Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) – The three-day 7th Asian Tourism Fair-2018 (ATF) began in the city on Friday to promote tourism industry of the country.
Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board arranged the fair at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) as part of celebrating the World Tourism Day 2018.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal inaugurated the fair as the chief guest. The fair will remain open for all from 10am to 8pm till Sunday.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan attended the function as a special guest.
BPC Chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Jahangir Hossain, Ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio T Bandello and Ambassador of Indonesia Rina P Soemarno and convener of the Asian Tourism Fair and Editor of Parjatan Bichitra Mohiuddin Helal were also present.
Around 120 stalls of different countries like India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore apart from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair.
Travel-loving people of Bangladesh are offered to buy many interesting packages to visit home and abroad.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - A 10-day long solo art exhibition of artist Proshanta Karmakar Buddha titled 'Peace' began at Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali DOHS area on Friday.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest.
A total of 42 artworks of Proshanta will remain on display at the exhibition from 12pm to 8pm every day until October 7.
Speaking on the occasion, the French envoy said Proshanta is engaged in a quest for peace through art. “And that’s the thing we are always trying to find," she said.
Chairperson of Gulshan Literary Program Foundation Nazneen Azim, Managing Director of Totaltel Engineer Iftikhar Kajol, Adviser of the English Department of Independent University, Bangladesh Dr Niaz Zaman and Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet also addressed the inaugural ceremony.
Proshanta said he always dreams of a world devoid of chaos, brutality and hopelessness and he has depicted the hopes and aspirations for peace in his artworks. "I want people to live together amid joy and happiness, not violence," he added.
Proshanta Karmakar Buddha is known for having created his own original style within the modern genre. His paintings have been exhibited in at least 29 solo and 96 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.
He is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the 1991 Okamoto Prize by Asian Cultural Center for Unesco in Japan, and the Best in Printmaking award at the 9th National Young Artists’ Exhibition at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1990.
Beloit, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — The Wisconsin museum that holds the record for the world's largest collection of angels is closing.
Joyce Berg, who helped start The Angel Museum 20 years ago with her personal collection, says it is shutting down due to lack of funds, membership, corporate sponsors and volunteers.
Berg and her late husband, Lowell, started collecting in 1976 and now hold the record for 13,165 angels. The museum also has 600 African-American angels donated by Oprah Winfrey.
Berg estimates that at least 180,000 people have made it through the museum in Beloit, which was a former church.
The last day is Saturday. The 87-year-old Berg says the closing is "bittersweet."
She plans to keep some angels but has hired an auction company to sell most of them. She says she hopes the angels can stay together.
London, Sep 24 (AP/UNB) — It's an old tradition that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, and the Duchess of Sussex followed at least part of that when she married Prince Harry.
The former Meghan Markle has revealed in a television documentary that she had a piece of blue fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Harry sewn into her wedding dress.
She made the comments while discussing the dress in a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II called "Queen of the World." She didn't say whether she also embraced the rest of the tradition.
The clip was made public Sunday. The documentary will be broadcast at a later date. It deals with the queen's role as head of the Commonwealth.
The duchess described her May wedding on the grounds of Windsor Castle as a "magical day."
The American actress who starred in "Suits" married Harry on May 19 on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The "Queen of the World" will air in the U.K. on Tuesday.
Dhaka, Sept 21 (UNB) - A solo musical programme “Jannat Gaise” by third gender (hijra) artist Jannat was held in the city’s Green Road area on Friday evening.
The programme was organised under the project of ‘development of the standard of lifestyle and good behaviour’ in association with the social welfare department and ‘Rethink’, a platform works for the hijra community, a neglected portion of the society.
As part of the project, third gender artist Jannat was trained for six months on a different genre of music for Jannat’s keen interest in music.
Jannat said, "I feel honoured that I can sing in front of people without any hesitation and people have started accepting us."
Another third gender Opshora Prokash said the platform helped them explore their talent which was hidden.
“Please do not neglect us. We want to walk, sing and live together with all others. Do not treat us as a joker or a dangerous one. Accept us as we are the part of the same society," she added.
One of the leaders of the third gender community Shahanewaz Shaila said, "We want all-out cooperation and assistance to stand up and flourish our talent. If we get a platform to work, our community will be changed.”
‘Rethink' Director Lulu-Al-Marjan delivered the thanksgiving speech saying that the purpose of the programme was to nurture their (hijra) talent and increase cultural engagement.
She urged other people to invite the third gender people for performing in cultural programmes which will help them engage in the mainstream society.
The organisation is regularly holding many cultural sessions in the city with the participation and performance of transgender people (hijra).