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UK to offer Hawking fellowships

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MNA Education Desk: Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honour of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the government announced on Monday. Up to 10 fellowship will be awarded each year for the next five years to candidates completing doctoral studies in maths, physics and computer sciences, according to the department for business, energy and industrial Strategy. The 50 recipients will receive financial support allowing them to continue their work in any British institution for up to three years, it said. The creation of the “Stephen Hawking Fellowships” follow discussions ...

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Healthy way to enjoy a holy Eid

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MNA Life Style Desk: Observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid, a glorious occasion that is followed by rejoicing, giving of alms and a feast of various and delicious foods. Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy Eid: Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as milk or laban, preferably low fat or zero fat. A moderately light breakfast can follow. For example you can have whole grain breakfast cereals with low fat milk and a ...

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37th BCS final results published

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MNA Education Desk: A total of 1,314 candidates have been recommended for different cadres of civil service in the 37th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations, according to officials. Public Service Commission (PSC), the body that hires civil servants, published the final results on Tuesday after a special meeting at its office in the capital. Though in 37th BCS circular the number of cadres was mentioned as 1,226, the commission finally recommended 1,314 candidates for different cadres. Of them, 465 cadidates are enlisted as general cadres, 272 as assistant surgeons, 51 as dental surgeons, 316 for other categories and 210 for education ...

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10 killed in Rangamati landslides

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MNA National Desk: At least 10 people were killed while several remained missing in separate incidents of landslides in Boro Pool, Shikolpara and Hatimara areas of Naniarchar upazila on early Tuesday amid heavy rains in the district. Torrential rains triggered the landslides. The details about the victims could not be known immediately, reports news agency. Besides, vehicular movement on the Rangamati-Chittagong highway remained suspended as the road went under water in Thandachari area. Many low-lying regions of the district have been waterlogged due to the incessant heavy rains over the last two days. On this day a year ago, the ...

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Trump, Kim enter wider talks ending one-on-one meeting

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un entered wider talks attended by their top leaders in Singapore, after ending a 41-minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday. Kim and Trump shook hands and smiled cautiously as they met. The two men will look for ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. “Working together we will get it taken care of,” Trump told Kim at the start of the wider meeting. “We will solve it.” Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of ...

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Budget 2018-19: Full implementation is the key to success

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh is moving towards a very eventful upcoming 12 months as the budget has been announced for the fiscal year 2018-19 on 7th June. This particular fiscal year is very important because it will create an impact on the outcomes of the 11th national elections and with the new government irrespective of Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party or any other entity in power, the policies and philosophies of the proposed budget will face severe challenges while the budget itself is expected to create a lot of challenges. Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled a budget of Tk 4,645.73 ...

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WB may provide $400 million for Rohingyas

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank (WB) is likely to provide a grant of US$ 400 million for the rehabilitation of Rohingya refugees within next two years, reported news agency. The Washington-based international financial institution has backtracked from its earlier stance on providing the loan for the Rohingyas as the Government of Bangladesh raised its reservations about the credit, they said. “The WB has formally agreed to provide the grant for the Rohingyas,” said Kazi Shofiqul Azam, Secretary of the Economic Relations Division (ERD). They have recently completed a mission to explore the potential of support, he told the FE. ...

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FIFA to choose between N America or Morocco for 2026 WC

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MNA Sports Desk: FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or return to Africa for just the second time, in Morocco. The choice is clear-between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities. On the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, 207 FIFA member nations will cast their vote in a congress of world football’s governing body. Morocco’s bid for 2026 was only cleared to advance to the runoff vote ...

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Vietnam tightens grip on Google, FB

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Vietnamese lawmakers approved a controversial cyber-security law on Tuesday, voting amid tight security following weekend protests over other legislation that turned violent in some parts of the communist country. The law, approved by 91 per cent of attending lawmakers, would require Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally “important” personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country. The companies have pushed back against the provisions. The vote took place two days after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities and provinces to denounce a plan ...

