Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s 197th birth anniversary

Ishwar Chandra

MNA Feature Desk: Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), a scholar, writer, educationist, humanist pundit, social reformer and philanthropist, was born on September 26 in 1820 in a poor brahman family in a village in Medinipur. His father Thakur Das Bandhyay was a clerk at a shop in Kolkata. Today marks the 197th birth anniversary of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. 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 ...

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Pritilata: Bengal’s first woman martyr


MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar (5 May 1911 – 24 September 1932) was an anti-British revolutionary from Bengal, who became a martyr for the liberation of her motherland. Her name might be buried under the dust of time, but if ever it pops up, everyone remembers her as the iron lady of Bengal. Pritilata Waddedar’s sacrifice cannot be ignored. She was among the initial lot of revolutionaries who picked up arms against the British Raj and was the first woman in Bengal to do so. Born in Chittagong on 5 May 1911, she was a meritorious student at the Dr. ...

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Mahalaya is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, where Goddess Durga is invoked, is being observed on Tuesday across the country among Hindus. It marks the end of Pitri-paksha (fortnight of Shradh or mourning) and beginning of Devi-paksha (fortnight of the Goddess). Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as chief guest by lighting the candle around 6:00 am in city’s Swami Loknath Mandir. It is said that Goddess Durga starts her journey towards Earth on the day of Mahalaya i.e. the first day of Devi-paksha. Since she is traditionally worshipped during spring, this Sharodiya (autumnal) festival is also known ...

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141th birth anniversary of Sarat Chandra

Sarat Chandra

MNA Feature Desk: September 15 marked the 141th birth anniversary of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, a celebrated Bengali novelist and short story writer. Sarat Chandra was born at Debanandapur of Hooghly in Pachim Banga of India on September 15, 1876. His family was occasionally supported by other family members and Sarat’s lack of financial stability would influence his writings in years to come. His work represented rural Bengali society and he often wrote against social superstitions and oppression. His first published story was “Mandir”. Some of his notable literary works are “Bordidi”, “Bindur Chhele”, “Parineeta”, “Biraj Bou”, “Ramer Shumoti”, “Palli Shomaj” ...

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Sheikh Rehana’s Birthday Today


MNA Feature Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sister and Bangabondhu-daughter Sheikh Rehana’s birthday today. She has turned 62 years. She was born on September 13, 1955. Planning Minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal informed the journalists on Wednesday that, due to her sympathy towards the Rohingyas of Myanmar, there will be no program on Sheikh Rehana’s birthday this year. He said, “Foods arranged for her birthday today was sent to orphanages”. Sheikh Rehana accompanied her sister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday to Kutupalong of Ukhiya and listened to the sad stories of Rohingya women and children. Hearing the stories of tortures on them, ...

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9/11 Today: Its Impact and Aftermath


Kaushik Ahmed Sixteen years have passed but it is still fresh in our memory today – the attacks of 9/11. There was multiple airplane attacks on World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. These attaacks led to the famous ‘War on Terror’ by the US government which changed the scenario of the world, specially the Muslim world. No single figure since the Second World War has made so weighty an impact on world events as Osama bin Laden. Had the world responded to his 9/11 attack on America with control he would probably have disappeared, expelled from Afghanistan or killed ...

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Sukumar Ray’s 94nd death anniversary

Sukumar Ray

MNA Feature Desk: Bengali poet, fiction writer and playwright Sukumar Ray was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. Today marks the 94ndh death anniversary of Ray. His works such as the collection of poems “Abol Tabol”, novella “Ha Ja Ba Ra La”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittrachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular authors among children’s writers in both West Bengal ...

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125th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy


MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Bangabandhu Gobeshona Parishad, led by its President Lion M Gani Miah Babul paid rich tribute to the leader. Later, they organized a discussion on the premises adjacent to the grave. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died ...

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20th death anniversary of Mother Teresa


MNA Feature Desk: Special masses and prayers were held today to pay tribute to Saint Terasa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa, on her 20th death anniversary. The saint of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910 at Skopje in Macedonia. She died on September 5, 1997, a few days after her 86th birthday. She was the recipient of numerous honours including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and Bharat Ratna in 1980. In 2003, she was beatified ‘Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’ and was elevated to sainthood in 2016. Her house in Kolkata is famous as the Mother House. ...

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International Day of Charity


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level. Every year, charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people. The reason the date ...

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Holy Eid-ul-Azha being observed today


MNA Feature Desk: The country is being observed the holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, on Saturday with due solemnity and religious fervour. On the occasion, the Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah. The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah. But the Almighty in His ...

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Eid-ul-Azha observed around the world


MNA Feature Desk: Muslims in Saudia Arabia, Iran and across the globe are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha (Feast of Sacrifice), an important festival on the Islamic calendar which marks the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Some two million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Eid-ul-Azha is held at the end of the yearly Haj pilgrimage and marks Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son to God. Traditionally marked by the slaughter of animals, whose meat is shared with family members and the poor, it is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The final ...

