Priyanka, Nick arrive in Mumbai


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ahead of their wedding, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas arrived at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in the early hours of Sunday. The couple, who was surrounded by a tight security looked all happy and elated as they were seen greeting fans and media with a big smile. The much-in-love couple walked holding hands and waved at the paparazzi. Recently, Priyanka and Nick celebrated Thanksgiving with their family. Fans of the duo have been in awe of them owing to their cute PDA and lovely pictures on social media. According to various reports, the two will be ...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


MNA Feature Desk: To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health. The last year has been extraordinary in terms of the awareness ...

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4th national debate at RU

national debate

MNA Education Desk: Gold Bangladesh, a debate organization of Rajshahi University (RU), organized a 2-daylong 4th national debate fest, with the vision of preparing knowledge and leadership skills based new generation, at the university Teachers Students Center (TSC). RU pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ananda Kumar Saha inaugurated the program as chief guest. After that colorful rally was started on the campus and marching deferent roads that terminated in front of university’s Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium. Besides, student advisor Prof Dr Laila Arjuman Banu, former student advisor Prof Dr Golam Sattar Tipu, were present as special guests. Sohrab Hossain, president of “Gold ...

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SpaceX crew rocket set for 1st flight in January


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first flight of a SpaceX rocket tailored to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is set for liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on7 January, NASA said. The launch test is a crucial milestone in the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to launch humans to space from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration said SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft – which will shuttle three astronauts to space from the same launch pad that sent Apollo 11’s three-man crew to the ...

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Security beefed up for SRK after Kalinga Sena threats

Kalinga Sena

MNA Entertainment Desk: Special attention as well as adequate measures have been taken for the security of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as a regional outfit, Kalinga Sena, has issued threats to throw ink on him. The Kalinga Sena, a fringe outfit in Odisha, has threatened to throw ink on the actor’s face for distorting history in his film Ashoka that was released 17 years ago, reports news agency. It also threatened to show him black flags on his arrival during the inauguration of the Men’s Hockey World cup scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium in the city on ...

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Kim and Kanye donate $500,000 to California wildfire relief efforts

California wildfire

MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on Wednesday donated $500,000 to firefighters and victims of a massive Southern California wildfire that came close to destroying the celebrity couple’s own multimillion-dollar mansion. Kardashian, appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” said she and West hired private firefighters to protect their home and others in their neighborhood in rural Calabasas, north of Los Angeles. Kardashian, West and their three children were among thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes during the 93,000-acre (37,635-hectare) Woolsey fire two weeks ago that spread into coastal Malibu, destroying 1,500 buildings and killing three people. ...

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61.1pc pass in DU ‘Gha’ unit fresh test


MNA Education Desk: The results of the freshly held “Gha” unit admission test of Dhaka University were published on Monday afternoon (Nov 19) where 61.1 percent students passed. DU authorities retook the admission test of first-year honors programs for the 2018-19 academic sessions on November 16. A total of 16,181 students, who obtained pass marks in the previous test held on October 12, took part in the examination. Of them, 9,886 students secured the pass mark. To get the full results of the test, students can go to admission.eis.du.ac.bd, according to a press release issued by the public relations office ...

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Tips for yoga beginners


MNA Life Style Desk: Are you keen to start practising yoga at home but don’t know how to start? Here are some tips. Fix a time: First of all, make it a habit to practise yoga at a fixed time though you are doing it at home. This could be an hour just after you wake up or in the evening. Fixing a time will get you in a habit of doing yoga exercises every day without fail. Select your space: If you are doing yoga at home, there are chances you might be disturbed at activities of your family ...

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Ahmed Riaz wins ‘Meena Media Award’

Meena Media

MNA National Desk: Kishore Bangla, country’s prominent monthly magazine for teens and children celebrated on the occasion of their executive editor Ahmed Riaz’s receipt of Unicef’s 14th ‘Meena Media Award’. It was given on November 20 at a hotel in the capital. Renowned children’s writer Ahmed Riaz won this prestigious award in the creative story category. It was his fourth time winning of this award. His nomination was for his small story titles ‘Aha’. He got the ‘Meena Media Award’ for the fourth consecutive time. Like every year, UNICEF has given this award to children and adults in various categories ...

