Author Archives: News Desk

Ginger: Nepal’s first robot waiter

robot waiter

MNA Tech Desk: “Please enjoy your meal,” says Nepal’s first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better known for its soaring mountain peaks than technological prowess, but a group of self-taught young innovators are seeking to change that. Local start-up Paaila Technology built Ginger, a 1.5 metre (five-foot) tall robot, from scratch and programmed her to understand both English and Nepali. The bilingual humanoid robot — named Ginger after a common ingredient in Nepali cuisine — can even crack jokes like Apple’s Siri or ...

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Deepika and Ranveer are married now


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have got married as per South Indian traditions in Lake Como, Italy in the presence of their families and close friends on November 14. A second ceremony as per Sindhi traditions is scheduled for November 15. Before the wedding, several details about the pre-wedding functions were shared by sources on social media. From Ranveer’s dramatic entry to Tune Mari Entriyaan to Harshdeep Kaur’s performance, sources spilled the beans on the highly-anticipated #DeepVeerKiShaadi. Deepika and Ranveer will host two receptions – first, on December 21 in Deepika’s hometown Bengaluru, and second, ...

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Bangladesh set 443-run target


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4 in the second Test in Mirpur in Dhaka, reported new agency. In Bangladesh’s 224 runs, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad contributed a stunning century, the second in his career. That helped visitors post a challenging target for the tourists. He remained unbeaten at 101. His first century was against New Zealand at Hamilton in February 2010. The hosts opted against enforcing the follow-on despite their 218-run first innings lead. Debutant Mohammad Mithun scored 67 runs and built up an ...

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BNP activists torch police cars during clash in Naya Paltan

Naya Paltan

MNA National Desk: BNP supporters have clashed with the police on the third day of the party’s nomination form sale, in front of the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan in Dhaka. It is unclear what triggered the clash. BNP activists are fighting running battles with police in front of their headquarters. TV footage shows several BNP activists vandalizing two vehicles and torching them. BNP activists hurled brick chunks at police. Law enforcement responded by firing teargas canisters. It is unclear how many people have been injured in the clash. Police and stick-wielding BNP activists took position on two ends of the ...

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AL to interview nomination seekers today


MNA National Desk: The interview of those who have collected nomination papers to contest the forthcoming general election with Awami League tickets will be held today. Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) will interview the aspirants from 11:00am at party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office. Awami League president prime minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the interview session. Staff members at the AL chief’s political office were passing a busy time in sorting out the nomination papers submitted by the party aspirants. However, a total of 4,023 party leaders collected nominations forms to contest the election with AL tickets, reported ...

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White House again hit with staff upheavals


MNA International Desk: Another round of upheaval engulfed president Donald Trump’s White House on Tuesday, with the future of several senior aides in doubt just a week after U.S. congressional elections. Three Trump cabinet members – chief of staff John Kelly, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and interior secretary Ryan Zinke – could soon be gone, said sources familiar with internal discussions in the Republican administration. Turnover among White House personnel paused during the run-up to last week’s elections after senior Republicans asked Trump to refrain from firing staff, hoping to minimize perceptions of disorder. Attorney general Jeff Sessions was ...

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Govt merges BCS admin, economic cadres


MNA Education Desk: The government has merged two cadres of the civil administration — admin and economic – with a view to ensuring a more dynamic, coordinated and people-friendly administrative system. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification on Tuesday in this regard. As per the notification, all the posts and manpower of the Bangladesh Civil Service (admin) and BCS (economic) cadres will be considered as BCS (admin) cadre.

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‘Hasina, A Daughter’s Tale’ to be released Nov 16


MNA Entertainment Desk: ‘Hasina, A Daughter’s Tale’, a 70-minute docu-fiction on the eldest child of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be released in movie houses across the country on November 16. The premier of the movie will be held at Star Cineplex on November 15. Initially, the movie will be screened at Star Cineplex, Blockbusters Cinemas, Modhumita Cinema Hall in Dhaka and Silver Screen in Chattogram. Radwan Mujib Siddiq and Nasrul Hamid Bipu of Center for Research and Information (CRI) produced the docu-fiction directed by Piplu Khan of Apple Box Films, while music by Debojyoti Mishra. Edited by Navnita Sen, ...

