World Water Day being observed today

World Water

MNA Feature Desk: The World Water Day-2017 is being observed around the world today (Wednesday) in a befitting manner with the theme “Wastewater”. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the World Water Day since 1993, following a resolution taken in Rio, Brazil, in 1992 when demands were made to designate a special day for water resources. Focusing attention to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, the UN-Water co-ordinates the World Water Day campaign. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday greeted the riverine people of Bangladesh ...

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World Poetry Day is being observed today

Poetry Day

MNA Feature Desk: International Poetry Day is being observed on Tuesday to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression. Death Anniversary of renowned poet, Ihsan Danish is also observed today. Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures. “Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity.” — Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the ...

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4th Death Anniversary of Veteran Leader Zillur Rahman Today


MNA Features Desk: The 4th death anniversary of former president of Bangladesh and veteran leader, Zillur Rahman, also former general secretary of Awami League, is being observed today with high respect to this glorious leader. He breathed his last at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 20, 2013. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader urged activists and leaders of all party affiliate organizations to observe the day with due respect. The party also paid tribute to the great leader at his grave at 8am today. Different social and political organizations paid floral tribute at the Dhaka’s Banani graveyard where ...

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Congratulation to team tigers for winning 100th test


MNA Feature Desk: A heartiest congratulation to team tigers from Mir Mosharref Hossain, the Chief Editor & Publisher of Mohammadi News Agency for winning the historic 100th test against Sri Lanka by four wickets to level Joy Bangla Cup series 1-1 in Colombo on Sunday. “I have seen the dedication of Bangladesh team in the 100th test match, which really impressed me and it seemed to me that they were really positive and determined about their historic victory. Sri Lanka also played well especially the lower order batsmen in their second innings. However, I congratulate the team for this victory ...

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Four historic places in Dhaka to visit right now


MNA Feature Desk: Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh, a residence of about 17 million populations and growing every day. But if you want to have a visit in Dhaka you will get a huge number of historical places to ride on. Here I am going to introduce four among them. Lalbagh Fort This famous historic place is situated on the northeast side of Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was built during the Mughal rule, on seventeenth century. Lalbagh fort is believed to be an incomplete Mughal fort structure which was started in 1678 AD by the Mughal Subahdar Muhammad Azam Shah. ...

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Historic 100th Test: An Inspiration for Team Tigers

historic 100th Test

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh will be looking to make some positive impacts in the second Test against Sri Lanka, which will also be their historic 100th Test, to brush off the disappointment of their first Test loss at Galle. Hosts took 1-0 lead in the ongoing series as Tigers suffered a 259-run loss after they surrendered meekly on the final day at Galle. The first test run in the history of Bangladesh Cricket came from the bat of Mehrab Hossain, who also scored the first ever ODI hundred by an individual player for Bangladesh in 1999. Captained by Naimur Rahman, ...

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Holi: The festival of colours is being observed today


MNA Feature Desk: Phagu Purnima or Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated with jest and vigour by hindu community on Sunday. The festival is generally celebrated by smearing Abeer (red vermilion powder) and throwing colour and water-filled plastic pouches at each other. Holi revellers have gathered at different places since early morning to mark the festival by applying colours on each other and making merry amongst themselves. The festival, an important festival for Nepali people, begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the “Chir’, which was installed earlier, on the ...

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Historic month of independence begins today


MNA Feature Desk: The historic month of independence begins today when the nation will be observing the 46th anniversary of independence on the 26th March paying the highest homage to the war heroes who made Bangladesh a sovereign state. Amid deteriorating political situation and increasing demand for freedom of the country from Pakistan’s misrule, the first version of Bangladesh’s national flag was hoisted at Dhaka University for the first time on March 2 by the Dhaka University Students’ Union. The formal struggle for independence began this month after Bangabandhu`s 7th-March historic speech and the massacre of Bangalees by Pakistani forces ...

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The History of Leap Year

leap year

MNA Feature Desk: The Roman dictator Julius Caesar is considered the “father” of leap year. The ancient Roman calendar system was based on a total of 355 days in a year—a full 10 ¼ days shorter than a solar year, which is the length of time it takes the Earth to make one complete orbit around the sun. To keep the calendar system in line with the seasons, Roman officials were supposed to insert an extra month every so often, but by the time Caesar began to rule Rome, the calendar had gotten seriously out of whack. Caesar consulted with ...

