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Pritilata Waddedar: A Bengali revolutionary

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MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar, born May 5, 1911, a Bengali revolutionary nationalist believed in armed struggle to free Indian Subcontinent from the oppression of British. In June of 1932, she joined the Indian freedom movement. She took part in several raids with the group over the next few months. In September of 1932, the group decided to attack the Pahartali European Club which posted a sign that read “Dogs and Indians not allowed.” On the morning of September 23, Pritilata dressed as a man and with 7 or 8 other associates attacked the club. A few police officers were ...

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Zeta-Jones to star in ‘Queen America’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy “Queen America,” the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content. The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for “Chicago,” confirmed her jump to the small screen-fittingly-in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline. “So excited about my next project!” wrote Zeta-Jones. “I think you’re going to love it!” “Queen America” takes a look at the cutthroat world of beauty pageants in America. Zeta-Jones stars as ...

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NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 am Pacific time (1105 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking NASA’s first interplanetary launch from the US west coast. The $993 million project aims to expand our knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send ...

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Stand beside forcibly deported Rohingyas: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday appealed to the Muslim countries under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to firmly stand beside the forcibly deported Rohingyas. ‘My appeal to the OIC is to stand solidly beside the forcibly deported Rohingyas in safeguarding their dignity and security. The Holy Prophet’s (SAW) message for us was to stand beside the distressed humanity. When the Rohingya community of Myanmar is being subjected to ‘ethnic cleansing’, the OIC fraternity cannot overlook it,’ she said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the 45th Session of the Council of ...

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East Africa flood kills hundreds

East Africa

MNA International Desk: Weeks of torrential rain after a long drought have turned from blessing to curse in East Africa, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands of others. In Kenya, which had suffered from three failed rainy seasons, 120 people have died in two months, including eight who were swept off a bridge in a flashflood Thursday night outside the capital, reported news agency. The Red Cross appealed for $5 million (four million euros) to help those affected. Since early March, “112 people have lost their lives countrywide,” Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet told a press ...

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Nobel literature prize canceled this year

Nobel Chemistry Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: This year’s Nobel Literature Prize postponed for the first time in almost 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault said Swedish Academy on Friday. “The Swedish Academy intends to decide on and announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 in parallel with the naming of the 2019 laureate,” it said, reported news agency. The institution, founded in 1786, has on seven previous occasions chosen to reserve the prize: in 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949. “On five of those occasions, the prize ...

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200th birth anniv of Karl Marx

Karl Marx

MNA Feature Desk: Workers of the whole world commemorate today the 199th birthday of Karl Marx, great teacher and communist leader. Use this celebration as an opportunity to study Marxism and use this to examine the world’s present conditions and crises. Reproduce books, articles and other readings by Marx, likewise those of other great communist teachers who developed Marxism. This celebration is of great relevance to the working class. This is an opportunity to raise the torch of Marxism in order to bring to light and extricate the roots one of the world capitalist system’s worst and longest crisis and ...

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Showcase Canada begins May 6

Showcase Canada

MNA Business Desk: A two-day long Showcase Canada 2018 (Trade and Education Fair) begins May 6 at International Convention City Bashundhara, Dhaka. The event is supported by the High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh. “Canada is one of the largest and growing trade partners of Bangladesh having two-way trade of C$2.50 billion of which more than C$1 billion is RMG export. Our next target is to take the total trade to C$3 billion by 2021,” a statement of CanCham said. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, MP, will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest and inaugurate the Fair, the 4th of ...

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Brighton beat Man U, avoid relegation

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MNA Sports Desk: Brighton and Hove Albion made sure of Premier League football next season with two games to spare after a Pascal Gross goal gave them a memorable 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Friday. It was no more than Brighton deserved after outplaying their more illustrious rivals throughout the contest and they sent a passionate home crowd into raptures after Gross headed home a 57th-minute winner. The German forward got on the end of a sharp Jose Izquierdo cross from the left and the ball crossed the line before Marcus Rojo’s desperate attempt to keep it out. ...

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BD writes to UK for Tarique’s extradition: FM

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MNA National Desk: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said the government has written to the home office in the UK for extradition of BNP leader Tarique Rahman. He was addressing a press briefing on Thursday regarding OIC foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Dhaka on May 5-6. ‘The process of writing letters (to British authorities) is going on. More than one letters have already been sent in this regard,’ he said. The minister said they are taking further steps and writing letters based on the responses from the British government. ‘More letters are being written as the process ...

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Dust storm kills 40 in India

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MNA International Desk: At least 40 people were killed as dust storm, thunder showers lashes over Rajasthan in India in early hours of Thursday. Several houses and electricity polls collapsed and trees were uprooted in the Matysya region in the early hours of Thursday, reported news agency PTI. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed her condolences to the families affected and directed authorities to extend aid to the victims, reported enws agency. The government has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the family members of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh to those with 60 per cent injuries and Rs ...

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World Press Freedom Day today

World Press Freedom Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday, May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, reported news agency. Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. A function in connection with the day is ...

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Sofia Hayat dumps ‘con man’ husband

Sofia Hayat

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bigg Boss 7 contestant Sofia Hayat, who tied the knot with Romanian interior designer Vlad Stanescu in April last year, has called time on their marriage. The actress, who is in London after suffering a miscarriage last month, claims Stanescu swindled money from her and she found out about it only recently. “He’s a con man. I had once caught him trying to steal my jewellery, but I forgave him because he said he was desperate and needed money urgently. Recently, I received a message from his ex-girlfriend saying he stole money from her too. When we ...

