‘Amar Achhe Jol’ screened at 10th Asian Film Festival

Asian Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Amar Achhe Jol’, a Bangladeshi movie directed by late popular writer Humayun Ahmed, was screened at the 10th Asian Film Festival held in Jeddah on Saturday. Arab News reported on Wednesday that the film festival, which ends on Friday, is being held at the Indonesian consul general’s residence in Jeddah. It is organized by the Asian Consul Generals Club in Jeddah every year. The participating countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Japan, Korea, China and Singapore. The movie is a 2008 film produced by Impress Telefilm Limited. The film stars ...

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DU adores arrival of spring with mesmerizing Pahela Falgun festival


MNA Education Desk: Thousands people specially the students adore the arrival of spring with mesmerizing Pahela Falgun festival on the University of Dhaka (DU) premises on Monday. The famous folk music band Joler Gaan performed a fantastic concert at Bottala in front of Aparajeyo Bangla in the campus. Besides, thousands of young men and women gathered on the DU campus and the book fair. Jatiya Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad will also arrange the main programmes of the day. Besides, different socio-cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes in the capital and elsewhere to celebrate the day. DU has always been ...

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Adele wins Record of the Year at 59th Grammys


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Adele on Sunday won the top two Grammys of Album and Record of the Year for her blockbuster hit ‘Hello’ and the album ‘25.’ The tearful English balladeer took the stage and paid tribute to her main award rival Beyonce, heaping praise on her album ‘Lemonade’ and calling it an inspiration. ‘All us artists adore you. You are our light,’ Adele said to a visibly moved Beyonce. ‘25’ is the best-selling album of the past decade—with the exception of Adele’s last album, ‘21,’ which won Album of the Year in 2012. Adele, who has named ...

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NASA investigates sending lander to Europa to look for life


MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA is set to open discussions about a study that has proposed a system capable of landing on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search for life beyond Earth, reported news agency. The study that NASA commissioned last year to assess the science value and engineering design of a future lander mission submitted its report this week. The report listed three science goals for the mission – the primary being search for evidence of life on Europa, the US space agency said. The other goals are to assess the habitability of Europa by directly analyzing material ...

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The Legend of St. Valentine


MNA Feature Desk: The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron legend saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives ...

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I’m the most overrated actress: Meryl Streep to Trump


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Meryl Streep has replied to US President Donald Trump’s comment, where he deemed the Oscar-winning actress ‘over-rated’, following her speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony last month. Streep said: ‘Yes, I’m the most overrated and over decorated actress’. The actress made the remarks while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Greater New York Gala Dinner on Saturday. Assailing Trump as bellicose and thin-skinned, mounting a rousing defence of LGBTQ freedoms, and bucking up a crowd that might have been otherwise dejected by America’s rightward turn towards conservatism, Streep argued that Trump’s election imperils ...

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45,000 vacant posts of teacher in primary schools

primary schools

MNA Education Desk: Some 45,000 posts of teacher are lying vacant in primary schools across the country, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman told Parliament. “A total of 17,615 posts of headmaster and 27,388 posts of assistant teacher remain vacant in primary school,” he said replying to a tabled question from ruling Awami League MP Laila Arjuman Banu (Women-8). Of the vacant posts of headmaster, 8,736 vacant posts are in government primary schools, while 8,255 in nationalized primary school and the remaining 624 have been created under a project taken to set up 1,500 new schools, he said. Of ...

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Certificate Giving Ceremony held for e-Commerce Entrepreneurship Training Program


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Under the supervision of LICT project of the ICT division, e-CAB in association with the University of Dhaka, an ‘e-Commerce Entrepreneurship Training Program’ was arranged. Speakers in the certificate giving ceremony on February 9, 2017 expressed their views saying that, “Accelerating growth and reducing poverty, income inequality and regional disparity are the overarching goals of the current development paradigm in Bangladesh. If we want to achieve our vision 2021, we must concentrate on developing skills and capacity of the entrepreneurs”. Honorable state minister for ICT division Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak were present as the chief ...

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Starve the ego and feed the soul


MNA Life Style Desk: Ultimately, it comes down to whether we choose to live our lives according to the demands and delusions of the ego or make the conscious intention to align ourselves with the infinite soul. Choosing to always be conscious and to live according to the soul provides you with infinite possibilities and the peace, passion and purpose that you deserve as a human being. Ego and Soul We are very familiar with both our ego and our soul. We come in contact with them daily. Our ego is that voice within us that demands everything and pulls ...

