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Mazharul Islam Shameem: The most expected name of BCL’s upcoming council

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MNA Education Desk: The council of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central committee is going to be held on 11-12 May and it has already become the talk of the time. There are lots of anticipations regarding the upcoming council. Among all the anticipations, a comparatively reliable source informs that Mazharul Islam Shameem is the most expected candidate for the post of president of BSL central executive committee. As BCL has always considered clean image, dedication and merit to be the yardstick of selecting new leader, Mazharul Islam Shameem , the current training secretary and former assistant  relief and  disaster secretary ...

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Your workplace may kill you

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: In 2015, an analysis of almost 300 studies found that harmful workplace practices were as bad for mortality and as likely to lead to a physician-diagnosed illness, as second-hand smoke, a known – and regulated – carcinogen. Harmful workplace practices include things like long working hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity arising from job losses and not having regular or predictable work hours, an absence of job control and, in the US, not having health insurance. The workplace is making people sick and even killing them – and people should care. With rising health-care costs all over ...

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Bangabandhu satellite to be launched May 10

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: After several rounds of delays, the launch of the Bangabandhu satellite has been set for May 10, says Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission chief Shahjahan Mahmood. The satellite will be launched at 4:00pm (US time) on the day, he said. A 30-member delegation from country led by State Minister for Information Tarana Halim will leave country for Florida on Monday to attend the launching programme, he said. Though the test results of Bangladesh’s first satellite was expected to be in hand by Saturday evening, the SpaceX authorities are yet to provide its results. The launching of ...

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Remembering Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

MNA Feature Desk: The birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated today. Commonly known as Gurudev, Tagore was a prolific composer with 2,230 songs to his credit. His songs are known as Rabindra Sangeet. Tagore was a born poet and he penned his first poetry when he was mere eight years old. At sixteen, Tagore released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhanusimha. He slowly graduated to his first short stories and dramas as he took significant step towards becoming an epitome of Indian literature. Tagore’s work, mainly in Bengali, denounced the British Raj and ...

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Golden couple Bardem, Cruz to open Cannes

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MNA Entertainment Desk: It was where Javier Bardem memorably declared his love for Penelope Cruz in 2010 — now the golden couple of Spanish cinema will open this year’s Cannes film festival together on Tuesday, reported news agency. The Oscar-winning actors both star in Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish psychological thriller “Everybody Knows”, which will kick off the festival and is up for the top Palme d’Or prize. The fiercely private couple’s glowing return to the spotlight in Cannes comes after Bardem emotionally proclaimed his feelings for Cruz there eight years ago as he accepted the best actor award for ...

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SSC, equivalent results handed over to PM

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MNA Education Desk: Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has handed over the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The pass rate is 77.77 percent. The minister handed over the copy of the results to the Prime Minister around 10am on Sunday at her official residence Ganobhaban in presence of the chairmen of all the 10 education boards. A total of 1,10,629 students has achieved GAP-5 this year. But last year, the number of GPA-5 achievers was 104,761 under the 10 education boards including eight general ones. The students can get the results ...

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Pritilata Waddedar: A Bengali revolutionary

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MNA Feature Desk: Pritilata Waddedar, born May 5, 1911, a Bengali revolutionary nationalist believed in armed struggle to free Indian Subcontinent from the oppression of British. In June of 1932, she joined the Indian freedom movement. She took part in several raids with the group over the next few months. In September of 1932, the group decided to attack the Pahartali European Club which posted a sign that read “Dogs and Indians not allowed.” On the morning of September 23, Pritilata dressed as a man and with 7 or 8 other associates attacked the club. A few police officers were ...

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Zeta-Jones to star in ‘Queen America’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy “Queen America,” the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content. The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for “Chicago,” confirmed her jump to the small screen-fittingly-in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline. “So excited about my next project!” wrote Zeta-Jones. “I think you’re going to love it!” “Queen America” takes a look at the cutthroat world of beauty pageants in America. Zeta-Jones stars as ...

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NASA blasts off Mars lander, InSight

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for “Marsquakes” ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet. “Three, two, one, liftoff!” said a NASA commentator as the spacecraft blasted off on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at 4:05 am Pacific time (1105 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking NASA’s first interplanetary launch from the US west coast. The $993 million project aims to expand our knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send ...

