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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrates Sheikh Hasina’s 72nd birthday

Peshajibi League

MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League celebrated the 72nd birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday with due festivities. Sheikh Hasina, the eldest of the five children of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on September 28, 1947. Discussions and special prayers were held at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad, seeking divine blessings for the Prime Minister’s good health and long life. The chairman of Asian Group & Asian TV and the president of Bangabandhu Sainik League — Al-hajj Harun-or-Rashid (CIP) was present as chief guest.

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Up to 50 million Facebook accounts breached


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook revealed on Friday that up to 50 million accounts were breached by hackers, dealing a blow to the social network’s effort to convince users to trust it with their data. The social network is investigating the extent of harm done when hackers exploited a trio of software flaws to steal “access tokens,” the equivalent of digital keys that enable people to automatically log back into the social network. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said engineers discovered the breach on Tuesday, and patched it on Thursday night. “We don’t know if any accounts were actually misused,” Zuckerberg ...

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Help your partner to deal with stress


MNA life Style Desk: When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection. But by supplying a steady supply of support for your partner when he or she is stressed, not only can you help prevent your relationship from becoming strained, you can create a new level of intimacy that actually brings you both closer together. Don’t assume the top-of-mind topics are really the issue. Look beneath the surface. Retrace your partner’s steps to find events or circumstances that could have caused hurt, sadness, anger, disappointment, rejection or similar emotions. If you can be ...

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Youth Summit-2018 at PU

Youth Summit

MNA Education Desk: Primeasia University (PU) and Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF) have jointly organized Youth Summit -2018 with a theme “Youth in Innovation to achieve SDG and youth in tourism to achieve SDG”. The program including a seminar on “Diversity of Bangladeshi Youth” was held at the IQAC conference center of its Campus, Banani. Hasanul Huq Inu, Minister, Ministry of Information, was present at the Summit as the chief gust while Prof Dr Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Vice- Chancellor of PU presided over the Program. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, was present at here as ...

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Sheikh Hasina’s birthday today

Sheikh Hasina

MNA National Desk: The 72nd birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will be observed today. She is the eldest of the five children of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa. Sheikh Hasina was born at Tungipara in Gopalganj on this day in 1947.Ruling AL and its associate bodies, and like-minded organisations will arrange elaborate programmes, including milad, doa-mahfil, special prayers and discussion, on the occasion. As part of the central programme of AL, a milad and doa-mahfil will be arranged at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today. Sheikh ...

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Heads of states, int’l agencies expect Hasina’s election win: Foreign secretary

election rally

 MNA National Desk: Different international agencies and heads of states have expressed hopes that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will win the upcoming national election and continue her legacy of development and democracy. They expressed their hopes during separate meetings with the prime minister at the bilateral meeting room of the UN headquarters on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meetings, reported news agency. They hoped that, by coming to power again, Hasina’s government will continue the progress of economic growth and development, Shahidul said. He said from the discussions it became clear that the global reading ...

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India top court rules ‘adultery no longer a crime’


MNA International Desk: Adultery is no longer a crime in India, said the Indian Supreme Court on Thursday. The court junked a 158-year law that punished a man for an affair but not the woman, treating her as her husband’s property, reported news agency. “The husband is not the master of the wife,” said five most senior Supreme Court judges in a constitution bench, unanimously sticking up for gender justice and calling out the Victorian adultery law — Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code — as arbitrary. The law punished a man who has an affair with a woman ...

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PM expresses delight over Tigers’ victory


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed delight over Bangladesh’s victory against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup Cricket. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to my cricket team for today’s victory against Pakistan,” she told journalists in New York in her instant reaction after the Bangladesh’s win in Abu Dhabi. “I pray that the trend of victory that they initiated is continued,” she added, reported news agency. Bangladesh moved into the final of the 14th edition of the six-nation continental tournament as they defeated two-time champions Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinal at the Sheikh ...

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The World Tourism Day observed

Tourism Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Tourism Day 2018 was celebrated in the city and elsewhere in the country with the theme ‘Tourism and the digital transformation’. A colourful rally was brought out in the city on Thursday morning marking the day. The rally started from Matsya Bhaban intersection at 8:30am and ended at TSC intersection in Dhaka University campus. Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal, among others, spoke at the rally highlighting the importance of the day. Members of the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh, Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering ...

