Grammys 2018: Full List of Winners


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: It was Bruno Mars’ night at the 60th Grammys Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins – Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for That’s What I Like. He also won three other Grammys, maxing the six categories he had been nominated in. Other winners included two Grammys for Ed Sheeran, a couple for rapper Kendrick Lamar, posthumous wins for Leonard Cohen (Best Rock Performance for You Want It Darker) and Carrie Fisher (Best Spoken Word Album for The Princess Diarist). ...

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‘Next generation leadership’ at NSU


MNA Education Desk: The successful young leaders expressed their views on the nature of future leadership in the event “Next Generation Leadership”, held recently at North South University, organized by the Office of External Affairs (OEA) under the leadership of the Director, Dr. Katherine Li. In this event, NSU alumni talked about their success and leadership in their respective sectors of work. The panelists of the seminar were Ziauddin Adil, media personality and CEO of Top of Mind, Rehnuma Karim, founder and CEO of Heroes for All, Dr. M. Masrur Reaz, senior economist and program manager of International Finance Corporation, ...

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Body sapping with VIBES


MNA Life Style Desk: VIBES, provider of slimming and beauty treatments hailing from New Delhi, India, is offering a revolutionary treatment-Fat X. It is a FDA approved treatment that helps get rid of fat from specific areas, through an injectable service.  It includes a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid; a chemical the FDA marks as naturally produced by the body and helps to absorb fats. It destroys fat cells by breaking down the cell membrane. As it is FDA approved it is safe and has minimal or no side effects. Results are visible within 3-9 weeks of taking the treatment. ...

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Samsung to debut Galaxy S9 on 25 Feb

Galaxy S9

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Samsung will unveil its latest flagship -Galaxy S9 – on 25 February in Barcelona, media reported. The smartphone will be launched at an event called ‘Unpacked’ which take will place a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 kicks off. “We knew Samsung was saving the reveal of its next flagship smartphone for the MWC conference in Spain which officially runs from 26 February to 1 March,” reported news desk. The South Korean tech giant has also posted a short teaser video on Twitter which focuses on the upcoming device’s camera. Following the company’s tradition ...

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Remembering Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir

MNA Feature Desk: Syed Mir Nisar Ali Titumir, was an Islamic preacher who led a peasant uprsing against the zamindarsand the British colonial authorities in Bengal, British India during the 19th century. Along with his followers, he built a bamboo fort (Bansher-Kella- in Bengali) in Narkelberia Village, which passed into Bengali folk legend. After the storming of the fort by British soldiers, Titumir died of his wounds on 19 November 1831. Titumir was born as Syed Mir Nisar Ali on 27 January 1782 (14 Magh 1182 in the Bengali calendar), in Chandpur village, in North 24 Parganas district (currently in ...

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‘Padmaavat’ earns Rs 18 crore on Day 1

18 crore

MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s much-awaited film ‘Padmaavat’ earned Rs. 18 crore on Day 1, reported news agency. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama released amid violent protests in several parts of the country. Deepika Padukone stars as Rani Padmini of Chittor, Shahid as her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji. The story is about Rani Padmini, who, along with several Rajput women, committed jauhar when Khili invaded Chittor fort.  Padmaavat’s release date was deferred for over a month due to huge protest by various Rajput outfits. They claimed that Sanjay Leela ...

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Writer Shawkat Ali passes away

Shawkat Ali

MNA Culture Desk: Writer Shawkat Ali has died during his treatment for lung infections and kidney and heart ailments in hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital at 8:15am on Thursday. Ali was 82. The writer was born in West Bengal, India on Feb 12, 1936. Pakistani occupation forces detained him during the 1971 War of Liberation. Ali started his career as a journalist but later moved into academia. He started writing for ‘Nutan Sahitya’, a mouthpiece of leftist politicians. Ali’s novel ‘Warish’ has a vivid description of Hindu-Muslim riots following the 1947 partition. In his novel ‘Prodoshe Prakritajan’, ...

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Teletalk to launch 4G service


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Post telecommunication and information technology minister Mostafa Jabbar Wednesday said state-run mobile operator Teletalk is likely to launch fourth generation (4G) mobile service in May. “The state-run mobile company, Teletalk, has a plan to launch 4G service at all divisional cities across the country with its own finance of nearly Tk 2 billion in May 2018,” said the minister while responding to a query by treasury bench lawmaker Didarul Alam of Chittagong-4 at parliament. “To increase the number of subscribers of the Teletalk,” he said, “the government is implementing two projects for increasing network coverage ...

