Facebook bans Rohingya militant group

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘dangerous organisation’ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led “ethnic cleansing”. A Facebook spokeswoman told news agency that it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which ...

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Can’t believe I met Priyanka Chopra: Malala


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai only joined Twitter two months ago and uses the micro blogging site to share exciting life updates, like getting into Oxford. On Wednesday, the 20-year-old tweeted a sweet ‘fan girl’ moment with actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra. Their Twitter exchange was just the dose of positivity the Internet needed and a photo of the two together went viral overnight. Ms Yousafzai tweeted a photo with the actor writing, ‘Can’t believe I met Priyanka Chopra’ and yes, there were emojis involved. The photo, tweeted nine hours before writing this, ...

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Govt nationalised 12 model colleges


MNA Education Desk: The government has nationalised 12 model school & colleges across the country, reported news agency. The education ministry issued a notification on Monday in this regard. The newly nationalised colleges are Mohammadpur Model School & College, Rupnagar Model School & College, Lalbagh Model School & College and Shyampur Model High School & College under Dhaka district, Chittagong Model School & College, Rajshahi Model School & College, Barisal Model School & College, Khulna Model School & College, Sylhet Model School & College, Comilla Education Board Model College, Jessore Education Board Model School & College, and Rajshahi Education Board ...

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Keep eyes on your children’s online activities


MNA Life Style Desk: As with the real world, the Internet has its seamy side — and it’s all too easy for children to stray into online. Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents to encourage that. However, as our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety, especially on online activities. Here are some tips to keep eyes on your children’s internet activities. Step into their cyber world Parents have to get involved. Just as they know every ...

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Popular film actor Dipjol falls ill


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular Bangla film actor Monowar Hossain Dipjol will fly for Singapore on Wednesday afternoon as he is critically ill. He was taken to Labaid Hospital in Dhaka’s Panthapath area after falling ill on Tuesday afternoon. However, attending physicians of the hospital advised his family to take him abroad for better treatment. Film Director Montazur Rahman Akbar confirmed the news to media. He also requested all to pray for Dipjol’s fast recovery. He was born on 15 June 1968. Dipjol is also a businessman and former ward commissioner. He, however, was sentenced to jail in 2007 ...

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Mahalaya is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, where Goddess Durga is invoked, is being observed on Tuesday across the country among Hindus. It marks the end of Pitri-paksha (fortnight of Shradh or mourning) and beginning of Devi-paksha (fortnight of the Goddess). Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as chief guest by lighting the candle around 6:00 am in city’s Swami Loknath Mandir. It is said that Goddess Durga starts her journey towards Earth on the day of Mahalaya i.e. the first day of Devi-paksha. Since she is traditionally worshipped during spring, this Sharodiya (autumnal) festival is also known ...

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Angelina Jolie condemns Rohingya violence

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Angelina Jolie has condemned the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and called on the country’s government and its leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, to no longer remain silent. Jolie on Sunday told weekly Welt am Sonntag: “It’s absolutely clear that the violence by the army needs to stop and that the return of the refugees has to be permitted – and that the Rohingya should be given civil rights.” She also added: “We all wish that Aung San Suu Kyi will in this situation be the voice of human rights.” ...

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Google honours Samuel Johnson with Doodle

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google today come up with a doodle marking 308th birth anniversary of British lexicographer Samuel Johnson, acknowledged for his lasting contribution to the English literature. Called Dr Johnson, he was a poet, moralist, literary critic, essayist, lexicographer, biographer and an editor as well. After nine years of work, Dr Johnson published an English dictionary in 1755. The dictionary ‘Johnson’s: A Dictionary of the English Language’ remained one of the most popular until Oxford came up with its dictionary in 1928. The pages of the dictionary were nearly 18 inches tall and the book was 20 ...

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Singer Madonna wants to reinvent pop tours

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Madonna says she is exploring the idea of doing a show that doesn’t travel the world, but stays in one place and is more intimate. Back in 1990, Madonna set the template for modern pop concerts with her Blond Ambition world tour. From its hydraulic stage to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s iconic costumes, it raised the bar for stadium-sized spectacle. Now, after seven world tours, the star says she is “exploring” a smaller-scale show in the future, reported news agency. “I’ve done so many shows—world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it—that I feel like I ...

