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Cox's Bazar ecological balance at

stake for Rohingya presence:PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina on Wednesday said the environmental

balance of Cox's Bazar is

under threat as settlements are being

established there for Rohingyas clearing

hills and forests.

"For this (Rohingya presence), the

natural equilibrium is being destabilised

in that area... settlements are

being established in the area clearing

forests and hills. As a result, those areas

are becoming insecure and risky, too,"

she said, reports UNB.

The Prime Minister said this while

inaugurating the 'Dhaka Meeting of the

Global Commission on Adaptation' at

Hotel Intercontinental.

Mentioning that Bangladesh has

given shelter these huge Myanmar

nationals on humanitarian ground, she

said the country is stepping forward

with a big burden on its shoulder.

She said Bangladesh wants that the

Rohingyas to return to their homeland

as soon as possible. "The quicker they

will return to their homeland the better

for Bangladesh, and I do believe that,"

World Population

Day today

DHAKA : World Population Day-2019

will be observed today across the country

as elsewhere in the world with a call to

develop nations with family planning

and empowering people. The purpose of

the day is to raise awareness of global

population issues, its challenges and

opportunities available to address the

same. The theme of the day is '25 years of

ICPD: Accelerating the Promise'.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate

massages on the occasion urging all concerned

to make family planning services

easily accessible to the people and

wished success of the day's programme.

At a press conference at secretariat

yesterday, Health and Family Welfare

Minister Zahid Maleque called upon all

concerned to create awareness of the

adolescent health and family planning.

Maleque said the government is committed

to a new sustainable development

agenda built on the principles of equity

and human rights.

"Under the guidance of the Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina, we have

reduced the child and maternal mortality

rate and use of family planning

methods has been increased," said the

minister. He said the government has

been implementing different initiatives

for providing proper education

on family planning to make them efficient

citizens.

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COX'S BAZAR :

Bodies of seven

people were

recovered from

Cox's Bazar sea

beach on

Wednesday as

a trawler capsized

in the Bay

of Bengal amid

storm, reports

UNB.

Police recovered

seven bodies

of the fishermen

from

different points of Cox's Bazar sea

beach in the district town while

eight others went missing.

Fakhrul Karim, assistant superintendent

of Cox's Bazar Tourist

Police, said being informed by

local people police recovered four

bodies from Sugandhya point of

the beach around 5 am.

Later, they also found a trawler

near the bodies.

Police recovered two more bodies

few yards off the beach around

she added. Talking about adaptation,

she said adaptation measures cannot be

spread without unless proper mitigation

measures are in place.

Hasina said in this age of science,

technology and innovation, there is

enormous opportunity to address climate

change. "I call everyone for your

awareness and respective responsibility

to fight the adverse impacts of climate

change," she said.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh

is expecting to take advantage of the

best adaptation practices, most costeffective

solutions and risk reduction

with the help of the Global Commission

on Adaptation.

"We're eagerly waiting to see the recommendations

of the flagship report

next September at the time of the

Climate Change Summit called by the

secretary general of the United Nations

where I, on behalf of Bangladesh and

the Least Developed Countries (LDCs),

have been invited to speak," she said.

In 2015 in Paris, the Prime Minister

recalled, all have been successful in creating

a solid ground for a meaningful

cooperation in combating climate

change impacts. "Like many others we

firmly believe that climate change is a

global challenge and we've to resort to

global solutions." "The Paris Agreement

is the most pragmatic and effective

global deal towards this global solution.

In the final report of High Level Political

Forum on Water (HLPW) which was

formed at the initiative of Ban Ki Moon,

we wrote "Every drop Counts". The

world community is trying to implement

this," she added.

Hasina mentioned that Climate

change poses the greatest threat to the

present and future generations.

Evidence suggests that Bangladesh has

already 6 million climate migrants, a

number that could be more than double

by 2050.

"Changes in temperature, increased

frequency and severity of floods,

droughts, heat waves, cyclones and

storm surges, sea-level rise and salinity

intrusion are affecting a vast track of

land in Bangladesh."

7 bodies recovered from

Cox's Bazar beach as

trawler sinks in Bay

8 pm, he said.

Meanwhile, another body was

recovered from Laboni point of

the beach around 10 am.

Local people also rescued two

more fishermen-Manir Majhi,

son of Mugul Sardar and Jewel,

son of Wazuddin of Bhola district-alive

from Diabetics

Hospital point and Najirartek

point respectively in the morning

and took them to a local hospital,

said Rashid Ahmed, a

member of Life Guard.

Talking to the injured victims,

police came to known

that a trawler carrying 17 fishermen

went to the sea for fishing

from Shamraz Ghat of

Charfashion upazila of Bhola

district on July 4.

The trawler capsized on July 6

due to inclement weather and all

the fishermen went missing.

Khairuzzaman, officer-incharge

(investigation) of Cox's

Bazar Model Police Station, said

the bodies were sent to Sadar hospital

morgue for autopsy.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill (C-R) embraces India's Jasprit Bumrah after winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup

first semi-final between New Zealand and India at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England on

Wednesday.

Photo : Collected

After the announcement of banning rickshaw plying on three important roads of the capital, city commuters

suffered more.

