Mustafa Monwar’s 83rd birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Mustafa Monwar is a visionary when it comes to expressing art, and he does so rather ingeniously. His eminence glows through his work as a puppeteer, sculptor, painter, performer, producer, TV and radio programme director, reported news agency. He is also a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and currently the chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy. Today marks the 83rd birthday of one of the most beloved Bangladeshi figures. He has received national and international awards, including one for graphic design in an All India Fine ...

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Nuclear Tests

MNA Feature Desk: The International Day Against Nuclear Tests is being observed across the world today with an aim to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, nearly 2,000 tests have taken place across the globe. Established in 2009, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests has raised the profile of the devastating effects that nuclear testing has on human life. The International Day Against Nuclear Tests fosters ideas of a future free of nuclear weapons and testing. While there have been visible signs ...

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Nazrul’s 42nd death anniv being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed on Monday, reports news agency. Nazrul, revered as Bidrohi Kobi (a rebel poet) for his activism for political and social justice, breathed his last in Dhaka on 12th Bhadro of Bangla calendar year 1383 (29 August 1976) at the age of 77. He was buried with full state honours beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque. Nazrul produced a large body of poetry and music with themes that included religious devotion and spiritual rebellion against all sorts of oppression. Different socio-cultural and political organizations have ...

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Remembrance of Slave Trade & its Abolition


MNA Feature Desk: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. UNESCO Member States organize events every year on that date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the ...

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14th anniv of Aug 21 grenade attack

grenade attack

MNA Feature Desk: The 14th anniversary of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally is being observed today in a sombre mood, reported news agency. Awami League and its associate bodies are observing the day across the country through various programmes including rallies, discussions and doa and milad mahfil. On this day in 2004, the grisly grenade attack was carried out on an anti-terrorism rally arranged by Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city during the rule of BNP- Jamaat alliance government. The main target of the heinous attack was current prime minister and the then ...

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World leaders honour former UN chief

former UN

MNA Feature Desk: World figures have been paying tribute to former UN secretary-general and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan, who has died at the age of 80, reported news agency. Current UN chief Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and Russian President Vladimir Putin described a “remarkable person”. Ex-US President Barack Obama said Annan had always pursued “a better world”. The Ghanaian national served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006 and is the only black African ever to hold the post. Since then he has served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to ...

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Selim-Al-Deen’s 69th birth anniversary

Selim Al

MNA Feature Desk: The 69th birth anniversary of late noted playwright Professor Selim Al Deen is being observed today, reported news agency. Drama and Dramatics Department of Jahangirnagar University has taken a daylong programme to celebrate the birth anniversary on the campus in a befitting manner. The daylong programmes include holding seminar, staging drama, bringing out silent procession, offering ziarat and placing floral wreaths at Selim Al Deen’s grave on the university campus, reported news agency. Besides, Dhaka Theater has drawn up a two-day programme in the city. The two-day programmes include paying homage to Selim-Al-Deen by placing floral wreaths ...

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Nation pays rich tributes to Bangabandhu

rich tributes

MNA Feature Desk: The nation paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mubijur Rahman with a renewed pledge to materialise his dream to build a “Sonar Bangla” thwarting conspiracies of the anti-liberation and communal forces, reported news agency. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday led the nation in paying homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the 43nd anniversary of his martyrdom. People of the capital and its adjacent areas paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Apart from Awami League, ...

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7th death anniv of Tareque, Mishuk


MNA Feature Desk: The 7th death anniversary of renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer and broadcast journalist Mishuk Munier is being observed today. Different socio-cultural organisations are holding various programmes while television channels will be airing special programmes on them and their works marking their tragic death, reported news agency. On 13 August 2011, Tareque and Mishuk along with three others were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Ghior Upazila of Manikganj while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj after visiting a shooting location. The accident happened when a microbus carrying the two celebrities collided with a bus ...

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International Youth Day today

International Youth Day

MNA Feature Desk: When almost all countries across the world are celebrating International Youth Day with the theme ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’, many Bangladeshi youths say spaces for them are narrowing. August 12 was designated as the International Youth Day by the United Nations in 1999 to recognize the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and raise awareness of challenges and problems faced by them. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the United Nations is strongly committed to listening to the voices of young people – and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that ...

