London, Dec 22 (Xinhua/UNB) -London's Big Ben will chime at midnight on New Year's Eve with its iconic big bongs, British Parliament confirmed Friday.
The coming new year will herald the 160th anniversary of the year one of the world's best known clocks started keeping time for the nation.
At midnight exactly, Big Ben will ring 12 times, replicating the usual strike rate of 4.5 seconds. To make this possible, a bespoke electric mechanism has been built to power the 200kg striking hammer.
The Elizabeth Tower, the formal name for the clock tower, is currently undergoing a complex conservation program to safeguard the 159-year-old iconic clock for generations to come.
As one of London's most photographed attractions, the clock tower is now clad in scaffolding, with its clock hands and the 159-year-old clock mechanism completely disconnected and dismantled for the first time.
It is part of a specialist task to restore the historic building to its former glory. Experts from around Britain are involved in the huge task of restoring the landmark, combining ancient craftsmanship with cutting edge modern techniques.
"This is the most significant restoration of the Elizabeth Tower in its entire history, with many challenges and complexities emerging since the project began," said principal architect Adam Watrobski.
According to Watrobski, the first newly painted clock dial will be revealed next year.
Measuring 2.7m across and 2.2m high, the 13.7-tonne bell could produce musical note E when struck and will be test rung on a number of occasions ahead of the New Year celebration.
Dhaka, Dec 21 (UNB) - A get-together programme ‘Poetry Evening on Hafez Shirazi’ was held at Iran Cultural Centre in the city on Friday.
Iran Cultural Centre in Dhaka arranged the programme on the occasion of ‘Shab-e-Yalda’, a traditional night of Iran (The longest night of the year).
Ambassador of Iran in Bangladesh Mohammad Reza Nafar and Poet Asad Chowdhury were present at the programme as special guests.
Speakers said the influence of Hafez's literature exists in Bangla literature. The national poet of Bangaladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam has helped Bangla literature enrich through translating Diwane Hafez’s poetries.
Poet Asad Chowdhury, Shihab Sarker, Hasan Hafiz, and Shah Newaz Tabib recited during the programme.
A documentary on ' Shab- e-Yalda' was screened as part of the programme.
Acting cultural counselor Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini Faegh delivered the welcome speech.
Egypt, Dec 16 (AP/UNB) — Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.
Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just west of Cairo, which is also home to the famed Step Pyramid.
He said drawings on the tomb's walls were "exceptionally well-preserved." The drawings depicted the official and his family, he added.
The tomb also contained a total of 45 statues carved in rock. Again, they depict the official and his family.
In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more tourists to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil and violence that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria is participating in the Asian Film Festival for the first time which will continue until December 14.
Ten countries, including Bangladesh, are participating in the festival, formally inaugurated on December 10, at the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja.
It marks the second yearly gala (2nd Asian Film Festival), said the Bangladesh High Commission.
Rina Brown, a Bangladeshi movie, was screened on Tuesday which earned the appreciation of the audience.
Ambassadors and High Commissioners, their spouses, members of the diplomatic crops, representatives from the Nigerian government, members of the civil society and cultural organisations, movie-lovers and expatriate community members were present.
While thanking the government of Bangladesh as well as the organisers for their generous support, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria M Shameem Ahsan
felt that this gala will help create greater understanding among the participating countries.
Drawn from a story against the backdrop of the great War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, Rina Brown moves on the budding relationship between two youngsters.
Written and directed by Shameem Akhtar, a noted filmmaker in Bangladesh, the Impress Telefilm’s movie was made with government grant.
Barun Chanda, Mahfuz Rizvi and Proma Paboni portrayed the lead roles while other important casts, among others, are Shampa Reza, Farhana Mithu, Ataur Rahman, Saberi Alam, Manash Chowdhury and Prabal Chowdhury.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) – ‘Khancha’ (The Cage), a Bangladeshi film, will be screened in Nigeria for the first time on Tuesday as the second Asian Film Festival is set to begin at Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja on Monday night (BST).
The film festival is scheduled to be formally inaugurated at 9pm (BST) and will continue until December 14, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria M Shameem Ahsan.
The Bangladesh Mission in Abuja was opened two years ago.
The screening of ‘Khancha’, made with the grant of the government of Bangladesh, will take place at 5pm on Tuesday, said the High Commissioner.
All expatriate Bangladesh nationals, including film-lovers, are invited to watch the Bangladeshi film at the festival where a total of 10 countries like Iran, South Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan will participate.
Directed by Akram Khan and a film of the Impress Telefilms Limited, Bangladesh, Khancha was released in 2017.
Drawn from the short story of Hasan Azizul Huq, a noted Bangladeshi writer, it moves on in the context of the Partition of India in 1947 during the British era.
Jaya Ahsan, Azad Abul Kalam, Mamunur Rashid Chadni and Arman Pervej played the main characters.
Though not nominated, Khancha was selected as Bangladesh’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2018-Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, according to Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja.
Two films – one each from Iran and South Korea -– are scheduled to be screened on Monday. Every day, two films from two countries will be screened in the remaining days.