UNESCO to put Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list


MNA Feature Desk: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, has recommended putting the Sundarbans on a list of natural sites in danger. It recommended for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans, to be listed as ‘World Heritage in danger’ as the country has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near the forest. The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice has been released on June 7 by UNESCO and is addressed to the World Heritage ...

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Twitter removes 4,800 accounts linked to Iran


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter has removed nearly 4,800 accounts, which were allegedly being used by Iran to spread misinformation, in a continuing effort to prevent election interference and misinformation on the platform. The company revealed the decision on Thursday as it said the accounts were deleted alongside others from several different groups as Twitter tries to tackle interference, reports BBC. It also removed accounts which were reportedly used for Russian, Catalonian and Venezuelan propaganda. Social manipulation The 4,800 accounts were not a unified block, said Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity in a blog detailing its actions. ...

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Nana Patekar cleared of sexual harassment charges

Nana Patekar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Nana Patekar was cleared of sexual harassment charges after police said on Thursday that they did not find sufficient evidence. Patekar was accused by actress Tanushree Dutta, who said he had harassed her in 2008 on the sets of a film starring both of them. Patekar has always denied the allegations, according to a BBC report. But they resurfaced in 2018, sparking India’s #MeToo movement and leading to Dutta registering a new case. Dutta, 35, had said that Patekar demanded that intimate dance steps between the two of them be included in a ...

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Undergraduate students can do short internships


MNA Career & Education Desk: Fresh graduates looking for the ‘six digit salary’ dream job which will also ensure social status and the employers looking for the competent one having the balanced mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake professional challenges but rarely getting one — these two are the real but unfortunate contrasting images of our job market. The outcome is never-ending frustration from both sides. Aspirants are thinking about the requirements of the employers to be over- demanding, and the employers are finding the applicants to be under-qualified. However, there must be an intersection where the expectations ...

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Huawei files to trademark ‘Hongmeng’ OS around the world


MNA Science & Technology Desk: China’s Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, data from a UN body shows, in a sign it may be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as US sanctions threaten its business model. The move comes after the Trump administration put Huawei on a blacklist last month that barred it from doing business with US tech companies such as Alphabet, whose Android OS is used in Huawei’s phones. Since then, Huawei – the world’s biggest maker of telecoms network gear – has filed for ...

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80 percent people feel guilty for smartphone obsession: survey


MNA Lifestyle Desk: A total of 84.9 percent of people in a recent survey said obsession with their smartphones has made them spend less time communicating with their families and 78.9 percent said they feel guilty for doing so. The survey, published by the China Youth Daily earlier this week, polled 2,004 people, about 90 percent of whom saw the obsession as an obstruction to personal communication with family members, Xinhua reports. This feeling appeared to be even stronger among people in their 30s — the “1980s-generation” — as 91.4 percent of them complained about the “phubbing” impact. Besides, a ...

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Microsoft quietly deletes its facial recognition database


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Microsoft has discreetly pulled a facial recognition database from its site that contained 10 million images of some 100,000 people. The internet giant took down the database after a Financial Times investigation revealed that the database has been used by companies and military researchers to train facial recognition systems around the world. The public dataset, called ‘MS Celeb,’ included images of ‘celebrities’ pulled from the internet, but also contained photos of ‘arguably private individuals,’ often without their knowledge or consent, the FT found. Microsoft, which referred to MS Celeb as the largest publicly available facial ...

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Liplock in ‘Kabir Singh’ is purposeful: Kiara Advani


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani’s career took a massive leap after she did Karan Johar’s Lust Stories. The actress, who has been cast opposite Shahid Kapoor in ”Kabir Singh’, is proud of this film and says the director has stayed true to the script. The actress will also be locking lips with Shahid in the film. Speaking about the film, Kiara says, “Kabir Singh is an innocent raw love story, so you are seeing two people who are as real as it gets. As far as the lip lock is concerned, it’s a very normal way of showing ...

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Good basis of accounting, key to professional success


MNA Career & Education Desk: “You have to understand accounting, and you have to understand the nuances of accounting. It’s the language of business, and its imperfect, but unless you are willing to put in the effort to learn accounting – how to read and interpret financial statements – you really shouldn’t select stocks yourself, ” said Warren Buffett. Anyone from a business background can attest to the importance of accounting in managing any organisation, be it SME, non-profits, or corporations etc. However, many new business owners fail to realise the extent to which a good accounting system can keep ...

