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BD open to raising palm oil imports from Malaysia

palm oil

MNA Business Desk: In some good news for Malaysian palm oil sellers, Bangladesh is open to increasing palm oil imports from the Southeast Asian country if it offers competitive prices. “If they approach us we’ll welcome them,” Reuters reported quoting agriculture minister Abdur Razzak on Thursday. “We can raise imports from Malaysia if we get a better price from them.” When asked about India’s move to stop palm oil imports from Malaysia, the world’s second biggest producer and exporter of the commodity after Indonesia, he said, “It’s rather good, prices of palm oil are coming down.” Bangladesh mainly buys palm ...

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India asks BD to buy its imported onions

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MNA Business Desk: India has asked Bangladesh to procure the onions that it has imported after a majority of states withdrew their demand for the commodity. At a meeting held on Monday, the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry made an offer to acting Bangladesh high commissioner Rokebul Haque to buy the onion stock that India had imported for domestic consumption, Indian news website ThePrint reported citing a senior government official familiar with this on Tuesday. But Bangladesh argued that it already has imports of Chinese onion in the pipeline through Nepal, so India should offer some incentives like free ...

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Bangladesh starts exporting LPG to Indian state of Tripura

India

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has started commercial export of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to neighbouring India with initial shipment of around 1,000 tonnes per month. Two privately owned firms — Omera Petroleum and Beximco LPG — are now exporting LPG to Tripura, a landlocked northeastern state of India, by road. Presently, each of the firms is exporting around 500 tonnes a month, and the volume may climb to around 2,500 tonnes within several months. “We have started commercial export of LPG to India a couple of weeks ago after carrying out several test runs with a volume of several hundred ...

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Bangladesh, India want zero death along border: Foreign Minister

India

MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said Bangladesh and India want zero death along Bangladesh-India border but it is happening. He said they are also “concerned” like others about the deaths along the border and hoped that India will comply with their “zero death” position. The Foreign Minister was talking to reporters at a press conference at his ministry which was arranged hours ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “We’re concerned like you. We would relay the message to India so that they comply with their position what ...

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BD eyes fresh funds from China for implementing six key projects

China

MNA Business Desk: As part of chasing Chinese money, Bangladesh now eyes fresh funds from the Asian giant for implementing six new key projects. The projects involving several billions of dollars are seen as crucial to the socio-economic development of the country, and the relevant ministries recently placed a list with the Chinese officials. The projects included the construction fo Bhola Bridge on Barisal-Bhola road over the rivers Tetulia and Kalabadar, the procurement of six sea-going vessels, the establishment of Sheikh Hasina Institute of Information Technology and Hi-Tech park and the construction of Core Port Infrastructure of Pyra Port An ...

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Keep faith in me: PM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people to help her face new challenges as she promised to move forward by drawing on past experiences with the her third consecutive government completing its first year. In a televised address to the nation to mark the occasion on Tuesday, the prime minister recalled the lifelong struggle and sacrifices of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to ensure the people’s welfare. Mentioning that the government always welcomes any peaceful democratic movement, Sheikh Hasina said it will not tolerate any destructive activity aimed at realizing illogical ...

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Democratic practices in political parties: Key to future of politics in Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a democratic country, provides open opportunity to practice politics to its citizens and participation in political activities from different groups and societal level is quite satisfactory. Though there are very few established or impactful political parties existing in the political field of Bangladesh, millions of people are engaged or associated with these parties from different aspects. This provides a great scope for strong democratic practice. Recently, the councils of top political parties and its affiliated organizations had been on the news. Many of these councils were held long after its usual time. New committees were ...

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Pledge to build non-communal country as Victory Day celebrated

Victory Day

MNA National Desk: The nation on Monday celebrated the 49th Victory Day, marking the most precious moment when the country was liberated from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month bloodstained war, with a vow to build a non-communal country in keeping with the spirit of the Liberation War. The publication of a list of Razakars just a day before the Victory Day brought a new dimension in the observance of the precious moment this year. Forty-eight years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent state under the leadership of Father of Nation ...

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Nation celebrates 49th Victory Day today

Victory Day

MNA National Desk: The nation celebrates the 49th Victory Day today to pay deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War in 1971. On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month war, resulting in independent and sovereign Bangladesh. The day is a public holiday. The nation is set to celebrate the Month of Victory with much enthusiasm amid a variety of programmes throughout the month of December. Various socio-political, educational and cultural institutions and organizations chalked out programmes to mark the nation’s victory achieved under the leadership ...

