Author Archives: News Desk

Fruits, vegetables may lesser women’s stress risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: New research showed that fruits and vegetables in the diet, after finding that eating up to seven servings per day, can lower the risk of psychological stress for middle-aged women. Here are a list of some fruits and vegetables to eat. Moderate daily vegetable intake alone was linked to lower stress levels but moderate fruit intake alone appeared to show no significant benefit. The most potent effect was seen when fruit and veg like apples, bananas and oranges and potatoes, cucumber, lettuce and carrots were eaten together, and particularly in women. The findings, published in the ...

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Review committee recommends abolition of almost all quotas

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MNA Education Desk: The committee formed by the government to review the existing quota system recommended for abolition of almost all the quotas in public services, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Monday. However, court directives will be sought before any decisions are made about the freedom fighter quota, he told a press briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting, reported news agency. On July 2, the government formed the seven-member committee with Shafiul Alam as its convener, to review the existing quota system in public services. The other committee members are secretaries of the: Public Administration, Finance Division, Liberation ...

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Death penalty for 5 Patuakhali war criminals

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MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday convicted five persons from Patuakhali including Ishaq Shikder, and sentenced them to death for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation war. A three-member tribunal headed by ICT Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the verdict after reading out 159-page verdict. The other four other accused are :  Abdul Ghani Hawladar, Abdul Awal alias Moulvi Awal, Abdus Sattar Pyada and Sulaiman Mridha. Earlier on September 23, 2015, the tribunal issued warrants against them. Later, they all were arrested. The tribunal framed six charges including murder, genocide, rape and arson against ...

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Fire at Taiwan hospital kills 9

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MNA International Desk: Nine people were killed and 15 injured in a blaze that broke out early Monday at a hospice for the terminally ill near Taiwan’s capital Taipei, fire officials said. All of the 36 people inside, including three staff, were evacuated after the fire started at the hospice on the seventh floor of a nine-storey hospital in New Taipei city. The nine died with the cause of death given as smoke inhalation, according to the local fire department. New Taipei fire department chief Huang Te-ching said the cause of the fire was still being investigated and denied reports ...

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Messi wins 33rd title as Barcelona wins Super Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history, reported news agency. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league. Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when ...

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Moon sighted, Eid-ul Azha on Aug 22

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MNA National Desk: The holy Eid-ul-Azha – one of the two biggest festivals for Muslims – is set to be celebrated in Bangladesh on 22 August, Wednesday, as the Zil-Hajj moon was sighted in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country this evening. The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office on Sunday evening after reviewing information of the moon sighting, says a press statement. National Moon Sighting Committee chief and religious affairs minister Matior Rahman chaired the meeting, it adds. Eid-ul-Azha, however, will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia on ...

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7th death anniv of Tareque, Mishuk

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MNA Feature Desk: The 7th death anniversary of renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer and broadcast journalist Mishuk Munier is being observed today. Different socio-cultural organisations are holding various programmes while television channels will be airing special programmes on them and their works marking their tragic death, reported news agency. On 13 August 2011, Tareque and Mishuk along with three others were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Ghior Upazila of Manikganj while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj after visiting a shooting location. The accident happened when a microbus carrying the two celebrities collided with a bus ...

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Bikroy.com launched ‘BiraatHaat’ campaign

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MNA Business Desk: The largest marketplace in Bangladesh, Bikroy.com and electronics manufacturing company Minister Hi-Tech Park Ltd jointly launched “Bikroy #BiraatHaat” to sell livestock ahead of Eid-ul-Adha. The campaign powered by Minister was announced at a press conference held at the Daily Star Center and will be live till the night before Eid, projected to be celebrated on August 22. Under this campaign Bikroy.com will have a vast range of exclusive livestock from their specialized suppliers and get them delivered to their homes. Customers can also choose to visit the place where their desired Qurbani animal is being kept and ...

