Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard has filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing irreconcilable differences after 15 months of marriage. But Depp is estimated to be worth around US$400 million is said to have filed a response through his lawyer Laura Wasser asking for Amber Heard’s maintenance claim to be turned down. The couples are not thought to have put a pre-nuptial agreement in place before they tied the knot in February 2015. The separation comes less than a week after the death of Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, at the age of 81. The ...

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117th birth anniversary of Nazrul being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 117th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is being celebrated and observed across the country on Wednesday. Different eminent personalities, politicians, academicians, cultural activists, family members of the poet, poetry lovers and people in general paid homage to the ‘rebel poet’ at his grave on the Dhaka University (DU) premises in the morning. Different organizations, including the DU and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, have taken various programs like seminar, discussion and cultural events, on the occasion. Nazrul Academy has arranged a four-day program on the occasion beginning on Tuesday at its Moghbazar office. President Abdul ...

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Holiday – stop worrying about work and unwind


MNA Lifestyle Desk: We, the ones who are part of a corporate world, should stop worrying about work and unwind on holiday. On holiday, are you more concerned about finding the nearest place with Wi-Fi than the nearest beach? Perhaps you worry more about what your colleagues are up to in your absence than what your kids are doing by the pool? If so, you’re not alone. New research commissioned by travelbag.co.uk shows that many of us keep our phones on throughout our holiday. And one in five of us feel we have to check work email in order to ...

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Model Sabira commits suicide after posting video


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Model Sabira Hossain commits suicide after posting video blaming her boyfriend on facebook. The video shows her talking to her boyfriend (not present in the video) as she was stabbing different body parts of herself. Police recovered the body of model Sabira Hossain from her apartment at capital’s Mirpur on Tuesday morning. Sabira Hossain, 21-years-old, was working as a marketing executive at Gaan Bangla Music Channel in the capital. Rupnagar police station officer-in-charge Shahin Fakir said that, they recovered the body, which was hanging with a ceiling fan in her rented flat at Rupnagar at ...

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Ways to remove your stress easily


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Whether it’s related to an issue at work, a fight with a friend, or problems with family, everyone feels stressed sometimes and it is good if you have ways to remove your stress easily. In fact, 54 percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their daily lives. And while therapy can help (come on, everyone’s thought about lying on that infamous doctor’s couch at some point); most solutions (think talk therapy or medication) are dealt with in the long-term. So what can be done to reduce and prevent stress? ‘Relax’ you deserve it, ...

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Angelina Jolie to become a professor


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie is to become a visiting professor at Britain’s prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), the university announced Monday. Jolie was named as one of four new “visiting professors in practice” who will contribute to a new master’s program on “women, peace and security”. “I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s program,” Jolie said in a statement. “I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity ...

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Long-term use of antibiotics can harm brain functions


MNA Lifestyle Desk: According to studies, long-term use of antibiotics can harm brain functions due to its impact on neurogenesis. Studies have shown that long-term consumption of antibiotics could be the cause of disruption of brain function since it affects neurogenesis directly. Treatments involving long-term use of antibiotics have the potential to disrupt brain functions, suggests a new research which found that healthy gut bacteria is crucial to keeping the mind sharp. A special kind of immune cell serves as an intermediary between gut bacteria and the brain, showed the findings that could also help to alleviate the symptoms of ...

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The Significance of Shab-e-Baraat and How to Spend


MNA Feature Desk: For the Muslim Ummah, the significance of Shab-e-Baraat is enormous and we must know how to spend this night with prayers to Almighty Allah. This night and its significance will be tried to explain in the following writing. Laylat al-Barat -The Night of Salvation There are many merits of Shabaan, especially the 15th of Shabaan, which is known as Shab-e-Baraat or LailatulBaraat, meaning the Night of Absolution. Insha Allah hereunder we will discuss the auspiciousness of Shab-e-Baraat and also a few things that should we do on this night. The 15th night of Shabaan is a very ...

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Shantonu to judge Prix Jeunesse Festival ’16 in Germany


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: CTFB (Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh) General Secretary and Managing Director of Rebus Media Limited, a sister concern of Mohammadi Group of Companies, Fahmidul Islam Shantonu was selected to judge at Prix Jeunesse Festival ’16 in Germany. This is a children’s film festival arranged by world famous children’s organization Prix Jeunesse International, at Munich in Germany from 20-25 May, 2016. Shantonu will start his voyage to Germany on May 19. Shantonu will be performing his role as a judge for the non-fiction films of children from 7-11 years of age. The festival will start on ...