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15 minutes less of sleep can break your day


MNA Life Style Desk: Working without sleep, or working when you haven’t slept enough can have a great impact on your ability to focus, function, and your health overall. In 1999, a plane, American Airlines 1420 crashed on the runway of Little Rock Airport, Arkansas.1 There was nothing out of the ordinary about the flight, such cross country flights are routine, the kind every pilot in the world makes hundreds of times in their career. The plane was working perfectly. Yet the crashed killed 11 people, including the captain, and wounded over one hundred others. After some investigation, it was ...

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Mass Upsurge Day today

Mass Upsurge Day

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mass Upsurge Day is being observed today to commemorate the 1969 movement for autonomy of the then East Pakistan — a movement that eventually led to the 1971 Liberation War and emergence of Bangladesh. On this day in 1969, school student Motiur Rahman Mallik and a teenager Rustam were killed in police firing at the final stage of the mass movement that ousted General Ayub Khan from power and paved the path for the country’s independence. Motiur was a student of class ten of Nabakumar Institute. Many others were also injured in the indiscriminate police ...

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‘Shape of Water’ tops Oscar nominations

Oscar nominations

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” topped the Oscar nominations list on Tuesday with 13 nods, as the Academy also gave a rare nomination to a woman in the directing category. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-set fairy tale scored nods for best picture, best director, best actress for its star Sally Hawkins, and supporting acting nominations for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. It was also nominated for best original screenplay, with the rest of its nods coming in technical categories. The haul fell one short of the record for most nominations ever, held jointly by “La La ...

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FB gets biometric ID verification startup

doubtful stories

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup named Confirm that specialises in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses. The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards. “We’re excited to announce that we have agreed to be acquired by Facebook! This is the culmination of three years of hard work building technology that will keep people safe and secure online,” Confirm said in a statement on Wednesday. The acquisition, for which financial details were not disclosed, is part of Facebooka’s effort to minimise the presence of fake profiles on ...

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Saraswati Puja is being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Hindu community in the country is set to celebrate the Saraswati Puja nationwide on Monday worshiping the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government’s commitment to ensure rights of all people. Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety and religious fervor. The students in particular seek blessings of Goddess Saraswati in their pursuit of knowledge. Saraswati, a mythological companion ...

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Drone saves swimmers for first time


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Two teenage boys were rescued by a pand new lifesaving drone in Australia while lifeguards were still training to use the device. The swimmers, aged 15-17, had got into difficulties off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW). A member of the public spotted them struggling in heavy surf about 700m (2,300ft) offshore, reported news agency. Lifesavers instantly sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, and the pair made their way safely to shore. John Barilaro, the state’s deputy premier, praised the rescue as historic. “Never before has a drone fitted ...

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5 celebrities talk about mental health issues


MNA Life Style Desk: Despite India being in the throes of a mental health crisis – according to a 2015 World Health Organisation report, over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression and more than 3 crore suffered from anxiety disorders – our attitude towards mental health concerns largely remains apathetic. In such an environment, when celebrities with great reach and strong voices take a stand to help those that suffer silently, it is bound to change the narrative, even if slowly and only by a little. Anushka Sharma In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Anushka Sharma opened up about ...

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Kim and Kanye name daughter ‘Chicago’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West. Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was “so hard”, but that the couple had an instant connection with her. West was raised in the US city Chicago. Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications. Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two. But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions. Pre-eclampsia is ...

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‘Three Billboards’ biggest winner at SAG


MNA Entertainment Desk: Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor. Frances McDormand won best actress and Sam Rockwell took home the best supporting actor statuette for their roles in the film. Britain’s Gary Oldman won best actor for playing wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features’ ...

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UK to combat lifestyle diseases


MNA Life Style Desk: A number of UK-based agencies will provide Bangladesh support to tackle diseases relating to lifestyle and environment under a five-year initiative. The support will be given under “Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)”, reported news agency. Mainly ‘non-communicable diseases (NCDs)’ will be tackled under the project. An agreement to this effect would be signed on 23 January at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city. University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of ...

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Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement

Ed Sheeran

MNA Entertainment Desk: Ed Sheeran has become engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, the British singer-songwriter announced Saturday. “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” he told his 18 million followers on Instagram. Sheeran, 26, is one of the best-selling artists in the world and his latest album “Divide” smashed Spotify records, drawing 57 million listens on the first day of its release — nearly twice the previous highest. Sheeran and Seaborn, who are childhood friends, have reportedly been dating since 2015. “It’s awesome meeting ...

