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Musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul departs

Bulbul

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Leading musician Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul, who was also a freedom fighter, has died at the age of 63. Bulbul suffered a heart attack at his residence at Aftabnagar in the capital on Tuesday and was taken to Aysha Memorial Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said lyricist Kabir Bakul. The musician was honoured with the prestigious Ekushey Padak in 2010. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid have mourned his death. He suffered from heart diseases for long and went through a surgery at the National Heart Institute for artery blockage last year. Bulbul ...

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A director sexually harassed me: Swara

Swara

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker is one of those women who never shy away from talking their minds. The actress recalled her #MeToo experience when she revealed how a director harassed her at a workplace. Swara was present at a panel discussion on the life of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein at &PriveHD’s Prive Soiree where actors Dia Mirza and Anand Patwardhan were also part of the discussion. The ‘Veere Di Wedding’ actor is known for her outspoken nature and taking a stand against society’s stereotypes like discrimination, gender pay gap, racism, and #MeToo. She revealed that ...

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30 teachers of Willes Flower show-caused for coaching

Willes

MNA Career & Education Desk: Anti-Corruption Commission issued show-cause notices against 30 teachers of the city’s Willes Little Flower School and College on Sunday, in relation to their involvement in ‘coaching business’. The drive was carried out by a team comprising assistant director Mohammad Javed Habib and deputy assistant director Afnan Jannat Keya, acting on the directions of Director General (Administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, was deployed to probe a complaint received over 106 hotline. They found that although the teachers in question made a pledge in 2017 not to continue their coaching activities – i.e. private tuition – they were ...

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10 tips for a happy & healthy life

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Living a healthy and happy life is a great challenge in today’s world. But then too we all opt for that and the 10 tips below will give us a good shot at achieving that target. 1. Eat ‘primally’ Common sense dictates that the best diet is one based on foods we’ve been eating the longest in terms of our time on this planet. These are the foods that we’ve evolved to eat and are best adapted to. Studies show that a ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, fish ...

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Coaching centers to remain closed ahead SSC

Coaching

MNA Career & Education Desk: Coaching centers across the country will remain closed for a month from January 27 ahead of this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations to check question papers leakage, said education minister. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni made the announcement at her office at the secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon. The minister held a meeting of the national monitoring and disciplinary committee at the office over the upcoming SSC examinations. Mohibul Hasan Chowdury Nawfel, State Minister of the ministry, was also present at meeting. This year question papers will be dispatched in aluminum ...

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Style is important: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress and famed director Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt, an investor in a fashion-tech startup, says style is important. Alia has announced the launch of ‘The StyleCracker Box Club’, which makes the concept of personal styling accessible to all via a membership programme. Through this, a personalized box of fashion, curated every 6 weeks by a celebrity stylist, will reach customers. Every box will include around four products per box, depending on the mix selected including apparel, bag, footwear and accessories. Alia Bhatt said in a statement: “I think that’s really cool because basically ...

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World’s oldest man dies at 113

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MNA Feature Desk: The world’s oldest man has died at his home — a hot springs inn — in northern Japan at the age of 113. Masazo Nonaka died in the early hours of Sunday while sleeping at home in Ashoro on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, his family said, reports AP. He died peacefully from natural causes, according to his granddaughter Yuko Nonaka. The super-centenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified by Guinness World Records in April 2018 as the world’s oldest living man at 112 years and 259 days. Born ...

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Saturn’s rings are very young, say scientists

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: We’re looking at Saturn at a very special time in the history of the Solar System, according to scientists. They’ve confirmed the planet’s iconic rings are very young – no more than 100 million years old, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth. The insight comes from the final measurements acquired by the American Cassini probe. The satellite sent back its last data just before diving to destruction in the giant world’s atmosphere in 2017. “Previous estimates of the age of Saturn’s rings required a lot of modelling and were far more uncertain. But we now ...

