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Bug may have exposed photos from 7M FB users


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn’t yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind. It’s not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of ...

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Nation celebrating 48th Victory Day


MNA National Desk: The nation is celebrating the 48th Victory Day on Sunday. The country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation on this day. Forty-seven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million people. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. The day is set to be observed with programmes to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for ...

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48th Victory Day today

47th Victory Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 48th Victory Day is being observed on Sunday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-seven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. Special prayers will be offered in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country. Destitute children ...

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Dr Kamal ‘regrets’ his reaction


MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront convener and Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday expressed his regret for his reaction to a journalist who wanted to know his position on Jamaat-e-Islami, reported news agency. Dr Kamal got angry with a female reporter when she asked him about Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s participation in the upcoming 11th national election despite the cancellation of its registration by the Election Commission. In a statement issued, Dr Kamal said, “All through my life I have spoken up for the freedom of the press and the rights of journalists. If my words hurt anyone, I sincerely ...

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Oikya Front writes to president seeking meeting

Oikya Front

MNA National Desk: Oikya Front leaders have written a letter to President Abdul Hamid, seeking permission to meet him before the upcoming general polls, reported news agency. BNP Chairperson’s Press Wing Official Shayrul Kabir Khan confirmed the matter on Saturday. A 10-member delegation led by Dr Kamal Hossain would meet the president on December 17. A letter, signed by the BNP chairperson’s Private Secretary ABM Abdus Sattar, was sent to the president in this regard on December 13.

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GD filed against Kamal Hossain for ‘threatening’ journos

Kamal Hossain

MNA National Desk: A general dairy (GD) was lodged with Islamic University police station in Kushtia on Friday against Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on allegation of threatening journalists, reported news agency. Acting editor of Bangla daily Bangladesh Shomoy Mostafizur Rahman, and also a professor of Folklore Studies department of the university, filed the complaint, said Raton Sheikh, officer-in-charge of the police station. In his GD, Mostafizur Rahman alleged that Dr Kamal Hossain, after paying tributes at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital’s Mirpur area, threatened journalists when one of them asked him whether there was any connection of ...

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Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis


MNA International Desk: A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis, reported news agency. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala Sirisena to resign to allow the president to appoint a new government. Sri Lanka has had no functioning government for nearly two weeks and is facing the prospect of being unable to pass a budget for next year. “Unless the prime minister resigns, another prime minister cannot be appointed. But the country needs to face situations ...

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China opens world’s first 3rd-generation nuclear project


MNA Business Desk: French energy giant EDF and its partner China General Nuclear Power Group claimed that they have powered up the world’s first next-generation EPR nuclear reactor. The Taishan 1 project has been under development for many years and is the world’s first EPR reactor — which uses a pressurised water design — to enter into commercial service, reported news age agency. The two EPR reactors at the Taishan nuclear power plant will be the most powerful in the world when fully completed and can supply 5 million Chinese users, the companies said in a press release. EPR reactors ...

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Bangladesh clinch ODI series


MNA Sports Desk: Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged four wickets while Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar hit commanding fifties as Bangladesh easily beat West Indies by eight wickets on Friday to win the ODI series. Shai Hope’s second century in as many games helped the visitors somehow manage 198 for 9, a target that seemed too easy for the Bangladesh top-order. Tamim’s 81 runs came in 104 balls courtesy of nine fours while Soumya was brutal, hitting 80 in 81 balls in an innings that featured five fours and five sixes. Keemo Paul bagged both the wickets of Liton Das (23) ...

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Motorcade of Dr Kamal attacked


MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial in the capital’s Mirpur yesterday, reported news agency. At least 25 people were injured in the attack carried out allegedly by ruling party men around 9:45am when the eminent jurist was returning home after paying tribute to the martyred intellectuals, alleged leaders of the opposition alliance. Seven to eight cars were vandalised, they said. Armed with rods and sticks, some supporters of Aslamul Haque, Awami League candidate for Dhaka-14 constituency, attacked Dr Kamal’s car after he boarded it at the memorial’s main ...

