Author Archives: News Desk

World happiness levels hit 10-year low: Survey

happiness levels

MNA Life Style Desk: World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published. Conflict-hit Central African Republic (CAR) was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking by pollsters Gallup. Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006. Sub-Saharan Africa led ...

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Singer Ariana Grande sorry

Singer Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande spoke publicly for the first time about the death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller, writing on social media that he was “the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.” Miller was found unresponsive at his home in Studio City, California, and pronounced dead there at age 26, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on 7 September. In a message on her official Instagram account on Friday, the 25-year-old Grande said she “adored” Miller from the day she met him when she was 19. “You were my dearest friend. ...

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Unchaining people from deprivation ‘my duty’: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said it is her duty to unchain people from deprivation and a plan is underway to provide urban facilities to villagers. ‘So many years have been wasted…we have lost times from 1975-96… we didn’t see any development in those 21 years, a handful of people managed to make their own fortune, while the rest were deprived…it’s my duty to free these people from their deprivation,’ she said, reports news agency. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day 22nd National Council of the Institution of ...

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Florence plows inland, leaving 5 dead


MNA International Desk: Five people were killed as hurricane Florence mauls the United States East Coast, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and downing trees. Though Florence’s shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and South Carolina in the coming days could leave much of the region under water. The dead included a mother and baby who were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The child’s injured father was taken to a ...

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Bangladesh ranked 136th in HDI


MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh has moved three notches up to the 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme, reported news agency. Bangladesh had also moved up three spots and ranked 139th in HDI 2015 due to the remarkable progress it has made in many socio-economic areas, including life expectancy and per capita income. India also climbed one spot to 130th position among the countries in the latest report ‘Human Development Indices and Indicators’ released on 14 September. Human development data, analysis ...

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B Chy, Dr Kamal alliance places 5-point demand


MNA National Desk: The new alliance, led by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain, on Friday placed five-point demand to the ruling party for the formation of an election-time neutral government. The new alliance issued a press release signed by Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain in this regard. Their five points are- Forming a neutral government to ensure equal opportunities for all the parties after the dissolution of parliament before the announcement of the national election schedule and forming the new government in consultation with all the political parties; and members of the election-time government will have to ...

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Skippers see Asia Cup as test before WC

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an eye fixed firmly on the 2019 World Cup when they get the Asia Cup underway in Dubai on Saturday. Defending champions India, who have won the Asia Cup six times, are led by dashing opener Rohit Sharma as regular captain and world-class batsman Virat Kohli is rested after a gruelling tour of England. Sri Lanka, hot on India’s heels with five titles, two-time winners Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and qualifiers Hong Kong complete the line-up. Sharma said although a lot cricket is to be played between now and the World Cup, ...

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SpaceX set to begin sending tourists to Moon


MNA Tech Desk: In a step that commercialises space travel, US private space firm SpaceX announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday. The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being designed to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet. “SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle-an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, ...

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Chinese actress disappears after tax trouble


MNA Entertainment Desk: Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared, reported news agency. The star’s vanishing act – she dropped off the radar in June when reports started to swirl that she was involved in a probe into tax evasion in the film industry – has sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports the actress had been detained. Reuters was unable to contact Fan. Calls ...

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Application form for KU admission online

Khulna University

MNA Education Desk: The application for admission to first-year honours courses under the 2018-19 academic sessions in Khulna University (KU) is now available online, reports news agency. The online application process will continue till 15 October, said a press release issued on Saturday. It said the admission test will be held on 17 November. The admission-related details are available at the official website of the university —

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Bangladesh denied duty-free market facilities by US


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh has again been denied re-admittance to the US trading privilege known as the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), with Washington citing ongoing concerns over the pace of labour market reforms since the Rana Plaza tragedy. Even though the two countries renewed their economic ties during the fourth meeting of the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFAdenied) in Washington, DC, on Thursday, there was no obvious change in the US stance on Bangladesh and the GSP. The US trade program is designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for ...

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Bangabandhu killer Rashid’s son-in-law held under ICT act

ICT act

MNA National Desk: The son-in-law of fugitive Bangabandhu killer Sultan Shahriar Rashid was detained yesterday in a case filed against him under the ICT act for posting derogatory comments against Bangabandhu on Facebook. Detainee Fuad Zaman also demanded release of Bangabandhu killers and praised them in the Facebook post, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, claimed. A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked up Fuad Zaman from Eskaton area last night, the DC said. The case has been filed with Dhanmondi Police Station in this connection under the ICT Act recently, reported news ...

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Rakhine issue could’ve been handled better: Suu Kyi


MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said in hindsight her government could have handled the situation in Rakhine state better, reported news agency. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine after government troops led a brutal crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in response to attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on 30 Myanmar police posts and a military base in August 2017. “There are of course ways in which, with hindsight, the situation could’ve been handled better,” Suu Kyi said at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi. “But we believe that in order ...

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China plans bullet train to Kolkata via Bangladesh, Myanmar

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MNA Business Desk: Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said Wednesday his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reported news agency. With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Mr Zhanwu said at a conference here. “It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted. The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project. “We may have a cluster of industries along the ...

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Gunman kills 5 in California shootings


MNA International Desk: An unidentified gunman shot and killed five people in a series of shootings on Wednesday in Southern California before taking his own life, police said. The man killed his wife and a man at a trucking company in Bakersfield, California, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a news conference. He then chased another man from the trucking company before he shot and killed him in front of a nearby sports store. The gunman later killed two men at a residence. He then commandeered a vehicle from a woman and her child before he killed himself when he ...

