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ADB to lend $50m for microenterprise development

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MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to lend US$50 million to help Bangladesh promote microenterprise led by women, finance ministry officials said. The fund will be channelled through Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). The state-run top financier for micro-lenders will then distribute the funds among small enterprises through its partner organisations (POs). The interest rate on loans will be determined in line with the ADB’s London interbank offered rate (LIBOR)-based lending facility. A commitment charge of 0.15 per cent per annum will be levied, reported news agency. The ADB will provide a credit line to PKSF’s ...

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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

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MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theatres – far surpassing industry analysts’ loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut. The previous animation record-holder was another Pixar sequel, “Finding Dory,” which had a $135 million launch in 2016. It was Disney’s live-action “Beauty and ...

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Gazipur poll campaign begins today

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MNA National Desk: The Awami League and BNP-backed mayoral aspirants will begin their official campaign from today for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on June 26. Earlier, AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol, reports news agency. Marking the city corporation election, Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will organise a view exchange meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on June 20. The city corporation has 1.13 million voters in 57 wards. This is the second election ...

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Melania Trump ‘hates to see children separated from their families’ at border

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MNA International Desk: US First lady Melania Trump ‘hates’ to see families separated at the border and hopes ‘both sides of the aisle’ can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement Sunday about the controversy over separation of immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border. Mrs. Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s ‘no tolerance’ policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Government statistics indicate that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May. A spokeswoman for the wife of President ...

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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland

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MNA Sports Desk: Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites under performing as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E opener in Rostov. Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring. Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland’s rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the ...

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Net FDI drops by 4.20pc in July-April

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MNA Business Desk: Net inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) dropped by 4.20 per cent in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, reported news agency. Latest statistics, released by the central bank last week, showed that the net inflow of FDI stood at $1.46 billion in July-April period of FY18, while it was $1.52 billion in the same period of FY17. The data also showed that gross inflow of FDI stood at $2.37 billion in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, which was $2.55 billion in the same period of the past fiscal year. ...

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Father’s Day celebrated

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MNA Feature Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the ...

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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Apple closing iPhone security gap

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones, reported news agency. Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour ...

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Ayman, Zaiba to receive queen’s award

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MNA Education Desk: British queen will honour Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya with a ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on 26 June, reported news agency. The awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth countries are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Ayman Sadiq, 25, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work he is doing to improve access to education for young people throughout Bangladesh. Zaiba Tahyya, 27, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is ...

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Mexico beats cup holders Germany

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MNA Sports Desk: Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano’s clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory. The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history. Germany’s preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being eliminated in the group stage of a World ...

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Teachers to resume nonstop sit-in demo

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MNA National Desk: Teachers of private educational institutions said they would resume their sit-in programme demanding inclusion of their institutions into the government’s monthly pay order (MPO). Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions announced on Sunday that members of the platform will begin sit-in demonstration in front of the National Press Club at 10:00am on Monday. The teachers came up with the the announcement after another sit-in at the same venue on Sunday, which they continued since 10 June. However, they have even staged a demonstration on the Eid day there after the Eid prayers, reported news ...

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‘I can send you 25 million Mexicans’: Trump to Abe

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MNA International Desk: The United States President Donald Trump threatened Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would ship 25 million Mexicans to his country, one of a series of bizarre missives that jarred fellow leaders at last week’s acrimonious G7 meet. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reported news agency. Behind the scenes, Trump’s counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European ...

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Sanju: Father’s Day special poster

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MNA Entertainment Desk: It’s Father’s Day today and social media is flooded with posts of people expressing their love for their dads. And the makers of ‘Sanju’ took the opportunity and presented fans with a gift to on this special occasion in the form of a new poster of the film that features Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt giving his ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ to his on-screen father Sunil Dutt played by Paresh Rawal. The special hug was first introduced in Baba’s ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’. This was the climax scene of the film, which was loved by one and all, reports ...

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Google celebrates Father’s Day

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google is celebrating Father’s Day 2018 with a fun Doodle that features hand-printed dinosaurs, reported news agency. The Father’s Day Google Doodle shows a collection of colorful dinosaurs made from children’s handprints. It echoes a similar dinosaur family Google Doodle used on Mother’s Day 2018, which also portrayed the pre-historic creatures made out of multicolored hand prints. Father’s Day was started in the early 20th century and falls on the third Sunday of June — it’s on Sunday, June 17 this year. President Richard Nixon officially gave Father’s Day national recognition in the U.S. when ...

