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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2016 | Agrahayan 13, 1423, Safar 25, 1438 | Regd No DA 6238, Vol 4, No 210 | www.dhakatribune.com | 32 pages | Price: Tk10

Anti-Rampal power plant activists announce

hartal on Jan 26 if demands not met › 2

Khadiza finally speaks › Back Page

Jubo League leader abducts

schoolgirl to marry › 7

Muhammad Zamir writes

about combating climate

change › 22

Fidel Castro dies at 90 › 3

‘Shyamoli Shishu Mela to

be demolished’ › 4

Goons threatening to kill Shahnur › Back Page Santal files GD against Gobindaganj MP, UNO › 5





Anti-Rampal power plant activists announce

hartal on Jan 26 if demands not met


claims that this

project will

not harm the


but I can give

them evidence

that it will.

If the prime

minister wants,

we can arrange

a debate at

the Shaheed

Minar or on

any television


The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources, Power and Ports brings out a procession from the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital yesterday

afternoon protesting the planned power plant in Rampal of Sundarbans


• Manik Miazee, Kamrul Hasan

and Arif Ahmed

Reiterating their call to scrap the

Rampal coal power plant, citizens’

platform National Committee to

Protect Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources,

Power and Ports yesterday

said that they would come up with

alternative proposals for power

generation on January 14 next year.

National Committee Member

Secretary Prof Anu Mohammad

made the disclosure after the end

of a mass rally yesterday while

announcing a seven-point programme

including mass protests

throughout the country on December

26 and observing Global Protest

Day on January 7.

He also threatened to observe

a half-day hartal on January 26 if

their demands were not met.

The mass rally took place at the

Central Shaheed Minar demanding

cancellation of the 1,320MW coalfired

power plant near the Sundarbans

in Rampal of Bagerhat. Later,

they brought out a procession to

High Court Crossing in the afternoon.

To join the rally, activists from

seven districts of the country started

marching towards Dhaka on

Thursday. Some of the protestors

told the Dhaka tribune that they

had been obstructed by the police

and the ruling party men at some

places on their way to Dhaka.

The rally started with one

minute silence, and the opening

speech was given by Prof Anu, an

economics teacher at Jahangirnagar

University. It was presided over

by engineer Sheikh Muhammad


Communist Party of Bangladesh

President Mujahidul Islam Selim,

BaSoD General Secretary Khalequzzaman,

Ganashanhati Andolon

Convener Zonayed Saki and members

of different political parties

and non-political organisations

were also present during the programme.

Terming the movement a battle

for the existence of the country,

Prof Anu said: “It has been found

in several researches that the project

will be harmful for the nation.

Had the government ever been

concerned about the national interest,

then they would have already

stopped the project showing

respect to the public sentiment.”

Stating that some 3.5 million

people depend on the Sundarbans

alone, he said: “If the world’s last

remaining mangrove forest is destroyed,

around 50 million people

will be affected as there will be no

natural protection for them.”

He alleged that the government

was implementing the project to

please the Indian investors.

The government is adamant

about implementing the project,

claiming that it would not harm the

mangrove forest or the water species

in the nearby Pashur River.

Apart from Bangladeshis at

home and abroad, the Unesco and

the Ramsar have also demanded

that the project be shifted to any

other location expressing concerns

over the possible adverse impact

on the Sundarbans World Heritage


CPB President Selim told the rally

that they would scrap the project

if the leftists were voted to power.

“They [government] claim that this

project will not harm the Sundarbans,

but I can give them evidence

that it will. If the prime minister

wants, we can arrange a debate at

the Shaheed Minar or on any television

channel. Rampal power

plant should be closed.”

Veteran columnist Syed Abul

Maksud said: “We want the country

to be developed; we also want

electricity but not by endangering

the country.”

He questioned why the government

was not constructing the

power plant elsewhere.

Zonayed Saki said dismissed

the government claim that they

would use advanced technology at

the project to mitigate pollution,

saying: “The Rampal plant project

manager himself told media that

they will not use ultra super critical


Biplobi Workers’ Party General

Secretary Saiful Haque said that

most of the ministers could not

speak up against the project in fear

of losing their jobs. Almost half of

them would protest against the

coal-fired power plant, he claimed.

Speakers also urged the government

to quit coal and go for sustainable

energy sources including

solar and wind power to generate


People started gathering at the

Shaheed Minar from the morning

though it was scheduled to begin

at 2:30pm. Several thousand green

activists took part in the event.

Several cultural organisations

including Udichi Shilpi Goshthi

performed songs calling for national

consensus to save the Sundarbans.

Rally under tight vigilance

Even though there was significant

number of police and RAB deployed

at the Central Shaheed Minar

area, the law enforcers did not

use batons to disperse the protesters,

like what they do all the time

– be it while staging a procession or

holding a long-march – on the same


Police in uniform and plainclothes

patrolled the area throughout

the programme to ensure law

and order.

Shahbagh police OC Abu Bakkar

Siddique said that they provided

adequate security as the National

Committee had taken permission

from the DMP to hold the programme.

Since they had no permission for

holding any procession, the police

allowed them to march the streets

under protection. The OC said that

the organisers had told them about

the procession little before the end

of the rally. •

News 3



Fidel Castro dies at 90

• AFP, Havana, Cuba

Cuba’s historic revolutionary leader

Fidel Castro died Friday aged 90,

after defying the United States during

a half-century of iron-fisted rule

and surviving the eclipse of global


One of the world’s longest-serving

rulers and modern history’s

most singular characters, Castro defied

11 US administrations and hundreds

of assassination attempts.

His younger brother, President

Raul Castro, announced the news

shortly after midnight but gave no

details of the cause of death.

Fidel Castro crushed opposition

at home from the moment he took

power in 1959 to lead the communist

Caribbean island through the

Cold War. He stepped aside only in

2006 after intestinal surgery.

For defenders of the revolution,

Castro was a hero who protected

the ordinary people against capitalist


For his opponents, including

thousands of Cuban exiles living

in the United States, he was a cruel


Castro eventually lived to see the

restoration of diplomatic ties with

Washington last year.

National mourning

President Raul Castro, who took

power after his elder brother Fidel

was hospitalised in 2006, announced

the news on national television

just after midnight Friday

(0500 GMT Saturday).

The government on Saturday decreed

nine days of mourning.

From November 26 to December

4, “public activities and shows will

cease, the national flag will fly at

half-mast on public buildings and

military installations,” a statement

from the state executive said.

Castro’s ashes will be buried in

the southeastern city of Santiago on

December 4 after a four-day procession

through the country, it added.

‘Symbol of an era’

Castro’s death drew strong reactions

from world leaders.

“The name of this distinguished

statesman is rightly considered the

symbol of an era in modern world

history,” said Russian President

Vladimir Putin in a telegram to Raul


Former Soviet leader Mikhail

Gorbachev said the late leader left a

“deep mark in the history of mankind.”

“Comrade Castro will live forever,”

said Chinese President Xi

Jinping in a message read on television.

“Castro was “a great man of

our time... History and people will

remember him.”

French President Francois Hollande

said Castro “represented, for

Cubans, pride in rejecting external


Venezuelan President Nicolas

Maduro, Cuba’s main ally in the region,

said on Twitter: “It is up to us

to continue his legacy and carry his

flag of independence.”

‘Socialism or death’

Fidel Castro came to power in 1959

as a black-bearded, cigar-chomping

32-year-old, in a revolution against

former dictator Fulgencio Batista.

“When this war is over, a much

longer greater war will begin: the

war that I am going to wage against

them,” the United States, he had

said in 1958.

“I realise that will be my true


Living by the slogan “socialism

or death,” Castro kept the faith to

the end, even as the Cold War came

and went.

He endured more than 600 assassination

attempts, according to

his aides, and the disastrous USbacked

Bay of Pigs invasion attempt

in 1961.

“If I am considered a myth, the

United States deserves the credit,”

he said in 1988.

Castro was at the centre of the Cuban

Missile Crisis in 1962, as the world

stood on the brink of nuclear war.

Eventually the Soviet Union

backed down in its bid to station

strategic missiles on Cuban soil.


Born August 13, 1926 to a prosperous

Spanish immigrant landowner

and a Cuban mother of humble

background, Castro was a quick

learner and a keen baseball player.

His political path was set when

he formed a guerilla opposition to

the US-backed government of Batista,

who had seized power in a 1952


In 1953 Castro led a small rebel

force that attacked a major military

base, the Moncada Barracks in Santiago,

in a bid to oust Batista. The

drive failed. Castro was put on trial,

and in a self-defence speech said he

did not care if was convicted.

“History will absolve me,” he famously


After two years of prison Castro

went into exile in Mexico and

organized followers for their ultimately

triumphant uprising.

On December 2, 1956 the rebels

sailed to southeastern Cuba on the

ship Granma. Twenty-five months

later, they ousted Batista and Castro

was named prime minister.

Castro threw Cuba’s lot in with

the Soviet Union, which bankrolled

his regime until 1989, when the

Eastern Bloc’s collapse sent Cuba’s

economy plunging.

Ceded power

Fidel ceded power to his younger

brother Raul, now 85, in July 2006.

The revolutionary icon underwent

intestinal surgery and disappeared

from public view.

Castro married three times and is

known to have fathered eight children.




Mayor shuts

down Shyamoli

Shishu Mela

• Abu Hayat Mahmud

The Dhaka North City Corporation

(DNCC) authorities yesterday shut

down the lone children’s park in

the northern part of the capital over

dodging lease payment and not renewing

the contract, announcing

that soon it will be demolished.

The authorities sealed off the

park during a drive in presence of

Mayor Annisul Huq but assured

that it had been closed for the time

being. It would soon be reopened

as a public park, they said.

The drive was conducted to recover

the park from its operator

Via Media Limited on allegation of

dodging the lease payment, and for

operating the park without renewal

of contract for more than a decade.

The Via Media Limited had

leased the Gulshan public park also

from the then undivided Dhaka

City Corporation (DCC) and established

a highly commercial Wonderland

Amusement Park there.

In 2012, the Rajuk demolished the

Wonderland for breaching the contract,

Annisul told reporters.

“We have recovered this city corporation

land [1.4 acres] after a long

legal battle with the Shishu Mela authorities,”

he said, adding that the

DNCC would reopen the park soon

for the people of all ages including

children since it is a public property.

The mayor said: “The operator,

Via Media Limited, filed a case

against the city corporation although

they were continuing business

without paying the dues.

“Finally, after a long legal battle

the court passed its verdict in favour

of the city corporation; that is

why we have come here to recover

the public property. The authorities

of the Shishu Mela have been

asked to pay their 12 years’ dues

and shift their rides and equipment

within the next seven days, otherwise

it will be demolished.”

In reply to a query, he said that

the DNCC would recover its 50 illegally

occupied parks, playgrounds

and open spaces across half of the

capital within the next two years. Of

them, three more parks are to be recovered

very soon. He also warned

that no one would be allowed to

grab any public land in the city.

DNCC public relation department

sources said that the then

undivided DCC leased the park to

Via Media at Tk1,45,756.05 in 2002

for three years under the condition

that once the term is over the contract

had to be renewed.

The Public Works Department

(PWD) handed over the public park

to the city corporation in 1985.

After the departure of the mayor

from the spot, Via Media’s General

Manager Nurul Huda claimed to the

media that the park had been shut

down without any prior notice.

“We have filed two writ petitions

with the High Court. Verdict

has been pronounced in one case

but the other is still pending. So we

will take legal step against the city

corporation’s move,” he said.

Nurul, however, kept mum

when asked about the dues. •


PM flies to Hungary today


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left

for Budapest for a 4-day long bilateral

visit, on invitation from

Hungarian President Dr Janos Ader


During her stay, she will take

part in different sessions of the Budapest

Water Summit 2016 (BWS), a

two-day long event. Furthermore,

she will have a meeting with Hungarian

Prime Minister Victor Obran

and call on President Janos.

It is expected that Sheikh Hasina

will use the trip to inaugurate the

Bangladesh-Hungarian Business

and Economic Forum.

As a member of the UN and the

World Bank high level panel on water,

Sheikh Hasina will be in attendance

at the inaugural BWS with the

Hungarian President and she is

also set to visit a Sustainable Water

Solution Expo along with other

Hawkers’ leader speaks at an

exchange-opinion discussion with

the Dhaka Tribune publisher, director

and editor yesterday, (Below) a

partial view of hawkers from the

Hawkers association RAJIB DHAR

dignitaries on Monday.

On the next day she will attend

a high level meeting of the summit

and a working lunch to be hosted

by President Janos.

She is set to meet with Obran in

the morning in a ceremony for the

signing of a number of agreements,

to be held at Kossuth Square. The

MoUs address consultation between

the respective foreign ministries

as well as cooperation with

regard to water management and


According to Mahmood Ali, an

MoU will be signed between the

Federation of Bangladesh Chamber

of Commmerce and Industry

(FBCCI) and their Hungarian counterparts.

The two prime ministers are set

to hold a joint press conference following

the bilateral talks.

She is scheduled to return home

on Wednesday night. •

Khaleda calls

for talks on

EC again

• Tribune Desk

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has

again made a call for talks on reconstitution

of the Election Commission.

To protect everyone’s vote an

EC on the basis of discussions isn’t

trivial or only BNP’s issue. Talks are

essential, not a unilateral EC,” the

twitter message posted on Saturday


Earlier on November 19, a day after

making recommendations about

forming a new election commission,

Khaleda twitted that her proposals

on the formation of new EC

could be a foundation for initiating

a dialogue for holding an acceptable

national election with the participation

of all political parties. •

‘Indigenous people need land rights’

• Afrose Jahan Chaity

Reazul Haque, chairman of the National Human

Rights Commission (NHRC), said that

one of his long term goals was to solve the

land disputes that have plagued ethnic minorities,

and he will take steps to this regard.

He made the statement at a national seminar

on the Rights of Indigenous Human

Rights Defenders, organised by the Indigenous

People Development Service (IPDS). The

seminar was held in the capital, at the CBCB


The seminar was organised in order to increase

awareness of the indigenous people,

where National Coordinator of the International

Labour Organisation (ILO) Alexius Chicham

gave a presentation informing the Idigenous

Human Rights Defenders of their rights,

duties and practices.

The United Nations declaration on Human

Rights Defenders 1998, which outlines the

protections and duties afforded to human

rights defenders and organisations, took a

central part of discussions.

Rezaul claimed the failure of the ILO’s Indigenous

and Tribal Peoples Convention 1957,

which was adopted by bangladesh in 1972,

was to blame for some of the problems being

faced by indigenous ethnic minorities. “It was

integrated, but never implemented, and that’s

why indigenous people face violence in this

country” he said.

The NHRC boss also urged for decisive action

against those resposible for attacks against

minorities, as well as heavy punishment in order

to discourage future atrocities. The Indigenous

Human Rights Defenders also called for

ethnic minorities to be included in the constitution

and for them to receive land rights.

Dr Meghna Guhathakur, a member of the

NHRC, also spoke on the role and importance

of human rights defenders, emphasising Chicham’s


The President of IPDS Sanjeev Drong presided

over the national seminar.

More than 250 young indigenous human

right defenders were in attendance. •

News 5


Santal files GD against Gobindaganj MP, UNO

• Md Tazul Islam Reza,


A Santal man has filed a general diary

against 32 individuals, including

Gobindaganj lawmaker Prof Abul

Kalam Azad and Upazila Nirbahi

Officer Md Abdul Hannan, with

Gobindaganj police station yesterday.

Thomas Hembrom, resident of

Harinmari village in Gobindaganj

upazila and one of the Santals who

were violently evicted from their

ancestral land in Shahebganj-Bagda

sugarcane farm of Rangpur Sugar

Mill Ltd, filed the general diary (GD)

around 2pm yesterday.

Gobindaganj police station

OC (investigation) Al Md Nazmul

Ahmed registered the GD, in which

400-500 unidentified individuals

were also listed as suspects in the attack

on Santals.

Thomas was accompanied by a

10-member delegation comprising

representatives of Association of

Land Reforms and Development,

Ain O Salish Kendra, Bangladesh Legal

Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

and Nijerai Pari when he went to the

police station to file the GD.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune,

Gobindaganj OC Subrata Kumar

Sarker said Rangpur Sugar Mill

Managing Director Abdul Awal,

Sapmara Union Parishad Chairman

Shakil Ahmed Bulbul who is also

the president of Bangladesh Chhatra

League’s Gobindaganj unit, Katabari

Union Parishad Chairman Md Rezaul

Karim, local Awami League leader

Md Hossain Fuku, and a few workers

of the sugar mill are also among the

accused listed in the GD.

This is the second case filed by

Santals over the incident. The first

one was filed on November 16 by

Swapan Marmu, from Moalipara village

in Gobindaganj, accusing 500-

600 people, but none of the accused

were named.

Santal leaders claimed that the

first case was not filed by affected


“Police have tactfully made a

Santal who lives outside of Madarpur

and Joypurpara communities

[the affected villages] and file the

case to save the real culprits,” said

Jatiya Adivasi Parishad President Rabindranath

Soren in an immediate


OC Subrata said 20 people had

been arrested in connection with the

case filed by Swapan Marmu.

“Today’s [yesterday’s] complaint

has been registered as a general diary

and will be filed as a case after

we receive the court’s order in this

regard. Since a case has already been

filed on the incident, we will take

further action in accordance with

the court’s directive,” he told the

Dhaka Tribune.

Around 2,000 Santal families

from 15 villages in the Shahebganj-Bagda

farm area were evicted

by police and RAB on November 6

and 7.

Local Bangalis loyal to the local

lawmaker also took part in the eviction

drive, looting and torching the

Santal houses. At least three Santals

were killed during clashes and at

least 30 people were injured, including

nine policemen.

Police filed at least three cases

against the local Santals – the last one

lodged after the November 6 eviction

drive for obstructing the law enforcers

from performing duties. Four

Santals were arrested in this connection

and are currently out on bail.

The land in question, originally

owned by local Santals and some

Bangalis, was acquired by the then-

East Pakistan government in 1962 for

the sugar mill. In 2014, some found

that the contract for acquisition had

been violated by the mill authority.

As the contract stated that any

violation would transfer the land’s

ownership back to the original owners,

the Santals along with some

Bangalis built 600 homes on 100

acres of the 1,842-acre farmland and

started living there in July.


However, the evicted Santals told

the Dhaka Tribune that both Sapmara

UP Chairman Bulbul and Gobindaganj

MP Azad had urged them to

start living on the land.

Santals receive 67 more

sacks of paddy

The sugar mill authorities handed 67

more sacks of paddy over to the Santals

yesterday, sources said.

The paddy, originally sown by the

Santals, was harvested by around

100 employees of the sugar mill who

volunteered to harvest and package

the paddy.

A combined harvester machine

was also used in the process.

Around 10 acres of paddy was

harvested yesterday, said the mill’s

MD Abdul Awal.

