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Bangladesh at Khajuraho Dance Festival as guest country

Khajuraho Dance

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh has been invited as a guest country to India’s traditional Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017. Bangladeshi artistes will perform at the Bangladesh pavilion with Baul Shafi Mandal’s songs on Tuesday. Anuj Mitra performed at the inaugural event of the Khajuraho Dance Festival. The Bangladesh pavilion has been adorned with traditional items like maslin, nakshi katha, clay pot, dolls etc. This edition of the Khajuraho Dance Festival has Bangladesh’s popular classical cultural organization Shadhona. The artistes of Shadhona will perform every day at this week-long festival. The 43rd edition of the Khajuraho Dance Festival organized by ...

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Next leader of India’s Tamil Nadu gets jail


MNA International Desk: India’s Supreme Court handed down a four-year prison sentence Tuesday to the incoming chief minister of Tamil Nadu for corruption in a ruling that prevents her from taking up her post, reported news agency. VK Sasikala was found guilty of possessing ‘disproportionate assets’ in a long-running case that also involved her mentor Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the state’s former chief minister who died in December. Sasikala was not present at the hearing in New Delhi but the court ordered that she immediately surrender to police to begin serving her sentence. The panel also sentenced her nephew and niece to ...

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India win by 208 runs against Bangladesh

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MNA Sports Desk: India wrapped up a comprehensive 208 runs victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad Monday, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ending the visitors’ plucky resistance on the final day. Chasing 459 for victory, the tourists were bowled out for 250 in an extended afternoon session after senior batsman Mahmudullah and teenager Mehedi Hasan provided stubborn resistance. Mahmudullah (64) shrugged off poor form to register his 13th Test 50 while Hasan made a gutsy 61-ball 23 to delay the inevitable against the world’s number Test side. Resuming the day on 103/3, once again Bangladesh’s ...

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India set Bangladesh 459 to win Hyderabad test

Hyderabad Test

MNA Sports Desk: Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday hit a brisk half-century as India declared their second innings on 159-4 at tea on day four, set Bangladesh a target of 459 to win the one-off  in Hyderabad Test. The hosts, who started their innings with a lead of 299, lost two early wickets but Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli (38) put on 67 runs. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan checked India’s surge with two wickets including that of Kohli, who doled out a catch to mid-wicket in his search for boundaries. Earlier Sunday India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler ...

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Live cockroach from woman’s head in Indian


MNA Editorial Desk: A cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one Indian woman, this horror story proved all too real. The 42-year-old had a painful crawling sensation behind her eyes when she woke up, so rushed to a local clinic where her nose was flushed and she was sent home. But the sensation didn’t subside, and it wasn’t until a specialist explored her nasal passages with an endoscope that she learned the awful truth. ‘I saw some tiny legs moving inside,’ M.N. ...

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India warned against Bangladesh complacency


MNA Sports Desk: India have been warned against complacency as they look to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run to 19 matches when they host Bangladesh in a Test for the first time this week. Following their recent demolition of England in all formats, Virat Kohli’s side will be heavy favourites to cement their status as the world’s number one Test side in the one-off match in Hyderabad when it begins on Thursday. But wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha warned it was vital not to be distracted by the prospect of a looming high-profile series against Australia later this month as they face ...

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Alastair Cook resigns as England captain

Alastair Cook

MNA Sports Desk: Alastair Cook has stepped down as England’s Test captain after 59 matches in charge of the team. Cook vowed to take time to consider his position after a 4-0 Test series defeat in India late last year and the opening batsman offered his resignation to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday. The 32-year-old’s resignation was accepted, with Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss revealing that a successor should be announced before the team travel to West Indies on February 22. Alastair Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain in August ...

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Apple to start making iPhones in India this year

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Apple is to start making iPhones in India this year, a local government official said Friday, as the company seeks to tap into a booming middle class while sales in China slow. Karnataka’s IT minister said Apple had agreed to assemble its hugely popular phones in the southern state, whose capital Bangalore is India’s technology hub. Apple, which has not commented on the minister’s statement, remains a relatively small player in India, where sales of its smartphones lag those of rival Samsung. But chief executive Tim Cook said this week it would “invest significantly” in ...

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Trump invites Modi to visit US later this year


MNA International Desk: President Donald Trump spoke by phone Tuesday with India’s prime minister Modi and invited him to visit the United States later in the year. Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the U.S. considers India “a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world,” a White House statement said. The two leaders resolved to “stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism.” They also discussed cooperation in economy and defense, and security in South and Central Asia. Trump looked forward to hosting Modi in the United States later this year, the statement said. ...

