Five climbers are attempting to scale Mount Everest, battling extreme cold, high winds and piled-up snow and ice as they try to become the first to reach the top of the world's highest mountain in the winter in 27 years, an official said Wednesday.
The climbers — three from Spain and two from Germany — are already acclimatizing around Everest's base camp area as they wait for weather conditions to improve, said Meera Acharya of Nepal's Department of Mountaineering.
They're expected to be accompanied on their ascent by Nepalese Sherpa guides, but it was not yet decided how many would go up the slope with them.
While there are no rules prohibiting climbers from attempting to scale Everest during the winter, only a handful have reached the mountain's 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) -high peak during that season. The feat was first accomplished in 1980, and has not been done since 1993.
Everest is mainly scaled during the spring climbing season in April and May, when weather conditions are favorable.
People’s Theatre Association (PTA) in cooperation with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) held a cleanliness campaign on the Central Shaheed Minar premises on Monday.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, founder of PTA and Director General of BSA, inaugurated the ‘Shaheed Minar Cleanliness Campaign’ where over 500 children from different schools and cultural organisations took part.
The campaign began with the observance of a one-minute silence as a mark of respects to the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement and the singing of the national anthem.
Later, PTA and BSA members staged a cultural programme where they performed songs, including ‘Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano’ and two group songs written and composed by Lucky.
Along with acrobatic performances, the cultural session also featured group dance performances with three songs, including ‘Dhannya Mujib Dhannya’.
After the cultural performances, all the participants, led by Ali Lucky and other officials of PTA and BSA, swept the Shaheed Minar premises and surrounding areas.
The event concluded with an oath to keep the Shaheed Minar neat and clean.
Bangladesh Youth Center (BYLC) will announce the names of five winning teams of Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) programme on Tuesday who will receive seed funding of Tk 800,000.
A programme will be held at Lakeshore Hotel in Gulshan of the city at 6:30pm on Tuesday, said a press release on Monday.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun will be present at the event as the chief guest where deputy high commissioner of the UK to Bangladesh Kanbar Hossein-Bor, and executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Shaheen Anam will be present as special guests.
BYLC organized the challenge with the support from Manusher Jonno Foundation and UK aid where over 500 business ideas were submitted in the initial phase.
The five winning teams will be selected by an expert panel of industry leaders from a shortlisted pool of 16 teams.
Apart from financial and logistic support, they will also receive training for six months, co-working space for a year, and networking and mentorship opportunities.
The best performing teams will also receive a scale-up funding up to Tk 1,500,000.
The YEC, an initiative under BYLC’s entrepreneurship development wing, is part of the organization’s efforts to nurture the passion of aspiring entrepreneurs with unique revenue generating business ideas by connecting them to the right tools and networks.
The SweetSin Coffees is quite a favorite amongst youngsters in Dhanmondi. Recently, they opened a new branch at Gulshan Avenue (same building as Fryyay) to attract people from the tri-state area. They also have a new breakfast menu that included platters like Waffled up breakfast, Pancake surprise, Grilled cheese morning, and Quesadilla mix platter.
The Waffled up breakfast comes with simple waffles with maple syrup, chicken strips, beef bacon, mushrooms, and poached egg. The waffle they serve is slightly soggy however, the mushroom, bacon, and chicken strips were quite tasty and filling. The Pancake surprise came with pancakes with maple syrup, a cheesy omelette, chicken sausage, and mushrooms. I really liked this breakfast meal. The cheesy omelette has a stringy pull if you have it while it’s hot. The sausages taste like the frozen ones you fry at home. I had two other friends who tried the rest 2 platters. The Grilled cheese morning really stole the show. It is undoubtedly the best breakfast meal they serve. The salty and gooey cheese sandwiches were grilled to perfection.
