Author Archives: News Desk

High risk factors in street food

Street food

MNA Life Style Desk: Street food trading solves major social and economic problems in developing countries through the provision of ready-made meals at relatively inexpensive prices and employment for teeming rural and urban populace along its value chain. However, due to informal nature of the enterprise, the activities of the practitioners are not regulated. This gives ample room for unwholesome practices. The results are the risks such activities pose to the health and safety of practitioners along the value chain. Mouthwatering street foods like Fuchka, Bhelpuri, Jhaalmuri and different types of pickles contain a high level of germs, reveals a ...

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Sushmita shares pic of work-in-progress abs


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sushmita Sen’s birthday plans are getting in shape for sure. The actress, who will soon turn 42, shared a picture of her work-in-progress abs, which is now viral, reported news agency. Sushmita, who is currently enjoying the hospitality of UAE (in Sharjah), shared a picture of a few days ago and captioned it as, ‘I begin training again post all my travels to meet the body I want as my 42nd birthday month begins!!! Let some say it can’t be done. I’ll keep it simple and just do it. My body…My rules. Sushmita Sen is ...

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37th, 38th BCS exam dates announced


MNA Education Desk: The Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) on Tuesday announced the dates for different examinations of 37th, 38th BCS, and 39th BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) recruitments. The viva voce of the 37th BCS will be held on 29 November and the preliminary exam of 38th BCS on 29 December this year. PSC will send recommendations to the public administration ministry to amend the 39th BCS rules. As the 39th BCS will be ‘special’, documents in this regard will be sent to the public administration ministry. “We are working on more than one BCS at a time to make ...

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5 stone quarry workers killed in Sylhet


MNA National Desk: At least six people including five teenager workers were killed as a portion of hill collapsed on them while they were extracting stone from a hillock at Kanaighat upazila in Sylhet on Tuesday. The deceased are Jakir, around 16 years, son of Yunus Ali, Nahid, around 13 years, and 12-year-old Shakil, sons of Almas Mia, Musabbir Ali’s son Maruf, around 13 years old, Abdul Quader, in his thirteens, son of Ana Mia, and Sundar Ali, in his thirties. The teenagers are students of Daukergul Nesarul Quran Hafizia Madrassa, while Sundar Ali is a resident of the area. ...

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Donald Trump lands in South Korea

South Korea

MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, on a visit that could further aggravate tensions with Pyongyang. Landing at Osan Air Base outside the capital Seoul, Trump stepped down from Air Force One onto a red carpet as he began his 24-hour state visit with a ceremonial military honor guard arrayed on the airport tarmac, reported news agency. The White House says Trump’s trip is intended to demonstrate US resolve over his hardline approach to North Korean nuclear and ...

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Pope Francis’ visit: Renewed emphasis on harmony, love and peace


MNA Editorial Desk: Pope Francis, religious leader of 1.2 billion Catholics all around the world, is scheduled to visit Bangladesh from November 30 to December 2, 2017. Before arriving in Bangladesh, he will visit Myanmar from November 27 to 30. His program was declared in late August of this year. He will be the second pope to visit Bangladesh after Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1986. Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario has labelled the visit of Pope Francis as the ‘blessing from God’ as 3,75,000 Catholics of Bangladesh will get the opportunity to feel the presence of their religious leader alongside ...

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Govt approves 22 public holidays for 2018

public holidays

MNA National Desk: The cabinet on Monday approved 22 public holidays for the year 2018. The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister’s office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat after the meeting Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam said 14 days will be observed as ordinary public holidays and eight days will be observed under executive order. The cabinet secretary said public holidays will be observed on February 21 (International Mother Language Day), March 17 (Bangabandhu’s Birth Day) and March 26 (Independence Day), April 29 (Buddha ...

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Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai trailer unveiled


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The much awaited trailer of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif unveiled on Tuesday. The film is a sequel to 2012 Eid blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan. The film has been shot at exotic locations across five countries and each of these destinations has a significant role to play in the narrative. The cast and crew braved extreme weather conditions to shoot for crucial segments in the spy-thriller which revolves around the Tiger an Indian and Zoya, a Pakistani intelligence officer. Slated to release on December ...

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Thomas A Shannon sits with Khaleda


MNA National Desk: Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A Shannon sat in a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia here on Monday morning. The meeting was scheduled to be held at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at 10:45am, reported news agency. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat are also present at the meeting. Shannon arrived in Dhaka on Sunday with a US delegation to join the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials. Besides, a Canadian parliamentary delegation is also scheduled to meet ...