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Harry Dean Stanton, whose scruffy looks and off-beat demeanour made him a favourite of directors seeking a character actor to add eccentricity or melancholy to the screen, died on Friday from natural causes, his agent said. He was 91. Stanton, who appeared in some 70 movies and many television shows including “Repo Man,” “Paris, Texas” and most recently David Lynch’s reboot of television’s “Twin Peaks,” died peacefully at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, his agent John Kelly said in a statement, reported news agency. Stanton’s final on-screen role can be seen in the upcoming ...

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Good lifestyle helps to reduce asthma


MNA Life Style Desk: Daily intake of a healthy diet rich in protein, fruit and vegetables combined with proper exercise could help reduce asthma and improve quality of life in people with the condition, according to a recent research. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world. The majority of patients rely on daily medicine to control symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath and many are wary of exercise, fearing that it could induce symptoms. “There is increasing evidence that asthma patients who are obese can benefit ...

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141th birth anniversary of Sarat Chandra

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MNA Feature Desk: September 15 marked the 141th birth anniversary of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, a celebrated Bengali novelist and short story writer. Sarat Chandra was born at Debanandapur of Hooghly in Pachim Banga of India on September 15, 1876. His family was occasionally supported by other family members and Sarat’s lack of financial stability would influence his writings in years to come. His work represented rural Bengali society and he often wrote against social superstitions and oppression. His first published story was “Mandir”. Some of his notable literary works are “Bordidi”, “Bindur Chhele”, “Parineeta”, “Biraj Bou”, “Ramer Shumoti”, “Palli Shomaj” ...

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DU admission tests begin Friday

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MNA Education Desk: The first-year honours admission tests of Dhaka University (DU) for academic session 2016-2017 will begin on Friday with the entry exam for the Business Studies faculty under “Ga-Unit” (C unit). The one-hour test will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am at 53 on- and off-campus sites, said a DU press release on Tuesday. A total of 29,954 candidates have applied against 1,250 seats under the unit. The release also said that the admission test (general knowledge) of Fine Arts Faculty under “Cha-Unit” will be held on 16 September (Saturday). As many as 13,476 aspirants have applied against ...

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British theatre director Peter Hall dies

Peter Hall

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Leading British theatre director Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died at the age of 86, the National Theatre said on Tuesday. Hall died on Monday at University College Hospital, London, surrounded by his family, the theatre said in a statement. Hall’s career spanned more than half a century. In his mid-20s he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and in 1960, aged 29, he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company which he led until 1968. Appointed Director of the National Theatre in 1973, Hall was responsible for ...

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Sheikh Rehana’s Birthday Today


MNA Feature Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sister and Bangabondhu-daughter Sheikh Rehana’s birthday today. She has turned 62 years. She was born on September 13, 1955. Planning Minister A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal informed the journalists on Wednesday that, due to her sympathy towards the Rohingyas of Myanmar, there will be no program on Sheikh Rehana’s birthday this year. He said, “Foods arranged for her birthday today was sent to orphanages”. Sheikh Rehana accompanied her sister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday to Kutupalong of Ukhiya and listened to the sad stories of Rohingya women and children. Hearing the stories of tortures on them, ...

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iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus unveiled

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Apple unveiled three new iPhone models — iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus — on Monday, including a top-of-line handset described as “the biggest leap forward” since the original iPhone 10 years ago. Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the premium iPhone X—pronounced 10 — as well as a new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Cook, speaking at the first event at the new campus theater named for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said the latest flagship handset is a milestone for the company a decade after the first iPhone release. “Ten years ...

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Stephen King’s ‘IT’ scores record opening


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Stephen King’s IT enjoyed a record-breaking debut this weekend, opening with an estimated $117.2 million and reigniting the domestic box office after one of Hollywood’s most dismal summers in years. That $117.2 million haul gave the New Line release, an adaptation of King’s 1986 horror novel, had the third biggest opening weekend of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($146.5 million), edging past Spider-Man: Homecoming’s $117 million. Not only is IT the biggest opening ever for a Stephen King film adaptation (1408 was the previous record ...

