore, Tangail, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Narsingdi, and Rajshahi in the early hours of Monday, said law enforcers. The reported gunfights mostly occurred as members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police conducted raids to detain suspected drug sellers. In Jashore, Police recovered three bodies shot in heads from two different spots in the early hours of Monday. However, police could not identify the bodies. In Tangail, an alleged drug dealer, named Abul Kalam Azad, in his forties, was killed in a reported shootout ...

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Khaleda files bail pleas in three cases


MNA National Desk: The lawyers of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday filed separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking her bail in three cases. Among the three cases, two were filed in Cumilla on charge of plotting to carry out subversive acts and another in Narail on charge of defamation, said lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. Earlier in the day, a HC bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice JBM Hassan granted permission to Khaleda for filing the bail petitions after her lawyers sought for it. Later, the HC bench fixed June 7 to hear the bail pleas of ...

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Nuremberg trial system for war criminals: PM

Nuremberg trial

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday laid emphasis on introducing Nuremberg trial system in the country where there will be no need for any witness against war criminals. “There’s no need for any witness for the trial of war criminals as documents are there. Justices in Nuremberg do not take any witness, and that trial is still there as the trial for war crimes in the World War II is going on. We can take that type of step in our country, too,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this when the party leaders greeted her on the ...

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Ramadan begins tomorrow

Ramadan begins

MNA National Desk: Muslims in Bangladesh will begin fasting on Friday, as the National Moon-Sighting Committee says Ramadan begins on that day, reported news agency. Tarabih prayers will follow Isha prayers on Thursday night. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will begin Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the land of the religion’s two holiest sites, authorities said. Ramadan is a holy month for the world’s nearly 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Ramadan is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. The others are the profession of faith (“there is no God but ...

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Be helpful to people: PM to police


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed police to be helpful to people, by extending service and support, reported news agenyc. “People come to police when they face difficulties. Therefore, police must give importance to human rights and rule of law while performing their duties. They have to be attentive towards women, children and elderly people in society,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the passing-out parade of the 35th BCS batch of assistant superintendents of police (ASPs) at the Bangladesh Police Academy here. The Prime Minister took salute and inspected the parade. She asked the police ...

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PM Hasina reaches Rajshahi


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Rajshahi today (Wednesday). According to her tour schedule, the premier is inspecting the march-past of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and took their salute at Bangladesh Police Academy (BPA) in Sardah of Rajshahi. Abdus Sobhan, Superintendent of Police of BPA, confirmed this information on Tuesday, reported new sagency. He said the Prime Minister will deliver her directional speech before the probationary police officers of 35th BCS batch. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Inspector General of Police Dr Jabed Patwary and other high civil, military and police officials also have attended the ceremony.

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AL’s Khaleque wins KCC polls


MNA National Desk: Awami League mayoral candidate Talukdar Abdul Khaleque was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election on Tuesday. Khaleque won the election with a big margin bagging 176,902 votes while his nearest rival Nazurl Islam Manju of BNP polled 108,956 in 286 election centres out of total 289. The voting was suspended in the remaining three centres due to violence, capturing of polling stations and forced stuffing. Returning officer Yunus Ali made the announcement around 9:40pm. The voting began at 8am and ended at 4pm without any break. however, the turnout of voters was said ...

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Railways minister blessed with twin boys

Railways Minister

MNA National Desk: Railways Minister Mujibul Haque and his wife Honufa Akhter Rikta were blessed with twin boys early on Tuesday, reported news agency. The minister’s wife gave birth to the babies around 12:15am at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. Both the twin and their mother are doing well, sources at the hospital said. Dr. Nargis Fatema conducted the caesarian section. The minister made headlines when he married a 29-year-old woman at the age of 67 on October 31 in 2014. However, The couple has a girl child who was born May 28 in ...

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Iftar items seekers killed in stampede


MNA National Desk: At least nine people were killed and several injured in stampede while collecting iftar items from a factory authorities ahead of Ramadan in Satkania upazila of Chattogram on Monday. Identities of the deceased could not be known. But, most of the victims are women. Md Emran Bhuiyan, Additional Superintendent of Chattogram (South) Police, said the incident took place at a madrasa field in Nolua union this morning. He said over 30,000 people gathered at the field to collect iftar items following an announcement by Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills Limited (KSRM) owner M Shahjahan. He arranged the distribution ...