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India into SAFF final beating Pakistan 3-1

SAFF Suzuki Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Holders India made their 11th final berth of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup eliminating their arch-rival Pakistan by 3-1 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium, reported news agency. The 7th time champions, India, will play the final on Saturday (15 September) at 7pm at the same venue against the Maldives, the champions of 2008 SAAF Cup, which made the final berth shocking spirited Nepal by 3-0 goals in the first semifinal earlier in the day. India will play their 10th final in the 11th edition of the Saff Championship while Pakistan are ...

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Pathao launches in Kathmandu next month


MNA Tech Desk: Pathao, one of the fastest growing tech startups in Asia, has announced the launch of its services in Nepal. This is the first time that a Bangladeshi ride-sharing platform has launched operations beyond its borders, reported news agency. Founded in 2015, Pathao has become a popular e-commerce delivery and ride-hailing service—later expanding into the food delivery industry. “Pathao has built a platform that enables employment for thousands of drivers and a product that millions of customers use in Bangladesh. We are excited to take our Pathao platform internationally – starting with Nepal. We have already started to ...

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Anushka Sharma suffering from bulging disk

bulging disk

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma who is currently busy in the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Sui Dhaaga’ is suffering from a bulging disk issue and the actress has been advised to take rest by her doctors. However, the actress opted to continue with her Sui Dhaga promotions. Anushka said she would continue promotions despite being in excruciating pain, reports news agency. According to sources, ‘Anushka has developed a bulging disc issue and she is doing intensive physiotherapy sessions daily. She will heal completely in 3-4 weeks if she takes care of her back properly. The doctor had ...

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Sholakia attack: Charges pressed against 5


MNA National Desk: Police pressed charges against five alleged activists of banned terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for the militant attack near Sholakia Eidgah in 2016 that left four people dead, reported the news agency. The indicted are — Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, 60, Anwar Hossain, 33, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahmud, 33, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, 32, and Jahidul Haque Tanim, 24. however, on 7 July 2016, the Eid-ul-Fitr day, at least four people, including two policemen, were killed and 12 others injured in a bomb attack coupled with an exchange of gunfire after terrorists attacked ...

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Get clear idea before investing in share market: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the small investors not to get tempted by others while investing in the capital market but take their own decisions after knowing everything about a company, reported news agency. “You’ve to take steps after having a clear idea about everything, don’t take any decision after getting influenced by anyone,” said said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a programme marking celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Financial Institutions ...

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BNP starts token hunger strike demanding Khaleda’s release

token hunger strike

MNA National Desk: BNP started a two-hour token hunger strike in Dhaka demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment. The program began on the premises of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh around 10am on Wednesday. BNP leaders and activists holding banners, festoons, and placards joined the program. They are chanting slogans demanding their chairperson be freed from jail, reported news agency. A large number of law enforcers were also deployed near the venue to maintain law and order. The token hunger strike is scheduled to end around noon. Additionally, a similar program is being held ...

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India-Pakistan battle in SAFF semis


MNA Sports Desk: Indian football team will face traditional arch-rivals Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ongoing seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup’2018 in Dhaka on Wednesday. Nepal will take on the Maldives in the first semifinal at 4:00 pm at the same venue and same day. Indian coach Stephen Contantine watched almost all of his players in the two group matches and is set to pitch the perfect combination for the crunch match. The Brazilian coach of Pakistan Jose Antonio Nogueira has combined his players into a total unit with skipper Saddam Hossain leading the team with distinction. As ...

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Nawaz Sharif’s wife dies in London


MNA International Desk: The cancer-stricken wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif died in London on Tuesday while her husband and daughter were in jail, officials said. Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court after being ordered to face trial in an anti-corruption court. “The wife of Mian Nawaz Sharif is no more among us. May God rest her in peace,” Shehbaz Sharif, the former prime minister’s brother, said on Twitter. New prime minister ...

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Bangladesh exports down 11.7pc


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh’s exports fell to $3.2 billion in August, down 11.7 per cent from a year earlier and nearly 1 per cent below target, reported news agency. But for July and August, the first two months of the country’s 2018-19 financial year, exports rose 2.5 per cent to $6.79 billion from a year earlier, the Export Promotion Bureau said. Shipments of readymade garments, comprising knitwear and woven items, totalled $5.74 billion in July and August, up 3.8 per cent on the year. Exporters attributed the drop in August to holidays for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The ...

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Google introduces ‘Touring Bird’

Touring Bird

MNA Tech Desk: Google’s in-house start-up incubator “Area 120” has introduced a travel guide website called “Touring Bird” that lists tours, attractions and activities for travellers and tourists in popular travel destinations. “Area 120” is a workshop for the tech giant’s experimental products. So far, the site provides information about 20 cities that include New Delhi, Prague, Chicago, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Las Vegas among others and they plan to increase their coverage in the coming months. “When you select a destination city, you’ll see popular attractions, suggested tours and activities along with prices, options for free guided tours and ...

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40th circular BCS published


MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has published the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) circular seeking applications for 1903 vacant posts. The notice was published on the BPSC website around 1:00pm Tuesday, reported news agency. The 40th BCS application process will begin on 30 September at 10:00am and will continue till 6:00pm on 15 November, it said. The details of the application process can be found on the PSC website:

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Court denies bail to Shahidul Alam

Shahidul Alam

MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Tuesday denied bail to acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam arrested in an ICT case, reported news agency. Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after a hearing on bail petition for Shahidul. Barrister Sara Hossain and Ehsanul Haque Samaji stood for Shahidul while PP Abdullah for the prosecution. The High Court yesterday ordered to dispose of the bail plea of Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam in a lower court by Tuesday. Shahidul Alam, also founder of Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute, was arrested on August 5 on charges of spreading ...

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