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Foreign tourists to get dedicated spots in Cox’s Bazar: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the government has a plan to dedicate some tourist spots in Cox’s Bazar exclusively to foreign tourists. “We’ve a plan to dedicate some tourist spots in Cox’s Bazar exclusively to foreign tourists. If we can do this, the tourism sector will flourish,” she said. Sheikh Hasina came up with the statement while speaking at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban about the outcome of her recent tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland, report UNB and bdnews24.com. Turning to Cox’s Bazar Airport, she said, “We’ve taken steps ...

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Yaba smugglers ready to surrender in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: More than 150 yaba smugglers are “ready” to surrender by taking the opportunity given by the government amid a crackdown on drugs, Cox’s Bazar police say. The authorities are organising an event marking the surrender in the southeastern district bordering Myanmar where the methamphetamine tablets are produced. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will attend the programme on Saturday, according to Cox’s Bazar Superintendent of Police ABM Masud. The venue is the Teknaf Pilot High School ground and the time 10am. The home minister will travel to the district a day before the programme. Inspector General of Police ...

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Signal 4 at maritime ports as cyclone ‘Titli’ moves in


MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted distant cautionary signal no. 4 as the cyclonic storm, ‘Titli’, over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved north-northwestwards over the same area. It was centring at 6:00am on Wednesday about 945 kms southwest of Chattogram port, 900 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 815 kms south-southwest of Mongla port and 815 kms south-southwest of Payra port, said a Met office special bulletin. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in ...

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Rohingyas put Cox’s Bazar’s biodiversity at risk: UN report


MNA Feature Desk: Some 4,300 acres of hills and forests were cut down to make temporary shelters for Rohingyas and ensure facilities and cooking fuel for them in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar threatening the biodiversity of the ecologically critical areas of the country, a new report of the United Nations. Some of the key impacts are likely to become irreversible if measures are not taken immediately, the report said. Since the influx in August 2017, coupled with the host community and Rohingyas from past influxes, the crisis-hit population is now almost 1.5 million in Cox’s Bazar, creating a ...

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Five killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides


MNA National Desk: Five people including four members of a family were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslide, triggered by incessant rainfall for the last couple of days in Sadar and Ramu upazilas of the district on Wednesday, reported news agency. The deceased were identified as Marjina Akhter, 16, Kafia Akhter, 14, Abul Khayer, 8, and Khairunnesa, 6, four children of Jamal Hossain of the area. All of the family members were asleep then, the locals added. Locals, according to the witnesses, rescued the injured and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared ...

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PM’s Eid gifts for Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent gifts worth Tk10 crore to the people of Cox’s Bazar on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr— the largest religious festival of Muslims. The matter was confirmed by sources from the Cox’s Bazar district administration. The gifts were sent from the personal relief fund of the prime minister. The district administration formally started distributing these gifts items from the Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib Women’s College campus in Ukhiya, around 11am on Tuesday. The distribution ceremony was inaugurated by Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung townships ...

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Rohingya crisis threatens biodiversity of Cox’s Bazar


MNA Exclusive Desk: Some 2,000 hectares of forestland — equivalent to four football fields — around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has disappeared due to Rohingya refugees cutting trees for firewood, according to a report by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). It added that 86 percent of drinking-water wells have been contaminated with the E.coli bacteria from fecal matter. Due to the “extreme level” of deforestation, the area’s biodiversity has been jeopardized, said Saiful Islam, assistant director of the environmental office in Cox’s Bazar. The government will implement a reforestation plan once 100,000 Rohingya are relocated to Bhashan Char island in ...

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Rohingya man stabbed to death in Camp


MNA Exclusive Desk: A Rohingya man was stabbed to death by some miscreants at Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday. The deceased was identified as Yousuf Ali, 50, a resident of D block of the camp. He worked as Imam at a mosque of the camp area. Some assailants attacked Yousuf when he went out his tent for calling for prayer (Azan) early in the morning and stabbed him, leaving him dead on the spot, said Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Ukhia Police Station. Earlier on Friday night, a Rohingya man was gunned down by some ...

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Guardian tortured at son’s school


MNA Exclusive Desk: A case was filed with Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police on Monday over alleged torture of the guardian of a kindergarten student by school authorities in Khorulia  of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Sadar Model Police Station, said Ayatullah, the guardian, filed a case on Monday night around 7:00pm accusing six named and 5 unnamed individuals. The accused are Jahirul Haque, Headmaster of Khorulia High School, Md Obayet Hossain, an assistant teacher of the school, Borhan Uddin, Headmaster of the adjoining KG and Pre-cadet School, Nurul Hossain, a record-keeper of the school, ...

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2 BAF aircraft crash in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: Two training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) is believed to have crashed in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening. Fire broke out because of the collision of the planes carrying two persons each. Their wreckages fell down in two separate areas. Fire fighters were trying to douse the flames, local sources said. Assistant Director of Inter Services Public Relations Rezaul Karim said a Yeak-8 type BAF training aircrafts remained disconnected from the radar since 6:15pm. Maheshkhali Police Station officials said two burning portions of aircraft slammed on the ground – one at Putivilla village ...

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Rohingya boat capsize death toll hits 20


MNA National Desk: The bodies of three more Rohingya people, including two children and a woman were recovered from Patiatek in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Friday, reported news agency. They had gone missing after a trawler capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the upazila on Thursday. The newly recovered bodies raised the death toll to 20. On Thursday, at least 17 people died as a trawler carrying around Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar, sank in the Bay around 3:30pm in bad weather. Besides, 10 people suffered injuries in the incident. They were admitted ...

