Annisul Huq’s first death anniversary being observed

Annisul Huq

MNA Feature Desk: The first death anniversary of dreamer of ‘Clean Dhaka, Green Dhaka’, former mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq is being observed today. He lost the battle for life in a London hospital on 30 November, 2017, after undergoing treatment for nearly three months’ there. He was only 65 at the time of his demise. He was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard on Dec 2, 2017. Suffering from neurological problems (dizziness and a lack of balance) for the last several months, he was first admitted to the National Neuroscience Hospital in central London on ...

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Uber fined for data breach


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Britain and the Netherlands fined ride-hailing giant Uber more than one million euros (dollars) on Tuesday for hiding a huge data breach for more than one year. Hackers compromised customers’ personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers worldwide in October and November 2016, but US-based Uber kept it secret until November 2017. Dutch authorities fined Uber 600,000 euros and Britain imposed a £385,000 (435,000 euros) penalty, the two countries said in coordinated statements, reported news agency. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said hackers stole the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2.7 ...

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107 get Duke of Edinburgh’s award

Dean’s Award

MNA Education Desk: A total of 107 students from different departments of Dhaka University (DU) have been awarded ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award’ for their success in various extra-curricular activities. Among them, 30 students received Silver Awards while 77 others Bronze Awards, a DU press release said. DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed certificates among the students as the chief guest at a function held at the RC Majumder Auditorium of the university on 22 November. Director of Students Counselling and Guidance Office of DU Mahjabeen Haque presided over the function. Chairman of executive committee of the Duke of ...

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Priyanka and Nick’s pre-wedding ceremonies

pre-wedding ceremonies

MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ pre-wedding ceremonies began as soon as the couple announced their engagement on August 18 this year, reported news agency. On Wednesday, a puja was arranged at Priyanka’s Mumbai home to kick-start the pre-wedding ceremonies. The couple attended a puja where Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and his actor fiance Sophie Turner dazzled in traditional Indian attire. Priyanka wore an embroidered pastel blue kameez, while Nick complemented her in an equally pale pink kurta. The two families will soon leave for Jodhpur, where the couple will tie the knot on December 2. Priyanka recently ...

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Mayor Hanif’s death anniversary today

death anniversary

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 12th death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation and president of Dhaka city Awami League. On the occasion, Mayor Mohammad Hanif Memorial Foundation, Dhaka city AL and different socio-cultural organisations will hold special prayers. Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has started fortnightly free treatment facilities for the residents, marking Hanif’s death anniversary. DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon inaugurated the free treatment programme yesterday. Hanif suffered splinter injuries while shielding AL President Sheikh Hasina during the August 21 grenade attack on an AL rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in 2004. ...

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NASA’s InSight lands on Mars


MNA Tech Desk: NASA’s InSight spacecraft, the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down safely on the surface of Mars on Monday with instruments to detect planetary seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but Earth. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles burst into cheers, applause and hugs as they received signals confirming InSight’s arrival on Martian soil – a vast, barren plain near the planet’s equator – shortly before 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) Minutes later, JPL controllers received a fuzzy “selfie” photograph of the probe’s new surroundings on ...

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Arjun on introducing Malaika to family!


MNA Entertainment Desk: Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora are busy painting the town red with their romantic outings. The new ‘it’ couple of Bollywood, Arjun and Malaika have grabbed eyeballs with their romance. From dinner dates to airport spottings to vacations, Malaika and Arjun are all over the place. So how could Karan Johar refrain from addressing the elephant in the room. Arjun, who has remained tight-lipped about his personal life, finally opened up on KJo’s chat show about his relationship status and revealed that he is not single, reported news agency. Though, the actor was careful enough to not ...

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Stay happy no matter what happens


MNA Life Style Desk: Happiness is a choice; you can choose to be sad when everything is going well for you and you can choose to stay happy even when nothing seems right. To be happy at all times, you need to make happiness a habit and not just an act. Be grateful Gratitude is a sign of appreciation and you ought to show appreciation for life. Always wake up every morning in acknowledgement that someone died the previous night but you didn’t, someone did not wake up but you did. Make someone happy “The best way to cheer yourself ...