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Mother Language Day Carries Our Identity

Mother Language Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999. It has been celebrated since 2000 to promote all the languages of the world. On February 21, 1952, students at the University of Dhaka and other activists organized a protest. That day the police killed a number of students, including Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat and Abdul Jabbar. The death of these students, fighting for the right to use their mother language is now remembered on International Mother Language Day. The unrest continued as Bengali speakers campaigned for the ...

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Curzon Hall: A consequence of ‘Bengal Partition’ movement

Curzon Hall

MNA Feature Desk: The construction of Curzon Hall started in 1904 and ended in 1908. In 19 February of 1904, Viceroy Lord Curzon paid a visit to Dhaka and put a foundation stone in his name there to build a library for Dhaka College. At that time a new building was also required to shift the College there. This became Dhaka College’s Grand Assembly Hall. Beside the Hall, 18 rooms were built in the main structure with a total cost of Tk 3 lakhs. The vastness of the whole area of Curzon Hall is unperceivable from outside. Several playing fields, ...

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MAG Osmani’s 33th death anniversary today

death anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: The 33th death anniversary of General Mohammad Ataul Gani Osmani is being observed on Thursday with due respect. General Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the liberation forces in 1971, died on February 16, 1984 at a hospital in London. Marking the day, Jatiya Janata Party and different political and socio-cultural organizations have chalked up elaborate programmes. Osmani joined the war responding to the call of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. General Osmani was born at village Dayamari in greater Sylhet on November 1, 1918. He joined then British India Military Academy in 1939 and was commissioned in 1940. Osmani was ...

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The Legend of St. Valentine


MNA Feature Desk: The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron legend saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives ...

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Ten books to read before turning 30


MNA Feature Desk: Your 30 are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life and read books. While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way. To help you out, we’ve selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high school or college reading lists. Here’s what we think you should read before you turn 30. The Intelligent Investor When Warren Buffet endorses as a book as “the best book on investing ever ...

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Saraswati Puja: Worshiping of the Goddess of Knowledge

Saraswati Puja

MNA Feature Desk: The Hindus in the country is celebrating the Saraswati Puja on Wednesday, worshiping the Goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the followers of the Hindu faith on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government’s commitment to ensure rights of all people belonging to diverse religion. Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety, religious fervor. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshipped throughout Nepal and India. She ...

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Armenian Apostolic Church of the Holy Resurrection


MNA Feature Desk: The Armenian Church (also known as Armenian Apostolic Church of the Holy Resurrection) is a historically significant architectural monument situated in the Armanitola area of old Dhaka, Bangladesh. The church bears testimony to the existence of a significant Armenian community in the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the domination of their homeland by Persian powers of the time, Armenians were sent by their new rulers to the Bengal region for both political and economic reasons. Although the Armenian presence in South Asia is now insignificant, their presence in Dhaka dates back to the 17th ...

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Bangladesh ranks 15th in TI corruption perception index

corruption perception

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh is now in the 15th position in global corruption perception index prepared by Transparency International (TI). Bangladesh was in 13th position last year. Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) published this report at a press conference at the MIDAS Centre in Dhaka. According to the report, Bangladesh stood 145th among 175 countries across the world based on corruption perception index (CPI) 2016 survey by TI. Bangladesh scored 26 points. Last year, Bangladesh ranked 13th most corrupt countries scoring 25 points among 168 countries. According to CPI 2016, Bangladesh is the second worst performer in South Asia, better than ...

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Seven toughest borders in the world


MNA Feature Desk: Borders are created to separate the countries of the world from each other. However, there are many borders between countries around the world, where one wrong step will land you in jail for life or you may even die out there. India-Pakistan Border After the separation, both countries have fought war three times in total. There are still frequent shootings in the border of these countries. Anyone who crosses the border is branded a spy and faces years of imprisonment. The matter has worsened due to the debate about the authority of Kashmir. US-Mexico Border The USA ...

