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Betrayed and deceived, Santals

lose everything › 2

Tractor tramples

atrocity evidence › 3

Supreme Court verdict on arrest and remand

› 4

BD NGO wins Energy Globe

Award at COP22 › 5

Police against

revealing details of

death in crossfire › 32






Betrayed and deceived, Santals lose

• Nure Alam Durjoy and Tajul

Islam Reza from Gaibandha

Before being elected chairman of

Sapmara union, he was involved

in a popular movement advocating

for the local indigenous Santal

community’s claims over a land

now controlled by a government

sugar mill.

On Sunday, the same man stood

by and watched as police fired at

the community and his followers

set fire to their homes.

The betrayed community is in

shock after this 180-degree turnaround

by the man they helped put

in office.

Shakil Ahmed Bulbul, the president

of upazila Chhatra League and

newly-elected Sapmara UP chairman

in Gobindaganj upzila under

Gaibandha district.

The land in question was acquired

by the then-East Pakistan

government in 1962 for the mill. In

2014, some found that the contract

for acquisition had been violated

by the mill authority and a committee

was formed to get the land back

on that ground.

Bulbul was named the president

of this Shahebganj-Bagda Farm

Bhumi Uddhar Songram [land recovery

movement] Committee.

Santals who have now fled to

neighbouring villages, told the

Dhaka Tribune that it was at the

urging of Bulbul four months ago

that they, along with some Bangalis,

took to a 100 acre piece of the

1842.3 acre sugarcane farm and

built 600 new homes.

Not only the UP chairman, but

local lawmaker Abul Kalam Azad

too, gave them assurance that they

would be stay beside the community

in their struggle for land, some


The burnt remains of those

‘Attack on Santals was planned’

• Syed Samiul Basher Anik

The recent attack on a Santal community in Gobindaganj,

Gaibandha was planned to evict them from their land, a citizens

body said yesterday.

After visiting the affected areas of Shahebganj-Bagda farm

in Gobindaganj on Tuesday, members of Shahebganj-Bagda

farm Bhumi Uddhar Sanghati Committee said Santals were

victims of a joint attack carried out by ruling party leaders,

local administration and police aiming to evict them from

their land.

The eight-member committee made the comment at a

A man shows empty shells of the bullets fired by police on local Santal and Bangali people of Gobindaganj upazila, Gaibandha when they resisted an eviction drive. The

photo was taken yesterday


shanties have now been flattened

down with a tractor machine.

It began on Sunday with an attack,

where Bulbul and Azad’s men

press conference held at

Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in

the capital.

“Although two Santal

men – Shyamol Hembron

and Mongol Madri – were

killed in the illegal eviction

drive led by police, they are

refusing take the responsibility,”

said Jyotirmoy

Barua, convener of the committee.

Three Santal men remain

missing after police opened

fire on the people on Sunday,

he added.

Local union parishad

Chairman Shakil Akhand

Bulbul and his musclemen,

along with police and

sugar mill manager Abdul

Awal, attacked the Santals

and Bangalis in a planned

way under the guise of mill

staff, according to the committee.

“Prior to the attack, Bulbul

instructed his goons to

rob all the houses and spare

no one,” Jyotirmoy claimed.

The evicted Santal families

are now living under

the open sky while the government

has yet to extend a

helping hand, he added.

took part, the Santals said.

Police stood by as the men set

fire to the homes. Later they also

locked in a battle with the com-

Shahebganj Bhumi Uddhar Sanghati Committee holds a press briefing at the Reporters Unity in Dhaka

protesting the attacks on Santal Community in Gaibandha


The committee called

upon the government to

launch a judicial probe into

the incident. •

News 3




munity, which allegedly shot with

bows and arrows at police and got

shot at in return. Three men from

the village have died so far from

gunshot wounds.

How the tables turned

Bulbul contested the chairman position

for Sapmara union parishad

in March. The community says that

it was after his polls victory that he

turned against the Santals.

In a UP with about 18,000 voters,

the nearly 1,500 adults from

the community were a certain vote

bank for the aspiring politician.

Even recently, in a rally at Shahebganj

Bazar, MP Abul Kalam

Azad gave assurance to the community

that he would stand by

their demands.

But both the men were present

to look on as the community was

violently thrown out, not even given

the chance to take their belongings.

Rumila Kisku, one of the victims,

told the Dhaka Tribune how

she had lost her home and all her

belongings in the fire.

She has two children; one is

in class nine and the other one in

class two.

“Did we not vote for them? How

did they become chairman, MP?

Are we not citizens of this country?

Why does not the government look

after us?” she exclaimed at one


‘Take what you can’

Victims alleged that the goons of

MP Azad and Bulbul led the attack

on the village.

Those who spoke to the journalists

were mostly women. Among

Tractor tramples atrocity evidence

• Nure Alam Durjoy

from Gaibandha

When the tractor finally stopped

growling, its driver glancing back

at the well-tilled patch of land; it

would be hard for anyone to guess

that this stretch of Madarpur village

was teeming with people just

five days ago.

More than 2,000 people, mostly

Santals, living in about 600 shanties

in the remote village under

Gaibandha’s Gobindaganj upazila.

They were displaced after their

houses were set afire on Sunday and

Monday, allegedly by men loyal to

local MP Abul Kalam Azad and Sapmara

Union Chairman Shakil Ahmed

Bulbul, in presence of police.

Two Santal men were killed and

three others were injured in clashes

on Sunday when the residents

No home, and now no education

• Nure Alam Durjoy and Tajul

Islam Reza from Gaibandha

them were Taran Murmu, Mikai

Murmu, Ajiran Begum and Rumana

Begum, former residents of the


“Police have filed a case against

many of our men. They have run

away for fear of arrest,” one of

them said.

They claimed that during Sunday’s

attack there had been at least

4,000 people from nearby villages,

policemen, sugar mill’s guards and

goons working for the two politicians.

They also named several

people from Kothiabari, Rampura

and Goalpara villages.

Some said immediately before

the attack, there was an announcement

on a megaphone.

“‘Take what you can,’ they said

over the mike,” said Sri Ezekiel, one

of the victims.

The goons launched into the

shanties looting everything they


“There was nothing we could do

when we saw a giant flame reaching

out to the sky,” he said.

Responding to the Dhaka Tribune’s

queries, Bulbul admitted

that he stood over the eviction of

the villagers but denied any wrongdoing.

“I resigned from the land recovery

committee in January,”

he said.

“There is this man named Shahjahan

Ali, who is the general secretary

of that committee. He is the

one who told the Santals to build

homes in that land,” he added.

“Besides, some organisations

and leftist groups also had a hand

in this,” Bulbul alleged.

Abul Kalam Azad MP could not

be reached for comments. •

The future seems dark for young

Santals of Madarpur.

Driven out of their village by

the police and local thugs, at least

60-70 children and youth from the

community have stopped going to

school for fear of assault.

They also lost all their textbooks

and study materials in the arson

that burned all their homes to


Following a violent eviction

carried out by local thugs watched

over by policemen, which began

on Sunday and continued intermittently

till Monday, some 1,000

Santal families have run away from

their homes and taken shelter in

nearby villages.

Children from the community

are saying they fear they might

be beaten up on their way to the

school, or even in the schools.

In a nearby village, one of our

correspondents found Santal families

sitting around in the yards of

people who had given them shelter.

Children were also there sitting

by their elders.

“We cannot go to school. We

tried to go. They said: You are Santals.

Why are you here? If we go to

school they will beat us,” said Magdulina,

a class-six student.

“Our books were burnt there in

the village. We do not even have

anything to eat. Our parents are

unfed too,” she said.

There are 60-70 students in the

community, most of whom go to

the Sahebganj Farm Government

Primary School. Some are college

and university-level students.

Workers of a sugar mill in Madarpur village under Gobindapur upazila, Gaibandha run a tractor on the land which, before

Sunday, was home to several Santal families to trample the burnt remains of their houses to the ground. The photo was taken



Archana, a class four student,

said she wanted dearly to get back

The picture shows a school attendance register of students. The school was not

even spared from the wrath of men of lawmaker and chairman MEHEDI HASAN

to school but could not because of

the fear of violence.

fought pitched battles with police,

sugar mill staff, and men loyal to

the MP and chairman.

Victims said the tractor was

brought in on Monday evening after

their houses were set on fire to erase

evidence that they lived there.

On Wednesday noon, this correspondent

saw a tractor – which,

according to people supervising

the operation, belonged to the Mahimaganj

Sugar Mill – levelling the

patch of land where the charred

houses stood but left the surrounding

area untouched.

When asked why they were

ploughing the area, the supervisors

claimed that the land had been

lying barren for a long time and declined

to speak further.

Several date and banana trees

bore signs of the arson.

Ansel Hembrom, one of the Santals

who lived there, said the tractor

had begun work in presence of

police on Monday night.

A barbed-wire fence was being

put up to cut off the place.

It was from here that the Pakistani

government evicted 25 families

in 1962 for setting up a sugar

mill. Those evicted went on to settle

in other parts of the country.

A 1962 deal between Pakistan’s

central and provincial governments

had a clause that the land

would be handed over to the previous

owners if it was used for other


The sugar mill stopped production

in 2004 but the land was

leased allegedly to local politicians

and affluent people.

Some of those families returned

to lay claim to the land. They built

makeshift houses there in July. •

Medi Soren, a honors second

year student, said he could not

imagine that this sort of torture

would descend upon him and his


An SSC candidate said: “I have

exams soon and I am wondering

whether I will be able to sit for the

exam. I have no home now, where

am I going to study?”

Sahebganj Farm school’s Headmaster

Abdul Baki said none of his

Santal students had been to the

school since the incident.

He said he had spoken to some

of the parents and heard that the

students were afraid to come to the


Five days ago, the community

was living in a long line of shanties,

nearly 600, built four months ago.

Now the place is a flat piece of land,

darkened with ash. •





Supreme Court verdict on arrest and remand

• Ashif Islam Shaon

The Bangladesh Supreme Court has

issued guidelines for the law enforcement

agencies and magistrates

over sections 54 and 167 of the Code

of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Section 54 empowers the police

to detain any person under suspicion

while Section 167 empowers them to

question an accused in remand.

In its full verdict the Appellate

Division has issued 10 guidelines for

the law enforcers about detaining

anyone on suspicion and nine guidelines

for magistrates, judges and tribunals

to deal with an accused.

A four-member Appellate Division

bench headed by Chief Justice

Surendra Kumar Sinha had passed

the order on May 24 this year, upholding

the High Court’s 2003 verdict

in a writ petition filed by Bangladesh

Legal Aid and Services Trust

(BLAST). The petition had sought

implementation of a judicial committee

recommendations which

investigated a private university


student’s death after arrest under

Section 54.

In its verdict the High Court had

asked the government to amend

the sections within two months in

line with instructions given by the

court. The apex court has, however,

made some changes and issued

the final guidelines.

The Appellate Division yesterday

said that the court has formulated

some basic responsibilities

for the law enforcement agencies

to maintain at all level.

The Supreme Court has directed

magistrates, tribunals, courts and

judges – who have the power to take

cognisance of an offence as a court

of original jurisdiction – to ensure

observance of these guidelines.

The court also directed the inspector

general of police and the

director general of Rapid Action

Battalion (RAB) to circulate the

guidelines to all police stations for

compliance. It asked the registrar

general to circulate it for compliance

by the magistrates.

Guidelines for law enforcement agencies






A law enforcement officer making the arrest of any person shall prepare a memorandum

of arrest immediately after the arrest and obtain the signature of the

arrestee with the date and time of arrest in the memorandum.

The law enforcement officer must inform a nearest relative of the arrestee – or,

in the absence of such relative – a friend suggested by the arrestee of the arrest

and the place of custody as soon as possible but not later than 12 hours.

The ground of arrest; name and address of the complainant; the name and address

of the relative or friend to whom information about the arrest is given;

and particulars of the law enforcement officer in whose custody the arrestee is

staying must be registered.

Registration of a case against the arrested person is a must for seeking detention

either in law enforcement officer’s custody or in judicial custody under Section


No law enforcement officer shall arrest a person under Section 54 for the purpose

of detaining him under Section 3 of the Special Powers Act 1974 (for detention

or deportation).

(vi) A law enforcement officer shall disclose his identity and if demanded, shall

show his identity card to the person arrested and to those present at the time of


(vii) If the law enforcement officer finds any marks of injury on the person arrested,

he must record the reasons for such injury and take the person to the nearest

hospital for treatment and obtain a certificate from the attending doctor.

(viii) If the person is not arrested from his residence or place of business, the officer

must inform the nearest relative of the arrestee in writing within 12 hours of

bringing the arrestee to the police station.



The law enforcement officer shall allow the person arrested to consult a lawyer

of his choice if he so desires or to meet any of his nearest relation.

If an arrestee needs to be kept in custody for more than 24 hours, the law enforcement

officer must state in the forwarding letter to a magistrate why the

investigation cannot be completed within 24 hours and why he considers that

the accusations against the person are well founded. He shall also provide the

magistrate with a copy of the case diary.

Guidelines for magistrates, judges and tribunals

(i) If a person is produced for detention in custody without a copy of the case diary,

the magistrate or the court or the tribunal must release the person upon taking

a bond.

(ii) A magistrate/court/tribunal must not allow showing an arrestee arrested in another

case unless a copy of the case diary for that case is produced or if the

ground of the prayer is found not well founded or baseless.

(iii) On fulfilment of the above conditions, if the investigation of the case cannot be

concluded within 15 days of detention and if the case is exclusively triable by a

court of Sessions or Tribunal, a magistrate may send the accused on remand for

a term not exceeding 15 days at a time.

(iv) If the magistrate is satisfied that the accusation or the information about the

arrestee is well founded and that his detention is justified, the magistrate shall

pass an order for further detention in such custody as he deems fit and proper,

until legislative measure is taken as mentioned above.

(v) If a magistrate realises that a prayer aims at preventive detention, then the magistrate

shall not make an order of detention of a person in the judicial custody.

(vi) It shall be the duty of the magistrate/tribunal, before whom the accused person

is produced, to satisfy that these requirements have been complied with before

making any order under section 167 of the CrPC.

(vii) If the magistrate has reasons to believe that a law enforcement officer who has

legal authority to commit a person in confinement has acted contrary to law,

the magistrate shall proceed against such officer under Section 220 of the Penal


(viii) Whenever a law enforcement officer takes an accused person in his custody on

remand, it is his responsibility to produce that person in court upon expiry of

the remand period; and if it is found that the arrested person is dead, the magistrate

shall direct for the examination of the victim by a medical board; and in

the event of burial of the victim, he shall direct exhumation of the dead body for

fresh medical examination; and if the report of the board reveals that the death

was homicidal in nature, the magistrate shall take cognisance of the offence

punishable under Section 15 of the Hefajate Mrittu (Nibaran) Ain 2013 against

the officer concerned and the officer-in-charge of the police station concerned

or the commanding officer of such officer in whose custody the death of the

accused took place.

(ix) If there are materials or information to a magistrate that a person has been

subjected to torture or died in custody within the meaning of Section 2 of the

Nirjatan and Hefajate Mrittu (Nibaran) Ain 2013, the magistrate shall refer the

victim to the nearest doctor in case of torture and to a medical board in case of

death for ascertaining the injury or the cause of death; and if the medical evidence

reveals that the person detained has been tortured or died due to torture,

the magistrate shall take cognisance of the offence on his own under Section

190(1)(c) of the CrPC and proceed in accordance with law.

News 5




Emitters’ proposal on $100 billion road-map unclear

• Abu Siddique

The climate finance road-map proposed

by the developed countries in

Conference of Parties (COP22) to fix

the modality and sources of the funds

has failed to give sufficient directions

for the future funding.

This road-map couldn’t clearly clarify

that “how far the adaptation finance

will be adequately scaled-up; which

portion of claimed climate finance will

be actually grants or grant equivalent;

how the most climate vulnerable countries

will get priority in funding considering

the institutional challenges,” said

M Zakir Hossain Khan, Climate Finance

Governance Analyst, who works for the

BD NGO wins Energy Globe Award at COP22

• Abu Siddique

Bangladeshi NGO Tahzingdong has

won the Energy Globe Award in

Earth category at COP22 this year

for its community-based forest

conservation project in Rowangchhari,


The award was declared yesterday

at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco.

The two other finalists for the

award were the Inga Foundation

of Honduras for its project named

“Land for Life” and AMSED of Morocco

for its project named “Waste

water treatment for agricultural

use with minimal Greenhouse Gaz

Emission in Asselda Village.”

The Energy Globe Award was

founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy

pioneer Wolfgang Neumann

and is one of the most prestigious

environmental awards today.

The goal of this award is to present

successful sustainable projects

to a broad audience as many of today’s

environmental problems already

have good, feasible solutions.

Projects which conserve and

protect resources or that employ

renewable energy can participate.

With a global call for participation,

Energy Globe invites outstanding

sustainable best practice

projects to participate in the annual

competition. From all over the

world, some 800 projects and initiatives

are submitted annually to

compete for the award.

With the goal of restoration and

conservation of the community

managed forest resources in the

Transparency International Bangladesh.

It also could not clarify that the

most vulnerable countries which have

not submitted any emission reduction

target whether they would be considered

for committed climate finance or

not, he added.

He also said that the role of Multilateral

Development Banks in climate

finance is not clear in the proposal.

The document reads that the pledges

made in 2015 alone will boost public

finance from an average of US$41

billion over 2013-14 to US$67 billion in

2020 – an increase of US$26 billion.

This projection is based on the

significant pledges and announcements

made by many developed countries

Bandarban hill district of Bangladesh,

Tahzingdong has been implementing

its project supported

by Arannayk Foundation of Bangladesh

since 2009.

