For the fourth time, near-extinct river turtle ‘Batagur Baska’ laid 35 eggs at a wildlife breeding centre in Karamjal of East Sundarbans on Tuesday.
Forest Department is trying to hatch eggs through natural incubation (keeping them in sand) process, said Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of the breeding centre.
He said the process would take 65-67 days.
Batagur Baska is one of the most critically endangered turtles in the world and can only be found in the wild in the mangroves of Bangladesh and India.
In 2017, two turtles laid 63 eggs of which 57 hatched. The next year, two turtles laid 46 eggs, of which 24 hatched. Last year, one turtle laid 32 eggs and all of them hatched.
A man from London has become the second person in the world to be cured of HIV, doctors say.
Adam Castillejo is still free of the virus more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy, reports BBC.
He was not cured by the HIV drugs, however, but by a stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer he also had, the Lancet HIV journal reports.
The donors of those stem cells have an uncommon gene that gives them, and now Mr Castillejo, protection against HIV.
In 2011, Timothy Brown, the "Berlin Patient" became the first person reported as cured of HIV, three and half years after having similar treatment.
What is the treatment?
Stem-cell transplants appear to stop the virus being able to replicate inside the body by replacing the patient's own immune cells with donor ones that resist HIV infection.
Adam Castillejo - the now 40-year-old "London Patient" who has decided to go public with his identity - has no detectable active HIV infection in his blood, semen or tissues, his doctors say.
It is now a year after they first announced he was clear of the virus and he still remains free of HIV.
Lead researcher Prof Ravindra Kumar Gupta, from the University of Cambridge, told BBC News: "This represents HIV cure with almost certainty.
"We have now had two and a half years with anti-retroviral-free remission.
"Our findings show that the success of stem-cell transplantation as a cure for HIV, first reported nine years ago in the Berlin Patient, can be replicated."
But it will not be a treatment for the millions of people around the world living with HIV.
The aggressive therapy was primarily used to treat the patients' cancers, not their HIV.
And current HIV drugs remain very effective, meaning people with the virus can live long and healthy lives.
Prof Gupta said: "It is important to note that this curative treatment is high-risk and only used as a last resort for patients with HIV who also have life-threatening haematological malignancies.
"Therefore, this is not a treatment that would be offered widely to patients with HIV who are on successful anti-retroviral treatment."
But it might offer hope of finding a cure, in the future, using gene therapy.
How does it work?
CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1 - the virus strain of HIV that dominates around the world - to enter cells.
But a very small number of people who are resistant to HIV have two mutated copies of the CCR5 receptor.
This means the virus cannot penetrate cells in the body it normally infects.
Researchers say it may be possible to use gene therapy to target the CCR5 receptor in people with HIV.
It is the same receptor the now jailed Chinese scientist He Jiankui worked on when he created the world's first gene-edited babies.
Is it a permanent cure?
The tests suggest 99% of Mr Castillejo's immune cells have been replaced by donor ones.
But he still has remnants of the virus in his body, as does Mr Brown.
And it is impossible to say with absolute certainty his HIV will never come back.
Mr Castillejo told the New York Times: "This is a unique position to be in, a unique and very humbling position.
"I want to be an ambassador of hope.
"I don't want people to think, 'Oh, you've been chosen.'
"No, it just happened.
"I was in the right place, probably at the right time, when it happened."
Prof Sharon Lewin, from the University of Melbourne, Australia, said: "Given the large number of cells sampled here and the absence of any intact virus, is the London Patient truly cured?
"The additional data provided in this follow-up case report is certainly encouraging but unfortunately, in the end, only time will tell."
A nine-day group art exhibition titled ‘Guru-Shishya: Shishya-Guru’ 2) will end on Tuesday at Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition, organised by Oriental Painting Studio Bangladesh, was held on March 2.
Presided over by Professor Nisar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, the exhibition was inaugurated by renowned sculptor-painter Hamiduzzaman Khan.
Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director General of Bengal Foundation, was present as chief guest at the programme. Nilu Rowshan Murshed, Chairperson of Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts, art connoisseurs Ratan Chandra Pal, Mikhail I Islam and Nusrat Mahmud were present as special guests.
This is the second group exhibition by Oriental Painting Studio Bangladesh.
The artists of the exhibition include Zahangir Alom, Amit Nandi and Malay Bala.
One of the artists Zahangir Alom said 'When I am at work, I do play Indian classical music. Thus, I try to translate my feelings into canvas. My artworks evoke include various images of classical raga, their moods and melodic bliss."
"Besides, I have a great fascination for depicting nature, its diverse facets and mythical aspects especially the connotations of the eternal love between Radha and Krishna," he added.
The exhibition, featuring oriental artworks, will showcase paintings from classical to the contemporary styles.
On the closing day the exhibition will remain open to all from 1pm to 8pm.
Earlier, the first edition of the exhibition took place at Alliance Française de Dhaka in 2019.
A three-day festival is scheduled to begin on Sunday afternoon at Lalon Akhra in Chheuria village in Kumarkhali upazila remembering the legendry Baul Lalon Shah.
The Lalon Academy, in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, is organising the event. Hundreds of admires from home and abroad have already gathered at the Akhra to take part in the festival.
The festival will feature open discussions, singing of Baul songs by artistes of Lalon Academy and prominent singers, fair and some selected cultural performances.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid will inaugurate the festival at 6:30pm while Kushita-1 MP AKM Sarwar Jahan Badsa, Kushtia-4 MP Selim Altaf George, Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafat among others will be present with Deputy Commissioner Md Aslam Hossain in the chair.
Tight security has been put in place to ensure safety of the devotees.
Lalon Shah was a Baul, a mystic, a songwriter, singer, social reformer and secular thinker. He has become an icon of religious tolerance and secularism in Bengali culture.
The sixth edition of Joy Bangla Concert was held on Saturday at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital marking the historic occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s March 7 speech that inspired the whole nation to fight for freedom.
Organised by Young Bangla and Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the open for all concert saw a handful of talented and prominent bands performing from 1:30pm till midnight at the jam-packed stadium.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana attended the event in the evening, greeting the audience with Bangabandhu’s grandchildren Saima Wazed and Radwan Mujib Siddiq, a trustee of CRI.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Dhaka North Mayor Atiqul Islam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information Murad Hassan, Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das, chief coordinator of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary programmes Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and another trustee of CRI Nasrul Hamid Bipu, among others, were also present at the concert.
Inside the performances by the bands, the hosts and organisers frequently presented some of the historic facts about Bangabandhu, which led to a special holographic show on Bangabandhu in which his daughters reminisced how Bangabandhu spent the historic March 7. The show later broadcast the speech as well.
Graphic novel ‘Mujib’, a CRI publication, was also screened at the concert, shortly after the holographic show.
This year, bands performed in two time slots. Opening with the National Anthem at 1:30 pm, the concert continued with the performances of Introit, Arekta Rock Band, Adverb, Sin and Conclusion till 4pm.
Shortly after that, the main line-up of this year’s Joy Bangla Concert started performing which began with country’s first all-female folk band F Minor, and followed by Minar and band, AvoidRafa, Vikings, Shunno, Lalon, Arbovirus, Cryptic Fate, Nemesis, Fuad and Friends, and Chirkut.
One monumental incident saw the return of country’s one of the most prominent rock legends ‘Bassbaba’ Sumon on stage as part of Fuad and Friends. Sumon has been critically ill for several years.
Young Bangla and CRI started this annual concert in 2015.