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Electricity price hike enhances people’s suffering

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MNA Feature Desk: Electricity price is going up once again. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has increased the price of retail electricity BDT 0.35 per unit on November 23, 2017, which is 5.3 per cent increase on a weighted average — and the eighth hike since 2010. During 2010-2017, the retail subscribers have experienced an overall increase of 69.23 per cent in electricity price, which exceeds our accumulated GDP growth for this period. At wholesale level, also the consolidated electricity price hike for the same period was 84.89 per cent though the wholesale price was not increased at this time. ...

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92nd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury

Munier Choudhury

MNA Feature Desk:  Today is the 92nd 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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Tulip receives ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ award

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MNA Feature Desk: UK Labour Party MP and granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tulip Rizwana Siddiq has received an award for ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ at the annual Patchwork Foundation Awards in Westminster. She recently received the award from the Speaker of the House of Commons John Simon Bercow. ‘I was so proud to receive a certificate for Labour Newcomer of the Year and to speak to the brilliant volunteers about life as an MP’, reads a Facebook post of Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana. The Patchwork Foundation is a UK-wide organisation that ...

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18th death anniversary of Sufia Kamal

Sufia Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 18th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and a pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation is being observed on Monday. Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Leaders and activists of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote along with noted cultural personalities paid tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at her grave at Azimpur Graveyard. Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, who was her ...

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Armed Forces Day is being observed

Armed Forces Day

MNA Feature Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to the Bangladesh army, navy and air force at the Shikha Anirban, to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, Nov 21, recognises the day in 1971 when all three forces began a combined assault on invading Pakistani forces in 1971. Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrarpaid tribute as well. The president in his message said, “Independence is our great achievement, to make it more meaningful we should ...

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41st death anniv of Bhasani observed

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MNA Feature Desk: The 41st 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. Later, different organizations, family members of Bhashani, district Awami League, Jatiya Party, BNP, Krishok Sramik Janata League and other socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on his grave. They also ...

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Chhatra League is an Ideology

Chhatra League

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is more than student politics, it is an ideology, says Shagor Mahmud, the vice president of the newly formed committee of BCL, Khilagon Thana unit. In a brief interview with MNA, he shares his views about student politics. Shagor Mahmud was born in Madaripur. After completing his higher secondary education, he gets himself admitted into Shiddheswari University College. Though his political life started during his college days, he became a regular activist of BCL after joining Shiddheswari University College. “Ashad bhai has always been my icon and by following his footmark I have ...

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth

MNA Feature Desk: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will add another landmark to her record-breaking reign on Monday when she and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Princess Elizabeth, as she was at the time, married dashing naval officer Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London’s Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. Seventy years on, Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her 96-year-old husband will mark their platinum anniversary with a small family party at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s home to the ...

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Humayun Ahmed: Journey of a legend

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MNA Feature 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. This was the beginning of the new star in the horizon of literature in Bangladesh. Among many notable writers of Bangladesh, Ahmed is different in many ways — created and developed a new generation of readers in Bangladesh during the ’80s and onwards until he left this world. Many say, Humayun Ahmed was a writer for ...

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Google celebrates Humayun Ahmed’s 70th birthday

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MNA Feature Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, celebrating the life of prolific Bangla writer Humayun Ahmed on the occasion of his 70th birth anniversary. Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, song writer, 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. Ahmed’s writing style is characterised as magical realism. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s ...

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John Milton: A combination of politics and poetry

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MNA Feature Desk: John Milton, English poet, pamphleteer, and historian, is best known for writing “Paradise Lost,” widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English. John is best known for Paradise Lost, widely regarded as the greatest epic poem in English. Together with Paradise Regained, it formed his reputation as one of the greatest English writers. In his prose works he advocated the abolition of the Church of England. His influence extended through the English civil wars and also to the American and French revolutions. John Milton was born in London on December 9, 1608 to John and Sara ...

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World Tsunami Awareness Day observed

World Tsunami Awareness Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Tsunami Awareness Day was observed across the world on 5 November 2017 with the theme ‘Reduce the Number of Affected People.’  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 ...

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Jail Killing Day observed

Jail Killing

MNA Feature Desk: Remarking the Jail Killing Day nation has paid homage to its four national leaders brutally killed 42 years ago in a high-security prison – a tragedy unheard of anywhere in the world. On 3 November 1975, four leaders of the wartime national government—acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad and Cabinet ministers M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman—were killed inside Dhaka Central Jail. Ruling party Awami League leaders laid wreaths at Bangabadhu’s portrait on Dhanmondi and at the graves of three national leaders— Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Capt Monsur Ali—at Banani graveyard in the city ...

