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India beat Kiwis by 6 wickets

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MNA Sports Desk: Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik fired India to a comfortable six-wicket win over Kiwis or New Zealand after a pitch-tampering storm threatened the second one-day international in Pune on Wednesday. Dhawan scored a classy 68 and Karthik notched an unbeaten 64 as India made 232-4 to clinch victory with 24 balls to spare and level the three-match ODI series 1-1. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat as the visitors looked to clinch the series with a victory following their six-wicket win in the opening ODI in Mumbai on Sunday. ...

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Deal on 200-MW solar power plant

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is set to sign a contract on Thursday on 200 megawatts (MW) solar power plant with Teesta Solar Limited, a sister concern of Beximco Group. The agreement will be inked at a ceremony at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital with state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid as the chief guest. According to the contract, Teesta Solar Limited will construct the 200 MW Sundarganj Solar Power Plant in Gaibandha in 18 months, BPDB director (public relations) Saiful Hasan Chowdhury told news agency. He said the solar power company would ...

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Rock pioneer Fats Domino passes away

Fats Domino

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Fats Domino, whose rollicking boogie-woogie piano helped give birth to rock ‘n’ roll, has died in his lifelong home of New Orleans, the coroner said Wednesday. He was 89. One of the top-selling artists of the 1950s, Domino had been hailed as an indispensable influence by legends including Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and especially The Beatles, who called his music their first encounter with rock. The famously reclusive musician, who had made few public appearances over the past decade, died Tuesday morning of natural causes, said Gerry Cvitanovich, the coroner of Jefferson Parish. Domino’s daughter ...

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Depression lifts risk of early death in women

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MNA Life Style Desk: Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found. The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode. In the study, the lifespan for young adults with depression at age 25 was markedly shorter over the 60-year period-the lifespan shortened ranging from 10 to 12 fewer years of life, then four to seven years and later seven to 18 fewer years of life, reported news agency. For ...

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Now go live with friend on Instagram

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MNA Science & Tech: After several weeks of testing, Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has rolled out a new feature which enables users to broadcast simultaneously with a friend. ‘Starting today, we are introducing a fun way to go live with a friend. Now, you can hang out and go live together, whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day,’ Instagram said in a blog post. To use the new feature, users need to tap the new icon on the bottom right and tap ‘Add’ to invite anyone who’s currently watching. Once they join, ‘you’ll see the screen ...

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37th BCS written results published

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MNA Education Desk: The Public Service Commission (PSC) has published the written test results of 37th BCS on Wednesday afternoon. A total 5,379 have passed in different cadre positions in the exam. Among them, 2,943 have passed in the general cadre category, 1,701 in the general and technical/professional categories and 735 in the technical/professional category. Besides, 434 candidates have qualified in the assistant surgeon cadre, while 7 have qualified in the assistant dental surgeon cadre, according to the results available on the PSC website. The PSC issued the circular for the 37th BCS to recruit 1,226 government employees on February 29, ...

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136th birth anniversary of Pablo Picasso

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MNA Feature Desk: Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 ,He was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal ...

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Former BNP MP Mashiur jailed for 10 years

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MNA National Desk: A special court in Jessore has sentenced former BNP lawmaker from Jhenidah-2 Mashiur Rahman to 10 years’ imprisonment in a case filed by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in a graft case. After examining records and witnesses, Judge Nitai Chandra Saha of Jessore Special Judge Court handed down the verdict on Wednesday. The court also fined the president of Jhenidah district unit BNP Tk 70,000 and confiscated his wealth worth Tk 10,05,69,330. According to the court statement, Kushtia ACC’s then assistant director Mossarraf Hossain Mridha filed a case against Mashiur on December 14, 2008 for concealing wealth information ...

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Myanmar starts work to take back Rohingyas: Suu Kyi

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Myanmar government has begun to work on taking back those who crossed the border into Bangladesh from Rakhine state, says the country’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Myanmar state counsellor and leader of the ruling party made the statement during a meeting with Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in the capital city of Naypyidaw on Wednesday. A ten-member delegation led by Khan attended the hour-long discussion with Suu Kyi, said the office of Home Ministry. Suu Kyi said her government is working on the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. She also spoke of adopting ...

