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‘India most dangerous country for women’

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MNA International Desk: India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday, reported news agency. War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia. The only Western nation in the top 10 was the United States, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into ...

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Myanmar sacks general involved in Rohingya crackdown

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military said it sacked a top general who was named in fresh EU sanctions against security officials accused of serious rights violations in the Rohingya crisis, including killings and sexual violence. Myanmar is accused of waging a crackdown in Rakhine state that forced 700,000 to flee that the UN and major western powers have said amounts to “ethnic cleansing”. Its leaders have come under fire for taking little punitive action against the military, which has maintained its troops were responding to attacks by Rohingya militants. But the military said late Monday in a Facebook post that ...

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Ronaldo foul sets WC penalties record

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MNA Sports Desk: A foul on Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal’s Group B clash against Iran on Monday resulted in a record 19th penalty at the World Cup before the knockout rounds, reported news agency. The Portugal forward was brought down in the box shortly into the second half in Saransk, with the penalty awarded by use of the video assistant referee (VAR). Although Ronaldo’s spot kick was saved by Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, the decision eclipsed the previous record tally of 18 penalties awarded set at the 2002 World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea. In Brazil four years ...

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EU, China pledge to uphold global trade order

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MNA Business Desk: The European Union and China pledged on Monday to uphold a rules-based global trade system, making an oblique criticism of growing protectionism in Washington despite their own disagreements, reported news agency. The two sides held high-level economic meetings in Beijing as both face rising trade tensions with the United States. Brussels and Beijing recently announced new tariffs on US goods in retaliation for moves by the Trump administration. “Both sides agreed to resolutely oppose unilateralism and protectionism and prevent such practices from impacting the world economy and even dragging the world economy into recession,” said Chinese Vice ...

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Death anniversary of Jahanara Imam today

Jahanara Imam

MNA Feature Desk: The 24th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, who spearheaded the movement for trial of the war criminals, will be observed in the country today. Jahanara Imam, the mother of martyred freedom fighter Shafi Imam Rumi, along with pro-liberation politicians, prominent cultural personalities and intellectuals floated the Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (the committee for annihilation of the killers and collaborators of 1971) on January 19, 1992. The nirmul committee held symbolic trial of Ghulam Azam in a Gono Adalat (mass court) at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan on March 26, 1992 awarding the Jamaate-e-Islami supremo with ...

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General Aziz takes over command of army

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MNA National Desk: General Aziz Ahmed on Monday has taken over the command of Bangladesh army as the Chief of Army Staff, reported news agency. He took over the charge from the outgoing chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq at Army headquarters, according to an ISPR press release. According to the Bangladesh Army website, before assuming his latest assignment, he had been serving as the ‘Quarter Master General’ of the Army. Born on Jan 1, 1961 in Chandpur, Aziz was commissioned in the Corps of Artillery on Jun 10, 1983 with 8th BMA long course. The general is a ...

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Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls

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MNA International Desk: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule, reported news agency. The presidential vote and a parliamentary election, both held more than a year early, completed NATO-member Turkey’s transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, a process started with a voter referendum last year. “The nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty,” Erdogan said in televised remarks ...

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Researchers create smallest ‘computer’

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the US have come out with the world’s smallest ‘computer’ — a device measuring just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice. Unlike traditional desktops that retain their program and data with or without a power back-up, these new microdevices lose all prior programming and data as soon as they are switched off, news agency reported. In addition to the RAM and photovoltaics, the new micro-computing device — Michigan Micro Mote — has processors and wireless transmitters and receivers. As the Motes ...

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England whitewash Australia

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MNA Sports Desk: Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 110 as England completed its first-ever 5-0 cricket sweep of Australia in any format with a one-wicket win in the fifth ODI on Sunday, reported news agency. England reached 208-9 in 48.3 overs at Old Trafford in reply to Australia’s 205 all out. At 114-8, England looked finished before Buttler and Adil Rashid shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 81. England had bowled Australia out in just 34.4 overs but collapsed to 50-5 against the pace and bounce of Billy Stanlake (3-35) before the scheduled lunch break. After his partnership with Adil Rashid, ...

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UN Public Service Day

Public Service Day

MNA Feature Desk: The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year. The prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given away on this day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution A/RES/57/277 of 2003, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”. The United Nations Economic and Social Council established that the United Nations Public Service Awards be bestowed on Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service. The day also marks the ...

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Scientist hunts for ‘monster DNA’ in Scotland

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years — and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery. Neil Gemmell has travelled from the University of Otago in New Zealand to collect water samples in the Scottish lake, in the hope of finding out more about the creatures that inhabit its depths. “Over 1,000 people claim that they have seen a monster. Maybe there is something extraordinary out there,” he told news agency, as he dropped a ...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z take album to Spotify

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Beyonce and Jay-Z brought their surprise joint album to all platforms including Spotify after a wait of little more than a day, relenting on keeping an exclusive for their fledgling Tidal service. The music world’s most famous couple late Saturday released “Everything is Love,” a soulful collaborative album on which the pair celebrate their marital bliss after rocky patches. Since Jay-Z launched the Tidal streaming service in 2015, the couple has sought to draw subscribers by releasing their music on Tidal. Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and Jay-Z’s “4:44” from last year remain absent from Spotify, although they ...

