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ThURSday Dhaka : March 29, 2018; Chaitra 15, 1424 BS; Rajab 11, 1439 hijri www.thebangladeshtoday.com; www. tbtbangla.com Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.95; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 inTeRnaTiOnal Sri Lanka president cuts PM's duties in power struggle >Page 7 aRT & CUlTURe Rani Mukerji's film earns Rs 20.10 crore in 5 days >Page 8 SPORT Weah debuts, Wood scores and US beats Paraguay 1-0 >Page 9 Continue pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas:PM DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her call to the international community to continue pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh, reports UNB. She made the call when Regional Director of WHO-SEARO Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh met her at her official residence Ganobhaban. PM's Press Secretary IhsanulKarim briefed reportersafter the meeting. The Prime Minister informed the WHO Regional Director that Bangladesh has given shelter to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. She said the Bangladesh government has completed the biometric registration of the Myanmar's displaced nationals who have entered Bangladeshfacing atrocities unleashed by the Myanmar forces in Rakhine state. Sheikh Hasina said the government has given identity cards to Rohingyas so that they could be identified easily and the Myanmar government could take them back. She said some 28,000 people are working round the Poll-time govt to be formed with parties in parliament: Quader DHAKA : Awami League General Secretary and Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said election-time government would be formed with members of the political parties having representation in the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament), reports BSS. "The size of the election-time government will be small like the previous one...And the formation of this government is totally the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister," he said while talking to the journalists at his secretariat office here. Quader said the next general election will be held in due time and there is no possibility of the Prime Minister's resignation before the polls. BNP is now a self-declared corrupt party, he said and added, "It is their (BNP) matter whether they will take part in the polls or not." The next election will be held as per the electoral procedures, Quader said, adding that elections will not halt for anyone. The government will assist the Election Commission in holding the polls, he said. Zohr 04:40 AM 12:10 PM 04:28 PM 06:16 PM 07:30 PM 5:54 6:13 clock to manage more than 10 lakh Rohingyas. DrPoonamKhetrapal Singh highly appreciated Bangladesh government's move over theRohingya issue."The Bangladesh government is doing a great job," she said. She also mentioned that WHO will help Bangladesh provide immunisation and medical services to the Rohingyas. Expressing her concern over the health condition, sanitation and waterborne diseases of the Rohingyas in the upcoming monsoon, PoonamKhetrapal said it would be a challenging job to tackle those and urged the government to continue its immunisation activities. She said the huge number of Rohingya refugees, which is more than the total population of Bhutan, is the main problem to manage. "This is a gigantic job," she added. Hasina said her government is in touch with five neighbouring countries bordering with Myanmar, including Thailand, China and India, on the issue of Rohingya crisis. Referring to establishment of community clinics across the country, she said such initiative was a vision of Bangabandhu to reach healthcare services at the doorsteps of rural people. Dr Poonam Khetrapal highly appreciated leadership of the Prime Minister for her dynamic leadership as well as for Bangladesh's development, particularly on flood control saying the country is an example in the world on the issue. She also lauded Bangladesh's achievement on health and sanitation and said, its achievement in reducing child mortality and maternal mortality rate is commended globally. At the meeting, the issue of autism also came up for discussion when WHO Regional Director highly praised Prime Minister's Daughter Saima Wazed Hossain for her role in creating awareness on autism globally. Dr Poonam said that at present people of South Asia is now know about the autism and aware about it. Prime Minister's Daughter and Chairperson of the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders as well as member of Member of the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health Saima Wazed Hossain was present during the meeting. Khaleda gets bail in graft case extended until Apr 5 BNP chief was not produced before court as she is 'ill' DHAKA : A court here on Wednesday extended until April 5 the bail of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case, reports UNB. Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition filed by the BNP chief's lawyers. However, the BNP chairperson was not produced before the court from jail yesterday as per its order as she is ill, said her lawyer Advocate Zainul Abedin. On March 13 last, the court had ordered the jail authorities to produce Khaleda Zia before it on March 28 and 29 for hearing. The court order came after Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal had appealed to it, saying it was not possible to continue arguments in the case without the presence of Khaleda Zia. On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources. The same court on February 8 last convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. ACC sues 7 Sylhet RHD engineers, contractor on graft charge DHAKA : The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against seven current and former engineers of Sylhet Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and a contractor for embezzling Tk 1.13 crore, reports UNB. ACC deputy director Md Farid Ahmed Patwary filed the case with Kotwali Police Station on Tuesday. The accused are RHD deputy assistant engineer