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Bangladesh celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

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MNA National Desk: Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated in the country on Saturday amid religious fervour and enthusiasm after a month-long fasting. The main Eid-ul-Fitr congregation was held at the Jatiya Eidgah in the capital at 8:30 am with Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Senior Pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman leading the prayers. President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Fitr prayer along with hundreds of people from different strata of society at the National Eidgah. After the prayers, the devotees, irrespective of their social status, embraced and greeted each other with Eid Mubarak (have a blessed ...

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Trump imposes tariffs on China

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MNA Business Desk: The US President Donald Trump on Friday announced fresh tariffs targeting tens of billions in Chinese imports, reported news agency. The new tariff will sparking immediate retaliation from Beijing and bringing the world’s two largest economies to the brink of an all-out trade war feared by markets and industry. Making good on a pledge to punish the alleged theft of American intellectual property, Trump warned in a statement of “additional tariffs” if China hits back with tit-for-tat duties on American goods and services exports. At least initially, though, the new tariffs will not cover the full $50 ...

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Only jainamaz, umbrella allowed at Eidgah

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MNA National Desk: Only jainamaz (prayer mat) and umbrella will be allowed at the National Eidgah during Eid congregation to ensure the security on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told this to the reporters while visiting the National Eidgah to check security measures on Thursday morning. “There will be several check posts in the entrance of Eidgah to check musullis. No one will be allowed to carrying bag, sharp weapon and cell phone at the Eidgah,” he added. The DMP boss said combined tight security measures have been taken to ensure the security of ...

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Road crashes kill 5 in two dists

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MNA National Desk: Five people were killed and seven others injured in separate road crashes in Rangpur and Gaibandha districts on Thursday, reported news agency. In Rangpur, three motorcyclists were killed when a motorbike plunged into a roadside ditch in Rail Gate area of Kaunia upazila in the morning. The deceased are Abdus Sattar Shaku, 55, Abul Kalam, 25, and Soleman, 28. In Gaibandha, two people were killed while seven others injured in head-on collision between two buses on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Gobindaganj upazila in the morning. One of the deceased is Mehdi Hasan while the identity of the other ...

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World escaped nuclear weapons threat: Moon

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MNA International Desk: South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. “There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important ...

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No VAT on remittance: NBR

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MNA Business Desk: The National Board of Revenue or NBR has brushed aside as rumours social media posts claiming the government has imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on the money sent by Bangladeshi expatriates. It clarified in a media release on Wednesday that no such tax has been levied in the budget proposed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith for 2018-19 financial year.  “This is utterly false and nothing but rumour. The NBR thinks the propaganda aims at stopping the flow of remittance through legal channels and encouraging the expatriates to use Hundi,” the release says. Money sent by the expatriates ...

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World Cup kicks off today

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MNA Sports Desk: The wait of soccer fans across the world is finally over as the largest show of football, World Cup 2018 will begin on Thursday in Moscow of Russia. The tournament opener featuring Russia and Saudi Arabia at the imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium has so far failed to capture the imagination of Muscovites, although they have warmly welcomed foreign fans. The match will kicks off 9.00pm Bangladesh time. While curious locals have clamoured to see the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, it has proved a slow build-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece, which is being held ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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People switching from Facebook: Study

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MNA Tech Desk: Many people are switching from Facebook to closed forums like WhatsApp to discuss daily news because of worries about privacy, fake stories and toxic debates, a survey said on Thursday. The latest Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that news consumption via Facebook is falling, particularly among the young, who prefer WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Facebook remains the most popular social network for news, with 36 per cent using it in the last week. But it has lost ground to other apps, especially WhatsApp, which has tripled in popularity as ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey

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MNA Feature Desk: Millions of people are all set to leave the busy city Dhaka for their roots to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Not only from Dhaka but also from other districts people will rush to their homes to celebrate the largest festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones. Throughout the year, many of us wait for this auspicious occasion to unite with our relatives. This is the greatest joy of our hectic lives. But every year, some of us do not come back to their regular lives as they have to sacrifice their lives on the ...

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PM’s Eid gifts for Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sent gifts worth Tk10 crore to the people of Cox’s Bazar on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr— the largest religious festival of Muslims. The matter was confirmed by sources from the Cox’s Bazar district administration. The gifts were sent from the personal relief fund of the prime minister. The district administration formally started distributing these gifts items from the Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib Women’s College campus in Ukhiya, around 11am on Tuesday. The distribution ceremony was inaugurated by Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung townships ...

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