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‘Insatiable’ faces fat-shaming accusations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Netflix’s new series “Insatiable,” hitting screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills, reported news agency. Instead, critics have slammed it as fat-shaming, homophobic and denigrating to transgender people. The offbeat show follows the story of overweight teen Patty, who is mocked and bullied incessantly until she has an accident that requires her jaw be wired shut — which causes her to shed significant weight. With her new svelte figure, she vows to seek revenge on all those who attacked her, notably by participating in beauty ...

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Killers of Ramiz Uddin College students will be punished: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday promised to bring to justice those responsible for the accident that took the lives of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, reported news agency. “This is completely unforgivable because the driver was driving the bus defying all the (traffic) rules, resulting in the loss of two lives…many students were also injured,” she said. The prime minister said this while speaking at a programme at Armed Forces Medical College ground after laying the foundation stone of an underpass at a road adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School ...

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Eid-ul-Azha in Saudi Arabia 21 Aug

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MNA International Desk: Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 21 August (Tuesday) as the moon for the month of Zilhaj was sighted there on Saturday evening. Therefore, the Day of Arafat will fall on 20 August, reported news agency. The Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj to commemorate the true spirit of the sacrifice made by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). On this day some 4,000 years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) had offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will ...

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BNP’s Ariful re-elected as Sylhet mayor

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MNA National Desk: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has finally been elected Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), after reelection in two suspended centres of the city held on Saturday. Ariful bagged a total of 92,598 votes after getting 2102 votes in the two polling centers while Awami League candidate Kamran got 86,392 votes, including 527 votes from the latest two centres, said Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. The two polling centres– Gazi Burhanuddin Garam Dewan Government Primary School and Hobinandi Government Primary School– of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election were postponed due to various irregularities on July 30. The BNP ...

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British author VS Naipaul dies

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MNA Entertainment Desk: British author VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London at the age of 85, reported news agency. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas. On social media, fans paid tribute to Sir Vidia and expressed their sadness. Sir Vidia, who as a child was read Shakespeare and Dickens by his father, was raised a Hindu and attended Queen’s Royal College in Trinidad. He moved to Britain ...

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International Youth Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: When almost all countries across the world are celebrating International Youth Day with the theme ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’, many Bangladeshi youths say spaces for them are narrowing. August 12 was designated as the International Youth Day by the United Nations in 1999 to recognize the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and raise awareness of challenges and problems faced by them. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the United Nations is strongly committed to listening to the voices of young people – and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that ...

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229 students receive Mercantile Bank scholarship

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MNA Education Desk: A total of 229 students of Dhaka Division have received the ‘Mercantile Bank-Abdul Jalil Education Scholarship-2017’ at the awarding programme organised by Mercantile Bank limited (MBL) at FARS Hotel & Resorts in the capital on Saturday. Governor of Bangladesh Bank Fazle Kabir attended at the ceremony as the chief guest, while Mercantile Bank Chairman AKM Shaheed Reza was present at the occasion as the special guest, said a press release. Chairman of Mercantile Bank Foundation Shahidul Ahsan presided over the programme, while MBL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kazi Masihur Rahman delivered welcome  address the ...

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Messi succeeds Iniesta as new Barcelona captain

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MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona’s captain following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta, while defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named new vice-captains in a statement by the La Liga champions. Messi, Barca’s all-time top scorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club’s armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June. Midfielder Sergio Busquets was named first vice-captain, followed by Pique, who has been at Barcelona since 2008. It’s the first time Pique has been named a vice-captain at ...

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WB to provide $520m to improve secondary education

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank (WB) will provide $520 million for a programme to improve the secondary education system and student performance in Bangladesh. Out of the amount, the Washington-based lending agency will provide $510 million in loan while the rest $10 million as grants, said an official at the Economic Relations Division (ERD). The WB-funded ‘Transforming Secondary Education for Results’ (TSER) programme will benefit 13 million students from grade 6 to 12, reported news agency. The programme will enhance quality of teaching and learning as well as improve access and retention of students, especially girls and children from ...

