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Angelina Jolie makes her Instagram debut


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Angelina Jolie made her Instagram debut when she photobombed actress Elle Fanning on the set of her new film ‘Maleficent 2’. The Oscar-winning actress was seen smiling and flashing a peace sign behind Fanning on the set here, report news agency. This comes just six days before the mother-of-six is set to celebrate her 43rd birthday. Jolie was covered up in a white robe and already had her ‘Maleficent’ horns on with heavy make-up that included a pale face, filled in eyebrows and deep ruby red lipstick. The ‘Salt’ star had long nails and several rings ...

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Rohingya crisis threatens biodiversity of Cox’s Bazar


MNA Exclusive Desk: Some 2,000 hectares of forestland — equivalent to four football fields — around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has disappeared due to Rohingya refugees cutting trees for firewood, according to a report by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). It added that 86 percent of drinking-water wells have been contaminated with the E.coli bacteria from fecal matter. Due to the “extreme level” of deforestation, the area’s biodiversity has been jeopardized, said Saiful Islam, assistant director of the environmental office in Cox’s Bazar. The government will implement a reforestation plan once 100,000 Rohingya are relocated to Bhashan Char island in ...

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Fanus brings smile to slum children


MNA Education Desk: Fanus, an educational and charitable organization of Sher e Bangla Agricultural University, donated eid gift among the 115 destabilized and helpless families living at slums. On Saturday the donation programme was started at 11 am on the university academic Bhaban at the where associate Professor Dr KBM Saiful Islam, Associate Professor Jasim Uddin and Assistant professor Arif Hossain and teachers, students were present. The gift gave one packet semai, sugar, condensed milk and new dress of children for each family. Besides, the organization coordinated mass education among the workers and slum children. The organization started its journey ...

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PM inaugurates second Dharla Bridge

Dharla Bridge

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday opened the second Dharla Bridge in Kurigram district on Sunday, reported news agency. She inaugurated the bridge, named ‘Sheikh Hasina Dharla Bridge’, through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban. The 950-meter long bridge over the Dharla River has connected Fulbari upazila of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila. The 9.8-metre wide bridge has 19 spans and 2.919 km of approach roads. The main bridge cost Tk 131.58 crore, while the approach roads Tk 13.09, the 3.5-km river training works Tk 43.50 crore and land acquisition Tk 2.33 crore. The total ...

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World Bicycle Day today

World Bicycle Day

MNA Feature Desk: The first official World Bicycle Day is being celebrated on Sunday in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the globe to create awareness about multiple societal and health benefits of using the bicycle for transport and leisure. On 12 April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 June as the World Bicycle Day acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. According to the UN, the bicycle is ...

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G7 finance chiefs rebuke US for metal tariffs


MNA Business Desk: Finance leaders of the closest US allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs on Saturday, ending a three-day meeting with a stern rebuke of Washington and setting up a heated fight at a G7 summit next week in Quebec. In a rare show of division among the normally harmonious club of wealthy nations, the six other G7 member countries issued a statement asking US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to convey their “unanimous concern and disappointment” about the tariffs to President Donald Trump. The 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminium tariffs were imposed this ...

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The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr for Muslims


MNA Feature Desk: The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr is very high for the pious muslims. Fitr means to breakfast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr, as it is the day of rejoicing after the completion of fasting. On this occasion of significance, as a sign of gratitude one has to give a specific amount in alms, which is called Sadaqatul Fitr. To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadan Mubarak one has to give Sadaqatul Fitr and it keeps great significance for Muslims. Reasons for ...

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Ariana Grande thanks LGBTQ fans

Ariana Grande

MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Ariana Grande thanked her fans from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and said they mean a lot to her. Billboard editors have asked a group of pop stars to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ community, and Grande was among the first to respond, saluting her gay brother Frankie and insisting there is nothing more ‘infectious’ than being surrounded by her LGBTQ devotees, reports media. “I grew up with a gay brother who’s every move I would emulate,” the “No tears left to cry,” star wrote. “I idolised him. Everything Frankie did, I ...

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US-N Korea nuclear talks get underway


MNA International Desk: High-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside. Earlier in the day, the White House left open the possibility ...