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Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-1


MNA Sports Desk: They may not have been at their very best but Premier League leaders Manchester City still had enough to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and extend their win streak to 15 games. They opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table before second-placed Manchester United’s game against Chelsea an and left the Gunners trailing 12 points behind. Unbeaten City have not dropped points since a draw at home to Everton in their first home game of the season in mid-August and they have now won nine league games in a ...

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Paradise Papers exposes tax heaven secrets of Queen, US official

tax havens

MNA Exclusive Desk: A huge new leak of financial documents revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens, reports the BBC news. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance. As with last year’s Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to ...

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About 26 killed in Texas church shooting

Texas church

MNA International Desk: A black-clad gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire on a small-town Texas church during Sunday morning services, killing 26 people and wounding 20 in the last mass shooting to shock the United States. Authorities did not identify the gunman, saying only that he was a “young white male, maybe in his early 20s,” who was wearing a bulletproof vest and found dead in his vehicle after being confronted by a local resident. Governor Greg Abbott warned the toll may rise. “There are 26 lives that have been lost. We don’t know if that number will ...

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Rooppur Plant gets construction licence


MNA Business Desk: The authorities of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) project on Saturday formally received the design and construction license for its 24,000 MW nuclear power project from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA). BAERA Chairman Dr Naiyyum Chowdhury formally handed over the license to the chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) Dr Dilip Kumar Saha for RNPP project at a function at Sonargaon Hotel in the city. The BAEC has been implementing the 2,400 RNPP project at a cost of $12.65 billion. Russian nuclear agency Rosatom is working as its contractor. Addressing the function as chief guest, ...

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World Tsunami Awareness Day observed

World Tsunami Awareness Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed across the world on 5 November 2017 with the theme ‘Reduce the Number of Affected People.’  Its objective is to raise awareness and share innovative approaches to tackle the challenge. The day aligned with the ‘international day for Disaster Reduction’ and the ‘Sendai Seven Campaign” which are amide at reducing the number of affected people globally by disasters. Though they may be rare, tsunamis are among the most devastating natural disasters. They know no coastal borders. Coastal communities – often concentrated in low-lying and highly populated areas – are the most ...

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Sheikh Hasina calls for more pressure on Myanmar


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on parliamentarians across the Commonwealth nations to exert pressure on Myanmar to halt its persecution of the Rohingya minority and repatriate the 622,000 Rohingyas. “I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop the persecution of its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Hasina said in her inaugural speech to the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference or CPC on Sunday. Hasina highlighted the refuge Bangladesh has given to the 622,000 Myanmar nationals who have crossed ...

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Saudi detains 4 ministers, 11 princes in anti-corruption drive


MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia has detained four current ministers and eleven princes as part of its anti-corruption campaign, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Sunday. Arabiya said the number of detained princes had climbed to 11. It reported earlier that 10 princes and dozens of former ministers had been detained through a new anti-corruption committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was formed by royal decree on Saturday. The suspects were not named. However, Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya said fresh investigations had been launched into the 2009 Jeddah floods and the outbreak of the Mers virus which emerged ...

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Bayern Munich down Dortmund to take lead

Bayern Munich

MNA Sports Desk: Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the Bundesliga on Saturday by opening a four-point lead at the top of the table as Robert Lewandowski netted an audacious goal in their commanding 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund. A superb curling strike from Arjen Robben put Bayern ahead on 17 minutes and a cheeky backheel from Lewandowski deflected off a defender on its way in to make it 2-0 eight minutes before the break. David Alaba put the game beyond Dortmund midway through the second half as his cross found the net after just evading Lewandowski in the area. ...

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NBR extended Tax Fair timings

tax fair

MNA Business Desk: The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has extended the timings of Income Tax Fair by three hours for the next three days for the convenience of the taxpayers in the capital. “The time of the fair has been extended to 8:00pm instead of 5:00pm. This schedule will follow for the next three days only in Dhaka,” according to a release from NBR. Meanwhile, some 194,331 persons have taken services from the 4th day of the fair. Out of the total number, 53,625 persons have submitted their income tax return which is Tk 216.66 crore. The fair was ...

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Yamaha unveils motorcycle-riding robot


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Yamaha Motor Company unveiled its latest ‘Motobot’ robot, capable of riding a motorcycle on its own around a racetrack. Yamaha has been advancing its research and development basing on its unique development ideal, the latest being an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that brings together Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology, reports news agency. Although Motobot still hasn’t beaten MotoGP star Valentino Rossi’s lap time, he has significantly narrowed the gap and now sees Rossi in the distance. Motoroid autonomously performs the movements and positioning especially when balancing is most difficult, like when starting off or at ...

