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Google celebrates Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Google collaborates Earth Day 2018 with renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr Jane Goodall to speak about our planet’s future. In the illustrated video of Doodle, she speaks about the conversation efforts and animal welfare. The search engine giant partnered with Jane Goodall and The Jane Goodall Institute to create the graphic, through which Goodall shares her own personal message with the world. Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide, and with the Earth Day-themed doodle, Google supports and promotes the environment protection. The theme of Earth Day 2018 is the end of ...

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Earth Day is being observed today

Earth Day

MNA Feature Desk: Earth Day is being observed today (April 22) across the world to remember the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The first Earth Day was held back in 1970 and brought together 20 million people in the U.S. and helped to create public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws. By the nineties the event spread across the globe, with 200 million people in 141 countries getting involved ...

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Deepika on Time’s 100 Influential People list

Influential People

MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the list of Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe. In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Deepika’s co-star in her Hollywood debut ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ has penned words of appreciation for her. Deepika scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama ‘Padmaavat’ in which she played the title role. One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in ...

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NASA’s new planet hunter blasts off

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA blasted off its newest planet hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist. “Three, two, one and liftoff!” said NASA commentator Mike Curie as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the cloudless, blue sky atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 6:51 pm (2251 GMT). The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming. These so-called “transits” may mean that ...

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Americans world’s biggest TV addicts

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MNA Life Style Desk: The average person around the world spent nearly three hours a day in front their TV last year, according to a report. Eurodata TV Worldwide said that television viewing was holding up despite more and more people watching online platforms like Netflix and Amazon. Americans and Canadians are the biggest television addicts, said the report, watching four hours and three minutes on average daily. European viewers came next watching three hours 49 minutes a day in 2017, just ahead of Russia and Brazil, the data gathered from 95 countries showed. Asians watch less than any of ...

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Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics

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MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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First ever 3D animation cartoon in Bangla

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: The very first three-dimensional (3D) animation series based on children’s adventure story in Bangla is on the drawing board as the trial of ‘Chacha Bahinir Ajob Kahini’ has been released on Youtube channel. Maverick Studios plans to introduce children classics, including fairytales of Bangla literature to the new generation. Wahid Ibn Reza, a Bangladeshi filmmaker working with Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver is the creative producer of the project. Wishing Shubha Nabarsha to everyone through Facebook, Reza said, ‘Personally, I have long been trying to create some contents in Bangla for our future generation. Especially ...

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Isha gets DU studentship back

Isha

MNA Education Desk: The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) on Wednesday withdrew the expulsion order on Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Iffat Jahan Isha. The decision was taken from a disciplinary board meeting at DU with Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair. “The expulsion order has been withdrawn as the allegations against Iffat were not proved. According to the probe committee report, the disciplinary board has taken the decision today,” DU VC Akhtaruzzaman said. On April 11, DU authorities expelled Philosophy department student Iffat Jahan Isha for allegedly “torturing a female ...

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150m Bangladeshis use mobile phones

mobile phones

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phones subscribers reached nearly 150 million at the end of February, with addition of 3.66 million new users in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed on Tuesday. The number of subscribers in the country reached 148.76 million in February, news agency reported citing a data by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Bangladesh has now four mobile companies, three of whom — including Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink — are foreign-backed cellphone operators. However, the total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached ...

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Shafin Ahmed brings up new song

Shafin Ahmed

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shafin Ahmed has returned with his own single. The new song titled “Fire Aiy” has been released as a lyrical video on YouTube marking the Bangla new year 1425. The song has been published by CD Choice. This is Shafin’s first recording with CD Choice. The official video of the song will be released soon. It needs mentioning that the song has been composed and orchestrated by Shafin himself. Bappi Khan has scripted the lyrics. Jahirul Islam Sohel, proprietor of CD Choice has asserted that the listeners will find the old Shafin back in this song. Shafin’s ...

