Switzerland to install statue in Sridevi’s honour


MNA Entertainment Desk: In a tribute to late Bollywood actor Sridevi, the Swiss tourism industry is planning to install a statue of the legendary leading lady, reported news agency. Sridevi was one of the Bollywood actors who set a trend by being picturized in the snowy alps of Switzerland in the 80s and 90s. From Raj Kapoor’s Sangam in 1964 to Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Switzerland has been a favourite shooting location for Bollywood and Indian tourists have been flocking to the country in the hundreds of thousands. Late filmmaker Yash Chopra was famously very fond of ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day today


MNA Feature Desk: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15-29 year olds all over the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost eight lakh people commit suicide every year, which comes to one person every 40 seconds. There are many more who attempt suicide. The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’ Various events and activities are organised all around the world for spreading awareness about suicide and mental health. It is imperative that each one of us do our bit to raise awareness ...

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Apple to unveil new iPhone models on Sept 12

new iPhone models

MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc said it will host an event on Sept 12 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an iPhone with an edge-to-edge display similar to the iPhone X but using less-costly LCD screen technology. Apple’s event invitation made heavy use of the colour gold, fuelling speculation on social media that the company plans to launch a ...

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Julia Roberts’ first TV series gets premiered

Julia Roberts

MNA Entertainment Desk: Julia Roberts walked the red carpet to promote her first television series, Amazon Studios’ “Homecoming,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, reported news agency. Roberts, 50, is the latest major Hollywood star to transition to television, joining the likes of Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and John Travolta. Many like Roberts have signed on to shows by streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, which are drawing audiences away from traditional television. Roberts shrugged off the attention her switch to the small screen has garnered. The psychological thriller, based on an eponymous podcast, stars Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a ...

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RU demand fair probe into Akter murder


MNA Education Desk: Teachers and students of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Department of Rajhsahi University brought out a silent procession on Sunday in demand of proper investigation into the murder of Professor Akter Jahan. The march began from in front of Rabindra Bhavan, and parading main roads of the campus it ended in front of the MCJ department. Later, a commemorative meeting was organized in the room no. 123 of the department. On September 9, 2016, the body of Akter Jahan was recovered from the room 303 of Jubilee residential building of RU teachers. Later Kamrul Hasan, younger brother ...

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Women rally for rights, respect at Toronto film festival

Toronto film

MNA Entertainment Desk: Nearly 200 men and women, among them Hollywood stars, rallied Saturday outside the Toronto film festival headquarters to call for equal pay and respect for women in film, reported news agency. Demonstrators shouted, “Women rock!” as they marched amid growing calls in the industry for more women-led storylines and meaty roles, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement brought into the spotlight by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. There were also 136 female leads. The festival, meanwhile, set up a hotline for staff, volunteers, guests and audience members, and posted signage around venues highlighting its zero tolerance ...

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126th 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. 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 on December 5, 1963. Born into a prominent Bengali Muslim family, Suhrawardy was educated at Oxford and joined the Swaraj Party of Chittaranjan Das upon returning to India in 1921. ...

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13,219 pass 39th special BCS prelim test


MNA Education Desk: The results of the 39th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination (MCQ type written) have been published, reports news agency. A total 13, 219 candidates have come out successful for assistant surgeon post while 531 candidates for assistant dental surgeon post, said a press release of BPSC (Bangladesh Public Service Commission). The preliminary test of the 39th BCS (special) was held on 3 August. On 8 April, BPSC published a circular seeking applications against 4,792 posts of physicians. The results are available on the BPSC website www.bpsc.gov.bd.

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Over-brushing can damage teeth


MNA Life Style Desk: If you are too much committed while brushing your teeth, you must know that over-brushing can damage your teeth. Using your toothbrush too enthusiastically can permanently damage teeth and gums, dentists warn. People who brush longer and harder than necessary not only fail to make their teeth cleaner but actually risk harming themselves, a study shows. When researchers asked people to increase the length of their brushing regime, and the pressure they applied, the removal of bacteria was only improved up to a point. Beyond that, the risk of causing oral health problems, such as the ...

