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Vogue apologizes for misidentifying Muslim journalist

Vogue

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Vogue magazine has apologized for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue. The 24-year-old said she was “heartbroken and devastated” after discovering that Noor Bukhari’s name had been printed next to her picture. Tagouri said “misrepresentation and misidentification” was a constant problem for Muslims in the US. She has received widespread support on social media for speaking out. On Instagram, the journalist and activist shared a video captured by her husband of the moment she opened the issue for the first time. Initially, there is excitement. “That’s so ...

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ULAB hosts Renuka Khatiwada’s photo exhibition

Renuka Khatiwada

MNA Career & Education Desk: The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has recently organised a photo exhibition in association with Nepalese photographer Ms Renuka Khatiwada at its Campus A in Dhanmondi area in the capital. The photographer’s project primarily took a close look at Dhaka and Kathmandu to compare the two cities as part of the Comparative South Asian Urban Studies project. Professor Dr H M Jahirul Haque, Vice Chancellor, ULAB inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday, according to a press statement. Professor Imran Rahman, Special Advisor to the ULAB Board of Trustees, Professor Shamsad Mortuza, Pro Vice Chancellor, ULAB, ...

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Green tea can increase type 2 diabetes risk

green tea

MNA Lifestyle Desk: A recent international study found that drinking green tea was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adults, reports Xinhua. A total of 119,373 participants from the Shanghai Women’s Health Study (SWHS) and Shanghai Men’s Health Study (SMHS) were included in the study. The SWHS and SMHS are two large population-based studies initiated in 1996. Data from the studies have been used to investigate genetic and other biomarkers as well as lifestyle risk factors for cancers and other chronic diseases. In the new study, none of the participants had diabetes when they were ...

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie

Margot Robbie

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warner Bros on Tuesday announced they were partnering to make the film, which will star the Oscar-nominated actress. Robbie, 28, will also co-produce the film, the companies said in a statement No plot, title or release date was announced for the film, which comes 60 years after the adult-figured Barbie fashion doll was launched in March 1959. Robbie, who was Oscar-nominated ...

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Dean’s Award to 5 DU teachers & 37 students

Dean’s Award

MNA Career & Edication Desk: A total of 37 students of various departments under the science faculty of Dhaka University (DU) have been given ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in Bachelor of Science (BSc) examination of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Besides, five teachers of the faculty have received the award for their extra-ordinary contributions to original research and writing books. DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of the award as chief guest at a function held Wednesday at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university. Teachers who received Dean’s ...

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BUET holds robotics carnival

carnival

MNA Science & Technology Desk: A two-day “Robo Carnival-2019” has begun at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Thursday to engage the robotics enthusiasts of different institutions of the country. State Minister for Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak is expected to be present at the closing ceremony of Robo Carnival-2019 as the chief guest while BUET Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Saiful Islam as the special guest, reports BSS. This national level event is organised by BUET Robotics Society for the third consecutive time, a BUET press release said. Pathfinder, Industrial Automation Challenge, Soccer Bot Competition, ...

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Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques at AIUB

Conference

MNA Career & Education Desk: American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) recently organised the 1st International Conference on Robotics, Electrical and Signal Processing Techniques (ICREST) on its campus. Department of Computer Engineering (CoE), and Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB arranged the three-day conference on 10 – 12 January 2019. The opening address and welcoming remarks were given by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain, General Chair of the Conference and Dean, Faculty of Engineering of the AIUB, says a media release. The Chief Patron of the Conference Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor ...

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China to collect samples from moon this year

moon

MNA Science & Technology Desk: China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that “lifted the mysterious veil” of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for the country’s ambitious space programme. ...

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Protecting hair from dandruff in winter

Dandruff

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Dandruff in winters is usually caused by a dry scalp, which can feel itchy. This is the result of a combination of things-dry, cold air and an abundance of the malassezia fungus. To reduce and treat dandruff, you’ve got to use the right hair care products that are meant for the job. In the winter, we switch to Anti Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner Range. However, as you might already know, just making this swap isn’t going to get rid of dandruff in a jiffy! You’ve got to invest in making a few lifestyle changes too! Here are ...