The authorities started harvesting

the paddy on Thursday and has

given 149 sacks of paddy – amounting

to 298 maunds or around

11,123kg – to Santals till yesterday,

he added. •

Bangladesh to send 1 million

migrant workers in 2017

• Adil Sakhawat

Bureau of Manpower, Employment

and Training (BMET) Director

General Salim Reza yesterday said

Bangladesh will send 1 million migrant

workers in 2017.

Salim speaking at a national

consultation programme arranged

by Brac ahead of the Global Forum

on Migration and Development

(GFMD) in December said: “The

Malaysian and KSA manpower market

is opening up again to Bangladeshi

migrant workers and we had a

very fruitful meeting with UAE last

month and that market will open to

Bangladeshi manpower very soon.”

He said they hoping to send the

1 million migrant workers abroad

next year.

As of November this year, 21,

6,57,632 Bangladeshi migrant

workers went abroad for work.

While presenting the key note

presentation, Head of Brac’s Migration

Programme Hassan Imam

said the percentage of unskilled labour

export is still very high: “50%

of the overseas employment from

1976-2015 were unskilled. Even last

year 43% of the overseas employment

were of unskilled labour.”

The BMET DG said they understand

the importance of skills development

and this is why it was

placed in the last national budget

this year: “In this regard, we have

started a short course at BMET to

help develop the skills of migrant

workers in 48 different trades and

we also have 70 training centres

for skills development. We are also

constructing 40 training centres

with 50 more training centres in

the pipeline.”

“We have taken these kinds

of initiatives to train our migrant

workers so that the chances of

them being exploited when they

reach their destination countries

will be zero,” he also said.

During the consultation with

civil society members and migrants

workers, some of them raised concerns

over the high migration cost

from Bangladesh and the existence

of middlemen during the process.

Bangladesh Association of International

Recruiting Agencies

(BAIRA)’s Secretary General Ruhul

Amin answered: “As most migrant

workers feel more comfortable going

to a middleman than going a

recruiting agency we should work

with the middlemen and make them

aware of safe migration processes.”

Ruhul also said some countries

have agreed to take Bangladeshi

migrant workers at zero migration

cost like Qatar through the Qatar

Foundation is working to take

Bangladeshi male migrant workers

without any migration cost. •

President Abdul Hamid, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, receives a guard of honour at the Sixth Corps Reunion and 36th

Annual Commanders’ Conference of the Ordnance Corps of Bangladesh Army at Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur yesterday ISPR

MP assaults World Bank official

• Rafiqul Islam, Feni

An official of the World Bank and

an engineer linked to a cyclone

shelter project were injured as Feni

3 constituency lawmaker Haji Rahimullah

carried out an attack on

them in Matiganj Kashmir area under

Sonagazi, Noakhali yesterday.

The injured are World Bank

representative Md Mohsin and

engineer Ghulam Rabbani. They

were admitted to Sonagazi Upazila

Health Complex.

The independent lawmaker denied

having attacked any official,

but admitted that he had stopped

work of the project since the contractor

was using substandard


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

inaugurated the construction work

of seven cyclone centers in October

this year, funded by World Bank in

Sonagazi upazila. SSAI Joint Venture

Company got the work of a

center in Matiganj Kashmir area.

Engineer Dipankar Banik,

co-owner of SSAI, said: “MP Haji

Rahimullah demanded a huge sum

of money before starting of the construction

works. After the prime

minister inaugurated it, he pressured

us to inaugurate it again by him.

“Around 3:30pm on Saturday,

the lawmaker along with some of

his supporters swooped on us and

stopped the works as we refused to

comply with his demand.”

Haji Rahimullah, also the president

of Jeddah unit Awami League,

said: “I ordered them to stop the

construction works as SSAI was

building the cyclone center with

low quality materials.”

Sonagazi police sent a team to

the spot after learning about the

attack. Ratan Banik, manager of

SSAI, said that they were preparing

to file a case against the MP and his

men. •





Dhaka 29 18 Chittagong 28 22 Rajshahi 29 17 Rangpur 28 16 Khulna 30 17 Barisal 29 17 Sylhet 29 17











Source: Accuweather/UNB



Cox’s Bazar 28 20

Fajr: 5:45am | Zohr: 1:15pm

Asr: 4:00pm | Magrib: 5:22pm

Esha: 7:30pm

Source: Islamic Foundation




Bogra farmers facing

shortage of potato seeds

• Nazmul Huda Nasim,


Potato cultivaltion in Bogra

may be hampered this year

as the farmers in the district

are facing acute shortage of


Local potato farmers alleged

that a syndicate manipulated

the seed markets

and created fake crisis to earn

extra profit.

Due to seed crisis potato

farmers of the district could

not cultivate potato yet, said

local sources.

According to the sources

of Agriculture Extension Department,

it requires 90,000

tonnes of potato seeds for

cultivation on 62,000 hectares

of land in the district

while Bangladesh Agricultural

Development Corporation

(BADC) will provide only

15-20 percent of the required

seeds, BRAC will provide 15-

20 percent and the rest will be

provided by other NGOs and

local farmers.

Many farmers of district

could not preserve potato

seeds and they depend on the

locally preserved seed and on

the dealers for collecting quality

seeds. Taking advantage of

it, local dealers had increased

seed prices, alleged farmers.

Faridur Rahman, deputy-assistant

agriculture officer,

said: “Potato farmers

usually booked potato seeds

before the seeding season.

Farmers did not get seeds as

all farmers of the district had

tried to buy seeds at a time.”

He also assured that BADC

would supply potato seeds on


Potato farmers Sirajul Islam,

Mokhlesur Rahman,

Shoel, Shahjahan Ali and others

from different upazilas in

the district told to the Dhaka

Tribune that they prepared

their lands for potato seeding

but could not cultivate seeds


due to seed crisis.

Some farmers wishing anonymity

alleged that dealers

sold potato seeds to different

NGOs by taking advance money.

Now NGOs are trying to sell

the seeds with extra price thus

they manipulated the seed

market and create fake crisis.

However, Abdur Rahim,

additional deputy director

of Agriculture Extension Department

said: “Local potato

seeds grower preserved

enough potato seeds at local

cold storages. Seeds crisis

will be solved very soon.”

But he had said nothing

about local syndicates.

Bogra BADC’s deputy director

Golam Sarwar told to

the Dhaka Tribune that there

were 372 potato seed dealers

in the district. Government

had only supplied 3,100 metric

tonnes of seeds while it

had been estimated that it

would require 8000 metric

tonnes this year. •

Two killed in road accident

• Monoj Shaha, Gopalganj

A woman and her five-year-old son were

killed in a head-on collision between a truck

and a pick up van on the Dhaka-Khulna highway

in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.

The accident took place in Chandradigholia

area of the upazila before dawn.

The bodies of Rabeya Begum, 35, and her

son Rifat were sent to the district hospital

morgue for autopsy. She is wife of Hasibur

Rahman Hasib, from Haridaspur village in

the upazila, OC Selim Reza said a pick up

van carrying the three collided head-on

with a truck because of dense fog while they

were on the way to home from Dhaka.

Rabeya and her child died instantly while the

driver fled the spot soon after the accident. •

Due to lack of academic building Sordhorkuti Government Primary School arrange PSC examination in a

makeshift exam hall. The photo was taken from Gabtali upazila in Bogra yesterday


Schools in Brahmanbaria

realising more fees

• Tribune Desk

Many schools at Bijaynagar

upazila under Brahmanbaria

are reportedly taking extra

money from students for

filling up forms to sit for the

Senior Secondary Certificate

(SSC) examinations.

Though the Board of Intermediate

and Secondary Examinations,

Comilla has fixed

the charges at Tk 1,485 for science

examinees and Tk1385

for commerce and arts students,

the school authorities

are allegedly collecting extra

fees from the students without

giving any receipts.

The authorities of Daudpur

High School are collecting

Tk4,300 from the students

who passed the test exam and

between Tk 5,300 to 9,000

from those who failed in one

or more than one subjects.

Habibur Rahman, a guardian

of an SSC candidate, said

he paid Tk5,375 as form fees.

However, the school’s

headmaster, Moha Probhu,

declined to say anything in

this connection, reports UNB.

Delwar Hossain, headmaster

of Panchgaon Ideal High

School, said they took Tk

1,000 as coaching fees from

the students in addition to

the form fees.

Al Mamun, upazila secondary

education officer,

said necessary steps would be

taken against the institutions

who were taking extra fees

from the students. •

News 7


Jubo League leader abducts

schoolgirl to marry

• Abdullah Al Dulal, Rajshahi

Eight held

over supplying


for SUST

admission test

• Mohammed Serajul Islam,


Police arrested eight people from

Sylhet yesterday in connection

with supplying answers to the examinees

of the honours admission

test in Shahjalal University of Science

and Technology (SUST).

Police did not disclose their

identities yet.

The police also recovered electronic

devices from them, which

were supposed to be used for supplying

answers to questions of the

test, said Akhter Hossain, officer-incharge

of Jalalabad police station.

Three of the arrestees are the

supplier of answers, while the rest

are the admission aspirants.

Seven of the detainees were

arrested from Kaligaon Bus Stand

nearby SUST campus, while they

got down from a bus there around


Later, based on their information,

the law enforcers detained

the other one, who is a first year

student of SUST, from a hall of the


For the last three days, the police

had been trying to arrest the


Earlier, police had received an

information that a group miscreants

had indulged such types of activities

for long and the gang might

indulge in such type of activities,

said the OC.

“We will disclose the details

information of the arrestees after

completing the interrogation,

said Akhter Hossain to reporters

around 6:30pm . •

A leader of Jubo League, Awami

League’s youth affiliate, in Rajshahi

has allegedly abducted a tenth-grader

schoolgirl at gun point to marry her.

“Jubo League leader Sohel Rana

along with 12 activists on six motor

cycles broke into my house at Taherpur

municipality of Bagmara upazila on

Friday evening, firing in the air, whisked

away my daughter” said the girl’s


“They assaulted the family members,

including women before taking

away the girl at gunpoint,” said he.

The family members alleged that

the girl was taken to the mayor’s home

and immediately married to Rana.

Jubo League activists, who were

around the victim’s house after the

abduction, made sure that they could

not go to the police, alleged victim’s

family members.

They claimed that Taherpur Jubo

League President Asadul Islam, Chhatra

League President Korban Ali, Ward

Unit Awami League President Mizanur

Rahman and several other leaders of

the ruling party and its affiliates were

involved in the abduction.

The girl’s brother said that they

were later called to the mayor’s home.

“They threatened to kill us if we reported

the matter to the police,” he said.

The family members claimed that

they had not reported the incident

to police in view of life threats. They

alleged the local mayor was involved.

Selim Hossain, officer-in-charge of

Bagmara police station, said they had

moved to rescue the girl, but were later

informed by Taherpur Mayor Abul Kalam

Azad that she was safe and sound

at his home.

“Rana and the girl were in a relationship.

She was brought from her home

as the family rejected the marriage

proposal,” said Rahman.

When contacted, Mayor Azad said

the girl had not been married off with

Rana and problems between two

families over the issue had been solved.

Kazi (Marriage registrar) Abdul

Malek said he had not registered the

marriage as the girl was below 18. •

Bangladesh General Students’ Parishad Rajshahi unit stages a human chain demanding extension of government job age limit

to 35. The photo was taken from Zero point area in Rajshahi city


Transport workers call strike on Tuesday

• FM Mizanur Rahaman,


Transport workers called for a

24-hour strike yesterday to be enforced

in the all routes of greater

Chittagong on November 29 with

a nine-point demand including an

end to police harassment, alleged

BRTC corruption and constructing

of bus terminals.

The strike was called by Bangladesh

Sarak Paribahan Sramik

Federation (Bangladesh Road

Transport Workers’ Federation)

Chittagong regional chapter.

It will be enforced from 6am on

November 29, said the transport

workers’ leaders.

“The transport strike will be

enforced in all routes of greater

Chittagong including Cox’s Bazar,

Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari

district to press home

our nine-point demand while the

transport workers will go on tougher

movement if the demands are

not met immediately,” said Md

Musa, president of Bangladesh Sarak

Paribahan Sramik Federation’s

Chittagong regional committee.

He made the statement at a

press conference held at Chittagong

Press Club’s Engineer Abdul

Khaled auditorium.

“Police harass transport workers

and drivers with excuses such as

document checking, vehicle overload,

over-speeding and no-parking

while the passengers of the

transports were also harassed by

cops frisking them on the both

sides of Chittagong Shah Amanat

Bridge area,” alleged Md Musa.

In his speech, transport workers’

leader said police were intentionally

implicating the name of

transport leaders in different cases

while the members of law enforcing

agency’s rampant extortion and

bribery have made their lives miserable.

The transport leader also demanded

immediate registration of

around 4,000 CNG-run new auto

rickshaws which were termed illegal

and evicted from the roads earlier.

“We also demand the cancellation

of the daily target income systems

by the transport owners and

BRTC should prioritise the practical

experience of drivers while

issuing a driving license instead of

the written test,” said Md Musa.

The other demands are-setting

up terminals for bus, trucks and



test recycles

old questions

• Mahadi Al Hasnat


Students and aspirants were surprised

to find that the first year

admission test at Jatiya Kabi Kazi

Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU)

for ‘A’ unit of 2016-17 academic session

held Thursday allegedly used

the same questions as the previous

year’s paper.

According to sources, 49 out

of the 50 English multiple choice

questions were exactly the same as

in the 2015-16 question paper.

Md Rashedul Islam, an applicant

from Chuadanga district told

the Dhaka Tribune: “Most of the

English Multiple Choice Questions

(MCQs) were exactly the same as

previous year’s questions.”

He claimed that the recycles

was happened due to the irresponsibility

of university authorities

and the admission test conducting


When contacted, Chairman of

the Department of English of the

university Dr Bijoy Bushon Das

said: “I was unaware of the matter,

as I am on leave due to physical


Dismissing the complaint as

‘irrelevant” and “not abnormal”,

Chief Coordinator of ‘A’ unit examination

Dr Mahbub Hossain said:

“There is nothing to do if previous

year’s questions have appeared

in this year. The results of the test

have already been published and


Vice Chancellor of Jatiya Kabi

Kazi Nazrul Islam Univeristy Dr

Mohit Ul Alam was unavailable

for comment, despite several

attempts to contact him via mobile

phone. •

prime movers, fixing parking spots

for auto-rickshaws, providing appointment

letters to all transport

workers and ensuring the money

of welfare trust to the workers,

cutting the higher ferry tolls, setting

Tk600 as the daily target and

cancelling the target system of

bus and human haulers in the city

while submitting the charge sheet

of transport leader Nurul Islam abduction

case immediately.

Hazi Abdus Sabur, chairman

of movement committee of Bangladesh

Sarak Paribahan Sramik

Federation, Hazi Ruhul Amin,

president of Bangladesh Sarak

Paribahan Sramik Federation’s

Chittagong Divisional Committee,

transport leader Rabiul Mowla, Ali

Ahmed and Humayun were present

at the press conference. •






Pakistan appoints new

army chief

Pakistan on Saturday appointed

General Qamar Javed Bajwa as its

new military chief passing over the

army’s favourite contenders for

arguably the most powerful role in

the country. Bajwa will take over

from the hugely popular General

Raheel Sharif, who won the hearts

of millions with his bruising campaign

against Islamic militants. AFP


Eight workers killed in

Haryana factory blaze

At least eight workers were burnt

to death and three others injured

in a fire that broke out at a cotton

spinning mill in north India, police

said Saturday. The workers were

trapped inside the factory complex

late Friday when a suspected

electric short circuit sparked a fire

in a stockpile of cotton in Panipat

district of Haryana state, according

to police. AFP


6.5 quake hits China, one


A powerful 6.5-magnitude quake

rocked a mountainous area of far

western China Friday night, with

one person killed when a house

collapsed in a region often plagued

with seismic activity. The tremor

struck southern Xinjiang, a vast

region bordering central Asia, at a

relatively shallow depth of 12km, the

US Geological Survey said. REUTERS


Indonesia arrests militant

planning attack on

Myanmar embassy

Police in Indonesia have arrested

a suspected Islamist militant and

seized a large quantity of bomb

making material that he planned to

use in attacks on government buildings

and the Myanmar embassy in

Jakarta next month. The suspect

was identified as Rio Priatna

Wibawa, 23, who is believed to be

a member of an Indonesian group

that supports Islamic State. REUTERS


Iraq adopts law legalising

Shia militias

Iraq’s parliament approved a law

on Saturday that will transform

Iranian-backed Shia militia’s

Popular Mobilisation forces, that

played a role in fighting IS, into a

legal and separate military corps.

All the Shia blocks in parliament

voted for the bill in a session

boycotted by lawmakers from the

Sunni minority who object to the

existence of armed forces outside

the army and police. REUTERS

Castro, a revolutionary CIA

couldn’t kill in ‘638 attempts’

• Tribune International Desk

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel

Castro died yesterday.

In February of 1959 Fidel Castro

became the Prime Minister of Cuba.

Since then, according to the man

who was charged with protecting

him for most of his regime, he’s

survived over 600 assassination

attempts. Fabian Escalante, the former

head of the Cuban Secret Service,

claims that the assassination

endeavors break down like this: the

Eisenhower administration tried to

kill Castro 38 times; Kennedy, 42;

Johnson, 72; Nixon, 184; Carter, 64;

Reagan, 197; Bush Sr, 16; Clinton,

21. There are only so many different

ways you can ambush someone

with a sharpshooter, so some of the

ways the CIA plotted to kill Castro

were pretty wild. Here are just a few

of the unorthodox methods considered

to oust the Beard.

Femme fatale

Marita Lorenz, one of many women

Castro was involved with had

allegedly accepted a deal from

the CIA in which she would feed

him capsules filled with poison.

Though she managed to smuggle

the capsules in his bedroom in her

jar of cold cream, but failed to feed

him. According to Lorenz, Castro

somehow figured out her plan and

offered her his gun. “I can’t do it,

Fidel,” she told him.

Poisoned wet-suit

In 1975, the Senate Intelligence

Committee claimed it had “concrete

evidence” of a plan to offer Castro a

wetsuit lined with spores and bacteria

that would give him a skin disease.

The plan supposedly involved

American lawyer James B Donovan,

who would present Castro with the



Born August 13

in Biran, Cuba


aged 90

Nov. 25


Start of


of relations

between USA and Cuba


US President

Barack Obama

visits Cuba, 2016


Studies law

at University

of Havana

Officially steps

down as



suit when he went to negotiate the

release of the Bay of Pigs prisoners.

A 1975, AP report said the plan was

abandoned, “Because Donovan

gave Castro a different diving suit

on his own initiative.”

Ballpoint hypodermic syringe

A pen with a hypodermic needle

so fine that Castro wouldn’t notice

when someone bumped into

him with the pen and injected him

The life he lived

• Tribune International Desk

Name: Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.

Titles: Former president of Council

of State and Council of Ministers,

first secretary of Communist Party

of Cuba, commander in chief of Cuba’s

Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Before resigning Feb. 19, 2008, he

was the world’s longest-ruling head

of government, and leader of one of

world’s last five communist states.

Had been off public stage for year

and half after provisionally ceding

power to his brother Raul following

emergency intestinal surgery.



