TIB’s report merely sides with BNP-Jamaat: Information Minister


MNA National Desk: Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said on Wednesday that Transparency International Bangladesh or TIB’s so-called report as ‘politically-motivated’ and it merely sides with BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. “There are organisations whose work is to damage our country,” the minister came up with this comment at a briefing held in Chittagong. Hasan Mahmud has dismissed the report which alleged widespread irregularities during the 11th general election. After conducting surveys during voting at 50 among the 300 parliamentary seats across Bangladesh, the TIB found proof of some manner of irregularities in at least 47 of those constituencies, said the report released ...

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HC open doors for DNCC by-election


MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Wednesday cleared the way for holding the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). The bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Mohammad Ullah withdrew its earlier order that kept the mayoral by-election withheld for six months. The court also rejected three separate petitions filed on the election affairs, said Kazi Mynul Hasan, a counsel of the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD). The High Court withdrew the stay order and rejected three petitions as no lawyer from the petitioner was present during the hearing, said the counsel, reports UNB. Now ...

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Joy reappointed PM’s ICT adviser

MNA National Desk: Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been reappointed as PM’s part-time and honorary Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adviser. A circular has been issued in this regard on Tuesday that said the Prime Minister appointed Sajeeb Wazed Joy as her adviser under 3 (B) (1) of the Rules of Business, 1996, BSS reports. Joy would carry out his duties on the prime minister’s instructions and suggestions, according to the circular issued by Director (administration) of the Prime Minister’s Office, M Ahsan Kibria Siddique.

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AL for campaign & spread of Islam based on Quran & Sunnah


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister’s Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said, “Awami League government want campaign and spread of Islam in the country based on Quran and Sunnah. Islamic Foundation was formed in 1975 under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Government wants our social and personal life to be led by by Islamic principles.” He made this comment in a doa mahfil program on the occasion of Feni district model mosque and Islamic center’s place finalization and land transfer arranged by Islamic Foundation. The program was held nearby Fatehpur Boro Bari Hafezia Madrasa and Orphanage of Sharshadi union of Feni Sadar ...

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BNP to join PM’s dialogue considering agenda


MNA National Desk: Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which rejected the 30 December parliamentary polls, may join the talks reportedly initiated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, if demand for cancellation of the election results is made the agenda. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir raised the demand on Monday in response to the prime minister’s overture to the opposition that held talks with her before the general elections won by her party but plagued by allegations of rigging. “We’ll consider joining such a dialogue only if the issue of cancellation of election results is included as the key agenda,” the ...

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New Foreign minister to visit India first


MNA Natioanal Desk: AK Abdul Momen will go to India for his first trip abroad as the new foreign minister of Bangladesh. India is considered as the most important neighboring country of Bangladesh. “India is our neighbour. We have warm relations. They invited me,” he said while responding to reporters at his office on Monday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first leader to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League swept the results of the general election held on Dec 30. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also sent message to her new counterpart AK ...

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PM will hold talks with political parties again


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks with all political parties again, said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of Awami League on Sunday. The prime minister will send letters inviting them to a dialogue, he told reporters at the AL’s central offices on Bangabandhu Avenue and announced the new round of talks. The decision comes after the Jatiya Oikya Front called for a ‘national dialogue’ after it boycotted the 11th national parliamentary election. On Dec 30 the Awami League won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in a landslide victory. Meanwhile, the Oikya Front, which won only ...

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PM pays tributes to martyred Armed Forces martyres

Armed Forces

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the assumption of her office as the Prime Minister for the fourth time. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) of Dhaka Cantonment in the morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs, who made the supreme sacrifice during the War of Liberation. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, ...

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PM urges BNP’s MPs-elect to join parliament


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged the MPs-elect of BNP to join Parliament for the sake of democracy and to utilize the scope for their return to constructive politics. “BNP should join Parliament for the sake of democracy accepting its defeat in the election,” she said. The Prime Minister said this in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at the party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office here. The meeting was held with Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. She also asked the ...

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Homecoming Day being observed today

Homecoming Day

MNA National Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed today (Thursday). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the country’s independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city. The Prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for some time showing deep respect to the Father of the Nation, reports UNB. Flanked by ministers and central leaders of Bangladesh Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of her party, placed another wreath at ...

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PM Hasina pay homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her new cabinet colleagues on Wednesday paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his final resting place at Tungipara. The prime minister paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his graveyard marking the installation of her government for the third consecutive term. After laying the wreaths, Hasina stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three forces gave a guard of honour to the prime minister, ...

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Law to be amended for Jamaat’s trial


MNA National Desk: Law Minister Anisul Haq on Wednesday said his ministry is taking initiatives again to amend the law for holding trial of Jamaat-e-Islami as a party on charge of committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971. “We’ve formulated a draft of the law. It will be placed in the cabinet once get the Prime Minister’s nod,” said the minister while exchanging views with the reporters at his Secretariat office on Wednesday. He said initiatives are being taken to amend the law to examine if Jamaat is brought to book for justice as a political ...

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RMG workers’ wage to be reviewed amid protests


MNA National Desk: The government has decided to set up a 12-member panel to review the wage of garment workers and take steps within a month amid labor protests in Dhaka. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi made the announcement after a meeting between garment factory owners and labor leaders on Tuesday. The new minister urged the workers to “refrain from causing disorder in the street”. Earlier hundreds of garment workers have taken to the streets for a third successive day to demand a minimum wage hike and to press a series of other demands. Workers have been blocking the streets in ...