Photo: Star Mail

Ex-CJ Sinha, 10 others

accused of graft,

money laundering

DHAKA : The Anti-Corruption

Commission (ACC) filed a case on

Wednesday against former chief justice

SK Sinha and 10 others accusing them of

accumulating illegal wealth and laundering

Tk 4 crore, reports UNB.

On September 25 last year, the ACC

summoned five officials of the Farmers

Bank Ltd for interrogation over deposit

of Tk 4 crore in SK Sinha's account with

the bank.

On May 6, ACC interrogated two businessmen

- Md Shahjahan and Niranjan

Chadra Saha - for allegedly taking Tk 4

crore in loan from the Farmers Bank

using fake documents and depositing

the money in the bank account of a

VVIP.

Sinha, the first non-Muslim chief justice

of the country, went on leave on

October 2, 2017, and left for Australia on

October 13 amid a row over some of his

observations in the 16th amendment

verdict.

Just before his departure, Sinha told

reporters that he was not sick, contradicting

the government's claim that he went

on leave on health grounds.

A day after Sinha's trip to Australia,

the Supreme Court issued a statement

saying he was facing 11 charges, including

graft, moral turpitude and money

laundering. On November 11, 2017, Sinha

resigned from his post of chief justice.

Bangladesh best teacher to learn

about adaptation: Ban Ki-moon

DHAKA : Former UN Secretary General

Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday branded

Bangladesh as the "best teacher" in climate

adaptation noting that what the people

and government of Bangladesh have

achieved in the practice of adaptation is

nothing short of miraculous, reports

UNB.

"Let's all be inspired by the examples

Bangladesh government and its people

have shown in addressing climate

change," he said thanking the Bangladesh

leadership for wisely and effectively

adapting to this climate change.

The former UN chief made the remarks

while addressing the inaugural session of

the 'Dhaka Meeting of the Global

Commission on Adaptation' at Hotel

Intercontinental.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated

the event. Marshall Island President

Dr Hilda Heine, World Bank CEO and

Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA)

co-chair Dr Kristaline Georgieva, Foreign

Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and

Environment, Forests and Climate

Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin also

spoke. Highly appreciating Bangladesh's

efforts, Ban Ki-moon said they are in

Dhaka to learn from Bangladesh's experiences

and vision and send the message

out across the world.

"....Bangladesh is thus the best teacher

to learn from about adaptation," said Ban

Ki-moon, the current of the Commission.

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable

countries due to climate change.

FENI : Shirin Akhter, the mother of

murdered Feni madrasa student Nusrat

Jahan Rafi, lost consciousness during

cross-examination on Wednesday

noon, reports UNB.

The incident took place at Feni

Women and Children Repression

Tribunal. Shirin was later taken to Feni

National Heart Foundation Hospital.

Advocate M Shahjahan Saju said

Shirin Akhter frequently broke down in

tears while testifying before the court.

She was wailing after seeing murder

suspects - Sonagazi Fazil Madrasa

Principal Sirajuddoula and

Kamrunnahar Moni and Umme

Sultana Popy.

She lost consciousness in the dock

around 2:30pm, he added.

The court started recording the testimony

of Nusrat's elder brother

Mahmudul Haque Noman, also the

case's plaintiff, on June 27. Later, the

testimonies of Nusrat's classmates,

Citing reports, Ban Ki-moon said some

17 percent of Bangladesh will go under

water by 2050 if sea levels rise by just one

metre.

"We'll work together (globally) to accelerate

climate change adaptation around

the world," he said appreciating the political

will and leadership shown in

Bangladesh.

Ban Ki-moon said he had a very good

discussion with Prime Minister Sheikh

Hasina before the inaugural session of the

meeting. "We would like to establish an

adaptation centre in Dhaka."

He mentioned that he was in China 10

days ago where they established an adaptation

centre in Beijing. Another reason to

hold this meeting in Dhaka, he said, is to

speed up action on adaptation.

"Communities all over the world need

help. There're many countries who are

just as vulnerable as Bangladesh, but

which have not the ability to build

resilience on their own," Ban Ki-moon

said.

He also cited Bangladesh's long-term

plan for the resilience of the delta, Delta

Plan 2100, with the help of Netherlands.

"We need to share this adaptation practices.

We can urgently and cost-effectively

find ways to support communities affected

by climate change. We can help them

survive and thrive. Adaption is a smart

investment."

Ban Ki-moon said the climate change is

approaching much faster than one may

think of and there is no time to lose.

Nusrat Jahan's mother loses

consciousness during hearing

madrasa staff and others were recorded.

PBI Inspector Md Shah Alam submitted

the charge sheet against 16 persons

at Feni's Senior Judicial Magistrate Md

Zakir Hossain's court on June 10.

The accused are - Sirajuddoula,

Awami League leader Ruhul Amin,

Sonagazi municipality Councillor

Maksud Alam alias Moksud, Absar

Uddin, Mohammad Shamim, Iftekhar

Uddin Rana, Nur Uddin, Shahadat

Hossain Shamim, Imran Hossain

Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader,

Kamrunnahar Moni, Saifur Rahman

Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme

Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil and

Abdur Rahim Sharif.

Nusrat had accused the principal of

sexually harassing her. She was set on

fire at an examination centre in

Sonagazi upazila on April 6, allegedly by

people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died

on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College

Hospital.


NEWS

THURSDAY,

JUlY 11, 2019

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A discussion titled 'Improving Safety for Ready-made Garment Workers: Experiences and the Way

Forward' was held at a Hotel at Gulshan-1 in the capital recently.