The project covers 12,919.64

hectares of nine community conserved

areas which are commonly

called village common forests, and

it includes more than 1,000 indigenous

forest dependent families.

Tahzingdong has built two

community houses as part of institutional

capacity building and

Motivated by Tahzingdong’s reforestation programme, a man plants a sapling in his neighbourhood in Rowangchhari to

increase forest area


installed two water supply technologies

that capture more than

387,000 litres of clean water in

a month from the forests using

a gravitational flow system, said

Aung Shwe Shing, executive director

of Tahzingdong. •

and Multilateral Development Banks

(MDBs), as well as reasonable assumptions

about trends of climate finance

from other countries.

It should be considered a conservative,

indicative aggregation of public

climate finance levels in 2020, rather

than a firm prediction, it also said.

The proposal came from 39 developed

countries as per the Paris Agreement

which stated that the developed

countries will meet the $100 billion per

annum target by 2020 and extend it

until 2025 in the context of meaningful

mitigation actions and transparency on


It also said that prior to 2025, the

COP 22 will set a new collective quantified

goal from a floor of $100 billion per

year, taking into account the needs and

priorities of developing countries.

He raised question that the most

importantly “Road-map doesn’t include

direction on whether the future finance

against the claim for loss and damages

would be over and above this $100

billion dollars”.

This road-map sets out the range of

actions which are to fulfill the pledges

of developed country parties and make

further efforts to scale-up climate finance,

and significantly increase finance

for adaptation, in line with the priorities

expressed by developing countries.

It will also help developing countries

to develop and implement ambitious mitigation

contributions and adaptation plans

that are essential to attract investment,

according to the proposed road-map.

Zakir Hossain Khan also emphasized

that developing country parties should

use the COP22 negotiations to determine

the concrete definition of climate

finance that recognise only grants for

adaptation and also a common, clear

strong modalities, procedures and

guidelines (MPG) for climate finance accounting

to be developed under Article

13 of Paris Agreement that proposed a

broad based Transparency Framework”.

However, the last year’s OECD/CPI

report claimed that these countries had

delivered $62 billion in climate finance

in 2014. •

Hope and

despair of



• Rezaul Karim Chowdhury


Following the discussion on insurance

mechanism in the loss and

damage issue in Paris agreement

adopted last year, the Least Developed

Countries and Most Vulnerable

Countries (MVC)s are raising

several questions in this year’s climate

conference in Marrakech.

Firstly, they want to know about

the premium of the insurance.

They demanded that the developed

countries should pay the premium

of the insurance as they are

responsible for global warming.

There are strong lobby from insurance

companies of developed

countries in this regard for pushing

the insurance under the loss and

damages mechanism though they

are not telling who will pay for that.

Another issue which is coming

from the vulnerable nations

is the inclusion of climate induce

displacement in the process of

Warsaw Institutional Mechanism

under which the discussion of loss

and damages is being taken.

Regarding financing, developed

countries’ position is not to go beyond

what they are contributing to

Green Climate Fund (GCF) and do

not want separate allocation for

loss and damages, while the developing

countries opted for new and

additional sources of fundings. •





Dhaka 30 19 Chittagong 29 24 Rajshahi 30 19 Rangpur 30 20 Khulna 30 18 Barisal 30 18 Sylhet 31 18







32.2ºC 17ºC



Source: Accuweather/UNB



Cox’s Bazar 29 22

Fajr: 5:35am | Jumma: 1:15pm

Asr: 4:00pm | Magrib: 5:30pm

Esha: 7:30pm

Source: Islamic Foundation





39th death anniversary of

Enamul Haque observed

• Tribune Desk

The 39th death anniversary

of country’s

first ever posthumous

eye-donor ARM

Enamul Haque was

observed yesterday.

Haque, a veteran social

worker and prominent

engineer, died in


He had donated his

eye before three years

of his death. Later,

his corneas were transplanted to Shahadat

Chowdhury, editor of Saptahik 2000, and

one Ramzan Ali.

On the occasion, social

workers of different

organisations, groups,

individuals, family members

and journalists paid

homages to his grave.

A Milad and Doa mahfil

was also arranged.

Enamul Haque was

born in Rajkhola area,

Haora district, West Bengal

on October 1, 1921.

He had started his career

in teaching profession

in 1946.

He was one of the founders of Dhanmondi

Club. He was a linguist and was fluent in

four languages. •

A cargo laden covered-van turns turtle in Digraj area on the Khunla-Mongla Highway. Locals, drivers and

port authorities alleged that the highway has become rundown, as big potholes had developed at several

points of the roads. The photo was taken recently


Rundown road makes

Mongla’s goods

transportation difficult

• Hedait Hossain Molla,


Nearly six kilometres of

Khulna-Mongla Highway

are in very bad condition

and became unfit for vehicular

movement, as big

potholes have developed at

many points of the road due

to lack of repairs and maintenance.

Goods transportation and

other works of Mongla sea

port and Mongla export processing

zone are hampering

due to the bad condition of

the roads, said authorities.

Of the 60 kilometres, six

kilometres of Khulna-Mongla

Highway became unfit for

vehicular movement, said


During a visit to the roads,

this correspondent found

that a number of big potholes

have developed on the roads

making it risky for commuters

but Road and Highway

Department authorities do

not take any initiatives to repair

the roads yet.

Locals alleged that Mongla

is the second largest seaport

of the country and the

Khulna-Mongla Highway

is the only road which connected

Mongla with Khulna

and Barisal.

In 2013, Road and Highway

Department had repaired

the highway. After

three years of repairing,

this road has ruined and six

kilometres from Digraj area

to Belai on the highway are

in very bad condition and

became unfit for vehicular


As the road has become

unfit for vehicular movement,

thousands of trucks,

lorries and passenger buses

plying on the highway were

stuck up on the road for

hours, alleged locals.

Officials of Mongla sea

port, members of Navy and

tourists who came in the

area to visit world’s largest

mangrove forest Sundarbans

were also sufferings a lot due

to bad condition of the road.

Mongla Port Authority

Chairman Rear Admiral Reaz

Uddin Ahmed said: “This

highway is very much important

and we had tried to

repair the road for several

times in past with our own

accord. We also requested

Road and Highway Department

to repair the road and

they assured us that they

will repair the road as soon

as possible.”

When contacted Mahmud

Hasan, general manager of

Mongla Export Processing

Zone (EPZ), said: “We are

suffering huge due to bad

condition of Khulna-Mongla

highway. Foreign investors

also suffer when they came

here in aiming to invest

which discontent them to


Mizanur Rahman, a fish

trader of Mongla, said: “We

need to use the road everyday

to carry our fish to Khulna

as most of the fish processing

factories situated in


But due to dilapidated

condition of Khulna-Mongla

highway we have to spend

at least 3 hours instead of

30 minutes to reach Khulna

from Mongla.”

Abdul Jalil, a bus driver

on the route, said: “Due to

big potholes in one side of

the road, drivers use only

one lane of the two lane road

which is causing huge traffic


Anisuzzaman Masud, executive

engineer of Bagerhat

Roads and Hoghways, said:

“We have already called for

tender to repair the road and

hope we will able to start repair

works very soon.” •

News 7



Post office still bearing name

of Pakistani governor

• Md Wali Newaz, Faridpur

After forty four years of independence,

a sub-post office at Titumir

Bazaar in Faridpur town still carries

the name of the then East-Pakistan’s

governor Azam Khan.

Lieutenant general Mohammad

Azam Khan inaugurated the

market while he was the governor

of East Pakistan, present Bangladesh,

from 1960-62.

5 rescued while

being trafficked

to Iraq illegally

• FM Mizanur Rahaman,


The market, which was known

as new market that time, was renamed

Azam Khan Market and

the post office was named Azam

Market Town Sub-post Office.

Though after the independence,

the market was named Titumir

Bazaar, the name of the subpost

office remained unchanged.

Md Khalilur Rahman, deputy

commander of the district Muktijoddha

Sangsad, an association of freedom

fighters, and also a businessman

of the market, said: “It is very

shameful that after so many years of

independence, a government organisation

has been carrying the name

of a Pakistani governor.”

He said he had informed the district

post office of the fact verbally,

but they did not take any step.

Mohammad Mohosin Uddin,

postmaster of the district post office,

told the Dhaka Tribune that

he did not know about it.

He, however, assured that he

would take steps to change the

name as soon as possible.

Post-Master of Faridpur Post

Office Mohammad Mohsin Uddin

told the Dhaka Tribune that he

was not aware of the matter.

He also assured the correspondent

that he would request higher

authorities to rename the post office.

Two-day Lalon

festival begins

• Kudrote Khoda Sobuj,


A two-day Lalon Festival began yesterday

at the Lalon Akhrah in Kushtia.

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,

Kushtia organised the festival.

The festival will see many

events such as musical events, discussions

on Lalon’s philosophy, Lalon’s

fair and so on.

Organisers arranged a seminar

titled at Lalon Academy auditorium

where Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,

Kushtia, Director General Liaquat

Ali Lucky, Additional Deputy

Commissioner Mujib-ul-Ferdous, Islamic

University, Kushtia VC Dr Abul

Ahsan Choudhury were present. •

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB 7)

rescued five fortune seekers from

Chittagong Shah Amanat International

Airport on Wednesday while

they were being sent to war-torn

Iraq illegally.

“The five victims were rescued

from the waiting room of Immigration

of Chittagong Shah Amanat International

Airport while they were

waiting to board on a Qatar-bound

Air Arabia flight”, said Senior Assistant

Superintendent of Police

(ASP), RAB 7 Md Sohel Mahmud.

“They were handed over to

Patenga police station and a case

was filed in this connection”, said

ASP Sohel Mahmud. On October 12,

RAB personnel rescued 39 fortune

seekers from the airport. •


Court for appointing

lawyer for accused at

government’s cost

• Liakat Ali Badal, Rangpur

A Rangpur court yesterday gave

directive to the government to appoint

a lawyer for members of the

banned Islamic outfit Jama’atul

Mujahideen of Bangaldesh (JMB),

who are accused in Japanese citizen

Kunio Hoshi murder, at its own


Special Judge Nareah Chandra

Sarkar passed the order after

he came to know that no lawyer

has been recruited for them. Five

members of the JMB were produced

before the court. The court

A human chain was formed on Rajshahi University campus yesterday, protesting attacks in minority people across Bangladesh

also fixed November 15 for the next


On August 7, a court accepted

the charge sheet pressed against

eight members of the JMB in the

killing case.

The Court of Senior Judicial

Magistrate Arifur Rahman also excluded

five people, including BNP

leader Rashedun Nabi Khan Biplab,

from the case, as their involvement

in the killing was not found during

the investigation.

Knunio Hoshi, 65, was shot in

Kachu Alutari area on October 3,

2015. •


Bholaganj Land Customs Station

counting losses as limestone

import from India suspended

• Mahammad Sirajul Islam,


Limestone import from India

through Bholaganj Land Customs

Station in Sylhet has remained suspended

since Monday, causing an

economic loss to the country.

The forest department of the

India village Majai, located in the

taluk of Shella Bholaganj in Meghalaya,

from where the limestone

was imported through the land

customs station, had not been giving

car passes for limestone export

to Bangladesh for several days, said

Mujibur Rahman Mintu, secretary

to limestone importers group of


The forest department was doing

it, as Indian High Court had

imposed a ban on extracting limestone

from mines by machines on

August 2015, said Mujibur.

Due to the ban, limestone import

through other land customs

stations of Bangladesh had been

decreased significantly, as the Indian

exporters were now supplying

limestone from their stocks, added


Every day around three to four

thousand metric tones of limestone

were imported through Bholaganj,

yielding about Tk1.1 to 1.2 millions

revenue, said Abul Hossain, superintendent

of the land customs station.

Bashir Ahmed, former general

secretary of limestone importers

group of Bholaganj, said the sudden

suspension of the import would affect

the cement industry of Bangladesh,

as limestone is the main raw

material for producing cement.

The price of cement might rise

for this reason, he added.

Besides, around 200 people,

who worked in stone crusher mills

in Bholaganj, have lost their earning

sources, as the mills were dependent

on limestone. •






Pakistan: Trump may

favour India

Donald Trump’s surprise election

as US president has Pakistanis wary

that he may accelerate what they

see as a shift in American policy to

favour arch-foe India analysts said

on Wednesday. Trump’s anti-Muslim

rhetoric - he once proposed

banning Muslims entering the US

- and business ties to India are signs

that his administration could shift

further toward New Delhi REUTERS


India SC orders Punjab to

share river water

India’s top court ordered authorities

in northern Punjab state Thursday

to share river water supplies with

neighbouring Haryana state. The

Supreme Court said the Punjab

government’s decision to terminate

the agreement via a state legislation

was unconstitutional and defied the

court’s own earlier orders calling for

the canal’s completion. AFP


China home to 9m ‘leftbehind’


More than 9m children have been

“left behind” in China’s countryside

by parents who have moved

to its towns and cities to find work,

Beijing said Thursday. The plight

of such children, who are usually

looked after by grandparents but

sometimes have no guardians at

all, is one of the most emotive consequences

of China’s decades-long

economic boom. AFP


Australia ratifies climate

pact amid Trump fears

Australia ratified the Paris climate

agreement on Thursday, amid

fears US president-elect Donald

Trump could follow through on his

pledge to cancel the landmark pact.

Australia’s approval of the binding

deal was delayed by national

elections in July and its announcement

Thursday came ahead of the

departure of the country’s foreign

and environment ministers for UN

climate talks in Marrakesh. AFP


Coalition strike kills 20

near IS-held Raqqa

US-backed forces pressed offensives

on the Islamic State group’s strongholds

in Syria and Iraq, as an air

strike by the American-led coalition

reportedly killed 20 civilians near the

Syrian city of Raqqa. Supported by

coalition air raids, Iraqi forces have

pushed into IS’s Mosul stronghold

and a Kurdish-Arab militia alliance

has been advancing on the jihadists’

de facto Syrian capital Raqqa. AFP


How pollsters missed a Trump victory

• Reuters, New York/London

Two days ago, pollsters and statisticians

gave Hillary Clinton odds

of between 75 and 99% of winning

the US presidential election. How

did so many get it so wrong?

In hindsight, the polling consensus

went astray in two major


The media, including Reuters,

pumped out two kinds of poll stories.

Some were national surveys

designed to estimate the entire

country’s popular vote, but not

the outcome in individual states,

where the contest is actually decided.

These polls actually got

the big picture right: Clinton won

more overall votes than President-elect

Donald Trump - but not

by as much as the polling averages

predicted, and not where she

needed to.

News organisations also produced

a blizzard of stories meant

to calculate the probability of victory

for the two candidates. These

calculations were predicated on

polls of individual states. In hindsight,

though, the stories seem to

have overstated Clinton’s chances

for a win by failing to see that

a shift in voting patterns in some

states could show up in other, similar


In part, this is because polling

analysts got the central metaphor


US presidents are chosen not

by the national popular vote, but

in the individual Electoral College

contests in the 50 states and Washington

DC. In calculating probable

outcomes, election predictors generally

treated those 51 contests as

completely separate events - as


US presidential vote polling before the November 8 vote

unrelated to one another as a series

of 51 coin tosses.

Common miscalculations

The problem, said Cliff Young,

president of Ipsos Public Affairs

US, the polling partner of Reuters,

came down to the models the pollsters

used to predict who would

vote - the so-called likely voters.

The models almost universally

miscalculated how turnout was

distributed among different demographic

groups, Young said. And

turnout was lower than expected,

a result that generally favours Republican


In 2000, when Republican

George W Bush beat Democrat Al

Gore, for example, the turnout was

about 60%, according to the US

Percentage points favoring... Hillary Clinton Donald Trump







Monmouth University

NBC News/

Wall Street Journal

Real Clear Politics

(RCP, collated)

Investor’s Business Daily/

TIPP* Tracking


LA Times/

USC* Tracking

Selected major polls/forecasts

Nov 1 - Nov 7


Fox News


Post Tracking

CBS News

Final result (RCP)

Clinton 0.2%

ahead of Trump

in the overall vote

*University of Southern California **TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence

Source: RealClearPolitics/LA Times/USC Tracking

Supporters celebrate as returns come in for Donald Trump during an election night in Manhattan, New York


Census Bureau. Eight years later,

turnout was 64% when Democratic

nominee Barack Obama won his

first presidential election against

Republican Arizona Senator John


This year, “whites with lower

levels of education came out

in greater relative numbers than

younger, more-educated and minority

voters,” Young said. “A point

here or a point there can really

change an election.”

Ultimately, missing that shift

in the state polls tripped up the

predictions. It also highlights how

the otherwise empirical process of

polling rests on a subjective foundation.

Each pollster must make a decision

about turnout. Their decisions

are informed by historical

voting patterns. But the actual

turnout in each state is unknowable

before election day.

The popular vote

Beyond the calculations of the

candidates’ odds of winning the

Electoral College, there was a near

constant stream so-called “horse

race polls,” or tracker polls, that

focused on the distribution of the

national vote between the major


Here, too, pollsters -- and the

media that co-sponsored or covered

the polls – stumbled, largely

because the popular vote metric

itself is of limited utility and cannot,

of itself, predict the outcome

of the Electoral College.

As of Wednesday morning, Clinton

led the popular vote by slightly

less than 1 percentage point. The

McClatchy-Marist poll released

on November 3, for example, had


Clinton up by one point - one of

the most accurate calls of the popular

vote. But even that headline

number missed the point a bit, because

she lost the election in the

Electoral College.