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Calcium pills may put elderly women at heart attack risk


MNA Lifestyle Desk: In a recent study, it was found that calcium pills may put elderly women at heart attack risk. Consumption of calcium pills after the age of 60 years could end up causing health problems in elderly women, finds this study. Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements may prevent bone fractures in elderly women but the net benefits may be outweighed by an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers have warned. The findings showed among 100,000 women, who are 65-year-old and taken 1,000mg calcium every day, 5,890 hip fractures and 3,820 other fractures would be prevented. ...

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Dwayne Johnson lauds ‘Baywatch’ co-star Priyanka Chopra

Dwayne & PC

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Towards much excitement and delight from the Indian audience who supports their bollywood stars strongly, Dwayne Johnson lauds his ‘Baywatch’ co-star Priyanka Chopra. Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson has appreciated how Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, the villain of his next movie ‘Baywatch’, handled the “pressure” and the “kind of action” that the movie has. Johnson, popularly known as The Rock, shared a video on Instagram and captioned it, “I told Priyanka Chopra at the start of production, ‘Woman, either we are going to get along, or we are going to get it on’, she chose to ...

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Make a successful job interview


MNA Lifestyle Desk: For the job seekers, usually a long time is consumed to know how to make a successful job interview and that is very normal. Job search, labor market, job descriptions and techniques have been changing day-by-day, but what more or less stays the same is the job interview which makes success for you. It’s your chance to sell yourself. The first 30 seconds of a job interview are the most important, so if you want to be a cut above the rest you need to be on the ball. First impressions: Greet your interviewer with a smile ...

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A few ways to explain and understand Donald Trump

MNA Feature Desk: Donald Trump is becoming a hated but hysterically successful in politics but here we will discuss a few ways to explain and understand him. We already know that Donald Trump is a liar, a xenophobe, a racist, a misogynist and a birther who indulges or even incites violence at his rallies. But there are other ways of seeing Trump; other ways of considering his life, his outlook and his role in American society that can help us understand him. He didn’t come out of nowhere. He is equal parts of a Times Square con artist, a human ...

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 69th Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday amid heightened security and the premiere of a new Woody Allen film, 1930s Hollywood romance “Cafe Society”. Allen helped kick off the Cannes festivities with some help from the movie’s stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg stars as a Bronx native trying to make it in Hollywood, where his uncle (Steve Carell) is a powerful agent. In the process he becomes smitten with his uncle’s assistant, played by Stewart. The red carpet awaits some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Sean Penn, Robert ...

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Keep your house cool this summer

MNA Lifestyle Desk: How to keep your house cool in this summer? The recent heat spell in the country dredged this question up and I am sure this question is seasonal for many of us. Efficient cooling saves money, energy, and the quality of our lives. Hot, sweaty and humid days can tend to drain the energy out of our body. It is evident that one cannot survive the summer without air coolers and air conditioners. Keeping your home cool, may help you, to an extent, to beat the heat. Few tips to keep your house cool The problem area ...

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A.R. Rehman composed for biopic on legendary Pele

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: According to sources, India’s greatest music composer, A.R. Rehman has composed for biopic on legendary footballer, Pele.  A.R. Rehman, when was approached to score for a biopic on Pele, had to Google to find out about the legendary footballer. A.R. Rehman, Oscar-winning composer might know everything about music, but when he was approached to score for a biopic on Pele, he had to Google to find out about the legendary footballer. Rehman has scored music for ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’, based on the life of the iconic Brazilian soccer player. “When I approached for ...

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Papaya, tomato, cucumber help remove skin tan during summer

MNA Lifestyle Desk: For the people concerned with their skin this summer, papaya, tomato, and cucumber help remove skin tan during summer. Use of cucumber and rose water help to remove the unwanted skin tan or opt for a tomato, yogurt and lemon juice face pack to get a glowing skin during the summer season, say experts. Skin tanning is a natural and common side effect of summers. But that does not mean you need to live with it. Beauty expert advice some tips for those who face skin tan problems in the summer season. Here are tips to remove ...

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Every day is an opportunity

For modern and active people, every day is an opportunity to do something significant and be somewhere fulfilling. All it takes is having the right mindset to take on whatever the future may bring. Become future-ready and take a step closer to the cool and clean lifestyle with these simple tips: Keep an open mind Doing the same things day-in and day-out may bring a sense of security but it can also keep you from the possibilities out there. Keeping an open mind will help open doors to new ways of living and thinking. It can also bring about new ...

