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Cyrus confirms marriage to Hemsworth

Cyrus

MNA Entertainment Desk: Pop singer Miley Cyrus has confirmed her marriage to teen sweetheart, actor Liam Hemsworth, posting photos taken at their quiet family wedding on social media. With the caption “10 years later” and the date “12.23.18,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer posted a trio of photos on Instagram and Twitter late on Wednesday of her in an off the shoulder white dress, hugging and kissing Hemsworth. Hemsworth, 28, posted one of the photos on his Twitter account, writing “My Love” and a heart emoji. Cyrus, the 26-year-old former Disney Channel star of comedy “Hannah Montana,” met Australian actor Hemsworth ...

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Textbook Festival kicks off across country

Textbook Festival

MNA Education Desk: The Textbook Festival, marking the distribution of free textbooks among school and madrasah students, was kicked off across the country on Tuesday morning, reported news agency. Millions of schoolchildren have joined the festivity at schools and madrasas across the country to receive books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the new year. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid began the handing over of newly printed books among students at Azimpur Government Girls’ School and College around 9:30 am. Later around 11 am, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar started distributing ...

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Mobile internet services resume

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MNA Science Tech Desk: The 2G, 3G and 4G mobile services resumed on Tuesday morning after suspension of about 37 hours centreing election. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered to resume all mobile services. BRTC senior assistant director Md Jakir Hossain Khan said all operators have been asked to open the internet services around 10:30am. On December 30, the telecom regulator suspended the services from 9:30pm. During the period, people were not able to use the internet on their phones, stream or upload pictures or videos.

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New Year Celebrations Around the World

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MNA Life Style Desk: Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including political, trade and religious ones. A look at how people in the U.S. and around the world ushered in 2019: New York City Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera welcomed 2019 in a packed Times Square along with revelers from around the world who came to see the traditional crystal ball drop. A drenching rain didn’t stop crowds from ...

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Poet Jasimuddin’s birth anniv today

Jasimuddin

MNA Feature Desk: The 116th birth anniversary of famous poet and litterateur Jasimuddin, popularly known as ‘Palli Kabi’, is being observed in Faridpur on Tuesday. The poet was born on this day of 1903 in his maternal uncle’s house in Tambulkhana village in Faridpur district. As part of the celebration, Deputy Commissioner Begum Umme Salma Tanjia, also the president of Jasim Foundation, along with superintendent of district police Md Jakir Hossain Khan paid floral tributes to the poet’s graveyard at Ambikapur. Jasimuddin’s ageless creation ‘Naksi Kanthar Math’ translated in foreign languages. Besides he is also the father of many remarkable ...

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Bollywood actor-director Kader Khan dies

Kader Khan

MNA Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor-director-writer-comedian and a Quran scholar, Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada today. Kader, 81, is survived by his wife Hajra, son Sarfaraz, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. According to Ahmed Khan, a close relative, he passed away around 4 am. He said the last rites will be held in a Toronto cemetery later in the day. Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and has featured in over 300 films. Also, he has written dialogues for over 250 movies. Before becoming an ...

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Legendary Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen dies at 95

Mrinal Sen

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Padmabhushan awardee, Mrinal Sen has died in Kolkata. He was 95. He breathed his last at his home in Bhawanipur, Kolkata on Sunday. His body will not be cremated until Sen’s son, Kunal Sen who lives in Chicago, arrives in Kolkata. Mrinal Sen told his family that after his death people should not place flowers and wreaths on his body and it should not be kept in a public place for people to pay their respects. Eminent actors such as Saumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Aparna Sen, director Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Anjana Dutta, all of ...

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3G, 4G speed restored

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MNA Science Desk: The mobile internet speed was restored this morning 10 hours after it was slowed down by the telecom regulator. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) through an e-mail asked four mobile operators to restore the 3G and 4G services around 7:30am without mentioning details, said officials of the operators. The BTRC yesterday night suddenly directed the mobile operators to slow down the internet by shutting down 3G and 4G services two days ahead of the 11th national election. As per the BTRC order issued around 10:00pm yesterday, people using the internet on their phones would not be able ...

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RAB opens FB page to verify fake news

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MNA Tech Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has opened a Facebook page titled ‘RAB Cyber News Verification Centre’ to aware people over fake news and rumours spread during the 11th parliamentary election. Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Benazir Ahmed revealed it at a press conference arranged to brief journalists regarding the elite force’s preparation for the upcoming general election at its media centre in city’s Karwan Bazar on Thursday. If anyone becomes confused about any news, he/she will have to share it on the Facebook page and the RAB team will instantly reply it after verifying the ...

