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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

BUET

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

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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

BUET

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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Biman’s third Dreamliner Gangchil set to spread wings Thursday

Gangchil

MNA Business Desk: Gangchil, the third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, is set to spread its wings on Thursday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the aircraft through a function at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka at 11:30 am on Thursday, report BSS and UNB. After the inauguration, ‘Gangchil’ will fly to Dubai in its maiden flight at 5:00 pm on the day, said Tasmin Akhter, manager (Public Relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, on Wednesday. The third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was added to the Biman’s fleet as 15th aircraft of the national flag carrier ...

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BD, India working on formulas to share 54 common rivers’ water: Jaishankar

Jaishankar

MNA National Desk: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged. “We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters adding that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible. Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You ...

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Bangladesh in control of Hepatitis B, WHO declares

Hepatitis B

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand has become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, the UN body has announced. It means that prevalence of this deadly disease has dropped to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Unwavering determination to reach every child, everywhere, every time, with life-saving Hepatitis B vaccines through childhood immunization, has made this achievement possible,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia. “These successes are a testimony of the countries’ commitment to health of their people, and the untiring efforts being made ...

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Indian FM Jaishankar to arrive tonight

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MNA National Desk: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit, aiming to strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India further. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will receive Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm on Monday, ministry sources said. According to the foreign ministry, the Indian External Affairs Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning of August 20 to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. According to BSS, both Dr A K Abdul Momen ...

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Dhaka, Delhi holding secretary-level talks on water issues

water

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India are holding secretary-level talks in Dhaka city to discuss water-related issues between the two neighbours. The meeting began at the state guesthouse Meghna at 11:00am today (Thursday) and a media briefing is scheduled for 5:45pm. Indian water resources secretary Upendra Prasad Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar are leading the delegations, an official was quoted by UNB as saying. Both sides are likely to discuss ways to go for a joint study to ensure the best use of Ganges water. Bangladesh and India share 54 trans-boundary rivers. On Tuesday, Indian high commissioner ...

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BD likely to become second largest recipient of Japanese assistance

Japanese

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh is likely to be the second largest recipient of Japanese assistance after India in the current Japanese fiscal year which starts from April 01. In last Japanese fiscal, Bangladesh was the third Japanese ODI recipient while some 270 Japanese companies are currently doing businesses in Bangladesh. “Japan appreciates the outcomes and is looking forward for stronger trade and commerce ties between Dhaka and Tokyo,” said a senior official of Japanese foreign ministry. “The Japanese government is happy and proud of that,” Deputy Press Secretary of Japanese foreign ministry Jun Saito said while talking to a small ...

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Biman makes Tk 2.72b profit in FY19

Biman

MNA Business Desk: Biman Bangladesh Airlines has made a breakthrough in last 2018-19 fiscal year by making profit of Taka 2.72 billion. “We made the profit as a result of brining some positive changes in the (Biman’s) management,” said state minister for civil aviation and tourism M Mahbub Ali at a press conference at the ministry on Wednesday. He thanked initiatives of making full automation of Biman ticketing system and on-time performance as reasons of making profit. Biman’s expenditure was Taka 55.19 billion against its income of Taka 57.91billion, resulting a net profit of Taka 2.72 billion in 2018-2019 fiscal, ...

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Geological challenges remain crucial in controlling floods in Bangladesh

BUET

MNA Editorial Desk: Geographically Bangladesh is mostly a low land area which is prone to severe floods every year especially, during the rainy season. Although altitudes in the northern part of the plain reaches up to 105 meters (344 feet) above sea level, most elevations throughout the country are less than 10 meters (33 feet) above sea level. With such low elevations and numerous rivers, canals, ponds and other water bodies, recurring floods are a predominant physical feature of our country. About 10,000 square kilometers of the total area of Bangladesh is covered with water and larger areas are routinely ...

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Global politics & migration: Showing patience to Priya Saha’s appeal is crucial

BUET

MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is well known for communal harmony among the global community despite some conspiracies and rise of fundamentalists on different times. There was no period when the minorities were continuously targeted for oppression. Particularly during the last decade, it will not be wrong to say that minorities especially the religious minorities are enjoying noteworthy preferences in all aspects. There is no incident of brutal prolonged religious unrest anywhere of the country. Though Bangladesh is constitutionally an Islamic state, everyone acknowledged the country to be an example of religious and communal harmony. Despite this context, Priya Saha, a ...