A few polls correctly pegged

Trump as the winner. The International

Business Times/TIPP poll

had Trump leading on November

7. That poll put him ahead in the

popular vote by two percentage

points, which in the end overstated

his share by about three points.

In one sense, most polls were

relatively accurate: The Real Clear

Politics average of polls, for example,

had Clinton leading by about

3.3 points, little more than two

points above the actual outcome.

A polling error of two or three percentage

points is not uncommon

in modern politics.

Popular vote polls, however,

also exaggerate the influence of

massive states, such as New York

and California, in the outcome of

the election and mask trends that

might be occurring outside those

left-leaning states.

The Electoral College system

reduces the influence of big states

by distributing a disproportionate

number of votes to smaller states.

North Dakota, for example, has

about a quarter of one percent of

the US population but double that

proportion of Electoral College

votes. Conversely, Californians

make up 12% of the population but

only 10% of the Electoral College


Young said both pollsters and

journalist described the results of

the national polls and predictions

with a false precision by presenting

the result as near absolutes. •


Farmer suicide, banks call in police

as India moves to ditch banknotes

• Reuters, New Delhi/Mumbai

A farmer in southern India committed

suicide fearing she would

be left penniless after the government’s

shock decision to withdraw

high denomination notes

from circulation, police said


Indian banks called in thousands

of police on Thursday to

manage huge queues outside

branches, as people tried to exchange

bank notes abruptly pulled

out of circulation by Prime Minister

Narendra Modi in a crackdown

on “black money”.

Modi announced the shock

move on Tuesday night to ditch

Rs500 and RS1,000 notes - worth

a combined $256bn - that he said

were fuelling corruption, being

forged and even paying for attacks

by Islamist militants against India.

Some people frustrated by the

long wait got into arguments at

Canara Bank near the parliament

building in New Delhi, as people

barged into queues that wound

through the branch and on to the

street outside.

Economists and some businesses,

especially those involved

in cashless payments, have welcomed

the “demonetisation”

scheme as a vital step towards

broadening the formal economy

and improving tax compliance.

But it has disrupted the daily

lives of hundreds of millions of Indians

who live in the cash economy

that is estimated to account for

a fifth of India’s $2tn gross domestic

product and who have low confidence

in banks or plastic cards.

Farmer commits suicide

A farmer in southern India committed

suicide fearing she would

be left penniless after the government’s

shock decision to withdraw

high denomination notes

from circulation, police said


Kandukuri Vinoda, 55, had a

large amount of cash at her home

in Rs1,000 and Rs500 rupee

notes and panicked that her savings

had become worthless when

she heard Prime Minister Narendra

Modi’s surprise announcement

on Tuesday.

Vinoda from Mahabubabad district,

east of Hyderabad city, had

sold some land last month and was

paid around Rs5.5m for it in cash.

She used some of the money

to pay for her husband’s medical

bills and planned to use the rest to

buy a new plot of land, local media


Many Indians living in rural areas

keep large amounts of cash at

home because of a lack of banks in

remote areas and to avoid paying


Cash crunch

Although a few people were able

to exchange their old money for

new notes, there were strict caps

on account withdrawals and most

came away with bundles of lower-denomination


People were allowed to make

a one-time exchange of 4,000 rupees

in cash and one-time account

withdrawals of Rs10,000, capped

at Rs20,000 per week.

Cash dispensers remained

closed and were due to reopen on

Friday. •

Jihadists fray soldiers’ nerves in Mosul battle

• Reuters, Baghdad

A week after his tank division

punched through Islamic State

defences on the southeast edge of

Mosul, an Iraqi army colonel says

the fight to drive the militants out

of their urban stronghold is turning

into a nightmare.

Against a well-drilled, mobile

and brutally effective enemy,

exploiting the cover of built-up

neighbourhoods and the city’s civilian

population, his tanks were

useless, he said, and his men untrained

for the urban warfare they


His Ninth Armoured Division

and elite counter terrorism units

fighting nearby seized six of some

60 neighbourhoods last week, the

first gains inside Mosul since the

October 17 start of a campaign to

crush Islamic State in its Iraqi fortress.

Even that small foothold is

proving hard to maintain, however,

with waves of counter attacks

by jihadist units including snipers

and suicide bombers who use

a network of tunnels stretching

4km under the city.

An Indian man displays new 2000 rupee notes outside the Reserve Bank of

India in Mumbai on Thursday


A soldier of the Iraqi army walks on November 7, 2016, past ammunition and a tank confiscated from Islamic State group

jihadists, in the town of Qaraqosh, Mosul


Toughest urban war

Even for the Counter Terrorism

Service, or special forces, trained

more specifically for the challenges

in Mosul, the last week of fighting

has been unprecedented.

“We are carrying out the toughest

urban warfare that any force in

the world could undertake”, CTS

spokesman Sabah al-Numani said

on Sunday.

One CTS officer, in Baghdad

on leave, told Reuters the biggest

threat came from snipers.

“You don’t know where or when

a sniper will strike,” he said.

That, combined with thousands

of people trying to escape the

fighting, was a constant source

of stress.

As he spoke, a voice on his radio

crackled - one of his men on

the frontline. “Sir, there are so

many civilians, they have these

suitcases with them as well. How

do I know what’s in them? And

they’re coming towards me...”

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr

al-Baghdadi, who declared a

cross border caliphate in Syria

and Iraq from the pulpit of a Mosul

mosque two years ago, told

his fighters last week there could

be no retreat in a “total war” with

their enemies.

Crashing waves

Hashemi said government forces

were only in full control of two of

the districts they entered last week.

The army says it has captured

five other districts, but fighting

continues in all of them and

Hashemi said in some neighbourhoods

the army had been driven

back three or four times - often at

night - before reclaiming territory

the next day.

With its tanks unable to navigate

narrow city streets, the Iraqi

army has called on US Apache

helicopters to target car bombers.

The Pentagon said on Monday

they would continue to be used

“in what we expect will be tough

fighting to come”. •





Trump lawyers head to

court for upcoming fraud


Lawyers for president-elect Donald

Trump on Thursday will head to

court for a hearing pitting the future

leader of the US against a group

of students who say they were

defrauded by one of his businesses.

The 2010 lawsuit was filed on behalf

of students who say they were

lured by false promises to pay up to

$35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate

investing “secrets” from his “handpicked”

instructors. REUTERS


Mexico won’t pay for

Trump wall

Mexico said on Wednesday it would

work with Donald Trump for the

benefit of both nations after his surprise

US.election win but reiterated

it would not pay for his planned

border wall. Trump’s threats to

dump the North American Free

Trade Agreement agreement with

Mexico and Canada, and to tax

money sent home by migrants to

pay for the controversial wall on the

southern border. REUTERS


Britain rethinks property

fund rules

British authorities are considering

changing the rules governing commercial

property funds to prevent a

repeat of the investor panic that followed

the country’s vote to leave the

EU. Big funds worth around $22bn

in total were forced to suspend their

activities after running out of ready

cash when investors who feared

property prices would collapse

demanded their money. AFP


Merkel’s conservatives

warn of Trump effect

German Finance Minister Wolfgang

Schaeuble and other conservatives

warned on Thursday that populists

would pose a problem for Europe

unless mainstream politicians

responded after Donald Trump’s

victory in the US presidential

election. Trump’s win has shaken

many European lawmakers ahead

of elections next year, including in

France and Germany. REUTERS


South Africa’s Zuma faces

new no-confidence vote

South Africa’s scandal-hit President

Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence

vote in parliament on Thursday,

but looks certain to survive despite

mounting anger within his party.

Zuma has fought off a series of

damaging controversies during his

presidency, and last week came under

further pressure after a corruption

probe raised fresh allegations

of misconduct. AFP






US more divided than ever

• Reuters, Ellsworth, Maine

The 2016 US election was unprecedented

in the way it turned Americans

against each other, according

to dozens of interviews in rural

United States and across some of

the most politically charged battleground


It divided families like the Fosters

in rural Ellsworth, Maine, broke

up friendships and turned neighbour

against neighbour.

In a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey,

15% of respondents said they had

stopped talking to a family member

or close friend as a result of the

election. For Democrats, this shoots

up to 23%, compared to 10% for Republicans.

And 12% had ended a relationship

because of it.

There was no comparative polling

data from previous elections.

But interviews with relationship

counsellors and voters suggest this

election stood out by summoning

passions, anger and a divisiveness

in ways that will make healing difficult

after Clinton’s loss to Trump

on Tuesday.

Sarah Guth, a Democrat in Colorado,

says her father - an ardent

supporter of Trump - no longer

speaks with her after they clashed

on Facebook over their political


“He crossed a line,” she said.

After attending a Trump rally,

Guth wrote on Facebook that she

saw 10 minorities among thousands

of people. “I’m increasingly

convinced that this election is

about race,” she wrote. “I mean a

fear among the white majority that

their rule is coming to an end.”

Some posters told her “to go to

hell,” she recalled in an interview.

“And then my dad very publicly attacked

me, telling me that I should

be ashamed of myself.” The two

have not spoken since.

Ty Turner-Bond, a 35-year-old

black man in North Carolina, says he

lost friends because of his support

for Trump. Some called him an “Uncle

Tom,” a slur for African Americans

accused of deferring to white

people; others threatened violence.

‘People are tense’

In Springfield, a city on Ohio’s

Mad River, Duke Level, 57, voted

for Trump because he wanted “a

wrecking ball” to hit Washington.

The owner of Un Mundo Cafe isn’t

surprised this election created divisions,

and he fears they could get


“This is one of those crossroads

crisis moments in history,” he said.

Hours earlier, Trump rallied

about 5,000 supporters a few miles

away in a dirt-floored livestock arena.

He blasted Clinton as “the most

corrupt person ever to seek the

office of the presidency,” drawing

chants of “lock her up,” as well as a

few of “string her up.”

Down the street, Richard Scott,

51, an African-American supporting

Clinton, shook his head when told

of those chants. Those words, he

said, recalled 20th Century lynchings

of black Americans - including

in Springfield where a black prisoner

was shot and hung from a pole on

Main Street in 1904.

Weeks ago, he planted a Clinton

sign in his yard. His neighbours put

up Trump signs. Outside the funeral

home he owns, a pro-Clinton sign

was defaced with a “Hillary for Prison”

sticker. “People are tense,” said


The election hardened an already-clear

racial divide in the

former industrial city of 60,000

people - a snapshot of America at

about 75% white and 18% black. Interviews

with residents suggested

its northern areas, mostly affluent

and white, would vote for Trump,

while its mostly black, lower-income

southern section would largely

support Clinton.

For some, the tensions reach the

bedroom. Sam Nail, a Cincinnati

marriage counsellor, said he has

two couples who cited the election

season as a “stressor” in their relationship.

Much of the anger gets uncorked

on social media and will be hard to

undo. Some is well publicized. National

Review writer David French

has written about “an unending

torrent of abuse” he and his family

faced online from white nationalist

Trump supporters, including

a Tweeted image of his 7-year-old

daughter’s face in a gas chamber.

Others are less well known, like

Brenda Thomas’ tangles with her

older brother on Facebook. She

says her brother unleashed a daily

stream of Facebook posts on Clinton

and President Barack Obama

that she found objectionable. She

said when her husband, a Republican,

tried to reason with him, he

was “unfriended” on Facebook.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Karen

Wilson, describes this election

as “stressful” on Facebook. “I’ve got

family members who are mad at me

for deleting entire Facebook threads

when I thought they were becoming

too negative. I’ve deleted Facebook

friends who I realized I never should

have been friends with in the first

place,” said Wilson, 43.

Fourteen percent of respondents

in the Reuters/Ipsos poll said

they had blocked a family member

or close friend from social media

because of the election. For Democrats,

this rises to 23 percent compared

to 8 percent for Republicans.


Based on exit polls November 8

Total national vote

By demographic



Clinton Trump



Income level

As of Nov 10,

1300 GMT

Below $30,000

$30,000 -50,000

$50,000 -100,000

$100,000 -200,000

$200,000 -250,000

47.7% 47.5%

More than


Source : NYT/Edison Research for the National Election Pool/RealClearPolitics

Free speech attack

The divisions tore into the fabric of

some communities. In Provo, Utah,

Trump supporter Loy Brunson

awoke on an October morning to

find his car spray-painted with the

words “AmeriKKKa” - a reference

to “KKK” white supremacists - and

“Fuck Trump.” His two Trump yard

signs were destroyed.

“So I doubled down, got motivated

and put up 85 signs in my

yard,” he said. Within days, all but

six of those were stolen.

“This was more than vandalism,”

he said in an interview. “This

was a free speech attack.”

Some blame the divisiveness on

campaign rhetoric that inflamed

racial, ethnic and class tensions

that have long simmered in America.

Angry and extremist language

moved into the mainstream.

George Lakoff, a linguistics professor

at University of California,

Berkeley, blames Trump’s use of

language, which he ranks as among

the most violent of any candidate in

modern times. He specifically notes

Trump’s suggestion in August that

gun rights activists could take matters

into their own hands if Clinton

defeated him, as well as the New

York businessman’s comments that

she should go to prison.

“When you have extremes of

that order, you have extremes of anger,

extremes of fear,” Lakoff said.

In Mississippi, Chad Scott, an

activist in the Clay County Republican

Party, fears a post-election split

between the party’s working-class

Trump supporters and business-minded

elites - a sentiment

echoed in Maine, where Foster, the


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After electoral upsets in U.S. and Britain, frustration with the political

status quo – over issues from immigration to inequality – is likely

to influence polls across Europe in the coming months

Britain: Nigel Farage, acting

leader of UK Independence

Party and one of architects of

Brexit vote, has hailed Trump’s


victory as “supersized Brexit”



Austria – Dec 4


Victory of Norbert


Hofer of Freedom

Party over Green

Party candidate


Alexander Van

der Bellen in

presidential elections could bring

to power first far-right leader of

western Europe since World War II


Italy – Dec 4

Failure by Prime

Minister Matteo

Renzi to win

crucial referendum

on constitutional

reform, could push

anti-establishment Five Star

Movement of Beppe Grillo

closer to reins of power


France – May 7, 2017 5

Germany – autumn 2017

Marine Le Pen,

leader of far-right

National Front, far

outpolls President

François Hollande

ahead of springtime

Frauke Petry,

whose Alternative

for Germany (AfD)

has hurt Chancellor

Angela Merkel’s

conservatives in

elections. Fewer people now

rule out her chances of victory

after Trump upset

series of regional elections this year,

is climbing in opinion polls ahead of

national elections next year

Pictures: Getty Images

Ellsworth resident at odds with his

sisters, witnessed the election’s political

vitriol first hand.

Foster’s van was one of 20 vehicles

spray-painted outside a Trump

rally on October 15 in the city of








Netherlands – Mar 15, 2017

Geert Wilders,

leader of anti-Islam

Freedom Party who

wants to emulate

Britain with “Nexit”

vote, running neckand-neck

with Prime Minister Mark

Rutte’s Liberals (VVD) in polls

ahead of parliamentary elections


Bangor. And across Ellsworth, pro-

Trump yard signs were stolen almost

as fast as they were planted,

Republican officials say.

Foster worries about the divisions

ahead. •






Al-aqsa mosque


Trump’s win means end

of Palestinian state era

• AFP, Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s shock election as president

will likely result in a US tilt towards Israel that

puts a Palestinian state even further out of

reach, his own campaign team and analysts say.

Hardline lawmakers, including some from

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud

party, said Trump’s win represented a “historic

opportunity” to abandon ideas of Palestinian

statehood and move towards annexing

the West Bank.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who

heads the religious nationalist Jewish Home

party and is seen as having ambitions to be

prime minister, said “the era of a Palestinian

state is over.”

While so much about Trump’s thinking on

the Middle East remains unknown, he and his

advisers have spoken of overturning decades

of precedent by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s

capital and relocating the US embassy

from Tel Aviv.

Trump said in March that “there’s nobody

more pro-Israel than I am,” adding that he

would oppose any attempt to force Israel into

an agreement it opposes.

The president-elect’s adviser on Israel, David

Friedman, said last month that he does

not believe Trump sees Jewish settlements in

the occupied West Bank as illegal, as nearly

all the rest of the international community


Asked whether he believed in the twostate

solution, the basis of more than two

decades of peace negotiations, Friedman said

Trump was “tremendously sceptical”.

The Israeli right has welcomed such statements

and seized on Trump’s victory to promote

its cause – including, for some, a call to

bury the two-state solution once and for all.

Netanyahu, whose government is considered

the most right-wing in Israeli history, has

so far been more cautious.

Analysts say that may be because he is

wary of Trump’s notorious unpredictability.

As an example, they cite a statement by

Trump earlier in the campaign in which, to

the alarm of Israelis, he described himself as

neutral in the Middle East conflict.

While Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton

may have ideological differences, he at least

knows where she stands and what to expect,

they say.


Netanyahu congratulated Trump and

pledged to work with him, and the two men

spoke by telephone on Wednesday.

“The two leaders, who have known each

other for many years, had a warm and heartfelt

conversation,” a statement from Netanyahu’s

office said.

‘Loose cannon’

While Trump’s unpredictability is a concern

for Israelis, Netanyahu may be relieved to

have a Republican in the White House after

facing mounting criticism from President Barack

Obama over Israeli settlement building

in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israel is concerned Obama may seek a UN

Security Council resolution on the issue before

he leaves office on January 20.

“There are many signs that the Trump administration

could be very accommodating

when it comes to getting along with the current

Israeli government,” said Shmuel Rosner,

a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute.

“This will be the time for right-wing Israeli

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to

have a counterpart in Washington that is not

instinctively against him and against his policies.”

The Palestinians, too, have publicly taken

a cautious approach despite reasons for concern.

