SpaceX to simulate rocket failure in final astronaut capsule test


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Elon Musk’s SpaceX is gearing up to destroy one of its own rockets on Saturday to test a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, the company’s final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from US soil. Less than two minutes after liftoff from a launchpad in Florida, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will fire on-board thrusters to eject itself off a Falcon 9 rocket mid-air, simulating an emergency abort scenario that will prove it can return astronauts to safety. “I will tell you tomorrow will be an exciting day,” Kathy Lueders, NASA’s commercial ...

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Employers find NUB graduates’ quality below the mark


MNA Career & Education Desk: Employers do not find the quality of the graduates of National University, Bangladesh (NUB) up to the mark; which is way a good number of them are deprived of decent jobs and also face the risk of unemployment, according to a study. Consequently, some 70 per cent of the employers suggested that NUB students improve their skills in five areas- computers/ICT skill, English language proficiency, communication skill, presentation skill and (e) technical knowledge, the study disclosed. The study, conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), revealed the employers’ view that the NUB graduates ...

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Le Méridien Dhaka is organizing a 10-day-long ‘Pitha Fest’ from today


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Guests will be able to delve into the delicacies of pitha with regular buffet dinner at the Latest Recipe, says a press release. The Pitha station will feature more than 25 types of delicious and traditional pithas, like Dudh Khejur, Mug Shola, Golap Pitha, Lobongo Lotika, Shewai Pitha, Badshahi Pitha, Rosh Monjuri, Vhapa Puli, Jhal Pantua and many more. There will also be a Live Station for Shahi Vapa and Chitoi with Vorta. General manager of Le Méridien Dhaka Constantinos S Gavriel said, “Pitha is a part of life and culture of Bangladeshi people. Pithas are made ...

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SSC: Coaching centres to be shuttered for a month


MNA Career & Education Desk: Education Minister Dipu Moni made the announcement to reporters after a meeting of the National Monitoring and Law and Order Committee on the exams at the Secretariat on Thursday. “All coaching centres across the country will remain shut from Jan 25 to Feb 25,” the minister said. The government is making such adjustments with the coaching centres before SSC exam for few years as these coaching centres were found involved in question paper leaking which was almost destroying the education system of Bangladesh. This year also the government has decided to follow the same policy ...

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HC rules over result of recruiting govt primary teachers

High Court

MNA Career & Education Desk: The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule upon the respondents to explain in four weeks as to why the final result of the assistant teacher recruitment process of the government primary schools published on December 24, 2019, should not be declared illegal. The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by some applicants. The court also wanted to know in the rule as to why the respondents should not be directed to publish a fresh result as per Section ...

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Japanese billionaire seeks ‘life partner’ for Moon voyage


MNA Feature Desk: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female “life partner” to accompany him on Space X’s maiden tourist voyage to the Moon. The fashion mogul, 44, is set to be the first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket. Planned for 2023, the mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972. In an online appeal, Mr Maezawa says he wants to share the experience with a “special” woman. The entrepreneur, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has asked women to apply for a “planned match-making ...

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60pc people enjoying internet facilities in Bangladesh: Joy


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said currently 60 per cent people are enjoying internet facilities in Bangladesh. He also said the government is working to bring all people under internet coverage. “When we began the journey of Digital Bangladesh, only 1.3 per cent people had internet connection. Today, 60 per cent people are enjoying internet facilities,” he said. The PM’s adviser came up with the statement while addressing the launching ceremony of Wi-Fi zone at different government educational institutions in the country at Posts and Telecommunications Division conference room on Sunday. ...

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‘DaffodilIMUN-2020: Platform for exploring leadership


MNA Career & Education Desk: Four-day international conference titled ‘DaffodilIMUN-2020’ (Daffodil International Model United Nations-2020) ended on January 05, 2020, at Shawdhinata Milonayoton of Daffodil International University (DIU) at Ashulia, Savar, Dhaka. Professor Dr Farhana Helal Mehtab, associate dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of DIU was present at the closing programme as the guest of honour. Rokonuzzaman Sajal, representative of UNFPA, Abdul Barique, owner of Rajbari Publishers and Rafi Al Mahmud, convener of Daffodil IMUN-2020 were also present at the closing programme, among others. The theme of the conference was “Empowering Good Governance and Sustainable Development through Youth ...

