Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th death anniv


MNA Feature Desk: Indian independence icon Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. He was on his way to a prayer meeting at Birla House. The world remembers Mahatma Gandhi, as it observes the 70th death anniversary of the father of the Indian nation. Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards the nation and its independence is no secret. He always taught the lesson of non-violence and worked towards building unity of the nation. After India got it Independence in 1947, Mahatma Gandhi stayed away from politics and started working towards people’s harmony, peace, and brotherhood. The 78-year-old was gunned ...

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Remembering Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

MNA Feature Desk: Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir, was an Islamic preacher who led a peasant uprsing against the zamindarsand the British colonial authorities in Bengal, British India during the 19th century. Along with his followers, he built a bamboo fort (Bansher-Kella- in Bengali) in Narkelberia Village, which passed into Bengali folk legend. After the storming of the fort by British soldiers, Titumir died of his wounds on 19 November 1831. Titumir was born as Syed Mir Nisar Ali on 27 January 1782 (14 Magh 1182 in the Bengali calendar), in Chandpur village, in North 24 Parganas district (currently in ...

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Mass Upsurge Day today

Mass Upsurge Day

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mass Upsurge Day is being observed today to commemorate the 1969 movement for autonomy of the then East Pakistan — a movement that eventually led to the 1971 Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh. On this day in 1969, school student Motiur Rahman Mallik and a teenager Rustam were killed in police firing at the final stage of the mass movement that ousted General Ayub Khan from power and paved the path for the country’s independence. Motiur was a student of class ten of Nabakumar Institute. Many others were also injured in the indiscriminate police ...

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Saraswati Puja is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Hindu community in the country is set to celebrate the Saraswati Puja nationwide on Monday worshiping the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government’s commitment to ensure rights of all people. Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor. The students in particular seek blessings of Goddess Saraswati in their pursuit of knowledge. Saraswati, a mythological companion ...

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Remembering George Orwell

George Orwell

MNA Feature Desk: British novelist, essayist, journalist and critic George Orwell was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, Bengal Presidency (present day Bihar), in British India, to a British colonial civil servant. His real name was Eric Arthur Blair. During most of his career, Orwell was best known for his journalism in essays, reviews, columns in newspapers and magazines and in his books of reportage. He talked about the social and political issues that plagued the world, having seen much unrest and poverty in life. When we think of George Orwell, who died on this date in 1950 at ...

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Suchitra Sen’s 4th death anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 4th death anniversary of iconic Bengali film actress Suchitra Sen. Legendary actress of Bangla cinema Suchitra Sen was born in Pabna on April 6, 1931. She was a versatile actress of Indian cinema who had a highly successful and decorated career spanning more than two and a half decades from the early 1950s to late 1970s. Her unforgettable performances in a series of popular Bengali films such as ‘Sharey Chuattor’, ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’, ‘Uttar Falguni’, ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ and ‘Pathe Holo Deri’, among others, made her a legend in Bengali cinema and a household ...

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Selim Al Deen’s death anniv observed

Selim Al

MNA Feature Desk: The 10th anniversary of death of iconic playwright Selim Al Deen is being observed countrywide with due respect. Al Deen, also known as Natyacharya, is also remembered by his students at Jahangirnagar University and theatre activists. Theatre activists and students placed flower wreaths on the grave of the playwright at Jahangirnagar University. Selim Al-Deen (1949-2008) was a pioneer of neo-theatre movement in Bangladesh, a theoretician and a professor at the department of drama and dramatics at Jahangirnagar University. He is credited with developing a ‘new drama form’ based on the narrative style of traditional performing arts. He ...

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Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being observed today across the country with due respect. On January 10, 1972, Bangabandhu had returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and a half months of captivity in a Pakistani jail. The ruling Awami League, its associate and front organisations and various socio-political platforms have drawn up elaborate programmes to mark the Homecoming Day. The programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop AL offices at dawn and placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban ...

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Nikola Tesla: Unsung hero of 20th century


MNA Feature Desk: By the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla had conceived some of the underlying technology behind alternating current, the induction motor, remote control, X-ray imaging and a host of other crucial Industrial Age technologies, including nearly 300 patents. He’s partly responsible for the fact that most of us have instant access to light, heat, TV, radio and the internet. “He’s an unsung hero,” says University of Oregon professor Brad Garner. “We wouldn’t have cell phones and power in our homes without his work.” Tesla’s vision was even more towering than his ...