Fulgencio Batista

seizes power after

coup d’etat


Imprisoned after failed

attack on a barracks 1955

Receives amnesty

Exile in Mexico,

meets Ernesto "Che"


82 men under 1956

Castro’s command

land in Cuba,

begin armed


Wins revolution

Becomes prime 1959

minister, begins

agrarian reform


power to


Raul due for

health reasons



Bay of Pigs:

defeats anti-

Castro invasion

Missile crisis

between USSR

and USA



Collapse of USSR,

start of "Special

Period" in Cuba 1976

Pope John Paul

II visits

Education: Attended Roman

Catholic schools and University of

Havana, where he earned law and

social science degrees.

Before the revolution: Launched

his revolutionary fight with July 26,

1953, attack on military barracks in

eastern city of Santiago. Was arrested,

later freed under amnesty. Traveled

to Mexico to form a rebel army,

and returned to Cuba with followers

aboard small yacht. Most were

killed or captured, but Castro and

a small group escaped into eastern

mountain strongholds. Took power

when dictator Fulgencio Batista


Bay of


Caribbean Sea









100 km

with an extremely potent poison.

This plan, however, never got materialised.

fled New Year’s Day 1959.

After the revolution: Emerged

as head of new government and

quickly gained nearly absolute

power. All American businesses

eventually expropriated and

Cuba was declared socialist state

in April 1961, on eve of disastrous

U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion

by Cuban exiles. United States cut

all trade with Cuba as island allied

with Soviet Union, leading to October

1962 missile crisis that brought

world to brink of nuclear war. For

three decades, Cuba was Soviet

ally and remained alienated from

Exploding cigar

Cigar was one thing which remained

closer to Castro than anybody

else. CIA reportedly had

planned to pack a Cigar with explosives

to take Fidel’s head off.

In 1967, the Saturday Evening Post

reported that a New York City police

officer had been propositioned

with the idea and hoped to carry it

out during Castro’s United Nations

visit in September 1960.

Contaminated cigar

Another method involving Cigar

was involved in February 1961 when

CIA went as far as to recruit a double

agent who would slip Castro a

cigar filled with botulin, a toxin that

would kill the leader in short order.

The double agent was allegedly given

the cigars in February of 1961,

but he apparently got cold feet.

Exploding conch shell

Castro was fond of scuba diving

and knowing it, CIA planned

to plant an explosive device in a

conch shell at his favourite spot.

They plotted to make the shell

brightly colored and unusual looking

so it would be sure to attract

Castro’s attention, drawing him

close enough to kill him when the

bomb inside went off.

Bacterial handkerchief

The CIA had once reportedly

though of this idea to cover Fidel

in harmful bacteria and toxins.

They considered giving him a

germ-covered hankie that would

make him very ill.

Poisoned milkshake

According to Escalante, the closest

the CIA ever came to killing Castro

was a deadly dessert drink in 1963.

The attempt went awry when the

pill stuck to the freezer where

the waiter-assassin at the Havana

Hilton was supposed to retrieve

it. When he tried to remove it, the

capsule ripped open. •



United States after communism

collapsed in eastern Europe. The

two countries began to move toward

full diplomatic relations after

a surprise announcement by President

Barack Obama and Raul Castro

on Dec. 17, 2014.

Family: Married Mirta Diaz-Balart

in 1948; son, Fidel Felix Castro Diaz-Balart,

born in 1949; divorced

in 1955. Although Castro never

confirmed remarrying, reportedly

wed former schoolteacher Dalia

Soto del Valle and had five sons. •

Source: AP


Fidel Castro and the 11 POTUS

• AFP, Havana, Cuba

From Dwight Eisenhower, who

broke US diplomatic relations

with Cuba, to Barack Obama, who

decided to normalise them, 11 US

presidents faced off with Cuban

revolutionary leader Fidel Castro,

who died late Friday.

Dwight Eisenhower (Republican,

1953-1961): Provided arms to dictator

Fulgencio Batista, who was

battling Castro’s rebels. Prepared

the invasion of the Bay of Pigs

and broke off diplomatic ties with

Cuba in January 1961.

John F Kennedy (Democrat, 1961-

1963): Gave the green light for the

invasion of the Bay of Pigs in April

1961. Put in place the US embargo

against Cuba in February 1962

before the Cuban missile crisis

erupted that October. Was working

to promote a rapprochement

when he was assassinated in November


Lyndon Johnson (Democrat,

1963-1969): Reinforced the embargo

and tried to prevent the

sale of Cuban nickel to Soviet bloc

countries. Approved CIA plots to

assassinate Castro and supported

anti-Castro guerrilla groups.

Richard Nixon (Republican, 1969-

1974): Boosted anti-Castro activity,

including the arrests of Cuban

fishermen. Also worked against

sale of Cuban nickel to Soviet satellite


Gerald Ford (Republican, 1974-

1977): In office as attacks against

Cuban missions abroad multiplied

and an attack on a Cuban airliner

left 73 dead. Authorised the first

trip of US businessmen to Cuba

and eased the embargo.

Jimmy Carter (Democrat, 1977-

1981): Further eased the embargo.

Opened a US interests section in

Havana and allowed a Cuban interests

section to open in Washington.

Allowed Cuban exiles to travel

home. Signed maritime boundary

treaty. In office during Mariel boatlift

of Cuban emigrants to United

States. Visited Cuba as an ex-president

in 2002 and again in 2011.

Ronald Reagan (Republican, 1981-

1989): Relations take a turn for

the worse, and easing of embargo

rolled back. Creation of the Cuban-American

National Foundation,

the main exile organization,

and the anti-Castro stations Radio

and TV Marti. First immigration

deal signed in 1984.

George H W Bush (Republican,

1989-1993): Reinforced embargo

with the Torricelli Act, as the Soviet

bloc crumbled. US subsidiaries

in third countries banned from

dealing with Cuba.

Bill Clinton (Democrat, 1993-

2001): Put into force Torricelli Act

and approved Helms-Burton Act,

which again tightened embargo.

In 1994, 36,000 Cubans fled for the

US in makeshift boats and rafts. A

new immigration agreement was

signed and Clinton backed anti-Castro



George W Bush (Republican,

2001-2009): Increased financial

aid to anti-Castro groups and

strengthened embargo again.

Limited travel to Cuba by exiles,

and the money they could remit

to relatives at home. Approved

food trade with restrictions. Raul

Castro officially took helm during

his tenure.

Barack Obama (Democrat,

2009-present): Lifted restrictions on

trips by exiles and amount of money

they could send home. Opened a

“dialogue” on immigration and said

lifting of embargo must be preceded

by democratic opening and respect

for human rights.

In December 2014, Obama and

Raul Castro announced simultaneously

that the nations would normalize

relations. The two countries

Cuba reopened embassies in each

other’s capitals in July 2015.

Obama made a historic visit to

Cuba in March 2016, the first by a

serving US president since 1928. •

Sources: AFP, Reuters





Obama offers

condolences over Castro’s


President Barack Obama says the

United States is extending “a hand

of friendship to the Cuban people”

at the time of Fidel Castro’s death.

Obama says in a statement that

“history will record and judge the

enormous impact of this singular

figure on the people and world

around him.” AP


LaAm march to condemn

violence against women

Mass marches to condemn horrific

violence against women swept Latin

America on Friday, after a series

of brutal murders stoked outrage

over a long-smoldering problem in

the region. Tens of thousands of

demonstrators took to the streets in

Buenos Aires, the latest in a series

of massive protests organised by

a burgeoning movement against

domestic violence. AFP


Scotland sets out legal

case to have a say on

Brexit trigger

The Scottish government on Friday

published legal arguments it will

use to try to persuade Britain’s highest

court that the devolved Scottish

parliament must give its approval

before Prime Minister Theresa May

can trigger the Brexit process. A

High Court ruled earlier this month

that the government must seek the

approval of the British parliament

before starting the legal process of

leaving the EU. REUTERS


Merkel: EU and Turkey

must stick to migration


The EU and Turkey must honour

their commitments to each other,

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

said on Friday, in a bid to cool a

row threatening a key migration

deal. She spoke a day after members

of the European Parliament

passed a non-binding resolution to

freeze talks on Turkey joining the

bloc, as a protest against Ankara’s

crackdown on dissent after a failed

coup in July. REUTERS


Dozens feared dead in

Mogadishu car bomb

A car bomb exploded near a busy

market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

on Saturday killing at least

eight people. Medical sources suggested

nearly 30 people had been

killed, but this was not confirmed

by authorities. No group has yet

claimed responsibility for the

attack, but immediate suspicion

fell on the al-Qaeda linked Islamist

al-Shabaab group. REUTERS










Mariel of Florida

Havana Santa



Facts about Fidel

The following are some facts about former

Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Ü Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades

and was the world’s third longest-serving

head of state, after Britain’s

Queen Elizabeth and the King of

Thailand. He temporarily ceded power

to his brother Raul in July 2006 after

undergoing intestinal surgery. The

handover of power became official in


Ü In his last years, Castro occasionally

appeared in public and in videos and

pictures usually meeting with guests.

He wrote hundreds of columns for the

official media. Stooped and walking

with difficulty, Castro was seen in public

twice in 2012 and twice in 2013. He

was seen in public on January 8, 2014,

at the opening of a cultural centre,

though photos of visiting dignitaries at

the Castro home appeared after that.

Ü Castro holds the record for the longest

speech ever delivered to the United

Nations: 4 hours and 29 minutes,

on September 26, 1960, according

to the UN website. One of his longest

speeches on record lasted 7 hours and

30 minutes on February 24, 1998, after

the national assembly re-elected

Sources: AP

him to a five-year term as president.

Ü Castro claimed he survived 634 attempts

or plots to assassinate him,

mainly masterminded by the Central

Intelligence Agency and US-based

exile organisations. They may have

included poison pills, a toxic cigar,

exploding mollusks, and a chemically

tainted diving suit. Another alleged

plan involved giving him powder that

would make his beard fall out and so

undermine his popularity.

Ü Despite the plots, a US-backed exile

invasion at the Bay of Pigs and

five decades of economic sanctions,

Castro outlasted nine US presidents,

from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill Clinton,

stepping down while George W

Bush was in office.

Ü Castro used to chomp on Cuban cigars

but gave them up in 1985. Years later

he summed up the harm of smoking

tobacco by saying: “The best thing

you can do with this box of cigars is

give them to your enemy.”

Ü Time Magazine in 2012 named Castro

as one of the 100 most influential personalities

of all time. •


Aug 13, 1926:

Fidel Alejandro

Castro Ruz born

to wealthy sugar

planter and maid

1945-50: Becomes

involved in revolutionary

politics while studying law

at University of Havana

1952: Candidate for Congress,

but election is cancelled after coup

led by General Fulgencio Batista

1953: Castro leads unsuccessful

revolt in July 26 attack on Moncada

Barracks in Santiago de Cuba.

Castro and younger brother Raúl

taken prisoner – released two years

later as part of general amnesty

1955: Relocates to Mexico to

reorganize 26th of July Movement

into disciplined guerrilla force

Dec 2, 1956: Castro and 80 rebels

land in Cuba from yacht Granma,

but are ambushed. 12 survivors

– including Raúl and Ernesto

“Che” Guevara – take to

Sierra Maestra mountains

to wage guerrilla war

1959: Castro leads

9,000-strong guerrilla

army into Havana,



to flee

Source: British Encyclopaedia


del Río



1960-61: Forges close

alliance with Soviet Union,

led by Nikita Khrushchev.

U.S. breaks off

diplomatic relations

and imposes


embargo after

Castro nationalizes

all U.S. interests

1961: U.S. sponsors

abortive invasion by

1,300 CIA-trained

Cuban exiles at

Bay of Pigs –



in Cuba

for Castro

Bay of Pigs

1962: Presence of

Soviet missiles in

Cuba brings world to

brink of nuclear war.

Cuban Missile Crisis

only resolved when Soviets

remove weapons after President

John F. Kennedy secretly agrees to

withdraw U.S. missiles from Turkey

1975-1989: Castro

sends troops to support


forces in



and Yemen

1976: Communist Party of Cuba

approves new socialist constitution –

Castro elected president

Pictures: Alberto Korda, Getty Images, Associated Press



62 miles




Bay (U.S.)


de Cuba

1980: Mariel Boatlift – Castro

allows exodus of 125,000 Cubans

to U.S. via port of Mariel

1991: Collapse of Soviet Union

leads to crippling financial hardship.

To boost economy, Castro allows

some economic liberalization and

free-market activities while

retaining tight political control

1998: Castro welcomes

Pope John Paul II

in first visit by

pontiff to Cuba

2002: Castro

blasts U.S. for

detaining prisoners

in “concentration

camp” at Guantanamo Bay

2003: Black Spring crackdown on

dissidents draws international outcry

2008: Ill health

forces Castro

to stand down

as president

at age of 81.

Power handed to

brother Raúl, 76

2015: The U.S. and Cuba restore

diplomatic ties after 54 years, paving

way for visit

by President

Barack Obama

Nov 25, 2016:


of the Cuban


Fidel Castro

Ruz, dies at age

of 90


His top quotes

• Tribune International Desk

Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who seized power in Cuba in a

1959 revolution and transformed the country into

a communist state while ruling for five decades has

died, Cuban television said on Saturday. He was 90.

Here are some of his more memorable quotes

about himself and communism in Cuba:

Ü “Condemn me. It is of no importance. History

will absolve me.” – Castro in 1953, when the

young lawyer was defending himself at trial for

his near-suicidal assault on the Moncada military

barracks in Santiago de Cuba.

Ü “I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to

do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute

faith. It does not matter how small you are

if you have faith and a plan of action.” – Castro in


Ü “Millions of Cubans shed their tears today together

with the loved ones of the victims of the

abominable crime. And when an energetic and

forceful people cry, injustice trembles.” - October

15, 1976, addressing more than 1 million mourners

in Havana the week after the terrorist bombing

of Cuban airliner killed 73 people.

Ü “Cuba is not opposed to finding a solution to its

historical differences with the United States, but

no one should expect Cuba to change its position

or yield in its principles. Cuba is and will continue

to be socialist. Cuba is and will continue to be a

friend of the Soviet Union and of all the socialist

states.” - Dec. 20, 1980, to Congress of Communist

Party of Cuba.

Ü “I reached the conclusion long ago that the one

last sacrifice I must make for (Cuban) public

health is to stop smoking. I haven’t really missed

it that much.” – Castro in December 1985 upon

announcing he had stopped smoking cigars.

Ü “Just imagine what would happen in the world if

the socialist community were to disappear ... if

this were possible and I don’t believe it is possible.”

– Castro in 1989.

Ü “There’s nothing strange about it. I wish I had as

many opportunities to welcome personalities as

important as this one.” – Castro in 1994, explaining

the reception, usually reserved for heads of

state, given to Hugo Chavez upon his arrival in

Havana a few months after he was released from

prison for leading a failed 1992 coup. Five years

later, Chavez was elected president of Venezuela

and became Castro’s closest ally.

Ü “I realised that my true destiny would be the war

that I was going to have with the United States.”

– Castro’s opening quote in “Looking for Fidel,”

Stone’s second documentary on the Cuban leader

from 2004.

Ü “Here is a conclusion I’ve come to after many

years: among all the errors we may have committed,

the greatest of them all was that we

believed that someone ... actually knew how to

build socialism. ... Whenever they said. ‘That’s

the formula,’ we thought they knew. Just as if

someone is a physician.” Castro in 2005.

Ü “The new generation is being called upon to

rectify and change without hesitation all that

should be rectified and changed ... Persisting

in revolutionary principles is, in my judgment,

the principal legacy we can leave them,” April

18, 2011 opinion piece written during key Communist

Party Congress on the need to hand

off to young leaders. At the Congress, Castro

stepped down as head of the party. But despite

talk of rejuvenation, he was replaced by his

79-year-old brother, with two grey-haired veterans

of the revolution selected as Raul’s chief


Ü “I’ll be 90 years old soon,” Castro said at an April

2016 communist party congress where he made

his most extensive public appearance in years.

“Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come

for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists

will remain as proof that on this planet, if

one works with fervor and dignity, they can produce

the material and cultural goods that human

beings need and that need to be fought for without

ever giving up.” •

Sources: REUTERS, AP





Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks at a campaign rally

in Chicago, Illinois, US on September 8


Wisconsin agrees to

statewide recount

in presidential race

• Reuters, Washington, DC

Wisconsin’s election board

agreed on Friday to conduct a

statewide recount of votes cast

in the presidential race, as requested

by a Green Party candidate

seeking similar reviews

in two other states where Donald

Trump scored narrow wins.

The recount process, including

an examination by

hand of the nearly 3 million

ballots tabulated in Wisconsin,

is expected to begin late next

week after Green Party candidate

Jill Stein’s campaign has

paid the required fee, the Elections

Commission said.

The state faces a December

13 federal deadline to complete

the recount, which may

require canvassers in Wisconsin’s

72 counties to work evenings

and weekends to finish

the job in time, according to

the commission.

The recount fee has yet to

be determined, the agency

said in a statement on its website.

Stein said in a Facebook

message on Friday that the

sum was expected to run to

about $1.1m.

She said she has raised

at least $5m from donors

since launching her drive

on Wednesday for recounts

in Wisconsin, Michigan and

Pennsylvania - three battleground

states where Republican

Trump edged out Democratic

nominee Hillary Clinton

by relatively thin margins.

Stein has said her goal is to

raise $7m to cover all fees and

legal costs.

Her effort may have given

a ray of hope to dispirited

Clinton supporters, but the

chance of overturning the

overall result of the November

8 election is considered very

slim, even if all three states go

along with the recount.

The Green Party candidate,

who garnered little more than

1% of the nationwide popular

vote herself, said on Friday that

she was seeking to verify the integrity

of the US voting system,

not to undo Trump’s victory.

While there was no evidence

of tampering or voting errors in

the election, only a thorough

review of results from the three

states at issue will reassure

Americans, Stein said.

Experts urged extra scrutiny

of the three states, Stein said,

because their voting systems

were seen as vulnerable. They

also cited “unexplained high

numbers of undervotes,” the

close finish between the two

nominees and “discrepancies

between pre-election polling

and the official result,” she said.

The Wisconsin board said

Stein was joined in her petition

by another third-party

candidate, Rocky Roque De La


Although Trump won narrowly

in Wisconsin, Michigan

and Pennsylvania, the margins

make it highly unlikely

any recounts would end up

giving Clinton a win in all

three states, which would be

needed for the overall election

result to change. Trump beat

Clinton in Pennsylvania by

70,010 votes, in Michigan by

10,704 votes and in Wisconsin

by 27,257 votes.

The presidential race is decided

by the Electoral College,

based on a tally of wins from

the state-by-state contests,

rather than by the popular national

vote. The Electoral College

results are expected to be

finalized on December 19.

Trump surpassed the 270

electoral votes needed to win,

although Clinton will have

won the national popular vote

by more than 2m ballots once

final tallies are in. •

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China keen to join Bangladesh

blue economy

• Tribune Business Report

The Chinese government has expressed

its interest for the development

of the blue economy of


The Chinese Ambassador to

Bangladesh, Ma Mingqiang, disclosed

his government desire while

addressing a discussion on “Reimagining

Bangladesh China Relations”

held in the city yesterday.

