DU student injured in attack by BCL men


MNA Education Desk: A student of Dhaka University was injured in an attack allegedly by some activists of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) of Bijoy Ekattor Hall unit on Thursday night over a trifling matter. The injured was Ismail Ahmed Mubin, a Masters student of DU Anthropology department and also a resident of Bijoy Ekattor Hall. Witnesses said Mubin slightly pushed Arif Mahmud, vice president of DU BCL unit, at general store of the hall at night. Following the incident, some BCL men pulled Mubin out of the store and beat him up cruelly, leaving him wounded. Later, Mubin was admitted ...

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Manik Mia’s 48th death anniversary


MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 48th death anniversary of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, a renowned journalist and the founder editor of the daily Ittefaq. Different organizations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.  Manik Mia Parishad and Jatiya Gonotantrik League placed wreaths at his grave in the morning. Besides, a discussion meeting on his eventful life will also be held on Friday (tomorrow) at Engineers Institutions in the city at 4 pm organized by Jatiya Party (Manju) where Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and Water ...

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‘Allah Meherban’ music video removed from Youtube


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The controversial music video ‘Allah Meherban’ of ‘Boss-2’ film featuring Bangladesh actress Nusraat Faria has been removed from the Youtube. The music video was released on YouTube recently to promote Boss 2, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in Bangladesh and West Bengal in the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. The removal came on Tuesday after a Bangladeshi lawyer on Sunday served a legal notice on Jaaz Multimedia to remove item song within three days. The playback song, starring Indian actor Jeet, has drawn criticism for obscenity when the lyric of the song mention the name of Allah. ...

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‘World No Tobacco Day’ being observed

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MNA Feature Desk: World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) will be observed on Wednesday in the country as elsewhere across the world highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco uses, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, reported news agency. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.” President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day calling upon all to make united efforts to wage anti-tobacco campaigns across the country to have healthy population to build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh. ...

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WhatsApp useful for teenagers: Study


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed. The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that they cannot at school, helping them develop closer and more open relationships with their classmates. “The group chats are based on trust among the members of the group, and this enhances the possibility to be in contact,” Arie Kizel from University of Haifa in Israel, was quoted as saying to nocamels.com — an Israeli Innovation news website ...

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JnU student goes missing

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MNA Education Desk (JnU Corespondent): A student of Jagannath University (JnU) went missing from the capital’s Shekhertek area last week. The missing student was identified as Md Sadekul Islam, a third-year student of Physics Department of the university. An uncle of Sadekul said that some unknown persons identifying themselves as law enforcement agencies picked his nephew up from a rented house on Tuesday last at 3:00am. However, a general diary was lodged in the regard, said Al-mamun, Sub Inspector (Investigation) of Adabor Thana, adding that the investigation is going on and they are trying their best to find out him.

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Swedish satire ‘The Square’ wins Cannes top prize Palme d’Or

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Swedish satire “The Square”, a send-up of political correctness and the confused identity of the modern male, won the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday. Critics hailed the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as “high-wire cinema” that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism, though some said it could easily have shed part of its 2 hours and 22 minutes running time. The Swedish satire highlight is a dinner for the museum’s well-to-do patrons, with a performance artist leaping from table to table impersonating an ape in a ...

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Tele-Cine Awards: Razzak to get lifetime achievement award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Nayak Raj Razzak will be honored with the lifetime achievement award in Kolkata’s Tele-Cine Awards on June 4. Kolkata based Tele-Cine Society (TCS) will organize the programme to honor artistes from the two Bengals (India’s West Bengal state and Bangladesh) at a ceremony at the Nazrul Mancha. Ayub Bachchu will also be honored for his outstanding contribution to rock music of Bangladesh while Shakib Khan will receive the Best Hero Award for his outstanding performance in the film ‘Shikari’. Other awardees from Bangladesh will be actress Nusrat Faria, singers Habib Wahed and Kana, ...

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Ramadan to start from Sunday in Bangladesh


MNA Feature Desk: The holy month of Ramadan will begin in the country on Sunday as the moon was not sighted anywhere in Bangladesh’s sky on Friday. The moon-sighting committee of the Islamic Foundation reported that the moon of the month of Ramadan could not be seen in Bangladesh. Minister of Religious Affairs Motiur Rahman chaired the meeting, which was held at the Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka. The Moon Sighting Committee also decided that Laylat-al-Qadr would take place on June 22. However, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month ...