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Ministry of Environment & Forest renamed


MNA National Desk: The Ministry of Environment and Forest has been renamed Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The approval for changing the name was given at a Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting Cabinet Secretary Md. Shafiul Alam said the change in the name of the ministry has been done keeping consistency with neighbouring countries, reported news agency. The cabinet also approved a proposal to allow the concerned officials to fell trees in the reserved in Moheshkhali of Cox’s Bazar district for installation of ...

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Riaz Uddin to die for war crimes

Riaz Uddin

MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Thursday sentenced Riaz Uddin Fakir of Mymensingh to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. A three-member bench of the International Crimes Tribunal headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam passed the judgement on Thursday after wrapping up a hearing from prosecutors and the defendant on Mar 21. Riaz Uddin Fakir was arrested on August 11 in 2015 and since then he remained in the bar. Two other accused of the case – Hazi Amzad Ali, earlier died in police custody and Waz Uddin Fakir died while he was ...

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Tureen Afroz removed from ICT team

Tureen Afroz

MNA National Desk: International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) Prosecutor Dr Tureen Afroz has been relieved of all activities of the tribunal for professional misconduct and breaching discipline and code of conduct. ICT prosecution branch sent two letters signed by Chief Prosecutor Golf Arif Tipu to the Law Ministry on Tuesday and Wednesday in this regard. Sources at the tribunal said the action has been taken against Dr Tureen Afroz for meeting war crimes accused Oahidul Haque, former Additional Inspector General of Police, secretly. Now, the ministry will take necessary measures as it appoints the prosecutors, they said. Another prosecutor Taposh Kranti ...

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Quota protesters want gazette by Thursday

quota protesters

MNA National Desk: The quota protesters have threatened to wage movement again on Sunday if  a gazette based on the Prime Minister’s assurance of abolishing the existing system is not published by Thursday. General Students’ Rights Protection Council convener Hasan Al Mamun came up with the threat from a human chain at the TSC of Dhaka University on Wednesday. Students and job seekers first demonstrated on the campus and then formed a human chain at the TSC area which was continued till 12:30pm. However, the quota reform protest turned into a violent movement after April 8. Following the movement, Prime ...

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Election Commission to challenge stay order on Gazipur polls


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has decided to challenge a High Court order that stalled Gazipur City Corporation polls. The commission’s decision comes two days after the court stayed the polls for three months following the hearing of a writ petition filed by local Awami League leader and Shimulia-1 Union Parishad Chairman ABM Azharul Islam Suroj on Sunday. Nine days prior to the elections, Suroj objected to the inclusion of six Mouzas or administrative districts of his union to the city corporation. “We have decided to appeal against the stay order and have appointed a lawyer. We’ll proceed discussing ...

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BNP to stage demonstration Wednesday

stage demonstration

MNA National Desk: The BNP will stage demonstration in the capital on Wednesday to protest the authorities’ refusal to grant permission for its countrywide rally scheduled for today (Monday). BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing held at party’s Nayapaltan office around 11am on Monday. He said they tried to hold a rally in front of their central office at 2:00pm on Monday demanding the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail for ensuring her better treatment. ‘But, police didn’t give us permission to hold the rally at the behest ...

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Maintain peace in hill districts: PM

boosting cooperation

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday laid emphasis on maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the hill tracts of the country. “Make it sure peace prevails there [in hills]… we do want that. All must maintain a congenial atmosphere. This is not important who is Pahari (indigenous) and who is Bangalee,” she said. The PM said this while speaking with a cross-section of people of Bandarban district through a videoconference after unveiling the results of SSC and equivalent exams at her official residence Ganabhaban, reported news agency. The premier said all have to be treated as human being. ...

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Stand beside forcibly deported Rohingyas: PM

forcibly deported

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday appealed to the Muslim countries under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to firmly stand beside the forcibly deported Rohingyas. ‘My appeal to the OIC is to stand solidly beside the forcibly deported Rohingyas in safeguarding their dignity and security. The Holy Prophet’s (SAW) message for us was to stand beside the distressed humanity. When the Rohingya community of Myanmar is being subjected to ‘ethnic cleansing’, the OIC fraternity cannot overlook it,’ she said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the 45th Session of the Council of ...

