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No 4G outside Dhaka


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a report said that country’s mobile phone operators are yet to ensure 4G services outside the capital. The telecom regular published on Wednesday the report of its comprehensive quality of service (GoS) measurement through drive tests conducted in four divisions to find out the internet speed, including 4G, service coverage, call setup success rate and call drop rate. During the drive tests, it was found that minimum download speed of at least 7mbps could not be ensured by the top three mobile operators — Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — ...

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Fire incidents: Result of unfathomable corruption and sheer ignorance

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MNA Editorial Desk: 2019 can be marked as the year of fire incidents in Bangladesh or to be more precise its capital Dhaka city as at least five major fire incidents were reported those caused minimum hundred deaths and many injury. The number of fire incidents has increased more than threefold across Bangladesh since 1997; with the year 2018 seeing a daily average of 53 with high possibility of crossing that in 2019. Despite having incidents after incidents, we are yet to take any significant measure to improve the situation both in proactive and reactive measures. But every citizen of ...

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New DNCC mayor: Scores of tasks and stern challenges ahead

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has got a brand new mayor in the form of ex-BGMEA chief Atiqul Islam after the position was vacant for over a year due to the unfortunate demise of ex-DNCC mayor Annisul Huq in 2017. Atiqul has a very short time, just over a year, to work as a mayor unless he gets re-elected in the next scheduled mayoral polls. That gives him a little while to create an impact. His predecessor Annisul Huq was a charismatic DNCC mayor as he took many bold changes and transformed many parts of his constituency ...

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New Indian envoy Riva Ganguly in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das arrived in Dhaka on Friday night to take up her assignment as the High Commissioner of India to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Prior to her arrival, she was the Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). A career-diplomat, Riva Ganguly, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986. She is a Post Graduate in Political Science from Delhi University. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a Lecturer at Delhi University. She commenced her diplomatic career spanning 33 years from Spain. Thereafter, she was at Headquarters dealing with External ...

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Traffic control system to be digitized in Dhaka: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government wants to control traffic signal digitally to ease traffic jam in the capital. “We want to control traffic in Dhaka city electronically and digitally… some parts of the capital have already been brought under such a system and if the system is introduced in rest of the parts, the sufferings of the people will be reduced to a great extent,” she said. The Leader of the House was replying to a supplementary question raised by Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Feroz Rashid in the House on Wednesday during her question-answer session ...

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Changing Kolkata: Momentous inspiration for megacity Dhaka

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MNA Editorial Desk: Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal of India is the closest neighboring foreign city of Dhaka. Both the cities hold a lot of similarities in terms of culture and characteristics–major of which makes them the largest two cities of the world is the most number of Bengali speaking people. There is a strong tie between the cities. Both the cities have gone through immense development during the past decade. While Dhaka is focusing on building a better infrastructure, Kolkata is focused on being an aesthetic city. We have a lot to learn from Kolkata. Dhaka has been ...

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Dust pollution: A menace to the existence of Dhaka citizens

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MNA Editorial Desk: Environment has turned into a great concern as our beloved Dhaka city is going through modernization for decades. Among different types of pollutions, dust pollution has become a great trouble for the citizens of this megacity during the winter. There are many areas of the city which makes it impossible for the people to breathe comfortably due to dust particles in the air. Though this problem exists throughout the year, in winter or dry season the problem goes bizarre. Unplanned development works, brick kilns, openly left out drain sludge, uncovered construction materials and many things else are ...

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Offsetting Dhaka traffic requires pragmatic & coordinated approach

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MNA Editorial Desk: Traffic jam has become intolerable over the last few days in Dhaka city after the national election. Citizens of this city are going through continuous hazards caused by this heavy traffic. With schools opened after the year-end vacation along with ongoing metro rail project and Dhaka elevated expressway project works, ongoing Dhaka international Trade Fair, rise in private vehicles of ride-sharing companies and many things else, the situation turned hazardous to the most. It seems like there is no end of the sufferings of the citizens of Dhaka as there is no visible steps to remove Dhaka ...

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32-km tailback on Dhaka-Chattogram highway


MNA National Desk: Passengers continued to suffer as they were getting stuck in a 32-kilometre tailback on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway on Thursday, reported news agency. A 22-km tailback was seen stretching from Daudkandi’s Meghna-Gumti bridge toll plaza to Madhaiya in Chandina upazila while a 10-km gridlock in Munshiganj district. Hundreds of vehicles, including cattle-laden ones, remain stranded on both sides of the bridge, causing untold sufferings to the travellers. Cattle traders travelling through the highway suffered a lot as most of the cattle fell sick for unavailability of fodder. Nazrul Islam, superintendent of regional Highway Police, said the tailback on ...

