Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities observed


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on Monday with the theme of ‘empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, reported news agency. Different organisations and institutions held programmes focusing on rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in society. The programmes also aimed to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s physical medicine and rehabilitation department in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held a rally and a discussion marking the day, ...

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21st anniversary of CHT Peace Accord

Peace Accord

MNA Feature Desk: The 21st anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord is being celebrated on Sunday, reported news agency. Different programmes were arranged in the three hilly districts – Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Rangamati — marking the anniversary of the peace treaty. A colourful rally, organised by Khagrachhari Hill district Parishad, was brought out around 8:00am. Besides, a discussion meeting was scheduled to be held around 10:00am. President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages marking the completion of 21 years of the treaty. On 2 December 1997, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) ...

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Annisul Huq’s first death anniversary being observed

Annisul Huq

MNA Feature Desk: The first death anniversary of dreamer of ‘Clean Dhaka, Green Dhaka’, former mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq is being observed today. He lost the battle for life in a London hospital on 30 November, 2017, after undergoing treatment for nearly three months’ there. He was only 65 at the time of his demise. He was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard on Dec 2, 2017. Suffering from neurological problems (dizziness and a lack of balance) for the last several months, he was first admitted to the National Neuroscience Hospital in central London on ...

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Mayor Hanif’s death anniversary today

death anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 12th death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation and president of Dhaka city Awami League. On the occasion, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Memorial Foundation, Dhaka city AL and different socio-cultural organisations will hold special prayers. Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has started fortnightly free treatment facilities for the residents, marking Hanif’s death anniversary. DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the free treatment programme yesterday. Hanif suffered splinter injuries while shielding AL President Sheikh Hasina during the August 21 grenade attack on an AL rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in 2004. ...

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93rd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury

Munier Choudhury

MNA Feature Desk:  Today is the 93rd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury, an eminent educationist, playwright, and literary critic of Bangladesh. On the day in 1925, the playwright was born in Manikganj district. His ancestral home was in Noakhali district. His father, Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury, was a district magistrate. In 1952 he was arrested under the Preventive Detention Act for protesting against police repression and the killing of students on 21 February 1952. He remained in detention until 1954. While in jail he sat for the MA examination in Bangla, topping the list of successful candidates. In detention, ...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


MNA Feature Desk: To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health. The last year has been extraordinary in terms of the awareness ...

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Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed

holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed in the country on Wednesday with due reverence and religious fervour. Tens of thousands of Muslims with banners of different spiritual and social organizations like the Maizbhandar darbar and other spiritual hubs joined colouful street marches in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country chanting praising the prophet for his role for the mankind. 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 ...

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Remembering the Jonestown massacre


MNA Feature Desk: Four decades ago this Sunday, the Rev Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of an American cult in the Guyanese jungle, ordered his followers to murder a US congressman and several journalists, then commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced fruit punch. The Jonestown massacre was, before 9/11, the largest single incident of intentional civilian death in American history. More than 900 people died, many children. It was also a devastating cultural trauma: the end of the last strains of a certain kind of 1960s idealism and 1970s radicalism. Jonestown’s legacy lives on in the ironic phrase “drink the ...

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42nd death anniv of Bhasani


MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, was observed across the country with due respect. Popularly known as ‘Majlum Jananeta’, the leader of the downtrodden, Maulana Bhasani, passed away on November 17 in 1976. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages paying rich tributes to the leader. Marking the day, different political parties and organisations organized various programmes. Bhasani was a popular leader in his fight against imperialism and oppression of the Pakistani rulers. Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, born in 1880 in Dhangara in Sirajganj, was ...

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World Diabetes Day observed

Diabetes Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Diabetes Day was observed across the globe to create awareness about the disease and its prevention, reported news agency. This year’s theme “The Family and Diabetes” aims to encourage families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and play a vital role in spreading awareness of the disease. Various activities were planned across the country to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected. Jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the day is internationally recognised. It was first ...

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Humayun Ahmed’s 71st birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: The 71st birthday of late prolific author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed is being celebrated today (Tuesday). Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, songwriter, scholar, lecturer. His breakthrough was his debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s. He won the Bangla Academy Award and the Ekushey Padak award for his contribution to Bengali literature. ...

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46th founding anniv of Jubo League

Jubo League

MNA Feature Desk: The 46th founding anniversary of Jubo League, youth wing of ruling Awami League, is being celebrated today in a befitting manner. Bangladesh Awami Jubo League is the first youth organization of Bangladesh founded by Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni at the directive of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through a youth convention at Institution of Engineers on November 11, 1972. The organization has chalked different programmes to mark the anniversary which include hoisting of national and party flags at its central office at 6.30am, paying tributes to Bangabandhu by placing floral wreaths at his portrait ...

