8th death anniversary of Abdullah Al Mamun

Abdullah Al Mamun

MNA Feature Report: Today marks the 8th death anniversary of noted dramatist, actor, director and film maker Abdullah Al Mamun. To observe this day, one of the famous drama troupes of Bangladesh Natyam Repertory is going to stage ‘Charidike Juddho’ today evening at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city’s Segunbagicha area. Special program “Shongsaptak Abdulah Al Mamunm” will be aired on Banglavision this evening at 6:30 pm on the occasion of the theatre icon’s first death anniversary. Born on July 13, 1942 in Jamalpur District, Abdullah Al Mamun completed his Honours and Masters degree in history ...

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Death anniversary of Samsur Rahman being observed

Samsur Rahman

MNA Feature Desk: The 10th death anniversary of one of the major Bengali poets of modern literature, Samsur Rahman, is being observed with due respect all around the country. Several socio-cultural organizations made numerous programs. As part of the programs, floral wreaths placed at his grave at 9:30 am and a get-together of poets and litterateurs hold at Samsur Rahman’s ancestral village home in Raipura of Narsingdi at 3 pm. Samsur Rahman, born in 23 October 1929, was a poet, columnist and journalist. Rahman, who emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, wrote more than sixty books of ...

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Right to education for indigenous people


MNA Feature Desk: This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education for indigenous people. Indigenous peoples frequently face stigmatization of their cultural identity and lack of admiration and recognition for their heritage and values, including in textbooks and other educational ingredients. Moreover, their marginalization is often compounded by language obstacles as instruction is primarily in the national language, with little or no instruction in, or recognition of, indigenous languages. The right to education is fundamental and indigenous knowledge systems hold many answers to mitigating the consequences of climate change. There are an ...

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Fazilatunnesa Mujib: The woman behind success


MNA Feature Desk: It can be easily said that for our father of nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the woman behind his success was his wife, Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib. The 86th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib will be observed today. On this day in 1930, she was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub-division in Faridpur district. Her early schooling was in a missionary school but later she did home schooling. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on the fateful night of August 15 in ...

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Rabindranath Tagore: A cultural ambassador and reformer


MNA Feature Desk: Rabindranath Tagore as a cultural ambassador and reformer of Indian sub-continent gave voice to the country and became an instrument in spreading the knowledge of Indian culture around the world. He was also known as a great humanist, painter, patriot, poet, playwright, novelist, story-teller, philosopher, and educationist. Tagore began to write poems, songs and stories about different aspects of the Indian culture and society. He was very talented, energetic and wise and whatever he touched was exceptionally enriched. Rabindranath was born on May 7, 1861 in the famous Tagore family of Jorasanko in Kolkata. His father, Maharsi ...

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Sheikh Kamal recognized as man of passion for sports


Article By: Shariful Islam Shakil MNA Feature Desk: Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu, can be recognized as a man with an enormous amount of love and passion for sports. Sheikh Kamal was a pioneer of modern football in Bangladesh and also founder-president of the country’s leading sporting club Abahani Krira Chakra. It hardly came as a wonder to them as they already knew about Sheikh Kamal’s many aptitudes. After all, he was involved in a large quantity of cultural events and made a priceless role during the Liberation War in 1971. The 67th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal ...

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Work together against trafficking in persons


MNA Feature Desk: On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us pledge to work together to give victims, as well as the many children, women, and men on the move, who remain far too helpless to trafficking, a much-needed voice and a helping hand. Ten millions of people are badly seeking refuge, many of them far from home and even farther from safety.  Migrants and refugees face imposing physical difficulties and administrative barriers. Miserably, they are also vulnerable to human rights violations and manipulation by human traffickers. Human traffickers target on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end ...

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2016 is a pivotal year for hepatitis


MNA Feature Desk: 2016 is a pivotal year for viral hepatitis. At the World Health Assembly in May, WHO Member States are set to adopt the first ever Elimination Strategy for Viral form of this disease, with ambitious targets and a goal to eliminate the disease as a public health threat by 2030. The theme for this year’s global campaign is ‘ELIMINATION’. This will be the first time national governments sign up and commit to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis. To mark this historic moment we are using the theme of elimination for WHD 2016, which can be easily ...