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IU observes Martyred Intellectuals Day

Martyred Intellectuals Day

MNA Education Desk: The Islamic University (IU) observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Friday, paying tribute to the intellectuals killed by Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the Liberation War. Vice-chancellor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari hoisted the national flag at half-mast position while pro-vice-chancellor M Shahinoor Rahman hoisted a black flag in front of the university’s administrative building in Kushtia around 9:40am. IU authorities, IUTA, Bangabandhu Parishad, Zia Parishad, IUJA and various other organisations of teachers and students placed floral wreaths at the university’s memorial monument. Later, the teachers, officials, students and employees brought out a ...

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Coffee to combat Parkinson’s


MNA Life Style Desk: Combining two compounds found in coffee can act as therapeutic against Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia — the two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration, reported news agency. The study, led by a team from the Rutgers University, found that caffeine, which traditionally has been credited as coffee’s special protective agent, together with another compound found in coffee beans’ waxy coating, slowed down brain degeneration in mice. The new coffee bean compound called EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide) was found to protect the brains of mice against abnormal protein accumulation associated with Parkinson’s disease and ...

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PM condoles death of film director Amjad Hossain

Amjad Hossain

MNA Entertainment Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed profound shock at the death of Ekushey Padak and National Film Award winning actor-filmmaker Amjad Hossain. In a condolence message, she said the death of Amjad Hossain is an irreparable loss for the film industry and cultural arena of the country. Amjad Hossain will be remembered for ever due to his works, she said. Amjad Hossain passed away on Friday in Bangkok while undergoing treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital since November 27. He was 76. Amjad was born on August 14, 1942 in Jamalpur. In 1961, he debuted as an actor ...

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President, PM pay tribute to martyred intellectuals


MNA National Desk: President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid homage to martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day. First the president, and then the prime minister paid their tribute by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur area, on Friday. The chiefs of the three military services were also present. Flanked by Awami League central leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling party, laid another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial as party chief. Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Liberation War Affairs ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League paid homage to martyred intellectuals

Martyred Intellectuals

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders have paid homage to martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur area, on Friday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organizing secretary Rashedul Hasan along with other senior leaders were present. On the night of December 14, 1971, over 200 intellectuals — including: educationists, journalists, litterateurs, writers, physicians, scientists, lawyers, artists, philosophers and political thinkers — were picked up, in Dhaka, by the Pakistani occupation forces, aided by their ...

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Martyred Intellectuals Day observed

Martyred Intellectual Day

MNA Feature Desk: Martyred Intellectual Day was observed across the country on Friday in a befitting manner. Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional organisations arranged discussions, cultural functions and prayer sessions to pay rich tributes to the country’s golden son and daughters who were killed at the end of the liberation war in 1971. On the night of December 14, 1971, over 200 intellectuals — including: educationists, journalists, litterateurs, writers, physicians, scientists, lawyers, artists, philosophers and political thinkers — were picked up, in Dhaka, by the Pakistani occupation forces, aided by their local collaborators. The intellectuals were taken, blindfold, to ...

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Stay alert to prevent 2014-like polls violence: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday asked the intelligence agencies to find out whether there was any conspiracy by any third party behind the recent violence to createan anarchic situation like the ones occurred during the 2014 national election. Top representatives from the police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard Bangladesh, Ansar and VDP, intelligence agencies and the Armed Forces Division as well as 66 returning officers and superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts joined the meeting that started around 10 am at Nirbachan Bhaban. The CEC said the election preparation and strategy need ...

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Vote for Zafrullah in Faridpur 4: PM


MNA National Desk: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people to vote for Kazi Zafrullah, the party’s candidate, reported news agency. “Vote for ‘Boat’ so that we can form the government again. All development projects will stop if the Awami League is not returned to power,” she said while addressing a street rally in Faridpur’s Bhanga on Thursday. Hasina addressed the rally on her to Dhaka, from Gopalganj. Kazi Zafrullah, a presidium member of Awami League, is the candidate of Faridpur 4 constituency. On her way back to Dhaka, PM Hasina will also address rallies at ...

