Bangabandhu’s birthday being celebrated


MNA Feature Desk: The nation is celebrating the 99th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday. Since the re-assumption of state power in 1996, Awami League has been observing the day as the National Children’s Day as Bangabandhu liked to spend time with children on his birthday. The day is a public holiday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation, heralding the nationwide programmes on the occasion of the 99th birthday of the great leader. The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the portrait ...

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France to take legal action against Google and Apple


MNA Science & Technology Desk: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for “abusive business practices”, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. “I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” against French start-ups, Le Maire said on RTL radio. He said start-ups face conditions imposed on them when selling their apps on Google and Apple. It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, with Trump having singled out the ...

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Omerta trailer brings out deadly Rajkummar Rao


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Rajkummar Rao’s scary yet brilliant performance as a terrorist will surely make you excited to watch the film. After impressing us with fantastic performances in Trapped and Bareilly Ki Barfi, Rajkummar Rao is back with another phenomenal act. The star’s next – Omerta is all set to release on April 20 and the film really sounds interesting. And if the first look was fantastic, wait till you watch the trailer. Yes, the Omerta trailer has just been released and we have to say it will keep you at the edge of your seats. Based on ...

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Hawking: A brief history of genius


MNA Feature Desk: Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain’s most famous modern-day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Born on January 8, 1942 — 300 years to the day after the death of the father of modern science, Galileo Galilei—he believed science was his destiny. But fate also dealt Hawking a cruel hand. Most of his life was spent in a wheelchair crippled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease that attacks the nerves controlling voluntary movement. Remarkably, Hawking defied predictions he would only live ...

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Physicist Stephen Hawking passes away

Stephen Hawking

MNA Science Desk: Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years after developing a form of motor neurone disease that left him confined to a ...

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Hate Story 4 box-office collection Day 4

Hate Story

MNA Entertainment Desk: Films in the Hate Story series always manage to draw in the crowds and also mint money. For some reason, people love to watch these films that are high-on erotica and thrills. In fact, one of the things that draw them to it is mostly suspense. Hate Story films are known to have shocking twists and turns, reports news agency. But the fourth installment was pale in comparison to all the previous films. However, for a film which has been made on a controlled budget, the box office numbers are not so disappointing. Rumours suggest it has ...

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IU holds essay competition


MNA Education Desk:  The authority of Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia arranged an essay writing competition at Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman auditorium of the university on Tuesday on the occasion of National Children Day and the 98th birth anniversary of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. IU VC Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari inaugurated the competition while Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha and acting registrar SM Abdul Latif were present as the special guests. University proctor Professor Dr M Mahbubar Rahman, Institute of Islamic Education and Research (IIER) director Professor Dr M Maher Ali and TSCC director Dr M Baki ...

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Fight against Insomnia


MNA Life & Style: Temporary insomnia is inadequate or poor-quality sleep lasting anywhere from one night to a few weeks. Temporary insomnia can be a single episode or recurring episodes of insomnia separated by periods of normal sleep. There are no formal criteria for diagnosing insomnia, and what constitutes sufficient sleep for one person may be inadequate for another. The following suggestions are intended to help overcome temporary insomnia and maximize the chance of getting a healthy night’s sleep: Before going to bed, take a warm shower. It is like an exercise, the hot shower will help you to fall ...

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Adult-film actress to return Trump money

adult-film actress

MNA Entertainment Desk: The adult-film actress who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became US president offered on Monday to return $130,000 that Trump’s personal lawyer paid her in what she said was hush money to remain silent about the alleged relationship. Actress Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, has said the affair with Trump began in 2006 and lasted several months. Trump has denied he had an affair with Clifford. Clifford proposed on Monday that she be allowed to discuss her alleged affair with the president freely after repaying the money. “This ...

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Anushka’s lovestruck photo goes viral


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma’s recent Instagram lovestruck post has won Internet’s heart. In the picture, Anushka can be seen planting a sweet peck on her husband Virat’s cheek. Anushka shared the photo and captioned it with a couple in love emoticon. Cricketer Virat Kohli also shared a picture of the couple on his Instagram and wrote ‘chilling and how.’ Virat Kohli’s picture was liked over 12 lakh times. Virat returned to Mumbai after attending a football match of his Indian Super League (ISL) team FC Goa. Anushka also wrapped up her Sui Dhaaga schedule in Chanderi and ...