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BD writes to UK for Tarique’s extradition: FM


MNA National Desk: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said the government has written to the home office in the UK for extradition of BNP leader Tarique Rahman. He was addressing a press briefing on Thursday regarding OIC foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Dhaka on May 5-6. ‘The process of writing letters (to British authorities) is going on. More than one letters have already been sent in this regard,’ he said. The minister said they are taking further steps and writing letters based on the responses from the British government. ‘More letters are being written as the process ...

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Holy Shab-e-Barat observed


MNA National Desk: The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed in the country on Tuesday night with due religious fervour. According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On this night, Allah writes the destinies of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds. Muslim devotees offered special prayers, recited from the Holy Quran, hold milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind. They passed the whole nights offering prayers. They also visited the graveyards ...

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PM to brief media on Wednesday


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Wednesday to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visits to Saudi Arabia, the UK and Australia. The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganobhaban at 4:00pm, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. The Prime Minister visited Saudi Arabia and the UK from April 15 to 23 while Australia from April 26 to 29. During her visit, she received the Global Women’s Leadership Award at the 2018 Global Summit of Women and had a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She ...

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PM leaves for Australia today

Australia today

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will start a three-day official visit to Australia today (Thursday) at the invitation of her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull. During her stay in Australia from April 27 to 29, she will receive the Global Women’s Leadership Award at the 2018 Global Summit of Women and hold a bilateral meeting with him. A Thai Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Sydney, Australia at 1:35pm. The flight is scheduled to reach Sydney International Airport at 7:20am on Friday (local time) after making a ...

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Bdjobs CEO arrested for ridiculing PM


MNA National Desk: AKM Fahim Mashroor, chief executive officer of Bangladesh’s largest online job site, has been arrested over his Facebook post ridiculing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of DMP, said a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit detained him from the city’s Karwan Bazar area around 1pm, reported news agency. He was detained for interrogation, he added. Mashroor launched the job site about 18 years ago. He is also the chief executive of social media Beshto and e-commerce site He is the ex-president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information ...

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Ex-addl IGP sent to jail for war crimes


MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Wednesday sent former Additional Inspector General of Police Oahidul Haque to jail in a case filed for war-crimes during the 1971 Liberation war. A two-member bench of ICT led by Justice Amir Hossain passed the order when police produced him before the tribunal today. Earlier around 11:30am, police produced Oahidul before the tribunal. The tribunal also fixed May 10 for submitting a progressive report. Gulshan Police picked up Oahidul Haque from his Baridhara residence around 1:30pm in compliance with a warrant issued by the ICT on Monday for his arrest, reported ...

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Tribute paid to poet Belal Chowdhury

poet Belal

MNA National Desk: People from all walks of life paid rich tribute to noted poet Belal Chowdhury at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Wednesday. The body was taken on the Shaheed Minar premises at about 11am from his Paltan residence. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid his respect by placing wreath. Belal Chowdhury’s namaj-e-janaza will he held at Dhaka University central mosque after Zuhr prayer. The Ekushey Padak winning poet breathed his last at 12.01pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on Tuesday. He was 80. The poet will be laid to rest at his ...

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PM gets global women’s leadership award

Leadership Award

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive the prestigious Global Women’s Leadership Award in Sydney during her next week visit to Australia. Hasina will visit Australia from April 26 to 28 at the invitation of her counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a media briefing on Tuesday. US-based Global Summit of Women will give the award for Hasina’s leadership in women’s education and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, reported news agewny. During her visit, Hasina will have a bilateral meeting with her Australian counterpart on April 28 when both sides will mainly focus on education, sports, ...

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AL delegation pays tributes to Gandhi


MNA National Desk: An Awami League delegation led by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi and placed wreaths paying tributes to India’s Father of the Nation. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and members of his delegation at the mission on Sunday evening. During the three-day visit, the Awami League delegation will have a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The delegation will also meet BJP President Amit Shah and Lok ...

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