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GSMA Reveals Economic Impact of Mobile in Bangladesh


MNA Feature Desk: The GSMA today revealed the positive impact of mobile on the Bangladeshi economy and the potential for even further growth and innovation. According to GSMA Intelligence, mobile technologies and services generated 6.2 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2015, a contribution that amounted to around US$13 billion of economic value1. In the same year, mobile operators and the ecosystem provided employment to more than 760,000 people across Bangladesh2. Bangladesh performs close to the regional averages across metrics of mobile market development, despite a lower income than neighbouring countries. Bangladesh is above the Asian average in terms ...

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8 billionaires hold half the world’s wealth: Oxfam


MNA Feature Desk: The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth. In a report published to coincide with the start of the week-long World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam said it was “beyond grotesque” that a handful of rich men headed by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates are worth $426bn (£350bn), equivalent to the wealth of 3.6 billion people. The development charity called for a new economic model to reverse an inequality trend that it ...

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Nawab Salimullah Khan: An architect of Muslim League


MNA Feature Desk: Nawab Salimullah Khan (Khwaja Salimullah), Muslim nationalist, an architect of the All India Muslim League, patron of education. Son of Nawab Khwaja Ahsanullah and grandson of Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani, he was born at the Ahsan Manzil on 7 June 1871. Following the family tradition Salimullah learnt at home Urdu, Arabic, Persian and English. In 1893 he entered government service as a Deputy Magistrate. But in 1895 he left the job and started business at Mymensingh. Nawab Salimullah got involved in politics in 1903-04 by way of giving opinion on the government’s plan for the partition of ...

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JnU Prof invented method to recycle plastic bags into liquid fuel

plastic bags

MNA Feature Desk: (JnU Correspondent) A teacher of Jagannath University (JnU) along with his team for the first time had devised an innovative method to recycle discarded plastic bags by converting them into liquid fuel oil. The inventor of the new method is Dr Md Mahmudur Rahman, Assistant Prof of Chemistry Department of the university. Though using a reactor machine created by himself in collaboration with a catalyst, he produced diesel and petrol oil from the abandoned polythene bags. Asked about the method, he said that plastics were a fundamental part of modern life, but our use of them in ...

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Hawker of Cold Dreams


MNA Feature Desk: Eyes were dazzling with tears of about 250 cold wave sufferers of a couple of places in Dhaka City when warm clothes were distributed among them on Friday by the members of Nirvik, a non-profitable organization. Nirvik, a non profitable organization with its 26 members distributed clothes to about 250 street people under the title, ‘Sheeter majhe shopner feriwala’. The event was completed in two successive sessions in this cold winter. The first session was held on Farmgate Park at 11an sharp. The success of the event was assured when the van was followed by 80 children ...

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Panam Nagar: The earliest city of Sonargaon

Panam Nagar

MNA Feature Desk: Panam Nagar or Panam City is an earliest city of Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj district, about 2.5 kilometers to the north of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Mograpara Point. Panam Nagar, the gorgeous structures was rising in the last quarter of the 13th century. After that Panam area formed part of Muslim city developed on the old city, and perhaps made up the place of residence of the early Muslim governors. Sonargaon was known as “The City of Panam” and was a focal part of the renowned Deva Dynasty until the thirteenth century. Mainly middle or upper class people ...

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Mahasthangarh: The cultural capital of SAARC


MNA Feature Desk: Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17. As a SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017. Mahasthangarh is one of the earliest urban archaeological sites so far discovered in Bangladesh. The village Mahasthan in Shibganj thana of Bogra District contains the remains of an ancient city which was called Pundranagara in the territory of Pundravardhana. Together with the ancient and medieval ruins, ...

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Bengalee Nation pays tribute to martyred intellectuals

Martyred Intellectuals

MNA Feature Desk: The country has paid tribute to martyred intellectuals on Martyred Intellectuals Day with memorizing them who were victims of a brutal military regime on December 14, 1971. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals. Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Rayerbazar area in the city. Members of the cabinet, ministers, the mayors of Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations, the chiefs of the three services as well as high civil and military officials were present. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also paid tributes to intellectuals ...

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Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed across the country


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed in the country and elsewhere today with due reverence and religious fervor. On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages greeting the countrymen and Muslims across the globe coinciding with the occasion and seeking eternal blessing for the ...

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