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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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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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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

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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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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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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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Toxic lake in Siberia becomes selfie sensation

Siberia

MNA Feature Desk: Residents of a city in Siberia don’t need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the “Siberian Maldives.” The lake is blue, however, as a result of a chemical reaction between toxic waste elements from a local power station, and environmentalists are warning people against coming into contact with the water, reports AP. “We can compare it only with photos of the Maldives,” said Sergey Griva, a ...

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Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: Study

glaciers

MNA Feature Desk: Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century, underscoring the threat the climate crisis poses to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, according to a study published on Wednesday. Scientists have long been trying to establish how quickly rising global temperatures caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas are eating away at the region’s icebound landscapes, sometimes referred to as Earth’s third pole. The new analysis, spanning 40 years of satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, showed glaciers have been losing the equivalent ...

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ANIS AHMED: A JOURNALISM STAR SO DOWN TO EARTH

Anis Ahmed

MNA Feature Desk: One year has passed since veteran journalist of the country Anis Ahmed left this world. His first death anniversary will be observed on July 2, 2019. Along with being an honest, knowledgeable and dynamic journalist, he was known for many qualities among his peers, friends and family. He had significant contribution in shaping up the journalism career of many successful journalists of today. To many, he was a mentor not only as a senior journalist but also as a philosopher as well as possessor of real humane characteristics. He was my father – a great pride of ...

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Dengue cases on the rise despite huge spending on mosquito control

dengue

MNA Feature Desk: The authorities have spent nearly half a billion in the outgoing fiscal year only on killing mosquitoes in Dhaka, but the number of the insect-borne dengue infections has started rising in the beginning of the monsoon – the peak season for the disease. Relatives of the patients have pointed the finger at the two city corporations in the capital, but they refute the allegation of insincerity and cite slack vigil by the citizens. Until June 15 this year, as many as 486 people have been diagnosed with dengue in Bangladesh, two of whom have died, according to ...

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UNESCO to put Sundarbans on ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list

Sundarbans

MNA Feature Desk: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisor on natural World Heritage, has recommended putting the Sundarbans on a list of natural sites in danger. It recommended for three natural sites, including the Sundarbans, to be listed as ‘World Heritage in danger’ as the country has continued implementing a coal-fired power plant project near the forest. The other two sites are Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California and the Ohrid region in North Macedonia. IUCN’s advice has been released on June 7 by UNESCO and is addressed to the World Heritage ...

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Thyroid Test: A necessity in today’s health

gland

MNA Feature Desk: The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland located at the front of the neck below Adam’s apple. It is basically responsible for the secretion of thyroid hormones which regulates body processes such as respiration, body temperature, pulsation, digestion and almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid Gland produces mainly two hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) whereas thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which is produced by the pituitary gland, monitors the number of hormones secreted. The two hormones secreted by thyroid gland in the bloodstream are T3 and T4. T4 which is also known ...

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Eid journey: Lack of road safety and hassles spoil festivity

Anis Ahmed

MNA Feature Desk: After fasting and performing religious customs for a month, the end of holy Ramadan is going to bring us the most cherished festival of the Muslims –Eid-ul-Fitr. We, the Bangladeshi citizens, along with the Muslim Ummah around the globe will celebrate this festival with our friends and family. Not only the Muslims but also people from all religions celebrate this festival. 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 ...

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Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birth anniversary celebrated

Kazi Nazrul Islam

MNA Feature Desk: People from all walks of life today paid rich tributes to national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on the occasion of his 120th birth anniversary. To mark the day, different organizations and cultural bodies in line with government took elaborate programme at national levels with the theme ‘Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh in Nazrul’s Conscience’. The main programme was arranged at Trishal in Mymensingh, where the poet had a lot of memoires. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni attended the function as the chief guest at 3pm with State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid in the chair, BSS reports. Visva-Bharati University ...

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Migrants take perilous voyage as employment at home scarce

employment

MNA Feature Desk: Limited employment opportunities at home are forcing Bangladeshi fortune-seekers to opt for risky migration to the European Union countries, experts said. They said a large number of youths remain jobless who cannot do business or other work at home, which prompts them to embark on a perilous sea journey to realise their dream. About 45 Bangladeshis remained missing since Thursday when a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to reach Europe from Libya. Tunisian Navy and fishermen on Saturday rescued 16 survivors. Of them, 14 were Bangladeshis. Of 60 migrants, some 37 who perished ...

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Rabindranath’s 158th birth anniversary today

Rabindranath

MNA Feature Desk: The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday (25th of Baishakh on the Bangla Calendar). The government and different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. Bangla Academy will organise an event featuring keynote speech, Rabindra Award 2019 ceremony and cultural function its Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium. Rabindra researchers Prof Begum Akter Kamal and Prof Shafiuddin Ahmed, and Rabindra Sangeet singer Iqbal Ahmed will be honoured with ‘Rabindra Puroshkar 2019’ at the programme. The local administration of Kushtia will organise a ...

