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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Bhola clash: Facebook ID hacker identified


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The person who reportedly hacked the Facebook account of Biplob Chandra has been identified with the assistance of Facebook authorities. Quoting Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Public Relations Officer of the Home Ministry Sharif Mahmud told UNB on Thursday that the Facebook authorities on Wednesday confirmed the identity of the hacker. “Soon the person’s identity will be disclosed before the media. We’re trying to arrest the person shortly,” the Home Minister was quoted as saying. Four people were killed and more than 200 others were injured on Sunday in a clash between police and demonstrating locals ...

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Business planning contest cheers up youths


MNA Career & Education Desk: Bangladesh Agricultural University Career Club (BAUCC) organised the grand finale of the most auspicious event of their calendar ‘TrailBlazer 2.0’ on October 20, 2019. TrailBlazer is an intra-university business planning competition which has become an awaited event in the BAU campus. Followed by the previous edition, it comprised three rounds: a) project proposal submission, b) business plan submission, and c) final pitch. There were nearly 70 teams who submitted their business proposal for the first round and among them, 15 teams got selected for the second round. In the second round, BAUCC organised a workshop ...

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Rose McGowan sues Weinstein over ‘silencing attempts’

Rose McGowan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Rose McGowan has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his ex-lawyers and a private intelligence agency, accusing them of trying to silence her. McGowan was one of the first people to accuse Mr Weinstein of rape in 2017. She claims Mr Weinstein and his team conspired to discredit her after they heard she was writing a book. The movie mogul is currently awaiting trial and denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. Ms McGowan claims she was raped by Mr Weinstein in a hotel room during a business meeting at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, ...

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Bangladeshi adolescents at ‘alarming’ risk of heart diseases


MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has found three or more risk factors of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in one in every five Bangladeshi adolescents. Of them, nine in 10 reported low fruit and vegetable intake and six in 10 reported insufficient physical activity, according to the study published in the Health Policy and Technology journal. “This is an alarmingly scary finding as individual behaviours adopted during the formative years of life [adolescence] tend to track into adulthood,” lead author of the study, Asaduzzaman Khan, told media. “We strongly argue for interventions to target adolescents who are engaging in multiple risk ...

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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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