Laisa Ahmed to perform Rabindra Sangeet

Rabindra Sangeet

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: IGCC is going to organize an evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Laisa Ahmed Lisa at Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The musical soiree will be held on August 9 at 6.30 pm. Apart from being a singer, Laisa Ahmed Lisa also has a PhD degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. She is Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. Earlier, two-day Tagore festival ended at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 5. Bangladesh Rabindra ...

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Dr Fakrul Alam conducts a seminar at NDUB

Fakrul Alam

MNA Education Desk: In order to remove the dilemma among the students who are about to take ELT or Literature as their major stream, the Department of English Language and Literature (ELL), Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB), arranged a seminar titled ‘ELT or Literature? Career Options for Graduating Students’ on August 5, at its premises, at 4pm, conducted by Dr Fakrul Alam, former professor of the University of Dhaka. The anchor of the seminar Sami Hossain Chisty, lecturer of the department of English of NDUB, gives the students a framework of the seminar. He mentions that the students of English ...

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RU proctor Mozibul Huq resigned

Mozibul Huq

MNA Education Desk: Rajshahi University proctor Professor Mohammad Mozibul Huq Azad Khan resigned from his post showing personal reasons on Sunday morning. The proctor submitted his resignation letter to RU Vice-chancellor Professor M Abdus Sobhan around 10:30am. The outgoing proctor told to media that he has requested the authority for approving his discontinuation from the charge of proctor. Professor Mojibul Haque Azad Khan assumed in the office of RU Proctor on March 29, 2016. Earlier in the morning, teachers of Political Science Department of the university went on indefinite work abstention demanding removal of Dr Nasima Zaman from the chairperson ...

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76th death anniversary of Rabindranath


MNA Feature Desk: The 76th death anniversary of the Bard of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore is being observed on Sunday with due respect. Different organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes while various television channels are airing many productions based on Rabindranath Tagore’s works. A tribute ceremony featuring a special lecture programme and a cultural event will be held in the Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium on this day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion. Channel I, a private satellite TV, is airing a set of programmes all along the day ...

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Sarahah app gaining popularity


MNA Technology Desk: Sarahah, a new messaging app, that’s gaining popularity among teens can be used for bullying, experts warn. Sarahah is a messaging service that lets anyone with a link send or receive anonymous texts to those registered. There’s no way of knowing who posted the comments and no way to respond to the messages. It was initially created by a Saudi developer who was worried about workplace discrimination. The app can now be integrated into Snapchat and has become a serious lure for teens. Sarahah works by giving each of its users a custom URL. That URL then ...

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Science Festival held at DU

Mujibur Rahman Gold

MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University Science Society (DUSS) conducted a daylong science festival at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) on the campus on Friday. Science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman joined the prize giving ceremony as chief guest at TSC auditorium while DU vice-chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique presided over it on Friday evening, said a Dhaka University release on Saturday. Dhaka University pro vice-chancellor (academic) professor Nasreen Ahmad and Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering department professor Lafifa Jamal were present on the occasion, among others. Earlier, Dhaka University pro-VC (administration) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the daylong festival in the Friday morning.

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Music video ‘Nesha’ receives mixed reactions

music video

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress and model Kushum Sikder has received mixed reactions from her fans and followers for acting in her newly released music video ‘Nesha’. The actress is seen in a steamy avatar in the music video. The video is receiving negative reaction from the viewers with many of them saying Kushum was not expected in such an intimate scene. Kushum Sikder penned the lyrics and sang while Hridoy Khan contributed to the composition and tune. Khaled Hossain Shujon worked as a co-model under the direction of Shubhro Khan and Sraboni. However, she debuted in the 2010 ...

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Neil Armstrong’s 86th birth anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut and engineer was the first person to walk on the moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Neil was in the US Navy. He was a naval aviator and a test pilot. He later joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962 where he made his first space flight command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966, officially becoming the first civilian astronaut to fly in space. Three years later in 1969, Neil flew into space for the second and last time as a commander of Apollo 11. Along with pilot Buzz Aldrin, the two men ...

