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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Abraham Lincoln did not live to observe his 65th birthday on Feb. 12, 1874. He had been assassinated nine years earlier, on April 14, 1865. But, on that day in 1874, the nation’s first public celebration of the 16th President’s birthday was held in St. James Hall in Buffalo, organized and funded by drugstore owner — and Lincoln aficionado — Julius E. Francis. The 145th anniversary of the first Buffalo celebration, held near the 210th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, drew more than 50 people and some 30 Civil War era re-enactors to the Buffalo History Museum for ...

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Realistic education: Potential & effective route to eliminate unemployment


MNA Feature Desk: Unemployment rate is one of the most important indicators of a country’s economy. Though the unemployment rate is comparatively stable during the last decade ranging between 4.2-4.5 per cent, still it is not at all satisfactory. Many will even argue that the actual unemployment rate is much higher as we often meet unemployed young and not so young people. Though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her last two terms in the government, has created thousands of government jobs but that is also not good enough to solve this unemployment problem. The private sector is not strong enough ...

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Pakistan makes history with 1st Hindu woman judge


MNA Feature Desk: Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Pakistan. Ms. Kumari, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot in Sindh province, will serve in her native district. She passed her LLB examination from Hyderabad and did her Masters in Law from Karachi’s Szabist University. “I have entered the field of law because I know that in the backward areas of Sindh, poor people need a lot of advice and assistance in legal matters,” she said. “My father and my family supported me a lot, as in our community it is not easy ...

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International Data Protection and Privacy Day observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Cyber Crime Awareness Foundation (CCA Foundation) observed ‘International Data Protection and Privacy Day’ on Monday across the country. Hundreds of organisations and individuals also observed the day across the globe to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. The CCA Foundation called on all public and private institutions to take awareness programme on occasion of the day. On this occasion, chapter committees of the foundation are arranging various programmes in different districts and universities of the country. Kazi Mustafiz, president of the foundation, said protecting personal data is highly relevant ...

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World’s oldest man dies at 113


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


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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83th birth anniversary of Rafiqul Haque DaduBhai today


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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Nikola Tesla: Unsung hero of 20th century


MNA Feature Desk: By the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla had conceived some of the underlying technology behind alternating current, the induction motor, remote control, X-ray imaging and a host of other crucial Industrial Age technologies, including nearly 300 patents. He’s partly responsible for the fact that most of us have instant access to light, heat, TV, radio and the internet. “He’s an unsung hero,” says University of Oregon professor Brad Garner. “We wouldn’t have cell phones and power in our homes without his work.” Tesla’s vision was even more towering than his ...

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Poet Jasimuddin’s birth anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: The 116th birth anniversary of famous poet and litterateur Jasimuddin, popularly known as ‘Palli Kabi’, is being observed in Faridpur on Tuesday. The poet was born on this day of 1903 in his maternal uncle’s house in Tambulkhana village in Faridpur district. As part of the celebration, Deputy Commissioner Begum Umme Salma Tanjia, also the president of Jasim Foundation, along with superintendent of district police Md Jakir Hossain Khan paid floral tributes to the poet’s graveyard at Ambikapur. Jasimuddin’s ageless creation ‘Naksi Kanthar Math’ translated in foreign languages. Besides he is also the father of many remarkable ...

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Holy Christmas celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, was celebrated on Tuesday in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world with festivity and enthusiasm commemorating the birthday of Jesus Christ. According to Christian’s faith, the Xmas is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings. Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ on the day, which is a public holiday in Bangladesh and most other countries across the world. On the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages by greeting ...

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2019: Escalating struggle ahead for the world and Bangladesh


MNA Feature Desk: We are almost at the end of 2018–a very eventful year considering different events and incidents around the globe. Many claim that it was a tough year. Truly it was. Now we are standing close to embrace a new year. Lots of hopes are put on 2019. But in light of different contexts, it will be very wise to say that 2019 is going to be full of challenges for most of the world including Bangladesh and we must be aware from now on to fight or overcome those challenges. The global economy and politics both have ...

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