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Trump, Kim make history with Singapore handshake

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MNA Exclusive Desk: US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday that could determine historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat, with Trump declaring they would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome obstacles to get to this point. Standing on a red carpet in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of the two unorthodox leaders. They then moved into a one-on-one meeting, joined only by ...

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Priyanka attends Nick Jonas’ cousin’s wedding

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been creating a buzz with her appearances with American pop star Nick Jonas, walked hand in hand with him at his cousin’s wedding. The 25-year-old “Jealous” singer took Priyanka, 35, as his date to attend his cousin’s wedding. They arrived arm in arm, reports media. The rumoured couple, who played down speculations they were dating when they showed up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York together, have now embarked on a real relationship, according to multiple reports. The “Baywatch” star was seen roaming around with the singer on a boat ...

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PM calls on Trudeau to extradite Bangabandhu killer

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has requested her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to extradite Noor Chowdhury, a convicted killer of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Chowdhury has been residing in Canada for long. Bangladesh has been requesting the Canadian government to send him back, reported news agnecy. She made the request at a meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Le Petit Frontence (place of residence of Canadian prime minister) in Quebec city on Sunday. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim at a briefing said the prime minister requested Trudeau for his action for the immediate deportation ...

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Singer Asif Akbar gets bail

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday granted singer Asif Akbar bail in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury granted him bail on a bond of Tk 10,000. Earlier on Sunday, Asif’s lawyer Adv Kazi Nazibullah Hiru filed the petition with Dhaka CMM court. The court on June 6, rejected both remand and bail petitions of the singer and sent him to jail. A team of Criminal Investigation Department arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am on June 6 in a case under the ICT Act. ...

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Trump and Kim in Singapore for summit

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and the transformation of the isolated Asian nation. Trump flew into Singapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base aboard Air Force One, looking to strike a deal that will lead to the denuclearisation of one of America’s bitterest foes. He came from a divisive G7 meeting in Canada with some of Washington’s closest allies that further strained global trade ties. After stepping down from Air ...

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Hasina’s jail release day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The 10th anniversary of release of Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina from prison will be observed today. On this day in 2008, Sheikh Hasina was released from the special sub-jail set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad building after remaining captive there for nearly 11 months. The Awami League president was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi on July 16, 2007 during the military-backed caretaker government, which assumed power in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007. Marking the day, Dhaka city south unit of Awami League will arrange a ...

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EU to act against US tariffs: Merkel

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MNA Business Desk: Europe will implement counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communiqué. Trump’s announcement on Twitter, after leaving the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, that he was backing out of the joint communiqué torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies. “The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course … sobering and a bit depressing,” Merkel said in an ...

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Neymar stars as Brazil beat Austria

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MNA Sports Desk: Brazil scored three superbly-taken goals to beat feisty Austria 3-0 in sweltering conditions on Sunday and put the finishing touches to their impressive World Cup preparation. Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, and Philippe Coutinho shared the goals for the five-times champions who showed great patience in the first half as they worked to break Austria down before turning on the style after the interval, reports Reuters. Neymar started a game for the first time since injuring his metatarsal in February, although he played in the second half of last week’s win 2-0 over Croatia when he celebrated his return ...

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Monsoon rains hit Rohingya camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The first monsoon rains have hit camps in Bangladesh housing around a million Rohingya refugees, triggering floods and landslides but no casualties or major damage so far, officials said Sunday. Aid agencies have been warning that the monsoon season could prompt a humanitarian catastrophe in coming months at what is the world’s biggest refugee camp, sheltering people fleeing violence in Myanmar. The sites in southeastern Bangladesh are predicted to be hit by powerful cyclones and by more than 2.5 metres (eight feet) of rainfall over the coming three months of monsoon — roughly triple what Britain gets ...

