Friday marked the 21st death anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal, country's trailblazing woman activist, poet and educationist.
The day has been observed in befitting manners by different socio-cultural organisations throughout the years, however, this year the day was observed with limited arrangements due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
Commemorating the eminent personality, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on Thursday, paying great respect to the life and memories of Begum Sufia Kamal.
Besides, several socio-cultural organisations including Bangladesh Mahila Parishad remembered the poet on social media, the organization to which she was the founding president.
A woman ahead of her time and the contemporaries, Sufia Kamal was instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, the legendary educationist who was her own inspiration.
Born on June 20, 1911 at Shayestabad, Barishal to Abdul Bari and Sabera Begum, Begum Sufia Kamal went on becoming a civil society leader and a pioneer activist for women’s rights. She played active roles in the 1952 language movement, the oppressions against the nation before and during the 1971 Liberation War and every human rights movement till her demise.
Despite lacking formal education during her childhood, she learned multiple languages at her home including Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Kurdish and Persian. Her first book of poems, Sanjher Maya (The Eventide Spell), was published from Kolkata in 1938 which were praised by legendary litterateur Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.
As a poet and writer, she then went on authoring more than a dozen volumes of poetry and several volumes of short stories, short novels, travelogues, etc. Her documentary book Ekatturer Diary (Diary of 71) narrated the horrific stories during the 1971 Liberation War. She was the founding editor of Begum, country's maiden women’s magazine.
Sufia Kamal was the founding-chairperson of The Bangladesh Women’s Rehabilitation Board, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dustha Punarbasan Sangstha. She was the president of Chhayanaut, Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation and Nari Kalyan Sangstha. She was also the first Chairperson of BRAC.
Sufia Kamal received a large number of awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1961), a major national award conferred by the Pakistani government that she returned in 1969 in protest at the then government’s oppressive treatment to Bengali people. Her major achievements include Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Ekushey Padak (1976), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Women’s Federation for World Peace Crest (1996), Begum Rokeya Padak (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996), Independence Day Award (1997), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986) and more.
Besides, the National Public Library in Dhaka is named the Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Bangladesh National Museum named one of its main auditoriums in her honour.
Sufia Kamal passed away on November 20, 1999. She was survived by her three daughters and two sons, including Sultana Kamal, a noted human rights activist and former adviser in the Caretaker government of Bangladesh.
Today the city kids are mostly growing up in closed spaces. The haphazard development of the urban areas came at the expense of playgrounds in different parts of Dhaka City. Children and teenagers hardly get open spaces for playing and entertainment. But still, there are some places in the city where children and adults can do some fun activities. In this article, we are going to highlight the top amusement parks in Dhaka city. Check out these places to plan a fun trip for your family and kids.
Dhaka Shishu Park is the first children's amusement park in Bangladesh. It was established in 1979 in a vast 15-acre area. Dhaka Shishu Park includes several fun rides, such as a wheel train, a merry-go-round, and several wheel-based rides.
According to the Winter Season Schedule (October to March), Dhaka Shishu Park is open from 1 pm to 7 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Friday, the visiting hours are 2 pm to 8 pm. On Wednesday, this place is open only for the poor and street children from 2 pm to 5 pm. On Sunday, Dhaka Shishu Park remains closed.
Dhaka Shishu Park’s Entry Fee is only BDT 15 per person. There are 12 types of fun rides for children. You have to spend BDT 10 per person for each ride. Besides these, there are four rides owned by private companies that cost BDT 25 per ticket. Shishu Park is located near Shahbag Foot Over Bridge.
If you are looking for an amazing destination for a family day out, put the Fantasy Kingdom Complex on your list! Concord group inaugurated the Fantasy Kingdom theme park on February 19, 2002. This place attracts a huge number of people every day.
The Fantasy Kingdom offers a bunch of thrilling rides and innovative fun activities for both children and adults. The most popular amusement activities of Fantasy Kingdom include the huge video game arcade, 1,500 feet roller coaster, Arabian flying carpet, large flume ride, racehorses, Santamaria Viking ship, and crazy bumps. Here children and family members can enjoy and get entertained without being scared.
The Fantasy Kingdom stands beside the Dhaka-Ashulia bypass road. This place is about 30km away from Dhaka city on the way to Savar and not too far from the Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport. This place is open every day of the week. The visiting time is from 11 am to 9 pm every day. On government holidays, this place stays open from 10 am to 10 pm.
Nandan Park is one of the most popular family amusement parks in the country. It started its journey on Oct 3, 2003. The fun rides and amusement activities of Nandan Park include Water Coaster, 5D Cinema Theater, Musical Dancing Fountain, Cable Car, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ice-Land, and Wave pool. Furthermore, the “Water World” of Nandan Park was inaugurated in May 2004. In the Water Park, you get eight additional rides. This park is specially designed for the family day out programs.
Nandan Park is located at Baroipara, on the way from Nabinagar to Chandra Highway in Savar. This place remains open every day. The visiting time is from 10 am to 8 pm.
Here the entry and 2 dry park rides cost BDT 295 per ticket. The entry and 10 dry park rides combined cost BDT 295 per ticket. If you want to visit the water world, then pick the entry, with 10 dry park rides and the water world package that costs BDT 650 per person. And, the entry and Water World package charges about BDT 550.
The Jamuna Amusement Park is a part of the Future Park complex located on the Pragati Sharani at Kuril, in Baridhara. This place can be accessed by the Kuril Flyover from both directions of the Airport Road.
Jamuna Amusement Park is famous for thrilling rides like a pirate ship, roller coaster, tower challenger, sky drive, magic windmill, flying disco, etc. Besides these, the fifth floor of Jamuna shopping mall has an entertainment zone that includes Food Court, Restaurants, Players Zone, and Blockbuster Cinemas, etc. Here all the family members, especially children can have lots of fun.
