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Johnny Depp ousted from Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise

Johnny Depp

MNA Entertainment Desk: Johnny Depp, the star of one of the biggest money-spinning franchise – Pirates of the Caribbean, will no longer be seen as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow as he has been dropped by Disney from future films. Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who became a global phenomenon after his portrayal of a drunk pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow in 5 Pirates of the Caribbean films will no longer be seen playing the iconic role. A couple of days ago, the news of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise going in for a reboot was doing the rounds and it was ...

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ADB to provide $110m loan for urban health


MNA Business Desk: The government of Bangladesh and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed agreements for $110 million in additional loan for a project that is improving access to urban primary healthcare services, reported news agency. Economic Relations Division (ERD) senior secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and ADB country director Manmohan Parkash signed the deals on behalf of Bangladesh and ADB respectively, at a ceremony in the city. “This assistance will support the government to provide access to quality health services, especially for poor households in urban areas,” said ADB country director Manmohan Parkash. Parkash said the new financing will focus ...

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Google sacks 48 staff over sexual harassment


MNA Tech Desk: Google has sacked 48 people for sexual harassment in the last two years, it has emerged. The terminations included 13 senior managers. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, made the announcement in an email to all employees on Thursday, reported news agency. The email, obtained by CNBC, was in response to a New York Times story that the tech giant had protected Android creator Andy Rubin despite misconduct allegations. Mr Rubin denied the accusations. Mr Pichai’s email, co-signed by vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton, read: “We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and ...

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DU ‘Gha’ unit admission test to be retaken 16 Nov


MNA Education Desk: The admission test of ‘Gha’ (D) unit for entry to Dhaka University will be held again on 16 November (Friday), reported news agency. A total of 18,463 students who passed the admission test held on 12 October would be eligible to sit for this exam which would be held from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Fourteen images of handwritten question papers of the admission test were spread on social media around 9:17am on the exam day, 43 minutes prior to the beginning of the exam on 12 October. After scrutinising the images and the original question paper provided at ...

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Armed Forces to be made well-equipped: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the armed forces will be equipped with modern technologies to have all sorts of preparation to protect the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh in case of any attack. ‘We don’t want to engage in war with anyone…but if there’s any attack, we’ll have all sorts of preparation to keep Bangladesh free from enemies, protect our independence and sovereignty. Our goal is to equip our defence forces with modern technologies accordingly,’ she said. The Prime Minister said this after inaugurating ‘Bangabandhu Complex’ of Bangladesh Air Force Academy, reported news agency. She ...

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Explosives sent to Obama, Hillary Clinton


MNA International Desk: The US Secret Service said federal authorities are investigating suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It comes two days after a bomb was found at the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros in the suburbs of New York City. The devices were discovered by technicians who screen mail sent to the former US officials. The Time Warner building in New York was also evacuated due to a package. CNN, which is located in the Time Warner building, reported that it evacuated its newsroom over a suspicious ...

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Genocide still taking place in Myanmar: UN


MNA Exclusive Desk: Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, UN investigators said Wednesday. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh, and the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who have stayed following last year’s brutal military campaign in the Buddhist-majority country “continue to suffer the most severe” restrictions and repression. “It is an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment,” he told a news conference Wednesday. Darusman ...

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Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets

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MNA Sports Desk: Spirited Bangladesh won by 7 wickets against visiting Zimbabwe in the second ODI of the three-match series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday. Earlier Zimbabwe post a decent total of 246 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs, reported news agency. Mohammad Mithun hit a six off Cephas Zhuwao to take Bangladesh to 250 for 3 in 44.1 overs for the win in reply to Zimbabwe’s 246/7 in 50 overs. Bangladesh inning was spurred by two half centuries by openers Imrul Kayes [90] and Liton Kumar Das [83] alongside their opening pair stand of 148 off ...

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Saudi signs $50bn deals despite boycott


MNA Business Desk: Saudi Arabia signed deals worth $50 billion on Tuesday, showing it can still attract investment at a conference boycotted by Western politicians and global business chiefs after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived at the investment conference late in the day after attending a meeting at which King Salman received members of Khashoggi’s family, including his son Salah. Earlier, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih assured the investment conference that the world’s top crude exporter was passing through a “crisis of a sort” but would power ahead with economic reforms. The chief executive ...