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England win by 5 runs against India in 3rd ODI

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MNA Sports Desk: Ben Stokes on Sunday said England had forgotten what winning felt like until his dominant all-round performance helped the visitors pull off a 5 runs consolation victory over India in the third one-day international in Kolkata. Stokes hit an unbeaten 39-ball 57 and claimed three wickets to hand England their first 5 runs win on the tour after their 4-0 Test loss last year and two successive ODI defeats. India’s Kedar Jadhav nearly pulled off the 322-run chase with his 75-ball 90 but fast bowler Chris Woakes, who bowled the final over, held his nerve to restrict ...

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At least 19 people killed in India boat capsize

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MNA International Desk: At least 19 people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Ganges River in India’s eastern state of Bihar on Saturday, a government official said. The incident took place in the evening, when people were using the vessel to go to watch kite-flying celebrations to mark a harvest festival. The boat was carrying 50 people, more than its capacity of 30, and it capsized not far from the shore in the state capital Patna, state Disaster Management Minister Chandrashekhar told news agency. Nineteen bodies had been found, he said, while 10 to 12 people managed to ...

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India thump England to complete 4-0 series win


MNA Sports Desk: India saved the best for the last as a dramatic turnaround on the fifth day of the final in Chennai allowed the hosts to clinch the series 4-0. England, which started the day at 12/0 on a pitch that hardly had any support for bowlers, were bowled out for 207 as India beat them by an innings and 75 runs. India’s fifth day charge was led by the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who picked seven wickets on the final day. English openers, Alastair Cook (49) and Keaton Jennings (54) put up a solid stand of 103 to ...

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Bangladesh, India to sign agreements on seaport construction


MNA Business Desk: For constructing a multipurpose container terminal at Payra seaport, India and Bangladesh is going to sign some agreements on using Mongla and Chittagong harbors apart from. Both countries are in negotiation at shipping secretary-level meeting in Dhaka, on numerous phases of separate MoUs (memoranda of understanding). The convention will complete things on proposed MoUs and those are likely to be signed during P_M Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming New Delhi visit in the third week of the current month. Some Indian private companies and state-owned ‘India Port Global’ have shown attention in building a multipurpose container terminal at Payra ...

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Indian film fest IFFI not to screen Pakistani film

Pakistani film

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The forthcoming 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will not to screen any Pakistani film as the two entries sent from the country were not up to the mark, reported news agency. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Francis D’souza and Directorate of Film Festivals Senthil Rajan, held a press conference here on Tuesday to unveil the poster and share the highlights of the film festival, which will take place in Goa from November ...

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DCCI worried over India’s anti-dumping duty on jute


MNA Business Desk: Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has expressed anxiety over the ‘unexpected treatment’ by India’s agency concerned to jute imported from Bangladesh. India’s anti-dumping authority has proposed 25-30% duty on the jute imported from Bangladesh and Nepal, reported news agency. “It will have negative cascading impacts on parties involved in our local jute supply chain process, export market and dampen glorious heritage of golden fiber of Bangladesh,” the trade body said in a statement on Thursday. It said when Bangladesh is working hard to improve and maintain a justified cross-border bilateral trade relation with India, this ...

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Bangladesh-China Relations: Economic opportunities boosted by strategic cooperation


MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh-China relations has come out as a strategic movement in South Asia in recent days. For centuries, we have seen power shifting from one end of the world to the other and for the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself as the biggest super power. After the contravention of USSR, no countries could actually challenge that mighty giant. But in recent years, China appears to have posed a difficult challenge to America both as an economic and an emerging military super power. This does not come on account of its huge size or its ...

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Indian police detain pigeon with warning note


MNA International Desk: Indian police have detained a pigeon into custody after it was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the nation’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan. Border Security Force (BSF) officers found the bird at Pathankot in the northern state of Punjab, where Pakistan-based militants launched a deadly attack on an air force base in January, reported news agency. “We took it into custody last evening,” Pathankot police inspector Rakesh Kumar told news agency by telephone. “The BSF found it with a note in Urdu saying something like ‘Modi, we’re not the same people ...

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Pope Francis to come Bangladesh in 2017

Pope Francis

MNA Editorial Desk: Pope Francis announced on Sunday he would “almost certainly” visit India and Bangladesh in 2017, as he wrapped up a three-day tour in the Caucasus and headed home to Rome, reported news agency. Asked on board the papal plane what his plans for the coming year were, the Argentine pope confirmed he would join the big annual pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal next year. According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds six times over the course of the year 1917, the first time on May 13. The sanctuary will mark the centenary ...

