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48 Bangladeshi students win Cambridge’s ‘Top in World’


MNA Education Desk: A total of 48 students have won ‘Top in the World’ awards by ‘Cambridge Assessment International Education’ for their exceptional performance in the June 2018 Cambridge examination series. Students from schools across the country were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at an awards ceremony at International Convention City, Bashundhara on Saturday. It was jointly hosted by Cambridge International and the British Council, Bangladesh. These students, according to a press release, achieved the highest marks in the world in a range of individual subjects across Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level and Cambridge International AS & A Level ...

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Tips for an energetic morning


MNA Life Style Desk: Feel groggy when you wake up every morning? Here are a few quick tips, guaranteed for an energetic morning, reported news agency. Breathe deep Deep breathing has many benefits; that’s why it is an important part of yoga. Metabolically, it brings more oxygen into your body, satisfying every organ’s need and boosting immunity. Plus, it stimulates nerve relaxation and clears away stress, fatigue and depression. Set aside a couple of minutes before going to bed and practice deep breathing. You’re now more likely to get up feeling energetic than usual. Hydrate Water makes up for a ...

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Beyonce to perform at Ambani daughter’s wedding


MNA Entertainment Desk: Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce arrived in the city of lakes on Sunday to perform at a pre-wedding celebration for Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. Beyonce sported a white printed ensemble and a pair of shades as she stepped out of the Maharana Pratap Airport. A red lip colour brightened up her look as she let her curly tresses loose. The “Crazy in love” singer will perform on Sunday night for a star-studded audience, which includes US former First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities including newlywed Priyanka Chopra and her American singer husband Nick ...

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JaPa to contest 29 seats under Grand Alliance

Grand Alliance

MNA National Desk: The Jatiya Party of HM Ershad has been allocated 29 seats as part of the Grand Alliance, but is also planning to run candidates for 132 seats separate from the coalition. Among the Grand Alliance seats is that of Chairman HM Ershad for Rangpur-3 and Dhaka-17, the Mymensingh-4 seat for the party’s Senior Co-Chairman Raushon Ershad, the Lalmonirhat-3 seat of Co-Chairman GM Quader and the Rangpur-1 seat of General Secretary Mashiur Rahman Ranga. AKM Mostafizur Rahman will run from Kurigram-1, Ponir Uddin Ahmed from Kurigram-2, Shameem Haidar Patwari from Gaibandha-1, Shariful Islam Jinnah from Bogura-2, Nurul Islam ...

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Aggrieved BNP men continue demo


MNA National Desk: Supporters of the BNP leaders, who were not nominated, resumed their demonstration for the second consecutive day today in front of the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in Dhaka, reported news agency. Nearly 200 supporters of the failed BNP nomination seekers gathered in front of the Gulshan office around noon. As part of their protest, the supporters yesterday pelt stones at Gulshan office and damaged windows of the office. However, a group of aggrieved BNP activists also locked the party’s Nayapaltan office from outside, confining Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed for nearly an hour last ...

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Windies won the toss, opted to bat first


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies captain Rovman Powell has won the toss and decided to bat first in their first ODI against Bangladesh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell(c), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

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WB approves $500m for dairy, livestock productivity

improve livestock

MNA Business Desk: The World Bank (WB) allotted $500 million to improve livestock and dairy production in Bangladesh in a bid to meet country’s growing demand for egg, meat and milk and thereby improve the nutritional intake of its citizens. The Livestock and Dairy Development Project will improve agricultural productivity and market access of 2 million smallholder household farmers and small and medium-scale agro-entrepreneurs, said the WB on Sunday. By stimulating growth and improving livestock production systems, livestock farmers in Bangladesh will have better access to livestock services and practices. The release said the livestock sector employs 14 percent of ...

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Kelly to leave chief of staff job


MNA International Desk: White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year, US president Donald Trump said on Saturday, his latest staff shakeup since midterm elections a month ago cost Republicans control of the House of Representatives. Trump, speaking to reporters as he left the White House to attend the annual football game between the Army and Navy military academies in Philadelphia, said he would name a successor for Kelly, possibly on an interim basis, in the next day or two. “He’s a great guy,” Trump said of Kelly, who led the ...

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Rokeya Day being observed

Rokeya Day

MNA Feature Desk: The Begum Rokeya Day is being observed on Sunday marking the 138th birth and 86th death anniversary of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer for women’s rights in the subcontinent. On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya. Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain was born on December 9 in 1880 at Pairaband village in Rangpur. She also passed away on December 9 in 1932. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a Bengali feminist thinker, writer, educationist, social activist, advocate of women’s rights, and widely regarded as the ...