It came with well sautéed garlic mushrooms, vegetable stuffed chicken, and the delicious cheese omelette. Honestly, this meal was the perfect balance of all their good items. The vegetable stuffed chicken could use a spicy sauce though as overall, the meal was quite light. So if you are into light, mild flavors for breakfast, you’ll enjoy the meal. Lastly, there was the Quesadilla mix platter. While it sounds quite unconventional to have a Mexican item for breakfast, quesadilla is nothing but stuffed bread. So there’s nothing to be afraid of. The spices used here were quite mild as well. The paratha like bread seemed to have become soggy because of the stuffing. The scrambled eggs lacked any seasoning so we had to add salt and pepper according to our preference.
In all, we all approve of the Grilled Cheese Morning platter. The Grilled Cheese melted our minds with how perfectly it was done. Overall, The SweetSin Coffees is a great choice to catch up with your friends for brunch on a budget.
The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), which continues to enjoy a rising profile on the international festival circuit with each passing year, commences its 18th edition on Saturday at different venues around the capital with participants from over 70 countries.
A press conference was held Thursday afternoon at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge, where the organizers officially announced the dates and details of the festival.
The press conference was conducted by festival executive committee member M Hamid, while festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal disclosed details regarding the venues and event schedule.
Festival committee Chairperson Kishwar Kamal, Head of the Programmers Zohreh Zamani, founder of Rainbow Film Society Mostafa Kamal and two of the festival committee members, Mofidul Hoque and Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, also spoke at the press conference.
The inaugural ceremony of the festival will take place in the main auditorium of the National Museum at 4pm on January 11. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen will attend the ceremony as chief guest, while State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, also the chief patron of DIFF, will preside over the ceremony.
The 18th DIFF festival will screen some 220 films, with participation from 74 countries, with competitive categories spanning “Asian Cinema” “Retrospective ,” “Bangladesh Panorama ,” “Cinema of the World,” “Children’s Films,” “Spiritual Films,” “Women Filmmakers ” and “Short and Independent Films” categories, the organisers revealed.
The jury board features some of the biggest names of arts and entertainment from both national and international level, including Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze, prominent Bangladeshi filmmakers Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and Nargis Akhter, renowned singer Maqsoodul Haque, Australian docu-filmmaker and human rights activist Robyn Hughan and several other notable film personalities from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Russia and Iran.
The film screenings will be held at the Bangladesh National Museum’s main auditorium and Sufia Kamal auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy’s National Music and Dance auditorium and National Art Gallery, Central Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka auditorium and two of the renowned cinema halls in the capital- Madhumita cinema hall and Star Cineplex’s Bashundhara City and Shimanto Shambhar branches.
Organizers Rainbow Film Society will also be hosting a two-day ‘Sixth International Women Filmmakers Conference’ from Sunday (January 12) where women filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will take part, along with BGMEA president Dr Rubana Huq at Dhaka Club’s Samson H. Chowdhury Lounge.
A day-long programme ‘WEST MEETS EAST’ will also be held on January 14 at the same venue.
Another very important segment that this year’s festival is arranging is the Children’s Film Section, where films related to children will be screened free of cost every day from 10 am to 3 pm. A special arrangement has been made for the underprivileged children to enjoy the films.
Students with valid identity cards will be allowed to watch films for free at the 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm shows. Except for the cinema halls, attendance for regular audiences will also be free at most of the venues. Screenings at the main gallery of National Museum and Public Library’s Shawkat Osman auditorium however will cost Tk 50.
The aims of DIFF are to create a space for young and aspiring filmmakers in Bangladesh so they may connect with global artistes and learn international filmmaking standards, alongside opening up global markets for Bangladeshi. One film from the Bangladesh Panorama section will receive the prestigious International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) critics’ award for Best Film.
The first DIFF was organized in 1992 by the Rainbow Film Society, whose members are film enthusiasts solely dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cinema culture in Bangladesh and celebrating the blending of contemporary films from all over the globe since 1977.
This year’s festival will conclude on January 19.