Facebook shuts down fake Bangladeshi pages, accounts


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook has removed nine Facebook pages and six Facebook accounts for ‘engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ ahead of the national elections slated for 30 December this year. Facebook says, “Through our investigation, we discovered that these Pages were designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content.” “Our investigation indicates that this activity is linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government,” Facebook added. The Facebook authorities warned that this kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under their misrepresentation policy. “Because we don’t want people or organisations creating networks of accounts ...

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2019: Escalating struggle ahead for the world and Bangladesh

Social media

MNA Feature Desk: We are almost at the end of 2018–a very eventful year considering different events and incidents around the globe. Many claim that it was a tough year. Truly it was. Now we are standing close to embrace a new year. Lots of hopes are put on 2019. But in light of different contexts, it will be very wise to say that 2019 is going to be full of challenges for most of the world including Bangladesh and we must be aware from now on to fight or overcome those challenges. The global economy and politics both have ...

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EC forms monitoring cell to check social media

social media

MNA Tech Desk: The Election Commission (EC) has formed a monitoring cell to check rumours and propaganda in social media centering the 11th parliamentary election slated for December 30. ”The team, consisting with eight members, will work round the clock to check and stop all types of rumours in social media, including Facebook, centering the forthcoming election slated for December 30,” Joint Secretary of the EC Secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told news agency. He said NID Department Director General Brigadier General Saidul Islam has been made the chief of the monitoring cell. The other members are representatives from Police Headquarters, Special ...

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First film on Rohingyas released in city


MNA Entertainment Desk: Jonmo Vumi, the first full-length feature film on Rohingya people taking shelter in Bangladesh have been released, reported news agency. Directed by Proshoon Rahman the film explores the fate of pregnant Rohingya women in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. The film was released at only one cineplex in the country-Star Cineplex on December 14. In the film a young Rohingya lady takes refuge with others in the camps in Cox’s Bazar to escape Myanmar Army’s recent persecutions. She happens to be one of sixty-five thousand ladies who are expecting child. But this lady is not ready ...

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Things women notice about men on first date

first date

MNA Life Style Desk: You reached bang on time to pick her up and have dressed to impress. But there are certain things that a woman notices on your first date and makes an impression about you. Your nails and hair Though this may sound very cliched, and weird to many men, but women do notice how clean and hygiene are your nails and how kept your hair are. No matter how smartly and suave you look, dirty nails and unkempt hair are a turn off. What you order There are chances that what you order might not suit her ...

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4th International Conference held in CEUT


MNA Education Desk: The Department of Civil Engineering, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology (CUET), organized the 4th International Conference on Advances in Civil Engineering (ICACE) during 19-21 December 2018. ICACE provides an excellent forum for exchanging information and discussions on a wide variety of Civil Engineering topics, representing the latest development and future trends. Inspired by the success of the previous events of ICACE-2012, ICACE-2014 and ICACE-2016, we are committed to uphold the excellence of ICACE-2018. The goal of this conference is to bring together once again the leading academic scientists, researchers, scholars and decision makers in various fields ...

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Google, FB to pay $450K for Washington state violation


MNA Tech Desk: Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday. Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed in June that accused the tech firms of not obeying the state law on political-ad transparency, Ferguson said. Facebook spokeswoman Beth Gautier said the company was pleased to resolve the matter. “We’re working hard to protect election integrity and prevent foreign interference. We believe all ads ...

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Filmmaker Saidul Anam Tutul no more

Saidul Anam Tutul

MNA Entertainment Desk: Filmmaker Saidul Anam Tutul breathed his last in a city hospital on Tuesday. The 68-year-old, who had long been suffering from heart related complications, died at Labaid Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, reported news agency. Tutul, a freedom fighter, is survived by his wife and two daughters. He won the national film award in the ‘best editor’ category for ‘Surja Dighal Bari’ in 1979. He also edited films such as ‘Ghuddi’, ‘Dahan’, ‘Dipu Number 2’, and ‘Dukhai’ and directed ‘Adhier’ in 2003. Born and brought up in Dhaka, Tutul was also the first general secretary and lifetime member ...

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International Migrants Day today

International Migrants Day

MNA Feature Desk: Many communities across the global are observing International Migrants Day today. International Migrants Day is an international day observed on 18 December as International Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations on 4 December 2000 taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. All immigrants, irrespective of their legal status, have human rights. While states have the right to regulate the entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory, they can only do so within the limits of their human rights obligations. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly ...

