NATIONAL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 6 3-day Digital Innovation Fair from Feb 22 in Gaibandha GAIBANDHA: An initiative has been taken to hold Digital Innovation Fair- 2018 at Independence Square of the town here from February 22 to 24 through active participation of all, reports BSS. District administration will organize the fair under Access to Information (A2i) Programme of Prime Minister's office, local officials said yesterday. The objective of the fair is to popularize the ICT related activities among the people from all strata of the society to help materialize the dream of building a digital Bangladesh as envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A preparatory meeting to make the fair successful was held at the conference room of deputy commissioner (DC) here on Monday with DC Gautam Chandra Pal in the chair. In the meeting, a 10-member committee headed by DC and others sub-committee were also formed to hold the fair in a befitting manner. All district level officials, and heads of different academic and IT institutions including journalists took part in the meeting. Additional Secretary (General) of ministry of industries, Md. Enamul Hoque inagurating seven daylong SME Product Fair yesterday in Pbana yesterday. Photo: Abdul Hamid Khan. Private sector role for poultry feed safety stressed RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a workshop here said the role of private sector is paramount for manufacturing and marketing of safe poultry feed to make a healthy nation, reports BSS. They also laid stress on good poultry farming practice for ensuring safe poultry production which is very important to keep people free from diseases. The observations came at a workshop styled "Role of Private Sector in Poultry Feed Safety" at conference hall of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) yesterday. Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) organized the workshop in association with UKaid and British Council. An Issue-based project on "Food Safety Governance in Poultry Sector in Bangladesh" supported it. DLS Deputy Director Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman, Assistant Director Dr Humayun Kabir, District Livestock Officer Nizam Uddin, Additional District Livestock Officer Dr Zulfikar Akhter Hossain, Upazila Livestock Officer Ismail Hossain and CAB Project Officer Mijanur Rahman addressed the workshop as resource persons. Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman told the workshop that Measures should be taken to bring all the poultry farmers, traders, feed manufactures, sellers and others concerned under necessary training to enhance their knowledge in this field. All quarters like farmers, hatchery owners, poultry bird sellers, feed meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level officers and staffs shouldwork together to this end, he said, adding poultry industry has the potentialto help Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals such aseliminating malnutrition and ensuring better health of the countrymen. During his concept paper presentation, Agriculturist Mohidul Hassan, FieldOfficer of the project, gave an overview of the country's poultry sector. He puts forward a set of recommendations on how to make the poultry sectorsafe and hygienic. World Radio Day celebrated in Rajshahi RAJSHAHI: The World Radio Day-2018 was celebrated here yesterday amid much enthusiasm and in a befitting manner, reports BSS. Marking the day, officials and artists of Rajshahi Betar brought out a rally. Representatives and staffs of Community Radio Padma and Mohananda also joined the rally. After parading different streets, the rally ended at Betar Bhaban where a discussion and a cultural function were held. Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, and Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar Towhida Chowdhury addressed the discussion as chief and special guests respectively with Hassan Akhter, Deputy Director of Betar, in the chair. Badsha said the community radio could be an important medium to disseminate information to grassroots level. Bangladesh stages revolution in agriculture, say experts RANGPUR, Feb 14, 2018 (BSS) - Agriculturists at a post-rally discussion here have said Bangladesh has achieved revolutionary success in the agriculture, fishery and livestock sectors, re. GD-258/18 (8 x 3) ‘Betar’ strong mass communication media : Officials RANGPUR: Government officials and cultural personalities at a prerally discussion here have said 'Betar' is playing a strong role as a medium of mass communication through quickly disseminating information, reports BSS. They came up with the opinion at the brief discussion organised by Rangpur Kendra of Bangladesh 'Betar' on its office premises on Tuesday afternoon in observance of the World Radio Day- 2018 with the theme of 'Radio and Sports'. Later, a huge rally, led by mayor of Rangpur City Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa, was brought out in the city streets with participation of officials, employees, technicians and artistes of Rangpur Kendra of Bangladesh Betar, socio-cultural activists and professionals. With Rangpur Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar Sayed Mostafa Kamal in the chair, the city mayor addressed the function as the chief guest. Engineer Alauddin Talukder and Regional