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Rohingya effect: BD loses scores on GPI-2018

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh slipped down nine spots in the Global Peace Index or GPI 2018 compared with that of the last year, reported news agency. Despite making improvements in two indicators — political stability and terrorism impact — the positive changes were offset by a large fall in ‘external conflicts fought’ and ‘neighbouring countries relations’, which stemmed from the sudden influx of 700,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, according to the latest report published in London today. Bangladesh has ranked 93rd out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.084 while in last year its position was 84th ...

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Women’s T20 Asia Cup: Tigresses secure win against India

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women’s cricket secured a historic seven-wicket victory against defending champions India in the ninth match of Women’s T20 Asia Cup at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday. An all-round performance by Rumana Ahmed led Bangladesh team to the victory, reported news agency. Despite back-to-back wins, Bangladesh women are placed fourth in the points table with six points at a NRR of -0.270. India are still topping the table with same number of points at 3.428. Sri Lanka (second, 1.660) and Pakistan (third, 0.889) are placed ahead of Bangladesh. Bangladesh women’s next match is ...

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War on drugs: BD requires right actions

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MNA Editorial Desk: Drug War: The future of a country is much dependent on the quality – knowledge, education, mindset etc. of its youth and Bangladesh is not any different on that perspective. If the youth of a country is not progressive, that country cannot win any race. Bangladesh in recent times has set itself as an example of development and we are actually in a race to outrun ourselves requiring huge participation of our youth. But regretfully, in spite of having huge potential, our young generation is facing a great enemy – ‘Drugs’. Widespread availability and usage of different ...

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Nepal, Bangladesh to discuss trade obstacles

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MNA Business Desk: Nepal and Bangladesh will discuss trade facilitation and elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers at the fourth commerce secretary-level trade talks scheduled to begin on May 30.  Nepal plans to ask Bangladesh to address hurdles to exporting acrylic yarn to Bangladesh, quoting Nepal based Kathmandu Post, reports news agency. Harmonising sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and reviewing the list of 108 Nepali products, that have duty free access to the Bangladesh market, will also be a part of the discussion. An eleven-member Bangladeshi delegation would be arriving in Kathmandu to participate in the two-day meeting. Nepal’s Ministry ...

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Koreans keen to invest in Bangladesh

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MNA Business Desk: Korean entrepreneurs have shown their keen interest to invest in Bangladesh, saying they will send a trade delegation to Bangladesh soon, reported enw sagency. They expressed their interest at the Bangladesh Investment Seminar jointly organised by Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Bangladesh embassy in South Korea in Seoul, South Korea on Friday. BIDA executive chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam and Bangladesh ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam highlighted the remarkable socio-economic achievements of Bangladesh, including the investment opportunities and the incentives offered by the government of Bangladesh. They pointed out that there are ample untapped areas ...

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Local govt elections: A question on accomplishment

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MNA Editorial Desk: The recent politics of Bangladesh is having an election-centric vibe while we are quickly approaching the national polls scheduled for end of this year and also five city corporation elections slated to be held prior to this. Both the ruling and opposition parties are considering these city corporation elections as the dress rehearsal of the 11th general election and putting high emphasis on the likely outcome. In spite of huge differences in the form, importance and style between local government and national elections, the rivalry, mass communication and election-oriented activities are in full form for these CC ...

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Bangabandhu-1: BD joins satellite club

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MNA Exclusive Desk: SpaceX on Friday blasted off its newest and most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, carrying the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh and marking a leap forward in re-usability for the California-based aerospace company. The rocket is designed to require far less maintenance and refurbishment between flights, and is certified to carry humans to space later this year when SpaceX launches its Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station. “Three, two one, zero, ignition, liftoff,” a SpaceX commentator said as the rocket launched at 4:14 pm (2014 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. ...

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Outlines of democratic government: Lesson from 1990

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh from its birth in 1971 started the journey as a democratic country. In spite of that, we have gone through several ups and downs in maintaining that stature and even after 47 years of independence, we cannot confidently claim that full democratic practice exists in Bangladesh. After brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, Bangladesh was practically ruled by autocratic military leaders for 15 years which had pulled us significantly backward to establish democracy in our beloved country according to our constitution. After democracy was restored in 1990, the autocratic military leadership was eliminated ...

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Combined effort needed to eradicate corruption

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MNA Editorial Desk: Corruption has turned into such a phenomenon in Bangladesh that it became identical to our name. Without any debate it is the biggest problem of Bangladesh. Corruption has long term effects on national economy, ethics, moral, honour, growth, development etc. It has been a continuing problem of Bangladesh as we are in a habit to find ourselves in the list of the most corrupt countries of the world. During 2001-05, we held onto our position as the most corrupt country of the world while as per Transparency International’s (TI’s) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Bangladesh was the 15th ...

