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US Government shuts down amid scrambled fund deal

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MNA International Desk: The US federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party, and it comes on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Trump’s White House however immediately blamed Democrats for the shutdown. “Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement moments before midnight. “We will ...

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Role of voters: A key factor for successful democracy

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MNA Editorial Desk: In a truly democratic society, it is important to ensure a government that follows the will of the people rather than forcing them to follow it and democracy as a concept was in most simple words explained by former US president Abraham Lincoln as “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Hence, democracy is not a government by some of the people and requires participation of all people; though in most cases, that is not possible but attempts should be there for full participation. We tend to put the responsibility of an election ...

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Mega Projects: New Dimension of Structural Development

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government has identified some mega projects as fast track projects and directed the authorities concerned to implement them with highest priority. Over the past 40 years since independence, Bangladesh has increased its real per capita income more than 130 percent, cut poverty by sixth percent, and is well set to achieve sustainable development goals. In recognition of long term development, the government under t6he leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina adopted the Vision 2021. The vision 2021 and the associated Perspective Plan 2010-2021 have set solid development targets for Bangladesh by the end of 2021. Bangladesh ...

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BNP to propose PM for election-time government dialogues

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said it will now place a proposal for an election-time supportive government and urge the Prime Minister to take steps for engaging in talks over the issue, reported news agency. Speaking at press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said they are not going to approach the President to take initiatives for dialogue on the election-time government as he has already ‘committee misdeeds’ over the formation of the Election Commission (EC). ‘Now people are talking about supportive government as they strongly feel that ...

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Government to form Probashi Kalyan Board soon

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MNA Business Desk: The government would form the Probashi Kalyan (Expatriates’ Welfare) Board soon as a draft law has already been made to set up a statutory organization for providing welfare services for migrant workers and their family members, reported news agency. The draft Probashi Kalyan Board Act-2017 has put on the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry’s website for opinion. Additional secretary to the ministry Azharul Haq said that the concerned ministry will sit on 12 January next on the draft law after taking opinion. According to the draft law, a 15-member body of the board will be formed ...

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Strong Steps to Discard Difficulty of Bangladeshi Hajjis

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MNA Feature Desk: Every year, Bangladeshi Hajjis face a lot of difficulty in performing their religious duties and Strong steps are required to discard difficulty of Bangladeshi Hajjis. While many might argue that taking care of so many people is complicated and arduous task, many of our neighboring countries are broadly displaying their capability of tending to the needs of Hajjis of their nationality. I was privileged to attend a meeting, an annual Hajj meeting – attended by the Minister of Religious Affairs of Bangladesh and other nations. The main agenda of this meeting is to bring to light, the ...

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Government declared 11 September holiday

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MNA National Desk: The government of Bangladesh has declared 11 September as a holiday to extend the Eid-ul-Azha holidays and made a four-day vacation for the public servants. The public administration ministry ensured this on Monday, also stating that government employees will have to be present at office on 24 September to recover this holiday. Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 13 September as the moon for the Arabic month of Zil-Hajj was not sighted on Friday. However, Eid-ul-Azha also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier ...

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Government against new household gas connections: Muhith

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MNA Business Desk: Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Finance Minister, remarked that the government has strongly decided against giving any new household natural gas connections and will stick to that decision. There is no point of spending present gas for cooking. He also stated that the use of natural gas for household tasks is an absolute waste of the valuable resource. The minister made the statement during a seminar arranged on the occasion of “National Energy Security Day 2016” by the Energy and Mineral Resources Division at Petro Center in Dhaka. Stating Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative fuel for ...

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Government launch ‘joy’ to provide immediate support

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MNA Technology Desk: The government of Bangladesh is going to launch a mobile phone app titled ‘joy’ to provide immediate support to women and children. Women and children will able to send message pursuing support at any emergency situation by pressing emergency button of the app. Pressing the emergency button the victims will capable to forward a message for help to national helpline centre (10921), police control room, nearest police station and three FnF (friend and family) numbers. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to reveal the application ‘joy’ at the 86th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib on ...

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Government ordered to close Peace Schools

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh government has ordered to close all Peace Schools those are operating without any approval across the country. An education ministry statement released on Tuesday said that it has advised the home ministry to take instant actions to close all Peace Schools. The ministry also ordered the Dhaka Education Board to stop approval of the Peace International School at the capital’s Lalmatia. The government does not have any exact info on how many schools are being functioned with the word ‘Peace’ in their names. The education board claimed that they only approved temporarily an English medium school ...

