Independence Day today

Independence Day

MNA Feature Desk: The Independence and National Day of Bangladesh is today (Thursday). In the wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, the government has suspended all programmes of the day. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages extending heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen living both at home and abroad. Paying tributes to the martyrs and veterans of the War of Liberation at the national mausoleum at Savar has been suspended. Usually on that day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina place wreaths early ...

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The Daily Observer & Kishore Bangla celebrates Bangabandhu’s birth centenary

birth centenary

MNA Feature Desk: The Daily Observer and Kishore Bangla jointly celebrated the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through offering a special munajat and cutting a cake on Tuesday evening (March 17). The celebration was organized at the office of the Daily Observer at Motijheel in the capital. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Editor of the Daily Observer and Mir Mosharref Hossain, Director of the Observer Limited, Publisher and Editor of the Monthly Kishore Bangla, jointly cut the cake with the present colleagues. Later, a special prayer (munajat) was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed soul ...

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Birth centenary of Father of the Nation today


MNA Feature Desk: The nation celebrates the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today. The mega celebration programme earlier taken has been restructured in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the country. However, the year long celebration programmes will continue during the ‘Mujib Year’ that ends on March 17, 2021. President and Prime Minister have issued messages on the occasion. The countdown for the celebration that started on January 10 concludes today. The newspapers came up with special supplements to mark the day. The electronic media will also air special programmes on the day. ...

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Govt shuts down all educational institutions amid virus fears


MNA Career & Education Desk: Government is temporarily shutting down all educational institutions across the country from March 17 amid a global coronavirus outbreak. “The official order will be published on Monday afternoon,” Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury said, reports UNB. The death toll from coronavirus or COVID-19 reached 6,518 globally as of Monday. It has so far infected 169,719 people around the world, according to worldometer. COVID-19 is affecting 157 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan). The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the ...

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International Women’s Day being celebrated

Women's Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Women’s Day is being celebrated in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, on Sunday highlighting women’s rights and equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The International Women’s Day is observed every year on March 8 to celebrate the women’s movement and struggle for equality. Different organisations have chalked out various programmes on the occasion in the capital as elsewhere across the country. On the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all women across ...

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Nation observing historic March 7

March 7

MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the historic March 7 today commemorating the landmark speech of Bangabandhu which was touted as indirect declaration of the country’s independence in 1971. This year the observance of the day is more significant as the nation is getting ready to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17. The landmark fiery speech of Bangabandhu inspired the Bangalees to prepare for the War of Liberation. The war began 18 days later, when the Pakistan Army launched “Operation Searchlight” against unarmed Bangalee civilians, intellectuals, students, politicians, and ...

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5 Tourist Spots near Dhaka to enjoy quick weekend


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Vacations relieve stress and relax our mind. But our busy schedule hardly allows us to go for long vacations. However, we can still plan day trips on the weekend. Many of us avoid visiting tourist resorts due to their exorbitant prices. Don’t worry! Still there are some inexpensive tourist places near Dhaka. In this article, we are going to introduce you with 5 affordable tourist spots for quick day trips on weekends from Dhaka. Moinot Ghat – Mini Cox’s Bazaar Moinot Ghat located on the bank of Padma River is popular as “Mini Cox’s Bazar’’. This place ...

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Monica Bellucci confronts stage fright

Monica Bellucci

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: It seems hard to believe, but Monica Bellucci — who has spent four decades in the limelight as a model and actress — says she suffers from stage fight. Now appearing on stage in Paris, incarnating opera singer Maria Callas, the Italian diva confesses experiencing pure ‘terror’. ‘It is not that I was afraid of theatre, I am still afraid of theatre. I tremble,’ the 55-year-old told AFP. ‘Going on stage is almost a kind of violence that I put myself through.’ Bellucci is playing the 20th-century opera star in a month-long show entitled: ‘Maria ...

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Global defence spending on the rise


MNA Feature Desk: In 2019 global defence spending rose by some 4 per cent over 2018 – the highest year-on-year increase in a decade. The figures are included in this year’s Military Balance – the annual publication of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which is to be launched later this morning at the Munich Security Conference. Appropriately, defence spending in Europe is also on the up, reaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis – an increase of some 4.2 per cent when compared to 2018. This is all a reflection of a changing world and the ...

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Friends to reunite for one-off special on HBO Max


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The cast of Friends is to reunite for a one-off special, more than 15 years since the show ended. The episode will air on the HBO Max streaming service, which launches in May. A date is yet to be announced. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will all appear. Perry posted on Instagram: “It’s happening” with a photo of the cast from the 1990s. The rest of the cast then started sharing the same post. Friends aired from 1994 until 2004. The final show was watched by 52.5 ...

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Australia scientists detect largest explosion since Big Bang


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Scientists in Australia have detected the largest explosion seen in the Universe since the Big Bang, which emitted five times the energy of the previous record holder, they revealed on Friday. The explosion came from a supermassive black hole, at the centre of a galaxy hundreds of millions of light years away. Researchers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Western Australia still don’t know exactly what caused the blast, but observed that it created a massive cavity in the the cluster plasma, or super-hot gas, surrounding the black hole. “You could ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina handed over Ekushey Padak


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday distributed the prestigious Ekushey Padak-2020 among 20 eminent personalities and an organization in recognition of their contributions to various fields. The Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organized by the Cultural Affairs Ministry at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city. Aminul Islam Badsha (posthumous) was given the award for his role in the Language Movement. Begum Dalia Nowshin, Shankar Roy and Mita Haque were recognised for their contributions to music ...