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Historic May Day observed all around

May

MNA Feature Desk: The historic May Day was observed on Wednesday in the country like elsewhere across the world through various programmes with a pledge to establish the rights of workers. The theme of day this year was “Build Workers-Owners Unity, Take Oath for Development”. Different government and socio-cultural organisations, political parties, worker groups and trade unions, and professional bodies took elaborate programmes, including rallies and discussions, to mark the day, BSS reports. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended their greetings to all working people of the world, including Bangladesh, wishing success of all programmes on ...

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Translations of 21 Liberation War stories published

Liberation

MNA Feature Desk: A translated book on twenty-one selected real life stories of Liberation War has been published. Adorn Publications has brought forth the book with translations by Professor Harunuzzaman. Titled ‘The Chronicles of 1971: An Anthology of Twenty-one Stories of Bangladesh Liberation War’ the book has stories penned by Jahanara Imam, Zahir Raihan, Abu Ishaque, Shawkat Osman, Satyen Sen, Syed Shamsul Haq, Hasan Azizul Haque, Rizia Rahman, Akhteruzzaman Ilias, Abdul Mannan Syed, Harunuzzaman, Humayun Ahmed, Alauddin Al Azad, Selina Hossain, election commissioner Mahbub Talukder and more. The book was launched at Biswa Sahitya Kendra, Bangla Motor in the city ...

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Nation celebrates 49th Independence Day

Independence

MNA Feature Desk: The nation celebrated the 49th Independence and National Day today, refreshing the resolution to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation and build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The day’s programmes began by heralding a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971. The nation paid the glowing tributes to the Liberation War martyrs and veterans at the ...

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Nation celebrates Bangabandhu’s birth centenary

Bangabandhu

MNA Feature Desk: The country is celebrating the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day-2019 on Sunday in a befitting manner. On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district. He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents – Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun. The nation celebrates the day through extensive programmes with fanfare ...

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Historic March 7 celebrated across country in patriotic feel

March 7

MNA Feature Desk: The historic March 7, commemorating the epoch making speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, 1971 at Race Course in Dhaka, was observed across the country with much enthusiasm and patriotic spirit, BSS reports. Bangabandhu delivered the speech in a gathering of over two million people during a period of struggle for self-determination and escalating tensions with Bengalis as the Pakistani rulers and politicians denied to handover power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the elected leader of Bengali people. Bangabandhu’s speech eventually infused immense strength in people during the War of ...

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Air crash deaths mark sharp rise in 2018

2018

MNA Feature Desk: Last year marked a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017, however, in contrast, 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189. The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes recorded. The Netherlands-based ASN said there had been a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents in 2018. ...

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Nation mourns victims of Chawkbazar fire

Chawkbazar

MNA Feature Desk: The nation observed the official day of mourning for the victims and families affected by the Chawkbazar fire, to express their solidarity and to pray for the departed souls on Monday. The national flag flew at half-mast at all government, semi-government, autonomous and private institutions at home and in the foreign missions abroad. Officials at different ministries including the cabinet division in the secretariat were seen to wear black badges. At least 67 persons were killed in the blaze on Feb 20. Among those injured in the incident, nine are receiving treatment in the burn unit of ...

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67th Language Martyrs’ Day being observed today

Language Martyrs' Day

MNA Feature Desk: The Language Martyrs’ Day in Bangladesh is celebrated on 21st February. The day is also known as Language Movement Day, Martyrs’ Day and ‘Shaheed Dibos’ in Bangla. This day commemorates the sacrifices of Bangalees for Bangla language in 1952. This year, we observe the 67th anniversary of our Language Martyrs’ Day, now also recognized as International Mother Language Day. The Fuller road/Nilkhet area very near to the Dhaka University premises always bore a serene ambience. The sprouting greenery, the Devdaru trees the Jarul blossoms and the campus thriving with young and energetic students kept the area abuzz ...

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Social media: The monster, destroying moral & social values

Anis Ahmed

MNA Feature Desk: Social media, one of the most popular attributes of modern technology, has reached almost everywhere of the country as well as the world. Mainly, it is used and lived by the young generations. Most of the social media users lie in the age group of 16-34. But along with widespread use of social media, many negative things are coming out as by-products and as future of this world and Bangladesh rests on the hands of the young generation, it is becoming a concern that we might have a lame and vulnerable future. Moreover, the moral, ethical and ...

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HEART OF SPACE: AN ICONIC GIFT ON THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Heart of Space

MNA Feature Desk: As love besieges our hearts on Valentine’s Day every year, we tend to impress our loved ones with different types of gifts, some of which are very romantic and innovative. But if someone is looking for an out of the world gift this Valentine’s Day, it can become a reality this valentine’s day.  Well, for about $500,000 you can get your special someone a heart-shaped space rock, 320-million-years old. As far as space relics go, meteorites are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike. The charred, twisted remnants of space rock can teach us a lot about ...

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