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US for more global action over Rohingya crisis

Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States has indicated more action from the international community over Rohingya crisis and other areas of concerns in Myanmar in the coming days terming the situation ‘dire’. “Secretary (former) Tillerson had announced the finding of ethnic cleansing, and I believe it’s ethnic cleansing of a religious minority that’s taking place,” said Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Recalling his visit to several refugee camps in Bangladesh about a month ago, Ambassador Brownback said, “The situation is dire. We must do more to help them, as they continue to be targeted for their faith.” The ...

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Team announced for Women’s Asia Cup

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20I 2018, reported news agency. The six-nation women’s continental cricket event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from June 3 to 10. Bangladesh team will leave for Kuala Lumpur at 2pm on Friday and will play the first game against Sri Lanka at Royal Selangor Club on June 3. Bangladesh T20I squad: Salma Khatun (captain), Nahida Akter, Rumana Ahmed, Panna Ghosh, Nigar Sultana, Lily Rani Biswas, Fargana Haque, Sanjida Islam, Khadaija Tul Kubra, Sharmin Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, ...

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Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape


MNA Entertainment Desk: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him. “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Vance said in a statement on the charges against the disgraced 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co. The grand jury indictment follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two ...

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Bangladesh joins Tokyo jute fair


MNA  Business Desk: A pavilion was inaugurated on Wednesday at Interior Life-style Fair at the Big Site of Tokyo in Japan to showcase Bangladeshi jute products, reported news agency. Chairman to the parliamentary standing committee on textiles and jute Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Bangladesh ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima and Export Promotion Bureau vice chairman Bijoy Bhattachariya inaugurated the pavilion. A total of 10 jute business organisations are taking part in the fair where they are showcasing different items of jute products including jute bag, said an official release here. The Bangladeshi businessmen expressed their hope to create a Bangladesh-made jute ...

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World No Tobacco Day today

Tobacco Day

MNA Feature Desk: Coinciding with the observance of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization has warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are “major causes” of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths a year. The theme of this year’s day is ‘Tobacco Attacks Heart: Stay away, Save Lives’. The theme demonstrates link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death and feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League holds iftar mahfil and extended meeting

iftar mahfil

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League on Wednesday organized its 2nd extended committee meeting and iftar mahfil at Jatiya Grontho Kendra Auditorium at capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue. Fazlul Kader Manju, national committee member of Awami League and also the president of Bhola district Awami League, was present as chief guest. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad presided over the function, said a press release. Shafi Ahmed, central leader of Awami League; Principal MA Awal Siddik, advisor of Dhaka Mahanagar (North) Awami League; Freedom Fighter Enajur Rahman Chowdhury; General secretary of Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, ...

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PM briefs press at Ganobhaban


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing a press conference at 4:00pm today (Wednesday) to brief journalists about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Kolkata, India. The press conference has been started at her official residence Ganobhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to the West Bengal, India on May 25 on a two-day official visit. During the visit, Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated ‘Bangladesh Bhaban’ at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. They also had a meeting with Modi at Bangladesh Bhaban. Sheikh Hasina also attended Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the Guest of ...

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Minimum Fitra set at Tk 70


MNA National Desk: Fitra, a charity donation by well-off Muslims at the end of Ramadan, has been fixed at a minimum of Tk 70 per person this year. The maximum Fitra has been fixed at Tk 2,310 per person, taking into account the market prices of flour, dates and some other essential items, said a press release of Islamic Foundation. The Islamic Foundation decided on the donation rates at a meeting on Wednesday, said Baitul Mukarram spokesperson Muhammad Nizamuddin. Fitra can be given either in cash or kind. Last year, the minimum Fitra rate was Tk 65 and maximum at ...

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Israel strikes 35 targets in Gaza


MNA International Desk: Israel launched a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hitting 35 targets and a cross-border tunnel, the latest in a back-and-forth exchange of fire after Palestinians launched mortars from Gaza into Israel, reported news agency. The Israeli military in a statement said the airstrike was in response to the barrage of 28 mortar shells that Gaza militants fired at Israel on Tuesday morning. The attack from Gaza caused no major damage except for a man who was slightly injured in the hand, it said. The airstrike was carried out by Israeli fighter jets and aircraft ...

