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Shafiqul Islam becomes DMP commissioner

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MNA National Desk: The government has appointed Additional Inspector General of Police Shafiqul Islam as the new commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. The home ministry gave the information in a statement on Wednesday, reports media. Meanwhile, Additional Inspector General of Police Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun has been appointed as the new chief of the Criminal Investigation Department. On May 16 this year, Shafiqul was appointed as the chief of Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

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Dhaka, Beijing agree on speedy Rohingya solution

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka and Beijing on Friday agreed on speedy solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held talks in Beijing. “The two leaders have agreed on solving the Rohingya problem fast and said it cannot be kept unresolved,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting held at Diaoyuati State Guest House. The foreign secretary said the Chinese president and the Bangladesh prime minister added that two years have passed after the signing of agreements to this effect. “There is no disagreement among us on how ...

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Dhaka, Beijing sign nine instruments

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and China on Thursday signed nine instruments for further strengthening cooperation on power, water resources, culture and tourism sectors as well as providing 2,500 metric tonnes of rice for the displaced Rohingyas. The instruments, including two loan deals, were signed in presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the capital of China. Of the instruments, four ones were signed between the Economic Relations Division of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Commerce of China, ...

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Dengue cases on the rise despite huge spending on mosquito control

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MNA Feature Desk: The authorities have spent nearly half a billion in the outgoing fiscal year only on killing mosquitoes in Dhaka, but the number of the insect-borne dengue infections has started rising in the beginning of the monsoon – the peak season for the disease. Relatives of the patients have pointed the finger at the two city corporations in the capital, but they refute the allegation of insincerity and cite slack vigil by the citizens. Until June 15 this year, as many as 486 people have been diagnosed with dengue in Bangladesh, two of whom have died, according to ...

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President returns home after treatment abroad

President M Abdul Hamid

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid returned home this morning after an 11-day visit to London and Germany for health checkup and treatment of eyes. “A VVIP flight (BG 202) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:26 am,” President’s Deputy Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told BSS. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Agriculture Minister Dr Md. Abdur Razzaque, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Vatican to Bangladesh Archbishop George Kocherry, British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson, Ambassador ...

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Prof Kazi Shahidullah new UGC chairman

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MNA Career & Education Desk: Prof Kazi Shahidullah, the supernumerary professor of the History Dept at Dhaka University, has been made the new chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a four-year term. Department of Secondary and Higher Education of the Education Ministry issued an order in this regard on Wednesday. Kazi Shahidullah is the former vice chancellor of National University. Prof Shahidullah replaces Prof Abdul Mannan, whose term was ended on May 7. Since then, the UGC senior member Prof Mohammed Yusuf Ali Mollah had been serving as the chairman.

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Ramadan: Month of peace turns into month of suffering

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MNA Editorial Desk: We are observing the holy month of Ramadan right now–a very important month of the year to every Muslim all around the world. Bangladesh, being a Muslim majority country, every year observes this month with utmost dignity and citizens engage themselves in religious activities with Siyam and special prayers like Salaat-it-Tarabeeh. A holy environment sustains all around the country which provides a sense of peace into our lives. But unlike other Muslim majority countries of the world, Ramadan every year comes with some hassles into the lives of citizens of Bangladesh and this year the hassles reached ...

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Dhaka ranks 4th worst in Air Quality Index

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh’s capital was ranked fourth worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday morning. Dhaka had a score of 165 at 10:44am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy. A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. India’s Delhi, Pakistan’s Lahore and Nepal’s Kathmundu occupied the top three spots respectively. The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might ...

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Thousands suffer for Dhaka-Ctg highway gridlock

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MNA National Desk: Thousands of people are suffering immensely as 30-kilometer long tailback was created on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Cumilla and Munshiganj districts on Wednesday. The tailback stretched from Raipur of Cumilla’s Daudkandi upazila to Meghna Bridge area in Munshiganj’s Gazaria upazila. The gridlock started from Tuesday 12:00 midnight, causing untold sufferings to the people who fast in severe hot weather. Daudkandi Highway Police Station officer in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said goods-laden vehicles got stuck in Chattogram Port for several days due to cyclone Fani. Excessive pressure of those goods-laden vehicles towards the capital from the Chattogram Port and ...

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No 4G outside Dhaka

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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

Road Transport Act 2018

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

Road Transport Act 2018

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

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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

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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

Road Transport Act 2018

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

Road Transport Act 2018

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

Road Transport Act 2018

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

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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

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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

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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

Anis Ahmed

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

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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

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

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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

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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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