Over-brushing can damage teeth


MNA Life Style Desk: If you are too much committed while brushing your teeth, you must know that over-brushing can damage your teeth. Using your toothbrush too enthusiastically can permanently damage teeth and gums, dentists warn. People who brush longer and harder than necessary not only fail to make their teeth cleaner but actually risk harming themselves, a study shows. When researchers asked people to increase the length of their brushing regime, and the pressure they applied, the removal of bacteria was only improved up to a point. Beyond that, the risk of causing oral health problems, such as the ...

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FB removes Burmese translation feature


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to translate Burmese posts and comments after a Reuters report showed the tool was producing bizarre results, reported news agency. A Reuters investigation published on August 15 documented how Facebook was failing in its efforts to combat vitriolic Burmese language posts about Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar over the past year amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In late August, United Nations investigators said Facebook had been “a useful instrument for those seeking to spread hate” against the Muslim minority group. The Reuters article ...

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Actress Payal Chakraborty ‘commits suicide’

committed suicide

MNA Entertainment Desk: An actress of India’s West Bengal committed suicide by hanging herself in a hotel room in Jalpaiguri district, police said on Thursday, reported news agency. Tollywood actress Payal Chakraborty, 35, a resident of Kolkata, was found hanging from a ceiling fan of her room in a hotel in Siliguri. The hotel informed us that there was no response from her room since Wednesday afternoon. “We had to break open the door of the hotel room which was locked from inside,” he said. According to the police, preliminary investigation suggests the actress committed suicide. The actress had checked ...

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Salman Shah’s 22nd death anniversary today

Salman Shah

MNA Feature Desk: Today is the 22nd death anniversary of celebrated Dhallywood superstar Salman Shah. To mark the day in a befitting manner, different cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country. Besides, local satellite television channels will air programmes to pay tributes to the late superstar. Shahriar Chowdhury Emon, who is better known as Salman Shah, was born in Sylhet on September 19, 1971. Salman Shah started his career with a one-episode TV serial entitled ‘Pathor Somoy’. After that, he was seen in TV advertisements. Salman’s first appearance in a major role was in feature film Keyamat ...

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Meghan Markle the best dressed woman

dressed woman

MNA Entertainment Desk: Meghan Markle was named the best dressed woman of 2018 by People magazine on Wednesday in a rare accolade for royalty by the celebrity publication. Markle, 37, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in May, topped People’s annual list ahead of Hollywood actresses including Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and reality star Kim Kardashian. Giving top honors to a royal family member marked a departure for the magazine, reported news agency. California-born Markle, the former star of the TV show “Suits,” has featured prominently in magazines ...

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1.4b people at health risk for inactivity: WHO


MNA Feature Desk: More than a quarter of the world’s adults – or 1.4 billion people – take too little exercise, putting them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers, according to a World Health Organization-led study. In 2016, around one in three women and one in four men worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy – at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. There has been no improvement in global levels of physical activity since 2001, according to the study, which ...

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Uttam Kumar recalled on birth anniversary

Uttam Kumar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actor Uttam Kumar, who continues to be an inspiration for many actors of Bangla cinema, was fondly remembered on his 92nd birth anniversary on Monday. Uttam Kumar was born on 3 September, 1926, as Arunkumar Chattopadhyay. His charismatic acting was a breath of fresh air in Bengali cinema which helped him reign over the film industry as ‘Mahanayak’. Remembering the immensely popular actor, India’s West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Tribute to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his birth anniversary.” Uttam Kumar had won India’s National Film Award for Best Actor in 1968 for his films ...

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RU admission form sale begins

Rajshahi University

MNA Education Desk: Rajshahi University (RU) on Monday began application forms sale for admission to first year honours courses under its academic 2018-19 session, reported news agency. The aspirants can collect and submit the online-based preliminary application forms until 12:00 midnight on 12 September next. Admission test will be held on 22 and 23 October. The students will have to complete their application process on RU’s website www.ru.ac.bd. The interested students have been asked to collect and submit their application forms with payment of Tk 55 each through only online. The tests will be held under five units. The units ...

