Joy inaugurates three digital one-stop services


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has inaugurated three digital one-stop services – Eksheba, Ekpay and Ekshop – to enable the people to get different government services, utility bills and fees payment facilities and e-commerce. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division arranged the launching ceremony at ICT Tower at Agargaon in Dhaka on Sunday, reports BSS. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam and South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Hu Kang-il addressed the function. The Access to Information ...

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Govt unblocks online battle game PUBG shortly after blocking


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The Bangladesh authorities have unblocked online multiplayer game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG shortly after blocking it at the request of police following complaints by parents of adolescent players. Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar disclosed the development on Facebook on Friday night after an officer of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Security and Crime Division, in another post in the afternoon, announced the ban. “The PUBG users who were unhappy with the blockade will be delighted to know that it is no longer blocked,” the minister wrote. “The game has been unblocked because the government ...

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Experts share knowledge about capital market


MNA Career & Education Desk: East West University (EWU) Investment and Finance Club celebrated the World Investor Week 2019 in the university campus on October 02 and 03, 2019. On the first day of celebration, an intra university finance-based quiz and composition writing competition took place with the title “Finalogy season 3”. More than 120 undergraduate students participated in this competition. On the following day, a seminar was arranged on “Challenges faced by young investors in the emerging capital market”. Farhad Ahmed, executive director, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission, and Dr Md Tabarak Hossain Bhuiyan, managing director and CEO, Prime ...

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Lady Gaga falls off stage while dancing with fan

Lady Gaga

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Lady Gaga is recovering after falling off the stage while dancing with a fan at a concert. During her Las Vegas show Thursday night, the pop star invited a fan onstage who picked her up and lost balance. Both plunged to the floor as a result. Moments after the fall, Gaga was back onstage with the fan and told him: “You promise me you’re not gonna be sad about that, right?” He responded: “I promise.” Several fans posted video of the fall and Gaga’s return to the stage on social media, reports the Associated Press. ...

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NASA unveils new spacesuits for human lunar landing


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The US space agency NASA unveiled on Tuesday the next-generation spacesuits to be used in its Artemis programme that will send the first woman and next man to the Lunar South Pole by 2024. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine showcased the ground prototypes of two spacesuits designed for lunar exploration: one for exploring the Moon’s surface, known as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), and one for launch and re-entry aboard the agency’s mew Orion spacecraft, known as the Orion Crew Survival System. he xEMU, a red, white and blue suit, is composed of the pressure ...

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BUET movement comes to an end with mass oath taking


MNA Career & Education Desk: Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) finally called off their movement through taking oath on Wednesday, 10 days after the protest against the murder of their fellow Abrar Fahad. The student observed a mass oath-taking programme at the BUET auditorium at about 1:15am against all kinds of crime, and communal and evil forces. BUET Vice Chancellor Prof Saiful Islam, deans of different faculties and hall provosts also took oath. But, the teachers did not join them although they were present in the programme. Before the beginning of the programme, one-minute silence was ...

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Natural remedies to treat seasonal viral infection


MNA Feature Desk: Many of us who fall ill due to viral infections as the season changes and in fact there are some, more than others who fall prey to these. It happens because some of us have lower immunity than others which makes us more susceptible to illnesses. Seasonal Vegetables The solution to most of our ailments lies in the season itself. According to celebrity nutritionist Kavita Devgan, “There’s a reason why we get an array of saags (greens) in the winter season; they are naturally warming and are loaded with nutrition that helps the body fight against seasonal ...

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Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman to Robert Pattinson’s Batman in new film


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US actor Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman in the new Batman film starring Robert Pattinson, a Warner Bros. source told AFP on Monday. Kravitz, who recently starred in HBO’s hit TV drama Big Little Lies and is the daughter of rock musician Lenny Kravitz, will portray the whip-wielding cat burglar who is both Batman’s foe and love interest in the comics. She follows A-listers such as Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Pfeiffer in portraying Catwoman — alter ego Selina Kyle — in The Batman, which is due for release in 2021. Kravitz, 30, has ...

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Swimming can be of great benefit for woman


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Swimming can be of great benefits for the women of today irrespective of their age group. Today’s busy life does not allow anyone to take care of their bodies but swimming can both fulfill that need as well as can give someone a fun time. It’s easy on the impact Yes, the low impact means swimming is a great workout for injured athletes, who need to take it easy on their joints. You could have a super-hard workout one day and still be in the pool the next. Bonus: Research in the International Journal of Sports Medicine ...

