Quota reformists call countrywide strike


MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh General Students Right Protection Council, the platform for quota reform movement, called a countrywide student strike for Saturday, protesting against attacks on school-college students who took to the streets demanding justice for their dead fellows and road safety. Joint convener of the platform Bin Yamin Molla made the announcement at a press conference in front of national press club in the capital on Friday afternoon, reported news agency. however, the students started the protests from Dhaka, but it spread across the country following the deaths of two fellows in a road crash in Dhaka on Jul ...

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Xiaomi launches ‘best selfie’ smartphone


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Global technology company Xiaomi on Friday announced Redmi S2 to be available nationwide in the Bangladesh market, reported news agency. Following the announcement users can purchase Redmi S2 now from daraz.com.bd, more than 100 Mi Authorized Stores and 1000 retail stores starting Tk 14,999, said a press release. Xiaomi vice president and India managing director Manu Jain said, “We are excited to extend our best selfie smartphone at an affordable price to the entire Bangladesh market. With Redmi S2 also available in offline stores along with online, we hope to extend our share to the ...

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Ways to improve office efficiency


MNA Life Style Desk: It primarily reflects the work efficiency of the employees of a company that helps to retain clients and get new businesses by timely delivery of quality work resulting in customer satisfaction. Delegate Tasks Based on Skills Identifying skill sets and behavior of employees is the epicenter while allocating work to employees. Before assigning tasks, one must assess strength and weaknesses of the employees to execute the timely deliveries. A street-smart, creative, offbeat thinker can be a great match for business development while they may find it difficult to perform routine detail-oriented tasks. Prioritise the Important Tasks ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

Sonali Bendre

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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62nd anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 62th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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BCL president Shovon, gen secy Rabbani


MNA Education Desk: The central executive committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), has been announced. Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon has been made president while Golam Rabbani general secretary, reported news agency. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader made the announcement on behalf of the party president on Tuesday. Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, declared separate committees for north and south units of Dhaka city and the Dhaka University unit. Saddam Hossain was made the president while Sanjit Chandra Das, the general secretary of DU unit of BCL. AL president ...

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Students block Farmgate road

Farmgate road

MNA Education Desk: Students of Government Science College blocked Farmgate road on Tuesday morning demanding safe roads following death of two students on Airport Road in Dhaka, reported news agency. As part of their pre-scheduled programme, the students took to the street and staged sit-in under the foot-over bridge around 10:15am, disrupting vehicular movement of the road. The nine-point demands include resignation of Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, safe road, capital punishment of the killer driver. Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed and nine others wounded as a bus ...

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Month of mourning begins Wednesday


MNA Feature Desk: The month of mourning begins tomorrow with the nation once again recalling the most brutal killing in its history and renewing the pledge to safeguard perpetually the country’s independence and sovereignty. The killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 is the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history. The self-confessed killers of August 15 did not assassinate Bangabandhu alone, but also killed 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives. They include his wife Begum Fazilanunnessa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, ...

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Salman welcomes Katrina to Bharat


MNA Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan welcomed Katrina Kaif to the cast of “Bharat” in style, by calling her “sundar” (beautiful) and “susheel” (virtuous). “Ek sundar aur susheel ladki jiska naam hai Katrina Kaif… Swagat hai aapka ‘Bharat’ ki zindagi mein (A beautiful and virtuous girl named Katrina… We welcome you the world of ‘Bharat’),” Salman tweeted on Monday. Katrina, who has given several hits with Salman at the box office, will play his love interest in “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Katrina has stepped into a role which was originally being played by Priyanka Chopra, who according to Zafar, ...

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App ‘Joy’ to combat violence against women, children


MNA Tech Desk: ‘Joy’, a mobile app on receiving emergency support to combat violence against women and children, was launched, reports news agency. The mobile-based Joy application software has been developed by Multi-Sectoral Program on Violence Against Women (MSPVAW) of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs with funding and technical support from the a2i Programme in an attempt to provide immediate assistance to women and children who are already and/or are about to be victims of torture or violence. During an emergency, the app user can instantaneously send distress SMS to the Police Super, Deputy Police Commissioner of the ...