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United Nations Day 2018 observed


MNA Feature Desk: The United Nations Day was observed across the world on October 24, 2018, marking the 73rd anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force. The Day was observed with an aim to celebrate everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945. On this occasion, all the member states of the United Nations contributed finances to its operation to help further its goals. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged the men and women of the UN, and those they, serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges. In a video ...

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Pooja claims Salman, brothers raped her


MNA Entertainment Desk: Former Bigg Boss contestant Pooja Misra has shared her story and has expressed her ordeal through a series of videos posted on her Instagram handle. In a shocking set of allegations, according to a report by news agency, the former model-VJ has accused Salman Khan and his brothers- Arbaaz and Sohail of raping her, Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha of harassing her and Malaika Arora Khan of being jealous of her and snatching away projects from her kitty. In fact, she has alleged that all these celebrities have exploited and harassed her both mentally and physically, and have ...

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Facebook simplifies Messenger


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook on Tuesday announced an overhaul of its Messenger smartphone app in an effort to simplify the service for its 1.3 billion monthly global users. The social network began rolling out a redesigned version featuring three tabs instead of nine, saying it was “going back to its roots” seven years after the standalone app’s launch. “We build one feature after another; they’re piling up,” Messenger chief Stan Chudnovsky said of the service, which has grown from a simple messaging app to one that lets users make video calls, send money and more. The updated tabs allow users ...

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2nd ODI: Tigers opt to bowl first

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bowl first against visiting Zimbabwe in the second ODI of the three-match series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Wednesday. The Tigers are taking the ground aiming to clinch the series title having a 28-run victory in the first match in Dhaka while Zimbabwe to survive the series. Bangladesh XI: Liton Kumar Das, Imrul Kayes, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Nazmul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman. Zimbabwe XI: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Cephas Zhuwao, Brendan Taylor, ...

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PM opens world’s largest burn institute

largest burn

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the world’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute in the capital on Wednesday morning. The Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute was inaugurated around 11:30am in Chankharpul area. The institute will provide best treatment facilities to patients with burn injuries, said chief coordinator of the institute Dr Samanta Lal Sen. Sen also said the institute with 500 beds, 50 intensive care unit and 12 operation theatres would be a centre of excellence for treatment, research and studies. The Construction work of the main building began on April 27, 2016 ...

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Khashoggi’s body parts found: report

Body parts

MNA International Desk: Body parts belonging to murdered Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi found, reported news agency. The sources have told Sky News the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”. One source also suggested Khashoggi’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home – situated around 500 metres away from the consulate. It puts paid to the explanation being put about by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence. It comes after Turkey’s president earlier ...

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Ecnec approves 21 projects involving Tk 19,779cr


MNA Business Desk: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved 21 projects involving an overall cost of some Tk 19,779 crore. The approval came from the weekly Ecnec meeting held at NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reported news agency. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “A total of 21 projects were approved today involving an overall cost of Tk 19,778.73 crore.” Of the total estimated cost, Tk 17,316.93 crore will come from the national exchequer, while Tk 2,227.87 crore as ...

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Australia slaps sanctions on 5 top Myanmar army officers


MNA Exclusive Desk: Australia has imposed sanctions and travel bans on five Myanmar military generals accused of leading last year’s violent crackdown on the country’s Rohingya. Foreign Minister Marise Payne made the announcement in a statement after indicating last month that Australia was likely to take action. “I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command,” she said. It comes after the United Nations fact-finding mission to Myanmar released a report accusing the military of a systematic campaign targeting civilians that included mass ...

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National Road Safety Day observed

Road Safety Day

MNA Feature Desk: The country on Monday observed the National Road Safety Day 2018 with the slogan “Will obey law; will make roads safe.” The day’s program began with a rally in the morning, reported news agency. Government and non-government organizations have chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day, which the nation observes since last year in wake of rising road accidents in the country. Casualties on the roads have meanwhile kept on rising. At least 713 people were killed and 2,068 injured in 667 accidents in August and September, according to the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads ...

