Priyanka Chopra 2nd most beautiful woman in 2017

beautiful woman

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra has defeated famous personalities like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Blake Lively and Michelle Obama to become the second most beautiful woman in the world. In a poll done by LA-based photo journal and video-sharing social media network BuzzNet, Priyanka is just behind pop diva Beyonce in the list of the most beautiful women in the world. The 34-year-old star took to Twitter to share the list and thanked her fans for voting. Model and Victoria’s Secret angel Taylor Hill is at number three, followed by Emma Watson, Dakota Johnson and Hillary Clinton at ...

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Get ready to face summer sun rays


MNA Life Style Desk: Summer has already knocked our doors and it means business as you step out of the house and you can literally feel the sun heat burning your skin. Besides dehydrating the body, the extreme temperature can cause havoc on the skin and can cause tanning, pigmentation, early ageing and so on. As you prepare to show more skin, get ready to face the sun’s rays with some summer skin tips. Drink enough water every day Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells. Eight 8-ounce glasses ...

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Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away

Kishori Amonkar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Legendary Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar died at the age of 84 in Mumbai, on Monday night. She died at her home in Mumbai, family members told reporters. Born on April 10, 1932, Amonkar was recognized as one of the foremost singers in the Hindustani tradition and as an innovative exponent of the Jaipur gharana. Several of her fans and friends, including great Lata Mangeshkar, mourned the legend’s death. In her singing career spanning seven decades, she was revered as ‘Gaan-Saraswati’. She also received two of India’s top civilian honours, Padma Bhushan in 1987 and ...

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Facebook blocking at midnight not finalized yet


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The government has not taken any final decision on blocking Facebook for around six hours after midnight, said a notification on Monday issued by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology. “The Department of Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology is firmly opposing the news. The government has taken no such final decision yet. Everyone is requested not to be baffled regarding the issue”, said the notification. It reads that the news published in different newspapers and online portals on Facebook to remain inaccessible for six hours from midnight, is not correct. Earlier, the cabinet ...

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National Film Day is being observed

National Film Day

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The National Film Day is being observed today (Monday) in a befitting manner under the auspices of the Information Ministry and the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC). April 3 is being observed as National Film Day every year since 2012. To mark the day in a befitting manner, the Ministry of Information chalked out elaborate programmes. Besides various arrangements also have been made by the BFDC to mark the day and it will feature remembrance tributes, live talk shows, red carpet receptions, still picture presentations, film exhibitions, puppet show, nagardola, Bioscope and cultural programme. However, ...

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Chhatra Union 38th national council begins at DU

Chhatra Union

MNA Education Desk: The 38th national council of Bangladesh Chhatra Union began at Dhaka University on Sunday with the theme “students-people unite, save education-culture”. Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury inaugurated the four-day session at Aparajeya Bangla of the University hoisting the national and the organization flags. Chhatra Union president Lucky Akter, its general secretary GM Jilani Shuvo, delegators From India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, among others, addressed on the occasion. Bangladesh Students Union is a left-leaning independent political organization in Bangladesh. It was established on 26 April 1952, initially as the East Pakistan Students Union. Bangladesh students’ union ...

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HSC, equivalent exams begin today


MNA Education Desk: About 1.2 million candidates are sitting for this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations that began across the country on Sunday. A total of 11,83,686 candidates — 6,35,697 boys and 5,47,989 girls — from 8,864 institutions under eight general education boards, Madrasah Education Board, Bangladesh Technical Education Board and Diploma in Business Studies (DIBS) Board will appear at the HSC and its equivalent examinations this year at 2,497 examination centres across the country. Of them, 9,82,783 examinees will sit for HSC examination, while 99,320 for Alim examination, 96,914 for HSC (BM/Vocational) examination and 4,669 ...

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A woman fined $500,000 for false Facebook post

Facebook post

MNA Science & Technology Desk: A judge in North Carolina has ordered a woman to pay $500,000 for writing a Facebook post falsely accusing her former friend of killing her son. Jacquelyn Hammond from Asheville wrote on Facebook, in 2015, of Davyne Dial: “I didn’t get drunk and kill my kid.” But Dial who claimed to have nothing to do with her son’s death sued Hammond for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Dial and Hammond’s friendship had broken down after the failed attempt to work together on the radio station. “There are no ...

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Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced  ceremony on Saturday, the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October. The first songwriter to receive the prestigious award, Dylan joins a celebrated group of laureates including Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Doris Lessing. The meeting took place at a secret location ahead of Dylan’s first ...

