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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

Eco-friendly lifestyle

MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theatres – far surpassing industry analysts’ loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut. The previous animation record-holder was another Pixar sequel, “Finding Dory,” which had a $135 million launch in 2016. It was Disney’s live-action “Beauty and ...

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Father’s Day celebrated

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MNA Feature Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the ...

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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Apple closing iPhone security gap

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones, reported news agency. Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour ...

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Ayman, Zaiba to receive queen’s award

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MNA Education Desk: British queen will honour Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya with a ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on 26 June, reported news agency. The awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth countries are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Ayman Sadiq, 25, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work he is doing to improve access to education for young people throughout Bangladesh. Zaiba Tahyya, 27, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is ...

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Sanju: Father’s Day special poster

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MNA Entertainment Desk: It’s Father’s Day today and social media is flooded with posts of people expressing their love for their dads. And the makers of ‘Sanju’ took the opportunity and presented fans with a gift to on this special occasion in the form of a new poster of the film that features Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt giving his ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ to his on-screen father Sunil Dutt played by Paresh Rawal. The special hug was first introduced in Baba’s ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’. This was the climax scene of the film, which was loved by one and all, reports ...

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Google celebrates Father’s Day

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google is celebrating Father’s Day 2018 with a fun Doodle that features hand-printed dinosaurs, reported news agency. The Father’s Day Google Doodle shows a collection of colorful dinosaurs made from children’s handprints. It echoes a similar dinosaur family Google Doodle used on Mother’s Day 2018, which also portrayed the pre-historic creatures made out of multicolored hand prints. Father’s Day was started in the early 20th century and falls on the third Sunday of June — it’s on Sunday, June 17 this year. President Richard Nixon officially gave Father’s Day national recognition in the U.S. when ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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People switching from Facebook: Study

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MNA Tech Desk: Many people are switching from Facebook to closed forums like WhatsApp to discuss daily news because of worries about privacy, fake stories and toxic debates, a survey said on Thursday. The latest Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that news consumption via Facebook is falling, particularly among the young, who prefer WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Facebook remains the most popular social network for news, with 36 per cent using it in the last week. But it has lost ground to other apps, especially WhatsApp, which has tripled in popularity as ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey

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MNA Feature Desk: 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 celebrate the largest festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones. Throughout the year, many of us wait for this auspicious occasion to unite with our relatives. This is the greatest joy of our hectic lives. But every year, some of us do not come back to their regular lives as they have to sacrifice their lives on the ...

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UK to offer Hawking fellowships

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MNA Education Desk: Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honour of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the government announced on Monday. Up to 10 fellowship will be awarded each year for the next five years to candidates completing doctoral studies in maths, physics and computer sciences, according to the department for business, energy and industrial Strategy. The 50 recipients will receive financial support allowing them to continue their work in any British institution for up to three years, it said. The creation of the “Stephen Hawking Fellowships” follow discussions ...

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Healthy way to enjoy a holy Eid

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MNA Life Style Desk: Observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid, a glorious occasion that is followed by rejoicing, giving of alms and a feast of various and delicious foods. Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy Eid: Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as milk or laban, preferably low fat or zero fat. A moderately light breakfast can follow. For example you can have whole grain breakfast cereals with low fat milk and a ...

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37th BCS final results published

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MNA Education Desk: A total of 1,314 candidates have been recommended for different cadres of civil service in the 37th Bangladesh Civil Service examinations, according to officials. Public Service Commission (PSC), the body that hires civil servants, published the final results on Tuesday after a special meeting at its office in the capital. Though in 37th BCS circular the number of cadres was mentioned as 1,226, the commission finally recommended 1,314 candidates for different cadres. Of them, 465 cadidates are enlisted as general cadres, 272 as assistant surgeons, 51 as dental surgeons, 316 for other categories and 210 for education ...

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Vietnam tightens grip on Google, FB

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Vietnamese lawmakers approved a controversial cyber-security law on Tuesday, voting amid tight security following weekend protests over other legislation that turned violent in some parts of the communist country. The law, approved by 91 per cent of attending lawmakers, would require Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally “important” personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country. The companies have pushed back against the provisions. The vote took place two days after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities and provinces to denounce a plan ...

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Laylatul Qadr: A night better than thousand months

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MNA Feature Desk: Muslims across the country will observe holy Lailatul Qadr tonight with due religious fervour and solemnity. The holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation. Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is designated in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3) and it is very important to know the things you can do on this night in Ramadan. Any deed done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which ...

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Priyanka attends Nick Jonas’ cousin’s wedding

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been creating a buzz with her appearances with American pop star Nick Jonas, walked hand in hand with him at his cousin’s wedding. The 25-year-old “Jealous” singer took Priyanka, 35, as his date to attend his cousin’s wedding. They arrived arm in arm, reports media. The rumoured couple, who played down speculations they were dating when they showed up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York together, have now embarked on a real relationship, according to multiple reports. The “Baywatch” star was seen roaming around with the singer on a boat ...

