Sunday Dhaka : March 11, 2018; Falgun 27 1424 BS; Jamadi-us-Sani 22, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.79; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 InternatIonal China silences critics of move to abolish term limits for Xi >Page 7 art & Culture Shishu Sahitya Puraskar handed over to winners >Page 8 Sports Alexis Sanchez: Manchester United not getting best from forward - Jose Mourinho >Page 9 PM expects sports to effectively counter terrorism, militancy DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday opened the first-ever Bangladesh Youth Games, expressing her hope that the country could effectively counter militancy and terrorism through games and sports. "Through games and sports, we'll face militancy and terrorism as well as save the youths from the menace of drug abuse . . . we'll also advance the country through it," she told the opening ceremony of the games at Bangabandhu National Stadium here this evening. The premier also wished the success of Bangladesh Youth Games -2018 expecting the event to show the youths to new dream and create future sports CHITTAGONG : Awami League (AL) joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday termed BNP acting chairman Tarique Zia as a terrorist and accused him of carrying out terrorist activities in Bangladesh from London, reports BSS. "Tarique initiated politics of terrorism and took control over all terrorist activities in the country from foreign soil," he told a joint extended meeting of Chittagong city, north and south district units of AL at Muslim Institute Hall this afternoon. Hanif said it is illegal to block a busy road for demonstration by BNP men and the law enforcing agencies are even being thwarted to discharge their duties in the name of agitation to release BNP Chairperson Begum Zia from jail. Police are bound to stop the illegal activities, he added. He said BNP is demonstrating by holding rallies and processions in the roads demanding release of its party chief Khaleda Zia and on the other hand they are blaming that police are bringing to a close their programme. "AL never blocks roads for its programme. We organize our political programmes in open spaces and none is above the law," he said. He asked the district and upazila level leaders and workers of AL to remain alert about the heinous activities of BNP and their allies in this regard. Referring to the huge development witnessed in almost all sectors under the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's nine years term, Hanif called upon the leaders and activists to project the achievements before the countrymen. He also asked the AL's grassroots level leaders and workers to make success of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's rally on March 21 in Chittagong. Addressing as chief guest Housing and Public works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain asked the party Zohr 05:02 AM 12:15 PM 04:24 PM 06:07 PM 07:20 PM 6:15 6:04 stars. "I also hope that through the meet, the hidden talents of the remote areas will be flourished and the interest of the people in the games and sports will grow further," she said. Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the games and Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith addressed the function as the special guest, while the events steering committee chair and Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) President army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq delivered the welcome address. State Minister for Youth and Sports Tarique carries out terrorist acts from London: Hanif leaders and workers to take preparations for making a success of Sheikh Hasina's public meeting. Conducted by Chittagong south district AL general Secretary Mofizur Rahman, the meeting was presided over by President of Chittagong North District unit of AL Nurul Alam Chowdhury. Acting President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, President of Chittagong South District AL Muslem Uddin Ahmed, AL city unit General Secretary (GS) city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, AL Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, MP, central organizing secretary Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Jabed, Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam, AL deputy office secretary Barrister Biplob Barua, Shamsul Hoq Chowdhury, MP, Didurul Alam, MP, Washika Aysha Khan MP, Mustafizur Rahman Chowdhury, MP and Nazrul Islam, MP, among others, addressed the meeting . 28 Bangladeshis held for 'running illegal business' in Malaysia DHAKA : Twenty eight Bangladesh nationals were arrested by the Malaysian Immigration Department as they were allegedly running an illegal homestay business in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, reports the online version of Malaysian English daily the Star, reports UNB. Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said a raid was conducted on Thursday night based on reports in the media about the illegal business. "We found that seven different companies were simultaneously carrying Dr Biren Shikdar and Deputy Minister Arif Khan Joy and BOA Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza were also present at the function, among others. Sheikh Hasina termed sports and games essential factor for sound health and mind as well as for developing love towards the nation. She said engagement in sports also instill into one the sense of discipline and responsibility, perseverance, dutifulness and tolerance alongside resulting in cultural blooming. BOA organised the weeklong competition drawing 2660 under- 17 athletes from eight divisions for 1,114 medals including 342 golds in 159 events. Five hurt in police action on students demo DHAKA : Law enforcers on Saturday foiled a demonstration of several hundred youths at the city's Bangla Motor intersection as they were marching towards the Prime Minister Office to submit a memorandum seeking a raise to entry age limit for public service, reports UNB. When the students advanced to Bangla Motor intersection from Shahbagh area, police charged baton to disperse them, leaving five people injured. Of them three were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. They demanded that the upper age limit for entering the government job be raised to 35 years. More than 300 students of different universities and colleges staged demonstration in front of National Museum at Shahbagh area around 10:30 am to press home the demand. Around 11:30 am, they brought out a procession from the area, disrupting traffic movement on the busy road. Police also detained 15 protesters from the spot. Abul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station, said police detained some students from the procession as they tried to block the road. Khaleda jailed with an 'evil design': Fakhrul KHULNA : BNP on Saturday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been