US Accelerance to boost Bangladeshi software sales


MNA Tech Desk: Accelerance, US-based software outsourcing company, has signed an agreement to provide assistance in boosting the sales of Bangladeshi made software in foreign markets, reported news agency. Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and Accelerance signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the office of ICT minister Mustafa Jabbar in city’s Agargaon area. Accelerance president Andy Hilliard and BCC’s Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance project acting director Tarek M Barkatullah singed the deal for respective organizations. Post, Telecommunication and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar, BCC executive director Partha Pratim Dev, LICT project component team leader Sami Ahmed, Accelerance vice-president ...

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Tips to handle a possessive husband

Possessive Husbands

MNA Life Style Desk: Possessive Husbands can create havoc in relationships because they cannot deal with the fact that their wife is interacting with other men in society. This happens due to jealousy and their extra possessive attitude. Here are some tips for you to deal with possessiveness of your husband Handling your over possessive husband is only possible when he is not physically threatening or physically abusive. Make sure that you are safe when you come in his trigger of possessiveness. Not down the instances when he is in the possessive mode and try to analyze his behavior. Your ...

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SRK, Rani Mukerji may reunite in ‘Salute’


MNA Entertainment Desk: If rumour mills are to be believed, after Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bhumi Pednekar, Hichki actress Rani Mukerji will star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Salute. Though SRK has not made any official statement till date about him being in the film, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur did make a statement on SRK coming on board for the film. “We should be starting it quite soon. It’s all on track but I will prefer to make an official announcement,” was all Kapur had to say when asked about the film going on the floor. Apparently, Rani ...

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Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize

MNA Feature Desk: The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The award was announced Friday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. The recipient is chosen by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian Parliament. There were 331 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 — the second highest number ever. Of those, 216 were individuals and 115 were organizations, according to Nobel organizers. The names of the nominees cannot be revealed until 50 years have ...

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Twitter accounts linked to fake news thriving: Study

fake news

MNA Tech Desk: Twitter still remains a hotbed for accounts spreading fake news, suggests a new study that looked into how fake and conspiracy news flourished on the microblogging site both before and after the 2016 US presidential election. More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 election are still active, said the study by the Knight Foundation on Thursday. These accounts continue to publish more than a million tweets in a typical day, the study said. Using tools and mapping methods from Graphika, a social media intelligence firm, the researchers ...

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Tanushree sued after alleging sexual harassment

Tanushree Dutta

MNA Entertainment Desk: An Indian actress who alleges she was sexually harassed on two film sets said she had received legal notices and threats of violence over her claims. Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta said she was sexually harassed by multi-award-winning Bollywood star Nana Patekar during the filming of the romantic comedy “Horn Ok Pleassss” in 2008. Dutta first made the allegations ten years ago after walking off the set. She repeated the claim during a recent interview, also alleging that filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri had behaved inappropriately towards her during the shooting of the 2005 movie “Chocolate: Deep Dark ...

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Children of FF demonstrate at Shahbagh over quota abolishment

quota abolishment

MNA Education Desk: Children of freedom fighters on Wednesday night blocked Shahbagh intersection in the city demanding that the government retain the 30 per cent quota privileges for them in government jobs. Muktijoddhar Sontan Command’s central president Sheikh Atiqur Rahman informed media that a grand rally will be held at Shahbagh at 3pm on Saturday to press home for their demand. Protests have created severe gridlocks in and around the area, according to the traffic police control room. Traffic came to a complete halt from Karwan Bazar to Shahbagh and Elephant Road to Shahbagh on Thursday. Police diverted vehicles near ...

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Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers


MNA Feature Desk: On World Teachers’ Day, celebrated yearly on October 5, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will focus on the professors, teacher, researchers and others who otherwise provide educational services to students at institutions of higher learning. The work of these educators will be the subject of a daylong series of seminars at the Organization’s Headquarters, reported news agency. The empowerment of teachers emerged as a priority when the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for Education, said a statement from UNESCO. It requires teacher to enjoy professional independence, freedom and the tools needed ...

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Priyanka turns tech investor


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new “chapter” as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble. This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry’s gender disparity. “A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good… let’s do this,” Priyanka ...

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Three scientists win Nobel Chemistry Prize


MNA Science Desk: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold and the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter on Wednesday for their work harnessing the power of evolution to develop proteins that solve humankind’s chemical problems, reports news agency. A committee member explains that the scientists have ‘applied the principles of Darwin in the test tube.’ Chemistry is the third of this year’s Nobels and comes after the prizes for Medicine and Physics were awarded earlier this week. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the trio managed to ...