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Dhaka ranked 2nd least liveable city

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Dhaka has ranked the second least liveable city in the world, according to Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey latest report. Dhaka scored 38 out of 100 and ranked 139th out of 140 cities, according to the Global Liveability Index 2018, published on Tuesday. The worldwide league table ranks 140 cities on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare. Austrian capital, Vienna, has beaten Australia’s Melbourne to be named the world’s most liveable city. It’s the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the Economist Intelligence ...

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Transport strike brings the country to a halt


MNA National Desk: Transport services in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country remained suspended on Saturday, causing immense suffering to commuters and long-distance travellers across Bangladesh, reported news agency. Dhaka’s streets were devoid of public transports since early morning, citing security concerns. Most areas in Dhaka, including Elephant Road, New Market, Dhanmondi, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Katabon, Uttara and Airport road, had no passenger buses available. The government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) bus service was the only public transport option available throughout the city. The move came following the countrywide protests demanding road safety and justice for two Class XII students ...

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Angry students on Dhaka streets


MNA National Desk: Agitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday, reported news agency. The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city. The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students. On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey

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MNA Feature Desk: Millions of people are all set to leave the busy city Dhaka for their roots to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Not only from Dhaka but also from other districts people will rush to their homes to celebrate the largest festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones. Throughout the year, many of us wait for this auspicious occasion to unite with our relatives. This is the greatest joy of our hectic lives. But every year, some of us do not come back to their regular lives as they have to sacrifice their lives on the ...

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Dhaka, Delhi sign 6 MoUs to strengthen ties


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India on Monday signed six documents to strengthen development cooperation between the two countries, reported news agency. Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale and his Bangladesh counterpart M Shahidul Haque witnessed the signing of the documents at state guesthouse Padma after a bilateral meeting between them. ‘Today, we add another 6 documents to our large and growing list of meaningful agreements signed during the recent visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India,’ said Vijay Gokhale. These include the implementation MoU on the friendship pipeline between Numaligarh and ...

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Biman flight makes emergency landing

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MNA National Desk: A Bangladesh Biman flight made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon. The Dash-8 airliner took off for Syedpur around 12 noon but had to make the emergency landing 15 minutes later due to technical glitches, a number of sources at the airport said. Biman officials have not confirmed what specific technical issue affected the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, which  can carry 73 passengers. The US-Bangla Airlines flight that crashed in Kathmandu on Mar 12 was also a Dash8-Q400 plane, manufactured by Canada-based Bombardier Inc. The crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ...

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ADB president Takehiko Nakao in Dhaka

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MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao has arrived in Dhaka on a two-day visit. The bank’s local office confirmed this to media on Tuesday. President Nakao is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, and other senior officials during his visit. During the visit, he will also visit selected ADB-assisted projects on Tuesday in power, education, urban infrastructure and rail transport sectors, reported news agency. However, he will leave Dhaka on February 28. Bangladesh joined ADB in 1973 and it became the first ADB member to host a field ...

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Myanmar Home Minister Swe in Dhaka


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe arrived in Dhaka on Thursday afternoon on a three-day visit when Bangladesh is expected to press for restoration of peace and stability in Rakhine State for sustainable return of Rohingyas. He landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airlines flight around 12:48pm. The Myanmar Minister will meet President Abdul Hamid on Thursday evening. Swe will hold a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan on Friday. Apart from the Rohingya crisis, the two sides will discuss halting smuggling of arms and drugs and full implementation of border agreement, ...

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Pranab Mukherjee leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Wrapping up his five-day private visit, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee left Dhaka on Thursday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam saw him off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:45am. During his stay in Dhaka, the former Indian President met President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and attended a special convocation ceremony at Chittagong University where the CU authorities honoured him with a Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) degree. Pranab also attended a number of programmes, including the closing session of the ‘International Bengali Literature Conference’ in the city. His daughter Sharmista Mukherjee, ...

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3 Neo-JMB arrested in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Police arrested three members of militant outfit neo-JMB, including one of its founder Abdus Samad alias Arif Mamu, in Mohakhali area of Dhaka on Wednesday night. Tipped-off, a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) conducted a drive here and detained the trio along with firearms and ammunitions. The law enforcer recovered a pistol, five ammunitions and 200 detonators from their possessions, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (Media) of DMP. Police said that the neo-JMB activists are responsible for the 2016 Gulshan attack. The details of the arrestees will be ...