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Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed

holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed in the country on Wednesday with due reverence and religious fervour. Tens of thousands of Muslims with banners of different spiritual and social organizations like the Maizbhandar darbar and other spiritual hubs joined colouful street marches in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country chanting praising the prophet for his role for the mankind. On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings ...

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Scientists vote to redefine kilogram value


MNA Science Desk: It may not change how you buy bananas, but scientists have voted to redefine the value of a kilogram, in what they called a landmark decision that will boost the accuracy of scientific measurements. Since 1889, a kilogram has been defined by a shiny lump of platinum-iridium kept in a special glass case and known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram. It is housed at the headquarters of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (whose French acronym is BIPM), just outside Paris. Members of the BIPM, which groups some 60 nations, agreed on Friday after ...

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IU to observe founding anniv 24 Nov


MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia will observe ‘University Day’ on 24 November on its 39th founding anniversary, reported news agency. The university day is supposed to be observed on 22 November as the university started its journey on that day in 1979. But this year, 22 November is weekly holy day of the university. So the authorities have taken decision to observe the day on 24 November instead of 22 November. On the occasion, an elaborate programme has been chalked out. The programmes include hoisting national and university flags in front of the university ...

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Hair care tips for this winter


MNA Life Style Desk: The winter months can put your hair and scalp under a lot of stress. Here are some key tips and tricks to keep your hair and scalp healthy during winter. While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a hair care routine that is fit for winter. Control Frizz One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang ...

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Preity apologises for #MeToo comments


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta apologised on Tuesday over comments she made about India’s #MeToo movement that sparked a furor on social media. Zinta was accused of belittling victims after saying she wished she had faced sexual harassment. “My reason for saying ‘I wish something like this would have happened to me’ in the film industry with a smile was because I would have reacted and slapped the person,” she said. Zinta said she was a “huge supporter of the movement” and claimed that her comments, given in an interview with entertainment site Bollywood Hungama, were taken out ...

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NASA considers to sellselling seats on spacecraft


MNA Science & Technology Desk: NASA is considering selling seats on the spacecraft that will ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station, offering rides to the public while opening another line of revenue as the agency attempts to broaden its appeal. On several occasions, Russia has flown wealthy individuals who paid millions for the ride to space. And a trio of private companies backed by billionaires, is also looking to fly tourists out of the atmosphere. But except for a couple of rare exceptions, such as Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who was killed when the space Shuttle Challenger exploded ...

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ICT Lab to be set up in every educational institute: Jabbar


MNA Tech Desk: Posts, Telecommunications and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar said ICT lab and multimedia classrooms will be set up at every educational institution of the country within next two years. Mustafa Jabbar said, “The existing professions are getting extinct everyday. Therefore, it is imperative to learn technology-based knowledge to cope with competitive world.” The minister was addressing a function at Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) auditorium of ICT Tower on Sunday. The minister distributed laptops to the best trainees and educational institutions. The laptops were given under two projects- ‘Learning and Earning’ and ‘Computer and Language Training ...

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PSC, Ebtedayee exams begin


MNA Education Desk: Primary School Certificate (PSC) and Ebtedayee Examinations-2018 began on Sunday across the country with the participation of 30,95,123 examinees. The examinations started around 10am, reported news agency. As many as 27,77,270 examinees are appearing for PSC examinations while 3,17,853 students are participating in Ebtedayee examinations this year. Among the PSC examinees, 12,78,742 are male and 14,98,528 female while 3,17,853 students including 1,66,814 male candidates will appear in the Ebtedayee examinees examination. The examinations will continue till November 26. The authorities concerned have taken adequate security measures with taking maximum privacy to check question paper leakage. Special initiatives ...

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Remembering the Jonestown massacre


MNA Feature Desk: Four decades ago this Sunday, the Rev Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of an American cult in the Guyanese jungle, ordered his followers to murder a US congressman and several journalists, then commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced fruit punch. The Jonestown massacre was, before 9/11, the largest single incident of intentional civilian death in American history. More than 900 people died, many children. It was also a devastating cultural trauma: the end of the last strains of a certain kind of 1960s idealism and 1970s radicalism. Jonestown’s legacy lives on in the ironic phrase “drink the ...

