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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016 | Agrahayan 23, 1423, Rabiul Awwal 6, 1438 | Regd No DA 6238, Vol 4, No 220 | www.dhakatribune.com | 32 pages | Price: Tk10

‘Attitude towards disabilities needs changing’ › 2

Ivy, Sakhawat busy

electioneering › 7

PM’s special

assistant dies

in Gulshan

restaurant › 3

Dhaka overcome Khulna, reach grand finale › 24

Mass grief as


dies › 8

ILO for decent jobs to end

poverty › 12

Grameenphone to create

videos of ‘71 stories › 32

From waste

to wealth

› 16

EDITORIAL: Protect our rivers › 20






‘Attitude towards disabilities needs changing’

• Nure Alam Durjoy

The collective attitude towards

children with disabilities needs to

change in Bangladeshi society to

help and support them in becoming

contributing citizens, speakers

said yesterday.

Discussing several issues regarding

disabilities at a round-table

discussion titled “Children with

disabilities in mainstream schools:

Partaking by stakeholders,” experts

and activists also agreed that special

and focused care must be given

to children with disabilities as

soon as they are born, because the

sooner they get the care they need,

the better equipped they will be in

order to assimilate into the society.

“Children with disabilities face

a negative attitude not only from

the society and its institutions, but

even from their family members. We

have to change this negative attitude

so their latent talents can be flourished,”

said Ranjan Karmaker, chairperson

of the Society for Education

and Inclusion of the Disabled (SEID),

who moderated the discussion.

The event, organised by the

SEID in cooperation with HSBC

Bangladesh and the Dhaka Tribune,

was held at the conference

room of the Dhaka Tribune.

Mahbub-ur Rahman, deputy

CEO of HSBC Bangladesh, said increasing

mass awareness regarding

disabilities was a must-do.

“These children live with their

disabilities all their lives. So tackling

the problems that make their

lives difficult needs everyone’s

participation,” he said. “Friendly

atmosphere and relationships will

help these children flourish.”

“Many challenges exist that prevent

children with special needs

from enrolling in mainstream

schools, ultimately hampering

their education,” said Khairul Islam,

development worker at ActionAid


Early screening to identify

children with disabilities and the

type and nature of their disabilities,

early child care development,

therapeutic support in pre-primary

stage of education and accessible

learning method are compulsory to

Acceptance and support are all that children with disabilities need in order to grow up and reach their full potential and make

their contributions to the society and the country


Ranjan Karmaker, chairperson,


We have to change the negative attitude

towards children with disabilities and

provide the support that will help their

latent talents flourish

overcome these challenges, he said.

Dr Sharmin Haq, professor at Institute

of Education and Research

at Dhaka University, added to that.

“Children with special needs require

a unique curriculum for their

education which is flexible,” she

said. “Also, if at least one teacher

is provided with the training on

special education in every district

of the country, the problem can be

easily addressed.”

Teachers in mainstream schools

also must change their attitude towards

children with disabilities and

become more accepting, she said.

Prof Salma Begum, project director

at National Academy for

Dr Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun,

associate professor, UIU

Specialised technologies can play an

important role in the development

of behaviour and attitude of children

with disabilities and help them get into

mainstream schools

Autism and Neurodevelopmental

Disabilities, said: “The problem we

face is identifying children with

disabilities. If we cannot prepare

a child with disability from its 2-7

years of age through early intervention,

it will be more difficult for

the child to grow up and reach its

full potential.”

Dr Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun,

associate professor at the

department of computer science

and engineering in United International

University, said specialised

technologies can play an important

role in the development of behaviour

and attitude of children with

disabilities and help them get into

Mahbub-ur Rahman, deputy CEO,

HSBC Bangladesh

These children live with their disabilities

all their lives. So tackling the problems

that make their lives difficult needs

everyone’s participation

mainstream schools, as seen in

many countries.

“Simple mobile applications can

help these children communicate

with others,” he added.

Khurshid A Chowdhury, director

general of National Foundation for

Development of the Disabled Persons,

said collaboration between

the government and the non-government

agencies is required to

overcome the challenges.

Badsha Mia, assistant director at

the Ministry of Primary and Mass

Education, said the government

aimed at achieving 100% enrolment

of children in schools, which meant

no children would be left behind.

Dr Sharmin Haq, professor, Institute

of Education and Research, DU

Children with special needs require a

unique curriculum for their education

which is flexible… Teachers in

mainstream schools also must change

their attitude towards these children

and become more accepting

Laila Karim, advocacy manager at

Save the Children

The government should formulate a

guideline for everyone to learn how

to act with and around children with


Laila Karim, advocacy manager

at Save the Children Bangladesh,

said the government should formulate

a guideline for everyone to

learn how to act with and around

children with disabilities.

“We need to understand this

issue first in order to find the solutions,”

she added.

Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan

thanked all the speakers for

participating in the discussion.

“This is not only the children’s

[with disabilities] problem, but

also everyone’s problem. We stand

beside them and hope to arrange

more awareness building programmes,”

he said. •



Total number

of persons with

disabilities: 1,509,017

Persons with neurodevelopmental

disability: 225,881

Source: SEID

Many schools are still reluctant to enrol children with disabilities

Students with special needs find it difficult to continue their education due

to lack of cooperation from teachers, classmates and the education system

School authorities most often cannot provide essential facilities that these

children require

Special schools have fund constraints and therefore cannot provide

comprehensive support

Teachers in mainstream schools have limited resources and knowledge to

handle children with disabilities in a classroom

Due to time limitation, children with disabilities cannot be given extra

attention and required efforts

Besides teachers, special training and orientation on disability should be

provided to mainstream students and their parents as well

A system should be in place for mainstream schools and special needs

schools to exchange knowledge, experience and logistics

Teachers should change their traditional mindset and become more

supportive to create an enabling environment for their students with

disabilities in mainstream schools

PM’s special assistant dies in

Gulshan restaurant

• Manik Miazee and Mahmud

Hossain Opu

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant

Mahbubul Hoque Shakil died at a Gulshan

restaurant in Dhaka yesterday.

Gulshan police station Officerin-Charge

(investigation) Salauddin

confirmed the matter to the Dhaka


However, staff members of Samdado

Japanese Cuisine in Gulshan 2

claimed that Shakil might have died

overnight. Police detained six of

Samdado staff members including

its manager for questioning.

The PM’s Personal Secretary Ihsanul

Karim, political adviser HT

Imam, and Awami League Joint

General Secretary Mahabubul Alam

Hanif visited the scene.

Talking to the media, Awami

League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan

Golap said Shakil had gone to

the restaurant around 8pm Monday.

He said Shakil’s body has been

taken to Birdem Hospital.

He said the initial inquest at Birdem

Hospital at Shahbagh identified

the cause of death as cardiac arrest.

Staff members at Samdado

claimed that Shakil had gone there at

4pm on Monday. He was later joined

Mahbubul Hoque Shakil


by a close friend named Nur Mohammad

Biplob around 5pm.

The claims were corroborated by

Biplob’s driver Abdul Barek.

The restaurant staff and Barek said

Shakil and Biplob used to frequently

dine at the restaurant, and their Monday

visit had seemed no different.

Around 9pm Shakil said he was feeling

sick and Biplob offered him a ride

home, but Shakil turned down the

offer. Biplob left soon after and the

restaurant staff allowed Shakil to recuperate

on the restaurant premises.

OC Salauddin informed the Dhaka

Tribune that Samdado had been

closed down temporarily until further


News 3


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

expressed her profound shock at

the death of her special assistant

and conveyed condolences to the

bereaved family members.

In a message, she wrote: “With

Shakil’s demise, the nation has lost

an efficient organiser and an admirer

of Bangabandhu. As a student

leader in particular he had immense

contribution to the country’s democratic


Hasina recalled Shakil’s contribution

to the cultural arena as a student

leader, poet and writer.

Funeral on Wednesday

State Minister for Power, Energy and

Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid

said Shakil’s body will be moved to

DMCH for autopsy this morning.

A namaz-e-janaza will be held at

the Dhaka University Central Mosque

at 11am. Later, he will be buried at his

birthplace Baghmara in Mymensingh.

A former Bangladesh Chhatra

League leader, Shakil is survived by

his wife and a daughter.

Shakil was born in 1968 to Jahurul

Hoque, who is the administrator of

the local government council in Mymensingh.

He graduated from DU

with a degree in social science. •


‘Govt using development

slogan to grab minority land’

• DU Correspondent

Speakers at a protest rally claim the

government is grabbing land from

ethnic minorities in the name of


The rally was organised by the

Hebganj Bagdafarm Bhumi Uddhar

Shonghoti committee in light of the

recent Santal eviction in Gaibandha.

The event marked one month

since the attack and land grab by

Rangpur Sugar Mills.

Protestors criticised government

action against the minorities,

demanding punishment for those

police and administration officials

involved with the arson attack.

They further urged the government

to provide adequate compensation

and rehabilitation for the

uprooted Santals.

Speaking at the rally, Attack

Survivor Shahajan Ali said: “Local

Awami League MP Abul Kalam

Azad along with his party men

grabbed our land, setting fire to our

homes and condemning us to the


Coordinator of Ganotantrik Bam

Morcha Firoz Ahmed said: “The

government has been distressing

minorities, grabbing and looting

their land in name of development,”

as he vowed to strongly

protest the government’s so-called

development activities with a combined


Echoing Firoz Ahmed, Musician

and Rights Activist Arup Rahi said:

“It’s a new model of neoliberalism

all over the world to evict the poor

and minority people from their

land” as he claimed the slogan of

development was being used to

repress the Santals and the Bangalees.

Saiful Islam, Biplobi Workers

Party secretary general, said: “Instead

of ensuring people’s safety,

the state is attacking the innocent.

This proves that they are

not for the people” while Leader

of the Workers Party Borni

Shikha Jamali has said that a

strong protest community will be

formed by uniting Santals with

Bangalees, Paharis and Adivshis

against the malpractice of the government.

On November 6, at least 3 Santals

were killed and many more

injured in clashes when Rangpur

Sugar Mills acquired Santal

land by forcibly evicting the inhabitants.





Split verdict in MP Nizam Hazari case

• Ashif Islam Shaon

The High Court yesterday delivered

split verdict on a writ petition that

challenged the legality of Awami

League MP Nizam Uddin Hazari’s

holding office.

Presiding judge of a two-member

bench Justice Md Emdadul Huq

declared that the lawmaker of Feni

2 constituency is disqualified to

hold his position as a parliament

member, as per the constitution.

Describing the qualifications and

disqualifications for election to parliament,

the constitution in section

66(2) says that a person shall be

disqualified for election if s/he has

been on conviction for a criminal

offence involving moral turpitude,

sentenced to imprisonment for a

term of not less than two years,

unless a period of five years has

elapsed since his/her release.

On the other hand, the junior

judge of the bench, Justice FRM Nazmul

Ahasan, rejected the writ petition

declaring Nizam’s parliament

membership legal. He discharged

a previous rule that questioned the

legality of his membership.

After the verdict, Nizam’s lawyer

Shafique Ahmed, a former law minister,

told reporters that according to

the law, now the petition and the split

verdict would be sent to the chief justice.

The chief justice would assign a

BNP submits

13-point demand for

EC reformation

• Manik Miazee

BNP submitted a 13-point proposal

on the reformation of the Election

Commission to President Abdul

Hamid yesterday.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi submitted

the proposal on behalf their party

chief Khaleda Zia in the morning.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Advisor to

BNP Chairperson Ruhul Alam Chowdhury

went to the Ghanabhaban and

handed over to the 13-point proposal

to the president’s secretary. •

single bench to dispose of the matter.

Attaching a news report, Feni

Jubo League leader Shakhawat Hossain

Bhuiyan filed the writ petition

on June 8, 2014 praying to the court

to declare Nizam disqualified for

contesting in the parliamentary polls

and holding the office as a lawmaker

for his alleged forgery in getting early

release from jail in an arms case.

He said that a Chittagong court

on August 16, 2000 had sentenced

Nizam to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Although he appealed against the

verdict with the High Court and the

Appellate Division, the petitions

were dismissed. Even his review

petition was also rejected.

Upon his surrender to the lower

court, Nizam was sent to jail on

September 14, 2000 but he got released

from the jail on December 1,

2005 through fraudulence, instead

of serving the whole term. Nizam

was supposed to serve in jail till

September 13, 2010.

The petition said that according

to constitution he was supposed to

be qualified for contesting the parliamentary

election after next five years,

counting from September 13, 2010.

Though, the general secretary of

AL’s Feni district unit Nizam Hazari

could legally vie for the post after

September 2015, he contested in

the national polls in 2014.

The petition claimed that the

lawmaker provided false information

about his serving jail sentence

to the EC for contesting the polls.

Holding a primary hearing on

the petition, the High Court bench

of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and

Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam

Sarkar issued a rule upon the government,

the Election Commission

and Nizam to explain in four weeks

the constituency seat will not be

declared vacant.

It had asked inspector general of

prisons and the superintendent of

Chittagong jail to submit a report

before it on the tenure of serving jail

sentence by Nizam in the arms case.

A justice of a two-member High

Court bench in November last year

and another bench in December felt

embarrassed to hear the rule. The

chief justice then sent the matter

for disposal to the bench led by Justice

Md Emdadul Huq. Finally the

‘Bangladesh now self sufficient in food’

• SM Najmus Sakib

Bangladesh is now self sufficient

in its main food rice. In spite of importing

rice, we have the capability

of sending rice to the disaster prone

countries of the world, said the food

minister Qamrul Islam yesterday.

In the inaugural ceremony of

‘Bangladesh Integrated Food Policy

Research Program’ together with

the Bangladesh Institute of Development

Studies, International Food

policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

hearing started on January 19.

On March 30, the court asked for

information about the lawmaker’s

time spent in jail and about the remission

period of the jail term. The

court also sought case dockets of

the arms case.

On May 26, the court in a fresh

order asked IG of prisons to conduct

an inquiry and submit report before

it about the lawmaker’s serving

time and remission.

The jail authorities informed the

court that along with 625 days’ remission,

Nizam Hazari served seven

years five months and 14 days in

jail. He is yet to serve two years six

months and 16 days.

In August, the court deferred

verdict announcement two times

and his lawyers told the court that

Nizam had donated blood 13 times

during his jail term and was supposed

to get 486 more days of remission.

The court then asked the

jail authorities to submit a report

on his blood donation.

The Chittagong jail authorities

in November replied that they had

preserved no record of his claimed

blood donation. The verdict delivery

was deferred for the fourth time

on November 22 as the court had

asked for explanation on two related

laws from the lawyers.

On December 1, the court kept

yesterday to deliver the verdict. •

Food Minister Qamrul Islam delivering inaugural speech at the launching ceremony of Bangladesh Integrated Food Policy

Research Programme at a city hotel in the capital yesterday


and University of Illinois at the Pan

Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, he also

said, “The government will soon

inaugurate ‘silo project’ by the next

January 2017. Under this project at

least 5lakhs household would be

able to store up to 30kgs food in

case of any disaster.”

Bangladesh helped Nepal when

the country faced earthquake last

year, mentioned the minister. He

also said the government has taken

several social projects including

Tk10 per kilogram rice to help the

people of the country.

Dr Alex Winter-Nelson, Director

of the International Programme,

University of Illinois said, “Food

is a matter of concern across the

world as the globe started becoming

smaller in terms of communication

and technology. We have to

ensure food safety and security in

every corner of the universe.”

He also said, the food policy,

complexity and security have not

met the optimum level across the

world yet.

The project, Bangladesh Integrated

Food Policy Research Program,

which is supported by the

World Bank would help at least

5000 households of Bangladesh

disaster prone areas to cope up

with bad times, said Rajashree S.

Paralkar, acting country director,

World Bank, Bangladesh. During

the project, data analysis and research

would help the country to

deal with the complex food security,

supply and policy to be reshaped

and modernised, she added. •

Power and

Energy Week

begins today

• Aminur Rahman Rasel

With the theme “Indomitable

Bangladesh,” Power and Energy

Week 2016 will begin in the country


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

will inaugurate the week at International

Convention City Bashundhara

in Dhaka, said State Minister

for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources

Nasrul Hamid yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at

Bidyut Bhaban in the city, the state

minister said the week would be

observed to celebrate the national

production of 15,000MW of electricity.

“This is a great occasion for us.

Bangladesh has entered a modern

and digital era,” he added.

He further said initiatives had

been taken to bring modern power

production facilities to Bangladesh.

“We will soon see the benefit of it.”

Replying to a question, Nasrul

said the government planned to

educate the nation about mega

projects such as Rampal coal-fired

power plant and Rooppur nuclear

power plant during Power and Energy


“People have questions regarding

these projects. There will be

seminars of international standards

on these issues, which will be

streamed live on the website and

the Facebook page of the Power Division,”

he said.

Asked about the expense of observing

the occasion, Power Cell Director

General Mohammad Hossain

said around Tk10 crore had been

alloted in this regard, half of which

was contributed by the private sector

and the rest by the government


Hossain said four international

seminars would be conducted during

the week: “The technologies of

coal-based power plant,” “Smart

grids: Digital Bangladesh and internet

of things,” “Energy efficiency

case studies” and “International

best practices in power and energy

sector: Lesson for South Asia and


He further said a competition

had been organised ahead of the

occasion, where students from 50

universities participated with their

innovative ideas and projects on

energy-efficient and renewable energy


“Out of these, 10 best projects

will be displayed in an exhibition

during the week,” Hossain added.

A total of 320 stalls from 125 government

and private organisations

will display their products during

the week.

The prime minister will also distribute

10 awards to organisations

and individuals for making significant

contribution to the country’s

power and energy sector. •

News 5


HC: Remove razakers’ names in two months

• Ashif Islam Shaon

The High Court has ordered the

government to remove names of

people, who had collaborated with

the Pakistani occupation forces in

1971, from roads, educational institutions,

establishments and places

by two months.

