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Obaidul Quader on way home

Obaidul Quader

MNA Editorial Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who had been attending cardiac treatment in Singapore for more than two months, is on his way back home. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying him, took off the Singapore airport at 2:10pm (local time) and is expected to land here at 6:00pm, said, Abu Naser, deputy principal officer at Road Transport and Bridges Ministry. Qauder, also the general secretary of Awami League, was initially admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital on March 3 following breathing complications. Tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery. He ...

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Prime Minister visits critical Quader at BSMMU

Prime Minister

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina visited her party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka Sunday afternoon. Hasina came to the hospital at 3:30 pm after returning to Dhaka from an event organized by the army in Rajshahi. Quader, who is suffering from heart problems, has been admitted to the Coronary Care Unit of the state-run hospital. Doctors say Quader has three arterial blocks, one of which has been cleared. However he remains in critical condition and is being ventilated to help him with breathing. Though preparations had been ...

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PM will hold talks with political parties again


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks with all political parties again, said Obaidul Quader, general secretary of Awami League on Sunday. The prime minister will send letters inviting them to a dialogue, he told reporters at the AL’s central offices on Bangabandhu Avenue and announced the new round of talks. The decision comes after the Jatiya Oikya Front called for a ‘national dialogue’ after it boycotted the 11th national parliamentary election. On Dec 30 the Awami League won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in a landslide victory. Meanwhile, the Oikya Front, which won only ...

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Awami League wants meaningful, competitive polls


MNA National Desk: Ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said Awami League want the upcoming national polls to be competitive and meaningful. Awami League doesn’t expect to score goal on an empty field, he said. Obaidul Quader, also the minister for road transport & bridges, was addressing the 51st founding anniversary of Samyabadi Dal, at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB). Samyabadi Dal Secretary General Dilip Barua presided over the event, reported news agency.

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Quader warns foreign diplomats


MNA National Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) spokesperson Obaidul Quader on Friday warned foreign diplomats against making any remarks that might hurt their relations with Bangladesh, reported news agency. Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader issued the warning while talking to newsmen during his visit to Dhaka-Bhanga 4-lane construction site at Kolakandi in Keraniganj of Dhaka district. Apparently reacting to US ambassador’s comments on Bangladesh elections, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader also asked the foreign diplomats to avoid making such remarks. On Thursday, Bernicat commended the holding of elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations ...

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Yoga can protect youth from drug addiction

drug addiction

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said yoga can be a way to bring the misguided youth back to normal life from drug addiction, reported news agency. “Yoga can be a powerful and effective way to protect the young generation distracted by the vicious claws of drug addiction,” Quader said at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka to mark International Yoga Day on Thursday. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added a new dimension to yoga. Now it has spread to Bangladesh thanks to the Indian High Commission.  When illegal drug is spreading across the country ...

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International Day of Yoga 2018

Yoga 2018

MNA Feature Desk: Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined. The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free. This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it, reports news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Sports and Youth Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in ...

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Polls-time govt likely in Oct


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has hinted that the polls-time government is likely to be formed in October, reported news agency. “The polls-time government will take the responsibility just after the announcement of election schedule. It does not mean that a new government will be formed,” he said adding, “The incumbent will act as the polls-time government. But it will short in size,” he said. The minister was talking to journalists after a post-eid review at his secretariat office on Wednesday. Discarding possibility to hold any one-sided election in the country, the Awami League General ...

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AL delegation pays tributes to Gandhi


MNA National Desk: An Awami League delegation led by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi and placed wreaths paying tributes to India’s Father of the Nation. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and members of his delegation at the mission on Sunday evening. During the three-day visit, the Awami League delegation will have a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The delegation will also meet BJP President Amit Shah and Lok ...

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Govt targets 100,000 Rohingya for first repatriation


MNA Exclusive Desk: The government wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslims who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said Friday. Obaidul Quader said a list of 100,000 names was to be sent to Myanmar authorities on Friday so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments. More than 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August, fleeing what the US and United Nations have described as ethnic cleansing. That added to more than ...