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples

MNA Feature Desk: Ethnic minorities in Bangladesh today observed the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a call for recognising them as indigenous people in the constitution. Today, Thursday 9 August 2018, is the 24th International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples since its creation by the United Nations in December 1994. The date was chosen because it marks the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. The 2018 theme of “Indigenous People’s Migration and Movement” illustrates the consequences of the persecution and economic disenfranchisement many indigenous peoples face. Whether they are fleeing ...

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88th birth anniversary of Bangamata today


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in a befitting manner on Wednesday. Fazilatunnesa, who played a pivotal role in nation building activities and the struggle for independent Bangladesh staying beside Bangabandhu, was born at Tungipara village of Gopalganj district on this day in 1930. Fazilatunnesa, a pride of the Bangalee nation, was assassinated brutally with Bangabandhu and most of her family members by a disgruntled group of army officers on August 15, 1975. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister ...

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69th birth anniv of Sheikh Kamal observed

Sheikh Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 69th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman, was observed on Sunday. Awami League, its front organisations and different cultural and sports organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes to celebrate his birth anniversary. Awami League paid tributes at the portrait of Sheikh Kamal at the premises of Dhanmondi Abahani Club. Besides, recitation from the Holy Quran, milad-mahfil and Doa-Mahfil was held at Banani graveyard. Born on August 5, 1949 at Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Kamal, a former executive member of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League ...

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Traffic week begins Sunday: DMP

Traffic Week

MNA Feature Desk: The observance of Traffic Week across the country began today (Sunday) to reinforce discipline on roads and highways, reports news agency. Amid the growing student movement over a nine-point demand, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Miaon Saturday announced to observe the Traffic Week across the country. The DMP Commissioner also added: “Actions will be taken against vehicles without fitness certificates, drivers without licenses, wrong side driving and any kind of traffic law violation during the time. “The week will not only act against drivers, but also pedestrians who do not follow the law,” he also said.

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62nd anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 62th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Month of mourning begins Wednesday


MNA Feature Desk: The month of mourning begins tomorrow with the nation once again recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty. The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilanunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, ...

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Remembering Vidyasagar on his death anniv


MNA Feature Desk: On 29 July 1891 popular social reformer, writer, philosopher, educator and translator, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar passed away in Calcutta (now Kolkata) at the age of 70. Born on 26 September 1820 in the Paschim Midnapore District of West Bengal to impoverished Brahmin parents, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was six years old when he moved to Kolkata to live with the family of Bhagabat Charan, where his father had already been staying for some time. While staying there, Vidyasagar was deeply moved by Bhagabat’s daughter Raimoni’s maternal affection for him, which eventually had a great influence on his work ...

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World Hepatitis Day on Saturday

World Hepatitis

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) are observing World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, reported news agency. All member states, including Bangladesh, are conducting different hepatitis awareness events on the occasion, the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh said in a statement. The campaign hopes to eliminate hepatitis or bring viral hepatitis under control by 2030. Currently 325 million men, women and children across the world are living with viral hepatitis. According to the statement, approximately 300 million are unaware that they have the disease. This huge undiagnosed population are at high risk of ...

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Abdullah Abu Sayeed’s birth anniv today

Abdullah Abu

MNA Feature Desk: Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, a versatile writer- television presenter, stepped into the 80th year today. He is mainly an educationist and literary. He is also a television presenter, organizer, and activist. Creating `Bishwo Shahitto Kendro` that promotes the study of literature, reading habits and a progressive idea is his greatest achievement. Through this center, he is constantly working to deliver the hidden light to the people. Today is his 79th birth anniversary. He was born on July 25, 1939, in Park Circus, Kolkata. His paternal home was in Kamargati village under Kachua thana of Bagerhat district. As ...

