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Ex-President Ershad laid to eternal rest in Rangpur


MNA Editorial Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman and ex-president Hussain Muhammad Ershad was finally laid to eternal rest on Tuesday at Polli Nibash in his hometown Rangpur. The former military strongman who ruled the country for nine years was buried at the grave dug by his party followers at the Litchi Orchard of his Polli Nibash around 5:53 pm as Jatiya Party was forced to revise its decision of burying him at Military Graveyard in the capital due to rigid stance of party followers in Rangpur. Huge army personnel took position around the prepared grave before the burial to maintain discipline ...

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Former President HM Ershad dies at 90


MNA Editorial Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who has died today (Sunday) at the age of 90 after having been on life support for the last 10 days, will be laid to eternal rest at the army graveyard in Dhaka city on Tuesday. The burial will follow four funeral prayers in Dhaka and Rangpur, the former military dictator’s hometown. The first namaz-e-janaza for Ershad was held at the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka on Sunday after Zuhr prayers. Later, his mortal remains will be kept at the CMH mortuary for the night. His second namaz-e-janaza will be held at ...

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I am no longer Congress president: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

MNA International Desk: Indian politician Rahul Gandhi has said he is no longer Congress president and the party’s working committee should meet immediately to decide on his successor. “Party [Congress] should decide on the new president quickly without further delay. I am nowhere in this process. I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters in the Parliament on Wednesday, reports India Today. “It is an honour for me to serve the Congress party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country ...

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Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mursi dies after court hearing


MNA International Desk: Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, died on Monday aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities said. Mursi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power following mass protests against his rule. The public prosecutor said he had collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom shortly after speaking, and had been pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50 pm (1450 GMT). ...

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Rohingya crisis may destabilize region: President to CICA


MNA Editorial Desk: Stressing the importance of a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis, President Abdul Hamid on Saturday sought support and cooperation from CICA partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. “We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If left unresolved, the crisis can destabilise the entire region,“ he said. The President said this while addressing the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The world knows Bangladesh ...

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President leaves for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Thursday

M Abdul Hamid

MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid will leave Dhaka for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on a seven-day official visit tomorrow (Thursday). “During his seven-day visit to the central Asian nations, the President will attend the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) at Tajik capital Dushanbe . . . He will also start his visit to Uzbekistan on June 16,” President Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told BSS. He said a VVIP flight (BG-1516 ) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage members, including his spouse Rashida Khanam and officials concerned ...

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Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested


MNA International Desk: Law enforcers of Pakistan have arrested Asif Ali Zardari, a former president of the country and co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), from his residence in Islamabad on Monday. A 15-member team of Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB), accompanied by police personnel, arrested Zardari after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected an application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of him and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case. A number of party workers and Zardari’s children Bilawal and Aseefa saw him off as the former president was driven away in a black Landcruiser. ...

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Sri Lanka President asks police chief, defense minister to quit


MNA International Desk: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defense secretary to quit following recent series of bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 people. Two sources close to Sri Lankan president revealed the information on Wednesday. The sources declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter amid accusations within the government of intelligence failures ahead of the attacks. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the police chief and defense secretary to quit following the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed 359 ...

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Sudan President al-Bashir steps down


MNA International Desk: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down by the military on Thursday, after three decades of autocratic power, and moves were under way to form a transitional council to run the country, Sudanese sources said. Government sources and the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that Bashir had stepped down and consultations were taking place to form a ruling military council, reports Reuters. Sudanese sources told Reuters Bashir, 75, was deposed by the army and was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”. The military ...

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President, Prime Minister pays tribute to nation’s father Bangabandhu


MNA National Desk: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday morning paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the great leader. The President and the Premier paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu in Tungipara. President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the Prime Minister. After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Father of the Nation ...

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Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Abraham Lincoln did not live to observe his 65th birthday on Feb. 12, 1874. He had been assassinated nine years earlier, on April 14, 1865. But, on that day in 1874, the nation’s first public celebration of the 16th President’s birthday was held in St. James Hall in Buffalo, organized and funded by drugstore owner — and Lincoln aficionado — Julius E. Francis. The 145th anniversary of the first Buffalo celebration, held near the 210th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, drew more than 50 people and some 30 Civil War era re-enactors to the Buffalo History Museum for ...

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Ensure harassment-free police services: President


MNA National Desk: Asking police force to ensure harassment-free services, President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday advised them to work cordially with utmost devotion. “Ensure harassment-free services to the people . . . Give topmost priority to necessary legal aids and advises for service-seekers,” the president told a function at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Police Week -2019. The head of the state hoped that the police being imbued with patriotism, honesty and devotion would serve the country and its people, reports BSS. UNB adds: The President said, “One of the key elements of good governance for the development and progress ...

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Maduro seeks early parliament vote amid Venezuelans protest


MNA International Desk: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government. As domestic and international pressure on Maduro to step down mounts, a senior air force general disavowed him in a video that circulated earlier on Saturday, expressing his allegiance to parliament head and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido. The military’s support is crucial for Maduro, who is deeply unpopular, largely due to an unprecedented economic crisis that has prompted an ...

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President urges to work jointly to establish exploitation-free ‘Sonar Bangla’


MNA Editorial Desk: President M Abdul Hamid has said the Bangalee nation needs to forge an unwavering unity to build exploitation-free “Sonar Bangla” by uprooting terrorism, militancy, drug abuse and corruption from the society. “I urge upon all, irrespective of political affiliations, religion, caste, and creed to accelerate the ongoing democratic process and socioeconomic development of the country,” the President said while addressing the first session of the 11th Parliament with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair on Wednesday. Leader of the House Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition’s Deputy Leader GM Quader and lawmakers of both treasury ...

