Facebook settlement with US to include privacy oversight


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to create an independent privacy oversight committee and take other steps to safeguard users, Politico reported on Wednesday, citing a source. The steps would include appointing a federally-approved privacy official at the highest level of Facebook and creating a privacy oversight committee that may include Facebook board members, the report said. The potential agreement between the company and the FTC is in addition to the $3 billion Facebook said it would set aside last week to cover settlements ...

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Saturday’s HSC exams rescheduled for May 14


MNA Career & Education Desk: All HSC examinations scheduled for Saturday (May 4) have been postponed due to cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ that is likely to hit the country’s coastal areas on Friday. The examinations will now be held on May 14, said, Inter-Education Board Sub-Committee President Prof Md Ziaul Haq. He said the exams scheduled for Saturday morning will be held on May 14 morning and those scheduled for afternoon be held in afternoon on the same date.

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Piickme Intercity service launched


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Piickme Intercity service has been launched on Thursday. It has promised on-demand ride sharing service to and from Dhaka, Naryangonj, Savar and Gazipur at an attractive price. Piickme users can start availing this service from May 2. In addition to the existing ride sharing service inside Dhaka city, it is working to expand its service map to many other areas with hopes to flourish well-organized and affordable rides to those targeted areas within the shortest possible time. Piickme, originally owned by a Bangladeshi entrepreneur Omar Ali Raj, had started it’s official journey in Sep 2018. They have ...

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Historic May Day observed all around


MNA Feature Desk: The historic May Day was observed on Wednesday in the country like elsewhere across the world through various programmes with a pledge to establish the rights of workers. The theme of day this year was “Build Workers-Owners Unity, Take Oath for Development”. Different government and socio-cultural organisations, political parties, worker groups and trade unions, and professional bodies took elaborate programmes, including rallies and discussions, to mark the day, BSS reports. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended their greetings to all working people of the world, including Bangladesh, wishing success of all programmes on ...

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Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a special Doodle, featuring fun facts about six fascinating creatures to celebrate Earth Day 2019. The doodle on its homepage is showing a series of animations featuring different, unique and special birds and animals. The doodle shows ‘Wandering Albatross’ that has the widest wingspan in the world, next up is a ‘Coastal Redwood’ tree, which is the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet and it shows ‘Paedophryne amanuensis’ the smallest vertebrate in the world and ‘Amazon Water Lily’, the largest aquatic plant. ‘Coelacanth’, a 407 million years ...

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DIU signs MoU with Malaysia’s UNIRAZAK


MNA Education & Career Desk: Daffodil International University (DIU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), Malaysia at DIU premises as part of the regular internationalisation of the university. Prof Datin Paduka Dr Samsinar Md Sidin, Vice Chancellor of UNIRAZAK and Professor Dr Yousuf Mahbubul Islam, Vice Chancellor of DIU signed the agreement today (Tuesday) on behalf of their respective institutions, according to a media release. Under the mutual agreement, both the universities will initiate student and faculty exchange programmes, hold joint conferences and entrepreneurial activities, offer PhD scholarship and so on. Associate Prof ...

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Vehicle parking app launched in BD


MNA Science & Technology Desk: An ICT service provider on Wednesday announced that it developed a digital vehicle parking platform to facilitate car users in finding suitable parking places in the capital and expecting the app to ease a little the city’s notorious traffic congestion. Bangla Trac, which developed the app naming it “yes parking”, said the system would digitally locate an open parking place to be rented out by space owners listed with the ICT firm. The firm said their app would assist people effortlessly find an open parking space simultaneously generate earning for space owners while it was ...

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‘Broken heart’ syndrome may originate in brain


MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has shown for the first time that the brain is involved in the development of a heart condition called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as ‘broken heart’ syndrome. Researchers found that regions of the brain responsible for processing emotions and controlling the unconscious workings of the body, such as heart beat, breathing and digestion, do not communicate with each other as well in TTS patients as in healthy people. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, saw researchers say that although at this stage, they cannot show that the reduced brain functions definitely ...

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EWU organizes special cleanliness campaign


MNA Career & Education Desk: East West University (EWU) has organised a special cleanliness campaign at Aftabnagar area in the capital. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam and local Parliament Member, AKM Rahmatullah MP inaugurated the programme on Tuesday morning, according to a press statement. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, EWU, and former Adviser of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, Syed Manzur Elahi, the Chief Adviser of EWU and former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr M M Shahidul Hassan, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dr Fakrul Alam, senior officials, faculty ...

