Beijing, Nov 6 (AP/UNB) — A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centers, sports facilities and other public spaces.
The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on Oct. 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.
Under communist China's founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affection but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families.
Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city center.
However, Wenshan's ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
It also says dog leashes cannot be longer than 1 meter (3 feet) and dogs can only be walked by adults.
Dhaka, Nov 5 (UNB) – The 8th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF), an yearly international literature festival, will be held at Bangla Academy premises here on November 8-10.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will inaugurate festival as the chief guest, organizers of the event came up with the information at a press conference held at Bangla Academy on Monday.
Over 200 writers, performers and thinkers will take part in the 3-day long event comprising over 90 sessions.
Shirshendu Mukhopadhayay, the phenomenal West Bengal author, will also attend the event despite his illness.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson, Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton, award winning Indian actress Manisha Koirala, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Mohammad Hanif, Ondaatje Prize winner Philip Hensher, Orwell Prize Winner James Meek, noted Bangladeshi writers Syed Manzoorul Islam, Imdadul HaqMilon, Kaiser Haq and Selina Hossain, among others, will speak at the event.
Besides, actress-filmmaker Nandita Das will talk about her newly released acclaimed film Manto at the event, said the organisers.
Other programmes of the festival include book launching, cultural performances, writing workshops, interactive panel discussions and creative sessions for children, said the organisers.
Cambridge short story prize will be awarded at the festival for the first time in Bangladesh.
Highlighting the significance of the festival, Anis Ahmed, one of the directors of DLF, said the festival is an attraction for the invitees from abroad who are amazed by our activities and hospitality which takes the image of Bangladesh to a new height.
He further said that they have already taken up a task of translating ample number of Bangla books for the readers of other languages.
Sadaf Saaz, Director & Producer of the event said, more than 300 foreign guests attended the event from 50 different countries over the past seven years and this year around 40 writers, thinkers and performers from 15 countries will be present at the event.
Zafar Sobhan, Editor of Dhaka Tribune, termed Dhaka Lit Fest as ‘Touchstone of Excellence’ and said it is not only the most prime literature festival in the region but in the whole world which shows Dhaka is second to none in holding a world class literary event.
Brac Bank Head of Communications Zara Jabeen Mahbub, Bangla Academy Director (Admin) Dr. KM Mujahidul Islamand Bangla Tribune Editor Zulfiqer Russell, were present at the press conference.
8th Dhaka Lit Fest is hosted by Bangla Academy with Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune as the Title Sponsors while Brack Bank is the key sponsor along with British Council, a strategic partner of the event.
Orgnisers said tight security measures have been taken centering the event and no bag larger than 5"×10" will be allowed to carry.
Online registration for the event is open at www.dhakalitfest.com/register/.
Sydney, Nov 5 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines can significantly reduce asthma symptoms in children, an international study led by researchers at Australia's La Trobe University showed.
Lead researcher Maria Papamichael said the results, released on Monday, are in line with a growing body of evidence which points to a healthy diet being a potential therapy for childhood asthma.
"We already know that a diet high in fat, sugar and salt can influence the development and progression of asthma in children and now we have evidence that it's also possible to manage asthma symptoms through healthy eating," Papamichael said.
Of the 64 children with mild asthma who participated in the trial, half were told to follow a traditional mediterranean diet, high in plant based foods and oily fish, while the others followed their normal diets.
Those who followed the mediterranean diet saw significant reduction in their bronchial inflammation.
"Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties," Papamichael explained.
According to Professor Bircan Erbas, from La Trobe's School of Psychology and Public Health, "asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the leading reasons for hospitalizations and trips to emergency for children."
"It is imperative that we identify new therapies that we can use alongside conventional asthma medications," Erbas said.
Beijing, Nov 5 (Xinhua/UNB) -- China's first artificial intelligence (AI) theme park opened to public in early November, after 10 months renovation of a municipal park in northern Beijing.
Driverless shuttle buses, smart lamp posts that can record exercise data, and intelligent speakers that can respond to human instructions have been installed in Haidian Park, which covers about 34 hectares near the 4th Ring Road.
The district government of Haidian and Internet company Baidu signed an agreement in January to jointly explore "smart city" building. Haidian Park, which received about 1.2 million tourists last year, was chosen to run the pilot program.
A total of 10 government departments and companies participated in the renovation of the park over the past 10 months, said Che Jianguo from the district's park administration office.
In recent years, Chinese high-tech companies have set foot in the AI industry, while the central government also stressed in October that it would boost the development of the country's new generation of artificial intelligence.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will hold a discussion following a cultural event titled ‘Aj JibonKhuje Pabi’ to observe the 9th death anniversary of prominent singer Bhupen Hazarika at Jatiya Natyashala Auditorium on Monday.
BSA Director General Liaqat Ali Lucky will preside over the discussion while notable singer Shudakshina Sharma will be present as the special guest.
Liaqat Ali Lucky, Shudakshina Sharma, Dr Sangeeta Kakoti, among others, will perform at the cultural programme.
Dhaka Sangskritik Dal will perform a chorus song while group dance to be performed by BSA dance troupe.