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Qurbani is the Sunna of Ibrahim


MNA Feature Desk: Qurbani is also referred to as the Sunna of Ibrahim in many texts. It follows the true story of father and son, Ibrahim and Ismail, and their unflinching loyalty and devotion to Allah (SWT). The story serves as a means of motivation, education and inspiration to millions of Muslims around the world today. Here, we will talk about this story at length. Qurbani or sacrifice is synonymous with surrender. It symbolizes that the person performing Qurbani is willing to sacrifice everything dear to him for Allah. It symbolizes and strengthens the promise with Allah that the person ...

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First Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed


MNA Feature Desk: As the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Tajuddin Ahmad led people of Bangladesh to victory during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He originated and organized the first independent government of Bangladesh with the vision and courage to resist foreign aggression and occupation. He was a gifted organizer and administrator, characteristics which were surpassed only by his integrity, love for humanity, deep-seated patriotism, and unflinching stand for fairness and justice. A seeker of truth, he rose with purpose and commitment to the rank of statesman. The saying “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”reveals his ...

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Hemingway a major writer of slow but explosive process


MNA Feature Desk: The recognition of Hemingway as a major and representative writer of the United States of America (USA) was a slow but explosive process. His emergence in the western canon was an even more adventurous voyage. Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature ...

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Guidelines for traveling Mecca


MNA Feature Desk: The pilgrims should follow certain basic guidelines at the time of traveling Mecca for Hajj. The Hajj is the largest annual international gathering, with more than two million Muslims traveling from around the world. A large population in one confined area of Mecca has historically increased the risk of infectious disease outbreaks, which is why it is important to get the relevant vaccinations and to get travel advice from your travel health clinic. In response to international outbreaks of disease, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Health has recommended the following groups should postpone the ...

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4th death anniversary of Humayun Ahmed being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 4th death anniversary of famous fiction writer, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed is being observed on Tuesday. Humayun Ahmed’s two younger brothers Prof. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib along with their other family members and relatives offered prayers at his graveyard at Nuhash Polli of Gazipur. Several socio-cultural organizations have drawn out elaborate programs to observe the day. A Quran-khwani will be held at Nuhash Polli, after Johr prayers. There will be also an orphan feeding program there. Volunteer organization ‘Himu Paribahan’ will organize a seminar, blood donation camp, and essay and painting competition on ...

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Tribute for Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day


MNA Feature Desk: Today is Nelson Mandela Day and tribute will be paid for Madiba all around the world. On this day, the world will remember the works of the greatest leader of the modern era. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The ...

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Bastille Day bears immense French political memoirs


MNA Feature Desk: It is a well acclaimed French tradition but the history of Bastille Day bears immense political memoirs. The French national holiday of Bastille Day celebrated each year on July 14 may spell fireworks and a large military parade for some, but for most, it still marks the anniversary of the storming of a grand fortress that was infamous for holding political prisoners, during the first moments of the French Revolution in Paris in 1789. Back in July of 1789, France had already experienced a rough summer that included food shortages, high taxes (as a solution to King ...

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Troy – place in legend & real-life archaeological site


MNA Feature Desk: The name Troy – refers both to a place in legend and a real-life archaeological site. In legend, Troy is a city that was besieged for 10 years and eventually conquered by a Greek army led by King Agamemnon. The reason for this “Trojan War” was, according to Homer’s “Iliad,” the abduction of Helen, a queen from Sparta. This abduction was done by Paris, the son of Troy’s King Priam. Throughout the “Iliad” the Gods constantly intervene in support of characters on both sides of the conflict. Troy also refers to a real-life ancient city located on ...

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Life after 100 years from today


MNA Feature Desk: Do we ever think how life will be after 100 years from today? May be, few Sci-Fi books or movies can give some ideas. But what are the usual thoughts on that future? Let us see. We may able to communicate through thought transmission Transmission will be just as easy as other forms of brain augmentation. Life will be simple. Picking up thoughts and relaying them to another brain will not be much harder than storing them on the net. Synthetic telepathy sounds like something out of Hollywood but it is absolutely possible, so long as “communication” ...

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World Population day to raise awareness


MNA Feature Desk: World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987-approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people. It encourages the activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world. World Population Day aims at increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance ...

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Importance of the six days of Shawwal


MNA Feature Desk: After the Ramadan, importance of the six days of Shawwal is immense for the Muslims. The month of Shawwal is singled out for the observance of extra fasts, since this month follows immediately after Ramadan. The six days of voluntary fasting are to the obligatory fast of Ramadan what the Sunnah prayers are to the obligatory prayers. Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari relates that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it will be as if he had fasted ...