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Nobel literature prize canceled this year

Nobel Chemistry Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: This year’s Nobel Literature Prize postponed for the first time in almost 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault said Swedish Academy on Friday. “The Swedish Academy intends to decide on and announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 in parallel with the naming of the 2019 laureate,” it said, reported news agency. The institution, founded in 1786, has on seven previous occasions chosen to reserve the prize: in 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949. “On five of those occasions, the prize ...

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200th birth anniv of Karl Marx

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MNA Feature Desk: Workers of the whole world commemorate today the 199th birthday of Karl Marx, great teacher and communist leader. Use this celebration as an opportunity to study Marxism and use this to examine the world’s present conditions and crises. Reproduce books, articles and other readings by Marx, likewise those of other great communist teachers who developed Marxism. This celebration is of great relevance to the working class. This is an opportunity to raise the torch of Marxism in order to bring to light and extricate the roots one of the world capitalist system’s worst and longest crisis and ...

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World Press Freedom Day today

World Press Freedom Day

MNA Feature Desk: World Press Freedom Day is being observed on Thursday, May 3, with the aim to pay tribute to the journalists around the world sacrificing their lives in the line of duty, reported news agency. Theme of the Day for this year is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’. The Day focuses on an enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to the role of an independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and the prosecution of crimes against journalists. A function in connection with the day is ...

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Sofia Hayat dumps ‘con man’ husband

Sofia Hayat

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bigg Boss 7 contestant Sofia Hayat, who tied the knot with Romanian interior designer Vlad Stanescu in April last year, has called time on their marriage. The actress, who is in London after suffering a miscarriage last month, claims Stanescu swindled money from her and she found out about it only recently. “He’s a con man. I had once caught him trying to steal my jewellery, but I forgave him because he said he was desperate and needed money urgently. Recently, I received a message from his ex-girlfriend saying he stole money from her too. When we ...

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Exercise, not vitamins, urged to prevent falls in seniors

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MNA Life Style Desk: Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death among people over age 65, and seniors who want to avoid falls should exercise, not rely on supplements like vitamin D, reported news agency. The new recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force update those last issued in 2012, when the independent medical advisory group was favorable to taking supplements containing vitamin D as a way of preventing fall-related injury. But unless a person has vitamin D deficiency or a frail bone condition known as osteoporosis, the task force’s latest review of clinical trials on the topic ...

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4 held over vandalism at DU VC’s residence

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MNA Education Desk: Police have arrested a madrasa student and three others on charges of attacking and vandalising the Dhaka University vice chancellor’s residence, reported news agency. The four suspects have been identified as Md Masud Alam alias Masud, 25, Md Rakibul Hasan alias Rakib, 26, Md Ali Hossain Sheikh alias Ali, 28, and Abu Sayeed Fazle Rabbi alias Siyam, 20. Additional Police Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) Devdas Bhattacharya said they were arrested at different areas of Dhaka on Sunday. On Apr 9, the VC’s residence was ransacked at dead of night during the movement for reforming the quota ...

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Saudis launch multi-billion dollar resort

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions. Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km (8,400-acre) site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World, reported news agency. It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first ...

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Shab-e-Barat celebration in Old Town

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MNA Life Style Desk: Lailatul Barat or Shab-e-Barat is considered as one of the holiest night in the Islamic Calendar. It is a day of austere worship and repentance and a night of forgiveness and rewards.  On the other hand, this day is considered as day of celebration in Bangladesh. Sweet shops and bakeries of old Dhaka arrange special items while people distribute bread and sweetmeat from door to door and to the poor. The old bakeries and confectioneries of Old Dhaka have always done their part to join in this celebration with arranging foods for the city dwellers. Ananda ...

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FB shrinks doubtful stories to fight fake news

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: After Facebook’s red warning labels to flag fake news backfired, the social networking giant is now literally sizing down the doubtful stories to prevent the triumph of falsehood on its platform. As part of its new strategy to combat fake news, Facebook wants its users to miss these stories at the time of scrolling their News Feed, while not withdrawing them altogether so as to walk a fine line “between censorship and sensibility”, according to a media report. When an article is verified as inaccurate by the social network’s third-party fact-checkers, Facebook will shrink the ...