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Quader behind the attack: Rizvi claimed


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has claimed that road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is also ruling Awami League general secretary, is behind the attack that took place on Khaleda Zia’s convoy. “He [Quader] carried out this attack at the behest of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina,” Rizvi said, addressing a press conference on Sunday at BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan in the city. Awami League leaders on Saturday said that the attack was the result of BNP’s internal conflict. Countering a remark by AL leaders that the ...

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Awami League sits with Election Commission

Awami League

MNA National Desk: As part of the ongoing dialogue with registered political parties, the Election Commission (EC) sat in talks with ruling Awami League to seek its opinion over the commission’s preparation for the next general election. A 21-member AL delegation will join the dialogue which started at about 11:00am with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair, said Director (PR) at the EC Secretariat SM Asaduzzaman. AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will lead the party’s delegation in the talks to be held at Nirbachan Bhaban, reported news agency. “Awami League has ...

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Padma Bridge now a visible reality: Quader

Padma Bridge

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the Padma Bridge is now a visible reality as the first span (superstructure) of the bridge has been placed on pillars on Saturday morning. The 150-metre long span was installed on the pillars No 37 and 38 in two hours starting from 8:00am. “With the installation of the first span, the Padma Bridge is now a visible reality, removing all the uncertainties,” said the minister, who was present on the occasion of installing the span. The long-cherished Padma Bride has moved one step forward through this span installation, he ...

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Russia, China will play active roles: Quader

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday hoped both Russia and China will play active roles in settling the Rohingya crisis. “Bangladesh has friendly relations with both Russia and China. So, we cannot expect double standard role from them over the Rohingya issue,” he made the comment while visiting Puja mandap at Dakeshwari National Temple in the city. Quader, also general secretary of Awami League, said over five lakh Rohingyas entered Bangladesh after the latest round of army offensive since August 25 this year. “It is really a great challenge for us. We need support ...

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No cars on Manik Miah Avenue on first Friday

Manik Miah Avenue

MNA National Desk: Private cars will be barred from travelling on Dhaka’s Manik Miah Avenue on the first Friday of every month, says Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader. He made the announcement during a programme for World Car Free Day on Friday. The event held at Manik Mia Avenue featured drawing competition, chess, kite flying, skating, cycling, and a discussion to create public awareness about road safety. “There is no point in making statements if there is no action taken on this day,” he told the event organised on the road in front of the National Parliament building. “At least ...

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Army takes role in Rohingya aid operation


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh’s army was Wednesday ordered to take a bigger role in helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar, by distributing relief aid and building shelters. Troops would be deployed immediately in Cox’s Bazar near the border where more than 420,000 Rohingya have arrived since 25 August said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. Soldiers would mainly distribute relief and carry out rehabilitation, as well as ensuring order, Quader told news agency. “The army presence is especially needed on the spot to construct their shelters, which is a very tough task, ...

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More discussions with chief justice: Quader

MNA National Desk: Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, has said he met the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, to convey party’s stance on the 16th amendment annulment verdict and his discussions with the chief justice has not concluded yet and he will meet him again. “I visited the residence of the chief justice. We had a long discussion and the discussion has not ended yet. More discussions will be held, said Quader while addressing a programme in the capital on Sunday. The programme was arrenged to mark the birth anniversary of Sheikh ...

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Obaidul Quader meets chief justice

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MNA News Desk: Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader visited the residence of chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and had dinner together on Saturday night. Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, went to the CJ’s official residence around 8:30pm and then to the Gono Bhaban, reported news agency. What was discussed at the meeting could not be known immediately. Obaidul Quader met Surendra Kumar Sinha at a time when the judiciary, the executive and the legislature are apparently at loggerheads over supremacy and which has intensified recently following the 16th amendment annulment verdict of ...

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Muhith’s remarks on 16th amendment personal


MNA National Desk: Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the remarks of finance minister AMA Muhith about the Supreme Court’s verdict on the 16th amendment is his personal opinion. Obaidul Quader, the ruling Awami League general secretary, said, “We haven’t issued any statement from the party. We don’t want to say anything rashly. We have been considering the matter calmly.” The minister was replying to reporters after signing an agreement with Japan’s Mitsubishi-Kawasaki consortium to buy engines and bogies for the Metrorail. The senior Awami League leader also said, “There is no reason to be hot ...