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Shab-e-Barat on May 1

Shab-e-Barat

MNA Life Style Desk: The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, will be observed throughout the country on the night of May 1 (Tuesday) as the Shaban moon was sighted in the country tonight. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation conference room of Baitul Mukarram here this evening with Director General of Islamic Foundation and member secretary of the moon sighting committee Shamim Mohammad Afzal in the chair, reported news agency. As the moon of the holy Shaban month was sighted on the sky on Tuesday night so ...

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Mujibnagar Day being observed

Mujibnagar

MNA Feature Desk: The historic Mujibnagar Day is being observed on Tuesday marking the formation of Bangladesh’s first government that led the War of Liberation in 1971. Leaders of Awami League assembled at Baidyanathtala, which was later named Mujibnagar in Meherpur district, on April 17, 1971 to form the provisional government of independent Bangladesh in the absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Following the Pakistan occupation forces’ attack on unarmed people on the night of March 25 in 1971, the first government of independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh was formed on April 10 in 1971 comprising elected representatives with Bangabandhu ...

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Winners of 2018 Pulitzer prizes announced

Pulitzer

MNA Entertainment Desk: The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on exposing powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against Hollywood movie maker Harvey Weinstein. Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy announced the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes at the Columbia University on Monday in New York City, news agency reported on Tuesday. The New York Times also shared the honour for national reporting with The Washington Post for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. The Press Democrat ...

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Withdraw cases within 2 days: Protesters

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MNA Education Desk: Student leaders today demanded the authorities concerned to withdraw within the next two days the cases filed against them during the quota reform movement, threatening to wage a more vigorous demonstration otherwise. Nurul Haque, co-convener of the Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sanrakkhan Parishad (Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council), read out the written statement in a press briefing in front of the central library in DU campus around 11:00am. Earlier on 11 April, four cases were filed against unnamed accused following the clash and vandalism in DU camps and its VC’s house during the demonstration for the ...

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129th birth anniv of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

MNA Feature Desk: Born on April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin was born as Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England. The son of London music hall entertainer, Charlie was fascinated by her mother’s cracking voice during one of her shows and was given the task to complete the job that she couldn’t. He was just five when he was first introduced to the stage. After he turned seventeen, he, with some help from his friend’s Fred Karno’s company developed comedic skills. His silence gained him popularity and would capture the audience through his actions without saying a single word. He founded ...

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Priyanka on losing a film due to skin colour

Priyanka

MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra might be a global icon today, but her brush with pay disparity in two of the world’s biggest entertainment industries continues. “I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering,” the actor said in the interview. “In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. “It happens in both countries, it’s just that here, ...

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Sridevi wins Best Actress National Award

Best Actress

MNA Entertainment Desk: The late Sridevi was named the Best Actress posthumously for her role as a vengeful mother in the Hindi film ‘Mom’, reported news agency. In the movie directed by Ravi Udyawar, Sridevi played a mother who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, essayed by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. Sridevi died in February in a Dubai hotel, leaving the film industry, her family members and legions of fans in a state of shock. In an earlier interview to media, Sridevi had said she was proud to be a part of a film like ‘Mom’, and the reactions it ...

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Tips to deal with office colleagues

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MNA Life Style Desk: The average full-time employees spend more time at office and deal with co-workers. This can make for an unpleasant situation when we have one or more co-workers that we dislike. We all have at least one: the coworker, client, or boss you just can’t stand. They make life difficult, and they may even make you question your sense of self-worth. However, it’s in everyone’s best interest to try to reach some common ground and make the work environment at least tolerable. Be a better person If you find that a co-worker is always breaking bad on ...

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Nation celebrated Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh

MNA Feature Desk: As dawn broke today, thousands of people thronged the streets and different popular places in the capital and elsewhere across the country as the nation celebrated its traditional and vibrant festival Pahela Baishakh to welcome the Bangla New Year 1425. The day broke with the chirping of birds as usual, but the singing of “Esho hey Baishakh esho esho” everywhere in Bangladesh gave the day really a festive dimension. Rich in culture, tradition and heritage, people of all castes, creeds and classes take the same identity as Bangalis are to welcome the first day of the Bangla ...

