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Nora Fatehi to debut as singer

Nora Fatehi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is set to make her singing debut. She has collaborated with Morocco-based group Fnaire to re-create the official Arabic adaptation of “Dilbar”. “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together,” Nora said in a statement. “As ‘Dilbar’ has become a huge hit internationally, including Middle East, we have taken the song and re-composed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and we ...

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones

MNA Entertainment Desk: HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic. “The Handmaid’s Tale” — last year’s best drama and an early favorite for more hardware — went home empty-handed from the event at the ...

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Japanese billionaire confirmed as first Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire

MNA Tech Desk: A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along. Maezawa, 42, will be the first lunar traveler since the last US Apollo mission in 1972. He paid an unspecified amount of money for the privilege. “Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa said at SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles, late Monday. “This is ...

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DU files leave to appeal plea against HC order

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MNA Education Desk: The Dhaka University authorities filed a leave to appeal petition against a High Court order that asked the DU authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold DUCSU election. Madhu Maloti Chowdhury Barua, advocate-on-record, filed the appeal on behalf of the DU authorities on Sunday. Earlier on September 12, a contempt of court plea was filed with the High Court against Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Akhtaruzzaman, proctor AKM Golam Rabbani and treasurer Kamal Uddin for not taking steps to arrange election of the DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) in compliance with its earlier ...

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Machines to do more tasks than humans ‘by 2025’

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MNA Science Desk: Robots will handle 52 per cent of current work tasks by 2025, almost twice as many as now, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study said Monday. The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated. “By 2025 more than half of all current workplace tasks will be performed by machines as opposed to 29 per cent today,” a statement by the Swiss non-profit organisation said. Simultaneously, rapid ...

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World Ozone Day observed

Ozone

MNA Feature Desk: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is held on September 16th to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. As a result, a number of special events such as talks and seminars are held in the Canadian city of Montreal on this day. World Ozone Day has been celebrated since 1994 and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it. People from all over the world are ...

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World happiness levels hit 10-year low: Survey

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MNA Life Style Desk: World happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade, with the number of people who say they feel stressed and worried rising, according to a survey published. Conflict-hit Central African Republic (CAR) was the world’s unhappiest place last year, with Iraq in second place, according to the ranking by pollsters Gallup. Gallup surveyed more than 154,000 people in 146 countries on whether they had felt pain, worry, stress, anger or sadness the previous day. It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006. Sub-Saharan Africa led ...

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Singer Ariana Grande sorry

Singer Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande spoke publicly for the first time about the death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller, writing on social media that he was “the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.” Miller was found unresponsive at his home in Studio City, California, and pronounced dead there at age 26, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on 7 September. In a message on her official Instagram account on Friday, the 25-year-old Grande said she “adored” Miller from the day she met him when she was 19. “You were my dearest friend. ...

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Bangladesh ranked 136th in HDI

Bangladesh

MNA Feature Desk: Bangladesh has moved three notches up to the 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme, reported news agency. Bangladesh had also moved up three spots and ranked 139th in HDI 2015 due to the remarkable progress it has made in many socio-economic areas, including life expectancy and per capita income. India also climbed one spot to 130th position among the countries in the latest report ‘Human Development Indices and Indicators’ released on 14 September. Human development data, analysis ...

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SpaceX set to begin sending tourists to Moon

SpaceX

MNA Tech Desk: In a step that commercialises space travel, US private space firm SpaceX announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday. The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being designed to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet. “SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle-an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, ...

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Chinese actress disappears after tax trouble

Chinese

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared, reported news agency. The star’s vanishing act – she dropped off the radar in June when reports started to swirl that she was involved in a probe into tax evasion in the film industry – has sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports the actress had been detained. Reuters was unable to contact Fan. Calls ...

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Application form for KU admission online

Khulna University

MNA Education Desk: The application for admission to first-year honours courses under the 2018-19 academic sessions in Khulna University (KU) is now available online, reports news agency. The online application process will continue till 15 October, said a press release issued on Saturday. It said the admission test will be held on 17 November. The admission-related details are available at the official website of the university — www.ku.ac.bd.

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Pathao launches in Kathmandu next month

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MNA Tech Desk: Pathao, one of the fastest growing tech startups in Asia, has announced the launch of its services in Nepal. This is the first time that a Bangladeshi ride-sharing platform has launched operations beyond its borders, reported news agency. Founded in 2015, Pathao has become a popular e-commerce delivery and ride-hailing service—later expanding into the food delivery industry. “Pathao has built a platform that enables employment for thousands of drivers and a product that millions of customers use in Bangladesh. We are excited to take our Pathao platform internationally – starting with Nepal. We have already started to ...

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Sheikh Rehana’s Birthday Today

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MNA Feature Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sister and Bangabondhu-daughter Sheikh Rehana’s birthday today. She has turned 63 years. She was born on September 13, 1955. Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana were saved while Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed by the traitors on August 15, 1975. Sheikh Rehana was with her elder sister in Belgium at that time. She moved to London with her family later and is permanently residing there. While Sheikh Hasina later returned to Bangladesh and took the leadership of Bangladesh Awami League and became Prime Minister for three terms. In spite of her living in ...

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Anushka Sharma suffering from bulging disk

bulging disk

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma who is currently busy in the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Sui Dhaaga’ is suffering from a bulging disk issue and the actress has been advised to take rest by her doctors. However, the actress opted to continue with her Sui Dhaga promotions. Anushka said she would continue promotions despite being in excruciating pain, reports news agency. According to sources, ‘Anushka has developed a bulging disc issue and she is doing intensive physiotherapy sessions daily. She will heal completely in 3-4 weeks if she takes care of her back properly. The doctor had ...

