The opening day of the first-ever youth carnival of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) saw a huge turnout on Friday when cultural performances and encouraging plenary sessions enthralled the attendees.
Popular singer Arnob, along with his musical troupe ‘Arnob & Friends’, Elita Karim and youth band Chitropot grooved the participants with their performances at the event held at Government College of Physical Education, Mohammadpur in the city on Friday.
“Despite the bone-chilling weather, we are amused to see these amazing performances. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to BYLC and the sponsors for the beautiful arrangement,” Tanha, a participant, told UNB.
Arnob praised the organisers as well, saying: “Institutions like BYLC is thriving our youth in the pathway of progress and that’s highly appreciable.”
The performances started in late afternoon with Chitropot, and then Elita Karim performed with her group which was followed by ‘Arnob & Friends’.
Earlier, exciting plenaries were held in the morning.
Exclusive exhibitions of photographs, cartoons and youth-based activities were showcased all-day-long at the venue by 50 organisations extensively working with youth.
The United News of Bangladesh (UNB), first fully digitilised wire service in South Asia, is the online media partner of this mega event.
Day one’s first plenary session, titled ‘stories of hope and action’ took place with renowned youth icons such as Wedding Diary’s CEO Prito Reza, Youth Opportunities Co-Founder Osama Bin Noor, BD Assistant’s Co-founder and CMO Umma Kulsum Popi, YY Ventures Limited and YY Goshthi Founder and Managing Director Shazeeb M Khairul Islam.
Plenary 2, titled ‘steering youth away from crime and anti-social activities’ was then joined by former chief of Bangladesh Police AKM Shahidul Islam and BYLC’s Manager of Leadership Development and Teaching Almeer Ahsan Asif.
Founder and Chairman of SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation and former Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Sonia Bashir Kabir shared her journey of success in an interesting session titled ‘Aiming for the stars: Fireside chat with Sonia Bashir Kabir’.
Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee (BdMOC) arranged two interactive math sessions at the event, ‘Introduction to Math Olympiad’ and an interactive problem-solving session.
In the afternoon, three concurrent panel discussion sessions took place before the cultural session, featuring youth icons including Save the Children Director Abdullah Al Mamun, Ashoka Fellow and Acid Survivors Foundation’s former Executive Director Monira Rahman, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK)’s Executive Director Sheepa Hafiza, Jaago Foundation’s Founder and Executive Director Korvi Rakhsand and many more.
The second day of the carnival will also feature youth icons as speakers, including State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel, film actor and founder of Nirapad Sarak Chai Andolon Illias Kanchon, Executive Director of Brac Bangladesh Asif Saleh, Founder and CEO of 10 Minute School Ayman Sadiq, and Country Director and CEO of Kazi IT Center Limited Zara Mahboob - to name a few.
BYLC Youth Carnival 2019, organised in partnership with the Youth and Sports Ministry and NGO Affairs Bureau in collaboration with Manusher Jonno Foundation and UK Aid, will conclude on Saturday.
Tom Hanks may officially consider himself Greek.
Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has signed an honorary naturalization order allowing the 63-year-old actor to claim Greek citizenship, his office told The Associated Press on Friday.
Hanks frequently spends his summer vacation on the Greek island of Antiparos and his wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, is of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry.
Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people "who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest."
Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban.
"Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!! On our 2 year anniversary, in a "non traditional" move, I asked PK to marry me and he said, Yes," Vonn tweeted on Christmas Day. "Yes (bashful emoji) ! Women aren't the only ones who should get engagement rings!"
The former ski racer closed the tweet with the hashtags "MerryChristmas" and "equality."
Vonn linked a picture of herself and Subban with the ring, with the couple wearing matching striped pajamas in front of a Christmas tree with three dogs in the foreground. She also posted a close-up of Subban flashing the ring, with the words "Drip drip"and a blue teardrop.
Vonn also said on social media in August that they were engaged.
The 35-year-old Vonn recently retired from a skiing career that included three Olympic medals, four overall World Cup titles and 82 World Cup race wins, a record for a woman.
The 30-year-old Subban and won the 2013 Norris Trophy with Montreal as the NHL's top defenseman. He was traded to New Jersey from Nashville in June.
Vonn had a high-profile relationship with Tiger Woods. She previously was married to former ski racer Thomas Vonn, and kept his last name after they separated.
A memorial concert titled '8th Sanjeeb Utshob 2019' was held on Dhaka University (DU) campus on Wednesday evening commemorating the famed singer and journalist Sanjeeb Chowdhury.
Sanjeeb Utshab Parishad organised the musical evening in association with Dhaka University Cultural Society, Dhaka University Band Society and Ajob Karkhana at Swimming Pool area of Teacher Student Center (TSC) in DU.
The bands which partook in the event include Gankabi, Shohortoli, Arjan, Suhriodo, Anuran, Dhaka University Cultural Society and Dhaka University Band Society.