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Angelina Jolie is great: Jon Voight

Angelina Jolie

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actor Jon Voight reveals what makes his daughter Angelina Jolie a great mom. While attending the seventh annual Gold Meets Golden – pre-Golden Globes gala – on Saturday in Beverly Hills, the winner of four Golden Globe Awards told People, “She loves her kids; she’s always involved with them, always concerned for them. She monitors everything… She’s great.” Angelina shares six kids with ex Brad Pitt – Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11. Sharing details about his grandchildren, Jon said, “They all have something special, and what ...

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PM asks all to crosscheck info before sharing on social media


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put utmost importance to ensuring cybersecurity and urged all to crosscheck any information before sharing on social media in the interest of the country and society. “Cybersecurity is very much important. I would like to tell the people of the country that it’s not wise to react just seeing anything in the internet without checking its authenticity…all have to crosscheck the information,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at an award-giving ceremony of Digital Bangladesh Day 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on ...

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Cold-related diseases affect 5,852 in 24 hours


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Various cold-related diseases have affected 5,852 people across the country in the last 24 hours, the government said on Wednesday. Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that 845 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI). Bangladesh’s northern region in particular has been suffering as the mercury dipped. Wednesday’s lowest temperature was recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius in Panchagarh’s Tetulia. Altogether, 296 upazilas were affected by cold-related diseases. In the last 24 hours, 1,957 people were treated for diarrhoea, and 3,050 for cold-related diseases including jaundice, inflammation in the ...

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84 children violated in every month in 2019: BSAF


MNA Feature Desk: Some 84 children were violated in every month in the just-concluded year, according to a report of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF). It said some 1,383 children were sexually assaulted in 2019. The BSAF revealed the report at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Wednesday. The report is the compilation of reports published in 15 daily newspapers. As per the report, 4,381 children were the victims of various kinds of torture. Of them, 2,088 children were the victims of unnatural death and 1,383 were sexually assaulted. The rate of rape is increased ...

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DU Faculty of Business Studies wins CFA Institute Research competition


MNA Career & Education Desk: A team from Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka, has won the Local Final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2019-20 and now advances to the Asia Pacific Regional final to be held in Seoul, South Korea, where the team will compete against universities from Asia Pacific countries. The local final of this globally prestigious competition was held at The Westin Hotel in Dhaka recently. A team from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, became the first runner up and a team from Bangladesh University of Professionals, came out as the second runner ...

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Nora Fatehi replaces Parineeti in ‘Bhuj’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Pride of India made headlines after the first look of the film released last month. Starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Sonakshi Sinha. Tthe film is set in the times of unrest during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The film also starred Parineeti Chopra who was to play a spy in the film and unfortunately, the actress had to opt out of this war drama. Exiting the project because of other work commitments like The Girl on the Train and the Saina Nehwal biopic, Parineeti could not give the film enough time. The role ...

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Cold-related diseases claim 50 lives since November 1


MNA Feature Desk: At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh from November 1 to December 28 due to cold-related diseases as cold weather continues to sweep across the country. The country’s lowest temperature this year was recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius (40.1° Fahrenheit) early on Sunday in Tetulia, a border town in Panchagarh, the weather office said. Ayesha Akhter, a senior official of the government’s health directorate, said at least 17 people died of acute respiratory infection and 33 from diarrhea and other diseases during the period. Hospitals were crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses, such as influenza, ...

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Hollywood’s 10 Best Movies of 2019


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: There are always terrific movies, because there are still filmmakers who believe in making the most of the medium. The mechanics of how movies get to us is a bigger issue than ever: Specifically, how much effort are most of us willing to expend to see a movie on the big screen, the canvas filmmakers who are serious about their craft continue to believe in—and want to work in? That drama will continue to unfold. But for now, here are 10 films—plus a clutch of very honorable honorable mentions—that remind us what movies, at their ...

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Facebook bows to Singapore’s ‘fake news’ law


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has added a correction notice to a post that Singapore’s government said contained false information. It is the first time Facebook has issued such a notice under the city-state’s controversial “fake news” law. Singapore claimed the post, by fringe news site States Times Review (STR), contained “scurrilous accusations”. The note issued by the social media giant said it “is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information”. Facebook’s addition was embedded at the bottom of the original post, which was not altered. It was only visible to ...

