‘Komola Rocket’ to be released in Eid


MNA Entertainment Desk: The film ‘Komola Rocket’ produced by Impress Telefilm, will be released on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reported news agency. The two minutes 24-second long official trailer of the movie also has been released on Youtube channel titled Channel-i TV. Audience can see the popular actors Tauquir Ahmed and Mosharraf Karim’s acting together for the second time on screen. Komola Rocket, movie of comedy genre, has been directed by Noor Imran Mithu based on Bangla Academy Award winner and expatriate writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’. Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel I Super Star contestant Samiya will play ...

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Singer Asif Akbar arrested

singer Asif

MNA Entertainment Desk: Members of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested singer Asif Akbar early Wednesday in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. A team of CID arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am, special police super Mollah Nazrul Islam of CID said, reported news agency. Composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin filed the case against him on Monday evening with Tejgaon Police Station. More to follow…

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FB shares data with Huawei, Lenovo


MNA Science & Tech  Desk: Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, which has come under scrutiny from US intelligence agencies on security concerns. The social media company said Huawei, computer maker Lenovo Group, and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL Corp were among about 60 companies worldwide that received access to some user data after they signed contracts to re-create Facebook-like experiences for their users. Members of Congress raised concerns after The New York Times reported on the practice on Sunday, saying that data ...

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BSMRSTU, DIU Environment Day programme


MNA Education Desk: With the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” the Department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management (ESDM) of Daffodil International University (DIU) observed ‘World Environment Day-2018’ yesterday. To mark the day department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management of DIU organised a rally and project exhibition to create awareness of the restoration of environment. The rally led by Prof Dr SM Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder, pro-vice-chancellor, was brought out at the university premises. After the rally, project exhibition was inaugurated at the Student Lounge of Daffodil Tower by Prof Mahbub Ul Haque Majumder and Prof Dr AKM Fazlul Hoque, ...

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World Environment Day observed

World Environment

MNA Feature Desk: The World Environment Day was observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Tuesday with a call to refuse those cannot be reused. Ever since its conception in 1974, World Environment Day has had a special theme relating to the pressing environmental concern at the time. The theme for the year 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and is a call for individuals to take charge of their surroundings and realise the severity of using plastic in daily life. Different organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) organised a ...

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Azam Khan’s 7th death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the seventh anniversary of death of Azam Khan, one of the pioneers of pop music. Songs rendered by him in 1970s and 80s like Ore saleka ore maleka, Hariye gechhe phire pabo na, Ami jare chaire, Ashi ashi bole tumi, Obhimani, Rail liner oi bostite, Sara raat jege jege and Alal o dulal are still popular among the masses. Born on February 28, 1950, Mahbubul Haque Khan, took the stage name Azam Khan when he started his music career with the band Uchcharan, a pioneering band of the country and Azam was the vocalist of ...

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Itikaf during Ramadan & its importance


MNA Feature Desk: Significance of Itikaf during Ramadan is enormous to the pious Muslims. Itikaf is a form of worship. It is formed by staying in a Mosque for a certain time. It is Ehtiyat that one should stay with the intention to worship Allah by praying formal or informal prayers although prayer is not a condition therein. Itikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship. Itikaf provides an opportunity to the believer to get closer to Allah by temporarily freeing oneself and ...

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‘Salman is a man with golden heart’


MNA Entertainment Desk: New co-stars like Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala as well as frequent collaborators Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah heaped praise on their ‘Race 3’ co-star Salman Khan, calling the superstar a very loving, caring and respectful person to everyone around him. Jacqueline, who worked with Salman in ‘Kick’, told news agency, “There is an energy around him that might just make you feel intimidated when you meet Salman first time. “I do not think he means to be like that but his aura is very strong… even after years, as a friend and co-star, when I am ...

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Angelina Jolie makes her Instagram debut


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Angelina Jolie made her Instagram debut when she photobombed actress Elle Fanning on the set of her new film ‘Maleficent 2’. The Oscar-winning actress was seen smiling and flashing a peace sign behind Fanning on the set here, report news agency. This comes just six days before the mother-of-six is set to celebrate her 43rd birthday. Jolie was covered up in a white robe and already had her ‘Maleficent’ horns on with heavy make-up that included a pale face, filled in eyebrows and deep ruby red lipstick. The ‘Salt’ star had long nails and several rings ...