News Controller Rashed Foysal Kabir, president of Deputy Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar Dr Harun-Ar- Rashid Khan, its Regional Rangpur Sahitya- Sangskritik Parisahd Aftab Hossain, literary and cultural personalities Professor Shah Alam, Monwar Hossain and Moksudar Rahman, among others, addressed. Dr Harun-Ar-Rashid Khan said Bangladesh 'Betar' has been playing a stronger role since its inception in making people aware through disseminating information and knowledge. "Rangpur Kendra of Bangladesh 'Betar' is playing significant role in building a middle income nation by informing people about agriculture, health, gender, education, trade, sports, weather, natural calamities, socio-cultural and many other issues," he added. The chief guest called upon the authorities of Bangladesh 'Betar' to prepare need-based quality programmes to ensure better contribution to the development process for building a middle income nation by 2021 and subsequently, a developed country by 2041. Later, the brilliant artistes of Rangpur Kendra of Bangladesh 'Betar' rendered colourful cultural programmes in a live function held at the same venue in presence of a large number of listeners. Principal of Chittagong Mohila Technical Training center Engr. B.M Shariful Islam hands over the crest to the honorable country director Mr. Mohammad Khairuzzaman of TRANSFAST Remittance LLC as a token of appreciation for their "work of Excellence" in Chittagong 2017 at Chittagong Mohila Technical Training center conference room on 14th February 2018. The crest given to TRANSFAST for in 2017 Chittagong TRANSFAST was done a good job. Executive Business Development Chittagong S M Nasir Uddin & Associated head marketing & branding Dhaka Raksanda Hossain were also present there. Another speciaised Hospital, Park Review is going to be added with health sector in Chittagong city. The modern hospital is to inagurated today, the authority of the hospital told in a press conference yesterday. Photo: S M Akash. Male and female farmers reaping eggplants from a farm land in Mohadevpur Upazila under Naogaon district. The secene is common across the district. Photo: Md Shakwat Hossain. Under a Local Governance Support Project, 120 families live below poverty line were given 120 sanitary latrines free of cost in Bakshiganj of Jamalpur district yesterday. Photo: G M Fatiul Hafiz Babu.
INTERNATIONAL ThURSDAY, FeBRUARY 15, 2018 7 NOLA Police: 2 killed, 3 injured in Lower 9th Ward shooting NEW ORLEANS : The New Orleans Police Department was investigating the shooting deaths of two men Tuesday night just a couple of miles from Mardi Gras activities earlier in the day, reports UNB. Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said Tuesday night that five people were shot before driving to a gas station in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward. The victims were on a nearby street when multiple suspects opened fire on them, Washington said. News media report that the shooting started at a house party a few blocks away from the gas station. The body of the victim who died on the scene could be seen in the back of a red Nissan sedan at the La Express gas station about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) from where revelers gathered for Fat Tuesday celebrations. Another victim was transported to the hospital by emergency services and died there. Three other victims were transported to the hospital in private vehicles. She said authorities did not have a motive at this time. The names and ages of the victims were not released. Police cars with lights flashing were arrayed around the gas station and yellow police tape had been strung up to keep bystanders away. Dozens of people gathered on the median, looking on as the police conducted their investigation. Many of the bystanders wore outfits in Mardi Gras colors of yellow, purple and green in a reminder that the festive holiday comes to a close Tuesday evening. Two shootings earlier Tuesday near the traditional Mardi Gras parade route left two people wounded and one dead, New Orleans Police said. The first shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel said one man was shot in the head and was in critical condition. Another, a juvenile boy, was shot in the leg and his condition was stable. Police Chief Michael Harrison said a second shooting happened during a fight that broke out. A man who police believe was shot twice was rushed to the hospital. He later died from his injuries. The New Orleans Police Department was investigating the shooting deaths of two men Tuesday night just a couple of miles from Mardi Gras activities earlier in the day. Photo : AP China appeals to Trump to avoid disrupting trade BEIJING : China appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid disrupting trade and to settle steel and aluminum disputes through negotiation after Trump said he would decide whether to impose tariffs or quotas, reports UNB. U.S.