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Exercise, not vitamins, urged to prevent falls in seniors

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MNA Life Style Desk: Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death among people over age 65, and seniors who want to avoid falls should exercise, not rely on supplements like vitamin D, reported news agency. The new recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force update those last issued in 2012, when the independent medical advisory group was favorable to taking supplements containing vitamin D as a way of preventing fall-related injury. But unless a person has vitamin D deficiency or a frail bone condition known as osteoporosis, the task force’s latest review of clinical trials on the topic ...

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Holy Shab-e-Barat observed

Shab-e-Barat

MNA National Desk: The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed in the country on Tuesday night with due religious fervour. According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On this night, Allah writes the destinies of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds. Muslim devotees offered special prayers, recited from the Holy Quran, hold milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind. They passed the whole nights offering prayers. They also visited the graveyards ...

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Over 60 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

MNA International Desk: Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram and a day after US president Donald Trump pledged greater support to fight the Islamist militants. The blasts, said to have been carried out by young boys, happened shortly after 1:00pm (1200 GMT) in Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. Imam Garki, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said a joint assessment with the police and Red Cross found that 26 people ...

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UN expert expresses grave concern over Myanmar fighting

MNA Exclusive Desk: A United Nations rights expert expressed grave concern Tuesday over reports that Myanmar’s military has used heavy weapons and conducted aerial bombings in civilian areas as fighting against ethnic rebels in northern Kachin state has escalated sharply. While the world focuses on the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a civil war has flared against the Kachin Independence Army, with thousands of civilians displaced from their villages near the Chinese border, according to the United Nations. The U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the situation in Kachin state “is wholly ...

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Benzema fires Real to Champions League final

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid are within touching distance of a third consecutive Champions League triumph after Karim Benzema scored twice to eliminate Bayern Munich on Tuesday and book their place in the final. Bayern, who trailed 2-1 after last week’s opening leg in Germany, looked capable of inflicting this season’s latest European comeback when Joshua Kimmich scored early and James Rodriguez levelled shortly after the hour. But Benzema’s double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a dreadful error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, ...

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Paris police arrest over 200 in May Day riot

MNA International Desk: Hundreds of masked and hooded anarchists smashed shop windows, torched cars and hurled cobblestones at riot police on Tuesday, hijacking a May Day rally by labour unions against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. Riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said more than 200 demonstrators had been arrested and four people were lightly injured in the clashes, including a police officer. ‘I condemn with absolute firmness the violence that took place today and derailed the May Day processions,’ tweeted Macron, who was on a visit to Australia. ‘Everything ...

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UN envoys meet Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s government leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with United Nations Security Council envoys on Monday over the plight of nearly 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh amid a military crackdown, pledging to investigate any credible accusations of abuse, said diplomats who attended the meeting. During the nearly hour-long meeting, Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also noted Myanmar’s difficulties transitioning to rule of law after decades of military dictatorship, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. Myanmar civilian government spokesman Zaw Htay was not immediately available for comment. Myanmar National Security Advisor Thaung ...

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Ideological stance is a must to become a ‘leader’

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MNA Editorial Desk: Politics all around the world is actually a fight of establishing particular ideologies. Every leader in history was committed to certain principles and built their identity over those. Without ethics and dedication towards the welfare of people, society and country, leaders cannot grow and it is true at all levels. Bangladesh also should not be any different from that but some interesting developments in this regard were observed recently. As the 11th national parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on late this year or early next year, we are standing only few months away to elect ...

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Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid appointed new UK minister

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister on Monday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal threatening her authority as she negotiates Brexit. Sajid Javid, the son of immigrants from Pakistan, replaces Amber Rudd, who quit as Home Secretary after acknowledging she had ‘inadvertently misled’ parliament by denying the government had targets for the number of illegal migrants Britain deports. British ministers have struggled for two weeks to explain why some descendants of the so-called ‘Windrush generation’, invited to Britain from its former colonies to plug ...

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PM to brief media on Wednesday

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a press conference on Wednesday to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visits to Saudi Arabia, the UK and Australia. The press conference will be held at her official residence Ganobhaban at 4:00pm, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. The Prime Minister visited Saudi Arabia and the UK from April 15 to 23 while Australia from April 26 to 29. During her visit, she received the Global Women’s Leadership Award at the 2018 Global Summit of Women and had a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. She ...

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Kabul blasts kill at least 21

Kabul

MNA International Desk: Two blasts hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least 21 people, including a photographer for French news agency AFP, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility, officials said. The photographer, Shah Marai, was among a group of journalists caught in the second explosion as they were reporting on the initial blast. The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration centre killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s first explosion in ...

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4 held over vandalism at DU VC’s residence

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MNA Education Desk: Police have arrested a madrasa student and three others on charges of attacking and vandalising the Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence, reported news agency. The four suspects have been identified as Md Masud Alam alias Masud, 25, Md Rakibul Hasan alias Rakib, 26, Md Ali Hossain Sheikh alias Ali, 28, and Abu Sayeed Fazle Rabbi alias Siyam, 20. Additional Police Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) Devdas Bhattacharya said they were arrested at different areas of Dhaka on Sunday. On Apr 9, the VC’s residence was ransacked at dead of night during the movement for reforming the quota ...

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Dhaka to resume FTA talks with Beijing

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh is going to resume negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) with China to boost trade with the world’s second-largest economy, officials said. As part of the process, a high-powered delegation of the government would visit Beijing in June and discuss with their Chinese counterparts on a joint-feasibility study to assess the economic potentials of such bilateral agreement, officials said. Though the visit was supposed to happen early this year, it did not take place for unknown reasons. In March, Bangladesh became eligible to graduate from an LDC (least-developed country), for which it could lose a ...

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Saudis launch multi-billion dollar resort

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions. Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km (8,400-acre) site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World, reported news agency. It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first ...

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