Shab-e-Barat: The Night of Fortune & Forgiveness


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed across the country tonight with due religious fervour. Generally, the holy Shab-e-Barat has been observed in the country on the night of 14th of Saban. According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On Shab-e-Barat, Allah writes the fortune of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds. The Muslim devotees will offer special prayers, recite from the Holy Quran, hold milad, zikir and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings ...

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Buddha Purnima: Significance of Gautama Buddha’s birth anniversary

Buddha Purnima

MNA Feature Desk: Also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. For over two thousand years, Buddhists around the world have celebrated the Buddha’s Birthday. This day is the most significant amongst all have the different Buddhist traditions around the world. Gautama Buddha who was known as Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The time of Gautama Buddha’s birth and death is uncertain. However, most historians date his lifetime between 563-483 B.C. Most people consider Lumbini, Nepal as birth place of Buddha. Buddha died ...

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Rabindranath’s 156th birth anniversary being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 156th birth anniversary of Biswakobi Rabindranath Tagore is being observed across the country today, the 25 Baishakh of the Bangla Calendar. Tagore, who enriched the Bangla language and literature with his astounding talent and merit, was born on May 7, 1861. Different socio-cultural organizations are observing the day with elaborate programmes. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion. This year, the theme of Tagore’s birth anniversary is ‘Religion of Humankind: Rabindranath and Contemporary Perceptiveness’. A colorful event will be held at the Devendra Mancha of Katcharibari in Patisar ...

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Press Freedom Day being observed across world

Press Freedom Day

MNA Feature Desk: Press Freedom Day is being observed across the world including Bangladesh today (Wednesday) to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) General Conference in 1991. The theme of this year’s day is ‘Critical minds for critical times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and participatory society’. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio ...

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World May Day is being observed

May Day

MNA Feature Desk: The significant May Day is being observed today in the country like elsewhere in the world. 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. Trade unions and Readymade Garment (RMG) workers organizations have taken out elaborate programmes to mark the day and press home their demands. Besides, other trade unions and professional groups and socio-political organizations have taken up various programmes to observe the day and press for improving the working conditions with better wages ...

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May Day: Immigrants March for Reformation in US


MNA Feature Desk: On May 1, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their allies are expected to take to the streets in US show of power. Immigrants have been marching on May Day for a decade now, first in 2006, when 1.5 million people took to the streets across the country to demand immigration reform. Until that year, May Day had been associated solely with International Workers’ Day; now immigrants have made it a day to demand their rights, too. 2006 marked a watershed moment; it was the first time immigrants and their loved ones took to the streets in ...

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55th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla is being observed

55th death anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: The 55th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque is being observed across the country on Thursday with due respect. Different socio-political organizations, professional bodies and institutions have chalked out various programmes to mark the day. The programmes include placing wreaths and offering fateha at the grave of the great leader, holding milad and doa mahfils and discussions in the capital and elsewhere across the country. President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the death anniversary of AK Fazlul Huq. The political legend was born in Saturia village, located in Bakerganj district ...

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Pannalal Ghosh: A great maestro of classical flute music

Pannalal Ghosh

MNA Feature Desk: Tribute to Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, the great maestro of Hindustani classical flute music and music composer, on his 57th death anniversary (20 April). The inventor (1938) of the grande flute (long bansuri) Ghosh was born in Barisal, on July 31 in 1911. Ghosh has disciples, grand-disciples and great grand-disciples all over the subcontinent who are performers and aspirants playing the music he had set forth. His fold brought together the music of the Sur Samrat Alauddin Khan; the Beenkar Dabir Khan of the Senia heritage; the DagarVani, a purist and authentic art — the influence of many ...

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Remembering Einstein: The most influential physicists of 20th century


MNA Feature Desk: One of the most influential physicists of the 20th century, Albert Einstein passed away on this day, April 18, in the year 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey, from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. After his death, while performing the autopsy, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed the scientist’s brain and kept it aside in the hope of unlocking the secrets of his genius. Later, after he was able to get approval of Einstein’s son, Harvey chopped the brain into pieces and sent it to various scientists for research. In the year 1999, a team from a Canadian university published ...

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Historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed today (Monday) marking the formation of Bangladesh`s first government to lead the War of Liberation in 1971. Awami League leaders assembled at Baidyanathtala in Meherpur on April 17 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Baidyanathtala, then a mango orchard, was later named as Mujibnagar. Bangabandhu was declared the first president of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh, while Vice-president Syed Nazrul Islam became the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu. Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Khandoker ...

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Christian community celebrating Easter today


MNA Feature Desk: The Christian community around the world is celebrating Easter on Sunday. Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches. It is the oldest and the most important Christian festival, which marks the celebration of the death and coming back to life of Jesus Christ. For Christians, the dawn of Easter Sunday with its message of new life is the high point of the Christian year. It was on Easter Sunday that Jesus rose from death. Jesus had told his disciples before he was arrested that he would be crucified and on the third day, he ...

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Chaitra Sankranti: The end of Bangla year 1423

Chaitra Sankranti

MNA Feature Desk: The country is taking preparations to say goodbye to the running Bangla year 1423 amid the Chaitra Sankranti celebration today (Thursday) and will welcome the Bangla new calendar year 1424 tomorrow (Friday) through Pahela Baishakh celebration. Chaitra Sankranti is an age-old festival of rural Bangla which marks the last day of a Bangla year. The Bangla calendar is solar, with the year beginning on Pahela Baishakh. Chaitra Sankranti is being observed for hundreds of years marking the last day of the Bangla year. Usually rural people arranged festivals to celebrate the end of one year and the ...

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10th April: Formation of Bangladesh’s first government to be observed


MNA Feature Desk: A series of programmes will be held in Tripura capital on April 10-11 to observe the formation of the first Bangladeshi government here 46 years ago. The event is being organized by the Assistant High Commission of Bangladesh in Agartala, the Dhaka and Agartala chapters of “Friends of Bangladesh” and the Agartala Press Club. “In a meeting of the then parliamentarians, first Bangladesh government was formed in Agartala on April 10, 1971. To commemorate the day, a series of programmes would be held here,” said Mihir Deb, Agartala chapter President of Friends of Bangladesh, an NGO. Deb, ...

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World Health Day observed with theme ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’

World Health Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today is World Health Day and WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression which is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. World Health Day is celebrated on 7th of April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The day provides with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. More than 300 million people ...

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National day of sports is being observed for first time

National Day

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh will today observe the National Day of Sports for the first time since the United Nations General Assembly three years ago declared April 6 as the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace (IDSDP). The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding. Creating a historical link to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, 6 April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations (UN) General ...

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  MNA Features Desk: It was 1972. A young and unknown writer came up with a book named ‘Nondito Noroke’ (In Blissful Hell) and many experts in literature and arts were taken away with the sheer genius of this writer; the writer was Humayun Ahmed, a chemistry literate. A new star was born in the horizon of literature in Bangladesh. Many writers and poets are extremely notable in Bangladesh literatures. Humayun Ahmed stays close though not above all of them. But he is different in many ways – he created and developed a new generation of readers in Bangladesh during ...

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47th Independence Day being observed nationwide

Independence Day

MNA National Desk: The nation is being celebrating the 47th Independence Day and National Day today (Sunday) paying deep homage to three million martyrs of the Liberation War. The day was heralded with a 31-gun salute in Tejgaon Old Airport area at dawn. The national flag was raised atop all government, semi-government, non-government and private buildings in the morning. Early in the morning, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of the state, placed wreaths at the National Memorial paying deep homage to the martyrs. The President and the Prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for ...

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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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