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Chinese ancient town to enter 5G era

Pingyao

MNA Feature Desk: Pingyao, an ancient town in north China’s Shanxi Province, will enter the 5G technology era before October, local authorities said. The 5G technologies are scheduled to be first applied in two demonstration zones — one in a diesel engine plant and another in the new campus of the People’s Hospital of Pingyao County, according to Chen Hongjin, director of the information centre with Pingyao’s culture and tourism bureau. Covering an area of around 70,000 square metres, the diesel engine plant is a venue for many key events, such as the Pingyao International Film Festival and the Pingyao ...

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Twitter, Facebook shut Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Twitter

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc said on Monday they had dismantled a state-backed social media campaign originating in mainland China that sought to undermine protests in Hong Kong. Twitter said it suspended 936 accounts and the operations appeared to be a coordinated state-backed effort originating in China. It said these accounts were just the most active portions of this campaign and that a “larger, spammy network” of approximately 200,000 accounts had been proactively suspended before they were substantially active. Facebook said it had removed accounts and pages from a small network after a tip from ...

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The Rock announces wedding on Instagram

Rock

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: With a simple “We do,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his wedding to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram. A photo of the movie star and Lauren Hashian was posted on the social media site. Both were wearing white, and they were standing overlooking the ocean. The post said the date of their apparent nuptials was Sunday, in Hawaii. Johnson’s representative did not immediately return calls asking for comment. The couple have been dating for several years and have two young daughters. Johnson also has a teenage daughter from a previous marriage. Johnson has a lot ...

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Changemakers provide solutions to social entrepreneurship

AYCL

MNA Career & Education Desk: The grand finale of Abinta’s Young Change Leaders (AYCL) was held at Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in the city on August 03, 2019. AYCL is a joint initiative by the Abinta Kabir Foundation and Casper Foundation. It was formed with the aim to give a platform to youth change-makers or social entrepreneurs to present their brilliant ideas that will positively impact not only themselves, but the people and environment around them. The theme for their pilot event was catered around the agent, Child, and the sector, Care. The first round was an online submission of ...

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Bangladesh in control of Hepatitis B, WHO declares

Hepatitis B

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand has become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, the UN body has announced. It means that prevalence of this deadly disease has dropped to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Unwavering determination to reach every child, everywhere, every time, with life-saving Hepatitis B vaccines through childhood immunization, has made this achievement possible,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia. “These successes are a testimony of the countries’ commitment to health of their people, and the untiring efforts being made ...

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Govt primary schools to come under midday-meal programme by 2023

Meal

MNA Career & Education Desk: The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the National School Meal Policy 2019, aiming to bring all the government primary schools under the midday-meal programme by 2023. The approval came at a cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office, reports UNB. “Initially, the midday-meal programme will be introduced at schools in char, coastal and haor and other backward areas of the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the Secretariat after the cabinet meeting. The school meal is expected to ensure minimum 30 ...

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Disney’s Mulan faces boycott calls after star backs HK police

Mulan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Disney’s live-action remake of the animated film Mulan is facing calls for a boycott, after its star voiced support for Hong Kong’s police force. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, a naturalised US citizen, reposted a viral pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The territory has been convulsed by sometimes violent pro-democracy protests over the past 10 weeks. Rights groups and the UN have accused the police of a heavy handed response, according to a BBC report. Ms Liu had shared a Weibo post from the government-run Beijing newspaper People’s Daily that read (in Chinese): ...

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Boss the bull fetches record price in Bangladesh

Boss

MNA National Desk: “Boss,” a Brahman bull born in the USA but raised in Bangladesh, has been sold for a record price as Bangladesh prepares to sacrifice over 10 million animals to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha next week, officials said on Thursday. Tens of millions of Bangladeshis travel back to their homes across the country to celebrate the annual three-day religious holiday, which is known as the festival of sacrifice. Muslims slaughter an animal — a goat, sheep, cow, or camel — during the festivities in a ritual stemming from the story of Prophet Abraham, commanded by God ...

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Home ministry to buy Tk 2.0b data interceptor

interceptor

MNA Science & Technology Desk: The government approved the procurement of another vehicle-mounted data interceptor for the ministry of home affairs under the direct purchase method. The cabinet committee on economic affairs gave the approval for the purchase in its meeting on Wednesday at the secretariat, chaired by finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. The procurement will cost the exchequer around Tk 2.0 billion. The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre will use the data interceptor for the interest of national security. After the meeting, the minister said the way rumours are spread proves to be “very risky” for the country. “Such rumours ...

