Google Doodle celebrates the search giant’s 20th birthday

Google Doodle

MNA Tech Desk: Google turned 20 today and it wants to make sure you’re aware of its birthday. The search giant on Thursday introduced a new playable Google Doodle with “Google” spelled out in letter-shaped balloons tied to a pile of gift boxes featuring popular searches over the past 20 years. The doodle is just one of the ways that Google is celebrating the occasion, which marks two decades of dominance in the search business. The company has gone from humble beginnings as a search engine to the most dominant force in advertising. Google now has a parent company, Alphabet, ...

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JU admission test from Sept 29

admission test

MNA Education Desk: The honors’ first year admission test of the Jagannath University for 2018-19 academic session will begin from Saturday (September 29), reported news agency. According to a press release issued from the university office, the test will be conducted in two shifts: in the morning (10-11) and in the afternoon (3:30-5) on the campus and 3 centers outside the campus. The first test starts with unit-1 under science faculty. 26,405 aspirants applied for 825 seats of unit-1 under science faculty. All the aspirants must bring printed admit cards, the release said.

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BTV pays tributes to Zafar Iqbal


MNA Entertainment Desk: On the occasion of 68th birth anniversary of late actor- singer Zafar Iqbal, BTV arranged a programme on September 25. The channel in its magazine programme called “Chhaychanda” aired playbacks and clips of films starring Zafar. The programme, produced by Lutfur Rahaman Robin and hosted by Iqbal Khandakar brought to light some lesser known facts about Zafar Iqbal, who acted in 150 films during his acting career. Zafar Iqbal, one of the most prominent actors in the history of the Bengali film industry, possesses a versatile career under his belt as a singer, guitarist and actor. This ...

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Benefits of using eye pillow

eye pillow

MNA Life Style Desk: How peaceful it feels to lie down and slip on a lavender-filled eye pillow just before you drift away from the worries and stress of this material world? An eye pillow induces sleep, cools off your troubled mind leaving you feeling calm and relaxed. Eye pillows are not only designed to soothe and relax tired eyes but the aromatic effect of essential oils and herbs that are infused in the flax seeds help calm and rest the mind. Flax seeds sewed in delicate muslin cloth of eye shaped frame ensures perfect amount of acupressure needed by ...

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Instagram co-founders resign from FB


MNA Tech Desk: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who co-founded Instagram eight years ago, are leaving the service’s parent company, Facebook. The news of their departure comes from The New York Times, and is corroborated by a statement from Systrom. The duo have resigned from the company and will leave in the coming weeks. Instagram has come a long way since it first evolved from a location check-in app called Burbn into a photo sharing network back in 2010. It was sold to Facebook for $1 billion a couple of years later, and is closing in on a billion users ...

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Pritilata: Bengal’s first woman martyr


MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar (5 May 1911 – 24 September 1932) was an anti-British revolutionary from Bengal, who became a martyr for the liberation of her motherland. Her name might be buried under the dust of time, but if ever it pops up, everyone remembers her as the iron lady of Bengal. Pritilata Waddedar’s sacrifice cannot be ignored. She was among the initial lot of revolutionaries who picked up arms against the British Raj and was the first woman in Bengal to do so. Born in Chittagong on 5 May 1911, she was a meritorious student at the Dr. ...

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Apu Biswas performs in South Korea

Apu Biswas

MNA Entertainment Desk: Alongside acting on the big screen, popular actress Apu Biswas also performs jovially in the different stage shows at both home and abroad round the year. These days, the actress is passing busy time with stage performances in different countries. However, the actress recently performed at ‘Bangladesh Festival 2018’, which was held at Ansan Wa Stadium in South Korea. Biswas made her debut in the film industry with the film Kal Sokale in 2006. Her performance in Koti Takar Kabin was well-received and helped her to establish a permanent position in Dhallywood.