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Developments needed for primary education

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MNA Editorial Desk: In spite of many successes during the past decade, major developments are still needed in order for all children to receive the advantages of primary education. In terms of access, the high enrollment rates achieved for both boys and girls do not yet equate to covering all the children in Bangladesh. It is currently estimated that there are more than 3 million out-of-school children throughout the country. Schooling opportunities are also very limited for some specific groups such as working children, disabled children, indigenous children and those in remote areas or living in extreme poverty. Even for ...

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IS recruiter detained connected to Zakir Naik

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MNA Editorial Desk: As media reports, security forces of Navi Mumbai have detained a suspected Islamic State (IS) recruiter supposedly connected to controversial preacher Zakir Naik. Arshid Qureshi, alleged to have persuaded youths in Kerala and influenced them to join the IS, was detained in a joint operation by anti-terror squad on Wednesday. He has been remanded to four days’ police custody. He is supposed to have been working with Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation as a Public Relations Officer since 2004 and was drawing a salary of Rs. 44,000. The TV station reported a case was registered against Qureshi ...

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Indian court ordered 30% pay hike for garment workers

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MNA Business Desk: An Indian court has ordered a pay rise of up to 30% for hundreds of garment workers in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the first minimum wage hike in more than 12 years. But the lawyers for 500 clothing producers and exporters, who supply many global brands, said the new wages would be ‘practically impossible’ to present given the tough international market environments. Under the governing, workers would see their pay rise from a monthly average of 4,500 rupees to 6,500 rupees ($67 to $97) – which activists say is similar to wages for textile jobs ...

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Endemic corruption and irregularities in health sector

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MNA Editorial Desk: Governance challenges in this sector exist that hinder further achievements. According to TIB’s National Household Survey (2012), 40.2% of the recipients of health services from public institutions became victims of irregularities and corruption while receiving services. Many doctors at district and upazila hospitals remain off-duty during office hours, while patients are suggested to go to private diagnostic centers or chambers. Patients at the public hospitals also have to pay bribes for beds, tests, ambulance and other services. Besides, political influence and lobbying are used for transfer or remaining in a privileged facility for longer period. For promotion ...

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$275 million loan agreement with ADB for water supply

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MNA Business Desk: As news agency reports, the government contracted $275 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improving and expanding water supply system in Dhaka in 17 July. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), and Kazuhiko Higuchi, Country Director, Bangladesh Resident Mission of ADB, signed the agreement on behalf of Bangladesh and ADB respectively at a ceremony at ERD, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. Sewerage Authority (DWASA) and Dhaka Water Supply will implement $408 million project. Of the amount, ADB will provide $275 million from its general capital resources under a soft-term loan agreement. “Dhaka city is ...

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Gulshan and Sholakia attackers are linked to each other

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MNA Editorial Desk: According to reports, Gulshan and Sholakia attackers are linked to each other. Sholakia attacker Abir Rahman was with Gulshan cafe gunman Nibras Islam in Jhenaidah. They both are students of North South University and were killed by security forces. Certain inhabitants in Jhenaidah said they had recognized the pair after seeing their photos in the media. Nibras was well-known as ‘Sayeed’ in the area. “I saw him (Abir) with Sayeed. But I didn’t speak to him,” a student of a local college said. Bilkis Nahar, a landowner in Jhenaidah, told to media that Rokanuzzaman Rokan, the imam ...

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Musical legend Lucky Akhand seeks help for treatment

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Musical legend Lucky Akhand seeks government help for treatment. Famous singer-composer-lyricist-music director, who has engrossed and enthralled his admiring fans with his excellent and harmonious music, is looking for financial support from his massive array of followers as well as the government for the expensive treatment.. The popular singer has been fighting lung cancer for a long time now and just last Friday, he was taken to Birdem Hospital and from there to the capital’s United Hospital. The fee of his treatment is more than what his family can afford, and for this reason he ...

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World leaders at ASEM to support Hasina government

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MNA National Desk: World leaders, at the 11th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, expressed their eagerness to support Hasina government in any situation as news agencies reported. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said that her government would take help from Russia, if necessary, in fighting extremism and militancy. Hasina said this when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held two-sided talks with her on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit here. Medvedev offered to stay beside Bangladesh at its dangerous time if there is any terrorist attack. Foreign secretary M. Shahidul Haque said, numerous topics on bilateral ...

