Nazrul’s 119th birth anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 119th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in the country on Friday in a befitting manner, reports news agency. Born on May 25, 1899 at village Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule. The government and different socio-cultural and political organisations have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day. The birth anniversary of the poet was also celebrated at Trishal in Mymensingh, Daulatpur in Cumilla and Chattogram with due respect by the ...

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Nazrul’s 119th birth anniv tomorrow


MNA Feature Desk: The 119th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed tomorrow. The government and various socio-cultural and political organisations have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day. Born on May 25 in 1899 in Churulia, Burdwan of West Bengal in India, Kazi Nazrul Islam’s fiery poems inspired the mass to fight against injustice and the oppression of the colonial rule. A series of programmes have been undertaken to celebrate the day, including the placing of wreaths on the poet’s grave beside the Dhaka University Mosque. The birth anniversary of the poet will also be ...

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International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological Diversity

MNA Feature Desk: The Convention on Biological Diversity is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2018, with the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”. The celebration comes with an aim to highlight the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels on biodiversity. The aim to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity is to make people aware of the importance of biodiversity issues. The United Nation had declared May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity. In a release, the Secretary General, United Nations said, “The ...

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Manik Bandopadhyay’s birth anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: Even after living with extreme poverty, Manik Bandopadhyay chose the literary work as the sole resort of his life and livelihood. Yesterday was the 110th birth anniversary of that powerful novelist who is considered one of the leading lights of modern Bengali fiction. Prabodh Kumar Bandhopaddhay was born on May 19, 1908 in a city named Dumka in Bihar, later who was widely recognized as Manik Bandopadhyay by his extraordinary writing. He was the eighth among his fourteen siblings. His journey in literature was quite confident. Manik Bandopadhyay wrote 36 novels and more than two hundred short ...

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Sheikh Hasina’s homecoming day today

homecoming day

MNA Feature Desk: The 37th homecoming day of Awami League President and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is being observed today. On May 17 in 1981, she returned after a long exile. President Abdul Hamid in a message on the occasion said she has immense contribution to the development, progress and flourishing of democracy in Bangladesh. President Abdul Hamid wished her and her family members long life, prosperity and continuous success of her government. After a long hovering over the airport, an aircraft of Indian Airline carrying Sheikh Hasina from New Delhi via Kolkata, touched the runway at 4:30 pm. ...

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Death anniv of Shawkat Osman observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 20th death anniversary of Shawkat Osman, a noted litterateur of the Bangla literature, was observed yesterday, reported news agency. Writer Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad along his family members organised different programmes, marking the day. Shawkat Osman died in Dhaka on May 14 in 1998. Shawkat Osman fought against communalism, extremism and anti-liberation forces during his lifetime. Born in Hughli, West Bengal in 1917 he graduated in economics and attained a Masters degree in Bangla from Calcutta University. He had enriched the Bangla literature with his write-ups, which cover a number of segments of literature. He received ...

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International Mother’s Day being observed


MNA Feature Desk: International Mother’s Day is being observed across the country as elsewhere in the world, with much affection. The Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year paying tributes and gratitude to mothers around the world. The day is celebrated in Bangladesh through different programmes in electronic media and according grand reception to mothers of jewels recognising their contributions to the family, society and nation. The earliest Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600s, England celebrated ...

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History of Mother’s Day


MNA Feature Desk: Mother’s Day is a time for flowers, fancy brunches, and thanking your mom for putting up with your crap for all these years. But once upon a time the holiday was a more somber affair—a way for women to mourn fallen soldiers and pursue peace. The true origin dates back to the years leading up to the U.S. Civil War, when a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” in West Virginia. Their goal was to lower infant mortality rates by teaching local women how to properly care for their children, improve sanitary ...

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9th death anniversary of Dr Wazed Miah

Wazed Miah

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the ninth death anniversary of renowned nuclear scientist and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s husband Dr M A Wazed Miah. The Pirganj upazila administration, Dr Wazed Smriti Sangsad (DWSS), Dr Wazed Foundation, Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and family of Dr Wazed and other organisations have chalked out different programmes to observe the death anniversary. The programmes include placing of wreaths at the grave of Dr Wazed in village Fatehpur under Pirganj upazila in the morning, offering Fateha, Milad mahfil, `Ziayarat`, distribution of foods to the poor and memorial discussions. A theoretical physicist, Dr Miah ...

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Remembering Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

MNA Feature Desk: The birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated today. Commonly known as Gurudev, Tagore was a prolific composer with 2,230 songs to his credit. His songs are known as Rabindra Sangeet. Tagore was a born poet and he penned his first poetry when he was mere eight years old. At sixteen, Tagore released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhanusimha. He slowly graduated to his first short stories and dramas as he took significant step towards becoming an epitome of Indian literature. Tagore’s work, mainly in Bengali, denounced the British Raj and ...

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Pritilata Waddedar: A Bengali revolutionary


MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar, born May 5, 1911, a Bengali revolutionary nationalist believed in armed struggle to free Indian Subcontinent from the oppression of British. In June of 1932, she joined the Indian freedom movement. She took part in several raids with the group over the next few months. In September of 1932, the group decided to attack the Pahartali European Club which posted a sign that read “Dogs and Indians not allowed.” On the morning of September 23, Pritilata dressed as a man and with 7 or 8 other associates attacked the club. A few police officers were ...