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Mahanayak Uttam Kumar: A legendary Bengali film actor

Uttam Kumar

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 39th death anniversary of the legendary Bengali film actor Uttam Kumar. To observe the day in a befitting manner, different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes. Uttam Kumar is admired as the iconic superstar of Bengali cinema of all time. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and classic actors of Indian cinema and known as Mahanayak. Uttam earned fame through producing at least seven films alongside worked as singer, composer and director in another six films during his lifetime. Uttam Kumar was born as Arun Kumar Chatterjee at his ancestral ...

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93rd birth anniv of Tajuddin Ahmed

Tajuddin Ahmed

MNA Feature Desk: The 93rd birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmed, the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh wartime provisional government during the Liberation War in 1971, is being observed today. Liberation War Museum is organising a week-long programme titled ‘Tajuddin Ahmed: Works and Life’ marking the anniversary. The programmes include discussions, exhibition and recitation of the letters of Tajuddin. Tajuddin Smriti Parishad will organise a discussion and milad mahfil at Tajuddin’s village at Kapashia in Gazipur marking the day. Tajuddin was a close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Tajuddin was born at Kapashia in Gazipur on ...

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World Youth Skills Day 2018

World Youth Skills Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Youth Skills Day is being celebrated globally, which is held on 15th July every year. This day is celebrated to amplify awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development. In today’s world, the increment in youth unemployment is one of the most considerable problems and for the development and evolutive countries alike. At least 475 million new jobs are required to be fabricated over the next decade to absorb the 73 million youth currently unemployed and the 40 million new annual entrants to the labour market. The unofficial sector and traditional rural sector remains ...

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World Population Day today

World Population

MNA Feature Desk: World Population Day is being celebrated worldwide including Bangladesh on Wednesday to spread awareness and discuss issues related to population growth. In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that July 11 be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. The theme of the day 2018 is ‘Family planning is a human right’, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a ...

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Dr Muhammad Shahidullah’s 133rd birth anniv today

Dr Muhammad

MNA Feature Desk: Born on July 10, 1885 Dr Muhammad Shahidullah passed his Entrance examination in 1904 from Howrah Zila School. In 1906 he passed the FA examination from Presidency College, Calcutta (now Kolkata). He received the Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Sanskrit in 1910 from City College, Calcutta, and Master of Arts in 1912 in Comparative Philology from the same institution. Shahidullah’s teaching career started in Jessore District School where he taught between 1908 and 1909. He also worked as the headmaster of Sitakunda High School, Chittagong between 1914 and 1915. He practised law for some time ...

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Death anniv of Alauddin Al-Azad


MNA Feature Desk: Alauddin Al-Azad is a highly respected name in Bengali literature. Al Azad, a language fighter, freedom fighter, eminent poet, ambidextrous writer, and educationist, is one of the brightest stars in our national history. Today is the 9th death anniversary of this great author, novelist, and poet. He died on this day in 2009. The influential poet Azad was born on May 6, 1932 in an elite, noble and cultural family of Ramnagar village under Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district. He achieved his Honors and Masters Degrees from Bengali Department of the Dhaka University. He received his PhD ...

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A tribute to Ahmed Sofa

Ahmed Sofa

MNA Feature Desk: Ahmed Sofa was one of the most prolific writers of Bangladesh. He was born in 1943 at Gaachbaria in Chittagong. Among the contemporary fiction writers in Bangladesh, Sofa belongs in the first rank for his thought-provoking and contemplative writings. However, Sofa was very closely associated with noted painter SM Sultan. Both were bohemians, bachelors and had no interest in fame, money or other earthly elements. Sofa’s novels are usually in small volumes. All his novels draw the attention of the reader for their well fleshed out, familiar and lively characters. His works plunge deep into the suffering ...

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10,000 children killed, maimed in conflicts worldwide: UN


MNA Feature Desk: More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide last year, while others were raped, forced to serve as armed soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals, a United Nations report said Wednesday. A total of more than 21,000 violations of children’s right were reported in 2017 – a sharp increase from the previous year, according to the annual “Children and Armed Conflict” report. The U.N. blames a U.S.-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen for at least half of the more than 1,300 child deaths or injuries recorded in that poor nation. ...

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