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-

Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah

passed the order yesterday during

the hearing on a rule issued in 2012.

The secretaries to the education

and the LGRD ministries have been

asked to submit a report by March

1 after complying with the order,

said lawyer AK Rashedul Haque.

The rule issued on a writ petition

in May 2012 year had asked the

government to explain as to why

they would not be directed to rename

the structures after the freedom




Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid (executed for war crimes)

MA Alim (imprisonment till death for war crimes; died serving


Syed Mohammad Qaisar (got death penalty for war crimes)

Saifuddin (chairman of Peace Committee in Pabna)

Razakar Abdur Razzak Mia

Razakar NM Yusuf

Razakar Mahtab Ullah

Razakar Abdul Aziz

Collaborator Abdul Jabbar

Razakar Tarikullah

Razakar Mia Mansur Ali

Collaborator Rezaur Rahman

Razakar Abdus Sattar Khan

Collaborator Kawser Uddin

Collaborator Mohammad Tamimul Ihsan

Collaborator Mohammad Ullah (Hafezzi Hujur)

Razakar Mohammad Abdur Rahman

Razakar Mia Mansur Ali

Razakar Sabdar Ali

Razakar Shafi Ahmed


Govt Children’s Shelter Home (Monohordi, Narsingdi)

Bogra District Council auditorium

Bus stop and an area in Habiganj

Saifuddin Yahia School and College in Sirajganj

Shaheed Abdur Razzak Road in Faridpur

Two colleges in Kulaura, Moulvibazar

Mahtab Sayera High School in Kulaura, Moulvibazar

A school and a union complex in Gaibandha

Degree College in Gaibandha

A road in Noakhali

An academy at Court Chandpur of Jhenaidah

School in Comilla

Madhu Mia Road in Natore

Kawser Uddin Road in Natore

A road in Old Dhaka

A road in Old Dhaka

A road in Old Dhaka

An academy in Meherpur

A road and a market in Meherpur

Shafipur Post Office in Shoilokupa of Jhenaidah


The petition was filed by war

crimes trial campaigners Prof Muntassir

Mamun and Shahriar Kabir.

Petitioners’ lawyer Rashedul

told the Dhaka Tribune that the

High Court in another order had

also directed to rename Khan A Sabur

Road in Khulna as Jessore Road

and Shah Azizur Rahman Auditorium

of Islamic University in Kushtia

after the freedom fighters.

Of the two establishments, only

the auditorium’s name had so far

been changed, he said.

Rashedul said that they had

recently submitted to the court a

list of roads and establishments

named after 20 collaborators of the

Pakistani military during the Liberation


“The court was dissatisfied as

the names have not been removed

yet and came up with the fresh order,”

he told the Dhaka Tribune. •

Two homeless women killed

in hit-and-run

• Kamrul Hasan

Two homeless women were

killed and five others injured

in a hit-and-run early yesterday

outside the Supreme

Court main gate in Dhaka.

Shahbagh police station

Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abu

Bakar Siddiqi said the driver

of the car ran over three

homeless people sleeping on

the pavement in front of the

court around 1am.

The incident left Shahera

Khatun, 45, dead on the spot

and Hasina, 25, died of her injuries

on the way to Dhaka Medical

College Hospital (DMCH),

said the hospital’s police outpost

in-charge Bachchu Miah.

The injured five people were

under treatment at DMCH.

Shahbagh police Sub-Inspector

(SI) Raisul Islam told

the Dhaka Tribune that they

had reached the spot soon after

the incident and took the

injured women to DMCH.

Police seized the car and

was able to detain passenger of

the car, Shaon, a Brac University

BBA student but the driver

had escaped soon after the accident.

SI Raisul said the driver

had lost control while making a

turn and run over the sleeping

women as the car leapt forward

onto the footpath.

“The primary assessment

is that the accident was

caused by reckless driving,”

the SI said.

He said Shaon was found

trying to carry Sahera into the

car to take her to hospital but

she was bleeding profusely.

OC (Investigation) Zafar

Ali Khan told the Dhaka Tribune

that Shaon said the name

of the driver was Shifat and

the owner of the vehicle is

Rezaul Karim Shyamol.

Another person named

Sharif was in the car but he

had also fled after the accident,

Shaon claimed.

Police said Rezaul and

Sharif were garment traders.

OC Zafar said the relatives

of the deceased will file a murder

case or the police will file it

on their behalf. •


Bagdafarm Bhumi

Uddhar Songhati

Committee stages

a demonstration

at Shahbag area,

Dhaka yesterday

marking one

month of

attacks on the

Santal people

in Gobindaganj

upazila of



Gambling ban at clubs to stay

• Ashif Islam Shaon

The Apex court yesterday (Tuesday)

stayed a High Court order for a

day, which asked the government to

immediately stop gambling at 13 renowned

clubs in and outside Dhaka.

Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain of

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division

of Supreme Court passed the

order responding to a Dhaka Club’s

petition, confirmed the club’s lawyer

Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury.

The petition was sent to the full

bench of Appellate Division for a hearing

on Wednesday, said the lawyer.

On December 4, the HC directed

the government to stop gambling

in the clubs in Dhaka, Chittagong,

Khulna, Sylhet and Narayanganj

immediately, being moved by a

writ petition.

The clubs include Dhaka Club

Limited, Uttara Club Ltd, Gulshan

Club Ltd, Dhanmondi Club Ltd, Banani

Club Ltd, Officers’ Club Dhaka. •


Dhaka 30 15 Chittagong 29 19 Rajshahi 29 14 Rangpur 29 13 Khulna 30 13 Barisal 30 15 Sylhet 30 13

Cox’s Bazar 31 19













Source: Accuweather/UNB



Fajr: 5:50am | Zohr: 1:15pm

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

Esha: 7:30pm

Source: Islamic Foundation





Mystery shrouds deaths of Jubo League men

• M Kamal Mridha, Natore

The mystery behind the death of

three Jubo League activists yet to

be solved, as law enforcers and

families of the deceased are providing

contrary statements over

reason of their deaths.

Law enforcers are saying that the

trio might have been killed by their

rivals while family members claiming

that they were shot dead by

RAB personnel, as members of the

elite force had picked up them the

day before they were found dead.

Meanwhile, the three Jubo

League activists were laid to rest

at Kanaikhali graveyard yesterday

afternoon. Before burial, Janaza of

the deceased was held at Kanaikhali


Shafiqul Islam Shimul, MP of Natore

Sadar constituency, district unit

Jubo League Secretary Ruhul Amin

Biplob, Gurudaspur municipality

Mayor Shahnewaz Molla and numerous

leaders and activists of the Jubo

League, Awami League and Chhatra

League took part in the Janaza.

MP Shimul said after hearing the

trio’s kidnapped, he contacted with

Dhaka, Rajshahi and Natore RAB offices

and police stations seeking trace

of them, but nobody confessed the

matter. After two days of the kidnap,

they were found dead in Dinajpur.

“I have already informed the

matter to the Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina and she assured me

that she will look into the matter.

“Sabbir and Shohel were active

members of Jubo League and Abdullah

was not accused even in any

single case, why he faced murder?”

He also vowed to go on tougher

movement, if the mystery behind

the death would not be solved immediately.

Surovi Akter, sister of Sabbir,

said her mother has been in bed

since she heard death news.

Shohel’s mother Sakhina Bewa

claimed that the RAB members

had killed her son.

The bullet-riddled bodies of the

three were found in Kolabaria area

under Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur

on Monday.

Later, Natore unit Jubo League,

the youth front of the ruling party

Awami League recognised Redwan

Ahmed Sabbir, 25, son of Sona

Mia, Abdullah, 25, son of Lutfor

Rahman Lopu and Sohel, 27, son of

Kalo Miah, as their activists.

Officer-in-Charge of Ghoraghat

police station Nuruzzaman Chowdhury

said: “On information from

locals, a team of police went to the

spot in Kolabaria area in the morning

and recovered the bodies.”

Hamidul Alam, superintendent

of Dinajpur Police, then said miscreants

might have killed them

over previous enmity.

After recovery of the bodies,

families said some people identifying

themselves as RAB personnel

picked them up on Saturday. Since,

he remained missing. •

Teachers and

staff of different


institution form

a human chain

in Mymensingh

town yesterday,

protesting the

death of college

teacher Abul

Kalam Azad, who

has been killed in

baton charges by

police recently


Husband hurls boiling

water on wife

• Md Nazmul Huda Nasim,


Mother of a four-year old was

burnt, as her husband threw

boiling water on her following

a domestic fight at Latifpur

Maddhapara in Shajahanpur

upazila of Bogra yesterday.

The victim sustained injuries

on the chest but she was

taken to the hospital two days

later when she managed to

contact her father over the


Rita Khatun, 25, was admitted

to Shaheed Ziaur Rahaman

Medical College and

Hospital in Bogra by her father

Munser Ali on Monday.

That night, Munser filed a

case with Shajahanpur police

station against husband Abdul

Mamun Rony, mother-inlaw

Mamataz Begum, fatherin-law

Abdul Malek and two

other in-laws.

Police arrested Rony and

Mamataz, while the other accused

fled their house, according

to Shajahanpur police.

According to locals and

case statement, Rita of Jumainagar

village at Gurudaspur

upazila in Natore tied

knot with Rony five years ago

following a love affair.

Soon after the marriage,

Rony started torturing Rita for

dowry of Tk2.5 lakh.

As Rita’s family did not

meet his demand, the torture

on her only worsened.

The in-laws allege that

Rony is a drug addict.

On Saturday, Rita locked

into an altercation with her

husband, as he did not bring a

notebook for their son.

During the quarrel, Rony

and his family members started

beating her up and at one

stage, the husband threw

boiling water on her, which

burnt her chest.

The family did not take her

to any hospital for treatment.

On Monday afternoon, Rita

managed to call her father

in Natore over the phone for


Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury,

officer-in-charge of the

police station, said the arrestees

had been sent to jail.

Police were trying to arrest

the rest of the accused, added

the OC. •

5 of a family die after

eating pufferfish

• Md Sirajul Islam, Sylhet

At least five people of a family

reportedly died yesterday

at Jaintapur upazila in Sylhet

after eating puffer fish locally

known patka.

The deceased were Abdur

Rahim, 60, his two sons

Solaiman Hossain, 25, and

Lokman Hossain, 20, Rahin

Ahmed, 8, Monira Begum

Moni, 10, at Uttarmile village

of the upazila.

Joynul Abedin, chairman

of Jaintapur upazila parishad,

said Rahim bought some

fishes from a local bazar on

Monday and 10 members of

the families ate it at night and

they started vomiting around

3 pm yesterday.

Four of them died on the

way to Sylhet Osmani Medical

College Hospital while Moni

at the hospital, said officerin-charge

of Jaintapur police

station Shafiul Kabir. •

News 7


Ivy, Sakhawat busy electioneering


• Tanveer Hossain, Narayangan

An appeal

for help

• Tribune Desk

Rownak Israk Sami, a five-yearold

boy, has been diagnosed with

advanced stage complex congenital

heart disease. This is a problem in

the structure of heart that is present

at birth. Doctors says only successful

operation can save his life. They

have advised to take Rownak abroad

as Bangladesh lacks adequate treatment

facility for the disease.

His parents already spent around

Tk 4 lakh which they had collected by

borrowing. More Tk 8-10 lakh would

be needed if she was taken to India

for operation, which Rownak parents

cannot afford. But the collective

efforts by all of us can save the life

of this little boy. Rownak’s father

Aminur Rahman Rasel and mother

Umme Jahan appeal to all people of

the society to extend their hands.

Financial supports can be

deposited to this account: A/C

name: Umme Jahan. A/C no: 164 152

42852. Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd. •

Awami League mayoral candidate for NCC polls Selina Hayat Ivy makes fun with children during her election campaign. The

photo was taken yesterday from Godnail area in the city


Awami League-backed mayoral candidate

and outgoing mayor Selina

Hayat Ivy and Bangladesh Nationalist

Party (BNP)-backed candidate

Sakhawat Hossain Khan are passing

very busy time touching base with

voters across the city for the mayoral

battle in Narayanganj City Corporation

(THE NCC) poll, scheduled to

be held on December 22.

According to the THE NCC election

scheduled, election campaign

time started from December 5 and

will end on December 20.

Though Ivy and Sakhawat had

started their election campaigns

unofficially after getting nodes from

parties, now they start campaigns

with full strength. They are trying

their level best to attract the voters.

During her campaign, Ivy visited

several areas in the city yesterday.

Our local correspondent said,

Ivy started her campaign around

9am in the morning.

In the morning, she visited at

Pathantuli area first with a small

team comprising seven or eight

AL leader killed

• Mohammed Afzal Hossain,


A local Awami League leader was

reportedly killed at Bharaigram village

in Bhuapur upazila of the district


The deceased was Rafiqul Islam

Farid, 55, former AL organizing

secretary of the upazila unit.

Liza Begum, wife of Rafiqul said

her husband worked as manager

at a mill under Kagmaripara in the

upazila. On Monday morning, he

went to the mill and did not return


Locals found the silted body of

Rafiqul on Tuesday morning in a

people. When she arrived there,

hundreds of local voters run to

her and chanting slogans ‘Ivy apa,

Nouka, Nouka’ with joy.

Later, she visited Godnail, Enayetnagar,

Prodhanbazar, Ayilpara,

Chowdhurybari, Tatkhana. In

pond near his house and informed


The police recovered the body

and sent it to Tangail Medical College

Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Officer-in-Charge of Bhuapur

police station Mostofa Kamal said

miscreants killed Rafiqul anywhere

at night and later dumped the body

in the pond.

A knife was recovered from the

spot, the OC added.

Liza demanded exemplary punishment

to the killers of her husband.

The OC told the Dhaka Tribune

that the police were trying to arrest

the miscreants. •

1 held for torturing minor boy

• Noor Uddin, Habiganj

Police arrested a person in connection

with torture of a minor boy at

Chhoysree village, Chunarughat

upazila, Habiganj on Tuesday.

Officer-in-Charge of Chunarghat

police station Nirmulendu

Chakraborty said police filed a

case after arresting Sohel Mia from

Asampara area of Habiganj around


Local sources said Ashik Mia, 11,

son of Manik Mia, and a student of

class III at a local government primary

school, borrowed Tk100 from

Sohel around a month back.

Ashik promised Sohel, aged 25

years, to pay it back at five phases.

According to that, the boy paid

Tk40 at two phases about two

weeks ago.

On the day, Sohel demanded the

rest of the money, but Ashik failed

to meet the demand.

Sohel Mia, son of Lebas

Ullah of the village, tied Ashik

Mia of the same village to a stake

of his house and beat him up,

as he could not pay off his debt to


Later, the villagers and local union

parishad member Safikur Rahman

Sapu rescued the boy. •

every place where she arrived, people

from all walk of life run to her

and welcomed her campaign team.

In some places this correspondent

has found that hundreds of people

were waiting with flowers to welcome

Ivy. While she reached to them,

Apparel worker

found dead

• Anwar Hussain, Chittagong

Police have recovered the dead

body of an apparel worker from a

drain at Monsurabad area under

Double Mooring police station in

Chittagong yesterday.

The deceased Mizanur Rahman,

45, used to work for a garment factory

at Muradpur area in the city

and resided at Tigerpass railway

colony with his family.

He left his home after he received

a call on his cellphone on

Monday night.

Kamruzzaman, sub-inspector of

Double Mooring police station said:

“The body has injury marks on the

back inflicted by a sharp weapon.

However, the mobile phone of the

deceased could not be found.”

The body was sent to Chitta-gong

Medical College morgue

for autopsy. •

locals expressed their gratitude to

Ivy where some uphold their demands

to Ivy. During her campaign,

Ivy talked with journalists about her

campaign strategies for upcoming

battle. She said: “I do not want waste

time. I want to contact with all the

voters and people in my city.”

On the other hand, Ivy’s main

opposition BNP-backed mayoral

candidate also was passing a busy

day to attract the voters.

He started his campaign yesterday

early morning. At first he arrived

at Khanpur Hospital Road around

6am. Later, he visited Chashara,

Khanpur railway areas. In this time,

local and top leaders of BNP district

and city units were present with him.

During his campaign, he took his

breakfast at historical ‘Bosh Cabin’

around 8am. Later he arrived in DIT

area in the city around 11am. He campaigned

at 2 no. rail gate, Grindlage

Bank Mor on the Bangabandhu road.

In this time, BNP central leader

Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, BNP Joint

Secretary General Syed Moazzem

Hossain Alal, Khairul Khokon, District

BNP President Taimur Alam

Khandaker and other leaders were

present with him. •

3 ‘robbers’

killed in


• Ashraful Islam, Meherpur

Three suspected robbers were

killed in a gunfight with police at

Motmura village, Gangni upazila,

in the early hours of Tuesday.

The deceased could not be identified


Acting on a secret information, a

team of police conducted the drive

near a brick field at the village in

early hours of the day.

Sensing the presence of police,

the robbers opened fire at them,

prompting a retaliation that triggered

a gunfight, leaving the trio

dead on the spot.

Police also recovered one pistol,

one LG shooter gun, two rounds

of bullets, two machetes and two

hand bombs from the spot. •






Imran Khan, Sharif’s

party trade charges on


Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf

party and Prime

Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N

party exchanged charges and

accusations on Tuesday as the

Supreme Court heard a case

related to financial irregularities

revealed in the Panama Papers

leaks. Khan claimed his party had

successfully proved that Sharif had

lied to the nation.



Train hit kills 3 elephants,

2 pregnant females in


Three wild elephants, including

two pregnant females, were killed

by a speeding train in Assam early

on Monday, officials said. A herd

of elephants were crossing the

railway track at Hojai in Nagaon

district when they were hit by the

Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek

Express around 12:30am, nearly

137km from Guwahati.



