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PM asks AL activists to help capture militants


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the activists of the Awami League to help capture the militants by informing the law-enforcing agencies. “Militancy and terrorism won’t be allowed in Bangladesh. We must maintain our tough stance against those,” Prime Minister told a discussion organized by party’s central committee on the occasion of 98th birthday of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday. “Bangabandhu dreamt of establishing Bangladesh as Switzerland of the East. We want to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu when the nation would celebrate the birth centenary of the great leader in ...

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Bangabandhu’s 98th birthday being celebrated countrywide

98th birthday

MNA National Desk: The 98th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being celebrated across the country today (Friday) with due respect. The day that is being observed as the National Children’s Day is also a public holiday. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages marking the day. Besides, the ruling Awami League, its associate bodies and different socio-cultural and political organizations chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day in a befitting manner across the country. On March 17 in 1920, the architect of the nation was born in ...

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Six full-fledged BTV centres to be built in divisional cities


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved the establishment of six full-fledged BTV centres in six divisional cities of the country involving an estimated cost of Tk 13.91 billion. The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reported news agency. Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said initially there was a proposal for setting up five full-fledged centres in the divisional cities of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal Division. Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Sheikh Hasina to visit India from 7 to 10 April


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a state visit to India in April, seven years after her last visit in January 2010, reports news agency. Bangladesh and India on Tuesday issued a joint statement saying Hasina would visit New Delhi from 7 to 10 April. The Bangladesh premier last visited India in January 2010 which was reciprocated by her Indian counterpart in June 2015. “The upcoming visit is expected to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders,” reads a ...

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First-ever IORA leaders’ summit formally kicked off


MNA Editorial Desk: The first-ever Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit formally kicked off here Tuesday morning under the theme ‘Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean’. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is also the current chairman of IORA, formally opened the summit at Jakarta Convention Center in the presence of heads of state and government of 21 coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the opening ceremony of the summit. On Monday, Hasina arrived at the Indonesian capital on a three-day visit. Representatives of seven dialogue partners of IORA ...

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Ekushey Padak- 2017 handed over to 17 persons

Ekushey Padak

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the Ekushey Padak 2017 to seventeen eminent personalities on Monday in various categories for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. The prime minister gave the prestigious award to the recipients at a ceremony held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. Each recipient got a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque of Taka 2lakh. Minister for Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor presided over the function while Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam conducted the programme and read out the citations of the awardees. The awardees are—Dr Sharifa Khatun (Language Movement), Shushama Das (music), Julhas Uddin ...

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Khaleda to be punished if proved guilty: PM


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia will certainly be punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case if the court is convinced. Criticising BNP’s threat not to allow holding the election if Khaleda Zia is punished in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, the Prime Minister said, ‘They (BNP) won’t allow the election just to save a thief. What type of attitude is this?’ She also questioned, ‘Why the BNP leader is afraid of facing the court if she had not been involved in any corruption. She has repeatedly been ...

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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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Some evil believers demean Islam through militancy

boosting cooperation

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that some people believe in an evil version of Islam, and it is they who demean our religion through militancy and terrorism. ‘Murder, attacks and bombing’ are especially prevalent in Muslim majority countries, said the prime minister at a conference of imams on Thursday. “It was in these countries that weapons were being mostly used.” “But who produces these weapons?” she said. “Who benefits? They shed the blood of Muslims. They turn Muslim countries into battlefields. Who sells the weapons? I urge you to think about it.” The prime minister was ...

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Bangladesh’s WEF participation will help positive branding


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh’s strongest ever participation under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the just-concluded WEF (World Economic Forum) Annual Meeting 2017 has successfully contributed to making “positive branding” of the country, further brightening its image on the world stage. “The strongest ever participation of Bangladesh under the stewardship of honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the WEF proved to be ‘very significant’ to make positive branding of the country and highlight its achievements and successes in various sectors in the global arena,” members of the Bangladesh delegation and leading economists of the country have observed. State ...

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PM to represent Bangladesh at World Economic Forum

boosting cooperation

MNA National Desk: Sheikh Hasina will lead Bangladesh at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters as the first elected PM from Bangladesh. “This reflects Bangladesh’s strong position in the world and indicates how the prime minister’s able and farsighted leadership has raised her to a different level on the world stage,” Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, foreign minister told the media. The prime minister would leave on Jan 15 and return on Jan 21 to attend the World Economic Forum, where she will speak at different sessions on water economy, climate change, ICT and women’s leadership and empowerment. Leaders share ...

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Sheikh Hasina asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

Rohingya refugees

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked Myanmar to take back tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, an official said. According to the UN, at least 65,000 people belonging to the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar—a third of them over the past week—since a military operation was launched in October following attacks on police posts. PM has called for a resolution to the crisis during a meeting with Myanmar’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Kyaw Tin in Dhaka. “She said Myanmar should take back the Rohingya who migrated to Bangladesh,” Hasina’s spokesman Ihsanul Karim ...

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Bengalee Nation pays tribute to martyred intellectuals

Martyred Intellectuals

MNA Feature Desk: The country has paid tribute to martyred intellectuals on Martyred Intellectuals Day with memorizing them who were victims of a brutal military regime on December 14, 1971. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals. Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Rayerbazar area in the city. Members of the cabinet, ministers, the mayors of Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations, the chiefs of the three services as well as high civil and military officials were present. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also paid tributes to intellectuals ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina congratulates Donald Trump

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday congratulated new-elected 45th President of the United States Donald Trump on his triumph. “Your victory in the US Presidential Election is certainly a testimony to your extraordinary leadership quality needed to serve the American people and also people across the world,” Hasina wrote in a message to Trump immediate after his victory. In her message, Hasina expressed confidence that under his leadership, the existing bilateral relations between Dhaka and Washington would be further strengthened. “I look forward to working closely with you for advancing our bilateral and multilateral interests and contributing ...