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93rd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury

Munier Choudhury

MNA Feature Desk:  Today is the 93rd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury, an eminent educationist, playwright, and literary critic of Bangladesh. On the day in 1925, the playwright was born in Manikganj district. His ancestral home was in Noakhali district. His father, Khan Bahadur Abdul Halim Chowdhury, was a district magistrate. In 1952 he was arrested under the Preventive Detention Act for protesting against police repression and the killing of students on 21 February 1952. He remained in detention until 1954. While in jail he sat for the MA examination in Bangla, topping the list of successful candidates. In detention, ...

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Online application for NU admission begins 28 Nov


MNA Education desk: The second release slip of online application into first-year honours courses of 2018-19 academic session at different colleges under National University (NU) will begin on 28 November. The admission process will continue till 12 midnight, an official release said Sunday. The candidates, who do not qualify in the merit list or do not get admitted, will be eligible for applying in the application. The detailed information regarding online application will be available on www.nu.ac.bd/admission.

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Banglalink launches music app Vibe


MNA Tech Desk: Banglalink has officially released more than 50 exclusive albums on Banglalink Vibe, the world’s biggest Bangla music streaming app, to facilitate digital access for millions of music lovers to the newly released songs of popular artists. The announcement on the official release of the new albums was made at a press conference held at Lakeshore Hotel yesterday. Present at the press conference were Chief Commercial Officer of Banglalink, Ritesh Kumar Singh, Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Officer Taimur Rahman, Digital Business and Global Partnership Director Gaurav Kakkar, Digital Services Director Abdul Muqit Ahmed, Head of e-Products Anik ...

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Lessons from the social media

social media

MNA Life Style Desk: We were committed to shifting our entire social media strategy to grow our viewership and audience, while continuing to engage with our audience where, when, and how they wanted. To successfully do this, we spent the year experimenting with how to best deliver content on all platforms. Dont be afraid to like something openly, even if you are the first and no one else likes it. In life, we often are afraid of show our liking for something openly unless someone else does it first. Ditch that. Be eager to show your like of anything in ...

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Priyanka, Nick arrive in Mumbai


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ahead of their wedding, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas arrived at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the early hours of Sunday. The couple, who was surrounded by a tight security looked all happy and elated as they were seen greeting fans and media with a big smile. The much-in-love couple walked holding hands and waved at the paparazzi. Recently, Priyanka and Nick celebrated Thanksgiving with their family. Fans of the duo have been in awe of them owing to their cute PDA and lovely pictures on social media. According to various reports, the two will be ...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


MNA Feature Desk: To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health. The last year has been extraordinary in terms of the awareness ...

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4th national debate at RU

national debate

MNA Education Desk: Gold Bangladesh, a debate organization of Rajshahi University (RU), organized a 2-daylong 4th national debate fest, with the vision of preparing knowledge and leadership skills based new generation, at the university Teachers Students Center (TSC). RU pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ananda Kumar Saha inaugurated the program as chief guest. After that colorful rally was started on the campus and marching deferent roads that terminated in front of university’s Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium. Besides, student advisor Prof Dr Laila Arjuman Banu, former student advisor Prof Dr Golam Sattar Tipu, were present as special guests. Sohrab Hossain, president of “Gold ...

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SpaceX crew rocket set for 1st flight in January


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first flight of a SpaceX rocket tailored to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is set for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on7 January, NASA said. The launch test is a crucial milestone in the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to launch humans to space from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration said SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – which will shuttle three astronauts to space from the same launch pad that sent Apollo 11’s three-man crew to the ...

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Security beefed up for SRK after Kalinga Sena threats

Kalinga Sena

MNA Entertainment Desk: Special attention as well as adequate measures have been taken for the security of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as a regional outfit, Kalinga Sena, has issued threats to throw ink on him. The Kalinga Sena, a fringe outfit in Odisha, has threatened to throw ink on the actor’s face for distorting history in his film Ashoka that was released 17 years ago, reports news agency. It also threatened to show him black flags on his arrival during the inauguration of the Men’s Hockey World cup scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in the city on ...

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Kim and Kanye donate $500,000 to California wildfire relief efforts

California wildfire

MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on Wednesday donated $500,000 to firefighters and victims of a massive Southern California wildfire that came close to destroying the celebrity couple’s own multimillion-dollar mansion. Kardashian, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” said she and West hired private firefighters to protect their home and others in their neighborhood in rural Calabasas, north of Los Angeles. Kardashian, West and their three children were among thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes during the 93,000-acre (37,635-hectare) Woolsey fire two weeks ago that spread into coastal Malibu, destroying 1,500 buildings and killing three people. ...

