92nd birth anniversary of Munier Choudhury

Munier Choudhury

MNA Feature Desk:  Today is the 92nd 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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South African wins Miss Universe

Miss Universe

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Beauties from across the globe converged in Las Vegas Sunday, where Miss South Africa was crowned Miss Universe. Nel-Peters is only the second South African to win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in 1978. Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, said her disabled half-sister has been among her great inspirations. Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas. During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made ...

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Manushi, Sonam to add glamour to GES


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Newly-crowned Miss World Manushi Chhillar, actors Sonam Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari will add glamour to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning here on November 28. They are among personalities from the cinema and entertainment industry who will speak at the event being co-hosted by the US and India. Aditi and Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja will be among the panellists at a breakout session “Future of cinema’ on November 29. Subhas Chandra, Essel Group, Chairman, will the moderator of the session which will explore the business behind the arts and entertainment industry and how to ...

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Mouthwash may raise diabetes risk


MNA Life Style Desk: Most of us are in the habit of using mouthwash at least once or twice daily, as a part of oral hygiene. But your routine may spike the sugar level in your blood. People who use mouthwash at least twice daily are at approximately 55 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes, when compared to less frequent users, found a new study. The study, published in the journal Nitric Oxide, stated that most mouthwash contain anti- bacterial ingredients, which could impact the production of oral microbes that may hamper the nitric oxide formation in the mouth. ...

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DU-affiliated 7 colleges’ results published


MNA Education Desk: The results of the final year (fourth year) examination of honours courses 2015 of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University (DU) were published on Saturday. Details of the results are available at Dhaka University website www.7colleges.du.ac.bd and the successful students will be able to collect their provisional certificates and transcripts from their respective colleges paying the fixed fee after 10 December, said a press release. In last month, the students of seven colleges have blocked Nilkhet intersection demanding result of honours final year examinations. The seven affiliated colleges are Dhaka College, Eden Mohila College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy ...

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‘Bookmarks’ to help users save tweets

Twitter suspended

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Twitter is testing a new feature named “Bookmarks” that will help its 330 million monthly active users privately flag tweets for viewing at ease when they have time. In October, the micro-blogging platform announced that it is developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets. “News from the #SaveForLater team! We’ve decided to call our feature ‘Bookmarks’ because that’s a commonly used term for saving content and it fits nicely alongside the names of the other features in the navigation,” Tina Koyama, a staff product designer at the company, tweeted. The feature will help users keep ...

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Tulip receives ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ award


MNA Feature Desk: UK Labour Party MP and granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tulip Rizwana Siddiq has received an award for ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the year’ at the annual Patchwork Foundation Awards in Westminster. She recently received the award from the Speaker of the House of Commons John Simon Bercow. ‘I was so proud to receive a certificate for Labour Newcomer of the Year and to speak to the brilliant volunteers about life as an MP’, reads a Facebook post of Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana. The Patchwork Foundation is a UK-wide organisation that ...

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Folk singer Bari Siddiqui passes away

Bari Siddiqui

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Eminent folk singer-composer and flautist Bari Siddiqui breathed his last at a city hospital at about 2:30am on Friday. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Central Mosque of Dhaka University at 9:30am, second namaz-e-janaza at Bangladesh Television premises at 10:30am and the final ritual will take place after the Asr prayers in Netrakona. Siddiqui was on life support at Square Hospitals in Dhaka. Bari Siddiqui, who has been suffering from kidney-related problems for a couple of years, was admitted to the hospital on Friday night after he fell unconscious following a chest pain. ...

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‘Padmavati’ cleared by British censors

18 crore

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Even though the makers of “Padmavati” have deferred the release of the film in India, the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) has cleared it. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial will hit the screens in the UK on 1 December. Starring Ranveer Singh (as Sultan Alauddin Khilji), Deepika Padukone (as Rani Padmavati, in the lead) and Shahid Kapoor (as Maharawal Ratan Singh), “Padmavati” is being distributed internationally by Paramount Pictures. According to the official website of the BBFC, “Padmavati” will be released “uncut” in the UK. The magnum opus sets out to tell the tale ...

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Kushtia Islamic University loses appeal


MNA Education Desk: The Appellate Division has upheld a High Court decision scrapping Kushtia Islamic University choice to cancel F Unit admission tests over allegations of question paper leaks. As a result, about 100 students admitted to the two divisions after the exams can continue their studies, a lawyer involved in the case said. In April this year, the High Court declared the decision to cancel the entrance exam illegal. The university administration then appealed the case. An appellate bench led by acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah declared the verdict in the appeal on Wednesday. Barrister Ruhul Quddus ...

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Rich life style of Mugabe kids & associates


MNA Life Style Desk: People cheered in the streets on Tuesday as dictator Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. They’re angry at years of declining living conditions, with a GDP per capita lower than Afghanistan. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos, showing how the country’s elite are still finding plenty of wealth to go around, reports the Metro. Photos shared online, including by Mugabe’s sons, show a minority have been living the high life, pouring champagne on their Rolex just ’cause, wearing $14,000 alligator skin Giuseppe Zanotti trainers and travelling around in silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets. ...

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18th death anniversary of Sufia Kamal

Sufia Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 18th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and a pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation is being observed on Monday. Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Leaders and activists of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote along with noted cultural personalities paid tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at her grave at Azimpur Graveyard. Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, who was her ...