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Bangladesh a role model of development in world: PM

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MNA National Desk: Highlighting Bangladesh’s tremendous development in the last one decade, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has graduated to a developing country and is a role model of development in the world. She said the country’s GDP rate increased to 8.13 per cent and poverty rate was brought down to 21 per cent from 41 per cent, she said. Sheikh Hasina was addressing a reception accorded to her by Bangladesh Embassy in Spain at Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid on Sunday evening local time. Expatriate Bangladeshis, including Awami League leaders and workers living in Spain and other European ...

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‘Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019’ Shela flies to USA

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019 Shirin Akhter Shela has left Dhaka for the USA on November 28 to participate in the 68th edition of the Miss Universe competition. Miss Universe 2019 will be held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. Women from more than 90 countries will compete for the crown of Miss Universe. Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, will crown the new Miss Universe at the end of the program. Bangladesh is participating in Miss Universe for the first time. Shirin Akhter Shela ...

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Send more remittances: FM to expats in UAE

remittance

MNA Business Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has encouraged the Bangladeshi expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to send more remittance to Bangladesh through formal channel as the government is providing lucrative incentives to the remitters. He made the call while inaugurating the smart NID card and voter enrolment services at the Bangladesh Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Monday. At the beginning of the programme, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Muhammad Imran briefed the audience about the smart NID card and voter enrolment services in Abu Dhabi Mission. The Foreign Minister highlighted different success stories of Bangladesh ...

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Bangladesh under serious threat for money laundering: Finance minister

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MNA Editorial Desk: Mentioning that Bangladesh is under serious threat for money laundering, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said the government is putting all out efforts to prevent the crime. The minister said that money laundering and financing of terrorism not only threaten an economy of a country, but also threaten the existence of human kind. The minister came up with the statement while addressing a seminar on the “National Strategy for Prevention of Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism 2019-2021” at Hotel Intercontinental in the city on Sunday, reports BSS. Foreign Affairs Ministry, Financial Institutions Division of ...

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India deface Bangladesh in Indore Test

India

MNA Sports Desk: India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the first of the two-Test series in Indore, India on Day 3. With the win, India took a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series with the final match — first Day/Night Test on India — set to take place from November 22 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Bangladesh were bundled out for 213 in the second innings. Times of India adds: The stars of the win in the Test for India were run-machine Mayank Agarwal and the pacers. The trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh ...

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ADB lauds Bangladesh for self-sufficiency in rice output

ADB

MNA Editorial Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lauded Bangladesh for achieving self-sufficiency in rice output, but voiced worry over falling income of farming community. “This progress was largely driven by the Green Revolution technologies that put high yielding seed varieties in the hands of our farmers,” Takehiko Nakao, the ADB’s president, told a three-day Rural Development and Food Security Forum that opened in Manila on Monday. The advancement was also accompanied by investments in rural roads and irrigation, and agricultural extension, he added. Bangladesh’s rice production has tripled to more than 35 million tonnes since 1971, when the ...

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BD denim products to attract more foreign buyers

Denim

MNA Business Desk: The eleventh edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo, an international exposition to promote Bangladeshi denim goods, will focus on driving the country’s denim industry towards the direction of responsibility, organizers said on Sunday. For the first time, H&M Group, a Swedish multinational clothing-retailer, is collaborating with Bangladesh Denim Expo for its 11th edition to be held on November 5-6 at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB). In the two-day exposition, a total of 100 exhibitors from 11 countries, including host Bangladesh, will take part. The other participating countries are China, Japan, Italy, India, Singapore, Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, Turkey ...

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BD moves up eight spots in ease of doing business index

Ease of Doing Business

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has moved up eight spots to 168 in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index 2020. The country’s ranking was 176 in the last year, according to a report by the World Bank Group. A total of 190 countries have been ranked in the global lender’s latest index. According to the World Bank Group, Bangladesh is among the 20 economies that have seen progress in at least three out of ten areas of the ease of doing business for the last year. The country made it bringing about three reforms during the past year, the ...

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Govt unblocks online battle game PUBG shortly after blocking

PUBG

MNA Science & Technology Desk: The Bangladesh authorities have unblocked online multiplayer game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG shortly after blocking it at the request of police following complaints by parents of adolescent players. Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar disclosed the development on Facebook on Friday night after an officer of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Security and Crime Division, in another post in the afternoon, announced the ban. “The PUBG users who were unhappy with the blockade will be delighted to know that it is no longer blocked,” the minister wrote. “The game has been unblocked because the government ...