China media: ‘Rookie’

Trump must fall into line

Donald Trump is a diplomatic

rookie who must learn not to

cross Beijing on issues like trade

and Taiwan, Chinese state media

said Tuesday, warning America

could pay dearly for his naivety.

Trump’s protocol-shattering call

with Taiwan’s president and a

subsequent Twitter tirade against

Beijing’s policies could risk

upending the delicate balance

between the world’s two largest




Generals dominate new

Thai king’s Privy Council

Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn

appointed top army

brass to his powerful advisory

body on Tuesday, including three

generals linked to the ruling junta.

The move illustrates the close

military-royal alliance that has defined

Thai politics for the last five

decades, an era that has seen brief

flirtations with democracy punctuated

by multiple palace-endorsed




Saudi sentences 15 to

death for spying for Iran

A Saudi court sentenced 15 people

to death on Tuesday after convicting

them of spying for the kingdom’s

regional rival Iran, Saudi

media reported. All 15 were Saudi

citizens, most of them members of

the kingdom’s Shia minority. AFP

Mass grief as Jayalalithaa dies

• Tribune International Desk

Tens of thousands of mourners

filed past the coffin of the Indian

politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram on

Tuesday in an emotional farewell

to the former movie star who enjoyed

almost god-like status in the

state of Tamil Nadu.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa,

described by her party as the Iron

Lady of India, died late Monday

after suffering a massive cardiac

arrest at the weekend following a

long period of ill health. Despite

being twice jailed over allegations

of corruption, the woman known

by Tamils simply as Amma, or

mother, was a revered figure in

her southern fiefdom and one of

India's most popular and successful

politicians as a populist champion

of the poor.

As Prime Minister Narendra

Modi flew into the state capital

Chennai to pay his own respects,

streams of her supporters lined up

outside a hall in the centre of the

city where her casket was put on


Populist schemes

The southern state had been

tense since Sunday after reports

that her health had worsened and

she had been put on life support.

On Monday, scuffles broke out

outside the hospital as many of

her thousands of supporters there

tried to break through the police


When her political mentor and

former on-screen love interest

MG Ramachandran died in 1987,

riots and looting broke out across

the state. Ahead of Jayalalithaa's

Jayalalithaa Jayaram

India’s filmstar politician died on Dec 5

aged 68 after a prolonged illness

Served three terms as chief minister

of Tamil Nadu state, where she

enjoyed an almost god-like status

Also seen as an autocratic and

secretive leader, battling allegations

of corruption on vast scale (briefly

jailed twice)

Famed for vast sari collection that

won her comparisons with the

Philippines’ Imelda Marcos

In later life, she gained a reputation

for reclusiveness, living alone

in her palatial residence in


To millions of her followers,

Jayalalithaa was simply

known as “Amma” or


AFP Photo: Arun Sankar

death, police and security presence

was beefed up across Tamil

Nadu over fears of an emotional

reaction from her followers.

Tamil Nadu names successor

An hour after her party announced

her death late on Monday

after a cardiac arrest, state Finance

Minister OP Panneerselvam

was sworn in to lead economically

important Tamil Nadu, a base for

auto firms Ford Motor Daimler,

Hyundai and Nissan and IT firm


Panneerselvam had stood in

for Jayalalithaa in the past, but

made it clear he was not replacing




Brexit case in UK SC: How will it work?

The British government's appeal

against a legal ruling that it needs

parliamentary approval to trigger the

formal process of leaving the EU is

being heard in the country's top court

this week. Prime Minister Theresa

May has announced that she will

invoke "Article 50" of the EU's Lisbon

Treaty by the end of March and begin

the formal Brexit negotiations with

Brussels. But London's High Court

ruled last month that the government

does not have the constitutional

right to start the process without the

backing of lawmakers. How does the

Supreme Court work and how will

the case be argued?

Who sits on the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court currently has

11 justices who are selected by an

independent commission and must

have either been a High Court judge

for two years or a practising lawyer for

15 years.

However for the first time, all 11

justices are sitting "en banc" to hear

the Article 50 challenge. A simple

majority is needed for a judgement.

What's the case about?

It centres on who has the constitutional

right to invoke Article 50 of the

EU's 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the formal

process by which Britain notifies the

EU of its intention to leave the bloc,

kicking off two years of negotiations.

All parties in this case agree the Article

50 process is irrevocable, so as soon

as it is triggered, Britain will inevitably

leave the EU at some stage. However,

some EU and legal experts believe

this is a misreading of Article 50 and

that Britain could change its mind at

some time in the future even after

triggering it.

What happens if the government


If the government loses it will have to

secure some form of parliamentary

approval to trigger Article 50. This

could be achieved through a substantive

motion, a proposal put forward

for debate and a vote, which would

take little time. However, the claimants

say there needs to be new primary

legislation that passes through both

parliamentary chambers, a far more

complicated process.

Lawmakers could also add amendments

demanding additional scrutiny of

the government Brexit plans which could

complicate their negotiating position.

Tamil Nadu

became one

of India’s most


states under



her. He declined to take her place

at the head of the cabinet table

while she was ill and instead

had her picture placed there.

His rise to the top job in Tamil

Nadu would help allay fears of a

power struggle in the AIADMK,

built entirely around the cult of

Jayalalithaa. •

Could parliament block Brexit?

Lawmakers in the lower house, the

House of Commons, are unlikely to

try to block Brexit, as it was backed in

a popular vote, and a Reuters survey

suggested many MPs who voted to

"remain" would now approve the

triggering of Article 50 in a parliamentary


However, a cross-party group

of lawmakers, who support a "soft

Brexit" have demanded a greater say

for parliament in negotiations and say

they might try to pass amendments

that guarantee this.

The opposition Labour Party has

said it would seek amendments to

ensure access to the European single

market and to protect workers' rights. •

Source: Reuters


Israeli Arabs sign up for IDF

• Reuters, Kisufim, Israel

A battalion of soldiers crawls

across the desert sand with assault

rifles cocked. It's a routine

exercise, but these are no ordinary

troops - they are Arabs who

have chosen to fight for the Jewish


While the vast majority of the

Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are

Jews - and nearly all their conflicts

have been against Arab nations - a

trickle of Israeli Arabs volunteer

for the army.

Most are Bedouin, a community

native to southern Israel. But

some are other Arab citizens of

Israel, the descendants of Palestinians

who remained during the

1948 war of the state's founding,

when hundreds of thousands of

their brethren fled or were forced

from their homes by advancing Israeli


"Why did I decide to enlist?"

asks Sergeant Yusef Salutta, a

20-year-old Arab from the north

of Israel who serves with the Desert

Reconnaissance Battalion.

The army rarely grants journalists

access to the unit.

"Because I'm from this country

and I love the country and I want

to contribute," he said. "Everyone

should enlist, anybody who lives

here should enlist."

The military conscripts young

Jewish men and women, but not

Arabs. It does not report exact numbers

of Arab volunteers, but officials

say there are several hundred

among the 175,000 active personnel.

A silver Star of David necklace

hung around Salutta's neck, and

he chatted with fellow-soldiers in


At a time when Israel is expanding

its settlements in the

West Bank and Palestinians fear

they may never end up with their

own state, some Israeli Arabs see

volunteering for the military as


Volunteers say their families

are supportive, and that they are

prepared to take criticism.

"I don't care about them," said

Salutta. "I need to be part of the

country, to be like everybody


The head of the IDF Minorities

Unit, Colonel Wajdi Sarhan, said

some Israeli-Arabs saw service as

a way to improve their chances in


"(It) can get easier when you

hold an Israeli soldier or reservist

ID card," said Sarhan. "To be a

soldier in the army, it's actually an

identity certificate of Israeli-ness,

which can help integration."

He said some recruits faced

threats and harassment at home

from fellow Israeli-Arabs. In some

cases, they are allowed to travel

to and from military duty out of


When it comes to Israel's decades-old

conflict against the Palestinians,

there is no question - if they

are required to fight, they must.

"I assume that anyone who

decided to be a combat soldier in

such a unit took this into consideration

in advance," said Sarhan. •

Trial of ex-Uganadan child soldier to begin

• Tribune International Desk

Israeli Arab soldiers chat during a drill in southern Israel on November 29

Fails to win support among the

population. Takes revenge by

massacring entire villages,

mutilating civilians, abducting

women and children


Chased from Uganda.

Disperses across South Sudan,

Sudan, the D. R. Congo

and Central African Republic



International Criminal Court issues

arrest warrants for war crimes

and crimes against humanity

for Kony and 4 other commanders,

including Dominic Ongwen

The Lord’s Resistance Army

Over 30 years of terror, the LRA has killed at least 100,000 people

and conscripted more than 60,000 child soldiers, according to the UN

Founded by Joseph Kony

to fight Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

and create a state run according

to Kony’s version of the

10 commandments




500 km




US deploys special forces

to help regional armies hunt Kony.

He escapes, allegedly to Darfur (Sudan)

Source: maps4news.com/©HERE



LRA rebels thought to now number several hundred,

living in small groups in the rainforests of central Africa



Joseph Kony

LRA leader, selfproclaimed


Still at large

Has a bounty of

5 million dollars

on his head


on trial at the International

Criminal Court

Charged with 70 counts of war

crimes and crimes against

humanity. Pleads not guilty

Aged 41

Abducted as a child by the LRA

Became LRA n° 3 and head

of operations. Accused

of directing bloodthirsty

attacks on civilians in northern

Uganda and the DRC

Surrendered to US special

forces in C. African Republic

in 2015

Abducted by gunmen as a 10-yearold

boy on his way to school, Dominic

Ongwen rose to become one

of the most feared commanders in

Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance

Army (LRA).

The former child soldier, now

in his early 40s, went on trial before

the International Criminal

Court (ICC) on Tuesday for crimes

committed in Uganda, including

keeping sex slaves and recruiting

child soldiers.

Ongwen, known as the "White

Ant", is the first leader of the brutal

Ugandan rebel army led by the fugitive

Joseph Kony to appear before

the ICC, created to try the world's

worst crimes. The son of school

teachers, he was abducted as a

child before being forced into the

rebel army and allegedly becoming

a willing perpetrator of violence.

He rose swiftly through the LRA

ranks, quickly being singled out for

his murderous loyalty and tactical

ability and taking command of one

of the army's four brigades.

Ongwen is accused of carrying

out massacres, rapes, mutilations

and abductions in quick and lethal

raids. Ongwen's men, with trademark

dreadlocks, mismatched uniforms

and AK-47 rifles fitted with

bayonets, also allegedly carried out

thousands of abductions of children.

Between 2002 and 2003, Ongwen

is thought to have directed

bloody campaigns in northern

Uganda that butchered or abducted

thousands. He is also accused

of playing a central role in revenge

attacks on civilians in the troubled

Democratic Republic of Congo.

In recent years, however, he

was reportedly sidelined after falling

out with Kony over his execution

of another commander.

Wanted by the ICC for almost

a decade, Ongwen surrendered

to US special forces in the Central

African Republic in January 2015

after Washington offered a $5m

reward for his capture. •





Obama targets Trump in

final speech on terror fight

President Barack Obama delivers

his final address on the fight

against terrorism Tuesday, in a

speech aimed at his successor who

has not yet publicly outlined his

own anti-terror strategy. Obama

will touch upon his failed bid to

close the Guantanamo military

prison and his continued strong

opposition to the use of torture,

positions greeted with scorn by

President-elect Donald Trump. AFP


Venezuela opposition

withdraws from crisis talks

Venezuela’s opposition Tuesday

withdrew from the latest round

of negotiations with authorities

aimed at easing an economic

and political crisis, insisting the

government first honour earlier

pledges. “We are staying in the

dialogue system but we are not

going to take part in today’s meeting,”

said Jesus Torrealba, leader of

the opposition MUD coalition. AFP


EU negotiator eyes October

2018 for Brexit deal

The EU’s chief negotiator set a target

of agreeing a Brexit deal with

UK by October 2018 assuming London

keeps a promise of formally

launching the process by the end

of March. Michel Barnier, giving a

first news conference on Tuesday

after two months in office, said the

two-year deadline for final withdrawal

fixed in Article 50 of the EU

treaty meant there would be less

than 18 months to run negotiations




Putin approves new

cyber-security doctrine

Russian President Vladimir

Putin on Tuesday signed off on

a broad-ranging plan aimed at

bolstering the country’s defences

against cyber-attacks from abroad

and cracking down on perceived

foreign influence. The Kremlin’s

new “information security

doctrine” comes as attention has

focused on the rise in state-sponsored

hacking after the US blamed

Moscow for cyber-attacks. AFP


Egypt busts organ trading

racket, arrests 45

Egypt has uncovered a network

accused of illicit international trafficking

in human organs, arresting

45 people and recovering millions of

dollars in a dawn raid on Tuesday.

Among those held were doctors,

nurses, middlemen and organ-buyers,

involved in what the ministry

described as the largest organ-trafficking

network exposed. REUTERS





Interior minister named new

French PM as Valls aims higher

• AFP, Paris

French Interior Minister Bernard

Cazeneuve was named the country's

new prime minister on Tuesday

after Manuel Valls resigned to

seek the Socialist nomination in

next year's presidential election.

Cazeneuve, who has overseen

the security forces' reaction to a

string of jihadist attacks that have

killed more than 230 people in

France over the past two years, will

head the Socialist government until

the election in May. The widely-respected

lawyer was named to the

post after President Francois Hollande

accepted Valls' resignation.

The government will work "up

to the end, to its last day, to prepare

the future," Hollande told reporters

on Tuesday during a trip to an industry

fair near Paris.

Cazeneuve, 53, has served in

various government roles, including

budget and Europe minister

before becoming interior minister

in April 2014. Cazeneuve will be

replaced in the interior ministry

by Bruno Le Roux, currently the

leader of the Socialists in the lower

house of parliament.

The mini-reshuffle comes after

Valls, who was Hollande's righthand

man for the past two-anda-half

years, quit to focus on the

presidential race. Valls, a divisive

figure, threw his hat in the ring on

Monday, after Hollande said last

week he would bow out after a single

troubled term.

Appealing to the left to unite behind

him, Valls vowed to take the

fight to election frontrunner, conservative

Republicans candidate

Francois Fillon, as well as far-right

National Front (FN) leader Marine

Le Pen.

Far-right 'at the gates'

"My candidacy is one of reconciliation,"

Valls, whom polls currently

place fifth in the election, said in a

speech in his political base in the

gritty Paris suburb of Evry. The farright,

which was beaten in Austria's

presidential election at the weekend,

was "at the gates of power"

in France with a programme that

would ruin the poor, he warned.

Faced with Donald Trump in the

White House and Vladimir Putin in

the Kremlin, France needed someone

with "strong experience", he

said. He laid into Fillon, a self-declared

Thatcherite, accusing him of

trotting out the "old recipes of the


Polls show Le Pen and Fillon far

out in front in the opening round of

the election on April 23, with Fillon

expected to beat Le Pen in May's

second round.

Valls would crash out with 10

percent if he won the Socialist

nomination -- behind former economy

minister Emmanuel Macron

and the Communist-backed Jean-

Luc Melenchon, an Ifop-Fiducial

poll showed Tuesday. •


Italy's young premier felled by discontented youth

• Reuters, Rome

Twenty-year-old Francesco Incorvaia,

a sociology student from

Rome, was just the kind of voter

Matteo Renzi had spent years trying

to win over.

Italy's youngest ever prime minister

had changed labour laws in a

bid to reduce one of Europe's highest

youth unemployment rates,

handed cash to low earners and

proposed constitutional amendments

to streamline lawmaking

and boost an ailing economy.

But Incorvaia and millions of

other young Italians walked into

voting booths at a referendum on

Sunday and effectively threw him

out of office, handing him a stinging

defeat that left him no choice

but to resign.

According to a survey by research

firm Quorum for SKyTG24,

about 80% of voters aged between

18 and 34 opposed Renzi's proposal

to shrink the upper house Senate

and claw back power from regional

administrations, a tsunami of opposition

from a generation that is

rewriting the political map in Italy.

Despite his youthful vim, Renzi,

who was 39 when he took the

premiership almost three years

ago, came to be seen as part of

the creaking old establishment he

pledged to revamp. With Renzi

pledging to step down, the younger

generation's preferred anti-establishment

5-Star Movement has

called for early elections and said it

is ready to govern.

M5S campaigned hard against

Renzi's constitutional reform proposal,

on the grounds it would

remove democratic checks and

Supporters of the "No" faction for a referendum on constitutional reform hold a banner in front of Chigi palace in Rome on

December 5. The banner reads, " Did you want to change the constitution? See you"


balances, and it was clear many

young people were also expressing

their support for 5-Star in voting it


It rivals Renzi's Democratic

Party as the most popular party in

opinion polls and would be favourite

to win elections under the current

system, which may be changed

as mainstream parties seek to keep

them out of power.

Young voters helped propel

5-Star into power in the municipalities

of Rome and Turin this year.

Overall, voters under 35 years of

age represent about a fifth of the


Payback time

Many first-time voters in Sunday's

referendum grabbed the chance

to register their frustration with

mainstream politicians, including

Renzi, who have presided over

what, for them, has been a lifetime

of economic stagnation.

A new law Renzi passed to make

it easier for private companies to

fire workers was meant to encourage

employers to hire. But the law

only applies to new hires, while

changes to the pensionable age by

a previous government mean their

older colleagues now stay in the

workforce longer than before.

Today, Italians under 35 earn

26.5% less than their contemporaries

25 years ago, while income

for the over-65s has risen 24.3%,

according to research firm Censis.

The 'Yes' vote prevailed only in

provinces where youth unemployment

is below the national average

of 36%, according to the Info Data

unit of Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper. •

Merkel rebuffs

populist claim

to German


• AFP, Essen

Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday

attacked the rise of right-wing

populists in Germany, hitting out

at opponents of her liberal refugee

policy staking a claim to define

German national identity. However

she told the annual congress of her

Christian Democratic Union that it

was legitimate to expect integration

from newcomers, underlining her

party's bid to ban the full face veil.