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IU English Dept alumni reunion begins

Martyred Intellectuals Day

MNA Education Desk: Authorities of English department of Islamic University (IU) began its first alumni reunion and Silver Jubilee programme on the campus amid enthusiasm and festivity. Marking the function, the department chalked out a two day-long elaborate programmes with a slogan of “Let’s get set for a trip to nostalgic”. On the first day, a discussion meeting, recollection of memories, crests giving ceremony and cultural programmes were held at Birshreshtha Hamidur Rahman auditorium of the university from 3pm. Vice-chancellor of the university Professor Dr M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari addressed the function as the chief guest while Pro-VC Professor Dr M ...

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Technological advancement: Are we reaching at desired level?


MNA Feature Desk: A worldwide revolution is going on in the field of science and technology with huge anticipation of introducing artificial intelligence in the global market. Billions of dollars are being invested in technological innovations. This revolution got visible to people around the world throughout the last two decades. Along with so many other countries of the world, Bangladesh is also a participant in this race as the current government has shown strong commitment towards building a ‘Digital Bangladesh’. It must be noted that, different policies of the government has significantly contributed towards technological progress. Despite that, our citizens ...

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International Women’s Day being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The International Women’s Day is being observed in the country, as elsewhere across the globe, on Thursday with a call to help forge a better, inclusive and gender-equal world. The theme of this year’s day is – Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. International Women’s Day can be traced back to the time when about 15,000 women in New York marched the city asking for suffrage rights, shorter work hours and a better pay. This occurred in the year 1908. Post that, in 1909, National Women’s Day was observed on February 28 in ...

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Historic 7 March being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The Historic 7 March, a memorable day in the history of Bangalees’ long arduous freedom struggle, is being observed on Wednesday with elaborate programmes. This year, the day bears a great significance as Unesco recogonised the historic 7 March speech as a world documentary heritage. The 7th March is surely one of the greatest days in the history of Bangladesh. On this day in 1971, the great leader, father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has delivered one of the most influential, sensible, intelligent and heartening speeches in the history of mankind. It was given at the ...

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Omar Sani hospitalized with heart problems

Omar Sani

MNA Entertainment Desk: Popular actor Omar Sani was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Dhaka, following sickness over cardiac problems Monday evening. Fardin Ehsan, son of the actor, said in a Facebook status that four blocks have been detected in his father’s blood vessels. He will be undergoing a ring implantation surgery at the night. Family sources said that Sani felt chest pain suddenly after the noon. Afterwards he was taken to the hospital where the physicians advised him ring implantation. However, the actor is out of danger, said the physicians. Sani’s wife Moushmi and their children accompanied him at the ...

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NASA space tech makes it to Oscars


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The company that takes credit for the shine in the coveted Oscar trophy is using a gold coating technology that NASA has helped it improve, the US space agency has said. “Our telescopes and the #Oscars trophies are both plated with the same gold!” NASA said in a tweet. Brooklyn-based Epner Technology has been using the improved technique for its varied commercial clients, NASA said in a statement released over the weekend. In 2016, Epner’s reputation for durable and brilliant gold coatings, built in part through its many years working for NASA, brought a new ...

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Ferdousi Priyabhashini passes away

Ferdousi Priyabhashini

MNA Culture Desk: Renowned sculptor Ferdousi Priyabhashini died undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon. She was 71. Priyabhashini, who was also a freedom fighter, was admitted to Lab Aid Hospital on 8 November 2017, as she was suffering from multiple complications including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. She was rushed to the hospital after falling over in her Gulshan residence and went into a shock on 8 November afternoon. Later, she was being kept under treatment at coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital. Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who was persecuted by Pakistani occupation army ...

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Vegetarians may keep heart diseases away


MNA Life Style Desk: Consuming a form of vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, may be just as effective as a Mediterranean diet in reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke, researchers have claimed. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet is a kind of vegetarian diet that includes animal products such as eggs and dairy products, but excludes the intake of meat and fish. A Mediterranean diet, meanwhile, includes the consumption of poultry, fish and some red meat as well as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. “The take-home message of our study is that a ...