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Quotas for class I and II govt jobs abolished


MNA Education Desk: A cabinet meeting on Wednesday abolished quota system for Class I and II government jobs, reported news agency. With the approval of the cabinet, the process of abolishing the quota has started. Public administration ministry will soon publish a gazette notification in this regard, said cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Islam at a briefing at the secretariat on Wednesday afternoon. A committee headed by the cabinet secretary on 17 September submitted a report to the prime minister recommending abolition of the quota system from 9th to 13th grade of government services, following anti-quota protests across the country. The ...

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China fines Fan Bingbing for tax evasion

tax evasion

MNA Entertainment Desk: China’s taxation authorities fined A-list Chinese movie star Fan Bingbing more than 479 million yuan ($69.74 million) over tax evasion and ordered her to pay back more than 255 million yuan in taxes, reported news agency. Fan appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises with more than 62 million followers online in China. She dropped off the radar in June amid reports she was involved in an investigation into tax evasion in the film industry. Her vanishing act sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports she had been detained. A Chinese TV ...

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Signs that show you doing well in life


MNA Life Style Desk: Perhaps you’ve lost your job, or your marriage just ended, or you failed to pass an exam and now you are simply feeling helpless and defeated. Winston Churchill once said: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Today I want to remind you why, even though you may be feeling a bit like a failure, you are most definitely not. You learning everyday No one said life was easy and while the bumps on the road may hurt, the ride is definitely worth it.  Think back to your failures and defeats. You ...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniv


MNA Feature Desk: The world is commemorating the Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi — an International icon of peace and human rights who was born exactly 150 years ago. Popularly and adoringly called as ‘Bapu’ and ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ in his country of origin, he was the man who, through his self-developed tactics of passive resistance and non-violence, ensured India’s freedom from the slavery of British colonial powers. Mahatma Gandhi who was born into a conservative Hindu family in Porbandar in the state of Gujarat was an average student who didn’t excel in any subject. But his childhood exposure to initial teachings ...

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Cancer researchers win 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize


MNA Science Desk: American James Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries leading to new approaches in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, the award-giving body said on Monday. “Allison and Honjo showed how different strategies for inhibiting the brakes on the immune system can be used in the treatment of cancer,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said, on awarding the prize of 9 million Swedish crowns ($1 million). Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and ...

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Cardi B charged with assault over strip-club brawl


MNA Entertainment Desk: US rapper Cardi B surrendered to police in New York on Monday, charged with assault and reckless endangerment over an ugly brawl in a strip club that injured a female employee, reported news agency. The 25-year-old star was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens on 29 August when someone in her group lobbed furniture inside the night club, causing an employee to suffer “some bruising to her legs,” police said. The fast-rising rapper turned herself in at a Queens police station and was instructed to appear in criminal court on 29 October, charged with one count ...

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Rajshahi University holds 10th convocation

Rajshahi University

MNA Education Desk:  Rajshahi University (RU) held its much-awaited 10th convocation ceremony amid much festivity and fanfare. University students, parents and well-wishers attended the event. President Abdul Hamid, Chancellor of RU, presided over the ceremony. He underscored the need of honest and competent leadership, to strengthen the foundation of democracy. He urged the graduates to play progressive role, to fulfill the desire of the nation by using their brilliance and works. A total of 6,014 graduates were expected to participate in the event. Eminent litterateurs Hasan Azizul Huq and Selina Hossain were conferred D Litt (Doctor of Letters), for their ...

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YouTube videos on ‘how to hack Facebook’ streaming


MNA Tech Desk: Even as Facebook struggles to deal with a fresh data breach that affected nearly 50 million of its users, Google’s video streaming platform YouTube continues to host tutorials that claim to provide people ways to hijacking Facebook accounts, the media reported. Hours after Facebook revealed the breach on Friday, some YouTube videos, which were seen several thousand times, described a method similar to the one used by the hackers to get access to the millions of Facebook accounts. In the fresh Facebook data breach case, hackers stole “access tokens” or digital keys that keep people logged in ...