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Intellectual Property Day today

Intellectual Property

MNA Feature Desk: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday. WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the ...

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Fighting cancer with exercise

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MNA Life Style Desk: Research is showing promising data on how physical activity helps the body and mind heal-and prevent cancer. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Moore et al. 2016) indicates that physical activity lowers the risk of 13 types of cancer. There are three ways to look at battling cancer. For those who don’t have it, lowering risk is the primary goal. For those who’ve had it, successfully recovering and of course reducing the chances of recurrence are of utmost importance. For those who currently have it, the priorities are getting rid of ...

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Saudi delays launch of ‘entertainment city’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it has delayed by three days the launch of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. King Salman had been scheduled on Wednesday to launch construction of the 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, touted as the kingdom’s answer to Disneyland. “King Salman will inaugurate next Saturday the Qiddiya project, which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the kingdom,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency said, without explaining the delay. Construction for the first phase ...

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Facebook takes action on 1.9m content

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook took action on 1.9 million pieces of content related to the Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda in the first quarter of 2018, twice as much as the last quarter of 2017. The key part is that Facebook found the vast majority of this content on its own. “In Q1 2018, 99 per cent of the IS and Al Qaeda contents we took action on was not user reported,” Monika Bickert, vice president of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said in a blog post late on Monday. “Taking action” means that Facebook removed the ...

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Kangana to make debut at Cannes red carpet

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Kangana Ranaut will be making her debut on the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, reported news agency. The Queen star will attend the fest in association with liquor brand Grey Goose as part of its global celebration of cinematic craft — Vive Le Cinema. “It is overwhelming to witness the recognition and appreciation for Indian cinema at international platforms like Cannes,” Kangana said in a statement to news agency. “Grey Goose has created a unique platform of celebration to toast the game-changing films at Cannes this year and I’m thrilled to partner ...

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World Malaria Day today

World Malaria Day

MNA Feature Desk: The World Malaria Day is being observed today across the globe to raise awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease, reported news agency. This year’s theme is, “Ready to Beat Malaria”. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria. “Ready to beat ...

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Umbrella: A vital style icon during rain

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MNA Life Style Desk: Umbrella is stylish and elegant, one of the most important fashion accessories in a woman’s and man’s wardrobe during rain. It has been that for ages. It not only saves you from the rain, but also comes to be a bright extension of your image. When buying an umbrella, many people pay attention to the drawing and color. However, you might also like to buy a quality, durable umbrella, which will serve you for a long time. Consider the opening mechanism Umbrella opening mechanism can be mechanical (opened and closed manually), semi-automatic (opens with a click ...

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Huawei launches smartphone nova 3e

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MNA Tech Desk: Huawei Consumer Business Group has launched in the country a new superstar smartphone Huawei nova 3e which fuses high-end design and performance advances with exceptional value. This uniquely featured smartphone is specifically designed for dynamic, young professionals who closely follow the latest design trends. It features Huawei FullView Display 2.0 with a 5.84-inch FHD screen with 19:9 screen-to-body ratio for an immersive viewing experience. Huawei FullView Display 2.0 is supported by retina HD with 432 pixels per inch as well as a contrast ratio of 1500:1 that results in richer and more vibrant colours. Featuring a 16 ...

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‘Jiboner Golpo, Golper Jibon’ at EU

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MNA Education Desk: Life means story and every story comes from their willing power and from this concept Eastern University (EU) Bondhushava organised an event titled “Jiboner Golpo, Golper Jibon (Season 2)” on April 16 at seminar hall. Sadat Hossain, famous writer, poet, film maker;  Iftekhar Mahmud, writer and Assistant Professor of EU; and Mukibuzzaman Khan, writer and Assistant Professor of EU, were present as speakers. Their motives were to enlarge student’s knowledge not only in their academic life but also in their practical life. The programme was coordinated by Toufica Sultana, Lecturer of GED Cell, Faculty of Arts and ...

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