Addressing the event, the diplomat

said: “Blue economy has huge

potential in future and China is interested

to join the efforts to flourish

this economy.”

Referring to the recent visit of

Chinese President Xi Jinping, the

ambassador said: “It was a landmark

visit for Bangladesh as China is committed

to making large investment

in infrastructure of this country.”

“China is becoming more valuable

to Bangladesh as huge investment

is coming here from China in

Bangladesh and future relations

between the two countries depend

on Bangladesh.”

Saber Hossain Chowdhury,

chairman of Bangladesh China

Foundation for Future, presided

over the discussion while Zunaid

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang

Ahmed Palak, state minister for

Information and Communication

Technology, attended the programme

as the chief guest.

Palak called upon the Chinese

government to make fresh investment

in new project of ICT sector.

He also urged the Chinese Embassy

and Bangladesh China Foundation

for sharing experiences and knowledge

in building digital university of

multimedia and innovation.

Stocks soar for 4th straight week

• Tribune Business Desk

Stocks gained steadily in the past

week to notch a fourth week of

gains, with a rally in financial and

telecom shares.

The week was marked by the

two very vital events for the market

– firstly, the key DSEX index broke

a strong resistance at 4,720-level

on its way to the year’s highest, and

secondly, it witnessed the highest

daily turnover in five years.

During the week that ended

on Thursday, the Dhaka Stock Exchange

(DSE) benchmark index

DSEX gained over 90 points or

1% to finish the week at 4,791—its

highest level since October 7 last

year when it was 4,800.

However, the blue-chip DS30

index saw small gains of 11 points

or 0.7% to 1,769 and the DSE Shariah

Index DSES rose marginally 10

points or about 1% to 1,133.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange

(CSE) Selective Categories Index,

CSCX, surged 156 points or 1.8%

‘Trading was mostly

concentrated on

three sectors—

engineering, bank and

textile—that made up

42% of the week’s

average turnover’

to 8,962. The fourth session of the

week came to spotlight because of

the five-year high turnover on the

DSE to nearly Tk15,000 crore boosted

by the private sector power generation

company KPCL block-transaction

of Tk828 crore, accounting for

21% of the week’s average turnover.

The week’s average turnover

increased notably by 30% to Tk795

crore compared to the previous


Trading was mostly concentrated

on three sectors—engineering,

bank and textile—that made up 42%

of the week’s average turnover.

The week’s large cap sectors

showed strong positive performances

throughout the week, led

by banks 3.5%, telecommunications

1.4%, financial institutions

1.3% and power 1%.

Food & allied and engineering

sectors posted marginal gain while

pharmaceuticals remained flat in

the week.

The week’s market breadth was

also largely positive as out of 328

issues traded, 227 closed higher,

88 lower and 13 remained


on the DSE.

AB Bank was

the week’s top

turnover leader

with shares valued

Tk84 crore changed

hands, followed

by Beximco

Limited, Doreen

Power, Square


and Bangladesh

Building Systems. •


In his address, Saber Hossain

said: “China is the largest trade

partner of Bangladesh and young

people can play an important role

in building relationship between

two countries.” •

Top negotiator:

UK citizens

could pay to

retain EU perks

• AFP, London

Britons wanting to retain benefits

of European Union membership

after the country leaves could pay

Brussels for individual citizenship,

European Parliament’s lead Brexit

negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told

The Times yesterday .

“Many say ‘we don’t want to

cut our links’,” the former Belgian

prime minister told The Times.

“I like the idea that people who

are European citizens and saying

they want to keep it have the possibility

of doing so. As a principle I

like it.”

Prime Minister Theresa May has

vowed to trigger Article 50 of the

Lisbon Treaty by March, setting the

ball rolling on two-years of negotiations

to set the terms of the divorce.

Trade and immigration are set

to be the key issues, with European

leaders saying they will not compromise

on open borders within

the bloc.

Brexit-supporting MP Andrew

Bridgen accused Verhofstadt of

trying to sow division in Britain.

“It’s an attempt to create two

classes of UK citizen and to subvert

the referendum vote,” he told the

Times. •

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India’s Modi defends cash ban

after criticism

• AFP, New York

Indian Prime Minister Narendra

Modi hit back Friday at the mounting

criticism of his decision to

withdraw all high-denomination

bank notes from circulation, describing

the move as “for the larger

social good”.

The November 8 move to ban

the 500 and 1,000 rupees ($7.30,

$14.60) notes - some 85% of all

bills in circulation - as legal tender

has sparked turmoil in the vast

cash-reliant nation.

Long queues have formed outside

banks across the country as

people try to get rid of their old

notes, and the government has

repeatedly changed rules surrounding

the exchange process in

CEO: Siemens

is well placed to

adapt business

in US

• Reuters

German trains-to-turbines group

Siemens is well placed to do business

in the United States, regardless

of whether President-elect

Donald Trump backs fossil-fuels at

the expense of renewable energy,

its CEO told a newspaper.

“The good thing is that we can offer

everything. Steam power plants

that are powered by coal, state-ofthe-art

gas-fired power plants, wind

energy, we can build solar parks and

the necessary link to the power grid,”

Joe Kaeser told Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zeitung (FAZ) in an interview.

Siemens employs 50,000 people

and makes $22 billion in revenues

in the United States, its single biggest

market, accounting for a quarter

of its total sales.

“It should pay off that Siemens

has built up local production and

engineering in the United States a

long time ago.”

Global renewable stocks fell following

Trump’s election victory,

fuelling concerns about the longterm

prospects of the industry in

the United States.

Siemens earlier this month said

it planned a public listing of its

$15 billion healthcare business, its

most profitable, and Kaeser told

FAZ that there was not much work

left to do to make the unit ready for

a stock exchange flotation.

“We have a lot of practice,”

Kaeser said, pointing to lighting

group Osram, which was spun off

by Siemens in 2013 and in which it

still holds a 17 percent stake. •

response to pressure from various

groups and mounting chaos.

“The decision isn’t being criticised

much (by the common

man),” Modi said in a speech Friday,

in which he praised citizens as

“soldiers in this fight against corruption

and black (unaccounted)


“Some things have to be done

above politics for the larger social

good,” he added.

Critics of the move have included

former prime minister Manmohan

Singh - whose economic reforms are

credited with rescuing India from

the brink of bankruptcy in the early

1990s - who said that the decision

could shave two percentage points

from the country’s GDP.

Ratings agency Fitch has also said

Charu Ceramic Ind. Ltd. of Bangladesh – a sister concern of Great Wall Ceramic Ind. Ltd. – signs an MoU with Siam Sanitary Ware

Co. Ltd., the largest sanitary ware manufacturer of Thailand, to produce world famous COTTO brand products in Bangladesh



Merkel: G20

must tackle

global steel glut

• Reuters

The G20 group of leading economies

must find a solution to excess

capacity in the global steel industry,

German Chancellor Angela

Merkel said yesterday, adding that

overproduction in some countries

was causing job losses elsewhere.

Merkel said Germany, which

takes over the G20 presidency next

month, would push for a collective

solution for the worldwide glut

that has dampened steel prices for

years and raised tensions between

China and other major producers.

European and US leaders have

pressed China to accelerate capacity

cuts, blaming its big exports for

slumping prices and accusing it

of dumping cheap steel in foreign


“For example, at the G20 summit

in China, we discussed in a

very open manner overproduction

in the steel sector, which is resulting

in people in the steel industry

losing their jobs,” Merkel said in

her weekly podcast.

“We must solve this problem together,

so that we don’t have a situation

where one country wreaks

damage on other countries,” Merkel

added. China has vowed to cut capacity

by 45 million tonnes this

year, though it said in August it was

behind on that target.

Last month, the European Union

set provisional import duties

on two types of steel entering the

bloc from China to counter what it

said were unfairly low prices. The

measure was criticised by Beijing,

which accused the bloc of engaging

in protectionism.

Some 5,000 jobs have been axed

in the British steel industry in the

past year as it struggles to compete

with cheap Chinese imports and

high energy costs.

G20 leaders pledged at a summit

in China in September to work

together to address excess steel capacity

that has punished the global

industry with low prices for years. •

Huawei opens five post-sale service centres

• Tribune Business Desk

Leading global technology and

smartphone giant Huawei has recently

opened five service centres

located in Sylhet, Gazipur, Dhaka,

Bogra and Khulna.

With the opening of service

centres, Huawei has taken another

step towards extending its postsales

services to its customers

across Bangladesh.

Two service centres were inaugurated

in Khulna and Bogra on

November 16 while another two in

it would revise down India growth

forecasts for the fourth quarter of

2016 after the shock move.

Others have slammed the government

for its “shoddy implementation”

of the scheme.

But Modi hit out at his rivals,

saying those criticising his decision

were doing so because they

were “sad that they didn’t get any

notice, a chance to prepare for the


“It is such a great step. A big,

big decision. And, for those who

dream of a great future for the

country, let’s come together to remove

the problems being faced by

the common man,” he added.

In weeks since the decision, people

nationwide have complained of

a cash-crunch, with rural farming

Gazipur and Sylhet on November


One service center was opened

on November 23 in the capital’s


Ingmar Wang, director, Device

Business, Huawei Technologies

(Bangladesh) Ltd, was present at

the inauguration ceremony in the


About the inauguration of the

new service centres, Ingmar Wang

said: “We are happy to announce

our new service centres in new locations.”

areas, where local banks and post

offices have been slow to receive

new notes, the hardest hit.

Modi also urged Indians to

switch to non-cash methods of


“Every person has a right to

spend his or her money. No one can

take anyone’s money. Now people

can also spend through mobile

technology,” he said, mentioning

that the country had around a billion

mobile handsets and 60 percent

of its population was under 35


Modi’s move is an attempt to

encourage more people into formal

banking, which will also increase

taxable income in a country where

only around 3 percent of Indians

pay any income tax. •

Huawei has quickly won the

trust of Bangladeshi people with

its high-quality smartphones and

after sale services.

These service centres will help

cater to the need of growing number

of customers owning Huawei


“We will open more service centres

across the country very soon to

keep our commitment to the Bangladeshi


The newly-opened service centres

are located at Baitul View Tower

at Old Paltan in Dhaka; Bhawal

Point Shopping Complex in Gazipur;

RB Complex, East Zindabazar

in Sylhet; KDA Avenue, Sheikhpara

Tetultala in Khulna, and AL-Amin

Complex in Bogra.

With the launch of these new

service centers, Huawei now has

six service centres and 52 collection

points across the country.

To serve its customer more

effectively, Huawei has also

opened a hotline – 09610 777 777

– for its customers. The hotline is

open Monday to Friday from 9am

to 6pm. •





Runaway dollar sends shiver

through world markets

• Reuters

The US dollar’s renewed surge and

signs that it will build on current 14-

year highs are leaving a trail of destruction

through world currency

markets and forcing policymakers to

rethink mechanisms to deal with the


Currencies from the Indian rupee

to the offshore version of the Chinese

yuan have hit record lows to the

greenback this week, and if history is a

guide, another year or two of pain lies

ahead for them.

Judging from the US Federal Reserve’s

trade-weighted index, past

dollar strength episodes have tended

to last about seven years. So the current

rally, dating from mid-2011 and

averaging 4% annually, can be expected

to run until 2018.

This month’s move - not yet captured

by the Fed’s monthly and weekly

data - has been driven by expectations

that Donald Trump’s election spells

tax cuts, infrastructure spending

and an amnesty for corporate dollars

parked overseas that will fuel inflation

and bring capital flooding into the

United States.

That in turn could induce the Federal

Reserve into more and faster interest

rate rises that will support the

dollar as the currency of choice globally

for investors seeking better than

zero returns for their money.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank, long the

most extreme dollar “bull” of the major

banks that dominate the $5tn a day

currency market, spoke this week of a

“perfect storm” for the dollar. Strategists

at Goldman Sachs dubbed the U S

election a “reset” for the currency.

The list of dollar victims is growing

and economists and policymakers

are starting to wonder whether the

dollar’s surge could derail the very recovery

in demand and inflation that

would drive it higher. Emerging markets

are vulnerable. •

Saudi wants OPEC

to solve own

problems before

meeting non-OPEC

• Reuters

Top OPEC oil exporter Saudi

Arabia has told the producer

group it will not attend talks

on Monday with non-OPEC

producers to discuss limiting

supply, OPEC sources said, as

it wants to focus on having

consensus within the organisation


The Nov 28 meeting in Vienna

was planned to discuss

the contribution that producers

outside OPEC will make

to a proposed supply-limiting

agreement. OPEC oil ministers

meet on Wednesday in an effort

to finalise their deal.

“There is an official letter

from (Saudi Arabia) saying (it

is) not attending the meeting

because the ministers

should agree to the cut and

then present the agreement

to non-OPEC countries,” an

OPEC source said. “This will

be more effective.”

The Organization of the Petroleum

Exporting Countries

is trying to cement a preliminary

September agreement in

Algeria that would reduce its

production to between 32.5

million and 33 million barrels

per day, its first supply curb

since 2008.

OPEC aims to remove a supply

glut and prop up oil prices,

which at below $48 a barrel

are less than half their level of

mid-2014. Oil prices extended

an earlier decline on Friday after

news of the Saudi no-show.

The organisation also

wants non-OPEC producers

such as Russia to curb output.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander

Novak on Thursday

said OPEC had proposed that

non-OPEC cut oil production

by 500,000 bpd.

Monday’s talks will be converted

into another OPEC-only

meeting, OPEC sources

said, to try to resolve the

group’s internal differences

before the ministerial gathering

on Wednesday.

A similar OPEC and non-

OPEC meeting in October resulted

in no specific pledges

from outside producers to cut

output, with attendees citing

the lack of an internal OPEC


Saudi Arabia had asked

that this earlier meeting be

called off, but was convinced

by other members to attend

in order not to embarrass the

group, a source said.

No consensus yet

Despite extensive diplomacy,

the OPEC side of the deal still

faces setbacks from Iraq’s call

for it to be exempt and from

Iran, which wants to increase

supply because its output has

been hit by sanctions.

A meeting of OPEC experts

this week made some progress

in how to implement the cut,

but Iran and Iraq raised conditions

for participating, according

to sources.

“We have to solve our problems

as OPEC first. We have

not achieved an agreement

within OPEC,” a Gulf source

familiar with Saudi oil thinking

said on Friday.

“Before we meet with non-

OPEC and ask them to participate

in any action, we have

to have an agreement that is

credible with clear numbers

and a system that the market


OPEC last persuaded non-

OPEC nations to make joint

cuts at the start of the millennium.

Nonetheless, OPEC believes

rival producers need to

help in the current effort.

Its Economic Commission

Board, comprised of the national

representatives of the 14

member countries who report

to their respective oil ministers,

concluded a two-day

meeting at the group’s Vienna

headquarters on Thursday.

“We concluded that non-

OPEC should participate in the

cut as OPEC alone can’t get balance

back to the market,” said

a source familiar with the matter,

who declined to be identified

as the talks were private.

Ahead of next Wednesday’s

OPEC meeting, ministers are

still trying to find agreement.

Algerian Energy Minister

Nouredine Bouterfa said he

would visit Tehran on Saturday

and meet his Iraqi counterpart

in Vienna on Monday

for more talks.

“We have held lengthy discussions

with our counterparts

about practical questions and

we remain optimistic that the

Vienna meeting will consolidate

the historic agreement obtained

in Algiers,” Bouterfa told state

news agency APS, referring

to the talks in September that

yielded a preliminary deal. •

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German Interior Minister de Maiziere and German Finance Minister

Schaeuble attend cabinet meeting in Berlin


Schaeuble to push G20

for structural reforms

to prevent crisis

• Reuters

Germany will push for reforms

to make the world’s biggest

economies more competitive

and protect against future

crises when it takes the helm

of the G20, Finance Minister

Wolfgang Schaeuble said on

Friday, dimming hopes of fiscal

stimulus to boost growth.

“We will forcefully insist on

structural reforms to improve

our resilience against developments

that have the potential

to lead into crisis,” Schaeuble

told the Bundestag, the lower

house of parliament.

“There is no lack of debt in

this world, there is no lack of

central bank liquidity in this

world, but there definitively

is a lack of competitiveness

in this world because many

countries have missed out on

many reforms.”

Germany, which has rejected

calls by the European Commission

for more fiscal stimulus to

help boost euro zone growth,

takes over the G20 presidency

- grouping leading developed

and developing economies - at

the start of December.

Schaeuble said this week

that the European Union’s

executive should not direct

its call for fiscal stimulus at

Germany as Europe’s biggest

economy has increased investment

more than the euro zone

average in the last decade. •

‘Mini-dollar’ tag set to aid sterling in 2017

• Reuters

While others rushed to bet on a weaker

pound this summer, hedge fund Harmonic

Capital Partners’ algorithms

moved in the opposite direction and

three months later gave the firm one

of its best trading results of the year.

Despite sterling’s post-Brexit

plunge, Harmonic backed the Britis h

currency as a “mini-dollar” against the

yen and the euro, and profited from

the surge in the US currency around

Donald Trump’s presidential election

victory on Nov 8.

The strategy is drawing attention as

banks and asset managers launch their

end-of-year pitches to clients for 2017.

Some investors and currency strategists

say the pound’s close historical

links to the dollar, through trade

and investment - and the tendency

to move with it - favour sterling, going

into a year when dollar strength is

back on the cards.

They argue that, while the huge uncertainties

attached to the launch of

talks on leaving the European Union

will continue to weigh heavily on the

pound, the UK economy remains better

placed to generate growth than its

European or Japanese peers.

“You could say that it took a setback

following the Brexit vote,” says

Alastair Smith, a partner in the $1.8bn

hedge fund. •


Mercantile Bank Limited has recently held an interactive meeting with

its mid-level officers, said a press release. The bank’s managing director,

Kazi Masihur Rahman was present at the meeting as chief guest

Jhalokathi branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has recently

organised a meeting to exchange views with members of Rural

Development Scheme, said a press release. Chairperson of the bank’s

executive committee, Prof Syed Ahsanul Alam was present at the

meeting as chief guest





The future of the digital age

The story of Azim Hossain, Head of Digital at PRAN-RFL, his journey and how the digital sector is

about to change like never before.

Childhood and education

Well, I am actually from Jhalokahi,

a district under Barisal Division. I

was, however, born and raised in a

beautiful urban area called Bhola,

the largest island of Bangladesh.

I can still remember the first day

of school, 15th Jan 1991. It was a

government primary school and

I was always accompanied by

elder brothers and sisters. In those

days, parents only went to school

for major occasions, like results,

annual sports day or any other

important issue. Like most other

school going kids of the time, I

wanted to be Macgyver or Captain

Planet. Back then, life was full of


Background and hardships

My childhood was excellent but as

I was from a typical middle class

family, we had to wait a lot before

getting what we desired. So, the

basic thing I was taught was to

be patient and put in all efforts

to attain something lucrative. It

is my rule of thumb and I follow

it whenever I want to achieve


I could go on, but the point

is that life is a balancing act. We

must adapt ourselves to the to be

on top of any situation.

