Rich life style of Mugabe kids & associates


MNA Life Style Desk: People cheered in the streets on Tuesday as dictator Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. They’re angry at years of declining living conditions, with a GDP per capita lower than Afghanistan. But you wouldn’t know it from these photos, showing how the country’s elite are still finding plenty of wealth to go around, reports the Metro. Photos shared online, including by Mugabe’s sons, show a minority have been living the high life, pouring champagne on their Rolex just ’cause, wearing $14,000 alligator skin Giuseppe Zanotti trainers and travelling around in silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets. ...

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18th death anniversary of Sufia Kamal

Sufia Kamal

MNA Feature Desk: The 18th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and a pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation is being observed on Monday. Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Leaders and activists of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote along with noted cultural personalities paid tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at her grave at Azimpur Graveyard. Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, who was her ...

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Armed Forces Day is being observed

Armed Forces Day

MNA Feature Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to the Bangladesh army, navy and air force at the Shikha Anirban, to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day, Nov 21, recognises the day in 1971 when all three forces began a combined assault on invading Pakistani forces in 1971. Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrarpaid tribute as well. The president in his message said, “Independence is our great achievement, to make it more meaningful we should ...

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Justice League opens with $96m

Justice League

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Warner Bros.-DC’s costly Justice League has dominated the North American box office but fallen well short of expectations with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,051 locations. It’s a decidedly gloomy result for the tentpole, which had been forecast by the studio just prior to the weekend to open in the $110 million range. Instead, “Justice League” is launching with only the eighth largest opening of 2017. It’s not even in the top 50 domestic openings of all time, ranking 53rd behind “Fast and Furious 6.” “For every macro budget superhero movie the stakes are ...

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Microsoft appoints Sonia as MD for BD, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Microsoft has announced the appointment of Sonia Bashir Kabir as managing director for Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Laos. In her new role, Sonia will lead Microsoft’s business in developing and driving strategies for all product lines, services, and support offerings in the four countries, while working closely with partners and local governments to help accelerate the digital transformation across these markets by bringing people, data, and processes together to reinvent business values, provide personalised experience to customers, and transform education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. ‘Digital Transformation in emerging markets is an important priority for ...

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Reopening order of Lakehead school stayed

Lakehead school

MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday extended a stay order for 10 more days on the High Court order that had directed the authorities concerned to reopen all the branches of Lakehead School. The court also asked the state counsel to file a regular leave to appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court order. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate shut down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The five-member appeals bench led by acting Chief ...

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PEC, Ebtedayee exams begin


MNA Education Desk: As many as 3,096,075 fifth-grade students are taking Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee exams at 7,267 centres today. The English exam is the first, starting at 11am and ending at 1:30pm. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar will inspect the Motijheel Ideal Government Primary School, an exam centre, the ministry said. This year 2,804,509 are taking their PEC exams, while 291,566 are taking the Ebtedayee exams. This year 2,953 special needs candidates will take the PEC exams, while 379 signed up for the Ebdetayee exams. They will each receive 20 extra minutes to complete ...

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NASA launches next-gen weather satellite

MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation weather satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather reports and forecasts. The satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket as scheduled at 1:47am (0947 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will orbit the Earth 14 times each day from one pole to the other at 512 ...

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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017

Manushi Chhillar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: India’s Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and was Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant. Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat. Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian ...

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Barbie’s first hijab-wearing doll

hijab-wearing doll

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Doll company Barbie has unveiled its first hijab-wearing doll to honour an American Olympic fencer, as the traditional Islamic headscarf goes mainstream through catwalks, magazine covers and ‘emoji’ smartphone symbols. Ibtihaj Muhammad made history in Rio last year as the first US Olympian to represent her country wearing a hijab, after earlier winning a gold medal in 2014 at the world fencing championships in Russia. “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true,” the Olympian posted on ...

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Chhatra League is an Ideology

Chhatra League

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) is more than student politics, it is an ideology, says Shagor Mahmud, the vice president of the newly formed committee of BCL, Khilagon Thana unit. In a brief interview with MNA, he shares his views about student politics. Shagor Mahmud was born in Madaripur. After completing his higher secondary education, he gets himself admitted into Shiddheswari University College. Though his political life started during his college days, he became a regular activist of BCL after joining Shiddheswari University College. “Ashad bhai has always been my icon and by following his footmark I have ...