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No 4G outside Dhaka


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a report said that country’s mobile phone operators are yet to ensure 4G services outside the capital. The telecom regular published on Wednesday the report of its comprehensive quality of service (GoS) measurement through drive tests conducted in four divisions to find out the internet speed, including 4G, service coverage, call setup success rate and call drop rate. During the drive tests, it was found that minimum download speed of at least 7mbps could not be ensured by the top three mobile operators — Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — ...

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Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan making big Bollywood musical


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Filmmaker Farah Khan says her upcoming directorial will be the remake of a popular Indian film and will be mounted as a massive Bollywood musical. Recently, director Rohit Shetty announced that he would be producing a film to be directed by Farah. The director, known for making out-and-out potboilers inspired by the Hindi cinema of the ’70s and ’80s, said the currently untitled movie is right in her zone. “Rohit and I are both extremely excited for the collaboration. We are making a really big, massive Bollywood musical. “It’ll be absolutely my kind of a ...

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Translations of 21 Liberation War stories published


MNA Feature Desk: A translated book on twenty-one selected real life stories of Liberation War has been published. Adorn Publications has brought forth the book with translations by Professor Harunuzzaman. Titled ‘The Chronicles of 1971: An Anthology of Twenty-one Stories of Bangladesh Liberation War’ the book has stories penned by Jahanara Imam, Zahir Raihan, Abu Ishaque, Shawkat Osman, Satyen Sen, Syed Shamsul Haq, Hasan Azizul Haque, Rizia Rahman, Akhteruzzaman Ilias, Abdul Mannan Syed, Harunuzzaman, Humayun Ahmed, Alauddin Al Azad, Selina Hossain, election commissioner Mahbub Talukder and more. The book was launched at Biswa Sahitya Kendra, Bangla Motor in the city ...

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Facebook deletes India’s Congress party & Pakistan military linked accounts


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has deleted 712 accounts and 390 pages in India and Pakistan for “inauthentic behavior”, it said on Monday, many linked to India’s opposition Congress party days before a national election, and others related to Pakistan’s military. Facebook has come under increasing pressure around the world to ensure its social media platform is not abused for political purposes or to spread misinformation. The action against accounts with alleged links to Congress, the party led by the Gandhi family that has dominated Indian politics for much of its post-independence era, marks a bold move by Facebook. ...

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HSC & equivalent exams begin today


MNA Career & Education Desk: The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2019 began on Monday with participation of 13, 51,505 examinees from 9,081 educational institutions across the country. The 1st day’s Bangla first paper examination began at 10:00am. A total of 11, 38,747 candidates are participating in the examinations from eight general education boards while 88,451 under the Madrasa Education Board and 1, 24,264 from the Technical Education Board. Of them, 6, 64,496 are male and 6, 87,009 female students. Besides, 275 students will appear in the examinations from eight overseas centers, says a UNB report. ...

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Few ways to treat sore muscles


MNA Lifestyle Desk: We all secretly love sore muscles. It’s proof you put in serious work at the gym, and your body is feeling it. But some muscle soreness isn’t simply due to lactic acid buildup – it’s a sign you straight-up sent your muscles into shock. The significant muscle soreness that typically occurs hours after activity, usually 24 to 48 hours after activity, is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness. This condition has little, if anything, to do with lactic acidosis. Instead, it appears to be the result of small tears in muscle fiber that combine with an ...

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US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in LA

Nipsey Hussle

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle has been shot dead outside his clothing shop, US media report. The 33-year-old was shot a number of times, and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported. Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles. Nipsey Hussle’s album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards. “We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available,” said the Los Angeles Police Department. Rihanna was among ...

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Nation celebrates 49th Independence Day


MNA Feature Desk: The nation celebrated the 49th Independence and National Day today, refreshing the resolution to uphold the spirit of the War of Liberation and build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The day’s programmes began by heralding a 31-gun salute early in the morning as a mark of profound respect to the heroic struggle of this nation, which suffered a protracted subjugation under foreign rules from time to time till achieving their coveted Independence in 1971. The nation paid the glowing tributes to the Liberation War martyrs and veterans at the ...

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UAE launches Arab space collaboration group


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Eleven Arab states, including the UAE, on Tuesday set up the first Arab space organisation, whose first project will be developing a satellite to monitor environmental and climate changes. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the vice president of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, attended the ceremony of signing the charter for the Arab Group for Space Collaboration. The programme held on the opening day of Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi, reports Xinhua. Sheikh Mohammed said the group’s first project would be developing a satellite named as 813, the year the ...