What captured your interest in

this sector?

I must say, I did not deliberately

approach the digital arena. I

started my career at a software

firm. I was one of the youngest

lads to join that firm with a

marketing degree. My role in that

company was to sell digital or .com

property, readymade software/

solutions, customised software or

even ad space on websites. Worked

there for more than two years and

the experience was great.

After that I joined PRAN RFL

Group in the Brand management

department- my dream jobon

20th Jan 2011. There I was

the second private university

graduate to have gotten that

opportunity. My reporting boss

was a nightmare for me; he was

very rude, straightforward and a

perfectionist. But the best part of

him was his knowledge on brand

management, analysing data and

dominating the sales force. He

was the best at what he did and I

adapted to his style. My portfolio

included chips, fried ethnic

snacks, chanachur, nuts and fried

dal, etc.

The history of brand

penetration on digital media in

Bangladesh does not go too far. It

started towards the end of 2008,

in a very small scale mostly by the

telecommunication companies

followed by FMCGs in 2011. In

2012, we opened a Facebook page

for one of the chips brands named

‘Tom Tom Cracker’. That was the

2nd Facebook page of PRAN RFL

Group. 1st one was Mr. Mango.

Opening that Facebook page

was like an eye opener for me. We

could even get feedback where

our products have zero/less

availability. That was the starting

point of my journey into the digital

arena. After that I experimented

with various digital media services

which paid off.

What makes you so comfortable in

such a dynamic work line?

Digital media is always evolving

and it is said that every six months

it just changes its skin. You have

to work sensible and confidently.

So to work competently one

must always put themselves in

a learning mood. I believe we

need to learn even while we are

sleeping. As a developing country,

we lack the resources to do basic

research at times so we need to

always be on our toes. Therefore,

a professional approach will help

you cope up with the changes

and work in such a dynamic


Life is a balancing act. We must adapt

ourselves to the to be on top of any situation

Describe your role as the head of

digital media of PRAN RFL Group.

The beauty of PRAN RFL Group

is, it dares to challenge any one,

whether it is an international

FMCG or local. The core driving

brief of this company is to do your

job today better than yesterday,

set personal examples. This

message is conveyed to every

single member of this group. All

our stakeholders are following this

as well.

When I was shifted from brand

management to lead the digital

media team I was assigned only

one member by the management.

As this media is new and I had

some training and some practical

experiences while managing my

brands in digital arena, I started

looking for people who have the

mentality to live in the digital

arena. From then the team is now

a 19 members gang. We manage

almost 75 social media pages and

30 YouTube channels in more than

15 different countries.

PRAN RFL Group is exporting

its products to more than 130

countries and there are some

countries where digital media is

the only media that can be used

to communicate with the target

audience efficiently. So, working in

digital media of PRAN RFL Group

feels like whole world is your


Where have you worked before

you joined PRAN RFL? How do

you manage so many brands in so

many countries?

Well, currently we are hiring

agencies on a retainer basis and we

just manage them. In Bangladesh

we are working with 15 different

agencies and 15 more agencies

working for us to manager our

export penetration till now. We

have an agency for Gulf, India,

Nepal, Africa and even Palestine

to manage our brands over there.

This is for social media, mainly

Facebook. But for other digital

media tools, our team directly


Where do you think the digital

sector in Bangladesh is headed?

Well this is a very simple question

to answer. I believe sooner or

later digital will be the only

media to communicate with the

TG for managing brands with

a very customised message.

The community will be more

dependent on this media for

accomplishing their daily

activities. The whole world

is converting to digital and

Bangladesh should not be an

exception. How we adopt and

adjust ourselves with this change

will set how we benefit from it.

Which trends do corporations/

business need to keep an eye out


For any business, I feel that data

is king and digital media can give

you access to accommodate lots

of data at minimum effort. Now

the business should consider

implementing this media into

their business process to get

desired results. It should not be

confined to only communicating

with the community but also

for proper business automation,

data mining and converting data

into information. It will be the

key differential factor to keep

their position well ahead of


What motivates you to push

yourself further?

I love to share knowledge with

others. So, I occasionally appear

as a guest lecturer in different

universities and IBA is one of

my favourite places to share my

latest thoughts. To know the

latest changes in this media, I love

attending training sessions at least

once a month. Finally, I want to

leave behind a better world, at

least my surrounding world. So,

whenever I get the chance to do

anything to for my society, I love

to participate there.

What is your suggestion for digital

marketing start ups?

Look, the word ‘start up’ sounds

very cool and glamorous. But most

of the startups cannot be sustained

in the long run. So, I want to

redefine the term as ‘sustainable

start up’. I feel this generation

is very talented at multitasking.

To do well as a digital marketing

agency, a few basic qualities that

the team should have are patience,

passion, being open to learn

new things, value and respect

for others opinion and finally, an

ability to listen. An online business

would need at least three years to

reach its breakeven point and to

remain patient till then is the only

formula to do well.

In a single sentence, what do you

personally wish to achieve or look

forward to in this sector?

This is very overwhelming to

say the least, but I want to be

someone who adds value to

my organisation, peers, and to

everyone around me and finally, I

wish to work for the government

to contribute to policy making,

because I believe the government

should create a pathway to follow.

Although the government has

already initiated lots of activities

which helped this sector to

grow, I believe sky is the limit;

certain things just need to be

synchronised to get the optimum


The art of winning


Five cardinal rules to follow if you want to make it big

• Features Desk

Let’s get one thing straight. While

first jobs and internships are

meant to be a learning experience/

networking exercise, if you want

to get ahead and build a career for

yourself, you have to think like

a winner. Easier said than done?

These five rules should get you

very far – at work, and in life.

Don’t outshine thy master

Never try to prove to the world

that you are better than your

supervisor. Even if you are more

talented and knowledgeable than

they are, stay humble and don’t

show off or worse, embarrass

them in public. Remember, they

can make or break your career.

Thou shalt aspire to

become the perfect


Remember Varys from Game of

Thrones? Yes, the cute round

man with a cunning mind and a

mouth that only speaks only what

the listener wishes to listen. Start

taking lessons from Varys, because

he is really what you should

aspire to be; the perfect diplomat.

Refrain from voicing judgements

that are unprofessional, resist

the temptation to indulge in

petty office gossip and most

importantly, if a co-worker shares

anything private with you about

others, keep it to yourself and

don’t play Chinese whispers. Be

careful about the toes you step on

today, for they may be connected

to the behinds you’ll have to kiss

tomorrow. Be nice to everyone,

even if you don’t need to.

Let thine actions do the


All the flattery and donkey-kissing

in the world will not come of any

use if it is not backed up by some

solid, quality work. Unless you

are trying your hand in politics,

your words will not be enough

to impress your boss. Ultimately,

your superior is only looking for

tangible results, which means,

those assignments aren’t going to

do themselves. Anything else...

well, there won’t be anything else

if you can’t show results.

Own up to thy mistakes

Concede gracefully: people make

mistakes, and some mistakes

can cost a lot to an organisation.

Making mistakes won’t make

your boss love you more, but

claiming responsibilities for the

consequences of your action

makes you stand out as an

individual; it shows integrity and

maturity, virtues that are very

much in demand. Furthermore,

owning up to your mistakes is not

a sign of weakness, but you can

use the opportunity to disarm

everyone with politeness and


Devise thine plans wisely

The ability to be well organised in

planning and thinking up multiple

backup options will always help

you cruise through any crisis.

Bosses like efficient people on

their team and those who are

experts in crisis management.

Have backup plans to backup

plans, and pay attention to details.

That way, you’re always winning.•




Illustration: Bigstock

Two years of social awareness through street art

The second segment was a Street

Art Rickshaw tour, conducted by

Naima Alam, for external guests.

Then the anniversary celebration

was held at ULAB, Campus B,

Multipurpose Room. Speakers at

the event were well-wishers of

the project like Zunaed Rabbani,

and Celebrated Cartoonist Syed

Rasad Imam Tanmoy. Head of the

ULAB Media Studies & Journalism

Department, Mr. Jude Wiliiam

Genilo was present as a guest. The

entire event was sponsored by

Jahangir Alam, Supreme Holdings

Ltd. The event was organised

by ULAB’s very own apprentice

program “PR 4 U” and “Kri

Events”. •

“The VoicelessBangladeshi,”

Street Art project of the Principles

of Public Relations course

of University of Liberal Arts

Bangladesh, celebrated their 2nd

birthday on Friday, November 25,

2016. For two years, Naima Alam,

the initiator of this project, has

been teaching social campaign to

the students of ULAB by getting

them to draw these messages

on more than 70 walls around

Dhaka city. This Friday, the project

completed 10 more of these art

works, along with a Rickshaw race

and an Anniversary celebration.

The program started on

November 24, with a Workshop by

Morshed Mishu (Assistant Editor

at UNMAD), titled “Transforming

Streets Through Art”. After the

workshop, 80 students came on

Friday and finished their artwork

with the help of friends from other

universities and two members of

Cartoon People, Syed Nafis and

Mohammad Ayan. Two of the art

works were sponsored by Plan

International Bangladesh, as part

of the 16 days of activation of

Prevention of Violence Against

W omen.





GObd goes all in with logistics platform ‘Go! FETCH’

• SD Asia Desk

Adnan, an ambitious entrepreneur,

has set up a Facebook store in

order to sell mobile handsets and

headphones – but he doesn’t have

the capital resources to put in

place his own delivery system.

Shaila, not wanting to get yelled

at by her boss, has rushed through

Dhaka’s awful traffic to get to her

office on time– but, she missed out

on her critical morning coffee.

Hridoy, the e-commerce

manager for his company’s

retail operation, has tried time

and time again to find an ideal

logistics partner – but his partners

are inexperienced and lack the

technology needed to do business

at the speed and volume that the

Bangladeshi consumer demands.

GObd’s Logistics Platform

GO! Fetch can solve all of three’s

problems. GObd’s GO! Fetch

(FETCH) platform has been solving

these types of problems over

the past year. GObd, founded in

2014, is an organisation made up

of individuals who passionately

believe that technology and data

are the keys to creating efficiencies

in logistics for Bangladesh.

Beginning of GO FETCH:

Inspired by the lack of real,

data-driven logistics providers

in Bangladesh and his own poor

experience ordering online,

GObd’s Co-Founder and CTO

Swagata Prateek has led the

building of FETCH as a robust

operational service driven by

technology. All the various

technology pieces have been

built from the ground up and

designed to meet customer’s

requirements. “We specifically

incorporated active tracking and

custom-designed algorithms to

create a highly efficient service,”

said Prateek. In many cases,

FETCH business partners require

small tweaks to their management

dashboards. “Given that we

manage our own technical team

and manage every technical piece

ourselves, we are able to provide a

significant level of customization

for our business clients,” said

Tareq Aziz, Software Engineer at


“With the large expansion of

both traditional E-commerce

and Facebook commerce in

Bangladesh, logistics has become

a huge challenge for our partners.

We work to ensure a high-quality

customer experience, every

time and consider ourselves

an extension of our partner’s

business,” said Farhan Rahman,

Co-Founder, and COO of GObd.

“For anyone who is building their

e-commerce presence and requires

an experienced, reliable logistics

platform, FETCH is the answer.”

Challenges at the


Getting here was not that easy

for FETCH. It started piloting

their logistics service with the

support of friends and family. “We

approached friends and family

who had various businesses

and told them to take a chance

with us – we made it work”, said

Farhan. In order to pilot their

consumer-facing model, Farhan

proposed using a simple number

and chat line on Whatsapp. “We

decided that the easiest way to get

people to use our service was to

remove any hassle – many people

in Bangladesh are already using

Whatsapp and this proved to be

an easy way for us to gauge the

market’, added Farhan.

FETCH web app:

With the consumer model proven

out, the GObd team has been

working on a customer facing

front-end that will allow users

to order anything, on-demand.

FETCH web app – which includes

ordering options from restaurants,

grocery stores, electronics

stores, flower shops and much

more. They are keeping their

official launch date under wraps

at the moment, but you can

sign up to follow their progress

at fetch.gobd.co. The FETCH

platform now includes multiple

large enterprise customers and

currently offers varied services

(for consumers, on-demand — and

for businesses) including food,

time critical documents, gifts,

flowers, electronics, grocery,

laundry, e-commerce products

and much more. They offer a

better, differentiated service

with ETA & Delivery times which

helps improve the quality of

service offered to consumers and

businesses. “Our goal is to provide

anything and everything, ondemand

for consumers — and in

support of our business partners,”

stated Qasim Rana, Co-Founder

and CEO of GObd. “We work

across the spectrum with some of

the largest e-commerce players in

Bangladesh – to the small corner

store on your street – and our

single most important focus is

customer experience. Logistics

is a tough business and requires

efficient spending in order to

achieve scale. We are going to use

the resources we have, channel

our spending and really center our

business at the core. Other players

are still trying to figure out who

they are, or, they have burned

money after money with little

growth to show for it,” said Qasim.

FETCH and competitors:

FETCH is not the only player

in the market. There are other

organizations in both the B2B and

B2C space including E-Courier,

Pathao, FoodPanda, HungryNaki,

GoGoBangla and others. “We think

the market has been primed for

the services FETCH provides to

businesses and consumers. I think

there is room in the market for

different levels of players and we

plan to be on top. What makes us

different is our focus on customer

experience and a consistent drive

to complement smart operations

with sensible technology. The

short answer is that consumers

in Bangladesh deserve better

services, and we are here to

provide just that.”

It is certainly good for local

consumers who now have option

to choose from multiple delivery

services. While the business

requires large investment to truly

offer a great customer experience,

we believe that the battle will

be fought not on who has best

resources but how well these

teams deliver on their promises

to customers. The marriage of

technology and conventional

logistic business is extremely

challenging as order fulfilment

process happens through multiple


The trick will be the most

efficient use of capital to

achieve scale which is difficult

to implement in an inefficient

market like Bangladesh. In the

Indian market multiple delivery

companies have shut down

operations in past one year. These

companies played the valuation

game and took VC money. Along

with money came pressure from

these investors to turn profits or

to show user acquisition too fast.

However logistics firms operate

on wafer-thin margins and end up

losing money on every delivery,

according to industry experts.

Hopefully, our logistics startups

will learn from the mistakes made

by their peer group from other

markets and add real value to our

local businesses. The last mile

delivery solution in Bangladesh

is definitely going through some

interesting times without a clear

winner at sight, but only time will

tell if we are to have one, soon! •

Article published under

special arrangement with


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German Interior Minister de Maiziere and German Finance Minister

Schaeuble attend cabinet meeting in Berlin


Schaeuble to push G20

for structural reforms

to prevent crisis

• Reuters

Germany will push for reforms

to make the world’s biggest

economies more competitive

and protect against future

crises when it takes the helm

of the G20, Finance Minister

Wolfgang Schaeuble said on

Friday, dimming hopes of fiscal

stimulus to boost growth.

“We will forcefully insist on

structural reforms to improve

our resilience against developments

that have the potential

to lead into crisis,” Schaeuble

told the Bundestag, the lower

house of parliament.

“There is no lack of debt in

this world, there is no lack of

central bank liquidity in this

world, but there definitively

is a lack of competitiveness

in this world because many

countries have missed out on

many reforms.”

Germany, which has rejected

calls by the European Commission

for more fiscal stimulus to

help boost euro zone growth,

takes over the G20 presidency

- grouping leading developed

and developing economies - at

the start of December.

Schaeuble said this week

that the European Union’s

executive should not direct

its call for fiscal stimulus at

Germany as Europe’s biggest

economy has increased investment

more than the euro zone

average in the last decade. •

‘Mini-dollar’ tag set to aid sterling in 2017

• Reuters

While others rushed to bet on a weaker

pound this summer, hedge fund Harmonic

Capital Partners’ algorithms

moved in the opposite direction and

three months later gave the firm one

of its best trading results of the year.

Despite sterling’s post-Brexit

plunge, Harmonic backed the Britis h

currency as a “mini-dollar” against the

yen and the euro, and profited from

the surge in the US currency around

Donald Trump’s presidential election

victory on Nov 8.

The strategy is drawing attention as

banks and asset managers launch their

end-of-year pitches to clients for 2017.

Some investors and currency strategists

say the pound’s close historical

links to the dollar, through trade

and investment - and the tendency

to move with it - favour sterling, going

into a year when dollar strength is

back on the cards.

They argue that, while the huge uncertainties

attached to the launch of

talks on leaving the European Union

will continue to weigh heavily on the

pound, the UK economy remains better

placed to generate growth than its

European or Japanese peers.

“You could say that it took a setback

following the Brexit vote,” says

Alastair Smith, a partner in the $1.8bn

hedge fund. •


Mercantile Bank Limited has recently held an interactive meeting with

its mid-level officers, said a press release. The bank’s managing director,

Kazi Masihur Rahman was present at the meeting as chief guest

Jhalokathi branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has recently

organised a meeting to exchange views with members of Rural

Development Scheme, said a press release. Chairperson of the bank’s

executive committee, Prof Syed Ahsanul Alam was present at the

meeting as chief guest






No direction home

The Rohingya are at the door, and

Bangladesh has a choice to make. After

all, it is our moral choices that define

who we are



climate change

The Global Carbon Budget 2016

launched during COP22 has noted that

all countries need to take the matter of

going carbon negative very seriously


Dying by

the numbers

Why exactly do people send their

children, especially girls, to work

in unsafe environments despite the

possibility of fatal accidents and deaths

at the workplace? Don’t they love them?


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End the toxic culture of victim


There is a sickness within our society.

The numbers are horrifying, and on the rise. More women have fallen victim

to murder, rape, acid attacks, and other forms of assault this year than they have

in past years.

But that is not the whole story. Experts say the numbers, high as they are, do not give

the whole picture -- as much as two thirds of women do not report these crimes to the

police, and so they go unnoticed, unpunished.

And therein lies the sickness. Because of our twisted and retrograde attitudes towards

women’s autonomy and victimhood, as a society we consistently fail to support women

who come forward to report abuse.

Such women are often blamed for crimes committed against them, furthering their

victimisation, and deterring them from reporting future crimes.

Society also constantly downplays the gravity of things like violence and sexual

assault. It is often seen as a matter that is best swept under the rug.

Directly and indirectly, these behaviours not only protect abusers, they embolden


It is high time we treat this malaise. A large part of the solution is to have a system in

place where women feel comfortable coming forward to talk to law enforcement officers.

This entails having all-women police stations, more female police officers everywhere,

and better training for police.

Domestic violence must be treated as a crime, not a private affair.

Ultimately though, our entire mind-set must change. Quite often, it is members of the

victim’s own family who try to silence the issue, and discourage her from reporting abuse.

Finally, we need to be having more constructive conversations about stalking and


Pretending they do not exist, and pretending they are no big deal, are what perpetuate

the problem.