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About 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO


MNA Life Style Desk: More than 300 million people are living with depression, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The UN agency released the estimates on Thursday ahead of World Health Day. “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” Xinhua news agency quoted a WHO news release as saying. With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let’s ...

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Group-based politics never exists in BCL: Obaidul

MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said that group-based politics will never exist in Bangabandhu’s Chhatra League. No group is also in the present BCL committee led by Sohag–Jakir. None would grab any post by making a group; rather leader would be elected according to his capability. The Minister Obaidul Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, came up with this comment as Chief Guest while addressing the BCL annual council-2017 of Jagannath University (JnU) unit at Science Faculty premises on the campus at 12:00pm. Pointing at BCL leaders and activists, he said ...

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Private funeral held for British singer George Michael


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day. Several luxury cars with blacked-out windows arrived and later left Highgate Cemetery in north London, Reuters reporters said. British media said Michael’s mother is buried there. Born in London in 1963 as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiatou, son of a Greek Cypriot immigrant father and English mother, Michael became one of the best-selling British recording artists of all time. He sold over 115 million records worldwide by the time of his death. The ...

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  MNA Features Desk: It was 1972. A young and unknown writer came up with a book named ‘Nondito Noroke’ (In Blissful Hell) and many experts in literature and arts were taken away with the sheer genius of this writer; the writer was Humayun Ahmed, a chemistry literate. A new star was born in the horizon of literature in Bangladesh. Many writers and poets are extremely notable in Bangladesh literatures. Humayun Ahmed stays close though not above all of them. But he is different in many ways – he created and developed a new generation of readers in Bangladesh during ...

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First bamboo-made telecom tower installed in Dhaka


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first bamboo-made telecom tower was installed at the rooftop of a building at Uttara in the city on Tuesday. The technology group developed the tower in association with Bangladesh University of Engineering (BUET). BTRC chairman Shahjahan Mahmood, among others, was present during the installation ceremony. Tower management company Edotco installed the tower which was developed with home grown technology in collaboration with Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet). The company is focusing on the use of alternative material instead of the traditional steel structures in telecommunications. The company intends to roll out more ...

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Shailene Woodley reaches deal to avoid jail over pipeline protest

Shailene Woodley

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal over her involvement in the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Woodley, star of the Divergent series, was one of 27 people arrested at the site last October. She has now signed a document agreeing to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which would mean she would avoid jail. The pipeline project has been highly controversial and drawn huge protests. Native Americans say it will desecrate sacred land and damage the environment. Woodley, who live streamed her arrest on Facebook, initially pleaded not guilty to ...

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Diamond World Music Festival launched at JnU


MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): A two-day long music festival titled – Diamond World International Music Festival-2017 began for the first time on Jagannath University (JnU) campus on Tuesday. JnU Music Department in association with Diamond World Ltd organized the festival at the central auditorium of the university. The festival started with the song ‘Aanondo Dhonnee Jagao Gogone’ at 10:00am. Later, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival as Chief Guest enkindling mongol prodip. JnU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman, Treasurer Prof Md Salim Bhuiyan and Diamond World Ltd Managing Director Dilip Kumar were present as Special Guests ...

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Eminent film actor Mizu Ahmed passes away

Mizu Ahmed

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Renowned actor and producer Mizu Ahmed, best known for his negative roles, died of cardiac arrest on Monday at the age of 63. He died on a running train near Airport Station in the capital on his way to Dinajpur as he was going there by train for shooting purpose. The duty doctor of the train examined him primarily. Later, he was taken to Kurmitola General Hospital. The doctor of the hospital declared him dead. He was born on 17 November 1953 in Khustia, Khulna Division. His birth name is Mizanur Rahman. During his childhood, ...

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Anti-liberation forces must be resisted: BRUR VC


MNA Education Desk: Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Begum Rokeya University Rangpur, (BRUR) Professor Dr AKM Nurun Nabi here today said the anti-liberation forces must be resisted to save national independence. “The spirit of the War of Liberation should be properly nurtured in every sphere of the society to thwart the anti-liberation forces for safeguarding independence of the country,” he said. Dr Nabi, also a population scientist, made these observations while addressing a discussion arranged at the “Independence Memorial” premises on the campus to celebrate the Independence and National Day- 2017 as the chief guest. The authorities of BRUR chalked out programmes ...