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Vanessa crowned Miss World 2018


MNA Entertainment Desk: Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico crowned as Miss World 2018 by outgoing queen Manushi Chhillar in the coastal city of Sanya, China. She is the first Mexican queen to have won the title. Nicolene Limsnukan of Thailand was named first runner-up, reported news agency. The 26-year-old smiled away with moist eyes as she folded her hands in gratitude to gesture the traditional Indian ‘Namaste’ greeting when Manushi placed the elaborate crown on her head. Having pursued a degree in International Business, Vanessa is currently on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls and ...

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Hawlader made Ershad’s special assistant

special assistant

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Saturday appointed its presidium member Ruhul Amin Hawlader as his special assistant giving him the No 2 position in the party. “Ruhul Amin Hawlader has been appointed as the Jatiya Party Chairman’s special assistant. He’ll discharge all the organisational responsibilities of the party chairman in his absence,” said a party press release. Ershad took the decision as per section 20/1/A of the Jatiya Party constitution with immediate effect, the press release added. Earlier on December 3, Ershad made party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader ...

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Khaleda’s Gulshan office vandalised

Gulshan office

MNA National Desk: Supporters of some BNP leaders who did not get party nomination to contest upcoming polls on Saturday evening attacked party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. Several hundred supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Taimur Alam Khandaker (Narayanganj-1) and Selimuzzamn Selim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of Khaleda’s office around 5:30pm and started demonstrating there. They chanted slogans against BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for what they said depriving their leaders of nominations. The protesters demanded the party nominate their respective leaders as candidates reviewing its decision. At one stage, they tried ...

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Google to shut Hangouts by 2020


MNA Tech Desk: Google will shut its popular Hangouts service for consumers by 2020, 9to5Google has reported, citing sources aware of the product’s roadmap, reported news agency. Hangouts was launched as a replacement for Gchat in 2013 by the tech titan but has been losing features in recent years as the company has stopped updating the app and taken away SMS messaging. However, Hangouts still is a prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app also exists on the Google Play Store. Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by the company which includes messaging, video chat, ...

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EC rejects Khaleda’s all appeals


MNA Exclusive Desk: The Election Commission on Saturday upheld returning officers’ decisions cancelling the candidature of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for forthcoming national election. On the basis of majority opinions of the five election commissioners, the Commission pronounced its judgment turning down Khaleda’s petitions filed to get back her candidacy in Feni-1, Bogura-6 and 7 constituencies. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three election commissioners—Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury—rejected Khaleda’s appeals, while election commissioner MahbubTalukder accepted her candidature. Later, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced the Commission’s judgment around 5:55pm rejecting the BNP chairperson’s three ...

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Decision on Khaleda Zia’s appeal pending


MNA National Desk: The Election Commission has kept its decision pending on the appeal filed by jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Feni 1 constituency, reported news agency. The commission kept the decision pending on Saturday, the third and last day of appeal hearing. Two more petitions filed by the BNP chief for Bogra 6 and 7 constituencies will be heard later in the day. On Saturday, appeal hearings of remaining 233 petitions filed by the nominees against the rejection of their candidacies are being held. Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers were rejected last week as she because of her conviction ...

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EC resumes last day hearing on 233 petitions

MNA National Desk: The Election Commission resumed its hearing for the last day on Saturday on the petitions filed against the decisions of the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies. The Election Commission will hear and dispose of the remaining 233 petitions, including three of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency. The Election Commission’s third-day hearing started 10:00am at the Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair. However, the returning officers accepted a total of 2,279 nomination papers and cancelled 786 others submitted in the 300 ...

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School mafia molesting students’ feelings calls for apt steps


MNA Feature Desk: During the last few months, reports of suicides of students have become very common and we might have ignored looking into the reasons behind. Going with the trend, a very depressing news came into the media on last Tuesday (Dec 3). A student of Viquarunnisa Noon School & College – country’s one of the most renowned educational institutions committed suicide. Her name was Aritri Adhikari, only 16 years of age and a student of class 9. The news came as a great shock as nothing can justify the waste of such a promising life. She gave away ...