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200th birth anniv of Karl Marx

Karl Marx

MNA Feature Desk: Workers of the whole world commemorate today the 199th birthday of Karl Marx, great teacher and communist leader. Use this celebration as an opportunity to study Marxism and use this to examine the world’s present conditions and crises. Reproduce books, articles and other readings by Marx, likewise those of other great communist teachers who developed Marxism. This celebration is of great relevance to the working class. This is an opportunity to raise the torch of Marxism in order to bring to light and extricate the roots one of the world capitalist system’s worst and longest crisis and ...

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World Press Freedom Day today

World Press Freedom Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday, May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, reported news agency. Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. A function in connection with the day is ...

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May Day being observed

May Day

MNA Feature Desk: Amid a growing demand for a new salary structure for workers and ensuring their justified rights, the historic May Day is being observed in the country on Tuesday. May Day, also known as International Workers’ Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday. The day is a public holiday. Trade unions and Readymade Garment (RMG) workers organisations have taken out elaborate programmes to mark the day and press home their demands. The day will also be observed across the globe with a ...

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North Korea’s policy shift may cast new light on global relations


MNA Feature Desk: The increasing emphasis on controlling the assets, holding the fuel resources and fighting for global control, the regional and intercontinental conflict is reaching new heights all around the world. Several countries are engaged in wars not only affecting the warring countries but also the global economy. Along with serious crisis in countries like; Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and many more, the world is experiencing a severe turbulence in its political structure. The situation in almost all the cases is influenced from out of the border and one of the greatest conflicts as such is anticipated ...

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Intellectual Property Day today

Intellectual Property

MNA Feature Desk: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday. WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the ...

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World Malaria Day today

World Malaria Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Malaria Day is being observed today across the globe to raise awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease, reported news agency. This year’s theme is, “Ready to Beat Malaria”. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria. “Ready to beat ...

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5th anniv of Rana Plaza tragedy

Rana Plaza

MNA Feature Desk: Today (Tuesday) is the 5th anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse, the worst-ever tragedy in the country’s multi-billion dollar ready-made garment (RMG) industry. Besides, they held a protest rally on Dhaka-Aricha highway. The family members and relatives of the victim broke into tears and demanded capital punishment of Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana. In thousands, victims, families of those dead, pro-labour organisations and common people converged on the collapse site at Savar this morning, remembering this day as it unfolded back in 2013. They placed floral wreath at the base of the monument, a pair of hands holding ...

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Earth Day is being observed today

Earth Day

MNA Feature Desk: Earth Day is being observed today (April 22) across the world to remember the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the U.S. and helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws. By the nineties the event spread across the globe, with 200 million people in 141 countries getting involved ...

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Lucky Akhand’s first death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: Legendary musician and freedom fighter Lucky Akhand’s first anniversary of death is being observed today. Family members, friends and followers of Akhand will recall the late singer-composer through different programmes. A milad and dua mahfil was held at Lucky Akhand’s Armanitola residence in Dhaka on Friday. Akhand, who composed many popular songs like Abar elo je sandhya, Ei neel manihar, Amay deko na, Ke banshi bajay re, Agey jadi jantam, Jekhanei simanta tomar, Tumi ki dekhechho and others, was born on June 18, 1956. He was introduced to music at an early age. He received his first ...

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Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics


MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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Mujibnagar Day being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed on Tuesday marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971. Leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, which was later named Mujibnagar in Meherpur district, on April 17, 1971 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Following the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25 in 1971, the first government of independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu ...

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129th birth anniv of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

MNA Feature Desk: Born on April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England. The son of London music hall entertainer, Charlie was fascinated by her mother’s cracking voice during one of her shows and was given the task to complete the job that she couldn’t. He was just five when he was first introduced to the stage. After he turned seventeen, he, with some help from his friend’s Fred Karno’s company developed comedic skills. His silence gained him popularity and would capture the audience through his actions without saying a single word. He founded ...

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Nation celebrated Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh

MNA Feature Desk: As dawn broke today, thousands of people thronged the streets and different popular places in the capital and elsewhere across the country as the nation celebrated its traditional and vibrant festival Pahela Baishakh to welcome the Bangla New Year 1425. The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of “Esho hey Baishakh esho esho” everywhere in Bangladesh gave the day really a festive dimension. Rich in culture, tradition and heritage, people of all castes, creeds and classes take the same identity as Bangalis are to welcome the first day of the Bangla ...

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10th April: The Mujibnagar Government

Mujibnagar Government

MNA Feature Desk: The Provisional Government of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh popularly known as the Mujibnagar Government was formed on this the 10th day of April back in 1971. This was the first ever government of Bangladesh. On March 26, 1971, Banglabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh. A provisional constitution was made on the 10th day of April 1971. This provisional constitution is also known as the proclamation of independence. As per this provisional constitution and the proclamation of independence, a new government was formed for Bangladesh. This was also known as the government in exile ...

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World Health Day observed

World Health

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Day was observed on Saturday to create awareness in the public about the various health issues under the slogan Health for All on Saturday. To mark the day various programmes were held including walks and conferences in which the speakers highlighted various issues stressing on government to play its role as the people were being pushed towards poverty by paying huge cost for their health care while large region in the province still deprived of basic health facilities. This is a global health awareness day observed every year on April 7 under the sponsorship ...

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50th anniv of Martin Luther King’s assassination

Martin Luther

MNA Feature Desk: The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on Friday evening April 4, 1968, not only triggered a national crisis of rioting throughout the nation but ended the revolution of achieving mellowness. It would be nothing wrong to say that this immaturity of American citizens gives birth such a mentally ill President, Donald Trump, as many questions have arisen about Trump during this campaign season—about his platform, his knowledge of issues, his inflammatory language, his level of comfort with political violence. However, King’s assertion that the United States was the “world’s greatest purveyor ...

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