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‘Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019’ Shela flies to USA


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss Universe Bangladesh 2019 Shirin Akhter Shela has left Dhaka for the USA on November 28 to participate in the 68th edition of the Miss Universe competition. Miss Universe 2019 will be held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. Women from more than 90 countries will compete for the crown of Miss Universe. Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, will crown the new Miss Universe at the end of the program. Bangladesh is participating in Miss Universe for the first time. Shirin Akhter Shela ...

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India launches Cartosat-3, 13 nanosatellites onboard PSLV-C47


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The Indian Space Research Organization has launched Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into sun synchronous orbit onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C47), officials said. The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday morning. “PSLV-C47 successfully injects Cartosat-3 spacecraft into orbit,” according to a statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) after the successful launch of the satellite. “The 13 commercial satellites from the United States successfully placed in their designated orbits.” ...

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More than 300 children, adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes


MNA Feature Desk: Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by the UNICEF on Tuesday. Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018– or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, according to the release. “The world is on the cusp of making great gains in the battle against HIV and AIDS, but we must ...

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Arab star Sabry visits Rohingya refugee camps


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Arab film and TV star and World Food Programme (WFP) Goodwill Ambassador Hend Sabry visited the Rohingya families in the refugee camps of Bangladesh to show that suffering has no borders and humanity has no boundaries. Sabry, mother of two girls, visited the world’s largest refugee camp on Thursday where over one million Rohingyas have sought sanctuary. “I met inspiring women who have become heads of their households and are doing their best for their children in one of humanity’s most difficult circumstances. They have lost so much but remain hopeful and looking forward to ...

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Primary, Ebtedayee exams begins Sunday


MNA Career & Education Desk: The Primary and Ebtedayee terminal examinations begins across the country on Sunday. The examinations will be held at 7,470 centres across the country. This year, 25,53,267 students will sit for the Primary terminal examinations. Of them, 11, 81,300 are boys and 13,71,967 girls, UNB reports. Besides, 3,50, 371 students – 1,87,082 boys and 1,66,281 girls – will attend the Ebtedayee terminal examinations. The examinations will be held at 7,458 centres across the country. Besides, 615 students will sit for the examinations from eight countries. The examinations are scheduled to end on November 24. The two ...

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Spending time near water can be secret of happiness


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind. In recent years, stressed-out urbanites have been seeking refuge in green spaces, for which the proven positive impacts on physical and mental health are often cited in arguments for more inner-city parks and accessible woodlands. The benefits of “blue space” – the sea and coastline, but also rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, even fountains – are less well publicised, yet the science has been consistent for at least a decade: being by water is good for body and mind, reports Independent. Proximity to water – especially ...

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9-year-old child genius to graduate university


MNA Feature Desk: A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9. Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age. Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December. He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN. His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when ...

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GP brings in iPhone 11 series

iPhone 11

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Grameenphone (GP) has brought in the iPhone 11 series in Bangladesh on Thursday following a pre-order period from October 25 to October 30, to enable customers further utilize the potential of 4G internet. The device was launched at a handover ceremony at the GP Lounge at Gulshan on the day as the pre-bookers received their prized purchases from GP CEO Michael Foley and GP brand ambassador renowned Actor, Singer Tahsan Rahman Khan. The iPhone 11 series is the newest addition to the ground breaking smartphones brought in by Apple. Presented in three variants iPhone 11, ...

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Nation paying homage to four national leaders


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the Jail Killing Day today (Sunday) with due solemnity, marking the brutal killing of four national leaders inside the jail. On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail. The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War in 1971 with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the ...

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Selena denies reconciliation rumors after being spotted with ex

Selena Gomez

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Selena Gomez recently shut down all speculations of reconciliation after she was captured with ex-boyfriend Samuel Krost. The ‘Lose You to Love Me’ singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to shut down any theories pertaining to her relationship status and confirmed that she is waiting for the perfect timing. “I’m not dating anyone,” she wrote. “I’ve been single for two years. I’m on God’s timing, not mine.” The 27-year-old singer has been open about her relationship status as of late, and she recently revealed that she’s in a great place and ready for love ...

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