Celebrating the 55th birth anniversary of renowned singer, songwriter, journalist late Sanjeeb Chowdhury, the participating band covered memorable of the talented artist like, 'Gari Chole Na', 'Ami Tomakei Bole Debo', 'Bioscope' and so on.
Kingbodonti Chowdhury, daughter of Sanjeeb Chowdhury thanked everyone present at the musical festival.
Sanjeeb Chowdhury worked in a number of dailies, including Ajker Kagoj and Bhorer Kagoj after graduating from Mass Communication and Journalism Department of DU.
He was the editor of Mela, a popular supplement of the Bhorer Kagoj. The journalist established himself as a feature writer and worked at the daily Jaijaidin until his death.
Born on December 25, 1964, in Baniachang upazila of Habiganj district, Sanjeeb Chowdhury died on November 19, 2007.
Country’s one of the oldest and most popular bands – Miles - celebrated its glorious journey of four decades with its fans at a gala concert in the city on Tuesday demonstrating that the music stars still remain young at heart.
The special celebration, titled ‘Miles 40 years celebration concert’, took place at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB).
The hall No 3 of the ICCB named ‘Rajdarshan Hall’ was fully packed with music lovers from all age groups making the indoor venue so vibrant with much-engaging approach with the performers till the end of the show.
Before Miles took over the stage, five other prominent bands of the country - Vikings, Warfaze, Souls, Dalchhut and Feedback - performed five songs of Miles one after another as tributes to the band that generated dozens of hit songs which fans at home and abroad will continue to keep close to their hearts.
“Miles had started their journey when we started our own journey too. Our timeline is pretty similar. So, we actually know how hard it was to establish something out of the box during that time,” said Foad Nasser Babu from Feedback prior to his band’s performance.
“Today we’re celebrating their journey of four decades, similar to how they paved their tribute in our four decades celebrations - and we’re here to cherish and celebrate the lasting friendship,” Babu, one of the most respected musicians of the country, said.
Bappa Mazumder, another talented musician of the country and Dalchhut front man, said, “We grew up listening to Miles and we’re incredibly lucky and grateful for Miles’ existence.”
After the tribute performances of the five bands, Miles then went to the stage with their full lineup consisting Shafin Ahmed (vocal and bass guitar), Hamin Ahmed (vocal and lead guitar), Manam Ahmed (keyboard), Iqbal Asif Jewel (lead guitar) and Syed Ziaur Rahman Turjo (drums) - amid huge ovation from the crowd.
They started with the song ‘Pahari Meye’, and throughout the rest of the night they performed their most popular tracks, including ‘Prothom Premer Moto’, ‘Ar Kotokal Khujbo Tomay’, ‘Priotoma Megh’, ‘Ki Jadu’ (also the English version ’It’s Magic’), ‘Chand Tara Surjo’, ‘Jala Jala’, ‘Dhiki Dhiki’ and other songs, including a medley of some of their popular tracks, as well as acoustic performances of several other songs.
As part of the campaign ‘Sing with Miles’, three lucky fans shared the stage with the band and performed their popular track ‘Nila’ together.
In addition to that, the winner of lead guitarist Hamin Ahmed’s acoustic guitar auction campaign was awarded the guitar at the event, which was auctioned for Jaago Foundation’s fundraising campaign for 35,000 unprivileged children.
Also, renowned laptop brand HP launched its new laptop at the event and presented five laptops to all the members of Miles.
Miles is also known for its English tracks, as the band became the first Bangladeshi group of artists who debuted with an all-English album.
Commemorating that, the band covered two English tracks- ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd and ‘Hotel California’ by Eagles.
The enthusiast crowd, featuring a great number of both young and middle-aged fans of Miles, seemed very much captivated by every performance of the band.
“I came here with my friends, as we enjoyed our young age with the songs of Miles back in the 90s’. We’re so deeply attached to the band emotionally and we’re incredibly happy to attend this concert of a lifetime,” Shekhor Samad, an elderly fan of Miles, told UNB expressing his feelings about the band and the event.
The performances ended with their much-anticipated track ‘Firiye Dao’, and the band members thanked the crowd for the love and support.
“Miles is nothing without you – our loving fans. You spend your money on this show and we can’t thank you enough for your continuous support over the years,” vocalist and bass guitarist Shafin Ahmed said, expressing the band’s gratitude to the crowd in the ending.
The concert was arranged by Windmill Advertising Limited in association with sponsors Center Fresh, HP, Igloo, Yamaha and Pujo. Online digital media platform Bongo was the digital partner while the payment partner of this event was bKash, technology partner Dhaka Live, ticketing partner Shohoz, television partner Gaan Bangla TV, beverage partner Acme, merchandising partner Baggiceut, logistics partner Laz Logistics and hospitality partner Tasty Tibet.