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82,500 students receives primary scholarships


MNA Career & Education Desk: A total of 82,500 students have got scholarships in the Primary Education Completion (PEC) Examinations held in 2018. State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain came up with the information while talking to media at the secretariat on Sunday, reports UNB. Among the total scholarship recipients, 33,000 students got scholarship under talent pool while 49,500 under general category The list of scholarship recipients is available on the Primary Education Department website www.dpe.gov.bd. He said the scholarship was introduced to flourish talents among students and prevent drop out. Among them, who got scholarships ...

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Alia Bhatt: The leading brand in Bollywood

Alia Bhatt

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: At present, Alia Bhatt is the number one brand in Bollywood. The actress has become the most sought-after person from the Bollywood industry giving the numerous uno Deepika Padukone a tough fight.The 26-year-old actress has eight films in her kitty, which is unheard of in recent times for an actress who does not merely play ‘heroine’. The film trade and the exhibitors are gung-ho about Alia. “After signing ‘Inshallah’ with Salman Khan, she is the ‘thing’ now. How many actresses have a line-up of films similar to what Alia has? She is working with makers ...

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Iconic Barbie doll celebrates 60 years


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Barbie, the fashion doll famous around the world, celebrates her 60th anniversary on Saturday with new collections honoring real-life role models and careers in which women remain under-represented. It is part of Barbie’s evolution over the decades since her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. To mark the milestone, manufacturer Mattel Inc created Barbie versions of 20 inspirational women from Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka to British model and activist Adwoa Aboah. The company also released six dolls representing the careers of astronaut, pilot, athlete, journalist, politician and firefighter, all fields in ...

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Nation celebrates Bangabandhu’s birth centenary


MNA Feature Desk: The country is celebrating the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day-2019 on Sunday in a befitting manner. On this day in 1920, Bangabandhu, the vivacious leader of the Bangalee nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh and the greatest Bangalee of all times, was born in a respected Muslim family at Tungipara village of Gopalganj sub-division, now district. He was the third among four daughters and two sons of his parents – Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira Khatun. The nation celebrates the day through extensive programmes with fanfare ...

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Chhatra League welcomes Nur as new DUCSU VP


MNA Career & Education Desk: The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has welcomed Nurul Haq Nur, the newly-elected vice president of the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union. BCL President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon went to the Teacher-Student Centre and greeted Nur around 4 pm Tuesday in a bid to de-escalate tensions on the campus following Monday’s DUCSU elections, reports bdnews24.com. Nur edged out Shovon to become the vice president of DUCSU in the polls held after 29 years. Nur bagged 11,062 votes while Shovon polled 9,129.

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Historic March 7 celebrated across country in patriotic feel

March 7

MNA Feature Desk: The historic March 7, commemorating the epoch making speech of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, 1971 at Race Course in Dhaka, was observed across the country with much enthusiasm and patriotic spirit, BSS reports. Bangabandhu delivered the speech in a gathering of over two million people during a period of struggle for self-determination and escalating tensions with Bengalis as the Pakistani rulers and politicians denied to handover power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the elected leader of Bengali people. Bangabandhu’s speech eventually infused immense strength in people during the War of ...

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Air crash deaths mark sharp rise in 2018


MNA Feature Desk: Last year marked a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017, however, in contrast, 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189. The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes recorded. The Netherlands-based ASN said there had been a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents in 2018. ...

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Refreshing your love life: Some expert’s tips


MNA Lifestyle Desk: As the weather changes and we enter a new season, it may be the right time to evaluate our goals and the things we hold nearest and dearest in our lives. That can include romance, as Australian relationship expert Melissa Ferrari reveals that sometimes even the strongest couples could use a little ‘spring cleaning’. Checking-in with each other’s feelings, throwing out gifts from old lovers, and potentially even couples’ therapy could help to fortify relationships. Ferrari suggests that couples begin by doing a ‘check-in’ to see where their relationship stands and what they need to work on. ...

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BD students urged to explore study opportunities abroad


MNA Career & Education Desk: Bangladeshi students can explore the ample opportunities to study abroad as many universities offer world-class degrees. But most the students cannot avail the scope due to lack of enough information. They can be successful if they apply following proper guidance. The observation was made at a discussion held at The Daily Star Center in the city on Friday. The programme also comprised a Question-Answer session. Journalists from both print and online media attended the programme. Lee Wildman, head of International Student Recruitment Department of Queen Mary University of London, and Emma Winter, manager of South ...

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