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Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual abuse

Rajkumar Hirani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked as an assistant in his last film, reports Huffington Post India. The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, claims that she was sexually abused by the director on multiple occasions over a six-month period between March and September 2018. Hirani, best known for films like the Munna Bhai series, 3 Idiots and PK, has categorically denied the allegations through his lawyer. “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months ago. I had ...

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IUB holds orientation ceremony

orientation

MNA Career & Education Desk: Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) welcomed its new undergraduate students of Spring 2019 Semester of this year through an orientation ceremony on Saturday at its campus at Bashundhara in Dhaka. The students got enrolled in six different Schools namely, School of Business; School of Engineering & Computer Science; School of Environmental Science & Management; School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; School of Life Sciences, and School of Public Health, said a press release. Welcoming the newly enrolled students and the parents, IUB Vice Chancellor Prof. M. Omar Rahman called upon the new students to capitalize ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ streams on Netflix now

'Komola Rocket'

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Komola Rocket’ (The Orange Ship), Noor Imran Mithu’s directorial debut film based on the Bangla Academy Award winning writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’, is now available on Netflix for the audiences around the world. Apparently, this is the third film from Bangladesh which saw its release on Netfilx. Now, the viewers can enjoy the film any time on Netflix for the next five years. Produced by Impress Telefilm, the lead roles of ‘Komola Rocket’ are played by Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel i Super Star contestant Samiya, while Mosharraf Karim is seen as an agent. ...

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Rebuilding trust after getting cheated

trust

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Cheating is one of the biggest tests a relationship can face. It’s not easy to build back trust the lost after someone is unfaithful, but some people do manage it. Matthew Hussey told Business Insider: “Cheating is a fundamental relationship-altering event and it’s a huge breach of trust on a deep level. “Even if you can overcome what happened, it plants this seed that then grows.” For someone who never even considered the possibility of their partner cheating before, it can become a constant possibility in their head, he added. “Whatever justifications you give for your actions ...

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Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day today: Return of Father of the Nation

Homecoming

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today January 10 (Thursday) in a befitting manner. Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander of the country’s Liberation War, returned to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh via London and New Delhi on January 10 in 1972, after 290 days of captivity in Pakistan jail, BSS reports. On that day in 1972, the then The Bangladesh Observer covered the historic day with the title “Nation welcomes home father today: Bangladesh smiles.” It read, “As the entire nation ...

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Effect of workplace lighting on mind

workplace

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Poor lighting often gets overlooked in the workplace, as we talk about mental health and well-being, and the focus is firmly on creating happier and healthier workplaces. But bad lighting is associated with a range of ill-health effects, both physical and mental, such as eye strain, headaches, fatigue and also stress and anxiety in more high-pressured work environments. As we spend much of the day in artificial lighting, there is evidence that the lack of natural sunlight has an adverse effect on the body and the mind, and can result in conditions such as seasonal affective disorder ...

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CUB holds ‘Spot Admission Week 2019’

Admission

MNA Education & Career Desk: A seven-day long ‘Spot Admission Week 2019’ of Canadian University of Bangladesh has been started officially on 6th January 2019, (Sunday) at the university’s Banani Campus, says a press release. Honorable Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Mahfuzul Islam, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam and Professor William Derrenger, Dean, School of Business inaugurated the programme. Students will get 40 percent tuition waiver on spot admission and attractive gifts will also be given during the week to the newly admitted students of BBA, MBA, EMBA, CSE, EEE, English, LL.B (Hons.), Film & Television and Shipping ...

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‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates pre-election controversy

The Accidental Prime Minister

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: One of the most anticipated bollywood film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ creates huge controversy in pre-election India. A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and television news programmes have taken swipes at the makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ for pursuing a political agenda, while a spokesman for the Gandhi’s Congress Party has derided it as “propaganda”. Based on a 2014 book of the ...

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Golden Globes Winners of 2019

Golden

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The winners of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced! And we already know that! While the American comedy-drama Green Book topped the award night with three wins, the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma tied with two awards each. In TV, The Kominsky Method bagged two awards, including Best Television Series, in a Musical or Comedy. Lets know the names of all the winners to keep an eye on their good works in 2019 also: -Best Motion Picture (Drama): Bohemian Rhapsody -Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Rami ...

