Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics


MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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Mujibnagar Day being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed on Tuesday marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971. Leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, which was later named Mujibnagar in Meherpur district, on April 17, 1971 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Following the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25 in 1971, the first government of independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu ...

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129th birth anniv of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

MNA Feature Desk: Born on April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England. The son of London music hall entertainer, Charlie was fascinated by her mother’s cracking voice during one of her shows and was given the task to complete the job that she couldn’t. He was just five when he was first introduced to the stage. After he turned seventeen, he, with some help from his friend’s Fred Karno’s company developed comedic skills. His silence gained him popularity and would capture the audience through his actions without saying a single word. He founded ...

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Nation celebrated Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh

MNA Feature Desk: As dawn broke today, thousands of people thronged the streets and different popular places in the capital and elsewhere across the country as the nation celebrated its traditional and vibrant festival Pahela Baishakh to welcome the Bangla New Year 1425. The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of “Esho hey Baishakh esho esho” everywhere in Bangladesh gave the day really a festive dimension. Rich in culture, tradition and heritage, people of all castes, creeds and classes take the same identity as Bangalis are to welcome the first day of the Bangla ...

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10th April: The Mujibnagar Government

Mujibnagar Government

MNA Feature Desk: The Provisional Government of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh popularly known as the Mujibnagar Government was formed on this the 10th day of April back in 1971. This was the first ever government of Bangladesh. On March 26, 1971, Banglabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh. A provisional constitution was made on the 10th day of April 1971. This provisional constitution is also known as the proclamation of independence. As per this provisional constitution and the proclamation of independence, a new government was formed for Bangladesh. This was also known as the government in exile ...

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World Health Day observed

World Health

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Day was observed on Saturday to create awareness in the public about the various health issues under the slogan Health for All on Saturday. To mark the day various programmes were held including walks and conferences in which the speakers highlighted various issues stressing on government to play its role as the people were being pushed towards poverty by paying huge cost for their health care while large region in the province still deprived of basic health facilities. This is a global health awareness day observed every year on April 7 under the sponsorship ...

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50th anniv of Martin Luther King’s assassination

Martin Luther

MNA Feature Desk: The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on Friday evening April 4, 1968, not only triggered a national crisis of rioting throughout the nation but ended the revolution of achieving mellowness. It would be nothing wrong to say that this immaturity of American citizens gives birth such a mentally ill President, Donald Trump, as many questions have arisen about Trump during this campaign season—about his platform, his knowledge of issues, his inflammatory language, his level of comfort with political violence. However, King’s assertion that the United States was the “world’s greatest purveyor ...

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World Autism Awareness Day observed

Autism Awareness Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 11th World Autism Awareness Day was observed in the country as well as across the world on Monday. The theme of the day this year is ‘Empowering Women and Girls with Autism’. Various progammes were arranged in different parts of the country marking the day. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the needs for helping improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder. Autism, an ignored public health issue, came to the forefront in Bangladesh after Saima Wazed Putul, daughter of ...

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The origin of April Fools’ Day


MNA Feature Desk: April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-heated days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar. April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on the day by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called fools. People playing jokes expose their prank by shouting April Fool. Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the ...

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World Theatre Day celebrated

World Theatre Day

MNA Feature Desk: A few hundred theatre activists, clad in colourful attire and accompanied by music, celebrated World Theatre Day through a colourful procession. Theatre activists, donning props and costumes of different theatre productions, walked the streets singing and chanting. Honourary president of International Theatre Institute Ramendu Majumdar, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky, thespian Ataur Rahman, BGTF secretary general Akhteruzzaman, Sammilita Sangskiritk Jote president Golam Kuddus and others led the procession. Following the procession, a celebration programme was held at National Art Gallery Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, ...

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Remembering FR Khan


MNA Feature Desk: Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan, who passed away from an heart attack in 1982, was best known for devising the structural systems behind Chicago’s tallest buildings completed in the late 20th-century, and subsequently influencing the design of many a modern skyscraper to come. His achievements are hailed by men of science all over the world, obituary references to him were made even in leading magazines like Time and Newsweek (perhaps the only Bangladeshi non-political personality to be so honoured), he was acclaimed the ‘Construction’s Man of the Year’ and accorded Alfred E. Lindau Award (considered to be the ...

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48th Independence Day being observed

48th Independence

MNA Feature Desk: The nation in festivity and with the spirit of the War of Liberation is celebrating today the 48th Independence and National Day of the country. On this day in 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence of Bangladesh following the crackdown by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed innocent Bangalees on the black night of March 25. The nation soon launched the War of Liberation at the call of Bangabandhu and brought independence to the country on December 16, 1971. During the nine-month war, Pakistani forces killed three million innocent Bangalees, perpetrated ...

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Genocide Day is being observed

first time

MNA Feature Desk: The nation is set to observe the ‘Genocide Day’ today for the second time in remembrance of the brutality carried out by Pakistani Army on the unarmed Bengalis on the black night of March 25 in 1971. The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopted a resolution to observe the March 25 as the “Gonohotya Dibos” (Day of Genocide) on March 11, 2017. Different political and socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day. Ruling Awami League also will organize two rallies in the capital to observe the day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

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Vladimir Putin’s re-election: Agent of change for global politics


MNA Feature Desk: Vladimir Putin has clinched yet another presidential election on March 18, 2018. He will be in his presidential office for the fourth term and will own it for the next six years. The victory was huge with around 77 per cent of the cast votes in his favour though the competition was not much severe for him in the absence of his main rival Alexei Navalny, who had been barred from running because of a fraud conviction. Despite being elected with a large margin, the world leaders seemed to be very slow to congratulate Putin as it ...

