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Nadal seals 11th Monte Carlo crown

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MNA Sports Desk: Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a single tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour title. Nadal’s 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion’s era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his ...

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IMF unveils new corruption policy

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MNA Business Desk: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will systematically address corruption and its impact on economic growth with all its member countries under new guidelines launched on Sunday. The new policy also tackles how rich countries contribute to corruption in the developing world by failing to prevent bribery and money laundering or by allowing anonymous corporate ownership. “We know that corruption hurts the poor, hinders economic opportunity and social mobility, undermines trust in institutions and causes social cohesion to unravel,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement. Poor governance sap economic growth and exacerbate inequality, according to ...

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Huawei launches smartphone nova 3e

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MNA Tech Desk: Huawei Consumer Business Group has launched in the country a new superstar smartphone Huawei nova 3e which fuses high-end design and performance advances with exceptional value. This uniquely featured smartphone is specifically designed for dynamic, young professionals who closely follow the latest design trends. It features Huawei FullView Display 2.0 with a 5.84-inch FHD screen with 19:9 screen-to-body ratio for an immersive viewing experience. Huawei FullView Display 2.0 is supported by retina HD with 432 pixels per inch as well as a contrast ratio of 1500:1 that results in richer and more vibrant colours. Featuring a 16 ...

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‘Jiboner Golpo, Golper Jibon’ at EU

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MNA Education Desk: Life means story and every story comes from their willing power and from this concept Eastern University (EU) Bondhushava organised an event titled “Jiboner Golpo, Golper Jibon (Season 2)” on April 16 at seminar hall. Sadat Hossain, famous writer, poet, film maker;  Iftekhar Mahmud, writer and Assistant Professor of EU; and Mukibuzzaman Khan, writer and Assistant Professor of EU, were present as speakers. Their motives were to enlarge student’s knowledge not only in their academic life but also in their practical life. The programme was coordinated by Toufica Sultana, Lecturer of GED Cell, Faculty of Arts and ...

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India approves death penalty for child rapists

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MNA International Desk: India’s government on Saturday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure Saturday on his return from the Commonwealth summit, reported news agency. Protests have erupted across India in recent days over the rape and killing of the young Muslim girl by a group of Hindu men in Jammu and Kashmir state, increasing pressure on Modi to take action, AFP reports. The attack sent out ...

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WB shareholders back $13b capital increase

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MNA Business Desk: The World Bank’s shareholders on Saturday endorsed a $13 billion paid-in capital increase that will boost China’s shareholding but bring lending reforms that will raise borrowing costs for higher-middle-income countries, including China. The multilateral lender said the plan would allow it to lift the group’s overall lending to nearly $80 billion in fiscal 2019 from about $59 billion last year and to an average of about $100 billion annually through 2030. “We have more than doubled the capacity of the World Bank Group,” the institution’s president, Jim Yong Kim, told reporters during the International Monetary Fund and ...

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Barca thrash Sevilla to win King’s Cup

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MNA Sports Desk: Unstoppable duo Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 to win the King’s Cup final for the fourth consecutive season on Saturday as they close in on a likely domestic double. Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half for the Catalans as they won the competition for a record 30th time. However, it was Iniesta and Messi who pulled all the strings as the La Liga leaders blew away Vincenzo Montella’s stunned side. Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez for the opening goal in the 14th minute and Barcelona dominated the rest of the ...

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Google celebrates Earth Day 2018

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google collaborates Earth Day 2018 with renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr Jane Goodall to speak about our planet’s future. In the illustrated video of Doodle, she speaks about the conversation efforts and animal welfare. The search engine giant partnered with Jane Goodall and The Jane Goodall Institute to create the graphic, through which Goodall shares her own personal message with the world. Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide, and with the Earth Day-themed doodle, Google supports and promotes the environment protection. The theme of Earth Day 2018 is the end of ...

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Earth Day is being observed today

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MNA Feature Desk: Earth Day is being observed today (April 22) across the world to remember the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the U.S. and helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws. By the nineties the event spread across the globe, with 200 million people in 141 countries getting involved ...

