JAXA launches world’s smallest satellite


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched on Saturday the world’s smallest rocket with the ability to put a micro-satellite into orbit, following a failed attempt and several postponements over the last year. The launch of the low-cost rocket — with a height of 10 metres and 53 centimetres in diameter — took place from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture and was aired live on YouTube, news agency reported. The rocket, an improved version of JAXA’s SS-520, was carrying a micro-satellite weighing three kilograms and was developed by the University of Tokyo to ...

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Month-long campaign ‘Nikhoj Shobder Khoje’ launched


MNA Culture Desk: A month-long campaign titled ‘Nikhoj Shobder Khoje’ to encourage the young generation to reconnect with those Bengali words that have been missing from the language for a long time was launched at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. Coca-Cola Bangladesh launched the campaign on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, said a press release. The main purpose of the campaign is to create awareness on the issue that many Bangla words that were once used to enrich and beautify the language are missing and encourage people to be part of this campaign to help popularise the idea of ...

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World Cancer Day 2018

World Cancer Day

MNA Feature Desk: On Sunday 4 February, people across the globe will be celebrating World Cancer Day in order to raise awareness of the millions of people world-wide who face unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. This disease has recently been recognized by The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leading cause of global morbidity. Currently there is a serious push for urgent action to reduce the rate of premature cancer deaths on a global scale, while cancer leaders, health professionals and supporters across the world call for diagnostic and treatment access to be prioritized. Globally, an ...

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Mothers from age 40 at risk of preterm birth


MNA Life Style Desk: Women who plan for a baby at the age of 40 and above may increase the risk of delivering preterm births before the 37th week of pregnancy, a study showed. The researchers noted an association between preterm birth and mother’s age and stated that the maternal age at pregnancy has been increasing worldwide and so has the risk of preterm birth. The research team, led by Florent Fuchs from the CHU Sainte-Justine in Canada, analysed the data from 32 hospitals in Quebec, Canada, from the year 2008 to 2011. The findings of the study, published in the ...

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SRK, Katrina, Anushka take rickshaw ride

rickshaw ride

MNA Entertainment Desk: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan went on a rickshaw ride with his ‘Zero’ co-stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif on the set. Shah Rukh tweeted a photograph in which he is seen riding a rickshaw with Katrina and Anushka as passengers. They seem to be enjoying the ride. ‘Best memories begin with insane ideas. Girls taking me along for a ride called ‘Zero’. Aanand L. Rai, Katrina and Anushka Sharma,’ Shah Rukh captioned the image. The three stars are shooting for filmmaker Aanand L. Rai’s upcoming movie ‘Zero’. The film’s teaser showcased Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged ...

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Ekushey Book Fair begins Thursday

Ekushey Book Fair

MNA Culture Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Thursday like every year. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm on the day. Cultural minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while the Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman will deliver the welcome speech with its president emeritus professor Anisuzzaman in the chair. Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some ...

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Actress Penelope to get Cesar award


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from Frances Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43rd Cesar Awards ceremony, Frances equivalent of the Oscars, on 2 March in Paris. “Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in (smaller) films, whether (she is working) for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’, which will come out in May,” Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema, said in a ...

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Dhaka University, GIGCAS ink MOU

Mujibur Rahman Gold

MNA Education Desk: With a view to establishing supportive collaboration between Dhaka University (DU) and Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or GIGCAS a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed. DU treasurer Md Kamal Uddin and GIGCAS director Gan Zhang signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides, said a press release. DU vice-chancellor (VC) Akhtaruzzaman, Science faculty dean professor Md Abdul Aziz and Chemistry department chairman professor Md Azizur Rahman, among others, were present in the meeting held at VC lounge, added the release. Under the MoU, teachers, researchers, students and publications and documents ...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 70th death anniv


MNA Feature Desk: Indian independence icon Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. He was on his way to a prayer meeting at Birla House. The world remembers Mahatma Gandhi, as it observes the 70th death anniversary of the father of the Indian nation. Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards the nation and its independence is no secret. He always taught the lesson of non-violence and worked towards building unity of the nation. After India got it Independence in 1947, Mahatma Gandhi stayed away from politics and started working towards people’s harmony, peace, and brotherhood. The 78-year-old was gunned ...

