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Canadian PM promises ‘justice’ at Iran plane vigil

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MNA International Desk: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will seek “justice” for those killed on board a Ukrainian passenger plane downed by Iran. Mr Trudeau spoke in Edmonton, Alberta at a vigil for the 57 Canadians killed in the disaster. The PM promised to pursue answers from Iran, which admitted its military shot down the plane in error, killing all 176 people on board. Iran had previously rejected suggestions that it was to blame, reports the BBC. “This tragedy should have never occurred, and I want to assure you that you have my full support during this ...

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Keep faith in me: PM Sheikh Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people to help her face new challenges as she promised to move forward by drawing on past experiences with the her third consecutive government completing its first year. In a televised address to the nation to mark the occasion on Tuesday, the prime minister recalled the lifelong struggle and sacrifices of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to ensure the people’s welfare. Mentioning that the government always welcomes any peaceful democratic movement, Sheikh Hasina said it will not tolerate any destructive activity aimed at realizing illogical ...

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Cuba gets first prime minister in decades

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MNA International Desk: Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has appointed the country’s first prime minister in more than 40 years – the tourism minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz. The post of prime minister was scrapped in 1976 by the then revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. It was reinstated under the rules of a new constitution for the communist-run island passed earlier this year. Mr Marrero, 56, will take on some of the responsibilities that currently fall to the president, reports BBC. “The head of government will be the administrative right hand of the president of the republic,” state-run online news outlet Cubadebate said. ...

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Govt will work to promote tennis: PM

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MNA Sports Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will undertake projects to develop tennis courts at school, college and university levels to popularise tennis alongside cricket and football. “We’re usually busy with cricket and football but tennis is also a good sport. We’ll provide assistance so that universities, colleges and schools can set up tennis courts to flourish this game as the young generation is showing interest,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking to the players of the participating countries in Sheikh Russell International Club Cup Tennis Tournament-2019 and diplomats of the respective ...

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PM emphasises making railway staff better prepared

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for making the railway staff better prepared and alert to prevent train accidents, particularly during winter. “I don’t know exactly why I see rail accidents occurring with the advent of winter, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Those who work in the railways should be made more alert while loco masters need to be provided training as well,” she said. The Prime Minister expressed her deep shock at the casualties in Kasba train collusion while addressing the 34th meeting of the Board of Governors ...

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PM assures exporters all-out support to expand export basket

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the country’s businesspeople of extending all-out cooperation to them in producing diversified products and exporting those to new markets across the world. “Our government is always active to produce new products and explore new markets across the world for expanding the export basket,” she said. “You’ll get all-out support from us in this connection. We can give you this assurance,” she added. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the Bangladesh Leather Footwear & Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) at BICC in the capital on Wednesday. LFMEAB together with the ...

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Don’t go beyond rules: PM to UGC

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) not to go beyond the rules in case of overseeing both public and private universities. “Don’t go beyond the rules. Follow them properly,” she said when an UGC delegation, led by its Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah, met her at her office on Thursday in the city. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. Sheikh Hasina said the UGC will be empowered by enacting law. She directed the UGC to strengthen the capacity of the commission and monitor the colleges affiliated with the ...

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No act of injustice to be tolerated in educational institutions: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government wants to maintain academic atmosphere in all the educational institutions of the country and will not tolerate any act of unjust and injustice. “Our message is very clear. We won’t tolerate any act of unjust and injustice, we never did that in past and won’t do either in the future. We’ll take action against whoever will commit any act of unjust and injustice. The academic atmosphere must be maintained in all the educational institutions,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the second national council of ...

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Red carpet rolled out as PM reaches New Delhi

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MNA Editorial Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Thursday morning on a four-day official visit to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). A VVIP flight (BG-2030) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members landed there at Air Force Station, Palam at 9:45am (local time). Indian Minister of State for Women and Child Development Debasree Chaudhuri along with Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das received the Prime Minister at the ...