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China unveils new leadership line-up

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MNA International Desk: China’s Communist Party revealed its new leadership helmed by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, breaking with recent precedent by failing to include a clear successor to the president among the seven-man line-up. Apart from Xi, Premier Li Keqiang was the only one to retain his spot amid sweeping changes on the Politburo Standing Committee, the height of power in the world’s second-largest economy. Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng were promoted, replacing five retiring members including anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, a key Xi ally. All seven are in their 60s, and for ...

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BASIC bank gets Awal Khan as new MD

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MNA Business Desk: The government has appointed Muhammad Awal Khan Managing Director of the BASIC bank, which is recovering from a loan scam. The Financial Institutions Division of the Ministry of Finance has made the appointment for three years. He is replacing Khandaker Md Iqbal whose tenure ended on Sept 28. Chairman of the governing body of the troubled bank, Alauddin A Majid said he received a letter from the ministry confirming the new appointment on Monday. Awal’s appointment came through a search committee headed by Majid, which was formed after Sept 28. Two other members of the committee were ...

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Indian classical music queen Girija Devi dies

Girija Devi

MNA Culture & Entertainment desk: Indian classical vocalist Girija Devi passed away following a cardiac arrest here on Tuesday, hospital sources said. She was 88. Besides Padma Shri (1972) and Padma Bhushan (1989), the veteran was honoured with the Tansen Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1977). Born in 1929 in Varanasi, she received her initial training in vocal music from Shri Sarju Prasad Mishra, and honed her skills under the guidance of Shri Chand Mishra. An outstanding exponent of Thumri, Tappa, Hori, Chaiti, Kajri, Tarana, Sadra, and other forms of Hindustani ...

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New cyber attacks hit Russia, other nations

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Cyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport. While no major outages were reported, the U.S. government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May and June that used similar malware and resulted in what some economists estimated are billions of dollars in losses. The attacks are disturbing because attackers quickly infected critical infrastructure, including transportation operators, indicating it was a “well-coordinated” campaign, said Robert Lipovsky, a researcher with cyber firm ESET. More than ...

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3 Apan Jewellers owners sent to jail

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MNA National Desk: A day after issuing warrants for the arrest of three owners of Apan Jewellers, separate courts here on Tuesday sent them to jail in five cases filed for laundering money and dodging tax. Four metropolitan magistrates — Nurunnahar Yeasmin, Satyabrata Shikder, Mazharul Haq and Ahsan Habib — passed the orders when Dildar Ahmed and his two brothers — Gulzar Ahmed and Azad Ahmed — surrendered before the courts seeking bail. Of them, Dildar was sent to jail in three cases filed with Dhanmondi, Ramna and Uttara police stations while his brothers in two cases filed with Gulshan ...

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BNP leader MK Anwar dies

MK Anwar

MNA National Desk: BNP standing committee member and former minister MK Anwar died in the early hours of Tuesday at his Elephant Road residence in the city. He was 85. Anwar, a bureaucrat-turned politician breathed his last around 1:20 am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shairul Kabir Khan, reports news agency. He said the veteran BNP leader had long been suffering from diabetics, heart disease and various old age complications. His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Katabon Mosque at 10:00am. He will be buried in his family graveyard in Homna upazila. Anwar joined BNP in 1991 and was elected ...

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Decaying manners and protecting our social values

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MNA Editorial Desk: We always judge a person by manners whenever we meet him first. The character of a man is portrayed by the manners he conveys during interaction with another human being. We often think of a person good or bad only considering his manners though he might be just opposite of that by heart. Not only in the view of a personal interaction rather in every aspect of societal, communal, national, political or professional interaction, we must nurture manners so that, we convey a good message to our audience from every angle. But, it is very regretful that, ...

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US considering sanctions over Myanmar

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MNA International Desk: The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday. “We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement. It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s ...

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United Nations celebrates UN day

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MNA Feature Desk: Today, 24th October is the UN Day which marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. “Our world faces many grave challenges; widening conflicts and inequality; extreme weather and deadly intolerance; and Security threats including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend ...

