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G20 agri ministers pledge WTO reform

G20

MNA Business Desk: Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries criticized protectionism in a joint statement on Saturday, and vowed to reform World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, but did not detail what steps they would take to improve the food trade system. In the statement, they said they were “concerned about the increasing use of protectionist non-tariff trade measures, inconsistently with WTO rules.” The ministers from countries including the United States and China, in Buenos Aires for the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers, said in the statement they had affirmed their commitment not to adopt “unnecessary obstacles” to trade, and affirmed ...

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UAP accords reception to three National Professors

National Professors

MNA Education Desk: University of Asia Pacific (UAP) accorded a grand reception to the three newly-appointed National Professors for their valuable achievements and contribution in many areas of human activities. They are Professor Emeritus Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Professor Emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman and Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury. UAP organized the programme at its auditorium on 25 July 2018 to honour the National Professors. Monzoor Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman, BoT handed over the crests to the distinguished guests. The program was attended by the Vice Chancellors from different universities, members of BoT, UAP, faculty and students. Prof Dr MR Kabir, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, UAP ...

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Remembering Vidyasagar on his death anniv

Vidyasagar

MNA Feature Desk: On 29 July 1891 popular social reformer, writer, philosopher, educator and translator, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar passed away in Calcutta (now Kolkata) at the age of 70. Born on 26 September 1820 in the Paschim Midnapore District of West Bengal to impoverished Brahmin parents, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was six years old when he moved to Kolkata to live with the family of Bhagabat Charan, where his father had already been staying for some time. While staying there, Vidyasagar was deeply moved by Bhagabat’s daughter Raimoni’s maternal affection for him, which eventually had a great influence on his work ...

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Sleeping more than 10hr raises risks

Sleeping

MNA Life Style Desk: If you thought that only less hours of sleep would affect your health, then you are wrong, sleeping more than 10 hours per day is also associated with metabolic syndrome, raising the risk for heart diseases, according to a new study. Those who slept for over 10 hours daily were at risk of elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels — a type of fat, low levels of “good” cholesterol, hypertension as well as high fasting blood sugar — referred to as metabolic syndrome and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. While sleeping more raised triglycerides ...

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Priyanka, Nick reportedly engaged

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and pop singer Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating, the US media has reported. People.com has quoted a source as saying the couple got engaged a week ago on Priyanka’s 36th birthday on 18 July while the two were in London. Jonas closed down a Tiffany store in New York City to buy an engagement ring, according to the insider. “They are so happy,” the source told people.com. A source close to Jonas said the singer is “very, very happy.” “His friends and family have never seen him like this, ...

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BGB deployed in Rajshahi ahead of civic polls

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MNA National Desk: A total 19 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have been deployed in the Rajshahi city ahead of the city corporation elections. The border guards were deployed at different parts of the city in the morning to avert any untoward incident, said lieutenant colonel Shamim Masud Al Iftekhar, commanding officer of BGB-1 battalion. Loud publicity through megaphones by canvassers of mayor and councilor candidates is irritating the residents of the city. Although some people are disturbed, they are not preventing miking because the election campaign will end at 12 midnight after Saturday. The city corporation polls ...

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World Hepatitis Day on Saturday

World Hepatitis

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) are observing World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, reported news agency. All member states, including Bangladesh, are conducting different hepatitis awareness events on the occasion, the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh said in a statement. The campaign hopes to eliminate hepatitis or bring viral hepatitis under control by 2030. Currently 325 million men, women and children across the world are living with viral hepatitis. According to the statement, approximately 300 million are unaware that they have the disease. This huge undiagnosed population are at high risk of ...

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Google celebrates Feroza Begum’s 88th birthday

Feroza

MNA Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, marking Bangladeshi iconic singer Feroza Begum’s 88th birth anniversary, reported news agency. Feroza’s voice and ability to convey deep emotion played an important role in popularising Nazrul Sangeet throughout the country. She (28 July 1930 – 9 September 2014) was a Nazrul Sangeet singer. She was honoured with the Independence Day Award in 1979 by the government of Bangladesh. Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in the sixth grade. She met National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10 ...

