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Theresa May quits as party leader

Theresa May

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain’s tortuous departure from the European Union, AFP reports. Brexit is still scheduled for October 31 but while her rivals thrash it out, the project remains stuck, with the only divorce plan agreed with Brussels stuck in parliament. May took office after the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU and has spent the ...

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

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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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PM issues set of directives to check fire

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday issued a set of directives including introduction of yearly clearance certificate by the Fire Service and Civil Defense Department for high-rise buildings like industries and following building code strictly to check fire incidents. The prime minister gave the directives while chairing the regular cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka this morning. After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters. The cabinet secretary said the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to regular inspect the fire safety arrangements of the high-rise buildings and other establishments. She also directed ...

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

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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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Prime Minister visits critical Quader at BSMMU

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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 Sheikh Hasina returns home

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Wednesday morning, wrapping up her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:28am. The flight departed Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka at early hours (12:45am, local time) on Wednesday where Mohammad Imran, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, saw her off. On February 14, the Prime Minister left Dhaka for Germany on her first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office to attend a ...

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PM inaugurates six power plants

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated six power plants which have added some 1,062 megawatt (MW) electricity to the national grid. Besides, she opened nine grid sub-stations, power supply to Sandwip upazila in Chattogram district through submarine cable, and cent per cent electrification of 12 upazilas. The Prime Minister inaugurated these projects through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban in the city on Wednesday. The six power plants are- Sirajganj 282 MW Simple Cycle Power Plant, Bhola 225 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant, Chandpur 200 MW Power Plant, Ashuganj 150 MW Power Plant, Rupsha 105 MW ...

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No innocent to be victim of police harassment: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the police to remain careful so that innocent people are not harassed and tortured during their duties. “You need to keep in mind that no innocent persons should fall victim to torture and harassment by you,” she said. The Prime Minister said this on Monday while attending the five-day ‘Police Week-2019′ at Rajarbagh Police Lines with the theme of “Build unity of police-people, eliminate drugs-militants.’ She said it is the duty of the police to protect mass people from any type of harassment.”People expect this from you.” Sheikh Hasina said all ...

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Nine projects worth Tk164.33 billion approved by ECNEC

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MNA National Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved nine projects involving an estimated cost of Tk 164.33 billion. Among the nine projects, it approved a Tk 86.90 billion project to bring some 10 million people under the electricity coverage across the country. The approval came from the 2nd ECNEC meeting of the current government, held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka on Tuesday with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said a total of nine projects involving Tk 164.33 billion ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina addresses nation

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday evening had addressed the nation. Following is the text of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s today’s address to the nation: Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem Dear Countrymen, Assalamualaikum Greetings to you all. The 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections were held on December 30 in 2018. I am extending my heartfelt thanks to you for electing the Bangladesh Awami League-led Grand Alliance in a huge margin in the election. Simultaneously, I express deepest gratitude to Almighty Allah. I am grateful to those who made us victorious by casting their votes in favor of ‘Boat’. I am also ...

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Sheikh Hasina takes oath as PM for fourth term

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MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has taken oath as prime minister of Bangladesh for an unprecedented fourth term as well as third consecutive term. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath to her followed by ministers, ministers of state and deputy ministers at his official residence Bangabhaban in Dhaka city at 3:40 pm on Monday. The term of the government that came to power in January 2014 has officially ended after the oath-taking ceremony. A 47-member new cabinet led by Hasina was announced yesterday and all of them are party fellows. Even some heavyweights were dropped from the ...

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SHEIKH HASINA: RISE OF AN INCREDIBLE WORLD LEADER

Sheikh Hasina

MNA Editorial Desk: Today is the 72nd birthday of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She was born on September 28, 1947. Eldest daughter of the greatest Bengali of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina is three-time Prime Minister of Bangladesh today. Due to her tireless and relentless efforts, Bangladesh is at the door of becoming a middle income country after overcoming so many obstacles. With grief of losing her family from inhuman and barbaric killings, she returned to Bangladesh from deportation ignoring dictator’s bloody-eyes on May 17, 1981. Beside adverse political, social and economic ...

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan PM

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MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country, reported news agency. The ceremony at the President’s House in the capital marks the end of decades of rotating leadership between the ousted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), punctuated by periods of army rule. A tearful Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the ...

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PM Narendra Modi greets Pakistan’s Imran Khan

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MNA International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Imran Khan, who is set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister. He spoke to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and also congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly there in the recent elections. The PM expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan, a statement from his office said. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood, the statement said, report news agency. Mr Khan had said that he will take oath as the ...

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Haiti PM resigns after deadly unrest

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MNA International Desk: Embattled Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices. “I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature. Lafontant had faced a potential vote of no confidence had he not resigned — something he had previously insisted he would not do. Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes — 38 per cent for gasoline, 47 per cent for ...