"We all get to determine who

'the people' are - not just a few, no

matter how loud they are," Merkel

said in a speech looking ahead to

the 2017 general election. Without

mentioning the upstart Alternative

for Germany (AfD) party by name,

Merkel said Germany must remain

"sceptical about easy answers". "The

world is not black and white," she

said. "Rarely is it the easy answers

that bring progress to our country."

But Merkel also played to the

wing of her conservative party

that has been deeply unsettled by

last year's record influx of asylum

seekers, most of them Muslims

fleeing war zones. She underlined

her support for a proposal in August

by her interior minister, Thomas

de Maiziere, to outlaw the full-face

burqa Islamic veil in public places.

"The full veil must be banned

wherever it is legally possible," she

said. On German Unity Day in early

October, Merkel faced noisy protests

when she arrived at celebrations in

Dresden birthplace of the anti-immigration

Pegida movement. •










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ILO for decent jobs to end poverty

• Ibrahim Hossain Ovi from

Indonesia, Bali

Since the world of work is changing

and societies are becoming

increasingly unequal, policy makers

have to respond effectively to

the changes to implement SDGs,

especially decent work, to reduce

poverty, ILO Director General Guy

Ryder said yesterday.

Ryder was addressing the ministers,

government high-ups, employers,

diplomats and trade union

leaders at the opening session of

the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional

Meeting at Bali Nusa-Dua

Convention Centre in Indonesia.

Vice-President of Indonesia

Jusuf Kalla inaugurated the APRM

2016 that will come to an end on

December 9.

The meeting takes place in

every four years to discuss the issues

like labour and employment,

workplace safety and migration.

“The world of work is changing,

at a pace, scale and depth which

we have never seen before. Technology

is at the heart of change but

it will not decide everything, said


While societies are becoming

increasingly unequal, they are increasingly

perceived as being unfair,

he added.

There is a considerable doubt

and uncertainty in the world with

people questioning the capacity of

policy makers to deliver credible

answers to the key problem in their

lives, Ryder observed.

Just over a year ago, the United

Nations adopted 17 Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs) and the

overall aim of the goals is to eliminate

poverty and reduce inequality

by 2030, said the ILO top brass.

Decent work is woven into the

fabric of all 17 SDGs and their indicators.

One Goal, SDG 8, specifically

focuses on the ILO’s mission of

Decent Work for All.

“We have succeeded in having

the right agenda adopted and now

we must turn to the task of its implementation.”

The ILO official said some of

the key challenges in this area remained,

despite impressive poverty

reduction. Nearly 192 million

workers or one in ten still live in

extreme poverty in this region.

More than a billion workers are

in vulnerable often without access

to social and legal protection, Ryder

said, adding that the concern

is that some groups are in particular

danger of being excluded from


Migrant workers, who are frequently

excluded from legal protection

and prone to exploitation,

will be a key feature of our future.

For ensuring workers rights and

decent work, Ryder stressed ratification

of the ILO’s eight core Conventions

87 and 98 that read freedom

of association and collective

bargaining as implementation is

disappointingly low in this region.

Only 14 of the 47 member states in

this region have ratified all eight.

“Respect for the labour is the

first priority for production and

industrial output. Arbitrarily, the

labour law is being changed while

participation of workers in setting

wages and other issues is denied,”

said Felix Anthony, national secretary

to Fiji Trade Union Congress.

Anthony called for steps to eradicate

forced labour in Asia and Asia

Pacific region and address the low

wages for migrant workers.

Though lots of initiatives had

been taken since the factory collapse

in 2013, none can tell that

Bangladesh has democracy to be

associated and to form union, he


Across this region, women have

a different and usually worse, experience,

when looking for decent

work, according to Anthony.

They are frequently paid less for

Stocks end flat after early gains

• Tribune Business Desk

Stocks ended flat yesterday as late

profit booking cut early gains.

With the tune of previous session’s

rally, the market started on

positive note in the morning, but

modest profit booking chipped

away some gains.

The Dhaka Stock Exchange

benchmark index DSEX rose 9

points or 0.3% to settle at 4,846.

The blue chip DS30 index edged

ILO Director General Guy Ryder addresses the opening session of 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting at Bali Nusa-Dua

Convention Centre in Indonesia yesterday


1 point up to 1,785 and the DSE Shariah

Index DSES witnessed a fractional

rise of 0.6 points to 1,152.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange

selective category index, CSCX,

was up over 10 points to 9,067.

The trade volume decreased as

the DSE turnover stood at Tk795

crore, marginally down from the

previous session’s Tk800 crore.

Engineering sector continued

to generate the highest volume of

trade, accounting for Tk200 crore

or 23.8% of the total trade value of

the market. Textile and bank sectors

contributed 13.6% and 10.6%

respectively to the day’s total turnover.

Food and Allied was the highest

gainer of more than 1%, followed

by banks 0.7% and non-banking financial

institutions 0.6%.

Telecommunications, IT and

engineering sectors closed flat

while power was the highest loser

with only 0.4% fall. •

work of equal value and are less

likely to be in leadership and decision-making

roles, he observed.

Highlighting the achievements

of the region, Ryder said this region,

which accounts for 60% of

the global labour force, has made

remarkable progress in the last


The average wages and incomes

have risen significantly, and almost

doubled for the middle and upper

classes and the number of extreme

poor has dropped rapidly from 21%

in 2016 to 10% in 2015.

State Minister for Labour and

Employment Mujibul Haque, Labour

and Employment senior Secretary

Mikail Shipar, ILO Bangladesh

Country Director Srinivas B

Reddy, Salahuddin Kashem Khan,

president of Bangladesh Employers’

Federation Wajedul Islam

Khan, general secretary of Bangladesh

Trade Union Centre joined the

meeting. •

Export earnings

$13.69bn in


• Ibrahim Hossain Ovi

Bangladesh’s earnings from exports

have seen a 6.30% rise to

$13.69 billion in the first five

months of the current fiscal year,

riding on the RMG sector.

According to the Export Promotion

Bureau (EPB) data, Bangladesh

earned $13.69 billion, which was

$12.87 billion a year ago.

The figure is 4.17% less than the

target of $14.28 billion set for the


Meanwhile, the export earnings

in November rose by 5.46% to

$2.89 billion, which was $2.74 billion

a year ago.

RMG sector, the life line of the

country’s export earnings earned

$11.13 billion posting a 6.39% rise in

July-November period of the current

fiscal. In the last fiscal year, it

was $10.46 billion. •

Inflation eases

in November

• Tribune Business Desk

Inflation in Bangladesh eased to

5.38% last month food due to arrival

of winter vegetables, government

data showed yesterday

It was slightly down from 5.57%

read in the previous month.

According to Bangladesh Bureau

of Statistics, food inflation

marginally decreased to 5.41% in

November from 5.56% in October.

Non-food inflation also declined

to 5.33% from 5.58% during the period.

While releasing data at the NEC

conference room, Planning Minister

AHM Mustafa Kamal said: “Arrival

of winter vegetables helped

ease inflation.”

The government fixed the target

to contain inflation at 5.8% for the

fiscal year 2016-17. •

BB’s new ED

Humayun Kabir

• Tribune Business Desk


Bank’s General


Humayun Kabir

has been

promoted to

the post of

executive director.

The central bank posted Humayun

to its Bogra office with the new

assignment following an official order

issued yesterday.

Currently, he is working for

Bangladesh Bank’s Khulna office

as a general manager, and prior to

that, he was serving the bank inspection

department, one of the

important departments in the central

bank’s headquarters.

H umayun Kabir joined Bangladesh

Bank in 1988 as an assistant

director. •

Business 13

US trade gap widens as exports fall

• Reuters

The US trade deficit recorded its

biggest increase in more than 1-1/2

years in October as exports of soybeans

and other goods dropped,

suggesting that trade would be a

drag on growth in the fourth quarter.

The Commerce Department said

on Tuesday the trade gap widened

17.8 percent to $42.6 billion. That

was the largest percentage increase

since March 2015.

Economists had forecast the

trade gap increasing to $41.8 billion

in October after a previously

reported $36.4 billion shortfall.

When adjusted for inflation, the

deficit rose to $60.3 billion from

$54.2 billion in September.

“This puts net exports on a

weaker footing as the fourth quarter

began. We were already penciling

in net exports to subtract 0.8

percentage point from GDP growth

ahead of today’s figure,” said Jennifer

Lee, a senior economist at

BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.

Exports contributed 0.87 percentage

point to the third quarter’s

3.2 percent annualized rate of increase

in gross domestic product.

The jump in exports in the last

quarter largely reflected a surge

in soybean shipments after a poor

harvest in Argentina and Brazil.

While the reversal in soybean

shipments, which is weighing on exports,

suggests trade is likely to subtract

from GDP growth in the fourth

quarter, consumer spending and a

firming housing market are expected

to keep supporting the economy.

Rising gas and oil well drilling

in response to increasing oil prices

is also expected to boost growth

Shipping containers sit at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial photo taken February 6, 2015


this quarter. Firming oil prices

are starting to have an impact on

manufacturing. A second report

from the Commerce Department

on Tuesday showed new orders for

manufactured goods rose 2.7 percent

in October after increasing 0.6

percent in September.

That was the largest increase

since June 2015 and marked four

straight months of gains. Unfilled

orders at factories increased 0.7

percent, the biggest rise since July

2014, ending four consecutive

months of decline.

The report pointed to an upturn

in manufacturing, which accounts

for about 12 percent of the economy,

after a prolonged slump that

12 NRBs get CIP status

• Syed Samiul Basher Anik

The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare

and Overseas Employment

has awarded 12 non-resident Bangladeshis

with CIP (Commercially

Important Person) status for their

outstanding contribution to the

country’s economy in the year 2015.

Of them, 10 are awarded with

the status for remitting foreign currencies

while another two for importing

products from Bangladesh.

According to an official gazette notification,

Mohammad Mahtabur Rahman

of Al Haramain Perfumes of United

Arab Emirates topped the list for

sending remittances to the country.

Mohammad Akhter Hossain,

Abul Kalam, Omar Faruk and Jasmine

Akhter from United Arab

Emirates, Ahmad Al Zaman from

Qatar, Mohammad Adnan Imam

and Mohammad Abdul Rahim

from United Kingdom, Mohammad

Yasin Chowdhury and Mohammad

had helped to erode economic


The Atlanta Federal Reserve is

currently forecasting gross domestic

product to rise at a 2.9 percent

rate in the fourth quarter.

Prices for U.S. government debt

were slightly weaker in mid-morning

trading, while U.S. stocks were

largely unchanged. The dollar .DXY

rose against a basket of currencies.

Dollar Drag

Exports fell 1.8 percent to $186.4

billion in October. They were held

down by declining shipments of

food, industrial supplies and materials,

automobiles and consumer


Mosaddek Chowdhury from Oman

were also selected for CIP status in

remittance category.

On the other hand, Abul Kashem

of Janata General Trading, Kuwait

and Mohammad Selim of Al Falaq

Group of Companies of United

Arab Emirates were selected as CIP

in importing Bangladeshi products.

The CIP status holders are entitled

to enjoy for one year different

state privileges from issuance of

the status.

They will get privilege in getting

permission to enter into Bangladesh

Secretariat, priority in reserving

seats in Biman, train, bus and

other modes of transports for business

related travels in Bangladesh,

using the VIP Lounge 2 and special

handling facility at the airport, priority

in getting cabin facility at government

hospitals and invitation

to different national programmes

organised by Bangladesh missions

abroad, according to the policy. •

Exports of soybeans, which

helped power the economy in the

third quarter, fell in both October

and September. However, exports

of capital goods were the highest in

October since December 2015.

Some of the drag on exports reflects

the residual effects of the dollar’s

surge against the currencies

of the United States’ main trading

partners between June 2014 and

January 2016.

With the dollar resuming its rally

in the wake of Donald Trump’s

victory in the Nov. 8 presidential

election, exports could struggle in

2017. The greenback has gained 4.1

percent on a trade-weighted basis

since the election. •



Four more factories

complete CAPs

• Tribune Business Desk

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker

Safety yesterday announced that

four additional Alliance affiliated

factories have completed all material

components outlined in their

Corrective Action Plans (CAPs),

bringing the total number of graduated

factories to 46.

In addition, three factories previously

suspended by the Alliance

have been reinstated in recognition

of remediation progress.

Global Fashion Garments Ltd.,

Global Outerwear Ltd., Ornate Knit

Garment Industries Ltd. and Sajid

Washing & Dyeing achieved closure

on their CAPs, and Sheehan Specialized

Textile Mills Ltd., Smart Jacket

(BD) Ltd. and Smart Jeans Ltd. were

removed from suspension.

“We are proud to recognize


joins generic



• Tribune Business Desk

Beximco Pharma has joined the

UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool’s

(MPP) prestigious network of generic


The MPP granted a sub-licence

to Beximco to produce Bristol-Myers

Squibb’s new hepatitis C drug

daclatasvir. The name of originator

brand is Daclinza.

With the recognition, Beximco

becomes the first ever Bangladeshi

company to achieve the unique feat,

said a released issued yesterday.

daclatasvir is an antiviral that

can cure all major genotypes of the

HCV virus. The drug received regulatory

approval in Europe in August

2014 and was included in the

new WHO Model List of Essential

Medicines in April 2015.

In November 2015, MPP announced

a licence and technology

transfer agreement with Bristol-Myers

Squibb (BMS) to increase

access to DCV in low- and middle-income


On the inclusion into the MPP’s

network of generic medicine producers,

Beximco Pharma Managing

Director Nazmul Hassan, also

lawmaker, said: “We are glad to be

a part of this global network as the

first Bangladeshi company.”

“We believe our competitive

cost of production will help improve

access to this new and highly

effective hepatitis C treatment for

patients in many low- and middle-income

countries.” •

these factories for the tremendous

strides they have made to ensure

worker safety,” said Alliance Country

Director Jim Moriarty.

“These advances show that we

are committed to working with factories

that take safety improvements

seriously, and that compliance with

our standard is achievable within our

established time frame for factories

that are committed to this process.”

The Alliance also announced the

suspension of one new factory—

Stylo Fashion Garments Ltd.—for

failure to make progress on remediation

or remove lockable exits,

bringing the total number of currently

suspended factories to 102.

The complete list of suspended

factories as well as those that have

achieved substantial completion

of their CAPs can be found on Alliance

website. •





Nuclear Power Plant gets Ecnec nod

• Tribune Business Desk

Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction

project proposal worth

Tk1,13,093 crore yesterday got

green signal from the Executive

Committee of the National Economic

Council (Ecnec).

This is the country’s first such

power plant and most expensive

project in history of Bangladesh.

The approval was made in a meeting,

chaired by Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina, held at National Economic

Council conference room.

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission

in association with Russia’s

state-owned Rosatom State Atomic

Energy Corporation will implement

the project to generate 2,400-megawatt

power by 2025.

Of the total project cost, Russia

will provide Tk91,040 crore, 80%

of the total project cost while the

government will provide Tk22,053

crore. Thw plant is being set up at

Rooppur in Ishwardi, Pabna.

After the Ecnec meeting, planning

minister AHM Mustafa Kamal

said the nuclear power project is the

country’s largest investment project.

It would supply clean electricity

at a cheap rate over its 60 years

lifespan although the initial investment

was pretty high, he added.

“There are long-term positive impacts

of the plant amid demands

for reducing carbon emissions.”

From Russia, Bangladesh has

already received $500 million for

initial work of the power plant project,

which started in July 2016.

The reactor will contain improved

safety features, and its passive

safety system is capable of working

for 72 hours in case of any critical

or emergency situation.

For the Russian loan, the rate of

interest will be 1.75% plus Libor and

the loan has to be repaid over 20

years with a grace period of 10 years.

Bangladesh and Russia signed a

financial deal of $11.38bn in Moscow

recently to implement the country’s

first-ever nuclear power plant. •

Eurogroup head wants ‘different

attitude’ from UK on Brexit

• AFP, Brussels

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem urged

Britain yesterday to show a “different attitude”

in talks with the EU, warning of a disorderly

Brexit if London fails to change.

Dijsselbloem, who heads the group of

19 eurozone finance ministers, issued the

warning as his British counterpart insisted a

smooth Brexit was still possible.

“It can be smooth and it can be orderly,

but requires a different attitude I think on

the part of the British government,” Dijsselbloem,

the Dutch finance minister, told reporters

as he arrived for talks with all 28 EU

finance ministers in Brussels.

“Because the things I have been hearing so

far are incompatible with smooth and incompatible

with orderly.”

His comments came shortly before European

Commission Brexit negotiator Michel

Barnier was due to give his first press conference

after talks with the other 27 European

Union nations.

Dijsselbloem repeated his warning that it

would be impossible to maintain Europe’s

financial capital in London if Britain chooses

to thwart EU rules after Brexit.

“If the UK wants access to the internal

market, they will have to accept the rules and

regulations which go with that internal market,”

he said.

Asked about comments by other EU leaders

that Britain cannot “have its cake and eat

it”, he added: “I was going to stay away from

this cliche but you are absolutely right.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has

promised to trigger the two-year divorce

process at the end of March in line with the

shock June 23 popular vote for Britain to exit

the bloc, but has not revealed a clear negotiating


Her Finance Minister Philip Hammond

said he wanted a deal that worked for both

London and the rest of the EU.

“I think that’s in everybody’s interest on

both sides of the English Channel to have as

smooth a process as possible,” he said as he

arrived for the talks.

“That minimizes the threat to European

financial fincanical stability and minimizes

the disruption to the very complex relationship

that exists between European manufacturing

buisinesses and their financing banks

and so on in London.” Hammond confirmed

comments by Brexit Minister David Davis

that Britain could continue to pay for access

to some parts of the single market. •

Business 15



Political risk to prompt more ECB action

• AFP, Frankfurt

The European Central Bank will offer

further support tomorrow to a

still-fragile eurozone recovery, analysts

said, against a background of

uncertainty over US President-elect

Donald Trump, Brexit and political

risks in Europe.

