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US-Bangla plane crash could have been averted: CAAB

US-Bangla Airlines

MNA National Desk: The Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) agrees with the findings of the Nepal investigators in the US-Bangla Airlines plane crash, but believes the probe report has not shed light on the “lack of efforts” by the air traffic control in Kathmandu to avert the disaster. “The pilot had made some mistakes, but it would have been possible to avoid an accident such as this if the air traffic control had wanted,” CAAB Chairman M Naim Hassan told the media in Dhaka on Monday after the Nepalese authorities released the report. As many as 27 of the 51 ...

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Nepal bus crash claims 23 lives


MNA International Desk: Twenty three people were killed and 14 other injured in a road accident in western Nepal when a bus carrying school students and teachers back from a botanical field trip plunged into a gorge. The students were aged mostly between 16 and 20. Two teachers and the driver also died in the accident early evening on Friday in a remote area. The vehicle was carrying 37 people, with 22 killed at the scene and another in a nearby hospital. Fourteen people were treated for injuries, reported news agency. Road accidents are relatively common in Nepal because of ...

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Bangladesh clinch SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship title


MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh U-18 national women’s football team made the nation proud as they won coveted title of maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal by 1-0 goal in the final held on Sunday at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan. After the barren first half, Musura Parvin finally broke the deadlock scoring the all-important goal in the 49th minute and Bangladesh maintained their lead till the final whistle of the match. After conceding the goal, Nepal however tried to stage a fight back in the remaining proceeding but failed to restore the parity. Earlier on the day, India ...

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Pathao launches in Kathmandu next month


MNA Tech Desk: Pathao, one of the fastest growing tech startups in Asia, has announced the launch of its services in Nepal. This is the first time that a Bangladeshi ride-sharing platform has launched operations beyond its borders, reported news agency. Founded in 2015, Pathao has become a popular e-commerce delivery and ride-hailing service—later expanding into the food delivery industry. “Pathao has built a platform that enables employment for thousands of drivers and a product that millions of customers use in Bangladesh. We are excited to take our Pathao platform internationally – starting with Nepal. We have already started to ...

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PM Hasina arrives in Nepal


MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina has arrived in Kathmandu for attending the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Hasina left Dhaka on a Bangladesh Biman flight at 8:5am on Thursday.  She was welcomed at Tribhuvan International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel and Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams. The heads of governments of the seven member countries — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are attending the summit to take stock of the progress of the bloc and its policies. Hasina and her Indian ...

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Talks on to set agendas for BIMSTEC Summit


MNA Business Desk: Foreign secretary level officials of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member states held a pre-summit meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal. Chaired by Nepal Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, foreign secretaries from the member countries are holding discussion to prepare the agendas for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit slated for August 30 and 31. The meeting will also prepare a draft for Kathmandu Declaration that will be endorsed by a ministerial-level meeting slated for Wednesday, reported news agency. Besides, the meeting will discuss issues related to clustering the areas of co-operation or downsizing ...

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Nepal invites Bangladesh to sign energy pact


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has been invited by the Nepal government to visit the country to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for bilateral energy tie-up, reports Xinhua, quoting officials concerned. “We have sent a letter to our counterpart Ministry in Bangladesh three-four days ago, inviting them to visit Nepal to finalize the MoU,” Dinesh Ghimire, joint secretary at Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI). Nepal Cabinet approved the MoU. It contains three components — power exchange, investment and establishing a joint mechanism to enhance cooperation in energy, according to MoEWRI. Dinesh Ghimire said after the MoU ...

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Nepal, Bangladesh to discuss trade obstacles

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MNA Business Desk: Nepal and Bangladesh will discuss trade facilitation and elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers at the fourth commerce secretary-level trade talks scheduled to begin on May 30.  Nepal plans to ask Bangladesh to address hurdles to exporting acrylic yarn to Bangladesh, quoting Nepal based Kathmandu Post, reports news agency. Harmonising sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and reviewing the list of 108 Nepali products, that have duty free access to the Bangladesh market, will also be a part of the discussion. An eleven-member Bangladeshi delegation would be arriving in Kathmandu to participate in the two-day meeting. Nepal’s Ministry ...

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Mourning for Nepal plane crash victims in Bangladesh


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is mourning the victims of the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal. The national flag flies at half-mast at government and nongovernmental organisations and at the Bangladesh embassies abroad. Special prayers will be offered at mosques, temples, churches and pagodas across the country on Friday. An aircraft operated by the US-Bangla Airlines crashed with 71 people on board in Kathmandu on Monday killing 49, including 26 Bangladeshis. There were four crew members among the Bangladeshi victims. The incident prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cut short her Singapore visit and return to Bangladesh on Wednesday. Hasina convened ...