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ pushed back, to be released in 2020

Wonder Woman 1984

MNA Entertainment Desk: The release of Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 1984” has been pushed by seven months from November 2019 to 2020, producer Warner Bros announced. The new release date is June 5, 2020. The first movie, also directed by Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, was released on June 7, 2017, reported news agency. “We had tremendous success releasing the first ‘Wonder Woman’ film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Warner Bros said in a statement. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.” The movie ...

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Winter skin care tips for men

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MNA Life Style Desk: Avoid common skincare mistakes that most guys make by skipping foaming shave cream and saying no to one soap bar for everything. Winter presents a unique set of challenges for skin care. Cold, dry air and constantly running heaters leave your skin stripped of moisture. To avoid rough, scaly or itchy winter skin, take proper skin care of your face by following these five tips. Skin irritation Foaming shave cream is no good for your skin. It does a poor job of protecting your skin and lubricating your razor. The air bubbles that you call foam ...

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Court rejects Mainul’s bail plea, sends him to jail

Mainul Hosein

MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Tuesday rejected the bail petition of Mainul Hosein in a defamation case and ordered to send him jail, reported news agency. Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam passed the order after hearing on the case. Earlier on Monday night, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police detained former adviser to a caretaker government Mainul Hosein in a defamation cases filed in Rangpur. Several cases were filed across the country against Mainul Hosein for hurling abusive words on journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk-show.

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Police arrest Barrister Mainul Hosein

Mainul Hosein

MNA National Desk: A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police on Monday night detained former adviser to a caretaker government Mainul Hosein in a defamation cases filed in Rangpur. Barrister Mainul Hosein was detained from the city’s Uttara area around 10pm Monday, reported news agency. Several cases were filed across the country against Mainul Hosein for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk-show.

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Poet Shamsur Rahman’s birth anniv today

poet Shamsur

MNA Feature Desk: The 90th birthday of renowned poet Shamsur Rahman will be observed today in a befitting manner across the country. Regarded as a symbol of aesthetics for his lifestyle, gestures and works Rahman was born in old part of Dhaka on October 23 in 1929 and died on August 17, 2006. Bangla Academy will organize a solo lecture program on his life and works at its auditorium at 3pm today where Sheikh Hasina University Vice Chancellor Professor Rafiq Ullah Khan will address it with Poet Asad Chowdhury in a chair. On the occasion, different socio-cultural organizations including Bangladesh ...

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Google Doodle celebrates Shamsur Rahman’s birthday


MNA Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage celebrating the life of Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist Shamsur Rahman on the occasion of his 89th birth anniversary, reported news agency. Shamsur Rahman (23 October 1929 – 17 August 2006) who emerged in the latter half of the 20th century wrote more than sixty books of poetry and is considered as one of the key figures in Bengali literature. He is also remembered as the “unofficial poet laureate of Bangladesh.” Rahman published more than sixty books of poetry, ranging from love sonnets to patriotic ...

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Election manifesto & political parties’ accountability to the citizens


MNA Editorial Desk: All the political parties of Bangladesh are much energized now-a-days eyeing on the 11th National election scheduled to be held within less than three months. Everywhere we are experiencing the hype of the upcoming election. Local markets, tea stalls and any other public gathering places are filled with political discussions especially the issue of a free and fair election. Moreover, voters are betting on their favourite candidates to receive the party nominations and are getting often involved in heated arguments. But till now the political parties are yet to declare their election manifestos. Our citizens seem to ...

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Shakib seeks NOC for UAE T20 League


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to reach any decision regarding the participation of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the upcoming UAE T20X League – a franchise-based T20 event – scheduled to be held between December 19 and January 11. Shakib, who is undergoing a rehabilitation program for his injured finger and remaining out of tournaments including the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, applied for a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to BCB, reported news agency. BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the matter to the press saying that the board is yet to take any decision in this ...

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World’s longest Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge opens


MNA International Desk: Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world’s longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began, reported news agency. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The bridge has cost about $20bn (£15.3bn) and seen several delays. Construction has been dogged by safety issues – at least 18 workers have died on the project, officials say. Mr Xi attended the opening ceremony of the bridge which took place in Zhuhai along with the leaders of Hong Kong and ...

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