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UNGA adopts Bangladesh’s resolution on culture of peace


MNA Exclusive Desk: Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh’s flagship resolution on the ‘Culture of Peace’. Chargé d’ Affaires and deputy permanent representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated the proposal on Wednesday. The DPR also mentioned culture of peace is an aspiration of all humankind. “Promoting and inculcating a mindset of a culture of peace is at the core of the creative management of differences and divisions”. The concept of ‘Culture of Peace’ as a General Assembly (GA) agenda was first mooted by Bangladesh in 1999. The ...

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WB approves $250m to create quality jobs


MNA Business Desk: The World Bank on Thursday approved a $250 million development policy operation to help the government of Bangladesh strengthen its capacity to create more, better-paid and quality jobs in a rapidly changing environment. The Programmatic Jobs Development Policy Creditaims at supporting Bangladesh to develop a stronger policy and institutional framework to address barriers to creating more and better jobs for its citizens, including women, youth and the vulnerable population, reported news agency. Despite Bangladesh’s robust economic growth, the pace of job creation has slowed in recent years, and almost stalled in the readymade garments sector. The growth ...

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Canada warns US not to politicize extradition cases

extradition cases

MNA International Desk: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington’s request. Freeland also told reporters that a second Canadian citizen could be in trouble in China. Authorities in China are already holding former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was detained on Monday, reported news agency. Officials say China had so far not linked Kovrig’s detention to the arrest in Vancouver on Dec. 1 of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial ...

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‘Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’


MNA Sports Desk: Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday, while Egypt expressed an interest in hosting the finals. “Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told news agency. Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on 15 June. Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to ...

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JSC, JDC, PEC, Ebtedayee results on Dec 24


MNA Education Desk: The results of Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee examinations will be published on Dec 24. Sources from the ministries of education and mass education confirmed the matter to banglanews Tuesday (Dec 11). As many as 26,70,333 students sat for JSC and JDC and around 57 lakh for PEC and Ebtedayee exams this year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the textbook festival on the same day. Students will be given free textbooks on Dec 30. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations were held ...

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Arjun Rampal to star in web series, ‘The Final Call’

Arjun Rampal

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actor Arjun Rampal will headline upcoming Zee5 web series “The Final Call,” the video-on-demand service owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises announced in a press release on Wednesday. The series is an adaptation of Priya Kumar’s novel “I Will Go With You: The Flight of a Lifetime.” The 2016 novel examines a group of flight passengers whose captain has decided to commit suicide on duty, endangering all 300 on board. Details of the director and the rest of the cast are yet to be announced. The originality of the story fascinated the them; Zee5’s programming head Aparna Acharekar ...

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PM launches campaign offering wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine

Bangabandhu shrine

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday offered wreaths at Bangabandhu shrine to mark the launching of polls campaign, reported news agency. The premier reached Tungipara by road at 2.10pm and went straight to the shrine of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman where she first placed wreaths as the Prime Minister and then as the Awami League president. The Awami League president is scheduled to address a public rally at Sheikh Lutfar Rahman Government Degree College ground at Kotalipara in the district in the afternoon. On December 13, on her way ...

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AL to win by majority in election: EIU


MNA Exclusive Desk: London-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted that the ruling Awami League would return to power with majority of parliamentary seats at the 11th parliamentary election, reported news agency. In the country report on Bangladesh, published on December 4, EIU stated that the Awami League will win the next polls by majority principally due to the fact that it has overseen solid economic growth. The report also specifically mentions the reputation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as being the key factor in the next election, stating that she remains the most popular candidate, according to numerous local ...

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BNP leader Dulu arrested


MNA National Desk: Detective Branch (DB) of Police has arrested BNP leader Ruhul Quddus Talukdar Dulu from his Gulshan residence in Dhaka. He was arrested around 11am on Wednesday, reported enws agency. On Tuesday, the Election Commission filed a petition with the Appellate Division against a High Court order that cleared the way for him to contest the 11th parliamentary election. The High Court order came after he filed a writ petition against the returning officer’s disqualification of his candidacy on Monday. Dulu, who filed his nomination papers for Natore 2 constituency, had his candidacy rejected for his conviction in ...

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