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Google delays white Pixel 2 orders

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google has delayed the delivery of some of its newly-launched white Pixel 2 devices by up to a month as it is having a hard time keeping the smartphone in stock. “Some people who ordered a white Pixel 2 and received an estimated ship date of late October are receiving emails saying their order has been delayed by up to a month,” a report in The Verge said late Monday. To make up for the delay, Google is now offering these customers a free Live Case, which normally sell for $40. Based on Reddit reports, ...

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NDUB organizes workshop on ‘Plagiarism and Safeguarding Policy’

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MNA Education Desk: Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) organized a workshop for the faculties of the university on 6 October, entitled ‘Plagiarism and Safeguarding Policy’. It was conducted by Professor Nazmeen Haq, Department of English, University of Dhaka, and Professor Tahmina Ahmed, Department of English, University of Dhaka respectively. Sami Hossain Chisty, lecturer of the Department of English of NDUB, executed the role of Master of Ceremonies. Registrar and Chairman of English Department Fr Adam S Pereira, CSC welcomes the guests and faculties. After the faculties introduce themselves, the special guests of the event, the two esteemed speakers of the ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo retains FIFA award

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MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at FIFA’s The Best award gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d‘Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballond‘or five times, and Paris St Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted ...

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Warrant against Tarique in sedition case

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for of BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and two others in sedition case filed with the Tejgaon police. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions’ Court Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the warrant in the morning, reported news agency. Earlier, the case’s investigating officer police’s detective branch (DB) Inspector Emdad Hossain lodged the charge sheet to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Megistrate’s (CMM) Court against Tarique Rahman and three others. The accused in the case are, former ETV chairman Abdus Salam, Mahathir Faruqui Khan and Kanak Sarwar. Among the accused, ETV’s former Chairman Abdus ...

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Argentina’s Mauricio Macri wins mid-term poll

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MNA International Desk: Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri’s center-right coalition swept crucial mid-term elections Sunday and emerged with a strengthened hand to carry through pro-market economic reforms, reported news agency. Ex-president Cristina Kirchner took a seat in the Senate, marking a return to the political stage she dominated for 12 years before stepping down in 2015, and guaranteeing herself parliamentary immunity from a string of corruption charges. Macri’s Cambiemos, or “Let’s Change,” won in 13 of Argentina’s 23 provinces, as well as in the capital Buenos Aires, according to almost completed counts early Monday. Sunday’s vote, with an official turnout of ...

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Over 600,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, a UN report said Sunday. The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed to be stranded along the border waiting to cross. Rohingya refugees have headed for Bangladesh in huge numbers after militant attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state sparked a major army crackdown on the community likened to ethnic cleansing by the UN. Now the UN-led Inter-Sector Coordination Group ...

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Syed Ashraf’s wife passes away

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MNA National Desk: Awami League presidium member and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam’s wife Sheila Islam died undergoing treatment at a London Hospital in local time early hours of Monday. She was 57. Sheila Islam breathed her last at University College London Hospital’s ICU unit at about 3:00am. Her daughter Rita Ashraf was beside her. Sheila Islam was suffering from cancer for a long time. Before visiting London, she also took her treatments and chemotherapies for cancer at a hospital in Germany. She was a former teacher of a London school. The news of her death spread on the ...

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Real Madrid’s win keeps pressure on Barca

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MNA Sports Desk: A Marco Asensio-inspired Real Madrid crushed Eibar 3-0 to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barca to five points on Sunday, with Karim Benzema starting on the bench. Asensio forced an own goal and scored the second as Madrid moved up to third place with 20 points, one behind second-placed Valencia and one ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 away thanks to a Kevin Gameiro strike. Barcelona beat Malaga 2-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday while Valencia thrashed visitors Sevilla 4-0. Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga ...

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Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka

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MNA National Desk: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues aiming to take forward the relations to the next level. She arrived at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at1:41 pm, a senior official said, reported news agency. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received Sushma upon her arrival. Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides at the fourth such meeting which will begin at4:30 pmat Sonargaon Hotel in the city. ...

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