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Pop star Madonna adopted twin girls from Malawi


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Pop star Madonna confirms on social media on Wednesday, saying she had completed her adoption of the twins from Malawi and was “overjoyed” to bring them into her family. The singer, 58, was granted permission by Malawi’s High Court this week to adopt the twin girls. She posted a photo on Instagram of herself walking along a rural path with the girls, who were wearing identical blue and white dresses and one wearing a hat. “I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please ...

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SC ordered to shut down Darul Ihsan University

Darul Ihsan

MNA Education Desk: The appellate division of Supreme Court issued an order to shut down all activities of Darul Ihsan University (DIU) over ‘running certificate business’ by opening its branches in Dhaka. A four-member appellate division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order on Wednesday. Attorney General Mahbube Alam, state prosecutor, said earlier, High Court ordered to shut down the activities of DIU due to several irregularities. Today (Wednesday) the appellate division upheld the HC order. The order is a message for those, who are running certificate business, said Mahbube Alam. Earlier, on 26 July 2016, ...

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Traditional Chinese medicine to fight AIDS

traditional Chinese medicine

MNA Science & Tech: China will double the number of AIDS patients it treats with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), officials have said, part of a broader push to increase the use of the ancient practice in the country’s medical system. The promotion of TCM is part of a five-year plan from the State Council, China’s cabinet, to tackle HIV/AIDS. “The number of people living with AIDS who are treated with traditional Chinese medicine should be twice what it was in 2015,” the State Council said on its website Sunday. The plan outlined collaboration between traditional Chinese medicine departments and national ...

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Pakistan banned ‘Raees’ for wrong portrayal of Muslims


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The release of the Indian movie “Raees”, which was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas on Sunday, was on Monday banned for its “inappropriate” portrayal of Muslims. Rumours about the Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan starrer releasing in Pakistan were ripe for the past one week. However, according to Dawn News, the Central Censor Board decided not to release the film in Pakistan. Sources in the know of the development told Dawn the reason behind it was that “the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons ...

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Ten books to read before turning 30


MNA Feature Desk: Your 30 are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life and read books. While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way. To help you out, we’ve selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high school or college reading lists. Here’s what we think you should read before you turn 30. The Intelligent Investor When Warren Buffet endorses as a book as “the best book on investing ever ...

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Canadian University of Bangladesh organizes orientation

Canadian University

MNA Education Desk: Canadian University of Bangladesh (CUBD) organizes Orientation and Cultural Program for fresher of Spring-2017 Semester on February 04, 2017 at Banani Campus. Prof. Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) graced the program as Chief Guest. Prof. William H. Darrenger, Vice Chancellor, Canadian University of Bangladesh inaugurated the program. Prof. M A Arafat, Chief Advisor to the Board of Trustees, Canadian University of Bangladesh also spoke in the program as honorable guest. At the end of the day-long program, students of the University presented a captivating cultural ceremony. Chief Guest Prof. Abdul Mannan said to ...

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Cold war endures between Sonakshi and Arjun


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor still refuse to acknowledge each other’s existence since their breakup in early 2015. ‘At a showing during the recent fashion week in Mumbai, where both were present to cheer designer Kunal Rawal, who is a common friend, Sona chatted with actor Varun Dhawan but completely ignored Arjun, who did the same,’ reports news agency. ‘In return, he too reciprocated the gesture and mingled with Varun and Kunal.’ Incidentally, this is not the first time Sonakshi ignored him publicly. Earlier, during Indian director-producer Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali bash, Sonakshi did ...

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Jubilant Software Fair at Dhaka


MNA Science & Tech Desk: The biggest fair and jubilant display of software, ‘BASIS Soft Expo – 2017’ is closing in the capital today (Saturday). This fair was arranged by country’s largest information technology related organization – Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Service (BASIS). The fair upheld the slogan – ‘Future In Motion’. This four day long display took place at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre at Agargaon. It was divided into four zones – Business Software Zone, ITES & BPO Zone, Mobile Innovation Zone and E-Commerce Zone. More than hundred institutions participated in this fair. IT experts from ...

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Apple to start making iPhones in India this year

iPhone 8

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Apple is to start making iPhones in India this year, a local government official said Friday, as the company seeks to tap into a booming middle class while sales in China slow. Karnataka’s IT minister said Apple had agreed to assemble its hugely popular phones in the southern state, whose capital Bangalore is India’s technology hub. Apple, which has not commented on the minister’s statement, remains a relatively small player in India, where sales of its smartphones lag those of rival Samsung. But chief executive Tim Cook said this week it would “invest significantly” in ...

