Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Protest in Dhaka

10 March 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh ~ After Friday prayer a group of Bangladeshi Muslim Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh members shout slogan and demanded to remove the statue of Greek Goddess form Supreme Court in Dhaka city. During their protest a plain-clothes police arrest one member from the spot at National Mosque on 10 March 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to the local media, the leaders demanded to remove the Greek Goddess as soon as possible otherwise they will go for big movement across the country soon.

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International Women’s Day Observed in Dhaka 

Women in Dhaka, Bangladesh gather outside on March 8, 2017, to mark International Women’s Day. At the worldwide demonstrations, many women focused their protesting on an end to wage gaps and the legalization of abortion. This region focused on demanding an end to child marriage. This year the theme of International Women’s Day is ” be bold for change” . 

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Aftermath : Dhaka Islambagh Fire . . . 

Three of families member and one were burnt to death as a fire gutted 10 houses in Old Dhaka’s Islambagh area on 25 Feb, 2017. According to the local media report, a fire broke out in a three-story building at Islam Bagh in Old Dhaka on Saturday night. At least four people were killed, on formation, 12-fire fighting unite rushed to the spot and started working to douse the blaze. It is not still clear what caused the fire.

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A  Journey without distance . . . 

You are meant to live a sacred life—a life of purpose, meaning and direction. You have a body, you have a mind, you are part of society. You have to learn to get along with people basically and to take care of yourself and become responsible to the world, to a certain extent but your greater responsibility is to knowledge that is within you to guide you.You must find this sacred life.You start with yourself, within yourself, to find the source and center of your power and inner direction. Afterwards we prepare ourselves, and then we leave.Therefore, A Journey without distance is my questionable discoveries where I lives.

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Xl Chobi Mela in Bangladesh . . . 

Chobi Mela the International Festival of Photography BANGLADESH 2017 held in Asia, Chobi Mela IX begins on the month of February 2017 with many events like workshop, photography exhibition, portfolio reviews, seminar and artist talk’s . National and International Photographer’s eagerly waits for this event which is being held every two years in Bangladesh in the capital of Dhaka.The key organisers are Drik Picture Library Ltd. and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. 

In the photography and art works hailing from 16 countries — Algeria, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, USA amongst others Chobi Mela is an international festival of photography held in this year.

Festival derictor Shahidul Alam, said to the media, “The global photography spotlight is on Bangladesh. The stars are arriving at our doorstep. It is now up the podium. The world of photography beckons”.

I am as a Pathshala fellow photographer, teacher and visual artist to join in this beautiful event and to visit an interesting exhibitions all vanues and participate artist’s talk during the Chobi Mela festival and captured a few moments which I never ignored. Love Chobi Mela and hope to join the next event which will be held in 2020. Thanks Chobi Mela team and the organizer. Such a beautiful event held in my country Bangladesh.

-Monirul Alam

February 2017

Old Dhaka 

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Bangladesh: Police clash with power plant protesters in Dhaka

Clashes erupt between police and people protesting the proposed Rampal power plant on January 26, 2017 in Dhaka. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators, who were demanding the cancellation of the plan for the massive coal-fired power plant near world heritage site the Sundarbans, an ecologically precious area.

The Sundarbans is the largest single tract mangrove forest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bangladesh present government is planning to build the Rampal coal-fired power plant there. It will be built by the Indian company NTPC Ltd. To operate, 4.72 million tons of coal per year which emitting huge GHG and as a result threatens the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the Sundarbans as well as the livelihoods of million local people. In this context, UNESCO has recently asked Bangladesh to abandon the project. People in Bangladesh have organised and are tirelessly opposing this project.

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