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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Death anniversary of Jahanara Imam today

Jahanara Imam

MNA Feature Desk: The 24th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, who spearheaded the movement for trial of the war criminals, will be observed in the country today. Jahanara Imam, the mother of martyred freedom fighter Shafi Imam Rumi, along with pro-liberation politicians, prominent cultural personalities and intellectuals floated the Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (the committee for annihilation of the killers and collaborators of 1971) on January 19, 1992. The nirmul committee held symbolic trial of Ghulam Azam in a Gono Adalat (mass court) at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan on March 26, 1992 awarding the Jamaate-e-Islami supremo with ...

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UN Public Service Day

Public Service Day

MNA Feature Desk: The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year. The prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given away on this day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution A/RES/57/277 of 2003, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”. The United Nations Economic and Social Council established that the United Nations Public Service Awards be bestowed on Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service. The day also marks the ...

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International Day of Yoga 2018

Yoga 2018

MNA Feature Desk: Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined. The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free. This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it, reports news agency. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Sports and Youth Dr Biren Sikder, Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in ...

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World Refugee Day today

World Refugee Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Refugee Day is being observed in the country along with elsewhere across the globe on Wednesday, reported news agency. June 20 is the day when the world commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. According to UNHCR, one in every 113 people has been forced to flee their homes because of war or persecution in the world. In September 2016, global leaders agreed to work towards a Global Compact for refugees and in 2018 where all parts of society stand together #WithRefugees and do their fair share instead of leaving individual states to ...

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Father’s Day celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey


MNA Feature Desk: Millions of people are all set to leave the busy city Dhaka for their roots to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Not only from Dhaka but also from other districts people will rush to their homes to celebrate the largest festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones. Throughout the year, many of us wait for this auspicious occasion to unite with our relatives. This is the greatest joy of our hectic lives. But every year, some of us do not come back to their regular lives as they have to sacrifice their lives on the ...

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Remembering Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

MNA Feature Desk: On this day in 1870, great Victorian novelist and social campaigner Charles Dickens died. A celebrity even in his day, the nation mourned at news of his death and he was buried amid great ceremony in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey. Today marks not only the 148th anniversary of Dickens’s death, but also the 153th anniversary of the tragic Staplehurst rail crash in which Dickens was involved. Charles Dickens is one the most read English authors of all times. He is famously known for his works- A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Davis Copperfield ...

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Six-Point Day: The Foundation of Liberation War


MNA Feature Desk: Political and economic deprivation of the Bengalis prompted Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to put forward in 1966 his historic six points, the “Magna Carta” which in effect structured the foundation for East Pakistan`s future independence. Following the partition of India, the new state of Pakistan came into being. The inhabitants of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) made up the majority of its population, and exports from East Pakistan (such as jute) were a majority of Pakistan’s export income. However, East Pakistanis did not feel they had a proportional share of political power and economic benefits within Pakistan. East ...

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World Environment Day observed

World Environment

MNA Feature Desk: The World Environment Day was observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Tuesday with a call to refuse those cannot be reused. Ever since its conception in 1974, World Environment Day has had a special theme relating to the pressing environmental concern at the time. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and is a call for individuals to take charge of their surroundings and realise the severity of using plastic in daily life. Different organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organised a ...

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Azam Khan’s 7th death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the seventh anniversary of death of Azam Khan, one of the pioneers of pop music. Songs rendered by him in 1970s and 80s like Ore saleka ore maleka, Hariye gechhe phire pabo na, Ami jare chaire, Ashi ashi bole tumi, Obhimani, Rail liner oi bostite, Sara raat jege jege and Alal o dulal are still popular among the masses. Born on February 28, 1950, Mahbubul Haque Khan, took the stage name Azam Khan when he started his music career with the band Uchcharan, a pioneering band of the country and Azam was the vocalist of ...

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World Bicycle Day today

World Bicycle Day

MNA Feature Desk: The first official World Bicycle Day is being celebrated on Sunday in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the globe to create awareness about multiple societal and health benefits of using the bicycle for transport and leisure. On 12 April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 June as the World Bicycle Day acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. According to the UN, the bicycle is ...

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World No Tobacco Day today

Tobacco Day

MNA Feature Desk: Coinciding with the observance of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization has warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are “major causes” of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths a year. The theme of this year’s day is ‘Tobacco Attacks Heart: Stay away, Save Lives’. The theme demonstrates link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death and feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed ...

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Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers today


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2018 is being observed in a befitting manner in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Tuesday. The theme for this year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “70 Years of Service and Sacrifice.” The Day, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the contributions of uniformed and civilian personnel to the work of the organization and to honour more than 3,700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 129 who died last year. Different programmes have been taken to ...

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Zainul Abedin’s death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd death anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin is being observed today. Different cultural and arts organisations, including Dhaka University’s fine arts faculty which was founded by the master artist in 1948 as an art institute, will pay respect to the artist by placing flowers at his grave beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque. Born in Kishoreganj on December 29, 1914, Zainul is a pioneer of modern fine arts practices in the country. A graduate of Calcutta Government Art School, Zainul is credited for reshaping the fine arts arena of the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) through ...

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Nazrul’s 119th birth anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 119th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in the country on Friday in a befitting manner, reports news agency. Born on May 25, 1899 at village Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule. The government and different socio-cultural and political organisations have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day. The birth anniversary of the poet was also celebrated at Trishal in Mymensingh, Daulatpur in Cumilla and Chattogram with due respect by the ...

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International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological Diversity

MNA Feature Desk: The Convention on Biological Diversity is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2018, with the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”. The celebration comes with an aim to highlight the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels on biodiversity. The aim to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity is to make people aware of the importance of biodiversity issues. The United Nation had declared May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity. In a release, the Secretary General, United Nations said, “The ...

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Manik Bandopadhyay’s birth anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: Even after living with extreme poverty, Manik Bandopadhyay chose the literary work as the sole resort of his life and livelihood. Yesterday was the 110th birth anniversary of that powerful novelist who is considered one of the leading lights of modern Bengali fiction. Prabodh Kumar Bandhopaddhay was born on May 19, 1908 in a city named Dumka in Bihar, later who was widely recognized as Manik Bandopadhyay by his extraordinary writing. He was the eighth among his fourteen siblings. His journey in literature was quite confident. Manik Bandopadhyay wrote 36 novels and more than two hundred short ...

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