Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput blessed with baby girl

Shahid Kapoor

MNA Culture & Entertainment: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput Kapoor have been blessed with a baby girl. Mira delivered the baby at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical hospital, Mumbai on Friday. The 35-year-old actor took to Twitter to share the exciting news with his fans as soon as the baby arrived. “She has arrived and words fall short to express our happiness. Thank you for all your wishes,” Shahid tweeted. Mira was rushed to the hospital on Friday evening after she experienced labour pain. It was a normal delivery and Shahid, being the dotting husband, was by Mira’s side all throughout her ...

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Facebook changed Trending feature


MNA Technology Desk: Facebook Inc changed its popular Trending feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members of the US Congress for more transparency. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias. To ...

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40th death anniversary of national poet being observed

national poet

MNA Feature Desk: The 40th death anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being observed on Saturday with due respect. Nazrul, popularly known as Bidrohi Kabi, through his powerful poems had inspired the people to fight against all kinds of odds and injustice and repression during the colonial rule. Nazrul’s songs and poems were also a great source of inspiration for the freedom fighters during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. On August 27, 1976, the poet passed away in Dhaka at the age of 77 after suffering from a long ailment. Different socio-cultural and political organizations have chalked ...

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Shah Rukh, Akshay in Forbes’ list

Shah Rukh

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars made it to the Forbes’ list of world’s top 20 highest paid actors and their names are Shah Rukh Khan (number 8 with $33 million in earnings), Akshay Kumar (number 10 with $31.5 million), Salman Khan (number 14 with $28.5 million) and Amitabh Bachchan (number 18 with $20 million). The list was topped by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who earned an estimated $64.5m. He earned almost $20 million more than world’s highest-paid actress Jennifer Lawrence. Shah Rukh Khan, who was missing from the top earners’ list last year, is back with a vengeance. ...

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Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Slave Trade

MNA Feature Report: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23 of each year, the day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. UNESCO Member States organize events every year on that date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the ...

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Jennifer Lawrence world’s highest paid-actress

Jennifer Lawrence

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jennifer Lawrence on Tuesday topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest-paid actress for the second straight year, earning some $46 million, followed by Melissa McCarthy. Jennifer Lawrence, 26-year-old, took the top spot largely through a slice of the profits from the final movie in the “Hunger Games” franchise, as well as a big upfront fee for her forthcoming space adventure movie “Passengers,” Forbes said. Lawrence’s 2016 earnings dropped 11.5 percent from her 2015 total of $52 million. Forbes will release its list of the world’s highest-paid actors on Thursday. Last year Robert Downey ...

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Understanding children is important


MNA Life Style Desk: Understanding your children is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is very helpful in becoming effective in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow and mature. You need to bear in mind that your child has a unique personality trait that remains consistent throughout life. Overall behavior Children often show us they are having a problem through their behavior rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need ...

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Malaysian rapper detained for insulting Islam


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Malaysian-Chinese rapper Namewee has detained to four days’ police custody for allegedly insulting Islam in his music video on Monday, as media reported. Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Che, has been detained under section 295 of the Penal Code for “injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class.” His music video — Oh My God!, which he posted on his YouTube channel on Saturday, showed him rapping inside a church, a Buddhist temple and a mosque, and showed the floating mosque in Tanjung Bungah of ...

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India, Bangladesh to produce documentary on 1971 war


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: India and Bangladesh have decided to produce a documentary together on the 1971 War of Independence of Bangladesh. “This documentary proposed to be produced would commemorate the 50th year of Bangladesh Independence in 2021,” said M Venkaiah Naidu, India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting. The decision was taken during the meeting between Naidu and Hasanul Haq Inu in New Delhi. Naidu also said that the All India Radio (AIR) would be launching a special service for Bangladesh and Bengali diaspora titled “Akashvani Maitree” on 23rd August 2016. Naidu later argued to the proposal of his ...

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8th death anniversary of Abdullah Al Mamun

Abdullah Al Mamun

MNA Feature Report: Today marks the 8th death anniversary of noted dramatist, actor, director and film maker Abdullah Al Mamun. To observe this day, one of the famous drama troupes of Bangladesh Natyam Repertory is going to stage ‘Charidike Juddho’ today evening at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city’s Segunbagicha area. Special program “Shongsaptak Abdulah Al Mamunm” will be aired on Banglavision this evening at 6:30 pm on the occasion of the theatre icon’s first death anniversary. Born on July 13, 1942 in Jamalpur District, Abdullah Al Mamun completed his Honours and Masters degree in history ...

