- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangla Academy publishes 95 books for Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2015Bangla Academy was established to enrich Bangla literature and the body of knowledge available in Bangla by encouraging research and publication in the language.
The academy started its journey in 1955 and within two years had begun to publish books and magazines in Bangla. By 1971, the academy had published 317 books and journals.
After independence, the academy started a new journey. With 149 books, the Bangla Development Board was merged with the academy and the total number of books and magazines
the enhanced academy published rose to 466.
We sang the same soulful song, but we sang it in a different way; we sang it as some kind of affirmation of the new nationhood we had achievedOn one of these hartal days last week (it doesn’t matter which day), I walked out of my DU campus compound and on to the main street. I kept walking until I suddenly stopped. It would have been more dramatic if I wrote that I simply froze in my tracks, like a Kurt Vonnegut character that I had recently read about. I stood on the road for a long time until I realised that I had no reason to move in any direction. I had no direction. I had no reason to go anywhere.
The irony of writing about Ekushey in English is not lost on me. The failure of the narrow, perhaps naïve, nationalism to proudly embody Bengali, the great equaliser, following independence, was a futile endeavour.
English, the lingua franca predating then and holding strong into the now, was bound to bring down the fortifications and deliver the nation from the path of isolation. Its saturation would be complete when a generation brought up on a diet of Hollywood was as likely to associate the number 21 with a card game or the legal age for drinking as with February.
During one of my first trips to Dhaka, the officer at Foreigners Registration Counter at the airport asked me if I knew Bangla.
“Olpo olpo,” I confessed. “Ami beshi Bangla bujhina,” I clarified, so that he would not test my ability. He seemed quite pleased with my effort and decided to continue the conversation.
There is a famous Bangla song with my name in it, he informed me. Have I heard it?
I hadn’t. He hummed a bar. “Ogo Nirupama … korio khoma …”
Ban Ki-moon says government responsible to protect peopleUS Secretary of State John Kerry offered his renewed support to Bangladesh in protecting people’s fundamental freedoms.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Bangladesh government had the responsibility to protect people in general from violence.
John Kerry urged Bangladesh government to take action to end the ongoing violence peacefully and condemned the targeting of civilians by political parties.
Mamata wants to work as a bridge between her province and BangladeshVisiting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday asked Bangladesh to “keep faith” in her over a Teesta water-sharing deal that Bangladesh has long wanted signed and sealed.
Mamata was instrumental in the last-minute foiling of an effort in 2011 by former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh to reach a breakthrough on the Teesta water-sharing issue.
The visiting West Bengal executive yesterday said she would discuss the issue with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit.
It was raining cats and dogs when the Bangladesh cricketers were walking through the corridor of the Gabba prior to their training session at the Brisbane indoors yesterday. One thing was surely occupying the minds of the cricketers – will their second Pool A game against co-hosts Australia take place today?
At least 10 people, three of them believed to be Bangladeshis, died and several others injured in a fire at a building in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The fire broke out at the two-storey building in Mussafah in the early hours yesterday, reported UNB.
When contacted, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said three Bangladesh nationals were suspected dead in the incident.
RAB busts militant training centre running under the guise of Arabic language coachingTwelve suspected extremists – who the RAB described as “digital militants” – were arrested on Thursday from Chittagong’s Hathazari, where they were receiving militant training at a coaching centre.
Aged between 18 and 25, the arrestees all possessed multimedia mobile phones and micro-SD memory cards which contained audio-visual clips from different international and domestic militant outfits.
One of the three victims of the February 12 petrol bomb attack on a cargo truck in Narsingdi died yesterday after an eight-day battle with death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The victim, Zahid Hossain, was undergoing treatment for his 40% burn injuries from the attack at the DMCH’s burn unit. He died around 10:45am, according to DMCH sources.
His body has been sent for a post-mortem, said Dr Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon at the burn unit.
‘Let spread the message to every nook and cranny of the world that we have to protect languages’A cultural platform yesterday organised a march in Dhaka, calling on people around the world to respect and protect mother tongues.
The organiser said all nations across the globe should organise similar marches as a sign of showing respect to all the languages and to take initiatives for protecting the endangered languages.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Sangskritik Karmi Sangha, the participants marched from the TSC on Dhaka University premises to Shaheed Minar.
They were carrying colourful flags of around a hundred countries.
With the clock striking 12am today people from all walks of life began to pour into Shaheed Minar all over the country to pay their homage to those who laid down their lives to establish Bangla as a state language on February 21 in 1952.
In the first hour of the day, President M Abdul Hamid paid homage to language movement martyrs placing floral wreaths at the central Shaheed Minar in the capital at 12:01am.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also ruling Awami League president, placed wreaths along with her cabinet and party colleagues.
In June 2010, DORP provided the SAPNA package to 450 mothers, selected by the government authoritiesState Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki yesterday said the government would implement the “Social Assistance Programme for Non-Asseters (SAPNA)” as a project shortly to reduce poverty and empower women.
Poverty in the country is being reduced gradually as the government has been providing various allowances to the target groups under various safety net programmes, she said, addressing the closing ceremony of a workshop for the 2nd batch of officials related to SAPNA programme at the Department of Women Affairs in the city.
Another spell of 72-hour nationwide strike was declared by the BNP-led 20-party alliance starting tomorrow from 6am. The announcement came as the government did not pay heed to their demand for election under a non-partisan government.
Apart from countrywide transport blockade, the opposition alliance will also stage demonstrations in every upazila, district and division on February 23.
Three examinees under Chittagong Education Board were expelled for adopting unfair means in the Secondary School Certificate (SCC) examination in Chittagong and Rangamati yesterday.
Meanwhile, the board authorities also removed two secretaries of examination centres for their negligence in their duties, and a mobile court sentenced a youth to jail for one year and six months for taking the exam as proxy for his cousin.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent actor Helal Khan to jail, in a case filed with Badda police station.
Metropolitan Magistrate Waez Kuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order when Badda police produced Helal Khan before the court after completion of his two-day remand.
On Tuesday, another Dhaka court placed him on a two-day remand, when Sub-Inspector Abu Zayed Nazmul Nur sought a 10-day remand in the case.
On February 16, members of Detective Branch (DB) of police had arrested Helal Khan from Judge Court in old Dhaka of the capital city.
World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Annette Dixon arrives in Dhaka today to build on the longstanding partnership between Bangladesh and the World Bank Group.
This is Dixon’s first visit to Bangladesh since assuming her position on December 15, 2014.
BNP yesterday demanded a UN-led probe into the all incidents of extrajudicial killing, human rights violation and subversive act, including petrol-bomb attacks in Bangladesh.
In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed said: “We want an international-level probe to be carried out under the supervision of the United Nations into all subversive acts, petrol-bomb attacks, all crimes against humanity, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, killings, abductions and illegal use of guns by the law enforcers and ruling party cadres.”
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was placed on a fresh two-day remand yesterday in a case filed under the Explosive Substance Act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rashed Talukdar passed the order when Sub-Inspector Nurul Islam produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand in the case filed with the capital’s Mohammadpur police station.
Despite repetitive promises and initiatives of local parliament members and union parishad chairmen, the 5.75 kilometre-long Pulerghat-Bottola road in Mymensingh’s Goforgaon upazila is yet to be paved.
It has been long 40 years since the road in Tangab union was first constructed. This dirt road is used by thousands of people of the eight villages of 2, 3 and 4 no ward of the union. Besides, there are six primary schools, two colleges, one vocational institution, one madrasa, an Ayurveda college and six kindergarten schools are situated along the road.