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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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