Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) - Six students of the department of Oriental Art under the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Dhaka have received awards for their outstanding achievement at the annual art exhibition.
DU Vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman handed over the awards at the inaugural ceremony of the weeklong annual exhibition on Monday.
‘Award for Best Medium’ was given to graduate student Shaily Shrabonti while Samina Zaman, a student of MFA (second part), were selected as the winners of ‘Award for Experimental Work’.
Shaily Shrabonti was awarded for her work “Kath Putuler Kotha”.
The young and promising artist told UNB that her works mainly represent how people become motionless in one’s metro lifestyle.
First-year student Raisa Moazzem and second-year student Joyosree Goswami received ‘Shilpi Shawkatuzzaman Smriti Puraskar’ and ‘Shilpi Aminul Islam Smriti Puraskar’ respectively.
Graduate student Saurav Ghosh won ‘Shilpi Rashid Chowdhury Smriti Puraskar’ while a student of MFA (second part) Shahnaz Akter Pinki received ‘Shilpi Shafikul Amin Smriti Puroskar’.
A total of 105 artworks are being put on display where 95 artworks of 40 students and 10 works of teachers were included.
The exhibition will continue till October 6 from 11 am to 8 pm every day.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – Speakers at a seminar on Monday called for ensuring proper waste management in the city.
They said environmental hazards can be reduced through proper waste management.
They were speaking at a seminar on ‘Solid Waste Management Challenges’ marking the World Habitat Day held at the EMK Center in the city’s Dhanmondi.
Nature Study Society of Bangladesh (NSSB) and Edward M. Kennedy Center for Public Service and the Arts (EMK) organized the programme.
Founder Director of NSSB Captain Kawsar Mostafa delivered a presentation on ‘Solid Waste Management’ at the seminar.
He said “The municipal solid wastes have been a great challenge all over the world today for their huge volume and problem of properly managing the same. So it is urgent for taking steps for proper management of waste in the city.”
Brand Ambassador of NSSB (JU) Aflatun Kaeser Zilany spoke on ‘Engaging youth in turning waste into resources’.
Director of EMK Center Naveed Akbar also spoke.
Students and members from University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Northern University of Bangladesh (NUB), Motijheel Ideal College, Volunteer For Bangladesh, different school, college, university and organization of city area participated the programme.
The main focus of this year’s World Habitat Day celebration is taking action to address the Municipal Solid Waste Management challenges.
The United Nations has declared the first Monday of October every year as the World Habitat Day, to reflect on the state of our cities and towns, and on the basic rights of all for an adequate shelter.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - Grameen America, a fast-growing micro-finance organisation in the United States (US), has distributed $1 billion in microloans to more than 100,000 low-income women entrepreneurs since its inception 10 years ago.
The organisation now has 20 branches in 13 American cities and plans to open a branch in Houston next month, expand to other cities, and deepen its footprint.
These results were shared in a board meeting held in the New York city, on September 26, chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus, said a press release.
“This record $1 billion achievement is proof that the model can scale successfully, and we are excited to see where the next decade takes us,” said Prof Yunus. “Many had doubts whether micro-finance would be effective as a poverty alleviation tool in the United States, but we have clearly proved them wrong.”
“By investing $1 billion in the entrepreneurial businesses of low-income women, Grameen America has helped over 106,000 women in the United States break out of the cycle of poverty,” said Andrea Jung, President and CEO of the organisation.
Grameen America serves women who are usually not eligible for loans from traditional banks and largely excluded from the mainstream US financial system. Start-up loan is under $2,000.
The organisation has successfully adapted its small-group, trust-based micro-finance model in different markets across the United States. Currently, the organisation has seven branches in the New York city, a significant and growing presence in northern and southern California, and branches in cities throughout the country, including San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Shahjajal University, Oct 1 (UNB) – A two-day job fair to be organised by Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Career Club will begin on the campus on Wednesday.
SUST Vice-chancellor Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed will inaugurate the career festival at 10 am at the basketball ground.
Seminars, workshops, skill development programmes, career talks and other events to enrich the students' knowledge and create a pathway to the global career will be held at the event, said Sharmin Sultana Mimi, president of the SUST Career Club.
Different companies, including Grameenphone, Coca-Cola, Decathlon, Walton, BRAC, Staff Asia, Confidence Group, Green Bud, ACME, Sylcon Enterprise, Aftab Bahumukhi Farms Ltd, Super Star Group, Rise School, Royal Graduate Enterprise, ART.com, will participate in the festival, she said.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – Speakers at a seminar here have emphasised the importance of improving the human rights condition in the country’s marine fisheries sector as its contribution towards poverty eradication and food security is remarkable.
Ocean provides critical ecosystem services and nutrition, and support human wellbeing and livelihoods, employment and economic growth, they said at the concluding session of a two-day multi-stakeholder seminar that ended on Monday.
The seminar titled ‘The contribution of human rights to the sustainable development of coastal fisheries and poverty alleviation in Bangladesh’ was organised marking the launching of a 30-month research project, supported by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR).
The project, to be jointly implemented by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) and COAST Trust, aims to develop good practices, tools and guidance to identify, address and monitor the human rights implications and impacts of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Bangladesh.
The project will also focus on responsible business and human rights, particularly in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans.
Chaired by MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam, the concluding session was addressed, among others, by full-time member of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Nazrul Islam, Director (Marine) of Marine Fisheries Office, Chattogram Dr AKM Aminul Haque and Professor of Chittagong University’s Institute of Marine Science Dr Hossain Zamal.
“Effective collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, including the government and non-government organisations, should be ensured to improve human rights and good governance situations for Bangladesh fisher communities,” said Nazrul Islam.
Drawing attention to the widespread violations of women rights in the fisheries sector, Shaheen Anam urged for immediate introduction of human rights-based approaches in the sector to alleviate the sufferings of the community.
Earlier at the inaugural session on Sunday, DIHR senior advisor Sille Stidsen highlighted global perspectives on sustainable oceans.
The Bay of Bengal of Bangladesh is blessed with rich coastal and marine ecosystems and the recent solutions to longstanding maritime boundary disputes have paved the way for Bangladesh towards adopting ocean and water resource centric approaches towards pursuing economic development, she said.
Another DIHR senior advisor Tulika Bansal unpacked the concept of sector-wise impact assessment approach which will be applied in Bangladesh’s research project.
Participants from the fisher community and Fishing Boat Owners’ Associations from Cox’s Bazar and Barguna, including NGOs and CSOs, identified a number of challenges in the areas of livelihood, safety and security, labour rights, environmental and climate change, governance and trade, according to a media release.