Moon sighted, Eid-ul Azha on Aug 22


MNA National Desk: The holy Eid-ul-Azha – one of the two biggest festivals for Muslims – is set to be celebrated in Bangladesh on 22 August, Wednesday, as the Zil-Hajj moon was sighted in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country this evening. The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the moon sighting, says a press statement. National Moon Sighting Committee chief and religious affairs minister Matior Rahman chaired the meeting, it adds. Eid-ul-Azha, however, will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia on ...

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Killers of Ramiz Uddin College students will be punished: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to bring to justice those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, reported news agency. “This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the (traffic) rules, resulting in the loss of two lives…many students were also injured,” she said. The prime minister said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School ...

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BNP’s Ariful re-elected as Sylhet mayor


MNA National Desk: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has finally been elected Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), after reelection in two suspended centres of the city held on Saturday. Ariful bagged a total of 92,598 votes after getting 2102 votes in the two polling centers while Awami League candidate Kamran got 86,392 votes, including 527 votes from the latest two centres, said Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. The two polling centres– Gazi Burhanuddin Garam Dewan Government Primary School and Hobinandi Government Primary School– of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election were postponed due to various irregularities on July 30. The BNP ...

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Govt working to strengthen democracy: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is working relentlessly for further strengthening democracy and speeding up development in the country as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC paid a courtesy call on her. “We’re working tirelessly for further consolidating democracy and accelerating development in the country,” Premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying while briefing reporters after the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka. In this connection, the Commonwealth Secretary General said her organisation is ready to extend cooperation with Bangladesh in upholding its democratic process. Sheikh Hasina said over 6,000 ...

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SC adjourns Shahidul’s plea hearing until Monday


MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division has adjourned, until Monday, the hearing on a government petition that challenges a High Court order sending photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital. A four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order on Thursday. This after Shahidul’s lawyer said the High Court is set to hear a petition that was filed to challenge the remand order against Shahidul. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during the hearing. A High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir will hear ...

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Eid advance train ticket sale begins

advance train

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway authority on Wednesday morning began the selling of advance train tickets for Eid-ul-Azha, reported news agency. Hundreds of ticket-seekers were seen gathered at Kamalapur Railway Station from early hours to collect tickets for August 17. The advance ticket for August 18, 19, 20 and 21 will be available on August 9, 10, 11 and 12 respectively. Many ticket seekers standing in the queue said that they came to buy tickets the previous evening and passed the night at the station to ensure they get hold of the tickets. Besides, the return tickets for the journey ...

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Govt to sit with VCs of private universities


MNA National Desk: The education ministry has invited vice-chancellors of all private universities to a meeting to discuss clashes between police and students during a campaign for safe roads, reported news agency. The meeting will take place at the Dhaka International Mother Language Institute auditorium at 3pm on Wednesday, said the education ministry. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will be the chief guest. Earlier, he had given several directives through a meeting with chiefs of government and private educational institutes on Aug 5. Two students died in a bus accident on Airport Road on Jul 29 which galvanised a student ...

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Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela paid tribute to Bangabandhu’s Mazar at Tungipara

paid rich tribute

MNA National Desk: Central Leaders of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) on Monday paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his Mazar at Tungipara. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Prime Minister’s Media Advisor, placed wreaths at the mazar. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, the chief patron of BSKM national committee, also paid homage to Bangabandhu marking the 43rd martyrdom anniversary and National Mourning Day. Besides a huge number of children participated in a mourning rally arranged by the BSKM before placing wreaths at the Mazar.

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Photographer Shahidul Alam taken to DB office

Shahidul Alam

MNA National Desk: Drik Gallery owner and eminent photographer Dr Shahidul Alam was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) office for interrogation. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Obaidur Rahman confirmed the matter to media, reported news agency. Dr Shahidul Alam was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence Sunday night, alleged his family and Drik authorities. Some plainclothes people introduced themselves as members of the Detective Branch of police and took away Shahidul following his interview with Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safer roads, alleged Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma Ahmed. Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that she ...