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Govt allocates Tk 400m for roads in Rohingya camps

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MNA Business Desk: The government has allocated Taka 400 million for construction of roads in 12 temporary Rohingya camps of Myanmar refugees in Cox’s Bazar as part of its massive programmes for the rehabilitation of the displaced people from Myanmar. “The LGRD ministry has allocated the money for construction of the roads in 12 makeshift refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar,” Prime Minister’s Office sources told news agency. Prime minister’s deputy press secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said apart from this, the government is constructing 1200 makeshift sanitary latrines and installing 1200 tube-wells in the 12 refugee camps. He said 100 makeshift ...

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Cautionary signal 3 for maritime ports

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MNA National Desk: Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No. 3. Parts of Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Rangpur and Rajshahi are likely to face temporary gust-force winds and medium rain and thundershowers, according to a special weather bulletin. Some areas of the country may face medium to heavy rains. The temperature may fall slightly during the day and stay nearly unchanged at night. Rainfall may increase in the coming 48 hours. All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay have been advised to come close to ...

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Seven Rohingyas died in boat capsize


MNA National Desk: Bodies of seven Rohingyas, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar, were found floating on the River Naf at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. Teknaf model police station officer-in-charge Main Uddin Khan confirmed recovery of the bodies. Police said some boats carrying Rohingya refugees to Shah Porir Dwip capsized on Tuesday night. Bodies of two children were also recovered from estuary of Naf near the Shah Porir Dwip in the night. Later, police recovered bodies of two men and a child from the Jaliapara area. An estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled ...

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2,000 Rohingyas arrested in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Coast Guard arrested over two thousand Rohingyas in a drive at several houses of St Martin in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday. They conducted the drive from the evening till 10:00pm following the order of the Deputy Commissioner, said DC Md Ali Hossain, reported news agency. Later, the arrestees were sent back to Myanmar in trawlers. However, thousands of Rohingyas were still entering from several points including Amtoli border, Tumburu Border, Anjuman Para, Hwaikong Ghat. According to the European Rohingya Council about 3,000 Muslims were killed in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in last three days. The region has ...

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Landslides killed 4 people in Cox’s Bazar


MNA National Desk: Four people were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslides in Lighthouse area of Sadar municipality and in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday. The deceased are Lighthouse area’s Mohammad Shahed, 18 years old, and Saddam Hossain, in his twenties, and Sayma, around 5-year-old, and 7-year-old Jihan, children of Ziaur Rahman of Cheinda area at Mithaichhari upazila in Ramu. The injured were taken to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital. Heavy rainfall has been continuing over Cox’s Bazar since 24 July afternoon. Local met office recorded 208 millimetres of rain in Cox’s Bazar in last ...

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Seaports asked to hoist cautionary signal No. 3


MNA National Desk: Maritime seaports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no 3. The depression over west central bay and adjoining northwest bay off Odisha coast moved northwestwards and crossed Odisha coast near Puri at 3:00am on Wednesday. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep-sea have been advised to stay close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice. The Met office forecast light to moderate rains and thunderstorms coupled with squally winds in most places of Dhaka, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong ...

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Cyclone Mora: Starts crossing coastal region


MNA National Desk: The powerful cyclonic storm Mora has started crossing Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong region at 6:00am today (Tuesday), said Met Office. Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the centre of the cyclone is about 89 kph, rising to 117 kph. The special bulletin also asked the maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to hoist danger signal no. 10 while coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars also will come under danger signal no 10. Maritime ports of Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted ...

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Marine Drive Dream Project: Should not Cause Natural Destruction


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the dream project of 80km Cox’s Bazar – Teknaf Marine Drive on May 6, 2017. This project was much in the news due to its implication in transforming the whole zone into a tourist attraction. It has significantly improved the communication from Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf and will create several small tourist spots alongside this road. Cox’s Bazar, being the longest sea beach of the world, has already been one of the greatest tourist spots of the world. This marine drive will drastically change the lives around this new road in the ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurated ‘Digital Island Moheshkhali’


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated a scheme titled ‘Digital Island Moheshkhali’ that connected the Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar with high-speed internet network. Opening the project from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka in the morning, the prime minister announced that such a digital system would be introduced in other isolated areas like Moheshkhali in phases. “We’ve a plan to introduce digital system in other isolated areas like Moheshkhali in phases, more facilities will come before us when Bangladesh’s first satellite would be launched into orbit,” she said. However, the area is famous for its ...

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Maritime ports advised to hoist warning signal 3

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MNA National Desk: The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal 3 as steep pressure ‘Gradient’ lies over the North Bay. Heavy rainfall is likely to take place at places over Mymensingh, Sylhet, Dhaka, Barisal and Chittagong divisions, said a Met Office bulletin. All fishing boats and trawlers over north bay were advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice, he said. The highest rainfall for last 24 hours till 6:00pm on Friday was recorded 204mm at Srimangal in Sylhet and the maximum temperature ...

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Rakhain monk hacked in Cox’s Bazar


MNA Editorial Desk: A Rakhain buddhist monk was hacked by a group of offenders at Maillapar in the district town of Cox’s Bazar early on Wednesday. The wounded monk of the ethnic community from Arakan of Myanmar was recognized as Open Bita, 75-year-old. Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, Officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model Police Station, said a team of unknown miscreants captured the temple around 5:30am and hacked the monk extensively. Law enforcement agency hurried in and sent the wounded monk to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital. Additional policemen have been set up in and nearby the temple to ward off ...

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