Refreshing your love life: Some expert’s tips


MNA Lifestyle Desk: As the weather changes and we enter a new season, it may be the right time to evaluate our goals and the things we hold nearest and dearest in our lives. That can include romance, as Australian relationship expert Melissa Ferrari reveals that sometimes even the strongest couples could use a little ‘spring cleaning’. Checking-in with each other’s feelings, throwing out gifts from old lovers, and potentially even couples’ therapy could help to fortify relationships. Ferrari suggests that couples begin by doing a ‘check-in’ to see where their relationship stands and what they need to work on. ...

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BD students urged to explore study opportunities abroad


MNA Career & Education Desk: Bangladeshi students can explore the ample opportunities to study abroad as many universities offer world-class degrees. But most the students cannot avail the scope due to lack of enough information. They can be successful if they apply following proper guidance. The observation was made at a discussion held at The Daily Star Center in the city on Friday. The programme also comprised a Question-Answer session. Journalists from both print and online media attended the programme. Lee Wildman, head of International Student Recruitment Department of Queen Mary University of London, and Emma Winter, manager of South ...

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Raha Tanha, glowing star of web series

Raha Tanha

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Raha Tanha started her career in media through the hands of her elder brother dance artiste and choreographer Badshah. She first acted in evergreen singer Kumar Bishwajit’s musical film Sarangshey Tumi. She came into discussion with her first appearance on the screen. Later, she acted in music video, drama and movie one after another. She wants to establish herself in big screen. Raha has already worked in several numbers of web series. From March 9, she will start shooting of Safi Uddin Safi’s web series Cinematic. She will play in role of a heroine. To ...

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DUCSU polls to be free, fair: VC


MNA Career & Education Desk: Dhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman on Monday said the upcoming elections to DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) and hall unions will be participatory, free and fair, reports UNB. “No one can interfere in and foil the election. If anyone tries to do anything illegal, the university authorities will take instant actions,” he told a briefing on the DUCSU polls at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university. The DU VC urged the student bodies to maintain an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence and practice democratic norms on the campus ahead of the elections ...

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SpaceX astronaut capsule demo of Nasa lifts off


MNA Science & Technology Desk: The demonstration of a new US system to get astronauts into orbit is under way. The SpaceX company has launched a capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida designed to carry people. The mission is uncrewed for this flight, but if it goes well the American space agency is likely to approve the system for regular astronaut use from later this year. Not since the retirement of the shuttles in 2011 has the US been able to put humans in orbit. It’s had to pay to use Russian Soyuz vehicles instead. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 ...

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Daffodil Alumni UK holds reunion in London


MNA Career & Education Desk: Daffodil International University (DIU) Alumni UK arranged a reunion at Palm Tree hall in London. Baroness Manzila Pola Uddin, Member of the House of Lords, UK was present in the programme as the chief guest while Dr Md Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil Family attended the function, held on Sunday, as the special guest. Dr Donald Slowan, Chairman, Oxford Cultural Connective, S M Zakaria Haque, Commercial Counselor of Bangladesh High Commission in UK and Dr Azizur Rahman, Bangladeshi originated British Businessman were present as the Guest of Honour in the program, according to a media release ...

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‘Green Book’ best picture of Oscar 2019

Green Book

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Road trip movie “Green Book” won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, while Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for his sentimental film “Roma.” Rami Malek won best actor for his role as late frontman Freddie Mercury in 21st Century Fox musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film won three other Academy Awards. “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” said Malek, who had been favored to win the award. In an upset, Britain’s Olivia Colman got the best actress Oscar for “The Favourite,” beating presumed front-runner ...

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Problem of BP rising in youth


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Increasing blood pressure is now becoming a common matter. Although many familiar reasons are known, the mass people are not aware of the exact reason. This problem is very noticeable at any age. When blood pressure increases, it is called hypertension. It is common to see that due to genetic factors, due to various diseases, food irregularities, and no physical work, this problem is increasing. Blood pressure rises due to many reasons. There are some of the reasons that happen with age. The secondary hypertension reason is uncontrolled food. When we eat extra food, it is stored ...

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Nation mourns victims of Chawkbazar fire


MNA Feature Desk: The nation observed the official day of mourning for the victims and families affected by the Chawkbazar fire, to express their solidarity and to pray for the departed souls on Monday. The national flag flew at half-mast at all government, semi-government, autonomous and private institutions at home and in the foreign missions abroad. Officials at different ministries including the cabinet division in the secretariat were seen to wear black badges. At least 67 persons were killed in the blaze on Feb 20. Among those injured in the incident, nine are receiving treatment in the burn unit of ...