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WB President Kim resigns unexpectedly


MNA Editorial Desk: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim unexpectedly resigned on Monday, more than three years before his term ends in 2022, amid differences with the Trump administration over climate change and the need for more development resources. Kim, appointed twice by former US President Barack Obama for five-year terms, had pushed financing for green energy projects and largely dropped support for coal power investments, but had avoided public clashes with the Trump administration, which has made reviving the US coal sector a priority. Just last month, the World Bank announced it would double its investments to fight ...

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President gives assent to Digital Security Bill

Digital Security Bill

MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid has assented to the much-talked- about Digital Security Bill passed in the 22nd session of the current parliament, making it a law. The 22nd session of the 10th parliament, which was prorogued on September 20, passed a total of 18 bills, including the Digital Security Bill 2018 and Road Transport Bill 2018, reported news agency. Amid concerns from different quarters, the ‘Digital Security Bill, 2018’ was passed in Parliament on September 19 to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions ...

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Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls


MNA International Desk: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule, reported news agency. The presidential vote and a parliamentary election, both held more than a year early, completed NATO-member Turkey’s transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, a process started with a voter referendum last year. “The nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty,” Erdogan said in televised remarks ...

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World escaped nuclear weapons threat: Moon


MNA International Desk: South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. “There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important ...

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President, PM congratulate Tigresses

ICC World

MNA Sports Desk: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday congratulated Bangladesh women cricket team for achieving a historical victory over India by three wickets in the Asia Cup T-20 cricket final at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Bangladesh defeat India by three wickets in the final of the T20 Asia Cup to clinch a memorable victory. Batting first, India scored 112 runs for 9 in 20 over and in reply, Bangladesh scored 113 runs for 7 in 20 overs, reported news agency. In a congratulating message, President Hamid greeted all the players, coach and officials of ...

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Julius Maada Bio sworn in as new Sierra Leone president

Sierra Leone

MNA International Desk: Opposition candidate and former military junta leader of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as the country’s new president late on Wednesday, just hours after the elections commission announced his victory in a tight run-off poll. He now faces the complex task of rebuilding the impoverished West African nation’s economy that was dragged down by the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic and a global slump in commodity prices. Representing the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Maada Bio won 51.81 per cent of votes cast in the March 31 poll, according to results announced by the National ...

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Peru’s president Kuczynski resigns


MNA International Desk: Peru’s center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday after vote-buying allegations ensnared him in a fresh scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America’s most stable economies. Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Street banker who once held US citizenship, promised a ‘constitutional and orderly’ transition of power to end what he described as a hostile political climate that had made governing nearly impossible. But Kuczynski, who is expected to be replaced by Vice President Martin Vizcarra on Friday, denied allegations of wrongdoing and blamed ...

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Vietnamese President leaves Dhaka


MNA National Desk: President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang left Dhaka for Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up his three-day state visit and exploring avenues to enhance bilateral trade and investment. Earlier, the Vietnamese and Bangladeshi Presidents have agreed upon specific measures to promote politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, agriculture, education and science and technology. At a meeting with President Abdul Hamid in the capital city of Dhaka on March 5 (local time), President Tran Dai Quang expressed his wish that Bangladesh will successfully hold its general election by 2019 and reach the goal of becoming a middle-income country by ...

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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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Jacob Zuma resigned as President

Jacob Zuma

MNA International Desk: Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders. ‘I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,’ Zuma said. ‘Even though I disagree with the ...

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New Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain Swears In

chief justice

MNA National Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid has sworn in Syed Mahmud Hossain as the 22nd chief justice of the Supreme Court. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, senior members of her cabinet, top judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court, among others, were present at the oath-taking ceremony that started at the Bangabhaban at 7pm on Saturday. Hours after the president signed the appointment letter of Justice Hossain on Friday, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who had been performing the duty of the chief justice for around four months, stepped down. Justice Miah cited ‘unavoidable personal reasons’ for his resignation 10 ...

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Abul Kasem re-elected DCCI President

Osama Taseer

MNA Business Desk: Abul Kasem Khan and Kamrul Islam have been re-elected President and Senior Vice President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) respectively for the year 2018. Riyadh Hossain has been elected Vice President of the DCCI. The new Board of Directors took over charge at the 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of DCCI held in its auditorium on Saturday. The newly elected Directors are Andaleeb Hasan, Engr Md Al Amin, Mohammad Bashiruddin, Nuher L Khan, SM Zillur Rahman and Waqar Ahmad Choudhury. DCCI, established in 1958, is a large organization for businesspeople in Dhaka. Dhaka Muslim ...

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PM to visit Dinajpur on Aug 20

New York

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to visit Dinajpur and distribute relief among the people on 20 August to take a stock of flood-affected areas in the district. Dinajpur-2 constituency lawmaker and Awami League’s organizing secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury confirmed about this visit to media. This year Dinajpur is one of the mostly affected districts by flood. Water levels of the rivers in Dinajpur are also rising. Water of River Punarbhava and Atrai crossed the danger level. Earlier, on Wednesday evening, Sheikh Hasina along with two of her cabinet members and attorney general met the president, Abdul ...

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