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Microsoft returns with smartphone after high-profile flops


MNA Sports Desk: After high-profile flops, Microsoft is getting back into smartphones with a dual-screen Android device that won’t be out for another year. Microsoft unveiled the Surface Duo as part of a new lineup of Surface computers. It marks a reversal for a company that abandoned smartphones following lackluster demand for its own operating system and an ill-fated purchase of smartphone maker Nokia. “I believe the third time’s a charm for Microsoft and smartphones,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with moor Insights & Strategy. He said Microsoft has had a good track record with Surface devices, while the Duo’s ...

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27 candidates to vie for each seat in IU admission test


MNA Career & Education Desk: The Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia will see 27 students on average fight for each seat in this year’s entry tests for the 2019-20 academic session. Altogether, 61,942 candidates are expected to take part in the entry tests, IU admission test technical committee member secretary Professor Paresh Chandra Barman said on Thursday morning. There are 2,305 seats under four faculties of the university. A total of 2, 223 students applied for 240 seats under ‘A’ unit (Theology Faculty), 27,637 for 1,065 seats under ‘B’ unit (Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty), 8,930 for 450 seats under ...

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Breast cancer becomes major concern for Fijian women


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Fijian Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete has said breast cancer cases have overtaken cervical cancer statistics in Fiji as more women delay medical treatment. Speaking at the Internal Medicine Organization of the Pacific Conference in the Fijian capital of Suva on Friday, Waqainabete said cervical cancer cases had declined due to the immunization programme human papillomavirus vaccines given to 13-year-old girls. “We are hopeful the numbers will stop or even drop but we also have to realize that there is no vaccination against breast cancer so we just have to continue to raise awareness around it,” he said. ...

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PM opens TV channels’ commercial transmission using Bangabandhu Satellite-1


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the commercial transmission of all local private television channels using the feed of country’s first communication satellite Bangabandhu-I (BS-I). The Prime Minister inaugurated the service while addressing a function on the occasion at a city hotel on Wednesday. With its inauguration, the country’s broadcast industry is going to enter a new era as the BS-I will save a huge amount of foreign currency to be paid by local TVs as rent. Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud spoke on the occasion as the special guest with Posts and Telecommunications Minister ...

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Rohingya crisis at UNGA: Actions is required, not promises

MNA Feature Desk: Over two years have been passed since an enormous Rohingya influx had hit Bangladesh. More than 1.1 million Rohingya people, rightful citizens of Myanmar, are now sheltering on Bangladeshi soil. Our government has provided all sorts of support to them to ensure their shelter, food, water and sanitization even at the cost of our environment, ecology and economy. The global community also extended their support by providing aid for these refugees from all corners of the world. But unfortunately their repatriation is still under doubt as the Myanmar government has portrayed serious lack of intent in creating ...

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Pandemics could kill millions in 36 hours, experts warn


MNA Lifestyle Desk: The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk, reports rte.ie. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation, warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and SARS are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration. “The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,” the group ...

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Astronomers find most massive neutron star to date


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Astronomers at West Virginia University in the United States have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, which packs 2.17 times the mass of the sun into a sphere only 20 to 30 kilometres. This measurement approaches the limits of how massive and compact a single object can become without crushing itself down into a black hole, according to the study published on Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy. The neutron star is a rapidly spinning, dense celestial object that consists primarily of closely packed neutrons and that results from the collapse of a ...

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Dhaka University ‘Ga’ unit admission test Friday

‘Ga’ unit

MNA Education & Career Desk: The entry test for 2019-20 session under the ‘Ga’ unit–Business Studies Faculty—of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on Friday. The test will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am at 56 centres across the capital and on the campus. A total of 29,058 students will fight for 1,250 seats, DU said in a press release. Meanwhile, the admission test of ‘Cha’ unit under the Fine Arts Faculty will be held at 10:00am to 11:00am at 19 centres on the campus on Saturday. A total of 16,001 aspirants will vie for 135 seats. No electronic devices ...

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Salma Hayek says she wants to protect Mexico’s image

Salma Hayek

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Salma Hayek says she refrains from using social media to comment on problems in her native Mexico because she wants to protect the country’s image. During an appearance Tuesday to promote her Netflix series “Monarca” on a family’s tequila empire, the actress was asked why she doesn’t use her social media presence to draw more attention to Mexico’s ills. Hayek said she doesn’t believe a post on her Instagram account can change things because most of her followers don’t live in Mexico, the Associated Press reported. At the same time, she added, a critical post ...