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Myanmar blocks Rohingya aid

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar on Thursday pledged safe repatriation of Rohingya from Bangladesh as soon as possible despite accusations of activists claiming the government was intentionally blocking aid for refugees facing dire food shortage in Rakhine state, according to Anadolu Agency. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal last November, but Dhaka claims not a single refugee has returned. The UN maintains the Myanmar government has been unable to assure safe return for the refugees, and remaining houses in entire villages have been razed to the ground in the name of development works, the Ankara-based agency said. On Thursday, Myanmar ...

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Israeli troops kill 4 more Palestinians

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MNA International Desk: Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing to 35 the death toll in recent weeks among Palestinian protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Gazans used catapults and sling-shots to launch stones at Israeli forces, and some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence, ignoring leaflets dropped by the Israeli military warning residents not to approach the frontier. The deaths included a 15-year-old boy shot dead in northern Gaza, Palestinian health officials said, adding that 156 people were wounded by Israeli gunfire. UN Middle East envoy ...

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Jail authorities cancel Khaleda’s relative visit

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MNA National Desk: The jail authorities have cancelled a planned meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her family members citing illness, reported news agency. Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says they are worried about her health. Khaleda’s sister Selina Islam, son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law Iqbal Mand Banu and Tarique’s sister-in-law Shahina Khan Zaman Bindu, and several other relatives went to visit her at the old jailhouse on Nazimuddin Road in Dhaka on Friday afternoon. Mirza Fakhrul said they had permission to visit her, but the jail authorities did not allow them to see her. He said the authorities ...

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EU lawmakers demand Russia WC boycott

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MNA Sports Desk: A group of European Union (EU) lawmakers on Friday urged the bloc’s leaders to boycott this year’s football World Cup in Russia to protest over Moscow’s “mockery of European values”. The 60 Member of European Parliament (MEP) said all EU countries should follow the lead of Britain and non-EU member Iceland in refusing to send official delegations to the tournament, which starts on 14 June. London announced last month that ministers and royals would stay away from the tournament in protest at the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in a British town, which Western ...

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Deepika on Time’s 100 Influential People list

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the list of Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe. In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Deepika’s co-star in her Hollywood debut ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ has penned words of appreciation for her. Deepika scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama ‘Padmaavat’ in which she played the title role. One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in ...

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NASA’s new planet hunter blasts off

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA blasted off its newest planet hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist. “Three, two, one and liftoff!” said NASA commentator Mike Curie as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the cloudless, blue sky atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:51 pm (2251 GMT). The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming. These so-called “transits” may mean that ...

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Americans world’s biggest TV addicts

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MNA Life Style Desk: The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their TV last year, according to a report. Eurodata TV Worldwide said that television viewing was holding up despite more and more people watching online platforms like Netflix and Amazon. Americans and Canadians are the biggest television addicts, said the report, watching four hours and three minutes on average daily. European viewers came next watching three hours 49 minutes a day in 2017, just ahead of Russia and Brazil, the data gathered from 95 countries showed. Asians watch less than any of ...

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Hasina on list of top 100 influential persons

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MNA National Desk: Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named among the top 100 influential persons of the world along with the US President, Britsh Prine Harry, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The influential US magazine ‘Time’ on Thursday published the names of top 100 influential persons across the world. Among others, the names of Prince of Wales Prince Harry and her girl friend Meghan Markle (actor and humanitarian), Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Kim Jong Un (Supreme leader of North Korea), Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer), Mauricio Macri (President of Argentina), Emmanuel Macron (President ...

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Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics

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MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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Castro rule nears end in Cuba

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MNA International Desk: Cuba is poised for the end of an era on Thursday as President Raul Castro steps down, formally handing power to his long-time deputy Miguel Diaz-Canel and thereby ending his family’s six-decade grip on the island. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel, 57 — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 — will become the island’s first leader born after the 1959 revolution, and the first in 60 years who is not named Castro. Between them, father of the nation Fidel and his younger brother Raul made the Caribbean island a key player ...

