Actress Lena Dunham apologizes for abortion joke


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Lena Dunham has apologized for her “distasteful” abortion joke, which she made during the latest episode of her “Women of the Hour” podcast, reported news agency. In the episode, Dunham had recalled an incident at a Planned Parenthood NGO meeting in Texas when she was asked to share a story about her own abortion. She said that she had never gone through the procedure, before adding: “But I wish I had.” Her remarks prompted a wave of criticism online. Dunham later took to Instagram to apologies for the joke, reports mirror.co.uk. “My latest podcast ...

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Results of JSC, JDC to be published Dec 29


MNA Education Desk: The result of this year’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will be published on December 29. The ministry of education confirmed this on Wednesday. This year, Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations were held from November 1 to November 17. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told that the copies of the results will be handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina around 10:30am on that day. Around 2,412,775 students took the JSC, JDC exams at 2,734 examination centres across the country that began on November 1 and continued ...

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Zuckerberg introduced virtual butler ‘Jarvis’


MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mark Zuckerberg on Monday introduced the world to “Jarvis”, an artificial intelligence system the Facebook chief created in his spare time, which can choose and play music, turn on lights, and recognize visitors, deciding whether to open the front door. Jarvis, named after the virtual assistant in the Iron Man movies, could be a step toward a new product, Zuckerberg wrote, although he cautioned that the system he had created in 100 hours over the last year was customised for his house. Zuckerberg announced results of the project, a personal challenge he set for himself ...

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Kareena Kapoor , Saif Ali Khan blessed with son

Kareena Kapoor

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan has been blessed with their first child, a son, and have named him Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. Kareena delivered the baby on Tuesday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital here, reported news agency. A statement released on behalf of the actors read: “We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on 20 December, 2016. “We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over ...

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Mahasthangarh: The cultural capital of SAARC


MNA Feature Desk: Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17. As a SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017. Mahasthangarh is one of the earliest urban archaeological sites so far discovered in Bangladesh. The village Mahasthan in Shibganj thana of Bogra District contains the remains of an ancient city which was called Pundranagara in the territory of Pundravardhana. Together with the ancient and medieval ruins, ...

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Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle wins Miss World 2016


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico was crowned the Miss World 2016 here, with representatives from Dominican Republic and Indonesia as runners up. Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna Royo crowned the 19-year-old Stephanie — the second Puerto Rican to hold the title after Wilnelia Merced won it in 1975 — at the event’s grand finale held at the MGM National Harbor here on Sunday. The winner was ecstatic as she sat down to be crowned. The event was aired live on Zee Cafe. Stephanie pipped the other top four finalists from Kenya, Indonesia, Dominican Republic ...

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Famous Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died

Zsa Zsa Gabor

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at the age of 99. The Hollywood legend suffered a heart attack, said her husband. Born in Hungary, Gabor’s acting career began on the stage in Vienna before she moved to America. She starred in dozens of films and TV shows, but was perhaps better known for her love life, having married nine times. Among the men she was married to was Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain, George Sanders, the English actor who was the voice of Shere Khan in the original Jungle Book and ...

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Blac Chyna leaves Rob kardashian, takes baby Dream

Blac Chyna

MNA Cu8lture & Entertainment Desk: In a shocking move, Blac Chyna has left Rob Kardashian and taken their baby, Dream, with her. On Saturday, Chyna revealed via Snapchat that her Instagram page had been hacked, exposing her private messages to her 10.4 million followers. Her page is now filled with personal text messages in which she insulted Rob as being “fat” and “lazy,” and detailing her plans to trademark the Kardashian family name upon marrying him in July. She also wrote, “Imma give Rob 1 year to get it together . Or I’m gone”. On a new Instagram account, Blac ...

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FB to flag false posts in feed to tackle fake news

hate speech

MNA Technology Desk: The social media giant Facebook has unveiled a string of measures to help flag fake stories that appear in people’s news feeds. The move follows an onslaught of criticism directed at Facebook over concerns it was not doing enough to stop the spread of false reports on its platform. Facebook says that users will soon be able to flag when they believe a story is a hoax. The story may then be sent to third-party fact checking organizations for review. If these groups share concerns about the piece’s validity, an alert will appear underneath the post warning ...

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The effective ways of trading stock in market


MNA Life Style Desk: As the economy is going down, a stock trader’s life is getting harder. However, a great stock trader will always find a way to make money through stock trading. The more you know about the trading market, the easier it gets for you to make money from it. That’s why even when the economy is not doing so well, a great stock trader will always know what to do, and will also make sure that he’s, or she’s, making profits on his or her invested money. Trading stocks To be able to start trading stocks, you’ll ...