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Four Transcom companies receive tax awards


MNA Business Desk: Transcom Group Chairman Latifur Rahman has been honoured by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) as top taxpayer in the Dhaka City Corporation area. NBR yesterday accorded Latifur Rahman and his family recognition as ‘Kor Bahadur Paribar’ for their long-standing practice of unerring tax payment. In total, four companies of Transcom Group received tax cards. Three of the winners in the print and electronic media category are of Transcom Group. These are Mediaworld, Mediastar and Transcraft. On behalf of Mediaworld, the crest and tax card was accepted by its chairperson and former caretaker government Rokia Afzal Rahman. ...

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No scope of delaying polls further: CEC


MNA National Desk: Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said there is no way to defer the date of the 11th national parliamentary elections further. He came up with the remark while inaugurating the training session of returning officers at the Election Commission office in the capital, reported news agency. “There’s no scope to delay it further. So, it won’t be possible to defer the date as we’ve already completed all the preparations for holding the election on 30 December,” said the CEC. He urged the returning officers to perform their duties neutrally without fear.

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Muhith inaugurates Income Tax Fair-2018

Income Tax Fair

MNA Business Desk: Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith inaugurated a week-long Income Tax Fair-2018, which aims to provide better services to taxpayers and to encourage more people to pay taxes, reported news agency. The senior minister, inaugurating the fair at the Officers Club in Dhaka Tuesday morning, said: “There was a time when 70% of the people that lived in Bangladesh were poor. Now we have been able to decrease it to 22%. This means only around 30 million people are poor in our country now.” “We expect a certain million number of people will pay taxes. It is ...

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Suu Kyi stripped off Amnesty honour


MNA International Desk: Amnesty International announced on Monday that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for. Amnesty International’s secretary general Kumi Naidoo wrote on 11 November to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her that the organisation is revoking the 2009 award. Naidoo expressed the organisation’s disappointment that she had not used her political and moral authority to safeguard human rights, justice or equality in Myanmar, citing her apparent indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar ...

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11th National Election: Implication encircling the people & the leaders


MNA Editorial Desk: After declaration of election schedule on Nov 8, the 11th parliamentary elections on Dec 23 have become a reality in front of the Bangladeshi people. With several twists in the form of huge demands and dialogues, Jatiyo Oikyofront has also confirmed to participate in the much anticipated elections though they have urged to delay the elections for a month which was very much possible under the provisions of the constitution. But on Nov 12, the Election Commission has rescheduled the elections on Dec 30, a seven-day delay from the first date. For the last decade, Bangladesh has ...

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Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid return to Myanmar

Rohingya refugees

MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya refugees are fleeing the camps in Bangladesh, and some have gone into hiding, out of fear of being sent back to Myanmar this week, according to aid groups, reports news agency. Repatriation of the Rohingya is scheduled to begin on Thursday, but it is proving controversial, with the first batch of 4,000 “approved” refugees put on a list for return without their consent and most, if not all, have said they do not want to go back to Myanmar under current conditions. “The authorities repeatedly tried to motivate the ones on the returning refugee list to ...

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Humayun Ahmed’s 71st birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: The 71st birthday of late prolific author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed is being celebrated today (Tuesday). Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, songwriter, scholar, lecturer. His breakthrough was his debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s. He won the Bangla Academy Award and the Ekushey Padak award for his contribution to Bengali literature. ...

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Hero Alom buys JaPa nomination paper

Hero Alom

MNA Entertainment Desk: Ashraful Alom, the social media phenomenon better known as “Hero Alom”, confirmed his bid for parliament on Monday by buying a Jatiya Party nomination paper ahead of the upcoming 11th national elections, reported news agency. The popular music video model and actor collected his form for Bogra-4 constituency from the party’s Banani office on Monday afternoon. The actor was catapulted to fame among Bangladesh’s netizens after starring in his debut feature film titled “Mar Chokka” in 2017 alongside another Dhallywood star, Omar Sani. Alom will also star in a Bollywood film titled “Biju: The Hero” to be ...

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FB launched video app ‘Lasso’

video app

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has launched a video app called Lasso that enables users to make and share short-format videos with filters and special effects. The app can be considered a Facebook version of the TikTok app that has become quite popular in the past year. Bowen Pan, a product manager at Facebook, tweeted the launch on Saturday, and added it was available only in the US for now, reported news agency. Equipped with video-editing tools, the app allows users to add text as well as music to their videos. It is available for both Android and iOS. All profiles ...

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Solari given permanent contract


MNA Sports Desk: Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated. Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking last month. And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager. The upturn has ...