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Facebook will court ‘millennials’ with its original videos

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Facebook’s dreams of pushing original videos may be delayed, but that’s doing little to stop its ever-growing ambitions, reported news agency. Facebook has landed deals with a slew of “millennial-focused” internet media companies, including BuzzFeed, Vox Media, ATTN and The Dodo operator Group Nine Media.  The material would include both short clips under 10 minutes (owned by the individual providers) and longer videos over 20 minutes (owned by Facebook), and they’d naturally have ad breaks. You’d initially find the videos exclusively on Facebook’s website and apps, but they’d eventually migrate to other sites. Not surprisingly, ...

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James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced. A message shared on the actor’s official Twitter account read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” He played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. He also played Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969. Moore took over the ...

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JnU inter-dept debate competition concluded

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MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): The concluding and prize giving ceremony of 13th Inter-department Debate Competition was held at the central auditorium of Jagannath University (JnU) on Wednesday. With the slogan ‘Bitorke Shanito Choitonno’, JnU Debating Society arranged the programme at 1:00pm. In the competition, JnU Public Administration Department became the champion while runner up was Anthropology Department. JnU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mijanur Rahman distributed crests and certificates among the winners as Chief Guest. JnU Debating Society General Secretary Sabuj Rayhan conducted the ceremony with its President Shakil Ahmed in the chair. A total of 34 teams from 29 ...

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Central Hospital doctors get bail over DU student’s death

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MNA Education Desk: Eight doctors, including Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, of Dhaka’s Central Hospital have been granted bail in a medical malpractice case over the death of a Dhaka University student. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court Judge Khurshid Alam granted the bail after the accused had surrendered to the court in the morning. Hospital director MA Kashemwas also freed on bail on Friday in this regard. Bail was set at Tk 30,000 for each of the suspects. Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, Kashem Yusuf, Dr Mortuza, Lt Col ASM Matlebur Rahman, Dr Masuma Parvin, Dr Jahanara Begum Mona, Dr Maksud Parvin and ...

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Biological Diversity Day: ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’

Biological Diversity

MNA Feature Desk: The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated on 22 May under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism’. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. Many ...

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Sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid passes away

Syed Abdullah Khalid

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Ekushey Padak winning sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid breathed his last at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka around 11:45pm on Saturday. He was 75. The septuagenarian’s works include ‘Aparajeyo Bangla’ at Dhaka University campus. His ‘Abahaman Bangla’ mural in front of the Bangladesh Television Center and the terracotta in front of the Bangladesh Bank building earned applause from the public and the critics alike. His body will be taken to Charukala at 11:00am on Sunday and at the foot of his monumental creation, Aparajeyo Bangla on Dhaka University campus, at 12 noon for people to pay their last respects, ...

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Facebook puts Messenger, Instagram notifications in one place


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Facebook, the proud parent of Instagram and Messenger, wants to bring together its various apps into a more cohesive experience. The social networking site is rolling out a new feature that consolidates Facebook, Messenger and Instagram notifications on the Facebook app. While this aims to encourage users to stay on Facebook’s services longer, it will also make it a tad easier to check your notifications and get rid of those annoying red badges at the same place. Facebook said it’s “conducting a very small test” to make it easier for people to switch between their ...

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Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo passes away

Reema Lagoo

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday morning. She was 59. Reema Lagoo was a veteran of the Marathi stage and appeared in several high profile Bollywood films, working with top stars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. She was born Nayan Khadbade in 1958. She was the daughter of a well-known Marathi actress and began acting herself after finishing school in Pune. She took the name Reema Lagoo after her marriage – she and her husband later separated but Ms Lagoo retained the name. Reema was also known ...

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WhatsApp malfunction affects users worldwide


MNA Science & Technology Desk: Social media app WhatsApp on Wednesday encountered an outage with users worldwide reporting problems accessing the service. Issues with the Facebook-owned app, which is used by 1 billion people worldwide, included sending and receiving messages and logging in. According to monitoring website Down Detector, hundreds of people complained about the outage from Malaysia to Spain, which appeared to have started on late Wednesday evening. Some users took to Twitter, threatening they would migrate to rival messaging services because of the second outage in as many weeks. Users in Germany and some other European countries also ...

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Sheikh Hasina’s 37th homecoming day today

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MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 37th homecoming day of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Marking the day, AL has chalked out a seven-day programme, including hoisting of national and party flags atop party offices across the country. On May 17, 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home from India after nearly six years in exile following the assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Hasina was elected the president of Awami League in her absence in the party’s national council held on February 14-16, 1981. The party members will hoist national and party flags atop party offices ...