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National election: A long walk ahead for BNP

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MNA Feature Desk: The politics of Bangladesh has become a bi-polar dynamics for the last three decades. Current ruling party Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are considered to be the two superpowers of Bangladeshi politics. The right to governance has been moved between these two parties after 1990. While Awami League formed the government for three terms, BNP also came into powers for three terms including the short-lived government of 1996. BNP has been very active in politics as well as on the streets in anti-Ershad protest and also in the 1990s. But, in recent years, specially, from ...

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Birth anniversary of Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman

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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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136th birth anniversary of Pablo Picasso

Picasso

MNA Feature Desk: Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 ,He was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal ...

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United Nations celebrates UN day

UN Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today, 24th October is the UN Day which marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. “Our world faces many grave challenges; widening conflicts and inequality; extreme weather and deadly intolerance; and Security threats including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will. The world’s problems transcend borders. We have to transcend ...

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National Safe Roads Day being observed

Safe Roads

MNA Feature Desk: The ‘National Safe Roads Day’ is being observed countrywide on Sunday for the first time aiming to create awareness on road safety. The slogan of the day is – ‘We’ll drive cautiously to return home safely.’ President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day. In his message, the President said although the government has taken several initiatives to ensure road safety, many people have been losing their lives in road accidents regularly due to several irregularities, including unskilled drivers, overtaking tendency and violation of traffic rules. In her ...

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Sheikh Russel’s birth anniversary today

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MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 53rd birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Russel, also brother of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, was killed along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975 when he was a class IV student of University Laboratory School. A candlelight vigil, starting from 5:45pm, will be organized by University Laboratory Ex-Students Association at University Laboratory School & College, says a press release. Besides, garlands will be placed in his memory. Awami League, along with its associate bodies and socio-cultural organisations, has arranged ...

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Lalon Shah’s 127th death anniversary observed

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MNA Feature Desk: Various programmes to remember the 127th death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shah, the most prominent Bengali philosopher, Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker, have begun. Lalon Academy is arranging the program in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The three-day program from October 16 to 18 is set to start at Lalon’s shrine on the bank of the Kaliganga River at Chheuriya of Kushtia on Monday. Programs ranging from fair, cultural function, conference of bauls, discussion and presentation of rendered Lalon songs will be held there. In the festival, musical soiree will be held ...

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63rd birth anniversary of Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah

Rudra Muhammad

MNA Feature Desk: Poet Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah was born in Barisal in 1956. His actual name is Sheikh Mohammad Shahidullah; however, later he chose ‘Rudra Muhammad Shahidullah’ to be his name. His mother was Shiria Begum and father Sheikh Waliullah who was a physician. On the occasion of his 63rd birth anniversary several cultural organisation arranged various cultural programs in the city on October 16. Noted poets, rhymesters, cultural and social activists, essayists, journalists attended the event and delivered their experiences, concepts and Rudra’s contributions to Bengali literature. The discussants opined that he was secular, liberal and patriotic by nature. ...

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World Mental Health Day being observed

Mental Health Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Mental Health Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Monday, aiming to raise awareness about the mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme of Mental Health Day is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion. Different organisations and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. The Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in ...

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50th death anniversary of Che Guevara

Guevara

MNA Feature Desk: Thousands of Cubans paid tribute to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, on the 50th 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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Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers

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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. “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” is the theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day, celebrated around the world since 1994. The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development ...

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Holy Ashura being observed

Holy Ashura

MNA Feature Desk: Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), is being be observed in Bangladesh on Sunday with due religious fervour and solemnity. On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced the martyrdom in the hands of Yazid’s soldiers at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM). The day is a public holiday.  Shia community members brought out Tazia processions in the city marking the day. Adequate security measures have already been ...

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Bijoya Dashami being celebrated

Bijoya Dashami

MNA Feature Desk: Devotees are thronging puja mandaps to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival and reciting the mantras and offering flowers to the goddess Durga (pushpanjali) and praying for her blessings. The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest of all Hindu festivals, will come to an end today (Saturday) with solemn immersion of the Goddess Durga. Bijoya Dashami is the special ceremony of reaffirming peace and good relations among people. On this day, families visit each other to share sweetmeats. Married Hindu women put vermilion on each other’s forehead on the occasion. The number of puja pandals ...

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The World Tourism Day observed

Tourism Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Tourism Day 2017 was celebrated in the city and elsewhere in the country with the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’. A daylong colourful festival and musical show are set to be held at Rabindra Sarabor, one of the capital’s popular cultural hubs, to mark the day. Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering aviation and tourism affairs, with the support from Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is organising the festival titled ‘Tourism Fest 2017’. Different organisations are expected to showcase various tourism-related products and activities at the ...

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