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BCL celebrates 70th founding anniv

70th founding

MNA Feature Desk: The 70th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League, is being observed on Thursday. BCL hoisted national and party flags at party offices at 7.30 am, placing of wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi road-32 at 6.30 am and will cut a cake at 10.01am at Dhaka University Curzon Hall. Besides, a voluntary blood donation campaign will be held on January 9 and educational materials would be distributed among students on January 11. The pro-Awam League student organization with glorious records ...

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Charlie Chaplin: A prominent silent film comedy legend


MNA Feature Desk: Charlie Chaplin died 39 years ago on Christmas Day 1977 at the age of 88. Much more than just a great comic actor, Chaplin conceived, directed, produced, and even wrote the scores for his films (as well as starring in them). In the process he pioneered silent film comedy and laid foundations for all the film makers who followed. Above he plays a barber in a scene from his 1940 classic The Great Dictator. Chaplin was one of the most creative and influential personalities of the silent-film era. He was influenced by his predecessor, the French silent ...

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115th birth anniv of Polli Kobi Jasimuddin

Polli Kobi

MNA Feature Desk: The 115th birth anniversary of Polli Kobi (rustic poet) Jasimuddin is being observed on Monday across the coutry with due respect. Jasimuddin birth anniversary celebration committee, district and police administration, members of Faridpur Press Club and different socio-cultural organisations placed wreaths at the grave of the poet in the morning. Jasimuddin, a poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector and radio personality, was born at Tambulkhana village in Koijuri union of Faridpur on January 1 in 1903. Jasimuddin started writing poems at an early age. As a college student, he wrote the celebrated poem ‘Kabar’ (The Grave). The ...

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Abbasuddin’s 58th death anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 58th death anniversary of Abbasuddin Ahmed, one of the most celebrated voices in Bengali folk music, is being observed across the country. Bangladesh Television will broadcast the sole tribute show in the evening. It will be attended by Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, his youngest son, and Ferdausi Rahman, his daughter. Abbasuddin Ahmed was born in October 1901 at the Tufanganj subdivision of Cooch Behar in India. Originally a self-taught composer-singer, his formal education in music came in his later life, with Ustad Jamiruddin Khan. Abbasuddin Ahmed specialised in Bhawaiya songs but he was quite well-versed in other ...

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Shamsul Haq’s 82nd birth anniv observed

Shamsul Haque

MNA Feature Desk: The 82nd birth anniversary of veteran writer Syed Shamsul Haq is being observed on Wednesday. Born on December 27 in 1935, Syed Shamsul Haq is one of the most prominent litterateurs of the country. He writes poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), and essays for Bengali literature. His literary works are included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level in the country. His notable books include ‘Payer Awaj Pawa Jai’, ‘Nishiddho Loban’, ‘Khelaram Khele Ja’, ‘Neel Dongshon’ and ‘Mrigoya’. His notable poetry includes— ‘Ekoda Ek Rajje’, ‘Boishekhe Rochito Ponktimala’, ‘Birotihin Utsob’, ‘Protidhonigon’, ...

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Christmas being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Christian community across the country is celebrating the holy Christmas on Monday (December 25) commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ amid festivity and religious fervor. It is the biggest religious festival for Christian community around the globe. It is also the celebration of a rebirth through the teachings of Jesus Christ- forgiveness and peace. To mark the day, Christians will offer special prayers, illuminate churches, decorate Christmas trees at homes and places of worships and missions. The day is a public holiday. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels will air special programs while national ...

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6th death anniversary of Abdur Razzak

Abdur Razzak

MNA Feature Desk: The Awami League (AL) has paid tributes to its former general secretary and former Water Resources Minister Abdur Razzak on his 6th death anniversary. The veteran leader of Awami League is being remembered for his contribution towards country’s liberation and politics. Razzak dedicated his life to self-determination, peace and freedom of Bengalees. However, on December 23, the great leader breathed his last while he was under medical treatment at Kings College Hospital in London.  He was born on August 1, 1942, in Shariatpur district. Razzak got involved with student politics while he was a school student. He ...