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Dhaka, Paris agree to boost economic ties


MNA Business Desk: Dhaka and Paris agreed to form a joint commission to explore the opportunities of cooperation in the fields of trade and economy. The decision was taken in the bilateral meeting between French president Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Elysee Palace in Paris. Briefing reporters after the meeting, foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque said the two leaders in a very cordial and warm atmosphere discussed the bilateral and global issues of mutual interests. “Five issues were discussed in the meeting including the most important one of climate change as the prime minister arrived in France ...

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Dhaka humble Comilla to reach final


MNA Sports Desk: Afridi and Shakib helped Dhaka bundle Comilla out for 96. Holders Dhaka Dynamites booked their place in the Bangladesh Premier League 2017 final outclassing Comilla Victorians by 95 runs in the Qualfier 1 on Friday. Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of Comilla’s top and middle order batsmen could reach double figure, as they were bundled out for a sorry 96 by an attacking Dhaka bowling unit. Tamim’s 31 came off 28 balls, but that was very little to scale Dhaka’s 191 down. In fact, had number-nine batsman Hasan Ali and number-ten batsman Mahedi Hasan not made 18 and ...

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Megacity Dhaka: History and heritage fighting to survive


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh capital megacity Dhaka has a rich ancient, historic background dating back to the 7th century. It was initially part of the Kamarupa kimgdom, then ruled by Hemanta Sen of Sen dynasty in the 9th century. From 1608 onwards, Dhaka was successively ruled by the Turkic and Afghan governors hailing from the Delhi Sultanate. During the Mughal Empire the then capital was moved from Rajmahal to Dhaka and named after Emperor Jahangir. During the Mughal period, Dhaka turned into the major commercial emporium which encouraged a much higher concentration of trade, business and commerce along with spread ...

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Dhaka, Phnom Penh sign 10 instruments


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Cambodia on Monday signed 10 instruments, including one agreement and nine (MoUs), aiming to enhance cooperation in various fields, including tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education between the two countries. The instruments were signed after the official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Cambodia held at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh in the morning. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh side at the talks, while her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen led his home side. The agreement signed on Monday is on cooperation between the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) ...

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Robot Restaurant launched in Dhaka

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first-ever Robot Restaurant of Bangladesh has been launched in Dhaka. The restaurant located inside the Family World Convention Center at Asad Gate, Mirpur Road will use robots to serve food to customers, said a press release. It will be open to the customers on Thursday. China-based robot-making organisation HZX Electronic Technology Company provided technical support to the ‘Robot Restaurant’. Representatives from both the organisations attended the press briefing in Dhaka. Primarily, the restaurant has installed two humanoid robots to serve food to customers, it also said. Max Schwarz, CEO of HZX Electronic Technology Company, ...

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End to end customs service for Maitree


MNA Business Desk: Authorities on Friday launched end to end customs and immigration service for the passengers of Maitree Express to make rail journey between Dhaka and Kolkata more comfortable. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi formally launched the service on Thursday through video conference. Railways minister Md Mazibul Hoque on Friday paid a visit to Kamalapur Railway Station to inspect the service. The Maitree Express train runs between Dhaka-Kolkata six days a week now with Thursday as weekly holiday. According to railways authorities, all the 456 seats were sold out on the first day of ...

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to Dhaka

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned to Dhaka after attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where she addressed world leaders on the Rohingya crisis. The flight of prime minister landed at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:30am. Senior leaders of the Awami Leage and its allies in the ruling 14-party coalition, as well as writers, artists, academics, cultural artists, athletes and business leaders welcomed her at the airport. Road Transportation and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader greeted the PM with a speech during the reception at the airport. Quader ...

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Heavy rain causes traffic chaos

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MNA National Desk: As the monsoon wind continued to bring heavy rain across the country, city dwellers also continued their struggle against roads inundated by water. With the rain forecast to continue until Friday, the situation may worsen before it gets better. The monsoon rain has taken a huge toll on the roads of Dhaka city. The Tuesday and Wednesday rains were nothing short of livid nightmares for commuters. Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 103mm rainfall over 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday, which is seven times more than the forecast. Major city thoroughfares, including Mirpur, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Hatirjheel, ...

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