Goethe-Institute Bangladesh hosts 3rd edition of Science Film Festival



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Goethe-Institute Bangladesh is hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival (SFF) 2021. The festival is designed with 122 films from 22 countries as the international official selection, while selection of 32 films will be available for the Bangladeshi audience where filmmakers, educators, students, and film enthusiasts can watch the films through registration.

The virtual inauguration of the fFestival will be held on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Upon registration, the inauguration is open for all.

Registration link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18whnt3xDSYLmjqCdSNZ5gtntvrIWa5iZYYHxos4cTDQ/prefill

Along with the screening of the films, workshops for students and educators, quiz and science discussions will be carried out during the festival time. Besides online screening of the films, some of the films will also be broadcasted on local television.

The partners for this year's festival are Aspire to Innovate (A2i), Brac Education Program, JAAGO Foundation, Teach for Bangladesh (TFB), Netz Bangladesh, UNESCO, Independent University, Bangladesh, PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future Maple Leaf International School, Oxford International School (OIS), Mastermind International School in Chittagong.

Keeping the impact of coronavirus on mental health in mind, Science Film Festival turns its focus to health and mental health in 2021.

Dr.Kirsten Hackenbroch, the director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh said, "Science can make a difference and save lives, we just all learned again. And to be a scientist means to be open to the unexpected, to inspire debates, and to co-create sustainable futures for humanity. You can start young: to show how this serious endeavour is also fun is one aim of the Science Film Festival."

She was speaking at a press brief held at Goethe Institut, Dhaka Office in Dhanmondi on Wednesday, 20 October.

For the first time this year, the festival is introducing a quiz show.

The quiz show, SFFQ2021, will be open to students of Grades 9–12 across 5 countries: Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

It will be held in three stages - intra-national online round (October–November), national-level video conference round (December), and International level video conference round (December).

 Link – www.sffquiz.com

Sandhya Mukharjee seriously sick, 5 member medical board formed



Aryndom Bhattacharjya, Staff Correspondent
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Kolkata: Legendary musician Sandhya Mukherjee has been infected by Coronavirus. She was shifted from Government SSKM Hospital to Apollo Hospital on Thursday (January 27). A 5-member medical team has been formed for her. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is always keeping abreast. 

On Thursday afternoon, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to the government hospital to see Mukherjee. Mamata could not go forward due to corona. After seeing her, the Chief Minister went out and had a meeting with the director of the hospital. She also had a meeting with the medical team. Mamata also talked to the singer's daughter Soumi Sengupta.

After leaving the hospital, the Chief Minister said that the singer has been suffering from corona. She was then taken to Apollo Hospital. Apollo Hospital authorities said she also had cardiac problems. At the same time, the infection of Covid has spread to the lungs. The artist also has anemia. Sujan Mukherjee and eminent persons including PC Mandol are on her medical board.

The artist is on oxygen support at the moment. She underwent a blood test on Thursday. In addition, multiple tests, including scans, have been performed. All test reports will be available on Friday. The number of members of the medical board may be increased based on the results of the report. 

When Sandhya Mukherjee brawled over the Padma Shri rejection issue, the legendary singer's serious physical condition deteriorated within 24 hours.

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Lata has been kept out of the ventilator experimentally



Entertainment Desk, Barta24.com
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Dhaka: Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai earlier this month for coronavirus as well as pneumonia and respiratory problems. The renowned Indian musician is currently undergoing treatment in the ICU of the hospital. 

About the health of this legend a post from her verified Twitter account has been posted with an update on the star's physical condition. "Lata Didi is in the ICU of Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. She is undergoing treatment. She was placed outside the invasive ventilator on an experimental basis this morning (January 27). Seeing her physical stability, she was kept out of the ventilator. She is being monitored by a team of doctors under the supervision of Dr. Pratit Samdani. We thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes. ”

Meanwhile, two days ago, a post was made on Facebook by Lata Mangeshkar's family. They said the rumors about the 92-year-old musician should not be taken care of. They will give all the updates about the physical condition of Lata.
Politician and former actress Smriti Irani has also made the same request to the fans.

Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929. She started working as a professional vocalist in 1942 at the age of 13. Then she did not have to look back.

She has sung in thousands of films in seven decades. She has sung in 36 regional languages and foreign languages of India. She sang many more songs outside the film. 

From 1974 to 1991, She was named in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording the most songs in the world. During this time she sang more than 25,000 songs in 20 languages. But her younger sister Asha Bhonsle broke the record in 2011.

Lata Mangeshkar has so far received numerous honors including Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. She received Dada Saheb Phalke Award, National Film Award three times, Filmfare Best Female Playback four times, Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and Filmfare Special Award twice in 1994 and 2004. Besides, 12 times Bengal Film Journalists' Association Award.

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Priyanka gave the news of becoming a mother at midnight



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Priyanka drew a big full stop in the speculation of separation. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra closed mouth of the critics. The actress shared the happy news of becoming a mother on her Instagram at midnight. The child was born in the arms of El Niyankar through surrogacy.

The star couple prayed for everyone's blessings. At the same time, the request is to stop showing extra curiosity about their personal lives. Let healthy, beautiful child come to their marriage. This is what Niyankar wants for now.

As soon as the name Jonas was removed from the side of Priyanka's name, the international entertainment community got excited. Rumors of Nick and Priyanka split were also spread. In it, the actress has repeatedly mentioned motherhood in gestures. Critics did not understand from the fans, the Jonas couple is going to give good news in this way.

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Body of actress Shimu recovered



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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The body of actress Raima Islam Shimu (45) has been recovered in a packed condition. Her body was recovered and kept in the morgue of Sir Salimullah Medical College (Mitford) Hospital in Dhaka.

On Monday (January 17) morning, Keraniganj police recovered her packed body from near Hazratpur Bridge in Keraniganj.

Keraniganj Model Police Station Officer in Charge (OC)Md. Abu Salam Mia confirmed the information and said that the body of a woman named Raima Islam Shimu was recovered from Keraniganj around 10 am. He said her body was kept in the morgue of Mitford Hospital for autopsy.

Actress Sadia Mirza told the media that the police had informed that the body of heroine Shimu had been recovered. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Shimu made her silver screen debut in 1998 with Kazi Hayat's 'Bartaman'. She has acted in more than 50 plays one by one. Besides acting, the audience also got her on screen as a producer. Her film and drama career spanned more than two decades.

She was also active as a producer. Shimu had worked with many talented directors in Bangladesh. The list includes Chashi Nazrul Islam, Delwar Jahan Jhantu, AJ Rana, Sharifuddin Khan Dwipu, Enayet Karim, Shabnam Parveen.

She had acted with many talented and popular actors including Riaz, Amit Hasan, Bapparaj, Zahid Hasan, Mosharraf Karim, Shakib Khan.

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