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Govt to introduce E-chalan to collect VAT, tax


MNA Business Desk: The government will introduce E-chalan soon for collection of VAT and income tax. Finance secretary Muslim Chowdhury informed the media this at city function Sunday to inaugurated ‘e-chalan’. State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan inaugurated the ‘e-chalan’ at a programme held at the finance ministry. Muslim Chowdhury also said if all payments of the government are made through electronic system, the money is deposited to the government exchequer timely and properly and people will also get rid of sufferings. The government has introduced ‘e-chalan’ to facilitate people to pay fees for online passport, police verification ...

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Natural mouthwashes for bad breath

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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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Pakistan TV airs first transgender anchor

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MNA Entertainment Desk: As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion show. Her catapult into the spotlight came after transgender activist Zara Changezi was named as star of a love film, the Senate passed a ...

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48th Independence Day being observed

48th Independence

MNA Feature Desk: The nation in festivity and with the spirit of the War of Liberation is celebrating today the 48th Independence and National Day of the country. On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence of Bangladesh following the crackdown by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed innocent Bangalees on the black night of March 25. The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of Bangabandhu and brought independence to the country on December 16, 1971. During the nine-month war, Pakistani forces killed three million innocent Bangalees, perpetrated ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League paid homage to war martyrs


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid tributes to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar in commemorating 48th Independence Day on Monday. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organizing secretary Rashedul Hasan, assistant secretary Md. Masum Zahid Masud, Dhaka division convener freedom fighter Sheikh Nur Islam,  assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed, assistant secretary Tusher Abdullah, Manikganj district convener Sheikh Omar Faruq, Tangail district coordinator Shahinur Rahman along with other senior leaders were present. On March 26, 1971, Father of ...

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Smith, Warner stand down from captaincy


MNA Sports Desk: Steve Smith and David Warner have stood down as captain and vice-captain for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town. They will play on for the rest of the Test, with Tim Paine the acting captain. The move follows the ball-tampering scandal on day three, where Smith instructed Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during South Africa’s second innings. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match. Smith’s departure from ...

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Genocide Day is being observed

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MNA Feature Desk: The nation is set to observe the ‘Genocide Day’ today for the second time in remembrance of the brutality carried out by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the black night of March 25 in 1971. The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopted a resolution to observe the March 25 as the “Gonohotya Dibos” (Day of Genocide) on March 11, 2017. Different political and socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day. Ruling Awami League also will organize two rallies in the capital to observe the day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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JU to draw country’s longest Alpona


MNA Education Desk: Jahangirnagar University authority is going to draw a 2-km long Alpona on the university campus to mark the 48th Independence and National Day. The authority claimed it will be the longest Alpona of the country. Under the management of JU Teacher-Student Center, students of different departments will take part to draw the alpon on the campus premises. Berger Paints will supply required quantity of paints for this purpose, said JU TSC Director Professor Bashir Ahmed. Vice Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam will inaugurate the longest alpon at 2.30 pm on Sunday. The university is set to celebrate the ...

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CA to conduct ball tampering probe


MNA Sports Desk: Australia captain Steve Smith was fighting to save his job and reputation on Sunday after admitting he was the chief plotter in the ball-tampering scandal which has plunged the game into crisis and sparked a Cricket Australia probe. Smith insisted he will not quit after teammate Cameron Bancroft was caught using a yellow object to alter the condition of the ball on Saturday’s third day of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands. But the matter could yet be taken out of Smith’s hands after Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Sunday that they were sending a team ...

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Zeenat Aman files rape complaint

Zeenat Aman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman has filed a complaint accusing a Mumbai businessman of rape, a police officer said. “The complaint was lodged by the victim late on Thursday and the accused has been arrested. He will be presented before a court later this evening,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Deepak Deoraj told to media. The businessman named in the complaint is Sarfaraz Mohammed, 38, with an alias of Aman Khanna. The complaint was registered by the 69-year-old actress at the Juhu police station against the businessman who had been charged for stalking and harassment in the past. It has ...