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19th SAARC summit set to be postponed

19th SAARC

MNA Editorial Desk: The 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit in Islamabad is set to be postponed, as Bangladesh and India are not going to attend it citing growing interference in the internal affairs of member states as well as the recent terror attack in India. The summit is slated for November 9-10. Nepal, which is the current chairperson of SAARC, asked for new venue after countries refuse to go to Islamabad India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan refused to attend the event in Islamabad citing increase in terrorism leading to deterioration of regional peace and security in ...

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Pakistan become the world’s No1 test side

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MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan have become the world’s No1 ranked test side after a wet ground at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain denied India the chance to beat West Indies and so retain their position at the top of the list. It is the first time Pakistan has topped the Test rankings. In order to remain the top Test side, India needed to win and claim a 3-0 victory in the four-match series. However, heavy showers left the ground saturated meaning that no play has been possible since lunch on the first day of the fourth Test ...

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India, Bangladesh to produce documentary on 1971 war


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: India and Bangladesh have decided to produce a documentary together on the 1971 War of Independence of Bangladesh. “This documentary proposed to be produced would commemorate the 50th year of Bangladesh Independence in 2021,” said M Venkaiah Naidu, India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting. The decision was taken during the meeting between Naidu and Hasanul Haq Inu in New Delhi. Naidu also said that the All India Radio (AIR) would be launching a special service for Bangladesh and Bengali diaspora titled “Akashvani Maitree” on 23rd August 2016. Naidu later argued to the proposal of his ...

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Amnesty India closed offices after accused of sedition


MNA International Desk: Amnesty International India has closed its offices for a short time and suspended programs for increasing consciousness of rights abuses over safety concerns among its workers after the charity was accused of sedition by protesters. Political activists held protests against the group on Tuesday and Wednesday, accusing it of inciting hatred against the state during an event it arranged on abuses by Indian security forces in the distressed Kashmir area. Amnesty said the claims against the organization were unproven, but admitted that slogans calling for Kashmir’s independence were chanted by some people attending Saturday’s seminar in the ...

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India build gas pipeline with Bangladesh

gas pipeline

MNA Business Desk: India is planning to build an oil and gas pipeline with Bangladesh for improving cooperation in the energy sector. Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s petroleum and natural gas minister said this in Kolkata on Sunday. Talking with news reporters at the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ (PMUY) in West Bengal, Pradhan said that he made a productive conversation  about oil and gas pipeline building cooperation with Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina during his recent visit to the neighboring country. “The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has started the process for a pipeline from Contai in West Bengal ...

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Elephant Banga Bahadur died in Jamalpur

Banga Bahadur

MNA National Report: Elephant Banga Bahadur, which was swept by floodwater from India died in Sarishabari of Jamalpur at 6:30am this morning. Mostafizur Rahman, Dulahazra Safari Park veterinary surgeon, said the elephant slowly became weak and lied down in muddy water around 11:30am on Monday. The elephant was scheduled to be shifted to Gazipur Safari Park. A caretaker of the park was injured being kicked by the elephant. The elephant was tranquilized and shackled to a tree in Koira village in the upazila. The forest department officials were trying to rescue the elephant, but failed due to lack of transport ...

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India with neighboring countries to fight insurgency


MNA International Desk: India is working with neighboring countries, including Myanmar and Bangladesh, to fight insurgency in the northeastern province, Hansraj Ahir informed to the Lok Sabha, the Indian parliament. Hansraj Ahir, India’s union state minister for home, told to the house that “There has been substantial decrease in incidents of violence in the northeast since 2012.” Ahir claimed that there was no evidence of any foreign country providing financial help directly to insurgent teams but foreign arms used by various groups. “We are working in coordination with foreign countries. I do not say we have attained 100 per cent ...

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Bhutan wants to import internet from Bangladesh


MNA Business Desk: Bhutan highly wants to import internet bandwidth from Bangladesh. Tarana Halim, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications, said that the Himalayan kingdom interested to settle a deal within two months. As a part of the dealing Bhutan will send a delegation within November to fix the amount, price and route to take in the bandwidth. The group would discuss about establishing connectivity and frame an outline about the probable import of bandwidth from Bangladesh. Bangladesh presently has a 200 GBPS connection to the submarine cable – South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4). And it is ...

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Rabindranath Tagore: A cultural ambassador and reformer


MNA Feature Desk: Rabindranath Tagore as a cultural ambassador and reformer of Indian sub-continent gave voice to the country and became an instrument in spreading the knowledge of Indian culture around the world. He was also known as a great humanist, painter, patriot, poet, playwright, novelist, story-teller, philosopher, and educationist. Tagore began to write poems, songs and stories about different aspects of the Indian culture and society. He was very talented, energetic and wise and whatever he touched was exceptionally enriched. Rabindranath was born on May 7, 1861 in the famous Tagore family of Jorasanko in Kolkata. His father, Maharsi ...

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