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Thyroid Test: A necessity in today’s health


MNA Feature Desk: The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland located at the front of the neck below Adam’s apple. It is basically responsible for the secretion of thyroid hormones which regulates body processes such as respiration, body temperature, pulsation, digestion and almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid Gland produces mainly two hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) whereas thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced by the pituitary gland, monitors the number of hormones secreted. The two hormones secreted by thyroid gland in the bloodstream are T3 and T4. T4 which is also known ...

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1.32m students qualified for college admission


MNA Career & Education Desk: The government on Monday published the first list of about 1.32 million students qualified for college admission in the academic session of 2019-2020. Prof Ziaul Haque, Chairman of Dhaka Education Board, said the merit list is now available on the website (www.xiclassadmission.gov.bd), report bdnews24.com and UNB. A total of 1,318,866 applicants have been named in the first list, said Dhaka Board College Inspector Prof Md Harun-Ar-Rashid. The qualified students will have to confirm their acceptance through texts to the selected colleges by June 18. They were instructed to be admitted to the colleges between Jun ...

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Godzilla sequel tops US box office


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Godzilla: King of the Monsters knocked Disney’s Aladdin off the top of the US box office chart at the weekend, taking an estimated $49m (£38.7m). Despite claiming the top spot, analysts described the debut of the monster remake disappointing. Costing $200m (£158m) to make, reviews have been lukewarm for the film, which stars Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler. Its total for the three-day weekend was far off its predecessor’s debut of $93m (£73.6m) back in 2014. The film’s plot centres around a group of eco-terrorists who steal a sonar device developed by scientist Emma (Farmiga) to ...

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Eid journey: Lack of road safety and hassles spoil festivity


MNA Feature Desk: After fasting and performing religious customs for a month, the end of holy Ramadan is going to bring us the most cherished festival of the Muslims –Eid-ul-Fitr. We, the Bangladeshi citizens, along with the Muslim Ummah around the globe will celebrate this festival with our friends and family. Not only the Muslims but also people from all religions celebrate this festival. Millions of people are all set to leave the busy city Dhaka for their roots to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Not only from Dhaka but also from other districts people will rush to their homes to ...

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Transgender no longer recognized as disorder by WHO


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization’s global manual of diagnoses. The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health. A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is “not actually a mental health condition”. Human Rights Watch says the change will have a “liberating effect worldwide”. In the latest manual, called the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a marked and persistent incongruence between a person’s experienced gender and assigned sex. In the previous ...

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Online platforms to release Eid programs


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Online streaming platforms are providing more budget which help directors produce quality content. Many young directors are leaning towards streaming platforms as they find it easier to release programs online unlike TV channels which often follow lengthy and controversial program selection procedures. Besides, streaming platforms are providing directors with more budget than TV channels. Due to the rise in popularity of live streaming platforms, many talented young directors are looking forward to release Eid special dramas online in lieu of private TV channels on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. ‘The young makers have new ideas and ...

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Unhealthy diet linked to one in five deaths


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found. The research, published in the Lancet medical journal recently, found that among 195 countries studied, the proportion of diet-related deaths was highest in Uzbekistan and lowest in Israel. The US ranked 43rd, while Britain was 23rd, China 140th and India 118th, as per a Global Times report. Consumption of healthier foods such as nuts and seeds, milk and whole grains was on average too low, ...

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Foundation stone of IIER building laid at IU


MNA Career & Education Desk: The foundation stone of Institute of Islamic Education and Research (IIER) building was laid at Islamic University in Kushtia on Saturday. Vice-Chancellor Prof M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari laid the foundation stone adjacent to the university lake around 2:00pm. Among others, IU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof M Shahinoor Rahman, Treasurer Prof M Selim Toha, acting Registrar SM Abdul Latif and former proctor and syndicate member Prof M Mahbubar Rahman were present. The building will have classrooms, teachers’ rooms, a guestroom and a conference room, IIER Director Prof M Maher Ali said. Alimuzzaman Totul, the university’s chief engineer, has already ...

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Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birth anniversary celebrated

Kazi Nazrul Islam

MNA Feature Desk: People from all walks of life today paid rich tributes to national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 120th birth anniversary. To mark the day, different organizations and cultural bodies in line with government took elaborate programme at national levels with the theme ‘Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh in Nazrul’s Conscience’. The main programme was arranged at Trishal in Mymensingh, where the poet had a lot of memoires. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni attended the function as the chief guest at 3pm with State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid in the chair, BSS reports. Visva-Bharati University ...