President Mahmud Abbas congratulated

Trump and said he hoped peace could be

achieved during his term based on the borders

of 1967, the year Israel occupied the West


However, a high-ranking Palestinian official

said that “we are worried because we

have here someone who has been completely

unpredictable, a loose cannon, and also because

this is not an issue just for the Palestinians

but for the rest of the world.”

He said the one consolation was that “his

statements are so unfeasible, unreasonable,

illogical, so in violation of international laws

and the international consensus, that they

cannot be implemented.”

“When faced with the realities of the office,

things change,” the official said, speaking

on condition of anonymity.

For Israel, there is no more important ally

than the United States, which grants it more

than $3bn a year in military aid.•






Investors exuberant

as Donald Trump

signals shift from

austerity era

European stocks rose yesterday

following extraordinary gains in

Asia and the United States, as exuberance

shot through markets and

reversed initial dives in reaction

to Donald Trump’s US presidential

victory. PAGE 13

Japan lawmakers

approve TPP despite

Trump victory

Japan’s lower house of parliament

yesterday passed the contentious

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

free trade deal, a move largely

viewed as an empty gesture due to

opposition by US president-elect

Donald Trump. PAGE 14

Economists see pain,

then gain for India

after bank note shock

India’s shock move to take larger

bank notes out of circulation will

hit Asia’s third-largest economy in

the short term, but pain will turn to

longer-term gains including transparency,

higher tax revenues and lower

inflation, economists said. PAGE 15

Capital market snapshot:



Broad Index 4,677.1 0.1% ▲

Index 1,122.5 0.1% ▲

30 Index 1,758.2 0.1% ▲

Turnover in Mn Tk 6,459.6 16.4% ▲

Turnover in Mn Vol 138.6 3.3% ▲


All Share Index 14,387.6 0.1% ▲

30 Index 12,978.8 0.3% ▲

Selected Index 8,753.0 0.1% ▲

Turnover in Mn Tk 330.0 -19.8% ▼

Turnover in Mn Vol 8.6 -23.0% ▼

Inflation edges up to

5.57% in October

• Tribune Business Desk

Inflation in Bangladesh rose to

5.57% last month driven by the

higher prices of food, government

data showed yesterday.

It was slightly up from 5.53%

read in the previous month.

According to Bangladesh Bureau

of Statistics (BBS), food inflation,

which is more important

in developing countries like Bangladesh,

where a large amount of

household incomes are spent on

food, slightly increased to 5.56% in

October from 5.10% in September.

Non-food inflation, however,

decreased to 5.58% from 6.19%

during the period.

While releasing data at the NEC

conference room, Planning Minister

AHM Mustafa Kamal said:

“Higher food prices, particularly




April 5.61

May 5.45

June 5.53

July 5.40

August 5.37

September 5.53

October 5.57

Source: BBS

rice, vegetables, salt, oil, sugar

and milk, pushed up inflation.”

He, however, said food inflation

in October last year was a bit

higher as it was 6.19%.

The government fixed the target

to contain inflation at 5.8% for

the fiscal year 2016-17.

In rural areas, the inflation rate

in October was 4.87%, which was

4.63% in September, and in urban

areas, it declined to 6.87% from


In rural areas, food inflation

moved up 4.89% from 4.27%, and

in urban areas, it climbed to 7.9%

from 7.3% during the period.

In case of non-food inflation, it

was down 4.23% from 5.31% in rural

areas, while it fell 6.63% from

7.42% in urban areas.

The point-to-point national

wage index witnessed an increasing

trend with 6.16% in October,

up from 6.09% in September.

The average year-on-year rate

of inflation from November 2015

to October 2016 also declined to

5.66%, which was 6.21% from November

2014 to October 2015. •

Muhith urges businessmen

to accept new VAT law

Finance Minister AMA Muhith launches Tax Guide at a programme in the

ministry auditorium in the city yesterday


• Asif Showkat Kallol

Finance Minister AMA Muhith

said the country’s value-added tax

is “reasonable” and so the businessmen

shouldn’t object to it.

“The old Dhaka businessmen

are against introducing the new

VAT law, but I want to tell them

that the new uniform VAT rate is

reasonable,” he said while launching

Tax Guide at the finance ministry’s

auditorium yesterday.

Muhith, however, said the rate

would be reduced if the amount

of VAT increased annually.

He said Bangladesh is one of

the pioneer countries to introduce

such a VAT law.

Muhith ruled out the possibility

of double taxation. “If this happens,

this is wrong calculation.”

He insisted uniform 15% VAT

rate will be good for the business.

Earlier this month shop keepers

in Dhaka protested against the

new VAT law keeping their shops

closed and organising rallies.

“I was actually disappointed

at the strike. They (businessmen)

shouldn’t go for it again,” finance

minister said.

He said the VAT law was first

introduced in France and later in

the United Kingdom, and the VAT

rate varies from 5% to 20% in different


Muhith said he would lower

the country’s VAT rate if the number

of taxpayers become 50,000.

“I would promise to lower the

rate of VAT. I said the first time we

have a uniform rate of 15% but if

you want I will change that rate.”

At present, the number of registered

businessmen taxpayers

are 7.7m businessmen, but only

1.1m of them pay VAT.

Muhith said the government

would procure 20,000 electronic

cash register machines from

aboard and supply to the businessmen

at import price. •

Ecnec okays

projects worth

over Tk9,600cr

• Tribune Business Desk

Executive Committee of the National

Economic Council (Ecnec)

yesterday approved 12 projects

worth nearly Tk9,664 crore mainly

related to river route development,

power transmission and road communication


The approval came at the Ecnec

meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina in the chair at the NEC conference

in the city yesterday.

Following the meeting, Planning

Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal

disclosed the meeting outcome.

Of the approved project costs,

Tk4,255.38 crore will come from

public coffer, Tk533.08 crore from

the project-related public agencies’

own fund and Tk4,875.53 crore as

project assistance.

Of the approved 12 projects,

nine are new while three are revised


Bangladesh Regional Domestic

Shipping Transport Project-1 is

one of the 12 approved projects, of

which the estimated cost is Tk3,200

crore, aiming to ensure safe passenger

journey and goods transportation

on Ctg-Dhaka-Ashuganj

river route.

About the project, the minister

said Bangladesh river route will be

a super corridor for the South Asian

region, and considering this, the

project was approved.

The Ecnec also gave the nod to

other projects, including Tk286.75

crore for Jhenaidah-Chuadanga-Meherpur-Mujibnagar


Development, Tk97 crore for

Police Station and Barrack Construction,

Tk70.7 crore for Three

Guarder Bridge Construction in

Jamalpur-Madaripur Highway,

Tk2,982.38 crore for Power Grid

Development, Tk910 crore for setting

up Compressor Wellhead at

Titas gas field, Tk869.71 crore for

Land Acquisition, Land Development

and Rehabilitation to construct

1,320MW cola-based power

plant in Patuakhali. •

Business 13

Investors exuberant as Donald Trump

signals shift from austerity era

• Reuters

European stocks rose yesterday

following extraordinary gains in

Asia and the United States, as exuberance

shot through markets and

reversed initial dives in reaction

to Donald Trump’s US presidential


Investors focused on Trump’s

priorities - including tax cuts and

higher infrastructure and defense

spending, along with bank deregulation

- and set aside for the moment

longer-term worries about

whether he will slap punitive tariffs

on Chinese and Mexican exports,

risking a global trade war.

European stocks hit a twoweek

high, with the pan-European

STOXX 600 index up 1.3% in early

dealings, and “safe haven” government

bonds sold off after Trump

suggested he would spend billions

on infrastructure.

This marked an abrupt change

from the sharp recoil on markets

on Wednesday after the Republican

candidate’s triumph.

Investors saw signs that Trump

will ditch the budget austerity policies

that Western governments

have pursued since the 2008 global

financial crisis after he takes over

in January.

“Trump’s speech following the

victory was hugely influential in

yesterday’s sudden U-turn, as he

focused more on unity and the

need to spend to get the economy

growing again. These policies combined

with his desire to deregulate

and lower taxes are all very market-friendly,”

said Craig Erlam, senior

market analyst at OANDA.

“The stance he takes on trade will

likely determine how vulnerable the

markets are, but in reality these are

very long-term policies and for now,

markets are more focused on the

prospect of lower taxes, fiscal stimulus

and less regulation.”

The three major US stock indexes

rose on Tuesday and the dollar

index against major currencies recovered

from a trough of 95.885

plumbed on Wednesday to around

98.778 on Wednesday morning.

In a remarkable session for Japanese

shares, the Nikkei jumped 7

percent at one point after sinking

5% on Wednesday.

Gains in Europe, where markets

had already started to recover on

Wednesday, were more modest.

Britain’s FTSE was up 0.95%, Germany’s

DAX rose 1.12% and France’s

CAC was up 1.06% by 0415 ET.

The moves were led by Wednesday’s

sharp rises in US Treasury

yields. The 30-year Treasury bond

yield gained almost 25 basis points

in its sharpest rise in more than five

years; yields on the 10-year note

climbed 21 basis points to breach

the 2% mark for the first time since


High-rated euro zone bond

yields - which had sunk early

Wednesday - rose sharply on

Thursday, with the region’s benchmark

German 10-year bonds up 5

basis points to 0.23%, the highest

level since May.

End of austerity?

Trump’s victory and opening comments

have sharpened a debate

about the austerity consensus that

has prevailed across most of the

developed world since the financial


If his actions match his rhetoric,

it seems likely that Trump’s administration

will test the theory of

whether central banks’ cuts in interest

rates to ultra-low levels and

money printing should be replaced

by budget measures to boost the

world economy.

“It looks like Trump will aim

for a more fiscally accommodative

policy at a time when they seems

to be a shift in major economies towards

fiscal policies,” said Investec

economist Philip Shaw.

“The big unknown is how the

rest of the Republican party to react

to this, as there are many fiscal

hawks among them.”

Ratings agency S&P Global on

Tuesday affirmed the AA+ credit

rating of the United States, but noted

uncertainty over the future path

of government debt would prevent

any upgrade.

There were also lingering concerns

about Trump’s campaign

promises to shield American jobs

through possible protectionist

trade policies.

Among Asia’s trade-reliant

economies, China and South Korea

are particularly exposed to any

hostile U S measures as they run

large trade surpluses with the United

States, Credit Suisse said in a research

note. •

IEA may see global market awash with oil in 2017

• Reuters

The oil market surplus may run into

a third year in 2017 without an output

cut from OPEC, while escalating

production from exporters around

the globe could lead to relentless

supply growth, the International

Energy Agency said yesterday .

In its monthly oil market report,

the group said global supply rose by

800,000 barrels per day in October to

97.8 million bpd, led by record OPEC

output and rising production from

non-OPEC members such as Russia,

Brazil, Canada and Kazakhstan.

The Paris-based IEA kept its demand

growth forecast for 2016 at

1.2 million bpd and expects consumption

to increase at the same

pace next year, having gradually

slowed from a five-year peak of 1.8

million bpd in 2015.

The Organization of the Petroleum

Exporting Countries meets

at the end of November to discuss

a proposed cut in production to a

range of 32.5 to 33 million bpd, but

discord among members over exemptions

and production levels has

raised doubt over OPEC’s ability to

deliver a meaningful reduction.

“Whatever the outcome, the

Vienna meeting will have a major

impact on the eventual - and

oft-postponed - rebalancing of the

oil market,” the IEA said.

“If no agreement is reached and

some individual members continue

to expand their production then

the market will remain in surplus

throughout the year, with little

prospect of oil prices rising significantly

higher. Indeed, if the supply

surplus persists in 2017 there must

be some risk of prices falling back.”

Oil prices have risen to around

$46 a barrel LCOc1 from near 13-year

lows in January around $27, but are

still 60 percent below where they

were in mid-2014, when the extent

of the surplus became apparent.

The IEA said it expects non-

OPEC production to grow at a rate

of 500,000 bpd next year, compared

with a 900,000-bpd decline

this year, meaning 2017 could see

inventories building again if there

is no cut from OPEC.

Supply outpaced demand by as

much as 2 million bpd earlier this

year and this excess appeared to

have all but vanished during the

third quarter of 2016.

However, OPEC pumping oil at a

record rate of 33.83 million bpd last

month, along with increases in production

from non-OPEC rivals. •



Walton gets

good response

at Lagos Int’l

Trade Fair 2016

• Tribune Business Desk

Walton’s electronics and home appliances

got huge response from

the African consumers at the 30th

edition of Lagos International

Trade Fair 2016 in Nigeria.

A 10-day mega show, which began

on November 4 at Tafawa Balewa

Square of the Nigerian capital

of Lagos, will continue till Sunday


Walton, a Bangladesh manufacturer

of electronics and home

appliance products, has participated

at the mega expo in the African

country for the first time to show

Made in Bangladesh brand, said a

press release.

Walton displayed its several

products including intelligent inverter

technology’s refrigerators,

air conditioners, LED televisions,

blenders, induction cookers, LED

bulbs and other electronics and

electrical household appliances.

“The entrance of Walton products

in Nigeria is a good sign for

African’s electronics market and

I hope there is a big market of

electronics products here due to

uniqueness and highest standard,”said

Nunne David, a Nigerian


David also said: “We are looking

forward to witnessing a big boom

of Walton product’s sales due to

the participation in this largest fair

of the African continent.”

Besides, the sound acceptability

of Walton products will increase

the trade relationship between Nigeria

and Bangladesh, he added.

While visiting Walton pavilion

at the fair, Md Aminul Haque, an

expatriate Bangladeshi and Managing

Director of ASA Microfinance

Bank Limited in Nigeria, stated that

he is very proud to see the presence

of the leading Bangladeshi electronics

brand Walton in Nigerian

Market. •

BRAC Bank organises a Town Hall meeting with the theme “All for One, One for All” in Sylhet to review

business performance of 2016 and set business strategy for 2017 and beyond. All employees of Sylhet

area took part in the meeting. Selim RF Hussain, managing director & CEO, BRAC Bank Limited, and

senior officials of the bank attended the programme

BGMEA Vice-President (Finance) Mohammad Nasir, Director Md Monir Hossain, Sociability CEO

Ms Elizabeth Boye, Danish Fashion & Textile Project Manager Ms Sofie Pederson and CSR chief Ms

Pia Odgaard at an award-giving ceremony in the city yesterday. A total of 11 trainees were given CSR

certificates under the Step-Up Programme jointly organised by BGMEA and Danish Fashion and Textile





Japan lawmakers approve TPP despite Trump victory

• AFP, Tokyo

Japan’s lower house of parliament

yesterday passed the contentious

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

free trade deal, a move largely

viewed as an empty gesture due to

opposition by US president-elect

Donald Trump.

President Barack Obama championed

the 12-nation deal saying it

would enable the United States to set

the global trade agenda in the face of

China’s increasing economic clout.

But Trump has strongly opposed

the deal, casting a huge

shadow over its future.

Besides Japan and the US, the

TPP includes 10 other countries:

Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile,

Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand,

Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. If

it came into full force it would account

for an enormous 40 percent

of the global economy.

The TPP is seen as a counterweight

to China, as Beijing expands


its sphere of influence and promotes

its own way of doing business

- seen as often running counter

to largely Western-set global

standards that emphasise transparency

and respect for human rights

and the environment.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo

Abe has made the TPP a pillar of his

economic platform to revive the

nation’s key exports sector.

But experts say that with

Trump’s election the deal is a


“Japan’s hopes for the TPP (are)

dead and buried,” Marcel Thieliant,

economist at Capital Economics,

said in a note. •

Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd has recently handed over its 65th project named Rupayan Hozaifa, said a

press release. The company’s managing director , Captain PJ Ullah (retired) was present on the occasion

among others

Delta Life Insurance Company Ltd has recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, said a press release. The

company’s chairperson, Monzurur Rahman inaugurated the celebration programme

Mercantile Bank Limited has recently held its 293rd board meeting, said a press release. The bank’s

chairperson, Shahidul Ahsan presided over the meeting

Economists see

pain, then gain

for India after

bank note shock

Business 15

Smart City Hackathon begins today

• Ishtiaq Husain

The first-ever Smart City Hackathon

begins today at GPHouse, the corporate

head office of the Grameenphone.

Organized by Preneurlab and White

Board, an initiative of Grameenphone,

the hackathon aims to find digital solutions

for many problems of Dhaka. The

capital of Bangladesh is the one of the

largest mega cities of the world but

scores poorly in habitability scale.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor

Annisul Huq will inaugurate the

36 hours long hackathon to be participated

by 30 teams.

The winning team will win three

months co-working space at White-

Board with access to GP’s digital ecosystem.



White-Board will provide relevant

knowledge and asset support to solidify

the winning prototype. A special demo

day will be arranged through White-

Board for commercial presentation.

A six-month start-up mentorship

support will be provided by Preneur Lab

in addition to a 6-month mentorship

from IEEE BDS and IPR as well as incubation

support from Dnet (Junction). •

• Reuters

India’s shock move to take larger

bank notes out of circulation

will hit Asia’s third-largest

economy in the short term, but

pain will turn to longer-term

gains including transparency,

higher tax revenues and lower

inflation, economists said.

The removal of 500 and

where many transactions are


Underlining the scale of

the gamble being taken by

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

ahead of key state elections

next year, the impact will also

be felt keenly in rural areas,

where large segments of the

population have no formal access

to banking.

A customer deposits 1000 and 500 Indian rupee banknotes in a cash

deposit machine at bank in Mumbai


1,000 rupee bank notes to

flush out money hidden from

the tax man has led to confusion

and anger among Indians,

who cannot access cash from

ATMs and are working out

how to preserve the value of

what they hold.