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FB removes Burmese translation feature

independent body

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to translate Burmese posts and comments after a Reuters report showed the tool was producing bizarre results, reported news agency. A Reuters investigation published on August 15 documented how Facebook was failing in its efforts to combat vitriolic Burmese language posts about Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar over the past year amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In late August, United Nations investigators said Facebook had been “a useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate” against the Muslim minority group. The Reuters article ...

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Actress Payal Chakraborty ‘commits suicide’

committed suicide

MNA Entertainment Desk: An actress of India’s West Bengal committed suicide by hanging herself in a hotel room in Jalpaiguri district, police said on Thursday, reported news agency. Tollywood actress Payal Chakraborty, 35, a resident of Kolkata, was found hanging from a ceiling fan of her room in a hotel in Siliguri. The hotel informed us that there was no response from her room since Wednesday afternoon. “We had to break open the door of the hotel room which was locked from inside,” he said. According to the police, preliminary investigation suggests the actress committed suicide. The actress had checked ...

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Salman Shah’s 22nd death anniversary today

Salman Shah

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 22nd death anniversary of celebrated Dhallywood superstar Salman Shah. To mark the day in a befitting manner, different cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country. Besides, local satellite television channels will air programmes to pay tributes to the late superstar. Shahriar Chowdhury Emon, who is better known as Salman Shah, was born in Sylhet on September 19, 1971. Salman Shah started his career with a one-episode TV serial entitled ‘Pathor Somoy’. After that, he was seen in TV advertisements. Salman’s first appearance in a major role was in feature film Keyamat ...

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Meghan Markle the best dressed woman

dressed woman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Meghan Markle was named the best dressed woman of 2018 by People magazine on Wednesday in a rare accolade for royalty by the celebrity publication. Markle, 37, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in May, topped People’s annual list ahead of Hollywood actresses including Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and reality star Kim Kardashian. Giving top honors to a royal family member marked a departure for the magazine, reported news agency. California-born Markle, the former star of the TV show “Suits,” has featured prominently in magazines ...

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1.4b people at health risk for inactivity: WHO


MNA Feature Desk: More than a quarter of the world’s adults – or 1.4 billion people – take too little exercise, putting them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers, according to a World Health Organization-led study. In 2016, around one in three women and one in four men worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy – at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. There has been no improvement in global levels of physical activity since 2001, according to the study, which ...

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Uttam Kumar recalled on birth anniversary

Uttam Kumar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actor Uttam Kumar, who continues to be an inspiration for many actors of Bangla cinema, was fondly remembered on his 92nd birth anniversary on Monday. Uttam Kumar was born on 3 September, 1926, as Arunkumar Chattopadhyay. His charismatic acting was a breath of fresh air in Bengali cinema which helped him reign over the film industry as ‘Mahanayak’. Remembering the immensely popular actor, India’s West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Tribute to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his birth anniversary.” Uttam Kumar had won India’s National Film Award for Best Actor in 1968 for his films ...

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RU admission form sale begins

RU 'E' unit

MNA Education Desk: Rajshahi University (RU) on Monday began application forms sale for admission to first year honours courses under its academic 2018-19 session, reported news agency. The aspirants can collect and submit the online-based preliminary application forms until 12:00 midnight on 12 September next. Admission test will be held on 22 and 23 October. The students will have to complete their application process on RU’s website www.ru.ac.bd. The interested students have been asked to collect and submit their application forms with payment of Tk 55 each through only online. The tests will be held under five units. The units ...

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Facebook, Twitter to face US senate


MNA Tech Desk: Top Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc executives will defend their companies before US lawmakers on Wednesday, with Facebook insisting it takes election interference seriously and Twitter denying its operations are influenced by politics. But no executive from Alphabet Inc’s Google is expected to testify, after the company declined the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to send one of its most senior executives, frustrating lawmakers, reported news agency. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, appearing alongside Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, will say that her company’s efforts to combat foreign influence efforts have improved since the 2016 US election, ...