Md Masum Ahmed, former deputy assistant engineer Md Anawar Hossain, former deputy divisional engineers Abul Barakat Mohammad Khursid Alam and Md Tanveer Ahmed, former executive engineer Sheikh Monirul Islam, superintendent engineer Chandan Kumar Basak, former additional chief engineer Iftekhar Kabir and Lutfar Rahman, owner of construction firm M/S Janmabhumi Nirmata. According to the case statement, the accused in connivance with each other misappropriated Tk 11,323,416 from the Sunamganj-Sylhet regional highway repair project showing incomplete work complete. Shrubs have over-shadowed the bare sands of Kalapara's Gangamati beach in Patuakhali. Photo: Star Mail Satellite Bangabandhu-I starts for Florida today for launching DHAKA : Bangladesh's first communication satellite Bangabandhu-I will be shipped from France to Florida of the Unite States today for launching to the orbit in the next month. "Manufacturing Company Thales Alenia Space of France will ship the satellite for Florida through a specialized cargo aircraft tomorrow morning from the warehouse in Cannes," Project Director Mohammad Mesbahuzzaman told BSS . American firm SpaceX which is assigned to launch the satellite would receive it on March 30 and carries out necessary work for launch, he added. Thales Alenia Space completed the manufacture of Bangabandhu-I weighing 3.7 tons few months ago and kept in a warehouse in Cannes of France. About the possible launch, the project director said: "SpaceX after receiving the cargo of the satellite will inform us about the time of launch within 3-4 days." Replying to a query about the rocket by which Bangabandhu-I will be launched into the orbit, Mesbahuzzaman said manufacturing of the rocket is in second stage and it will be completed within few days. "We are using a brand new rocket for Bangabandhu that is why it's taking little time for launching," said the project The members of Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL) are seen vandalizing campus properties at Kustia Islami University on Thursday evening. Photo: Star Mail director, adding, "If we could have used old rocket, it would take much less time." Bangabandhu-I, to be launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral launching pad, would take eight days to reach its orbital slot at 119.1 degrees east. Falcon 9, one of the SpaceX's finest launch vehicles will be used for Bangabandhu-I. The satellite will have 40 transponders, of which 14 in C-band and 26 in Ku-band. One transponder is equivalent to 36 MHz. Earlier, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said 20 transponders will be deployed for domestic users while the remaining will be sold in international market. The satellite has 15 years for mission life span while another 3 years for its design. Officials said Ku-band will cover Bangladesh and its territorial water bodies of the Bay of Bengal, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. On the other hand, C-band will cover Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan. SC order Apr 2 on time plea for demolishing BGMEA Bhaban DHAKA : The Supreme Court will pass its order on April 2 on a petition filed by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) seeking time for demolishing the BGMEA Bhaban in the Hatirjheel Lake, reports UNB. After hearing an undertaking submitted by the apex body of the country's garment sector, a four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, also asked it to place the bond afresh inserting a few lines. Earlier, on Tuesday, the SC asked the BGMEA to give an undertaking that it would not file any more time petition over demolishing its building. Advocate Kamrul Haque Siddiqui and Imtiaz Moinul Islam stood for the BGMEA. Kamrul said the SC bench asked for amending the undertaking with some insertions that the BGMEA will demolish its building within one year and if the authorities concerned do not comply with the court order, the Rohingya crisis UN chief urges Myanmar to address root causes DHAKA : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated the importance of addressing the root causes of violence in Rakhine state and sought steps from Myanmar for the safe return of Rohingyas to their homeland, reports UNB. "It's critical that conditions are put in place to ensure that the Rohingyas are able to return home voluntarily in safety and in dignity," Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General FarhanHaq said in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. The UN Secretary- General reminded the responsibility of the government of Myanmar to provide security and assistance to those in need. Earlier, the UN issued a statement saying the Secretary-General was shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. He urged all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony. "Such leadership is critically needed to advance institutional measures to combat discrimination and implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission (Kofi Annan Commission report)," Farhan said. Some 700,000 Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh since last August following an army crackdown that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing. Board of Directors will be responsible for it. On March 5 last, the BGMEA authorities filed a one-year time petition with the apex court as its seven months' time granted in September, 2017 by the SC for reducing the building to ruins expired in March. The BGMEA lost its last legal battle to keep its structure intact on the scenic waterbody as the Appellate Division rejected its plea seeking review of its judgment that upheld an earlier High Court verdict, ordering demolition of the structure. In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a 'cancer' in the lake. The BGMEA later filed a leave-toappeal petition with the Appellate Division against the High Court judgment, but the apex court on June 2, 2016, dismissed the plea as well as asked the RMG producers to demolish its headquarters at once and at its own cost.

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