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Mushfiqur scores double century, Tigers declare after scoring 522

double century

MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim has scored his second double century in Test cricket, taking the Tigers to a massive total of 522 in the Mirpur Test against Zimbabwe. With his 219*, Mushfiq became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score two double centuries. The other two are Shakib Al Hasan (217) and Tamim Iqbal (206). He struck his first double century during the 2013 Test tour of Sri Lanka. The right-handed batsman also became the first wicket-keeper-batsman to score two double centuries in Tests, an incredible accomplishment that some of the best wicket-keeper-batsmen have not achieved. Bangladesh declared at the ...

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11th general election now on December 30

Nurul Huda

MNA Exclusive Desk: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced the new date while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of an electronic voting machine (EVM) exhibition at BICC-Bangabandhu International Conference, on Monday. Adhering to the new timetable, candidates must file their nomination papers either online, or manually, by November 28. However, the chief election commissioner did not announce the new dates for scrutinizing the nomination papers and the deadline for withdrawing nominations. Earlier, on November 8, the commission had declared December 23 as the date for the general election. “EVMs will be scrapped if the people do not have ...

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Israeli fire kills 7 during Gaza raid


MNA International Desk: An exchange of fire erupted during an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing six Palestinians and an Israeli soldier, officials said, while potentially dashing hopes that a recent agreement would restore calm, reported news agency. As tensions rose following the clash, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he would cut short his trip to Paris, where he had been attending World War I commemorations, and return home. Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip, denounced a “cowardly Israeli attack”. Palestinian security sources said the ...

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BNP starts selling nomination papers

nomination papers

MNA National Desk: BNP formally started selling its nomination papers on Monday to those who want to contest the next general election with the party’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’. The sale nomination paper began at 10:45am with the purchase of two nomination papers for its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir purchased a nomination form for Khaleda to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency. The aspirants can collect the party nomination paper from 10 to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday ...

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Amir Khosru released on bail

Amir Khosru

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury was released from jail on bail on Monday, reported news agency. He walked out of Chittagong Central Jail after the bail order reached the jail authorities, said senior jail superintendent Prashanta Kumar Banik. On 27 August, the High Court granted anticipatory bail to Amir Khosru in two cases filed for ‘instigating’ the student agitation over road safety and ‘conspiring’ against the state. An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafizand justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after the BNP leader surrendered before the court and prayed for ...

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ICSB Award on corporate governance

Corporate Governance

MNA Business Desk: A total of 28 companies listed under 11 categories in the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), won the fifth “Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh (ICSB) National Award for Corporate Governance Excellence, 2017”. Finance Minister AMA Muhith handed over certificates to the winning companies at the award ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden. Among the winners, Eastern Bank Ltd won the gold award, Southeast Bank Ltd won silver, while Prime Bank Ltd won the bronze award in the “Banking” category. Similarly, IDLC Finance Ltd bagged the gold award in the ...

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Seminar on career development at BUBT


MNA Education Desk: The Business Club of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) organized a seminar on ‘Meet the Corporate Ambassadors of BUBT’ at the international conference hall, main campus, Dhaka. BUBT Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Abu Saleh was the chief guest of the seminar while Student Affairs adviser Prof Mian Lutfar Rahman was the special guest. The Program was presided over by the Business faculty dean Prof Dr Syed Masud Husain. Md Aslam Uddin, acting chairman of Marketing and Advisor department, BUBT Business Club, delivered the welcome speech. AHM Azmal Hosain, president, BUBT Alumni Association and joint Registrar, spoke ...

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Tips to enjoy freedom in a relationship


MNA Life Style Desk: Many of us back out of long-term relationships and even marriage due to fear of losing our freedom and identity. However, the thumb rule is to abide by a few guidelines to avoid those clashes that may arise due to high expectations. Free to be different: It is a fact known to all that no two people are alike. We are born with certain traits which in turn enable us to develop our individual personalities as we grow up. In a long-term relationship, both the partners fail to realise this very fact and thus choose to ...

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4 Bangladeshi projects get ASOCIO-2018 award


MNA Tech Desk: Four government and non-government organizations of Bangladesh received honorary awards under four categories in ASOCIO Digital Summit 2018, reported news agency. The summit was organized by Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), a grouping of ICT industry associations representing the Asian-Oceania region. The Bangladeshi organizations were named in the award ceremony of ASOCIO Digital Summit 2018 held at Ena International Hotel in Japan capital Tokyo. Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) got the award under outstanding ICT company award category, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) got award under outstanding user organization category, Development of National ICT ...

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