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Italian nightclub stampede kills 6


MNA International Desk: Six people have died in a stampede at an Italian nightclub near Ancona on the Adriatic coast after panic erupted, firefighters said Saturday. The incident took place near the eastern coastal city of Ancona. Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was fired inside the club in the town of Corinaldo. The Lanterna Azzurra club was hosting a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta and up to 1,000 people were thought to be inside. The incident took place at around 01:00 (midnight GMT) as Italy began celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The injured have ...

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Viqarunnisa appoints new acting principal

acting principal

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College appointed a new acting principal and morning shift in-charge for its Bailey Road branch, reported news agency. Hasina Begum, an assistant professor of the institution, was appointed to the post while Mohsin Talukder was made the morning shift in-charge. Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during examination. The governing body of the school suspended its three teachers — acting Principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge of Bailey Road ...

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Over 300 retired bureaucrats endorse Awami League

Awami League

MNA Exclusive Desk: Over 300 retired senior public servants, including former chairmen of different commissions, senior secretaries and secretaries, have endorsed Awami League and the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reported news agency. The retired public servants expressed their solidarity when they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban on Friday. Former Anti-Corruption chairman M Badiuzzaman, former principal secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former chairman of Energy Regulatory Commission AR Khan, former chairman of Privatization Commission Mollah Wahiduzzaman, ex-comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh Masud Ahmed, former senior secretaries Mezbah-ul Alam and Unusur Rahman are ...

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DCCI holds flower parade

flower parade

MNA Business Desk: Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) arranged a flower parade in the city on Friday, 2nd day of the three-day International Flower Exhibition and Conference, reported news agency. The parade started from the South Plaza of Manik Mia Avenue and ended on the premises of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) where the exhibition is being held. DCCI Senior vice-president Kamrul Islam, director Imran Ahmed, former vice-president M Abu Hurairah, senior officials from USAID, president of Bangladesh Flower Association Md Abdur Rahim and its secretary general AHM Rezaul Kabir were present at the flower parade. After the ...

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Mika Singh released from UAE jail

Mika Singh

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian singer Mika Singh who was arrested in Dubai for allegedly harassing a Brazilian teenage model was released last night. He was taken to Abu Dhabi after his arrest. Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE, said that the singer was released at 11.30pm on Thursday night. He was scheduled to be presented in court at 4pm on Friday, reported news agency. The singer, known for the hit song Subha hone na de, was arrested for allegedly harassing a Brazilian teenage model. He last appeared at Masala Awards ceremony held at Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai ...

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Natural mouthwashes for bad breath

bad breath

MNA Life Style Desk: There are few things more unpleasant and uncomfortable in social situations than talking to someone with bad breath. For many people, grabbing a mint or a piece of gum is their go-to solution, as it quickly masks the problem. But this approach often fails to address the root causes of bad breath, which for many people includes dietary deficiency. Here are some natural ways to help cure the problem of bad breath: Cinnamon and clove mouthwash: Take one cup of distilled water, 10 to15 drops each of cinnamon and clove oils. Mix them well. The best ...

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Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets

Yasir Shah

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah Thursday became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand. The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four — his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings — to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against New ...

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Oikyafront to hold first electioneering rally Dec 10

Oikya Front

MNA National Desk: Jatiya Oikyafront will hold its first electioneering rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on December 10, reported news agency. Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of BNP, a component of the Oikyafront, came up with the announcement at a briefing today at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. The rally will begin at 2:00pm on the day, Rizvi said. This will be the alliance’s first rally after the announcement of the schedule for the upcoming parliamentary election slated to be held on December 30. The Oikyafront earlier held four rallies before the polls schedule announcement. The first ...

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BNP’s Rony, Milton, Tamizuddin cleared for polls


MNA National Desk: The candidacies of BNP leaders Golam Maula Rony, Morshed Milton, and Tamizuddin have been reinstated by the Election Commission—after hearings for their appeal petitions, reported news agency. They are now cleared to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election. The decision resulted from the appeal hearings being conducted at the Election Commission building in Dhaka on Thursday. A total of 160 rejected candidates will go through the first phase of the appeal-hearing process. A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within stipulated three days till Wednesday challenging the decisions of returning officers over the ...

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Hasina 26th most powerful women in world


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has advanced four notches and has been ranked 26th position on the Forbes 2018 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Hasina’s position on the list was 30th in 2017, 36th in 2016 and 59th in 2015. In Hasina’s profile the magazine said in 2017, Hasina provided aid to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar, allotting 2,000 acres of land in Bangladesh for the refugees. According to the list of the magazine published on Tuesday, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list for the eighth consecutive year. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and IMF’s ...

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