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Robot Restaurant launched in Dhaka

Robot Restaurant

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The first-ever Robot Restaurant of Bangladesh has been launched in Dhaka. The restaurant located inside the Family World Convention Center at Asad Gate, Mirpur Road will use robots to serve food to customers, said a press release. It will be open to the customers on Thursday. China-based robot-making organisation HZX Electronic Technology Company provided technical support to the ‘Robot Restaurant’. Representatives from both the organisations attended the press briefing in Dhaka. Primarily, the restaurant has installed two humanoid robots to serve food to customers, it also said. Max Schwarz, CEO of HZX Electronic Technology Company, ...

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Vinci artwork sold for record $450.3m


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: In New York Christie’s auction house has sold a Leonardo Da Vinci artwork for $450.3 million on 15 November, reported news agency. The auction broke records of Picasso’s 1955 Women of Algiers (Version O), sold for $179.4 million, and Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917-18 Reclining Nude, sold for $170.4 million. The painting, “Salvator Mundi”, is believed to be one of the only 20 surviving pieces done by the Italian Renaissance polymath. The work, commissioned by the French king Louis XII 500 years ago and possessed by the English king Charles I, had ended up in the hands ...

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HC order to reopen Lakehead School stayed

Lakehead school

MNA Education Desk: The Supreme Court (SC) has stayed a High Court (HC) order on reopening the Lakehead Grammar School in Dhaka. The chamber judge stayed the order on Wednesday after the state challenged the decision, reported news agency. The decision has been halted until Sunday, when an Appellate Division bench is expected to hear the matter, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said. On Nov 6, the education ministry ordered the Dhaka district administration to shut the school. The next day, a police team led by a magistrate closed down the school’s branches in Dhanmondi and Gulshan. The ministry says the ...

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Queen Elizabeth

MNA Feature Desk: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will add another landmark to her record-breaking reign on Monday when she and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Princess Elizabeth, as she was at the time, married dashing naval officer Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London’s Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. Seventy years on, Queen Elizabeth, 91, and her 96-year-old husband will mark their platinum anniversary with a small family party at Windsor Castle, the monarch’s home to the ...

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Vodafone rebounds into first-half net profit


MNA Science & Tech Desk: British mobile phone giant Vodafone rebounded back into first-half net profit, it said Tuesday, after the previous year’s performance was skewed by a vast Indian writedown. Earnings after taxation hit 1.131 billion euros ($1.318 billion) in the six months to the end of September, it revealed in a results statement. “We are able to report a strong financial performance, with substantial … profit growth, and we are raising our financial outlook for the year,” said chief executive Vittorio Colao. Vodafone had suffered a spectacular net loss of 5.129 billion euros in the same part of ...

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‘Chol Palai’ item girl Naila Nayem

Naila Nayem

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Stepping into the country’s showbiz realm with ramp modeling, Naila Nayem was earlier occasionally seen in TV plays in sideline of her modeling career. The widely-discussed glamorous dentist-turned-model will be seen dancing in the item number of Director Debashish Biswas’s latest film ‘Chol Palai’. ‘Koto Bhalobashi’, Vote for Thot’, ‘City Overnight’, ‘Jaan O Baby’, ‘Kar Jonyo’, ‘Mon Diye Mon’, ‘Modhur Meye’, ‘Papa Chickchick’, ‘Aami Sundori Nari’, ‘Viral Bhai’—are some of the songs for which Naila was starred in the music videos. Meanwhile, shooting for the song has been done at the Koroi Tola of FDC. ...

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Humayun Ahmed: Journey of a legend


MNA Feature 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. This was the beginning of the new star in the horizon of literature in Bangladesh. Among many notable writers of Bangladesh, Ahmed is different in many ways — created and developed a new generation of readers in Bangladesh during the ’80s and onwards until he left this world. Many say, Humayun Ahmed was a writer for ...