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No campaign speeches on BTV before 30 Dec

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MNA Entertainment Desk: BTV has postponed its long-running tradition of broadcasting the campaigning speeches of different political parties ahead of the national election, reported news agency. All forms of campaigning are barred in the 48 hours before the Dec 30 polls. According to the instructions provided by the Election Commission or EC, Thursday is the last day of the election campaign. Before Nov 29 election in 2008, the speeches of Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia were broadcasted on BTV on the last night of the election campaign on Nov 27.

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Amazon’s Alexa talks murder, sex in AI experiment

Alexa

MNA Tech Desk: Millions of users of Amazon’s Echo speakers have grown accustomed to the soothing strains of Alexa, the human-sounding virtual assistant that can tell them the weather, order takeout and handle other basic tasks in response to a voice command. So a customer was shocked last year when Alexa blurted out: “Kill your foster parents.” Alexa has also chatted with users about sex acts. She gave a discourse on dog defecation. And this summer, a hack Amazon traced back to China may have exposed some customers’ data, according to five people familiar with the events. Alexa is not ...

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Benefits of cycling as an exercise

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MNA Life Style Desk: The benefits of cycling are almost as endless as the country lanes you could soon be exploring. If you’re considering taking up cycling, and weighing it up against other potential activities, then we’re here to tell you that cycling is hands down the best option. Builds strength – Cycling is not just an exercise for the legs. Contrary to general perceptions, cycling helps in building strength in a holistic manner Cuts the risk of coronary heart disease – Cycling gives a workout to your heart, lungs and blood vessels, and thus reduces the risk of heart ...

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All students from 43 schools failed

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MNA Education Desk: All students from 4,769 education institutions passed their exams, while all examinees from 43 institutions failed, reported news agency. Overall 85.83 percent students have passed the JSC and JDC exams, a 2.18 percentage-point increase from last year. Last year, all students from 5,279 education institutions passed, while all from 59 institutions failed. This means the number of educational institutions with a 100 percent pass rate has decreased by 510, while the number with a zero percent pass rate decreased by 16. The 100-percent pass rate institutions include 413 from the Dhaka Board, 912 from the Rajshahi Board, ...

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Inadequate sleep may boost depression risk

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MNA Life Style Desk: Poor sleep may increase the risk of developing mood disorders, especially depression among teenagers. A study, led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, showed that teenagers with sleep deprivation may indulge more in risk-taking behaviour and addictions. This is because chronic sleep deprivation reduces the proper functioning of putamen-an area of the brain that plays a role in goal-based movements and learning from rewards. Lack of proper sleep also leads to less activity in the brain’s reward system. Studies showed that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and ...

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Nicki Minaj joins voice casts of ‘Angry Birds 2’

Angry Birds

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rapper Nicki Minaj has joined “The Angry Birds 2”. The Sony Animation sequel will release internationally on 16 August 2019, reported news agency. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage will all reprise their roles from the first film. They are joined by Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Zach Woods. Minaj’s role is currently unknown. “Angry Birds 2” is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice. The release date for “Angry Birds 2” coincides with the 10th anniversary of ...

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Holy Christmas celebrated

Christmas

MNA Feature Desk: The holy Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, was celebrated on Tuesday in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world with festivity and enthusiasm commemorating the birthday of Jesus Christ. According to Christian’s faith, the Xmas is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings. Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ on the day, which is a public holiday in Bangladesh and most other countries across the world. On the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages by greeting ...

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JSC, JDC and PEC results published

JDC

MNA Education Desk: The results of Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) and Primary Education Completion (PEC) and its equivalent Ebtedayee examinations have been published on Monday. The pass rate of JSC is 85.28 per cent and JDC is 89.04 per cent while PEC pass rate is 97.59 per cent and Ebtedayee is 97.69 per cent. Around 68,095 students secured GPA-5 this year. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the copy of results of JSC and JDC examinations and Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman handed over the copy of results of PEC examination to Prime ...

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‘Aquaman’ makes splash at US box office

Aquaman

MNA Entertainment Desk: New Warner Bros. release “Aquaman” made the biggest waves in North American theaters over the weekend with $67.4 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday. That put it well ahead of two other new holiday-timed releases, as Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” took in $22.2 million for the three-day weekend, flying slightly higher than Paramount’s “Bumblebee” at $21 million. Together, the three helped boost the year’s domestic box-office revenue toward a record $11.8 billion, Hollywood Reporter said. “Aquaman” stars Jason Momoa in a title role infused with new swagger by director James Wan, with Variety ...