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Captain America: Civil War dominates three Bollywood releases

Captain America: Civil War, which released on May 6, has received immense response from the Indian audiences and is all set to have a terrific weekend at the box office and dominates three Bollywood releases. The movie, which opened to packed houses at the multiplexes, has collected a whopping amount of Rs. 8.53 crore at the ticket window on Friday, showing a slight growth in the number on the second day by collecting Rs. 8.79 crore on Saturday, taking the total gross collections to Rs. 24.05 crore. Despite three Bollywood releases on the same day Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Traffic’, Sunny Leone’s ...

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A legend Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, Gurudev of Bengali Literature is without question a legend and one of the greatest poets of the world. Great bard Rabindranath Tagore’s, (1861-1941) the legendary Bengali poet, philosopher, educationist, essayist, musician, novelist and playwright, 155th birth anniversary will be celebrated with much festivity and enthusiasm in the city on the occasion of his birthday. On the 25th of Baishakh in 1268 Bengali year, Rabindranath Tagore, the fountainhead of Bengali wisdom was born at Jorashako in Kolkata, Wikipedia rightly refers to the person who alone reshaped Bengali literature and gifted with worldwide respect as a “Bengali polymath.” The word ...

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Mother’s Day History

We all love our mother but do we know mother’s day history? Origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks, to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day ...

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Kristen Stewart ready to get behind the camera

‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart is ready to get behind the camera.  She is all set to make her directorial debut with a short film about the power of women. The Twilight actor will step behind the camera for Refinery29, a fashion and lifestyle media company, for their Shatter-Box Anthology, to direct Water, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will comprise of 12 short films, which will be created by female filmmakers, writers and animators and the first offering, actor and filmmaker Chloe Sevigny’s Kitty, will premiere at Cannes Film Festival later this month. ‘Empire’ actress Gabourey Sidibe will direct ...

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Karan Singh Grover will love Bipasha Basu forever

Karan Singh Grover, who has tied the knot with actress Bipasha Basu, says that he will love her forever. The couple got married on April 30. Though it is the first marriage of Bipasha Basu after her long affair with John Abraham, which broke few years back, for Karan, it is the third time he has performed this ritual. Karan, the ‘Hate Story 3’ star published on Instagram, where he shared a cute moment from their wedding. In the photograph, Karan is seen giving a peck on Bipasha’s cheek. “I must’ve have been a saint in my previous birth to ...

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Rising dog population on the streets of Dhaka

The number of people suffering feral dog bites across the country increased in recent times with a rising dog population on the streets of Dhaka in the absence of culling and sterilization. At least 42 per cent of dog bite victims were children, mostly boys under 15. Physicians at the IDH (Infectious Disease Hospital) said that, attacks by stray dogs increased in recent times. The number of people visiting hospital after suffering dog bites also increased, they said. At least 200 dog bite victims from the capital and the nearby areas took treatment each day, shows the records of the ...

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Hop into bed just once a week for improving relationship

Countering a common perception that more sex can improve relationships, a study has found that couples are at their happiest when they hop into bed just once a week and that can contribute for improving their relationships. “Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week,” said lead researcher Amy Muise from University of Toronto-Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. “Our findings suggest that it’s important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner, but you don’t need to have sex everyday as long as you’re maintaining ...

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Jeremy Irons to return as Alfred in ‘Justice League Part One’

To rejoice the audience, it was revealed that Jeremy Irons to return as Alfred in ‘Justice League Part One’. The actor himself has revealed that, he will be reprising his role from ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, Caped Crusader’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, in Zack Synder-directed ‘Justice League Part One’. The first ‘Justice League’ film has already started its production in London and is scheduled for release in the US on November 17, 2017. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot – all will be back as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman respectively. They’ll be joined by Jason Momoa (Aquaman), ...

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Multiplication of breast cancer cells in human bodies

A group of researchers has found that multiplication of breast cancer cells in human bodies to other parts of the body by sliding around other cells, blocking their escape route out of the original tumor. Breast cancer, which accounts for maximum cancer deaths among women, has been a hot issue among researchers for years. The spreading of cancer cells from one part of the body to another, a process known as metastasis, is the leading cause of death among cancer patients, researchers said. The researchers demonstrate a quantitative ruler for measuring how well a cell is able to slide. “By ...

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