-Chinese trade is "mutually beneficial" and disagreements are inevitable, said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. He said all governments should "spare no effort to avoid negative impacts" on the global recovery. Trump said Tuesday he is "considering all options" in response to complaints Chinese steel and aluminum being sold at improperly low prices threatens American jobs. Speaking to legislators, the president said he might take action on national security grounds. "We should see these differences in a reasonable and objective manner and properly handle and manage them through dialogue and consultation following the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit," said Geng. Trump's government has raised tariffs on Chinese-made aluminum foil and stainless steel to offset what Washington says are improper subsidies. Last month, Trump also approved higher tariffs on solar cells and washing machines from China. Steel and aluminum are among industries in which Beijing is trying to reduce excess production capacity other governments say are flooding their markets and threatening jobs. Despite that, steel output has risen while aluminum producers are setting up new, more efficient smelters. Trump said the U.S. aluminum and steel industries are "being decimated by dumping" He said if the U.S. were ever in a military conflict, "we don't want to be buying steel from a country that we're fighting." The U.S. Commerce Department announced in November it would investigate whether Chinese aluminum producers receive improper government subsidies. It estimated prices were 56 to 60 percent below the proper level. UK rejects return of Islamic State fighters despite US calls BRUSSELS : Britain's defense secretary says the U.K. does not want to take back two British Islamic State members caught in Syria despite U.S. appeals for countries to deal with citizens who've become foreign fighters, reports UNB. Gavin Williamson said Wednesday in Brussels that the two, part of a notorious British cell dubbed the Beatles, "have turned their back on British ideas, British values." He said: "Do I want them back in the United Kingdom? No, I don't." U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are holding thousands of IS detainees, including hundreds of foreign fighters. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that "the important thing is that the countries of origin keep responsibility for them." Germany pushes for release of journalist in Turkish prison BERLIN : German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for the release of a German-Turkish journalist who marks one year in a Turkish prison Wednesday, reports UNB. Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the daily Die Welt, still has not been formally charged since his arrest. He is one of six German citizens imprisoned in Turkey for what Germany considers political reasons, a matter that has become a major irritant in German-Turkish relations. Gabriel said late Tuesday that Germany is urging a fast and legal judicial procedure which "from our point of view can only have the target of releasing Deniz Yucel." Israeli military court to try Palestinian teen protest icon Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi is to go on trial before an Israeli military court for slapping and punching two Israeli soldiers in December in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager, reports Dawn. It has also underscored what Palestinians say constitutes legitimate resistance to Israel's rule, now in its 51st year after Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in 1967. Israel has treated Tamimi's actions as a criminal offense, indicting her on charges of assault and incitement that could potentially lead to years in prison. Tamimi's father, Bassem, told The Associated Press as he headed into the court on Tuesday that he comes "with no good expectations, because this a military court, and it's part of the Israeli military occupation." Police close off roads around the home of the Gupta family, friends of President Jacob Zuma, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday. Photo : Reuters S African police raid business family linked to Zuma JOHANNESBURG : South African police on Wednesday raided the home of a business family linked to President Jacob Zuma as the nation awaited word from the embattled leader on whether he will obey a ruling party order to quit, reports UNB. Agents from the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, entered the compound of the Gupta family in an affluent Johannesburg neighborhood. Three people were arrested in operations at various addresses, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported. The family is suspected of using its connections to Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and win state contracts and has been a flashpoint for national anger over corruption in state enterprises during Zuma's tenure. Both the Guptas and Zuma say they've done nothing wrong. A judicial commission is preparing to investigate the alleged graft associated with the India-born Gupta brothers, who moved to South Africa Netanyahu should quit due to corruption JERUSALEM : Israeli opposition leaders called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down Wednesday as the embattled premier's allies rallied to his defense following police recommendations that he be charged with bribery and breach of trust in two corruption cases, reports UNB. The police announcement late Tuesday that Netanyahu accepted nearly $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires dealt the prime minister an embarrassing blow after years of investigations, but did not appear to immediately rattle his lengthy rule as reaction largely fell along partisan lines. Nearly all of