put in jail as part of an 'evil design' of the government to hold another lopsided election to hang on to power, reports UNB. "The government wants to hold another one-sided election as it did in 2014. That's why they sent Khaleda Zia to jail as part of their blueprint," said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Speaking at a rally in the city here, he further said, "The government won't be able to implement its blueprint. We'll surely restore people's democratic and voting rights by freeing our leader (Khaleda) from jail. Khulna district and city units BNP jointly arranged the rally in front of the party's city office demanding Khaleda's immediate release from jail. The party sought permission to hold the rally at Hadis Park, but police allowed it to stage it in front of the party office. BNP standing committee members Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice chairmen Barkatullah Bulu, Netail Roy Chowdhury and central leaders of the party and the 20-party alliance addressed the programme presided over by Khulna city unit BNP Nazrul Islam Monju. out the homestay business without permits," he said in a statement on Friday (March 9). He said the foreigners who ran the companies rented 20 apartment units for long term in order to run their business. "The rooms are then rented out for as low as RM150 and payments are only made in cash." "All of the detainees have been held for not having proper travel documents," he said. A total of RM29,000 in cash along with various documents related to the illegal business was also seized. 10 killed in Gaibandha road crashes GAIBANDHA : Ten people were killed and 14 others injured in separate road accidents on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Palashbari upazila on Saturday morning, reports UNB. Three of the deceased were identified as Khairul, Zakirul and Saju Miah- all day labourers hailing from Gobindaganj upazila in the district while identities of the others could not be known yet. Officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj Highway Police Abul Bashar said a Rangpurbound truck overturned on Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Jundah area in Palashbari upazila around 12:00 pm, leaving seven people, who were travelling on the truck, dead on the spot. Besides, a Bogra- bound bus hit a stationary human hauler at south bus stand in Palashbari upazila headquarters around 11:30am, leaving one day labourer, who was working beside the human hauler, dead on the spot and 14 others injured. The injured were taken to Upazila Health Complex where two others succumbed to their injuries. Govt adopting new farm policy to break yield ceiling DHAKA ; Even with a decreasing birth rate, up to two million people add up each year to Bangladesh's 16.58 crore population because of an already large population base. It requires an additional five lakh metric tons (MT) of food to feed the yearly addition, reports UNB. With the current farm production hitting a plateau, government plans to break the yield ceiling by embarking upon a new national agriculture policy, drafted five years after the existing one adopted in 2013. Agriculture Ministry sources told UNB that the proposed National Agriculture Policy 2018 elaborated ways and means to augment farm production in the country to meet the growing needs of an increasing population. To elicit views from people of all strata Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), the federating body of all farm research stations in the country, is hosting a meeting on Sunday prior government finalises the new national agriculture policy. The draft policy envisages plan to pursue frontier sciences including DHAKA : Bangladesh needs to formulate a strategy to ensure its successful graduation from the LDC group as such graduation is going to take place at a time when the global and regional situation is not favourable, said Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a think tank. "A strategy should be made to face the challenges because after the graduation from LDC group Bangladesh will have to take foreign loans at high interest rates. Steps will have to be taken to boost productivity as the overall international trade facilities will come down," said CPD's distinguished fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya while speaking at a dialogue yesterday. CPD organized the dialogue on Bangladesh Graduation from LDC Group:Pitfalls and Promises with its chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan in the chair. According to the report of UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP), Bangladesh will qualify primarily to graduate from the LDC list this month, it will be able to maintain the three graduation criteria up to 2021 and it will be able to come out completely from the LDC list in 2024. Despite the graduation from LDC status in 2024, Bangladesh may enjoy LDC preferential treatment up to following 2027 to help with her smooth transition. Rehman Sobhan said graduation from LDC group is not enough. Achieving sustainable graduation is important, he added. Citing examples, he said, some countries faced severe problems after their agricultural biotechnology, and invest more on research and development (R&D) to break the current yield ceiling and go for achieving higher growth momentum. The proposed National Agriculture Policy 2018 got it on records that moves would be taken to stop conversion of farmlands as the country is losing its fertile crop lands to urbanization, industrialization, brick kilns and to illegal land grabbers. It emphasises on use of more surface water and reduce pressures on groundwater for farm irrigation otherwise ecological balance will be in great danger. The new policy guideline has got clear mandates for inviting private sector to invest in agricultural research. It expresses firm resolve to tap full potential of Bangladeshi scientists' unlocking genome maps of jute so that better breeds can be developed. It takes the climate change impacts on farm productivity into serious consideration and stresses on developing crop varieties which would be able to withstand stresses like drought, cold, salinity and submergence. Different accidents occurred at Palashbari upazila on Rangpur-Bogra Highway on Saturday where 11 people killed, 20 people injured. Photo: Star mail Strategy is needed for BD's smooth graduation from LDC group: CPD graduation from the LDSC group. There countries which have so far graduated have no entrepreneurs and an active labour force, he said, adding that the Maldives is dependent on tourism only. Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, said Bangladesh is making excellent progress in all areas but still there is disparity in the society. The government has been working relentlessly to eliminate poverty and it will have to work more to make the country free from poverty, he added.