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Fanus brings smile to slum children


MNA Education Desk: Fanus, an educational and charitable organization of Sher e Bangla Agricultural University, donated eid gift among the 115 destabilized and helpless families living at slums. On Saturday the donation programme was started at 11 am on the university academic Bhaban at the where associate Professor Dr KBM Saiful Islam, Associate Professor Jasim Uddin and Assistant professor Arif Hossain and teachers, students were present. The gift gave one packet semai, sugar, condensed milk and new dress of children for each family. Besides, the organization coordinated mass education among the workers and slum children. The organization started its journey ...

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World Bicycle Day today

World Bicycle Day

MNA Feature Desk: The first official World Bicycle Day is being celebrated on Sunday in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the globe to create awareness about multiple societal and health benefits of using the bicycle for transport and leisure. On 12 April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 June as the World Bicycle Day acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. According to the UN, the bicycle is ...

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The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr for Muslims


MNA Feature Desk: The significance of Sadaqatul Fitr is very high for the pious muslims. Fitr means to breakfast or to refrain from fasting. Hence the Eid after the fasts of Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr, as it is the day of rejoicing after the completion of fasting. On this occasion of significance, as a sign of gratitude one has to give a specific amount in alms, which is called Sadaqatul Fitr. To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadan Mubarak one has to give Sadaqatul Fitr and it keeps great significance for Muslims. Reasons for ...

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Ariana Grande thanks LGBTQ fans

Ariana Grande

MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Ariana Grande thanked her fans from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and said they mean a lot to her. Billboard editors have asked a group of pop stars to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ community, and Grande was among the first to respond, saluting her gay brother Frankie and insisting there is nothing more ‘infectious’ than being surrounded by her LGBTQ devotees, reports media. “I grew up with a gay brother who’s every move I would emulate,” the “No tears left to cry,” star wrote. “I idolised him. Everything Frankie did, I ...

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Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape


MNA Entertainment Desk: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him. “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Vance said in a statement on the charges against the disgraced 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co. The grand jury indictment follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two ...

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World No Tobacco Day today

Tobacco Day

MNA Feature Desk: Coinciding with the observance of World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization has warned that tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are “major causes” of cardiovascular disease, contributing to three million deaths a year. The theme of this year’s day is ‘Tobacco Attacks Heart: Stay away, Save Lives’. The theme demonstrates link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death and feasible actions and measures that key audiences, including governments and the public, can take to reduce the risks to heart health posed ...

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Pickaboo pre-booking starts for Samsung


MNA Tech Desk: Pickaboo online has started the pre-book of the brand new Samsung Galaxy J6. The Galaxy J6 is bringing the infinity display for the first time in Samsung’s most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh. Customers can pre-book this Smartphone exclusively from Pickaboo.com from 22nd May to 30th May 2018. With every pre-book, customers will get a free football jersey, EMI facility for 12 months at zero interest, and free home delivery. The delivery of the pre-booked Galaxy J6 will initiate from June 1st Week, 2018. The smartphone will be available in black, gold and blue. ...

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13th founding anniv of Comilla University

Comilla University

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Comilla University on Monday observed its 13th founding anniversary with a daylong colourful programme on the campus, reported news agency. The celebration programme including procession and discussion were inaugurated by the university vice chancellor (VC) professor Emran Kabir Chowdhury, at 11:00am. Teachers, officers, staff and students of the university brought out a colourful procession led by the VC, from in front of the university’s administrative building around 11:00am. The Comilla University started its journey on Lalmai Hillocks on 28 May 2006 with 4 faculties, 7 departments, 15 teachers and 300 students. At present, the ...

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Int’l Day of UN Peacekeepers today


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2018 is being observed in a befitting manner in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Tuesday. The theme for this year’s International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “70 Years of Service and Sacrifice.” The Day, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the contributions of uniformed and civilian personnel to the work of the organization and to honour more than 3,700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 129 who died last year. Different programmes have been taken to ...