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Kolkata actress seeking action against Bangladeshi portals


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madhumita Chakraborty, Kolkata TV actress, moved toward the police seeking action against certain Bangladeshi online portals for publishing fake news claiming that she was detained in Goa for being involved in a prostitution racket. Chakraborty filed the complaint at the Kolkata police headquarters. Besides the fake news, the actress also complained of several morphed photos of her spread by portals. “Steadily I started getting calls from my colleagues and friends enquiring about the news. But when other portals too picked up the news we decided to approach the police,” said Madhumita. The actress also claimed ...

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Twitter closed 360,000 accounts

360,000 accounts

MNA Technology Desk: Twitter has closed 360,000 accounts for threatening or encouraging terror activities since the middle of 2015, the twitter authority confirmed it on Thursday. The micro blogging stage has formerly come under fire from Washington and third-party groups for not doing enough to stop accounts linked to Islamic State militants. Since February, it has closed an additional 235,000 accounts, after halting 125,000 accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to Islamic State. Though it said an algorithm cannot recognize terrorist propaganda, it relies on spam-fighting tools to help identify repeat offenders, including those who ...

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The dangerous effects of pornography


MNA Life Style: The dangerous effects of pornography use aren’t about right and wrong. It’s about the effects that pornography has on the user and the effects it has on the loved ones of the user. Pornography use has serious, negative side effects. It is a personal problem for many and a cultural problem for all. You may think that you have not been affected by porn, but you have because it is embedded in the surrounding culture. Emotional bond with artificial world All people have a critical need for human intimacy and emotional connection with others. When someone views ...

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Mustafa Jabbar will lead new BASIS executives

Mustafa Jabbar

MNA Technology Desk: IT entrepreneur Mustafa Jabbar will lead new BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) executives for IT and software over the next three years. BASIS said on Monday that Jabbar had been elected President of the body for the 2016-19 term at elections held on Saturday. Russell T Ahmed of Team Creative was elected Senior Vice President, while M Rashidul Hasan of Systech Digital Limited and Farhana A Rahman of UY Systems Limited became Vice Presidents. Jabbar is best known for being the creator of software Bijoy. He published the Bijoy Bengali Keyboard, the first Bengali ...

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Death anniversary of Samsur Rahman being observed

Samsur Rahman

MNA Feature Desk: The 10th death anniversary of one of the major Bengali poets of modern literature, Samsur Rahman, is being observed with due respect all around the country. Several socio-cultural organizations made numerous programs. As part of the programs, floral wreaths placed at his grave at 9:30 am and a get-together of poets and litterateurs hold at Samsur Rahman’s ancestral village home in Raipura of Narsingdi at 3 pm. Samsur Rahman, born in 23 October 1929, was a poet, columnist and journalist. Rahman, who emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, wrote more than sixty books of ...

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Movie on Bangabandhus’ imprisonment


MNA Culture & Entertainment Report: The Bengali people going to witness the painful life of Bangabandhus’ imprisonment during liberation war in Pakistan jail through a movie titled ‘Shada Paira’. At the time of liberation war Sheikh Mujibur, the father of nation, was jailed for 10 months in Pakistan. How was the life of Bangabandhu at that time? Film director Shimul Sarker has taken the initiative to bring up the answer on screen. Suleman Sumon writes the story of the movie. Director hoped that the shooting of film will begin soon. He plans to release the movie on March 6 in ...

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Apply perfume to build your personality


MNA Life Style Report: The question you have with perfume is that you can never seem to apply the perfume last all day and which hampers to build your personality. You get a beautiful whiff when you apply it in the morning, but the scent diminishes as the hours go by, and soon enough it seems to disappear altogether. If you want your spicy floral or light citruses to stick with you through the day, you have to hit all your hot spots. To make you smelling lovely all day long follow these tips: Use to pulse points Heat is ...