Photo : Courtesy

Docu-Fiction film "Jonmobhumi"

on Rohingya screened at UNHQs

DHAKA : In commemoration of World

Refugee Day, Permanent Mission of

Bangladesh to the UN has recently

hosted the screening of a docu-fiction

film on the forcibly displaced

Rohingyas residing in the camps in

Cox's Bazar, reports UNB.

The event, held at the United Nations

headquarters, was co-sponsored by the

Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN

and United Nations High

Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The film titled "JonmoBhumi" or

"The Birthland" is a life story of a

Rohingya woman named Sophia, who

was forced to flee her homeland, the

Rakhine state of Myanmar, to escape

atrocities, said a media release on

Wednesday.

Sophia's dilemma-whether to return

to her birth-land to give birth of her

child, or remain in the camps in

Bangladesh, was vividly captured in the

film.

The persecution Rohingyas faced in

Rakhine State, their conditions in the

camps and Sophia's determination and

resilience are some of the film's main

take away.

The film was directed by Proshun

PM mourns

death of

Rushema

Begum MP

DHAKA : Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina on

Wednesday expressed

profound shock and sorrow

at the death of Awami

League MP Rushema

Begum, also known as

Rushema Imam, reports

UNB.

In a condolence message,

she said Rushema was a

member of the Awami

League family and had been

working for the welfare of

the people throughout her

the life.

Sheikh Hasina prayed for

the eternal peace of the

departed soul and offered

sympathies to the bereaved

family.

Rushema, wife of Awami

League's former Faridpur

unit chief Imamuddin

Ahmad, was elected from

the reserved seat.

She died on Tuesday night

at the Faridpur Heart

Foundation Hospital after

suffering a heart attack.

She was 85.

Man hacked

to death in

Chattogram

CHATTOGRAM : A man

was hacked to death over a

trivial matter in Bayejid

Bostami colony of the city on

Wednesday, reports UNB.

The deceased was

identified as Md Kalam, 28,

a local shopkeeper in

Bayejid Bostami area.

Sub-inspector Rajesh of

Bayazid Bostami Police

Station said that some

miscreants hacked Kalam

with a knife leaving him

severely injured.

Later, doctors declared

him dead after being taken

to the hospital, he said.

Rahman and produced by Ashik

Rahman under the banner of Bengal

Multimedia.

A brief discussion on the forcibly

displaced people in the world in general

and Rohingyas in particular was held

before the screening where the

Permanent Representative of

Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador

Masud Bin Momen made opening

remarks.

Jurg Lauber, Ambassador and

Permanent Representative of

Switzerland; Ambassador Koki Muli

Grignon, Deputy Permanent

Representative of Kenya; Arjun Jain,

Senior Policy Advisor of UNHCR;

Ashik Rahman, Producer of the Film; &

CEO RTV and Raj Hameed, Distributor

of the film in USA took part in the

discussion.

Miss Teen International Beauty and

Miss Bharat New York 2009, a

Indonesian-American teenager Suzan

Koch also spoke.

Ambassador Masud spoke about the

plight of Rohingyas particularly the

atrocities perpetrated against women

and children.

The PR highlighted the generosity

DHAKA : Bangladesh is set to officially

celebrate its capital Dhaka's achievement as

"OIC City of Tourism 2019" from today

aiming at showcasing rich Muslim heritage of

more than 400-year old city before the global

community, especially the Muslim tourists.

Dhaka was chosen as the "City of Tourism

for 2019" by the tourism ministers of the OIC

member states at the closing session of the

10th Islamic Conference of Tourism

Ministers (ICTM) that was held last year

here.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will

inaugurate the two-day official celebration at

Hotel InterContinental here today morning

in the presence of representatives from more

than 30 OIC member states including OIC

Assistance Secretary General Musa

Kulaklikaya.

Musa will read out a statement of OIC

secretary general Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-

Othaimeen. To be presided over by State

Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M

Mahbub Ali, the celebration programme will

also be addressed by Foreign Minister Dr AK

Abdul Momen.

After the inaugural session, the Bangladesh

Tourism Board (BTB) will arrange technical

Dhaka city tours for the OIC member state

representatives in the afternoon. The OIC

delegation will visit nearly 500-year old

Panam City in Narayanganj on Friday.

The BTB under Civil Aviation and Tourism

Ministry will arrange concert, laser show and

fireworks at Hatir Jheel on Friday night as

part of its celebration programme.

The board will also host cultural functions

as well as welcome and farewell dinners for

the foreign guests on Thursday and Friday

night.

"We will showcase Dhaka's rich cultural

and Muslim heritage, especially the

archaeology, in front of the OIC member

state representatives for encouraging them to

promote our tourism in their respective

countries," Civil Aviation and Tourism

Secretary M Mohibul Haque told BSS.

The secretary hoped that the OIC

reorganization of Dhaka as a habitat of

Muslim heritage will create huge interest

about Bangladesh among the Muslim and

other tourists across the globe.

Noting that currently Bangladesh is the

current chair of ICTM, he said the OIC

understands that Bangladesh has huge

potential in tourism sector and encouraged

Bangladesh to discuss ways of cooperation

among the member states.

and humanity of Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina and the people of

Bangladesh.

He also reiterated Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina's appeal to the

international community for safe,

voluntary and dignified return of the

Rohingyas to their homeland.