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PM Hasina urges all not to pay heed to rumours


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country not to pay heed to rumours and get confused by false propaganda, reported news agency. “A vested quarter is trying to create instability in the country through false propaganda. Please don’t pay heed to any rumour and don’t get confused by any false propaganda,” she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating optical fiber connectivity in 300 unions of ten districts under ‘National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Development (Info-Sarker Third Phase) through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. “Whatever you see ...

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Transport strike brings the country to a halt


MNA National Desk: Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Saturday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh, reported news agency. Dhaka’s streets were devoid of public transports since early morning, citing security concerns. Most areas in Dhaka, including Elephant Road, New Market, Dhanmondi, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Katabon, Uttara and Airport road, had no passenger buses available. The government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service was the only public transport option available throughout the city. The move came following the countrywide protests demanding road safety and justice for two Class XII students ...

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29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela observed

Shishu Kishor Mela

MNA National Desk: A meeting of the central executive committee marking the 29th founding anniversary of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela (BSKM) was held on Friday. Presided over by the chief adviser of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Mela and Prime Minister’s media advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdury, the meeting was attended by the central and district level leaders of the advisory committee. Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, chief patron of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela and Chairman of Mohammadi Group of Companies also delivered his valuable speech marking the 29th founding anniversary of BSKM. In the meeting, the decision of observing the 43rd death anniversary ...

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PM Hasina gives 20 lakh taka to families of Diya, Rajib


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday donated Tk 20 lakh to the parents of Diya and Rajib, the two college students who died in dreadful bus crash on the Airport Road. The PM handed over savings saving certificates for the amount when the parents of Diya and Rajib called on the Prime Minister at the PMO. PMO officials said Sheikh Hasina consoled the parents and said she would stand by the families with all possible supports, BSS reports. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ...

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Hooligans assault students in Mirpur


MNA National Desk: Some unidentified youths armed with sticks assaulted student protesters when they were already battling against the police during their campaign for safe roads in Mirpur. A large swathe of the area turned into a chaotic scene as police chased and beat the students. Then a group of stick-wielding youths arrived on the road to drive the protesters away. The reporter saw at least one student injured as the clashes unfolded at 4pm on Thursday. The students have continued a popular campaign for safe roads since Jul 29 when two of their fellows lost their lives to ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets


MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury visits historic Teliapara Tea Estate


MNA National Desk: Eminent journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Prime Minister’s Media Advisor and Editor of The Daily observer, visited historic Teliapara Tea Estate at Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district on Jul 28. Mir Mosharref Hossain, Director of The Daily Observer and Editor of Kishore Bangla, accompanied him on this tour. Teliapara tea estate bungalow is located onoly within 1.5 km of Indian border and has significant historical attachment with the liberation war of 1971. On 29 Mar, 1971 Major Khaled Mosharraf reached the tea estate with 4th East Bengal Regiment under his command. He established and established the first head ...

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AL wins in Rajshahi, Barishal


MNA National Desk: The Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls marred by boycotts and widespread rigging while the announcement of election results was postponed in Sylhet, reports news agency. Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury ahead of his rival AL’s Badar Uddin Kamran by 4,626 votes, with the balloting in two polling stations suspended. The authorities suspended the announcement of the polls result as the number of voters of the suspended polling stations is higher than the lead Arif has taken. In Rajshahi, Ruling Awami League ...

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Voting begins in Rajshahi, Barishal, Sylhet


MNA National Desk: Voting in the elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations began on Monday morning, reported news agency. The balloting that started at 8:00am will continue till 4:00 pm without any break. The city elections are the last major polls before the next general election expected to be held in December this year. Five mayoral candidates are contesting the polls in Rajshahi, while seven mayoral contenders are running in Barishal and Sylhet each. On 29 May last, the Election Commission announced the election schedules for the three city corporations. The embassies of the US and the Netherlands ...

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2 dead, several injured as bus ploughs into students


MNA National Desk: Two students of Dhaka’s Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College have been killed and several others injured after they were struck by a bus on Airport Road, reported news agency. The accident occurred around 12:30am on Sunday, following which students from the educational institution took to the streets and blocked the road in protest. The accident took place when a Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ ran over a group of students while they were standing beside the road, leaving the duo dead on the spot. After the accident students took to the streets in protest and vandalised several ...