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Nadal wins 11th French Open

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MNA Sports Desk:  Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final. The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer. Nadal endured a nervy conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long. Nadal joins Australia’s Margaret Court as the only player ...

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DIU Air Rover Scout’s certificate distribution ceremony

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MNA Education Desk: Daffodil International University Air Rover Scout Group organized Scouts’ Own and 6th National COMDECA Camp Certificate Distribution Ceremony followed by Iftar Mahfil on 07 June, 2018 at Banquet Hall of the university. Baden Powel Fellow and Vice-Chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Professor Dr. Nizam Uddin Ahmed, was present as the chief guest at the program while Flight Lt. M. Shah Alam, Region Secretary and Professor Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab, Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were present as special guests. Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahabubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University and ...

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President, PM congratulate Tigresses

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MNA Sports Desk: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday congratulated Bangladesh women cricket team for achieving a historical victory over India by three wickets in the Asia Cup T-20 cricket final at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Bangladesh defeat India by three wickets in the final of the T20 Asia Cup to clinch a memorable victory. Batting first, India scored 112 runs for 9 in 20 over and in reply, Bangladesh scored 113 runs for 7 in 20 overs, reported news agency. In a congratulating message, President Hamid greeted all the players, coach and officials of ...

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BRTC bus depot catches fire, 11 buses gutted

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MNA National Desk: Eleven buses of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) were gutted as a fire broke out at Joar Sahar BRTC bus depot in the city’s Khilkhet area early Saturday. Fire service control room sources said that the fire broke out around 1:30am, reports news agency. On information, four fire-fighting units rushed in and brought the blaze under control around 4:20am. The fire gutted 11 buses kept on the ground and the 1st floor. The origin of the fire could not be known yet.

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PM arrives in Canada to join G7 outreach

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on a four-day official visit to Canada to attend the Outreach Leaders Programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies in the world. A flight of Air Canada, which left Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12:00pm (local time), arrived at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport at 2:00pm on Friday (local time), reports news agency. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to take part in a special outreach session of the G7 Summit. The G7 consists of Canada, ...

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Israel kills 4 more Palestinians

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MNA International Desk: Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, reported news agency. Israel said it was defending the frontier against crowds that threw stones and burned tyres in an attempt to cross. It said at one location at least two Palestinian militants fired guns at its forces and others had thrown grenades. The protests tapered off around sunset when many demonstrators left border camps for the evening meal that breaks their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Palestinians ...

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Rhodes appointed Bangladesh Head Coach

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MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes as the National Team Head Coach. Rhodes, 53, has agreed terms with the BCB which will see him in the Head Coach’s position up to the ICC World Twenty20 in Australia in 2020. He will take over in his new role ahead of the Bangladesh team’s Tour of West Indies 2018. The Bangladesh side is scheduled to leave for the Caribbean on 23 June to play two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, says a BCB media release. Rhodes had appeared in 11 Tests ...

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Anjan Dutt coming on TV in Eid

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Anjan Dutt will appear on TV for his fans in this Eid. A special celebrity talk show designed for him will be aired on the third day of Eid at 5.15pm on BanglaVision. The show is titled after Anjan Dutt’s hugely successful song “Bela Bos Tumi Parcho Ki Shunte”. Anjan will talk about his songs, cinema and many unrevealed facets of his life in the show. The show will be hosted by singer Mithila and has been produced by Sajjad. About the show Anjan has said that he liked the arrangement made by Bangla Vision particularly for ...

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No VAT on online shopping: NBR

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MNA Business Desk: Claiming the VAT on online marketing a print mistake, National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan on Friday said no VAT will be imposed on online shopping. He made the comment at a post-budget news conference held at Osmani auditorium in Dhaka. NBR chief said five percent VAT on online shopping will not be implemented. Social media including Facebook, Google have to pay as per the income, he added. Prime Minister’s Finance Advisor Mashiur Rahman, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, State Minister of Finance ...

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