Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - The 31st General Assembly of ICCROM, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, will be held in Rome, Italy on October 30-31.
A total of 137 countries, including Bangladesh will attend the two-day event that will focus on the most relevant issues and topics of concern on cultural heritage promotion and provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in the world.
The 31st General Assembly marks 60 years of ICCROM’s activities, according to a message received here from Rome.
ICCROM became officially operational in Rome on March 1,1959.
Over these 60 years, ICCROM has had strong relations with all of its Member States, particularly with the host country, Italy, both as a major contributor to its budget and for the institutional long-standing scientific partnerships, which contribute significantly to ICCROM projects and activities since its inception, said the organisers.
Delegations of ICCROM’s 137 Member States will meet at this two-day event to discuss and enhance the Rome-based agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and elect its new Governing Council.
The event will also be an opportunity to welcome ICCROM’ newest Member State, Costa Rica, and review the activities and projects implemented by its various programmes during the course of 2018-2019.
Several high senior officials from Italy and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) in addition to representatives of international organisations, diplomats and members of the press are expected to attend the opening of the event on October 30.
A thematic discussion titled “Decolonisation of the Heritage Field and its Implications for Preservation and Management Practices” will be held as part of the 31st General Assembly on 31 October 2019.
It will focus on experiences and perspectives of the four speakers from Jamaica, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa on the relevant topic, and will be followed by a panel discussion and finally an open floor session.
The ICCROM Award Ceremony will also be held during the General Assembly.
This award is granted to individuals who have contributed significantly to ICCROM’s development, or who have special merits in the field of conservation, protection and restoration of cultural heritage.
Rajshahi, Oct 18 (UNB) - An Indian fisherman who entered Bangladesh illegally in Charghat upazila here on Thursday was sent to jail on Friday as two cases were filed against him for trespassing and catching hilsa.
The fisherman was identified as Pranab Mondol, a citizen of Sahebnagar Chhirachar in Jalangi area of Murshidabad district of India.
Samit Kumar Kundu, officer-in-charge of Charghat Police Station, said Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Charghat Border Outpost (BOP) Habildar Humayun Kabir filed two cases against Pranab for entering Bangladesh territory and catching hilsa illegally.
BGB handed over Pranab to Charghat Police Station on Thursday night and was sent to the court around 11am on Friday from where he was taken to Rajshahi Central Jail.
On Thursday, BGB said its members were forced to fire back in self-defence after being attacked by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Rajshahi border that led to the death of a BSF man.
In a press release, the BGB said the BSF members intruded into Bangladesh territory and tried to snatch an Indian fisherman detained while illegally fishing in the Padma River.
“BSF members first opened fire while fleeing from Bangladesh territory towards India in the morning,” the release said.
The incident took place 650 yards inside Bangladesh territory in Shahariaghat Balughat of the river under Charghat upazila in Rajshahi, said the BGB press release.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - A total of 178 dengue patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Friday morning.
Of them, 57 were hospitalised in Dhaka, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a regular update.
Currently, 1,018 patients, including 419 in Dhaka, are being treated at hospitals for dengue.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research reviewed 158 suspected deaths and confirmed 98 of them as dengue death.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Friday said a 10-kilometer exclusive bicycle lane is being constructed in the city's Agargaon area.
"For a separate space for cycling, work on the exclusive bicycle lane is underway in Agargaon area. There’ll be a bicycle-renting facility as well," he said.
The DNCC mayor made the announcement while addressing an anti-drug marathon race in the city's Hatirjheel area jointly arranged by DNCC, JCI and Sportier.
Some 400 contestants participated in the 5-kilometre race titled, 'Run for Breaking Drugs’.
"The young generation will have to overcome the addiction of mobile apps. They’ve to come out of their houses and play more," Atiqul said.
"The roads at Uttara are wider but the pavements there are getting occupied alongside roads,” he said adding, “The younger generation should come forward to arrange more programmes like marathon one."
Chattogram, Oct 18 (UNB) – Customs officials arrested a man along with 130 gold bars weighing 16 kg from Shah Amanat International Airport here on Friday.
The arrestees is Joynal Abedin.
Readul Islam, deputy-commissioner of Chattogram Customs, said a flight of ‘Air Arabia’ landed at the airport around 9 am.
Tipped off, a team of Customs officials challenged Joynal Abedin, who came here from Sharjah by the flight, and after searching his luggage the customs officials recovered the gold bars concealed in six charger lights.
A case will be filed with Patenga Police Station.