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Yoga can protect youth from drug addiction

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said yoga can be a way to bring the misguided youth back to normal life from drug addiction, reported news agency. “Yoga can be a powerful and effective way to protect the young generation distracted by the vicious claws of drug addiction,” Quader said at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka to mark International Yoga Day on Thursday. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has added a new dimension to yoga. Now it has spread to Bangladesh thanks to the Indian High Commission.  When illegal drug is spreading across the country ...

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International Day of Yoga 2018

Yoga 2018

MNA Feature Desk: Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined. The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free. This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it, reports news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Sports and Youth Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in ...

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PM hosts reception for women cricketers

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hosted a reception for the Bangladesh women cricketers who won the Twenty20 Asia Cup recently, reported news agecny. “Let’s not look back now that the journey has begun,” Hasina told the team at the reception organised at the Ganabhaban on Wednesday evening. “I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for the fantastic pride that you have brought us,” she said. The prime minister handed the players, coaching staff and officials of the team Tk 20 million awards announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board. On June 10, Bangladesh beat six-time champions India ...

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Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. The order requires that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally, although it was not immediately clear for how long. It also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings. The order does not end a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for criminal prosecution ...

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Rohingya girls face ‘prison-like’ conditions in refugee camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Adolescent Rohingya girls are being kept in stifling conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, unable to go out, deprived of education and facing prospects of early marriage whether they want it or not, according to a report by the charity Plan International launched on World Refugee Day. The report, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya is based on interviews with 300 refugee girls between 10 and 19 years old living in camps outside Cox’s Bazar. More than a million Rohingya, a Muslim minority from neighboring Myanmar, have fled across the border to Bangladesh since an ...

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Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16

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MNA Sports Desk: Uruguay booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage along with Russia on Wednesday, as Luis Suarez scored the winner on his 100th international appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don. The South Americans take on the hosts in their final Group A match on 25 June with top spot on the line, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after both suffered back-to-back defeats. Russia and Uruguay will face one of the top two from Group B in the last 16 — either Portugal, Spain or Iran, reported news agency. The ...

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FB to offer interactive game shows

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook said it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls, reported news agency. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features from Facebook will allow interactivity, which could be used for live game shows or challenges which offer cash prizes. “We believe that watching video doesn’t have to be passive, and that many types of traditional entertainment formats ...

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Tips to make your skin fair in this summer

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MNA Life Style Desk: With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin in the summer season and here are some simple tips for making your skin summer tolerable. Prepare your skin The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. Exfoliate, circulate and radiate Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves ...

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Polls-time govt likely in Oct

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MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has hinted that the polls-time government is likely to be formed in October, reported news agency. “The polls-time government will take the responsibility just after the announcement of election schedule. It does not mean that a new government will be formed,” he said adding, “The incumbent will act as the polls-time government. But it will short in size,” he said. The minister was talking to journalists after a post-eid review at his secretariat office on Wednesday. Discarding possibility to hold any one-sided election in the country, the Awami League General ...

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US quits UN human rights body

Human Rights

MNA International Desk: The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo at the state department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status ...

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Three named National Professor

National Professor

MNA Education Desk: The government has named Anisuzzaman, Rafiqul Islam and Jamilur Reza Choudhury as National Professor, reported news agency. The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education issued an order on their appointment as national professors on Tuesday. Anisuzzaman, professor emeritus of Dhaka University’s Bangla department, taught at Chittagong University. He is known for playing an active role in the movements against fundamentalism and fanaticism. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam is an adviser to Bangla Adhyan Kendra. Jamilur, who also taught civil engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was the founding vice-chancellor of ...

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Google to invest $550m in JD.com

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MNA Tech Desk: Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com. The two companies described the investment announced on Monday as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in US and European markets. Company officials said the agreement initially would not involve any major new Google initiatives in China, ...

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World Refugee Day today

World Refugee Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Refugee Day is being observed in the country along with elsewhere across the globe on Wednesday, reported news agency. June 20 is the day when the world commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. According to UNHCR, one in every 113 people has been forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution in the world. In September 2016, global leaders agreed to work towards a Global Compact for refugees and in 2018 where all parts of society stand together #WithRefugees and do their fair share instead of leaving individual states to ...

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2,300 flood victims in Sharifpur get aid

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MNA National Desk: Local administration has arranged aid for nearly 2,300 flood victims in Sharifpur union today. The distribution started at 11:30am in Sharifpur and was ongoing when our Moulvibazar correspondent last reported this afternoon. Md Faizur Rahman, additional secretary to disaster management and relief ministry, was present during the aid distribution. Flood relief was sent for nearly 2,300 victims of the area, said Chowdhury Mohmmad Gollam Rabbi, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Kulaura. Due to poor road condition, distribution did not get momentum, he said, assuring that the district administration will try to reach out to remotest areas. For ...

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Planned attacks targetting Rohingyas continue: OHCHR

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MNA Exclusive Desk: UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Monday that there are indications that well-organised attacks are continuing to target Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. “In Myanmar, as the council is aware, there are clear indications of well-organised, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingyas in Rakhine state as an ethnic group, amounting possibly to acts of genocide if so established by a court of law,” he said. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was delivering his opening statement and global update of human rights concerns at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council ...

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