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Celebration and significance of Durga Puja in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Sharadiya Durga Puja, the iconic celebration of the Hindu community both in Bangladesh and West Bengal, has its roots deep within the cultural heritage. No other festival of the Hindu religion is observed as widely as the celebration of the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura. Read More »

Common ground

by Hans Dembowski In politics, there are two different ways to refer to religion. One is to pretend to be exerting God’s will; the other is to spell out the ethics of one’s faith. Read More »

The place that shaped me —Michelle

When I think back to some of the earliest days of my childhood, I remember moments like this—my brother Craig and I, smiling outside on the South Side of Chicago. It was there, in a diverse and changing neighborhood, that I began a journey that took me to settings I never could have imagined at that age. It’s the place ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s traditional fabric Jamdani festival begins

A five-week Jamdani Festival 2019 was jointly organised by the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) and Bengal Foundationat Bengal Shilpalay in Dhanmondi. A weaver crafts Jamdani at the Jamdani Festival 2019 in Dhaka, on Friday, Sept 6. Photo: Md Abu Sufian Jewel/UNB Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni (far right) and President of the World Crafts Council Asia-Pacific Region Dr ... Read More »

Bolivia’s fires destroy ‘heritage’ rock art sites

Wildfires that have raged across forests and grassland in eastern Bolivia for weeks have destroyed rare rock art sites, archeologists announced Tuesday. “We believe that the damage is big and wide in terms of our heritage of rock art,” said Danilo Drakic, chief archeologist in the eastern Santa Cruz department. Santa Cruz is home to numerous rock art sites, including ... Read More »

Five-week-long Jamdani festival begins in Dhaka Friday

Dhaka, Sept 3 ( UNB) – A five- week long Jamdani festival will begin at Bengal Shilpalay in the city’s Dhanmondi on Friday. Bengal Foundation organised the festival in association with World Crafts Council. A press conference on the festival was held at Bengal Boi in the city on Tuesday. Addressing the press conference, President of the National Crafts Council ... Read More »

Five-week-long Jamdani festival begins in Dhaka Friday

A five- week long Jamdani festival will begin at Bengal Shilpalay in the city’s Dhanmondi on Friday. Bengal Foundation organised the festival in association with World Crafts Council. A press conference on the festival was held at Bengal Boi in the city on Tuesday. Addressing the press conference, President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh Rafiqul Islam said it ... Read More »

Can social safety nets help address climate change

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Representatives from the government, development partners, academia, think tanks and UN agencies came together here on Monday to discuss the role social safety nets play in addressing climate change, building community resilience and helping Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. “This is an important shift in our thought process on disaster management. ... Read More »

All women committees launched for Rohingya with IOM support

Dhaka, Sept 1 – To give Rohingya refugee women a platform to raise their voice, access to information and obtain referrals for service, “all women’s committees” were launched yesterday at the refugee camp with support from International Organization of Migration (IOM), said a press release of IOM.A total of 110 women are now active in those committees, including 10 with ... Read More »

Holy Ashura in Bangladesh on Sept 10

Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on September 10 as the Muharram moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the conference room of Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office with ... Read More »