Jibanananda Das’s death anniversary today

Jibanananda Das

MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the 64th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das, one of the major Bengali poets of the twentieth century. Popularly known as ‘Rupashi Banglar Kabi’ (Poet of Beautiful Bengal), Das was also a well known writer, novelist and essayist altogether. This great intellectual of world poetry got hit by a tram on 14 October, 1954 near Calcutta`s Deshapriya Park and died on October 22 same year while undergoing treatment at the hospital. He was born on 17 February 1899 in Barisal, Bengal Presidency (present day Bangladesh) to Satyananda Das, a schoolmaster, essayist, magazine publisher, and founder-editor of ...

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Durga Puja ends

Durga Puja

MNA Feature Desk: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Friday with the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga across the country. Devotees in their tearful eyes bade farewell to the mother deity and her children — Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh — wishing Durga’s return next year. The ceremonial worship of the goddess ended with the celebrations of Bijoya Dashami and devotees immersing the idols of the deity and her children in rivers and other water bodies. Durga Puja is the worship of ‘Shakti’ [divine force] embodied in goddess Durga. It symbolises the ...

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Sheikh Russel’s birthday today

Sheikh Russel

MNA Feature Desk: The 54th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh fMujibur Rahman, is being observed today. On this day in 1964, Russel, also the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born in the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban at the capital’s Dhanmondi. Russel was brutally assassinated on August 15 in 1975. along with most of his family members, including his father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, when he was a class IV student of University Laboratory School. Different socio-cultural organisations including associate bodies of the ruling Awami League have taken various programmes to observe the birthday ...

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Bangladesh moves two notches up in GHI

two notches

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh has maintained a steady progress in tackling hunger as the country has moved two notches up to 88th spot among 119 countries in the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI), reported news agency. According to the report, Bangladesh is ahead of India and Pakistan as these two neighbouring countries have been ranked 103rd and 106th places in 2018 GHI, a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels. In 2017 GHI, Bangladesh’s rank was 86 while the positions of India and Pakistan were 100 and 106, said a press release. The ...

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Durga Puja begins today

Durga Puja

MNA Feature Desk: Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, begins today with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga on the day of Maha Shashthi at temples across the country amid stringent security, reported news agency. On the occasion, preparations at all Puja pandals have completed as devotees and artisans are busy giving the final touches to idols and pandals across the country marking the festival. In separate messages marking the festival, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the country’s Hindu community. The five-day festival starts Monday, October 15, ...

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International Day of Rural Women

Rural Women

MNA Feature Desk: On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite progress on some fronts, gender inequalities remain pervasive in every dimension of sustainable development; and in many areas, progress is too slow to achieve the SDGs by 2030. These women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent ...

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World Mental Health Day observed

Mental Health Day

MNA Feature Desk: Awareness programmes on mental health and mental disorders marked the World Mental Health Day observance on Wednesday. This year’s theme of the day is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’. Marking the day, DU educational and counseling psychology department, and students counseling and guidance service office jointly set up a stall in front of Teacher-Student Center (TSC) to provide free counseling over mental diseases to the people. Different organisations and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. A recent World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders ...

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Death anniversary of Che Guevara


MNA Feature Desk: Thousands of Cubans paid tribute to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, on the 51st anniversary of his death. An estimated 70,000 people thronged the streets outside a mausoleum in this town 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of the capital Havana which houses the remains of Guevara and of some of his former comrades. The 39-year-old was captured and executed by a CIA-trained unit of the Bolivian army on October 9, 1967. The anniversary comes amid the dying gasps of other Latin American guerrilla movements such as the FARC in Colombia, which last ...

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Mahalaya is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, where Goddess Durga is invoked, is being observed across the country among Hindus. It marks the end of Pitri-paksha (fortnight of Shradh or mourning) and beginning of Devi-paksha (fortnight of the Goddess). It is said that Goddess Durga starts her journey towards Earth on the day of Mahalaya i.e. the first day of Devi-paksha. Since she is traditionally worshipped during spring, this Sharodiya (autumnal) festival is also known as Akaalbodhan (untimely invoking of the Goddess). Durga Puja will begin on October 15 with different rituals on the day of Maha Shashthi. Mahanagar ...

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Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize

MNA Feature Desk: The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The award was announced Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. The recipient is chosen by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament. There were 331 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 — the second highest number ever. Of those, 216 were individuals and 115 were organizations, according to Nobel organizers. The names of the nominees cannot be revealed until 50 years have ...

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Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers


MNA Feature Desk: On World Teachers’ Day, celebrated yearly on October 5, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will focus on the professors, teacher, researchers and others who otherwise provide educational services to students at institutions of higher learning. The work of these educators will be the subject of a daylong series of seminars at the Organization’s Headquarters, reported news agency. The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education, said a statement from UNESCO. It requires teacher to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed ...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniv


MNA Feature Desk: The world is commemorating the Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi — an International icon of peace and human rights who was born exactly 150 years ago. Popularly and adoringly called as ‘Bapu’ and ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ in his country of origin, he was the man who, through his self-developed tactics of passive resistance and non-violence, ensured India’s freedom from the slavery of British colonial powers. Mahatma Gandhi who was born into a conservative Hindu family in Porbandar in the state of Gujarat was an average student who didn’t excel in any subject. But his childhood exposure to initial teachings ...

