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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


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

Biman flight

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

Takehiko Nakao

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

Robot Restaurant

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


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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Sri Lankan President Sirisena arrives in Dhaka


MNA National Desk: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Dhaka on Thursday on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A flight of Sri Lankan Airlines carrying President Sirisena landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 11:30am. President Abdul Hamid received his Sri Lankan counterpart at the airport. The Sri Lankan President was accorded a guard of honour and warm reception at the airport. This is Sirisena’s first official visit to Bangladesh since he was elected Sri Lankan President in 2015. State Minister for Foreign affairs Shahriar Alam on Wednesday (July ...

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Dhaka to host OIC council of foreign ministers

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh will host 45th Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Dhaka in 2018. The decision was made during Meeting of 44th CFM of OIC in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Tuesday, the 44th CFM was inaugurated by Cote d’Ivoirian President Alassane Ouatara on July 10, 2017. The meeting was chaired by the Cote d’Ivoirian Foreign Minister Marcel Amon Tanoh and Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali was leading the Bangladesh delegation. “This came as the recognition of Bangladesh’s active and constructive role and growing importance in the OIC,” the foreign ministry ...

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Dhaka, Bangkok to hold first joint commission meeting in 2 decades

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Thailand would hold a foreign minister-level joint commission meeting in Dhaka on Thursday to review important elements of bilateral relations. Thai foreign minister Don Pramudwinai would lead an 18-member Thai delegation to the 7th Joint Commission in Dhaka while Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali would lead the Bangladesh delegation. Pramudwinai is set to reach Dhaka on an official visit on Wednesday to participate in the meeting. It would be the seventh meeting of the commission after the last meeting held about two decades ago. Bangladesh ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem called on ...

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Canadian fugitive living freely in Dhaka

Canadian fugitive

MNA Editorial Desk: A Canadian fugitive wanted for incitement to commit genocide against Jews is currently living in Dhaka, according to Canada’s National Post. Salman Hossain, who is wanted by Canadian authorities and Interpol, was photographed in Dhaka’s Gulshan on Sunday. Hossain first drew the attention of Canadian authorities a decade ago over Internet posts urging ‘Muslim militants’ to attack Canada and for the ‘extermination’ of Jews. In 2009 Canada declined to press charges against Hossain after he stopped posting online and underwent rehabilitation. But Hossain resumed his activities soon afterwards, calling for the ‘extermination’ of Jewish peoples in North ...

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Dhaka world’s most populous city: UN data


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka is the most populous city in the world, according to the United Nations’ habitat data. The data collected from the national census offices has given the number one spot to Dhaka with a density of 44,500 people per square kilometre. It is mostly Asian cities in the top of the list: Mumbai is second, while Manila is fourth, with Singapore high up as well. Medellin is South America’s most dense city at third overall, with Casablanca and Lagos in Africa close behind. However, the UN’s Demographic Yearbook gives a different result. This smaller measurement of area ...

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Four historic places in Dhaka to visit right now


MNA Feature Desk: Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, a residence of about 17 million populations and growing every day. But if you want to have a visit in Dhaka you will get a huge number of historical places to ride on. Here I am going to introduce four among them. Lalbagh Fort This famous historic place is situated on the northeast side of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was built during the Mughal rule, on seventeenth century. Lalbagh fort is believed to be an incomplete Mughal fort structure which was started in 1678 AD by the Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah. ...

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Dhaka, Moscow to establish intergovernmental commission


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and the Russian Federation yesterday signed an agreement on the establishment of the intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation. The agreement has been signed with an aim to promote the development of broad-based cooperation in a variety of areas, including trade, economy, science and technology. The Intergovernmental Commission will identify the main directions for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation and its priority areas of the two countries. Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey Gruzdev and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam MP signed the agreement on ...

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Dhaka’s meat traders resume selling as strike ends

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MNA Business Desk: Dhaka city’s meat traders will resume selling red meat on Sunday as their six-day strike, seeking implementation of their four demands, including cancellation of the present lease of Gabtoli Cattle Market, ended on Saturday. Bangladesh Meat Sellers Association (BMSA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Meat Sellers’ Association enforced the strike in the capital on Monday to press for their demands. Their other demands include relocation of tanneries from the city’s Hazaribagh area to Savar, providing permission for the import of cattle from neighbouring countries and withdrawal the DNCC chief executive officer and chief estate officer. The traders also threatened ...

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