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Noor Hossain Day today

Noor Hossain Day

MNA Feature Desk: Shaheed Noor Hossain Day is being observed today across the country by political parties, socio-cultural and professional organizations with due solemnity commemorating the pro-democracy activists sacrifice. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Abdul Hamid and leaders of various political parties issued messages. The day was first called “Historic November 10 observance” but the Awami League supported the phrase “Noor Hossain Day”, by which it is known today. ‘Zero Point’ in the capital’s Gulistan area was renamed as ‘Noor Hossain Chattar’ (square) after the young man was gunned down near it by police on November 10, 1987. The day ...

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7th November: Freedom fighter-soldier killing day

Soldier Killing Day

MNA Feature Desk: Freedom Fighter- Soldier Killing Day is being observed across the country today. On this day in 1975, the killing process of the freedom fighter-soldiers started in the name of sepoy (soldier) revolution. The process was initiated much earlier, in August 1975, through the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and almost his entire family. Subsequently, on November 3 in 1975, the four national leaders were brutally killed in prison. After four days, the then rulers started killing the finest sons of the nation. In the name of sepoy revolution, three prominent freedom ...

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World Tsunami Awareness Day

World Tsunami

MNA Feature Desk: World Tsunami Awareness Day is being observed across the world on 5 November 2018.  Its objective is to raise awareness and share innovative approaches to tackle the challenge. The day aligned with the ‘international day for Disaster Reduction’ and the ‘Sendai Seven Campaign” which are amide at reducing the number of affected people globally by disasters. Though they may be rare, tsunamis are among the most devastating natural disasters. They know no coastal borders. Coastal communities – often concentrated in low-lying and highly populated areas – are the most potentially vulnerable to coastal hazards including tsunamis, with ...

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Jail Killing Day being observed

Jail Killing Day

MNA Fetaure Desk: The nation is observing the Jail Killing Day today (Saturday) with due solemnity. On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail. The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War of 1971 with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation ...

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World’s tallest statue unveiled in India


MNA Feature Desk: India’s prime minister has unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country’s first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947. The state government says at 182 meters (597 feet), it is one of the tallest statues in the word built at a cost of $403 million in Kevadiya, a village in Gujarat state. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Patel hail from Gujarat state. Modi inaugurated the “Statue of Unity” on Wednesday. He had promised the project despite criticism that India as an impoverished nation couldn’t afford to ...

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Birth anniversary of Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman


MNA Feature Desk: Matiur Rahman, a flight lieutenant of Pakistan Air Force and a recipient of Bir Sreshtho, Bangladesh’s highest military gallantry award for his utmost bravery during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, was born in October 29, 1941. He attempted, in order to escape from Pakistan and join the Bangladesh Liberation War, to hijack a T-33 aircraft (code named “Blue Bird”) being flown by a 21 year old Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who was conducting his second solo flight. Rahman stopped the aircraft on the runway, climbed into the cockpit and knocked Minhas unconcious. He nearly reached the Indian ...

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United Nations Day 2018 observed


MNA Feature Desk: The United Nations Day was observed across the world on October 24, 2018, marking the 73rd anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force. The Day was observed with an aim to celebrate everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945. On this occasion, all the member states of the United Nations contributed finances to its operation to help further its goals. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged the men and women of the UN, and those they, serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges. In a video ...

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National Road Safety Day observed

Road Safety Day

MNA Feature Desk: The country on Monday observed the National Road Safety Day 2018 with the slogan “Will obey law; will make roads safe.” The day’s program began with a rally in the morning, reported news agency. Government and non-government organizations have chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day, which the nation observes since last year in wake of rising road accidents in the country. Casualties on the roads have meanwhile kept on rising. At least 713 people were killed and 2,068 injured in 667 accidents in August and September, according to the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads ...

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Poet Shamsur Rahman’s birth anniv today

poet Shamsur

MNA Feature Desk: The 90th birthday of renowned poet Shamsur Rahman will be observed today in a befitting manner across the country. Regarded as a symbol of aesthetics for his lifestyle, gestures and works Rahman was born in old part of Dhaka on October 23 in 1929 and died on August 17, 2006. Bangla Academy will organize a solo lecture program on his life and works at its auditorium at 3pm today where Sheikh Hasina University Vice Chancellor Professor Rafiq Ullah Khan will address it with Poet Asad Chowdhury in a chair. On the occasion, different socio-cultural organizations including Bangladesh ...

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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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