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7th founding anniversary of BGB

founding anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will celebrate its seventh founding anniversary on Wednesday amid different programmes at Pilkhana headquarters. The programmes include hoisting of BGB’s regimental flags at 8:00am atop BGB headquarters and battalions, parade at the Pilkhana headquarters. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate statement on the occasion greeting the BGB members. They hope that the BGB would discharge their duties with honesty and sincerity to keep the border areas safe and uphold the country‘s image. ‘We already have started to reform the force as a time be-fitting border guard ...

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International Migrants Day today

International Migrants Day

MNA Feature Desk: Many communities across the global are observing International Migrants Day today. International Migrants Day is an international day observed on 18 December as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations on 4 December 2000 taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. All immigrants, irrespective of their legal status, have human rights. While states have the right to regulate the entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory, they can only do so within the limits of their human rights obligations. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly ...

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Trump’s move on Jerusalem: A rare case of unity in the Muslim world


MNA Feature Desk: US President Donald Trump has played his ‘Trump card’ by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an occupying state, on December 06, 2017. This declaration came out of the blues when the Muslim world is already fighting for its existence with so many mid-to-low scale wars have been going on around the world. The Muslim world is divided in opinions based on their religious sects and resources. This is clearly evident for many years that the Muslim countries are not united and they have deep rooted differences which they are not ready to let go. Few ...

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47th Victory Day today

47th Victory Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 47th Victory Day is being observed on Saturday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-six years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion. As part of the day’s programmes, a colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning. Freedom fighters, ...

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Student leader with street children: Humanism in a frame

Ashro Bhuiyan

MNA Feature Desk: “When the demands of your life are at their peak and you become restless then go to the street children, listen to their basic needs and you will realize you have been craving for things that are not even necessary to live a life,” the statement comes from Ashro Bhuiyan, general secretary of Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL), Siddheswari University College. Yesterday, our photo journalist clicked a picture of him while he was busy with playing with street children. When he was asked the reason of such activity, he said, “I have dedicated my life to the ideology ...

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Martyred Intellectuals Day today


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Thursday to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971. On this day in 1971, country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered. Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Maulana Bhasani’s 136th birth anniv


MNA Feature Desk: The 137th birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, is being observed on Tuesday with due reverence. Born in 1880 at Dhanpara village in Sirajganj, Bhasani dedicated his life to establishing the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden. Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country have taken various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Besides, Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) and the Bhasani Foundation and some other organisations will hold various programmes at Santosh remembering his struggle for the rights ...

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Int’l Human Rights Day today

Rights Day

MNA Feature Desk: The International Human Rights Day is being observed in the country on Sunday as elsewhere across the globe. Various rights groups have to chalk out elaborate programmes, including discussion, rally and human chain, to mark the day. National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will bring out a rally from Manik Mia Avenue (Khamar Bari) marking the day. The commission will organise a two-day seminar at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on the occasion. The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with a view to bringing to the attention ‘of ...

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Begum Rokeya Day being observed

Rokeya Day

MNA Feature Desk: Begum Rokeya Day is being observed today with due respect to mark the 137th birth and 85th death anniversaries of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, the pioneer of women’s rights in the subcontinent. The Rangpur District Administration along with Rokeya Day Observance Committee has planned a three-day programme, starting today at her birthplace — Pairaband village in Mithapukur upazila. President Abdul Hamid and the prime minister issued separate messages paying respect to the memory of Begum Rokeya and also congratulating the recipients of the Begum Rokeya Padak-2017. The president, in his message, said the life and works of ...

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Birth anniversary of Tareque Masud

Masud Film

MNA Feature Desk: Tareque Masud, the “Cinema Feriwalla” is a familiar name in the country’s film history. The leading Bangladeshi independent filmmaker, film producer, screenwriter and lyricist was born on this very day in the year of 1956. He grew up in Nurpur village of Faridpur in the then East-Pakistan. He started his education in an Islamic madrasah. There he studied for eight years, till the upheaval brought about by the 9-month Liberation War interrupted his education. This childhood experience had a great deal to do with shaping and forming the great man, humanitarian, and the patriot he was. Matir ...

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Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (sm), was observed across the country on Saturday as elsewhere in the Muslim World with due respect and religious fervor. On the occasion, various religious, socio-cultural arranged programmes in the capital and elsewhere in the country, including milad mahfil and Qurankhwani. Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels aired special programs while newspapers publish special articles highlighting significance of the day. On this day in 570 AD, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hizri calendar, Prophet Muhammad was born in Makkah in Saudi Arabia with ...

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