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International Translation Day today

Translation Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today, September 30, is the International Translation Day. This day is meant to pay tribute to the work of language professionals which plays a key role in bridging gaps between nations, facilitating talks and understanding their cooperation and ultimately, contributing towards making the world a better place for peace and security. “Transposition of a literary or scientific work, including technical work, from one language into another language, professional translation, including translation proper, interpretation and terminology, is indispensable to preserving clarity, a positive climate and productiveness in international public discourse and interpersonal communication,” says the United Nations on ...

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The World Tourism Day observed

Tourism Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Tourism Day 2018 was celebrated in the city and elsewhere in the country with the theme ‘Tourism and the digital transformation’. A colourful rally was brought out in the city on Thursday morning marking the day. The rally started from Matsya Bhaban intersection at 8:30am and ended at TSC intersection in Dhaka University campus. Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal, among others, spoke at the rally highlighting the importance of the day. Members of the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh, Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering ...

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Pritilata: Bengal’s first woman martyr


MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar (5 May 1911 – 24 September 1932) was an anti-British revolutionary from Bengal, who became a martyr for the liberation of her motherland. Her name might be buried under the dust of time, but if ever it pops up, everyone remembers her as the iron lady of Bengal. Pritilata Waddedar’s sacrifice cannot be ignored. She was among the initial lot of revolutionaries who picked up arms against the British Raj and was the first woman in Bengal to do so. Born in Chittagong on 5 May 1911, she was a meritorious student at the Dr. ...

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International Day of Sign Languages

Sign Languages

MNA Feature Desk: The first International Day of Sign Languages is being observed across the world on September 23, 2018 with the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!” The UN General Assembly decided to commemorate the day as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realisation of the human rights of people who are deaf. The UN resolution establishing the day acknowledged that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and ...

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Holy Ashura observed

holy Ashura

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Ashura was observed by the Muslim community in Bangladesh and other parts of the world on Friday, the 10th day of Muharram, amid heightened security measures. The day was observed as a symbol of “sacrifice and mourning” recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (RA), the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram in Hijri 61. In the historic battle, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom at the hands of Yazid’s soldiers in the desert of ...

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Rohingyas put Cox’s Bazar’s biodiversity at risk: UN report


MNA Feature Desk: Some 4,300 acres of hills and forests were cut down to make temporary shelters for Rohingyas and ensure facilities and cooking fuel for them in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar threatening the biodiversity of the ecologically critical areas of the country, a new report of the United Nations. Some of the key impacts are likely to become irreversible if measures are not taken immediately, the report said. Since the influx in August 2017, coupled with the host community and Rohingyas from past influxes, the crisis-hit population is now almost 1.5 million in Cox’s Bazar, creating a ...

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World Ozone Day observed


MNA Feature Desk: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is held on September 16th to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. As a result, a number of special events such as talks and seminars are held in the Canadian city of Montreal on this day. World Ozone Day has been celebrated since 1994 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it. People from all over the world are ...

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Bangladesh ranked 136th in HDI


MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh has moved three notches up to the 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme, reported news agency. Bangladesh had also moved up three spots and ranked 139th in HDI 2015 due to the remarkable progress it has made in many socio-economic areas, including life expectancy and per capita income. India also climbed one spot to 130th position among the countries in the latest report ‘Human Development Indices and Indicators’ released on 14 September. Human development data, analysis ...

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Sheikh Rehana’s Birthday Today


MNA Feature Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sister and Bangabondhu-daughter Sheikh Rehana’s birthday today. She has turned 63 years. She was born on September 13, 1955. Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana were saved while Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed by the traitors on August 15, 1975. Sheikh Rehana was with her elder sister in Belgium at that time. She moved to London with her family later and is permanently residing there. While Sheikh Hasina later returned to Bangladesh and took the leadership of Bangladesh Awami League and became Prime Minister for three terms. In spite of her living in ...

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17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

17th anniversary

MNA Feature Desk:Today marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead. The Al-Qaeda plane hijackings of September 11, 2001 — the first foreign attack on the US mainland in nearly two centuries—ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today. Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, leaving 2,753 dead. A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing 184, and 40 more died after a fourth plane headed for Washington crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt. It ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day today


MNA Feature Desk: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15-29 year olds all over the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost eight lakh people commit suicide every year, which comes to one person every 40 seconds. There are many more who attempt suicide. The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’ Various events and activities are organised all around the world for spreading awareness about suicide and mental health. It is imperative that each one of us do our bit to raise awareness ...

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126th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy


MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died on December 5, 1963. Born into a prominent Bengali Muslim family, Suhrawardy was educated at Oxford and joined the Swaraj Party of Chittaranjan Das upon returning to India in 1921. ...

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Salman Shah’s 22nd death anniversary today

Salman Shah

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 22nd death anniversary of celebrated Dhallywood superstar Salman Shah. To mark the day in a befitting manner, different cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country. Besides, local satellite television channels will air programmes to pay tributes to the late superstar. Shahriar Chowdhury Emon, who is better known as Salman Shah, was born in Sylhet on September 19, 1971. Salman Shah started his career with a one-episode TV serial entitled ‘Pathor Somoy’. After that, he was seen in TV advertisements. Salman’s first appearance in a major role was in feature film Keyamat ...

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1.4b people at health risk for inactivity: WHO


MNA Feature Desk: More than a quarter of the world’s adults – or 1.4 billion people – take too little exercise, putting them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers, according to a World Health Organization-led study. In 2016, around one in three women and one in four men worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy – at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. There has been no improvement in global levels of physical activity since 2001, according to the study, which ...

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International Day of Charity


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level. Every year, charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people. The reason the date ...

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