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Bangladesh becomes ECOSOC member


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh has been elected a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the term 2020-2022 from the Asia-Pacific region by securing 181 votes out of 191. The election was held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, said a press release of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN received on Saturday. Thailand, South Korea and China were the other countries elected from the same region, reports UNB. ECOSOC, one of the six principal organs of UN, is also the most important platform of the UN system and for ...

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Rain delays Bangladesh-Sri Lanka match


MNA Sports Desk: The toss of the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at The County Ground in Bristol delayed due to rain. Rain ensured the covers remained on the pitch and square and prevented the toss taking place as scheduled at 3.30pm. Only 7.3 overs were possible in the match between West Indies and South Africa at Southampton on Monday. Sri Lanka’s match against Pakistan at Bristol on 7 June was abandoned without a ball being bowled. It is still not clear when the game can take to the field as the rain continues. UNB adds: The ...

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Little progress in tapping blue economy potentials

blue economy

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh appears to have made little progress in exploiting its “huge” blue economy potentials, according to a recent report. The contribution of the ocean economy to the total economy was 3.66 per cent in fiscal year 2009-10, which fell to 3.33 per cent in fiscal 2015, said the report. And in recent years, the contribution is hovering at around 3.0 per cent, economists and senior government officials told the FE. Through the international court verdict in 2014, Bangladesh get sovereign rights over 118,000 square kilometres of maritime territory, 200 nautical miles (NM) of exclusive economic zone, and ...

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New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 2 wkts

New Zealand

MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand held their nerve under the floodlights to beat Bangladesh by two wickets at The Oval on Wednesday. Chasing a modest target of 245, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson shared a third-wicket partnership of 105 to put the Black Caps on course for a comfortable victory, but they lost six more wickets before notching up their second win of the tournament with 17 balls to spare. Set 245 to win, New Zealand was cruising at 218-5 in the 43rd over, but the loss in consecutive overs of allrounders Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham left tailenders Mitchell ...

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Tigers off to flying start in ICC World Cup

World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the ICC Cricket World Cup crushing South Africa by 21 runs in their first match at the Kennington Oval, London on Sunday. Chasing a target of 331 runs, the Proteas were restricted to 309 runs for eight in stipulated 50 overs. Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets conceding 67 runs in 10 overs while Mohammad Saifuddin scalped two for 57 runs in eight overs. Earlier, two brilliant half century by world number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh post their highest-ever ODI total of ...

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Bangladesh to win only a match in World Cup: McCullum


MNA Sports Desk: Former captain of New Zealand cricket team Brendon McCullum predicted Bangladesh can win only a match in the ICC World Cup 2019. In a facebook post, McCullum made predictions which team will win how many matches in the tournament where he placed the Tigers at bottom. The former NZ captain thinks Bangladesh can beat only Sri Lanka. Such prediction about Bangladesh team sparked an outcry on social media. Many reacted in the predictions. Among them, one wrote, ‘Yes, we will get victory just in a match, but it would be final game’. The former black cap captain ...

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Bangladeshi PM places five ideas to make better Asia


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday put forward five ideas to make a better Asia and said Bangladesh wants to resolve the Rohingya crisis through dialogues which is a lesson for the world to overcome chaos in a peaceful manner. The prime minster proposed the ideas while delivering a keynote speech at the Nikkei Inc’s International Conference titled “The Future of Asia” at a hotel here, reports BSS. The theme of the conference is “Seeking a New Global order – Overcoming the Chaos.” Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad, Cambodian Premier Hun Sen and Philippines ...

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ICC World Cup: Last-minute countdown on

ICC World Cricket World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: The wait is finally over. The 12th edition of ICC World Cricket World Cup is all set to begin in England and Wales on Thursday, with the opening match between the hosts England and South Africa at the Kennington Oval, London. The match will start at 3:30pm (BdST) and will be telecast in Bangladesh by Maasranga, GTV & BTV. At the same time, the live streaming of all the matches will be available through Rabbithole in YouTube and Bioscope (bioscopelive.com) in Bangladesh. In this edition of the World Cup, 10 Test-playing nations are the participants. The top ...

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Bangladesh, Japan sign $2.5b ODA deal


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Japan on Wednesday signed their 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion for implementing five projects to bolster ties between the two countries. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Monowar Ahmed and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Hiroyasu Izumi signed the ODA deal on behalf of their respective sides, reports UNB. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing at the office of Japanese premier in Tokyo. Five projects, taken under the 40th Official Development Assistance (ODA) package deal, are Matarbari Port Development Project (1), Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line ...