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Ivy League graduate crowned Miss America

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An Ivy League graduate and national dance champion from North Dakota was crowned Miss America on Sunday, becoming the first contestant from the state to win the nearly 100-year-old contest. Cara Mund, from Bismarck, ND, a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island, who has been accepted to Notre Dame’s law school, trained for several summers with the world-famous Rockettes. Mund, 23, was one of 51 contestants in the pageant, representing the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The first runner-up was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who competed on a platform of diversity. ...

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9/11 Today: Its Impact and Aftermath


Kaushik Ahmed Sixteen years have passed but it is still fresh in our memory today – the attacks of 9/11. There was multiple airplane attacks on World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. These attaacks led to the famous ‘War on Terror’ by the US government which changed the scenario of the world, specially the Muslim world. No single figure since the Second World War has made so weighty an impact on world events as Osama bin Laden. Had the world responded to his 9/11 attack on America with control he would probably have disappeared, expelled from Afghanistan or killed ...

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Sukumar Ray’s 94nd death anniversary

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MNA Feature Desk: Bengali poet, fiction writer and playwright Sukumar Ray was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. Today marks the 94ndh death anniversary of Ray. His works such as the collection of poems “Abol Tabol”, novella “Ha Ja Ba Ra La”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittrachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular authors among children’s writers in both West Bengal ...

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Facebook to stop info over suicide challenges

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: At a time when reports of suicides linked to the Blue Whale challenge internet game are sending shock waves through the country, Facebook on Friday said it is working with suicide prevention partners to collect phrases, hashtags and group names associated with online challenges encouraging self-harm or suicide. “We offer resources to people that search for these terms on Facebook,” the social media giant said. The Blue Whale challenge is said to psychologically provoke players to indulge in daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days before finally taking the “winning” step of killing themselves. Facebook said ...

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Symptoms of Dengue Fever

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MNA Life Style Desk: Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Symptoms of Dengue Fever Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include Sudden, high fever Severe headaches Pain behind the eyes Severe joint and muscle pain Fatigue Nausea Vomiting Skin rash, which appears two to ...

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2,246 cash officers to be recruited

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MNA Education Desk: The government will hire some 2,246 cash officers in four state-run banking institutions in the country. The Bangladesh Bank (BB) floated a circular on Saturday in this regard. The circular is available on the central bank website: <https://erecruitment.bb.org.bd/onlineapp/joblist.php> The state-run banks are Sonali Bank Limited, Janata Bank Limited, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, and Bangladesh Krishi Bank. Earlier on 29 August, the central bank published another circular to recruit 3,463 officers (general grade) for seven state-run banks. In total, 7,372 officers (general grade and cash) will be recruited and the Bankers Selection Committee has begun the recruitment process. ...

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125th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy


MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Bangabandhu Gobeshona Parishad, led by its President Lion M Gani Miah Babul paid rich tribute to the leader. Later, they organized a discussion on the premises adjacent to the grave. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died ...

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Detective series ‘Feluda’ on Channel i

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular detective series Satyajit Ray’s ‘Feluda’ will be aired on Channel i. ‘Feluda’ fans will be able to watch the first episode of the series, ‘Shyeal Debotar Rohosso’ at 7:50pm on Saturday. Indian actor Parambrata Chatterjee plays the role of ‘Feluda’ while Riddhi Sen, another Kolkata actor, will appear as Topshe, cousin of Feluda who always accompanies the detective. Satyajit’s son Sandip Ray has sold the copyrights of 35 ‘Feluda’ stories for making a television series in Bangladesh to Candy Production and Tom Creations recently. Other three episodes — Ghurghutia’r Ghotona’ (The incident of Gurguti), ...

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Nokia Android phones to receive Oreo update


MNA Science & Tech Desk: HMD Global has now confirmed that all of the company’s Nokia-branded Android smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update going ahead. While the company has already provided regular updates to its smartphones and the handsets are relatively new, it is good to get official confirmation from the company regarding the update to the next version of Android. In a tweet posted on Saturday, Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, said, “All of our smartphones will upgrade to Oreo, Nokia 3 included.” This clears any doubts about Nokia 3 getting the ...

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise bleak


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer has hinted that the disappointing performance of the latest sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” might lead to the end of the franchise. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, which featured Johnny Depp, has made the least money in the franchise’s history at the domestic box office, and even the stellar performance overseas has been hit due to the supposed weakness of the dollar, reports news agency. In an interview to Yahoo, Bruckheimer said only time will decide the fate of ...

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