Mexico City, Oct 28 (AP/UNB) — Towering skeletons and dancers dressed in regional costumes are bouncing along Mexico City's main avenue, surrounded by orange marigolds, as the city celebrates its third annual Day of the Dead parade.
This year's parade pays tribute to migrants who have lost their lives just as thousands of Central Americans make their way through southern Mexico in a caravan with the hope of starting anew in the United States. At least one migrant has died since the caravan set out from Honduras more than two weeks ago.
Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations traditionally consist of altars and quiet family gatherings at the graves of departed loved ones, bringing them music, drink and conversation on Nov. 1-2. Saturday's parade was inspired by scenes in the James Bond movie Spectre.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all associated with Chhayanaut, a Bangladeshi cultural organisation, as it has been named for prestigious Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
Modi conveyed this through a tweet message on Saturday.
“Set up in 1961, Chhayanaut, has played a vital role in promoting Gurudev Tagore’s works in Bangladesh and globally. Chhayanaut was part of Bangladesh’s freedom movement, even when Rabindra Sangeet was banned in East Pakistan! Congratulations to everyone associated with it,” he said in the message.
According to Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, the jury, under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, unanimously selected Chhayanaut to receive the Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
The award carries: an amount of Rs1 crore (1 INR=1.17 BDT), a citation in a scroll, a plaque, as well as an exquisite traditionally-handcrafted item.
Established in 1961, Chhayanaut has played a leading role in promoting Tagore's works as well as Bangali culture, music, and literature— all around the globe.
It has built a close bridge of understanding and cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India; especially with West Bengal.
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) – The 100th episode of UNB Light & Lens, a weekly interview program on the Facebook page of news agency United News of Bangladesh (UNB), aired Thursday.
‘L & L’ launched its journey on October 25, 2016 with visual artist Nazia Andaleeb Preema. The guest for its 100th episode was renowned musician Bappa Mazumder, who paid tribute to the recently deceased rock legend Ayub Bachchu.
In between, a number of the country’s most renowned personalities, from State Minister Tarana Halim to Bangladesh Army's first female Major General Dr Susane Giti, singer Fahmida Nabi, ex-Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, and actor Ilias Kanchan, to ex-footballer Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, founder of the 10-Minute School Ayman Sadiq, cartoonist Mehedi Haque, leading model Emi, Tasrif Khan of the band Kureghor, and Zaiba Tahyya of the Female Empowerment Movement graced the programme as guests.
They and many others from a variety of fields have taken the hot seat in the UNB office studio to share their experiences. In particular the interview aims to elicit their stories of success, with a view to inspiring viewers.
Light & Lens airs, or rather is uploaded on all social media platforms of UNB, every Thursday at 9 pm, just as people across Bangladesh are settling into their weekend.
The program marked one of UNB’s earliest forays into the new media space, and is aimed at a more millennial audience to complement its regular agency output.
Founded in 1988, UNB is the country’s leading private news agency.
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) - The prestigious Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony 2015 will soon be conferred upon Chhayanaut, a cultural organisation of Bangladesh.
The jury under the chairmanship of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unanimously decided to select Chhayanaut to be the recipient of the Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony, according to Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor thanked the Indian government calling it a recognition for all the Tagore lovers of Bangladesh.
Established in 1961, Chhayanaut has played a leading role in promoting Tagore’s works and Bengali culture, music and literature not only within Bangladesh, but also all across the world.
It has built a close bridge of understanding and cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India, especially West Bengal.
Chhayanaut was part of the movement for an independent Bangladesh and provided a platform for cultural expression and assertion of Bengali identity.
When Rabindra Sangeet was banned in East Pakistan, Chhayanaut continued to promote liberal expression through secret renditions of Tagore songs and discussions on Tagore.
The jury's decision recognises the contribution of the organisation in upholding the liberal progressive tradition of universal humanism of Gurudev and in promoting the spirit of cultural harmony.
The annual award was instituted by the government of India during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
The first Tagore Award was conferred upon Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012 and second was conferred on Shri Zubin Mehta in 2013.
The award carries an amount of Rs 1 crore, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft, handloom item.
The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or sex.
Los Angeles, Oct 24 (AP/UNB) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overcame wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers nationwide.
The 1961 book by Harper Lee emerged as No. 1 in PBS' "The Great American Read" survey, whose results were announced Tuesday on the show's finale. More than 4 million votes were cast in the six-month-long contest that put 100 titles to the test. Books that were published as a series were counted as a single entry.
The other top-five finishers in order of votes were Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series about a time-spanning love; J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" boy wizard tales; Jane Austen's romance "Pride and Prejudice," and J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" fantasy saga.
Lee's slender, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel proved enduring enough to overcome the popularity of hefty epics adapted as blockbuster movie franchises (the Potter and Tolkien works) or for TV ("Outlander").
Even "Pride & Prejudice," the 200-year-old inspiration for numerous TV and movie versions and with an army of "Janeites" devoted to Austen and her work, couldn't best Harper's novel.
It's been more than five decades since the film based on "To Kill a Mockingbird" debuted, winning three Oscars, including a best-actor trophy for Gregory Peck's portrayal of attorney Atticus Finch.
The book has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and remains a fixture on school reading lists. Set in the 1930s South, it centers on Finch and his young children, daughter Scout and son Jem.
When Finch defends an African-American man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman, the trial and its repercussions open Scout's eyes to the world around her, good and bad.
Besides the TV series, "The Great American Read" initiative included a 50,000-member online book club and video content across PBS platforms, Facebook and YouTube that drew more than 5 million views.
The 100-book list voted on by readers was based on an initial survey of about 7,000 Americans, with an advisory panel of experts organizing the list. Books had to have been published in English but not written in the language, and one book or series per author was allowed.