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DUCSU polls nomination form distribution starts

DUCSU

MNA Career & Education Desk: Dhaka University (DU) authority has started distribution nomination forms of the upcoming Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) polls scheduled for March 11. The form distribution started around 10am on Tuesday from provost’s office. Chief Returning Officer Professor SM Mahfuzur Rahaman said the form will be distributed every day from 10am-4pm from the office till February 25.

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Kiara Advani shines in elegant white dress by Stephane Rolland

Kiara Advani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani was recently seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019. She picked a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection for the event and looked lovely in it. It won’t be wrong to say Kiara Advani manages to impress the fashion police every time she makes an appearance. Proving it yet again, the 26-year-old was seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019 where she looked elegant in a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection. The floor-length gown was from the designer’s ...

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Scientists create first ant-like walking robot without GPS

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: French researchers got inspiration from desert ants and developed a first-of-its-kind walking robot that can move without GPS. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics reported the brand-new robot design with the desert ants’ exceptional navigation capabilities. Scientists from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University created a robot called AntBot, equipped with an optical compass that is sensitive to polarized ultraviolet light and an optical movement sensor to measure the distance covered. AntBot has six feet, allowing it to move with agility in complex environments where wheeled ...

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Consuming meat a lot might endanger liver

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention. For the current study, researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver ...

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Social media: The monster, destroying moral & social values

Social media

MNA Feature Desk: Social media, one of the most popular attributes of modern technology, has reached almost everywhere of the country as well as the world. Mainly, it is used and lived by the young generations. Most of the social media users lie in the age group of 16-34. But along with widespread use of social media, many negative things are coming out as by-products and as future of this world and Bangladesh rests on the hands of the young generation, it is becoming a concern that we might have a lame and vulnerable future. Moreover, the moral, ethical and ...

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Piickme ‘Car service’ launched on the Valentine’s Day

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Piickme has officially launched their newly added car ride sharing service on 14 Feb. The on-demand app based ride sharing service Piickme was established by a Bangladeshi Entrepreneur named Mr. Omar Ali Raj in September 2018. At first it was launched with the motor bike service which is getting popular day by day. In respect of the car ride sharing service launching Piickme has announced special discount up to 200 taka for its user to be continued till the end of this month. Riders will also enjoy very attractive bonus on the occasion of this launching ...

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HEART OF SPACE: AN ICONIC GIFT ON THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Heart of Space

MNA Feature Desk: As love besieges our hearts on Valentine’s Day every year, we tend to impress our loved ones with different types of gifts, some of which are very romantic and innovative. But if someone is looking for an out of the world gift this Valentine’s Day, it can become a reality this valentine’s day.  Well, for about $500,000 you can get your special someone a heart-shaped space rock, 320-million-years old. As far as space relics go, meteorites are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike. The charred, twisted remnants of space rock can teach us a lot about ...

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Jashore board postpones ICT exam of SSC

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MNA Career & Education Desk: The ICT (Information and Communications Technology) examination under Jashore board has been postponed following printing mistakes in the question paper. The fresh date of the examination will be informed letter, said Professor Abdul Alim, chairman of the board. The chairman also sought pardon to guardians and students for the unwanted incident.

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Kangana lashes out at Alia Bhatt

Kangana

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Manikarnika’ actress Kangana Ranaut, in a recent interview with Pinkvilla, said that Alia Bhatt’s “existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet.” The 31-year-old actress told Pinkvilla: “I suggested that she grows some spine and supports an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism… If she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being Karan Johar’s puppet then I don’t consider her successful.” During the interview. Kangana also said that she hopes Alia Bhatt “understands the true meaning of success” and added, “I told her if she is only ...

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Bangladesh alarmingly among least cyber-secure countries

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh has been found the sixth least cyber-secure among 60 countries covered in a study. Around 35.91 per cent mobile phones and 19.07 per cent computers of the country were attacked by malware in 2018, said the study conducted by UK-based research firm Comparitecha. In terms of overall performance, Bangladesh has scored 47.21 points, followed by Pakistan with 47.10 points, the study showed. Apart from the percentage of attacks during 2018, the study was also based on seven categories (national strategy, military, content, privacy, critical infrastructure, commerce, and crime). Comparitecha ranked a total of 60 ...

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Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday today

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MNA Feature Desk: Abraham Lincoln did not live to observe his 65th birthday on Feb. 12, 1874. He had been assassinated nine years earlier, on April 14, 1865. But, on that day in 1874, the nation’s first public celebration of the 16th President’s birthday was held in St. James Hall in Buffalo, organized and funded by drugstore owner — and Lincoln aficionado — Julius E. Francis. The 145th anniversary of the first Buffalo celebration, held near the 210th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, drew more than 50 people and some 30 Civil War era re-enactors to the Buffalo History Museum for ...

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Mistakes to be avoided while setting up an online business

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience. To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting ...

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National Vitamin-A Plus campaign unveils

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign is being observed across the country on Saturday in a bid to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to children aged between six months to 59 months. Under the campaign, 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.50 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red colored high-power capsules. They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20 thousand mobile health centres across the country. Mobile health centers has been set up at ...

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Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga to perform at Oscars

Lady Gaga

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “A Star Is Born” actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will perform on the Oscar-nominated song “Shallow” at the 91st Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted the news on Friday, writing simply: “Cooper. Gaga. ‘Shallow’. Oscars”, reports ew.com The move was widely expected, and means that four of the five nominees for Best Original Song have now been confirmed for performances during the ceremony: “Shallow”, “I’ll fight”; “The place where lost go” and “When a cowboy trades his spurs for wings”. Cooper made his directorial debut with “A Star Is ...