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SSC exams begin today across the country


MNA Education Desk: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2017 under 10 education boards across the country begin Thursday. “Preparations have been taken to hold the examinations successfully,” education minister Nurul Islam Nahid told a press briefing at the ministry conference room on Tuesday. This year, 17,86,613 students–9,10,501 boys and 8,76,112 girls–, will take part in the examinations, he added. Of them, 14,25,900 students will sit for the SSC examination under eight general education boards. Some 2,56501 students will appear in the Dakhil examinations while 1,4212 students will participate in the SSC (vocational) examination. The examinations will be held ...

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Saraswati Puja: Worshiping of the Goddess of Knowledge

Saraswati Puja

MNA Feature Desk: The Hindus in the country is celebrating the Saraswati Puja on Wednesday, worshiping the Goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the followers of the Hindu faith on the occasion pointing out the heritage of interfaith harmony and the government’s commitment to ensure rights of all people belonging to diverse religion. Major Hindu temples and schools and other educational institutions including universities stage the festival with traditional gaiety, religious fervor. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning worshipped throughout Nepal and India. She ...

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Month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela-2017 begins

Amar Ekushey

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) 2017 raises today as Bangla Academy is set to stage its annual extravaganza on its premises and at Suhrawardy Udyan, reports news agency. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair at 3pm on the Bangla Academy premises. The Suhrawardy Udyan part of the Amar Ekushey book fair has been decorated with 12 (Chattar) divisions. Some 663 units have been allotted to 409 institutions at the academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises. Besides, 14 publication houses including Bangla Academy are given 15 pavilions covering an area of ...

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Miss France Iris Mittenaere crowned Miss Universe


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss France was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year’s dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from Lille in the north of France, beat 85 of the world’s most beautiful women at the event in the Philippines scheduled for primetime viewing in the United States. Mittenaere, 24, edged out Miss Haiti, the first runner-up, and Miss Colombia the second runner-up. In the final question round, Miss ...

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Space travel may alter gene expression: NASA

space travel

MNA Science & Tech Desk: NASA scientists in an unprecedented study have found that space travel may alter gene expression. The study involved astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space and his identical twin Mark who stayed on Earth. From the lengths of the twins’ chromosomes to the microbiomes in their guts, “almost everyone is reporting that we see differences”, Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, was quoted as saying to scientificamerican.com. The changes that are likely attributable to Scott’s time in orbit include alterations to gene expression, DNA methylation — ...

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Two-day long workshop on ‘Digital Marketing’ held


MNA Education & Career Desk: A two-day long workshop on ‘Digital Marketing’ arranged by e-Cab Youth Forum was held at the Sirajul Islam Lecture Hall of Dhaka University. The workshop started on 27th January, 2017 and ended on 28th. Around 500 young men and women, who are working or willing to work with Digital Marketing, attended the workshop as it was an excellent opportunity for them to learn on their passion or profession. Many aspects of business related with Digital Marketing came out during this workshop. The discussions contained planning for business startup, importance of market research to gain experience, ...

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Jazz & Blues Festival show in Dhaka


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Over a thousand music lovers are enjoying the shows every evening at the Jazz & Blues Festival that began on Sunday. The festival has been organized by Blues Commutations with the aim to promote western classical jazz and blues in the country. The festival commenced with the performance of local singer Armeen Musa who entertained the audience covering some famous and romantic blues such as Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You and Simply Red’s Holding Back the Years. British drummer and pianist Gary Husband then took the stage and played notations of famous jazz music ...

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HC rejects the writ over closing 3 Indian TV channels

TV channels

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: High Court rejected the writ petition filed seeking to stop the airing of three Indian TV channels Star Jalsha, Star Plus and Zee Bangla—in Bangladesh. A HC bench comprising Justice Justice Mohammad Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan announce the verdict on Sunday. Advocate Eklas Uddin Bhuiyan stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state and senior lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru argued for Star Plus and Star Jalsha while Barrister Samsul Hasan for Zee Bangla. On 7 August, 2014, Advocate Syeda Shahin Ara Laily filed the writ in ...

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Telecommunications giant Nokia reveals digital assistant ‘MIKA’

digital assistant

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia has created a customized digital assistant ‘MIKA’ that will improve telecom operators’ efficiency by providing engineers faster access to critical information. MIKA that stands for ‘Multi-purpose Intuitive Knowledge Assistant’ — is the first digital assistant trained specifically for the telecom industry, designed to provide automated assistance that saves time and frees highly skilled workers to focus on critical tasks. ‘MIKA taps into the power of the Nokia AVA platform to provide quick and accurate answers, avoiding time wasted on fruitless searches. It is customised to support the specific needs of telecoms, ...

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