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Facebook dating service in Colombia

dating service

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook said a dating service it teased early this year is being rolled out in Colombia. The social media giant chose the Latin American country as its test lab because Colombians are particularly avid fans of using social networks and websites to find partners. The new feature, rolled out in Colombia this week, allows users to create a separate “dating” profile not visible to their network of friends, with potential matches recommended based on preferences and common interests. The service is programmed not to link up people who are already connected as family or friends, and users ...

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DU’s ‘Cha’ unit admission test held


MNA Education Desk: The entry test of Faculty of Fine Arts disciplines under ‘Cha’ (F) unit (Drawing Part) of Dhaka University (DU) for 2018-19 academic sessions was held. A total of 1,566 students who passed ‘Cha’ unit’s general knowledge part exam on 15 September, participated Saturday’s test. Earlier, a total of 16,480 students applied against 135 seats of ‘Cha’ unit, said a DU press release. Vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman, DU Pro-VC (administration) Muhammad Samad, Fine Art Faculty Dean Prof Nisar Hossain and senior teachers visited the examination halls to observe the overall situation. The admission test of ‘Ka’ (A)-unit for science ...

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Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

lesbian love

MNA Entertainment Desk: Kenya overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival. Director Wanuri Kahiu brought the court action after the Kenya Film Classification Board banned Rafiki for “promoting lesbianism,” meaning the film would be ineligible for the Oscars. Judge Wlfrida Okwany ruled that Rafiki could now be shown to “willing adults only” for seven days, a minimum requirement for submitting feature films for the Oscars competition. Okwany said that to maintain the ban would deprive Kahiu of “the fame, ...

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International Day of Sign Languages

Sign Languages

MNA Feature Desk: The first International Day of Sign Languages is being observed across the world on September 23, 2018 with the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!” The UN General Assembly decided to commemorate the day as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realisation of the human rights of people who are deaf. The UN resolution establishing the day acknowledged that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and ...

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Morning habits to boost your mood


MNA Life Style Desk: If the sound of your morning alarm is worse to you than nails on a chalkboard, and if the thought of sunbeams through your window is cringe-inducing, this article’s for you. The tips below will make the early hours easier and, ideally, get you moving and more productive during the day. Do stretch Right when you wake up take stretch or do some yoga for 15 minutes. This will naturally stimulate your body; it’s like an espresso shot right to your brain. And unlike coffee, this natural energy boost could last you all day. Make a ...

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Rihanna named Barbados ambassador


MNA Entertainment Desk: Rihanna is now ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism, reported news agency. Prime minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna—real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty—has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna—whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money”—would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism. “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going ...

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Wolf Alice wins Mercury Prize

Mercury Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rock band Wolf Alice won Britain’s Mercury Prize for album “Visions of a Life”, beating off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Arctic Monkeys. The four-member band from north London, which first began as a duo in 2010, took the 25,000 pound ($33,165) prize and “album of the year” trophy, which has been awarded to a wide range of music artists since it began in 1992. “Visions of a Life”, the group’s second studio album, won praise from critics when it was released last year and reached No. 2 in the ...

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Internet users cross 90m: BTRC

internet users

MNA Tech Desk: The number of the country’s total internet users is now 90.5 million, according to statistics published on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)’s website. The BTRC released its statistics updated till the end of August, reported news agency. Among them, 84.7 million consumers are mobile phone internet users, 5.7 million are broadband internet (ISP + PSTN) users and the rest 83,000 are WiMax users. The total number of internet subscribers reached 88.9 million at the end of July.

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Holy Ashura observed

holy Ashura

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Ashura was observed by the Muslim community in Bangladesh and other parts of the world on Friday, the 10th day of Muharram, amid heightened security measures. The day was observed as a symbol of “sacrifice and mourning” recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (RA), the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram in Hijri 61. In the historic battle, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom at the hands of Yazid’s soldiers in the desert of ...

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562,628 apply for NU admission


MNA Education Desk: A total of 562,628 students have applied for admission of the undergraduate courses at National University (NU) under 2018-19 academic sessions, reported news agency. The number of seats available in the National University is 4,68,540, a NU press release said. The primary application of the admission process began on 9 September and ended on 19 September. The final merit list of the candidates will be published within September this year and the classes of the students under 2018-19 session will begin on 11 October next.