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US steps up threat to quit UNHRC

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MNA International Desk: The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council or UNHRC after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel. US ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria. “When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley. “Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s ...

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90 England fans held in Amsterdam trouble


MNA Sports Desk: Amsterdam police said on Friday they had arrested almost 100 England football supporters ahead of a friendly international against the Netherlands, with videos posted online showing crowds packing the narrow streets and bridges in the canal city, singing and cheering. “The number of arrests of England supporters has now climbed to close to 90,” the Amsterdam police said in a tweet. The men were mainly accused of disrupting public order, the police said. One video on the Dutch public broadcaster NOS showed police wielding truncheons, and backed by horseback officers, wading into the crowds to restore order ...

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Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget

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MNA Business Desk: President Donald Trump grudgingly signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending measure Friday and averted a midnight government shutdown – but only after undercutting his own negotiators and setting off a mini-panic with a last-minute veto threat. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard. Trump said he was “very disappointed” in the package, in part because it did not fully pay for his planned border wall with Mexico and did not extend protection from deportation to some 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants ...

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Selfies banned at Cannes film festival


MNA Entertainment Desk: The head of the Cannes film festival said Friday he was banning selfies on the red carpet, claiming they caused “unwanted disorder” before premieres. Thierry Fremaux tried once before to ban the “ridiculous and grotesque” practice at the world’s most prestigious film festival in 2015, before backing down. Instead he pleaded with filmgoers, who are usually dressed to the nines in tuxedos and evening gowns, to contain themselves as much as they could. But this time there would be no reprieve, he said. “Selfies will be banned for spectators on the red carpet,” Fremaux told the Film ...

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Vladimir Putin’s re-election: Agent of change for global politics


MNA Feature Desk: Vladimir Putin has clinched yet another presidential election on March 18, 2018. He will be in his presidential office for the fourth term and will own it for the next six years. The victory was huge with around 77 per cent of the cast votes in his favour though the competition was not much severe for him in the absence of his main rival Alexei Navalny, who had been barred from running because of a fraud conviction. Despite being elected with a large margin, the world leaders seemed to be very slow to congratulate Putin as it ...

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US-Bangla pilot Abid’s wife dies


MNA National Desk: The widow of US-Bangla Airlines pilot Abid Sultan has died about a week after she was hospitalised with a stroke she had suffered on hearing about her husband’s passing in a plane crash in Kathmandu. Doctors at the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital in Dhaka declared Afsana Khanam dead at 9am on Friday. Abid Sultan, who sustained injuries in the plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal, died at Norvic International Hospital there, a day after the incident. US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211, which flew from Dhaka to Kathmandu carrying 67 passengers and four crew members, crashed at Nepal’s ...

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Observer’s Correspondent Conference held

Observer Correspondent Conference

MNA National Desk: The daylong daily Observer Correspondent Conference was held at the Observer office at Motijheel in Dhaka on Friday presided over by the editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. The daily Observer Director Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir was also present on the occasion along with the senior journalists and staff of the newspaper.

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People of Bangladesh can achieve anything

Independence Award

MNA National Desk: Attributing the achievement of Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one to the people of the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said they can achieve anything. ‘This achievement is the achievement of the people of Bangladesh. I think country’s people are the main source of all power. They can achieve anything,’ she said. The Prime Minister was addressing a reception accorded to her at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) for this historic achievement The function was arranged as part of a five-day government programme to celebrate the graduation. ...

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Bir Protik Kakon Bibi no more

Kakon Bibi

MNA National Desk: Freedom fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi has passed away at MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night. She was reportedly aged 103. The body was kept at the hospital, he said, adding that the body will be handed over to her family on Thursday morning. She was suffering from asthma and heart diseases for long time and recently she got an attack of pneumonia, said doctors of the hospital. In 1971, Kakon Bibi was arrested and brutally tortured by Pakistani army as she worked as a war spy and fought against the Pak army. She fearlessly ...

