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Longest lunar eclipse of the century in July

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MNA Science Desk: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century is just a month away. The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse of July 27 will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours. The eclipse won’t be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar ...

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SRK, Madhuri to join Oscar Academy

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit Nene along with 18 other Indian personalities, have been invited to be members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While Shah Rukh has been identified as the star of Devdas and Chennai Express, the two films appearing before Madhuri’s name include her Marathi debut film Bucket List and Devdas. Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Ali Faizal, and Soumitra Chatterjee, apart from producers Aditya Chopra and Guneet Monga, as well as music artistes Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar have also been sent invitation to be a part ...

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PayPal launches debit card

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MNA Tech Desk: PayPal Holdings Inc said it is launching a debit card for users of its mobile app Venmo in a bid to broaden its reach with younger users, reported news agency. Venmo, which has been part of PayPal since 2013, is one of the more popular mobile applications for person-to-person payments in the United States. Users of Venmo’s Mastercard debit card can pay in stores using the balance on their app rather than having to transfer funds to their bank account, it said. The San Jose, California based company in October rolled out the ability for Venmo users ...

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Get perfect hair during monsoon

Monsoon

MNA Life Style Desk: Monsoon is here again. Though we all love the rains and wait for them eagerly, we should be aware that during this time of the year, our body requires more care. We take care of our body and skin but, often neglect our hair. With proper hair care we can always manage to keep our hair safe and glossy even when the rains come. Hair masks can work as wonders on hair, especially in weather condition like monsoon. Coconut oil and honey is the odd combination, but provides wonderful nutrients to the hair. Keep your feet ...

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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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Researchers create smallest ‘computer’

Researchers

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) in the US have come out with the world’s smallest ‘computer’ — a device measuring just 0.3 mm to a side, completely dwarfed by a grain of rice. Unlike traditional desktops that retain their program and data with or without a power back-up, these new microdevices lose all prior programming and data as soon as they are switched off, news agency reported. In addition to the RAM and photovoltaics, the new micro-computing device — Michigan Micro Mote — has processors and wireless transmitters and receivers. As the Motes ...

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Demi Lovato speaks about relapse in her single ‘Sober’

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Demi Lovato has released a new single that reveals a heartbreaking setback in her road to recovery from addiction. In her new single, titled “Sober,” a candid Lovato admits to suffering a relapse. Her song comes just weeks after she celebrated six years of sobriety. “To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down the road before. I’m so sorry. I’m not sober anymore,” Demi sings in the tune. Lovato has always been an open when it comes to her mental health and struggles with substance abuse. In the past, Lovato has spoken candidly ...

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Intel CEO resigns over consensual relationship with employee

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Intel says CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of a “past consensual relationship with an Intel employee.” “An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” the company said in an announcement on Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will serve as interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. A source familiar with the matter said the company has a strict non-fraternization policy that prevents managers from engaging in relationships with employees. Employees who see inappropriate workplace behavior are required to ...

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18 Things to Avoid Sleepless Nights

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: When you just can’t seem to turn off that is you are having sleepless nights , it’s always best to have a back-up strategy—and there are 18 options to try right now. 1. Think Positive It’s that easy—according to science, ridding your mind of those negative thoughts (“It’s so late, I’ll never get to sleep at this rate,” “I’m going to be so tired tomorrow at work,” “This stinks”) calms you down and makes you more likely to fall asleep. 2. Pick One Thing to Focus On You know how they always say to try counting sheep? ...

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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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Beauty tips for monsoon bride

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Getting married during the rains seems like a dreamy affair and this article will provide some beauty tips for the monsoon bride. The air is cooler and the atmosphere is just so romantic. Like there are cons to every pro, so goes the same with your makeup. After bearing that extreme heat of the sun, those sunburns, tans, sweaty (and stinky) summer days. Monsoon comes as a sign of relief. Monsoon weddings may be a hit as they score high on the romantic factor, but they spell skin and hair problems for the brides. Here are some ...