That, in turn, will hit consumer

demand, as well as

sectors long suspected to have

been fueled by illicit funds,

such as gold and property,

But analysts said that the effects

would be offset as prices,

especially in the large real estate

sector, come down, raising

optimism among bond investors

that the Reserve Bank of

India (RBI) would be more willing

to ease monetary policy.

Some now expect the RBI

to make deeper cuts to the

repo rate than expected, after

it lowered it by a quarter percentage

point last month. •

Stocks post marginal rise

• Tribune Business Desk

Stocks witnessed a marginal rise

yesterday amid upbeat mood.

The benchmark index of

Dhaka Stock Exchange DSEX

inched almost 6 points or

0.2% up to 4,677.

The DS30 index, comprising

blue chips, rose only over 1

point to 1,758. The DSE Shariah

Index DSES gained only over 1

point to 1,122.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange

Selective Category Index

CSCX rallied 11 points to 8,752.

As foreign investment in

Bangladesh stock markets is

insignificant, local stocks gave

cold shoulder to the US election,

analysts say.

The DSE total turnover

crossed Tk600 crore level

again by the end of the session.

Trading was concentrated

mainly on power and

engineering sectors, which

together accounted for more

than 30% of the total turnover.

On the sectoral front, textile

and tannery sectors performed

pretty well, rising 0.8% and

0.6% respectively. Conversely,

telecommunications and

non-banking financial institutions

declined 0.7% and 0.6%

respectively on profit booking.

Of the total 320 issues

traded on the DSE, 135 closed

positive, 130 negative and 55

remained unchanged.

Apex Footwear was the

highest traded share with a

turnover of about Tk33 crore. •





Exploring Singapore’s


•Eliza Binte Elahi


can’t help but think about

the bustling markets, narrow

streets, and delicious street

food, whenever I hear the

word ‘Chinatown.’

Singapore has always been one

of the most popular business or

vacation destinations in Southeast

Asia. For the shopaholics in

this region, there is no other

place better, than the famous

Chinatown, especially when it

comes to the numerous street

markets which are widely popular

among locals and tourists alike.

From authentic souvenirs and

local art/crafts, to the colourful

street markets, the mesmerising

city of Singapore has a lot to offer

to its visitors.

Singapore’s historic place,

Chinatown is a vibrant mix of

both, old and new. Colonial shops

and houses, restored and painted

in candy hues, are home to the

traditional stores and cafes. The

streets bustle with tourists looking

for cheap but unique souvenirs,

as well as locals going about

their daily business. You’ll find

Buddhist and Hindu temples,

markets and mouthwatering street


Singapore is regarded as one

of the cleanest cities in the world.

Conveniently accessible from

my hotel, Singapore’s Chinatown

immediately gave me the

impression that it is indeed one of

the most cleanest city I have ever


Although Chinatown is clean

compared to the rest of the

places I have visited, there is still

some noticeable rubbish here

and there, but definitely nothing

to fret about. I particularly liked

the significant contrast between

the historical buildings making

up Chinatown, and the super

modern high rise buildings that

hover in the background. If you

have time, I would recommend

you to try to capture the

transition from the past to the

present on camera, if you happen

to be in Chinatown.

Many of the boutique hotels

and guest houses in the district are

nicely preserved with charming

colour combinations and shutters,

to make you feel like you are

travelling back in time.

After walking around

Chinatown for 3-4 hours, I began

to take notes of the things I truly

adored. One particular thing

would be watching the locals. It’s

one of those rewarding activities

that are absolutely free, yet

very interesting. Chinatown in

Singapore, is an ideal place to

observe how wealthy and budget

tourists, local hawkers, stall

workers, children and teenagers,

together create a truly unique

atmosphere. Tourists who appear

to have no intention of buying

things are suddenly bartering

over two dollar key chains and

counterfeit t-shirts. Children

are seen trying to convince their

parents, to get them some tasty

street-side snacks. Hawkers trying

to sell squid balls to tourists. Yeah,

that’s Chinatown.

I also couldn’t help but notice

the broad array of tiny shops and

restaurants, that are somehow

jammed into the streets of the

district, even the narrowest

ones. Many Western cities are

unfortunately burdened by so

many by-laws and red tape, that

it is next to impossible to create

such a crammed, energetic

ambiance like the one that can

be experienced in Singapore’s


I remember coming across a

striking temple one day, when

looking around the shops. Maybe

the reason why it remains so

memorable is the fact that it is a

Hindu Temple located right in the

heart of Chinatown? After some

research that evening, I found

out that it was a Sri Mariamman

Temple – the oldest Hindu

temple in Singapore. Since it was

originally built in 1823, I hope you

can imagine the contrast created

between the temple and the

skyscrapers of Singapore’s central

business district looming behind

it. I thought its colours were

very vivid and the sacred cow

sculptures were a strong reminder

of Hinduism.

The following are the street

markets of Chinatown in Singapore

that are worth visiting.

Pagoda Street Markets

After departing from the Chinatown

MRT station, the first thing which

will remind you that you’ve entered

the shopping district, are the stalls

that line both sides of the street.

Trengganu Street Markets

From Pagoda Street, make a right

onto Trengganu Street, where

you will find more street markets.

Electronics shops and numerous

souvenir stalls dot the landscape

on this street. As a heads up, you

can actually find better values on

electronics in other areas of the

city but this is still a great place to

shop for the traditional Chinatown

and Singapore souvenirs.

Temple Street

Once you reach the intersection

of Trengganu and Temple Streets,

turn left towards the financial

district. The People’s Park

Complex and the skyscrapers

are worth viewing, but you’ll

only want to take a break from

the action here. Get back on

Trengganu Street, until you reach

the Chinatown Food Street.

Chinatown Food Street

This famous street food market

is located along the left side of

Smith Street. It is a street for the

pedestrians only (no vehicular

traffic allowed even bicycles). On

both sides, the street is lined with

one food stall after another, selling

some of Singapore’s most popular

local dishes. Just a word of caution

though. The area is geared towards

the tourist so it can get a bit pricey

at times.

Unfortunately, many of the

food stalls have shut down over

the years. Although it sounds like

you have a lot to see and do, most

of the Chinatown Food Street area

can be covered within a couple

of hours. Of course that depends

entirely on you and how much

time you spend shopping and

snacking in this area. Make sure

you visit The Chinatown Complex

and the Maxwell Food Center.

You’ll find lots of

colourful souvenir shops and

stalls, as well as one of the only

places to find a traditional bamboo

steamed Indonesian desert, called

Putu Piring. It’s a delicious, and

not so sweet, coconut cake with

a sugary filling. You can easily

miss the store as it is not that

noticeable, so keep an eye out as it

is at the end of Trengganu Street.

One thing that I couldn’t help

but notice was that the level of

restoration work may have been

too thorough. In other words,

it felt a bit synthetic at times,

with some streets covered with

artificial ‘rain protectors’ and

so forth. This doesn’t take away

from the fact that there is still

the beautiful architecture and

world class temples. It has the

scrumptious street food, the

atmospheric Chinese lanterns,

the beer stalls, and all the tiny

trinkets that tourists love to

buy. Although, I didn’t buy

too much, I can honestly say

that Chinatown is definitely a

worthwhile site to explore while

in Singapore, especially for those

who want to see modernity clash

with the historic architecture and

customs. •

The writer is a faculty at School

of Business University of South

Asia, Dhaka





‘I want to challenge myself’

DT catches up with DLF panellist Prabda Yoon

• Baizid Haque Joarder

Prabda Yoon is a man who wears

many hats - the writer, translator,

graphic designer, publisher, and

filmmaker, is also one of the many

panellists to star at the Dhaka

Lit Fest. Based in Bangkok, Yoon

is considered by many to be the

voice of Thai youth. He won the

S E A Write Award in 2002, and

is responsible for running the

publishing house Typhoon Studio.

Before journeying to Dhaka for

the Dhaka Lit Fest, Yoon gives us

a brief glimpse into his life and


When people

think you’re being

rebellious or that

you’re intentionally

opposing the norm

they can be hostile

towards you

Writer, translator, graphic

designer, publisher and filmmaker

- how does Prabda Yoon

manage it all?

I don’t do them all at the same

time, of course. A lot of what I do

involves writing and storytelling,

so I would say that my work is in

literature and publishing mostly.

However, everything I do falls

under the “art” umbrella, in my


You are credited with introducing

post-modernist techniques into

contemporary Thai literature

and breaking the rules while at it.

What was your inspiration, and

what was the journey like?

I had no intention to introduce

anything into anything, let alone

breaking any rules. But I think

because I am generally inspired

by the so-called “avant-garde”

and experimental artistic works,

my own work also tends to reflect

that. When people think you’re

being rebellious or that you’re

intentionally opposing the norm

they can be hostile towards you,

but I understand that. I don’t

work to offend. If anything, I want

to challenge myself. If my work

appears to be different from the

majority of works out there, it’s

because I want to see if I can do

something to impress myself more

than to break the rules of others.

What is your philosophy behind


I want the readers to get close to

the feeling of reading the original

prose as much as possible. The

feeling, not the exact meaning

of the words. For example, with

Lolita I wanted Humbert Humbert

to come across in the Thai text as

the original Humbert Humbert,

not some imposter that has been

modified or transformed by the

translator’s strict philosophy of

translation. Some people translate

beautifully because they’re good

with language, but their text is

totally different from the original.

That’s not my way. I don’t want

to show off my own style when I


For someone interested in Thai

literature, what would you

recommend? Where do they start?

A lot of what I would recommend

has not been translated into

English, unfortunately. I would

love to suggest something by Rong

Wongsawan, but he was never


What is your take on the art of

film-making? What issues do you

wish to highlight in your films?

Filmmaking to me is unique in

the way that it’s a combination

of almost all artistic practices.

At least it has everything I’m

interested in: storytelling,

photography, design, sounds,

music, etc. And it terms of

production it’s a collaborative

work which is something very

challenging and rewarding for me.

And I think the content of my film

is also about challenge.

What are you reading at the


I am always reading a few books

simultaneously. At the moment

I am reading When the Word

Becomes Flesh by Paolo Virno, and

a book on cocktails, by Richard

Godwin called Spirits.

How do you feel about attending

the Dhaka Lit Fest?

Very excited, of course. I’ve never

been to Bangladesh. I’m always

thrilled to be in a new place.•





CineQ 2016 ends with flying colours

•Syed Rasseque Tasin

CineQ 2016 has been the

talk of the town ever

since it was launched

by the Enliven Youth

Platform and presented by Enliven

Cinema Club. The cinema based

quiz competition event received

tremendous response, especially

from the youth. On October 28,

the event took place at St. Joseph

Higher Secondary School with

a participation of almost 500

students from various schools,

colleges and universities. It was

the first national quiz competition

based on movies. Our country

has always been able to produce

a profound, cultural atmosphere

and such events help to nurture

the historical and cultural

appreciation in the youth.

The event started on Friday

morning at around 10 am with an

opening speech by the Founder

of Enliven, Adnan Kabir. The

distinguished personality shared

some stories about the formation

of Enliven Cinema Club and how

it started its journey. Later, Asif

Yeasin Kabir, Founder of Enliven

Youth Platform shared with

everyone about how he came up

with an event, CineQ 2016 and how

to transform “me” to “we” concept

and worked with a team of twenty

energetic team members. The

event was launched within a week

of planning and took only 25 days

for the total operation. Within this

short time frame, the program has

successfully registered more than

120 teams from schools, colleges

and universities inside and outside


Later at around 11 am the

participants were asked to go to

their respective classes in order to

attend the written examination,

the first round of the competition.

It took about an hour for the

exam to end. In the meantime,

the judges had already started

their work on checking the papers

submitted by the participants.

Around 3pm, the second round

of the event commenced. This one

was more intense and competitive

than the previous round. Six

teams from Round 1 had qualified

for this round, and had to pick

the right films from visual cues.

During the breaks, questions were

thrown to the crowd for audience

participation, so an atmosphere

of sport prevailed. The spot quiz

winner received the gift hampers

from Solid Style.

Many keynote speakers and

guests visited the program,

including Zakir Hossain Raju

[Filmmaker], Khalid Saifullah

Mahmud [CEO of Dona Media],

Nahid Masud, [Sound expert]

and Mir Samsul Alam Baboo

[Researcher, Federation of Film

Society Bangladesh]. Their short

speeches helped to underscore the

objective of “cineQ 2016” program:

to generate a higher appreciation

Our country has always been able to

produce a profound, cultural atmosphere

and such events help to nurture the

historical and cultural appreciation in the


for film and to nurture the very

best of knowledge, inspiration and

information among the youth.

The top 3 teams from each

group received certificates and

were given gifts and prizes. The

winner of the CineQ 2016 received

the crest and prize money worth

of 10,000 BDT presented by

Meraki from the chief guest of the

program, Abdul Aziz, Chairman

of Jaaz Multimedia. SJHSS

Catechizers, 3 Quarters and Ravenclaw

are the three champion teams

from three groups respectively.

Furthermost, they received a

gift from Pathak Samabesh, a

premier book store and the gift

partner of the event. A short

film competition was arranged

sidewise and the winning short

film Innocent received prizes from


Although there were some

limitations regarding the whole

event, the weather and the

electricity to name some, the

organisers are confident they

shall prevail next year when

CineQ 2017 returns. Apart from

this, Enliven Youth Platform will

open the second general member

recruitment drive for their next big

event. •

Biz Info




| workshop |



design at BCS



The innovation team of Biman

Bangladesh Airlines participated

in the ‘Innovation project design’

workshop was held November

8-10, at BCS Administration

Academy, Shahbag, Dhaka. Biman

submitted two projects on ‘online

ticketing through mobile

banking,’ and ‘on-line check-in

service and issuing boarding card,’

at the workshop organised by the

cabinet division and access to

information project of the Prime

Minister’s office. Shakil Meraj,

general manager (PR) attended the

workshop as the resource person

of Biman. •

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Rise Above All: The Tale of Game Changers

Global Brand hosts a glitzy

event with Dell partners

Every tale of success is built

with numerous tales of

struggles. To share those tales

Don Sumdany Facilitation

and Consultancy is organising

‘Sailor presents Rise above all

powered by Cooper’s Bakery’ on

November 18 at KIB Auditorium.

This will be the biggest public

speaking session of Bangladesh

with an estimation of 1000


Renowned experts from the

field of business, entertainment,

music and so on will be present

at the session. They will share

their stories of success, failure

and inspiration. They will also

share how they become what

they are now, and what it takes

to be extraordinary amidst the


The speakers of this daylong

speaking session are: Tahsan

Khan, Singer, Song writer, Actor

and Academic; Rubaba Dowla,

Ex Chief Communication Officer

and Customer Service Officer,

Grameen Phone and Airtel

Bangladesh; Mostofa Sarwar

Farooki, Film Director; Zara

Mahbub, Senior Vice President,

Head of Communication &

Service Quality at BRAC Bank

Limited; Ali Reza Iftekhar,

Managing Director & CEO

at Eastern Bank Limited;

G. Sumdany Don, CIO, Don

Sumdany Facilitation and


Sailor is the title sponsor of

the event and it is powered by

Cooper’s Bakery. The co-sponsors

of the session are Swapno,

Symphony, Omicon Group.

The payment partner is bKash.

Dhaka Tribune is the proud

media partner of the event. Other

partners are Gtv, bdnews24.

com, United News of Bangladesh

(UNB), Bangla Tribune, ColorsFM

101.6, EMK Center, Vertical

Horizon and Bangladesh

Organization of learning and

Development (BOLD).

For more information:



Event Link: https://goo.gl/

D3E53y •

Global Brand Pvt Ltd, the

distributor of Dell in Bangladesh

has organised a program named

‘Dell Partner Meet,’ on November

9, at Emporium Banquet Hall, in


In this exclusive program,

Global Brand is basically

presenting their new Dell laptops,

and even communicate with their

partners. A K M Dedarul Islam,

deputy general manager of Global

Brand, discussed about the new

line-up of Dell laptops. From now

on Inspiron, Vostro, Latitude,

and XPS will be available in the


Atiqur Rahman, country

manager of Dell, was present

in the program. Moreover, the

chairman, Abdul Fattah, managing

director, Rafiqul Anwar, and

director, Jashim Uddin, were also

present along with the authentic

Dell partners, at the event. •






The dead end

of history

Trump may be a successful

businessman, but he is short on ideas,

never mind an ideology



manages stunning


The arcane system ensured Trump will

have access to the country’s nuclear

weapons even if he did not get a

majority of the votes


A bad day for Planet Earth


America’s white-lash

elects Trump

If the Americans consider Donald

Trump worthy of their highest elective

office, the world should not quibble.

This was a contest between rural and

urban America. For once, rural America



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President Trump is bad news for many reasons, but his stance

on climate change has to be the most damaging one.

Trump’s first move since being elected president of the

United States has been to hire Myron Ebell, a well-known

climate change denier, to head his Environmental Protection Agency.

This will set America, and the world, back in irrevocable and

harmful ways.

The move shows that Trump has every intention to bring to fruition

his plans for a less environmentally friendly America. Hiring an

individual who has called climate change “nothing to worry about”

does not bode well for the rest of the world.

With COP22 currently in progress in Marrakech, Morocco, it is more

important now than ever to ensure that climate change is seen as a

real threat, and we do everything in our power to prevent its negative


This is especially important for Bangladesh, one of the countries

most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts. Countries such as

ours should hold their own at conferences such as the COP22 to ensure

that the developed world doesn’t continue to take advantage of our


Continued investment in renewable energy and cutting down on the

use of fossil fuels are crucial if we want to keep global temperature rise

to a minimum.

For this to happen, the leader of the most powerful country needs to

be on board.

It is clear that he is not.