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Mona Lisa brought to life by AI

Mona Lisa

MNA Science & Technology Desk: The subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting has been brought to life by AI researchers. The video, achieved from a single photo, shows the model in the portrait moving her head, eyes and mouth. The latest iteration of so-called deepfake technology came out of Samsung’s AI research laboratory in Moscow. Some are concerned that the rise of convincing deepfake technology has huge potential for misuse. Samsung’s algorithms were trained on a public database of 7,000 images of celebrities gathered from YouTube. The AI system mapped facial features and movements on to a ...

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Prof Kazi Shahidullah new UGC chairman


MNA Career & Education Desk: Prof Kazi Shahidullah, the supernumerary professor of the History Dept at Dhaka University, has been made the new chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a four-year term. Department of Secondary and Higher Education of the Education Ministry issued an order in this regard on Wednesday. Kazi Shahidullah is the former vice chancellor of National University. Prof Shahidullah replaces Prof Abdul Mannan, whose term was ended on May 7. Since then, the UGC senior member Prof Mohammed Yusuf Ali Mollah had been serving as the chairman.

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Migrants take perilous voyage as employment at home scarce


MNA Feature Desk: Limited employment opportunities at home are forcing Bangladeshi fortune-seekers to opt for risky migration to the European Union countries, experts said. They said a large number of youths remain jobless who cannot do business or other work at home, which prompts them to embark on a perilous sea journey to realise their dream. About 45 Bangladeshis remained missing since Thursday when a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to reach Europe from Libya. Tunisian Navy and fishermen on Saturday rescued 16 survivors. Of them, 14 were Bangladeshis. Of 60 migrants, some 37 who perished ...

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BCL post-deprived leaders give 48-hour ultimatum


MNA Career & Education Desk: The post-deprived leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have demanded cancellation of the newly formed ‘controversial’ committee in 48 hours. They also threatened to go on hunger strike and mass resignation id their demand is not met within the stipulated time. The ultimatum was given at a press conference held at Madhu’s canteen of Dhaka University on Tuesday. Over 200 leaders who deprived of getting any post or their desired post in the new committee were present in the press conference. BCL previous committee’s publicity and publication secretary Saif Babu read out a written statement ...

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Irrfan is the biggest Khan: Kareena

Irrfan Khan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan — actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has worked with all of them on the big screen, but she feels most “privileged” to join creative forces with Irrfan Khan in ‘Angrezi Medium’. Kareena will be playing a small yet significant role of a policewoman in ‘Angrezi Medium’, a sequel to the 2017 film ‘Hindi Medium’. Asked about how she is preparing for the role, Kareena told IANS here: “Oh God, I am super excited for this film. I have worked with all the Khans — Shah ...

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Amazon’s founder unveils Moon lander concept


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024. The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers. It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) of thrust. “It’s time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay,” said Mr Bezos. Mr Bezos presented the Moon goals of his space exploration company Blue Origin at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, to an audience consisting ...

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Tough First Trimester of Pregnancy: Few things to remember and check


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Exhaustion, nausea, sore breasts and other symptoms are very common during the first trimester of pregnancy. While they usually do improve by the fourth month, it helps to know how to cope with these discomforts in the meantime. “I’m exhausted.” Fatigue is by far the most common complaint during the first trimester, says Roger Harms, MD, editor of The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Aside from the simple fact that building a baby uses a tremendous amount of your body’s resources, you can also blame a steep increase in the hormone progesterone, which is known ...

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Last tributes paid to Subir Nandi

Subir Nandi

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: People from all walks of life paid their last respect to renowned singer Subir Nandi at the central Shahid Minar and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) on Wednesday. Subir’s body was kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11:00 am to 12 pm so that people can pay their tributes to the noted singer. It was taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) premises around 12:50 pm. Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, Public Works Minister Sham Rezaul Karim, Awami League acting general secretary Mahbub Ul Alam Hanif, national coordinator of National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute ...

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Rabindranath’s 158th birth anniversary today


MNA Feature Desk: The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday (25th of Baishakh on the Bangla Calendar). The government and different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. Bangla Academy will organise an event featuring keynote speech, Rabindra Award 2019 ceremony and cultural function its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium. Rabindra researchers Prof Begum Akter Kamal and Prof Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Rabindra Sangeet singer Iqbal Ahmed will be honoured with ‘Rabindra Puroshkar 2019’ at the programme. The local administration of Kushtia will organise a ...

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