Dept development fees not from students: JU

development fees

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Monday abolished the department development fees from masters’ courses after facing tough students’ protests. “The university authorities have cancelled the department development fee for the masters’ students”, said JU acting registrar Rahima Kaniz. “We decided to seek the development fee from University Grant Commission (UGC) from next year. However, in the current year, the students will have to pay the department development fees fixed by the authorities”, she added. Earlier on Sunday, an alliance of student organisations of left leaning political parties under the banner of Pragatishil Chhatra Jote besieged ...

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Black spots can be lightened by natural remedies


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Black spots or dark patches can be easily lightened to restore a bright facial skin by using some natural domestic remedies. Some factors that can lead to this situation include over exposure to the sun, hormone inequity, pregnancy, certain medications, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and too much stress. Dark spots formation is a common skin trouble seen the people many young adults. It is also called as hyper pigmentation. The color of spot may vary from light brown to red or faintly blackish in color. These spots generally tend to appear on numerous parts of body ...

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PSC, JSC results likely on Dec 25-27


MNA Education Desk: The results of Primary School Certificate (PSC) and Ebtedayee terminal examinations will be published on December 26 or 27, reported news agency. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinees also will get their results between December 25 and December 27. In convenient time given by the Prime Minister, the results of PSC and Ebtedayee, JSC and JDC will be published. As per the tradition, Education Minister and Primary and Mass Education Minister along with officials concerned hand over the results sheet to the premier. This year a total 27,77,270 students appeared at PSC ...

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Veteran journalist

MNA Feature Desk: Veteran journalist and former Bangladesh bureau chief of international news agency Reuters Anis Ahmed’s 65th birth anniversary is being observed today. AnisAhmed was born on Dec 5, 1954 at Shahbazpur of Nabinagarthana of BrahmanBaria district. His father was a school teacher. Among 4 sisters and two brothers, he was the eldest. After passing SSC from ShyamgramMohini Kishore High School, he got admitted at Dhaka College and passed his HSC from there. He got admitted at Department of Political Science at Dhaka University to complete his higher education. During the early 1970s, he joined country’s national news agency ...

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Scottish filmmaker wins Turner Prize


MNA Entertainment Desk: An openly gay Scottish artist who celebrated queer lives in a short film shot on an iPhone won Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize Tuesday. This year’s four finalists for one of the world’s most coveted visual arts awards featured works packed with political punch. Scotland’s Charlotte Prodger came out on top at a glitzy reception at London’s Tate Museum for a 33-minute visual compilation called BRIDGIT. The jury said Prodger’s work “meanders through disparate associations ranging from JD Sports and standing stones to 1970s lesbian separatism and Jimi Hendrix’s sound records”. The 44-year-old Glasgow-based artist — dressed in ...

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Int’l Day of Persons with Disabilities observed


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on Monday with the theme of ‘empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, reported news agency. Different organisations and institutions held programmes focusing on rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in society. The programmes also aimed to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s physical medicine and rehabilitation department in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation held a rally and a discussion marking the day, ...

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Proper ways to clean ears


MNA Life Style Desk: Cleaning your ears is a good step to maintain personal hygiene. We often try hard to remove ear wax secreted in the ears. However, ear wax is a sticky substance that is secreted by the ear to prevent dirt, bacteria and other small particles from entering inside the sensitive parts of ears. Wet cloth piece: Using a wet piece of cloth can help remove ear wax from the outermost ear canal. According to many ENT doctors (Otolaryngologists), it is not hygienic to remove ear wax from deep inside the canal. The dirty wax will come out ...

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Quentin Tarantino ties the knot

Quentin Tarantino

MNA Entertainment Desk: Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino has married his fiancée, Israeli singer and model Daniela Pick, reported news agency. The couple got married last Wednesday in a Jewish traditional ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills, California in the US. During the ceremony, Pick wore a white dress with a sweetheart neckline, a tiara and a white veil, and Tarantino wore a black suit. After their wedding, the couple posed in front of a dramatic wall of white flowers for photos. They first met in 2009, when Tarantino was visiting Israel to promote his film “Inglorious Basterds.” They ...

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ULAB celebrates Karl Marx’s bicentenary


MNA Education Desk: The Department of English and Humanities at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organized a two-day international conference to celebrate Karl Marx’s bicentenary. The conference was held at ULAB’s permanent campus auditorium on Friday and Saturday. The chief guest, Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury, inaugurated the ceremony and delivered the opening speech, followed by keynote speaker Bret Benjamin, associate professor at the State University of New York, Albany. This conference commemorating Karl Marx’s 200th birth anniversary seeks to ask and address a number of important questions about the relationship between thought and politics, between language and culture, between ...

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Google rolls out ‘Call Screen’ feature


MNA Tech Desk: Google has started rolling out a feature for its Pixel smartphones that lets users make use of the Google Assistant to see who is calling and why before they answer a call. The feature allows users to see a real-time transcript of how the caller responds so that they can then decide whether to pick up, respond by tapping a quick reply (for example, “I’ll call you back later”), or mark the call as spam and dismiss. “Call Screen is only available to English speakers in the United States who have Pixel 2, 2 XL, 3, or ...

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Oishi among the top 20 in Miss World 2018


MNA Entertainment Desk: Jannatul Ferdous Oishi, has been included in the list of best beauties for the 68th edition of the ‘Miss World’ competition, reported news agency. Hailing from Pirojpur district, Jannatul Ferdous Oishi has moved into the top 20 list from different countries of the world. Recently proclaimed Miss Bangladesh, Oishi is representing Bangladesh in the competition being held in Sanya city of China. This eighteen-year-old contestant passed her higher secondary examination this year with Science as her major. She won the title of Miss World Bangladesh 2018 over 30,000 contestants from Bangladesh. Last year’s Miss World Bangladesh, Jessia ...

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21st anniversary of CHT Peace Accord

Peace Accord

MNA Feature Desk: The 21st anniversary of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord is being celebrated on Sunday, reported news agency. Different programmes were arranged in the three hilly districts – Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Rangamati — marking the anniversary of the peace treaty. A colourful rally, organised by Khagrachhari Hill district Parishad, was brought out around 8:00am. Besides, a discussion meeting was scheduled to be held around 10:00am. President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages marking the completion of 21 years of the treaty. On 2 December 1997, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) ...

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Priyanka, Nick tie the knot


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are now husband and wife as they had their Catholic wedding at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The groom’s father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr officiated Saturday’s Christian ceremony, where the couple exchanged wedding bands by famed jeweller Chopard. On Sunday, the bride and groom will continue their epic wedding weekend with a Hindu ceremony, reported news agency. Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, ...

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Jolie, Pitt strike deal on child custody


MNA Entertainment Desk: Divorcing Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached a final agreement over the custody of their six children, Jolie’s lawyer said on Friday, after more than two years of often bitter negotiations. “A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge,” Jolie’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement to Reuters. “The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests ...

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Use potato to treat puffy eyes

puffy eyes

MNA Life Style Desk: Waking up with puffy eyes is rather common and it is easy to treat them. Drink sufficient water and use refrigerated slices of potatoes to get rid of the puffiness, suggest experts. Bubbles Singh, Founder at Just B Au Naturel and Ragini Mehra, Founder at Beauty Source, have listed simple ways to treat your problem: The easiest way to get rid of puffy eyes is to drink water. When the body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention that can cause your under-eye area and other parts of your body to swell. Water ...

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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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