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Bangladesh beat Pakistan to reach Asia Cup final

Asia Cup final

MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur with their brilliant performance guide Bangladesh into the Asia Cup final defeating Pakistan by 37 runs in a virtual semifinalin Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The former skipper missed out a deserving century but still lifted Bangladesh from a precarious 12-3 to 239 all out in 49.5 overs before they kept Pakistan down to 202-9 in 50 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Mashrafe Mortaza’s team will now face defending champions India in the final in Dubai on Friday, with an opportuntiy to win the continental title for the first time, reported news agency. Bangladesh’s ...

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Shamsul Haque’s 2nd death anniv

Shamsul Haque

MNA Entertainment Desk: The versatile magician of words Syed Shamsul Haque passed away on this day in 2016. Today his second death anniversary will be observed. Haque wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), lyrics and essays. His literary works have been included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh. Today marking his death anniversary a special documentary show will be aired by BTV at 5pm and at 12.30pm. The show would contain views about him expressed by his widow Anwara Syed Haque, his son Ditio Syed Haque, thespian Ataur Rahman ...

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Google Doodle celebrates the search giant’s 20th birthday

Google Doodle

MNA Tech Desk: Google turned 20 today and it wants to make sure you’re aware of its birthday. The search giant on Thursday introduced a new playable Google Doodle with “Google” spelled out in letter-shaped balloons tied to a pile of gift boxes featuring popular searches over the past 20 years. The doodle is just one of the ways that Google is celebrating the occasion, which marks two decades of dominance in the search business. The company has gone from humble beginnings as a search engine to the most dominant force in advertising. Google now has a parent company, Alphabet, ...

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‘Flying news’: Humanitarian media counter Rohingya refugee rumours


MNA Exclusive Desk: As aid workers rushed to vaccinate Rohingya refugees against measles earlier this year, rumours swirled through the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh – the injections would make women sterile and convert children into Christians. The anecdote, included in an August report from the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef, illustrates how the refugees, who have fled Myanmar, are vulnerable to misinformation, “with little or no access to television, radio, or other media”. In response, humanitarians are trying innovative projects to counter rumours – translated as ‘flying news’ in the Rohingya language – and to let refugees know how to ...

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7.5% growth rate for current fiscal: ADB


MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank has projected that Bangladesh will achieve 7.5 percent economic growth in the current fiscal year. The rate is slightly below than the government’s estimate of 7.8 percent. The growth will be achieved due to the increase in private sector investment, export and remittance, the bank said in its Asian Development Outlook 2018 released on Wednesday, reports news agency. In its national budget announced in June, Bangladesh projected 7.8 percent growth for fiscal 2018-19. GDP growth accelerated 7.86 percent in the past fiscal year, surpassing the estimate of 7.65 percent, according to the state-owned ...

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Myanmar’s delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return: PM


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused neighbouring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year. “I already have 160 million people in my country,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, when asked whether Bangladesh would be willing to walk back its policy against permanent integration. “I can’t take any other burden. I can’t take it. My country cannot bear.” Hasina was speaking to Reuters in New York, where she is attending the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders. The prime minister, who faces a national ...

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Cost cuts may hinder UN peacekeeping mission: PM

UN peacekeeping

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned that cost cuts might seriously hinder the UN peacekeeping mission that is playing an important role in saving the lives of people in many turbulent areas around the world. “Reducing costs and personnel can have a serious impact on the ground,” she told a high-level event for action for peacekeeping, organsied by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Rather, she said, investment in UN peacekeeping is worth every life it saves. “The concerns of those on the frontline must be heard. Troops and police-contributing ...

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Trump, Rouhani exchange threats


MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday with Trump vowing more sanctions against Tehran and Rouhani suggesting his American counterpart suffers from a “weakness of intellect.” Trump used his annual address to the United Nations to attack Iran’s “corrupt dictatorship,” praise last year’s bogeyman North Korea and lay down a defiant message that he will reject globalism and protect American interests, reported news agency. But much of his 35-minute address was aimed squarely at Iran, which the United States accuses of harboring nuclear ambitions and ...

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India, Afghanistan tie in Asia Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Stockily built Mohammad Shahzad knocked a brilliant hundred as spirited Afghanistan pulled off a last over tie against India in the Super Four match in Dubai on Tuesday. Shahzad’s 124 laid the foundation of Afghanistan’s fighting total of 252-8 in 50 overs before bowling out India in 49.5 overs for the same total at Dubai stadium. Needing seven to win off the final Rashid Khan over, Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary off the second ball before taking a single off the next. Last man Khaleel Ahmed then took a single but Jadeja holed out off the fifth ...