Italians’ rejection of constitutional

reforms in a Sunday referendum

did not roil markets as some

observers had feared, but means

that worries over one of Europe’s

weak spots will be prolonged - and

will likely push the ECB to maintain

its mass bond-buying programme

at this week’s meeting.

“We don’t have increased market

uncertainty, but we have political

uncertainty,” ING Diba bank

economist Carsten Brzeski told


Growth and inflation remain on a

slow upward path across the 19-nation

eurozone, he pointed out.

But doubts about Italy’s ability

to overhaul its economy and fears

of anti-euro populists making gains

in the next parliamentary elections

will join other concerns dogging

policymakers as they gather in

Frankfurt for the last governing

council meeting of 2016.

“Geopolitical uncertainty has

become the major source of uncertainty

for the months to come,”

central bank president Mario

Draghi warned MEPs in Brussels

last week.

In the US, Trump’s bombastic

Twitter sallies on trade and relations

with China have rattled observers

in recent days.

Britain’s objectives for a deal

with the EU after its June vote to

quit the bloc remain opaque.

And 2017 will bring elections in

heavyweight eurozone members

France and Germany overshadowed

by swelling populist forces.

“So much uncertainty will be

used by the ECB to extend quantitative

easing,” Brzeski said, referring

to the bank’s massive bond-buying


“The Italian referendum is just a

small part of it.”

Reliant on ECB

A mammoth package of unconventional

monetary policy launched

by the ECB in March pushed inflation

in the eurozone to 0.6% by

November - the highest level since

April 2014 but still far short of the

bank’s target of just below 2%.

Policymakers insist that its

cheap loans to banks, ultra-low interest

rates and 80bn euro ($85bn)

monthly bond purchases have

stimulated growth and inflation.

But Draghi last month acknowledged

that what growth there is

remains “highly reliant” on ECB


Jumpy market reactions to a

Bloomberg News report in October

that the bank might begin “tapering”,

or winding down, QE mean the

ECB is unlikely to broach the possibility

on Thursday, Natixis bank

economist Johannes Gareis told AFP.

He expects Draghi to extend the

asset-purchasing programme at the

same rate for a further six months.

“The bond markets are extremely

nervous,” ING Diba’s Brzeski


Hinting at tapering “runs the

risk that this leads to another selloff

and that interest rates go up,”

throttling the economic recovery

by making access to credit more

difficult, he said.

The next move

Beyond extending quantitative

easing, the ECB may adjust its

self-imposed rules about the bonds

it is allowed to buy.

Feared shortages of eligible

bonds have yet to bite, but changing

the parameters “would stress the

ECB’s ability to act”, Gareis said. •

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How to lose a friend in 5 steps

Dealing with grief

• Sabrina Fatma Ahmad

Flip on the radio and

you won’t be able to

last an hour without

encountering at least one

song about heartbreak. There’s

something about the death of a

romance that has inspired the

entire spectrum of arts since

time immemorial. Probably less

eulogised is another kind of

relationship death – when best

friends call it quits. While card

companies and advertisers will

have you believe that the best

friendships last forever, it is

simply not true. Even the closest

friends can fall apart, and when

this happens, the heartbreak is just

as painful.

Here are the stages of a

friendship break-up.

This cannot be happening

The knee-jerk response to a

traumatic experience is denial. So

when your best friend suddenly

starts acting cold for no reason,

or betrays your trust, or does

something to hurt you, the first

reaction is to rationalise the

behavious. “Oh maybe he’s upset

about something else.” “Maybe

I’m reading too much into the

situation.” You try to pretend

nothing is wrong and reach out

for a connection, i.e., trying to

meet up for an adda, making plans

together. When you receive a less

than lukewarm response, you

start realising that maybe you’re

missing something, and it’s not

just the company of your friend.

Interestingly enough, deep

down, you know that the

relationship is over, so this would

be a good time to acknowledge

that this is happening for a

reason – whether it’s because your

relationship has turned toxic, or

that the two of you have simply

flowered into two very different

individuals over time.

One step closer to the edge

Once you realise that this

friendship is tanking faster than

the Titanic after its date with the

iceberg, you start to get mad.

If this is your best friend we’re

talking about, there’s got to be a lot

of history, and a lot of emotional

investment, and when faced with

the prospect of losing something

that’s so loaded, you tend to get

angry. This is the time to get a

grip on yourself and not give in to

the corrosive resentment. Don’t

say or do something that you will

If this is your best friend we’re talking about,

there’s got to be a lot of history, and a lot of

emotional investment

inevitably regret, even if it doesn’t

feel that way.

Find a more constructive outlet

for your anger. Write about your

feelings in a journal. Blow off

some steam at the gym. Reconnect

with your spiritual side through

prayer or meditation. Things will

soon look up.

If only I could turn back


Once the anger cools, you

find yourself poking at scabs,

telling yourself you’re trying to

understand what happened, but

really, what you’re looking for is a

way to regain control. This might

play out in different ways – you

could start feeling guilt, or look

for someone to blame, obsess over

the past, or obsessively stalk your

ex-BFF online.

If you don’t want to drive

yourself crazy, it’s best to keep

yourself occupied during this

phase. Work can be a great

distraction, if you have the mind

for it. Another way to deal, if

you can afford it, is to take a trip

somewhere. Sometimes a change

of scenery is just what the doctor


All time low

Finally, after you’ve fought the

feeling for a while – and it may

happen when you least expect

it – the crushing sadness happens.

Your best friend occupies quite an

important place in your life, some

place that even your significant

other can never reach, and when

that goes, it’s normal to hurt.

Give yourself time to mourn.

When the tears come, take some

time out and let them flow. Part

of the healing process is to get all

that sadness off your chest and

out of your system.

This is where those sad songs

and movies come in handy. Not

only will they get your sob-fest

going, in a roundabout way, they

are able to articulate what you’re

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feeling in a way perhaps your

other friends and family can’t, and

can be pretty cathartic.

Just so this mourning process

doesn’t become the new norm,

make sure you’ve confided in

another friend, or a trusted family

member to pull you out of it after

an agreed grieving period.

I will be rising from the

ground like a skyscraper

Once the tears have dried and you

realise that the world hasn’t ended

yet, comes the welcome Zen-like

state of being ready to move on.

This means you’re ready to cut

your losses and move forward.

Get a makeover (it could be

something as simple as a haircut)

– it gives your brain the green

light to accept changes into your

life. Make plans with your other

friends – maybe make some new

ones. The world is a big place,

and life is too short for you to stay


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BRAC University holds 11th


AIUB VC elected in IAU


BRAC University held its 11th

convocation at International

Convention City Bashundhara

(Naboratri, Hall-04) in the capital

5 December 2016.

Nurul Islam Nahid, the

minister for education, was

present as the chief guest and

presided over the convocation

ceremony on behalf of president

Abdul Hamid, the President of

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Bangladesh. Professor Syed Saad

Andaleeb, the vice Chancellor of

BRACU, delivered the welcome


Renowned actor and social

activist Shabana Azmi presented

a speech as the Convocation

Speaker. The chairperson of

BRACU Board of Trustees Sir

Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG,

and Professor Abdul Mannan,

Chairman, University Grants

Commission of Bangladesh, also

spoke at the convocation.

A total of 1,283 students were

presented with crests and degree

certificates, including two who

have been nominated for the

Chancellor’s Gold Medal and 29

others for the Vice-Chancellor’s

Gold Medal.•

Samsung announces exciting new offers on

electronics products for the wedding season

Samsung Electronics, a global

leader in consumer electronics,

has announced exciting new

offers for its customers this

wedding season.

The offers will feature

guaranteed cashback with which

customers can win guaranteed

cashback starting from BDT 1,000

to BDT 10,500 on any consumer

electronic product purchase.

Customers can win stay at

Hotel Westin Dhaka for 3 days

- 2 nights every day, bedroom

f urniture set, bed side tables,

dressing tables, and wardrobes

by Hatil or honeymoon trips to

Maldives every week, a brand

new Mitsubishi Attrage sedan

car as the ‘Mega Gift’. These

awards will come with purchase

of TV, refrigerators, microwave

ovens, washing machines and air

conditioners during this wedding


Firoze Mohammad, Head of

Consumer Electronics, Samsung

Bangladesh, said “Samsung

Bangladesh is always eager to

enhance user experience achieve

customer satisfaction.”

Samsung’s new offer will

be available to all customers

across the Samsung brand shops,

Samsung authorized showrooms

of Transcom, Electra, Rangs and

Singer up until December 31st,

2016 or till offers last. To avail

the offers customer needs to SMS

to WC Product Code Shop

Code to 3690 after purchasing


For details, interested

customers can call at 09612-300-

300, 08000-300-300(Toll free)

and visit Samsung Electronics

Bangladesh’s official Facebook

page https://www.facebook.com/

SamsungBangladesh •

Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the

vice chancellor of the American

International University –

Bangladesh (AIUB) has been

elected as a member of the

International Association of

Universities (IAU) Administrative

Board for a term of 2016 - 2020.

The IAU, founded in 1950, is

the UNESCO-based worldwide

association of higher education

institutions. It brings together

institutions and organisations from

| marketing |

The most in-demand

marketing skills in Bangladesh

The fastest growing online

career platform in Bangladesh,

everjobs.com.bd has released an

infographic revealing the most

sought-after skills in marketing

roles in the country. The results of

the report represent data collected

from more than 2,500 marketing

job descriptions published by top

employers on the website, since


According to the recent study,

employers who are looking

for marketing candidates in

Bangladesh, are expecting to

identify certain core skills, soft

skill s, and tools proficiency

in the applicants’ profiles. “In

the competitive job market of

Bangladesh, job seekers need to

develop their skills further to show

the company an added value.

Having the basic core skills is not

enough anymore,” says Devendra

Singh, Managing Director at

everjobs Bangladesh.

The report defines the top core

skills for marketing positions

as Relationship Management,

Strategy Development, Budgeting,

and Survey skills. The tools

refer to technical capabilities

like presentation skills and

understanding of Facebook

analytics. Soft skills are social

behaviour, management and

communication skills, as well

some 120 countries for reflection

and action on common concerns

and collaborates with various

international, regional and national

bodies active in higher education.

Its services are available on the

priority basis to members but also

to organisations, institutions and

authorities concerned with higher

education, as well as to individual

policy and decision-makers,

specialists, administrators, teachers,

researchers and students.•

as qualities like responsibility,

friendliness. and a proactive

approach to work.

“In the case of marketing, core

skills are important since they

imply the acquired professional

and academic background in the

field. Knowledge of tools is also

key to this role, as marketers

are required to identify trends,

monitor their campaign, and

build global budgets for the

success of their strategies. Last

but not least, soft skills are a

must for those who want to

pursue a career in marketing

since it involves cooperation with

multiple departments within

the organisation, identification

of social behaviour and the

development of external

partnerships.” Singh added. •






The bait and

the switch

In reality, the problems of this class

began a long time ago and are the result

of a failure of governance that goes back

several generations


I wish I were born

a stray dog

The message society has been getting is:

‘Don’t you dare protest to any injustice’



16 days of activism

against genderbased


Stand apart from the crowd and be

your own kind man. As a man, you

impart traditions and beliefs to younger

generations. You are a role model, be

it as a father, brother, husband, friend,

father-in-law, uncle, teacher, employer,

or religious leader


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Protect our rivers

Some of our rivers are so polluted, they appear to be beyond saving.

A new study has found that Buriganga, Shitalakkhya, Dhaleshwari,

Turag Bongshi, and Balu are so severely contaminated, that it has

become impossible to even treat the water to make it usable for


Needless to say, this also takes a severe toll on aquatic life, and various


The situation is nothing short of tragic. Bangladesh is a riverine country,

with rivers inextricably tied to not just our heritage, but our livelihood.

It is time, then, to get serious about protecting the rivers that can still be


For this to happen, the government must act urgently.

The first thing to do is to stop the continuous discharge of the thousands of

tons of industrial waste, garbage, and sewage water into our rivers.

In the past, we have seen projects to clean up rivers such as Shitalakkhya

fail because of the impunity granted to polluters.

Industrial sites such as tanneries also need to be relocated away from


Ultimately, it is blatant disregard for the law and the environment which

has made it so difficult to clean up our rivers.

It is high time that polluters paid the price for the damage they have


Recently, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the importance of

protecting our water resources. Every living organism requires water to

survive. As such, it is the most precious commodity on the planet.

It is, then, a shame how we have abused and failed to protect our rivers.

We have made mistakes in the way we have treated our rivers so far. Let us

not continue to make those mistakes in the future.

It is high time that

polluters paid the price

for the damage they

have caused

The bait and the switch

The problems of working class Americans are older than believed

Opinion 21



• William Milam

Trump promised change,

but is it going to be what

his voters wanted?

Sometimes I use

expressions that may be a bit

antique (as I am getting to be), so

let’s start with a definition.

Many readers may not

understand why I am quoting

John Cassidy who wrote in the

New Yorker that the November 8

election was “the biggest bait and

switch con” in US history.

Bait and switch cons are as

old as human history. Think of a

fishhook with a squirming worm;

the worm is the bait, the switch

is that the fish which takes the

bait thinking it is dinner ends up

becoming dinner itself.

This was a “change” election,

and Mr Trump promised change,

explicitly in his rambling speeches,

and implicitly in his behaviour. In

the exit poll questions about the

character of the two candidates,

Ms Clinton was the voters’ choice

as the candidate who cared more,

generations. For example, the

industries which gave them good

jobs and a stable income began

to disappear from the industrial

Midwest in the 1960s.

The self-respect, propriety, and,

to some extent the ambition of

the working class white segment

of the population has eroded over

three generations because it saw

its place in society in free-fall.

To blame globalisation and

over-regulation is misleading and


Free trade agreements are not

the basic reason why these jobs

left; it is technological change

that is the culprit in most cases

-- automation, robotisation,

increased productivity with fewer


The claim that less regulation

will restore the coal industry and

restore many miners to new jobs

digging for coal is to ignore the

market forces that are suppressing

the demand for coal -- cheap

natural gas and much more

efficient renewable energy, which

have been the main factors behind

Authoritarian sympathies


In reality, the problems of this class began a

long time ago and are the result of a failure of

governance that goes back several generations

was more qualified, and had better

judgement. But only 17% of the

voters picked her as most likely to

bring change. And the 83% who

picked Mr Trump was probably

right; he will bring change. But

what kind of change? And will it be

change that improves the lives of

those many voters who now look

to him for improvement in their

otherwise bleak lives?

The feelings of the white

working class core of Trump’s

support -- that it has been

abandoned by its own country,

sacrificed on the altar of

globalisation, deceived by the

elites who have profited and

benefited from globalisation,

replaced in even low-wage jobs

by immigrants -- has now been

analysed, and re-analysed to the

point of becoming a cliché.

There is more than a little truth

in it, but a lot of misunderstanding

and misinformation also.

In reality, the problems of

this class began a long time ago

and are the result of a failure of

governance that goes back several

in the swift decline of coal as an

energy source.

It is politically easy, however,

to blame others rather than to

assume responsibility for not

foreseeing the problem and

constructing safety nets to take

care of the victims.

Both the Democrats and the

Republicans have had a “head

in the sand” approach to this

long-festering problem. The white

working class which so strongly

supported Trump has been

persuaded to look backward to a

“golden age” that never was so


Astute political leadership

might have faced this conundrum

20 years ago and tried to

respond to it. But the division

and partisanship that brought a

gridlock to the US political system

in the first two decades of the 21st

century would have prevented

any attempt to rectify the deep

alienation of this large group of

voters, in any case. It begged for

a “strongman” who would sense

this alienation and take advantage

of it.

Such a strongman could cut

the Gordian knot that blocks any

change or progress simply by

being an outsider, and that too as

one who has little regard for the

grinding work of bringing about

democratically needed change.

So the question is then, will

Mr Trump fulfill his promise to

bring the kind of change needed to

begin the process of restoring the

“amour propre” of a class of voters

that still makes up a majority of

the US electorate, even if a quickly

diminishing one?

The answer that many

economists would give is that Mr

Trump’s policies, as proclaimed

on the campaign trail and in the

debates, will leave his election

supporters the losers, not the

winners, in an administration

of change. Wall Street’s giddy

reaction to the unexpected

election results is sparked by

the promise of tax cuts for the

wealthy and for corporations,

including inducements to bring

back large bundles of cash kept

overseas to avoid taxes, which

could send the equities markets

into wild gyrations as investors

and companies look for profitable

places to store their cash.

Such tax cuts are dear to the

heart of the Republicans who

now control Congress, so these

proposals have a good deal of lift

under their wings.

However, the argument that

tax cuts for the wealthy and

corporations will spur investment

in the real economy is a stretch

given that they haven’t done so

historically; such investment is

usually a function of demand in

the economy and of certainty in its


Trump’s promise to withdraw

from the TPP free trade

agreement, and even perhaps

from NAFTA, are as likely to spark

trade wars and reciprocal tariff

increases as they are to bring back

manufacturing industries and jobs.

Price increases for consumers,

bearing heavily on the middle

classes would be one result, and

reduced US exports from our now

healthy export industries the

other, which would shed workers

also, raising the unemployment


Many other of his campaign

proposals would have negative

implications for the economy

and ultimately for his supporters:

Deregulation of financial markets

provided by the Dodd-Frank

legislation which was aimed

at preventing a return to the

financial sector abuses of the

pre-2008 period, and which led

to the financial/fiscal implosion

of 2008-09; eliminating many

consumer protections; rolling

back environmental protections;

and gutting the Affordable Care

Act (Obamacare) which extended

health insurance and services to

many of these supporters.