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BCL rebel panel announced for DUCSU polls


MNA Career & Education Desk: Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student front of ruling Awami League, on Monday announced its panel to contest the upcoming election to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU). BCL former central committee vice-president Sohan Khan, Aminul Islam Bulbul and Md Rony will contest for the post of the panel vice-president (VP), general secretary (GS) and assistant general secretary (AGS) respectively. Meanwhile, Md Al Mamun will contest for liberation war affairs secretary post, DM Sabbir for science and technology secretary, Tamjid Hossain Tamim for international secretary, Md Masud Rana for literary secretary and Gazi Nabid ...

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Virgin Galactic moves closer toward space tourism


MNA Science & Technology Desk: A Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Friday soared to the edge of space with a test passenger for the first time, nudging British billionaire Richard Branson’s company closer to its goal of suborbital flights for space tourists. Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, who will train future space tourists, joined pilots onboard SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity to evaluate the customer experience and cabin. “This is what we’re here to do, we’re here to fly people in the back of our spaceship, that’s what it’s all about,” said pilot David Mackay, who is now the first ...

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Study reveals link between diabetes and back pain

back pain

MNA Lifestyle Desk: People with diabetes have a 35-per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and a 24-per cent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, an Australian meta-analyses revealed on Friday. Researchers from the University of Sydney reviewed the data from eight previous studies to show that diabetes and back pain coexist at a disproportionately high rate, although they did not establish a direct causal link between the two. “Diabetes and low back pain and neck pain seem to be somehow connected. We can’t say how but these findings suggest further research into the ...

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Netflix cancels The Punisher and Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Netflix’s partnership with Marvel TV has reached its last panel: The Punisher and Jessica Jones have both been cancelled at the streaming service, reports TVLine. Jessica Jones had previously been renewed for a third season at Netflix, which is still slated to air on the platform (though a premiere date has yet to be announced). The Punisher‘s Season 2 finale, meanwhile, will now serve as the show’s series finale. The cancellations are not entirely unexpected, seeing as fellow Marvel series Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage all had been axed in recent months. As previously ...

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Twitter co-founder steps down from board


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has said that he is leaving the board of directors of the US social networking giant at the end of the month. “I’m very lucky to have served on the @Twitter board for 12 years (ever since there was a board). It’s been overwhelmingly interesting, educational-and, at times, challenging,” Williams tweeted. While expressing his appreciation for almost 4,000 Twitter employees “who are doing the hard work every day,” “I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects,” he added. Williams succeeded Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ...

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UGC chairman for merit-based recruitment of teachers


MNA Career & Education Desk: Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan on Friday said that university teachers should be recruited based on their merit, right skills and attitude. The process should be transparent, said the UGC Chairman while addressing a daylong workshop on ‘Annual Performance Management: Perspective Shahjalal University of Science and Technology’ at the SUST campus as the chief guest. “Don’t minimise the basic requirements in recruitment criteria for giving undue advantage to a specific person or persons,” he said. He also declared that corruption should not exist at any level in the university, said a ...

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R Kelly turns himself in following sexual abuse charges

R Kelly

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, at least nine of which involve minors. The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced decades of claims of sexual abuse against women and teenagers below the age of consent. He has never been convicted and has previously denied other allegations. An arrest warrant was issued, and the 52-year-old turned himself in to police in Chicago later on Friday. His lawyer says he is “shell-shocked”. Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press that his client was “extraordinarily disappointed and ...

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Inauguration ceremony of ‘Emotions of Art’ exhibition held


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An art exhibition titled as ‘Emotions of Art’ was held at Biswa Sahitya Kendra Art Gallery was inaugurated on Thursday. The exhibition was presented by ‘Canvas Art Space’ and was sponsored by country’s prominent children and teen magazine ‘Kishore Bangla’. 16 artists from Bangladesh and India will exhibit their works in this exhibition from Feb 20-23. This year’s ‘Ekushey Padak’ winning artist Jamal Ahmed was present as the chief guest of the program while Editor of Kishore Bangla and Director of country’s national English daily ‘The Daily Observer’ Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir, Eminent Artist from India ...