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Google celebrates Humayun Ahmed’s 70th birthday


MNA Feature Desk: Search engine giant Google has created a new Doodle on its homepage, celebrating the life of prolific Bangla writer Humayun Ahmed on the occasion of his 70th birth anniversary. Humayun Ahmed (13 November 1948 – 19 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, song writer, scholar, lecturer. His breakthrough was his debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972. He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh. Ahmed’s writing style is characterised as magical realism. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s ...

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Jessia Islam among top 40 finalists

Jessia Islam

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss World Bangladesh Jessia Islam has been selected in the top-40 list of Miss World-2017 competition. “By the grace of Almighty Allah and prayers of my beloved friends, family & country I have been selected for top 40 in miss world 2017 and winner of head to head challenge. Keep me in your prayers,” Jessia posted on her Facebook page. Jessia Islam, who was crowned as the Miss World Bangladesh after Jannatul Nayeem Avril was stripped of her title on fraud charges, is representing Bangladesh in Miss World competition in China. The grand finale of ...

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WhatsApp to introduce app for iPad users


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp may be working on an app for iPad users as references of WhatsApp for iPad are spotted on latest WhatsApp desktop app. According to a tweet from popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is gearing up for a dedicated application for iPad. “Great news for all WhatsApp users having an iPad device. Our rumour about a WhatsApp for iPad app was real (real like our other rumours as WhatsApp Business and the Facebook infrastructure),” WABetaInfo tweeted. WABetaInfo also stated on Twitter the WhatsApp Desktop 0.2.6968 app references for an iPad ...

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RUET launches computer networking course


MNA Education Desk: The Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) has launched an advance level training course on computer networking in order to make its teachers, officers and employees skilled, reported news agency. RUET vice chancellor professor Rafiqul Alam Beg said this while addressing the closing and certificate-giving ceremony of a month-long computer networking training course on Sunday as the chief guest. RUET’s Central Computer Center and Planning and Development Branch jointly organised the course titled “Basic Concept and Computer Networking” with financial support from Education and Research Project of Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC). VC Prof Beg said ...

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Taking little stress good for cells

little stress

MNA Life Style Desk: According to a study, taking a little stress can be good for your cells as it boosts resilience, protects ageing cells as well as delays the risk of disease. The findings will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanisms that drive ageing and risk for age-associated degenerative diseases. ”Our findings offer us a strategy for looking at ageing in humans and how we might prevent or stabilise against cell decline as we age,” said Richard I. Morimoto, Professor at the Northwestern University. ”Our goal is not trying to find ways to make people live longer but ...

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Winners of Humayun Ahmed Award announced

Humayun Ahmed

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jyoti Prakash Dutta and Mozaffar Hossain will receive Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award this year . The award will be presented at an award giving ceremony on Sunday at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy ahead of late iconic Humayun’s birth anniversary on November 13. Jyoti Prakash Dutta has been selected for the award in recognition of his contribution to the field of literature while Mozaffar Hossain has been selected in the young writer category for his novel ‘Otit Ekta Vindesh’. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will attend the award ...

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23rd Kolkata International Film Festival begins

Kolkata International Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival began on Friday with the screening of Iranian film Yellow. Altogether 143 films from India and abroad will be screened in the 8-day festival which was inaugurated at the packed Netaji Indoor Stadium. Megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan, besides British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present at the inaugural function. The KIFF has become the landmark for showcasing best cinema across the world and he is happy to be back in a city which always holds special memories, Bachchan ...

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Khulna University admission test today

Khulna University

MNA Education Desk: The admission tests for the first year honours courses in Khulna University (KU) under 2017-18 academic years will begin today (Saturday). A total of 29,140 candidates applied against 1,204 seats in 28 disciplines, said a press release. About 24 aspirants will vie for a seat in the first year honours courses in KU under 2017-18 academic year. The online admission process for the first year honours courses in Khulna University under 2017-18 academic years ended on 9 October this year. The students have been asked for not bringing mobile phone or any electronic devices during exam. The ...

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Uber to develop flying taxis


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Uber unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys. It also announced Los Angeles will join two other previously revealed “UberAIR” pilot schemes in Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas, and Dubai. California and Texas are the US states with the largest number of cars. Uber wants to “explore other collaboration opportunities with NASA” with a view to open “a new market of urban air mobility,” said a statement. The first demonstration flights are expected in 2020, moving into commercial operations by 2023 — in plenty of time ...

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