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Outpouring of enthusiasm at mechanical festival

mechanical

MNA Career & Education Desk: The annual mechanical festival “Mecceleration” at the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Gazipur returned for the sixth time after experiencing tremendous success consecutively, with the tagline “Crank your brain, shift your ideas, accelerate your aptitudes” this year. The daylong fest was organised by the Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering of the university on July 26, 2019 (Friday). Amir Farid Abu Hasan, acting high commissioner – Office of the High Commission of Malaysia was present as the chief guest while the acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Dr Omar Jah presided over the event. The fest ...

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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marked as suitable: WHO

Baby

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Baby foods are high in sugar and inappropriately marked as suitably for infants under the age of six months, according to recent studies. Two new studies by WHO/Europe also recommend that that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first 6 months. In its 2016 global ‘Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children’, the organization explicitly states that commercial complementary foods should not be advertised for infants under 6 months of age. “Good nutrition in infancy and early childhood remains key to ensuring optimal child growth and development, and to better ...

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I love the idea of being in a relationship: Sonakshi

Sonakshi

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sonakshi Sinha has been neck deep in promotions of her latest release ‘Khandaani Shafakhana’. The actress, who plays the character of Baby Bedi in her latest offering, is pretty guarded about her love life and prefers to keep it private. Sonakshi doesn’t speak much about her personal life even during her interactions with the media. In the past couple of months, a number of her colleagues like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma have taken the leap and tied the knot. When Sonakshi was quizzed if she’s looking for her Mr Right ...

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Rabindranath Tagore’s 78th death anniversary observed

Rabindranath

MNA Feature Desk: The 78th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, was observed on Tuesday. Tagore, who enriched the Bengali language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, died on this day in 1941 at the age of 80. Different organizations held many programs while television channels are airing special productions based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Shishu Academy and different government and non-government institutions and cultural organizations chalked out elaborate programs on the occasion. Tagore was a poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, as well as a composer whose works reshaped Bangla ...

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Fogging a ‘myth’ in dengue control: WHO expert

dengue

MNA Feature Desk: Source detection of Aedes mosquito breeding is the key to curb dengue fever, says a mosquito expert of the World Health Organisation, with 40 years of experience. Dr B N Nagpal, senior entomologist of WHO Southeast Asia region, also dismissed fogging to kill Aedes mosquito as a “myth”. The mosquito expert came up with the statement at a special briefing organised by the health department, DGHS, in Dhaka on Monday, reports bdnews24.com. “Fogging on the street and open areas is a myth. Clean your own house and spray aerosol in the morning and evening because Aedes rest ...

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Brac University holds seminar on ‘Pharma Market Dynamics’

Brac

MNA Career & Education Desk: The Department of Pharmacyof Brac University (BRACU) has organised a seminar on ‘Pharma Market Dynamics’ at the university auditorium in the capital. The seminar was arranged for students of the Department of Pharmacy on Wednesday who have undertaken course PR 305, Pharmaceutical Marketing. The speaker of the seminar was Mr. Khaled Alhossainy, Director of Marketing and Sales, IMS Health Limited, says a media release. He focused on branding strategies of the leading pharmaceutical companies of Bangladesh by citing specific brands. The seminar was followed by a short question and answer session, where students from the ...

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Ethiopia breaks tree-planting record to combat climate change

Ethiopia

MNA Feature Desk: Ethiopia has planted more than 350 million trees in a day, officials say, in what they believe is a world record. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is leading the project, which aims to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. Some public offices have been shut down to allow civil servants to take part. The UN says Ethiopia’s forest coverage declined from 35 per cent of total land in the early 20th Century to a little above 4.0 per cent in the 2000s. Mr Abiy launched the tree-planting exercise as part of his ...

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Marvel reveals Blade, Shang Chi and female Thor

Marvel

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Marvel has announced a bumper crop of 10 new superhero movies at Comic Con. Marvel studios president Kevin Feige, flanked by dozens of Hollywood stars, revealed the post-Avengers roster of films to a stunned hall in San Diego. Many attendees at world’s largest pop-culture fan convention had camped out to reserve a seat for the event. One major surprise was the announcement of Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as Blade the vampire hunter, a role played by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 film. There was rapturous applause and screams as Ali took to the stage to ...

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WhatsApp to roll out payments service in India this year

WhatsApp

MNA Science & Technology Desk: WhatsApp will roll out its payments service in India this year following a year-long pilot, its global chief Will Cathcart has said, as the Facebook-owned messaging giant taps an upsurge in digital payments in its dominant market. WhatsApp is ubiquitous across India, where data consumption is surging thanks to cheap internet, but a full launch of its payments feature had been delayed amid some false messages circulating on the platform that have led to mob lynching and more government scrutiny, according to local media. The Menlo Park, California-based firm has also been trying to comply ...