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Oishee wins ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ crown

Miss World Bangladesh

MNA Entertainment Desk: Jannatul Ferdous Oishee from Pirojpur has won the title of ‘Miss World Bangladesh’ defeating 30,000 contestants. Oishee will represent Bangladesh in the upcoming ‘Miss World’ competition set for Dec 8 in China. Nishat Nawar Salwa has been chosen as the first runner-up and Naziba Bushra as the second. The 18-year-old has completed her higher secondary education. She has been participating in debates regularly while in school and college. She is also involved in dance, swimming, drawing, writing, singing and compering, said Oishee adding about her involvement in social welfare activities. Both of her close rivals in the ...

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MNP service to be launched from Oct 1


MNA Tech Desk: Mobile number portability (MNP) service for users will be launched in Bangladesh from October 1.MNP service allows cellphone or smartphone customer to change telecom carrier/operator while keeping the same phone number.  The authorized company for the job, Infozillion Teletech BD, has already completed all preparations for the launch. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory council (BTRC) has also taken all preparations including connecting with all mobile operators for providing the service. The MNP service was supposed to launch from May 30 but mobile phone operators were not ready.  To get the service, users have to pay Tk 50 free and ...

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International Translation Day today

Translation Day

MNA Feature Desk: Today, September 30, is the International Translation Day. This day is meant to pay tribute to the work of language professionals which plays a key role in bridging gaps between nations, facilitating talks and understanding their cooperation and ultimately, contributing towards making the world a better place for peace and security. “Transposition of a literary or scientific work, including technical work, from one language into another language, professional translation, including translation proper, interpretation and terminology, is indispensable to preserving clarity, a positive climate and productiveness in international public discourse and interpersonal communication,” says the United Nations on ...

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Iraqi model and Instagram star shot dead

Iraqi model

MNA Entertainment Desk: Tara Fares was a 22-year-old Iraqi model who was shot and killed in her car in Baghdad night, just a day after she was voted one of Iraq’s most followed online stars. She was taken to Baghdad’s Sheik Zayed hospital where doctors reported that the model had at least three bullet wounds, reports news agency. The influencer was well known on Iraq’s fledgling beauty pageant circuit and had competed in the Miss Iraq and Miss Baghdad contests. She lived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan but recently spent an increasing amount of time in Baghdad as ...

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Up to 50 million Facebook accounts breached


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook revealed on Friday that up to 50 million accounts were breached by hackers, dealing a blow to the social network’s effort to convince users to trust it with their data. The social network is investigating the extent of harm done when hackers exploited a trio of software flaws to steal “access tokens,” the equivalent of digital keys that enable people to automatically log back into the social network. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said engineers discovered the breach on Tuesday, and patched it on Thursday night. “We don’t know if any accounts were actually misused,” Zuckerberg ...

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Help your partner to deal with stress


MNA life Style Desk: When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection. But by supplying a steady supply of support for your partner when he or she is stressed, not only can you help prevent your relationship from becoming strained, you can create a new level of intimacy that actually brings you both closer together. Don’t assume the top-of-mind topics are really the issue. Look beneath the surface. Retrace your partner’s steps to find events or circumstances that could have caused hurt, sadness, anger, disappointment, rejection or similar emotions. If you can be ...

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Youth Summit-2018 at PU

Youth Summit

MNA Education Desk: Primeasia University (PU) and Better Bangladesh Foundation (BBF) have jointly organized Youth Summit -2018 with a theme “Youth in Innovation to achieve SDG and youth in tourism to achieve SDG”. The program including a seminar on “Diversity of Bangladeshi Youth” was held at the IQAC conference center of its Campus, Banani. Hasanul Huq Inu, Minister, Ministry of Information, was present at the Summit as the chief gust while Prof Dr Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Vice- Chancellor of PU presided over the Program. Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, was present at here as ...

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The World Tourism Day observed

Tourism Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Tourism Day 2018 was celebrated in the city and elsewhere in the country with the theme ‘Tourism and the digital transformation’. A colourful rally was brought out in the city on Thursday morning marking the day. The rally started from Matsya Bhaban intersection at 8:30am and ended at TSC intersection in Dhaka University campus. Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal, among others, spoke at the rally highlighting the importance of the day. Members of the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh, Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering ...

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Shamsul Haque’s 2nd death anniv

Shamsul Haque

MNA Entertainment Desk: The versatile magician of words Syed Shamsul Haque passed away on this day in 2016. Today his second death anniversary will be observed. Haque wrote poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), lyrics and essays. His literary works have been included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh. Today marking his death anniversary a special documentary show will be aired by BTV at 5pm and at 12.30pm. The show would contain views about him expressed by his widow Anwara Syed Haque, his son Ditio Syed Haque, thespian Ataur Rahman ...

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