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Armed Forces Day is being observed

Armed Forces Day

MNA Feature Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to the Bangladesh army, navy and air force at the Shikha Anirban, to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, Nov 21, recognises the day in 1971 when all three forces began a combined assault on invading Pakistani forces in 1971. Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrarpaid tribute as well. The president in his message said, “Independence is our great achievement, to make it more meaningful we should ...

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Justice League opens with $96m

Justice League

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Warner Bros.-DC’s costly Justice League has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations. It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time, ranking 53rd behind “Fast and Furious 6.” “For every macro budget superhero movie the stakes are ...

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Microsoft appoints Sonia as MD for BD, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sonia Bashir Kabir as managing director for Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Laos. In her new role, Sonia will lead Microsoft’s business in developing and driving strategies for all product lines, services, and support offerings in the four countries, while working closely with partners and local governments to help accelerate the digital transformation across these markets by bringing people, data, and processes together to reinvent business values, provide personalised experience to customers, and transform education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ‘Digital Transformation in emerging markets is an important priority for ...

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Reopening order of Lakehead school stayed

Lakehead school

MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday extended a stay order for 10 more days on the High Court order that had directed the authorities concerned to reopen all the branches of Lakehead School. The court also asked the state counsel to file a regular leave to appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court order. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate shut down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The five-member appeals bench led by acting Chief ...

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PEC, Ebtedayee exams begin

Ebtedayee exams

MNA Education Desk: As many as 3,096,075 fifth-grade students are taking Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee exams at 7,267 centres today. The English exam is the first, starting at 11am and ending at 1:30pm. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar will inspect the Motijheel Ideal Government Primary School, an exam centre, the ministry said. This year 2,804,509 are taking their PEC exams, while 291,566 are taking the Ebtedayee exams. This year 2,953 special needs candidates will take the PEC exams, while 379 signed up for the Ebdetayee exams. They will each receive 20 extra minutes to complete ...

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NASA launches next-gen weather satellite

MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation weather satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts. The satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as scheduled at 1:47am (0947 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will orbit the Earth 14 times each day from one pole to the other at 512 ...

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Winter skin care tips for men

skin care

MNA Life Style Desk: Avoid common skincare mistakes that most guys make by skipping foaming shave cream and saying no to one soap bar for everything. Winter presents a unique set of challenges for skin care. Cold, dry air and constantly running heaters leave your skin stripped of moisture. To avoid rough, scaly or itchy winter skin, take proper skin care of your face by following these five tips. Skin irritation Foaming shave cream is no good for your skin. It does a poor job of protecting your skin and lubricating your razor. The air bubbles that you call foam ...

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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017

Manushi Chhillar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: India’s Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and was Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant. Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian ...

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Barbie’s first hijab-wearing doll

hijab-wearing doll

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and ‘emoji’ smartphone symbols. Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year as the first US Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russia. “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true,” the Olympian posted on ...

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41st death anniv of Bhasani observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 41st death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, was observed across the country with due respect. Popularly known as ‘Majlum Jananeta’, the leader of the downtrodden, Maulana Bhasani, passed away on November 17 in 1976. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages paying rich tributes to the leader. Marking the day, different political parties and organisations organized various programmes. Later, different organizations, family members of Bhashani, district Awami League, Jatiya Party, BNP, Krishok Sramik Janata League and other socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on his grave. They also ...

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Chhatra League is an Ideology

Chhatra League

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is more than student politics, it is an ideology, says Shagor Mahmud, the vice president of the newly formed committee of BCL, Khilagon Thana unit. In a brief interview with MNA, he shares his views about student politics. Shagor Mahmud was born in Madaripur. After completing his higher secondary education, he gets himself admitted into Shiddheswari University College. Though his political life started during his college days, he became a regular activist of BCL after joining Shiddheswari University College. “Ashad bhai has always been my icon and by following his footmark I have ...

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Robot Restaurant launched in Dhaka

Robot Restaurant

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first-ever Robot Restaurant of Bangladesh has been launched in Dhaka. The restaurant located inside the Family World Convention Center at Asad Gate, Mirpur Road will use robots to serve food to customers, said a press release. It will be open to the customers on Thursday. China-based robot-making organisation HZX Electronic Technology Company provided technical support to the ‘Robot Restaurant’. Representatives from both the organisations attended the press briefing in Dhaka. Primarily, the restaurant has installed two humanoid robots to serve food to customers, it also said. Max Schwarz, CEO of HZX Electronic Technology Company, ...

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Vinci artwork sold for record $450.3m


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: In New York Christie’s auction house has sold a Leonardo Da Vinci artwork for $450.3 million on 15 November, reported news agency. The auction broke records of Picasso’s 1955 Women of Algiers (Version O), sold for $179.4 million, and Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917-18 Reclining Nude, sold for $170.4 million. The painting, “Salvator Mundi”, is believed to be one of the only 20 surviving pieces done by the Italian Renaissance polymath. The work, commissioned by the French king Louis XII 500 years ago and possessed by the English king Charles I, had ended up in the hands ...

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HC order to reopen Lakehead School stayed

Lakehead school

MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) has stayed a High Court (HC) order on reopening the Lakehead Grammar School in Dhaka. The chamber judge stayed the order on Wednesday after the state challenged the decision, reported news agency. The decision has been halted until Sunday, when an Appellate Division bench is expected to hear the matter, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the Dhaka district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate closed down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The ministry says the ...

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth

MNA Feature Desk: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will add another landmark to her record-breaking reign on Monday when she and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Princess Elizabeth, as she was at the time, married dashing naval officer Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London’s Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. Seventy years on, Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her 96-year-old husband will mark their platinum anniversary with a small family party at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s home to the ...

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