Actress Rani Sarker passes away


MNA Entertainment Desk: Rani Sarkar, a national award winning film actress, died of old-age complications at Eden Multicare Hospital in the city early Saturday. She was 86, said her family. Rani was buried at Azimpur Graveyard in the city, reported news agency. Rani, whose real name was Mossamat Amirun Nessa Khanam, was born at Shonatol village in Shatkhira’s Kaliganj upazila. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Rani Sarkar. Her acting career began as a stage performer in 1958. In the same year, Rani got her first break in AJ Kardar’s film ‘Dur Hai Shukh Ka ...

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AIDS vaccine passes key early test


MNA Science Desk: The near 40-year quest for an AIDS vaccine received a hopeful boost Saturday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection. Shown to be safe in humans, the candidate vaccine has now advanced to the next phase of the pre-approval trial process, and will be tested on 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection. While the results so far have been encouraging, the research team and outside experts warn there are no guarantees it will actually work in the next trial phase ...

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India slams WhatsApp over toxic rumours


MNA Tech Desk: India has told WhatsApp to take “immediate action” after a spate of horrific lynchings sparked by false rumours being shared on the hugely popular smartphone messaging service, reported news agency. More than 25 people have been killed in India in recent months after rumours were spread on smartphones about child kidnappers, thieves and sexual predators. The attacks-usually targeting outsiders-have left authorities scrambling to mount an effective response, with awareness campaigns and public alerts having limited effect. A stern statement issued by the electronics and IT ministry late on Tuesday expressed the government’s “deep disapproval” to the senior ...

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Coffee may boost longevity: Study


MNA Life Style Desk: Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. The apparent longevity boost was seen with instant, ground and decaffeinated, results that echo US research. It’s the first large study to suggest a benefit even in people with genetic glitches affecting how their bodies use caffeine. Overall, the drinkers were about ...

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BAU to celebrate founding anniv on July 19


MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) is going to celebrate its 57 years of glorious journey on university campus on July 19. Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and BAU Alumni Association are organising this. President Md Abdul Hamid is supposed to be present at the programme as chief guest, says Prof Dr Mohammad Al-Mamun at BAU Journalists’ Office on Friday afternoon. After that a technology fair will be held at the university helipad where the achievement of six faculties of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) & Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) will be displayed. For the ...

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Priyanka scores 25m Instagram followers


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has garnered 25 million followers on Instagram and has thanked her fans for showering her with so much of love, reported news agency. Priyanka on Thursday took to her Instagram stories, where she wrote: “25 million strong… Thank you for the love… Love you right back.” The 35-year-old actress is ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 13.5 million followers, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a following of 9.5 million, Shah Rukh Khan, who has 13.3 million followers, Salman Khan with 17.3 million followers and actress Deepika Padukone with 24.9 million ...

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International Day of Cooperatives today


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Cooperatives 2018 is being observed across the world today. The theme for the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is “Sustainable consumption and production”, creating an opportunity for cooperatives to show how they run successful businesses while respecting our natural environment and the resources it offers. The slogan of the Day “Sustainable societies through cooperation” was selected by cooperators from around the world. Through the IDC, local and global policymakers can learn how cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including cooperatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues. ...

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Govt forms panel over quota system review


MNA Education Desk: The government has formed a seven-member committee with Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam as its convener to review the existing quota system in public service, reported news agency. The other members of the committee are secretaries of the Public Administration, Finance Division, Liberation War Affairs, Legislative Division and PSC and PMO acting secretary, he said. The committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 working days. Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on April 11 the abolition of all types of quotas in public jobs. But, Bangladesh Chhatra League activists reportedly carried out ...

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Death anniv of Alauddin Al-Azad


MNA Feature Desk: Alauddin Al-Azad is a highly respected name in Bengali literature. Al Azad, a language fighter, freedom fighter, eminent poet, ambidextrous writer, and educationist, is one of the brightest stars in our national history. Today is the 9th death anniversary of this great author, novelist, and poet. He died on this day in 2009. The influential poet Azad was born on May 6, 1932 in an elite, noble and cultural family of Ramnagar village under Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district. He achieved his Honors and Masters Degrees from Bengali Department of the Dhaka University. He received his PhD ...

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Mithun Chakraborty’s son accused of rape


MNA Entertainment Desk: A Delhi court has directed the city police to start a case against Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty’s son Mahaakshay Chakraborty, also an actor, for allegedly cheating and raping a Bhojpuri actress and forcing her into an abortion, Indian media reports. Mithun’s wife Yogita Bali has also been accused of allegedly threatening the woman later, The Indian Express reported on Monday. The incident, according to the court order, dates back to May 2015 when the actor allegedly established a physical relationship with the woman by “fraudulently” administering her some “alcoholic/stupefying substance” in a soft drink offered to her. ...