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Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in ‘Joker’

Joaquin Phoenix

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn’t really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman’s antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos. Preparing for the role involved losing quite a bit of weight, studying personality disorders and practicing the laugh over and over again, reports AP. ″(It’s) very difficult to distill into a soundbite,” Phoenix said Saturday in advance of the world premiere of “Joker” at the Venice International Film Festival. ...

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Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday. Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global “epidemiologic transition” between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40 per cent of all deaths – that is no longer the case in high-income ...

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Google to pay up to $200m on YouTube probe


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Alphabet Inc’s Google will spend up to $200 million to settle a US Federal Trade Commission investigation into YouTube’s alleged violation of a children’s privacy law. Politico reported the settlement is expected to be between $150 million and $200 million. The settlement is set to be announced next week and will be the largest ever fine imposed for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule by collecting personal information from kids without parental consent. Google declined to comment. The FTC voted 3-2 to approve the settlement and sent it to the Justice Department as part ...

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Rooppur nuclear power project fund: An open sesame to foreign tour


MNA Feature Desk: Around 200 public officials have so far visited Russia in connection with the capital-intensive Rooppur nuclear power plant project. Spending a substantial amount from the project fund, insiders said on Saturday, some officials went to Russia for inspecting nuclear power facilities and some others either for training or for other purposes. A number of ministers, directors of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), personal and administrative officials of science and technology ministry were among the visitors. For an official visit, the government pays between $178 and $328 in “comprehensive allowance” daily to a policymaker or a public servant ...

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Medical students continue protests against two-year internship


MNA Career & Education Desk: Medical students have continued their protest against a government proposal to extend the existing year-long internship programme for MBBS graduates to two years. The students of Dhaka Medical College Hospital staged a rally on the campus and in front of the central Shaheed Minar on Sunday demanding the withdrawal of the proposal, reports bdnews24.com. They also submitted a memorandum to the acting vice-principal of the college and the director of the hospital, Robin Haque, a student of DMCH, said. The students of Sir Salimullah Medical College, who demonstrated on the streets on Saturday, resumed their ...

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Medical students furious at proposed two-year internship


MNA Career & Education Desk: Enraged medical students organized a protest rally and took to social media to vent their fury on Saturday against the government’s proposal of implementing a two-year internship programme for aspiring doctor. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Aug 27 issued a circular attaching the draft policy and sought opinions on the issue by September 18. The plan proposes posting second year medical interns to an upazila health complex after completing the first year of the internship in their respective medical college hospitals, as per a bdnews24.com report. At present, an aspiring physician on ...

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West Bengal govt to introduce law against mob lynching


MNA Feature Desk: The West Bengal government is planning to introduce a Bill in the Assembly to check incidents of mob assault and lynching. Mamata Banerjee government is planning to table West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 in the House on August 30, sources said. The legislation will seek a jail term, which may vary from three years to life, for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim, according to media reports. a) In case of death due to mob lynching, the accused would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to Rs 0.50 million. b) ...

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IPDC-Prothom Alo launch Priyo Shikkhok Shommanona


MNA Career & Education Desk: IPDC Finance Limited and Prothom Alo on Saturday jointly launched ‘IPDC-Prothom Alo Priyo Shikkhok Shommanona’. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Professor of English at Dhaka University was present as special guest at a press conference alongside Mominul Islam, Managing Director and CEO of IPDC Finance Limited and Matiur Rahman, Editor of Daily Prothom Alo. Rasheda K Chowdhury, Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE); Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, Vice Chancellor, United International University; Dr. HM Johirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh; Prof. Dr. Khondkar Siddiuqe-e-Rabbani, Dhaka University and other renowned professionals from the education ...

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20m suffer from bone erosion


MNA Lifestyle Desk: An estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh are suffering from bone erosion while 40 per cent of women, aged between 16 and 45 years, have low bone density. According to a study, around 5.6 million people are also suffering from osteoporosis. Women suffer from the same than men, it revealed. Osteoporosis is the porous and brittle condition of the bone, which causes an increased chance of fracture. Commonly, osteoporotic fractures take place in spine, hip and wrist, and it usually cannot be identified before fracture. According to the study, brittle bone is a ‘serious disease’ and it ...

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