Domestic violence must

be treated as a crime, not

a private affair

No direction home

Opinion 21

Genocide is taking place under the watchful eye of a democratically elected government




own turf.

But enough is enough. NLD

can’t fix this problem. It is time

for the world to get tough on

Myanmar, and not take genocide

for an answer.

• Abak Hussain

Did the world really think

Myanmar would change?

In spite of the much

anticipated elections last

year which saw Suu Kyi’s party

come to power, Myanmar remains,

in effect, a military regime that

continues to rape, kill, and burn

down the homes of the nation’s

own Rohingya people.

What is going on is nothing if

not genocide, and it is happening

right under the watchful eye of

Myanmar’s beacon of peace, Nobel

laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

As the world waits for Suu Kyi

to say something, do something,

she remains silent. In fact,

she won’t even use the word

“Rohingya.” Whether Suu Kyi is

unwilling or unable to make a

stand, it is clear that her moral

high ground has long been


The Nobel peace prize itself

has always been a bit misleading

though. Barack Obama had won

the prize for achieving nothing

more than a very inspiring

presidential campaign, a

decision that gained the Nobel

committee some flak. But Obama’s

unworthiness was nothing

compared to Suu Kyi’s complicity

in the worst humanitarian crisis of

our time.

Military rules

While Suu Kyi’s National League

for Democracy (NLD) is, in theory,

the ruling party of Myanmar, the

military retains a chokehold on the

nation, controlling a number of

things, from national security, to

police, to the justice system. The

NLD seems powerless to stop the

military from committing human

rights violations.

This does not let Suu Kyi off

the hook. She has lacked the

backbone to take a stand, possibly

in fear of political repercussions.

After a very long time, she is in

a position of some actual power,

and she would rather not risk it by

angering the military.

Of course, Suu Kyi herself

will never acknowledge this. She

maintains a delicate balancing act

of telling the world community

that the NLD needs a bit of “space”

to address the complicated issues

of the country, thereby dancing

around the issue of the crimes

against humanity going on in her

The good neighbour

Recently, Dhaka summoned

the Myanmar ambassador to

talk about putting an end to the

atrocities, but all that seems to

have taken place is an exchange

of hot air. Dhaka “conveyed” its

message to Yangon.

Tell that to the people about to

be killed.

Bangladesh may well be

the only safe haven for many

Rohingya feeling persecution.

However, we have had a

complicated relationship to the

Rohingya issue for quite some

time. On the one hand, many

Bangladeshis feel a natural sense

of fraternity towards our darkskinned,

Muslim neighbours from

across the border. Nonetheless,

the long-standing refugee crisis at

the Bangladesh-Myanmar border

The Rohingya are

at the door, and

Bangladesh has a

choice to make. After

all, it is our moral

choices that define

who we are

is one of immense logistical

complexity, and one that most of

our top public officials don’t have a

clue about how to solve.

But right now, those are details.

What matters is that these

refugees are fleeing death. They

are coming to us because they

have nowhere else to turn.

Never mind the fact that the

plight of the Rohingya is not our

fault, that it is all Myanmar’s

doing. Let’s not hope to work out

fully the logistics of how such a

large refugee population will be

contained in Bangladesh, and what

the ramifications are, right away.

The Rohingya are at the door,

and Bangladesh has a choice to

make. After all, it is our moral

choices that define who we are.

If Bangladesh looks deep within

itself, if we are being honest with

ourselves, the answer is obvious:

We must open up our borders.

Let’s not forget our own history.

When Bangladesh was faced with

genocide, India welcomed us, and

A people without a nation

took in some 10 million refugees.

It is time for us to pay it forward. It

won’t be easy, and it will strain our

already overburdened resources.

But the right thing to do is the

right thing to do.

A global humanitarian problem

Ultimately, the Rohingya crisis is

the whole world’s problem, and

turning a blind eye to it makes us

look bad as a species.

Why are the world’s powerful

nations not coming forward? The

United States and Australia have

embraced refugees before -- why

are they not coming to the aid of

the Rohingya now?

The world needs to take a

hard stance against Myanmar’s

still-military government and its

genocidal activities, and place

economic sanctions if needed.

A good start is to stop

pretending as though Myanmar is

now a functional democracy, and

that Suu Kyi will eventually do the

right thing. If the world fails to act

now, one day it will have to look

back and wonder: How could we

have idly stood by and let a whole

population get wiped out?

Rakhine referendum?

A couple of years ago, an op-ed

piece by Zeeshan Khan published

in this very newspaper suggested

that Rakhine state, 42% of which

borders Bangladesh, be allowed

to hold a referendum. After all,

Myanmar does not acknowledge

Rohingyas as rightful citizens, and

kills them as though it is routine

government business.

The why not let the Rohingya

people decide if they want to

secede from Myanmar? This

would involve the districts of

Sittwe and Muangdaw joining

Bangladesh, and becoming part of

the Chittagong division.

At the time of publication,

the op-ed seemed like just a

theoretical exercise, but protests

soon broke out in Myanmar.

Buddhist monks took to the


Yangon summoned the

Bangladeshi ambassador to ask

if this was Bangladesh’s official

position. The ambassador, who I

doubt was a Dhaka Tribune reader,

must have been a bit flummoxed

about the whole thing.

The Myanmar government’s

reaction was very telling.

The country was, and still is,

unfamiliar with the concept of

a free press that raises human

rights concerns independent of the

actions of the government.

It is not surprising, then, that

no one in Myanmar, not even

the great Aung San Suu Kyi,

is denouncing the shameful

treatment of the Rohingya that is

taking place right now.

But the rest of us cannot stay

silent. •

Abak Hussain is Editor, Editorial and Op-Ed,

Dhaka Tribune.






Combating climate change

COP22 was all about fighting a truly global threat

a total of four years to be effective.

Such an attempt, it is believed, will

also lead to a severe diplomatic

backlash -- more serious than what

transpired after former President

George W Bush took the initiative

against the Kyoto Protocol.

Ban Ki-moon, the departing

UN secretary general has

however tried to allay the fears

by optimistically remarking that

some of what Trump expressed

in his electoral campaign was

probably popular rhetoric and

needed to be taken as such.

in vulnerable nations.

This will require creation of an

agreed road map regarding the

$100 billion climate finance fund

and common steps pertaining to

the acceptance of projects.

Transparency in this regard

would be essential to create


For developing countries like

Bangladesh, already suffering from

the after-effects of climate change,

the financial assistance needs to be

more in the form of grants rather

than loans.

The Global Carbon Budget 2016 launched

during COP22 has noted that all countries need

to take the matter of going carbon negative

very seriously

Collective action is key




• Muhammad Zamir

The recently concluded

COP22 session in

Marrakech, Morocco

was an example of

international awareness of a

problem faced by humanity across

borders and the need to urgently

address issues associated with

the global warming process -- not

only to reduce carbon emissions,

but also adoption of measures that

relate to mitigation of the evolving


Meetings held on the sidelines

of the conference also revealed

some interesting aspects.

While 2016 is heading towards

being the hottest year on record,

global carbon dioxide emissions

from burning fossil fuels appear

to have stayed almost flat for the

third year in a row. Scientists

are terming this as a “clear and

unpredicted break” and a turning

point in the world’s efforts to curb

climate change.

Climatologists have suggested

that fall in the use of coal in China,

by far, the world’s largest carbon

emitter, was probably the main

reason for this slowdown.

This appears to conform to the

theory that global carbon pollution

usually slows when there is a

downturn in the global economy

and that in turn reduces the use of

fossil fuels in factories and power


This has, however, been

challenged by Professor Le

Quere, who has pointed out

that the world economy has not

really slowed down, but has

been growing by as much as

3%. Consequently, according to

him, this reduction can only be

described as unprecedented.

Discussions during COP22 have

revealed that the future will not be

as easy as many are thinking.

Pilita Clark has mentioned

that there has been a slight glow

of optimism but the scenario

remains dark in most parts of the

developed and developing world.

Records have indicated that US

emissions fell by 2.6% in 2015 as

coal use slumped.

It is being projected that this

trend will continue this year.

However, emissions rose by

a sharp 5% in India and also

increased by 1.4% in the European

Union (after a period of decline).

Carbon pollution in China, which

accounts for more than a quarter

of global emissions, continued to

grow at more than 5% till 2014 as it

had done for the previous 10 years.

This emission trend, however,

changed slightly in 2015 with a fall

by 0.7%. It is now expected that

fresh Chinese measures might lead

to another fall of around 0.5% this


Scientists have commented that

atmospheric CO2 levels surged to

400 parts per million in 2015, the

highest seen in at least the last

800,000 years.

Some during COP22

also remarked that carbon

concentrations are expected to

climb to new records in 2016

on the back of a strong El Nino

weather system that produced

unusual hot and dry conditions in

many parts of the world (including

Bangladesh), sapping the ability

of trees and other vegetation to

absorb carbon dioxide.

One recent international

development has also cast a

shadow on the evolving paradigm

of tackling the after-effects of

growing carbon emissions.

This revolves around the

victory of Republican Donald

Trump in the US presidential

election. His views on this issue,

many feel, might complicate


One may recall, in this regard,

Trump’s comment that global

warming is a “hoax.”

He has also threatened to

“cancel” the global pact by having

US withdraw from the Paris

Agreement, stop financial support

for the measures initiated in this

regard by the United Nations,

and divert such funding towards

improving infrastructure within

the US.

He believes that such a

step would help him create

employment that he has promised

as part of his election effort. He

has also reiterated his intention

to revive the struggling US coal


Climate activists have, however,

hinted that any withdrawal by the

US from the ramifications of the

Paris Agreement would have to be

dealt with according to Article 28

of the agreement, and would take

He has also hoped that Trump,

after taking over the reins of

power, “will understand the

seriousness and urgency of

addressing climate change.”

One can only hope that Trump

does. As a businessman, he will

also probably appreciate the

potential of the US industry

benefitting from various aspects of

renewable energy.

In the meantime, the Global

Carbon Budget 2016 launched

during COP22 has noted that all

countries need to take the matter

of going carbon negative very


It has also been underlined that

there should be greater emphasis

on afforestation and reforestation,

carbon capture, and storage.

Carbon capture and storage to

produce bio energy has, however,

been questioned by many as

it would require vast areas of

empty land and that might not be

possible in countries with small


A comment made by the UNEP

executive director also needs to

be noted. He has remarked that

we must not forget the growing

number of climate refugees

hit by hunger, poverty, illness,

and conflict and that these

affected people do not have legal

protection under the UN 1951

Geneva Convention.

They, as has been mentioned,

are a constant reminder of our

failure to deliver.

The United Nations also needs

to arrange urgent availability of

requisite funding for tackling the

negative effects of climate change

Bangladesh has continued

to take measures with regard

to climate change with great

commitment. It may be recalled

that we handed over on September

21 the “Instrument of Ratification”

of the Paris Agreement to the UN

secretary general. Some 109 out

of 197 UN member states have, so

far, ratified the Paris Agreement. It

came into force on November 4.

Bangladesh, on its own

initiative, has also created a

Climate Change Trust Fund worth

$400m from its own financial


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

in the high level segment of

COP22, correctly reiterated some

important points.

They included the need

for collective action to tackle

problems associated with

adaptation, mitigation, the

resolution of the crisis being

created through migration of

climate change affected people,

the need to ensure safe drinking

water and sanitation through

effective water governance, the

creation of a new global fund to

support research, innovation, and

sharing advances in technology

required to solve serious aftereffects

of climate change in the

areas of agriculture and water

management. This, she pointed

out would help not only to meet

SDG goals but facilitate disaster

management. •

Muhammad Zamir, a former

Ambassador, is an analyst specialised in

foreign affairs, right to information, and

good governance.





Dying by the numbers

Who will stand up for the voiceless?

Smiling in spite of it all


of the oh-so-respectful “civil

society” are neutral in their

judgments and stances? Didn’t

you get the memo? They make

claims such as: “Yes, it is true that

the poor people are suffering, but

they’re not completely blameless

for their own misfortunes.”

And thus the balance is

maintained. All is well in the

world. Om.

So the victims should not

expect the “progressive” folk to

be of any help, which is actually

a good thing in a way. It teaches

the poor to think for themselves --

“give a man a fish” and all that.

But, how can these people,

who are constantly looking down

the deep yawning chasm that is

poverty, manage that time to think

over critical issues like the wellbeing

of their own kids, issues

that even the greatest economists

in the world have been unable to


Pardon my logic, but working 10

to 12 hours a day leaves little-to-no

time for pensive brooding over any

issue, more so if you’re chasing

that job with another.

Oh, don’t be mistaken, I am

lamenting for them. In one sense,

we can spin this into a positive


You must have noticed that

it’s the poor who are mostly

responsible for the rapid increase

in population in our country.

So maybe we should all view

these unfortunate deaths as part of

a wider culling.

For every five girls that die in

a factory fire, our Shonar Bangla

gets to breathe a little easier.

I recall the comment of Winston

Churchill, who said, during the

• Monswita Bulbuli


had not thought death

had undone so many.”

This line from

TS Eliot’s The Waste

Land has been buzzing in my

head, while watching the long

rows of dead people -- both

physically and spiritually dead.

Though Eliot principally talked

about the spiritual emptiness of

modern man, nowadays it can be

interpreted literally also.

What a waste of young lives

all over the world. Wherever I

turn, I get no respite from news of

unnatural deaths.

It seems that the world is on a

killing spree, claiming the lives of

young people every which way,

especially of children and girls

from the underprivileged classes.

They are dying in the most

brutal ways, with fire being

involved in one way or the other.

In most countries, bombing

them seems to be quite popular.

In Bangladesh, rape, death, and

workplace fires are commonplace.

Why exactly do people send

their children, especially girls,

to work in unsafe environments

despite the possibility of fatal

accidents and deaths at the

workplace? Don’t they love them?

Even girls as young as 10 are

sent to completely unknown

households as servants, I mean,

“domestic help.” We are a civilised

nation after all, and slavery does

not exist in societies as “modern”

as ours.

Why are we kidding ourselves?

Calling these girls “slaves” is going

too far.

They are not slaves, they’re

punching bags who exist solely

to be beaten up and humiliated

at the hands of their masters to

Why exactly do people send their children, especially girls, to work in

unsafe environments despite the possibility of fatal accidents and deaths

at the workplace? Don’t they love them?

the point where they want to kill


In factories, the scenario is,

surprisingly, better. The girls who

lose their lives to fire after fire do

not have to die alone.

At least, they have someone

next to them as they die in

agonising pain.

It’s not as ridiculous as it

sounds -- have you forgotten the

fire incident in Tazreen Garments,

or the more recent fire at an

Ashulia gas lighter factory?

The so-called “civilised” and

“enlightened” people who

research, survey, analyse the

global politics that go behind such

suffering and then hold seminars

and/or workshops over these

issues are only in it to flaunt how

scholarly they are.

These fools don’t care if these

poor girls live or die, but, then

again, who does?

Not their own damn parents,

that’s for sure.

Don’t you know that members

Bengal famine in 1943: “I hate

Indians. They are a beastly people

with a beastly religion. The famine

was their own fault for breeding

like rabbits.”

When the Delhi government

sent a telegram to Churchill

painting a picture of the situation

and the number of people who had

died, his only response was: “Then

why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?” •

Monswita Bulbuli is a Sub-Editor at the

Dhaka Tribune.






‘I’m Chris Gayle, the


Chris Gayle, perhaps the biggest

hitter in world cricket, has recently

arrived in Bangladesh to take part

in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier

League Twenty20’s fourth edition.

The West Indian left-hander will

play for Chittagong Vikings. PAGE 25

Comilla condemned

to seventh defeat

Dhaka Dynamites returned to

winning ways when they beat

defending champions Comilla

Victorians by 32 runs in their

Bangladesh Premier League

2016-17 season match in Mirpur

yesterday. PAGE 26

Bairstow helps

England rally

Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow’s

composed 89 helped England

survive some poor top order shotmaking

and reach 268 for eight

at the close on the first day of the

third Test against India in Mohali

yesterday. PAGE 27

Aussies take control

in day-night Test

Australia took firm control of

the day-night third Test when

they reduced South Africa to 194

for six at the close on day three,

only 70 runs ahead of their hosts.

The hosts are desperate for a

consolation victory to avoid a first

3-0 sweep on home soil. PAGE 28

Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy plays a shot during their BPL 4 match against Khulna Titans at Sher-e-Bangla

National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday




Khulna 9 6 3 12

Dhaka 8 5 3 10

Rangpur 7 5 2 10

Chittagong 8 4 4 8

Rajshahi 8 4 4 8

Barisal 8 3 5 6

Comilla 8 1 7 2

Sammy inspires Rajshahi again

• Tribune Report

Khulna Titans lost their way at the

end after some brilliant death over

bowling by Rajshahi Kings as the

latter clinched a nine-run win in

the Bangladesh Premier League’s

fourth edition at Sher-e-Bangla

National Stadium yesterday.

Khulna ended their chase on

145/6 after 20 overs after Rajshahi

posted a fighting total of 154/8

in their 20 overs, courtesy some

humongous hitting by skipper

Darren Sammy, who smashed a

quick-fire unbeaten 71-run knock.

Chasing the target, Khulna’s

top-order once again struggled

to provide a good start where

Hasanuzzaman was dismissed after

scoring one while Shuvagata

Hom departed adding just two.

But their English opener Riki Wessels

and skipper Mahmudullah

held the ship, adding 47 runs for

the third wicket.

Wessels however, was dismissed

scoring the highest 36

off 32 balls with four boundaries

and once again, all eyes were on

Mahmudullah, who was joined by

Nicholas Pooran.

And it looked Khulna would

easily reach the target when

Pooran (28) blasted two consecutive

sixes off Mehedi Hasan

Miraz. But once Mahmdullah was

dismissed, it was game over for

Khulna. Mahmudullah eventually

departed after scoring a run-aball

33 with three fours and a six

as Rajshahi took the momentum

away towards them, managing to

restrict the Khulna batters from

going big.

Earlier, Rajshahi struggled upfront

after electing to bat when

Mominul Haque (12), Junaid Siddique

(21), Sabbir Rahman (16)

and Samit Patel (16) all departed

cheaply. At one point, it looked



Mominul c & b Mahmudullah 12 12

Siddique c Pooran b Shafiul 21 18

Sabbir lbw b Mosharraf 16 18

Patel c & b Cooper 16 23

Umar lbw b Cooper 9 6

Sammy not out 71 34

Miraz run out (Ariful) 1 1

Farhad c Cooper b Shafiul 3 5

Abul run out (sub Naeem Jr) 3 3

Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2

Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 154

Fall Of Wickets

1-26 (Mominul), 2-34 (Siddique), 3-55

(Sabbir), 4-66 (Umar), 5-87 (Patel), 6-88

(Miraz), 7-116 (Farhad), 8-154 (Abul)


Shuvagata 1-0-5-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-7-1,

Junaid 4-0-25-0, Cooper 4-0-31-2, Shafiul

4-0-53-2, Mosharraf 4-0-25-1, Taibur



Wessels b Sammy 36 32

Hasanuzzaman run out (Sabbir) 1 3

Shuvagata c Siddique b Nazmul 2 5

Mahmudullah b Abul 33 33

Pooran c Sammy b Miraz 28 12

Ariful not out 25 21

Cooper c Umar b Sami 14 12

Taibur not out 2 2

Extras (lb 4) 4

Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 145

Fall Of Wickets

1-8 (Hasanuzzaman), 2-15 (Shuvagata),

3-62 (Wessels), 4-101 (Pooran), 5-107

(Mahmudullah), 6-129 (Cooper)


Nazmul 4-0-17-1, Sami 4-0-32-1, Patel

3-0-18-0, Abul 4-0-25-1, Sammy 1-0-8-1,

Miraz 2-0-27-1,

Farhad 2-0-14-0

The Kings won by nine runs

MoM: Darren Sammy (RK)

like the batting side would post a

below-par total.