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BCB excludes 6 cricketers from contract

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) reduced the number of national cricketers under its central contract to 10 from exiting 16, excluding six national cricketers from their contract. Six-cricketer who excluded from the BCB central contract are: opening batsman Soumya Sarkar, top order batsman Imrul Kayes, all rounders Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, pacers Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon made this announcement to the pressmen after the day’s Executive Committee meeting. Nazmul did not make any announcement that there will be any increase in the salary of the national contracted cricketer as per ...

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First ever 3D animation cartoon in Bangla

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The very first three-dimensional (3D) animation series based on children’s adventure story in Bangla is on the drawing board as the trial of ‘Chacha Bahinir Ajob Kahini’ has been released on Youtube channel. Maverick Studios plans to introduce children classics, including fairytales of Bangla literature to the new generation. Wahid Ibn Reza, a Bangladeshi filmmaker working with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver is the creative producer of the project. Wishing Shubha Nabarsha to everyone through Facebook, Reza said, ‘Personally, I have long been trying to create some contents in Bangla for our future generation. Especially ...

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Isha gets DU studentship back

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MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) on Wednesday withdrew the expulsion order on Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Iffat Jahan Isha. The decision was taken from a disciplinary board meeting at DU with Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. “The expulsion order has been withdrawn as the allegations against Iffat were not proved. According to the probe committee report, the disciplinary board has taken the decision today,” DU VC Akhtaruzzaman said. On April 11, DU authorities expelled Philosophy department student Iffat Jahan Isha for allegedly “torturing a female ...

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Former US first lady Barbara Bush dies

Barbara Bush

MNA International Desk: Former US first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, triggering an outpouring of praise for the matriarch of a Republican family once at the apex of American politics. “A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday on 17 April 17 at the age of 92,” said a statement from the office of George HW Bush. They were married for 73 years. Barbara Bush has long been considered the rock at the centre of one of America’s most prominent political ...

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150m Bangladeshis use mobile phones

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phones subscribers reached nearly 150 million at the end of February, with addition of 3.66 million new users in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed on Tuesday. The number of subscribers in the country reached 148.76 million in February, news agency reported citing a data by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Bangladesh has now four mobile companies, three of whom — including Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — are foreign-backed cellphone operators. However, the total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached ...

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Novoair launches mobile app

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MNA Business Desk: Novoair, one of the private airlines in the country, has introduced a mobile app aiming to make ticket purchase process easier and convenient for its passengers. Travellers can now book or purchase tickets, get information regarding flight status, services of Frequent Flyer Programme-Smiles through the mobile app, says a press release Wednesday. One can find all the information and addresses of all Novoair sales offices by contacting with its reservation and ticketing department directly, the release said. The mobile app is now available for download at App Store and Play Store. To know more details about the ...

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‘Raped, killed because they are Rohingya’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: “Where I come from, women and girls have been gang-raped, tortured and killed by the Myanmar army, for no other reason than for being a Rohingya,” said Sultana Razia, a lawyer who specialises in trauma, mass rape, and trafficking of Rohingya girls and women. She said her research showed that Myanmar troops raped well over 300 women and girls in 17 villages in Rakhine State since August last year. “With over 350 villages attacked and burned since August 2017, this number is likely only a fraction of the actual total number of women raped,” she said at ...

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Shafin Ahmed brings up new song

Shafin Ahmed

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shafin Ahmed has returned with his own single. The new song titled “Fire Aiy” has been released as a lyrical video on YouTube marking the Bangla new year 1425. The song has been published by CD Choice. This is Shafin’s first recording with CD Choice. The official video of the song will be released soon. It needs mentioning that the song has been composed and orchestrated by Shafin himself. Bappi Khan has scripted the lyrics. Jahirul Islam Sohel, proprietor of CD Choice has asserted that the listeners will find the old Shafin back in this song. Shafin’s ...

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