A three-day ‘PRAN Chinigura Rice Nabanna Utsab’ will kick off at Rabindra Sarobar in the capital on Thursday.
The festival will remain open from 9am to 8pm every day, said Eleash Mridha, Managing Director at PRAN Group at a press conference in their head office on Tuesday.
The programme will include traditional music, dance, puppet show, bioscope, palki, lathi khela, Jamai mela, monkey-dance show, pitha uthab and kid’s art competition.
Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi will coordinate a cultural event during the programme.
Eleash Mridha, Managing Director at PRAN Group, said that “We are losing many traditional festivals from our culture so the Nabanna Utsab has been arranged to introduce traditional festivals to the young generation.”
The Nabanna Utsab will be held in association with Good Luck Stationery and popular bakery brand All Time.
Mustafizur Rahman, Head of Marketing of PRAN Chinigura Rice, Fahim Hossain, Head of Marketing of Good Luck Stationery, Zeaul Haque, Assistant General Manager (Public Relations) of PRAN-RFL Group, Adil Khan, Head of Operation of Xpedev and
Manzarul Islam Chowdhury Sweet, General Secretary of Satyen Sen Shilpi Gosthi were also present at the press conference.
A five-day training workshop hosted by Noazesh Knowledge Centre (NKC) of WildTeam on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) kicked off at its office at Cosmos Centre in the city’s Malibagh area on Tuesday.
The workshop is being facilitated by Alice Hughes and Nasir Uddin from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences. It will end on November 30, said a press release.
Participants from different universities, including Dhaka University (DU), Sylhet University of Science and technology (SUST) and Jagannath University (JnU), and conservation organisations like Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are attending the workshop.
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is vital for environment and ecosystem-related research, prediction on species distribution, quality of soil type, climate type, range mapping, species distribution modelling (SDM) and other research activities.
It is also vital for disease distribution, epidemiological study and predictive approaches to project species distributions under changing conditions.
The GIS is a very useful and popular tool among the researchers and conservationists for wildlife and habitat monitoring, effective conservation planning and implementation and to understand the forest coverage, forest depletion, wildlife status for better management.
The training programme will help the participants discover the diverse use of GIS data, spatial data analysis, mapping, decision-making, planning and other applications of GIS.
Ekushey Award winning poet and architect Rabiul Husain passed away at a hospital in the city early Tuesday. He was 76.
He breathed his last at 8 am at Critical Coronary Unit (CCU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital, said its public relations officer Prosanto Kumar Majumder.
Rabiul Husain was admitted to the hospital on November 16, he added.
He left behind his only son, relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Born on January 31, 1943at Rotidanga village in Shailkupa in Jhenidah, Rabiul completed his graduation from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet).
Rabiul kept enriching Bengali poetry during his student life and published unique poetry journals. He authored over 25 books of poetry, essay, novel and children’s books.
Rabiul Husain was awarded Ekushe Padak in 2018. He also was awarded Bangla Academy Award, National Poetry Council Award and IAB Award.
The architect who designed Shaheed Minar at Jahangirnagar University campus was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 at the Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture ceremony.
Rabiul also served as president of The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB) for four terms. He was also vice-chairman of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council of Asia), vice-president of CAA (Commonwealth Association of Architects) and served as president of SAARCH (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects).
Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed Thursday at her home in Rochester, New York, when a man pounded on the door and said he needed an ambulance, Murphy told WHAM.
She called police but wouldn't open the door. Then, she said, the man broke in and skulked through the dark house.
"He picked the wrong house to break into," Murphy said.
She clobbered him with a table, poured shampoo in his face and was beating him with a broom when police arrived.
"I was whaling on that man," Murphy told the Democrat and Chronicle. "'Cause I said to myself, 'If it's my time to go to hell, I'm taking him with me!'"
The man got his ambulance ride, after all. He was sent to a hospital, and police tweeted a selfie with Murphy, calling her "tough as nails."
Murphy works out almost daily at Rochester's Maplewood YMCA and said she can deadlift 225 pounds — more than twice her weight. She can do one-handed pullups and one-handed pushups.
She won the World Natural Powerlifting Federation Lifter of the Year award in 2014.
"She really helps dispel the myths of aging," said Michelle LeBoo, a program coordinator at the Maplewood YMCA.
Murphy is "a strong, beautiful woman" who does things "for the benefit of others," LeBoo said.
Murphy said she hopes her story inspires people of all ages.
When talking about desserts, limited number of restaurants and cafes strike our minds. Some of them (but not limited to) are Butlers Chocolate Café, Tabaq, The SweetSin Coffees, Secret Recipe, and The White Canary Café. However, many restaurants go unnoticed in terms of their desserts and, I believe, El Patron is definitely one of them.
With about 6 or 7 dessert options on their, menu El Patron truly serves some of the most unique and delicious items I have had in Dhaka! But first let’s talk about their interior. Since I am not an architecture expert, I can’t really point out the flaws they might have in terms of the interior. However, from an aesthetic point of view or just as a visitor, I was in awe of the ambience they managed to provide with their design. El Patron being a fine dining restaurant managed to live up to their promises of making you feel like you are in an elegant space. Starting from their cutlery to skylight and ceiling to floor window every aspect of this restaurant makes you feel like you have stepped into exclusivity.
Now coming to the highlight, the desserts, we ordered a Tiramisu, because I absolutely love this Italian dessert and order it whenever I find it on a menu and my friend ordered a Spicy Chocolate Mousse because she was intrigued by the description which stated that it is seasoned with Paprika! It goes without saying that presentation wise, the desserts were as gorgeous as their interior. Even just by looking at the Tiramisu layers I could understand that it would be moist and moist it was! Not only were the ladyfingers perfectly soaked in coffee and giving it a bitter taste but the sweetness from the mascarpone cheese did a fine job balancing out the bitterness. The cherry was literally the cherry on top of this wonderful dessert. I can say without a doubt that this is the best Tiramisu in Dhaka!
As for the Spicy Chocolate Mousse, we weren’t prepared for what was about to hit us. At first spoonful, it tasted like a regular but rich yet airy chocolate mousse. The fine quality of slightly bitter chocolate fills your mouth and a few seconds later, it hits you; the spice! The paprika did such a fine job complementing the taste of chocolate. I have heard of the combination of chocolate and chili but having tasted it firsthand made me realize why they go together so well.
In all, you all have to drop by this place at least to try their desserts. While their price point might be a turn off for many, unless you visit El Patron, you won’t realize that it’s not just the outstanding food that you are paying for but also the experience they take your through.
By Ifreet Taheea