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Bieber confirms marriage to Hailey


MNA Entertainment Desk: Pop singer Justin Bieber has confirmed his marriage to model Hailey Baldwin, posting the ultimate status update on social media two months after it was reported the couple had obtained a marriage license. “My wife is awesome,” Bieber wrote on his Instagram account, next to a picture of himself and Baldwin walking and holding hands. The Canadian singer is one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts. Since releasing his last studio album in 2015, he has been featured on hits by other artists, including Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” and a remix of Luis Fonsi’s global sensation “Despacito,” ...

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Over-brushing can damage teeth


MNA Lifestyle Desk: If you are too much committed while brushing your teeth, you must know that over-brushing can damage your teeth. Using your toothbrush too enthusiastically can permanently damage teeth and gums, dentists warn. People who brush longer and harder than necessary not only fail to make their teeth cleaner but actually risk harming themselves, a study shows. When researchers asked people to increase the length of their brushing regime, and the pressure they applied, the removal of bacteria was only improved up to a point. Beyond that, the risk of causing oral health problems, such as the abrasion ...

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42nd death anniv of Bhasani


MNA Feature Desk: The 42nd 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. Bhasani was a popular leader in his fight against imperialism and oppression of the Pakistani rulers. Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, born in 1880 in Dhangara in Sirajganj, was ...

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Netflix film ‘Mowgli’ to get its world premiere in Mumbai

Netflix film

MNA Entertainment Desk: Andy Serkis’s upcoming Netflix film “Mowgli,” starring Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Freida Pinto and Cate Blanchett, will have its world premiere in Mumbai on November 25, reported news agency. Serkis, along with the film’s stars Chand, Bale, Pinto and his son Louis Ashbourne Serkis will walk the red carpet at the movie’s premiere in Mumbai. An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” the film stars Chand as Mowgli, the feral child raised by wolves in a jungle in central India. The cast includes Serkis as Baloo the bear, Benedict Cumberbatch as the tiger Shere Khan, Blanchett ...

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DU’s Gha unit admission retake held


MNA Education Desk: The ‘Gha’ unit re-test for admission into first year honours courses under the Social Science faculty for 2018-19 academic session of Dhaka University (DU) was held on Friday, reports news agency. The one-hour test was held from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at 19 centres on the university campus. A total of 18,463 students who passed the admission test held on 12 October sat for the retake against 1,615 seats. DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman, pro-VC Muhammad Samad, treasurer Md Kamal Uddin, dean of the Social Science faculty and Coordinator of ‘Gha’ unit admission test professor Sadeka Halim and ...

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FB to launch independent body for content removal calls

independent body

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook announced Thursday it is creating an independent body to make potentially precedent-setting calls on what content should be yanked from the social network. The announcement came as Facebook reported it has ramped up its ability to quickly detect “hate speech” and other posts violating community rules, with the leading social network under pressure from regulators in various countries and activists to root out abusive and inappropriate content. “I have come to believe that we shouldn’t be making so many decisions about free expression and safety on our own,” Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a ...

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Nabanna Utsab kicks off on DU campus

Nabanna Utsab

MNA Education Desk: The two-day long ‘Jatiya Nabanna Utsab’ kicked off on Thursday at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University (DU) as part of the countrywide celebrations with this year’s theme ‘Esho Mili Shobe Nabanyer Utshobe’. Jatiya Nabanna Utsab Udjapan Parishad, the celebration committee of the festival, chalked out different day-long cultural activities including Folk songs, Lalon giti, Tagore song and dance to welcome the first day of Bengali month Agrahayan. Eminent Cultural personality Ramendra Majumder officially inaugurated the cultural programme around 7:00 am. Poets, painters, musicians, bauls and people from all walks of life joined together ...

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World Diabetes Day observed

Diabetes Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Diabetes Day was observed across the globe to create awareness about the disease and its prevention, reported news agency. This year’s theme “The Family and Diabetes” aims to encourage families to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and play a vital role in spreading awareness of the disease. Various activities were planned across the country to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected. Jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the day is internationally recognised. It was first ...

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Ginger: Nepal’s first robot waiter

robot waiter

MNA Tech Desk: “Please enjoy your meal,” says Nepal’s first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better known for its soaring mountain peaks than technological prowess, but a group of self-taught young innovators are seeking to change that. Local start-up Paaila Technology built Ginger, a 1.5 metre (five-foot) tall robot, from scratch and programmed her to understand both English and Nepali. The bilingual humanoid robot — named Ginger after a common ingredient in Nepali cuisine — can even crack jokes like Apple’s Siri or ...

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