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List of passengers aboard US-Bangla flight


MNA Exclusive Desk: The US-Bangla Airlines flight which crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives, according to sources at the airlines. They were: Mr Zhang Ming (CHN) Mrs Rizana Abdulla (MDV) Mr Ahmed Foysal(BGD) Ms Shahreen Ahmed(BGD) Mr Eakub Ali (BGD) Mr Alifuzzaman (BGD) Mrs Almun Nahar Annie (BGD) Miss Bilkis Ara (BGD) Mrs Sila Bajgain (NPL) Mrs Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu (BGD) Ms Algina Baral (NPL) Ms Charu Baral (NPL) Mrs Mst Akhtara Begum (BGD) Mr Md Shahin Bepari ...

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Nepal-Bangladesh Trade Relations: Great prospect for development partnership in South Asia


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, being a fast developing country holds significant position among the South Asian countries, one of the most prospective regions of the world. The economy of Bangladesh is slowly moving from import-oriented to export-oriented. We have been looking for opportunities to create a market for our products across the world and Nepal, another important South Asian country holding a great prospect for Bangladesh as a promising development partner. Moreover, Nepal, being the 6th nation and one of the first recognizing countries of independent Bangladesh shares a strong bond with Bangladesh, which can be enriched with the enhanced ...

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Nepal bans solo climbers from Mount Everest

Mount Everest

MNA International Desk: Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents, an official said Saturday. The cabinet late Thursday endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation’s mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains — one of a string of measures being flagged ahead of the 2018 spring climbing season. Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck lost his life in April this year when he slipped and fell from a steep ridge during a solo acclimatisation climb to Nuptse, a peak neighbouring Everest. The ban is likely to anger elite solo ...

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16m affected in Bangladesh, India, Nepal


MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday. “This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” the IFRC said in a statement Friday, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region. According to the statement, more than one third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis ...

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Bangladesh beats Pakistan, Nepal to be ILO’s deputy member

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has beaten Pakistan and Nepal to be elected deputy member of the Asia Pacific region subcommittee of the International Labour Organization’s governing body. Bangladesh bagged 190 votes while its South Asian contenders Nepal and Pakistan polled 173 and 150 votes respectively in the election held in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday night, reported news agency. The ILO Governing Body is an executive body which takes decisions on 10 sectors, including policy making, budget formulation, control, agenda fixation, appointment of director-general and control over the ILO central office. Nepal, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka fall ...

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India successfully launches South Asia communication satellite

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MNA Editorial Desk: India has successfully launched a new communication satellite for South Asia from Sriharikota space centre on Friday. The satellite, funded entirely by India, is aimed at helping regional countries boost their telecommunication and broadcasting services. Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will benefit from this satellite. But Pakistan has opted out from the initiative. Built by the Indian Space Research Organization, its latest communication satellite GSAT-9 called SAS rode piggyback on the 50-m-tall rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) with the indigenous cryogenic powering the Upper Stage. The GSLV-F09 blasted off at 4:57pm in clear ...

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Bangladesh to start glorious journey in motorcycle export: Tofail


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has started a glorious journey in its industrialization by stepping into the global market through exporting motorcycle to Nepal, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed said on Saturday. “For encouraging local two-wheeler manufacturers, the government would announce cash incentives for them in the coming budget and would slap higher duty on import of bikes to accelerate the growth of the local automobiles industry,” he said while launching export of Runner brand motorcycle to Nepal. The minister inaugurated the export programme of the bikes of local manufacturer Runner Automobiles Limited at a ceremony on its factory premises at Bhaluka ...

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DCCI worried over India’s anti-dumping duty on jute


MNA Business Desk: Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has expressed anxiety over the ‘unexpected treatment’ by India’s agency concerned to jute imported from Bangladesh. India’s anti-dumping authority has proposed 25-30% duty on the jute imported from Bangladesh and Nepal, reported news agency. “It will have negative cascading impacts on parties involved in our local jute supply chain process, export market and dampen glorious heritage of golden fiber of Bangladesh,” the trade body said in a statement on Thursday. It said when Bangladesh is working hard to improve and maintain a justified cross-border bilateral trade relation with India, this ...

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Bus crash killed 33 people in Nepal

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MNA International Desk: At least 33 people were killed and thirty-eight passengers were injured when a bus crash smashed the road and plunged down a hill in Nepal’s Kavrepalanchok district. Twenty-seven bodies have been recognized and search procedures have ended because rescuers think all the victims have been found. “Bodies are scattered all over the sloppy hill, so security personnel are having difficulties collecting bodies and rescuing the victims,” Deputy Chief District Officer Bhim Kanta Sharma said. “It is a narrow, gravel road. We are looking into the possibility of overcrowding of the bus being the cause of accident. We ...

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Nepal’s parliament meets new PM Prachanda


MNA International Desk: Nepal’s parliament meets on Wednesday in a crucial session that is estimated to confirm former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda as new PM (prime minister) after K.P. Oli stepped down to avoid a no-confidence motion. The 61-year-old CPN-Maoist Centre president’s application was proposed by Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, which was seconded by senior Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara. However, Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre contracted a three- point agreement with the Madhesi Front to protected support from the Madhesi parties for their bid to form a new government led by Prachanda, the only official candidate ...

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