Dhaka, Nov 23 (UNB) – A five-day long woodblock print workshop titled 'Musicality in Wood' began at Cosmos-Atelier71 Printmaking Studio in the city’s Malibagh area on Friday.
The workshop is conducted by artist Anisuzzaman, Professor of the Department of Printmaking of Faculty of Fine Arts at Dhaka University.
Eminent artist Monirul Islam, Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka Olivier Dintinger and Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Sixteen emerging artists from all over the country are participating in the woodblock print workshop.
They are ATM Abid Hasan, Avijit Mondol, Bristy Pathan, Faisal Abir, Faizul Islam, Jeny Das, MD Ashraful Alam, Md Fahad Uddin, MD Ragib Shakil Al Rafi, MD Saiful Islam, Sruty Kashana, Md Taohidur Rahman, Nabanita Chowdhury, Raju Ahmed, Shahed Hossain and Tahera Tanzim Juthi.
Artists Sourav Chowdhury and Zahangir Alom are participating in the workshop as guest artists.
The studio also intends to publish a portfolio with selected artworks of every participant derived from the workshop.
The workshop will run from 10am to 5pm every day until November 27 at the Cosmos-Atelier71 Printmaking Studio at Cosmos Centre.
Dhaka, Nov 23 (UNB) - Survivors must be heard, believed and supported, and new action is needed more than ever to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
That was the key message underscored through deeply personal and powerful stories shared at the regional commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at the United Nations’ regional hub in Bangkok on Friday.
As the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence kicked off at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), storytellers and participants at the event hosted under the theme ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo’ called for standing in solidarity with survivors, advocates and women’s rights defenders working to address violence against women.
Worldwide, on average, one in three women experiences some form of violence or abuse during her lifetime.
In many countries, that figure is considerably higher and far too often, survivors do not speak out or seek help, out of fear or shame that they often face from family, friends, employers, schools, police and communities. But that is changing.
Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Anna-Karin Jatfors said they stand by the many women across Asia and the Pacific whose voices have been silenced for too long and those who found courage to break the silence.
“We are honouring the survivors, activists, and women’s rights advocates who have been bravely telling their stories to prevent and end violence against women. This is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silence and impunity, and to respectfully put the survivors at the centre of our responses. It is a strong call to law enforcement to hold perpetrators accountableand prioritize the safety and wellbeing of survivors at all times.”
Regional Director, UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Björn Andersson said they are hearing from women who were previously afraid to speak up, women who were long silenced by powerful men and workplaces, women who did not feel they could ever be heard.
“In our region and around the world, we see that violence against women can be exposed and addressed, we see that genuine change is taking place.”
The storytellers shared their experiences of violence – at the hands of strangers, family members and intimate partners– recounting how they eventually felt compelled to share their experiences openly in order to bring about greater awareness, motivating governments and civil society alike into recognising that violence against women is a crisis that requires important conversations across all of society.
This requires creating ‘a new normal’ where violence is never acceptable, never excusable, and should never be kept silent.
The event was attended by over 100 representatives of UN agencies, the diplomatic community, Thai government officials, civil society organisations and the media.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which mobilises governments and public alike, is commemorated by the UN under the Secretary-General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030.
Narayanganj, 23 (UNB) – Twelve workers sustained burn injuries as melted iron fell on them at a steel and rod factory in Madanpur area of Bandar upazila on Friday.
The injured are Rupak, 22, Sujon, 28, Rana, 22, Arif, 22, Sajib, 25, Gopal, 26, Salahuddin, 25, Kabir, 35, Zafar, 35, Manik, 26, Shakil, 25, and Masud, 25.
Abu Raihan, general manger of ‘Montaha Steel and Re-rolling Mills Ltd’, said melted iron accidentally fell on a group of workers around 11am when they were producing rod in the factory, leaving eight of them injured.
The injured were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital, he said.
DMCH police camp in-charge sub-inspector Bachchu Miah described the condition of four of them as critical.
Tangail, Nov 23 (UNB) - A training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) crashed at Rasulpur in Madhupur upazila on Friday afternoon, killing its lone pilot.
Rezaul Karim, assistant director of Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR), said the F-7 aircraft crashed around 2:50pm during an air exercise.
The accident left Pilot Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu dead on the spot, he said.
Rezaul said the aircraft took off from Dhaka around 2:25pm.
Hailing from Iswardi of Pabna, Dipu was commissioned in Bangladesh Air Force in 1997. He had one son and daughter.
Wishing anonymity, an officer of Orunkhola police outpost said the plane burst into flames after it crashed into a Gozari forest inside Telki Firing Range.
It was not clear what caused the training aircraft to crash.
Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) - Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Friday said there is no legal bar to the use of Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) in the 11th parliamentary elections and decision on the extent of EVM use will be taken within the next two days.
"EVM is a new initiative. There’s no legal bar to its use in the parliamentary elections. The problems of ballot voting will be eliminated with its use. How many EVMs will be used in the election will be finalised within the next two days,” he told the inaugural ceremony of a training programme at ETI Bhaban in the city's Agargaon area.
The CEC’s remarks came a day after Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront warned that their alliance will file a case against the government and the EC if they try to use EVM in the upcoming national election without amending the Constitution.
Nurul Huda said the people of those areas where EVM will be used must be trained about its use a few days ago and then there will be no problem.
Inviting the political parties that are opposing the EVM use to test it, he said, "Various parties are opposing the EVM use. Let them test the technical issues of EVM by their people and then their doubts will be removed."
Replying to a query about the recovery of a BNP leader’s body, Huda said will ask the law enforcement agencies to bring those under law who were involved in the incident.
He urged the trainers to train the election officials properly to hold a fair election.
"They need to know about neutrality, technical skills, law, rules and regulations. Though you people know it the assistant presiding officers may not know. Train them properly, “he said.