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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 reaches Abu Dhabi on way to home

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning from Rome concluding her four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. An Ethihad flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE Mohammad Imran and senior officials received her at the airport. Earlier, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Sobhan Sikder saw the prime minister off at Fiumicino Airport in Rome last night. In Italy, the premier attended the annual governing council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the ...

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PM offers prayer at Sylhet shrines


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday offered fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) in Sylhet. The Prime Minister arrived here today to inaugurate different development projects as well as address a public rally. Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 14 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 24 others. The PM will address a public rally on Sylhet Government Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon. Like previous visits, Hasina first visited the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal, Hazrat Shah Paran and Hazrat Gazi Burhan Uddin after reaching ...

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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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Democracy faces tough reality in BD


MNA Editorial Desk: Politics in Bangladesh is trudging though a tough course especially ahead of the coming parliamentary election due to be held in December this year or in early 2019 as provided by the constitution, to mark the end of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s second consecutive five-year term in power. The incumbent PM has already completed four years in her second term and is vying for a third five-year tenure through the polls so her government can finish many unfinished development and infrastructural project to suit the requirements of a middle income country Bangladesh aspires to achieve by 2021. ...

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Govt aim to improve living standard: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government aim is to develop the country, simplify the life and improve the living standard of people through using modern technologies. The PM said this in her introductory speech at the inaugural programme of a three-day ‘Development Fair’ at upazila and district levels across the country from her official residence Ganobhaban through a video conference. “I seek your utmost cooperation so that our development programmes can be implemented properly,” she said. However, the main objective of the fair is to inform the country’s people about the development initiatives and ...

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ECNEC approves 13 projects

13 projects

MNA Business Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 13 projects involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion, reported news agency. The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held at NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “A total of 13 projects were approved Tuesday involving an overall cost of Tk 124.15 billion.” Of the total estimated cost, Tk 118.22 billion will come from the national exchequer, while ...

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PM inaugurates Mohipal Flyover in Feni


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the Mohipal Flyover project in Feni district which has been completed by 34 Engineering Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army and Road and Highways Division. About 660 metre long Mohipal Flyover constructed at Mohipal of Feni connected Dhaka-Chittagong and Feni-Laxmipur National Highways. The project at a cost of Taka 181.48 crore has been completed six month ahead of the schedule. The PM said the Mohipal section was a ‘sorrow’ for the travellers particularly for the inter-district passengers on this route. The flyover has been constructed considering their sufferings, she added. The ...

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PM to join BAF function in Jessore


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Jessore on Sunday to join the President Parade 2017 marking the commissioning of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) officers as well as to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of 27 development projects. The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting at Jessore Eidgah Maidan in the afternoon. Sheikh Hasina will first attend the President Parade 2017 marking the commissioning of new Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) officers at the BAF Academy. In the afternoon, the premier will open and lay the foundation stones of 27 development schemes by unveiling their ...

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Present Army quite different: PM

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MNA National Desk: Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Bangladesh Army is now quite different from the one a decade back in terms of infrastructure, strategy and technology. “The present army is much more developed, skilled and smart one due to the combination of modern trainings and equipment,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing the President Parade marking the commissioning of the cadets of 75th BMA Long Course at Bangladesh Military Academy Parade Ground in Bhatiari of Chittagong. “We’ve enhanced the capacity of Bangladesh Army to a large extent alongside developing its infrastructure in the last nine years,” Sheikh ...

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Dhaka, Ankara to work together on Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Sheikh Hasina and Turkish premier Binali Yildirm on Tuesday agreed to continue to work together for socio-economic development and issues of mutual concerns like Rohingya crisis. The two PMs iterated their commitment to work closely and support each other on bilateral and international matters and issues of mutual concern including the Rohingya crisis. The two premiers made the commitments issuing separate statements after their official talks at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Sheikh Hasina was aided by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, home minister ...

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Unite to win next elections: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned Awami League leaders and activists to prevent squabbles from fumbling the party’s ‘assured victory’ in the next elections. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a civic reception accorded to her by the French chapter of Awami League at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand (Opera) here on Tuesday night. “The people are on our side. They are ready to vote and they will do so. Make sure no scheme against us succeeds. Divisions between us can allow these plots to sneak in.” she said. Awami League activists from other European ...

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Dhaka, Paris agree to boost economic ties


MNA Business Desk: Dhaka and Paris agreed to form a joint commission to explore the opportunities of cooperation in the fields of trade and economy. The decision was taken in the bilateral meeting between French president Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Elysee Palace in Paris. Briefing reporters after the meeting, foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque said the two leaders in a very cordial and warm atmosphere discussed the bilateral and global issues of mutual interests. “Five issues were discussed in the meeting including the most important one of climate change as the prime minister arrived in France ...

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Int’l Human Rights Day today

Rights Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Human Rights Day is being observed in the country on Sunday as elsewhere across the globe. Various rights groups have to chalk out elaborate programmes, including discussion, rally and human chain, to mark the day. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will bring out a rally from Manik Mia Avenue (Khamar Bari) marking the day. The commission will organise a two-day seminar at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on the occasion. The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with a view to bringing to the attention ‘of ...

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Begum Rokeya Day being observed

Rokeya Day

MNA Feature Desk: Begum Rokeya Day is being observed today with due respect to mark the 137th birth and 85th death anniversaries of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer of women’s rights in the subcontinent. The Rangpur District Administration along with Rokeya Day Observance Committee has planned a three-day programme, starting today at her birthplace — Pairaband village in Mithapukur upazila. President Abdul Hamid and the prime minister issued separate messages paying respect to the memory of Begum Rokeya and also congratulating the recipients of the Begum Rokeya Padak-2017. The president, in his message, said the life and works of ...