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Hasina led cabinet pay homage to Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in Dhaka city on Tuesday morning. After laying the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence. Flanked by the new cabinet colleagues, Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) president, placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait as the party chief. Advisers to the prime minister, Jatiya Sangsad chief whip, whips, AL parliament ...

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47 including PM Hasina take oath


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid on Monday administered the oath of office of ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of the new cabinet headed by Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Bangabhaban. Outgoing prime minister Sheikh Hasina was first sworn in, for the fourth term, at the oath-taking ceremony. The cabinet division on Sunday announced the new cabinet, including 31 new faces and dropping as many as 36 members of the outgoing council of ministers. Twenty four ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers were picked up for the oath-taking, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Sunday. ...

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RMG workers block road, torch bus creating chaos


MNA National Desk: Garment workers blockade Abdullahpur-Airport road on Monday for the second day demanding implementation of newly announced salary structure, creating a long tailback of vehicles on both sides. Agitating workers had blockade the road on Sunday to press home for their demand. Later, they lifted the barricade following assurance by the authorities of Versatile Garments. The workers again took to the street today as their demand was not met yet, reports a Bangla online news portal. The workers first blockade Gazipur road. But, being obstructed by police, they later, proceeded to Abdullahpur and Uttara at about 11:15am. Witnesses ...

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HM Ershad takes oath

MNA National Desk: Jaitya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who has been elected lawmaker from Rangpur-3 constituency, took oath today. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath at the parliament around 12:30pm, reported news agency. The JP chief could not take oath “due to illness” on Thursday.  However, 21 other members from his party were sworn in as lawmakers of the 11th parliament on that day.

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Syed Ashraf’s first janaza held


MNA National Desk: The first namaz-e-janaza of Syed Ashraful Islam, former Awami League general secretary and public administration minister of the previous Cabinet, has been held in Dhaka. The namaz-e-janaza, open for all, was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 10:30am. President Abdul Hamid also took part in the janaza while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, along with other senior female leaders of Awami League, were present in the Sangsad Bhaban premises. His body will be flown to Kishoreganj via helicopter for a second janaza at the Sholakia Eidgah around 12pm. A third janaza will be held ...

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Dr Kamal hints on Gono Forum MPs to take oath

Gono Forum

MNA National Desk: Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday hinted that newly elected two parliament member (MPs) of his party Gono Forum may take oath and join parliament. “We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to Parliament,” he said. Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal said this at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party, reports UNB. He thinks that it will not create any problem with its ...

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Ranga made new JaPa chief whip


MNA National Desk: Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Secretary General of Jatiya Party, has been made the opposition chief whip of the 11the parliament. JaPa Chairman HM Ershad confirmed this on Saturday. Earlier on Friday Ershad sent a letter to Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury in this regard. Contradicting his party’s parliamentary body’s decision, JaPa chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in Parliament while he will act as the Leader of the Opposition, reports UNB. In a statement, he came up with the announcement contradicting the Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party’s decision to join the Awami ...

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Sheikh Hasina named leader of 11th parliament

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been named the leader of the 11th parliament, reported news agency. The newly-elected Awami League lawmakers made Sheikh Hasina the party leader, in the house, during the party’s parliamentary body meeting held there on Thursday. Awami League Secretary General Obaidul Quader proposed Sheikh Hasina as the leader of the party’s parliamentary body; while another member of the party’s advisory council and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu supported the proposal.

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Noakhali gang-rape: Local AL leader among 2 arrested


MNA National Desk: Detectives in separate drives arrested two people including a local Awami League leader from Shenbagh and Sadar upazilas early Thursday over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman after Sunday’s election. The arrestees are Ruhul Amin, former chairman of Charjubli union parishad and also the organising secretary of union unit of Awami League and another Bechu Mia, reports news agency. Md Ilias Sharif, superintendent of district police said a team of Detective Branch (DB) arrested Ruhul Amin from a poultry farm in Sadar upazila in the dead of night. Later, the team conducted another drive at a brick kiln ...

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Putin greets Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party’s absolute victory in the 11th parliamentary elections, reported news agency. “The Russian President sent a message to the prime minister greeting her, Bangladesh Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s national polls,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. Putin also wished success of the prime minister as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh, he said.

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Gazette for new MPs published, oath taking ceremony Thursday


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has published a gazette listing the newly elected members of parliament (MPs) in the 11th parliament, reported news agency. A letter was sent to the parliament secretary for taking necessary measures to organize the oath-taking ceremony, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while talking to reporters at the commission office on Wednesday. The MP-elects will be sworn in at the parliament at 11am on Thursday, reported news agency. According to the Article 148 (2A) of the Constitution, the newly elected members of parliament will be obliged to take oath within three days ...

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UK welcomes participatory polls


MNA National Desk: The United Kingdom has urged a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday, after the announcement of the unofficial results for the recently held polls. In a statement published on the UK government portal, he said: “While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, ...

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Saudi King, Qatari Emir, Sri Lankan president greet Hasina

Saudi King

MNA National Desk: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s absolute victory in the 11th national election. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanbin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a message greeting the prime minister on her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, press secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her party’s victory in the election. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Bangladesh Premier on securing her party’s absolute victory ...

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GM Quader to act as Ershad’s deputy

GM Quader

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader will be the chairman of the party in absence of his elder brother and party’s current chairman Ershad. HM Ershad made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday night. ‘As Jatiya party’s founding chairman I would like to inform the party’s leaders and activist and supporters at all levels that current co-chairman Golam Mohammed Quader will act as the Jatiya party chairman in absence of me,’ he said.

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