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Dramatic hair transformation of Jossa


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jacqueline Jossa has undergone a fabulous transformation, ditching her brunette tresses for a blonde hairdo. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the former EastEnders star surprised her followers with the dramatic look.  “Sort of a bit blonde. Thanks @makeupbymikey for being my musical theatre partner Oo and also my fabulous makeup artist,” she wrote in the caption. “I love you @senizalkancolour thanks so much for my blondish locks!! Xx.” Fans immediately rushed to post lovely comments, with one writing: “Beautiful!! You really suit this colour.” Another added: “I think this really suits you welcome to the ...

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11 things you do can increase cancer risk


MNA Lifestyle Desk: While the list includes exposures, mixtures and agents that you probably won’t be exposed to — unless you’re a chimney sweeper, painter or cabinet maker — the list also includes things we can all take precautions against. In case you were still unclear on any of these, here are the top 11 substances that can cause cancer: 1. Tobacco smoke: Smoking the leaves of the tobacco plant through a cigarette, cigar, pipe or hookah pipe causes cancer. 2. Sunlamps and sun-bed tanning: Tanning equipment emits UV radiation that overexposes you and causes skin cancer, cataracts and premature ...

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Rohingyas put Cox’s Bazar’s biodiversity at risk: UN report


MNA Feature Desk: Some 4,300 acres of hills and forests were cut down to make temporary shelters for Rohingyas and ensure facilities and cooking fuel for them in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar threatening the biodiversity of the ecologically critical areas of the country, a new report of the United Nations. Some of the key impacts are likely to become irreversible if measures are not taken immediately, the report said. Since the influx in August 2017, coupled with the host community and Rohingyas from past influxes, the crisis-hit population is now almost 1.5 million in Cox’s Bazar, creating a ...

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Nora Fatehi to debut as singer

Nora Fatehi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is set to make her singing debut. She has collaborated with Morocco-based group Fnaire to re-create the official Arabic adaptation of “Dilbar”. “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together,” Nora said in a statement. “As ‘Dilbar’ has become a huge hit internationally, including Middle East, we have taken the song and re-composed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and we ...

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones

MNA Entertainment Desk: HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic. “The Handmaid’s Tale” — last year’s best drama and an early favorite for more hardware — went home empty-handed from the event at the ...

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Japanese billionaire confirmed as first Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire

MNA Tech Desk: A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along. Maezawa, 42, will be the first lunar traveler since the last US Apollo mission in 1972. He paid an unspecified amount of money for the privilege. “Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa said at SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles, late Monday. “This is ...

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DU files leave to appeal plea against HC order


MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University authorities filed a leave to appeal petition against a High Court order that asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold DUCSU election. Madhu Maloti Chowdhury Barua, advocate-on-record, filed the appeal on behalf of the DU authorities on Sunday. Earlier on September 12, a contempt of court plea was filed with the High Court against Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Akhtaruzzaman, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani and treasurer Kamal Uddin for not taking steps to arrange election of the DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) in compliance with its earlier ...

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Machines to do more tasks than humans ‘by 2025’


MNA Science Desk: Robots will handle 52 per cent of current work tasks by 2025, almost twice as many as now, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study said Monday. The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated. “By 2025 more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines as opposed to 29 per cent today,” a statement by the Swiss non-profit organisation said. Simultaneously, rapid ...

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World Ozone Day observed


MNA Feature Desk: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is held on September 16th to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. As a result, a number of special events such as talks and seminars are held in the Canadian city of Montreal on this day. World Ozone Day has been celebrated since 1994 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it. People from all over the world are ...

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World happiness levels hit 10-year low: Survey

happiness levels

MNA Life Style Desk: World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published. Conflict-hit Central African Republic (CAR) was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking by pollsters Gallup. Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006. Sub-Saharan Africa led ...

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