Independence Day today

Independence Day

MNA Feature Desk: The Independence and National Day of Bangladesh is today (Thursday). In the wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, the government has suspended all programmes of the day. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages extending heartfelt greetings and warm felicitations to the countrymen living both at home and abroad. Paying tributes to the martyrs and veterans of the War of Liberation at the national mausoleum at Savar has been suspended. Usually on that day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina place wreaths early ...

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The Daily Observer & Kishore Bangla celebrates Bangabandhu’s birth centenary

birth centenary

MNA Feature Desk: The Daily Observer and Kishore Bangla jointly celebrated the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through offering a special munajat and cutting a cake on Tuesday evening (March 17). The celebration was organized at the office of the Daily Observer at Motijheel in the capital. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Editor of the Daily Observer and Mir Mosharref Hossain, Director of the Observer Limited, Publisher and Editor of the Monthly Kishore Bangla, jointly cut the cake with the present colleagues. Later, a special prayer (munajat) was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed soul ...

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Birth centenary of Father of the Nation today


MNA Feature Desk: The nation celebrates the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today. The mega celebration programme earlier taken has been restructured in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the country. However, the year long celebration programmes will continue during the ‘Mujib Year’ that ends on March 17, 2021. President and Prime Minister have issued messages on the occasion. The countdown for the celebration that started on January 10 concludes today. The newspapers came up with special supplements to mark the day. The electronic media will also air special programmes on the day. ...

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International Women’s Day being celebrated

Women's Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Women’s Day is being celebrated in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, on Sunday highlighting women’s rights and equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The International Women’s Day is observed every year on March 8 to celebrate the women’s movement and struggle for equality. Different organisations have chalked out various programmes on the occasion in the capital as elsewhere across the country. On the eve of the day, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting all women across ...

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Nation observing historic March 7

March 7

MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the historic March 7 today commemorating the landmark speech of Bangabandhu which was touted as indirect declaration of the country’s independence in 1971. This year the observance of the day is more significant as the nation is getting ready to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17. The landmark fiery speech of Bangabandhu inspired the Bangalees to prepare for the War of Liberation. The war began 18 days later, when the Pakistan Army launched “Operation Searchlight” against unarmed Bangalee civilians, intellectuals, students, politicians, and ...

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Global defence spending on the rise


MNA Feature Desk: In 2019 global defence spending rose by some 4 per cent over 2018 – the highest year-on-year increase in a decade. The figures are included in this year’s Military Balance – the annual publication of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which is to be launched later this morning at the Munich Security Conference. Appropriately, defence spending in Europe is also on the up, reaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis – an increase of some 4.2 per cent when compared to 2018. This is all a reflection of a changing world and the ...

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Nation to pay homage to language martyrs on Friday

Amar Ekushey

MNA Feature Desk: The nation is set to observe ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs’ Day (Shaheed Day) and the International Mother Language Day on Friday, marking the supreme of sacrifice of the language heroes for upholding the right to speak mother tongue Bangla . The day will also be observed around the world as the UNESCO recognised the Ekushey February as the International Mother Language Day on November 17, 1999. The theme of International Mother Language Day 2020 is “Languages without borders”. The theme focuses on cross-border languages and helps to preserve indigenous heritage. Walking barefoot to Dhaka’s Central Shaheed ...

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Bangladeshi researcher named for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards


MNA Feature Desk: Firdausi Qadri, a Bangladeshi researcher, has been named for the 22nd L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. The UNESCO announced the names of the five winners of the awards, with Firdausi as the winner from the Asia-Pacific region, on Tuesday Firdausi is the head of the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit of the Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh or icddr, b. The UNESCO said it awarded her for her outstanding work to understand and prevent infectious diseases affecting children in developing countries, and promote early diagnosis and vaccination with ...

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Daily Observer rountable: Media’s massive awareness can ensure women empowerment


MNA Feature Desk: State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira on Wednesday said that media and people from all corners need to work together to turn the existing culture into women friendly. “Prevention of violence and other forms of discriminations against women is possible if media launch massive awareness and people work together,” she said as chief guest at a roundtable in the capital. The Daily Observer organised the roundtable titled “ Role of Government and Media in Empowering women-SDG5” at Jatiya Press Club. In his welcome speech, the Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said that ...

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Amar Ekushey Book Fair to begin today

Book Fair

MNA Feature Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2020 will begin on Bangla Academy premises and at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Sunday. This year Bangla Academy has set the theme of the fair as “Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu” and the book fair will be dedicated to the iconic leader, marking his birth centenary. Focusing on Bangabandhu, architect Enamul Karim Nirjhar has prepared the overall plan of the book fair. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the book fair as the chief guest at 3pm on the day where State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will ...