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EU official says Johnson’s Brexit offer ‘can’t fly’

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MNA International Desk: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s last ditch Brexit proposal “can’t fly” because it an unworkable move backwards that leaves Britain and the European Union far apart, a senior European Union official said on Thursday. Just 28 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, both sides are positioning themselves for a delay or else a disorderly no-deal Brexit. Johnson says he wants a deal but insists there can be no delay to Brexit beyond October 31. The cool reception from Brussels to Johnson’s proposal indicates just how far apart the two sides are on the ...

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Imran Khan phones Sheikh Hasina

Imran Khan

MNA Editorial Desk: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan made a phone call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday afternoon. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said, Imran Khan made the phone call to Sheikh Hasina to exchange pleasantries and to inquire about recent treatment of her eye. Sheikh Hasina thanked Imran Khan for inquiring about the treatment of her eyes.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 73rd birthday today

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MNA National Desk: The 73rd birthday of Prime Minister and Bangladesh Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will be celebrated across the country today (Saturday). Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28 in 1947. Like previous years, Awami League and its affiliated organisations will celebrate the day through various programmes on the life and achievements of Sheikh Hasina, who is driving the nation towards prosperity following the footsteps of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On the occasion, Milad ...

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Britain’s Johnson says trade deal with US won’t be easy

Boris Johnson

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Saturday that getting a trade deal with the United State won’t be “plain sailing” because of barriers to the United Kingdom’s goods in American markets. But opportunities abound. Speaking to reporters as he flew to France for the Group of Seven meeting, Johnson cited examples small and large of British goods that struggle in US markets for bureaucratic reasons. “It’s not just beef or lamb that is currently banned from entering the U.S. in spite of their commitment to overturn that prohibition in 2014. Not a morsel of British beef has ...

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PM Hasina urges countrymen to embrace spirit of sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to espouse the virtue of sacrifice signified by Eid-ul-Azha and work for the welfare of the country. She made the remarks during an Eid get-together at Ganabhaban on Monday. In a short address, Hasina said, “Eid brings a perspective of sacrifice before us. I hope the people are inspired by the spirit of sacrifice that Eid represents and work towards the welfare of fellow citizens and the country can develop further.” Extending her Eid greetings to all, the prime minister said, “I would like to extend my Eid greetings, ...

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PM returns home concluding her visit to UK

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from London on Thursday morning, wrapping up her official visit to the United Kingdom (UK). A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at around 10:45am. Earlier, the flight departed from Heathrow International Airport in London for Dhaka at 6:55pm (London time) on Wednesday. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem saw the premier off at the airport, reports BSS. Sheikh Hasina went to London on July 19. During her stay there, the prime minister ...

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Don’t pay heed to rumours: PM Hasina

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the countrymen not to pay heed to the rumours and hand over the rumour-mongers to the police. “Please don’t pay heed to the rumours and not to take law in own hands, and instead hand over those spreading rumours to the police,” she said. The Prime Minister made the call while addressing a meeting of Awami League (AL) leaders and workers through a teleconference from London on Tuesday, report bdnews24.com and BSS. The meeting, presided over by AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, was held at the Awami League central office at ...

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PM to join envoys’ conference in London today

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys in Europe, the first of its kind, in the British capital of London today. “The prime minister will join the conference at a hotel in the British capital this afternoon (London time),” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. He said 15 Bangladesh ambassadors, high commissioners and permanent representatives posted in different countries of Europe will attend the conference. They are Abu Zafar (Austria), Mohammed Shahdat Hossain (Belgium), Muhammad Abdul Muhith (Denmark), Kazi Imtiaz Hossain (France), Imtiaz Ahmed (Germany) , Jashim Uddin (Greece), Abdus Sobhan Sikder (Italy), ...

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Red carpet rolled out for PM in Beijing

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MNA National Desk: A red carpet was rolled out for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she reached Beijing on Wednesday morning to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese leaders. A special flight carrying her landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 11:05am (local time). Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qing Gang received the Prime Minister there. A little child presented a bouquet to Sheikh Hasina on her arrival. Later, a smartly turned out contingent of the Chinese armed forces presented a guard of honour to the Prime Minister. The premier left Dalian for Beijing by a special chartered flight of Air ...

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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

Narendra Modi

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

Sheikh Hasina

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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