"This movie echoes Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina's sentiments" the PR

added.

Ambassador Lauber presented the

Swiss perspective about protracted

refugee crises in the world.

He also spoke about Switzerland's

cooperation and aid to the Rohingya

refugees.

Ambassador Grignon mentioned the

Global Compact for Migration as a tool

for multilateral cooperation in

achieving a sustainable solution to the

worldwide humanitarian crises arising

from displacement.

Arjun Jain spoke on the world

refugee crises, and UNHCR's role in

addressing them.

Thirteen year old Suzan Koch sought

the cooperation of international

community to resolve the Rohingya

crisis.

Dhaka's celebration of 'OIC City

of Tourism' starts today

"This celebration will be a wonderful

platform to create a closer interaction and

cooperation among the OIC member states

and the related stakeholders involved in

tourism industries," Bangladesh Tourism

Board CEO Dr Bhubon Chandra Biswas said.

He said the celebration will focus Dhaka as

the unparallel city of history, heritage and

culture among the OIC member countries. "It

will also tighten the bond and extend the

areas of cooperation in relation to

development of tourism among the member

states," he said.

After the deceleration of Dhaka as the City

of Tourism, Bangladesh had sent project

proposals to OIC headquarters through the

foreign ministry seeking support for

conservation and development of Islamic

heritage in Bangladesh as well as capacity

build up of Islamic University of Technology

(IUT) in Gazipur for creating skilled human

resources for the travel and hospitality sector.

"Our proposals will be discussed at the 11th

Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers

(ICTM) to be held in 2020 at Azerbaijan," the

BTB chief said.

Dhaka achieved the award defeating four

other cities of OIC member countries and its

closest contestant Gabala of Azerbaijan was

made the City of Tourism for 2020 in the

10th ICTM last year, he said.

With a market potential of more than 50

Muslim countries and no less than 1.6 billion

Muslims, tremendous opportunities await

those who are willing to meet the demands

for Muslim-friendly tourism products and

services.

BIWTC to build

own oil tankers

within 2021

DHAKA : Bangladesh Inland Water

Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will build

two shallow draft oil tankers within June,

2021.

Shipping Ministry secretary M Abdus

Samad yesterday disclosed it while presiding

over a meeting at his office, a press release

said here.

The capacity of each tanker will be four

lakh liters and the corporation will build

those with its own fund. High officials of the

ministry and BIWTC were present at the

meeting.

'Robber' killed in

Pabna 'gunfight'

PABNA : A suspected robber

was killed in a 'gunfight' with

police at Hashampur in

Sujanagar upazila early

Wednesday, reports UNB.

The deceased was

identified as Saiful Islam

alias Gyada Lal, 30, a

member of inter-district

robber gang and son of

Habibor RahmanMollah of

Narsinghapur village.

Arbinda Sarkar, officer-incharge

of Sujanagar Police

Station, said police arrested

Gyada Lal on Tuesday night.

Later, a team of police

along with Gyada went to

Hashampur Eidgah Math

for recovering arms around

2:30 am.

Sensing presence of the

law enforcers, the associates

of Gyada opened fire on

police, forcing them to fire

back that triggered the

gunfight.

At one stage, Gyada was

caught in the line of fire and

died on the spot.

He was wanted in several

cases including that of

robbery and murder.

Police recovered one

shutter gun, two bullets and

a sharp weapon from the

spot.

Youth electrocuted

in Khulna

KHULNA : A young man

died from electrocution at

Satkhali village in

Paikgaccha upazila on

Wednesday, reports UNB.

The deceased was

identified as Nazmul Haque,

34, son of Rakibul Islam of

the village.

Nazmul came in contact

with a electric wire when he

switched on a pump of a fish

enclosure at Hariadanga in

the village around 5 am, said

sub-inspector of Paikgaccha

Police Station Anish Kumar.

Later, he was taken to a

local hospital where doctors

declared him dead.

Barishal nursing

students continue

strike

BARISHAL : Students of

Barishal Nursing Training

College continued their

strike for the fifth

consecutive day on

Wednesday to force the

authorities accede to their

four-point demands.

They boycotted classes,

examinations and clinical

practices like the previous

days

Bangladesh Basic

Graduate Student Nurses

Association (BBGSNA)

called for the demonstration

programme in front of the

nursing college, reports

UNB.

The protesters brought out

a procession and marched

through the campus and

vowed to continue

demonstration until their

demands are met.

Tanvir murder:

3 Madrasa

students jailed

in Natore

NATORE : A court here on

Wednesday sentenced three

students to jail for killing

Mohammad Tanvir, a

student of Ashraful Ulum

Madrasa, reports UNB.

District Women and

Children Repression

Prevention Tribunal Judge

Mohammad Mynul Haq

delivered the verdict at noon.

Humaid Hossain and

Bayejid Hossain were jailed

for 10 years while Naim was

given an eight-year

imprisonment.

Earlier on August 25, 2015,

Bayezid and Hossain and

their friend Naim called

Tanvir to their room at night.

They slaughtered Tanvir and

dumped the body in a septic

tank.

Later, they demanded Tk5

lakh as ransom from

Tanvir's father.

Tanvir's father later filed a

general diary in this

connection with sadar police

and informed the Rapid

Action Battalion.