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Scientist hunts for ‘monster DNA’ in Scotland

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Tales of a giant creature lurking beneath the murky waves of Loch Ness have been around for more than 1,500 years — and one academic hopes the marvels of modern science can finally unravel the mystery. Neil Gemmell has travelled from the University of Otago in New Zealand to collect water samples in the Scottish lake, in the hope of finding out more about the creatures that inhabit its depths. “Over 1,000 people claim that they have seen a monster. Maybe there is something extraordinary out there,” he told news agency, as he dropped a ...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z take album to Spotify

Spotify

MNA Entertainment Desk: Beyonce and Jay-Z brought their surprise joint album to all platforms including Spotify after a wait of little more than a day, relenting on keeping an exclusive for their fledgling Tidal service. The music world’s most famous couple late Saturday released “Everything is Love,” a soulful collaborative album on which the pair celebrate their marital bliss after rocky patches. Since Jay-Z launched the Tidal streaming service in 2015, the couple has sought to draw subscribers by releasing their music on Tidal. Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and Jay-Z’s “4:44” from last year remain absent from Spotify, although they ...

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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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FB to offer interactive game shows

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook said it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls, reported news agency. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features from Facebook will allow interactivity, which could be used for live game shows or challenges which offer cash prizes. “We believe that watching video doesn’t have to be passive, and that many types of traditional entertainment formats ...

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Tips to make your skin fair in this summer

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MNA Life Style Desk: With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin in the summer season and here are some simple tips for making your skin summer tolerable. Prepare your skin The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. Exfoliate, circulate and radiate Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves ...

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Three named National Professor

National Professor

MNA Education Desk: The government has named Anisuzzaman, Rafiqul Islam and Jamilur Reza Choudhury as National Professor, reported news agency. The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education issued an order on their appointment as national professors on Tuesday. Anisuzzaman, professor emeritus of Dhaka University’s Bangla department, taught at Chittagong University. He is known for playing an active role in the movements against fundamentalism and fanaticism. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Professor Emeritus Rafiqul Islam is an adviser to Bangla Adhyan Kendra. Jamilur, who also taught civil engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was the founding vice-chancellor of ...

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Google to invest $550m in JD.com

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MNA Tech Desk: Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com. The two companies described the investment announced on Monday as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in US and European markets. Company officials said the agreement initially would not involve any major new Google initiatives in China, ...

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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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Ways to live eco-friendly lifestyle

Eco-friendly lifestyle

MNA Life Style Desk: As responsible citizens, everyone should do their bit and contribute to Eco-friendly lifestyle in their own small way. Did you know, something as small as the oil you use and even your beauty routine can be eco-friendly as well? Gautam Dhar, CEO and executive director at Divine Organics and Abhinandan Dhoke, CEO, Organic India list down some quick tips that you can follow in your daily routine that will go a long way for the environment: * Choose brands that are vegan, organic, not tested on animals and not laden with chemicals, enhance the overall quality ...

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Father’s Day celebrated

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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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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Apple closing iPhone security gap

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MNA Tech Desk: Apple is closing a security gap that allowed outsiders to pry personal information from locked iPhones without a password, a change that will thwart law enforcement agencies that have been exploiting the vulnerability to collect evidence in criminal investigations. The loophole will be shut down in a forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS software, which powers iPhones, reported news agency. Once fixed, iPhones will no longer be vulnerable to intrusion via the Lightning port used both to transfer data and to charge iPhones. The port will still function after the update, but will shut off data an hour ...

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Ayman, Zaiba to receive queen’s award

Zaiba

MNA Education Desk: British queen will honour Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya with a ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on 26 June, reported news agency. The awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth countries are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Ayman Sadiq, 25, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work he is doing to improve access to education for young people throughout Bangladesh. Zaiba Tahyya, 27, from Dhaka, will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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People switching from Facebook: Study

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MNA Tech Desk: Many people are switching from Facebook to closed forums like WhatsApp to discuss daily news because of worries about privacy, fake stories and toxic debates, a survey said on Thursday. The latest Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that news consumption via Facebook is falling, particularly among the young, who prefer WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Facebook remains the most popular social network for news, with 36 per cent using it in the last week. But it has lost ground to other apps, especially WhatsApp, which has tripled in popularity as ...

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Eid at home: Dream of a safe and happy journey

Eid

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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