But it was skipper Sammy once

again who came to the rescue

as the hard-hitting right-hander

struck five huge sixes and four

fours during his unbeaten knock.•


Barisal Bulls v Dhaka Dynamites, 1pm

Rangpur Riders v Chittagong Vikings, 5:45pm

Both games will be held at SBNS, Mirpur

Sport 25




Dhaka v Comilla

The two Lankan legends

In the international circuit, we have

seen many times the Sri Lankan

legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela

Jayawardene batting together

and scoring thousands of runs during

the course of their career. These

two have now retired from the international

arena. Since their retirement,

the cricket world has missed

the batting duo a great deal. But

yesterday, the fans got to see them

batting together as they yet again

showed some of their class.

Shahid’s injury scare

Dhaka paceman Mohammad Shahid

is in good form in the ongoing

BPL T20. He is the second-highest

wicket-taker of the tournament

with 15 wickets. He bowled superbly

in his first spell, conceding six

runs and picking up the wicket of

the in-form Nazmul Hossain Shanto.

However, the pacer was injured

while stopping a boundary during

the latter stages of the innings.

Khulna v Rajshahi

Sammy’s hurricane knock

After a quiet start to BPL 4, Rajshahi

skipper Darren Sammy has come

out of the shell with the bat. Following

a blistering match-winning

18-ball 44-run knock against Rangpur

Riders in the previous game,

the 31-year old once again led from

the front against Khulna in a crucial

encounter. The hard-hitting batsman

struck another hurricane 34-

ball 71-run innings, featuring five

sixes and four boundaries, helping

Rajshahi post a total of 154/8.

Miraz’s grand comeback

Young off-spinner Mehedi Hasan

Miraz faced a tough time against

Khulna’s Nicholas Pooran. The

left-hander struck two huge sixes

off Miraz in consecutive deliveries

in the 14th over, coming in to chase

the target of 155 runs. Pooran first

smashed a brilliant slog-sweep

over deep mid-wicket region and

followed it up by another straight

six, keeping the spectators on their

feet. But the newest Tigers sensation

came back strong in the very

next delivery as Pooran tried to repeat

his shot once again only to be

caught at deep mid-wicket by skipper

Sammy to conclude a brilliant

fight between the two cricketers. •



(R-L) Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim Iqbal, Chris Gayle, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Nabi watch BPL 4 action in Mirpur yesterday

‘I’m Chris Gayle, the six-machine’

• Ali Shahriyar Bappa

Chris Gayle, perhaps the biggest

hitter in world cricket, has recently

arrived in Bangladesh to take part

in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier

League Twenty20’s fourth edition.

The West Indian left-hander will

play for Chittagong Vikings.

Gayle shared his thoughts with

the media upon his arrival, saying

he is very excited to participate

in BPL 4 and hoped that his side

would continue their winning run.

“I am looking forward to

represent Chittagong Vikings.

They are in fourth position when

I checked last time. They gained

some momentum after losing

a couple of games. It is good to

join a team in some momentum.

Hopefully I can get a winning start

when I return to the BPL,” said

Gayle after Chittagong’s training

session at the BCB academy ground


“I have been keeping an eye on

the team, watching them on television.

I have been following the

guys. I am accustomed to joining

new teams. I can share my experiences

with the new players. I can

learn from them as well,” he said.

Cricket fans will no doubt be

looking forward to enjoying the

Tamim Iqbal-Gayle opening wicket

partnership and the Windies

southpaw also expressed his desire

to open the innings alongside the

Chittgaong hot-shot.

“There is a good chance to open

the innings with Tamim. I am relay

looking forward to it. He is in good

form. I hope our understanding

will go well at the middle and we

will enjoy our batting,” said Gayle.

“Tamim understands the conditions

very well as it is his home

ground. I think I will take some

time and follow him a bit as he

knows better how to play in these

type of conditions. He is an experienced

player. Hopefully I will adapt

soon and give an explosive start for

the team,” he said.

So far in the BPL, Gayle has

featured in 10 matches. In those

games, he has scored 541 runs with

three centuries. The hard-hitter

smashed 50 sixes in those matches

and jokingly said he will try to hit

55 in his next four innings.

“I have hit 50 sixes in 10 innings?

I will see if I can hit 55 in

four innings. It is what I am known

for, the six-machine. I try to entertain

as much as possible. Hopefully

it will be a good wicket [today] so

looking forward to it. I will just enjoy

it, even though you might feel a

little nervous coming back into the

game,” he said.

“I am sure the fans will be excited

and it will be noisy, which is

good. I tend to feed off the crowd’s

energy. It gives me a bit of motivation

to get better.

“My objective is not to worry

about the stats but try to entertain

the people as much as possible.

[Today] is a chance for them to get

glued to the TV, not only locally,

but overseas as well. Chris Gayle is

back, and hopefully I will get off to


a good start.”

Gayle has played 272 T20 matches

for 16 different teams around the

world. He has scored 9668 runs and

is 332 shy of joining the 10,000-run

club. When asked about the milestone,

the left-hander replied with

his casual funny behaviour.

“You should have told me earlier.

I would have come at the start

of the tournament. It will be nice

to be the first person to get 10,000

runs. I want the team to qualify so

that I get a chance in the playoffs,

and not just get knocked out after

these four games. The finals are

what is most important,” said the

Jamaican cricketer.

“I haven’t played cricket for

four-five months since the CPL

(Caribbean Premier League). So it

is good to be back in the game. I

did watch a few of the games back

home in Jamaica. I followed their

scores for sure and from time to

time, looked at the other teams

to try and see what’s going on in

Bangladesh,” he concluded. •






Dhaka’s Shakib al Hasan

My main target this season is to

reach the final and if possible become

the champion. Apart from

that, I have no individual goals

this season. As there is no car this

time around, what’s the benefit of

becoming the man of the series?

(laughs). At times, there are some

targets. But at this point of time,

it doesn’t matter. I think it’s important

to contribute for the team

and win the trophy. We still have

a good chance of reaching the final

and winning the title. We will

try to win this time. If you ask me

about my personal goal, I would

say apart from winning the trophy,

I have no targets. Obviously if you

notice, both the highest run-getter

and the wicket-taker are the local

cricketers, which is a very good

sign. That’s the reason why this

tournament has been competitive.

And apart from the locals, the foreign

players are also contributing.

Comilla’s Nabil Samad

It’s always difficult to chase 170. If

we had scored some runs initially

in the first six overs then we would

have done something better.

Actually I don’t see any specific

reason as we can’t say the batsmen

are out of form. You see when we

bowl well, our batting is not upto

the mark. Same thing happens

when we bat well, our bowlers

disappoint us.•

Comilla Victorians captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza is cleaned up by Dhaka Dynamites’ Dwayne Bravo (not in picture) during

their BPL 4 match in Mirpur yesterday


Holders Comilla condemned to seventh defeat

• Ali Shahriyar Bappa

Dhaka Dynamites returned to winning

ways when they beat defending

champions Comilla Victorians

by 32 runs in their Bangladesh Premier

League 2016-17 season match

in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National

Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Chasing Dhaka’s 170/4, Comilla

made a decent start to their chase.

Their opening wicket partnership

continued till the fifth over before

Nazmul Hossain Shanto (17) was

dismissed by paceman Mohammad

Shahid, who picked his 15th wicket

of the tournament.

The other opening batsman,

Pakistan recruit Khalid Latif scored

38 but after he departed in the 11th

over off the bowling of West Indies

seamer Dwayne Bravo, Comilla

lost wickets at regular intervals

and were unable to cope up with

the required run rate. The holders

eventually ended their reply on


With a run-a-ball 22, Pakistan

batsman Ahmed Shehzad was the

second-highest scorer for Comilla.

Bravo bowled superbly, mixing

his pace effectively to take three

wickets for 32 runs.

Earlier, Dhaka captain Shakib

al Hasan won the toss and elected

to bat first. Sri Lankan great Kumar

Sangakkara opened the batting

alongside the in-form Mehedi


Dhaka started brightly as their

opening batsmen scored some

quick runs in the first four overs.

Maruf (22) departed in the fifth

over while charging down the track

only to be stumped by Comilla

wicket-keeper Liton Kumar Das off

Nabil Samad.

Another Lankan legend Mahela

Jayawardene, who replaced Matt

Coles in the playing XI, came in at

No 3 and formed a good partnership

of 45 runs with Sangakkara.

Comilla’s Afghanistan recruit

Rashid Khan then cleaned up Sangakkara

in the 11th over. Sangakkara

made 33 off 28 balls.

Rashid also bagged the wicket of

Jayawardene in the 13th over when

the right-hander tried to sweep

only to miss the line of the delivery

and get bowled out. Jayawardene

scored 31 from 27 deliveries.

Skipper Shakib was the top-scorer

for Dhaka with an impressive 26-



Maruf st Liton b Nabil 22 17

Sangakkara b Rashid 33 28

Jayawardene b Rashid 31 27

Shakib not out 41 26

Mosaddek c Liton b Tanvir 25 18

Prasanna not out 11 4

Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 4) 7

Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 170

Fall Of Wickets

1-38 (Maruf), 2-83 (Sangakkara), 3-95

(Jayawardene), 4-141 (Mosaddek)


Mashrafe 4-0-31-0, Shanto 1-0-10-0, Sharif

3-0-40-0, Tanvir 4-0-36-1, Nabil 3-0-16-1,

Rashid 4-0-26-2, Al Amin 1-0-8-0


Shanto c Shakib b Shahid 17 19

Latif c Sanjamul b Bravo 38 33

Kayes c Sangakkara b Jayed 9 7

Shehzad c Sanjamul b Bravo 22 22

Liton c Sangakkara b Prasanna 5 6

Mashrafe b Bravo 10 8

Tanvir st Sangakkara b Nasir 14 12

Rashid st Sangakkara b Shakib 3 3

Al Amin not out 9 8

Sharif not out 2 2

Extras (lb 2, w 7) 9

Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 138

Fall Of Wickets

1-24 (Shanto), 2-57 (Kayes), 3-72 (Latif),

4-91 (Liton), 5-106 (Shehzad), 6-106

(Mashrafe), 7-113 (Rashid), 8-134 (Tanvir)


Jayed 4-0-20-1, Shahid 2-0-6-1, Shakib

4-0-30-1, Bravo 4-0-32-3, Prasanna 4-0-

30-1, Sanjamul 1-0-11-0, Nasir 0.4-0-4-1,

Mosaddek 0.2-0-3-0

The Dynamites won by 32 runs

MoM: Shakib al Hasan (DD)

ball 41, featuring four fours and a


Rashid conceded 26 runs for his

two wickets.

Dhaka captain Shakib was adjudged

player of the match for his

all-round performance.

This is Dhaka’s fifth win out of

eight matches as they leapfrogged

Rangpur Riders into second position

in the points table

On the other hand, Comilla’s

miserable BPL 4 campaign continues

as they tasted their seventh defeat

in the same number of outings

as Dhaka. •

Bangladesh romp into AHF Cup final

• Tribune Report

Bangladesh swept into the grand

finale of the Asian Hockey Federation

Cup after thrashing Singapore

8-0 in the last-four classification

match at King’s Park

Stadium in Hong Kong yesterday.

In the process, Bangladesh

reached the final of this competition

for the third consecutive


Bangladesh went ahead in the

26th minute through forward

Milon Hossain’s field goal.

Midfielder Romman Sarkar

doubled the lead just three minutes


Captain Russel Mahmud Jimmy

then made it 3-0 in the 37th


Penalty-corner specialist Mamunur

Rahman Chayan scored

Bangladesh’s fourth in the 48th


The goals continued to flow as

Pushkor Khisa Mimo bagged his

side’s fifth in the 50th minute,

Krishno Kumar the sixth in the

55th minute before two quickfire

goals from another penalty-corner

specialist Ashraful Islam in

the 66th and 69th minute completed

the rout.

Bangladesh will face the winner

of the clash between Sri Lanka

and hosts Hong Kong today.

Earlier in the group stages, the

men in red and green defeated

hosts Hong Kong 4-2, beat Chinese

Taipei by the same scoreline

before thumping Macau 13-0.

Bangladesh are the reigning

Asian Hockey Federation Cup

champions having won the last

two editions in 2012 and 2008 in

Thailand and Singapore respectively.

India beat Bangladesh in

Women’s Asia Cup opener

• Tribune Report

India women defeated their Bangladesh

counterparts by 64 runs in the

opening match of the Asian Cricket

Council’s Women’s Twenty20 Asia

Cup at the Asian Institute of Technology

ground, Bangkok in Thailand yesterday.

Rumana Ahmed and her troop were

bundled out for 54 in 18.2 overs after

India posted 118/6 in 20 overs.

After being asked to bat first, India

made a good start riding on opening

batters Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana

as the pair added 70 runs. However,

Bangladesh came back well following

the departure of Mandhana (41) off the

bowling of seamer Jahanara Alam. •


BANGLADESH 54 in 18.2 overs (Sharmin

18, Salma 17, Poonam 3/13) lost to INDIA

118/6 (Mithali 49*, Mandhana 41, Kubra

2/12) by 64 runs

Bairstow helps Eng

rally after top order fail

• Reuters, Mohali

Jonny Bairstow’s composed 89

helped England survive some poor

top order shot-making and reach

268 for eight at the close on the first

day of the third Test against India


Alastair Cook won an important

toss but the tourists conceded

much of the advantage and would

have been in deeper trouble but

for India’s poor catching and Bairstow’s

dogged resistance.

The keeper-batsman featured

in 50-plus partnerships with Ben

Stokes and the recalled Jos Buttler

to revive England, who are 1-0

down in the five-match series.

Adil Rashid was batting on four

at stumps with Gareth Batty, replacing

the injured Zafar Ansari,

yet to open his account.

Wary of batting fourth on a spinning

track, Cook asked the hosts to

bowl but his top order were unable

to vindicate the decision at Punjab

Cricket Association Stadium.

Paceman Umesh Yadav drew

first blood when he got Haseeb

Hameed caught for nine at gully

with a delivery that kicked up off a


Home captain Virat Kohli introduced

spin in the 13th over and

Jayant Yadav responded by dismissing

Joe Root for 15 in his second


Cook, meanwhile, led a charmed

life with Ravindra Jadeja failing to

pouch an edge and Ravichandran

Ashwin spilling a sitter. Mohammed

Shami was the luckless bowler

on both occasions.

Ashwin redeemed himself with

his very first delivery, which Cook

edged to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel.

Cook made 27 but his dismissal

came from a rash shot chasing a

wide ball.•

Sport 27





A. Cook c Patel b Ashwin 27 42

H. Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9 31

J. Root lbw b J. Yadav 15 13

M. Ali c Vijay b Shami 16 45

J. Bairstow lbw b J. Yadav 89 177

B. Stokes st Patel b Jadeja 29 59

J. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43 80

C. Woakes b U. Yadav 25 70

A. Rashid not out 4 24

G. Batty not out 0 0

Extras (b 8, lb 2, nb 1) 11

Total (8 wickets, 90 overs) 268

Fall of wickets

1-32 (Hameed), 2-51 (Root), 3-51 (Cook),

4-87 (Ali), 5-144 (Stokes), 6-213 (Buttler),

7-258 (Bairstow), 8-266 (Woakes)


Shami 20-5-52-1, U. Yadav 16-4-58-2, J.

Yadav 15-5-49-2, Ashwin 18-1-43-1, Jadeja


India’s Cheteshwar Pujara successfully

appeals for the dismissal of England’s

Jonny Bairstow during their third Test

at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium,

Mohali, India yesterday


NZ in command against Pak

• Reuters

New Zealand’s Tim Southee

and Neil Wagner ripped the

heart out of Pakistan’s batting

lineup to leave the visitors


PAKISTAN 76 for 5 in 29 overs

(Babar 34*, Southee 3-26, Wagner

2/15) trail NEW ZEALAND 271 in

83.4 overs (Raval 55, Watling 49*,

Sohail 4-99) by 195 runs



Bangladesh Premier League


Barisal Bulls v Dhaka Dynamites


Rangpur Riders v Chittagong




England Tour of India

3rd Test, Day 2



South Africa Tour of Australia

3rd Test, Day 4



Spanish La Liga


Villarreal v Alavés


Osasuna v Atlético Madrid


Celta Vigo v Granada


struggling on 76 for five at the

close of the second day’s play

in the second Test yesterday.

Babar Azam was on 34

at stumps at Seddon Park

in Hamilton, while Sarfraz

Ahmed was on nine with their

side still 195 runs behind New

Zealand’s first innings total of

271. The hosts New Zealand

were under pressure early

with Pakistan’s bowlers exploiting

the moist pitch and

overcast conditions.•


Real Sociedad v Barcelona



Italian Serie A

Roma v Pescara



A-League 2016/17

Melbourne City v Wellington



French Ligue 1 2016/17


Angers v Saint- Etienne


Nice v Bastiais


Olympic Lyon v PSG



Tri-Nation (WI, SL, Zim)

7th ODI: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe



Indian Super League

Delhi v Goa




Ronaldo’s Real

ride luck to

beat Sporting

• Reuters, Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his

rich vein of form by scoring twice

in Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over

struggling Sporting Gijon yesterday,

although the La Liga leaders

got a lucky break when the visitors

squandered a second-half penalty.

The prolific Portuguese put Real

ahead from the spot in the fifth

minute and dived in to head the

second in the 18th, claiming his

eighth goal in four league games to

go top of the scoring charts with 10

strikes this season.

Despite the early goals, Real

struggled to control the game on

a rainswept afternoon at the Bernabeu,

and Carlos Carmona pulled

one back for the visiting side 10

minutes before halftime.

Sporting had a golden opportunity

to level in the 78th minute after

Nacho was punished for a shove

on Victor Rodriguez but Duje Cop

sent the penalty sailing over the bar

to hand Real a somewhat fortuitous

sixth successive league victory.

Real top the standings on 33

points, seven ahead of Barcelona,

who visit Real Sociedad today. Sevilla,

third on 24 points, host Valencia

later yesterday.

Sporting went to the Bernabeu

in the relegation zone and without

a win in their last nine games but

gave Real two early frights, Cop firing

wide after a misplaced pass by

Danilo, and Carmona also failing to

hit the target inside the box. •

South African batsman Hashim Amla ducks a bouncer during the third day of their

third Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide yesterday



Aguero lifts Man City as Liverpool win

• AFP, London

Substitute Divock Origi and James

Milner struck to send Liverpool top

of the Premier League as both they

and Manchester City stole past

previous leaders Chelsea in yesterday’s

early action.