Call to ensure safety of RMG

workers who are lifeblood

for the sector

Terming workers as lifeblood for Readymade

Garments (RMG), which is one of

Bangladesh's largest export sectors,

speakers at a programme called for

ensuring their occupational health and

safety in the interest of the sector, a press

release said

Health safety is a big issue, because if the

workers' health is affected, the RMG sector

cannot sustain. So, steps are needed to

ensure their both physical and mental

health, otherwise, the sector will collapse,

they said.

Referring to importance of the sector, they

observed that the sector is earning 82

percent of total export income and

contributing to 18 percent of the country's

GDP.

They also called for improving building

and fire safety for the workers, taking

measures for stopping sexual harassment

and introducing trade union and safety

committee in all the garment factories.

They remarked while addressing a

discussion titled 'Improving Safety for

Ready-made Garment Workers:

Experiences and the Way Forward' at a

Hotel at Gulshan-1 in the capital recently.

The workers, especially female ones, work

in unhealthy environment at their work

places. Hence, they are suffering from

diseases such as anaemia, TB and pain at

different parts of their bodies, putting their

BREB DGM Conference to be

held on 13th July

The Deputy General Manager (DGM)

Conference of 80 Palli Power Association

under the Bangladesh Rural Electrification

Board (BREB) will be held at its

Headquarters on July 13. At that conference,

more than 300 hundred deputy general

managers (DGM) of 80 Palli Power

Association will participate of 80 Palli Power

Association. In this conference, discussion

will be done for celebrating the birth

anniversary of the Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

'Mujib Barsho' , a press release said.

BREB's 8 targets for 'Mujib Barsho' (Mujib

Year) are, to celebrate Mujib Year as the year

of service, ensuring 100 percent electricity

for the people, continuation of 'Alor

Feriwala' program to resolve customer

harassment, to ensure uninterrupted power

in building 'My village-my city', enforce 'zero

tolerance' policy against corruption, to

War crimes case: Verdict on

ATM Azhar's plea against

death penalty any day

DHAKA : The Appellate Division will deliver it verdict on the

appeal filed challenging the death sentence of Jamaat leader

ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes, reports UNB.

A four member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud

Hossain passed the order after closing the law-point

arguments from both sides.Earlier, the Appellate Division on

June 18 started hearing the appeal filed by war criminal ATM

Azharul Islam challenging his death sentence.

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Jamaat-e-

Islami's Assistant Secretary General Islam to death on

December 30, 2014, for crimes against humanity committed

in Rangpur during the Liberation War.

He was found guilty of five of the six charges brought

against him. Islam moved the top court on January 28 the

next year.

Indian FM invited to

visit Bangladesh

DHAKA : Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed

Muazzem Ali has recently met Indian External Affairs

Minister S Jaishankar at his office in New Delhi and

discussed various issues of mutual interest, reports UNB.

During the meeting, Syed Muazzem conveyed Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen's invitation to his

Indian counterpart to visit Bangladesh, said the High

Commission on Wednesday.Jaishankar told the envoy that

he would travel to Bangladesh at a mutually convenient

time.Syed Muazzem also conveyed Dr Momen's

congratulations to Jaishankar on taking up his new

assignment and wished him success.

lives at risk, they added.

"Ensuring a decent risk free working

condition at the factories will help us realize

the goal No. 8 of SDGs".

American Center for International Labor

Solidarity (Solidarity Center-Bangladesh)

organized the event.

Shibnath Roy, Inspector General of

Department of Inspection for Factories and

Establishments (DIFE), attended as the

chief guest.

In his address, Roy called upon all

concerned to supplement the government

efforts in this regard, as the government

alone will not be able to ensure the safety of

the workers.

He informed that an Occupational Safety

and Health Institute at a cost of Tk. 150

crore in collaboration with the Danish

government will be established in Rajshahi.

Jon Hartough, Country Program Director

of the Solidarity Center, Kelly Fay

Rodriguez, Deputy Program Director, Keith

L Goddard, representative of US

Department of Labour, Rakibul Hasan,

Program Officer, among others, spoke at

the event, which was moderated by

Advocate AKM Nasim, senior legal advisor

of the Solidarity Center.

Representatives from BGMEA, RMG

labour unions, workers, national and

international labour rights organizations

also participated in the programme.

introduce 'paperless office' for building

digital Bangladesh, to install eco-friendly

2,000 solar irrigation pump, training the

unemployed youth to become skilled

manpower to achieve 'Energy of youth -

achieving prosperity of Bangladesh'.

Apart from this, implementing joint visits

of various lines of projects, audit disposal

and financial capacity building, brokers,

extortion, bribe and corruption prevention

programs, completion of e-filing activities, e-

filing of all documents, preserving all

documents in digitalization Prepaid Meter

for all customers, implementation progress

in the up gradation project and store

management system.

In the conference, Chairman of the Board

of Rural Electrification Board Major General

(Retd) Moin Uddin will be present as the

chief guest. Besides, senior officials of BREB

will give directional points at the conference.

The Appellate Division will deliver it verdict on the appeal filed challenging the death

sentence of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes. Photo : Courtesy

Ershad is getting

world class treatment

at CMH: GM Quader

DHAKA : Acting Chairman

of Jatiya Party (JP) GM

Quader yesterday expressed

satisfaction over the

treatment of ailing JP

Chairman HM Ershad at

Combined Military Hospital

(CMH), saying doctors are

giving world class medical

treatment to him.

