Actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu passes away

Nazmul Huda Bachchu

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Veteran film and television actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu has passed away at the age of 78. He breathed his last on early Wednesday at Square Hospitals in Dhaka while undergoing treatment. He was admitted to the hospital due to low pressure and fever. After the namaj-e-janaja at Azad Mosque in Gulshan, Bacchu will be buried at Banani Graveyard on Wednesday, said the family. Born in in 1938 in Dhaka, Bacchu was honored with National Film Awards for his contribution in acting. Some of Bacchu starring films are—Oggatonama (2016), Runway (2010), Chandra Grahan (2008), Daktar Bari ...

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Facebook counts 2 billion active monthly users

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant’s founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission — not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!” Zuckerberg wrote in a post marking the milestone. “We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together,” he wrote. “It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.” Facebook’s announcement came as it works to redefine its purpose, led by Zuckerberg who traveled ...

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Religion keeps away from pornography


MNA Life Style Desk: Even as adolescents get more free access to pornography online than ever before, researchers have found that attending religious services can keep the youth away from the adult sites. The study showed that pornography consumption’ increases sharply with age, especially among males However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services, the researchers said. “We were able determine that there is a barrier effect at play wherein religious social control encourages adolescents to view less pornography over time,” said Kyler Rasmussen, lead author of the study and a PhD ...

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Eid special Ityadi boasts with 3 musical dramas

Eid special

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular magazine show Ityadi’s Eid special episode always comes up with plenty of entertaining and enlightening segments. Keeping up with this trend, this year’s Eid special episode of Ityadi contains a lot of attractive segments much to the delight of the audience. The shooting of this special episode of Ityadi was held on 23 May in front of a capacity audience of about 5000 people. Fagun Audio Vision sources have recently revealed they have done the picturisation of three entertaining musical dramas by five celebrities for this Eid special episode of Ityadi. The first musical ...

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Le Reve launches Eid-ul-Fitr collection

Le Reve

MNA Life Style Desk: This Eid, Le Reve gives you amazing outfit ideas to adorn with its exclusive Eid collection. The collection comes in exquisite patterns, vibrant colours and exclusive designs and boasts of embroidery work in high quality fabrics like net, chiffon, satin, jacquard, velvet, georgette and silk. Le Reve Eid Collection has clothing for men, women, children and newborns, which will appeal to customers who are looking forward to unique contemporary designs with hints of traditional elements and motifs. This year’s collection theme is Juxtapose, which is an artsy, abstract, modern, and complex trend with lots of primary ...

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PSC published 38th BCS circular


MNA Education Desk: The Public Service Commission (PSC) published a circular for the 38th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination seeking applications against 2,024 posts. PSC Chairman Dr Muhammad Sadiq told that they published it on their website to fill up 2,024 vacant posts of the government. Of them, 300 will be recruited for the administration, 100 for the police cadres, 520 for the general cadres, 549 for the technical and professional cadres, and 955 for the education cadres. The process to fill up forms and submit fees online will begin on July 10 and end on August 10 next, he ...

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Poet Nirmalendu Goon turns 72

Nirmalendu Goon

MNA Feature Desk: Poet Nirmalendu Goon, one of the most popular Bangladeshi poets known for his accessible verse, stepped into 73nd year today. Well wishes and congratulatory messages poured in for Goon from his friends, fans and family members on his birth anniversary. His first book of poetry was published in 1970. Since then he has published a total of 45 collections of poetry and 20 collections of prose. Part of the generation of poets of 1960s, Goon’s poetry contains stinging criticism of the nouveau riche and a touching description of the contrasting fate of the masses. A love of ...

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Oscar-winning legend Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement

Daniel Day-Lewis

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation, has announced he is retiring. In a statement the 60-year-old star’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said he ‘will no longer be working as an actor,’ trade magazine Variety reported. ‘He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,’ Dart said. ‘This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.’ Day-Lewis, a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles, is the only performer ...

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Oppo eyes global market after toppling Apple


MNA Science & Technology Desk: With its army of salespeople and vast network of outlets, Oppo has exploded in popularity to overtake global giants Apple and Samsung in China’s market — and now it has its eye on the West. Oppo began life selling DVD players in the in the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan a little more than a decade ago and only broke into the handset market in 2011. But with an aggressive marketing strategy and concentration on bricks-and-mortar stores in small and medium-sized cities — rather than relying on online customers — sales have soared. Last year ...