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Qurbani is the Sunna of Ibrahim


MNA Feature Desk: Qurbani is also referred to as the Sunna of Ibrahim in many texts. It follows the true story of father and son, Ibrahim and Ismail, and their unflinching loyalty and devotion to Allah (SWT). The story serves as a means of motivation, education and inspiration to millions of Muslims around the world today. Here, we will talk about this story at length. Qurbani or sacrifice is synonymous with surrender. It symbolizes that the person performing Qurbani is willing to sacrifice everything dear to him for Allah. It symbolizes and strengthens the promise with Allah that the person ...

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20th death anniversary of Princess Diana

Princess Diana

MNA Feature Desk: The world today is remembering Princess Diana, the humanitarian known as “the People’s Princess,” on the 20th anniversary of her death. Diana was just 36 when she died in a car crash while traveling in Paris with Dodi Fayed, with whom Diana was romantically involved and who also died in the crash. Diana left behind two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, her children with Prince Charles, who were just 15 and 12, respectively, when their mother died. The princes are expected to mark the anniversary of their mother’s death privately today. Diana, Princess of Wales, was ...

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Nuclear Tests

MNA Feature Desk: The International Day Against Nuclear Tests was observed across the world on 29 August 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 ...

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41st death anniv of Kazi Nazrul Islam


MNA Feature Desk: The 41st death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed on Sunday across the country with due respect. The poet died in Dhaka at the age of 77 after suffering from a long ailment on 27 August 1976. Different socio-cultural and political organizations are observing the day with different programmes while various televisions are airing special programmes on his works and life. Bangla Academy will organise a solo-lecture session followed by a cultural show at poet Shamsur Rahman auditorium at 4:00pm on this day. Nazrul Academy arranged three-day programme featuring discussion, musical event, campaigning ...

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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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46th death anniversary of Matiur Rahman


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 46th death anniversary of Shaheed Flight Lieutenant M Matiur Rahman Bir Shrestha, one of the most valiant heroes of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. 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, ...

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12th anniversary of Aug 17 serial blasts

serial blasts

MNA Feature Desk: The country on Thursday is set to remember the countrywide simultaneous serial blasts carried out by Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) 12 years ago. Two persons were killed and over 50 people wounded as the outfit carried out the bomb attacks at around 500 points in 63 districts except Munshiganj on August 17 in 2005. Ruling Awami League (AL) is going to observe the day as the anti-terrorism and anti-militancy day through different programmes, reported news agency. Besides, different socio-cultural organizations and political parties will also observe the day with a renewed call to stamp out extremism from ...

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Janmashtami is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: Janmashtami, the birth festival of Lord Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, is being observed across the country with due religious fervour on Monday. According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga in order to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils. Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee has taken a two-day programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple on August 14 and August ...

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Death anniversary of Tareque Masud, Mishuk

Tareque Masud

MNA Feature Desk: The 6th death anniversary of filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer and broadcast journalist Mishuk Munier is being observed on Sunday with due solemnity and respect. To observe the day, Tareque Masud Memorial Trust and Moviyana Film Society will jointly organize a programme featuring a memorial lecture, discussion, and tributes. Renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk popularly known as Mishuk Munier, and their film production crew — Wasim, Jamal and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman — died in a fatal road crash on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Joka under Ghior upazila in Manikganj on August 13, ...

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SM Sultan’s 93rd birth anniversary observed


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 93rd birth anniversary of world renowned artist SM Sultan. In observance of the occasion, SM Sultan Foundation and Narail district administration have chalked out a daylong program at Sultan Smriti Sangrahasala. He was declared the Man of Asia in 1982 by Cambridge University and Bangladesh government declared him a resident of artist in 1984. He joined the International Conference of Painters in America in 1950 as the representative of the then Pakistan government. The legendary artist Sultan’s paintings have been exhibited alongside masters such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, George Braque, Paul Klee and ...

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76th death anniversary of Rabindranath


MNA Feature Desk: The 76th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore is being observed on Sunday with due respect. Different organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes while various television channels are airing many productions based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works. A tribute ceremony featuring a special lecture programme and a cultural event will be held in the Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium on this day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion. Channel I, a private satellite TV, is airing a set of programmes all along the day ...

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Neil Armstrong’s 86th birth anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut and engineer was the first person to walk on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Neil was in the US Navy. He was a naval aviator and a test pilot. He later joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962 where he made his first space flight command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, officially becoming the first civilian astronaut to fly in space. Three years later in 1969, Neil flew into space for the second and last time as a commander of Apollo 11. Along with pilot Buzz Aldrin, the two men ...

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61th anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 61th 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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August: A Dark Chapter


MNA Feature Desk: August is the darkest month for Bengali nation as it took away the moon from our sky. Back in 1975 it seemed like this rainy August and brutal bloodshed of Bangabandhu was the representation of the weeping of the sky itself crying out of extreme grievance. 15th August is the day to recite lamentation, the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the architect of independence Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The night still shadowed the whole nature with its deep black curtain. In that darkest night of 15th August 1975, heinous assassins killed the ...

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Remembering Vidyasagar on 126th death anniversary


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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