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Bangladesh inflation lowest in 12 years

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh inflation stood at 5.92% on average in fiscal year 2015-2016, the lowest in 12 years and even lower than the government’s financial target of 6.2%. Bangladesh Bank detained a rise in inflation last fiscal year for the pay rise of government staff, but it fell 0.49 fraction points over fiscal year 2014-2015. However, in fiscal year 2014-2015, inflation was rated 6.41%. “Inflation has declined mainly due to satisfactory agricultural production, reduction of commodity prices, including fuel in the international market, prudent macroeconomic management and a normal flow in the supply of goods thanks to political stability,” ...

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Government alert on condition in North South University

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MNA Editorial Desk: Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said that the government is alert on the condition in the North South University (NSU), a reputed private university, from where some students have got mixed up in terrorist activities. Missing students are found to be getting connected in terrorism, Nahid said at a meeting with the UGC chairman in the Secretariat on Tuesday. The minister also witnessed that this trend appeared more marked among smart and meritorious student from well-to-do families. “Such allegations against NSU teachers and students had risen earlier. We are aware of this university. We also held ...

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Life after 100 years from today

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MNA Feature Desk: Do we ever think how life will be after 100 years from today? May be, few Sci-Fi books or movies can give some ideas. But what are the usual thoughts on that future? Let us see. We may able to communicate through thought transmission Transmission will be just as easy as other forms of brain augmentation. Life will be simple. Picking up thoughts and relaying them to another brain will not be much harder than storing them on the net. Synthetic telepathy sounds like something out of Hollywood but it is absolutely possible, so long as “communication” ...

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Terror attack will not impact much on investment climate

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MNA Business Desk: AMA Muhith, Finance Minister, yesterday said that the current terror attack will not set much impact on Bangladesh’s garment exports and investment climate. “My view is that the attack will have no impact on exports and investment,” he told the reporters at secretariat. He also said the occurrence came as a shock for the country. Seven Japanese and nine Italians were among the 22 people killed in the attack. “You have seen how serious the government is about maintaining law and order. So, there is no reason to be upset. It is very normal because they have ...

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Government decided to ban Peace TV

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MNA National Desk: The government of Bangladesh on Monday decided to ban Peace TV, which is run by Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik. The cabinet committee on law and order chaired by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu took the decision after two back-to-back attacks within July’s first week. The Bangladesh government has also said that it would monitor sermons delivered during the Friday prayers. The government would crack down on ‘provocative’ speeches. Mir Hossain Akhtar, president of Cable TV Operators Bangladesh (COB) said that cable TV operators in the nation wish to stop airing Zakir Naik’s Peace TV. “We ...

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Extrajudicial Killing in Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: The Bangladeshi government should authorize an independent investigation into a recent spate of alleged extrajudicial killings by security forces in Bangladesh. The government should publicly order law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of all those taken into custody. Joint Forces consisting of the Bangladesh Police, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and the Border Guards Bangladesh continue to arrest opposition supporters, some of whom are accused of involvement in terrorism and militancy. Security forces claim that the deaths after arrest occurred during “crossfire,” which has previously documented is used by security forces as a common euphemism to ...

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Sushma said Bangladesh taking steps against terrorism

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MNA Editorial Desk: Sushma Swaraj,Indian external affairs minister, answering to a media, questioning about attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, said that, the Bangladesh government is taking proper steps against terrorism. “The Bangladesh government is not sitting idle over the attacks on minorities. They are taking proper steps in this regard,” said Sushma at a press conference. Alleged militants attacked and murdered university professors, writers, publishers, secular bloggers, gay rights activists, foreigners, policemen and members of religious minorities. Swaraj’s remarks came days after West Bengal units of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress party pronounced anxiety over the recent killings in Bangladesh ...

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Khaleda called journalists to put united resistance

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, blamed the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) government of attempting to create its control over the media and called on journalists to put up a united resistance against it. “I urge the journalists to get united and create a strong resistance against the blueprint of putting the independence of press at stake,” she told in a message. The former prime minister also added that, Khaleda delivered the message marking the closure of all newspapers, excluding four ones, on 16 June 1975. “The 16 June 1975 is a black day in Bangladesh’s history ...

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NBR starts its first money laundering case

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MNA Business Desk: Reportedly, NBR starts its first money laundering case. CIID (The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate) has started a case in contradiction of a clothing trader condemning him of smuggling out of the country Tk. 1 billion under the guise of exporting readymade garments. Moinul Khan, CIID Director General told that, this is first such claim filed under the Money Laundering Prevention Act under the jurisdiction of the National Bureau of Revenue (NBR). The money laundering cases used to be under the jurisdiction of the Anti-Corruption Commission. But succeeding an amendment to the law, the NBR was given the ...

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