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From Ldc To Developing Country: Govt’s mega projects to change face of BD

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, with its continuous development since independence in 1971, is being considered among one of the most promising countries of South Asia. Through recently becoming eligible in all three criteria for graduating from Least Development Country (LDC) to developing country, the effort of the Bangladeshi government was recognized. The current government, under the valiant leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has adopted several mega projects which are expected to change the face of Bangladesh within the next decade. These mega projects will definitely contribute in becoming a developing country by 2021 and developed country by 2041. Despite ...

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BD to enjoy LDC trade benefits for 9 years

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MNA Business Desk: Even after formally being graduated from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category in 2024, Bangladesh will be able to enjoy the existing trade benefits for another three years or up to 2027. Thus the country is eligible to enjoy the current trade-related benefits, tariff-free market access to be precise, for next nine years from now on. Experts have already confirmed this in several deliberations in the different events on the occasion of celebrating the country’s eligibility to graduate from the LDC category to a developing one. Recently, United Nations (UN) formally disclosed that Bangladesh has fulfilled the ...

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From LDC To Developing Country: Challenges ahead of Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday came in with a joyous declaration for the citizens of Bangladesh this year as it was declared that for the first time, Bangladesh has qualified in all three criteria set by the UN for graduation from ‘Least Developed Country’ (LDC) to ‘Developing Country’ status. Hence, the UN declared the country is eligible for graduation from LDC in 2024. For around a decade, all can feel that development has been given a lot of emphasis as the government under the valiant leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has initiated ...

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Rohit praises tigers’ ‘fearless cricket’

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MNA Sports Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma praised Bangladesh for their “fearless cricket” after the Twenty20 minnows came within a ball of a shock victory in the tri-series final in Colombo. Tenth-ranked Bangladesh pushed their illustrious neighbours all the way in Sunday’s final before wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik smashed a six off the last ball to secure a four-wicket win. Karthik’s eight-ball 29 took India over the line after a tense 167-run chase that saw Bangladesh concede 35 runs off the final two overs at the R Premadasa Stadium. But Sharma, who gave his team a blazing start with a 42-ball ...

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March 17: Historical Perspective

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MNA Editorial Desk: The history of Bangladesh has experienced diverse ups and downs throughout the decades. This country for its critical placement among strong neighbors, who also experience lots of turmoil among themselves, had been the victim of regional interests. Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 through a bloody 9-month long liberation war. It finally achieved freedom on December 16, 1971 as we all know it officially. But from another context, Bangladesh actually achieved independence on March 17, 1972. During the volatile days before the liberation war, the Pakistan (former West Pakistan) government was exploiting erstwhile East Pakistan in every possible ...

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List of passengers aboard US-Bangla flight

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The US-Bangla Airlines flight which crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives, according to sources at the airlines. They were: Mr Zhang Ming (CHN) Mrs Rizana Abdulla (MDV) Mr Ahmed Foysal(BGD) Ms Shahreen Ahmed(BGD) Mr Eakub Ali (BGD) Mr Alifuzzaman (BGD) Mrs Almun Nahar Annie (BGD) Miss Bilkis Ara (BGD) Mrs Sila Bajgain (NPL) Mrs Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu (BGD) Ms Algina Baral (NPL) Ms Charu Baral (NPL) Mrs Mst Akhtara Begum (BGD) Mr Md Shahin Bepari ...

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Nepal-Bangladesh Trade Relations: Great prospect for development partnership in South Asia

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a fast developing country holds significant position among the South Asian countries, one of the most prospective regions of the world. The economy of Bangladesh is slowly moving from import-oriented to export-oriented. We have been looking for opportunities to create a market for our products across the world and Nepal, another important South Asian country holding a great prospect for Bangladesh as a promising development partner. Moreover, Nepal, being the 6th nation and one of the first recognizing countries of independent Bangladesh shares a strong bond with Bangladesh, which can be enriched with the enhanced ...

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Nidahas Trophy: Tigers snatch record win

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh denied host Sri Lanka by five wickets with two balls remaining in the 3rd T20I of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy—recording the world’s 4th and the Tigers highest successful run chase—at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. The Tigers chased down a target of 215 runs for five wickets in 19.4 overs where man of the match Mushfiqur Rahim displayed a dashing innings of unbeaten 72* off  35 balls firing five boundaries and four boundaries. Tigers started the tri-series with a six-wicket loss against India on March 8 in the tournament, while Sri Lanka started ...

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Historic 7 March being observed

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MNA Feature Desk: The Historic 7 March, a memorable day in the history of Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle, is being observed on Wednesday with elaborate programmes. This year, the day bears a great significance as Unesco recogonised the historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage. The 7th March is surely one of the greatest days in the history of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the great leader, father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has delivered one of the most influential, sensible, intelligent and heartening speeches in the history of mankind. It was given at the ...