"Leader of the opposition

in Parliament Ershad is

currently undergoing

intensive treatment under

sedation at CMH and doctors

are giving world class

medical treatment to him,"

he said.

He said this at a press

briefing on the latest

condition of Ershad's health

at the JP chairman's Banani

office here.

He (Ershad) tried to open

his eyes to respond to the call

of the doctor in yesterday

morning, said Quader,

quoting the CMH doctors.

Ershad's blood pressure

and oxyzen intake are

normal and his lung infection

has decreased too, he said,

adding that the Pallibandhu

(Ershad) was given dialysis

due to lack of proper

functioning of his kidneys.


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Launching of the "Inclusion Works" programme held at BrAC Centre Inn on Tuesday.

Launching of "Inclusion Works"

programme held

Launching of the "Inclusion Works"

programme held at BRAC Centre Inn on

Tuesday. In his opening remarks,

Khondoker Ariful Islam, Sightsavers

Country Director, mentioned that

Bangladesh is losing 1.7% of its GDP due

to the exclusion of people with disabilities

from the labour market and the cost of

exclusion, due to forgone income from a

lack of schooling and employment both

for people with disabilities and their

caregivers, is estimated at US $1.2 billion

annually. He also added that when they

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have access to skills training, they can

significantly contribute to the rising

demands of skilled labour, which

provides considerable economic

advantages for them, their families and

the country, a press release said.

Douglas Smith, Project Manager, said

in his project brief that Inclusion Works is

a Sightsavers led, UK aid-funded

consortium of 11 partners to include

people with disabilities in formal

employment in Bangladesh, Kenya,

Nigeria and Uganda. In Bangladesh,

ADD

International, BBC

Media Action and

Sightsavers, along

with their

partners, are

working together

for

the

programme.

Operating over

three years, the

programme will

create and test

innovative

approaches to

improve the longterm

economic

inclusion of people

with disabilities in

the country. For

this, the

consortium will

work directly with

disabled people's

organisations

(DPOs), NGOs

and prospective

employers to

demonstrate ways

to include people

Photo : Courtesy

with disabilities in the workplace on an

equal basis with others. It will also

demonstrate the UK government's

commitment to inclusive development by

ensuring that people with disabilities are

central to international development

policymaking and programmes.

Nuruzzaman Ahmed, MP, Ministry of

Social Welfare was present as Chief Guest

of the launching. He acknowledged that,

in the competitive labour market,

entrance of young people with disabilities

is a big challenge for the country and it

becomes even more challenging when

they lack adequate and appropriate skills,

knowledge and information required for

employment, especially in the formal

sector. However, some initiatives by both

the government and private sectors are

contributing to lessen the number of

barriers, particularly innovative

programme like this one will help to

create formal employment opportunities

for youth with disabilities. The

government is committed to attain the

targets of SDGs and no one will leave

behind. The Ministry of Social Welfare

will extend all possible support to this

programme and, where necessary, will

play a catalytic role to coordinate with

other Ministries.

Jimmy Innes, Chief Executive of ADD

International, presided over the event.

He, reasoned that due to unawareness,

stigma, discrimination, insufficient

budgetary allocation and inaccessibility,

youths with disabilities are less likely to

access education and skills development

initiatives and the programme will

address some of these issues.

Richard Lace, Country Director BBC

Media Action, thanked all the guests for

joining the launching and wished that

they will be able to

successfully implement the

programme if supports from

all continue. Shafiqul Islam,

Country Director ADD

International, moderated the

event.

humayun urges Korean

sME entrepreneurs to

invest in Bangladesh

DHAKA : Industries

Minister Nurul Majid

Mahmud Humayun

yesterday urged the Korean

SME entrepreneurs to invest

in Bangladesh to grab the

potentialities of leather,

ceramics and other

industries here, reports BSS.

The minister made the call

while South Korean

Ambassador to Bangladesh

Hu Kang-il met him at his

ministry office, said a

ministry release.

Referring to the long

standing relations between

Bangladesh and Korea, the

industries minister laid

emphasis on strengthening

the existing bilateral

relations further to reap

mutual benefits through

quality industrialisation.

In the meeting, apart from

investment, industrial

technology transfer and

industrialization and the

upcoming visit of Korean

Prime Minister to

Bangladesh were also

discussed.

The Korean envoy lauded

Bangladesh's economic

progress and industrialition,

and said his country's

economy has stood at this

position through hard

labour, industrialisation and

innovation although once

the per capita income of

Korea was lower than that of

Bangladesh.

Media personality

Muhammad

Jahangir passes

away

DHAKA : Muhammad

Jahangir, a noted media

personality and executive

director of Centre for

Development

Communication, died at a

hospital in the city early

Wednesday. He was 68,

reports UNB.

Jahangir, a journalist and

younger brother of Noble

laureate Dr Muhammad

Yunus, breathed his last

around 12:40 am at Asgar Ali

Hospital in the city, said

Tanbirul Islam, assistant

general manager of Yunus

Centre. He had been

suffering from cancer. He

was admitted to the hospital

on Monday and kept on life

support.

He left behind his wife, one

daughter, three sons and a

host of relatives to mourn his

death.

The first namaz-e-janaza of

Muhammad Jahangir was

held around 11 am at Jatiya

Press Club while his second

one will be held at a mosque

in Shantinagar.