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World Water Day being observed

World Water Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Water Day was first celebrated on 22 March 1993 and aims to focus on the importance of water and need to preserve it. This year’s theme for World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Many awareness programmes are being organised to mark the day. Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health. “How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?” the United Nations asks, which organizes World Water ...

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Vladimir Putin: Russia’s action man president


MNA Feature Desk: Russian President Vladimir Putin, a judo black belt, appears to symbolise two of the martial art’s key qualities – guile and aggression. His swift military interventions in both Ukraine, annexing Crimea in March 2014, and Syria, bombing anti-government rebels in a move that bolstered Syrian government forces, stunned many observers. Mr Putin, 65, has made no secret of his determination to reassert Russian power after years of perceived humiliation by the US and its Nato allies. US prosecutors accuse a longstanding Putin ally – oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin – of orchestrating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ...

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Bangabandhu’s birthday being celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is celebrating the 99th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday. Since the re-assumption of state power in 1996, Awami League has been observing the day as the National Children’s Day as Bangabandhu liked to spend time with children on his birthday. The day is a public holiday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation, heralding the nationwide programmes on the occasion of the 99th birthday of the great leader. The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait ...

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Hawking: A brief history of genius


MNA Feature Desk: Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain’s most famous modern-day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Born on January 8, 1942 — 300 years to the day after the death of the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei—he believed science was his destiny. But fate also dealt Hawking a cruel hand. Most of his life was spent in a wheelchair crippled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease that attacks the nerves controlling voluntary movement. Remarkably, Hawking defied predictions he would only live ...

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Technological advancement: Are we reaching at desired level?


MNA Feature Desk: A worldwide revolution is going on in the field of science and technology with huge anticipation of introducing artificial intelligence in the global market. Billions of dollars are being invested in technological innovations. This revolution got visible to people around the world throughout the last two decades. Along with so many other countries of the world, Bangladesh is also a participant in this race as the current government has shown strong commitment towards building a ‘Digital Bangladesh’. It must be noted that, different policies of the government has significantly contributed towards technological progress. Despite that, our citizens ...

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International Women’s Day being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The International Women’s Day is being observed in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, on Thursday with a call to help forge a better, inclusive and gender-equal world. The theme of this year’s day is – Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. International Women’s Day can be traced back to the time when about 15,000 women in New York marched the city asking for suffrage rights, shorter work hours and a better pay. This occurred in the year 1908. Post that, in 1909, National Women’s Day was observed on February 28 in ...

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Historic 7 March being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Historic 7 March, a memorable day in the history of Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle, is being observed on Wednesday with elaborate programmes. This year, the day bears a great significance as Unesco recogonised the historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage. The 7th March is surely one of the greatest days in the history of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the great leader, father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has delivered one of the most influential, sensible, intelligent and heartening speeches in the history of mankind. It was given at the ...

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Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan

Basant Utsav

MNA Feature Desk: The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or Spring festival in Shantiniketan, Birbhum to recreate the magic of the joyous festival Holi. It is now an integral part of Bengali culture. Rabindranath Tagore was the founder of the Vishwabharati University in Shantiniketan, a serene and tranquil town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. On the occasion of Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan, Birbhum, the students of this university clad themselves in yellow colored clothes. The sight of all these youngsters adorned in such bright colored dresses is indeed beautiful. They entertain you with some spectacular ...

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Question Paper Leak: Are we ready to embrace a corrupt future generation?


MNA Feature Desk: Education is of great importance for a nation as it is the driving factor of social and economic growth. To be competent in today’s fast moving world, there is no alternative but ensuring education for the citizens of a country, which is willing to develop. It is said that, to destroy a country it is not required to fight a brutal war, destroying the education system will do the work. We might all know about the importance of education, specifically the need for quality education. But today, we stand on a ground when education system of Bangladesh ...

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Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?


MNA Feature Desk: A senior cabinet minister and army general from Myanmar arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday to discuss a trouble-plagued scheme to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who fled military assaults and now are in camps in Bangladesh. In less than half a year, around 700,000 Rohingya escaped attacks in their home state, Rakhine, and what the international community has called ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces. The Myanmar government insists it is committed to the repatriation of those Rohingyas who can prove they recently left Rakhine. The Bangladeshi side says the same. But few expect that the two days ...

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Remembering actor Manna

actor Manna

MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the 10th death anniversary of actor Manna. To mark the day in a befitting manner, different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes. Satellite television channels and radio stations will air an array of quality programmes to pay tribute to the actor. SM Aslam Talukder, better known by stage name Manna, was a Bangladeshi film actor and producer. He performed in more than two hundreds films and achieved National Film Award as the “Best Actor” in 2006. Manna was born in the village of Elenga in Tangail District on December 6 in 1964. Manna’s acting ...

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Why our people support questionable political leaders?


MNA Feature Desk: Politics is like a tree that bears fruits seasonally or through the year bringing the creator’s best gifts for us who are often not that much grateful though. Coming back to earth where real life plays its tricks and gimmicks, we are more driven by benefits and promises of a bright future. And, that promise has to come from political parties or leaders for whom we dedicate our efforts. So, the bonding between politics and public is quite strong and lasts long unless one betrays the other. Also, display of over-allegiance is sometimes harmful too, showing the ...

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Valentine’s Day being celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: The  Valentine’s Day is being celebrated today in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world with presenting beloved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other gifts to show the feelings of love and affection. Every year, the 14th February is celebrated for Valentine’s Day. In many countries, restaurants and eateries are chock-full of couples who celebrate their relationship and the joys of togetherness through delicious cuisines. Various cultural events are organized for their unvarnished entertainment. The reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric named Valentine who died more than a thousand years ago. The origins of ...

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