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Super blue moon on 31 Jan


MNA Science & Tech Desk: For those who missed the full moon treat on 1 January, a rare celestial treat awaits you on 31 January, marking the last in a trilogy of super moons. The first happened on 3 December 2017, NASA said in a report. A supermoon is a full moon at its closest point to the Earth on its orbit — known as perigee. The 31 January full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons”, and about 14 per cent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the ...

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Remembering George Orwell

George Orwell

MNA Feature Desk: British novelist, essayist, journalist and critic George Orwell was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, Bengal Presidency (present day Bihar), in British India, to a British colonial civil servant. His real name was Eric Arthur Blair. During most of his career, Orwell was best known for his journalism in essays, reviews, columns in newspapers and magazines and in his books of reportage. He talked about the social and political issues that plagued the world, having seen much unrest and poverty in life. When we think of George Orwell, who died on this date in 1950 at ...

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DU’s affiliation of 7 colleges implemented without prior planning


MNA Education & Career Desk: The Dhaka University’s (DU) affiliation programme with seven colleges was implemented without prior preparation or planning, admits the university administration on Saturday. The statement came from the university’s public relations department amid protests by Dhaka University students calling for an end to the affiliations. Students from the affiliated colleges have also held several rounds of protests demanding schedules for their exams and the release of their results. On February 16, 2017, the decision was taken to make Dhaka College, Eden Women’s College, Government Shaheed Suhrawardy College, Kabi Nazrul College, Begum Badrunnessa Government Women’s College, Mirpur ...

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Tips to avoid eye strain

eye strain

MNA Life Style Desk: Studies have shown that between 50% and 90% of office workers have eye strain or associated health issues such as eye-twitching, red eyes, headaches and fatigue. Get regular eye tests If you work on a computer every day, experts recommend having a comprehensive eye exam every year to detect problems before they develop. During this test, you should tell the doctor how often you use your phone and your computer. You should also measure the distance from your eyes to your screen at work and tell your doctor, so your eyes can be tested at that ...

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Suchitra Sen’s 4th death anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 4th death anniversary of iconic Bengali film actress Suchitra Sen. Legendary actress of Bangla cinema Suchitra Sen was born in Pabna on April 6, 1931. She was a versatile actress of Indian cinema who had a highly successful and decorated career spanning more than two and a half decades from the early 1950s to late 1970s. Her unforgettable performances in a series of popular Bengali films such as ‘Sharey Chuattor’, ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’, ‘Uttar Falguni’, ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ and ‘Pathe Holo Deri’, among others, made her a legend in Bengali cinema and a household ...

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Singer Shammi Akhtar dies


MNA Entertainment Desk: Famous singer Shammi Akhtar is no more. The singer breathed her last around 4:00pm on Tuesday afternoon. She was 60. Her first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Shantinagar Aminbag Mosque after Zuhr prayers and then, she will be buried in Shahjahanpur graveyard. A playback singer of more than 300 films, Shammi won the hearts of music-aficionados with popular numbers like ‘Dhaka shahar aisha amar’, ‘Ami tomar badhu’, ‘Mone bara asha chhila’, ‘Ami jemoa achhi’, ‘Banglar maati’, ‘Bidesh giye’, ‘Soite pari na’, ‘Jhilmil’, ‘Amar maner bedona’, ‘Phuley phuley basa’ and ‘Ei raat bale’ and many others. She ...

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8 banks’ recruitment test cancelled


MNA Education Desk: The Bankers’ Selection Committee of Bangladesh Bank has scrapped professional recruitment tests for eight state-owned banks. The tests were held on Friday. The decision on cancellation of the test was made at a top level meeting at the central bank presided over by its Governor Fazle Kabir. Officials said after getting the inquiry report, Bangladesh Bank will take decision on fixing a new date for exam. Earlier, the Bangladesh Bank had decided to retake the recruitment test following the mismanagement at two exam centres at Mirpur where over 6000 applicants missed to sit for their test. But ...

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Shilpa Shinde wins Bigg Boss 11

Shilpa Shinde

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shilpa Shinde has been announced as the winner of Bigg Boss 11. The Babiji Ghar Par Hai fame has left behind television’s much-loved bahu Hina Khan who had a huge fan following much before she entered the house of Bigg Boss. Salman Khan declared Shilpa as the winner amidst much excitement of the fans and the studio audience. Much before the official announcement, the social media users picked Shilpa as their favourite contestant and expressed their wish of watching her lift the trophy of the winner. Shilpa had a tough competition from Hina because of her popularity. ...

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