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Google introduces ‘Touring Bird’

Touring Bird

MNA Tech Desk: Google’s in-house start-up incubator “Area 120” has introduced a travel guide website called “Touring Bird” that lists tours, attractions and activities for travellers and tourists in popular travel destinations. “Area 120” is a workshop for the tech giant’s experimental products. So far, the site provides information about 20 cities that include New Delhi, Prague, Chicago, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Las Vegas among others and they plan to increase their coverage in the coming months. “When you select a destination city, you’ll see popular attractions, suggested tours and activities along with prices, options for free guided tours and ...

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40th circular BCS published

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MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has published the 40th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) circular seeking applications for 1903 vacant posts. The notice was published on the BPSC website around 1:00pm Tuesday, reported news agency. The 40th BCS application process will begin on 30 September at 10:00am and will continue till 6:00pm on 15 November, it said. The details of the application process can be found on the PSC website: http://www.bpsc.gov.bd.

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17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

17th anniversary

MNA Feature Desk:Today marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead. The Al-Qaeda plane hijackings of September 11, 2001 — the first foreign attack on the US mainland in nearly two centuries—ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today. Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, leaving 2,753 dead. A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing 184, and 40 more died after a fourth plane headed for Washington crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt. It ...

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Tips to make your perfume stay longer

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MNA Life Style Desk: If you find that your fragrance has faded away by lunchtime or you go through perfumes far too quickly, these top tips will help your scent last all day long – without the need to spray an entire bottle on yourself. * When your skin is moisturised, that’s the best time to spritz on perfume as this encourages the skin to retain the scent better. Ideally, use fragrant oils on the body as they will retain their essence for much longer. * The pulse points on your body emits heat. applying perfume on these spots will ...

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Switzerland to install statue in Sridevi’s honour

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MNA Entertainment Desk: In a tribute to late Bollywood actor Sridevi, the Swiss tourism industry is planning to install a statue of the legendary leading lady, reported news agency. Sridevi was one of the Bollywood actors who set a trend by being picturized in the snowy alps of Switzerland in the 80s and 90s. From Raj Kapoor’s Sangam in 1964 to Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Switzerland has been a favourite shooting location for Bollywood and Indian tourists have been flocking to the country in the hundreds of thousands. Late filmmaker Yash Chopra was famously very fond of ...

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World Suicide Prevention Day today

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MNA Feature Desk: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15-29 year olds all over the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost eight lakh people commit suicide every year, which comes to one person every 40 seconds. There are many more who attempt suicide. The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’ Various events and activities are organised all around the world for spreading awareness about suicide and mental health. It is imperative that each one of us do our bit to raise awareness ...

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Apple to unveil new iPhone models on Sept 12

new iPhone models

MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc said it will host an event on Sept 12 at the Steve Jobs Theatre in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an iPhone with an edge-to-edge display similar to the iPhone X but using less-costly LCD screen technology. Apple’s event invitation made heavy use of the colour gold, fuelling speculation on social media that the company plans to launch a ...

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Julia Roberts’ first TV series gets premiered

Julia Roberts

MNA Entertainment Desk: Julia Roberts walked the red carpet to promote her first television series, Amazon Studios’ “Homecoming,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, reported news agency. Roberts, 50, is the latest major Hollywood star to transition to television, joining the likes of Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and John Travolta. Many like Roberts have signed on to shows by streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, which are drawing audiences away from traditional television. Roberts shrugged off the attention her switch to the small screen has garnered. The psychological thriller, based on an eponymous podcast, stars Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a ...

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RU demand fair probe into Akter murder

Akter

MNA Education Desk: Teachers and students of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Department of Rajhsahi University brought out a silent procession on Sunday in demand of proper investigation into the murder of Professor Akter Jahan. The march began from in front of Rabindra Bhavan, and parading main roads of the campus it ended in front of the MCJ department. Later, a commemorative meeting was organized in the room no. 123 of the department. On September 9, 2016, the body of Akter Jahan was recovered from the room 303 of Jubilee residential building of RU teachers. Later Kamrul Hasan, younger brother ...

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Women rally for rights, respect at Toronto film festival

Toronto film

MNA Entertainment Desk: Nearly 200 men and women, among them Hollywood stars, rallied Saturday outside the Toronto film festival headquarters to call for equal pay and respect for women in film, reported news agency. Demonstrators shouted, “Women rock!” as they marched amid growing calls in the industry for more women-led storylines and meaty roles, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement brought into the spotlight by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. There were also 136 female leads. The festival, meanwhile, set up a hotline for staff, volunteers, guests and audience members, and posted signage around venues highlighting its zero tolerance ...

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126th birth anniversary of Suhrawardy

Suhrawardy

MNA Feature Desk: The 125th birth anniversary of great Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy was observed yesterday. Different socio-cultural organizations placed wreaths on the grave of Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent, at Doyel Chattar near Dhaka University campus. Suhrwardy, former chief minister of united Bengal in 1946 and prime minister of Pakistan in 1956, was born on September 8, 1892 in Medinipore, West Bengal and died on December 5, 1963. Born into a prominent Bengali Muslim family, Suhrawardy was educated at Oxford and joined the Swaraj Party of Chittaranjan Das upon returning to India in 1921. ...

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13,219 pass 39th special BCS prelim test

39th

MNA Education Desk: The results of the 39th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination (MCQ type written) have been published, reports news agency. A total 13, 219 candidates have come out successful for assistant surgeon post while 531 candidates for assistant dental surgeon post, said a press release of BPSC (Bangladesh Public Service Commission). The preliminary test of the 39th BCS (special) was held on 3 August. On 8 April, BPSC published a circular seeking applications against 4,792 posts of physicians. The results are available on the BPSC website www.bpsc.gov.bd.

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