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AL inaugurates ‘Joy Bangla’ app for election

Joy Bangla

MNA Tech Desk: In the training workshop titled “Digital Election Campaign” hosted by the Sub-Committee of Science and Technology of Awami League, a mobile app titled ‘Joy Bangla’ was displayed. This app can be used by all the leaders and activists of all the units of Bangladesh Awami League’s affiliate organization via registration. This app can be used to prevent the spreading of rumors as well as spread knowledge regarding the development activities of Awami League. All information about the app users will be protected under high security. Initially, onecrore people have been estimated to join the app. In the ...

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Last tribute to Amjad Hossain

Amjad

MNA Entertainment Desk: People from all walks of life including artists, filmmakers and crews flocked to Central Shaheed Minar and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) on Saturday to pay last respects to celebrated filmmaker Amjad Hossain. The ‘Golapi Ekhon Train-e’ famed director breathed his last at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok on the evening of Dec 14. His body was flown to Dhaka on Friday (Dec 21) evening. The body was taken to Shaheed Minar premise, around 11:30am Saturday. The body was then moved to the premise of ATN Bangla in Karwan Bazar and later to the BFDC around 1pm. ...

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IU to introduce Fine Arts department

Fine Arts department

MNA Education Desk: Islamic University (IU) authorities will introduce the Fine Arts department at the university from 2019-20 academic session, reports news agency. IU acting registrar SM Abdul Latif on Saturday said they received a letter from the University Grants Commission, signed by its Public University Management Department director M Kamal Hossain, allowing the university to introduce the department. The activities of the department will be conducted under the Arts faculty, he said, adding that a total of 30 students can enroll at the department.

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Tips to banish stomach fat forever

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MNA Life Style Desk: When you have excess belly fat, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, breast and prostate cancer, and even kidney failure. This makes it all the more important to rid your body of this adiposity and keep it gone forever. To do this, you need short-term and long-term discipline. Get more active. Even if you spend 1 hour a day in the gym on all days of the week, it is still just 7 hours of a total of 168 hours in the week. Try to make the best of the remaining ...

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Facebook shuts down fake Bangladeshi pages, accounts

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MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has removed nine Facebook pages and six Facebook accounts for ‘engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ ahead of the national elections slated for 30 December this year. Facebook says, “Through our investigation, we discovered that these Pages were designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content.” “Our investigation indicates that this activity is linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government,” Facebook added. The Facebook authorities warned that this kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under their misrepresentation policy. “Because we don’t want people or organisations creating networks of accounts ...

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2019: Escalating struggle ahead for the world and Bangladesh

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MNA Feature Desk: We are almost at the end of 2018–a very eventful year considering different events and incidents around the globe. Many claim that it was a tough year. Truly it was. Now we are standing close to embrace a new year. Lots of hopes are put on 2019. But in light of different contexts, it will be very wise to say that 2019 is going to be full of challenges for most of the world including Bangladesh and we must be aware from now on to fight or overcome those challenges. The global economy and politics both have ...

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EC forms monitoring cell to check social media

social media

MNA Tech Desk: The Election Commission (EC) has formed a monitoring cell to check rumours and propaganda in social media centering the 11th parliamentary election slated for December 30. ”The team, consisting with eight members, will work round the clock to check and stop all types of rumours in social media, including Facebook, centering the forthcoming election slated for December 30,” Joint Secretary of the EC Secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told news agency. He said NID Department Director General Brigadier General Saidul Islam has been made the chief of the monitoring cell. The other members are representatives from Police Headquarters, Special ...

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First film on Rohingyas released in city

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Jonmo Vumi, the first full-length feature film on Rohingya people taking shelter in Bangladesh have been released, reported news agency. Directed by Proshoon Rahman the film explores the fate of pregnant Rohingya women in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. The film was released at only one cineplex in the country-Star Cineplex on December 14. In the film a young Rohingya lady takes refuge with others in the camps in Cox’s Bazar to escape Myanmar Army’s recent persecutions. She happens to be one of sixty-five thousand ladies who are expecting child. But this lady is not ready ...

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Things women notice about men on first date

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MNA Life Style Desk: You reached bang on time to pick her up and have dressed to impress. But there are certain things that a woman notices on your first date and makes an impression about you. Your nails and hair Though this may sound very cliched, and weird to many men, but women do notice how clean and hygiene are your nails and how kept your hair are. No matter how smartly and suave you look, dirty nails and unkempt hair are a turn off. What you order There are chances that what you order might not suit her ...

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