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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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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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Shinzo Abe re-elected as prime minister


MNA International Desk: Japan’s lower house of parliament re-elected Shinzo Abe as prime minister on Wednesday after his party won a resounding victory in a snap election last month. Abe, who has been Japan’s leader since December 2012, easily won the race with 312 votes in the 465-seat lower house. He is expected to reappoint the same ministers to his Cabinet later in the day. The 63-year-old Abe dissolved the lower house in late September to force an election. Political analysts saw the move as an attempt to win a fresh public mandate and re-establish his hold on power after ...

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PM reaches New York to attend UNGA


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached New York on Sunday afternoon to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). An Etihad Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at the JFK International Airport at 4:35 pm (local time), reported news agency. Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Ziauddin and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen received her at the airport. Leaders of USA Awami League and huge expatriate Bangladeshis living in the USA gathered at the airport to give a hearty welcome to the Prime Minister. From the ...

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First consignment of rice to arrive from Vietnam in 15 days: Envoy

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MNA Business Desk: The first consignment of rice from Vietnam is scheduled to arrive in Chittagong within 15 days, said newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to Dhaka Tran Van Khoa. The Vietnamese Ambassador said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her parliament office on Thursday. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the Vietnamese Ambassador expressed satisfaction over the extension of MoU on rice trade with Bangladesh as the first consignment of rice is scheduled to arrive in Chittagong in 15 days. In this context, Sheikh Hasina said, “We want to keep ...

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Prime Minister leaves for Germany tomorrow


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave here tomorrow for Germany on a three-day official visit to attend 53rd Munich Security Conference to be held from February 17. ‘Twenty heads of states and government . . . will join the conference which is being considered as the ‘Best Think Tank Conference’ in the present discourses on world security,’ Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a media briefing at his office. But, he said, during the visit the Bangladesh premier would also held bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported news agency. Ali named some of ...

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Sheikh Hasina orders construction of house for Miraz


MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has taken initiatives for construction of a residential house for the family of Bangladesh’s latest cricket sensation Mehedi Hasan Miraz. “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has already directed the authorities concerned for construction of the house, and accordingly her principal secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad conveyed the directives to the deputy commissioner of Khulna,” reported news agency. Mehedi Hasan Miraz has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in Bangladesh cricket. He led the country to their first appearance in an Under-19 World Cup semi-final in February 2016, before making the year more ...

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28 lost lives including 6 gunmen end Gulshan Hostage Crisis


MNA Editorial Desk: 28 lost lives including 6 gunmen, 20 hostages and 2 police officers ends Gulshan Hostage Crisis on Saturday morning. Twenty hostages, all foreigners, had been slaughtered by gunmen long before the rescue operation was launched Saturday morning at the captured restaurant, a Bangladesh army spokesperson said. He said the killings were probably done on the Friday night. In spite of the declaration of all 20 killed hostages to be foreigners, it has been later demanded at several media that, at least four Bangladeshis were also killed as hostage. Few media also disclosed the names of these demised ...

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David Cameron resigns as prime minister after Brexit


MNA International Desk: David Cameron resigns as prime minister after Britain votes Brexit as it was inevitable. David Cameron paid the price for his failure to secure Britain’s future in the European Union announcing his resignation and admitting the country now needed “fresh leadership”. Flanked by his wife and at one stage close to tears Mr. Cameron said it would be wrong for him “to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.” He declared that he would stay on in a caretaker capacity but expected a new leader to be in place by the time of ...

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Prime Minister considering the issue of wage board


MNA National Desk: Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media adviser of Prime Minister, said that, the Prime Minister is sensitively considering the issue of formation of the ninth wage board which was demanded by the journalist. Rationally the issue of formation of the ninth wage board for press has received much more importance, when the government announced a new national policy restructure. If the journalists hold onto united, the demand can be fulfilled easily, he also ensured. The Prime Minister’s media adviser discussed these on Saturday at a conference titled ‘Dignity of journalists, labor movement and the advance of democracy’, organized by ...

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