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BD, India working on formulas to share 54 common rivers’ water: Jaishankar


MNA National Desk: Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday said Bangladesh and India are working to find “mutually acceptable formulas” to share water from 54 shared rivers with keeping India’s commitment to resolving Teesta issue unchanged. “We look forward to making a progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from our 54 shared rivers,” he told reporters adding that they are ready to make a start wherever it is possible. Asked about long-pending Teesta water-sharing matter, Jaishankar said there has been no change regarding their commitment to resolve the issue. “We’ve a position. You ...

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Six names in running for India national cricket coach job

Ravi Shastri

MNA Sports Desk: Ravi Shastri, India’s current head coach, and five other candidates have been shortlisted for Team India’s head coach job, news agency PTI reported. Apart from Shastri, who is currently on a 45-day extension after the World Cup 2019, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh are the other two Indians who have been shortlisted for the coveted job. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Afghanistan coach Phil Jones are the three foreign nationals shortlisted for the role. The candidates will give a presentation to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by ...

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Indian FM Jaishankar to arrive tonight


MNA National Desk: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Monday night on a three-day official visit, aiming to strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India further. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will receive Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm on Monday, ministry sources said. According to the foreign ministry, the Indian External Affairs Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi in the morning of August 20 to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. According to BSS, both Dr A K Abdul Momen ...

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Hope It Furthers Spirit Of Peace: PM Modi Wishes Nation On Eid-Al-Adha


MNA International Desk: Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is close to the devotees as they prove their devotion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha as people from the Muslim community gathered at mosques across the country to offer prayers. “My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!” PM Modi tweeted. Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakri Eid, is marked by by sacrificing an animal that is ...

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Dhaka, Delhi holding secretary-level talks on water issues


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh and India are holding secretary-level talks in Dhaka city to discuss water-related issues between the two neighbours. The meeting began at the state guesthouse Meghna at 11:00am today (Thursday) and a media briefing is scheduled for 5:45pm. Indian water resources secretary Upendra Prasad Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar are leading the delegations, an official was quoted by UNB as saying. Both sides are likely to discuss ways to go for a joint study to ensure the best use of Ganges water. Bangladesh and India share 54 trans-boundary rivers. On Tuesday, Indian high commissioner ...

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India urges Pakistan to reconsider decision to downgrade ties


MNA International Desk: India on Thursday urged Pakistan to review its decision to downgrade diplomatic ties over the withdrawal of special status to Kashmir, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Pakistan said it would expel India’s ambassador in Islamabad and that its envoy who was to start his assignment soon will not move to Delhi after India revoked the special privileges to Kashmir, Reuters reported. “The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the Indian foreign ministry said.

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500 arrests made during clampdown in Indian-ruled Kashmir


MNA Editorial Desk: A petition was filed Thursday in India’s top court challenging the communications blackout and security clampdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where people remained holed up in their homes for a fourth day. State-run All India Radio said security agencies have arrested more than 500 people in the region apparently to prevent any outbreak of violence. It also reported cross-border firing by Indian and Pakistani troops in the Rajouri sector of the Indian-controlled Kashmir late Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the nation on Thursday to discuss Kashmir. India’s government this week revoked the special status ...

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China, Pakistan slam India’s move to change Kashmir’s special status


MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to change the status of Kashmir ran into fierce opposition from China and its ally Pakistan on Tuesday as the disputed territory lay under a telecoms blackout to forestall protests for a second day. In a move to tighten its grip on Jammu and Kashmir, parts of which are claimed by Pakistan and China, India dropped a constitutional provision that allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority state to make its own laws. The changes imposed by Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government are the most sweeping in the nearly 30 years that India has ...

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India urges world to help Bangladesh ease its burden


MNA Editorial Desk: India has urged the world to help Bangladesh cope with the “humanitarian burden” mentioning that they are “deeply conscious” of the humanitarian and security implications due to the presence of huge Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar. India has praised Bangladesh generosity and recognized the economic burden this crisis places upon Bangladesh’s society and economy, according to the Annual Security Outlook 2019 released by Asean. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country after August 25, 2017 as Myanmar launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority. Though Bangladesh and Myanmar ...

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WhatsApp to roll out payments service in India this year


MNA Science & Technology Desk: WhatsApp will roll out its payments service in India this year following a year-long pilot, its global chief Will Cathcart has said, as the Facebook-owned messaging giant taps an upsurge in digital payments in its dominant market. WhatsApp is ubiquitous across India, where data consumption is surging thanks to cheap internet, but a full launch of its payments feature had been delayed amid some false messages circulating on the platform that have led to mob lynching and more government scrutiny, according to local media. The Menlo Park, California-based firm has also been trying to comply ...

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Netflix to launch cheaper mobile-only plan for India


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Netflix says it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf. India is among the last big growth markets for the company, where it faces competition from Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney’s India unit, reports Reuters. Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, when it posted quarterly results. It also missed targets for new subscribers ...

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221 unlucky for both India & Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: 221 remains an unlucky number for two Asian cricketing nations – India and Bangladesh. Both the teams’ score stood at 221 on their last game of this world cup. Bangladesh stopped at 221 after failing to chase Pakistan’s 315 in their last group stage game while India finished on 221 while chasing 239 of New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup today. Hence for both the Asian teams, 221 will be a nightmare. New Zealand stormed the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winning a thriller over India at Old Trafford ...

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India-New Zealand semifinal match to resume today due to rain


MNA Sports Desk: The first semifinal match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand will resume on Reserve Day on Wednesday after rain stopped play on Tuesday. The match will resume from New Zealand’s score of 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson hit fifties for the Kiwis after they came under pressure from the Indian bowling attack. All five Indian bowlers bagged one wicket each before rain came down heavily . Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first against India. India playing XI Lokesh Rahul, Rohit ...