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67th Language Martyrs’ Day being observed today

Language Martyrs' Day

MNA Feature Desk: The Language Martyrs’ Day in Bangladesh is celebrated on 21st February. The day is also known as Language Movement Day, Martyrs’ Day and ‘Shaheed Dibos’ in Bangla. This day commemorates the sacrifices of Bangalees for Bangla language in 1952. This year, we observe the 67th anniversary of our Language Martyrs’ Day, now also recognized as International Mother Language Day. The Fuller road/Nilkhet area very near to the Dhaka University premises always bore a serene ambience. The sprouting greenery, the Devdaru trees the Jarul blossoms and the campus thriving with young and energetic students kept the area abuzz ...

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Frozen 2 trailer shatters record


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Remember back when Frozen became a cultural phenomenon. Well, audiences aren’t letting it go! Thursday morning, the first trailer for the film’s highly-anticipated sequel dropped and a lot of people tuned in to a catch the first glimpse of Disney animation’s big holiday release. In 24 hours, Frozen 2 became the most viewed animation trailer of all time, and the studio is celebrating. That’s right, buzz around the first Frozen 2 trailer snowballed into a record-breaking 116.4 million views in one day’s time, per Disney’s Frozen 2 Twitter. It has crushed The Incredibles 2, which ...

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DUCSU polls nomination form distribution starts


MNA Career & Education Desk: Dhaka University (DU) authority has started distribution nomination forms of the upcoming Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) polls scheduled for March 11. The form distribution started around 10am on Tuesday from provost’s office. Chief Returning Officer Professor SM Mahfuzur Rahaman said the form will be distributed every day from 10am-4pm from the office till February 25.

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Kiara Advani shines in elegant white dress by Stephane Rolland

Kiara Advani

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kiara Advani was recently seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019. She picked a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection for the event and looked lovely in it. It won’t be wrong to say Kiara Advani manages to impress the fashion police every time she makes an appearance. Proving it yet again, the 26-year-old was seen attending the 13th edition of Asia Vision Movie Awards 2019 where she looked elegant in a white dress from the Parisian designer Stephane Rolland’s collection. The floor-length gown was from the designer’s ...

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Scientists create first ant-like walking robot without GPS


MNA Science & Technology Desk: French researchers got inspiration from desert ants and developed a first-of-its-kind walking robot that can move without GPS. The study published on Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics reported the brand-new robot design with the desert ants’ exceptional navigation capabilities. Scientists from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University created a robot called AntBot, equipped with an optical compass that is sensitive to polarized ultraviolet light and an optical movement sensor to measure the distance covered. AntBot has six feet, allowing it to move with agility in complex environments where wheeled ...

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Consuming meat a lot might endanger liver


MNA Lifestyle Desk: People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention. For the current study, researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver ...

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Social media: The monster, destroying moral & social values


MNA Feature Desk: Social media, one of the most popular attributes of modern technology, has reached almost everywhere of the country as well as the world. Mainly, it is used and lived by the young generations. Most of the social media users lie in the age group of 16-34. But along with widespread use of social media, many negative things are coming out as by-products and as future of this world and Bangladesh rests on the hands of the young generation, it is becoming a concern that we might have a lame and vulnerable future. Moreover, the moral, ethical and ...

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Piickme ‘Car service’ launched on the Valentine’s Day


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Piickme has officially launched their newly added car ride sharing service on 14 Feb. The on-demand app based ride sharing service Piickme was established by a Bangladeshi Entrepreneur named Mr. Omar Ali Raj in September 2018. At first it was launched with the motor bike service which is getting popular day by day. In respect of the car ride sharing service launching Piickme has announced special discount up to 200 taka for its user to be continued till the end of this month. Riders will also enjoy very attractive bonus on the occasion of this launching ...

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Heart of Space

MNA Feature Desk: As love besieges our hearts on Valentine’s Day every year, we tend to impress our loved ones with different types of gifts, some of which are very romantic and innovative. But if someone is looking for an out of the world gift this Valentine’s Day, it can become a reality this valentine’s day.  Well, for about $500,000 you can get your special someone a heart-shaped space rock, 320-million-years old. As far as space relics go, meteorites are highly prized by collectors and scientists alike. The charred, twisted remnants of space rock can teach us a lot about ...

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Jashore board postpones ICT exam of SSC


MNA Career & Education Desk: The ICT (Information and Communications Technology) examination under Jashore board has been postponed following printing mistakes in the question paper. The fresh date of the examination will be informed letter, said Professor Abdul Alim, chairman of the board. The chairman also sought pardon to guardians and students for the unwanted incident.

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