Netanyahu's Cabinet ministers issued statements of support and no coalition partners appeared ready to around the time of the transition from white minority rule to democracy in the 1990s. One of Zuma's sons, Duduzane, had a business relationship with the Guptas. Meanwhile, there was no immediate response from Zuma to an announcement Tuesday by the ruling African National Congress party that the president must leave office. The ANC party, which has lost popularity because of the scandals linked to Zuma, is trying to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted one of Africa's biggest economies. The ruling party has said it expected a response on Wednesday from Zuma. The president's office said it had not issued any announcement on a media briefing by Zuma on Wednesday, as reported by some local media. It said to "await official notification." Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is poised to replace Zuma, who could face a motion of no confidence in parliament if he defies his party's order bolt. Netanyahu's coalition whip, David Amsalem, dismissed the recommendations and accused the police of committing "an illegitimate act here to attempt a coup d'etat in Israel." Opposition politicians, meanwhile, called on Netanyahu to step down, and urged his coalition allies to abandon his government. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay said Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leaders of two of the larger parties in Netanyahu's coalition, need to choose between supporting the prime minister and upholding the rule of law. "I think it's clear here that this government needs to go to elections. It can't be that this government continues as is," Gabbay told Israel's Army Radio. "A to step down. Zuma's second fiveyear term ends with elections in 2019, but the ANC wants to remove him so that it has more time to recover the confidence of disaffected voters. A motion of no confidence sponsored by an opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, has been scheduled for Feb. 22 in parliament. Opposition parties want the vote moved up to this week. As the Gupta-linked investigation proceeds, Zuma could face corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago. South Africa's chief prosecutor is expected to make a decision on whether to prosecute Zuma on the old charges, which were reinstated last year after being thrown out in 2009. In another scandal, South Africa's top court ruled in 2016 that Zuma violated the constitution following an investigation of multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home using state funds. The president paid back some of the money. prime minister that busies himself with attacking his police and law enforcement is simply attacking himself, attacking the country." "There's really a government culture of corruption," he added. The police recommendations now go to Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, who will review the material before deciding whether to file charges. Netanyahu can remain in office during that process, which is expected to drag on for months. Both Kahlon and Bennet said they will await Mandelblit's decision to decide how to move forward. On Tuesday night, Netanyahu accused police of being on a witch hunt and vowed to remain in office and even seek re-election. Millions in China journey home for Lunar New Year A vendor carries cooked fish for sale at a Chinese market during the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 16 this year, marking the start of the Year of the Dog. Photo : AP BEIJING : Millions in China were boarding trains, planes and automobiles Wednesday as the Lunar New Year travel rush, the world's largest seasonal human migration, reached its climax, reports UNB. China's most important festival falls on Friday and people were traveling to either return to their hometowns or flock to vacation destinations. For many migrant workers in the country's industrialized east, the holiday may be the only time of year they return home to see family and friends. Weeks before the rush, many travelers had used smartphone apps to snatch up tickets that later sold out. Some train journeys between cities and rural areas last more than 20 hours, with passengers crowded into cabins that are standing room only. The state railway operator reported Monday that 98.8 million people rode trains countrywide during the first 12 days of February. China's official Xinhua news agency said more than 1.1 million were expected to pass through railway stations in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday alone. Increasing numbers of Chinese have also been traveling abroad in recent years, reflecting rising prosperity among the urban middle class. More than 6.5 million are expected to head overseas this year, according to a joint report from travel agency Ctrip and the China Tourism Academy. Travelers have booked voyages to more than 68 nations and regions, the report said, with Thailand, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Nordic countries among the top destinations. The average Chinese tourist spends about 9,500 yuan ($1,500) on a Lunar New Year trip, the report said. Domestic travel is also popular: the National Tourism Administration predicted earlier this month that this year's holiday period will bring in 476 billion yuan ($75 billion) in tourism revenue.