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Tigers off to Sri Lanka to play ODI series

Sri Lanka

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh National Cricket Team left Dhaka for Sri Lanka on Saturday to play a three-match ODI series against the hosts in Colombo. The Tigers departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:45pm. The first match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place on July 26 while the remaining ones will be played on July 28 and 31. In the absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury just one day the before team’s departure, Tamim Iqbal will lead the Tigers in the series. “The series is ...

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Bangladesh, South Korea sign three instruments

South Korea

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and South Korea have signed three instruments for bolstering cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, diplomacy and culture between the two countries. The instruments were signed following the official talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her South Korean counterpart Lee Nak-yon at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon. The two premiers witnessed the signing ceremony. The instruments are: 1. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Korea National Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Service Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. ...

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Tobacco kills 441 people every day in Bangladesh

Tobacco

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Tobacco-related diseases kill around 161,000 people annually and 441 persons daily in Bangladesh, causing a growing threat to public health. The information was revealed at a discussion at conference room of the Civil Surgeon in Rangpur in observance of the World No Tobacco Day 2019. Civil Surgeon Dr. Abu Md. Zakirul Islam, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Kaniz Sabiha, Medical Officer Dr. Irfan Ali, District Sanitary Inspector Mahbubur Rahman spoke on the occasion while advocacy officer of ACD Shariful Islam Shamim presented keynote paper. A total of 161,000 people are dying annually in Bangladesh from tobacco related diseases ...

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Bangladesh to form body to negotiate FTA with Malaysia

FTA

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh will form a committee to negotiate signing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Malaysia. The information was revealed at the ‘Showcase Bangladesh-Go Global’ at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi inaugurated the showcase as the chief guest. State Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia Dr Ong Kian Ming, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia Shahidul Islam, Acting High Commissioner of Malaysia in Dhaka Amir Farid Abu Hasan, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) President Benjir Ahmed and ...

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221 unlucky for both India & Bangladesh

221

MNA Sports Desk: 221 remains an unlucky number for two Asian cricketing nations – India and Bangladesh. Both the teams’ score stood at 221 on their last game of this world cup. Bangladesh stopped at 221 after failing to chase Pakistan’s 315 in their last group stage game while India finished on 221 while chasing 239 of New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup today. Hence for both the Asian teams, 221 will be a nightmare. New Zealand stormed the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winning a thriller over India at Old Trafford ...

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BD likely to become 25th largest economy in 10 years: PM

economy

MNA Business Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh is likely to become 25th largest economy globally in 10 years. “Whatever gaps or limitations that we have, we are ready to correct those. So, we are for open regionalism,” the Prime Minister said. Sheikh Hasina made the remarks while addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 Meeting in Dalian city of China on Tuesday, reports BSS. The Prime Minister placed a five-point proposal to address the key concerns of smaller communities and weaker economies for their collective takeoff endeavors, which she felt crucial ...

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70 Years Of Awami League: Endorsing Bangabandhu’s Ideology Remains Key For Progress

BUET

MNA Editorial Desk: If we want to write the history of Bangladesh, there is no way to complete that without bringing the name of Bangladesh Awami League–the oldest political party of the country. Awami League has huge contribution in every political movement from the Pakistan regime. Without this party and its leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, our independence in 1971 would have been a never to be attained dream. Now, Awami league is unavoidably paralleled with the development and progress of our nation. Not only in Bangladesh, Awami League is well regarded in South Asia as one of the pioneering ...

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Shakib’s performance helps Bangladesh sink Afghanistan

Afghanistan

MNA Sports Desk: The all-round brilliance of Shakib Al Hasan has powered Bangladesh to a convincing 62-win against Afghanistan in their crucial World Cup clash at the Hampshire Bowl. It was a day of milestones for Shakib who became only the second player in history to score a fifty and pick up five wickets in a World Cup match after India’s Yuvraj Singh. The talismanic all-rounder also became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score 1000 runs in World Cup cricket on his way to reclaiming his position as the tournament’s leading scorer. Bangladesh posted a strong 262 for seven on ...

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