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Deepika to miss ‘Cannes Film Festival’ for Padmavati


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone says she won’t be seen walking the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May as she is focused on her film project Padmavati. There was buzz that Deepika, who has reportedly bagged an international endorsement deal with cosmetic giant L’Oreal, will represent the brand at the film jamboree. Asked about it, Deepika told the media here: “No. Right now all my energies are focused on ‘Padmavati’.” The actress, who featured in Hollywood film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, looked very stylish as she stepped out for the HT Style Awards ...

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‘Google Doodle’ celebrates Bangladesh’s 47th Independence Day


MNA Science & Tech Desk: World’s most popular web search engine Google has been celebrating Bangladesh’s 47th Independence and National Day by creating a special doodle on its homepage. The doodle, featuring a girl carrying the national flag of Bangladesh and the combination of red and green colours, which are the colours of the national flag, has been seen above the search box on the homepage of Google since early Sunday. Google for the first time in its history made a special doodle in celebration of Bangladesh’s Independence Day in 2013. However, it is a special, temporary alteration of the ...

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Students can play role in anti-militant activities: UGC chairman


MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan has said that since the students are the future of tomorrow, they can play a vital role to build up a rich, bright and peaceful country through taking part in the anti-militant and anti-drug activities. He came up with this comment while addressing a discussion as Chief Guest held at the central auditorium of Jagannath University (JnU) on Monday at 12:00pm, marking the 47th Independence and National Day. He also said “…. We gained the independence through much sacrifice and struggle for a long time. The opponents ...

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Motivational quotes to conquer obstacles in life


MNA Life Style: Here are some inspirational and motivational quotes to conquer obstacles in life. Whenever you or your loved ones feel lost in life, take a look at them and they can be the beacon lights to guide your way to get through the darkness. True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. —Petrach Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.—Roy T. ...

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47th Independence Day being observed nationwide

Independence Day

MNA National Desk: The nation is being celebrating the 47th Independence Day and National Day today (Sunday) paying deep homage to three million martyrs of the Liberation War. The day was heralded with a 31-gun salute in Tejgaon Old Airport area at dawn. The national flag was raised atop all government, semi-government, non-government and private buildings in the morning. Early in the morning, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on behalf of the state, placed wreaths at the National Memorial paying deep homage to the martyrs. The President and the Prime Minister stood there in solemn silence for ...

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Air force, 15 personalities get Independence Award 2017

Independence Award

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday handed over the Independence Award 2017 to Bangladesh Air Force and 15 distinguished personalities. The premier handed over a certificate, an 18-carat gold medal weighing 50-gram, and a Tk 3 lakh cheque to each of the recipients and their representatives at a function in the city’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium this morning. The award was given in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Group captain (retd) Shamsul Alam Bir Uttam, former Bangladesh Betar official Ashraful Alam, former police super late Shaheed Md Nazmul Huq, former minister late ...

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Twitter closed 6 lakh terror-related accounts


MNA Science & Tech: Micro-blogging social media website Twitter has blocked more than six lakh terror-related accounts in last one and a half years, reported news agency. According to a report in CNET on Tuesday that quoted Twitter’s ‘Transparency Report’, the micro-blogging site has suspended a total of 636,248 terror-related accounts since August 1, 2015. In the last six months of 2016, Twitter suspended 376,890 accounts for promoting terrorism. It had announced the blocking of more than 125,000 accounts earlier in 2016 which were primarily related to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group. In addition to the account suspensions, Twitter’s ...

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Salman, Katrina back together in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan is happy to be back together with actress Katrina Kaif to shoot a song for upcoming film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, a sequel to 2012 blockbuster ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Salman took to twitter to share a glimpse from the shoot. He posted an image with him in tuxedo and Katrina—with her locks falling over her shoulder—in a gown. Salman captioned the photograph with Katrina—his once rumoured ladylove: ‘Back together in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Yash Raj Films’ ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has been shooting in scenic locales of Tyrol, Austria, currently. The film’s unit has wrapped ...

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PSTU VC released after 17 hours of confinement


MNA Education Desk: Students of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) released the vice-chancellor (VC) and other teachers and officials from about 17 hours of confinement in their respective rooms in the administrative building. The agitating PSTU students postponed their movement and left the administrative building around 3:00 am on Wednesday (March 22). Later, the PSTU VC Prof Dr Harun Or Rahsid, teachers of the officials came out of their respective rooms. Proctor committee’s chief of the PSTU Dr Purnendu Biswas told that the students postponed their movement following an assurance in favour of their demand. The students confined the ...

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