Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – Renowned photographer and Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam on Tuesday filed another bail petition with the High Court in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
The lawyers of photographer Shahidul Alam submitted the petition to the concerned branch of the High Court in the noon, said his lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua.
An HC bench comprising Justice Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman may hold a hearing on the bail petition on Wednesday, he added.
Earlier on Monday, the High Court ordered the lower court concerned to dispose of the bail petition filed by Shahidul Alam within Tuesday.
Later, Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge’s Court denied bail to Shahidul Alam in the case.
The bail petition was filed on August 28.
On September 4, one judge of a two-member High Court bench felt embarrassed to hear the bail petition.
Later, another bench was formed to hear the petition.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidulin in jail after hearing of a writ petition.
Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6. He was also placed on a seven-day remand in the case.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads which is harmful to the state.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – The law enforcers have taken multi-tier security measures in the capital to ensure smooth observance of Holy Ashura scheduled to be held on Friday.
“Although there is no specific threat targeting Imambara of Husaini Dalan, taught security measures have been initiated,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia told reporters after inspecting the security arrangements in the old part of the city on Tuesday.
Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed across the country on Friday (September 21).
Members of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), SWAT, bomb disposal units and dog squads will remain alert alongside other law enforcement agencies including plainclothes police in these areas, said the DMP chief.
The processions which will begin from Imambara will be cordoned off by police and no one will be allowed to join a moving procession from outside, he said, adding that this initiative has been taken to prevent any kind of sabotage act.
Lethal and sharp objects like knives and sword will not be allowed in the procession as well as firecrackers will remain banned during the event.
Everyone has to enter Hoseni Dalan area only after security screening through hand metal detectors and archways, he added.
Meanwhile, the DMP commissioner requested people to cooperate with the law enforcers and volunteer groups to make the procession successful.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - A solo photography exhibition and launching of a book by Nasir Ali Mamun titled ‘S. M. Sultan-The Cosmic Journey of a Fugitive' will be held in the city on Thursday.
The exhibition will be open to all till October 5 at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor is scheduled to attend the function as the chief guest while Ambassador of France to Bangladesh Marie Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh Mario Plama, eminent artist Monirul Islam and architect and artist Mustapha Khalid Palash will join the inaugural programme as special guests while Prof Moinuddin Khaled will also remain present.
Over the span of a decade, Nasir Ali Mamun recorded the one-man journey of the ‘fugitive’ and bohemian painter SM Sultan — his pathos, darkness and struggle as he went about recreating on giant canvasses the essence of human spirit.
Mamun’s camera chronicled Sultan’s closeness to the common people and how he spoke for the people who had toiled through ages for the advancement of human civilisation.
A recluse in love with nature, Sultan’s canvasses as well as surroundings inhered animals, birds and plants that he greatly cared for.
Through these photographs Mamun tried to immortalise that inner spirit of Sultan who adroitly shunned publicity and lived hermetically at his native village in Narail, revealing many hidden and obscure faces of the master painter’s cosmic journey.
Dedicated to Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the exhibition titled ‘S. M. Sultan — The Cosmic Journey of a Fugitive’ will showcase these historic and iconic photographs, said a press release on Tuesday.
Nasir Ali Mamun spent ten years in pursuit of the elusive artist and recorded in his frame, the contemplative emotion of the artist, as he went about recreating on giant canvases the essence of the human spirit and its emancipation.
As the celebrated founder of portrait photography in Bangladesh, Nasir Ali Mamun is best known for his extraordinary and soul-searing portraits of celebrities from a diverse background, including arts and politics.
Working exclusively in black and white, his body of work from 1972 onwards has been described as ‘capturing rare moments of rarer human beings in a spirit of discovery, providing a facial history of creative souls.’
The photography book ‘SM Sultan-The Cosmic Journey of a Fugitive’ is sponsored by Delvistaa Foundation.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) - The Netherlands has assured of supporting Bangladesh to implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen expressed her government’s readiness in this regard to Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal during a meeting between them at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands on Monday.
The Dutch Minister also assured of supporting inland reclamation and river dredging in Bangladesh, said the Embassy on Tuesday.
Referring to the invitation from the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join the newly commissioned Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) as Co-Convener and attend the launching of the GCA in The Hague on October 16, 2018, the Dutch Minister remarked that Bangladesh has always been an important country for any global initiative on climate change.