In the Jamuna Amusement Park, the entry fee is BDT 50 per person. Per ticket for a Roller Coaster ride costs about BDT 300. For other rides, you have to pay BDT 150 per person. You can also choose combined packages to enjoy multiple rides that cost about BDT 750 per person. The Jamuna Amusement Park remains open Saturday to Thursday from 3 pm to 8 pm. On Friday, the visiting hour is 3 pm to 9 pm. On Wednesday, both the Jamuna Shopping Mall as well as the Jamuna Amusement Park remain closed.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre was inaugurated on Sep 25, 2004. Novo Theatre is spread across 5.46 acres of land. Renowned architect Ali Imam designed this planetarium. The voluminous structure of Novo Theatre accommodates about 275 people on every show. Novo Theatre is a great place for entertainment for kids and adults.
The Planetarium dome wonderfully simulates planet Earth and the magical blue sky. This dome-shaped theater creates a fascinating three-dimensional environment utilizing the latest technologies and equipment. Novo Theatre enables visitors to experience the feel of roaming into space and enjoy the breathtaking thrills of an interplanetary journey.
Novo Theatre is located on Bijoy Sharani Avenue at Tejgaon. This place is open to the public on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm. On Friday, the visiting time is from 10 am to 7 pm. This place is closed on Wednesday.
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A Chinese inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been proved safe and tolerable and can induce a quick immune response, according to the findings from early and mid-stage clinical trials published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The level of antibodies induced by the vaccine was lower than those in people who had recovered from COVID-19, whereas it was capable of protecting the human body from infections caused by the virus, the findings said.
The vaccine, CoronaVac, was developed by a Chinese biopharmaceutical producer Sinovac Biotech.
It was tested in randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials involving more than 700 healthy adults aged 18 to 59.
Vaccination is done with two doses taken 14 days apart, and the vaccine candidate is effective, which makes it suitable for emergency use amid the pandemic, said Zhu Fengcai, one of the authors of the findings.
Zhu added that further research is needed to verify the duration of the immune response induced by the vaccination.
At present, the vaccine candidate is undergoing phase-3 clinical trials to confirm its effectiveness.
Weddings may have been hit hard by the current epidemic, but we’ve proven that you don’t need the whole town over for a memorable experience. Regardless of the size of your guests, one thing that will be absolutely mandatory is food! Restaurants may be closed in some areas, but caterers and delivery companies are still going strong. Which means you and your spouse can dish out pre-covid quality meals - but for less people! Not only will that go easier on the wallet but you’ll be able to cater the best food for a wedding in Bangladesh.
The absolute staple to every Bengali wedding, pulao and biryani are your carbs of choice that everything falls under. Mishti Pulao is incredibly popular and its slightly sweet taste blends perfectly with mutton curry. It’s hard to go wrong with Biryani too, it is the culinary quintessential for South Asia and goes well with almost everything.
Another staple that will have all your guests drooling. Kosha Mangsho is authentic Bengali mutton curry that is cooked with goat meat, potatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, mustard oil and yogurt, Its recipe is more complex than one would believe at first glance, but its colourful ingredients certainly blend well with any hearty meal.
A vegetable dish that can either substitute other curries or complement your biryani, Dhokar Dalna is a decadent vegetable dish that soaks fried lentil cakes with tomato and coconut based curry for a myriad of flavours and texture. It certainly is not something for fitness buffs, but at a wedding, everyone deserves to go all out and this is one of the best vegetarian dishes to set eyes upon.
To balance out the heartiness of mutton and curry, Chingri Malai provides a lighter alternative with its prawns at the forefront. The dish is spicy in nature and uses coconut milk with an array of spices. Relatively speaking, this would be the go to if you’re looking to warm up or take a break from the heavier eats on this list.
Much like the Dhokar Dalna, having a Tikia can balance your plate if you’re facing a curry overload. Tikia has a well rounded collection of ingredients that can seem like much to some if coupled with too much biryani or mutton curry. Tikia is a fried cake that consists of meat (commonly mutton) and potatoes.
Finally, Borhani is a top pick for washing down the heavy dishes listed. Mixed with yogurt, mint, coriander and even chilli, this beverage is a classic Bengali pairing with any meal. It may seem like an unorthodox concoction to those outside South and SouthEast Asia, but if you ever attend a Bengali weapon, this is the first drink you should try.
It refers to the likelihood that a coronavirus shot will work in people.
Two vaccine makers have said that preliminary results from their late-stage studies suggest their experimental vaccines are strongly protective. Moderna this week said its vaccine appears nearly 95% effective. This comes on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement that its shot appeared similarly effective.
Those numbers raised hopes around the world that vaccines could help put an end to the pandemic sometime next year if they continue to show that they prevent disease and are safe.
Effectiveness numbers will change as the vaccine studies continue since the early calculations were based on fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases in each study. But early results provide strong signals that the vaccine could prevent a majority of disease when large groups of people are vaccinated.
U.S. health officials said a coronavirus vaccine would need to be at least 50% effective before they would consider approving it for use. There was concern that coronavirus vaccines might be only as effective as flu vaccines, which have ranged from 20% to 60% effective in recent years.
The broad, early effectiveness figures don’t tell the whole story. Scientists also need to understand how well the vaccine protects people in different age groups and demographic categories.
For both vaccines, the interim results were based on people who had COVID-19 symptoms that prompted a virus test. That means we don’t know yet whether someone who’s vaccinated might still get infected -- even if they show no symptoms -- and spread the virus.
Also unknown is whether the shots will give lasting protection, or whether boosters will be required.