However, it is not clear whether

Mr Trump could get those that

need Congressional authorisation

through Congress without major


At present, the focus seems

to be on getting the transition

structured and a cabinet and subcabinet


In the case of his administration

team, it seems also true that the

promise of change is not a guiding

principle as the names seem to

come from some of the darker

reaches of the Trump movement

and/or from large donors to his


I know that many readers are

more concerned about Mr Trump’s

contradictory and sometimes

radical proposals and statements

about US foreign policy.

There is also the question

of whether his apparent

authoritarian sympathies will lead

him into not only dubious foreign

policy alliances, but whether these

tendencies will lead him to act in

extra-constitutional ways against

it if he is frustrated by domestic

opposition (which judging by

his continuing rants on Twitter

has not diminished despite his

election victory.) •

William Milam is a Senior Scholar at the

Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington

DC, and a former US diplomat who

was Ambassador to Pakistan and

Bangladesh. This article first appeared

on The Friday Times.





I wish I were born a stray dog

Being a human being is hard these days

Is this dog happier than most people?

• Monswita Bulbuli

The day after a college

teacher in Mymensingh

was beaten to death

in broad daylight on a

college campus, I was getting

impatient, as time’s chariot was

flying very fast, with me stuck in a

limbo on Green Road on my way to

the office.

My blood pressure was getting

high, thinking that I would be

late. Suddenly, my eyes fell on a

stray dog beside the road, who

was in his/her slumber enjoying

the midday sunlight of winter

-- no tension, no stress, no hurry

for any destination. Seeing the

sweet slumber of the dog I became

oblivious of my surroundings,

and recalled the fortunate dog

of Syed Mujtaba Ali’s short story

“Padatika.” It was a pet dog of

a Laat Shaheb (a British high

official), who came to visit a school

for inspection along with the dog.

The Englishman spent Tk75

per month for the dog. One day,

a teacher (pandit moshai) of the

school asked his students during a

class to calculate if Tk75 was spent

for three legs of the dog, how

much money was spent for one leg

of the dog.

A student (the narrator of the

story) answered that it was Tk25.

Then the teacher, who was a

Brahmin, threw a question to the

students: His family, which was

comprised of eight persons, was

equal to how many of the dog’s

legs? He got a salary of Tk25 per

month for his entire family.

The satire present in the story

still stirs my mind.

This story was written in the

context of British imperialist rule,

and that is why we can accept it as

normal that the rulers did not have

any respect or sense of justice for

native people.

But now, when we are

independent, why has the

condition of teachers not changed?

Why has it deteriorated? Why

are teachers still subject to

humiliation? Why are they beaten

on the streets in broad daylight?

The brutal assault of the college

teacher in broad daylight, and not

allowing any ambulance to enter

the campus, which led him to his

death, give us the message that

law enforcers of our country do

not care about enforcing the law.

They humiliate, beat, abduct,

and kill with impunity. There

are lots of examples where law

enforcers have raped (ie Yasmin of

Dinajpur) and killed, as we see in

the seven murders in Narayanganj.

But the latest killing of a respected

college teacher has now shown

just how far things have gone.

If you are not the son or

daughter of an influential

The message society has been getting is: ‘Don’t you dare protest to any

injustice. Do not raise your voice for what you think is right’

person, you may face any kind of

harassment by law enforcement

agencies or politically influential


Very often, we see news in the

media where members of law

enforcement agencies are involved

in different kinds of crimes. But

I have hardly seen any news

of responsible members of law

enforcement facing exemplary

punishment, which would give

other law enforcement personnel

the message that they are not

above the law.


The message society has been

getting is: “Don’t you dare protest

to any injustice. Do not raise your

voice for what you think is right.

If you dare to do so, you will be

doomed. No one is there to save


Nowadays, I feel afraid when

my husband goes outside of our

home for cigarettes late at night. I

feel afraid when my husband and

I travel at night. I feel afraid when

I am alone on the streets at night.

The list goes on. Our lives have

become full of fear and stress.

People like me, who have still

not been able to catch up with the

trend of the age to be happy no

matter what, are in real danger.

Living the life of a human being

is becoming very difficult day by

day. That is why I felt that day,

seeing the oblivious dog on the

street, that it would have been

better if I were born as a dog. No

such fear would haunt me. •

Monswita Bulbuli is a Sub-Editor at the

Dhaka Tribune.





16 days of activism against

gender-based violence

Each one of us can take meaningful action to end the scourge of gender-based violence

• HE Marcia Bernicat,

Ambassador of the United

States to Bangladesh,

HE Julia Niblett, High

Commissioner of Australia

to Bangladesh, HE Wanja

Campos da Nobrega,

Ambassador of Brazil to

Bangladesh, HE Benoît-

Pierre Laramée, High

Commissioner of Canada

to Bangladesh, HE Sophie

Aubert, Ambassador of

France to Bangladesh,

HE Leoni Margaretha

Cuelenaere, Ambassador

of the Kingdom of

the Netherlands to

Bangladesh, HE Sidsel

Bleken, Ambassador of

Norway to Bangladesh,

HE Yasoja Gunasekera,

High Commissioner of Sri

Lanka to Bangladesh, HE

Johan Frisell, Ambassador

of Sweden to Bangladesh,

HE Alison Mary Blake, High

Commissioner of the United

Kingdom to Bangladesh,

Ms Christine Hunter,

Country Representative,

UN Women, Ms Argentina

Pinto Matavel Piccin,

Country Representative

United Nations Population

Fund (UNFPA), Ms Janina

Jaruzelski, Mission Director,

United States Agency for

International Development

(USAID), Ms Christa Räder,

Country Director, World

Food Program (WFP)

To all fathers, sons, and


Every daughter has a

father; every son has a

mother; every husband, a wife. As

daughters, mothers, and wives, we

call upon the men of Bangladesh

to stand with the girls and women

they love.

Domestic violence is a problem

in every country, but Bangladesh

has one of the world’s highest

rates. One in three women around

the world will experience gender-based

violence in her lifetime,

but in Bangladesh, more than 80%

of currently-married Bangladeshi

women are abused at least once

during their marriage, be it physical,

sexual, emotional, or financial

abuse, or controlling behaviour.

More than half of married

women reported having

experienced violence from a

spouse within the past year. The

victims are not strangers -- they

are the women in your family, the

co-worker you have lunch with,

the woman who serves you at

the bank. And it is your duty as a

father or son or husband or brother

to help end the devastating cycle

of violence.

We can all be Ambassadors for

Change, but as a man, you have a

key role to play. Ending genderbased

violence is about more than

refraining from violence yourself.

It is offering an alternative model

of masculinity that can inspire

Bangladeshi youth. As the famous

Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore

said: “Men are cruel, but man is


Stand apart from the crowd and

be your own kind man. As a man,

you impart traditions and beliefs

to younger generations. You are

a role model, be it as a father,

brother, husband, friend, fatherin-law,

uncle, teacher, employer,

or religious leader. You can teach

boys across Bangladesh to grow

into men who will condemn

violence against girls and women,

and promote a culture of respect

and of healthy relationships.

Decide that you will not tolerate

any gender-based violence. At

work, speak up if a male colleague

jests about abusing his wife. If you

All men should stand up to violence against women


Stand apart from the crowd and be your own

kind man. As a man, you impart traditions and

beliefs to younger generations. You are a role

model, be it as a father, brother, husband,

friend, father-in-law, uncle, teacher, employer,

or religious leader

have children, tell your son to treat

his wife with respect -- and show

him, every day, how you respect

his mother.

If you are a student, stand

beside your female classmate on

the bus and speak against efforts

to harass her. Silence in the face of

violence condones this violation

of human dignity and sends the

message that it is acceptable.

Break that silence.

Likewise, we ask you to offer

support to survivors of violence

and treat them with the dignity

and respect they deserve. This

means holding perpetrators

accountable: Please work to

overcome the indifference to

gender-based violence that allows

it to flourish.

We are writing to you as part of

the international campaign of “16

days of activism against genderbased

violence.” Though this

campaign is observed each year

during the 16 days from November

25 to December 10, girls and

women are abused every day of

the year.

Each one of us can take

meaningful action to end the

scourge of gender-based violence.

Whether you are reading this letter

over your morning tea, on your

mobile phone as you sit in traffic,

or at your computer at work,

look up -- look up at the girls and

women around you and ask what

you can do to help keep them safe.

We invite you to join us; be an

Ambassador for Change. •






Sammy wins battle

of captains

Rajshahi Kings captain Darren

Sammy showcased a gem of an

innings to lead his side to the

second BPL qualifier diminishing

the performance of his opposite

number Tamim Iqbal of Chittagong

Vikings. PAGE 25

High-flying Abahani

do the double

Abahani Limited moved five points

clear at the top of the Bangladesh

Premier League after winning

the season’s second Dhaka derby

2-1 over arch-rival Mohammedan

Sporting Club Limited in Gopalganj

yesterday. PAGE 26

Chapecoense wins


South American soccer’s governing

body CONMEBOL awarded the

2016 Copa Sudamericana to

Brazil’s Chapecoense club on

Monday after most of the team

died in a plane crash in Colombia

last week. PAGE 27

Warner sees Aussies

past NZ to win series

Dave Warner smashed a sixth

one-day international century

of the year to drive Australia to a

convincing 116-run victory over

New Zealand as the hosts wrapped

up the series with a match to spare

in Canberra yesterday. PAGE 28

Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib al Hasan charges on-field umpire Khalid Mahmood during their BPL 4 match against

Khulna Titans in Mirpur yesterday


Dhaka overcome Khulna,

reach grand finale

• Ali Shahriyar Bappa

Dhaka Dynamites defeated Khulna

Titans by 54 runs in Mirpur’s

Sher-e Bangla National Stadium

yesterday to reach the final of

the Bangladesh Premier League

Twenty20’s fourth edition. Khulna

will now face Rajshahi Kings

in the second qualifier today at

the same venue to decide who the

other finalist.

Chasing Dhaka’s 140/8, Khulna

opening batsmen Andre Fletcher

and Hasanuzzaman made a

steady start. Khulna were 34 for

no loss at one stage.

But Khulna could not capitalise

on the good start and lost wickets

at regular intervals. Fletcher was

the first batsman to be dismissed

by Shakib al Hasan in the sixth


However, two decisions then

went against Khulna. Opener

Hasanuzzaman was adjudged leg

before wicket in the seventh over

but TV replays showed the ball

would have clearly missed the leg


Benny Howell was also unfortunate

to be adjudged LBW in

the eight over as well as replays

showed that he had a big inside

edge but the umpire clearly

thought otherwise.

Eventually, Khulna were all

out for 86 runs in 16.2 overs with

only Fletcher and Ariful Haque

reaching double figures.

Andre Russell took three wickets

conceding only 16 runs while

Dwayne Bravo also bagged three

giving away just 10 runs.

Earlier, Khulna skipper

Mahmudullah won the toss and

elected to field first.

Dhaka made three changes

from their last match with opener

Evin Lewis coming back to the

team instead of Ronsford Beaton,

Russell replacing Seekkuge Prasanna

and Ravi Bopara making

way for Bravo.

Khulna initiated the breakthrough

in the second over when

Mehedi Maruf got out off Junaid

Khan’s bowling.

No 3 batsman Kumar Sangakkara

hit a couple of boundaries

but got out cheaply against Junaid.

Junaid also got the wicket of the

other opener Lewis in the fourth

over when he was caught by wicket-keeper

Nicholas Pooran.

Part-time leg-spinner Fletcher

then took two important wickets

in the middle period of the

innings. First he dismissed Nasir

Hossain before accounting for the

wicket of captain Shakib al Hasan.

Player of the match Russell

and Bravo formed a vital 49-run

partnership for the seventh wicket.

Russell scored 46 from just 25

deliveries while Bravo scored 23.

Dhaka eventually ended their

innings on 140 from their allotted

20 overs.

Khulna pacer Junaid picked up

four wickets conceding 24 runs

while Fletcher took two for 22

runs. •



Maruf c Pooran b Junaid 7 6

Lewis c Pooran b Junaid 11 8

Sangakkara c sub (Naeem) b Junaid 9 7

Nasir c Shuvagata b Fletcher 13 16

Shakib c & b Fletcher 18 18

Mosaddek run out (Mahmudullah) 8 15

Russell c Mahmudullah b Howell 46 25

Bravo not out 23 22

Babu b Junaid 0 2

Sanjamul not out 0 1

Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5

Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 140

Fall Of Wickets

1-11, 2-27, 3-28, 4-56, 5-65, 6-89, 7-138, 8-139


Mahmudullah 3-0-26-0, Junaid 4-0-24-

4, Shuvagata 1-0-8-0, Howell 4-0-35-1,

Mosharraf 4-0-18-0, Fletcher 3-0-22-2,

Shafiul 1-0-6-0


Fletcher st Sangakkara b Shakib 28 22

Hasanuzzaman lbw b Russell 5 11

Mahmudullah c Jayed b Russell 5 6

Howell lbw b Sanjamul 4 6

Mazid c & b Mosaddek 7 8

Pooran c Bravo b Jayed 9 13

Ariful c & b Russell 14 16

Shuvagata b Bravo 8 6

Mosharraf c Sanjamul b Bravo 1 3

Junaid c Lewis b Bravo 1 5

Shafiul not out 0 2

Extras (w 4) 4

Total (all out; 16.2 overs) 86

Fall Of Wickets

1-34, 2-39, 3-40, 4-46, 5-53, 6-68, 7-81,

8-84, 9-84, 10-86


Jayed 3-0-20-1, Russell 4-0-16-3, Shakib

3-0-22-1, Sanjamul 2-0-9-1, Nasir 1-0-6-0,

Mosaddek 1-0-3-1, Bravo 2.2-0-10-3

The Dynamites won by 54 runs

MoM: Andre Russell (DD)



poor umpiring

talk of town

• Tribune Report

Dhaka Dynamites captain Shakib al

Hasan produced a fresh controversy

when the Bangladesh superstar

charged the on-field umpire during

their first qualifier of the 2016 BPL

against Khulna Titans in Mirpur.

The incident happened in the

fifth ball of Khulna’s innings when

Shakib went furious at Pakistan

umpire Khalid Mahmood after a

leg-before wicket decision of Andre

Fletcher went against Dhaka.

Bowler Abu Jayed launched a huge

appeal but Mahmood denied the

call. Jayed became furious at him

before being joined by his captain

Shakib, who took the incident to a

whole new level. Thankfully, Andre

Russell intervened at just the

right moment to stop the incident

from worsening further.

Later, Dhaka benefited from a

couple of wrong decisions - a common

scene in this year’s BPL.

Is this what we call the gentleman’s



Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim


The way we came back in this tournament,

I am very proud of my

players. We scored 20 runs short

and committed a few mistakes

while bowling. At the end of the

day, I am still proud of the boys as

I think we played some really good

cricket. Personally, I am happy at

the way we played throughout the

tournament. Four hundred and

eighty runs (476) is amazing. But

at the end of the day, if I cannot

win for the team it doesn’t have

any value. I think our local players

underperformed. If they had performed

well then we could have

finished in a better position. I am

sure they tried but unfortunately, it

didn’t work out.

Rajshahi Kings skipper Darren


We were always confident from the

start of the tournament. We came

here to win the tournament. We

are a new team but you look at the

group stage matches, whenever we

were out there everybody saw that

this team was gelling together. We

perform like a family whether we

look good or not. Now we have

fixed up our goals to reach the finals

but we need to take one game

at a time. I wasn’t too sad in the

dressing room when we finished

fourth because every time we

played a team above us, we defeated

them. So hopefully it will work

well in the next match as well. •

Sammy wins battle of captains

• Fazley Rabbi Moon

Rajshahi Kings captain Darren

Sammy showcased a gem of an

innings to lead his side to the

second Bangladesh Premier

League Twenty20 2016-17 season

qualifier diminishing the

performance of his opposite

number Tamim Iqbal of Chittagong

Vikings. Sammy scored

a 23-ball fifty in the Eliminator

in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla

National Stadium yesterday to

guide his side to a three-wicket

win with nine balls to spare.

Chasing Chittagong’s 142/8,

Rajshahi faced an immediate

setback when the in-form Mominul

Haque threw his wicket

away playing a loose shot

against the bowling of Subashish

Roy. From there, Rajshahi

lost wickets at regular

intervals. Afif Rahman, Sabbir

Rahman and Samit Patel were

dismissed after some disappointing


Nurul Hasan played well

for his 34 but Chittagong were

in cruise control after a superb

tag-team effort from

Shoaib Malik and Jahurul Islam

sent the opening batsman

back before James Franklin

was cleaned up in the same

Saqlain Sajib over. Their woes

worsened when Mehedi Hasan

Miraz was run out after a misunderstanding

with Sammy.

Thereafter, it was an exclusive

Sammy show. He took the

game away from Chittagong

adding 49 unbroken runs

alongside Farhad Reza for the

Sport 25

Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy celebrates while his opposite number Tamim Iqbal of Chittagong Vikings looks on

during their Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2016-17 season Eliminator at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur



It was an exclusive

Sammy show.

He took the

game away from

Chittagong adding

49 unbroken runs

alongside Farhad

eighth-wicket partnership.

Sammy hit three consecutive

boundaries in Subashish’s 16th

over to make the equation a

run-a-ball. The two-time World

T20 winning captain stayed till

the end to take Rajshahi home

scoring 55 off 27 balls including

two huge sixes. Farhad, who

made 19 off 11 balls, scored the

winning runs.

Saqlain and Subashish took

two wickets each for Chittagong

as they ended their BPL

campaign this year in the last


Earlier, riding on yet another

fifty from Tamim, Chittagong

posted a modest total of 142

in their stipulated 20 overs.

Tamim led from the front scoring

51 off 46 balls, featuring half

a dozen fours.

Chris Gayle scored 44 off 30

balls hitting five huge sixes to

give his captain solid support

after another opener Dwayne

Smith went for a duck. The second

wicket duo added 74 runs

for the to lay a solid foundation

for the port-city outfit.