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Philippines’ Catriona crowned Miss Universe


MNA Entertainment Desk: Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday, the fourth time the Southeast Asian country has won the international beauty pageant. Gray, a 24-year-old Filipino-Australian model, won the title in the Thai capital Bangkok where the pageant included for the first time a transgender contestant. “My heart is filled with so much gratitude. There were moments of doubt where I felt overwhelmed and I felt the pressure,” said Gray, who wore a red and orange dress that was inspired by Mount Mayon, a volcano that erupted this year. Gray was asked during the contest ...

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Reduce your stress at workplace


MNA Life Style Desk: Stress has become synonymous with the corporate sector today. To a certain extent, it is normal for a person to feel stressed during work; it makes us alert and helps meet deadlines. But when it starts interfering with our ability to do the job, our personal life and health, it becomes a matter of serious concern. ‘Relax’ you deserve it, it’s good for you, and it takes less time than you think. You don’t need a spa weekend or a retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you a peaceful life in less than 15 ...

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Shakira accused of tax fraud


MNA Entertainment Desk: Spanish prosecutors filed charges against Colombian singer Shakira on Friday, accusing her of failing to pay 14.5 million euros in tax ($16.3 million) in the country where her Spanish footballer partner plays. The charges were filed in the Catalonia region, where the singer is a regular presence at matches of her partner Gerard Pique’s team, Barcelona. She was accused of failing to pay tax on income earned from 2012-2014, when the prosecutors say she lived there. Representatives of Shakira said in a statement that the singer did not live in Spain until 2015, and has met all ...

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Photo exhibition on Victory Day held at DU

photo exhibition

MNA Education Desk: A daylong photo exhibition organised by Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (Duja) was held on the premises of Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of the university on Sunday, marking the 48th Victory Day. DU vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Birth of a Map’ in the morning while Duja president Asif Taasin and general secretary Mahmudul Hasan Nayon were present among others. The exhibition showcased 150 rare collections of photographs and paper cuttings based on the history of Bangladesh from the British era to the birth of Bangladesh, especially events of the Liberation War and those related to Father ...

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Bug may have exposed photos from 7M FB users


MNA Tech Desk: Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in theory include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. They also included photos people may have uploaded but hadn’t yet posted, perhaps because they had changed their mind. It’s not yet known whether anyone actually saw the photos, but the revelation of the now-fixed problem served as another reminder of ...

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48th Victory Day today

47th Victory Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 48th Victory Day is being observed on Sunday, marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long bloodstained War of Liberation. Forty-seven years back on December 16 in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion. Special prayers will be offered in mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship seeking divine blessings for the peace and progress of the country. Destitute children ...

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IU observes Martyred Intellectuals Day

Martyred Intellectuals Day

MNA Education Desk: The Islamic University (IU) observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Friday, paying tribute to the intellectuals killed by Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the Liberation War. Vice-chancellor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari hoisted the national flag at half-mast position while pro-vice-chancellor M Shahinoor Rahman hoisted a black flag in front of the university’s administrative building in Kushtia around 9:40am. IU authorities, IUTA, Bangabandhu Parishad, Zia Parishad, IUJA and various other organisations of teachers and students placed floral wreaths at the university’s memorial monument. Later, the teachers, officials, students and employees brought out a ...

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Coffee to combat Parkinson’s


MNA Life Style Desk: Combining two compounds found in coffee can act as therapeutic against Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia — the two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration, reported news agency. The study, led by a team from the Rutgers University, found that caffeine, which traditionally has been credited as coffee’s special protective agent, together with another compound found in coffee beans’ waxy coating, slowed down brain degeneration in mice. The new coffee bean compound called EHT (Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide) was found to protect the brains of mice against abnormal protein accumulation associated with Parkinson’s disease and ...

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PM condoles death of film director Amjad Hossain

Amjad Hossain

MNA Entertainment Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed profound shock at the death of Ekushey Padak and National Film Award winning actor-filmmaker Amjad Hossain. In a condolence message, she said the death of Amjad Hossain is an irreparable loss for the film industry and cultural arena of the country. Amjad Hossain will be remembered for ever due to his works, she said. Amjad Hossain passed away on Friday in Bangkok while undergoing treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital since November 27. He was 76. Amjad was born on August 14, 1942 in Jamalpur. In 1961, he debuted as an actor ...