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BGB deployed in Rajshahi ahead of civic polls


MNA National Desk: A total 19 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have been deployed in the Rajshahi city ahead of the city corporation elections. The border guards were deployed at different parts of the city in the morning to avert any untoward incident, said lieutenant colonel Shamim Masud Al Iftekhar, commanding officer of BGB-1 battalion. Loud publicity through megaphones by canvassers of mayor and councilor candidates is irritating the residents of the city. Although some people are disturbed, they are not preventing miking because the election campaign will end at 12 midnight after Saturday. The city corporation polls ...

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Attack on Zafar Iqbal: Charges pressed against 6

Zafar Iqbal

MNA National Desk: Police on Thursday submitted the charge sheet against Faizul Hasan Foyez, his four other family members and one of his friends in connection with the attack on renowned writer Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Jalalabad Police Station OC Shafiqul Islam said Amulya Kumar Chowdhury, assistant police commissioner (prosecution), submitted the 353- page charge sheet with the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Haridas Pal around 11:45am. The other charge-sheeted accused are Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah. Faizul had planned to kill Prof Zafar ...

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Five killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides


MNA National Desk: Five people including four members of a family were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslide, triggered by incessant rainfall for the last couple of days in Sadar and Ramu upazilas of the district on Wednesday, reported news agency. The deceased were identified as Marjina Akhter, 16, Kafia Akhter, 14, Abul Khayer, 8, and Khairunnesa, 6, four children of Jamal Hossain of the area. All of the family members were asleep then, the locals added. Locals, according to the witnesses, rescued the injured and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared ...

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More rains predicted for next 24 hours

24 hours

MNA National Desk: Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places across the country in the next 24 hours tomorrow, reported news agency. “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at some places across the country in the next 24 hours commencing at 9:00am today,” said a Met bulletin issued here this morning. The highest rainfall in the last 24-hour ...

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Forgo ‘red tape culture’, PM to public servants

red tape culture

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public servants to do the work for the people’s benifit, abstaining the ‘red tape culture’. “There’ll be complexities in every work…once there was a red tape culture; now we’re using white tape (in public office files), but it doesn’t imply that the work will be getting quicker for using the white tape as the red tape (culture) still exists,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating National Public Service Day 2018 and distributing Public Administration Award 2018 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, reported news agency. She ...

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Gulshan attack: Charge sheet against 8

charge sheet

MNA National Desk: Police have submitted a charge sheet against eight suspects believed to be involved in the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery, which led to the deaths of 20 hostages, reported news agency. The charge sheet has been sent after all formalities were completed, Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Chief Monirul Islam, whose unit led the investigation, said at a press conference at Minto Road on Monday. Six suspects are currently in prison while two are absconding, he said. The investigation did not find the involvement of former North South University teacher Hasnat Karim, who ...

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PM advises generals for patriotic men in army leadership


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Army Generals to select patriotic and eligible leadership who are imbued with the spirit of the Great Liberation War. She said, “The army leadership should be placed in the hands of those who are patriot and believe in the Liberation War.” “The leadership should be handed over to such eligible officers who are well educated, active, cautious, intelligent and above all have strong credence to strengthen democracy,” the Prime Minister added. The premier said this while inaugurating the ‘Army Headquarters Selection Board 2018’ at Dhaka Cantonment., reports UNB. She ...

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Mahmudur Rahman attacked in Kushtia


MNA National Desk: Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly attacked on daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia on Sunday. He came under attack while he went out of courtroom around 4.30 pm. BCL men hurled brick chips targeting Mahmudur and he was seriously injured in the attack. Principal Amirul Islam, senior lawyer of Kushtia Bar Association confirmed the matter. Earlier BCL men allegedly confined Mahmudur Rahman in a courtroom after the court granted him bail in a case filed for making derogatory remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tulip Siddiq. Kushtia ...

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