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Tigers’ World Cup theme song unveiled


MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and its team rights holder Unilever Bangladesh Limited jointly unveiled the official theme song of the Bangladesh Cricket Team on Saturday in a bid to give the side an impetus in the flagship event. The title of the theme song is “Khalbe Tiger, Jitbe Tiger, Tigers fans roaring, can you hear” — written by Pullok Anil, composed by Emon Chakrabartee, while Zoyat gave voice to it, BSS reports. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury formally announced the unveiling of the theme song at the media block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in ...

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Bangladesh reach ODI final beating West Indies


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh qualified for the tri-nations final in Ireland after another win over the West Indies on Monday. The West Indies reached Friday’s final after beating the tournament hosts Ireland on Saturday for a second time. But they lost for a second straight time to Bangladesh, when 247-9 was easily chased down by Bangladesh, which made 248-5 with 16 balls to spare. The match was won tamely on a wide delivery by Sheldon Cottrell, but it was an all-round effort by Bangladesh. Without haste, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 54 and Mushfiqur Rahim 63, and they were well supported ...

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Efforts being made to conduct attacks also in BD:PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said attempts are being made to carry out terror attacks in Bangladesh, but the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are on alert. “Many efforts are being made to conduct attacks also in Bangladesh. But our intelligence and law enforcement agencies are taking adequate pre-cautionary measures,” she said noting that Zayan Chowdhury, 8, a grandson of Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, lost life in a terror attack in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the inaugural function of a non-stop intercity train service, the Bonolota Express, on Dhaka-Rajshahi route through ...

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US to stand beside Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has sought US support to create a safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingyas, monitored by international human rights groups, with credible international pressure on Myanmar for their safe return. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C. on Monday and discussed the situation. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since their assumption of office in respective governments. Issues featuring in the meeting were: repatriation of the Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect, deportation of Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury ...

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BD ready to share best practices in population, development


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh says it is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA). “We’re also keen to learning from the best practices of our partner countries, UN agencies and taking advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model to overcome the challenges,” said Md Murad Hassan, state minister for Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) at UN headquarters on Monday at an event ...

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Indo-Pak relations remain key to regional stability and progress


MNA Editorial Desk: India, we all must agree, is the most important and most powerful neighbour and ally of Bangladesh. Even before our inception in 1971, India had play some crucial roles in the liberation, restoration, development and progression of Bangladesh. Especially in South Asia, no country can ignore the importance of India and its economy not only due to its vastness and power but also for its significant development in terms of matching with the modern world. Hence, the government and its orientations are very important for the neighbouring countries as we are standing at less than a month ...

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Ireland to host Windies & BD for tri-series in May


MNA Sports Desk: Ireland will host West Indies and Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series in the first half of May, with a double round-robin phase followed by a final, reports ESPNcricinfo. The tri-series will begin on May 05, with Ireland facing West Indies, and conclude with the final on May 17. All the matches will take place in Dublin, at Castle Avenue, Clontarf and The Village, Malahide. The tournament will serve as preparation for West Indies and Bangladesh ahead of the 2019 World Cup that begins in England on May 30. West Indies play their first match on May 31, ...

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Bangladesh beats Bhutan 2-0 to storm into SAFF semis


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh beat Bhutan 2-0 goals in the SAFF Women Championship at the Sahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday. The outright victory helped Bangladesh storm to the semifinal of the tournament with a match to spare. They will now take on Nepal on March 16 in their bid to be the champion of their group. Nepal earlier defeated Bhutan by 3-0, which means Bangladesh need to win over the hosts at any cost to be the group champion. A draw is enough for hosts Nepal to become the group champion. For most the first half of the ...

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Bangladesh failed to utilize wicket: Mahmudullah


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s failure to take advantage of the wicket led to their humiliating loss to New Zealand in the second Test at Wellington, Mahmudullah Riyad said Tuesday. Beating Tigers by an innings and 12 runs confirmed the Kiwis’ series win with one match to go. Bangladeshi batsmen appeared clueless against New Zealand pace attack. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner took 16 wickets in the series so far, most of them have been notched by short deliveries. “I think the help from the wicket was equally the same for both groups of the bowlers. They (Kiwis) utilised the wicket properly, ...