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Bhojpuri actress found hanging at home

Bhojpuri actress

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Well-known Bhojpuri actress and model Anjali Shrivastava was found dead at her Andheri west residence, police said on Monday. According to police, Anjali’s family members from Allahabad had been trying to call her since Sunday night, but she did not respond on her mobile. Worried about her safety, the family contacted her landlord, who called the police and they entered her home on the fifth floor in Parimal Society on Juhu Road with a duplicate key on Monday afternoon. They found the 29-year-old actress hanging from the ceiling fan from a sari, presumably having committed ...

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Rules and significance of Zakat for the Muslims


MNA Feature Desk: Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and holds huge importance for the Muslims during Ramadan. One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Therefore, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. Zakat – also known as zakah – is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived individuals. This mandatory payment is obligatory for every sane and mature Muslim whenever ...

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Dhaka University announced Tk 6.64 billion budget


MNA Education Desk: The University of Dhaka (DU) Senate has passed a Tk 6.64 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 in the annual DU senate session held on Saturday. DU treasurer professor M Kamal Uddin placed the budget in the annual senate session at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on Saturday with vice-chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique in the chair. This year Tk 4.16 billion has been allocated for salary and allowances which is 62.63% per cent of total budget, and Tk 1.06 billion for pensions which is 15.96 per cent of the budget. Besides, Tk 0.71 billion ...

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Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market

MNA Science & Technology Desk: Amazon is going to acquire upscale US grocer Whole Foods Market, in a deal that underscores the online giant’s growing influence in the economy. The purchase in one fell swoop gives Amazon, which until now has operated almost entirely on the internet, a big presence in the brick-and-mortar world on Main Street, with more than 450 stores in the US, Canada and Britain. In the $13.7 billion, all-cash deal, Amazon will buy the Texas-based champion of organic and specialty food for $42 a share. Whole Foods’ shares traded in the mid-$30 range for May and ...

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Father’s Day: A celebration honoring fathers


MNA Feature Desk: An special day for a special person –  Father’s day is just like that as it is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This Sunday, families across the world will mark the special bond between fathers and their children. For many, this is often done through the giving of gifts and cards. Others prefer to enjoy a meal and quality time. Father’s Day across the world The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and ...

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Actor Tanvir Tonu arrested on rape charge


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Film actor and model Tanvir Rahman Tonu was arrested from his Mirpur residence on Friday following a case filed against him for allegedly raping a woman on May 6. Tonu was detained from his house in Rupnagar Residential Area on Friday afternoon after the victim, an executive of a private firm, had filed a rape complaint against him, said police. She alleged that Tonu called her at his house at Rupnagar in Mirpur on May 6 while his wife was outside and raped her in presence of one of Tonu’s friends. Tonu appeared in a ...

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International Day of Family Remittances

Family Remittances

MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), celebrated on 16 June, is aimed at recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the well-being of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin. It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society, to do more and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world. The IDFR was unanimously proclaimed by all 176 member states of IFAD’s Governing Council at its 38th session in February 2015, and was noted ...

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Shah Rukh, Salman in Forbes richest celebrity list

Forbes India Celebrity

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world`s richest celebrities, according to Forbes magazine, reported news agency. In the `The World`s Highest-Paid Celebrities` list released by Forbes, Shah Rukh Khan is placed on the 65th rank with earnings of $38 million, while Salman Khan is ranked 71st with earnings of $37 million. Akshay Kumar finds himself on rank 80, with earnings of $35.5 million. Leading the Forbes list is American rapper, singer and songwriter Sean Combs with earnings of $130 million, followed by Beyonce Knowles at $105 million. Harry ...

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‘World Day Against Child Labour’ being observed

World Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Day Against Child Labour is being observed on Monday. The day is aimed at focusing on global extent of child labour and action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The theme of the day this year is “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour”. A UNICEF report says that over one hundred and fifty million children across the world are engaged in child labour. The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. Any work ...