Sergio Aguero scored two scruffy

goals as City won 2-1 at Burnley and

Liverpool followed suit by downing

Sunderland 2-0 after losing Brazilian

playmaker Philippe Coutinho

to a worrying injury.

Chelsea can reclaim top spot if

they secure a seventh successive

victory when they host London

rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the

day’s late game.

Swansea City claimed an extraordinary

5-4 win over fellow strugglers

Crystal Palace, while champions

Leicester City narrowly avoided

a seventh defeat of the campaign in

a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

Having seen City prevail at Turf

Moor in the early game, Liverpool


Burnley 1-2 Man City

Marney 14 Aguero 37, 60

Hull 1-1 West Brom

Dawson 72 McAuley 34

Leicester 2-2 Middlesbrough

Mahrez 34-P, Negredo 13, 71

Slimani 90+4-P

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Origi 75, Milner 90+1-P

Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace

Sigurdsson 36, Zaha 19, Tomkins 75,

Fer 66, 68,

Cork 82-og,

Llorente 90+1, 90+3 Benteke 84

Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero shoots to score against Burnley during their Premier League match at Turf

Moor yesterday


were under pressure to produce

the goods against a Sunderland

team who had won their two previous


Former Liverpool captain Steven

Gerrard was in attendance at

Anfield, two days after announcing

his retirement from football.

But he could only look on with

concern as the influential Coutinho

was stretchered off with his right

ankle in a brace after hurting himself

in a challenge by Didier Ndong.

Origi took the Brazil international’s

place and he gave Liverpool

reward for their dominance in the

75th minute with his first league

goal of the season.

Jordan Henderson picked the

Belgian forward out on the left and



259 for 9 declared (F. du Plessis 118 not

out, S. Cook 40; J. Hazlewood 4-68)


(307-6 overnight)

U. Khawaja lbw b Philander 145 308

M. Starc c and b Rabada 53 91

J. Hazlewood not out 11 26

N. Lyon c Amla b Shamsi 13 8

J. Bird c du Plessis b Rabada 6 17

Extras (b3, lb9, w2, nb3) 17

Total (all out, 121.1 overs) 383


Philander 29-5-100-2 (3nb), Abbott 29-11-

49-3, Rabada 25.1-4-84-3 (2w), Shamsi 29-

4-101-1, Duminy 6-0-25-0, Elgar 2-0-11-0,

Bavuma 1-0-1-0


S. Cook not out 81 199

D. Elgar c Smith b Starc 0 3

H. Amla c Wade B Hazlewood 45 80

J.P. Duminy b Lyon 26 70

F. du Plessis c Handscomb b Starc 12 26

T. Bavuma c Smith b Lyon 21 31

K. Abbott lbw b Lyon 0 5

Q. de Kock not out 0 3

Extras (lb6, nb3) 9

Total (6 wickets; 69 overs) 194


Starc 19-4-71-2 (1nb), Hazlewood 16-8-22-

1, Bird 16-3-42-0 (2nb), Lyon 17-4-48-3,

Warner 1-0-5-0

he cut inside onto his right foot and

swept a shot inside the far post.

Milner completed victory from

the penalty spot in the first minute

of injury time.

Burnley took a shock 14th-minute

lead against City when Dean

Marney met Nicolas Otamendi’s

headed clearance with a thumping

25-yard volley that nestled in the

bottom-left corner.

But Aguero equalised in the 37th

minute, stabbing home after Burnley

failed to clear a corner, and the

hosts’ luck continued to desert them

as both Marney and Johann Berg

Gudmundsson went off injured.

A defensive mix-up allowed City

to net the decisive goal in the hour,

with Fernandinho’s cross striking

Australia take control

in day-night Test

• Reuters, Adelaide

Australia took firm control of the

day-night third Test yesterday

when they reduced South Africa to

194 for six at the close on day three,

only 70 runs ahead of their hosts.

Desperate for a consolation victory

to avoid a first 3-0 series sweep

on home soil, Australia’s tail boosted

their first- innings tally to 383

before the bowlers took over.

Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla

departed before tea and JP Duminy,

captain Faf du Plessis, Temba

Bavuma and Kyle Abbott followed

under the lights in the night session.

Opener Stephen Cook was the

one top-order batsman left standing

after hitting 81 off 199 balls and

will return to the crease on day

four with Quinton de Kock, who

had yet to score. Paceman Mitchell

Starc, who earlier completed his

seventh Test half century, removed

Elgar for a duck with the fifth ball

Aguero and going in after Ben Mee

and Stephen Ward had got in each

other’s way.

Swansea upped the pressure on

Palace manager Alan Pardew by

condemning the south London club

to a sixth straight defeat in a madcap

game that gave Bob Bradley his

first win since becoming manager.

Palace led 1-0, fell 3-1 down,

fought back to go 4-3 up, but eventually

succumbed courtesy of a

remarkable brace of injury-time

goals from Spanish striker Fernando


The victory took Swansea off

the foot of the table, where they

were replaced by Sunderland, and

left Palace above the bottom three

on goal difference. •

of the innings before taking the key

wicket of Du Plessis for 12 courtesy

of a brilliant catch by Peter Handscomb.

The home side celebrated with

the debutant as if they had won

the match, an indication of the importance

they placed on the wicket

of Du Plessis, who contributed an

unbeaten 118 to South Africa’s first

innings 259-9 declared.

Amla has been a less influential

figure on this tour and, having

been dropped on 13, lost his wicket

to Josh Hazlewood for the fifth

time in the series when he nicked

behind for 45.

Australia had resumed on 307-6

after enjoying their best day of batting

in the series on Friday. Usman

Khawaja’s match-changing innings

ended when he was trapped lbw

by Vernon Philander for 145 while

Starc was caught and bowled by

Kagiso Rabada for 53 to trigger the

end of the innings.•








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Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016’s Night 2

ends with captivating performances

• Showtime Desk

The second night of Bengal

Classical Music Festival 2016

opened on November 25 at

Army Stadium, Dhaka. The

first performance of the night

was Odissi dance recitals by

Vidushi Madhavi Mudgal

and Arushi Mudgal. Vidushi

Madhavi Mudgal performed

dance numbers on Nataraj and

Ashtapodi compositions, while

Arushi Mudgal performed Ahlad,

composed on Raga Sahana. She

also performed to “Hemontey Kon

Bashonter e Baani” - a song by

Tagore. Finally, the duo performed

together on the composition

Bhairabi Pallabi. Accompanying

them were Manikuntala Bhowmick

and Khitiprakash Mohapatra

on vocal; Jitendra Kumar Swain

on pakhawaj, Yar Moho on

sitar and Srinibas Satapathy

on flute. Professor Emeritus

Dr Anisuzzaman, member of

the board of Trustee of Bengal

Foundation, handed over the

crests to both Madhavi and Arushi

and the other members of the


U Rajesh’s recital

using mandolin, a

first of its kind in

this festival was

an absolute aural


Following this was a group

performance by the students of

Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay.

The troupe included Fahmida

Naznin, Supantho Mojumdar, M

J J Bhoobaun, Pancham Sanyal,

Nusrat-E-Jahan Khushbo,

Chinmoy Bhowmik and Prashanta

Bhowmik. They performed teen

taal on the tabla. Along with

them, on harmonium was Milind

Kulkarni. These students have

been taught by Pundit Suresh

Talwalkar. Barrister Moudud

Ahmed handed over the crests

to the performers. Pundit Suresh

Talwarkar expressed his optimism

about the bright future of these


The next performance was

Khayal by Priyanka Gope. She

performed Khayal in Raga

Bagesree and Thumri in Raga

Kaushikdhwani. Iftekhar Alam

Pradhan accompanied her on

table, Murad Ali Khan on sarangi

and Uday malakar on harmonium.

Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal

Foundation handed over the crests

to the artistes.

Rahul Sharma came next to

enthrall the audience with his

soulful santoor performance. He

started with performing Alap-jorjhala

in Raga Gaoti; this followed

three compositions namely

Rupak Taal, Madhyalay and Drut

Teen Taal. Satyajit Talwalkar

accompanied him on tabla.

Shyama Rahman, a renowned

singer of Tagore’s song handed

over the crest to the performers.

The next vocal performance

was by Shoeb Rahman and his

troupe. The former is a faculty

member of the music department

of Dhaka University. They

performed Raga Darbari. Artist

Abul Barq Alvi gave away the

mementoes to the artist.

Purbayan Chatterjee’s sitar

performance was a fascinating

experience for the audience.

He performed “Alap Jor Jhala”

and “Gatt” in Raga Hem Lalit,

composed by Nikhil Banerjee.

He also performed folk tunes.

Anubrata Chatterjee was on

tabla and Mushfiqul Islam

was on tanpura during these

performances. Sir Fazle Hasan

Abed, founder of BRAC handed

over the crest to the artists.

Pundit Ulhas Kashalkar’s

Khayal was accompanied by

Pundit Suresh Talwarkar on tabla,

Milind Kurkarni on harmonium

and Abhijit Kundu and Ujjal

Kumar Malakar on tanpura. At

first, he performed Raga Basant

Bahar, which was followed by

Raga Sohni and Thumri on Raga

Khamaj and tarana on Raga

Khamaj. Asaduzzaman Noor, MP,

Honorable Minister of Cultural

Affairs handed over the crest to


The second day of the

festival ended with enchanting

performances by Pundit Ronu

Majumdar and U Rajesh. Pundit

Ronu Majumdar performed Raga

Mangal Bhairav on flute, which

was received with a great round

of applause; U Rajesh’s recital

using mandolin, a first of its kind

in this festival was an absolute

aural delight. He performed

Raga Amrit Barshini. The duo

performed Raga Natbhairav and

kept the audience spellbound.

Accompanying them were S V

Ramani on mrudangam and

Abhijit Banerjee on tabla. The

crest was handed over to the

artists by Abul Khair, Chairman

of Bengal Foundation.

The third day will witness the

following performances: Sarod

by students of Bengal Parampara

Sangeetalay; Carnatic Flute by

Shashank Subramanyam; Khayal

by Dr Prabha Atre; Tabla by Pt

Anindo Chatterjee; Dhrupad by Pt

Uday Bhawalkar; Sitar by Pt Sanjoy

Bandopadhyay and Khayal by Ust

Rashid Khan.

Stalls at the festival include

both bookstalls, as well as vendor

stalls offering food and beverage.

The stalls are offering ICE Media

magazines and books published

by Bengal Publications, Daily

Star Books and Prothom Alo. The

food stalls include North End

Coffee Roasters, Lucknow, Chaap

Station, Bistro E, Paturi. Aranya,

Bengal Café, the Bengal Film

Development Forum and BRAC

Bank ATMs are also present on

the festival grounds. Journalists

Photos: Rajib Dhar

should be pleased to find access to

free WiFi.

Square Group is presenting the

Bengal Classical Music Festival

as the title sponsor. BRAC Bank

is supporting the event as the

main sponsor. Maasranga TV

is the broadcast partner, while

ICE Business Times is the media

partner. Radisson Hotel Dhaka

is the hospitality partner of

the event, and Square Hospital

is the medical partner. Blues

Communications is in-charge

of the event management. The

festival is being presented in

association with Bengal Digital,

Mango and Bengal Parampara

Sangeetalay. Perfect Harmony of

Singapore is the strategic partner.

For the last four years, the

Bengal Classical Music Festival

has been the largest classical

music event in the subcontinent

showcasing performances from

over two hundred classically

trained singers and dancers.

With the goal to popularise and

perpetuate the practice of classical

music, this festival will go on till

November 28th. The event this

year is dedicated to the memory

of versatile author and poet Syed

Shamsul Haq (1935-2016). •





Colours FM 101.6 wins the FM

Radio Station of the Year award

Hollywood luminaries and

Fidel Castro

• Showtime Desk

Colours FM 101.6 recently won

the “FM Radio Station of the

Year award” at the recently

concluded Global Marketing

Excellence Award. This

prestigious award is conferred

by the World Marketing Congress

in conjunction with CMO Asia.

Colours FM won the award for

their efforts in promoting gender

equality and women’s rights. As

their mission is to promote equal

opportunity and participation

of women in socio-economic

spheres of the country, Colours

FM believes that women have

and will continue to have

tremendous impact on society.

Colours FM strives to be the

friend, philosopher and guide

to the women of Bangladesh.

The award recognised the radio

stations effort in this field where

very few radio stations are

addressing a women audience.

This global award had entries

from more than 56 countries,

making it a truly international


Dr R L Bhatia, chief editor of

World CSR Day said, “this is an

exemplary effort for a brand and

business to have a convergence

of social good and business


“This award is recognition

of not only our efforts but also

for every women and men in

Bangladesh who are showing

the world the impact we can

create working together.” said

Colours FM CEO Nazim Farhan


Top of Form •

• Showtime Desk

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s larger-than-life

former leader, passed away at the

age of 90 on Friday, according to

Cuba’s state-run television. The

news was confirmed by his brother,

the current president Raul Castro,

on Saturday. The great leader was

also a subject of fascination for


Here are some experiences of

Hollywood luminaries with the

recently deceased revolutionary


Steven Spielberg, the critically

acclaimed film director accepted

an invitation in 2002 from Cuba’s

film institute to attend a Cuban film

festival featuring Spielberg’s work

which is rare sign from Cuba’s part

to actually promote anything close

to America.

Jack Nicholson visited the island

country in 1998 and was followed by

the Cuban intelligence. Nicholson

said “he [Castro] is a genius. We

spoke about everything.”

Actor Jack Lemmon was also

praised by the Castro government

at his death for being “a friend of


Oliver Stone was widely criticised

for a 2003 documentary about

Castro, Comandante, that allowed

the dictator to tell his story his own

way. Stone called Castro, “very

selfless and moral. One of the

world’s wisest men.”

Kevin Costner went to Cuba in

2001 to preview his film 13 Days at a

private screening for Castro: “It was

an experience of a lifetime to sit only

a few feet away from him and watch

him relive an experience he lived as

a very young man,” he said at a press

conference at the time.

“I’m so nervous and flustered

because I can’t believe I have met

him. He said that seeing us in person

was very spiritual,” Campbell spoke

of her 1999 visit to Cuba with fellow

model Kate Moss. •


Mad Max: Fury Road

HBO, 2:36 PM

A woman rebels against a

tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic

Australia in search

for her home-land with the help

of a group of female prisoners,

a psychotic worshipper, and a

drifter named Max.

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize

Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Iron Man 3

Sony PIX, 8:04 PM

When Tony Stark’s world is torn

apart by a formidable terrorist

called the Mandarin, he starts

an odyssey of rebuilding and


Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth

Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy

Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie



Star Movies, 6:35 PM

Armed with a super-suit with

the astonishing ability to shrink

in scale but increase in strength,

cat burglar Scott Lang must

embrace his inner hero and help

his mentor, Dr Hank Pym, plan

and pull off a heist that will save

the world.

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael

Douglas, Corey Stoll

Superman Returns

WB, 4:17 PM

Superman reappears after a

long absence, but is challenged

by an old foe who uses

Kryptonian technology for world


Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate

Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James

Marsden, Parker Posey

Ghost Rider

Zee Studio, 6:45 PM

Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze

gives up his soul to become a

hellblazing vigilante, to fight

against power hungry Blackheart,

the son of the devil himself.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes,

Sam Elliott






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Khadiza Akhter Nargis finally speaks

• Kamrul Hasan

Khadiza Akhter Nargis, the victim

of a brutal attack by a BCL leader,

finally spoke to the media yesterday

after 54 days of intensive care

at the hands of physicians.

Badrul Alam, the leader of BCL

SUST unit, severely injured Khadiza

in an attack on October 3. She

was taken to Square Hospital on October

6, where she has been receiving

medical attention ever since.

In front of a number of national

media agencies, in a press briefing

at the hospital reception, she said:

“Please, pray for me, so that I can

get well soon.”

She was then taken back to her


In the press briefing, the Director

(Medical services) of the hospital,

Mirza Nazim Uddin said that they

had officially discharged the girl

and she would be released once

formalities had been completed.

Mirza further cited Khadiza’s

case as evidence that medical facilities

in the country were improvng.

He said: “They had ensured her

proper treatment here. All she

needs is to go under advanced rehabilitation

treatment so that she

can get back to her normal life.”

Khadiza had to undergo at least

four major operations – Decompression

Surgery, multiple flexor

tendon repair of her right hand,

Cranioplasty, and repair of tendons

of her left hand.

According to the director, while

she has regained full consciousness

and her muscles are functioning,

she requires rehabilitation

to regain motor function. Even if

Khadiza is fit to be discharged, the

doctors are going to keep her at the

hospital until the Centre for the Rehabilitation

of the Paralysed (CRP)

ensures a bed for her, he added. •

Goons threaten to

kill Shahnur Biswas

• Mahadi Al Hasnat

Shahnur Biswas did what any

father would when his daughter

faced constant sexual harassment

– he protested.

In retaliation, he was brutally

attacked on October 16

by a gang including a local UP

member of Noldanga village,

Jhenaidah that led to both his

legs being amputated.

He is now being treated at

the National Institute of Traumatology

and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

(NITOR) in Dhaka.

His daughter Sharmin

Akhter used to attend Jessore

Women College in 2012 but

her studies abruptly ended

because of the constant sexual

harassment by stalkers.

“They used to block my

path while going to class and

repeatedly propose marriage.

They also threatened to throw

acid on my face if I rejected

their proposal and now they

have attacked and maimed my

father because he protested,”

Sharmin Akhter said.

On Wednesday, 14 of the

accused surrendered and was

sent to jail according to a High

Court’s order, but the victim’s

family are receiving threats

from the family members of

the accused.

The victim’s family claimed

that local UP member Mehbubur’s

elder son Kajal and his

accomplices have threatened

to kill them when the detainees

are released.

“Nobody is bothering you

now, but when the media attention

dies down and they

are released from jail, we will

torch your house and kill you

all,” Kajal reportedly threatened

Shahnur’s elder brother

Samiul Biswas.

Although they tried to file a

case several times, local police

are not willing to help the victim’s


“Some three cases have

been filed against me at the local

police station including an

extortion case, although I have

no connection to any of this,”

Shahnur said.

Shahnur wants to return

home but fears further attacks

as the accused are very powerful

in the village. “I am not

sure when I would be able return

since the police seems to

be conspiring and raising false

charges against me by taking

bribes from the accused party.”

The Dhaka Tribune tried to

contact Kaliganj police station

OC Aminul Islam over his official

number, but could not

reach him. Sub-Inspector Imran

received the call and said

the OC was unable to talk due

to physical illness.

Dismissing the allegations

against the police, Jhinaidah

Superintendent of Police Md

Mizanur Rahman told the Dhaka

Tribune: “There is nothing

to fear at all. May be they have

been misinformed. All accused

have been arrested and sent to

jail and will be punished according

to the law.” •

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