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Rivals concede Pakistan election to Imran Khan; EU flags concerns

Imran Khan

MNA International Desk: Pakistan’s former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results from the country’s disputed election, which European Union monitors said on Friday had not been fought on a level playing field. Khan, during a speech declaring victory on Thursday, offered to investigate opposition allegations of vote-rigging and said he wanted to “unite” the country under his leadership. The party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif initially rejected the so far incomplete results, but by Friday its leaders appeared to accept that Khan would be the next prime minister. The allegations of rigging ...

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Ozil racism row sparks #MeTwo debate

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MNA Sports Desk: Thousands of people in Germany with migrant backgrounds are sharing stories of everyday discrimination under the hashtag #MeTwo, inspired by football star Mesut Ozil’s resignation from Germany’s national team over racism. The campaign was launched earlier this week by Turkish-origin author and rights activist Ali Can, who dubbed it #MeTwo — a play on the #MeToo movement that highlights women’s experiences of sexual harassment, and a comment by Ozil about having “two hearts”. Ozil dropped a bombshell on Sunday when he announced in a stinging letter that he would no longer play for Germany after he faced ...

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Stewart to star in new ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Stewart

MNA Entertainment Desk: Charlie’s Angels” are returning to the big screen next year for a third outing, this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart. “Twilight” star Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, will play the lead roles in the latest movie reboot of the 1970s crime caper, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, Sony Pictures said on Thursday. The new “Charlie’s Angels” marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while ...

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Attack on Zafar Iqbal: Charges pressed against 6

Zafar Iqbal

MNA National Desk: Police on Thursday submitted the charge sheet against Faizul Hasan Foyez, his four other family members and one of his friends in connection with the attack on renowned writer Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Jalalabad Police Station OC Shafiqul Islam said Amulya Kumar Chowdhury, assistant police commissioner (prosecution), submitted the 353- page charge sheet with the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Haridas Pal around 11:45am. The other charge-sheeted accused are Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah. Faizul had planned to kill Prof Zafar ...

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West Indies beat Bangladesh by 3 runs

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: Shimron Hetmyer scored a superb century as Bangladesh stumbled in the final over to hand the West Indies a series-levelling victory in their one-day game on Wednesday. The hosts made it 1-1 in the best-of-three series after Bangladesh failed to score eight runs off their final over for what would have been a series win. Shimron Hetmyer blazed 125 off 93 balls to pace the home side to a competitive 271 all out batting first. Bangladesh were left stranded on 268 for six after their 50 overs as West Indies held on for a three-run win. West ...

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Imran Khan leads in early counting

Imran Khan

MNA International Desk: Pakistani authorities said on Thursday full results of a general election would be delayed as cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan led in a partial count that opponents said was rigged, reported news agency. The party of Khan’s jailed chief rival, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, called the count an assault on democracy in the nuclear-armed, Muslim country which has a history of military rule. Any potential delays in forming a government would be worrisome, as Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund and worsening relations with on-off ...

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US-EU negotiate to skip trade clash

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MNA Business Desk: The United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that US has agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers with the European Union. Trump made this comment after a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. The two would work for zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto goods, he said. They also agreed to increase trade in services and agriculture, including greater US soy bean exports to the EU, reported news agency. The agreements come amid heightened tensions between the US and EU. The two leaders defused what had threatened to become a ...

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Underground lake found on Mars

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MNA Science Desk: Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km) in diameter, shaped like a rounded triangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — represents the first stable body of liquid water ever found on Mars. The researchers said it could take years to verify whether something is ...

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PEC, Ebtedayee examinations to begin Nov 18

Ebtedayee Examinations

MNA Education Desk: The Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for class V students will begin on November 18, reported news agency. The exam schedule was fixed on Wednesday at a secretariat meeting, headed by Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman, said Rabindranath Roy, the information and public relations officer of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry. The PEC exam schedule: English on November 18, Bangladesh and World Introduction on November 20, Primary Science on November 22, Mathematics on November 25, and Religion and Moral Education on November 26. The Ebtedayee exam schedule: English on November 18, Bangla ...

