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


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


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


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


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

Jammu and Kashmir

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

Jammu and Kashmir

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


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


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


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


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

Jammu and Kashmir

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


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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Shakib, Liton stars as Tigers maul West Indies in high scoring match


MNA Sports Desk: Riding on the back-to-back tons by Shakib Al Hasan and a brisk half century by Liton Das, Bangladesh outclassed West Indies by seven wickets with 51 balls to spare in their fifth game of the ongoing World Cup at Taunton on Monday. Chasing a record total of 321 runs, the rampant Tigers reached the target scoring 322 runs for three in 41.3 overs. Bangladesh never won a game in World Cups chasing as many runs. This win brought the Tigers to the 5th position of the points table. Shakib, who has been enjoying his best World Cup ...

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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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