- February 18, 2018
It was the scientific inventions of WWII (such as penicillin, radar and the atomic bomb) that really made politicians and world leaders aware of the power of scientific advancementsOne of the head-liners of the Dhaka Literary Festival, Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus was present today to speak at the much anticipated session titled ‘The Purpose, Potential and Politics of Science’ at the Main Stage of Bengal Academy. In this session, Harold Varmus spoke to the audience about basic science research, government and science policy and the future of global healthcare.
“In our country, when we have problems we believe in magic. When things are fine, we become realistic,” – Dilruba Z Ara
19 questions with Saad Z HossainDefining himself as an author who explores the niche genre of fantasy, science fiction and black comedy, Saad Z Hossain’s Escape from Baghdad! has been defined as a book that “ranks way above crazy, and makes for one fabulously engaging read that thrives on allegories,” by Ambarish Ganesh’s book review for the Indian Nerve.
How to blend in like a proWe’ve all pretended to sway to Folk Fest performances, we’ve grooved to some jazz and we’ve allowed the world to watch us nae nae as we make it through these music fests #likeaboss. Music, we can pretend to enjoy, no matter how basic (ikr?), but DLF, girlfriends, is an entirely different ball game. We’ve been to many clubs, but ain’t none of that been a book club. It’s finally time for us to climb that last cultural rung to ace our game at Dhaka Lit Fest – the biggest and most fab party of geeks you will ever come across.
Himal Southasia, a quarterly published from Kathmandu, yesterday launched a special issue focused on Bangladesh: “The Bangladesh Paradox”, with a panel talk between Afsan Chowdhury, Prashanta Tripura, Kasia Paprocki, and Garga Chatterjee.
The talk was moderated by Himal Southasian’s editor Aunohita Mojimdar.
The panelists discussed various politics of Bangladesh in the south Asian context: including its geopolitical issues, language, and race.
1:45AM – 12:45PM
WOW BITES | Main Stage
A range of women from different professions tell their stories through a gender lens. Featuring businesswoman Rubana Huq, the first Bangladeshi woman to climb Mount Everest, Nishat Majumdar and journalist Munni Saha. In conversation with Jude Kelly.
A WOW – Women of the World festival talk.
THE TRIUMPH OF THE SNAKE GODDESS
The first day of Dhaka Lit Fest saw a colorful congregation of literary figures and enthusiasts at the historic Bangla Academy compound yesterday.
As the event kicked off on a lovely late autumn morning, defying fears amid attacks on free-thinkers, participants expressed a strong determination and commitment to be united for a firm resistance.
Bangladesh has fared well in removing gender-based disparities, moving up four places to 64 in the latest 145-country gender gap index of World Economic Forum.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2015, released yesterday, assesses the countries across four pillars: health, education, economic opportunities and political empowerment.
Bangladesh scored above average on educational attainment, health and survival parameters except economic participation and opportunity. Bangladesh is also the region’s second-most improved country on the overall Index.
Commending Bangladesh’s success in reducing poverty and the child mortality rate over the last 10 years, speakers laid emphasis on applying the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to effectively implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
They were speaking at a round table titled “MDGs to SDGs” organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a city hotel yesterday.
The full verdicts of the apex court against Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were read out to them at jail yesterday. But, as of last night, none of them decided whether they would seek presidential clemency, their last lifeline.
The Appellate Division bench, which on Wednesday had dismissed the two review petitions filed against their death sentences, released the full text yesterday evening.
The Islamic State jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris attacks was killed during a major police raid, prosecutors confirmed Thursday.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed in Wednesday’s assault by elite police units on an apartment in northern Paris, which left at least two people dead.
Handprint analysis was used to identify the Belgian’s body, which was found among the rubble of the shattered building after officers rained fire and grenades on the jihadists in a seven-hour siege, reports AFP.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will move to the Supreme Court against a High Court order that rejected her petition challenging the legality of trial in the Niko graft case.
The BNP chief’s lawyer AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon told reporters yesterday that Khaleda was out on bail in the case and has been asked by the High Court to surrender before the trial court. After Khaleda returns from London, she will appeal against the High Court order as soon as possible, the lawyer added.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed December 1 for another hearing on the bail petition of Jesmin Jahan Nitto Shahadat, wife of national cricket player Kazi Shahadat Hossain, with her present at the court.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla issued the order after hearing the bail petition filed by Nitto’s counsel Kazi Md Najib Ullah Hiru on October 27 in a case filed against Nitto and Shahadat for torturing their under-age domestic help.
The government has signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $1 million in grant for technical assistance in promoting sustainable use of surface water in the capital.
The government of Japan is financing the technical assistance through the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, reported UNB. The ADB will administer the fund and provide technical support for project implementation. Mitsutake Numahata, counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka, was present on the occasion.
Gonojagoron Moncho is to hold a rally today demanding immediate execution of the verdicts of war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
Its spokesperson Dr Imran H Sarker announced the rally yesterday during a sit-in in the capital’s Shahbagh. The sit-in was held protesting the countywide general strike of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
Gonojagoron Moncho activists gathered at Shahbagh intersection early in the morning to foil Jamaat’s attempt for making the strike successful.
In light of the recent situations in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cancelled her trip to the upcoming Commonwealth Summit in Malta and the COP21 Summit in France.
The Commonwealth Summit will be held in Malta from November 27 to 29, while the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP21 will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 5.
The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition that challenged Awami League lawmaker and Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya’s legal right to retain his offices as the Supreme Court had scrapped his acquittal in a corruption case.
The bench of Justice Rifat Ahmed gave the order after hearing the petition.
The judge said the petition was rejected as Maya’s appeal against a lower court conviction was pending for a fresh hearing at the High Court.
The Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility for the attack on Italian priest Piero Parolari, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Rita Katz, director of SITE, tweeted about the IS claim yesterday, a day after the priest was shot by unidentified gunmen in Dinajpur, which is the latest in a series of attacks made on foreign nationals in the country recently.
“Piero Parolari is 3rd foreigner to be claimed by #ISIS in #Bangladesh since Sep. 29, making the country hot spot for such attacks,” Rita tweeted.
Some educational institutions in Chittagong that have a large number of students compared to other schools and are located beside major roads have frequently been blamed for aggravating traffic congestion in the city.
The city roads, especially those near big schools, usually witness serious traffic congestion before and after school hours when hordes of students enter or leave schools at the same time. Most of these roads are also very narrow.
A Sylhet court yesterday placed Jafran Hasan, one of the accused in science writer Avijit Roy murder case, on a seven-day remand in connection with the murder of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das.
Judge of the Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate 2 Anwarul Haque passed the order after CID Inspector Arman Ali produced him before his court seeking 15-day remand. Jafran was already accused in the murder case of Bangladesh-origin US citizen Avijit Roy.
With Jafran, 13 people have been shown arrested in Ananta murder case.