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Misuse of Section-57 should stop: Quader

MNA National Desk: Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the misuse of Section-57 of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act should be stopped. The minister told this to reporters after inaugurating the Metrorail construction work in front of Survey Department Office in Agargaon in Dhaka. “Arresting the journalist in Khulna after suing him under Section-57 is a misuse of the section of ICT Act. The Information minister should intervene into the matter to stop the misuse of Section-57”, said Quader. Abdul Latif Moral, the Dumuria Upazila correspondent of a Khulna-based newspaper, was sent to jail ...

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AL suspends Saju over UNO case


MNA National Desk: The Awami League on Friday temporarily expelled Barisal District Religious Affairs Secretary of the party and President of Barisal Lawyers’ Association Obaidullah Saju who filed a Tk 5 crore defamation case against Tariq Salmon, Barguna UNO. The decision came from a meeting of local government nomination board, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at the Ganabhaban on Friday afternoon, reported news agency. Party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader informed the media about the development after the meeting. Obaidul Quader said, “Saju has been temporarily expelled from the party according to the section 47 (ka) of the party constitution.” ...

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Obaidul Quader hints at reshuffle in cabinet

MNA National Desk: Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader today hinted that the cabinet may be reshuffled to bring dynamism in the government’s activities ahead of the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. “It’s prime minister’s jurisdiction. I can’t say when the reshuffle will be made but there may be a change in the cabinet,” Quader said. He also cleared the issue of creating Deputy Prime Minister post, that was spread in social media, saying it is nothing but a rumor. “Deputy Prime Minister… it is just a rumor. It does not have any reality. It is absolutely baseless lies.” He, however, ...

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No unfit vehicle on highway during Eid vacation: Quader

unfit vehicle

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in Gazipur on Tuesday no unfit vehicle and those without route permit will be allowed to ply on the highway during the Eid vacation. The minister made the remarks while visiting the condition of the Dhaka‐Mymensingh Highway ahead of the Eid at Targachh area in Gazipur. He further said the homebound holiday makers have been suffering on the way as a few places of the highways were damaged due to heavy rainfall in the last few days. He requested his party men to help law enforcers as volunteers reduce ...

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Tough action against Fakhrul’s motorcade attackers: Quader

tough action

MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, the road transport and bridges minister, on Sunday said tough action would be taken against those who were involved in attacking the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam at Chittagong. “It’s not sure who were involved in the attack… but it’s an offence…We are looking into the matter and tough actions would be taken against the attackers,” he told the reporters after visiting BRTA Mobile Court activities on the city’s Airport road. A motorcade of BNP delegation led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia ...

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900 additional buses during Eid: Obaidul Quader

tough action

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will deploy 900 additional buses countrywide to ensure journey of the traveller during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Speaking at a programme of the BRTC, Quader said that out of the 900 ‘special bus services’, 466 will travel between districts and Upazilas. Besides, the sales of advance BRTC bus tickets will begin seven days before the Eid and the special bus services will begin on June 22 and continue till three days after the greatest festival of Muslims, he added. He came down hard ...

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4,000 modern buses, a new flyover for Dhaka city: Quader

modern buses

MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, Road transport and bridges minister, said 4,000 more new modern buses would be put into plying on various routes in the city to facilitate better transportation of the commuters on Sunday. Quader also said a new flyover will be constructed from city’s Fakirapul to Chunuputiya via Nightingale crossing and Babubazar. He made this remark while addressing the newsmen after the ninth meeting of Board of Directories of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhahan here. Besides, some 300 cops will be provided for the two city corporations of Dhaka and the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha ...

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BNP now limited to holding press conferences: Quader

press conferences

MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) new general secretary, said that the activities of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are now limited to holding press conferences. Quader said this while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyr members of Bangabandhu’s family at Banani graveyard on Thursday. Stating on coming elections, he said “We have two years and two months for the elections. We shall hold the polls at the scheduled time.” “Any effort by the BNP to make misperception about the general elections would again lead to the BNP ...

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