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Celebrate Eid ul-Fitr with Muslims around the World


MNA Feature Desk: With hard followings of the teaching of the Islam, Ramadan is completed and it is time to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with Muslims around the world. Millions of Bangladeshi Muslims begin to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Thursday, the festive celebration marking the end of Ramadan, which is the month of fasting and abstinence from worldly pleasures. The Eid, as it is affectionately called, starts when the new moon is sited or according to scientific calculations of when the moon will appear. Around the world, Muslims gather on the first day of Shawwal–the month following Ramadan on the Islamic calendar–for ...

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The Importance of Sadaqatul Fitr for Muslims


MNA Feature Desk: The Importance of Sadaqatul Fitr is very high for the pious muslims. Fitr means to breakfast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr, as it is the day of rejoicing after the completion of fasting. On this occasion of happiness, as a sign of gratitude one has to give a specific amount in alms, which is called Sadaqatul Fitr. To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadan Mubarak one has to give Sadaqatul Fitr. It is reported from Hazrat Ibn Abbâs Radiallâhu anhu ...

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DRiCM playing a great role in Chemical Metrology


MNA Feature Desk: Designated Reference Institute for Chemical Measurement (DRiCM), the first and most prestigious reference Institute for chemical measurement or ‘Chemical Metrology’ in Bangladesh is playing a great role in this field. The institution has been pioneering and aiming to carry out research and provide services in the area of science of chemical measurement, defined as ‘chemical metrology’. DRiCM started its distinguished and noble journey to establish and disseminate the Unbroken Chain of Traceability in Chemical Measurement from laboratories of Bangladesh to the International system of unit (SI) at BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Measures- International Bureau of ...

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Nirmalendu Goon and his accessible verse


MNA Feature Desk: Nirmalendu Goon is a famous poet, and one of the most popular poets in Bangladesh, lauded by many for his accessible verse in an age where Bangla poetry has become increasingly complex. Nirmalendu Goon was born in Barhatta in Netrokona, in undivided India, now in Bangladesh. Goon was one of the few people who openly protested Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination in 1975 in a period when even mentioning Mujib was considered dangerous. Before independence, he has worked at Konthoshor, Nagorik, Poricrom and Jonaki newspaper. After the liberation, he worked as an assistant editor of the daily Gonokantha ...

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A feminist and an activist Begum Sufia Kamal


MNA Feature Desk: Begum Sufia Kamal was a poet, a writer, an organizer, a feminist and an activist of Bangladesh, who has taken herself to such a level that the she became a name around the world. Begum Sufia Kamal was born to a Muslim family in Barisal, Bangladesh. She is one of the most widely recognized cultural personalities in Bangladesh. When she died in 1999, she was buried with full state honors, the first woman in Bangladesh to receive this honor. Sufia Kamal was born to Shayestabad’s Nawab family in Barisal. Although raised within strict purdah, that denied her ...

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Bangladesh’s development route is a unique achievement


Article By: Masud Al Islam MNA Feature Desk: It wouldn’t be wrong if we say that Bangladesh’s development route is a unique achievement story, particularly since the 1990s when democratic ruling system was restored and widespread economic modifications were made. Poverty frequency has dropped and gender parity reached in primary and secondary school registration. Together with the advancement in education, health, and gender equity, Bangladesh is also in the center of a progress takeoff that has abridged poverty and doubled per capita income since 2002. Millennium Development Goals and Bangladesh Bangladesh is on target for attaining most of the Millennium ...

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History, meaning and significance of Salat Al-Taraweeh


MNA Feature Desk: During the Ramadan, along with fasting, Salat Al-Taraweeh becomes a part and parcel of muslim life and it is very important to understand the history, meaning and importance of Salat Al-Taraweeh. What does Taraweeh mean? First, we need to understand the meaning of the Arabic word Taraweeh.  The word Taraweeh is the plural of the word Tarweeha which literally means ‘to rest’.  In the context of Salat Al-Taraweeh, it means to rest between every four raka’at. Looking at this meaning we can understand that if we perform eight raka’at followed by Witr, we get only two rest ...

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Students away from politics can be a mistake


Article By: Delower Shahjada MNA Feature Desk: In our nationality induction, the role of students in politics was very vital, and taking the students away from politics can be a mistake of any nation. It was a time when politics was linked with only the middle-aged and elder citizens of a country. The existence of youth in politics was not greeted, with the exception of a few. However, in a country with a large youth population, it is no hesitation that their voice matters. In the recent few years, there has been a massive rise in the participation of students ...

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