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 9

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MNA Tech Desk: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 “phablet” in New York in a key product launch that it hopes will attract younger customers with stepped-up features and services for gamers and music-lovers, reported news agency. Launching the Note 9 at 11:00am in New York, or Friday midnight in Seoul, Samsung also announced partnerships with global hit game Fortnite and music-streaming service Spotify Technology SA in a stepped-up challenge to Apple Inc in the premium-phone race. Samsung’s new focus marks a shift away from its previous positioning of the Note as a multi-tasking device popular with ...

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Govt working to strengthen democracy: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is working relentlessly for further strengthening democracy and speeding up development in the country as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC paid a courtesy call on her. “We’re working tirelessly for further consolidating democracy and accelerating development in the country,” Premier’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying while briefing reporters after the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka. In this connection, the Commonwealth Secretary General said her organisation is ready to extend cooperation with Bangladesh in upholding its democratic process. Sheikh Hasina said over 6,000 ...

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SC adjourns Shahidul’s plea hearing until Monday

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division has adjourned, until Monday, the hearing on a government petition that challenges a High Court order sending photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital. A four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order on Thursday. This after Shahidul’s lawyer said the High Court is set to hear a petition that was filed to challenge the remand order against Shahidul. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during the hearing. A High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir will hear ...

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US to sanction Russia over nerve agent attack

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MNA International Desk: Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. A senior state department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent ...

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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MNA Feature Desk: Ethnic minorities in Bangladesh today observed the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a call for recognising them as indigenous people in the constitution. Today, Thursday 9 August 2018, is the 24th International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples since its creation by the United Nations in December 1994. The date was chosen because it marks the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. The 2018 theme of “Indigenous People’s Migration and Movement” illustrates the consequences of the persecution and economic disenfranchisement many indigenous peoples face. Whether they are fleeing ...

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Bangladesh says Myanmar isn’t tackling Rohingya concerns

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, said Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador in a letter to the UN Security Council. Bangladesh is urging the UN Security Council to take actions regarding the safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, as Myanmar is failing to tackle the concerns of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country. In a letter circulated Tuesday to the council, Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that, even though his government continues to engage with Myanmar “in good faith” about the repatriation ...

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Garment workers to get Eid allowance by August 16

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MNA Business Desk: Garment workers will receive festival allowances by August 16 on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, reported news agency. The decision came at the 37th meeting of the crisis management core committee headed by state minister for labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu held at his secretariat office in Dhaka city. Apparel makers have also been asked to make partial payment of wages for this month based on the talks with the workers before Eid, according to a meeting source. Representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, trade unions and other law enforcing agencies, ...

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Bangladesh cricket team returns home

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Team returned to the country on Thursday morning (August 9) after winning T20 Series 2-1 against West Indies at Lauderhill in Florida of USA. A flight of Emirates Airlines, carrying the team, landed at Shahjalal International Airport at 8:47 am. Although Bangladesh began the tour of West Indies on a frustrating mood, but they managed to overcome the situation and clinch the ODI series 2-1 over West Indies win away from home in nine years. The Tigers’ next assignment is the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in ...

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FB asks US banks to share customer data

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has asked major US banks to share customer data to allow it to develop new services on the social network’s Messenger texting platform, reported news agency. Facebook had discussions with Chase, JPMorgan, Citibank, and Wells Fargo several months ago, said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. The Silicon Valley-based social network also contacted US Bancorp, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. Facebook, which has faced intense criticism for sharing user data with many app developers, was interested in information including bank card transactions, checking account balances, and where purchases were ...

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JSC, JDC exams begin November 1

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MNA Education Desk: The examinations of Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) of this year will commence from November 1 across the country, reported news agency. Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka and Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board published the routines of the examinations. Talking to journalists, Abu Ali Mohammad Sajjad, deputy secretary of Education Ministry (Secondary and Higher Secondary Division)  confirmed the information. JSC and JDC examinations will begin from November 1 and continue till November 15. The routines of the examinations are now available on the websites of the education boards.

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