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BCL again attack on quota reformists

quota reformists

MNA Education Desk: Some quota reformists were injured in an attack by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Central Shaheed Minar chattar in the capital on Monday, reported news agency. Witnesses said quota reformists gathered on the Central Shaheed Minar premises at about 11am as part of their pre-scheduled demonstration programme. Suddenly, some 10 to 15 BCL activists allegedly swooped on them and beat up them. Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council convenor Hasan Al Mamun alleged that BCL men picked up Faruk Hossain, joint convener of the council. Earlier on Saturday, some leaders of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council ...

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Google, FB tricking users about privacy rights


MNA Tech Desk: Tech giants Google, Facebook and Microsoft have been using “dark patterns” around privacy settings to discourage users in the European Union from exercising their privacy rights, according to a new report by the Norwegian Consumer Council. The popups from Facebook, Google and Windows 10 have design, symbols and wording that nudge users away from the privacy friendly choices, said the study. The consumer watchdog studied the privacy settings of the firms and found a series of “dark patterns”, including intrusive default settings and misleading wording, reported news agency. It picked Facebook, Google, and Microsoft for the study ...

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97th founding anniversary of DU


MNA Education Desk: With the theme “Higher Education for Inclusive Development”, the Dhaka University (DU) authorities is being celebrated its 97th founding anniversary on Sunday. To mark the ‘Dhaka University Day’, the university authorities have chalked out various programmes. The important architectures and buildings of the university have already been decorated colorfully. DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Md Akhtaruzzman declared the programme schedule at a press briefing held at Abdul Matin Virtual classroom on the campus on Friday. Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the daylong programme in the morning. The university authorities will bring out processions, hold discussions and cultural sessions, sports ...

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Ranbir is extraordinary in Sanju: Sanjay Dutt


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor is being lauded for his performance in Sanju, and it looks like Sanjay Dutt is also impressed with the young actor’s performance. Since Sanju is receiving a lot of love from critics and audiences alike, Dutt was asked if he liked the film at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3. Sanjay Dutt said, “Ranbir (Kapoor) is extraordinary in the film. I think the film is fantastic and Raju ji (Rajkumar Hirani), Vicky Kaushal, and everybody has done a fantastic job. Whatever is the truth, has been shown in the ...

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Low glycemic fruits for diabetes


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Diabetes is becoming a major health issue for most of the people of Bangladesh and low glycemic fruits can be solution to arrange a proper diet for them. A healthy diet should almost always include some fruit, and this is particularly true if you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. The difficulty arises in choosing the best and most nutritious fruits to eat. Most nutritionists will recommend sticking to the fruits with lower sugar content where possible, and this makes a lot of sense as part of a balanced diet. First of all, it’s important to understand how we ...

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A tribute to Ahmed Sofa

Ahmed Sofa

MNA Feature Desk: Ahmed Sofa was one of the most prolific writers of Bangladesh. He was born in 1943 at Gaachbaria in Chittagong. Among the contemporary fiction writers in Bangladesh, Sofa belongs in the first rank for his thought-provoking and contemplative writings. However, Sofa was very closely associated with noted painter SM Sultan. Both were bohemians, bachelors and had no interest in fame, money or other earthly elements. Sofa’s novels are usually in small volumes. All his novels draw the attention of the reader for their well fleshed out, familiar and lively characters. His works plunge deep into the suffering ...

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Apple rebuilds mapping app


MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc is rebuilding the widely used mapping application on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but Amsterdam-based TomTom NV will continue to be a data provider for Apple’s maps app, Cupertino, reported enws agency. Apple did not say how its use of TomTom would compare to its previous use, but TomTom shares fell after the news. Apple said it is completely rebuilding its Maps app – the most frequently used app on its iPhones – with data gathered by its own fleet of sensor-equipped vans and with anonymous data from iPhone users ...

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Priyanka ‘hottest woman on the planet’: Maxim


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who has also been making headlines in the West following her debut in American TV series Quantico, has been named the “Hottest Woman on the Planet” by international men’s magazine Maxim. Priyanka has made it to “Maxim Hot 100” for a record fourth time. The actor had earlier been given the honour in 2011, 2013 and 2016. Maxim took to Twitter to announce the news and share the cover of its latest edition featuring Priyanka. “She’s got the talent, she’s got the brains and she’s definitely got the looks, is it any surprise ...