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‘Blue blood’ lunar eclipse Wednesday


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A total lunar eclipse will take place in Bangladesh on Wednesday. In Dhaka, the partial eclipse will start at 5:48 pm after the moonrise and the total lunar eclipse will start at 6: 51 pm. The maximum eclipse will occur at 7:29 pm and the total eclipse will end at 8:07 pm. The duration of the full eclipse is one hour and 16 minutes. The penumbral eclipse will end at 10:08 pm, said a press release of Anushandhitshu Chokro Science Organization. Another total lunar eclipse will be visible in Bangladesh on 27 July 2018, it ...

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Seven ways to avoid type 2 diabetes


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Type 2 diabetes is becoming a growing concern all over the world. Here are measures you can take to avoid type 2 diabetes: Are you at risk? About 3.5 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, a condition characterised by elevated blood-sugar levels. In type 1 diabetes – about 10% of cases – the pancreas does not produce any insulin. The remainder have type 2, which means their pancreas does not make enough insulin or it doesn’t work properly. More than 1 million people in the UK are estimated to have the condition but ...

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Grammys 2018: Full List of Winners


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: It was Bruno Mars’ night at the 60th Grammys Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins – Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for That’s What I Like. He also won three other Grammys, maxing the six categories he had been nominated in. Other winners included two Grammys for Ed Sheeran, a couple for rapper Kendrick Lamar, posthumous wins for Leonard Cohen (Best Rock Performance for You Want It Darker) and Carrie Fisher (Best Spoken Word Album for The Princess Diarist). ...

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‘Next generation leadership’ at NSU


MNA Education Desk: The successful young leaders expressed their views on the nature of future leadership in the event “Next Generation Leadership”, held recently at North South University, organized by the Office of External Affairs (OEA) under the leadership of the Director, Dr. Katherine Li. In this event, NSU alumni talked about their success and leadership in their respective sectors of work. The panelists of the seminar were Ziauddin Adil, media personality and CEO of Top of Mind, Rehnuma Karim, founder and CEO of Heroes for All, Dr. M. Masrur Reaz, senior economist and program manager of International Finance Corporation, ...

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Body sapping with VIBES


MNA Life Style Desk: VIBES, provider of slimming and beauty treatments hailing from New Delhi, India, is offering a revolutionary treatment-Fat X. It is a FDA approved treatment that helps get rid of fat from specific areas, through an injectable service.  It includes a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid; a chemical the FDA marks as naturally produced by the body and helps to absorb fats. It destroys fat cells by breaking down the cell membrane. As it is FDA approved it is safe and has minimal or no side effects. Results are visible within 3-9 weeks of taking the treatment. ...

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Samsung to debut Galaxy S9 on 25 Feb

Galaxy S9

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Samsung will unveil its latest flagship -Galaxy S9 – on 25 February in Barcelona, media reported. The smartphone will be launched at an event called ‘Unpacked’ which take will place a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 kicks off. “We knew Samsung was saving the reveal of its next flagship smartphone for the MWC conference in Spain which officially runs from 26 February to 1 March,” reported news desk. The South Korean tech giant has also posted a short teaser video on Twitter which focuses on the upcoming device’s camera. Following the company’s tradition ...

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Remembering Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

MNA Feature Desk: Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir, was an Islamic preacher who led a peasant uprsing against the zamindarsand the British colonial authorities in Bengal, British India during the 19th century. Along with his followers, he built a bamboo fort (Bansher-Kella- in Bengali) in Narkelberia Village, which passed into Bengali folk legend. After the storming of the fort by British soldiers, Titumir died of his wounds on 19 November 1831. Titumir was born as Syed Mir Nisar Ali on 27 January 1782 (14 Magh 1182 in the Bengali calendar), in Chandpur village, in North 24 Parganas district (currently in ...

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‘Padmaavat’ earns Rs 18 crore on Day 1

18 crore

MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s much-awaited film ‘Padmaavat’ earned Rs. 18 crore on Day 1, reported news agency. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama released amid violent protests in several parts of the country. Deepika Padukone stars as Rani Padmini of Chittor, Shahid as her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji. The story is about Rani Padmini, who, along with several Rajput women, committed jauhar when Khili invaded Chittor fort.  Padmaavat’s release date was deferred for over a month due to huge protest by various Rajput outfits. They claimed that Sanjay Leela ...

