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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Mecca goes mega for the 21st-century pilgrimage


MNA Feature Desk: Comparing to the earliest days of the Holy Hajj and the Mecca of that, today we must say that, Mecca goes mega for the 21st-century pilgrimage. In the days before rapid sea or air travel, it could take months to travel to Mecca. The spiritual heart of Islam lay far from its great capitals in Istanbul, Delhi and Isfahan. The devout came from distant lands on foot, by camel and in horse-drawn carriages. Bedouin tribes routinely robbed these pilgrims, who were the primary source of revenue for this ancient desert town. Now, the ease of air travel ...

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The historic six-point movement


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Six-Point Demand or the Six-Point Formula was a Bengali nationalist historic movement in East Pakistan lead by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which finally led to the liberation of Bangladesh. It has been extensively credited as the “charter of freedom” in Bangladesh`s struggle for self-determination from Pakistan`s domination. Indeed, the six-point movement was the turning point in our quest for independence. The movement`s main agenda was to realize the six demands put forward by a alliance of Bengali nationalist political parties in 1966, to end the apparent exploitation of East Pakistan by the West Pakistani rulers. ...

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Letter of John F. Kennedy to his mistress up for auction


MNA Feature Desk: An intimate, four-page love letter of President John F. Kennedy to his alleged mistress and longtime family friend, Mary Pinchot Meyer, is up for auction. Media reports that the value of the letter is estimated to be $30,000. An anonymous collector is selling the letter, and it is one of several Kennedy-related items being sold at auction, including a wooden rocking chair used by him. The online auction is being held by RR Auction beginning June 16 through June 23. In the letter, Kennedy is seeking to hook up with Meyer, who was an artist and former ...

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Share Market – Protecting The Investors


MNA Feature Desk: In the Share Market of Bangladesh, protecting the investors has been a long term issue. During the early ‘90s, the Bangladeshi citizens, who were deprived of employment opportunity and wanted to do some sort of business, received a huge opportunity in the form of Stock Market or commonly known as share market. Many people rushed to invest at Dhaka Stock Exchange and very soon the business of securities exchange became a very prominent sector. Thousands of investors were able to pull handsome amount of profit from this business as many were able to establish themselves in the ...

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Like Black Holes Wormholes arise

MNA Feature Desk: Like black holes, wormholes arise as valid solutions to the equations of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and, like black holes, the phrase was coined (in 1957) by the American physicist John Wheeler. Also like black holes, they have never been observed directly, but they crop up so readily in theory that some physicists are encouraged to think that real counterparts may eventually be found or fabricated. In 1916, the Austrian physicist Ludwig Flamm, while looking over Karl Schwarzschild’s solution to Einstein’s field equations, which describes a particular form of black hole known as a Schwarzschild ...

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117th birth anniversary of Nazrul being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 117th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being celebrated and observed across the country on Wednesday. Different eminent personalities, politicians, academicians, cultural activists, family members of the poet, poetry lovers and people in general paid homage to the ‘rebel poet’ at his grave on the Dhaka University (DU) premises in the morning. Different organizations, including the DU and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, have taken various programs like seminar, discussion and cultural events, on the occasion. Nazrul Academy has arranged a four-day program on the occasion beginning on Tuesday at its Moghbazar office. President Abdul ...

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The Significance of Shab-e-Baraat and How to Spend


MNA Feature Desk: For the Muslim Ummah, the significance of Shab-e-Baraat is enormous and we must know how to spend this night with prayers to Almighty Allah. This night and its significance will be tried to explain in the following writing. Laylat al-Barat -The Night of Salvation There are many merits of Shabaan, especially the 15th of Shabaan, which is known as Shab-e-Baraat or LailatulBaraat, meaning the Night of Absolution. Insha Allah hereunder we will discuss the auspiciousness of Shab-e-Baraat and also a few things that should we do on this night. The 15th night of Shabaan is a very ...

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A few ways to explain and understand Donald Trump

MNA Feature Desk: Donald Trump is becoming a hated but hysterically successful in politics but here we will discuss a few ways to explain and understand him. We already know that Donald Trump is a liar, a xenophobe, a racist, a misogynist and a birther who indulges or even incites violence at his rallies. But there are other ways of seeing Trump; other ways of considering his life, his outlook and his role in American society that can help us understand him. He didn’t come out of nowhere. He is equal parts of a Times Square con artist, a human ...

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A legend Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, Gurudev of Bengali Literature is without question a legend and one of the greatest poets of the world. Great bard Rabindranath Tagore’s, (1861-1941) the legendary Bengali poet, philosopher, educationist, essayist, musician, novelist and playwright, 155th birth anniversary will be celebrated with much festivity and enthusiasm in the city on the occasion of his birthday. On the 25th of Baishakh in 1268 Bengali year, Rabindranath Tagore, the fountainhead of Bengali wisdom was born at Jorashako in Kolkata, Wikipedia rightly refers to the person who alone reshaped Bengali literature and gifted with worldwide respect as a “Bengali polymath.” The word ...

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Mother’s Day History

We all love our mother but do we know mother’s day history? Origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks, to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day ...

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Rising dog population on the streets of Dhaka

The number of people suffering feral dog bites across the country increased in recent times with a rising dog population on the streets of Dhaka in the absence of culling and sterilization. At least 42 per cent of dog bite victims were children, mostly boys under 15. Physicians at the IDH (Infectious Disease Hospital) said that, attacks by stray dogs increased in recent times. The number of people visiting hospital after suffering dog bites also increased, they said. At least 200 dog bite victims from the capital and the nearby areas took treatment each day, shows the records of the ...

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Accepting technology – Challenges in rural areas

Accepting Technology – a critical issue of modern era but possesses huge challenges in rural areas of our country. Bangladesh, known to the world as a low income country, has taken a challenge to become a middle income one by 2021. Our country has recently experienced several improvements in different development indicators; notably in societal, technological, educational, women empowerment, healthcare, and investment areas. Our Prime Minister has also declared some development targets to shift towards becoming a middle income country. Various actions like coverage of 30 lakh people through solar electricity in next three years and faster improvements in implementation ...

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Car Parking Menace in Dhaka City

In recent days, a menace in the form of car parking is surrounding the lives of citizens of Dhaka City. The sight of cars being jacked and locked on the streets of Dhaka city has become an everyday phenomenon. Any person roaming inside the city must have experienced this spectacle in recent days. This incident takes place when the car owners or the drivers park them at unauthorized or inappropriate places. Undoubtedly, it has become an absolute necessity that these cars should be parked properly at proper places. But are there enough suitable places for parking cars in the city? ...

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