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SC stays DU VC election panel

High Court

MNA Education Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stayed all activities of Dhaka University’s vice chancellor panel. A three-member of appellate division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order. The three-member judges panel also asked the High Court Division to resolve the matter in four weeks. Earlier, on July 29, the Dhaka University senate nominated a three-member board, including incumbent DU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, for appointing a new VC. The VC election drew criticism as the election was held in presence of only 47 senate members, with ...

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61th anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 61th 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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Uber integrated emergency number 999


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Uber on Tuesday announced the integration of the nationwide emergency number 999 in its rider app to increase riders’ safety, reported news agency. In a reinforcement of Uber’s commitment towards safety of riders, Uber integrated the government’s helpline number in the app, which would prompt riders to dial 999 in case of an emergency, Uber said in a statement. In the event of an emergency situation during a ride, riders in an Uber can now access an in-app card and press ‘Call Now’ to connect to the toll free national help desk run by the ...

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Priyanka Chopra to produce comedy series


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra says she cannot wait to begin work as executive producer of a comedy series about Bollywood’s dancing diva Madhuri Dixit’s life for US network ABC. The 34-year-old actress, who has made her presence felt in Hollywood, took to Instagram to share her excitement about the project. “One of the favourite parts of my job is to be able to tell stories across genres, languages and to a varied audience. Today I’m happy to share with you another step I’ve taken on that creative journey, in my role as a producer. This particular story ...

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‘Be the Presentation’: Workshop held at NDUB


MNA Education Desk: Notre Dame University Bangladesh English Club (NDUBEC) organized a workshop titled ‘Be the Presentation’, a workshop on developing presentation skills for NDUB students on July 28,2017. This session was conducted by Sami Hossain Chisty, Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature (ELL), NDUB, who has recently joined the club as Adviser. The workshop was initiated by Habiba Akter, Lecturer of ELL, NDUB, and Moderator of NDUBEC; it was attended by Fr Subas Adam Pereira, CSC, Registrar, NDUB, and Md Waliullah, Lecturer of Department of ELL, who also judged the participants and provided certificates of participation, says a ...

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Model Risila commits suicide


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Model and actress Risila Binte Wazer reportedly committed suicide at her residence in Badda area of Dhaka today. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in their residence in Shajahadpur area around 1:30pm. Risila was pronounced dead after she was taken to United Hospital in Gulshan around 2:00pm, said Dr Shagufa Anwar, communication and business development director of the hospital. “She committed suicide while she was talking to her husband through a WhatsApp video call,” said Abu Bakkar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station. The couple had a four-year-old daughter together. ...

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August: A Dark Chapter


MNA Feature Desk: August is the darkest month for Bengali nation as it took away the moon from our sky. Back in 1975 it seemed like this rainy August and brutal bloodshed of Bangabandhu was the representation of the weeping of the sky itself crying out of extreme grievance. 15th August is the day to recite lamentation, the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the architect of independence Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The night still shadowed the whole nature with its deep black curtain. In that darkest night of 15th August 1975, heinous assassins killed the ...

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Foods that fight inflammation


MNA Life Style Desk: Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response; without it, we can’t heal. But when it’s out of control—as in rheumatoid arthritis—it can damage the body. Plus, it’s thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured. Fatty Fish: Oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna have high omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Add fish to menus, boiled or steamed rather than fried, salted or dried. Nuts: Nuts ...

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Aamir shared poster of Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Aamir Khan on Monday shared the first poster of the upcoming film Secret Superstar on social media. Aamir tweeted the poster, which shows a young school-going girl with two braids and a heavy school bag walking down the bridge with her back to the camera. The foreground has musical notes floating in the air with the backdrop of trees. The creative also read that the trailer of the film, which is a musical drama. Its trailer will be out on Wednesday. Secret Superstar, which features Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij and Aamir in lead roles. It ...

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Apple removes VPN in China Apps Store

security gap

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China. The move was first noted by ExpressVPN, a provider based outside of China, which said in a blog post “all major VPN apps” including its own had been purged from Apple’s China-based store. The company shared a note from Apple (below) explaining that its app was removed because “it includes content that is illegal in China.” The app continues to be ...