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Singer Asif Akbar gets bail

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday granted singer Asif Akbar bail in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury granted him bail on a bond of Tk 10,000. Earlier on Sunday, Asif’s lawyer Adv Kazi Nazibullah Hiru filed the petition with Dhaka CMM court. The court on June 6, rejected both remand and bail petitions of the singer and sent him to jail. A team of Criminal Investigation Department arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am on June 6 in a case under the ICT Act. ...

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Hasina’s jail release day today

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MNA Feature Desk: The 10th anniversary of release of Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina from prison will be observed today. On this day in 2008, Sheikh Hasina was released from the special sub-jail set up on the premises of the Jatiya Sangsad building after remaining captive there for nearly 11 months. The Awami League president was arrested from her Sudha Sadan residence at Dhanmondi on July 16, 2007 during the military-backed caretaker government, which assumed power in the political changeover of 1/11 in 2007. Marking the day, Dhaka city south unit of Awami League will arrange a ...

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DIU Air Rover Scout’s certificate distribution ceremony

Air Rover

MNA Education Desk: Daffodil International University Air Rover Scout Group organized Scouts’ Own and 6th National COMDECA Camp Certificate Distribution Ceremony followed by Iftar Mahfil on 07 June, 2018 at Banquet Hall of the university. Baden Powel Fellow and Vice-Chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Professor Dr. Nizam Uddin Ahmed, was present as the chief guest at the program while Flight Lt. M. Shah Alam, Region Secretary and Professor Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab, Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were present as special guests. Professor Dr. Yousuf Mahabubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of Daffodil International University and ...

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Zakat during Ramadan holds huge importance for the Muslims

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MNA Feature Desk: Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds huge importance for the Muslims during Ramadan. One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Therefore, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. Zakat – also known as zakah – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals. This mandatory payment is obligatory for every sane and mature Muslim whenever ...

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Anjan Dutt coming on TV in Eid

Anjan Dutt

MNA Entertainment Desk: Anjan Dutt will appear on TV for his fans in this Eid. A special celebrity talk show designed for him will be aired on the third day of Eid at 5.15pm on BanglaVision. The show is titled after Anjan Dutt’s hugely successful song “Bela Bos Tumi Parcho Ki Shunte”. Anjan will talk about his songs, cinema and many unrevealed facets of his life in the show. The show will be hosted by singer Mithila and has been produced by Sajjad. About the show Anjan has said that he liked the arrangement made by Bangla Vision particularly for ...

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Google won’t deploy AI to build weapons

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts, the Alphabet Inc unit said Thursday in standards for its business decisions in the nascent field, reported news agency. The new restrictions could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company’s work with the U.S. military to identify objects in drone video. Google will pursue other government contracts including around cybersecurity, military recruitment and search and rescue, chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Thursday. “We want to be clear ...

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Remembering Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

MNA Feature Desk: On this day in 1870, great Victorian novelist and social campaigner Charles Dickens died. A celebrity even in his day, the nation mourned at news of his death and he was buried amid great ceremony in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. Today marks not only the 148th anniversary of Dickens’s death, but also the 153th anniversary of the tragic Staplehurst rail crash in which Dickens was involved. Charles Dickens is one the most read English authors of all times. He is famously known for his works- A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Davis Copperfield ...

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Olympiad for street children

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MNA Education Desk: A remarkable program was arranged for street children in Aftabnagar area on the occasion of the inauguration of online knowledge based association, ‘Olympiad Bangladesh’. The aim of the association is to open the window of knowledge for the children in cooperation with different sections of the society. It aims to organize knowledge and skills based activities for the school, college and university students. This event has many interactive sessions for the children focusing on general knowledge, puzzles, and general math. Olympiad Bangladesh will undertake more of this kind of mini-Olympiad for the street children in different parts ...

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Importance of last ten days of Ramadan

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MNA Feature Desk: As it is for the first and second ten days of Ramadan, there is unbound specific significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said, “If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser.” (Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani) The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. According to Muslims, they are the most blessed days in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month the Holy Quran was revealed. Muslims believe that although the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was ...

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Six-Point Day: The Foundation of Liberation War

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MNA Feature Desk: Political and economic deprivation of the Bengalis prompted Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to put forward in 1966 his historic six points, the “Magna Carta” which in effect structured the foundation for East Pakistan`s future independence. Following the partition of India, the new state of Pakistan came into being. The inhabitants of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) made up the majority of its population, and exports from East Pakistan (such as jute) were a majority of Pakistan’s export income. However, East Pakistanis did not feel they had a proportional share of political power and economic benefits within Pakistan. East ...

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