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UAP accords reception to three National Professors

National Professors

MNA Education Desk: University of Asia Pacific (UAP) accorded a grand reception to the three newly-appointed National Professors for their valuable achievements and contribution in many areas of human activities. They are Professor Emeritus Dr. Rafiqul Islam, Professor Emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman and Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury. UAP organized the programme at its auditorium on 25 July 2018 to honour the National Professors. Monzoor Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman, BoT handed over the crests to the distinguished guests. The program was attended by the Vice Chancellors from different universities, members of BoT, UAP, faculty and students. Prof Dr MR Kabir, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, UAP ...

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Remembering Vidyasagar on his death anniv


MNA Feature Desk: On 29 July 1891 popular social reformer, writer, philosopher, educator and translator, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar passed away in Calcutta (now Kolkata) at the age of 70. Born on 26 September 1820 in the Paschim Midnapore District of West Bengal to impoverished Brahmin parents, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was six years old when he moved to Kolkata to live with the family of Bhagabat Charan, where his father had already been staying for some time. While staying there, Vidyasagar was deeply moved by Bhagabat’s daughter Raimoni’s maternal affection for him, which eventually had a great influence on his work ...

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Sleeping more than 10hr raises risks


MNA Life Style Desk: If you thought that only less hours of sleep would affect your health, then you are wrong, sleeping more than 10 hours per day is also associated with metabolic syndrome, raising the risk for heart diseases, according to a new study. Those who slept for over 10 hours daily were at risk of elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels — a type of fat, low levels of “good” cholesterol, hypertension as well as high fasting blood sugar — referred to as metabolic syndrome and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. While sleeping more raised triglycerides ...

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Priyanka, Nick reportedly engaged


MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and pop singer Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating, the US media has reported. People.com has quoted a source as saying the couple got engaged a week ago on Priyanka’s 36th birthday on 18 July while the two were in London. Jonas closed down a Tiffany store in New York City to buy an engagement ring, according to the insider. “They are so happy,” the source told people.com. A source close to Jonas said the singer is “very, very happy.” “His friends and family have never seen him like this, ...

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World Hepatitis Day on Saturday

World Hepatitis

MNA Feature Desk: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) are observing World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, reported news agency. All member states, including Bangladesh, are conducting different hepatitis awareness events on the occasion, the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh said in a statement. The campaign hopes to eliminate hepatitis or bring viral hepatitis under control by 2030. Currently 325 million men, women and children across the world are living with viral hepatitis. According to the statement, approximately 300 million are unaware that they have the disease. This huge undiagnosed population are at high risk of ...

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Google celebrates Feroza Begum’s 88th birthday


MNA Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, marking Bangladeshi iconic singer Feroza Begum’s 88th birth anniversary, reported news agency. Feroza’s voice and ability to convey deep emotion played an important role in popularising Nazrul Sangeet throughout the country. She (28 July 1930 – 9 September 2014) was a Nazrul Sangeet singer. She was honoured with the Independence Day Award in 1979 by the government of Bangladesh. Feroza Begum first sang in All India Radio while studying in the sixth grade. She met National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the age of 10 ...

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Stewart to star in new ‘Charlie’s Angels’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Charlie’s Angels” are returning to the big screen next year for a third outing, this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart. “Twilight” star Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, will play the lead roles in the latest movie reboot of the 1970s crime caper, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, Sony Pictures said on Thursday. The new “Charlie’s Angels” marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while ...

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Underground lake found on Mars


MNA Science Desk: Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km) in diameter, shaped like a rounded triangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — represents the first stable body of liquid water ever found on Mars. The researchers said it could take years to verify whether something is ...

