Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced on Friday that it has discovered a number of huge archaeological stone blocks near Giza pyramids west of the capital Cairo.
The ministry said in a statement that the archaeological excavators at Mit Rahina area of Giza unearthed 19 ancient blocks of pink granite and limestone that used to be parts of the great temple of Ptah.
The ministry added that the blocks have inscriptions depicting the god Ptah, the god of the ancient city of Memphis, in addition to cartouches of King Ramses II and other inscriptions depicting him.
The ministry revealed that its teams will continue the excavation works in the area in an attempt to uncover the rest of the blocks that make up parts of the temple, noting that the discovered blocks were transferred to the open museum in Mit Rahina for cleaning and restoration works.
"It is an important discovery, not only for its value, but also for scientific research," Maha Salah, a Cairo-based journalist focusing on Egyptology, told Xinhua.
Salah said that the Temple of Ptah in Giza was one of the largest and most important temple in ancient Memphis, noting that much of what is known about the temple comes from ancient writings.
"Archaeologists started to excavate the site of the temple since last century. Their works have revealed ruins of temple, which took the form of a walled compound accessible by several gates," Salah added.
She stressed that the new discovery will help Egyptologists know more about the temple and open the door for more excavations in the area.
As one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been working hard to preserve its rich archaeological heritages.
The North African country has witnessed several large-scale archeological discoveries this year in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.
The 63rd birth anniversary of late eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud, one of the country's film maestros who made immense contributions to the film industry of Bangladesh, was observed on Friday.
Marking the birth anniversary, Tareque Masud Memorial Trust and Moviyana Film Society jointly organised a programme at the National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
His directed documentary titled ‘Adam Surat’ was screened for the viewers.
A book titled ‘Chalachitra Katha’ was unveiled at the event. Tareque’s widow and associate, American-born producer-director Catherine Masud, along with Proshun Rahman and Belayet Hossain Mamun authored and edited the book.
Noted writer Anupam Hayat and humanitarian activist Khushi Kabir attended the programme as special guests.
Rajshahi University mass communication and journalism department associate professor Abdullah Al Mamun delivered the memorial speech at the event.
Born on December 6, 1956 in Faridpur, Tareque was involved with the film society movement in the late 70s. He produced his maiden film ‘Adam Surat’, a documentary on the legendary artist SM Sultan in 1989.
His much acclaimed film 'Matir Moyna' earned the FIPRESCI Prize in 2002 Cannes Film Festival and became Bangladesh's first film to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign language film in the same year.
In addition to filmmaking, Tareque was also a pioneer of the independent film movement in Bangladesh. He was a founding member of the Short Film Forum, the leading platform for independent filmmakers. He organised the country’s first International Short and Documentary Film Festival In 1988.
His other major films are ‘Runway’, ‘Ontorjatra’ ‘Muktir Gaan’ and the unfinished 'Kagojer Phul'.
On August 13, 2011,Tareque Masud died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning from the shooting of his unfinished film 'Kagojer Phul'.
The tragic accident also claimed the lives of media personality Mishuk Munier, two film production crews Wasim and Jamal, and microbus driver Mostafizur Rahman.
A new study has shown that acupuncture can help reduce dry mouth for head and neck cancer patients induced by radiation treatment.
The study published on Friday in JAMA Network Open reported the randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase III trial results.
The researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Fudan University Cancer Center in China recruited 339 head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment.
The patients were divided into three groups. One group received true acupuncture (TA), another group received sham acupuncture (SA) and the third group received radiation and oral health education but no acupuncture.
The sham procedure involved a real needle at a point not indicated for dry mouth or xerostomia, real needles at sham points and placebo needles at sham points.
Patients assigned to either TA or SA received acupuncture three days a week on the same day as their radiation treatment, which lasted six to seven weeks.
One year after the end of radiation therapy, the incidence of clinically significant dry mouth was 35 percent in the TA group, 48 percent in the SA group and 55 percent in the control group, according to the study.
"With this study we can add acupuncture to the list for the prevention and treatment of xerostomia, and the guidelines for the use of acupuncture in the oncology setting should be revised to include this important chronic condition," said the study's principal investigator Lorenzo Cohen, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
A-nine day theatre festival 'Prangone Mor Dui Banglar Natyamela 2019' began at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA) on Friday.
Prangone Mor, a renowned theatre troupe of Bangladesh, organised the 11th edition of the theatre festival with the slogan 'Ami Banglay Bhalobashi, Ami Banglake Bhalobashi'.
Former State Minister for Cultural Affairs and renowned theatre activist Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the festival while State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid attended the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.
Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and BSA Director General and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Chairman Liaquat Ali Lucky joined the inauguration ceremony as special guests with Founder and Director of Prangone Mor Ananta Hira in the chair.
In his speech, State Minister Khalid said theatre troupes like Prangone Mor are constantly upholding the pride of Bangladesh through these types of theatre festivals.
A total of nine plays -- three from India’s Kolkata, one from Delhi and five from Bangladesh -- are scheduled to be staged in this year’s festival.
The opening day was celebrated with Kolkata Praxis Theatre Group’s play ‘Art’, directed by actor-director Gautam Sarkar.
Apart from ‘Art’, the two other plays from Kolkata are- ‘Abritto’ by Nandipat Theatre Group which will be staged on December 7 and Rashikata Theater troupe’s ‘Jyanto Hamlet’ on December 10.
The festival will end with the staging of ‘Bismilla’ by Green Room Theatre, Delhi.
The performances of Bangladeshi troupes will start with host troupe Prangone Mor's 'Hassanjaner Raja' on December 8. Prachyanat will stage 'Pulsirat' on December 9 while Biborton Jashore ‘Koibarta-gatha’ on December 11, Arnyak ‘Moyur Shinghashon’ on December 12 and Loko Natyadal (Shiddheshwari)'s 'Amra Tinjon' is scheduled to be staged on December 13.
The festival also features a discussion event on December 13.
Besides, Mamunur Rashid’s wife Gauhar Ara Choudhury, Ataur Rahman’s wife Shahida Rahman and Liaquat Ali Lucky’s wife Kristy Hafez will be honoured on the same day at 6pm.
A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after it was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. "Our team is heartbroken," the orphanage said.
Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a Facebook post. "The last two days before we lost him, Jazz started looking unstable on his legs and very dull, almost like he wasn't registering everything," it said. "He suddenly collapsed and we could see blood starting to pool back into his eyes."
Resident watchdog Hunter seemed to realize something was wrong and didn't leave the baby giraffe's side, and was there when it died, the orphanage said. The dog then sat in front of the empty room for hours before going to its carers "for comfort."
People had expected this to happen, assuming that the mother giraffe had abandoned the baby for a reason, Arrie van Deventer, the orphanage's founder, told The Associated Press.
"So we finally know that Jazz didn't have a bad giraffe mother that left him," the orphanage's statement said. "She just knew. ... But we still have to try every single time (to help) no matter how hard it is."
The baby giraffe had arrived a few weeks ago, just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help.
The two animals bonded immediately, caretaker Janie Van Heerden said.
In its farewell to the giraffe, the orphanage said that "You have taught us so much in the last three weeks and we will remember you fondly.""
The giraffe was buried close to the orphanage, van Deventer said.