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Facebook to stop info over suicide challenges

hate speech

MNA Science & Tech Desk: At a time when reports of suicides linked to the Blue Whale challenge internet game are sending shock waves through the country, Facebook on Friday said it is working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide. “We offer resources to people that search for these terms on Facebook,” the social media giant said. The Blue Whale challenge is said to psychologically provoke players to indulge in daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days before finally taking the “winning” step of killing themselves. Facebook said ...

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Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever

MNA Life Style Desk: Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Symptoms of Dengue Fever Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include Sudden, high fever Severe headaches Pain behind the eyes Severe joint and muscle pain Fatigue Nausea Vomiting Skin rash, which appears two to ...

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2,246 cash officers to be recruited

capital flight

MNA Education Desk: The government will hire some 2,246 cash officers in four state-run banking institutions in the country. The Bangladesh Bank (BB) floated a circular on Saturday in this regard. The circular is available on the central bank website: <> The state-run banks are Sonali Bank Limited, Janata Bank Limited, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, and Bangladesh Krishi Bank. Earlier on 29 August, the central bank published another circular to recruit 3,463 officers (general grade) for seven state-run banks. In total, 7,372 officers (general grade and cash) will be recruited and the Bankers Selection Committee has begun the recruitment process. ...

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DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq stable

passed away

MNA National Desk: The condition of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Annisul Huq, who is now in a London hospital ICU, is stable, reported news agency. “With medically-forced sedation, all organs of the DNCC mayor have been functioning normally,” said his personal secretary Mizanur Rahman. “Physicians have been working cautiously as he has been suffering from a very rare kind of disease,” said Mizan after receiving the latest information about his health condition from London on Saturday afternoon. Annisul, suffering from neurological problem (dizziness and lack of balance) for the last several months, was admitted to the neurology hospital ...

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1 yr more to vacate Hatirjheel building: BGMEA


MNA National Desk: As the six months given by the Supreme Court (SC) to demolish the building of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) expires on September 11, BGMEA leaders are seeking another year to vacate the building. BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman came up with the demand at a press briefing at the BGMEA Complex saying that no new office building has been constructed yet on the land allotted to the association in Uttara. BGMEA got a 5.5-bigha land in the Uttara third phase project in the capital at a low cost and the association paid the price ...

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Road accident kills 6 in Gopalganj


MNA National Desk: Six people died and at least 25 were injured after a truck and a Pirojpur-bound bus collided head-on in Gopalganj district early Saturday, reported news agency. Kashiani police station officer-in-charge, Jakaria Hossain, said to media that the accident occurred when a Pirojpur-bound bus of Seba Green Line collided with a Dhaka-bound cement-laden truck on the highway around 5:30 am. However, the details about the deceased could not be known immediately. The local police and fire-service are conducting the rescue operations. Three of the injured were in a critical condition and were sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, ...

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Bangladesh protest at Rohingya killings

Rohingya killings

MNA Exclusive Desk: Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday to protest the Rohingya killings in Myanmar, police said. At least 15,000 supporters of the Islami Andolon Bangladesh party chanted slogans against Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they demonstrated in Dhaka and the town of Tongi to the north of the capital after Friday prayers. “Myanmar army is carrying out genocide of the Rohingya with the help of Suu Kyi’s government. She must be held accountable and tried,” said party spokesman KM Atiqur Rahman. Earlier, several thousand supporters of Bangladesh’s main opposition political party ...

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Mexico quake death toll rises to 61


MNA International Desk: Police, soldiers and emergency workers raced Friday to rescue survivors from the ruins of Mexico’s most powerful earth quake in a century, which killed at least 61 people. In the southern region hit hardest by the quake, emergency workers looked for survivors — or bodies — in the rubble of houses, churches and schools that were split down the middle, spilling their innards onto the ground. President Enrique Pena Nieto said 45 people were killed in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco. But the death toll could be over 80, according to higher figures reported ...

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BD’s GDP now higher than Pakistan’s


MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh’s GDP per person is now higher than Pakistan’s. Converted into dollars at market exchange rates, it was $1,538 in the past fiscal year (which ended on June 30th). Pakistan’s was about $1,470, reports The Economist. On August 25th Pakistan released the results of its census, updating earlier population estimates. They showed that the country has 207.8m people, more than 9m more than previously thought. It may now have the fifth biggest population in the world, surpassing Brazil’s. But the new count also lopped 4-5% off Pakistan’s GDP per person, the arithmetic consequence of revealing so many ...