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PEC, Ebtedayee examinations to begin Nov 18

Ebtedayee Examinations

MNA Education Desk: The Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for class V students will begin on November 18, reported news agency. The exam schedule was fixed on Wednesday at a secretariat meeting, headed by Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman, said Rabindranath Roy, the information and public relations officer of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry. The PEC exam schedule: English on November 18, Bangladesh and World Introduction on November 20, Primary Science on November 22, Mathematics on November 25, and Religion and Moral Education on November 26. The Ebtedayee exam schedule: English on November 18, Bangla ...

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Drinking water on empty stomach after waking up

Drinking water

MNA Life Style Desk: Drinking water immediately after waking up is a popular ritual in Japan. Scientists agree that is very beneficial to our health. For our readers we publish below a description of use of water. For curing various kinds of diseases drinking water has been found to be very successful in the Japanese medical society. Flush out harmful toxins At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. ...

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Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

Demi Lovato

MNA Entertainment Desk: US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine in a statement. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment. Entertainment news ...

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Faraaz Gold Cup Inter-University Football begins

Faraz Gold Cup

MNA Sports Desk: The 20-team Shahjalal Islami Bank Faraaz Gold Cup Inter-University Football Tournament’ 2018, is set to begin at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Wednesday. State minister for youth and sports Biren Sikder will inaugurate the tournament at 4:30pm Wednesday, reported news agency. Participating teams are: Group 1: State University, Presidency University and Independent University (IUB) Group 2: Daffodil University and BUBT Group 3: Bangladesh University, Atish Dipankar University and Shanto-Mariam University Group 4: Uttara University, East West University and Southern University Group 5: Prime University and City University Group 6: Northern University and Gono Bishwabidyalay. ...

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Abdullah Abu Sayeed’s birth anniv today

Abdullah Abu

MNA Feature Desk: Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, a versatile writer- television presenter, stepped into the 80th year today. He is mainly an educationist and literary. He is also a television presenter, organizer, and activist. Creating `Bishwo Shahitto Kendro` that promotes the study of literature, reading habits and a progressive idea is his greatest achievement. Through this center, he is constantly working to deliver the hidden light to the people. Today is his 79th birth anniversary. He was born on July 25, 1939, in Park Circus, Kolkata. His paternal home was in Kamargati village under Kachua thana of Bagerhat district. As ...

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Samsung launches Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

MNA Tech Desk: Samsung has launched a brand new smartphone styled Galaxy J8, the latest addition to its most popular range of J series smartphones in Bangladesh, reported news agency. The world’s leading smartphone manufacturer came up with the new brand with the aim “to bring amazing flagship features within midrange”. “Its design has been engineered to offer improved durability and comfortable grip, without compromising on style,” the company said in a news release issued in Dhaka on Tuesday. The Samsung Galaxy J8 has a 16MP and 5MP dual rear camera setup. “The phone is ideal for low light photography ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

Coke Studio

MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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Mahanayak Uttam Kumar: A legendary Bengali film actor

Uttam Kumar

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 39th death anniversary of the legendary Bengali film actor Uttam Kumar. To observe the day in a befitting manner, different socio-cultural organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes. Uttam Kumar is admired as the iconic superstar of Bengali cinema of all time. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and classic actors of Indian cinema and known as Mahanayak. Uttam earned fame through producing at least seven films alongside worked as singer, composer and director in another six films during his lifetime. Uttam Kumar was born as Arun Kumar Chatterjee at his ancestral ...

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Stormy Daniels and her husband are divorcing

Stormy Daniels

MNA Entertainment Desk: Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is battling President Donald Trump in court over their alleged sexual encounter a decade ago, and her husband plan to divorce, her lawyer announced Monday. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, married Glendon Crain, 41, in 2010. Crain is a heavy metal musician and pornographic movie actor, featuring in adult films under the name Brendon Miller. Daniels, who was married twice previously, gave birth to a daughter in 2011. Daniels is suing Trump to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from discussing their alleged 2006 sexual encounter. Daniels ...

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