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Non-Muslim women take on Ramadan hijab challenge


MNA Life Style Desk: Grace Lloyd got a round of applause when she walked into her classroom at Doha’s Gulf English School on the first day of Ramadan, wearing a black hijab with her blue uniform. The shy 11-year-old flushed as her fellow grade seven classmates in the Qatari capital clapped and cheered for her earlier this month. Lloyd, a British Christian, will be covering her head for the entire duration of the holy month this year in solidarity with Muslim women who face discrimination for wearing the hijab. “I feel very strongly about this,” said Lloyd, the youngest participant ...

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Zainul Abedin’s death anniv today


MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd death anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin is being observed today. Different cultural and arts organisations, including Dhaka University’s fine arts faculty which was founded by the master artist in 1948 as an art institute, will pay respect to the artist by placing flowers at his grave beside the Dhaka University Central Mosque. Born in Kishoreganj on December 29, 1914, Zainul is a pioneer of modern fine arts practices in the country. A graduate of Calcutta Government Art School, Zainul is credited for reshaping the fine arts arena of the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) through ...

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BTS make history topping US album charts

US album charts

MNA Entertainment Desk: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical exports. On Sunday, they passed a new milestone — becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams. “It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop ...

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Egypt bans YouTube for one month

one month

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Egypt’s top administrative court ordered on Saturday to block YouTube streaming website for one month over hosting a video that denigrates Prophet Muhammad of Islam, the Egyptian lawyer who filed the lawsuit said. “The ruling is final, unappealable and enforceable,” Xinhua quoted lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem as saying. A lower administrative court has previously ordered the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) to do so, but the latter appealed against the ruling, citing it was hard to implement. The top administrative court rejected the NTRA appeal on Saturday and upheld the temporary ban as a final, ...

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RU professor invents ‘Golden Melon’


MNA Education Desk: A Professor of Rajshahi University (RU) has invented a new variety of ‘Bangi’ (melon), a local fruit. He has invented sweet melon after a long eight years’ effort and named it ‘Sonali Bangi’ or ‘Golden Melon’ because of its golden colour. The very sweet ‘golden bangi’ looks like malta or orange. The inventor of the new Bangi is Professor Monjur Hossain, director of Institute of Biological Sciences (IBSE) of RU. He has been successful in cultivating the new varieties of sweet melon. The researchers also expressed hope that the seedlings or saplings will be given at the ...

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PM receives DLitt degree


MNA Education Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received ‘Doctor of Literature (DLitt)’ degree from Kazi Nazrul University in West Bengal’s Asansol, reported news agency. The university authorities conferred the honorary DLitt degree upon her at a special convocation programme. Sheikh Hasina was honoured with the degree in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards building exploitation- and disparity-free society which is the ideal of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Vice Chancellor of the Kazi Nazrul University Dr Sadhan Chakrabarti delivered the welcome speech. West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee was present at the convocation ceremony. Sheikh Hasina arrived hereon Fridayon ...

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National Film Award-2016 on July 8

National Film

MNA Entertainment Desk: The National Film Awards-2016 will be distributed through a gala function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on July 8. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hand over the awards, the highest recognition for contribution to the film industry, reports news agency. On April 5, the Information Ministry announced the names of the National Film Award recipients for the year 2016 in 26 categories for outstanding contributions to the industry. Farida Akhter, better known by her screen name Babita, and Akbar Hossain Pathan, also better known by his screen name Faruq, have jointly been ...

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Nazrul’s 119th birth anniv observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 119th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in the country on Friday in a befitting manner, reports news agency. Born on May 25, 1899 at village Churulia in Burdwan district of West Bengal in India, Nazrul through his fiery poems had inspired people to fight against injustice and repression of the colonial rule. The government and different socio-cultural and political organisations have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day. The birth anniversary of the poet was also celebrated at Trishal in Mymensingh, Daulatpur in Cumilla and Chattogram with due respect by the ...

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Deepika & Ranveer likely to marry on Nov 19


MNA Entertainment Desk: Sparks flew between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela. The film had come in 2013 and five years down the line rumours are rife that the couple is ready to get married this year. Both Ranveer and Deepika have openly admitted in different interviews that marriage is on the cards and is definitely a priority for both of them and thus it is only adding fuel to the fire, reports news agency. After many speculations, the latest reports suggest that the stunning couple has finally zeroed ...

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