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Preparatory meeting for 52th convocation of DU held

DU

MNA Career & Education Desk: A preparatory meeting was held on Thursday in Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University to observe 52nd convocation of the university, says a press release. Chaired by Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, the meeting was attended by Pro-vice Chancellor (administration) Prof Dr Abdus Samad, members of university’s senate and syndicate, deans, provosts, department chairpersons, directors of the institutes, leaders of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) were present. The graduates whose results are/will be published between September 3, 2018 to August 18, 2019 can participate in the 52th convocation. DU ...

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Dengu test charge halved to Tk 500

dengue

MNA Lifestyle Desk: The government has fixed charges of dengue tests at a maximum of Tk 500 to drive down the costs of healthcare amid a massive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease. The decision came after a meeting between the government and owners of private hospitals amid deaths of at least 25 people from dengue. Government hospitals do the NS1 antigen test for free to determine dengue and now the private hospitals will have to keep the charges at a maximum of Tk 500 for the same test, according to a notice issued by the Directorate General of Health Services. ...

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US embassy celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing

moon

MNA Feature Desk: US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller attended a daylong series of programes at the American Center on Tuesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing. In his opening remarks, he referenced Neil Armstrong’s famous quote – “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” – to highlight the achievement as a landmark event for the humanity. Throughout the day, nearly 400 students and visitors participated in 10 programmes, including talks by Bangladeshi-American NASA engineers, female Bangladesh Air Force pilots, a visiting US science envoy, and robotics instructors, UNB reported ...

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Tree fair witnesses rise in sapling sales this year

Tree

MNA Feature Desk: The month-long National Tree Plantation Campaign and Fair-2019 has got an overwhelming response from plant and nature lovers as saplings worth around Tk 110 million were sold during the fair. The fair, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 20 last, concluded on Sunday. A total of 105 nurseries, including 13 public ones, showcased thousands of fruit-producing, timber-producing, ornamental and medicinal and herbal-contributing plants at the fair arranged aiming to motivate people to plant more and more trees. Dr Zahidur Rahman, divisional forest officer (social afforestation, Dhaka), said they got an outstanding response from the nature ...

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Learning new skills makes older people’s brains 30 years younger

Learning

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Learning new things can make older people’s brains 30 years younger in just six weeks, according to a new research from University of California Riverside (UCR). Scientists have discovered that taking up several new tasks at the same time boosts mental power and protects people against Alzheimer’s disease. These skills range from studying new languages, using an iPad, writing music to painting. UCR psychologist Rachel Wu says one important way of staving off cognitive decline is learning new skills as a child would. She encouraged elder people to be a sponge, which means to seek new skills ...

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Mariah Carey opens up on her bad marriage

Mariah

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Mariah Carey married music executive Tommy in 1993 when she was only 23 and he 43. They divorced in 1998. According to People.com, the 49-year-old opened up about her marriage to Cosmopolitan in its August issue, saying she felt like a ‘prisoner’ back then. “There was no freedom for me as a human being,” said Mariah, adding, “You might want to picture a child bride. There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was almost like being a prisoner,” Carey explained to Cosmopolitan. Their relationship, which began ...

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Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins returns to launch site on 50th anniversary

Michael Collins

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Michael Collins, 88, one of the surviving crew members of the first manned mission to the Moon – Apollo 11 – has returned to the site where the mission set off 50 years ago. He visited Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday. He marked the precise time – 09:32 (13:32 GMT) – when their rocket took off, reports BBC. Mr Collins had stayed in lunar orbit while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon. Tuesday’s meeting kicked off a series of commemorative events across the US. Mr Collins was the only ...

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Netflix to launch cheaper mobile-only plan for India

Netflix

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Netflix says it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf. India is among the last big growth markets for the company, where it faces competition from Amazon.com’s Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney’s India unit, reports Reuters. Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, when it posted quarterly results. It also missed targets for new subscribers ...

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73.93pc pass HSC, equivalent examinations

HSC

MNA Career & Education Desk: As many as 73.93 per cent students passed this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations. Last year, the pass rate was 66.64 per cent. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially unveiled the results on Wednesday morning, which will be published in full at a press briefing at the Education Ministry around noon. A total of 9,88,172 candidates among 13,36,629 students cleared the tests. This year, 47,286 students achieved GPA 5. The overall pass rate of the eight general education board is 71.85 per cent. For the madrasa board, the rate is 88.56 per cent. ...

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