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Legendary singer Ayub Bachchu no more

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh’s legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter Ayub Bachchu breathed his last on Thursday morning, reported news agency. Ayub Bachchu is also the founder of the country’s one of the leading bands, the LRB (Love Runs Blind). Ayub Bachchu, who is also AB, is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. ‘Cholo Bodle Jaai’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Shohore’, ‘Rupali Guitar’, ‘Gotokal Rate’, ‘Ghum Bhanga Rate’, ‘Madhabi’ are among his most popular songs. Ayub Bachchu began his music career with a local music band Feelings at his birth place, Chittagong, in 1978. He later joined the band Souls in 1980. In ...

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Sheikh Russel’s birthday today

Sheikh Russel

MNA Feature Desk: The 54th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh fMujibur Rahman, is being observed today. On this day in 1964, Russel, also the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born in the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban at the capital’s Dhanmondi. Russel was brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975. along with most of his family members, including his father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, when he was a class IV student of University Laboratory School. Different socio-cultural organisations including associate bodies of the ruling Awami League have taken various programmes to observe the birthday ...

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Controversy shrouds DU ‘Gha’ unit entry test results

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MNA Education Desk: Controversy surfaced centring the results of Dhaka University (DU) ‘Gha’ unit (combined unit) entry test marred by question paper leak allegation acknowledged by the university authority. Anomalies surfaced in pass rate of the test which were published on Tuesday as the tally reach in highest point in last 20 years breaking all the records of the past as some student secured records marks, claimed university students. In an analysis, it is shown that 26.21 percent students secured pass mark in 2018-19 academic sessions whereas it was 14.35 pc in 2017-18, 9.83 pc in 2016-17, 9.91 in 2015-16 ...

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Parents of successful children do these things

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MNA Life Style Desk: Every parent wants their kids to be successful. It is the purest wish a parent can have. Making this wish a reality is an entirely different matter. There is no set recipe for raising kids. Psychologists have found a few common threads of successful parenting: Assigned regular tasks Research shows that when children are given chores at an early age it cultivates in them a sense of responsibility, self-reliance and mastery. When using chores to build your child’s character, researchers caution that chores and allowance be kept separate. Studies show that external rewards can actually lower ...

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Bangladesh moves two notches up in GHI

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MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh has maintained a steady progress in tackling hunger as the country has moved two notches up to 88th spot among 119 countries in the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI), reported news agency. According to the report, Bangladesh is ahead of India and Pakistan as these two neighbouring countries have been ranked 103rd and 106th places in 2018 GHI, a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels. In 2017 GHI, Bangladesh’s rank was 86 while the positions of India and Pakistan were 100 and 106, said a press release. The ...

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Anna Burns wins Booker Prize

Anna Burns

MNA Entertainment Desk: Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. She received her trophy from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a black-tie ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall. The 56-year-old Belfast-born novelist said she was “stunned” to have won. Burns said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often ...

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20 lakh youths to get IT trainings by 2021

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MNA Tech Desk: State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak said IT related trainings will be provided to two lakh youths of the country by the year 2021, reported news agency. The state minister made the remarks while addressing as chief guest at a program to inaugurate a siz-storey building in Gol-E-Afroz Government College in Singra upazila of Natore. “The government is upgrading the educational institutions of the country including construction of 28 Hi-tech parks where 20 lakh youths will be given proper IT trainings within 2021,” he said. The state minister also urged people to ...

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies

Paul Allen

MNA Tech Desk: Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, the man who persuaded school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died on Monday at the age of 65, reported news agency. Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate. Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, ...

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DU ‘Gha’ unit entry test result postponed

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MNA Education Desk: Dhaka University authorities have postponed the Gha unit admission test results after an allegation of question paper leak, reported news agency. The university authorities issued a press release in this regard on Monday. “Inconvenience regretted! Further course of action regarding the issue will be announced at a pres conference later,” the release said. However, the entry test for ‘Gha’ unit was held last Friday (October 12).  Following the exam, allegations surfaced over question paper leak. Detective Branch (DB) of police detained 6 suspected people in connection with the question paper leak incident. Later, a case was filed ...