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Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?

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MNA Feature Desk: A senior cabinet minister and army general from Myanmar arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday to discuss a trouble-plagued scheme to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who fled military assaults and now are in camps in Bangladesh. In less than half a year, around 700,000 Rohingya escaped attacks in their home state, Rakhine, and what the international community has called ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces. The Myanmar government insists it is committed to the repatriation of those Rohingyas who can prove they recently left Rakhine. The Bangladeshi side says the same. But few expect that the two days ...

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Honda to start producing motorbikes in BD

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MNA Business Desk: The Japanese Honda Motor Company is going to manufacture motorbikes in Bangladesh this year as the company’s concern ‘Bangladesh Honda Private Limited’ is setting up a motorcycle assembling and manufacturing plant in the country. This was disclosed at a meeting between Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu and a delegation from Bangladesh Honda Private Limited at the Industries Ministry in the city, said a press release. Among others, Industries Secretary Muhammad Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of the Honda Motor Company Limited Noriaki Abe, director of the Asia and Oceania Region of Honda Motor Akira Murayama and Managing Director ...

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IFAD to give $92mn for flood-prone districts

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MNA Business Desk: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to give USD 92.30-million for sustainable improve of incomes and promoting resilience to extreme weather conditions for 3.30 lakh rural households in six flood-prone districts in northern Bangladesh. Economic Relations Division secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and IFAD president Gilbert Foussoun Houngbo signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing ceremony that took place at the IFAD Headquarters in Rome on Tuesday, reported news agency. The PM has said that Bangladesh has made progress in all development indicators – from poverty alleviation, fish ...

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Protecting children’s rights in BD: Reality lies far from expectation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Children are the creator’s most precious gift to mankind and most precious as future of a nation depends on them. We need to protect them from all adverse situations to the best of our ability. Children cannot fight alone for their rights. They are dependent on the adults for that. Hence, children’s rights are one of the most discussed areas of human rights as well all around the world. Children have several rights including that to special protection. Food, healthcare, education etc but they remain vulnerable to adversities through a good part of their lives. Therefore, it’s ...

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BD among 5 top growth achievers among LDCs

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MNA Business Desk: Five countries among the 45 least developed countries (LDCs), including Bangladesh, attained economic growth at 7 percent or higher in 2017, according to a new report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  “This is the case of Bangladesh (+7.1 per cent), Djibouti (+7.0 per cent), Ethiopia (+8.5 per cent), Myanmar (+7.2 per cent), and Nepal (+7.5 per cent),” said the report titled, ‘Selected Sustainable Development Trends in the Least Developed Countries 2018’ published recently. At the other end of the spectrum, the report said, several LDC economies have featured among the world’s most ...

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WB approves $300 million loans for BD

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank on Wednesday approved a $300 million loans for improving the transparency as well as efficiency of major cash transfer programmes in Bangladesh and benefitting about 5 million of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. With the finance, the World Bank’s total commitment in the social protection sector stands at over $1.3 billion. The credit provided by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s concessional lending arm, is interest-free and repayable in 38 years, including a 6-year grace period and 0.75 percent service charge. “Bangladesh has cut by half the number of people ...

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Turbulence feared ahead of national election

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MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is turning more and more dramatic as we approach the eleventh national election by the end of this year or in early 2019. Many events are making the overall political scenario vulnerable to volatility in the recent months. Though there is no strong election-oriented move yet, so many plots have been created on which we might find seeds laid for chaos in the coming months. Both Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the ruling and main opposition parties, are trying to strengthen their grip over national politics. AL, the ruling party holds a ...

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Protecting human rights: Imperative for improving lives in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Human rights, as a concept, have gained huge importance all over the world in the last few decades. We are hearing a lot about the protection of human rights now-a-days. Many local and multinational institutions have devoted their works to ensure the rights of people to provide them a sense of equality, safety and to rid them of deprivation. In the context of Bangladesh also, human rights is gaining much attention today. But still, it is being violated every day. Hence, a lot is required to be done to protect human rights in our country. In simple ...

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Dhaka, Jakarta sign five instruments

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Indonesia on Sunday signed five instruments, including two memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aiming to enhance bilateral relations, trade and investment, and boosting cooperation. The instruments were inked in presence of visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office. Tofail Ahmed and Minister of Trade of Indonesia Enggartiasto Lusitania signed the joint ministerial statement on launching negotiations for Bangladesh-Indonesia preferential trade agreement. The MoU on development of the integrated gas infrastructure and independent power producer was signed by Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Khaled Mahmud and Vice ...

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