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James Anderson joins 500-wicket club

James Anderson

MNA Sports Desk: England’s James Anderson became the sixth bowler and first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets when he clean bowled West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite for four on day two of the third Test at Lord’s on Thursday. Anderson began the match on 497 and took the wickets of Brathwaite and Kyle Hope before Ben Stokes ran through the visitors in the first innings with a six-wicket spell. After England were bowled out for 194 on Friday, giving them a lead of 71, Anderson took the new ball again and produced an unplayable inswinger to reach the milestone in ...

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125th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy


MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Bangabandhu Gobeshona Parishad, led by its President Lion M Gani Miah Babul paid rich tribute to the leader. Later, they organized a discussion on the premises adjacent to the grave. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died ...

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Detective series ‘Feluda’ on Channel i

Detective series

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular detective series Satyajit Ray’s ‘Feluda’ will be aired on Channel i. ‘Feluda’ fans will be able to watch the first episode of the series, ‘Shyeal Debotar Rohosso’ at 7:50pm on Saturday. Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee plays the role of ‘Feluda’ while Riddhi Sen, another Kolkata actor, will appear as Topshe, cousin of Feluda who always accompanies the detective. Satyajit’s son Sandip Ray has sold the copyrights of 35 ‘Feluda’ stories for making a television series in Bangladesh to Candy Production and Tom Creations recently. Other three episodes — Ghurghutia’r Ghotona’ (The incident of Gurguti), ...

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Australia beat Tigers in 2nd Test

Australia beat

MNA Sports Desk: Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the hero as Australia beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the second and final Test in Chittagong to level the series at 1-1 on Thursday. Chasing 86 for victory on a deteriorating day four pitch, the visitors lost their top three batsmen before Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell steered the team home in the final session, reported news agency. But it was Lyon who set up the win after claiming a match haul of 13 wickets. His 6-60 helped dismiss Bangladesh for 157 in their second innings. Australia is now on 97 points, ...

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We unable to take huge Rohingyas: Obaidul


MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Bangladesh doesn’t have the capacity to take the burden of huge Rohingyas. “As we have been trying to tackle the huge losses caused by the recent countrywide floods we are unable to take the burden of huge Rohingyas entering the country from Myanmar,” the Minister said at a press briefing on Eid holidaymakers’ return journey to Dhaka at the secretariat. “The government is handling the Rohingya situation very carefully.” He added. Bangladesh is also worried whether firearms and drugs are being smuggled into the country with the ...

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Turkish first lady arrived in Dhaka

first lady

MNA National Desk: Turkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan arrived here early Thursday to meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, reports news agency. A special aircraft carrying her and her entourage, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, landed at Shahjalal International Airport around 3:00 am. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam received the Turkish first lady at the airport. Emine Erdogan will fly to Cox’s Bazar today to visit Rohingya camp accompanied by state minister Md Shahriar Alam. The visit follows the latest bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that resulted in the fresh influx of ...

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Nokia Android phones to receive Oreo update


MNA Science & Tech Desk: HMD Global has now confirmed that all of the company’s Nokia-branded Android smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update going ahead. While the company has already provided regular updates to its smartphones and the handsets are relatively new, it is good to get official confirmation from the company regarding the update to the next version of Android. In a tweet posted on Saturday, Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, said, “All of our smartphones will upgrade to Oreo, Nokia 3 included.” This clears any doubts about Nokia 3 getting the ...

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Rafael Nadal into US Open semi-finals

Brisbane International

MNA Sports Desk: Rafael Nadal demolished Andrey Rublev on Wednesday to reach a sixth US Open semi-final, setting up a first-time New York showdown against Roger Federer if the Swiss legend can down Argentine giant Juan Martin del Potro. World number one Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion, brushed aside Russian 19-year-old Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 97 minutes. Federer faces Del Potro for the first time in New York since the Argentine star rallied from a set and a break down to shock him in the 2009 final. That thrilling five-set triumph ended Federer’s five-year reign as champion ...

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise bleak


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer has hinted that the disappointing performance of the latest sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” might lead to the end of the franchise. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, which featured Johnny Depp, has made the least money in the franchise’s history at the domestic box office, and even the stellar performance overseas has been hit due to the supposed weakness of the dollar, reports news agency. In an interview to Yahoo, Bruckheimer said only time will decide the fate of ...