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Vogue apologizes for misidentifying Muslim journalist

Vogue

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Vogue magazine has apologized for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue. The 24-year-old said she was “heartbroken and devastated” after discovering that Noor Bukhari’s name had been printed next to her picture. Tagouri said “misrepresentation and misidentification” was a constant problem for Muslims in the US. She has received widespread support on social media for speaking out. On Instagram, the journalist and activist shared a video captured by her husband of the moment she opened the issue for the first time. Initially, there is excitement. “That’s so ...

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ULAB hosts Renuka Khatiwada’s photo exhibition

Renuka Khatiwada

MNA Career & Education Desk: The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has recently organised a photo exhibition in association with Nepalese photographer Ms Renuka Khatiwada at its Campus A in Dhanmondi area in the capital. The photographer’s project primarily took a close look at Dhaka and Kathmandu to compare the two cities as part of the Comparative South Asian Urban Studies project. Professor Dr H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, ULAB inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday, according to a press statement. Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice Chancellor, ULAB, ...

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Green tea can increase type 2 diabetes risk

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, reports Xinhua. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study. The SWHS and SMHS are two large population-based studies initiated in 1996. Data from the studies have been used to investigate genetic and other biomarkers as well as lifestyle risk factors for cancers and other chronic diseases. In the new study, none of the participants had diabetes when they were ...

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie

Margot Robbie

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60 years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959. Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated ...

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Dean’s Award to 5 DU teachers & 37 students

Dean’s Award

MNA Career & Edication Desk: A total of 37 students of various departments under the science faculty of Dhaka University (DU) have been given ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in Bachelor of Science (BSc) examination of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Besides, five teachers of the faculty have received the award for their extra-ordinary contributions to original research and writing books. DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of the award as chief guest at a function held Wednesday at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university. Teachers who received Dean’s ...

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BUET holds robotics carnival

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: A two-day “Robo Carnival-2019” has begun at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Thursday to engage the robotics enthusiasts of different institutions of the country. State Minister for Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak is expected to be present at the closing ceremony of Robo Carnival-2019 as the chief guest while BUET Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Saiful Islam as the special guest, reports BSS. This national level event is organised by BUET Robotics Society for the third consecutive time, a BUET press release said. Pathfinder, Industrial Automation Challenge, Soccer Bot Competition, ...

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Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques at AIUB

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MNA Career & Education Desk: American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) recently organised the 1st International Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques (ICREST) on its campus. Department of Computer Engineering (CoE), and Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB arranged the three-day conference on 10 – 12 January 2019. The opening address and welcoming remarks were given by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain, General Chair of the Conference and Dean, Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB, says a media release. The Chief Patron of the Conference Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor ...

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China to collect samples from moon this year

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for the country’s ambitious space programme. ...

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Protecting hair from dandruff in winter

Dandruff

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Dandruff in winters is usually caused by a dry scalp, which can feel itchy. This is the result of a combination of things-dry, cold air and an abundance of the malassezia fungus. To reduce and treat dandruff, you’ve got to use the right hair care products that are meant for the job. In the winter, we switch to Anti Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Range. However, as you might already know, just making this swap isn’t going to get rid of dandruff in a jiffy! You’ve got to invest in making a few lifestyle changes too! Here are ...

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Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual abuse

Rajkumar Hirani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked as an assistant in his last film, reports Huffington Post India. The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, claims that she was sexually abused by the director on multiple occasions over a six-month period between March and September 2018. Hirani, best known for films like the Munna Bhai series, 3 Idiots and PK, has categorically denied the allegations through his lawyer. “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months ago. I had ...