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Bengalee Nation pays tribute to martyred intellectuals

Martyred Intellectuals

MNA Feature Desk: The country has paid tribute to martyred intellectuals on Martyred Intellectuals Day with memorizing them who were victims of a brutal military regime on December 14, 1971. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals. Sheikh Hasina paid homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Rayerbazar area in the city. Members of the cabinet, ministers, the mayors of Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations, the chiefs of the three services as well as high civil and military officials were present. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also paid tributes to intellectuals ...

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Eid-e-Miladunnabi observed across the country


MNA Feature Desk: The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), was observed in the country and elsewhere today with due reverence and religious fervor. On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages greeting the countrymen and Muslims across the globe coinciding with the occasion and seeking eternal blessing for the ...

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Third-ever natural quasicrystal found in Siberian meteorite


MNA Science & Tech Desk: There’s more than one way to cook a quasicrystal. For the first time, a new kind of this weird, rule-breaking solid has been found in nature at Siberian meteorite without an identical compound having first been made in the lab. Paul Steinhardt at Princeton University has doggedly hunted for quasi-crystals since he predicted their existence in the early 1980s. Before then, we only knew of two types of solids: crystals, in which every atom is arranged neatly in a repeating lattice, and amorphous solids, which have no such order. Quasi-crystals are almost crystals, but they ...

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Pop superstar Rihanna denies Beyonce feud


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Pop superstar Rihanna has insisted she is not feuding with Beyonce after fans expressed outrage at the Grammy nominations announcement, reported news agency. The 28-year-old singer was accused of dissing the Halo hit maker after she liked a post on the photo-sharing website which bemoaned the fact she had received eight Grammy nominations while Beyonce was up for nine awards. Beyonce, 35-year-old, received nominations in categories including the coveted Song of the Year gong for ‘Formation’, and Album of the Year for Lemonade, both of which failed to include Rihanna in their shortlist. Taking to ...

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Model Gigi Hadid battles with Hashimoto’s disease

Gigi Hadid

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Model Gigi Hadid has been battling with Hashimoto’s disease for two years.She bravely opened up about her battle with Hashimoto’s disease during a recent interview with Elle magazine. The Victoria’s Secret model said the thyroid disease which is more common for women than men affected her metabolism, weight loss, and even her muscle gain ahead of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. Speaking about the condition, Hadid said, “My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto’s disease. It’s a thyroid disease. It’s now been two years since taking the medication for it.” ...

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2nd Indoor games’ prize giving ceremony held at JnU


MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent):Jagannath University (JnU) Physical Education Centre on Thursday organizedthe prize giving ceremony of the ‘Second Indoor Games Compettion-2016’ on the Language Martyr Rafique Building premises. Prof. Dr. MijanurRahman,JnU Vice-chancellor (VC),as chief guest distributed prizes among the winners at 11:30am. National award-winning sportswoman and Guinness world record player ZoberaRahmanLinu, JnU Sports Committee Convener Prof DrMd Ali Noor, Indoor Games’ Sports Sub-committee Convener Md Ashraf-ul-Alam, BCL General Secretary SirazulIslamand Chief Engineer SukumarShahawere, among others present as special guests at the ceremony conducted by JnU Economics Dept Assistant Prof DipikaMajumder. Around 250 students of various departments participated in the ...

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Twitter won’t assist with a Muslim registry in US

Muslim registry

MNA Science & Tech Desk: Twitter is one of nine internet companies to confirm it would not sell its services to assist in President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim registry. The Intercept’s Sam Biddle asked nine companies, including Facebook, Google and management and technology consultants Booz Allen Hamilton, whether they would sell their services to help set up a Muslim registry. Of the nine major tech giants, including Facebook, Apple and Google, only Twitter has declined to help if US President-elect Donald Trump seeks to create a national Muslim registry, a media report said. “Would [name of company], if solicited by ...

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Five BCL activists suspended at Jagannath University

BCL activists

MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent):  Five BCL activists were suspended at JnU. Jagannath University (JnU) authorities on Thursday suspended five students, who are the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of the university unit, on charge of being implicated in attacking a student earlier. The suspended are—Abdullah Al Mamun and Sahrukh Alam of Physics Department, Sazib Sheikh of Management Department, Razib Biswash of Social Science Department, and Tariqul Islam of Economics Department. The authorities disclosed the matter through a press statement signed by university Registrar at 2:30pm. Earlier on September 4, the student named Md. Noor-e Alam was beaten up ...

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Kanye continues his recovery with support from Kardashian


MNA Entertainment Desk: Kanye West has the support and love from wife Kim Kardashian as he continues his recovery following a more than weeklong hospitalization for exhaustion. The rapper was released from UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday and has since then been treated as an outpatient and spent time with his family. Kanye “will remain getting outpatient treatment till he is fully recovered,” a source told. “Kim wants him to continue getting therapy even after all of this. He has support from so many people.” “Kim is doing okay despite reports,” the source continued. “She has many things on her ...