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Myanmar continues Rohingya ethnic cleansing: US


MNA Exclusive Desk: Ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community, the Trump administration said Tuesday. In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state constituted ethnic cleansing, and the US later imposed sanctions. Ambassador Sam Brownback, the US envoy for global religious freedom, said the violence is continuing. “I don’t think we’ve seen progress there in that country,” Brownback said as he unveiled the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom. The report estimates that about 680,000 people fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh ...

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France bans big screen zones for WC

big screen

MNA Sports Desk: The threat of terrorist attacks in France has put paid to fans’ hopes of watching the World Cup on big screen in public spaces, France’s ministry for the interior announced Tuesday. “I remind all publicly-elected officials of the fact that ‘big screen’ zones are completely forbidden in public spaces,” said a statement from the ministry. France has been subject to several terrorist attacks in recent years, leading to an increased security presence all round. “In the current climate of terrorist threats, the security procedures used at the last European Championship must be deployed again, with the same ...

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Pickaboo pre-booking starts for Samsung


MNA Tech Desk: Pickaboo online has started the pre-book of the brand new Samsung Galaxy J6. The Galaxy J6 is bringing the infinity display for the first time in Samsung’s most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh. Customers can pre-book this Smartphone exclusively from from 22nd May to 30th May 2018. With every pre-book, customers will get a free football jersey, EMI facility for 12 months at zero interest, and free home delivery. The delivery of the pre-booked Galaxy J6 will initiate from June 1st Week, 2018. The smartphone will be available in black, gold and blue. ...

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13th founding anniv of Comilla University

Comilla University

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Comilla University on Monday observed its 13th founding anniversary with a daylong colourful programme on the campus, reported news agency. The celebration programme including procession and discussion were inaugurated by the university vice chancellor (VC) professor Emran Kabir Chowdhury, at 11:00am. Teachers, officers, staff and students of the university brought out a colourful procession led by the VC, from in front of the university’s administrative building around 11:00am. The Comilla University started its journey on Lalmai Hillocks on 28 May 2006 with 4 faculties, 7 departments, 15 teachers and 300 students. At present, the ...

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Fresh notes to hit market June 3


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Bank (BB) will release new currency notes of Taka 10, 20, 50 and Taka 100 denominations in the market from June 3 ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. The new notes will be distributed from all branches of Bangladesh Bank across the country every day until June 14, said a press release. The notes will also be distributed from Jatrabari Branch of the National Bank, Abdul Ghoni Road Corporate Branch of the Janata Bank, Elephant Road Branch of Agrani Bank, Mirpur Branch of the City Bank, Kawran Bazar Branch of the South East Bank, Bashundhara City (Panthapath) Branch of ...

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Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city polls on July 30

political parties

MNA National Desk: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday set July 30 to hold Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barishal city corporation polls. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda told media this after a meeting of the EC, reported news agency. According to the election schedule, June 28 has been fixed for submitting nomination papers, while the July 1 and 2 for scrutinising those and the deadline for withdrawal of candidature is July 9. Recently, the EC completed the Khulna city polls on May 15 this year. Though the Gazipur civic elections were supposed to be held on the same date, it was ...

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Drug War: Death toll rises to 117


MNA National Desk: As a nationwide ‘anti-drug’ crackdown continues, 12 more people were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights early Tuesday, reported news agency. With the incidents, the number of victims, who were described as drug dealers, has reached 117 since 12 May. In ‘gunfights’ with the Rapid Action Battalion and the police, the 12 people were killed in Dhaka, Thakurgaon, Brahmanbaria, Barguna, Cumilla, Mymensingh, Satkhira, Kushtia and Jashore. The law enforcers said, yaba, cannabis, phensedyl and other drugs along with local and foreign firearms are recovered from almost all the spots the raids were conducted. Home minister ...

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National cricket team leave for India

national cricket team

MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh national cricket team have left for India on Tuesday morning to take part in a three-match T20I series against Afghanistan scheduled to be held on 3 to 7 June. The matches will be played at newly built Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun. Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shabbir Rahaman, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain and Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi. Match Schedule: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh series 2018: 3 June – ...

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Doctors uncertain about Skripals long-term health

term health

MNA International Desk: The doctors who treated a Russian former spy and his daughter after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain say they don’t know what the pair’s long term health outlook is – and initially feared the incident could have been much worse. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain, and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Staff at Salisbury hospital, where they were treated, told news agency that some started to wonder whether ...

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