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UN appreciates Bangladesh’s peacekeeping engagement


MNA National Desk: UN under secretary general for peacekeeping operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Sunday lauded Bangladesh’s strong engagement in ensuring peace around the world with its peacekeepers. “We had a very frank discussion. This was an opportunity for me to thank him personally and Bangladesh for its extremely strong support to peacekeeping and its steadfast engagement in favour of peace around the world,” he said. Jean-Pierre Lacroix recognised Bangladesh’s ‘invaluable support’ to the initiatives of the UN in peacekeeping during a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali. The foreign ministry said Ali assured the UN official of Bangladesh’s support ...

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Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls


MNA International Desk: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule, reported news agency. The presidential vote and a parliamentary election, both held more than a year early, completed NATO-member Turkey’s transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, a process started with a voter referendum last year. “The nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty,” Erdogan said in televised remarks ...

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BNP seeks Gazipur SP’s withdrawal


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday demanded the election commission withdraw the Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP), Harun-ur-Rashid, in order to make Gazipur mayoral polls free and fair, reported news agency. “We demanded that Gazipur SP Gazipur Harun-ur-Rashid be pulled out,” BNP leader Abdul Moyeen Khan told reporters after a meeting with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at the election commission secretariat. A three-member BNP delegation, led by Moyeen Khan, also submitted a letter of the party containing its various demands and observations for holding the election in a fair and acceptable manner. Moyeen Khan ...

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Bangladesh to import 50,000t wheat


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh’s state grains buyer issued an international tender to import 50,000 tonnes of milling wheat, officials said on Sunday, as it looks to secure supplies. The deadline for offers is 3 July, and the wheat is to be shipped within 40 days of signing the deal, said the officials at the directorate general of food, the country’s state grains purchasing agency. Bangladesh emerged as a major buyer of rice and wheat in 2017 after floods destroyed its crops, sending staple rice prices to record highs that prompted many to switch to flour. The South Asian country imported ...

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Researchers create smallest ‘computer’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the US have come out with the world’s smallest ‘computer’ — a device measuring just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice. Unlike traditional desktops that retain their program and data with or without a power back-up, these new microdevices lose all prior programming and data as soon as they are switched off, news agency reported. In addition to the RAM and photovoltaics, the new micro-computing device — Michigan Micro Mote — has processors and wireless transmitters and receivers. As the Motes ...

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England whitewash Australia


MNA Sports Desk: Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 110 as England completed its first-ever 5-0 cricket sweep of Australia in any format with a one-wicket win in the fifth ODI on Sunday, reported news agency. England reached 208-9 in 48.3 overs at Old Trafford in reply to Australia’s 205 all out. At 114-8, England looked finished before Buttler and Adil Rashid shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 81. England had bowled Australia out in just 34.4 overs but collapsed to 50-5 against the pace and bounce of Billy Stanlake (3-35) before the scheduled lunch break. After his partnership with Adil Rashid, ...

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National computer training academy to train 1000 teachers

Computer Training

MNA Education Desk: National Academy for Computer Training and Research (NACTAR), Bogra, would provide training on information and communication technology (ICT) to one thousand teachers of different public and private secondary, higher secondary schools, madrasas and technical institutions, reported news agnecy. “We would provide the month-long training to one thousand teachers in 2018-19. The candidates will have to apply online by logging into our website We would make a panel of candidates from the applications and would call 120-130 applicants in each batch for the training,” director of the institute SM Ferdous Alam told news agency. The NACTAR sources ...

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Priyanka, Nick leave for Goa with Parineeti


MNA Entertainment Desk: Global icon Priyanka Chopra, who has been making headlines for her love-affair with American singer-songwriter Nick Jonas, is currently in Goa with her boyfriend, reported news agency. The couple has been making several public appearances; they were recently spotted on a dinner date in the city. Now, Priyanka and Nick have headed to Goa for a mini outing; the duo was snapped at the Mumbai airport today along with the actress’ cousin and actor Parineeti Chopra. The couple was snapped from a distance by the paparazzi as they were entering the Airport together. In the airport pictures, ...

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UN Public Service Day

Public Service Day

MNA Feature Desk: The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year. The prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given away on this day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution A/RES/57/277 of 2003, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”. The United Nations Economic and Social Council established that the United Nations Public Service Awards be bestowed on Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service. The day also marks the ...

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Scientist hunts for ‘monster DNA’ in Scotland


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years — and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery. Neil Gemmell has travelled from the University of Otago in New Zealand to collect water samples in the Scottish lake, in the hope of finding out more about the creatures that inhabit its depths. “Over 1,000 people claim that they have seen a monster. Maybe there is something extraordinary out there,” he told news agency, as he dropped a ...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z take album to Spotify


MNA Entertainment Desk: Beyonce and Jay-Z brought their surprise joint album to all platforms including Spotify after a wait of little more than a day, relenting on keeping an exclusive for their fledgling Tidal service. The music world’s most famous couple late Saturday released “Everything is Love,” a soulful collaborative album on which the pair celebrate their marital bliss after rocky patches. Since Jay-Z launched the Tidal streaming service in 2015, the couple has sought to draw subscribers by releasing their music on Tidal. Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and Jay-Z’s “4:44” from last year remain absent from Spotify, although they ...

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Yoga can protect youth from drug addiction

drug addiction

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said yoga can be a way to bring the misguided youth back to normal life from drug addiction, reported news agency. “Yoga can be a powerful and effective way to protect the young generation distracted by the vicious claws of drug addiction,” Quader said at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka to mark International Yoga Day on Thursday. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added a new dimension to yoga. Now it has spread to Bangladesh thanks to the Indian High Commission.  When illegal drug is spreading across the country ...