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Hasina, Modi to open 4 projects Monday


MNA National Desk: The prime ministers of Bangladesh and India will jointly inaugurate four projects in Bangladesh, including the supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the projects through videoconferencing from their respective capitals at 1:10 pm. According to sources at the PMO, the projects are supply of double decker and single decker ac and non-ac buses and trucks to Bangladesh road transport corporation (under 2nd line of credit), inauguration of 36 community clinics in five districts — Jamalpur, Sherpur, ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina urges expatriates to invest in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said Bangladesh expatriates can come up with their investment in the country’s 100 economic zones alongside foreign investors. “We’re setting up 100 economic zones. Not only the foreigners, but also our expatriates will invest there…we hope that as we’ve created scopes for the expatriates to make investment (in the country),” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the two-day Convention on Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) Engineers at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city. Noting that industrialisation and investment are badly needed for Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said the government has ...

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New policy of BB to police offshore banking operations


MNA Business Desk: The central bank has issued a new policy asking banks to comply with cash reserve requirement (CRR) and statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) rules for their Offshore Banking Operations. Under the new policy, three-fourths of total outstanding offshore operations’ funds will have to be invested in Bangladesh. All the banks will have to maintain capital requirements under Basel-III framework along with the implementation of Asset Liability Management (ALM) guidelines for their offshore banking operations, according to the new policy issued by the Bangladesh Bank (BB) on Monday. The banks have been asked to renew the approvals of OBUs ...

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Sabbir’s ton fails avoiding whitewash


MNA Sports Desk: Sabbir Rahman hit his first international century on Wednesday at Dunedin but Bangladesh failed to avoid a clean sweep against the hosts New Zealand. The Tigers suffered a big loss of 88 runs after losing first two matches by eight wickets each, and subsequently, they lost the series 3-0. The Kiwis posted 330 for six wickets in the first part of the match after losing the toss to Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe. Despite the knock of 102 by Sabbir, Bangladesh capitulated for 242/10 in 47.2 overs and lost the match by 88 runs, reports UNB. Tim Southee, the ...

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NZ beats BD by 8 wickets in 1st ODI


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand won by eight wickets against Bangladesh in the first ODI in Napier on Wednesday. The Kiwis started their three-match series against Tigers with a comprehensive victory chasing 233 runs with 33 balls to spare. The second ODI is a day match scheduled for Saturday. After Trent Boult led the home side with early wickets that derailed the visitors, Guptill ensured the modest chase didn’t see any hiccups. It was how Boult and Matt Henry bowled in the first 10 overs that nearly decided the outcome. They took the first four wickets before Lockie Ferguson and ...

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Mashrafe expresses confidence over success in New Zealand


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his team can break their drought in New Zealand during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder’s absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. Bangladesh’s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets ...

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Bangladesh alarmingly among least cyber-secure countries


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has been found the sixth least cyber-secure among 60 countries covered in a study. Around 35.91 per cent mobile phones and 19.07 per cent computers of the country were attacked by malware in 2018, said the study conducted by UK-based research firm Comparitecha. In terms of overall performance, Bangladesh has scored 47.21 points, followed by Pakistan with 47.10 points, the study showed. Apart from the percentage of attacks during 2018, the study was also based on seven categories (national strategy, military, content, privacy, critical infrastructure, commerce, and crime). Comparitecha ranked a total of 60 ...

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No more Myanmar citizens allowed in Bangladeshi soil

Foreign Minister

MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday informed that Bangladesh-Myanmar border has been sealed off to obstruct the further entrance of Myanmar citizens. “We’ve sealed off our border with Myanmar. No more Rohingyas and other citizens from that country will be allowed in Bangladesh’s land,” he said at a press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry in the afternoon. Earlier, the minister had a meeting with visiting UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on the Rohingya issue. Replying to a question from a journalist, the minister said he had no detailed information about ...

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India clarifies reports of Rohingya movement towards BD


MNA Editorial Desk: India’s external affairs ministry has clarified the media reports of Rohingya movement towards Bangladesh. “Government is aware of media reports of alleged movement into Bangladesh by some such persons,” the ministry said on its website on Tuesday, citing an official spokesperson. “Government is not a party to such movements. We will work with our neighbors to handle such matters through mutual consultation.” The spokesperson in New Delhi was responding to a question about the presence of “Rohingya” refugees stranded on the India-Bangladesh boundary in the Tripura sector. “Government is aware of the presence of 31 persons originally ...

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