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.
Dhaka, Dec 9 (UNB) – Speakers including foreign delegation put emphasis on the need of everyone’s participation in fight against corruption in order to achieve sustainability in the country's progress.
They came up with the notion at the inauguration of a cartoon and photography contest alongside five-day long exhibition, marking the international anti-corruption day, arranged by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) at the capital's Gallery Drik on Sunday.
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman in his inaugural speech said his organization have always meant to use cartoon as a tool to fight corruption since its interception.
“Through cartoons youth send powerful message on how to combat corruption,” he added.
Dr Luke Mukubvu, Governance and Institutional Adviser of Public Finance Management and Service Delivery, DFID Bangladesh emphasized on the citizens' involvement in fight against corruption.
He also lauded the participations of young generation in the war against corruption through satire and photography.
Andres Ohrstrom, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden stressed on the cooperation between government and the people in order to eradicate corruption mentioning it as a must to attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He further said that Sweden is keen to work closely with TIB to take drastic measures in spreading awareness against corruption.
Winnie Estrup Petersen, the Royal Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh, said, "A transparent and accountable government for corruption control needs to be maintained for SDGs. To which Bangladesh and other countries have signed up for."
Recognising TIB's youth engagement initiatives, she hoped that such initiatives would add significant contribution to the social movement against corruption.
Chairperson of Board of Trustees of TIB Advocate Sultana Kamal said cartoons are comments on society.
"It’s also the manifestation of freedom of expression,” she added.
In conclusion, she urged everyone to unite for the war against corruption.
Following their speeches, prizes were distributed among six winners and 55 special mention cartoonists parted in two categories alongside 23 photographers including three winners and 20 special mention photographers. All of their works have been put up for the exhibition.
In the 13th year of the cartoon contest, a total of 751 cartoons were enlisted and 496 entries were made for the 3rd anti-corruption photo competition.
The event is supported by Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Sweden, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation alongside UKAid.
The open-for-all exhibition will remain open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm each day till December 13.