A president who has repeatedly denied the existence of climate

change, going as far as to call it being manufactured by the Chinese

government, will mean disaster for all of us.

Let us hope, though, that this is not the case. Trump has won, and

for better or worse, the world has to deal with it.

The world needs to come together in the fight against climate

change. We cannot afford to derail this now.

A president who has

repeatedly denied the

existence of climate

change, going as far as to

call it being manufactured

by the Chinese

government, will mean

disaster for all of us

The dead end of history

Opinion 21

The 1990s was the decade of hope to end a century of division. We need them again



political landscape in 2016 has

gone viral thanks to a New York

real estate tycoon with an ego as

grotesque as his bank balance.

Trump built the campaign

he prefers to call a “movement”

around his social media presence

and off-the-cuff, rambling


Both suited his swashbuckling

style. Twitter, in particular,

provided a turret through which

he could fire at will, at any time

and at anyone.

That won’t do now.

Trump may be a successful

businessman, but he is short on

ideas, never mind an ideology. He

can still find these, of course, but

any resetting of his moral compass

in line with his new office may

take time the world simply does

not have.

His inauguration at the end

of January 2017 will be followed

by bellwether national elections

in the Netherlands, France, and


However grand the party held at

the Manhattan Hilton on Tuesday

night, it could not possibly have

matched those thrown by Geert

Wilders in The Hague, Marine Le

Pen in Paris, or the AfD in Berlin.

All three congratulated Trump

before he had even congratulated


Bitterness, division, acrimony, intolerance

Trump may be a successful businessman, but he is short on ideas,

never mind an ideology

• Phil Humphreys

It was “The End of History,”

Francis Fukuyama proclaimed

in 1992.

The Berlin Wall had been

brought down and the Iron

Curtain forced open. Germany was

reunited while the Soviet Union

had disintegrated. The American

political scientist knew the plates

had shifted for good.

And who could argue?

Capitalism had won. Communism

was discredited. The final form

of human government had been

found and (almost) everyone


In the 10 years that followed,

the world came in from the cold.

The European community

became a union, leading to a single

currency and central bank. The

World Trade Organisation came

into existence and the African

Union was conceived.

The Oslo Accords gave Israel

and Palestine a pathway to coexistence.

The Dayton Agreement

ended the bitter Bosnian War

and the Good Friday Agreement

brought peace to Northern Ireland.

Apartheid was overthrown

in South Africa and a Rainbow

Nation was born in its place. Latin

American liberal democracies

flourished where military

dictatorships had ruled. Even Cuba

began accepting US aid.

It was not all rosy, of course; the

Rwandan genocide and Kosovo

conflict left deep wounds. But it

was overwhelmingly a decade for

agreements, accords, unions, and


And what now?

A world turned in on itself


It seems only bitterness, division,

acrimony, and intolerance.

A Great Britain under

constitutional threat from Brexit

forces. Right-wing parties on the

rise across a fractured Europe.

The Middle East roadmap

in tatters. A failed Arab Spring.

Syria at war, and IS on the march.

Terrorism everywhere.

At the same time, China is

colonising the developing world

via economic stealth, while Russia

uses covert military and cyber

warfare to intimidate neighbours

it can annex, and destabilise

opponents it cannot.

Even in Bangladesh, houses

and temples are being attacked

because the people inside follow

a different religion. Next door in

Myanmar, the Rohingya face a

similar strain of persecution.

And now we have Trump.

Pandemic nationalism

They say that if America sneezes,

the rest of the world catches

a cold. Maybe this time, the

pathogen passed the other way.

The bitterness, division,

acrimony, and intolerance

infecting much of the global

The struggle for 2017

If this rising tide of hate-filled

nationalism is to be stopped, then

perhaps only the country which

has been fought over, ripped open,

and pulled from pillar to post more

than most can force back the flood.

The country with an act

of genocide on its collective

conscience; the same country

which has thrown open its borders

and arms to a million Syrian

refugees as the rest of Europe has

erected fences in 2016.

Helmut Kohl’s Germany led the

world out of the Cold War and into

a decade of relative reconciliation.

Angela Merkel and Europe’s largest

electorate can again show the

way when it goes to the polls next


If the 1990s saw a spirit of hope

borne out of years of struggle and

despair, the elections of this year

can leave no doubt that the despair

has returned, and that the struggle

for 2017 has already begun.

Maybe now, as happened

then, the hope will follow. In the

country with the darkest past, the

light will surely be seen. •

Phil Humphreys is a British journalist and

former Bangladesh development worker

now living in Berlin, Germany.





Strongman billionaire

manages stunning upset

A tongue-in-cheek look at how the media may have covered Trump’s win if the US were a thirdworld


• Rohan Venkataramakrishnan


controversial strongman

billionaire with a history

of misogyny has managed

a stunning upset.

A controversial strongman

billionaire with questionable

connections to the Russian

government and a history of

misogyny managed a stunning

upset over the politician-wife of

a former president of the United

States of America on Wednesday.

Local news outfits in the

country officially declared pro-

Christian Donald Trump the victor

of US elections, after his right-wing

nationalist outfit trounced the

incumbent party in many of the

country’s key provinces.

“I’ve spent my entire life in

business looking at the untapped

potential in projects and people

all over the world. That is now

what I want to do for our country,”

Trump said in his victory speech.

“The forgotten men and women

of our country will be forgotten no


The result came after a

violent 18-month campaign that

culminated in decisions made

by a little-known group of 538

“electors” who meet every four

years to choose the next president

of the North American nation. The

arcane system, which has its roots

in political traditions established

by a tiny male elite centuries ago,

ensured Trump will have access

to the country’s nuclear weapons

even if he did not get a majority of

the votes.

The election campaign was

marked by leaks, threats, scandals,

and accusations of intervention

by foreign governments. The

right-wing candidate announced

on national television that he

would jail his opponent if he

won, and promised to dismantle

much of the work put in place by

his predecessor, Barack Obama,

whose victory eight years ago

seems to only have papered over

the nation’s history of racial strife.

Trump’s opponent, the leftwing

Hillary Clinton -- whose

husband was embroiled in an ugly

sex scandal as president in the

1990s -- was widely believed to be

the front-runner, despite several

corruption scandals that tainted

her candidacy. Clinton’s failure

Trump has questionable plans

The arcane system, which has its roots in political traditions established

by a tiny male elite centuries ago, ensured Trump will have access to the

country’s nuclear weapons even if he did not get a majority of the votes

means the US maintains its record

of never having had a female head

of state, despite giving women the

vote nearly a century ago.

Having Trump hold the reins

of the nuclear-armed nation is

likely to add to the turmoil and

uncertainty around the world, in

part because the TV star-turnedpolitician

himself announced

plans to keep out Muslims, begin

conflict with China, and upend the

global order. He also promised to

dismantle America’s free speech

laws and attack all those who had

criticised him over the course of

the campaign.

Global markets slumped on the

news of the strongman’s victory

and it remains to be seen how

the added volatility of having a

right-wing president ruling over a

divided polity in a nuclear-armed

state will affect conditions all over

the world.

Inspired by Slate’s If It Happened

There series, which re-imagines

coverage of American events in the

manner that the US media writes

about the rest of the world. •

Rohan Venkataramakrishnan is a news

editor at scroll.in. This article first

appeared on Scroll.in and has been

reprinted under special arrangement.


Opinion 23



Rural America’s white-lash elects Trump

This is the way democracy dies




• Fakhruddin Ahmed

America’s 18-month long

nightmare has ended

with a chronic headache.

In a shocking upset,

Americans elected their first

playboy president. Donald Trump

has been in the public eye for 40

years. America knew a lot about


They learnt more gory details

about his private conduct during

the presidential campaign; yet,

had no qualms about electing him.

If the Americans consider

Donald Trump worthy of their

highest elective office, the world

should not quibble.

This was a contest between

into the cities of another hitherto

blue state, which Obama had

won twice, Michigan. Trump had

frequented it several times, and

won by 12,000 votes (0.3%).

Clinton spent an inordinate

amount of time in iffy North

Carolina, (which Obama won in

2008 and lost in 2012), and lost it

badly, by 177,000 votes (3.8%). She

should have campaigned more in

Florida, which Obama won twice

narrowly. Clinton lost Florida

decisively, by 120,000 votes (1.3%).

Last month, Steve Schmidt,

John McCain’s strategist for the

2008 campaign, expressed his

surprise at Clinton’s strategy as

she was attempting to expand her

campaign to Arizona, which she

was not going to win. Schmidt

said that if Clinton only defended

her firewall states (Pennsylvania,

Wisconsin, Michigan) she would

be elected president.

Why didn’t Clinton campaign

in predominantly white rural

America? When all is said and

with both the Republicans and

Democrats for letting them down,

and have found a voice in the

“outsider” Donald Trump.

And Trump has played them

like the Pied Piper.

There was a method to Trump’s


The Trumps have a history of

discrimination against blacks. His

father Fred was arrested at a Ku

Klux Klan rally in 1927 in Queens,

New York.

The realtor who was renting

out Trump’s apartments in New

York City in the 1960s said recently

that he was told by Fred Trump,

in Donald Trump’s presence,

not to rent his apartments to

blacks. President Nixon’s justice

department sued the Trumps in

the 1960s and 1970s for housing

discrimination against non-whites.

A Trump associate told Rolling

Stone this June that he heard

Trump say: “Black guys counting

my money. I hate it. The only kind

This is a blot on America’s democracy


If the Americans consider Donald Trump worthy of their highest elective

office, the world should not quibble. This was a contest between rural

and urban America. For once, rural America won

rural and urban America. For once,

rural America won.

Born and raised in a

millionaire’s family in urban

America (New York City),

Donald Trump managed to sell

himself as the champion of rural

America. Raised in a working

class household in rural America

(Scranton, Pennsylvania),

Hillary Clinton failed to connect

with her working class roots,

and campaigned exclusively in

urban America. Inexplicably,

Clinton did not campaign in the

predominantly white rural areas

of three Democratic states, all of

which she lost.

In her firewall state of

Pennsylvania which Obama

won twice, Clinton campaigned

exclusively in Philadelphia

and Pittsburgh, while Trump

campaigned in “rural Alabama”

that lies between the two cities.

Trump won by 68,000 votes


Hillary never visited another

of her firewall states, Wisconsin,

which Obama won twice during

the campaign. Trump did, and

won by 27,000 votes (1%).

Only on the last day of

campaigning did Clinton venture

done, Trump won 306 Electoral

College votes to Clinton’s 232.

However, Hillary Clinton has

won over 200,000 more popular

votes than Trump nationwide

(Clinton: 59, 814,018, or 47.7%;

Trump: 59, 611, 678, or 47.5%).

This will be the second time

in the last 16 years that the losing

Democratic candidate will have

won more popular votes nationwide

(Al Gore won 600,000 more

votes nationwide than George W

Bush in 2000), than the winning

Republican candidate. This is a

blot on America’s democracy.

This is the year of the working class


In June, JD Vance, a former marine

and Yale law school graduate,

wrote a sensational memoir about

working class whites: “Hillybilly

Elegy: A memoir and culture in


He captured the frustration

and hopelessness of poor whites

of Scottish and Irish origin living

in the Appalachian region of

America, who have seen goodpaying

local factory jobs disappear

or go abroad, and are worried that

their children will be worse off

than they are. They are furious

of people I want counting my

money are little short guys that

wear Yarmulkes every day.”

It is such a mindset that

propelled Donald Trump in 2011

to sire the “Birther movement”

that accused President Obama of

being foreign-born, and forced

the president to show his birth


This fabrication ingratiated

Trump to the Republican base.

Thanks to Trump, over 40% of

Republicans still believe that

Barack Obama was born in

Kenya (therefore, his presidency

is illegitimate) and that he is a

Muslim (he is a Christian).

Before its publication,

conservative commentator Ann

Coulter sent Trump a copy of her

2015 anti-immigration book: Adios

America: The Left’s Plan to Turn

Our Country into a Third Hellhole.

After reading it, Trump made

anti-immigration the main plank

of his platform. As he came

down the escalator of the Trump

Tower in New York, in June 2015,

shouting imprecations against

Mexicans (“rapists,” criminals,”

“drug dealers”), his popularity

among the Republican base shot

up, never to come down again.

Trump then added Muslims

to the list of immigrants to be


This alarmed other minority

groups such as Chinese-

Americans, who had suffered

discrimination, and Japanese-

Americans, who were imprisoned

in internment camps during WWII.

Trump alienated Native

Americans by repeatedly calling

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth

Warren (she is part Native

American), Pocahontas. In an

attempt to please his white base,

Trump has repeatedly insulted all

minority ethnic groups -- African-

Americans, Latinos, Asians, and

Native Americans.

There are three reasons why

Hillary Clinton lost: 1) When

Clinton first burst into the national

scene in 1992 as the presidential

candidate Bill Clinton’s wife,

Republicans calculated that she

would run for president some day.

On radio and Fox News, they

have been vilifying her ever since,

resulting in Hillary’s undeserved

high negatives.

2) The installation of seven

servers at home to receive and

transmit confidential state

department correspondence made

Clinton look irresponsible.

3) FBI Director Comey’s letter

to Congress saying that more

emails have been found that could

be pertinent (they were not), 11

days before the election, reversed

Clinton’s momentum.

Many voters mistakenly

believed the Republican

propaganda that Clinton would be

indicted if she was elected.

Bottom line

Good candidates win, bad

candidates lose.

Jimmy Carter was a bad

candidate and Ronald Reagan an

excellent one in 1980. George HW

Bush was a good candidate, and

Michael Dukakis an awful one in

1988. Bill Clinton was a very good

candidate in 1992 and 1996. George

W Bush was a better candidate

than Al Gore (2000) and John

Kerry (2004). Barack Obama was

an excellent candidate in 2008 and

2012. Hillary Clinton was a flawed

candidate in 2016.

Donald Trump was dangerous

as a candidate, and could pose

a mortal threat to America as


In a 2012 interview, retired

Supreme Court Justice David

Souter prophetically predicted

the appearance of a Trump-like

candidate: He posited that the

republic was not threatened by

foreign invasion, or a military

coup, but by civic ignorance:

“What I worry about is, when

problems are not addressed and

the people do not know who is

responsible … some one person

will come forward and say, ‘Give

me total power and I will solve this

problem,’” he said.

“That is how the Roman

Republic fell. That is the way

democracy dies,” he added. •

Fakhruddin Ahmed is a Rhodes Scholar.






Rooney returns to

captain England

Wayne Rooney will return to

England’s line-up as captain for

today’s World Cup qualifier against

Scotland as his experience in the

tense encounter will be vital for

the young squad, interim manager

Gareth Southgate said. PAGE 26

BPL 3 finalists Comilla,

Barisal lock horns

The finalists of the BPL third

edition, holders Comilla and

Barisal have both lost their

opening game in the fourth edition

and will look to register their first

win when they take on each other

at SBNS today. PAGE 26

England post

commanding total

Century-makers Ben Stokes and

Moeen Ali piled on the agony

for India’s bowlers yesterday as

England posted the highest score

by a visiting team in nearly five

years on the second day of the first

Test. PAGE 27

16 yrs since Test bow,

now its time to shine

Bangladesh have completed 16

years in Test cricket. The Tigers’

five-day reign began on November

10, 2000 when they played their

inaugural Test match against India

at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Since then, they have played 95

Tests in these 16 years. PAGE 28

Rangpur thrash sorry Khulna

• Tribune Report

Khulna Titans were all out for the

lowest ever total in the history of

the Bangladesh Premier League

Twenty20 yesterday as they were

skittled out for just 44 in 10.4

overs against Rangpur Riders at

Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Rangpur faced little trouble in

overhauling the target, romping

home in only eight overs with

nine wickets in hand. This was

their second consecutive victory.

The previous lowest total belonged

to Barisal Bulls, who were

bundled out for 58 in 16 overs

Rangpur’s Shahid Afridi appeals for a lbw decision against Khulna in the BPL in Mirpur yesterday

Lowest total in BPL history

Khulna were bundled out for just

44 in 10.4 overs against Rangpur

yesterday in Mirpur. This is the

lowest ever total in the history of

the BPL Twenty20 so far. The previous

lowest total belongs to Barisal

Bulls who were skittled out for

only 58 in 16 overs against Sylhet in

the third edition of the tournament

last year. Shuvagata Hom’s 12 runs

was the only double figure score

for the Titans as all the batsmen

were dismissed for single digits.

against Sylhet Super Stars in the

third edition of the tournament

last year. Arafat Sunny became

the fifth bowler in the history of

T20 cricket not to concede a single

run off his bowling as he ended

up with outstanding figures of

3/0 from his 2.4 overs. Pakistan

superstar Shahid Afridi picked

up 4/12 from his three overs and

apart from Shuvagata Hom, none

of the Khulna batsmen were able

to reach double figures.

After being asked to bat first,

Khulna never looked confident

and kept losing wickets at regular

intervals. They were eventually


dismissed with as many as 9.2

overs to spare.

In reply, Rangpur reached the

target in eight overs with Soumya

Sarkar (13*) and Mohammad

Mithun (15*) remaining unbeaten.

Mohammad Shahzad (13) was the

only Rangpur wicket to fall off the

bowling of Junaid Khan.

Following this humiliating defeat,

Khulna will be desperate to

return to winning ways but first,

they must get their team combination

right as they have useful

West Indies all-rounder Kevon

Cooper and wicket-keeper Andre

Fletcher in the dug-out. •


Sunny’s three wickets for zero


Rangpur’s left-arm spinner Arafat

Sunny stormed into the record

books as he picked up three wickets

from his 2.4 overs without giving

a single run to register the best

ever economy rate in the history

of the BPL. He is the fifth bowler

in the history of T20 cricket who

did not concede a run in an innings.