However, the Rajshahi bowlers

came back strongly in the

latter part of the innings to restrict

Chittagong to a manageable

total. Apart from Tamim

and Gayle, no other Chittagong

batsman scored significantly.

Malik scored 14 while Anamul

Haque and Jahurul made 11


Kesrick Williams was the

pick of the bowlers taking four

wickets conceding 11 runs in

his four overs while Farhad

took two wickets.

Sammy was adjudged player

of the match.•

Chittagong Vikings v Rajshahi Kings

Gayle finishes with five-sixer knock

Chris Gayle, the big-hitting Chittagong

left-hander, finished his Bangladesh Premier

League Twenty20 2016-17 season

campaign with 44 runs from 30 deliveries

as his side suffered a three-wicket defeat

in the Eliminator in Mirpur’s Sher-e-

Bangla National Stadium. Gayle smashed

five sixes and two fours during his innings.

The southpaw was struggling with

his fitness yesterday and batted at No 3.

The big man from Jamaica slipped and

fell to the ground twice during his stay at

the crease. Gayle slipped while trying to

take the second run early in his innings.

The second time he fell was in the seventh

over. Rajshahi spinner Afif Hossain

bowled a wide. Gayle tried to sweep and

lost his balance before falling down. The

wicket-keeper got across and whipped

the bails off but Gayle put his left foot

back in time. He was clearly in discomfort

while batting but still managed to hit

five huge sixes. In total, he has smashed

10 sixes in five BPL innings this season.

Sammy, the captain fantastic

Rajshahi skipper Darren Sammy played

a magnificent innings and snatched the

win from Chittagong’s grasp. He played

a brilliant unbeaten knock of 55 off just

27 balls, sealing victory in the process

alongside the undefeated Farhad Reza.

Rajshahi were struggling at one stage.

They lost their sixth wicket for 57 runs.






Tamim c Patel b Williams 51 46

Smith c Sammy b Williams 0 5

Gayle c Farhad b Franklin 44 30

Malik c Miraz b Farhad 14 12

Anamul c Miraz b Farhad 11 10

Nabi run out (Sabbir) 5 6

Jahurul not out 11 7

Razzak c Miraz b Williams 0 2

Taskin lbw b Williams 0 1

Saqlain not out 1 1

Extras (w 5) 5

Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 142

Fall Of Wickets

1-8 (Smith), 2-82 (Gayle), 3-112 (Malik),

4-117 (Tamim), 5-127 (Anamul), 6-131

(Nabi), 7-131 (Razzak), 8-132 (Taskin)


Williams 4-0-11-4, Miraz 4-0-36-0, Afif

2-0-25-0, Sammy 3-0-20-0, Farhad 4-0-

26-2, Franklin 1-0-8-1, Nazmul 2-0-16-0


Nurul c Jahurul b Saqlain 34 28

Mominul c Razzak b Subashish 4 7

Afif c Subashish b Razzak 0 1

Sabbir c Nabi b Subashish 11 13

Patel b Nabi 5 10

Franklin b Saqlain 2 4

Sammy not out 55 27

Miraz run out (Taskin) 10 10

Farhad not out 19 11

Extras (w 3) 3

Total (7 wickets; 18.3 overs) 143

Fall Of Wickets

1-6 (Mominul), 2-8 (Afif), 3-39 (Sabbir),

4-53 (Patel), 5-55 (Nurul), 6-57 (Franklin),

7-94 (Miraz)


Razzak 4-1-17-1, Subashish 3-0-28-2, Smith

1-0-13-0, Taskin 3.3-0-31-0, Saqlain 4-0-

24-2, Nabi 3-0-30-1

The Kings won by three wickets

MoM: Darren Sammy (RK)

But Sammy, Rajshahi’s captain fantastic,

rose to the occasion and played a

captain’s knock. Sammy was impressive

while fielding as well. Chittagong were

batting well at one stage. Gayle and the

in-form Tamim Iqbal were batting nicely

but Sammy changed his bowlers well

and checked the run-rate successfully.

More importantly, whenever a wicket

fell in the death overs, Sammy gathered

his teammates and celebrated in unique

ways, sometimes taking imaginary selfies

and taking dummy group photos on

the other occasions. Their team spirit

was clearly visible. As a result, the spirited

Rajshahi dumped the star-studded

Chittagong out of the tournament.

Dhaka Dynamites v Khulna Titans

Junaid’s great last over and another

four-wicket haul

Khulna’s leading pacer Junaid Khan

displayed another superb bowling

performance, including a great last

over under pressure, to restrict Dhaka

to 140. Junaid bagged his second fourwicket

haul of the tournament as he

dismissed Mehedi Maruf, Evin Lewis,

Kumar Sangakkara and Alauddin Babu.

He is now at the top of the highest

wicket-takers’ list with 20 wickets. The

Pakistani recruit also produced a superb

last over at the end conceding two runs

and taking the wicket of Babu. •







Abahani do the double over Mohammedan

• Tribune Report

Abahani Limited moved five points

clear at the top of the Bangladesh

Premier League after winning

the season’s second Dhaka derby

2-1 over arch-rival Mohammedan

Sporting Club Limited in the last

match at the full-house Sheikh Fazlul

Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj


The Sky Blues’ top two performers

this season, English midfielder

Lee Andrew Tuck and Nigerian

striker Sunday Chizoba carried on

their amazing form netting one

apiece in the second half to give

George Kottan’s side their 12th

league win.

The victory put the Dhanmondi

outfit in a position of authority

at the summit of the points table

as they extended their lead to five

points with second-placed Chittagong

Abahani with only four

more rounds left. They now have

42 points from 18 matches while

Mohammedan remained third

from bottom with only 17 points

Terrible start cost Comilla heavily

• Ali Shahriyar Bappa

Defending champion Comilla Victorians

made the worst possible

start in their bid to defend the title,

losing the first five matches in the

fourth edition of the Bangladesh

Premier League Twenty20. The

five losses virtually ousted Comilla

from the playoff race. The franchise

recruited some good players

in the draft in the shape of Pakistan

all-rounders Imad Wasim and Sohail

Tanvir and opening batsman

Ahmed Shehzad but were unable

to produce the desired result and

eventually finished their campaign

at sixth position in the points table.

Comilla managed to win five out

of 12 matches. They restored some

lost pride by winning their last four

matches in a row.

Comilla struggled to find the

right combination in the first

matches or so. In the first few

matches, they picked four overseas

all-rounders in the playing

XI – Tanvir, Wasim, West Indies’

Marlon Samuels and Ashar Zaidi -

but the strategy did not work. The

top-order did not click for Comilla

in the first and second phase. The

faltering opening batting pair was

always a headache for Comilla as

they tried out various combinations.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton

Kumar Das, left-hander Imrul

Kayes, youngster Nazmul Hossain

Shanto, Pakistan’s Khalid Latif

and Jasimuddin were all tried as

openers but nothing clicked for the

holders and it affected them a great

deal. As usual, captain Mashrafe

Abahani Limited’s Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba heads towards goal during their Bangladesh Premier League match against

arch-rival Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Stadium in Gopalganj yesterday


from the same number of outings

as Abahani.

Courtesy the win, Abahani did

the double over Mohammedan after

winning their corresponding

fixture 3-0 in the first phase two

and a half months ago.

bin Mortaza was impressive with

both bat and ball and his captaincy

was also praiseworthy.

But it is their batting that let

the team down on numerous occasions.

Comilla also missed a death

bowler like Abu Haider Rony, who

joined Barisal Bulls this year. Last

year’s player of the series, Zaidi

was not in the best of form and

struggled to even make it to starting


Comilla did bounce back in the

final stages of the tournament and

Samuels and Shehzad were able to

score some runs, along with Kayes.

Comilla will surely try to forget this

season, fix their team combination

and achieve something good next

time around.

Local players

Kayes missed out big time when



Player Inns Runs HS Ave SR

Samuels 8 334 69* 66.80 116.78

Kayes 12 257 52 21.41 122.96

Shehzad 8 247 61 35.28 117.06

Latif 8 192 76 32.00 115.66

Shanto 9 180 54* 25.71 109.75


Player Inns Wkts BBI Ave Econ

Rashid 8 13 3/13 14.92 6.06

Mashrafe 12 13 3/16 22.76 6.43

Tanvir 8 10 4/18 19.40 6.46

Saifuddin 9 9 3/12 26.55 8.74

Nabil 9 8 3/17 26.62 6.87

Abahani dominated the game

right from the very beginning.

They kept the opposition defence

busy but failed to find the back of

the net despite creating a number

of chances in the first half. Mohammedan,

on the other hand, looked

his team needed him the most. The

opener finished with 257 runs in

12 innings. Shanto was impressive

with the willow scoring 180 runs

in 12 innings but his strike rate was

not up to the mark, bearing in mind

the T20 format.

Mashrafe was brilliant with the

leather taking 13 wickets in 12 innings.

Spinner Nabil Samad made

some valuable contributions picking

up eight wickets in 10 innings.

But the experienced Mohammad

Sharif was disappointing as he

managed only two wickets in seven


Foreign players

Samuels was impressive with the

bat. The two-time World T20 champion

scored 334 runs in just eight

innings with a staggering average

of 66.80. Opener Shehzad also batted

well making 247 runs in eight

innings. But the chief disappointment

was Zaidi. Zaidi was Comilla’s

star performer last season.

But this year, the all-rounder

struggled to find his rhythm and

played only three matches. Another

disappointment for Comilla was

Wasim. The highly rated all-rounder

is regarded as one of the best T20

players in recent times. But Wasim

only played two matches bagging

as many wickets and scoring only

five runs.

Comilla’s best overseas player

with the ball was perhaps Afghanistan

leg-spinner Rashid Khan. The

leggie was magnificent throughout

the tournament. He took 13 wickets

in just eight matches at an economy

rate of 6.06. •

disorganised and struggled to find

their rhythm.

The Motijheel outfit defended

well in the opening half but the

Sky Blues went ahead six minutes

after resumption. Tuck scored his

10th goal in his debut season for

the Sky Blues when he netted from

the penalty spot after Mohammedan

goalkeeper Mohammad Nehal

fouled Jewel Rana inside the box.

In-form Sunday doubled the

lead in the 80th minute. Wahed

Ahmed played a brilliant through

pass forward for the Nigerian striker

who collected the ball nicely

inside the box, cut inside the custodian

before slotting home with

a precise angular effort from the

right side of the box.

It was Sunday’s 19th league

goal which is five more than anyone

else. The goal also marked the

league’s 280th goal this season.

Mohammedan pulled one back

moments before the final whistle

through a simple tap-in by Cameroonian

defender Pouemi Landry

but it was too little, too late.

The game concluded the

Gopalganj chapter in the topflight.

The fifth venue hosted six

matches of the 18th round. More

than 10,000 people gathered at the

stadium to watch the season’s final

Dhaka derby. •

Comilla Victorians captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza ponders what might have been

following yet another defeat



Copa Sudamericana

to Chapecoense

• Reuters, Asuncion

South American soccer’s

governing body CONMEBOL

awarded the 2016 Copa Sudamericana


to Brazil’s Chapecoense club

on Monday after most of the

team died in a plane crash in

Colombia last week.

Only six people survived

the crash en route to the final,

which killed 71 passengers and

crew, shocked football fans

worldwide, and plunged Brazil

into mourning.

Colombia’s Club Atletica

Nacional, which would have

played Chapecoense in the

biggest game in the club’s history,

asked for the trophy to be

awarded to the Brazilian team

to honor the victims, CONME-

BOL said in a statement.

CONMEBOL’s council decided

to honor that request

with all of the “sport and economic

prerogatives that entails,”

the statement said. Club

Atletico was also given a onetime

Fair Play award.

As Sudamericana champions,

Chapecoense will automatically

play Libertadores

champions Atletico Nacional

for the Recopa Sudamericana

As champions,

Chapecoense will

play Libertadores


Atletico Nacional

for the Recopa


next year

next year.

They will also get a guaranteed

spot in next year’s Copa

Libertadores, South America’s

equivalent of the Champions


Family and friends donning

the team’s green and white

colors grieved over 50 caskets

flown to Chapeco for an openair

wake in the team’s stadium

on Saturday. Chapecoense

had ascended in a storybook

tale from the minor leagues

to reach the final of a major

South American tournament.

A BAe146 regional airliner

operated by Bolivian charter

company LAMIA had radioed

that it was running out of fuel

before smashing into a hillside

outside Medellin, Colombia.•

Sport 27



Chennai Test in balance after politician’s death

• Reuters

India’s cricket board (BCCI) has not

made a decision on the fate of the final

Test match against England next

week, but is monitoring the situation

in Chennai following the death of Indian

politician Jayalalithaa Jayaraman

on Monday.

Jayalalithaa was chief minister of

southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, of

which Chennai is the capital.

The fifth Test in the current series

between India and England is scheduled

to be held at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram

Stadium from Dec. 16-20,

but local media reported that the BCCI

is considering switching venues.

“An unfortunate incident has taken

place in Chennai, but the BCCI is making

clear that no decision has been

taken regarding Chennai test,” BCCI

secretary Ajay Shirke told a news conference


India lead the five-match series 2-0

ahead of the fourth Test in Mumbai

starting tomorrow.•

The Energypac Victory Day Squash Tournament was inaugurated at

Navy and Gulshan Club last Sunday





Bangladesh Premier League

Qualifier 2

Khulna Titans v Rajshahi Kings



CSA T20 Challenge 2016

Titans v Bizhub Highveld Lions





UEFA Champions League

Lyon v Sevilla



UEFA Youth League

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund


UEFA Champions League

Basel v Arsenal



UEFA Champions League

Porto v Leicester






Warner c Williamson b G’homme 119 115

Finch b Santner 19 34

Smith c Santner b Southee 72 76

Head c Munro b Southee 57 32

M Marsh not out 76 40

Wade b Boult 11 5

Bailey not out 0 1

Extras (lb 11, w 10, nb 3) 24

Total (5 wickets; 50 overs) 378

Fall Of Wickets

1-68 (Finch), 2-213 (Warner), 3-248

(Smith), 4-319 (Head), 5-357 (Wade)


Henry 10-0-91-0, Boult 10-0-80-1, Santner

10-0-47-1, Southee 10-0-63-2, De Grandhomme

9-0-74-1, Neesham 1-0-12-0


Guptill c Wade b Cummins 45 33

Latham c & b Hazlewood 4 12

Williamson c Warner b Cummins 81 80

Neesham c Starc b Hazlewood 74 83

Munro c M Marsh b Faulkner 11 12

De Grandhomme c Wade b Starc 12 14

Santner b Starc 2 5

Watling c Warner b Faulkner 17 22

Southee c Bailey b Cummins 2 4

Henry c Faulkner b Cummins 7 13

Boult not out 2 6

Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5

Total (all out; 47.2 overs) 262

Fall Of Wickets

1-40 (Latham), 2-52 (Guptill), 3-177

(Neesham), 4-191 (Munro), 5-229 (De

Grandhomme), 6-232 (Williamson), 7-236

(Santner), 8-243 (Southee), 9-254 (Henry),

10-262 (Watling)


Starc 10-0-52-2, Hazlewood 9-1-42-2,

Cummins 10-0-41-4, Head 7-0-31-0,

Faulkner 8.2-0-69-2, M Marsh 3-0-26-0

Australia won by 116 runs

MoM: David Warner

United host

Reading, City

visit West Ham

• Reuters, London

Manchester United will begin

their FA Cup defence at home to

a Reading side managed by their

former defender Jaap Stam, while

their local rivals Manchester City

visit West Ham United in the third

round after the draw was made on


Premier League leaders Chelsea

will host Notts County or Peterborough,

English champions Leicester

City will visit fellow top-flight side

Everton, while Liverpool welcome

Newport County or Plymouth Argyle

in ties to be played between

Jan. 6-9.

Arsenal, who like Manchester

United have won the famous old

trophy a record 12 times, travel to

Preston North End, while north

London rivals and eight-times winners

Tottenham Hotspur entertain

Aston Villa, who won the FA Cup

on seven occasions.

Seventh-tier Stourbridge United,

the lowest ranked team left in

the competition, face a rearranged

second-round tie at home to Northampton

Town on Dec. 13.•


Australia’s David Warner celebrates reaching his hundred during their second ODI

against New Zealand in Canberra yesterday


Warner sees Australia

past NZ to clinch series

• Reuters, Sydney

Dave Warner smashed a sixth oneday

international century of the

year to drive Australia to a convincing

116-run victory over New

Zealand as the hosts wrapped up

the series with a match to spare in

Canberra yesterday.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson

won the toss under leaden

skies in the Australian capital and

made the decision to bowl on a Manuka

Oval track where batting first

has been an all but sure-fire path to


Australia duly piled on an imposing

378 for five with the Blacks

Caps only able to muster up 262 all

out in 47.2 overs in reply.

Warner hit 119 off 115 balls with

14 fours and one six, combining

with his captain Steve Smith,

whose 164 went a long way to winning

the series opener in Sydney on

Sunday, in a second-wicket partnership

of 145.

Smith made 72, Travis Head 57

and Mitchell Marsh 76 as Australia

plundered 126 from the last 10


“It was a fantastic wicket, it always

is down here at Manuka, and

we know that if you keep wickets in

hand you can take 100-150 runs off

the last 15,” Warner said.

Warner’s two centuries were

among the few highlights for Australia

in their 5-0 humiliation in

South Africa in October and six in

one year, with the third match of

the series in Melbourne to come, is

unprecedented for an Australian.

Only Indians Sachin Tendulkar

(nine in 1998) and Sourav Ganguly

(seven in 2000) have hit more centuries

in one year.

“It’s the format that I perhaps

thought wasn’t my greatest but this

year’s been fantastic and I’ve got to

keep going as well as I can,” Warner


The opener secured his 10th

one-day century with a scrambled

single and it took a brilliant catch

from Williamson to dismiss him

after 2 1/2 hours at the crease, the

Black Caps skipper getting down

to take a full-powered shot inches

above the grass.