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Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

Demi Lovato

MNA Entertainment Desk: US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine in a statement. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment. Entertainment news ...

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Five killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides

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MNA National Desk: Five people including four members of a family were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of landslide, triggered by incessant rainfall for the last couple of days in Sadar and Ramu upazilas of the district on Wednesday, reported news agency. The deceased were identified as Marjina Akhter, 16, Kafia Akhter, 14, Abul Khayer, 8, and Khairunnesa, 6, four children of Jamal Hossain of the area. All of the family members were asleep then, the locals added. Locals, according to the witnesses, rescued the injured and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared ...

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Voting begins in Pakistan’s general election

general election

MNA International Desk: Pakistanis began voting on Wednesday in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with the prospect of neither winning a clear majority amid a looming currency crisis. A decade after Pakistan was last ruled by a military government, the election has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month. Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national ...

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BRICS leaders meet as US trade war looms

BRICS

MNA Business Desk: Leaders of the BRICS emerging economies-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-will gather in Johannesburg on Wednesday for a three-day meeting focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war. US president Donald Trump’s hardening stance has compounded fears of an all-out trade war after he slapped levies on goods from China worth tens of billions of dollars and imposed tariffs on other international imports. China’s president Xi Jinping, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian president Michel Temer will attend the annual summit, along with several African leaders invited as guests. ...

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Faraaz Gold Cup Inter-University Football begins

Faraz Gold Cup

MNA Sports Desk: The 20-team Shahjalal Islami Bank Faraaz Gold Cup Inter-University Football Tournament’ 2018, is set to begin at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Wednesday. State minister for youth and sports Biren Sikder will inaugurate the tournament at 4:30pm Wednesday, reported news agency. Participating teams are: Group 1: State University, Presidency University and Independent University (IUB) Group 2: Daffodil University and BUBT Group 3: Bangladesh University, Atish Dipankar University and Shanto-Mariam University Group 4: Uttara University, East West University and Southern University Group 5: Prime University and City University Group 6: Northern University and Gono Bishwabidyalay. ...

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Abdullah Abu Sayeed’s birth anniv today

Abdullah Abu

MNA Feature Desk: Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, a versatile writer- television presenter, stepped into the 80th year today. He is mainly an educationist and literary. He is also a television presenter, organizer, and activist. Creating `Bishwo Shahitto Kendro` that promotes the study of literature, reading habits and a progressive idea is his greatest achievement. Through this center, he is constantly working to deliver the hidden light to the people. Today is his 79th birth anniversary. He was born on July 25, 1939, in Park Circus, Kolkata. His paternal home was in Kamargati village under Kachua thana of Bagerhat district. As ...

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Samsung launches Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

MNA Tech Desk: Samsung has launched a brand new smartphone styled Galaxy J8, the latest addition to its most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh, reported news agency. The world’s leading smartphone manufacturer came up with the new brand with the aim “to bring amazing flagship features within midrange”. “Its design has been engineered to offer improved durability and comfortable grip, without compromising on style,” the company said in a news release issued in Dhaka on Tuesday. The Samsung Galaxy J8 has a 16MP and 5MP dual rear camera setup. “The phone is ideal for low light photography ...

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Shakib banks on spin-friendly Guyana pitch to seal series

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MNA Sports Desk: Shakib Al Hasan feels the spinner-friendly pitch in Providence presents Bangladesh a great chance of winning the series against the Windies with one game left to play. Bangladesh lead the three-match one-day international series after winning the first match by 48 runs, reports media. ‘We have the best chance in Guyana,’ Hasan told reporters ahead of the second ODI, to be played on Wednesday, 25 July. ‘This is perhaps the only wicket in West Indies that is known for assisting the spinners and we have got a good track record here.’ ‘We will try to wrap the ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

Coke Studio

MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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More rains predicted for next 24 hours

24 hours

MNA National Desk: Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places across the country in the next 24 hours tomorrow, reported news agency. “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at some places across the country in the next 24 hours commencing at 9:00am today,” said a Met bulletin issued here this morning. The highest rainfall in the last 24-hour ...

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