However, Sunny bowled

more than an over compared to

Suresh Raina, Hasan Raza, Dinuka

Hettiarachchi and Udit Patel,

who all bowled less than an over

to achieve the feat previously.

Afridi magic with the ball

Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi

was terrific with the ball for Rangpur

as he picked up 4/12 from his

three overs and was instrumental

behind the dismissal of Khulna

for just 44. Afridi picked up the

wickets of Riki Wessels, Shuvagata,

Alok Kapali and Nur Alam.




Mazid run out (Gazi) 6 11

Pooran b Gazi 0 1

Wessels b Afridi 5 10

Mahmudullah lbw b Gleeson 2 3

Shuvagata b Afridi 12 8

Kapali lbw b Afridi 0 1

Ariful lbw b Sunny 7 8

Nur b Afridi 8 11

Junaid c Soumya b Sunny 0 4

Asghar b Sunny 0 5

Shafiul not out 0 2

Extras (lb 4) 4

Total (all out; 10.4 overs) 44

Fall Of Wickets

1-1 (Pooran), 2-10 (Mazid), 3-15 (Mahmudullah),

4-15 (Wessels), 5-15 (Kapali), 6-31

(Shuvagata Hom), 7-40 (Ariful), 8-40

(Junaid), 9-44 (Nur), 10-44 (Asghar)


Gazi 1-0-6-1, Rubel 2-0-8-0, Sunny 2.4-2-

0-3, Gleeson 2-0-14-1, Afridi 3-0-12-4


Shahzad c & b Junaid 13 16

Soumya not out 13 19

Mithun not out 15 15

Extras (w 2, nb 2) 4

Total (1 wicket; 8 overs) 45

Fall Of Wickets

1-16 (Shahzad)


Junaid 2-0-14-1, Asghar 2-0-6-0,

Shuvagata 2-0-10-0, Nur 2-0-15-0

The Riders won by nine wickets

MoM: Shahid Afridi (RR)

Presser from

the press box!

• Mazhar Uddin

An unpleasant incident awaited the

sports journalists following the BPL

clash between Khulna Titans and

Rangpur Riders yesterday in Mirpur

as the security officials did not allow

the media to enter the field after

the game.

In accordance with the rules and

regulations in international matches,

the journalists can enter the field after

the match but due to some unknown

reasons, the “walkie talkie” security

officials denied the correspondents

from entering the ground.

Consequently, the journalists

immediately decided to boycott

the mandatory post-match press

conference. As a result, Rangpur

spinner Arafat Sunny came to the

press box upon request from the

journalists to give his reaction to

the win.

He said, “I had no idea about the

record but obviously it feels great

to be in the record books. I tried

to bowl a tight line and length and

I would also like to add that the

batsmen made some mistakes as

well. After changing my bowling

action I think I am feeling better and

comfortable with my new action.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to regain my

previous momentum. •

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BPL 3 finalists Comilla, Barisal lock horns

• Mazhar Uddin

The finalists of the Bangladesh Premier

League Twenty20’s third edition,

reigning champions Comilla

Victorians and Barisal Bulls have

both lost their opening game in the

fourth edition and will look to register

their first win when they take

on each other at Sher-e-Bangla National

Stadium in Mirpur today.

Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s Comilla

lost to Tamim Iqbal’s Chittagong

Vikings by 29 runs where apart

from youngster Nazmul Hossain

Shanto’s fifty, none of the batsmen

were able to score significantly in

pursuit of a target of 162.

Their bowling department also

needs to fire as they bagged only

one wicket against the port city


In their first game, Mushfiqur

Rahim’s Barisal also suffered a

comprehensive eight-wicket loss

against Dhaka Dynamites. Even

though Mushfiq and Shahriar Nafees

struck half-centuries, their

overseas players Dilshan Munaweera,

Dawid Malan, Thisara

Perera and Rayad Emrit all failed

to score as they eventually posted

148/6 in their 20 overs.

To add to that, Barisal pacer

Al Amin Hossain was a let-down

in the opening game and will no

A file photo of a Comilla Victorians practice session MD MANIK

doubt eye a better show today,

along with Perera and Munaweera,

while Taijul Islam will provide support

in the spin department.

And according to Mushfiq, the

senior players, alongside the foreigners,

need to step up and display

better cricket.

“In this BPL edition, if you notice,

all the teams are well-balanced

and whoever plays good

cricket and commit less mistakes

on a given day will win the game.

As Comilla and ourselves have lost

our first game, it’s very important

to seal a win and gain confidence

Zamal clinches

Professional Golf title

for the rest of the tournament. Our

main target will be to do our basics

right,” Mushfiq told the media yesterday.

Meanwhile in the evening game

at the same venue, high-flying Dhaka

will look to continue their brilliant

run after winning their opening

game comfortably against a demoralised

Rajshahi Kings, who lost their

tournament opener against Khulna

Titans by just three runs.

Opening batsman Mehedi

Maruf, who struck a magnificent

unbeaten half-century in the last

game, will once again look to continue

from where he had left off

against Barisal while their Lankan

legend Kumar Sangakkara, West

Indians Dwayne Bravo and Andre

Russell and England’s Ravi Bopara

can be devastating on any given


Skipper Shakib al Hasan will

marshal his troop and with Nasir

Hossain and pacer Mohammad

Shahid at his disposal, Rajshahi

will have to play their best cricket

in order to register their maiden

win in the first edition.

Rajshahi captain Darren Sammy

will have to lead from the front,

along with Sabbir Rahman, who

was dismissed for only four against


However, Mominul Haque batted

well and smashed a half-century

in the first game and will have

to play another vital knock at the

opening spot.

Sabbir is of the opinion that his

side should not think about the big

names in Dhaka’s dugout. Rather,

they should just ensure not repeating

their mistakes from the previous


“Cricket is a team game where

the contribution of all the 11 members

of the side is required. We are

not thinking about our opponent. I

think if we play to our potential, we

can beat Dhaka,” said Sabbir. •


Comilla Victorians v Barisal Bulls, 2pm

Dhaka Dynamites v Rajshahi Kings, 7pm

Both matches will be held at SBNS, Mirpur


stun Sk Jamal

• Tribune Report

Rahmatganj MFS shocked Sheikh

Jamal Dhanmondi Club 1-0 in the

second phase of the Bangladesh

Premier League at Bangabandhu

National Stadium yesterday.

Forward Siyo Zunapiyo netted

the all-important goal in the 69th

minute to take unfancied Rahmatganj

to third position in the 12-

team points table. With 25 points

from 14 matches, Rahmatganj now

trail table-toppers Abahani Limited

by three four points but the latter

have a game in hand. Sheikh Jamal

are fourth with 22 points from the

same number of points. The corresponding

fixture in the first phase

ended in a 1-1 draw. •


Rahmatganj 1-0 Sk Jamal

Siyo 69

• Tribune Report

The four-day long Paragon Professional

Golf Competition came to an

end yesterday with Zamal Hossain

Mollah emerging as the champion

at Kurmitola Golf Club.

Mollah struck 14-under-par and

ran away with the title ahead of

second-placed Mohammad Nizam

(two-under-par) and Mohammad

Zakir Uzzaman and Mohammad

Badal Hossain (both one-underpar),

who jointly finished third.

Mohammad Akbar Hossain,

meanwhile, finished highest

among the amateur golfers.

A total of 70 professional and

10 amateur golfers took part in the

Tk 10 lakh event where 45 players

missed the cut after round two.

Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP distributed

prizes among the winners following

the conclusion of the fourth

and final round. The second edition

of the tournament will be held

in the first week of next month at

Savar Golf Club. •

Chief guest Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP (CR) poses alongside the winners and special guests of the First Paragon Professional Golf

Tournament at Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday


Chittagong Rear Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal (C) inaugurates the inter-forces

basketball tournament in the port city yesterday


Rooney returns to captain England

• Reuters

Striker Wayne Rooney will return

to England’s starting line-up as captain

for today’s World Cup qualifier

against Scotland as his experience in

the tense encounter will be vital for

the young squad, interim manager

Gareth Southgate said.

Rooney was dropped from the

starting team for England’s lacklustre

Group F qualifier draw with

Slovenia last month and has been

largely used as a substitute by Manchester

United manager Mourinho.

“Yes, he is,” Southgate told

reporters yesterday when asked

if Rooney will captain the side

against Scotland.

The 31-year-old Rooney recently

broke his 11-game lean spell for

United when he scored in the 2-1

Europa League defeat by Turkish

side Fenerbahce last week. He subsequently

returned to the club’s

Premier League starting line-up in

Sunday’s win over Swansea City.

“(Rooney) is in a better place

than he was (before) ... in terms of

his sharpness. There was no hesitation

from me in selecting him,”

Southgate added.

“He’s playing well for Manchester

United, I think he’s a player who

(needs to) get into a rhythm.

“Wayne uses his experience

very well, especially for the younger

lads. He’s a big part in trying to

get the victory.” Southgate has two

more games to convince the Football

Association that he is the right

man for the job.•

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Federer can

still be a threat,

says Edberg

• Reuters, London

Roger Federer has fallen outside

the world’s top 10 for the first time

since 2002 but he could still win

another grand slam title, according

to former great Stefan Edberg.

While Andy Murray’s rise to

world number one was the main

talking point of Monday’s new ATP

rankings, 17-times major champion

Federer’s slide to 16th was largely


The Swiss ended his season in

July in a bid to recover fully from

knee surgery, although he is aiming

to be fit for the Australian Open in


But former world number one

Edberg, who has coached Federer,


“I thought in the past years he

would have won one, he was so

close,” six-times major champion

Edberg told Tennis World.

“It becomes even tougher, he

is not young any more but there is

still hope. If there’s one who can

do it, it’s Roger,” the 50-year-old

Swede added.•




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2:30 PM

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7:15 PM

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1:30 AM

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Romania v Poland


10:50 PM

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1:30 AM

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England v Scotland


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San Marino v Germany

India’s Ajinkya Rahane (L) and Wriddhiman Saha (C) watch as England’s Ben Stokes plays a shot on the second day of their first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association

stadium in Rajkot yesterday


England post commanding total

• AFP, Rajkot

Century-makers Ben Stokes and

Moeen Ali piled on the agony for

India’s bowlers yesterday as England

posted the highest score by a

visiting team in nearly five years on

the second day of the first Test.

Stokes smashed 128 runs after

Ali, who had been unbeaten on 99

overnight, made 117 as England

compiled a commanding total of

537 before India’s openers responded

with an unbeaten stand of 63 in

the final session.

Joe Root (124) had notched up a

century on the opening day to lay a

solid foundation for the middle-order

batsmen at Rajkot’s Saurashtra

Cricket Association ground.

India made a cautious start to

their innings with Murali Vijay (25

not out) and Gautam Gambhir (28

not out) at the crease when stumps

were called.

The day belonged to England’s

batsmen who made India toil on

an easy-paced track after captain

Herath runs through Zim as SL sweep series

• Reuters

Rangana Herath grabbed Zimbabwe’s

final three wickets to return

figures of 8-63 as Sri Lanka wasted

little time in finishing off the hosts

on the final morning of the second

Test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.

The home side, teetering on 180

for seven overnight, survived 13

overs before being bowled out for

233 as Sri Lanka won by 257 runs

to compete a sweep of the twomatch

series. Herath finished with

13 wickets in the match as he fully

Alastair Cook had elected to bat

first. Although the tourists lost

a succession of tailenders in the

period immediately after lunch,

Stokes stayed put to help England

post their third highest total on

Indian soil.

Stokes, who had three ducks in

three previous Test innings against

India, hit 13 fours and two sixes on

way to his fourth ton in the longest

format of the game.

India’s bowlers struggled in the

heat and grime, with top-ranked

spinner Ravichandran Ashwin conceding

167 runs while taking just

two wickets.

England showed their aggressive

intent in the morning session,

hammering 139 runs while losing

two wickets including that of Ali

who was bowled by Mohammed

Shami (2-65).

Jonny Bairstow, the highest Test

run-scorer this year, made 46 and

shared a brisk 99-run partnership

for the sixth wicket with Stokes before

also falling to Shami.

exploited a turning surface to dominate

the Test with his spin. Craig

Ervine, the only home player to

provide any significant resistance,

was first out yesterday, adding seven

runs to his overnight 65 before

a sharp catch from Dhananjaya de

Silva at slip gave Herath his first

wicket of the morning. •


ZIMBABWE 272 & 233 in 58 overs

(Ervine 72, Williams 45, Herath 8/63)

lost to SRI LANKA 504 & 258/9d by

257 runs

At least five dropped catches

and some sloppy fielding underlined

a miserable day for the Indians

before their home fans.

Stokes was dropped twice in

his sixties by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman

Saha with Umesh Yadav

(2-112) being the unlucky bowler on

both occasions.

The Indians took the new ball

in the morning after England resumed

at 311 for 4, but failed to get

an immediate breakthrough.

Ali reached his century off the

third ball of the day from Shami

who seemed to have recovered

from the cramps he suffered on the

opening day.

Stokes chipped in before Shami

broke their 62-run stand with

the wicket of Ali who saw his offstump

cartwheel away in spectacular

fashion after misjudging the

line and not playing a shot.

England’s total was the highest

by a visiting team in India since the

West Indies made 590 at Mumbai in

November 2011.•



(overnight 311-4; M. Ali 99 not out, B.

Stokes 19 not out):

M. Ali b Shami 117 213

B. Stokes c Saha b Yadav 128 235

J. Bairstow c Saha b Shami 46 57

C. Woakes c Saha b Jadeja 4 8

A. Rashid c Yadav b Jadeja 5 20

Z. Ansari lbw b Mishra 32 83

S. Broad not out 6 16

Extras (b5, lb4, nb1) 10

Total (all out, 159.3 overs) 537

Fall of wickets

1-47 (Cook), 2-76 (Hameed), 3-102 (Duckett),

4-281 (Root), 5-343 (Ali), 6-442 (Bairstow),

7-451 (Woakes), 8-465 (Rashid),

9-517 (Stokes), 10-537 (Ansari)


Shami 28.1-5-65-2, Yadav 31.5-3-112-2, Ashwin

46-3-167-2, Jadeja 30-4-86-3 (1nb),

Mishra 23.3-3-98-1


M. Vijay not out 25 70

G. Gambhir not out 28 68

Extras (b8, lb1, w1) 10

Total (0 wickets; 23 overs) 63


Broad 5-1-20-0, Woakes 7-2-17-0 (1w), Ali

6-2-6-0, Ansari 3-0-3-0, Rashid 2-0-8-0





16 years since Test debut, now it’s time to shine

• Ali Shahriyar Bappa

Bangladesh have completed 16

years in Test cricket. The Tigers’

five-day reign began on November

10, 2000 when they played their

inaugural Test match against India

in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National

Cricket Stadium. Since then,

Bangladesh have played 95 Tests in

these 16 years.

The Tigers have managed to win

only eight and draw 15 Tests among

these 95. Two of those wins came

against a second-string West Indies

side in 2009 while five of them

came against Zimbabwe.

The other win came against

England last month which is perhaps

Bangladesh’s biggest achievement

in their Test history so far.

A couple of memorable Tests

come to mind on the occasion of

the Tigers’ 16th year in five-day

cricket. Chief among them is the

Multan Test against Pakistan in

2003 while the other one is against

Australia in Fatullah 10 years ago.

The Tigers fans can also count

the first Test against England in

Chittagong as a near miss as Bangladesh

lost narrowly by a margin

of 22 runs chasing a 286-run target

on a difficult fourth-innings pitch

against the formidable visiting


However, the Multan and Fatullah

Tests feature at the very top

of the list of regrets for the Bangladesh


In Multan, Bangladesh set a

challenging 261-run target. At one

stage, Pakistan were reeling on 164

for 7 and Bangladesh were scenting

a famous victory. But Pakistan

great Inzamam-ul-Haque played a

superb match-winning unbeaten

138 to snatch victory from the jaws

of defeat.

Meanwhile in Fatullah, Bangladesh

were playing against the

mighty Aussies in 2006. Bangladesh

were on top right from the

very beginning, riding on opening

batsman Shahriar Nafees’ brilliant

138-run knock. Bangladesh posted

427 in their first innings while Australia

were bundled out for 269 in


Bangladesh set the opponents

Dutch national defender Virgil van Dijk (C) vies with Eden Hazard (R) of Belgium

during a friendly at Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on Wednesday


The Tigers have completed their 16th year in Test cricket. Now with several performers at their disposal, Bangladesh will look

to improve their fortunes in the longer version with important away Tests awaiting them in the coming days


a challenging 307-run target and

were it not for one of the all-time

greats in the shape of Ricky Ponting,

the Tigers could well have recorded

a historical win of gigantic


However, alongside these near

misses, there has also been some

world-class performances. Mohammad

Ashraful is a case in

point. He holds the record of being

the youngest centurion in the history

of Test cricket at 17 years and

61 days. Ashraful made the record

against Sri Lanka in 2001.

Sohag Gazi holds the record of

scoring a hundred and taking a hattrick

in the same Test. He created

this record against New Zealand in


Abul Hasan Raju scored a Test

century against the West Indies at

No 10 in 2012.

Two years later, Shakib al Hasan

scored a century and took 10 wickets

in the same Test match. Only

three players in Test history - AK

Davidson in 1960, Ian Botham in

1980 and Imran Khan in 1983 – previously

achieved the feat.

But unfortunately, individual

brilliance is not enough to win

a Test match and probably that’s

why Bangladesh have not won

many matches compared to the

limited-over formats.

In the recent past, Bangladesh’s

ODI record has improved significantly.