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Baahubali stands for no guts, no glory: SRK


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has always stressed on the importance of technology in taking Indian cinema to greater heights, says the success of a movie like “Baahubali” is an example of how there’s no glory without guts. The actor, who has produced films under the Red Chillies Entertainments banner, is yet to see “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”, which has taken the Indian box office by storm. “I saw ‘Baahubali’ part one. Unfortunately, I have not seen part two yet. It’s an extremely inspiring film and I think it holds true for part two as ...

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Ransomware WannaCry attacks 30 computers in Bangladesh


MNA Science & Tech Desk: At least 30 users in Bangladesh have reported being affected by a ransomware that recently caused havoc across the globe. According to the Crime Research and Analysis Foundation (CRAF), a total of 30 personal computers were affected by the WannaCry ransomware. CRAF collected the data from the number of complaints they received. About 150 countries were affected in the attack, with over 200,000 victims and 100,000 organizations including hospitals and other services also reporting being infected. The attack was stopped on Sunday by a British cyber security expert who accidentally stumbled upon the malware’s domain ...

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35th BCS: 160 more recommended for non-cadre posts


MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has recommended 160 more applicants to recruit in non-cadre posts from 35th BCS. In a press release today, the commission said that the recommendation was made on the basis of educational qualification, merit and quota. 398 aspirants were also recommended for non-cadre posts in April and a total of 558 candidates were recommended for the same posts till now. Earlier on April 2, a gazette of the 35th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) was published. A total of 2,073 candidates have been appointed to different cadres from the 35th BCS. Earlier on August ...

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Singer Mila ties the knot with beau Parvez


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular singer Tashbiha Binte Shahid Mila has tied the knot with aircraft pilot Parvez Sanjari. Mila’s marriage ceremony was held at her own residence in capital Dhaka’s Mirpur DOHS on Friday night. The singer and US-Bangla Airlines pilot Parvez Sanjari had a long relationship and they tied the knot on Friday night. She and Parvej were dating for last 10-year. Mila’s father lieutenant colonel Shahidul Islam was a pilot. However, a reception ceremony for the newlywed couple will be held in two months. Her popular songs include—‘Dola’, ‘Tumi Ki Sara Debe’, ‘Naacho Helia’, ‘Sundori Komola ...

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Cyber-attack hits 100 countries, thousands of computers


MNA Science & Tech Desk: A large-scale cyber-attack affected nearly one hundred countries and held tens of thousands of computers ransom throughout the day on Friday. Antivirus provider Avast reported that at least 75,000 computers had been infected by the crippling malware and that the “WanaCrypt0r 2.0,” as it is called, ransomware had been detected in 99 countries. More than a dozen hospitals in England and major companies, including FedEx and Spain’s largest telecom, were targeted Friday. U.S. companies were being warned to gird against the threat, which reportedly blocked access to computers in exchange for a ransom. At least ...

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Shab-e-Barat: The Night of Fortune & Forgiveness


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed across the country tonight with due religious fervour. Generally, the holy Shab-e-Barat has been observed in the country on the night of 14th of Saban. According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On Shab-e-Barat, Allah writes the fortune of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds. The Muslim devotees will offer special prayers, recite from the Holy Quran, hold milad, zikir and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings ...

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Adnan Sami blessed with baby girl

Adnan Sami

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Adnan Sami and his wife Roya Sami have welcomed their first child, a daughter, with utmost joy. The 43-year-old singer says his daughter is the most incredible thing that has happened to them. Adnan and Roya got married on January 29, 2010, and it is after almost seven years that they have welcomed their first child. An Afghan-origin German girl, Roya is Adnan’s third wife after he got separated from actor Zeba Bakhtiar and Dubai-based Arab Sabah Galadari. Sharing his happiness of becoming a father, Adnan posted a touching message on Facebook. The ecstatic ...

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BTCL opens call centre ‘16402’ for UIC entrepreneurs

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has introduced call centre “16402” to hear any query regarding internet of Union Information Centre (UIC), reported news agency. “The call centre has been opened to offer modern and time-befitting services to the UIC entrepreneurs,” said a BTCL statement today (Wednesday). As part of building “digital Bangladesh” by the government, BTCL has extended optical fiber cable network to Union Parishad level and connected over 1000 UICs with two Mbps internet. The UIC entrepreneurs are requested to call “16402” or to send email to complain@btcl.com.bd, secybtcl@btcl.com.bd, gmptr@btcl.com.bd, gmutr@btcl.com.bd, detelex@btcl.com.bd for any ...

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