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Google celebrates Pahela Baishakh

Pahela

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Search engine giant Google is celebrating Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla new year, by replacing its regular home page graphic with a special doodle for the Bangladeshi surfers. Google’s new Doodle Saturday featured a parade of colorful banners in the shape of an elephant and Mangal Shobhajatra, reported news agency. The calendar was originally commissioned by Mughal Emperor Akbar who introduced the calendar to facilitate tax collections in the spring-just after the harvest. Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, ...

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Rang Bangladesh all set to welcome Baishakh

Rang Bangladesh

MNA Life Style Desk: Rang Bangladesh has brought exclusive collections for Baishakh. This year’s collections have been inspired by shitol pati, mural drawn by santals and mangal shobhajatra, reported news agency. There are exquisite saris, kameez, skirt, tops, gown, etc for women and punjabi, t-shirt and fotua for men in this year’s collections. Dresses for kids are also available. As red and white are the premium colours of choice for this day, the collections mostly have red, maroon, off-white and white along with magenta, orange, golden, yellow, blue, etc as secondary colours. Prices are also very reasonable. All these collections ...

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YouTube’s music videos defaced by hackers

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.” Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of all time at five billion views — was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series “Money Heist.” Most videos were back up by early Tuesday US time but some still had ...

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DU VC expresses solidarity with protesters

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MNA Education Desk: Expressing solidarity with the demonstrators, Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Professor Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday said the demand of students is logical. The VC came up with the remarks while speaking at a press briefing at his office. ‘We have asked the government to take quick measures and give assurance to the students so that they can return to normal life,’ he said. The VC also urged the law enforcing agencies to behave well and ensure safety of the students. Referring to the attack on a female student of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall, Prof Akhtaruzzaman said, ‘The university administration ...

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Bangabandhu-1 to be launched on May 4

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Country’s first commercial satellite ‘Bangabandhu-1’ will be launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on May 4, reported news agency. Private space flight and technology company SpaceX has confirmed the launch date for Bangladesh’s first satellite, BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmud confirmed this to news agency. SpaceX had previously planned to launch the satellite using Falcon-9 rockets on Dec 16 of last year, but the launch was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The ‘Bangabandhu’ Satellite received the green light at a cabinet meeting in 2015. BTRC signed a loan deal worth Tk 20 billion with Thales ...

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10th April: The Mujibnagar Government

Mujibnagar Government

MNA Feature Desk: The Provisional Government of the People`s Republic of Bangladesh popularly known as the Mujibnagar Government was formed on this the 10th day of April back in 1971. This was the first ever government of Bangladesh. On March 26, 1971, Banglabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh. A provisional constitution was made on the 10th day of April 1971. This provisional constitution is also known as the proclamation of independence. As per this provisional constitution and the proclamation of independence, a new government was formed for Bangladesh. This was also known as the government in exile ...

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No VAT on private universities: PM

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MNA Education Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said no VAT will be imposed on private universities. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal briefed the media about the premier’s directives after holding a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today. Quoting the prime minister, the planning minister, briefing reporters at the planning commission this afternoon, said, there is no need to slap VAT on the private universities now. Yesterday, Finance minister AMA Muhith told reporters after a pre-budget discussion with newspapers and private television channels that VAT will be imposed on universities in the next budget, ...

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Ekta to produce web show on ‘Kama Sutra’

Ekta

MNA Entertainment Desk: The czarina of Indian television and head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor, is on a roll. Apart from an interesting bouquet of shows currently in the pipeline, she is soon going to launch another web series. With some of the best web series already in her kitty, Ekta is set to bring another out of the box concept in the form of a web show. It will be based on the ancient Hindu text, Kama Sutra, which is considered to be the standard work on human sexual behaviour in Sanskrit literature, reports news agency. According to ...

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