He will be buried at Mirpur

Martyred Intellectuals'

graveyard in Dhaka.

Jahangir was the editor of

monthly Binodan, a

magazine for the adolescents

being published since

February 1998.

He was also a teacher of

Journalism Department at

the University of Liberal Arts

Bangladesh (ULAB). He also

worked as a part time teacher

at University of Development

Alternative (UODA).

He joined The Daily Dainik

Bangla as university

correspondent in 1970 and

was promoted to staff

reporter two years later. He

later joined the Press

Institute of Bangladesh

(PIB).

Jahangir was a former

Dhaka Correspondent of

Daily 'Aazkal' of Kolkata.

Jahangir is also a member

Bangla Academy, Asiatic

Society of Bangladesh,

National Press Club, and

Rotary Club, among others.

ALPP to hold

meeting

today

DHAKA : The 3rd meeting

of Awami League

Parliamentary Party (ALPP)

will be held at the Jatiya

Sangsad (JS) Bhaban today.

AL Parliamentary Party

leader and Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina will chair the

meeting to be held at 8pm at

the 9th floor of the JS

Bhaban, said a press release.

Chief Whip of the JS Noor-

E-Alam Chowdhury MP has

requested all MPs of Awami

League to attend the

meeting in time.

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hearing of blogger Wasikur murder

trial adjourned till July 14

DHAKA : A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned

the hearing of a case lodged over the murder

of blogger Wasikur Rahman Babu till July 14,

reports BSS

Dhaka Third Additional Metropolitan

Session Judge Robiul Alam deferred the

hearing allowing a time plea of the state.

Yesterday was fixed for cross-examining

the last investigation officer Shah Moshiur

Rahman, but he failed to turn up before the

court because of health reason.

Earlier, Rahman submitted his testimony

on May 28. A total of 23 prosecution

witnesses have been testified in the case.

Wasikur was murdered on his way to office

from his Tejgaon Begunbari house on March

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30, 2015.

Police with the help of locals managed to

detain two killers Zikrullah and Ariful Islam

from the spot. Three machetes were

recovered from their possessions at that time.

Wasikur's brother-in-law Monir Hossain

on that day filed a murder case with Tejgaon

Police Station and the detainees were later

shown arrested in the case. On September 1,

2015, Detective Branch (DB) of police filed

charge sheet against five members of banned

militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team

(ABT) -Zikrullah, Ariful Islam, Saiful Islam,

Hasib Abdullah and Abu Taher Zunayed.

On July 20, 2016, the court, framed

charges against the accused.


EDITORIAL THursdAy

JuLy 11, 2019

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ICPd25 : Cairo to nairobi

Acting Editor & Publisher : Jobaer Alam

Telephone: +8802-9104683-84, Fax: 9127103

e-mail: editor@thebangladeshtoday.com

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Introducing an effective

competition policy

It is not only enough to claim the functioning of

a market economy and to feel content that

competition expected to be created within

such a market economy among different producers

of goods and providers of services, would

automatically lead to advantages for the consumers

in all areas such as quality, price and

choice. For even within a declared market economy

such as the one in Bangladesh, the competition

may not be automatic. There are restrictive

trade practices, monopolies, syndicated activities

and other ills hidden under the garb of the so

called market economy. The only way to ensure

that competition does happen, unfailingly in all

areas of the economy, requires that laws to that

effect exist and are operated vigorously. A

Competition Act was adopted some years ago but

an all important Competition Commission

under the Act is still to be set up. Thus there is

hardly any enforceable Competition Policy in

Bangladesh not to speak of its operation.

Not only laws but their applications and the existence

of institutional mechanisms are also

required to create actual competition as an

unavoidable factor. But the starting point of all

these things is a competition policy which

Bangladesh seems to be lacking at the moment.

Thus, the importance of having such a policy was

strongly recommended in a seminar that was

organized sometime ago by the IFC, an affiliate

body of the World Bank and the Bangladesh

Enterprise Institute (BEI).

The consumers in Bangladesh, generally, are a

very harassed lot at the moment . The absence of

comprehensive consumer protection laws is

linked to their suffering. Comprehensive consumer

protection laws, therefore, need to be introduced

at the fastest. But the same would need to

be reinforced by a proper competition policy so

that consumers can benefit from the gains derived

simultaneously from a legal environment protecting

their interests as well as from the fruits of

competition compulsorily generated by such a

policy.

Government in Bangladesh can learn from how

other countries operate their competition policies.

For example, in the UK, there is the Office of Fair

Trading. This public organization is responsible

for seeing that the government's policy on monopolies

and competition is carried out. UK laws do

not completely prohibit monopolies because the

same in exclusive cases can extend greater benefits

than disadvantages to consumers but generally

the creation of monopolies is discouraged

because of the concentration of market power in

them that enable them to dictate any prices of

goods and services sold by them in a situation of

their complete dominance over the market . The

Office of Fair Trading collects information on the

ways in which companies and trade associations

conduct their businesses and recommends

actions when it appears that firms are doing

things which are against the public interest.

There is also another publicly operated

organization, the Monopolies and Mergers

Commission (MMC) in the UK. The task of the

MMC is to investigate monopolies and to publish

reports on their findings. In these reports,

the MMC sets out any changes it would like to

see in the organization of the industry, the way

in which goods and services are marketed, the

way in which prices are fixed, and so on. After

considering such a report, the government

decides what actions should be taken. It may

advise or, if necessary, order firms to maker

changes in the way they are running their businesses.