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Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib charged

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MNA International Desk: Najib Razak has been charged with corruption, a dramatic fall from grace for the former Malaysian prime minister two months after he lost office, reported news agency. He faces three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power. Mr Najib has long been accused of pocketing $700m (£517m) from the state development fund 1MDB, which he set up. He denies wrongdoing. A new investigation began after his shock election loss in May. Mr Najib was arrested by anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday and spent the night in detention. In a video posted on ...

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PM briefs press at Ganobhaban

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing a press conference at 4:00pm today (Wednesday) to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Kolkata, India. The press conference has been started at her official residence Ganobhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to the West Bengal, India on May 25 on a two-day official visit. During the visit, Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated ‘Bangladesh Bhaban’ at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. They also had a meeting with Modi at Bangladesh Bhaban. Sheikh Hasina also attended Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the Guest of ...

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Democratic leadership & responsibility: Learning from Mahathir

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MNA Editorial Desk: In the global political arena, several interesting events took place recently and one of the most important of those is Dr. Mahathir Mohamad getting elected as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia at the age of 92. He seemed to take a new challenge after all these years as he won the election against a party from which he first became the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1981 and held the chair continuously till 2003. It was very unusual that a single person remained in power for such a long time in a democratic country but Mahathir ...

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Najib Razak banned from leaving country

Najib Razak

MNA International Desk: Malaysia’s scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib’s coalition. “The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country,” Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told news agency. Najib said in a tweet: “I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family.” The ...

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PM hopes for bright future of football

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MNA Sports Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed the hope for a bright future of the country’s football in the global sports arena. Male and female players being groomed up through Bangabandhu Gold Cup and Bangamata Fazilutunnesa Mujib Gold Cup primary school football tournaments would take forward the country’s football to a more successful position in the global arena in future, she hoped. The Prime Minister was distributing awards among the winners of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament-2017 and Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament-2017 at Bangabandhu National Stadium here. Sheikh Hasina said ...

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‘Suu Kyi seeks support for Rakhine’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at length about her country’s troubled western state of Rakhine at a Sydney conference on Sunday and appealed to Southeast Asian neighbours for help, Australia’s prime minister said. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters at the end of a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, much of it held behind closed doors, reports Reuters. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively at some considerable length herself… She seeks support from ASEAN and other ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Singapore

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MNA National Desk: PM Sheikh Hasina reached Singapore on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which left Dhaka at 8:30am carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at Changi Airport, Singapore at 2:30pm (local time). Minister-in-Attendance of Singapore, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, and Ministry of Health Dr Amy Khor and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore Md Mustafizur Rahman received her at the airport. Dhaka is putting high importance on the visit as the prime minister would seek support ...

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PM assures of polls with or without BNP

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has restated that the national election will be held in time with or without the BNP as she attended a press briefing after returning from Rome at Dhaka on Monday. “We cannot do anything if the BNP doesn’t participate in the election. The election will be held in time,” Hasina said. The BNP had stayed away from the 2014 election demanding a neutral polls-time administration, which they still want. Now, the BNP has ruled out going to the election with Chairperson Khaleda Zia in prison. “Nobody can do anything, if they don’t participate,” ...

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PM Hasina to Visit Sylhet Tomorrow

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will visit Sylhet on Tuesday. She is likely to start campaign for next national polls and elections to five city corporations during this visit. She will visit the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Hazrat Shahporan (R) around 11am. Prime Minister is set to inaugurate 38 development projects, including five of the Sylhet City Corporation, around 2:40pm. Of those, she will open 20 projects and lay foundation stones of the rest 18 projects, said Rahat Anwar, deputy commissioner of Sylhet. As chief guest, the Prime Minister will address a ...

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Who Is Narendra Modi? India’s Controversial Prime Minister May Offer A Role Model For Donald Trump

MNA Editorial Desk: Riding high on unprecedented polling numbers and rapid economic growth, India’s controversial Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the keynote address at the opening session of the 48th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) this Tuesday. The WEF is the annual meeting of the world’s great, good, or just plain rich held every January in Davos, Switzerland. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, is the star attraction. His American counterpart Donald Trump may or may not make it to Davos, due to the U.S. government shutdown. If he does go, the Swiss locals may not make him feel ...

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Nojibur Rahman made PM’s principal Secy

Nojibur Rahman

MNA National Desk: National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman Md Nojibur Rahman has been made the principal secretary to the prime minister. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Sunday morning. Nojibur Rahman will replace Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury. Nojibur joined BCS administration cadre in 1982 and served as the environment and forests secretary, the statistics and informatics division secretary and the director general of Department of Environment prior to assuming office as the NBR chief. Moreover, additional secretary at local government division Nasreen Akhter has been made the acting secretary of the National Academy ...

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Every house to be lit up: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed her firm determination to lighten up each and every house of the country by producing electricity from different sources. ‘We will provide electricity connection to each houses of the country, we will give our children access to modern education, every area of the country will be developed, we believe in the balanced development,’ she said. The Prime Minister was inaugurating the 100 percent electricity supply programme and four power plants through video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. The upazilas those have already brought under 100 percent electricity coverage are ...

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