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Baahubali’s Anushka Shetty to turn 36

Anushka Shetty

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sweety Shetty, popularly known as Anushka Shetty, will be celebrating her 36th birthday this Tuesday. The South Indian stunner has been entertaining regional Indian cinema buffs with her scintillating performances for over a decade now. Anushka started her career with Puri Jagannath’s Telugu film ‘Super’ starring Akkineni Nagarjuna and Ayesha Takia, reported news agency. There has been no looking back ever since as Anushka went on to deliver critically acclaimed performances in movies like Rudramadevi, Mirchi, Billa, Arundhati, Vedam, Singham, Vaanam, Size Zero and of course, the Baahubali series. Anushka Shetty is known for her ...

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BPL 5th edition kicks off today

5th edition

MNA Sports Desk: The 5th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 will start at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet today. Defending champions Dhaka Dynamites will take on Surma Sixers Sylhet in the opener at 2pm. A total of seven teams will play in the 39-day tournament. In another opening day’s match, defending runners-up Rajshahi Kings will play against Rangpur Riders at the same venue, starting at 7pm. SICS will host the first eight matches before the tournament moves to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNCS) in the city for the next 16 battles. The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury ...

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Former president Abdur Rahman Biswas dies

Abdur Rahman Biswas

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh’s former president Abdur Rahman Biswas has died due to various old-age complications. He was 93. He breathed his last at the United Hospital in the capital at 8:45pm on Friday. Abdur Rahman Biswas was taken to the hospital after his condition had deteriorated on Friday. Quoting Abdur Rahman’s son Mahmud Hasan, the official of BNP chairperson’s media wing, Shyrul Kabir Khan confirmed the death news to media. He was survived by five sons and two daughters. Abdur Rahman Biswas was the president of Bangladesh during the 1991-1996 tenure of BNP. He was elected MP in the ...

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Israel must end illegal settlements: British PM

illegal settlements

MNA International Desk: British Prime Minister Theresa May raised concerns about illegal settlements on Thursday at a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in London, May’s office said. “They discussed the need to overcome obstacles to peace, with the prime minister noting our grave concerns about illegal settlements,” a spokesman from May’s office said in a statement, reported news agency. “The prime ministers also discussed the fact settlements are not the only obstacle and that the people of Israel deserve to live free from the scourge of terrorism and anti-Semitic incitement.” The two leaders attended a dinner celebrating the ...

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Army to get new metro rail project

new metro rail

MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh Army is likely to be engaged in a new metro rail development project in the city’s corridor as per a recommendation made in 20-year transport plan. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) approved a proposal for engagement of the armed forces members in the project last month. They said a Bangladeshi private company has already submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges (MoRTB) and showed interest to work on mass rapid transit line-2 (MRT-2) along with Army. According to 20-year Revised Strategic Transport Plan, five MRTs and two Bus Rapid Transit Lines will ...

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Jail Killing Day observed

Jail Killing

MNA Feature Desk: Remarking the Jail Killing Day nation has paid homage to its four national leaders brutally killed 42 years ago in a high-security prison – a tragedy unheard of anywhere in the world. On 3 November 1975, four leaders of the wartime national government—acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad and Cabinet ministers M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman—were killed inside Dhaka Central Jail. Ruling party Awami League leaders laid wreaths at Bangabadhu’s portrait on Dhanmondi and at the graves of three national leaders— Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Capt Monsur Ali—at Banani graveyard in the city ...

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NDUB celebrates Halloween

MNA Education Desk: Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) celebrated Halloween for the first time ever on October 30, 2017, said a press release. Halloween is an occasion celebrated worldwide but not very popular in Bangladesh. NDUB drama and film club had taken this initiative and celebrated Halloween. Honorable Vice Chancellor Fr Patrick Gaffney C.S.C was present at the program as chief guest. Fanny Delgutte, a French lady, friend of Ranet Gomes, the moderator of NDUB Drama Club, attended program as a special guest. About 220 campaigners attended the program. It was a new experience for the students’ as they were ...

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Sheikh Hasina 30th most powerful woman


MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has moved up to 30th position on the list of 100 most powerful women on earth this year. She was 36th most powerful woman in the last year’s list, prepared by Forbes magazine, reports news agency. Sheikh Hasina has been dubbed the “Lady of Dhaka” in her profile published with the list on Wednesday. Forbes said Hasina has promised aid to the Rohingya people in stark contrast to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and allocated 2,000 acres of land to provide them shelter. Citing Bangladesh’s own state sanctioned genocide during 1971’s liberation ...

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