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Peru’s president Kuczynski resigns


MNA International Desk: Peru’s center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation on Wednesday after vote-buying allegations ensnared him in a fresh scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote, capping months of political turmoil in one of Latin America’s most stable economies. Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Street banker who once held US citizenship, promised a ‘constitutional and orderly’ transition of power to end what he described as a hostile political climate that had made governing nearly impossible. But Kuczynski, who is expected to be replaced by Vice President Martin Vizcarra on Friday, denied allegations of wrongdoing and blamed ...

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‘No quick fix’ to Rohingya crisis: Chinese envoy

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Dhaka Zhang Zuo yesterday said there is no quick solution to the Rohingya crisis, reported news agency. Claiming that China has “no personal interest” in the issue and will remain impartial, Zuo said his country would make genuine efforts to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the crisis. The ambassador made the observations at his maiden press briefing at the Chinese embassy in Dhaka when repatriation of Rohingyas faces huge challenges due mainly to a conducive condition yet to be ensured in Rakhine. The Chinese envoy said, “China understands the situation and pressure ...

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Zuckerberg apologises for FB data debacle

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the data debacle that has upended the social media giant and said he was ready to testify before Congress, a media report said. “The short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said in a CNN interview on Wednesday night. “What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge. “If that’s me, then I am happy to go,” he added. Although Facebook employs a small army of lawyers and lobbyists in Washington, Zuckerberg himself ...

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Jacqueline’s Ek Do Teen in trouble


MNA Entertainment Desk: On Tuesday, we told you how Twitter is fuming about Jacqueline Fernandez’s rendition of Ek Do Teen and now, another person has joined the long list of haters. Tezaab director N Chandra is livid with anger and disbelief after watching the new video. In an interview to The Quint, Chandra said that he was told about the new song by Saroj Khan, who choreographed the original for Madhuri Dixit. ‘I met Sarojji at Sridevi’s prayer meeting. It was there that Sarojji marched up to me to tell me about it. Can you imagine how much it had ...

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World Water Day being observed

World Water Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Water Day was first celebrated on 22 March 1993 and aims to focus on the importance of water and need to preserve it. This year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Many awareness programmes are being organised to mark the day. Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health. “How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?” the United Nations asks, which organizes World Water ...

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Water Day: 5 ways drinking water can save skin

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MNA Life Style Desk: We’ve often heard our celebrities speak of the health benefits of drinking water. Speaking of the health benefits of water, March 22 is observed as World Water Day. 1) Since the human body comprises of 70% fluid, drinking more water helps in getting rid of our toxins. With the impurities out of our body, our skin gets clearer and you will visibly notice the reduction of pimples as well. 2) Water naturally hydrates your skin. Instead of spending money on artificial hydration creams, consuming water saves you the added trouble. With water, you can prevent dry, ...

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PM inaugurates BNA Bangabandhu Complex


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated BNA Bangabandhu Complex at Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) in Chittagong. It is the first international standard training academy of Bangladesh Navy with all modern facilities. The ship-like complex has been built on the bank of the Karnaphuli River with a 41-feet high bronze made bust of Bangabandhu in front, is a unique architecture from aesthetic point of view. To ensure international standard training, the complex has seamanship, antisubmarine, gunnery and communication model room, chart room, library, computer and language club, modern auditorium and seven different types of laboratories. Prime Minister ...

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Maj Gen Shafeenul made new BGB DG


MNA National Desk: Major General Md Shafeenul Islam has been made new Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday. Major General Md Shafeenul Islam, who was serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board, replaced Major General Abul Hossain as the chief of the paramilitary force. Abul Hossain was withdrawn and attached to the Armed Forces Division on March 7. Islam had been serving as the Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Board since February 14, 2016. He joined Bangladesh Military Academy on June 25, 1984 and was commissioned ...

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