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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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Mindsets that make extremely strong souls


MNA Life Style Desk: Often the souls that have been through the hardest challenges experience the most growth. Growth allows us to become stronger and also allows us to become more aware of our abilities, wisdom and intuition. This in turn, helps us to create mentally strong habits that allow us to view life with more positivity, grace and thoughtfulness. Let troubles go Strong souls know when it is time to let go of what no longer serves them. They also know that through letting go, something new will always arrive. Take responsibility Strong souls know how important it is ...

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Twitter plans threaded conversations, ‘who is online’ feature


MNA Tech Desk: Twitter is planning to roll out threaded conversations like Facebook along with status indicators — showing who else is online among your followers — on its platform. In a tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday that the micro-blogging platform will soon get interesting updates. ‘Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read convos),’ Dorsey tweeted, along with some samples. The ‘presence’ feature will make it easier to engage with those you follow who are online at the moment. The ‘threading’ feature would allow users ...

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RUET founding anniversary observed

founding anniversary

MNA Education Desk: The 15th founding anniversary of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) was observed on the campus amid much festivity and enthusiasm on Saturday. RUET VC Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam Sheikh inaugurated a daylong programme by releasing balloons and pigeons at 9:00 am. A colourful rally was brought out from the campus led by university VC Prof Sheikh. The rally was paraded on the campus and Rajshahi-Dhaka highway. The day’s other programmes included hoisting national flags and university flags atop the university buildings were placing floral wreath at university central Shaheed Minar, cutting cake, tree plantation ...

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Janmashtami celebrated amid festivity


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Janmashtami, the birth celebration of Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated across the country with due religious fervour and enthusiasm on Sunday. According to the Hindu Puran (mythology), Sri Sri Krishna was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra and he takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad persons by establishing truth, justice and beauty in all sphere of the society. Different political, ...

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Dakota Johnson needed therapy after horror film ‘Suspiria’

Dakota Johnson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Dakota Johnson admitted Saturday that she had to see a shrink after playing the lead in Oscar-winning director Luca Guadagnino’s new horror flick, “Suspiria”. The star of the sado-masochism-tinged “Fifty Shades of Grey” films made the confession as the movie was premiered at the Venice film festival. “When you’re working sometimes with dark subject matter it can stay with you,” she told reporters. “I absorb a lot of people’s feelings,” Johnson said. “Then you talk about it with someone very nice afterwards. It is a really nice to (help you) move on from the project and ...

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Mustafa Monwar’s 83rd birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Mustafa Monwar is a visionary when it comes to expressing art, and he does so rather ingeniously. His eminence glows through his work as a puppeteer, sculptor, painter, performer, producer, TV and radio programme director, reported news agency. He is also a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and currently the chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy. Today marks the 83rd birthday of one of the most beloved Bangladeshi figures. He has received national and international awards, including one for graphic design in an All India Fine ...

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Apple to unveil new iPhone models next month

iPhone models

MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc said it will host an event on 12 September at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models, reported news agency. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an iPhone with a edge-to-edge display similar to the iPhone X but using less-costly LCD screen technology. Apple’s event invitation made heavy use of the colour gold, fueling speculation on social media that the company plans ...

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Worst things you can do to your hair


MNA Life Style Desk: We are all obsessed with having long, thick, and beautiful hair and however, a lot of what we are doing to our hair to make it look its best is actually making it feel its worst. Hair will naturally thin out and look dull with age, but there are steps that anyone can take to stop or even reverse this problem. These are the most common mistakes that are made, but the good news is that they are easily fixable to bring your hair new life. Over-brushing You don’t need 100 brush strokes a day for ...

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‘Gold’ becomes 1st film to release in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

MNA Entertainment Desk: Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ will be the first Hindi film which will be releasing in Saudi Arabia, the National Award-winning actor says. An ‘excited’ Akshay tweeted on Thursday night: ‘The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, ‘Gold’ is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today!’ A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, ‘Gold’ traces the golden era of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant ...

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