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Ideas for matching styles with your partner

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MNA Life Style Desk: Go ahead and show the world that you’re proud to be a couple by trying all of these fashionably fun matching outfit ideas. We’ve included some of them to get you a week’s worth of envious looks from public bystanders. Do the relaxed vacation look with fun shoes like celebrities Each of you should grab plain cotton button-down, long-sleeve shirts in your respective perfect blue hues. Those with very dark hair or very tanned and dark skin tones should go with lighter, brighter shades of blue. Those with blonde hair or fair skin look best in ...

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Kidman radically transforms for drama ‘Destroyer’

Kidman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman undergoes a dramatic makeover for new drama “Destroyer”, playing a tired-looking and worn out police detective with a painful history, reported news agency. The Oscar winner swaps her blonde locks for a short bob and rugged style to play Erin Bell, a detective whose past continues to haunt her years after infiltrating a criminal gang undercover in an operation with devastating consequences. “I just felt her and I felt sadness and I felt pain for her,” Kidman said at the BFI London Film Festival. “I thought there was a restlessness and a complexity ...

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Durga Puja begins today

Durga Puja

MNA Feature Desk: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, begins today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Shashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security, reported news agency. On the occasion, preparations at all Puja pandals have completed as devotees and artisans are busy giving the final touches to idols and pandals across the country marking the festival. In separate messages marking the festival, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the country’s Hindu community. The five-day festival starts Monday, October 15, ...

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GP opens new 013 series

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Grameenphone on Sunday unveiled a new number series 013 for its clients, alongside its existing 017 series, reports media. The new number series was unveiled at a local hotel by Brigadier General Md Mustafa Kamal, Director General (E&O) of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Grameenphone’s Deputy CEO and CMO,Yasir Azman, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Mahmud Hossain and other senior officials of the company were present on the occasion, along with the representatives from the media. The first official call of 013 has been made by Yasir Azman to Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa ...

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Legendary musician Annapurna Devi dies

Annapurna Devi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Annapurna Devi, doyenne of classical Hindustani music, died in a Mumbai hospital early Saturday, according to India’s media. She was 92. She was suffering from age related issues for the past few years, a spokesperson of Annapurna Devi Foundation, Mumbai said. According to Breach Candy hospital officials, Annapurna was declared dead at 3:51am. Annapurna, who was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, third-highest civilian award in India, was popularly addressed as ‘Ma’. She was born in 1927 in Madhya Pradesh’s Maihar town to Ustad ‘Baba’ Allauddin Khan and Madina Begum and was the youngest of four ...

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World’s longest flight ends journey

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MNA Life Style Desk: An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world’s longest commercial flight. It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ22 arrived at 5:29 am (0929 GMT), having left Singapore’s Changi airport at 11:23 pm, the Newark Liberty International Airport website said. That made for a flight of 17 hours and 52 minutes. The flight had been scheduled to take 18 hours and 25 minutes. The plane was carrying 150 passengers and 17 crew members as it traveled 10,250 ...

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International Day of Rural Women

Rural Women

MNA Feature Desk: On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite progress on some fronts, gender inequalities remain pervasive in every dimension of sustainable development; and in many areas, progress is too slow to achieve the SDGs by 2030. These women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent ...

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JU hosts 5th Math Olympiad

5th Math Olympiad

MNA Education Desk: The ‘5th Math Olympiad-2018’ organised by Jahangirnagar University Science Club (JUSC) was held on the campus, reported news agency. Director of Wazed Miah Science Research Centre and also the adviser of JUSC, professor Khabir Uddin inaugurated the contest with the slogan, ‘Ganit Niye Bhabbe Joto, Shanito Hobe Buddhi Toto’ on the premises of JU School and College in the morning. Addressing the inaugural session, professor Khabir Uddin said that “Mathematics is the mother of all sciences. One’s mental ability and creativity increase with the practice of mathematics.” The prize-giving ceremony of the contest will be held on ...

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#MeToo claims stop ‘Housefull 4’ shoot

#MeToo

MNA Entertainment Desk: India’s growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster, with the film’s lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be “stringently” investigated. Star Akshay Kumar said he had requested that the making of “Housefull 4” be stopped following allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film’s actors, Nana Patekar. Accusations that Patekar behaved inappropriately on a film set 10 years ago sparked India’s #MeToo movement, which has since engulfed Bollywood figures, a government minister and several comedians and top journalists. Patekar denies the allegations. “I’ve requested the producers (of ...