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PM opens Digital World exposition

Digital World

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated the four-day Digital World, the biggest ICT exposition in Bangladesh,at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here with the slogan ‘Ready for Tomorrow’. ICT Division in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the exposition. State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post, Telecom and Information Technology Ministry Imran Ahmed, BASIS President Mostafa Jabbar and Secretary of the Information and Communication Technology Division Subir Kishore Chowdhury were present at the inaugural session. Some 170 companies, ...

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Prime Minister leaves for Cambodia


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka aboard a Biman Bangladesh flight for the Southeast Asian country Cambodia at 8:35am on Sunday, said her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. The two countries are to sign two treaties and nine agreements during the trip, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali had previously said. This is the second time in three-and-a-half years that Hasina will be travelling to the country at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The prime minister is set to meet with her counterpart for bilateral talks. She will also meet with King Norodom Sihamoni. In the ...

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PM opens main construction of Rooppur plant

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main construction work on the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the maiden nuclear plant of the country. She formally launched the main construction work on the plant by pouring concretes at the plant site at Rooppur in Iswardi, north off Pabna, in the morning. Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, PM’s Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman, Energy Adviser Dr Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Press Secretary ...

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Don’t let Pakistani collaborators return to power: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on people to block the path for “Pakistani collaborators, war criminals and killers who distorted history, to return to power”. “Bangladesh will be a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Bangladesh will be Golden Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty as was dreamt by Bangabandhu. Insha Allah, we will build such Bangladesh …. so that razakars [Pakistani collaborators], war criminals, killers who distort history, cannot return to power anymore,” Hasina told at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan. Officials and employees of different government and autonomous agencies and children of ...

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PM pays tributes to armed forces martyrs

Armed Forces

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the martyred members of Bangladesh Armed Forces on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2017. The Prime Minister paid the homage by placing a floral wreath at the Shikha Anirban (flame eternal) at Dhaka Cantonment. A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time, while bugle played the last post. Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the Ministry of Defence, signed the visitor’s book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban. On this day during the ...

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Armed Forces Day is being observed

Armed Forces Day

MNA Feature Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to the Bangladesh army, navy and air force at the Shikha Anirban, to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, Nov 21, recognises the day in 1971 when all three forces began a combined assault on invading Pakistani forces in 1971. Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrarpaid tribute as well. The president in his message said, “Independence is our great achievement, to make it more meaningful we should ...

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It’s revenge of history: Sheikh Hasina


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the recognition of the historic 7th March speech by UNESCO is the revenge of history against those who had tried to erase the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “History takes its revenge, history always upholds the truth and history will make his (Bangabandhu’s) place defying all those who try to erase that. Today, Bangladesh has got that recognition,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while addressing a grand rally organised to celebrate the recognition of the historic 7th March speech of Sheikh Mujibur as a world documentary heritage. ...

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Sheikh Hasina, Modi flag off Khulna-Kolkata rail service


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday jointly flagged off the Khulna-Kolkata train service and opened two bridges on railway routes connecting Dhaka with Sylhet and Chittagong. The two premiers along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the projects through a videoconferencing from Dhaka and New Delhi when they also launched an ‘end to end’ immigration and customs facilities to ease Dhaka-Kolkata Maitree Train services. Sheikh Hasina opened the projects from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka, while Narendra Modi inaugurated the schemes from his office in New Delhi. West ...

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PM approves Swadhinata Stambha design


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday approved the design of the Master Plan of Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument, third phase) being constructed at Suhrawardy Uddyan in the capital. The Prime Minister gave the approval during a power-point presentation on the project at her official residence Ganobhaban. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the presentation. He said Chief Architect of Department of Architecture Qazi Golam Nasir and Deputy Chief Architect Asifur Rahman Bhuiyan made the presentation. ‘Shadhinota Stambha’ has been built under the supervision of the Liberation War Affairs Ministry. Meanwhile, Bangladesh National Museum constructed the ...

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Sheikh Hasina calls for more pressure on Myanmar


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on parliamentarians across the Commonwealth nations to exert pressure on Myanmar to halt its persecution of the Rohingya minority and repatriate the 622,000 Rohingyas. “I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop the persecution of its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Hasina said in her inaugural speech to the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference or CPC on Sunday. Hasina highlighted the refuge Bangladesh has given to the 622,000 Myanmar nationals who have crossed ...

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Govt’s continuity ‘indispensable’ to maintain development

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the continuity of the government is ‘very much indispensable’ to maintain the development activities in the country. “For maintaining the continuity of development, the continuity of government is ‘very much indispensable’…….we’ve been able to unleash the development works in a well manner since we’ve been in power from 2008,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said this while laying the foundation stones of two projects for constructing rental-based flats for the slum dwellers in city’s Mirpur and another for constructing residential flats on abandoned plots in city’s Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas ...

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Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover opened


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened the Kakrail-Malibagh, Rajarbagh-Mouchak, Rampura-Mouchak and Mouchak-Eskaton portions of the much-awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover. She inaugurated the flyover through a video conference at noon. With the inauguration of the rest 5.5-km overpass of the entire 8.7-km one, vehicles can now go over eight road intersections and three level-crossings at Karwan Bazar, Moghbazar and Malibagh, substantially improving the city trips. A total of Tk 1,218 crore has been spent on the construction of the country’s longest flyover. The construction work on the integrated Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project began in January 2013 with a deadline ...

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