Archaeologists in Egypt have unveiled two new artifacts from antiquity, a rare statue of one of the country's most famous pharaohs and a diminutive ancient sphinx.
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced that a pink granite statue of celebrated ancient ruler Ramses II was found last week, describing the artifact as "one of the rarest archaeological discoveries."
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the three-and-a-half-foot statue was crafted in a style that ancient Egyptians used to portray and capture an individual's essential nature, adding that it was the first such statue to be found fashioned from granite.
A hieroglyphic inscription found on the back of the stone bore the name "strong bull," a reference to the king's "strength and vitality," he added.
The statue, caked in mud, was found on the property of a man arrested earlier this month for carrying out illegal excavations near the ancient pyramids of Giza, according to the ministry statement. It did not say how the statue came to be on the man's property.
"It's in very good condition," Niveen al-Areef, a spokeswoman for the antiquities ministry, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We are now studying its importance and trying to determine its inscriptions."
Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled Egypt for around 60 years, from 1279 B.C. to 1213 B.C. He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt's reach as far as modern Syria to the east and modern Sudan to the south.
Over the weekend, Egyptian archaeologists also unearthed a dwarf limestone sphinx from a ditch in the southern desert province of Minya. At barely over one foot tall, the statue is no match for the towering Great Sphinx at the Pyramids of Giza, but the ministry said its finely carved face, which appears well-preserved, reflects impressive artistic skill and attention to detail.
Egypt frequently touts its archaeological discoveries in hopes of spurring a vital tourism industry that has been reeling from political turmoil following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Elected officials in Missouri's Jackson County are adding plaques to statues of the Kansas City area county's namesake noting that the nation's seventh president was a slave owner and forced thousands of Native Americans off their lands.
The plaques that will be added to statues of Andrew Jackson outside courthouses in downtown Kansas City and in nearby Independence will note that "Almost two centuries later, we hold a broader, more inclusive view of our nation," KMBC-TV reported.
Jackson began his term as president in 1829, almost three years after the Missouri State Legislature named the county after him because he was a hero of the War of 1812.
"This statue of Jackson reminds us we are on a path that in the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., bending toward justice. In turn, we must acknowledge the past injustices to help us create greater nation built upon humane policies to light our way and the way of humanity everywhere," the plaques will read.
"You may be entering this revered building today in a pursuit of truth or justice. Your own history is still being written."
A two-day music festival of the Music Department of Dhaka University (DU) has began with the theme ‘Bangla Gaan’ (Bangla Songs) as part of its silver jubilee celebration programme.
A colourful procession was brought out at 10 am on Tuesday from the Arts Faculty building which was participated by teachers of the department, its present and former students, and staff.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the festival at 11am at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) while Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam and DU Pro-VC Dr Nasreen Ahmad, among others, were present as special guests.
Assistant Professor Md Azizur Rahman of Music Department told UNB that the ‘Music Festival 2019’ is a part of the 25th anniversary celebration progreammes of the department that started its journey in 1994.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim will be present as the chief guest in the evening session at 5:30pm.
Celebrated Indian singer Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay will be present in the evening session while singer Mita Haque, Tapan Mahmud, Tapan Chowdhury, Sharmin Islam, Swapan Chandra Biswas, Tapasi Rani Ghosh and artistes of the department will perform.
The artistes will commemorate the Bangla songs and its creators (from the period of ‘Shakta Padabali’ to present) during the two-day festival.
Over 250 students of the department will present improvised chorus songs during the festival.
Renowned cultural organisations celebrated the Victory Day through various cultural events on Monday.
Bangla Academy started the day by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum Savar paying homage to the martyrs of the Liberation War.
A seminar, presided over by Bangla Academy President and National Professor Dr Anisuzzaman, was arranged in the afternoon at the academy’s Nazrul Stage.
Eminent historian and academy’s former Director General Dr Syed Anwar Husain joined the seminar session titled ‘Victory: History and Significance’ as the solo speaker. Bangla Academy’s Director General Habibullah Siraji and Dr Anisuzzaman also spoke at the event.
Country’s distinguished cultural institution Chhayanaut celebrated the day through an enormous arrangement at Dhaka University’s central playground.
Starting at 3:45pm through raising the national flag by DU Vice-chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman, the event included a cultural session with solo and group songs, poetry recitations and dance performances.
The National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) celebrated the day with a range of colourful festivities.
BSA started the day at 8:30 am by placing a wreath at the National Mausoleum by its Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky and other staff members.
At 9 am, a cultural session was organised at the adjacent green valley of the memorial where 500 promising artistes took part in poetry recitations, acrobatics, musical performances and art camp.
The academy also arranged a seminar followed by a cultural session at the National Theatre Hall of BSA in the evening.
The cultural session featured mesmerising performances by BSA artistes, including group and solo musical and dance performances, and poetry recitations by Syed Hasan Imam and Jharna Sarkar.
A daylong photo exhibition organised by Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (Duja) was held on the premises of Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of the university on Monday, marking the 49th Victory Day.
DU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Victory of Courage’ in the morning while Duja President Raihanul Islam Abir and Joint Secretary Imran Hossain were present among others.
The exhibition remained open for all from 9am to 11:30pm.
The exhibition showcased 150 rare collections of photographs and paper cuttings based on the history of Bangladesh from the British era to the birth of Bangladesh, especially events of the Liberation War and those related to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.