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Writer Shawkat Ali passes away

Shawkat Ali

MNA Culture Desk: Writer Shawkat Ali has died during his treatment for lung infections and kidney and heart ailments in hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital at 8:15am on Thursday. Ali was 82. The writer was born in West Bengal, India on Feb 12, 1936. Pakistani occupation forces detained him during the 1971 War of Liberation. Ali started his career as a journalist but later moved into academia. He started writing for ‘Nutan Sahitya’, a mouthpiece of leftist politicians. Ali’s novel ‘Warish’ has a vivid description of Hindu-Muslim riots following the 1947 partition. In his novel ‘Prodoshe Prakritajan’, ...

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Teletalk to launch 4G service


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Post telecommunication and information technology minister Mostafa Jabbar Wednesday said state-run mobile operator Teletalk is likely to launch fourth generation (4G) mobile service in May. “The state-run mobile company, Teletalk, has a plan to launch 4G service at all divisional cities across the country with its own finance of nearly Tk 2 billion in May 2018,” said the minister while responding to a query by treasury bench lawmaker Didarul Alam of Chittagong-4 at parliament. “To increase the number of subscribers of the Teletalk,” he said, “the government is implementing two projects for increasing network coverage ...

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15 minutes less of sleep can break your day


MNA Life Style Desk: Working without sleep, or working when you haven’t slept enough can have a great impact on your ability to focus, function, and your health overall. In 1999, a plane, American Airlines 1420 crashed on the runway of Little Rock Airport, Arkansas.1 There was nothing out of the ordinary about the flight, such cross country flights are routine, the kind every pilot in the world makes hundreds of times in their career. The plane was working perfectly. Yet the crashed killed 11 people, including the captain, and wounded over one hundred others. After some investigation, it was ...

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Mass Upsurge Day today

Mass Upsurge Day

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mass Upsurge Day is being observed today to commemorate the 1969 movement for autonomy of the then East Pakistan — a movement that eventually led to the 1971 Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh. On this day in 1969, school student Motiur Rahman Mallik and a teenager Rustam were killed in police firing at the final stage of the mass movement that ousted General Ayub Khan from power and paved the path for the country’s independence. Motiur was a student of class ten of Nabakumar Institute. Many others were also injured in the indiscriminate police ...

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‘Shape of Water’ tops Oscar nominations

Oscar nominations

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” topped the Oscar nominations list on Tuesday with 13 nods, as the Academy also gave a rare nomination to a woman in the directing category. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-set fairy tale scored nods for best picture, best director, best actress for its star Sally Hawkins, and supporting acting nominations for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. It was also nominated for best original screenplay, with the rest of its nods coming in technical categories. The haul fell one short of the record for most nominations ever, held jointly by “La La ...

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FB gets biometric ID verification startup

doubtful stories

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup named Confirm that specialises in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses. The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards. “We’re excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Facebook! This is the culmination of three years of hard work building technology that will keep people safe and secure online,” Confirm said in a statement on Wednesday. The acquisition, for which financial details were not disclosed, is part of Facebooka’s effort to minimise the presence of fake profiles on ...

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Saraswati Puja is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Hindu community in the country is set to celebrate the Saraswati Puja nationwide on Monday worshiping the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government’s commitment to ensure rights of all people. Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor. The students in particular seek blessings of Goddess Saraswati in their pursuit of knowledge. Saraswati, a mythological companion ...

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Drone saves swimmers for first time


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Two teenage boys were rescued by a pand new lifesaving drone in Australia while lifeguards were still training to use the device. The swimmers, aged 15-17, had got into difficulties off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW). A member of the public spotted them struggling in heavy surf about 700m (2,300ft) offshore, reported news agency. Lifesavers instantly sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, and the pair made their way safely to shore. John Barilaro, the state’s deputy premier, praised the rescue as historic. “Never before has a drone fitted ...

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5 celebrities talk about mental health issues


MNA Life Style Desk: Despite India being in the throes of a mental health crisis – according to a 2015 World Health Organisation report, over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression and more than 3 crore suffered from anxiety disorders – our attitude towards mental health concerns largely remains apathetic. In such an environment, when celebrities with great reach and strong voices take a stand to help those that suffer silently, it is bound to change the narrative, even if slowly and only by a little. Anushka Sharma In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Anushka Sharma opened up about ...

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Kim and Kanye name daughter ‘Chicago’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West. Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was “so hard”, but that the couple had an instant connection with her. West was raised in the US city Chicago. Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications. Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two. But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions. Pre-eclampsia is ...

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