She hoped that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would join the GCA as Co-Convener and attend the launching ceremony of the GCA on October 16, 2018 to demonstrate to the world that Bangladesh is at the forefront of climate change adaptation alongside mitigation of adverse impacts of climate change.
Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal congratulated the Netherlands for taking the initiative of launching Global Commission on Adaption towards lending global political commitment to climate change adaptation focusing on solutions to the climate change issues.
He thanked the Dutch government for inviting Bangladesh Prime Minister to join such global initiative.
At the meeting, both the Dutch Minister and Bangladesh Ambassador expressed satisfaction at the fast growing bilateral relations between the two countries following the official visit of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Netherlands in November 2015, and the Dutch twin-ministerial visit to Bangladesh in June 2015.
Referring to the approval of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 on 4 September 2018 by the Government of Bangladesh, the Ambassador expressed sincere thanks to the Dutch government for their technical assistance in formulating the Plan.
The Ambassador also sought Dutch support under the broader framework of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 for mitigating long-term flood risks and adverse impacts of climate change through basin-wide water management, land reclamation, river-dredging, capacity building of Bangladesh River Research Institute and knowledge development through education and training.
The Dutch Minister assured to continue their support in implementing Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 to better manage water resources of Bangladesh and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change.
The Dutch Minister expressed her hope to visit Bangladesh at an opportune time to see for herself Bangladesh’s prowess in climate change adaptation and explore further Dutch cooperation in implementing Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Jashore, Sept 18 (UNB) – ‘Path Pathshala’, an educational institution with a different approach of learning, is working for raising consciousness among children and residents living nearby rail lines in Naoapara municipality area of Abhoynagar upazila, aiming a clean and enlightened locality.
“I swear I will never throw stone on running train; if anyone does I will prohibit him, I will never tell a lie; if anyone does, I will convince him not to tell a lie; I will behave well with my parents and relatives; Amin” it’s the oath of students of ‘Path Pathshala’.
With the slogan “Build clean and safe Naoapara”, ‘Path Pathshala’ established a school for the street children, where the authority distributes educational materials and food among the students for free of cost.
Their activities include cleaning garbage on own initiative, giving health care services through free medical camps and so on.
The idea of Pathpathsala brought forth from the memory of late Shikder Bayezid, a former traffic inspector of Bangladesh Railway West Zone who sustained critical injuries on 18 May 2018 after a stone was thrown to a running train and later succumbed to the injuries at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on 30 July.
While taking to UNB, the main initiator of ‘Path Pathshala’ journalist Sunil Das said, “The incident of Shikder Bayezid made me thinking about identifying whose people who throw stones toward running train and also what could be a solution.”
At first he made a call on social media site Facebook and got some response, he said adding, “But later on, I have got responses from Naoapara Press Club, Daily Naoapara, Udhichi, Biva, Duprok Abhoynagar, Naoapara Literature Cultural Council, Naoapara Journalists Welfare Association and Renessa beside me and form the Path Pathshala untidily.”
‘Path Pathshala’ was founded on May 29, 2018, with 45 students and now it has over 150 students in three branches.
Hoping more participation with such awareness activities, Naoapara Municipality Mayor Susanto Kumar Das said, “It’s a beautiful initiative. A large portion of the municipality works could be reduced if everyone came forward.”
Talking about the hurling incidents, local physician Dr Shivpad Shuvo said that throwing stones to a moving train might be caused to disablement or death of own relatives.
“Therefore, the activities on public awareness have been initiated by the locals. It is very important to bring it on the verge of success,” he added.
Path Pathshala also created awareness among the students who join the school and those children who used to throw stones on moving train are now trying to stop themselves from such hateful works after taking the oath, several locals told this UNB correspondent.
Bithi Gayen, daughter of Shwapan Gayen, who lives in a platform of Taltola Railway Station and a regular student of the pathshala, said, “We are learning many things including morality, drawing and singing at the school.”
Bithi also said that she will abstain herself and others from telling lies, hurling stones toward a moving train, smoking and begging, etc.
Rakib Khan, Shahin Bhuiyan, Asif Billah, Tamimul Islam, Lamia, Iva, Muhit Khan, Noyon Mazumdar, Gopal, Israt Zahan, Tazmina Khatun and many other students of ‘Path Pathshala’ expressed their excitement saying that they have learnt many new things from the classes.
They think that such an educational institution will make their future bright as well as help them to make their lives easier.