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Bangladesh hands over fresh list of 50,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said a new list of around 50000 Rohingyas has been handed over to Myanmar to expedite Rohingya repatriation efforts. The minister disclosed this talking to a small group of reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reports UNB. On July 29, Bangladesh handed over a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to their place of origin in Rakhine State. Bangladesh has so far handed over names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities. Turning to Abrar murder he said diplomats’ comments over Abrar ...

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Student politics of BD: A heritage we need to protect & purify

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Student politics is blended with every glorious achievement of Bangladesh. From the language movement to the national independence, the students were involved at every stage of writing the name of this nation on the world map. After independence also, the students led various movements to restore and protect democracy in this country. Unfortunately, the glory of student politics is under serious question due to ill use of power, degradation of humanity and widespread use of student politics for wrongdoings. Especially after recent brutal murder of Abrar, a student of BUET, few days back, the moral decay in ...

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Bangladesh to raise issues of Teesta, NRC, border killings

Teesta

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh will raise the issues of Teesta river water-sharing, Assam’s citizenship exercise and border killings along with other ones during a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on October 5. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen came up with the statement while briefing the media on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for the Indian capital at 8:00am on Thursday in a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in her first visit to the neighbouring country after winning the 2018 elections. The minister said a whole raft of ...

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BD, China, Myanmar to jointly evaluate progress of Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, China and Myanmar have agreed to form a “tripartite joint working mechanism” to evaluate the situation on the ground for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with development after a joint meeting with his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. “On the ground, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar will evaluate the progress jointly,” Dr Momen told reporters after the meeting adding that Myanmar agreed with the Chinese proposal though Myanmar had some objections initially at the meeting. The first meeting of the ...

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Assam NRC: Decisive future relations between India & Bangladesh

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Assam, a state of our neighboring country India, has been in the headlines during the last few weeks as humanitarian crisis seems to be building up there. The issue remains with the current population of Assam. Indian government and many of the Assamese citizens do not consider the whole population of Assam as its own. True that is as along with the locals, many migrated to Assam many years back. But it is the same story of millions of settlers all around the world and after living for generations and serving the economy of a country, no ...

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Assam NRC: Foreign minister rules out any concern for Bangladesh

Bangladesh

MNA National Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday ruled out any concern for Bangladesh amid the exclusion of nearly 2 million people from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for India’s border state of Assam, saying Bangladesh believes in India’s assurance. He said they raised the issue in advance when Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar visited Bangladesh and had a meeting with him on August 20. Dr Momen wanted to know about the issue from Jaishankar at the meeting and told him that many people are concerned about the matter in Bangladesh. “You’ve heard…he ...

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BD, WB to sign $185m loan agreement Thursday

World Bank

MNA Business Desk: The World Bank will provide $185 million to Bangladesh to add up to 310 Megawatts (MW) in renewable energy generation capacity and mobilise private sector participation to meet the growing demand for electricity in the country. Bangladesh will sign a loan agreement with the global lender on Thursday in Dhaka for the “Bangladesh Scaling-up Renewable Energy Project”, reports BSS. An Economic Relations Division (ERD) official said ERD Secretary Monowar Ahmed and World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Dandan Chen will sign the agreement on behalf of their respective sides on Thursday at the NEC-2 ...

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Social movement with patriotism vital to fight dengue

Dhaka

MNA Editorial Desk: Dengue scenario is getting fiercer throughout Bangladesh this year. Though we have been familiar with dengue for few years but this year the outbreak is like an epidemic. Initially the disease was contained inside Dhaka but it did not take much time to spread outside. Over the last few days, hospitals outside Dhaka are receiving more dengue patients than those in the capital. Considering the state of healthcare facilities in rural areas, it is evident the situation is getting more alarming. We are now trying to fight dengue in the hospitals but in reality, it should be ...

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Bangladesh gets $2.5m export order from Canada exhibition

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) industry has received around $2.50 million export order from the apparel sourcing exhibition, titled Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), held in Toronto of Canada recently. “Bangladesh participants drew attraction of the buyers and succeeded in obtaining a good number potential export orders,” Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Deputy Director Abu Mukhles Alamgir Hossain said, reports BSS. He informed that a total of 10 fabric, garment and home textile manufacturers from Bangladesh took part in the three-day tradeshow, which was started on August 19. The EPB deputy director said DK Textile Limited, Masco Industries Limited, ...

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