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DU teachers, students scuffle


MNA Education Desk: A scuffle between a group of students and teachers during a meeting of the Dhaka University Senate has left eight injured. The scuffle started when the students, protesting against the nomination of vice-chancellor candidates without their representatives, tried to enter into the Senate building and the teachers blocked their entry. Some leftist students’ organizations announced demonstration demanding inclusion of students’ representatives in the Senate through Dhaka University Central Students’ Union or DUCSU election. The Senate called the meeting ahead of the end of the tenure of current VC AAMS Arefin Siddique. Meanwhile, the members of Dhaka University ...

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Joya, Mashrafe win ‘Sera Bangali’ award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and film actress Joya Ahsan have been awarded ‘Sera Bangali’ this year. Kolkata’s leading Bangla daily Anandabazar Patrika hosts the award every year recognizing the contributions of Bangali persons for outstanding contributions to different fields of sports and other sectors. Anandabazar Patrika at a five-star hotel in Kolkata yesterday selected Mashrafe and Joya on sports and film categories respectively. Mashrafe became the third Bangladesh cricketer after Habibul Bashar and Shakib Al Hasan to win the best Bangali award. However, Mashrafe received the award in a gala ceremony at Kolkata ...

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Six DU journos get campus journalism award

Campus Journalism

MNA Education Desk: Six Dhaka University (DU) campus reporters have been awarded the ‘Shahid Shah Chishti Helalur Rahman and Monwar Ahmed Trust Funds’, Campus Journalism Award-2017, for their investigative and objective reports. Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique handed over the award to the awardees at a ceremony organized by Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (DUJA) at the Nabab Nawab Ali Choudhury Senate Bhaban on Friday afternoon. The awarded were namely Md. Abdul Karim of the Daily Observer who got first award, Saif Sujon of The Dainik Banikbarta and Md. Mahdi-Al-Muhtasim Nibir of The Daily Star jointly ...

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Wal-Mart looks overseas for online vendors


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com Inc in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart’s Made-in-America campaign. While there is a financial incentive behind the move, Wal-Mart’s decision comes out of necessity: not all the goods its customers want – ranging from jeans to bicycles to beauty products – are manufactured within the United States. Americans are quick to say they favor US-made products. But their mood shifts when the products hit the store aisles, where they ...

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Remembering Vidyasagar on 126th death anniversary


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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‘Wanted’ actor Inder Kumar dies of heart attack

Inder Kumar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Inder Kumar, who worked in films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Wanted”, died on early Friday. He was 45. Inder breathed his last at his residence in Four Bungalows. The actor’s cremation will take place on Friday at a crematorium in Yaari road at 4 p.m. Inder is survived by daughter Khushi, whom he had with Sonal, and his second wife Pallavi. He was from Kolkata, but was born in Jaipur and has worked in (around) 20 films. Inder worked in films like “Masoom”, “Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi”, “Tirchhi Topiwale”, “Kunwara”, “Baaghi” and ...

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E-heart App for cardiac patients


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Patients of National Heart Foundation (NHF), who forget to take their heart medicines as prescribed can now better manage their dosages and routines through a new smart phone App launched in Dhaka on Tuesday. Bangladesh University at its Urban Lab, with the cooperation of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Division, made this App for the NHF heart patients. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq inaugurated the app as the chief guest at a function at (NHF) auditorium in city’s Mirpur area. The App can only be used by the patient of NHF. Patient ...

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Shakib, Mahfuz, Joya receive film award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Shakib Khan and Mahfuz Ahmed jointly won the Best Actor award for their performances in ‘Aro Bhalobashbo Tomai’ and ‘Zero Degree’ respectively while Joya Ahsan won the Best Actress award for her performance in ‘Zero Degree’. They received the crest from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at National Film Award-2015 ceremony, held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday. Shakib Khan received the national film award for the third time. Shabana and playback singer Ferdausi Rahman were given the lifetime achievement awards at the function. Reazul Rezu’s ‘Bapjaner Bioscope’ and Morshedul Islam’s ‘Anil Bagchir Ekdin’ won ...

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Mahanayak Uttam Kumar: A legendary Bengali film actor

Uttam Kumar

MNA Feature Desk: Today marks the 38th 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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