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Malaysia reopens labour market for Bangladeshis


MNA Business Desk: All the licensed recruiting agencies of the country from now on can send workers to Malaysia under the G2G Plus system. The decision was taken at a meeting of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam with Malaysian human resources minister M Kulasegaran in Putrajaya on Tuesday. Nurul Islam led a five-member Bangladesh side to the meeting, said a handout of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry. As per the decision, the job market of Malaysia will remain open to the workers who are waiting to go there. Meanwhile, the joint working group of Bangladesh ...

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JU admission test from Sept 29

admission test

MNA Education Desk: The honors’ first year admission test of the Jagannath University for 2018-19 academic session will begin from Saturday (September 29), reported news agency. According to a press release issued from the university office, the test will be conducted in two shifts: in the morning (10-11) and in the afternoon (3:30-5) on the campus and 3 centers outside the campus. The first test starts with unit-1 under science faculty. 26,405 aspirants applied for 825 seats of unit-1 under science faculty. All the aspirants must bring printed admit cards, the release said.

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BTV pays tributes to Zafar Iqbal


MNA Entertainment Desk: On the occasion of 68th birth anniversary of late actor- singer Zafar Iqbal, BTV arranged a programme on September 25. The channel in its magazine programme called “Chhaychanda” aired playbacks and clips of films starring Zafar. The programme, produced by Lutfur Rahaman Robin and hosted by Iqbal Khandakar brought to light some lesser known facts about Zafar Iqbal, who acted in 150 films during his acting career. Zafar Iqbal, one of the most prominent actors in the history of the Bengali film industry, possesses a versatile career under his belt as a singer, guitarist and actor. This ...

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Benefits of using eye pillow

eye pillow

MNA Life Style Desk: How peaceful it feels to lie down and slip on a lavender-filled eye pillow just before you drift away from the worries and stress of this material world? An eye pillow induces sleep, cools off your troubled mind leaving you feeling calm and relaxed. Eye pillows are not only designed to soothe and relax tired eyes but the aromatic effect of essential oils and herbs that are infused in the flax seeds help calm and rest the mind. Flax seeds sewed in delicate muslin cloth of eye shaped frame ensures perfect amount of acupressure needed by ...

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Instagram co-founders resign from FB


MNA Tech Desk: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who co-founded Instagram eight years ago, are leaving the service’s parent company, Facebook. The news of their departure comes from The New York Times, and is corroborated by a statement from Systrom. The duo have resigned from the company and will leave in the coming weeks. Instagram has come a long way since it first evolved from a location check-in app called Burbn into a photo sharing network back in 2010. It was sold to Facebook for $1 billion a couple of years later, and is closing in on a billion users ...

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Govt wants free, fair, participatory polls: PM


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government wants the next general elections be held in a free and fair manner and all political parties to join it. The prime minister made the remarks when UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt called on her in the bilateral meeting room at the UN headquarters on Monday morning, reports news agency. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters. Jeremy Hunt said the UK is looking forward to free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh. In response, the premier said: ‘We also ...

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US accuses Myanmar military of ‘planned and coordinated’ Rohingya atrocities

Myanmar soon

MNA International Desk: A US government investigation has found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The US State Department report, which was released on Monday, could be used to justify further US sanctions or other punitive measures against Myanmar authorities, reported news agency. But it stopped short of describing the crackdown as genocide or crimes against humanity, an issue that other US officials said was the subject of fierce internal debate that delayed the report’s rollout for nearly a month. The ...

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Resolve Rohingya crisis from its root: PM

Sheikh Hasina

MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday placed three recommendations, including abolishing discriminatory laws, policies and practices by Myanmar against Rohingyas, to solve the protracted Rohingya crisis from its root. Sheikh Hasina placed there commendations at the ‘High-level Event on the Global Compact on Refugees: A Model for Greater Solidarity and Cooperation’ held at the UN headquarters here with UN Secretary General António Guterres in the chair. Her second recommendation is Myanmar must create conducive environment by building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights and pathway to citizenship for all Rohingyas. If needed, create a ‘safe zone’ inside Myanmar ...

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India plans to use BD waterway for a freight corridor


MNA Business Desk: The Indian government is working on a plan to set up a waterway freight corridor to connect the mainland with the northeastern states via Bangladesh at a cost of Indian rupees 50 billion, according to The move would substantially reduce the time taken to transport goods to the eight northeastern states of India and costs. The proposed 900-km waterway would be used to transport freight from the northern and eastern states to the northeast and would start near Haldia in West Bengal, go to the Sundarbans, merge into the Padma river in Bangladesh and then join ...

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