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61.1pc pass in DU ‘Gha’ unit fresh test

photo exhibition

MNA Education Desk: The results of the freshly held “Gha” unit admission test of Dhaka University were published on Monday afternoon (Nov 19) where 61.1 percent students passed. DU authorities retook the admission test of first-year honors programs for the 2018-19 academic sessions on November 16. A total of 16,181 students, who obtained pass marks in the previous test held on October 12, took part in the examination. Of them, 9,886 students secured the pass mark. To get the full results of the test, students can go to admission.eis.du.ac.bd, according to a press release issued by the public relations office ...

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Tips for yoga beginners


MNA Life Style Desk: Are you keen to start practising yoga at home but don’t know how to start? Here are some tips. Fix a time: First of all, make it a habit to practise yoga at a fixed time though you are doing it at home. This could be an hour just after you wake up or in the evening. Fixing a time will get you in a habit of doing yoga exercises every day without fail. Select your space: If you are doing yoga at home, there are chances you might be disturbed at activities of your family ...

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Ahmed Riaz wins ‘Meena Media Award’

Meena Media

MNA National Desk: Kishore Bangla, country’s prominent monthly magazine for teens and children celebrated on the occasion of their executive editor Ahmed Riaz’s receipt of Unicef’s 14th ‘Meena Media Award’. It was given on November 20 at a hotel in the capital. Renowned children’s writer Ahmed Riaz won this prestigious award in the creative story category. It was his fourth time winning of this award. His nomination was for his small story titles ‘Aha’. He got the ‘Meena Media Award’ for the fourth consecutive time. Like every year, UNICEF has given this award to children and adults in various categories ...

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Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed

holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed in the country on Wednesday with due reverence and religious fervour. Tens of thousands of Muslims with banners of different spiritual and social organizations like the Maizbhandar darbar and other spiritual hubs joined colouful street marches in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country chanting praising the prophet for his role for the mankind. On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings ...

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Scientists vote to redefine kilogram value


MNA Science Desk: It may not change how you buy bananas, but scientists have voted to redefine the value of a kilogram, in what they called a landmark decision that will boost the accuracy of scientific measurements. Since 1889, a kilogram has been defined by a shiny lump of platinum-iridium kept in a special glass case and known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram. It is housed at the headquarters of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (whose French acronym is BIPM), just outside Paris. Members of the BIPM, which groups some 60 nations, agreed on Friday after ...

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IU to observe founding anniv 24 Nov

Fine Arts department

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia will observe ‘University Day’ on 24 November on its 39th founding anniversary, reported news agency. The university day is supposed to be observed on 22 November as the university started its journey on that day in 1979. But this year, 22 November is weekly holy day of the university. So the authorities have taken decision to observe the day on 24 November instead of 22 November. On the occasion, an elaborate programme has been chalked out. The programmes include hoisting national and university flags in front of the university ...

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Hair care tips for this winter


MNA Life Style Desk: The winter months can put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress. Here are some key tips and tricks to keep your hair and scalp healthy during winter. While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a hair care routine that is fit for winter. Control Frizz One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang ...

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Preity apologises for #MeToo comments


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta apologised on Tuesday over comments she made about India’s #MeToo movement that sparked a furor on social media. Zinta was accused of belittling victims after saying she wished she had faced sexual harassment. “My reason for saying ‘I wish something like this would have happened to me’ in the film industry with a smile was because I would have reacted and slapped the person,” she said. Zinta said she was a “huge supporter of the movement” and claimed that her comments, given in an interview with entertainment site Bollywood Hungama, were taken out ...

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NASA considers to sellselling seats on spacecraft


MNA Science & Technology Desk: NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides to the public while opening another line of revenue as the agency attempts to broaden its appeal. On several occasions, Russia has flown wealthy individuals who paid millions for the ride to space. And a trio of private companies backed by billionaires, is also looking to fly tourists out of the atmosphere. But except for a couple of rare exceptions, such as Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who was killed when the space Shuttle Challenger exploded ...

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