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83th birth anniversary of Rafiqul Haque DaduBhai today

DaduBhai

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 83th birth anniversary of Children’s Literature writer Rafiqul Haque. He is known as ‘DaduBhai’ to all. He was born on 8th January in 1937. He is the son of late Yeasin Uddin Ahamed and late Rahima Khatun, said a press release on Monday. He wrote the first poem on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He is a dramatist too. He has been playing a vital role as a litterateur since the Liberation War. He is well acclaimed for his contribution in the field of children’s literature. Meah Monsaf, President of Bangabandhu ...

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Apple joins with Samsung with iTunes

iTunes

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Samsung Electronics says that it will add an app to its smart televisions in the coming months to let owners watch content bought on Apple’s iTunes service, a possible first sign Apple is looking to distribute its forthcoming television service on devices made by others. The deal is part of an ongoing strategy shift for Apple, which is facing weak hardware sales in China and a saturated global smart phone market where users are hanging on to their old iPhones longer than ever, hammering its biggest business, according to a Reuters report Monday. As a ...

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Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal new registrar of BRUR

BRUR

MNA Career & Education Desk: Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal on Sunday took charge as the new registrar of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR). Prior to the new post at BRUR, Kamal retired as registrar of Bangladesh Army International University of Science and Technology, Cumilla, said a press release. The newly appointed registrar today took charges of his office replacing Muhammad Ibrahim Kabeer, registrar of the university. Officials and employees of the university congratulated the newly appointed registrar with wreaths after he assumed office, reports BSS. As per recommendation of the search committee, formed on December 11 at the 59th syndicate ...

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Britney Spears announces her career on hold

Britney Spears

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: International singing superstar Britney Spears announced on Friday that she is placing her career on hold indefinitely to take care of her sick father. “I will not be performing my new show Domination,” she wrote in an emotional post on Twitter which featured a picture of herself as a young child alongside her parents. Britney was facing lots of ups and downs in her career and the upcoming performances were considered to be very important for her. The sensation of the 1990s and 2000s was due to kick off a series of concerts at the ...

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Stay motivated while working remotely

remotely

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Working remotely is awesome in that it gives you the freedom to work when and how you’d like. However, sometimes the lack of direct accountability on a daily basis can make it difficult to stay motivated.So how do you find that perfect balance of enjoying the flexibility, but also getting work done in a timely and efficient manner? Here are six tips for how to stay motivated while working remotely. Early to Rise It can be hard to get up early if you don’t have to be at an office at a set time. However, it’s a ...

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17th Dhaka International Film Festival to begin on January 10

Film Festival

MNA Entertainment Desk: The 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF)-2019 will kick off on January 10 with the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. The inaugural session will be held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The Rainbow Film Society will organise the festival where more than 200 international and Bangladeshi films will be screened under the categories of Asian Competition, Retrospective, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Spiritual Films, Women Filmmakers, and Short and Independent Films. As part of the festival, many filmmakers, actors and personalities from more than ...

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China lunar rover lands on dark side of moon

lunar rover

MNA Tech Desk: A Chinese lunar rover landed on the dark side of the moon on Thursday, in a global first that boosts Beijing’s ambitions to become a space superpower. The Chang’e-4 probe landed at 10:26am Beijing time (0226 GMT) and sent a photo of the far side of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications to controllers on Earth, state broadcaster CCTV said. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022, and of eventually sending humans to the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe mission – ...

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Online learning platform launched for women

online learning

MNA Education Desk: The2HourJob, country’s first online job marketplace for women, launched an online learning platform for the grassroots. “This is such a platform where people from any corner of the country can attain an online certification course. We have launched the programme to meet the growing demand of online learning in the country,” The2HourJob founder Sanjida Khandoker told news agency. Sanjida said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed Thursday with UY lab in this regard. the2hourjob.com is such a platform, where women can get job as per their preference and experience sitting in their respective houses. The website ...

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Nikola Tesla: Unsung hero of 20th century

Tesla

MNA Feature Desk: By the end of the 19th century, the Serbian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla had conceived some of the underlying technology behind alternating current, the induction motor, remote control, X-ray imaging and a host of other crucial Industrial Age technologies, including nearly 300 patents. He’s partly responsible for the fact that most of us have instant access to light, heat, TV, radio and the internet. “He’s an unsung hero,” says University of Oregon professor Brad Garner. “We wouldn’t have cell phones and power in our homes without his work.” Tesla’s vision was even more towering than his ...

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