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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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PM launches toll-free Child Helpline – 1098

child helpline

MNA Editorial Disk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday launched countrywide coverage of Bangladesh’s first toll-free child helpline – 1098 to provide a free telephone service to children who are facing violence, abuse and exploitation. The child helpline – 1098 enables anyone to report child rights violations, child abuse, exploitation or any other act of disruption to the protection of children by calling a toll-free number, 1098, from any corner of the country, through any mobile phone operator, said a press release. The child help line operates a 24-hour telephone line and also links children with existing social protection services ...

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Sheikh Hasina asked to take preparations for next election

take preparations

MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the leaders and activists of Awami League to take preparations for the next general elections for a third consecutive win, reported news agency. “In order to ensure current pace of development, Awami League has to win for the third term. So, from now on you will have to take all out preparations to this end,” she said on the second day of the AL 20th National Council at Engineers’ Institution Auditorium on Sunday morning. “We’ve to convince the people that the country’s socioeconomic development takes place when Awami League remains in power,” ...

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Kim fully supports Sheikh Hasina’s approach for development


MNA National Desk: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday said he fully supports what Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is doing for the development of Bangladesh. Yong Kim made the remark when he met Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban. “The World Bank President said he is fully agreed on what Sheikh Hasina is doing for the development of Bangladesh, and expressed his full confidence in her development agenda,” Ihsanul Karim said. Kim has assured to raise its aid to Bangladesh by 50 percent. Kim said that WB will also give an extra $1 billion for tackling malnutrition ...

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Sheikh Hasina at BRICS-BIMSTEC summit in Goa


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in India’s Goa on Sunday morning to join the BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders’ Outreach Summit. The two-day summit kicked off in the Indian southwest state, Goa, on Saturday with the theme ‘BRICS-BIMSTEC: A Partnership in Opportunities’. It is being organized on the sidelines of BRICS Summit that began on Saturday, reported news agency. As host of this year’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, India, as is the practice, can invite neighboring countries to join in for an outreach summit. Hasina landed in Goa at 10:30 a.m. and was greeted by Prime ...

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Mamata unlikely to give support for Teesta treaty


MNA National Desk: As news agency reported, the chief minister of Indian state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, is unlikely to give her support for the much-awaited Teesta water-sharing treaty between Dhaka and New Delhi. Anandabazar, on Friday also reported that Mamata Banarjee was not interested in the Teesta deal and instead blamed Indian’s central government for failing to do anything in this regard. Both the newspapers said that Mamata was not against Bangladesh, but she continues to be wary of the consequences in northern part of the West Bengal if the treaty is signed. Narendra Modi will meet his ...

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Bangladeshi, Chinese firms signed $13.6 billion in trade


MNA Business Desk: Bangladeshi and Chinese firms have signed $13.6 billion in trade and investment deals on the sidelines of President Xi Jinping’s brief tour to Bangladesh, a trade group official said Saturday. The deals are in addition to $20 billion in loan agreements that the two governments signed on Friday, in a mark of Beijing’s growing ties with Dhaka, which is a very close ally of regional power India. The deals were signed after the FBCCI, Bangladesh’s top trade and business lobbyist group, and the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) organized a two-day tete-e-tete between business ...

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Sajeeb Wazed Joy received ‘ICT for Development Award’

Sajeeb Wazed Joy

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has received ‘ICT for Development Award’ in New York. The award has handed over to Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed by Actor Robert Davi at a high-level reception in support of the first anniversary of the adoption of the UNSDGs and the Importance of ICT and Competitiveness as a tool for Sustainable Development. However, Sheikh Hasina, special guest of the ceremony, said: “Joy taught me how to operate a computer. Therefore, he is my teacher.”  “He is the mastermind behind the development of ...

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PM inaugurated construction of metro rail


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the construction works of the first metro rail service in the capital. She unveiled the construction work from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday. Besides, the PM inaugurated the work to build a depot in Gazipur for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Hasina stated in her inauguration speech, “The metro rail is being constructed to ease the general people’s traffic hassle and to modernize the transportation system. With the construction of the metro rail, around 60,000 people will be able to travel from Uttara to Motijheel in just 38 minutes.” In the ...

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Awami League observing its 67th founding anniversary


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League, the country’s oldest political party, is observing its 67th founding anniversary today. Founded on June 23, 1949, at the historic Rose Garden in the old part of Dhaka, it has been transformed into a mass organization of the people of the country by leading all the democratic-political-social-cultural movements including the long arduous freedom struggle and the War of Liberation. The party played the lead role in all the democratic movements apart from leading the nation in the War of Liberation in 1971 under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Prime ...

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Saudi Crown Prince greeted Sheikh Hasina


MNA National Desk: Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz greeted Sheikh Hasina when the Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft carrying the prime minister and her backup touched down at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Friday. A vigorously turned-out contingent of the Saudi Arabian armed forces displayed a guard-of-honor when the Bangladesh leader got down from the aircraft.The crown prince took her to a dinner in her honor at King Faysal Palace from the airport. Earlier, she leftward Dhaka for the five-day visit at the request of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud around 4:15pm. This ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina worries about Mustafizur


MNA Editorial Desk: Mustafizur Rahman’s charming presentation in the IPL has pleased everyone but the fresh bowler should also be cautious about too much exposure, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said as she worries about the cutter master. The pacer, who backed home on Monday night after a battle with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Indian Premier League, became a subject of conversation at the meeting of the Executive Committee on National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday. Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal said: “(Hasina) has wished Mustafiz. She said ‘we are proud of him. But he has to be careful.” “The prime ...

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