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Facebook, Twitter to face US senate


MNA Tech Desk: Top Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc executives will defend their companies before US lawmakers on Wednesday, with Facebook insisting it takes election interference seriously and Twitter denying its operations are influenced by politics. But no executive from Alphabet Inc’s Google is expected to testify, after the company declined the Senate Intelligence Committee’s request to send one of its most senior executives, frustrating lawmakers, reported news agency. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, appearing alongside Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, will say that her company’s efforts to combat foreign influence efforts have improved since the 2016 US election, ...

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International Day of Charity


MNA Feature Desk: The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level. Every year, charities all over the world help to save and improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people. The reason the date ...

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Mindsets that make extremely strong souls


MNA Life Style Desk: Often the souls that have been through the hardest challenges experience the most growth. Growth allows us to become stronger and also allows us to become more aware of our abilities, wisdom and intuition. This in turn, helps us to create mentally strong habits that allow us to view life with more positivity, grace and thoughtfulness. Let troubles go Strong souls know when it is time to let go of what no longer serves them. They also know that through letting go, something new will always arrive. Take responsibility Strong souls know how important it is ...

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Twitter plans threaded conversations, ‘who is online’ feature

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MNA Tech Desk: Twitter is planning to roll out threaded conversations like Facebook along with status indicators — showing who else is online among your followers — on its platform. In a tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday that the micro-blogging platform will soon get interesting updates. ‘Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read convos),’ Dorsey tweeted, along with some samples. The ‘presence’ feature will make it easier to engage with those you follow who are online at the moment. The ‘threading’ feature would allow users ...

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RUET founding anniversary observed

founding anniversary

MNA Education Desk: The 15th founding anniversary of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) was observed on the campus amid much festivity and enthusiasm on Saturday. RUET VC Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam Sheikh inaugurated a daylong programme by releasing balloons and pigeons at 9:00 am. A colourful rally was brought out from the campus led by university VC Prof Sheikh. The rally was paraded on the campus and Rajshahi-Dhaka highway. The day’s other programmes included hoisting national flags and university flags atop the university buildings were placing floral wreath at university central Shaheed Minar, cutting cake, tree plantation ...

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Janmashtami celebrated amid festivity


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Janmashtami, the birth celebration of Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated across the country with due religious fervour and enthusiasm on Sunday. According to the Hindu Puran (mythology), Sri Sri Krishna was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra and he takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad persons by establishing truth, justice and beauty in all sphere of the society. Different political, ...

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Dakota Johnson needed therapy after horror film ‘Suspiria’

Dakota Johnson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Dakota Johnson admitted Saturday that she had to see a shrink after playing the lead in Oscar-winning director Luca Guadagnino’s new horror flick, “Suspiria”. The star of the sado-masochism-tinged “Fifty Shades of Grey” films made the confession as the movie was premiered at the Venice film festival. “When you’re working sometimes with dark subject matter it can stay with you,” she told reporters. “I absorb a lot of people’s feelings,” Johnson said. “Then you talk about it with someone very nice afterwards. It is a really nice to (help you) move on from the project and ...

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Mustafa Monwar’s 83rd birthday today


MNA Feature Desk: Mustafa Monwar is a visionary when it comes to expressing art, and he does so rather ingeniously. His eminence glows through his work as a puppeteer, sculptor, painter, performer, producer, TV and radio programme director, reported news agency. He is also a professor of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka and currently the chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy. Today marks the 83rd birthday of one of the most beloved Bangladeshi figures. He has received national and international awards, including one for graphic design in an All India Fine ...

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Apple to unveil new iPhone models next month

iPhone models

MNA Tech Desk: Apple Inc said it will host an event on 12 September at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models, reported news agency. 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 a 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, fueling speculation on social media that the company plans ...

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Worst things you can do to your hair


MNA Life Style Desk: We are all obsessed with having long, thick, and beautiful hair and however, a lot of what we are doing to our hair to make it look its best is actually making it feel its worst. Hair will naturally thin out and look dull with age, but there are steps that anyone can take to stop or even reverse this problem. These are the most common mistakes that are made, but the good news is that they are easily fixable to bring your hair new life. Over-brushing You don’t need 100 brush strokes a day for ...