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Second indoor games competition started at JnU

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 MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): The inaugural ceremony of the ‘Second Indoor Games Competition-2016’ was held on the ground floor of Jagannath University’s (JnU’s) academic building on Sunday as the competition started at JnU, a press release said. JnU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Mijanur Rahman inaugurated the ceremony as Chief Guest at 10:30am. Sports Sub-committee of the JnU Indoor Games arranged the ceremony. In the ceremony, JnU Indoor Games’ Sports Sub-committee Convener Md. Ashraf-ul-Alam, Psychology Dept. Chairperson Prof. Dr. Ashok Kumar Saha, and Mass Communication and Journalism Dept. Chairperson Prof. Dr. Helena Ferdousi were, among others, present. About 250 students ...

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Microsoft releases Solitaire to iOS and Android


MNA International Desk: Microsoft has launched a new app called Solitaire Collection, which is free to download and contains classic card games such as Klondike, Spider and Freecell. The new mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android as a free download. Most people still have fond memories of spending hours playing Solitaire on their old Windows desktop computers. But the classic Solitaire is back, and it is available on iOS and Android.  Microsoft has retained features of the classic game, including the shuffling sounds and characteristic jumping of the cards when a player wins. The app, ...

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After Trump’s win a rock band changed its name


MNA Entertainment Desk: A French electronic rock group thought their name, Trumps, was an ace choice when they launched on the musical scene in 2014. But the election of Donald Trump to the White House has given the band a mighty headache—and the monicker which they liked so much has been ditched. In an announcement on Facebook, Trumps said they want to avoid any association with the controversial tycoon and are open to suggestions from fans for a new name. Their lead singer, who goes under the stage name of Jim, said the Trumps’ image problem began when the US ...

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BCL attack at JnU injured two including journalist

BCL activists

MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): An attack of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jagannath University (JnU) unit injured two persons including  journalist of a private television’s online portal on Monday. The injured journalist were identified as Shah Alam, JnU Correspondent of NTV Online portal and Tarikul Islam Omar, a student of Zoology Department of the university. Witnesses said that a factional clash ensued at 3:00pm between the two groups of the JnU BCL, one led by JnU Social Welfare Secretary Saifullah Ibne Ahmed Sumon and another by its Joint Secretary Harun-ur Rashid, over establishing supremacy on the campus. Being informed, ...

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JnU held seminar on dialogue for peace


MNA Education Desk (JnU Correspondent): Jagannath University (JnU) held a seminar titled – Dialogue for Peace  – at its campus on Thursday on the occasion of World Philosophy Day-2016, declared by UNESCO, a press release said. JnU Philosophy Department arranged the seminar at its seminar room at 11:00am with its Chairperson Prof. Dr. Siddhartha Shankar Joarder in the chair.   . JnU Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Mijanur Rahman spoke as Chief Guest at the seminar while JnU Arts Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Md. Salim was, among others, present. Earlier on the occasion, a colorful rally was brought out from the university ...

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Reasons you should never leave smartphone at home

MNA Life Style Desk: You left home without your smartphone. It could be that you were just running to the grocery store or going to the gym. It could be that you needed one of those journeys where you detach from your cell phone. But you should never leave home without your smartphone. Here are some reasons why. Your notifications will pile up If you go out without your cell phone for a day or two you will certainly have tons of notifications backed up. These could be tweets, calls, texts, emails, etc. They will all be there waiting for ...

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FF Abu Taher Bhuiyan’s death anniversary Saturday

Abu Taher

MNA Feature Desk: Saturday is the 8th death anniversary of freedom fighter and former vice president of Feni college principal Abu Taher Bhuiyan. He was also the former president of Feni district student League ,ex- president Feni district JSD (Inu) and  Feni Gunijan Muktijoddha Mullayan Parishad. Renowned journalist and columnist Abu Taher Bhuiyan was the father of Sajjad Hossain Chisty, Head of Marketing of The Daily Observer, and Sami Hossain Chisty, a lecturer of Notre Dame College. On the occasion, milad mahfil will be held at his Dhaka residence and village home. Besides, food will be distributed among the destitute ...

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An extra-super moon on rise next Monday


MNA Technology Desk: A strangely large and bright Moon will adorn the night sky next Monday, the closest “super moon” to earth in 68 years and a chance for dramatic photos and spectacular surf. Weather permitting, the phenomenon should appear at its most impressive at 1352 GMT (0722 IST), when it will be at its fullest just as night falls over Asia, astronomers said. Provided there are no clouds and not too much light pollution, people should be able to see Earth’s satellite loom unusually large over the horizon shortly after sunset, irrespective of where in the world they are. ...

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