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$154 million upgrades for Sydney Opera House


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australia announced strategies for the largest upgrades to the Sydney Opera House since its opening in 1973, with more than $154 million reserved to update the UNESCO world heritage-listed site. It draws more than 8 million visitors a year, bringing A$775 million into the coffers of the state of New South Wales, Deloitte Access Economics said in 2013, but gets low scores from critics and musicians for its acoustics. The upgrades, which kick off next year and wrap up in 2020, will emphasis on enlightening the acoustics and applicability, and convert unused offices into a ...

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Nomination proposals for Ekushey Padak 2017


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The government has wanted nomination proposals for Ekushey Padak 2017 from all ministries, public university authorities, institutions and the recipients of Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak. They have been urged to send their nomination proposals to the cultural affairs ministry by 1 November next. “As in other years, the government as per the Ekushey Padak rules has taken an initiative to award individuals (alive/dead), groups and institutions in 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the Language Movement, art and culture (in all sectors, including music, dance, acting and art) the liberation war, journalism, research, education, ...

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Right to education for indigenous people


MNA Feature Desk: This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education for indigenous people. Indigenous peoples frequently face stigmatization of their cultural identity and lack of admiration and recognition for their heritage and values, including in textbooks and other educational ingredients. Moreover, their marginalization is often compounded by language obstacles as instruction is primarily in the national language, with little or no instruction in, or recognition of, indigenous languages. The right to education is fundamental and indigenous knowledge systems hold many answers to mitigating the consequences of climate change. There are an ...

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Fazilatunnesa Mujib: The woman behind success


MNA Feature Desk: It can be easily said that for our father of nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the woman behind his success was his wife, Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib. The 86th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib will be observed today. On this day in 1930, she was born in a respectable Muslim family at Tungipara village of the then Gopalganj sub-division in Faridpur district. Her early schooling was in a missionary school but later she did home schooling. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on the fateful night of August 15 in ...

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Safety guidelines for your children


MNA Life Style Desk: You should feel it is important to lay down few safety guidelines for your children both inside and outside the house. If you are speculating just how to go about it, we have the answer for you. Keeping your kid safe at all times means continuous adult direction. It also means implementing a few important changes and rules that ensure your kid’s safety and well-being. Also, it is important to prepare your kid for basic safety steps in the event of an emergency. Teach contact details Your kid may be small but it is essential to ...

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Ali Fazal roped lead role opposite Judi Dench


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Ali Fazal, who was seen in Paul Walker, Vin Diesel starrer Furious 7, has been roped in as the male lead role opposite Academy Award winning-actress Judi Dench in Hollywood film titled Victoria and Abdul. Sharing his enjoyment on the news he stated that, “I can’t wait to take on Judi. She is the cherry on this wonderful pudding. The most loved woman of Britain and probably the world. It was a process of endless auditions and readings and conversations and today I am so glad that they grilled fully into it to ...

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Rabindranath Tagore: A cultural ambassador and reformer


MNA Feature Desk: Rabindranath Tagore as a cultural ambassador and reformer of Indian sub-continent gave voice to the country and became an instrument in spreading the knowledge of Indian culture around the world. He was also known as a great humanist, painter, patriot, poet, playwright, novelist, story-teller, philosopher, and educationist. Tagore began to write poems, songs and stories about different aspects of the Indian culture and society. He was very talented, energetic and wise and whatever he touched was exceptionally enriched. Rabindranath was born on May 7, 1861 in the famous Tagore family of Jorasanko in Kolkata. His father, Maharsi ...

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Depredation of snake in rainy season


MNA Life Style Desk: In this rainy season most of the people of our country are suffering from many disease caused by flood and also the depredation of snake at their house. Many homeowners wish to make away with snakes that can be really dangerous for the whole family. Imagine you are going into the garden and suddenly encounter an unwanted snake on your property. No wonder, getting rid of snakes will probably be your next project. If you want to eliminate and remove these terrifying reptiles, stay calm and find out how to prevent snakes. However, snakes are common ...

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Sheikh Kamal recognized as man of passion for sports


Article By: Shariful Islam Shakil MNA Feature Desk: Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu, can be recognized as a man with an enormous amount of love and passion for sports. Sheikh Kamal was a pioneer of modern football in Bangladesh and also founder-president of the country’s leading sporting club Abahani Krira Chakra. It hardly came as a wonder to them as they already knew about Sheikh Kamal’s many aptitudes. After all, he was involved in a large quantity of cultural events and made a priceless role during the Liberation War in 1971. The 67th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal ...

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60th anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 60th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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