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IUB holds orientation ceremony

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MNA Career & Education Desk: Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) welcomed its new undergraduate students of Spring 2019 Semester of this year through an orientation ceremony on Saturday at its campus at Bashundhara in Dhaka. The students got enrolled in six different Schools namely, School of Business; School of Engineering & Computer Science; School of Environmental Science & Management; School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; School of Life Sciences, and School of Public Health, said a press release. Welcoming the newly enrolled students and the parents, IUB Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Omar Rahman called upon the new students to capitalize ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ streams on Netflix now

'Komola Rocket'

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Komola Rocket’ (The Orange Ship), Noor Imran Mithu’s directorial debut film based on the Bangla Academy Award winning writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’, is now available on Netflix for the audiences around the world. Apparently, this is the third film from Bangladesh which saw its release on Netfilx. Now, the viewers can enjoy the film any time on Netflix for the next five years. Produced by Impress Telefilm, the lead roles of ‘Komola Rocket’ are played by Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel i Super Star contestant Samiya, while Mosharraf Karim is seen as an agent. ...

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Rebuilding trust after getting cheated

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Cheating is one of the biggest tests a relationship can face. It’s not easy to build back trust the lost after someone is unfaithful, but some people do manage it. Matthew Hussey told Business Insider: “Cheating is a fundamental relationship-altering event and it’s a huge breach of trust on a deep level. “Even if you can overcome what happened, it plants this seed that then grows.” For someone who never even considered the possibility of their partner cheating before, it can become a constant possibility in their head, he added. “Whatever justifications you give for your actions ...

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Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day today: Return of Father of the Nation

Homecoming

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today January 10 (Thursday) in a befitting manner. Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander of the country’s Liberation War, returned to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh via London and New Delhi on January 10 in 1972, after 290 days of captivity in Pakistan jail, BSS reports. On that day in 1972, the then The Bangladesh Observer covered the historic day with the title “Nation welcomes home father today: Bangladesh smiles.” It read, “As the entire nation ...

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Effect of workplace lighting on mind

workplace

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Poor lighting often gets overlooked in the workplace, as we talk about mental health and well-being, and the focus is firmly on creating happier and healthier workplaces. But bad lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects, both physical and mental, such as eye strain, headaches, fatigue and also stress and anxiety in more high-pressured work environments. As we spend much of the day in artificial lighting, there is evidence that the lack of natural sunlight has an adverse effect on the body and the mind, and can result in conditions such as seasonal affective disorder ...

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CUB holds ‘Spot Admission Week 2019’

Admission

MNA Education & Career Desk: A seven-day long ‘Spot Admission Week 2019’ of Canadian University of Bangladesh has been started officially on 6th January 2019, (Sunday) at the university’s Banani Campus, says a press release. Honorable Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Mahfuzul Islam, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam and Professor William Derrenger, Dean, School of Business inaugurated the programme. Students will get 40 percent tuition waiver on spot admission and attractive gifts will also be given during the week to the newly admitted students of BBA, MBA, EMBA, CSE, EEE, English, LL.B (Hons.), Film & Television and Shipping ...

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‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates pre-election controversy

The Accidental Prime Minister

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: One of the most anticipated bollywood film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates huge controversy in pre-election India. A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and television news programmes have taken swipes at the makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ for pursuing a political agenda, while a spokesman for the Gandhi’s Congress Party has derided it as “propaganda”. Based on a 2014 book of the ...

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Golden Globes Winners of 2019

Golden

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The winners of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced! And we already know that! While the American comedy-drama Green Book topped the award night with three wins, the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma tied with two awards each. In TV, The Kominsky Method bagged two awards, including Best Television Series, in a Musical or Comedy. Lets know the names of all the winners to keep an eye on their good works in 2019 also: -Best Motion Picture (Drama): Bohemian Rhapsody -Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Rami ...

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83th birth anniversary of Rafiqul Haque DaduBhai today

DaduBhai

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 83th birth anniversary of Children’s Literature writer Rafiqul Haque. He is known as ‘DaduBhai’ to all. He was born on 8th January in 1937. He is the son of late Yeasin Uddin Ahamed and late Rahima Khatun, said a press release on Monday. He wrote the first poem on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He is a dramatist too. He has been playing a vital role as a litterateur since the Liberation War. He is well acclaimed for his contribution in the field of children’s literature. Meah Monsaf, President of Bangabandhu ...

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