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Nation to pay homage to language martyrs on Friday

Amar Ekushey

MNA Feature Desk: The nation is set to observe ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day (Shaheed Day) and the International Mother Language Day on Friday, marking the supreme of sacrifice of the language heroes for upholding the right to speak mother tongue Bangla . The day will also be observed around the world as the UNESCO recognised the Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999. The theme of International Mother Language Day 2020 is “Languages without borders”. The theme focuses on cross-border languages and helps to preserve indigenous heritage. Walking barefoot to Dhaka’s Central Shaheed ...

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India’s Bengali actor and former MP Tapas Paul dies

Tapas Paul

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran Indian Bengali actor and former Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul died of cardiac arrest early Tuesday. He was 61. Paul, who had gone to Mumbai to visit his daughter, complained of chest pain at the Mumbai airport during his return to Kolkata and was rushed to a hospital in Juhu but died at around 4:00am, hindustantimes reported quoting his family. He had been suffering from heart ailments and been to hospitals several times for treatment during the past two years. Paul, a two-term MP from Krishnanagar and MLA from Alipore, is survived by his ...

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Uber rides into Cox’s Bazar

Cox's Bazar

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Uber has launched operations in the tourist resort of Cox’s Bazar today (Wednesday), making it the 4th Bangladeshi city after Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet, where riders can now book UberXL and MOTO services by downloading the Uber app. The launch of Uber services in Cox’s Bazar will offer affordable, reliable, and convenient transportation access to riders, and livelihood opportunities for drivers, said a media release. Uber has launched several safety products so that before, during, and after trips, riders feel safe. There is an emergency number that connects riders to law enforcement, an in-app safety ...

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Bangladeshi researcher named for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards


MNA Feature Desk: Firdausi Qadri, a Bangladeshi researcher, has been named for the 22nd L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. The UNESCO announced the names of the five winners of the awards, with Firdausi as the winner from the Asia-Pacific region, on Tuesday Firdausi is the head of the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit of the Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh or icddr, b. The UNESCO said it awarded her for her outstanding work to understand and prevent infectious diseases affecting children in developing countries, and promote early diagnosis and vaccination with ...

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Canada can help BD innovate technologies to enter 4IR era


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Canada can strongly assist Bangladesh in innovating and developing technologies to enter the era of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), said Robert Norris, Honorary Consul for Bangladesh in Saskatchewan Province in Canada. “The North American country can provide Bangladesh with its state-of-the-art research facilities to innovate technologies especially in the areas of education, agriculture, health, energy and advance technology,” he said in an exclusive interview with the FE. The Canada-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CanCham) arranged the interview at a city hotel on Saturday afternoon. Mr Norris, who also served as a Member of Saskatchewan ...

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Daily Observer rountable: Media’s massive awareness can ensure women empowerment


MNA Feature Desk: State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira on Wednesday said that media and people from all corners need to work together to turn the existing culture into women friendly. “Prevention of violence and other forms of discriminations against women is possible if media launch massive awareness and people work together,” she said as chief guest at a roundtable in the capital. The Daily Observer organised the roundtable titled “ Role of Government and Media in Empowering women-SDG5” at Jatiya Press Club. In his welcome speech, the Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said that ...

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Amar Ekushey Book Fair to begin today

Book Fair

MNA Feature Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2020 will begin on Bangla Academy premises and at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday. This year Bangla Academy has set the theme of the fair as “Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu” and the book fair will be dedicated to the iconic leader, marking his birth centenary. Focusing on Bangabandhu, architect Enamul Karim Nirjhar has prepared the overall plan of the book fair. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the book fair as the chief guest at 3pm on the day where State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will ...

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Be employers, not employees: PM Sheikh Hasina


MNA Career & Education Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the youth to develop a mindset of being self-employed and employers instead of desperately looking for jobs. “It won’t be wise just to look for jobs…..you should rather think you won’t do jobs but give jobs to others,” she said while distributing the National Youth Award, 2019 at her office in the city. The Prime Minister handed over the award to 22 self-employed youths and five youth organisers in recognition of their contributions towards generating jobs for themselves and others. Sheikh Hasina called upon the youth to utilise ...

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Standard Chartered Bank hosts magical entertainment show


MNA Business Desk: Standard Chartered Bank organized an exclusive magical entertainment show recently on the occasion of its winter carnival. Almost three thousand bank employees and their family members enjoyed the programme held at new venue Chefs Table of United Ground last Friday, said a press release. Standard Chartered Bank’s CEO Mr. Naser Ezaz Bijoy joined the event as chief guest and Mr. Sazidul Islam from Sky Tracker was present at the family day event as special guest. Main attraction of that event was Solo Magic and Illusion Show. Aliraj, the magic icon of Bangladesh, enthralled the audience through eye-catching ...

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Intel elects Bangladeshi-American Omar Ishrak as board chairman

Omar Ishrak

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladeshi born Omar Ishrak has been elected chairman of the Intel Corporation board of directors succeeding Andy Bryant who stepped down after serving for seven years. The California-based chip maker made the announcement on Tuesday and said it would take immediate effect. Omar has been serving as chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic, the world’s leading medical technology company, with over $27 billion in annual revenue, and operations in more than 160 countries, since June 2011, reports UNB. According to his bio on Medtronic, Omar grew up in Bangladesh, and earned a Bachelor of ...

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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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