Williamson top-scored for the

visitors with 84 and put on 125 for

the third wicket with Jimmy Neesham

(74) but the writing was on the

wall once they had departed.

Australian quick Pat Cummins,

playing in his first international series

for a year, took 4-41.

The Australians, assured of retaining

their number one ranking

in the 50-over game, reclaimed

the Chappell-Hadlee trophy which

New Zealand had won on home soil

in February. •

Porto, Sevilla hunt final knockout berths

• AFP, Paris

While Real Madrid and Borussia

Dortmund grapple for top spot in

Group F, twice former winners Porto

and Sevilla look to clinch the two

remaining spots in the Champions

League last 16 today.

Portuguese giants Porto, European

champions in 1987 and 2004,

host Leicester City in their final

group stage match wary of FC Copenhagen

pipping them to second

in Group G.

Despite a woeful defence of

their Premier League crown,

Leicester are guaranteed to finish

top of their section in Europe and

avoid the likes of Barcelona and Atletico

Madrid in the next round.

And the Foxes could well decide

which team joins them in the

knockout phase with Copenhagen,

third in the group, trailing Porto by

two points ahead of a trip to pointless

Club Brugge.

Porto halted a run of five straight

draws courtesy of teenager Rui Pedro’s

95th-minute winner over Braga

at the weekend, ending a club record

run of 520 minutes without a goal.

Porto will secure their passage to

the last 16 with victory over Leicester,

but anything less will open the

door for Copenhagen, who have a

head-to-head advantage over the

Portuguese on away goals.

Copenhagen, unbeaten domestically

this term, stretched their

lead in Denmark to 11 points on

Saturday after securing an eighth

successive win with a 1-0 defeat of


Three-time reigning Europa

League champions Sevilla are favourites

to advance alongside

Juventus in Group H, with Lyon

needing to beat the Spaniards by at

least two goals at Parc OL. •



Leverkusen v Monaco

Tottenham v CSKA Moscow


Legia Warsaw v Sporting Lisbon

Real Madrid v Dortmund


Club Brugge v FC Copenhagen

FC Porto v Leicester City


Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb

Lyon v Sevilla

Real Madrid’s Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo attends a training session

at Valdebebas in Madrid yesterday








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4 Seaman (3)

7 Suspension of fighting (5)

8 Tempt (6)

11 Offer (3)

12 Vegetables (4)

13 Honey drink (4)

15 Biblical quotations (5)

16 Airman (5)

20 Pace (4)

23 Of sound mind (4)

24 Extinct bird (3)

25 Dwellings (6)

26 Savoury meat-jelly (5)

27 Female deer (3)

28 Formal agreement (6)


1 Moved furtively (5)

2 Scottish national

emblem (7)

3 Slender support (4)

4 Musical instrument (4)

5 Sour (4)

6 Colour (3)

9 Born (3)

10 Financial burden (3)

14 Serial part (7)

17 Boy (3)

18 United (3)

19 Irritable (5)

20 Tolerable (4)

21 Ribbon (4)

22 Agreement (4)

24 Insane (3)


How to solve: Each number in our

CODE-CRACKER grid represents a

different letter of the alphabet. For

example, today 12 represents N so fill N

every time the figure 12 appears.

You have two letters in the control

grid to start you off. Enter them in the

appropriate squares in the main grid,

then use your knowledge of words to

work out which letters go in the missing


Some letters of the alphabet may not

be used.

As you get the letters, fill in the other

squares with the same number in the

main grid, and the control grid. Check

off the list of alphabetical letters as you

identify them.




How to solve: Fill in the blank spaces with the

numbers 1 – 9. Every row, column and 3 x 3 box must

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Social buzz around celebs

Mithila receives Chancellor’s Gold Medal

• Showtime Desk

Rafiath Rashid Mithila is a well

known actor, model, anchor, and

singer. This multi-talented actor

is now celebrating her successful

educational journey as well.

Among the students of the

Master’s program, Mithila has

received the highest CGPA (4.00).

She has also secured the top

position in merit list to complete

her second masters on Early

Childhood Development from

BRAC University.

Mithila shared her happiness

on her social media profile by

posting a status, “Memories to be

cherished for life.”

Mithila is currently working at

Brac International as an education

programme manager.

Lyricist turns champion

Popular song writer Sheik

Rana, who has written many

famous songs like “Pori” by

Bappa Mazumder is now busy

with something else. He has

recently won a local badminton

tournament. It was like a selftreat

for Sheik Rana. He shared

his happiness on social media as

well. He even mentioned that,

this is not the first time he played

badminton. In his early age, he

used to pass his time playing

games like badminton and others,

in the High Court area of Dhaka.

Manush Foundation and Tusty

Actor, and dancer, Shamima

Tusty has been involved with a

social welfare organisation named

‘Manush Foundation,’ for a long

time. The goal of the foundation

is to spread happiness to the

unprivileged society across the

country. Manush Foundation is

collecting winter clothes for those

homeless children. Meanwhile,

members of Manush Foundation

along with Tusty met Russell

Ahmed Tuhin, son of honourable

President Abdul Hamid, to briefly

discuss about the issue. •

Meryl Streep movie ranked

Bindas Vaani

• Showtime Desk

• Showtime Desk

With 19 Academy Award

nominations and three wins,

critically-acclaimed movie credits,

and mother to talented daughters -

two actresses and a model - Meryl

Streep’s influence on the movie

industry is likely to outlive her.

With this in mind,

PrettyFamous, an entertainment

data site by Graphiq, ranked every

Meryl Streep movie from worst

to first. To do so, PrettyFamous

compiled a list of Streep’s movie

credits (whether her role was big

or small) and ranked each based on

its Smart Rating (documentaries

and TV movies weren’t included).

A Smart Rating is a score out of 100

that takes into account a movie’s

Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer

and Audience Score, IMDb rating,

Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote

rating, and its inflation-adjusted

US box office gross.

Of course, with an almost 40-

year career and over 50 feature

films, there are bound to be some

that shine over others. Streep’s

penchant for movie musicals, for

example, including Mamma Mia!

and Into the Woods, were nowhere

near the Oscar-caliber work, she is

known for. However, the actress’s

versatility certainly is one of her

main strengths. •

Source: Collected

Vaani Kapoor is all set to make

her comeback, after making her

Bollywood debut with Maneesh

Sharma’s 2013 film Shuddh Desi

Romance, which also featured

Parineeti Chopra and Sushant

Singh Rajput.

The actress is hoping big with

her second Bollywood outing,

Befikre, which is directed by

Aditya Chopra and also stars

Ranveer Singh. The minute film’s

first look came out, it instantly

grabbed everyone’s attention and

became the talk of the town.

It was in 2013, when she

got noticed for her debut

performance in Shuddh Desi

Romance, but it took Vaani

Kapoor nearly three years to bag

another Hindi film, something

which did not bother her much.

Post her debut with the Yash Rajbacked

romantic-comedy, Vaani

featured in the Telugu remake of

Band Baaja Baarat, titled Aaha

Kalyanam in 2014.

Now with just few days to go

for her film’s release, the actress

broke her silence and finally

addressed the rumours. The

actress laughed off the rumours

about her getting a lip and chin

surgery by saying that she isn’t

rich enough to afford a surgery

as such. “I just can’t go through

such tiring process and the pain,”

said Vaani in an interview. Vaani

also said that her weight-loss

changed her body structure, as

it is supposed to. “I lose weight

so obviously my jaw and face

looks different now. My frame

looks different and I am sure

audiences will be able to reason

the change,” Vaani added. •





Int Short and Independent Film Festival in full swing

by Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark

Nonexistence Mon Amour by

Jaheen Faruque Amin, Bangladesh

Hands, an experimental film by

Ruhul Mahfuz Joy, Bangladesh

Dar, a fiction by

Mohammadalifami Tafreshi, Iran

Oh My Soul, a documentory by

Kivini Shohe

Auto Driver, a fiction by Meena


• Showtime Desk

Three days has passed since

the inauguration of the 14th

International Short and

Independent Film Festival, and

the premises of this thriving

festival are crowded with alike,

film enthusiasts, and filmmakers.

Today, there will be screenings

of some notable films at different

venues in the capital. Here is an

excerpt of today’s schedule of the


Central Public Library

11:00am to 7:00pm

Two Rivers, a fiction by Melonie

Gartner from USA

Hipopotamy by Piotr Dumala

[Beijing Film Academy]

Cinema, a fiction by Mehrab Jahid,


Path, a fiction by Md Abid Mallick,


National Museun, Main


5:00pm to 7:00pm

Retrospective of Garin Nugroho

Bird-Man Tale and Of Love and

E gg s

3:00pm to 7:00pm

New Moon, a fiction by Andréa

Prado, Brazil

Captivity of Negativity , a fiction

by Sultan Hasan Mahmud,


Heal the World by, a fiction Masum

Syed, Bangladesh at 3pm -7pm,

at National Museum (Poet Sufia

Kamal Auditorium)

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

3:00pm to 7:00pm

The Look of Silence, a documentary

Eat Snow, a fiction by Max

Hegewald, Germany

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro

3:00pm to 7:00pm

My Enemy My Brother, a

documentory by Ann Shin, Canada

International Short and

Independent Film Festival (ISIFF),

a Biennale film event, is taking

place since 1988. It is one of

the oldest festival of short films

organised independently in South

Asia. Bangladesh Short Film

Forum, the pioneer organisation

of independent Bangladeshi

filmmakers are organising this film

festival, with a vision to promote

the culture of independent and

alternative cinema across the

region. •

Jayalalithaa’s little known Bollywood stint

Jimmy Kimmel to host the

2017 Oscars

• Showtime Desk

• Showtime Desk

Apart from her charismatic

political career, the recently deceased

Tamil Nadu chief minister

J Jayalalithaa, reigned over an

enviable acting career in South

Indian cinema. However, what is

little known, is that the superstar

of south cinema featured in a few

Hindi films as well.

In the midst of her successful

movie career, Jayalalithaa starred

opposite Dharmendra in a 1968

Hindi movie, titled Izzat. The

film was directed by the popular

Tamil-Telugu director T Prakash

Rao, who had a distinction of

making several successful Hindi

films in the 1960s, with leading

ladies from the South. Rao’s

cultural comfort in transitioning

between Tamil and Hindi cinema

was the reason he was given

the responsibility of launching

Jayalalithaa in Bollywood.

In the film, she played an

ethnic girl who falls in love with a

rich boy. Remembering his co-star

after her sad demise, Dharmendra

said Jayalalithaa’s role in Izzat was

similar to that of Basanti (played

by Hema Malini) in Sholay (1975).

However, the former Tamil Nadu

chief minister used to stay quiet

on the sets when not acting.

Despite Rao’s track record of

delivering box-office successes,

Izzat failed to make money and

the movie sank without a trace.

However, many remember

Jayalalithaa’s graceful dancing

to Lata Mangeshkar’s “Jaagi re

badan mein jaala saiyyan tuney

kya kar dala” in the film.

Jayalalithaa first appeared as a

child-artist in Man Mauji (1962),

where she played the role of Lord

Krishna in a dance sequence.

Kishore Kumar and Sadhna

played the lead roles in the

film. She was a trained Kathak,

Mohiniattam, and Manipuri

dancer. •

Jimmy Kimmel, American

comedian and television host,

has been confirmed to host the

Academy Awards next February.

The host of the late-night

talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live,

confirmed the news himself

in a mid-day tweet. “Yes, I am

hosting the Oscars. This is not a

prank. And if it is, my revenge on

@TheAcademy will be terrible

and sweet,” he wrote.

Oscars producers Michael De

Luca and Jennifer Todd, revealed

the announcement of hiring

Jimmy Kimmel for the job of The

Hollywood Reporter who broke

the news.

“I grew up with a little

Johnny Carson as host, a lot

with Billy Crystal, I loved the

Ellen (DeGeneres) year and

Steve Martin,” De Luca told USA

TODAY in early November, prior

to Kimmel’s hiring. “I like funny

people who can riff and improve,

throw out one-liners based on the

evening’s events. But I think if

we had one word to describe how

we want people to feel during the

show, we want joy.”

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel got

some mileage of out his new gig

as the Oscar host in the opening

monologue of Monday’s edition of

Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“A lot of things happened to

me over the last two weeks. I got a

tummy tuck. They still give those.

I had my eyes done and I think

they look great, right? I also went

to Dry Bar, I got an up-do. I had

my whole body done. I read online

today that in February – I will be

hosting the Oscars,” he said.

Kimmel also joked about

the extremely late timing of

the 89th Academy Awards host

announcement. He poked fun at

the fact that he was probably not

the first choice of Michael De Luca

and Jennifer Todd.

Though, this will be his first

time hosting the Oscars, Kimmel,

49, is no stranger to hosting duties,

having earned strong notices for

his work hosting the Emmys this

year. He also hosted the TV-centric

show in 2012, and past hosted the

American Music Awards. •






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Grameenphone to create videos of ‘71 stories

• Tribune Desk

Bangladesh’s telecommunication

giant Grameenphone has embarked

to create a digital video

repository of stories from 1971 Liberation

War, narrated by freedom


The aim of the initiative is to

capture and spread stories of the

Liberation War in the voices of

freedom fighters themselves.

Grameenphone, with assistance

from Ministry of Liberation War

Affairs, has taken upon the task in

order to keep the inspiring tales of

1971 alive among generations that

are to come.

The initiative was announced

yesterday at a programme, held at

The Westin Hotel in Dhaka’s Gulshan


Liberation War Affairs Minister

AKM Mozammel Huq was present

as the chief guest at the event. Liberation

War Affairs Secretary MA

Hannan, Grameenphone CEO Petter

B Furburg and CMO Yasir Azman

were also present at the programme

among other officials of

the mobile network operator and

the government.

Speaking at the programme,

AKM Mozammel Huq said: “We

received shelter, arms and training

from India but the ones who remained

in the country were most

vulnerable as they faced the military


He said the verification of freedom

fighters will begin on January

7 throughout the country and after

its completion it would be posted

in the ministry’s website.

He also said historical places

related with the Liberation War

would be preserved keeping the

original architecture.

“We were also planning to initiate

such a project but many thanks

to Grameenphone for taking the initiative

to create this video library. I

hope others will also come forward

6 youths missing in a week

• Kamrul Hasan

Six youths went missing from the capital’s Banani

and Cantonment area over last one week.

Four general diaries (GD) had been filed

with Banani and Cantonment police stations

in this regard by families of four of them, police

told the Dhaka Tribune.

Safayet Hossain, 24, Zayen Hossain Khan

Pavel, 23, and Sobuj alias Sujon, 25, and Mehedi

Hasan, 27, went missing together from

Banani, where they lived, on December 1,

while Sayeed Anwar Khan, also a resident of

Banani, remained missing since Monday afternoon

and Imran Farhat, a resident of Cantonment

area, went missing on November 29.

Family members of Zayen and Mehedi filed

the GDs on December 4, where they mentioned

that Safayet and Sujon went missing

along with them.

Family of Anwar filed a GD in this regard

yesterday, while Imran’s family filed it recently.

Zayen, was an Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Department student at North South

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq and organisers of ‘Ekattorer Kotha’ pose for a photo during the launching

of the Grameenphone initiative at The Westin Hotel in Gulshan 2, Dhaka yesterday


like Grameenphone to uphold the

spirit of Liberation War,” Mozammel

Huq added.

Through this initiative freedom

fighters will be located nationwide

with the help of the ministry and

a youth community deployed to

capture the stories. The intent is

to create a visual documentary of

each freedom fighter’s story on

their participation in the Liberation


Grameenphone will compile the

University (NSU), who left the university to help

his father in his business in old part of Dhaka.

Sujon was working at a private firm in Banani,

while Mehedi was in search of jobs, his

uncle Mahbub Alam mentioned in the GD.

Sayeed was a student of a private university

and Imran was the first year student of CARE

Medical College Hospital in Mohammadpur.

Their families had not received any phone

calls demanding ransom, according to their GDs.

Officer-in-Charge (investigation) Waheduzzaman

of Banani police station said Safayet, Zayen

and Mehedi were last seen at Northern café

beside Northern University campus in Banani.

He said they had also checked whether

other law enforcing agencies had detained the

missing youths.

The local police also informed all law enforcing

agencies of the matter.

After the attack at Holey Artisan in Dhaka

this July, law enforcers found that a number

of youths went missing between December

2015 and January 2016, who were, later, found

involved in terrorism. •

collected stories from the battlegrounds

and the freedom fighters’

dreams of an independent nation

to create an online video repository.

Twenty teams will travel across

64 districts across the country to

collect stories directly from the

freedom fighters and interview

them through preselected questions.

People will also be able to

post information about a freedom

fighter they know on the website

(www.ekattorerkotha.com) which

will be launched in this regard.

The initiative titled “Ekattorer

Kotha” has started nationwide

from yesterday and will continue

for three months.

On March 26, Independence

Day, Grameenphone will hand over

the video repository with thousands

of interviews to the Ministry

of Liberation War Affairs. The

repository will be available online

and accessible to everyone.

Freedom fighter Lt Col (retd)

Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir Bir Protik

said: “We were victorious but could

not write it properly. Repressed

people of the country are the real

hero of our country.”

The organisers noted that in

the 45 years since Bangladesh

became an independent nation,

the country has lost many brave

souls who fought valiantly to free

the country.

“As the number of the freedom

fighters decline with each passing

day, it is high time for us to record

their stories for the up and coming

generations. The initiative will

keep the stories alive, and instil the

spirit of the Liberation War in the

hearts of the future nation builders.

As a nation we are grateful to

the founding fathers of Bangladesh,

and if their stories go untold

it will be an immense loss for our

future generations as well as today’s

youngsters,” said Petter B

Furburg. •

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