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‘Batman’ actor Adam West passes away

Adam West

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Adam West, the actor whose seven-decade career was defined by his role in the 1960s television series “Batman,” has died. He was 88 years old. The actor passed away Friday night after a “short but brave battle with leukemia,” his family said in a statement posted to West’s Facebook page. West catapulted to fame after portraying the superhero Batman and his alter ego Bruce Wayne on the popular campy television series that premiered in 1966. Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928, the actor later adopted a stage name and moved to ...

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‘Dangal’ actress Zaira Wasim rescued after accident

Zaira Wasim

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Zaira Wasim, a Kashmiri actor who was seen in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster movie “Dangal”, was miraculously rescued by locals here after her car fell into the Dal Lake on Thursday. The car in which Zaira Wasim was travelling went out of the driver’s control on the Boulevard Road here and fell into the Dal Lake. “Locals immediately rescued her and her companion. She escaped unhurt, but her companion sustained injuries in the accident,” a local said. Dangal is a biographical sports drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions ...

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Facebook launches maps to help tackle natural disasters

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MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook has introduced disaster maps to help organizations address critical gap in information they often face while responding to natural disasters, reported news agency. Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of map — location density map, movement map and safety check map — are to be provided during disaster response efforts. “We can help response organizations paint a more complete picture of where affected people are located to determine where resources like food, water and medical supplies are needed and where people are out of harm’s ...

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Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution

Twitter suspended

MNA Science & Tech Desk: A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter (TWTR.N) users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account recently blocked a number of accounts that replied to his tweets with commentary that criticized, mocked or disagreed with his actions. Twitter users are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York said in its letter that the blocking suppressed speech in a public ...

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Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in Movie

Anupam Kher

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An adaptation of Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ will hit the silver screen with Bollywood actor Anupam Kher playing the role of the former Indian PM. A report in the Economic Times said the movie is expected to be released in December 2018, months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The book by the Baru, Singh’s former media adviser, was released ahead of the 2014 general elections. In the book, Baru had said that Manmohan Singh had been “defanged” by the Congress party with party ...

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First merit list for college admission published


MNA Education Desk: Inter-Education Board Coordination Sub-Committee on Monday published the first merit list of students for admission in Class-XI in the academic session of 2017-18. The merit list was uploaded on the website www.xiclassadmission.gov.bd. at 12:01am, said Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board Secretary Shahedul Kabir Chowdhury. Some 1,249,848 students have been selected in the first merit list, reported news agency. The selected students have to confirm their admission submitting TK 185 through Teletalk, Sure Cash or Rocket by 11:59pm of June 8. Otherwise their admission and selection will be cancelled, said a message published on the website. The ...

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World Environment Day being observed

World Environment Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Environment Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere around the world on Monday with a view to creating awareness of the importance of environment and nature. The theme of this year’s day is “Connecting People to Nature”. The Environment and Forests Ministry, and various non-government and green organizations have taken elaborate programmes to mark the day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages, calling upon all to come forward to protect the environment and biodiversity. The day occurs on 5 June every year, and is the United Nation’s ...

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Jeet to arrive in Dhaka on June 13


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Kolkata’s popular film actor Jeet will arrive in Dhaka on June 13 instead of June 5 with a view to promoting his Indo-Bangla film “Boss 2”. The film “Boss-2” jointly directed by Baba Yadab and Abdul Aziz is expected to hit Dhaka cinema halls during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Production house Jazz Multimedia is producing the film from Bangladesh side while Jeet’s new production company Jeetz Filmworks and Walzen Media Works are involved in the production from Indian side. Boss 2: Back to Rule’ is a sequel to his 2013 film of ‘Boss: Born to Rule’ ...

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Robi brings country’s first Islamic mobile package ‘Noor’

Islamic mobile package

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile phone operator Robi has launched country’s first Islamic mobile package ‘Noor’ with special call rate and attractive Islamic services. Robi has decided to deposit the revenue generated from the Noor package in a shariah compliant bank to avoid application of interest. Noor subscribers will enjoy a call rate of 7 paisa/10 second between themselves while they have to pay 20.775 paisa/10 sec while talking to other operators. However, Noor customers can enjoy special call rate of 1 paisa/sec to all local numbers by recharging Tk 29. They can also avail all the existing rate-cutter ...

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