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IUB ranks number one university of BD

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MNA Career & Education Desk: Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) has been ranked as number one university in Bangladesh by the Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities (RWU). RWU is produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the main public research body in Spain, which is universally recognised as one of the top R&D European institutions, said a statement. The RWU uses four criteria for ranking, namely Presence, Visibility, Transparency (Openness) and Excellence (Scholar), compiling the data from reliable prestigious open data sources, namely Google, Ahrefs, Majestic, Google Scholar Citations, and Scimago (which is based ...

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Cyber attacks rising in Bangladesh

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: The incidents of cyber attacks continue to rise at different commercial and service-providing outlets in the country despite taking various preventive measures. As the country achieved a good progress especially on socioeconomic front in the era of digitisation, the number of cyber related incidents is also rising. Due to a leap in information technology-related crimes, the issue of cyber security has become a matter of serious concern to most of relevant government and private entities. According to state-run Bangladesh e-Government Computer Incident Response Team (BGD e-Gov CIRT) under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information ...

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Pakistan University declares Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day”, and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the institution’s website. “We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was ...

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Ariana Grande sued over ‘God is a Woman’ image

Ariana Grande

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star’s widely-viewed “God is a Woman” music video. Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in US District Court in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas. The lawsuit calls the image that appears a little more than a minute into Grande’s 2018 music video nearly identical to paintings that Kush painted ...

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Realistic education: Potential & effective route to eliminate unemployment

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MNA Feature Desk: Unemployment rate is one of the most important indicators of a country’s economy. Though the unemployment rate is comparatively stable during the last decade ranging between 4.2-4.5 per cent, still it is not at all satisfactory. Many will even argue that the actual unemployment rate is much higher as we often meet unemployed young and not so young people. Though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her last two terms in the government, has created thousands of government jobs but that is also not good enough to solve this unemployment problem. The private sector is not strong enough ...

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SSC & equivalent exams begin

SSC

MNA Career  & Education Desk: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2019 began on Saturday morning. The examinations started around 10am at 10 education boards that will continue till February 26 while the practical examination will be held from February 27 to March 5. A total of 21,35,333 students from 28,682 educational institutions is expected to sit for the exams. Of them, 10,70,441 students are male and 10,64,892 female. Education minister Dipu Moni visited Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Government Primary School this morning. During her visit she said, “Detectives have keep close watch with the law enforcement agencies to ...

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Amar Ekushey Book Fair sets sail

Ekushey

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, began at the premise of Bangla Academy and adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the book fair in the afternoon, reports UNB. Two foreign guests — Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al Arishi – spoke at opening ceremony as distinguished foreign guests. Due to the illness and as advised by doctors, the speech of Shankha Ghosh was read out by Ramendu Majumder. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended ...

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Question leak gang wiped out: CID

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MNA Career & Education Desk: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday claimed to have brought two gangs engaged in question leak to book. Law enforcers have, so far, arrested 46 members of the rackets, including masterminds Hafizur Rahman Hafiz and Masud Rahman Tajul. The information was given at a press conference of the Organised Crime, CID, Bangladesh at noon. CID chief Additional IGP Sheikh Himayet Hossain spoke at the briefing held the CID headquarters in the city. CID officials said those who engaged in question leak from the press are: Rakibul Hasan Esami, Khan Bahadur, Saiful Islam, Sajib Islam, Bani ...

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Margot’s trainer reveals secret of her awesome figure

Margot Robbie

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Margot Robbie took everyone’s breath away with her gritty, eccentric role as Harle Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad’. She did it yet again with her rendition of Queen Elizabeth I in her latest historical drama ‘Mary Queen of Scots’. She’s not only talented, but she looks gorgeous as well. Recently, her personal trainer, David Higgins, revealed the secret to her svelte figure. And surprise, he claims that breakfast is overrated. Higgins believes intermittent fasting–where you only eat for an eight-hour window every day–is the secret to losing weight, reports dailymail.co.uk. “Sometimes you don’t need to have breakfast,” the ...

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Google disables iPhone app

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it disabled an iPhone app that it had paid some users to install to study their digital habits, following a similar move late on Tuesday by social media network Facebook Inc. Google and Facebook had faced criticism from privacy experts for distributing their research apps through a program iPhone maker Apple Inc had created for companies to distribute apps to employees, according to Reuters. “The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program — this was a mistake, and we apologise,” Google said in ...

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Pakistan makes history with 1st Hindu woman judge

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MNA Feature Desk: Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan. Ms. Kumari, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her Masters in Law from Karachi’s Szabist University. “I have entered the field of law because I know that in the backward areas of Sindh, poor people need a lot of advice and assistance in legal matters,” she said. “My father and my family supported me a lot, as in our community it is not easy ...

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Fatima shares experience of working with Anurag Basu

Fatima

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Fatima Sana Shaikh who was recently shooting in Bhopal for her next with Anurag Basu shared a picture praising Anurag Basu and his art of direction on her social media. Sharing her experience of working with the Director, Fatima Sana Shaikh said, “Unreal! Life Changing! Shooting with Anurag Basu is like being backstage with a magician. Magical….. #anuragbasu.” The actress also shared two working stills from the sets wherein Anurag Basu is busy in his direction. Fatima is also a huge fan of Anurag Basu’s films and out of all his films ‘Life in a ...

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None involved in question paper leak will be spared: RAB

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MNA Career & Education Desk: Rapid Action Battalion director general Benazir Ahmed has warned that people involved in SSC question paper leak would not be spared. The RAB DG came up with the warning at a press briefing on Wednesday ahead of the SSC examination scheduled to begin on February 2. The briefing held at RAB media centre this morning to prevent the question scripts leak. “Teachers, students and guardians should be conscious about this. If anyone try to violate law, RAB will take action immediately, said Benazir Ahmed. He said “Last year, the elite force arrested at least 128 ...

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