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7 bodies found in Mirpur militant hideout: RAB


MNA National Desk: Scattered bodies of seven people were found at a room of the building at Darus Salam in capital’s Mirpur area, said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) Benazir Ahmed. The RAB chief confirmed the journalist the number of dead bodies at about 3:30pm on Wednesday. RAB officials found seven skulls in the spot. All of the bodies are charred. The deceased are Abdullah, a suspected militant, his two children and two wives. It is believed that the other two deceased are their domestic helps or somebody else. Benazir said Abdullah was involved in militancy conducted by ...

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Tigers fighting back strongly in Chittagong

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh came back strongly breaking Australia’s middle and lower order on day three in Chittagong test. Australia were 365 for eight wickets. David Warner struck his second successive hundred of the series as Australia eclipsed Bangladesh’s first innings total of 305 in the second and final test on Wednesday. After heavy rain washed out more than a session of the third day’s play, Australia lost both their overnight batsmen to reach 321-5 at tea at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Resuming Australia’s innings on 225-2, Warner and Peter Handscomb batted with the assuredness that has been the ...

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3 burnt bodies found at Mirpur militant den

burnt bodies

MNA National Desk: Three burnt bodies were found at a room of the building at Darus Salam in Mirpur suspecting as militant hideout, where the law enforcers have been conducting drive since Monday night. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) media wing Director Mufti Mahmud during a press briefing at about 12:45pm said a team of Fire Service and Civil Defence, RAB’s Dog Squad and Bomb Disposal Unit resumed operation at the building at about 8:45am. The law enforcers conducted search operation at the first to fifth floor of the building and found three bodies in a room of the fifth floor. ...

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Outspoken Indian journalist shot dead

shot dead

MNA International Desk: Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55. “She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m. as she was entering the house,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar told reporters. “A total of seven bullets were fired out of which four missed the target and hit the wall of the house. Three bullets had hit her—two in her chest area and one in the forehead,” he said. Her ...

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India freezes accounts of shell companies

shell companies

MNA Business Desk: India has frozen the bank accounts of 209,032 suspected shell companies as part of a crackdown on illegal transactions and tax evasion, the finance ministry said on Tuesday. The latest action against shell companies – which have no active business operations or assets – comes months after authorities ordered nearly 200,000 such firms to be shut down. Under the order, the owners and their nominated signatories will not be able to operate bank accounts until such companies are legally restored, the ministry said in a statement. “The department of financial services has … advised all banks that ...

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Deafening silence of Aung San Suu Kyi

ASEAN summit

MNA Editorial Desk: In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it wished “to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means”. 26 years later, the Rohingyas as well as many people around the world would disagree with the trusting assessment of the committee. Expectations from Suu Kyi to take a firm stand on the Rohingya situation increased when on October 9, 2016, in an attack ...

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Rain delays third day’s play


MNA Sports Desk: Heavy rain delayed the start of the third day’s play in the second Test between Bangladesh and Australia at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Australia were 225 for 2 thanks to an unbeaten century stand between David Warner (88) and Peter Handscomb (69) at the close of play on Tuesday. They trail Bangladesh, who made 305 in their first innings, by 80 runs. However, the fate of the game could have been different had Bangladesh not missed two close chances. Bangladesh lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 20 ...

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Farooki’s ‘Doob’ to release Oct 27


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s latest directorial venture, ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’ will release both in Bangladesh and India on 27 October. The film will be released in 100 cinema halls in Bangladesh and in 200 halls in India. Indian actor Irrfan Khan plays the lead role in ‘Doob’, a co-production of Jaaz Multimedia and India’s Eskay Movies along with Irrfan’s IK Company. The film also stars Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and another Indian actor Parno Mittra. The film was written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki while it was produced by Himanshu Dhanuka, Abdul ...

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20th death anniversary of Mother Teresa


MNA Feature Desk: Special masses and prayers were held today to pay tribute to Saint Terasa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa, on her 20th death anniversary. The saint of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910 at Skopje in Macedonia. She died on September 5, 1997, a few days after her 86th birthday. She was the recipient of numerous honours including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and Bharat Ratna in 1980. In 2003, she was beatified ‘Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’ and was elevated to sainthood in 2016. Her house in Kolkata is famous as the Mother House. ...

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