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Oscars 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins best picture


MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantastical romance ‘The Shape of Water’ won best picture, the film industry’s most prestigious honor, at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. The academy’s top acting honors went, as widely expected, to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). “If I fall over, pick me up, because I’ve got some things to say,” Ms. McDormand said. She thanked “every single person in this building” and her sister before asking the female nominees in the room to stand. “Look around,” she said. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financing.” Jennifer Lawrence and ...

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Amazon to stop selling all Nest products

Whole Foods

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Nest products won’t be sold by Amazon.com any longer once current stock runs out, according to a report from Business Insider. Amazon last year declined to offer some of Nest’s newer products like the Nest Cam IQ and latest-generation smart thermostat. After weeks of simply ignoring the products and being unresponsive to Nest, Amazon informed the company of its decision by phone late in the year and said the directive “came from the top,” something Nest took to mean it had been handed down by CEO Jeff Bezos. There has been no direct confirmation of ...

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Pakistan bans Anushka Sharma’s film ‘Pari’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hindi film star Anushka Sharma’s new film ‘Pari’ has been banned in Pakistan, as it ‘promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments’. Pakistan’s censor board also banned the Hindi horror film because it ‘reportedly contains objectionable sequences where Quranic verses have been used’, said another Pakistani news outlet Geo TV, quoting a cinema owner. ‘The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic,’ a source at Pakistan’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification, ...

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Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan

Basant Utsav

MNA Feature Desk: The famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore introduced Basant Utsav or Spring festival in Shantiniketan, Birbhum to recreate the magic of the joyous festival Holi. It is now an integral part of Bengali culture. Rabindranath Tagore was the founder of the Vishwabharati University in Shantiniketan, a serene and tranquil town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. On the occasion of Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan, Birbhum, the students of this university clad themselves in yellow colored clothes. The sight of all these youngsters adorned in such bright colored dresses is indeed beautiful. They entertain you with some spectacular ...

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Fans bid tearful farewell to Sridevi


MNA Entertainment Desk: Thousands of fans lined the streets of Mumbai on Wednesday, some weeping quietly, others running behind the hearse, as they joined Bollywood stars in paying tributes to actress Sridevi who died at the weekend in Dubai. Sridevi, 54, acted in 300 films in a career that began at age four and culminated in her becoming one of Hindi cinema’s biggest female superstars. Police were called in to control a crowd that surged towards a Mumbai club where her body was placed for people to pay their respects. Police in Dubai where Sridevi had gone to attend a ...

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Sridevi’s body released for embalming


MNA Entertainment Desk: The body of Bollywood actress Sridevi, who died in her hotel room on Saturday, has been released for the procedure of embalming, says a report from Consulate General of India, Dubai. “Dubai Police has handed over the consulate and the family members letters for the release of the mortal remains of the Indian cinema icon Sridevi Boney Kapoor so that they can proceed for embalming,” read a tweet from the official page of Consulate General of India, Dubai. On Saturday evening, Sridevi drowned in the bathtub of room number 2201 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel here. ...

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PM’s new book at book fair

new book

MNA Culture Desk: A new book containing 100 speeches of Prime Sheikh Hasina is now available at the Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2018 in the city. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated the book ‘Nirbachito 100 Bhashon (2014-2017)’ to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim Helal is the chief editor of the 552-page book. The Prime Minister delivered the speeches on different occasions from 2014 to 2017. The book has been published by Genius Publication. Its price is Taka 750. With 25 per cent discount, the book is now on ...

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Question Paper Leak: Are we ready to embrace a corrupt future generation?


MNA Feature Desk: Education is of great importance for a nation as it is the driving factor of social and economic growth. To be competent in today’s fast moving world, there is no alternative but ensuring education for the citizens of a country, which is willing to develop. It is said that, to destroy a country it is not required to fight a brutal war, destroying the education system will do the work. We might all know about the importance of education, specifically the need for quality education. But today, we stand on a ground when education system of Bangladesh ...

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265 students get Prime Minister Gold Medal

Islamic University

MNA Education Desk: A total of 265 university students have been awarded the Prime Minister Gold Medal by Sheikh Hasina for their academic achievements. The prime minister handed over the gold medals for 2015 and 2016 at her office on Sunday, under the auspices of the University Grants Commission. She praised the students and their guardians and said she was proud of them. The PM also recognised the institutions and spoke of the need to broaden opportunities for intellectual development. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Secondary and Higher Education Secretary Md Sohrab Hossain also spoke. Abdul Mannan, chairman of ...

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