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‘Gold’ becomes 1st film to release in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

MNA Entertainment Desk: Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ will be the first Hindi film which will be releasing in Saudi Arabia, the National Award-winning actor says. An ‘excited’ Akshay tweeted on Thursday night: ‘The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, ‘Gold’ is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today!’ A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, ‘Gold’ traces the golden era of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant ...

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39th BCS prelim results, 40th circular in Sept


MNA Education Desk: Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) has decided to publish the results of 39th (special) Bangladesh Civil Service’s (BCS) preliminary test and circular of 40th BCS in the second week of September. BPSC chairman Mohammad Sadiq confirmed this to media. The decisions regarding the 39th and 40th BCS recruitments were taken in a meeting of BPSC, he said. The BPSC chairman, however, did not disclose the dates. The preliminary test of the 39th special BCS was held on 3 August where 37,583 job-seekers vied for 4,542 assistant surgeon posts and 250 dental surgeon posts, according to BPSC. Public ...

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38 to vie for each seat in DU entry tests

entry test

MNA Education Desk: Some 38 students will appear in the tests for each seat to get admitted into first year honours courses under five units at Dhaka University (DU) for academic session 2018-19, reported news agency. A total of 272,512 admission-seekers have applied against 7,128 seats for the admissions into the university, a DU press release on Wednesday. A total of 82,970 admission-seekers will vie for 1,750 seats under ‘Ka’ unit while 36,250 for 2,378 seats under ‘Kha’ unit, 27,534 for 1,250 seats under ‘Ga’ unit, 100,614 for 1,615 seats under ‘Gha’ unit and 25,144 for 135 seats under ‘Cha’ ...

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Fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fans of Michael Jackson honoured the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honour in London. Braving the rain, fans imitated his famed dance and moonwalk moves around the 13-foot (4 metre) white, sparkling crown erected by record label Sony Music on the south bank of the River Thames. “The first time I saw him in person, I was 18 years old, he came to London and it was just manic,” said fan Mayah Thomas, now ...

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NASA Spitzer Telescope marks 15 years in space


MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the youngest member of the “Great Observatory” programme, has completed 15 years in space. The Great Observatories are four big-ticket space telescopes — Spitzer, Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), and the Chandra X-ray Observatory — designed to view the universe in different and complementary wavelengths of light. Launched into solar orbit on 25 August 2003, Spitzer was initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission. But the space telescope has lasted far beyond its expected lifetime, the US space agency said in a statement. Celebrating Spitzer’s incredible ...

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‘More screen time increases risk of obesity’


MNA Life Style Desk: If your child spends more than one to two hours on screen-based devices such as computers, phones, tablets, video games or TV, they may be at a higher risk of developing obesity, warns American Heart Association in an advisory. The new scientific statement, published in the journal Circulation, says that screen-based devices are associated with an increased amount of sedentary behaviour in children and teenagers. “Although the mechanisms linking screen time to obesity are not entirely clear, there are real concerns that screens influence eating behaviours, possibly because children ‘tune out’ and do not notice when ...

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International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Nuclear Tests

MNA Feature Desk: The International Day Against Nuclear Tests is being observed across the world today with an aim to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, nearly 2,000 tests have taken place across the globe. Established in 2009, the International Day Against Nuclear Tests has raised the profile of the devastating effects that nuclear testing has on human life. The International Day Against Nuclear Tests fosters ideas of a future free of nuclear weapons and testing. While there have been visible signs ...

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Quota reform leader Luma granted bail


MNA Education Desk: A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to quota reform leader Lutfun Nahar Luma in a case filed over “spreading rumours on social media and instigating violence” during the recent road safety movement. Metropolitan Magistrate Subrata Ghosh Shuvo passed the order after her lawyer had submitted a petition seeking bail. Luma, a joint convener of quota reform movement’s central committee and also a student of Eden College, was picked up from her grandfather’s house in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj on August 15. She was shown arrested in a case filed with Ramna police on August 5 under the ...

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FB removes accounts of Myanmar military officials

military officials

MNA Science Tech Desk: Facebook said on Monday it was removing certain Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of “hate and misinformation” after reviewing the content. “Specifically, we are banning 20 Burmese individuals and organizations from Facebook — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network,” Facebook said. “We’re removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by almost 12 million people,” Facebook said in a blog post. The world’s largest social media networking ...

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