They have established

themselves as a competitive ODI

unit in the last few years. They

reached the quarter-finals of the

2015 World Cup in Australia after

eliminating the formidable England

side. They have won six consecutive

ODI home series against

teams like Pakistan, India and

South Africa, among others. But

Test cricket remains a mystery to

the Tigers as the statistics point to

a dismal record.

In the last two years though, the

Tigers have started to improve in

the longer version. With that said,

most of their recent improvements

have come on home soil. Many critics

believes that if Bangladesh want

to establish their name in world

cricket then they have to win Test

matches regularly.

Probably one reason why Bangladesh

are below-par in Tests is

because they don’t play five-dayers

as much as the established orders.

The Tigers recently returned

to Test cricket after a 15-month

gap whereas England, in the same

duration, played 14 matches. So if

Bangladesh want to improve, then

there are no alternatives to playing

more matches regularly.

However, this is the right time

for the Tigers to prove their mettle

as they have quite a few Test

matches away from home in the


Against Match Win Lose Draw

Australia 4 0 4 0

England 10 1 9 0

New Zealand 11 0 8 3

Pakistan 10 0 9 1

India 8 0 6 2

South Africa 10 0 8 2

Sri Lanka 16 0 14 2

West Indies 12 2 8 2

Zimbabwe 14 5 6 3

First Test win: against Zimbabwe in

Chittagong, 2005

Highest scorer: Tamim Iqbal, 3349

runs with 40.34 average

Highest individual score: Tamim

against Pakistan in May 2015

Highest number of centuries: Tamim,


Highest number of half-centuries:

Habibul Bashar, 24

Highest wicket-taker: Shakib al

Hasan, 159

Highest five-wicket hauls: Shakib al

Hasan, 15

Highest dismissals: Mushfiqur Rahim,


Highest Test caps: Mohammad

Ashraful, 61

coming days. Bangladesh have a

stylish opener like Tamim Iqbal,

who is the highest Test run-scorer

for the country with 3349 runs,

including eight Test centuries.

Dependable batsmen like Mushfiqur

Rahim and Mahmudullah

are now solid names in the middle

order while they also have Shakib,

who is often considered the best

all-rounder in the world.

The bowling department has

the young pace sensation Mustafizur

Rahman and the off-spinner

Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who took 19

wickets against England recently

and surprised the cricket world.

Some other young and exciting talents

like Sabbir Rahman, Soumya

Sarkar and Rubel Hossain have

emerged in the last few seasons.

So it is high time for the Tigers

to lift their game and leave a mark

in the longest format of the game,

much like the limited-overs. •

Netherlands, Belgium share spoils

• Reuters, Amsterdam

Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco

grabbed a late equaliser to secure a

1-1 draw against the Netherlands in

a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena

on Wednesday.

Carrasco’s left-foot shot in the

82nd minute took a deflection and

looped over Maarten Stekelenburg

to reward the visitors for sustained

second-half pressure.

Jan Vertonghen had fouled Jeremain

Lens to present the home side

with a 38th-minute penalty which

Davy Klaassen blasted past Simon

Mignolet to give the Dutch a halftime


The home team might have had

an earlier penalty when Mignolet

came out to clear a short back pass

from Laurent Ciman and clattered

into the onrushing Vincent Janssen,

who was forced off not long

afterwards with a head injury.

The Dutch also lost Stijn Schaars

to a muscle problem and Lens went

off with a hamstring injury in the

second half ahead of their World

Cup qualifier in Luxembourg on


Belgium had chances, Romelu

Lukaku squandering a close-range

opportunity and Kevin de Bruyne

going close twice before he went

off just past the hour mark. De

Bruyne’s first-half header was

just off target and a free kick was

palmed away by Stekelenburg.•








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17 Pale (3)

18 Classify (4)

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26 Time of the year (6)


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appropriate squares in the main grid, then

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Dhaka International Short and Independent Film

Festival to open in December

• Showtime Desk

The 14th edition of Dhaka

International Short and

Independent Film Festival

(DISIFF) is to open its curtains on

December 3. The organisers said

that the biennial event this time

will feature more than 500 films,

the highest number of films in

its history, which come from 108

participating countries, at a press

conference on Wednesday.

Nasiruddin Yousuff, the

chairman of festival committee,

Jakir Hossain Raju, chairman of

Bangladesh Short Film Forum,

filmmaker Jahidur Rahman

Anjan, and Syed Imran Hossain

Kimrani, the festival director,

among others were present at the


Many of the films to show

at DISIFF are well-known and

screened previously at renowned

festivals like Cannes, Busan,

Berlin, Locarno, TIFF, and others.

Organised by Bangladesh

Short Film Forum, the DISIFF’s

programme includes Cinema

of World, Film in Competition,

Retrospective, Independent Film,

Alamgir Kabir Memorial Lecture,

a seminar, and master classes.

Meanwhile, a lifetime achievement

award will be given to a film

personality for contributions to

Bangla cinema.

In the retrospective section, five

films by Indonesian filmmaker,

Garin Nugroho will also be

showcased. Eminent Chinese

filmmaker-professor, Dr Xie Fei

will deliver the Alamgir Kabir

Memorial Lecture, while local

filmmaker-teacher, Dr Zakir

Hossain Raju will present the

keynote paper at the seminar.

The master classes will be

conducted by Venezuelan director,

Atahualpa Lichy and Indonesian

director, Garin Nugroho.

Films will be screened at four

different venues: Shawkat Osman

Memorial Auditorium of Central

Public Library, two auditoriums

at Bangladesh National Museum,

and the Music and Dance Centre of

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,

while inauguration ceremony of

the week long event will be held

at the Central Public Library in


Bangladesh Short Film Forum,

country’s one of the organisations

comprised of independent

filmmakers, has been organising

the festival since 1988. •

Solo performance of Chanchal Khan

at National Museum

Taylor Swift throws Lorde a

star-studded birthday bash

• Showtime Desk

Prominent Tagore singer and

exponent, Dr Chanchal Khan

will perform at the Begum Sufia

Kamal Auditorium on Friday,

November 11, at 6:30pm. He will

recite translations from Gitanjali,

which has been a subject of his

research and past work related

to tracing the history of Gitanjali

and its underlying philosophy.

Chanchal Khan will sing

from Gitanjali, as well as from

the array of songs including

devotion, love and season,

and songs that feature

Tagore’s parodies and satirical


An artiste of special grade

in Bangladesh Television and

Bangladesh Betar, Chanchal has

been singing, researching, and

teaching Tagore songs over the

last three decades. In the US,

Nepal, and Australia, he founded

music schools and institutions

offering lessons to numerous

students of both Bengali and

other ethnic origins. These

include Shurolok in Australia,

and Anondolok in Nepal.

Largely a self-trained singer

with early formal lessons from

Chhayanaut, Chanchal is one

of the founding members of

Rabindra Shangeet Shommilan

Parishad in the ‘80s. Chanchal

Khan directed Balmiki Protibha,

a joint India-Bangladesh

endeavour in 2010. In 2011,

he directed a documentary

Bangladeshey Rabindranath, in

association with the Ministry of

Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh to

commemorate the 150th birth

anniversary of Rabindranath

Tagore. This was screened in

India, and Bangladesh under

both government and private

auspices during the two nations

joint festival. He has released

his second documentary titled

Timeless Gitanjali, sponsored

by the India-Bangladesh

Foundation, High Commission

of India in 2014, which was

screened in India, Australia, USA,

and the UK. He was awarded

reception by the Chief Minister

of Tripura Sri Manik Sarkar, in

connection with the screening of

this documentary in Agartala. •

Showtime Desk

When Taylor Swift is in charge of

the festivities, it’s no surprise that

Lorde’s 20th birthday party on

Monday night in the New York City

was quite an extravaganza. Taylor

hosted a dinner for her friend who

goes by the stage name Lorde,

born as Ella Yelich-O’Connor, at

ZZ’s Clam Bar in Manhattan.

Celebrities who attended to

celebrate included Lena Dunham,

Karlie Kloss, Mae Whitman, Tavi

Gevinson, Aziz Ansari, and Lorde’s

childhood friends from New

Zealand. Taylor decorated the

group’s area with gold balloons

spelling out “U R 20.” Lorde posted

a photo of the set-up, saying, she

was the “happiest birthday girl in

the world.”

Taylor presented Lorde, a

candle-festooned chocolate

birthday cake. After the party,

the Royals singer posted a photo

of herself in between Taylor and

Karlie, who were kissing her

cheeks. The caption read, “Had

the best birthday party I’ve ever

had tonight surrounded by my nyc

family. all organised by tay who is,

as she says, ‘a mom with no kids’.”

Lorde added, “I am your kid

and you love me so hard I could

burst. Here’s to our 3 magic years

of best friendship and more

moments like this, squished

between angels.”

Earlier in the day, Taylor posted

a birthday card she’d painted for

Lorde, with the caption, “Thank

you for the music you make.” •


Shakib meets Shakib





• Showtime Desk

This week, Bangladeshi allrounder

cricketer, Shakib al Hasan

celebrated his daughter, Alayna

Hasan Aubrey’s first birthday,

with friends and family. The party

was held at the Dhaka’s Radisson

hotel. It was glamorous and had a

star-studded guests list.

Siam returns

• Showtime Desk

For the past one year, young

actor and model Siam,

has been missing from the

entertainment world. He left

Bangladesh to pursue his

studies in the UK. His hard

work and determination

finally paid off, as he is back

in Dhaka with excellent

results. Siam informs

that his parents had

wanted him to become

a barrister for some

time now. So this

was his opportunity

to make his parents

happy. He studied

for twelve hours a

day, which helped

Siam secure the top

position among other

Bangladeshi students

of the university.

After his

comeback, Siam is

busy shooting TVCs

and TV dramas.

He is active in the

media with BPL,

as he is supporting

one of the teams

solely. Siam said,

“Hopefully, the

audience won’t miss

me anymore. I am

here once again.” •

Fans who witnessed the

occasion were shocked when

Shakib Khan, the superstar actor,

showed up to the party. It was

arguably the most extravagant

birthday celebration in the town,

filled with lots of celebrities.

Zahid Hasan, Nobel, Bijori

Barkatullah, Tamalika Karmakar,

Tarin, Deepa Khandaker, Shahed

Ali, Runa, Suzana Zafar, and Elita

Karim were there to celebrate

Aubrey’s birthday. Other than

the actors and musicians, many

of Shakib’s fellow cricketers

were present, most notably,

the Sri Lankan legend, Kumar


Martin Shkreli releases

Wu-Tang Clan songs

• Showtime Desk

Last month, ex-CEO of Turing

Pharmaceuticals, Martin

Shkreli, also vilified as ‘The

most hated man in America,’

tweeted, “If Trump wins,

my entire unreleased music

collection, including unheard

Nirvana, Beatles, and of course,

Wu-Tang, comes out, for free.”

He made headlines in the

past for hiking up the price

of a life saving drug, buying

the single copy of a Wu Tang

Clan’s album for $2 million,

getting into a fight with Ashton

Kutcher, and of course some

criminal charges bought

against him by the FBI.

Last Tuesday night, Shkreli

live streamed video of himself

playing a portion of the record.

“I’ve got to decide how to

put out — there’s about 30,

35 tracks,” he said during the

clip. “I actually have a contract

with the Wu-Tang Clan where

I’m not allowed to do this.

Obviously, I own the music

and I bought it and paid a lot of

money for it. In many ways, the

contract shouldn’t matter that

much. But I am a man of my

word; I had to play a little bit

of it...but I’ve got to keep my

word to them, too.” •

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Police against revealing details of

death in crossfire to media

• Kamrul Hasan

Police are now against revealing

the details of cause of death of

crossfire victims to the media.

The Directorate General of Health

Services (DGHS) has instructed its

forensic doctors not to provide detailed

autopsy report on persons

killed in crossfire, after it was requested

by the police in a letter.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police

(DMP) wrote to the DGHS on September

25, requesting it not to provide

detailed autopsy report on persons

killed in crossfire or any unnatural

death if inquired by the media.

DGHS, an associate of the Health

Ministry, served a letter in this regard

on November 6 to all hospitals

with forensic department. Such

hospitals include medical college

hospitals, 200-bed general hospitals

and upazila sadar hospitals.

The DMP letter said detailed

information of an autopsy report

– which is like a secret document –

in many cases is used as important

evidence during investigation and

charge framing. Revealing such

information to all during investigation

hampers the process, creating

confusion among the people about

the death.

The DMP asked the DGHS not

to disclose information about the

types of injuries and to provide

brief information about cause of


It claimed that barring such flow

of information is not violation of

the Right to Information Act 2009.

Bangladesh not suing anyone over BB reserve heist

• Jebun Nesa Alo

Despite being hit with possibly the

largest banking heist in history, the

top authorities of Bangladesh government

have decided not to file

a lawsuit against any international

organisation connected with the


The decision was made at a meeting

between Foreign Minister AH

Mahmood Ali and Bangladesh Bank

Governor Fazle Kabir at the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs yesterday, sources

told the Dhaka Tribune.

Ajmalul Hossain QC, the lawyer

who conducted the legal procedure

of recovering $81 million laundered

from the central bank's reserve account

with Federal Reserve Bank of

New York, was also present at the


Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune,

Ajmal said should Bangladesh government

want to, it is required to file

the lawsuit within one year of the

occurrence of the theft as per the

agreement with SWIFT, the global financial

messaging network through

which the money was stolen.

“In that case, the deadline

would be February 4 next year. But

Bangladesh has decided not to file

any lawsuit. We have already traced

and recovered $15.25million, and

we aim to recover the rest of the

money the same way,” he said.

However, in case the Bangladesh

Article 7 of the Right to Information

Act states that information related

to cases under investigation,

trial, or related to public security

would not be disclosed.

Professor Sadeka Halim, former

commissioner of Information

Commission Bangladesh, told the

Dhaka Tribune that of the 32 articles

of the Right to Information

Act, at least six sub-articles under

Article 7 bar citizens from getting

information related to cases under


But if the killings violate human

rights or are results of corruption,

then anybody can apply for information

and the authorities are

compelled to provide the information

within 24 hours, she said.

Stressing that every family

member has the right to know

how their dear ones were killed, or

what happened to them, Supreme

Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said

although there is a bar to providing

such information, this must

be published publicly at a suitable


Complaining that authorities

had been tightening freedom of

expression since long, Nur Khan,

director of Ain o Salish Kendra,

said such attempts would further

authorities fails to recover the rest

of the money by February 4, they

will not have the option to file the

case after the deadline, he added.

Meanwhile, the New York Fed

has admitted to being guilty of executing

of money transfer order that

led to the heist.

“They admit that they were

partly responsible for this heist,

and are providing support to Bangladesh

government in recovering

the money by putting pressure

on the Philippines,” Ajmal said.

“There is no need for us to file any

case against the New York Fed or

any other organisation, because we

will get our money back.”

Bangladesh is currently trying to


prompt unruly police officials to be

involved in crimes. Besides, journalists

and rights activists would

not be able to reveal the truth if any

crimes took place.

If the authorities succeeded

in implementing their desire, it

would establish a passive control

over the media and gag freedom of

expression, he said.

Professor Zia Rahman, chairman

of Dhaka University criminology

department, said: “Whether there

is a law protecting police’s desire

or not, the only concern should be

transparency and accountability in

the investigation.” •

recover stolen money through the Philippines'

Department of Justice, he said.

According to sources, $70 million

of the heist money was found

to have been smuggled to the Philippines,

of which $15.25 million has

been recovered and will be deposited

at Bangladesh Bank's account

with the New York Fed by November

24. A team from Bangladesh

Bank is working in Manila to complete

the process, Ajmal said.

The rest of $70 million will be recovered

from Solaire casino, money

exchange house Philrem and other

organisations involved with transferring

the money, sources said.

Assets of these organisations

have already been frozen by the

AL leader saves

rapist in Tangail

• Mohammed Afzal

Hossain, Tangail

Parents of a physically challenged

minor, was allegedly raped, could

not take legal action against the

rapist as local Awami League leaders

forced them to negotiate with

the rapist at Chandpur village in

Gopalpur upazila in Tangail.

Victim’s foster mother said:

“Harun Maker, 50, a resident of

Kamakkha village in the upazila, told

us that he wanted to take our girl

to doctor. On September 24 Harun

took the girl saying that he was going

to doctor’s chamber. But he took

the girl to his house instead of going

to doctor’s chamber and raped her.”

After returning home, the girl

told her mother about the incident.

After that victim’s parents tried

to take legal action against Harun

but upazila AL President and Union

Chairman Halimuzzaman and others

stopped them and pressured to negotiate

with the rapist by taking money,

locals said wishing anonymity.

On October 18, Halimuzzaman

and others arranged an arbitration

and fined the rapist Harun

Tk40,000. Harun paid the fined

money on November 5.

When contacted, victim’s foster

father, said: “We had to negotiate with

the rapist as influential people pressured

us to solve the problem locally.”

Halimuzzaman said: “We tried to

solve the problem locally and fined

Harun Maker.”

Masumur Rahman, upazila nirbahi

officer of Gopalpur, said: “We will

take actions against the rapist and

negotiators.” •

Philippine authorities and the Department

of Justice is working to

get the assets forfeited in order to

pay Bangladesh back, Ajmal said.

The money that could not be

traced will be recovered from Rizal

Commercial Banking Corporation

(RCBC) of the Philippines as the

money was transferred through

the bank, Ajmal said.

In August this year, Philippine

central bank Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

(BSP) charged the RCBC a fine

of one billion pesos ($21 million) as

the bank was used by cyber criminals

to pull off the heist.

Earlier, some $68,000 left with

the RCBC bank was sent back to the

New York Fed. •

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