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Economy in focus as India PM Modi starts second term without key aide

Narendra Modi

MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government. The swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of the colonial-era presidential palace will be attended by thousands of guests including Bollywood stars and leaders of neighbours including Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Modi won a massive mandate in the general election that ended this month after focusing his campaign on national security, as tension with old ...

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Mumbai Indians clinch 4th IPL title

Mumbai Indians

MNA Sports Desk: Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thrilling encounter by one run to lift their 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy. Needing nine to win off six balls, CSK’s star performer Shane Watson (80 off 59) got run out. Thereafter, veteran Lasith Malinga became the saviour for MI as he bowled tight lines to turn the tide in his side’s favour. Earlier, at one point CSK were cruising but MI bowlers took wickets in quick succession to bring their side back in the match. The biggest turning of the match was probably the runout ...

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Facebook deletes India’s Congress party & Pakistan military linked accounts


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a national election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not abused for political purposes or to spread misinformation. The action against accounts with alleged links to Congress, the party led by the Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence era, marks a bold move by Facebook. ...

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Indo-Pak relations remain key to regional stability and progress

Jammu and Kashmir

MNA Editorial Desk: India, we all must agree, is the most important and most powerful neighbour and ally of Bangladesh. Even before our inception in 1971, India had play some crucial roles in the liberation, restoration, development and progression of Bangladesh. Especially in South Asia, no country can ignore the importance of India and its economy not only due to its vastness and power but also for its significant development in terms of matching with the modern world. Hence, the government and its orientations are very important for the neighbouring countries as we are standing at less than a month ...

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Hasina, Modi to open 4 projects Monday


MNA National Desk: The prime ministers of Bangladesh and India will jointly inaugurate four projects in Bangladesh, including the supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate the projects through videoconferencing from their respective capitals at 1:10 pm. According to sources at the PMO, the projects are supply of double decker and single decker ac and non-ac buses and trucks to Bangladesh road transport corporation (under 2nd line of credit), inauguration of 36 community clinics in five districts — Jamalpur, Sherpur, ...

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Pakistan arrests key suspects of Kashmir attack


MNA International Desk: Pakistan authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group, that India has blamed for the February 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir, said Interior Ministry. The attack killed at least 40 troops. That bombing last month triggered a dangerous escalation that last week pushed Pakistan and India close to an all-out war over Kashmir. In Tuesday’s statement, the ministry says 44 suspects were arrested, including prominent members of the outlawed militant group. Among those arrested was Mufti Abdul Rauf, the brother of the group’s leader, Masood Azhar, reports AP. ...

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Trump plans to end India’s preferential trade facility


MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he intends to end India’s preferential trade treatment under a programme that allows $5.6 billion worth of Indian exports to enter the United States duty free, reports Reuters. Trump, who has vowed to reduce US trade deficits, has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs. “I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India,” Trump said ...

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Washington wants to know if Pakistan used F-16


MNA International Desk: The United States said on Sunday it was trying to find out if Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, potentially in violation of US agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors appeared to be easing. Pakistan and India both carried out aerial bombing missions this week, including a clash on Wednesday that saw an Indian pilot shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir in an incident that alarmed global powers and sparked fears of a war. A Pakistan military spokesman on Wednesday denied Indian claims that Pakistan used F-16 jets. ...

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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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Saudi Crown Prince eyes on ‘good things’ from India tour

Crown Prince

MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a warm welcome in India Wednesday, with Riyadh eager to demonstrate it is not an international pariah after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October. The killing of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the prince, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul tarnished the image of the kingdom and the prince, who is staging a high-profile Asian tour to demonstrate he still has allies. Prince Mohammed predicted “good things” will come out of talks with Indian leaders as he started a landmark visit to the world’s largest democracy Wednesday, ...

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Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan

MNA Editorial Desk: Denying any involvement in the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks. “All this ‘attack Pakistan’ talk is all keeping elections in mind. But if at all these are serious, please make note of one thing clearly – Pakistan will not think of retaliating, it will retaliate,” he said on Tuesday. This is Imran Khan’s first statement on the Pulwama attack, the worst-ever terror strike on security forces in Kashmir. Pakistan based Dawn adds: Imran Khan said Islamabad will ...

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Kashmir tensions hike, 7 killed in fighting


MNA International Desk: Four Indian soldiers, two suspected militants and a civilian were killed in a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Monday, officials said, further escalating tensions in the restive region. Another soldier was wounded in the gun battle, which came after a local Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into a paramilitary bus on Thursday, killing at least 40 soldiers in the worst attack against Indian government forces in Kashmir’s history. The fighting erupted early Monday after government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, security officials said. As ...

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Unemployment hit 45-year high in 2017-18 in India


MNA International Desk: An official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi just months before what is expected to be a closely fought general election. The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, the highest since 1972-73, the newspaper reported. The report said that joblessness stood at 7.8 percent in urban areas compared with 5.3 parts in the countryside. The ...

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India clarifies reports of Rohingya movement towards BD


MNA Editorial Desk: India’s external affairs ministry has clarified the media reports of Rohingya movement towards Bangladesh. “Government is aware of media reports of alleged movement into Bangladesh by some such persons,” the ministry said on its website on Tuesday, citing an official spokesperson. “Government is not a party to such movements. We will work with our neighbors to handle such matters through mutual consultation.” The spokesperson in New Delhi was responding to a question about the presence of “Rohingya” refugees stranded on the India-Bangladesh boundary in the Tripura sector. “Government is aware of the presence of 31 persons originally ...

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