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International Day of Yoga 2018

Yoga 2018

MNA Feature Desk: Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined. The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free. This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it, reports news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Sports and Youth Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in ...

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PM hosts reception for women cricketers

women cricketers

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hosted a reception for the Bangladesh women cricketers who won the Twenty20 Asia Cup recently, reported news agecny. “Let’s not look back now that the journey has begun,” Hasina told the team at the reception organised at the Ganabhaban on Wednesday evening. “I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for the fantastic pride that you have brought us,” she said. The prime minister handed the players, coaching staff and officials of the team Tk 20 million awards announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board. On June 10, Bangladesh beat six-time champions India ...

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Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations


MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. The order requires that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally, although it was not immediately clear for how long. It also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings. The order does not end a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for criminal prosecution ...

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Rohingya girls face ‘prison-like’ conditions in refugee camps

Rohingya girls

MNA Exclusive Desk: Adolescent Rohingya girls are being kept in stifling conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, unable to go out, deprived of education and facing prospects of early marriage whether they want it or not, according to a report by the charity Plan International launched on World Refugee Day. The report, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya is based on interviews with 300 refugee girls between 10 and 19 years old living in camps outside Cox’s Bazar. More than a million Rohingya, a Muslim minority from neighboring Myanmar, have fled across the border to Bangladesh since an ...

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Asylum seekers boost European economies: Study

European economies

MNA Business Desk: Asylum seekers moving to Europe have raised their adopted nations’ economic output, lowered unemployment and not placed a burden on public finances, scientists said on Wednesday. An analysis of economic and migration data for the last three decades found asylum seekers added to gross domestic products and boosted net tax revenues by as much as 1 percent, said a study published in Science Advances by French economists. The findings come amid a rise of anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, where immigration peaked in 2015 with the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants from the Middle ...

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Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16


MNA Sports Desk: Uruguay booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage along with Russia on Wednesday, as Luis Suarez scored the winner on his 100th international appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don. The South Americans take on the hosts in their final Group A match on 25 June with top spot on the line, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after both suffered back-to-back defeats. Russia and Uruguay will face one of the top two from Group B in the last 16 — either Portugal, Spain or Iran, reported news agency. The ...

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FB to offer interactive game shows

game shows

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook said it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls, reported news agency. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features from Facebook will allow interactivity, which could be used for live game shows or challenges which offer cash prizes. “We believe that watching video doesn’t have to be passive, and that many types of traditional entertainment formats ...

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Tips to make your skin fair in this summer


MNA Life Style Desk: With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin in the summer season and here are some simple tips for making your skin summer tolerable. Prepare your skin The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. Exfoliate, circulate and radiate Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves ...

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Salman Khan is worst actor according to Google


MNA Entertainment Desk: Earlier this year, someone did a quick Google search on ‘India first PM’ and was taken aback to see current Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo coming up along with Jawaharlal Nehru’s description. And now, someone has found Salman Khan’s picture and description coming up on search after searching ‘worst Bollywood actor’. Not surprisingly, this resulted in a sudden flurry of activity on the Internet, with many on Twitter sharing screenshots of their search result and wondering what resulted in Google’s sudden aversion towards everyone’s favourite ‘Bhai’ in India, reports news agency. While has reached out to ...

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Polls-time govt likely in Oct


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has hinted that the polls-time government is likely to be formed in October, reported news agency. “The polls-time government will take the responsibility just after the announcement of election schedule. It does not mean that a new government will be formed,” he said adding, “The incumbent will act as the polls-time government. But it will short in size,” he said. The minister was talking to journalists after a post-eid review at his secretariat office on Wednesday. Discarding possibility to hold any one-sided election in the country, the Awami League General ...

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US quits UN human rights body

Human Rights

MNA International Desk: The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo at the state department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status ...

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PM meets President Hamid


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina exchanged Eid greetings with Abdul Hamid, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin said, reports news agency. The Prime Minister also apprised the President of the outcomes of her recent visits different countries—Saudi Arabia for joining the military drill ‘Gulf Shield One’, the UK for attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Australia for taking part in the Global Summit of Women-2018, India, and Canada for participating in the G-7 Leaders’ Outreach Session. Abdul Hamid congratulated Sheikh Hasina for ...

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Three named National Professor

National Professor

MNA Education Desk: The government has named Anisuzzaman, Rafiqul Islam and Jamilur Reza Choudhury as National Professor, reported news agency. The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education issued an order on their appointment as national professors on Tuesday. Anisuzzaman, professor emeritus of Dhaka University’s Bangla department, taught at Chittagong University. He is known for playing an active role in the movements against fundamentalism and fanaticism. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam is an adviser to Bangla Adhyan Kendra. Jamilur, who also taught civil engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was the founding vice-chancellor of ...

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Trade war worries affect emerging markets


MNA Business Desk: Chinese stocks fell almost 4 per cent and alarm bells rang across global markets on Tuesday, as the trade dispute between the United States and China escalated further. The yuan also hit a five-month low overnight after US president Donald Trump’s threat to impose a 10 per cent tariff on another $200 billion of Chinese goods drew warnings from Beijing about $50 billion of retaliatory penalties on US goods. Asian stocks wilted to a four-month low and Australia’s dollar AUD=D4 and South Africa’s rand ZAR= were among a diverse group of currencies caught in the crossfire. Europe’s ...

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Russia beats Egypt 3-1


MNA Sports Desk: Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup – and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday. Confounding grim pre-tournament predictions, the host nation earned a second straight emphatic victory to start the group stage by beating Egypt 3-1. Having already routed Saudi Arabia 5-0, Russia is likely to be celebrating a spot in the round of 16 by Wednesday evening and few could have seen ...

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