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ADB delegation visits UGC


MNA Education Desk: A delegation from Asian Development Bank (ADB) led by Mr. Erik A Bloom, Senior Social Sector Specialist of Human and Social Development Division in South Asia Department, met Professor Dr. Md. Yousuf Ali Mollah, Member of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, on 28 June 2018. The meeting discussed matters related to ADB funded project for the tertiary education competitiveness in computer science, review the human resources development for IT engineers, and review joint knowledge sharing programme for the incubation centre and start up in Bangladesh. The proposed ADB project on Information Technology will be implemented in ...

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10,000 children killed, maimed in conflicts worldwide: UN


MNA Feature Desk: More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide last year, while others were raped, forced to serve as armed soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals, a United Nations report said Wednesday. A total of more than 21,000 violations of children’s right were reported in 2017 – a sharp increase from the previous year, according to the annual “Children and Armed Conflict” report. The U.N. blames a U.S.-backed Arab coalition fighting in Yemen for at least half of the more than 1,300 child deaths or injuries recorded in that poor nation. ...

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Ayman, Zaiba receive Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Young Leaders

MNA Education Desk: Ayman Sadiq and Zaiba Tahyya were conferred with the prestigious ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ at a special ceremony in Buckingham Palace, London on Tuesday. The Awards recognise the work that young people from the Commonwealth countries are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Ayman Sadiq, 25, from Dhaka received the award for the work he is doing to improve access to education for young people. Zaiba Tahyya, 27, from Dhaka received a Queen’s award for the work she is doing to promote gender equality in society. Ayman and Zaiba were selected following a competitive ...

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Longest lunar eclipse of the century in July

lunar eclipse

MNA Science Desk: The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century is just a month away. The total phase of the “blood moon” eclipse of July 27 will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours. The eclipse won’t be visible to viewers in North America, except via webcasts. But observers in much of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region will get an eyeful, given cooperative weather, according to lunar ...

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SRK, Madhuri to join Oscar Academy


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit Nene along with 18 other Indian personalities, have been invited to be members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While Shah Rukh has been identified as the star of Devdas and Chennai Express, the two films appearing before Madhuri’s name include her Marathi debut film Bucket List and Devdas. Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Ali Faizal, and Soumitra Chatterjee, apart from producers Aditya Chopra and Guneet Monga, as well as music artistes Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar have also been sent invitation to be a part ...

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PayPal launches debit card

debit card

MNA Tech Desk: PayPal Holdings Inc said it is launching a debit card for users of its mobile app Venmo in a bid to broaden its reach with younger users, reported news agency. Venmo, which has been part of PayPal since 2013, is one of the more popular mobile applications for person-to-person payments in the United States. Users of Venmo’s Mastercard debit card can pay in stores using the balance on their app rather than having to transfer funds to their bank account, it said. The San Jose, California based company in October rolled out the ability for Venmo users ...

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Get perfect hair during monsoon


MNA Life Style Desk: Monsoon is here again. Though we all love the rains and wait for them eagerly, we should be aware that during this time of the year, our body requires more care. We take care of our body and skin but, often neglect our hair. With proper hair care we can always manage to keep our hair safe and glossy even when the rains come. Hair masks can work as wonders on hair, especially in weather condition like monsoon. Coconut oil and honey is the odd combination, but provides wonderful nutrients to the hair. Keep your feet ...

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Death anniversary of Jahanara Imam today

Jahanara Imam

MNA Feature Desk: The 24th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, who spearheaded the movement for trial of the war criminals, will be observed in the country today. Jahanara Imam, the mother of martyred freedom fighter Shafi Imam Rumi, along with pro-liberation politicians, prominent cultural personalities and intellectuals floated the Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (the committee for annihilation of the killers and collaborators of 1971) on January 19, 1992. The nirmul committee held symbolic trial of Ghulam Azam in a Gono Adalat (mass court) at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan on March 26, 1992 awarding the Jamaate-e-Islami supremo with ...

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‘Bollywood Oscars’ honours Sridevi


MNA Entertainment Desk: Sridevi Kapoor was honoured for her final role at India’s movie awards in Bangkok, winning best actress at the celebration of dance, music and film just months after her shock death. Sridevi was considered one of the most influential Bollywood actresses of all time. Her death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel room bathtub aged 54 in February left the nation in stunned grief. With an audience of more than 850 million, the IIFA Awards-dubbed Bollywood’s Oscars by some in the industry-is India’s biggest media event. It is also one of the world’s most-watched annual entertainment ...

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