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Japanese billionaire seeks ‘life partner’ for Moon voyage


MNA Feature Desk: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female “life partner” to accompany him on Space X’s maiden tourist voyage to the Moon. The fashion mogul, 44, is set to be the first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket. Planned for 2023, the mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972. In an online appeal, Mr Maezawa says he wants to share the experience with a “special” woman. The entrepreneur, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has asked women to apply for a “planned match-making ...

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84 children violated in every month in 2019: BSAF


MNA Feature Desk: Some 84 children were violated in every month in the just-concluded year, according to a report of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF). It said some 1,383 children were sexually assaulted in 2019. The BSAF revealed the report at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Wednesday. The report is the compilation of reports published in 15 daily newspapers. As per the report, 4,381 children were the victims of various kinds of torture. Of them, 2,088 children were the victims of unnatural death and 1,383 were sexually assaulted. The rate of rape is increased ...

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Cold-related diseases claim 50 lives since November 1


MNA Feature Desk: At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh from November 1 to December 28 due to cold-related diseases as cold weather continues to sweep across the country. The country’s lowest temperature this year was recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius (40.1° Fahrenheit) early on Sunday in Tetulia, a border town in Panchagarh, the weather office said. Ayesha Akhter, a senior official of the government’s health directorate, said at least 17 people died of acute respiratory infection and 33 from diarrhea and other diseases during the period. Hospitals were crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses, such as influenza, ...

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More than 300 children, adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes


MNA Feature Desk: Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by the UNICEF on Tuesday. Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018– or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, according to the release. “The world is on the cusp of making great gains in the battle against HIV and AIDS, but we must ...

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9-year-old child genius to graduate university


MNA Feature Desk: A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9. Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age. Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December. He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN. His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when ...

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Nation paying homage to four national leaders


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the Jail Killing Day today (Sunday) with due solemnity, marking the brutal killing of four national leaders inside the jail. On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail. The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War in 1971 with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the ...

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Natural remedies to treat seasonal viral infection


MNA Feature Desk: Many of us who fall ill due to viral infections as the season changes and in fact there are some, more than others who fall prey to these. It happens because some of us have lower immunity than others which makes us more susceptible to illnesses. Seasonal Vegetables The solution to most of our ailments lies in the season itself. According to celebrity nutritionist Kavita Devgan, “There’s a reason why we get an array of saags (greens) in the winter season; they are naturally warming and are loaded with nutrition that helps the body fight against seasonal ...

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Rohingya crisis at UNGA: Actions is required, not promises

MNA Feature Desk: Over two years have been passed since an enormous Rohingya influx had hit Bangladesh. More than 1.1 million Rohingya people, rightful citizens of Myanmar, are now sheltering on Bangladeshi soil. Our government has provided all sorts of support to them to ensure their shelter, food, water and sanitization even at the cost of our environment, ecology and economy. The global community also extended their support by providing aid for these refugees from all corners of the world. But unfortunately their repatriation is still under doubt as the Myanmar government has portrayed serious lack of intent in creating ...

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Rooppur nuclear power project fund: An open sesame to foreign tour


MNA Feature Desk: Around 200 public officials have so far visited Russia in connection with the capital-intensive Rooppur nuclear power plant project. Spending a substantial amount from the project fund, insiders said on Saturday, some officials went to Russia for inspecting nuclear power facilities and some others either for training or for other purposes. A number of ministers, directors of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), personal and administrative officials of science and technology ministry were among the visitors. For an official visit, the government pays between $178 and $328 in “comprehensive allowance” daily to a policymaker or a public servant ...

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West Bengal govt to introduce law against mob lynching


MNA Feature Desk: The West Bengal government is planning to introduce a Bill in the Assembly to check incidents of mob assault and lynching. Mamata Banerjee government is planning to table West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 in the House on August 30, sources said. The legislation will seek a jail term, which may vary from three years to life, for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim, according to media reports. a) In case of death due to mob lynching, the accused would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to Rs 0.50 million. b) ...

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Nepal bans single-use plastics in Everest region


MNA Feature Desk: Nepalese authorities have banned single-use plastics in the Everest region in a bid to cut down on waste left by climbers. The ban will take effect in the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality from January 2020. Authorities recently cleared 11 tonnes of rubbish from Mount Everest. All plastic drinking bottles and plastics of less than 30 microns in width will be banned in the province. No penalty has yet been announced for violators. Trekking companies, airlines and the Nepal Mountaineering Association will work with local officials to enforce the ban. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu receives tens of thousands of ...

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Chinese ancient town to enter 5G era


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


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


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


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


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


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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