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Global internet shutdown likely over next 48 hrs

Internet

MNA Tech Desk: Internet users across the globe may experience widespread network failures as the key domain servers are slated to undergo routine maintenance over the next 48 hours. Russia Today reported that global internet users might experience network connection failures as the main domain servers and its related network infrastructure will be down for some time. The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will carry out maintenance work during this time period by changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the internet’s address book or the Domain Name System (DNS). This has been necessitated to counter the ...

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World Mental Health Day observed

Mental Health Day

MNA Feature Desk: Awareness programmes on mental health and mental disorders marked the World Mental Health Day observance on Wednesday. This year’s theme of the day is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’. Marking the day, DU educational and counseling psychology department, and students counseling and guidance service office jointly set up a stall in front of Teacher-Student Center (TSC) to provide free counseling over mental diseases to the people. Different organisations and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. A recent World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders ...

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Snapchat launches new video shows

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MNA Tech Desk: The youth-focused social network Snapchat announced Wednesday it was launching a new slate of original video shows under its own brand in the latest move to spark growth, reported news agency. The shows unveiled under the Snap Originals brand include a new comedy, a mystery thriller and a “docuseries” following rising stars in Laguna Beach, California. Snapchat parent firm Snap Inc. joins internet rivals Facebook, Apple and Google-owned YouTube in developing its own original videos which may be watched on a variety of devices. Last year, Snap announced plans to release original scripted shows under a partnership ...

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Tara writer accuses Alok Nath of raping her

Alok Nath

MNA Entertainment Desk: Writer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions 19 years ago when they worked together on the sets of the 1993 TV show Tara, reported news agency. Nanda detailed the account on Facebook in which she referred to her attacker as “the most sanskaari (cultured) person,” before naming Nath the next day. Nanda alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show for misbehaving with its lead actor, Navneet Nishan. Recounting her ordeal, Nanda said Nath’s wife was her best friend ...

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Exercises to boost brain power

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MNA Life Style Desk: We all want to hit the gym at some point in our lives in an attempt to get the perfect beach body or simply to tone our muscles and stay in shape. Building muscles might be our goal, but how often do we think about building our brain? Chances are that most of the people don’t even realize what a great impact exercise has on our brain and how greatly it helps to boost brain power. Studies show that long-term regular physical activity such as walking helps boost cognitive function in the elderly, including improved verbal ...

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13 more schools nationalized

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MNA Education Desk: The government has nationalized 13 more secondary schools of the country. The Education Ministry’s Secondary and Higher Education Department issued a notification to this effect. Government is nationalizing a secondary school and a college in the upazilas that do not have government secondary schools and colleges, the notification also said. Rangamati Naniarchar Model High School and Barkal Model High School, Khagrachari Guimara Model High School, TA Faruk School and College of Bagerhat and Kaunia Mofazzal Hossain Model High School of Rangpur have been nationalized. Keshabpur Pilot Model Secondary School in Jessore, Sanghati Pilot Model Secondary School in ...

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Rihanna urges fans to register for voting

Rihanna

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rihanna wants Americans to work, work, work, work, work — on getting registered to vote, reported news agency. The 30-year-old Barbados-born pop singer — who has residency in America but cannot vote herself — took to Instagram to urge her fans to sign up before deadline for November’s midterm elections. “GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Who is awake this morning? And who’s woke?” she asked her 65 million followers. “You have 1 job today and that is to properly register to vote,” RiRi wrote, alongside a chart of the voter registration deadlines in each of the 50 states. She ...

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Death anniversary of Che Guevara

Guevara

MNA Feature Desk: Thousands of Cubans paid tribute to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, on the 51st anniversary of his death. An estimated 70,000 people thronged the streets outside a mausoleum in this town 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of the capital Havana which houses the remains of Guevara and of some of his former comrades. The 39-year-old was captured and executed by a CIA-trained unit of the Bolivian army on October 9, 1967. The anniversary comes amid the dying gasps of other Latin American guerrilla movements such as the FARC in Colombia, which last ...

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FB releases smart video chat speakers

smart video chat

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has unveiled a pair of artificial intelligence-powered smart video chat devices, Portal and Portal +, which are designed to connect people and feel like being in the same room. Facebook on Monday said the new video communication speakers with tablet-size screens for the home can dramatically change the way people keep in touch and their built-in AI technology makes video calling easier and more like hanging out, reported news agency. The debut of the Facebook-brand-bearing electronic gadgets represents the social network’s first bold entry into the fray in a competition of consumer hardware with other internet ...

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