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Martyred Intellectuals Day observed

Martyred Intellectual Day

MNA Feature Desk: Martyred Intellectual Day was observed across the country on Friday in a befitting manner. Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional organisations arranged discussions, cultural functions and prayer sessions to pay rich tributes to the country’s golden son and daughters who were killed at the end of the liberation war in 1971. On the night of December 14, 1971, over 200 intellectuals — including: educationists, journalists, litterateurs, writers, physicians, scientists, lawyers, artists, philosophers and political thinkers — were picked up, in Dhaka, by the Pakistani occupation forces, aided by their local collaborators. The intellectuals were taken, blindfold, to ...

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JSC, JDC, PEC, Ebtedayee results on Dec 24


MNA Education Desk: The results of Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee examinations will be published on Dec 24. Sources from the ministries of education and mass education confirmed the matter to banglanews Tuesday (Dec 11). As many as 26,70,333 students sat for JSC and JDC and around 57 lakh for PEC and Ebtedayee exams this year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the textbook festival on the same day. Students will be given free textbooks on Dec 30. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations were held ...

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Arjun Rampal to star in web series, ‘The Final Call’

Arjun Rampal

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actor Arjun Rampal will headline upcoming Zee5 web series “The Final Call,” the video-on-demand service owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises announced in a press release on Wednesday. The series is an adaptation of Priya Kumar’s novel “I Will Go With You: The Flight of a Lifetime.” The 2016 novel examines a group of flight passengers whose captain has decided to commit suicide on duty, endangering all 300 on board. Details of the director and the rest of the cast are yet to be announced. The originality of the story fascinated the them; Zee5’s programming head Aparna Acharekar ...

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Bomb threat at Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ

Menlo Park

MNA Tech Desk: Facebook Inc evacuated a few buildings at its headquarters campus in Menlo Park following a bomb threat, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Everyone is safe and the company is looking into the incident, the spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Menlo Park Police Department said a building at 200 Jefferson Drive has been evacuated and the bomb units are on the scene going through the building. YouTube was another Silicon Valley company that faced security threat in the recent past. In May, a woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in San Francisco, wounding three ...

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Radio Shadhin’s ‘Rise up for Women Conference’

Women Conference

MNA Entertainment Desk: Radio Shadhin 92.4FM concluded their 16-day long campaign, titled “Rise up for Women Conference 2018,” on a grand scale yesterday (Monday) at Hotel Galesia and Resort Limited in Banani, featuring an open discussion between the members of the audience and the famous screen pair Aly and Sara Zaker. The event, which lasted from 10am to 5pm, consisted of a day-long session of a painting competition for children, speeches by women entrepreneurs, musical performances, and ended with an open discussion, between the participants and the organizers, and a prize giving ceremony. The open discussion was moderated by a ...

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Maulana Bhasani’s 138th birth anniv


MNA Feature Desk: The 138th birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a great national leader, is being observed on Tuesday with due reverence. Born in 1880 at Dhanpara village in Sirajganj, Bhasani dedicated his life to establishing the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden. Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country have taken various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner. Besides, Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) and the Bhasani Foundation and some other organisations will hold various programmes at Santosh remembering his struggle for the rights ...

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70 DU students get Dean’s Award

Dean’s Award

MNA Education Desk: Seventy meritorious students from different departments under the Business Studies faculty of Dhaka University (DU) received the Dean’s Award for their academic results in the BBA and MBA examinations, reported news agency. DU vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman distributed the awards among the students at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Tuesday. Business Studies faculty’s dean Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam presided over the function while DU treasurer Md Kamal Uddin spoke at the programme as a special guest. President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nihad Kabir addressed the programme ...

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Some Surprising Health Facts


MNA Life Style Desk: With regular studies published about facts on health and fitness, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the information out there. Some of the findings repeat health advice that’s been around for years, but others are a little more shocking. Take a look at these 5 health facts that might surprise you. Drinking coffee can prevent depression: We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ...

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Faculty of Fine Arts steps into 70 with mega expo

Fine Arts

MNA Entertainment Desk: To celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka a mega art exhibition has been arranged. December 29 marks the birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, founder of the Dacca Art College (at present the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). In this regard the exhibition is also part of Zainul Utshob 2018. The exhibition features artworks from veterans of the faculty, who were or still are faculty members at the art hub. It was inaugurated on December 10 on the fine arts premises at Shahbagh in the capital. On the ...

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