The MMC can also be asked to investigate

and report on the likely effect of proposed

mergers. A merger can be vetoed by the government

if it thinks it will lead to an unsatisfactory

monopoly situation.

A branch of the High Court, the Restrictive

Practice Court, also operates in the UK. The

task of this court is to examine whether a

restrictive practice should be made illegal

because it is restricting competition that

enables a firm or firms to keep prices higher

than they would be without the practice. The

court examines also whether a practice is preventing

other firms from entering the industry

and whether practices restrict consumers' freedom

of choice.

The establishment of similar institutions backed

up by the introduction of a proper competition

policy, need to be considered in the context of

Bangladesh at the earliest for the economy and

the consumers to get the benefits of the same.

Introduction

The year 2019

marks the 25th

anniversary of the

I n t e r n a t i o n a l

Conference on

Population and

D e v e l o p m e n t

(ICPD) which was

held in Cairo,

Egypt where 179

g o v e r n m e n t s

adopted a revolutionary Program of Action

(PoA) recognizing that sexual and reproductive

health and rights (SRHR) to take

center stage in national and global development

efforts.

Specifically, the Program of Action

called for all people to have access to comprehensive

reproductive health care,

including voluntary family planning, safe

pregnancy and childbirth services, and

the prevention and treatment of sexually

transmitted infections.

It also recognized that reproductive

health and women's empowerment are

intertwined, and that both are necessary for

the advancement of society.

Although'ICPD' is often used to refer to

the global consensus that sexual and reproductive

health and rights are human rights

that these are a precondition for women's

empowerment, and that women's equality

is a precondition for securing the well-being

and prosperity of all people.

Background

In the 1960s, as mortality rates declined

around the world, some researchers and

policymakers grew panicked that population

growth would outstrip natural

resources, leading to famine and societal

collapse.

The early 1990s marked a dramatic

departure from conventional ideas about

how governments should try to influence

the size and well-being of the societies they

govern, and brought an unparalleled consensus

among national governments about

population policy.

A turning point in international discussions

on population was the 1994

International Conference on Population

and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo.

Whereas earlier world conferences on

population had focused on controlling

population growth in developing countries,

mainly through family planning, the

Cairo conference enlarged the scope of

policy discussions.

Governments then agreed that population

policies should address social development

beyond family planning, especially

the advancement of women, and that family

planning should be provided as part of a

broader package of reproductive health

care. Underlying this new emphasis was a

belief that enhancing individual health and

rights would ultimately lower fertility and

slow population growth.

The Cairo conference was also far

larger and more inclusive than earlier

world population conferences. It

brought together 11,000 representatives

from governments, nongovernmental

organizations (NGOs), international

agencies, and citizen activists.

The diversity of views contributed to the

unprecedented international consensus

achieved in 1994.Although there were

ideological and religious differences

over issues such as definitions of reproductive

health, adolescent sexuality,

and abortion, all but a few nations fully

endorsed the final program.

Only a small percentage of India's 1.3

billion people have ever physically

been up into the Himalayas - the

colossal, ice-covered mountain range running

across the north of the country and

defining many of its borders with Pakistan,

Nepal, Myanmar and China. But, imaginatively

and materially, the Himalayas are a

vivid reality for most Indians.

Several hundred million Indians experience

the Himalayas daily, not as ice and

rock, but as water: As the mountain source

of the great rivers and their tributaries, most

importantly the Ganga and the Yamuna,

which water India's fertile agricultural plains

and their settlements. In the religious

domain, the mountains are revered as timeless,

mysterious and sacred, the mythical

home of great Hindu gods such as Shiva, and

of forbidding peaks like Kanchenjunga and

Mount Kailash that are revered by people of

several faiths.

Paradoxically - it is a sign of how different

the scale of geological time is from time on a

human scale - what Indians think of as the

most permanent feature of their subcontinent

is actually the youngest of the world's

major mountain ranges, formed approximately

55 million years ago by the collision

of the Indian and Eurasian continental

plates. It is the Himalayas that are responsible

for some of the most distinctive features

of India's climate, such as its monsoon system.

Without the Himalayas, there would be no

Indian civilization as we know it. Any disruption

of the natural course of the ecological

cycle far from human eyes up in the

Himalayas would have earth-shaking consequences

for the rest of India. And, in recent

dr. noor MoHAMMAd

Program of Action

Cairo's Program of Action (PoA)was

ambitious. It contained more than 200 recommendations

in the areas of health, development,

and social welfare. A central feature

of the PoA is the recommendation to

provide comprehensive reproductive health

care, which includes family planning; safe

pregnancy and delivery services; abortion;

prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted

infections (including HIV/AIDS);

information and counseling on sexuality;

and elimination of harmful practices

against women (such as genital cutting and

forced marriage).

The Cairo PoA also defined reproductive

health for the first time in an international

policy document. The definition states that

'reproductive health is a state of complete

physical, mental, and social well-being and

not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,

in all matters relating to the reproductive

system.'

The PoA also says that reproductive health

care should enhance individual rights,

including the 'right to decide freely and

responsibly' the number and spacing of one's

children, and the right to a 'satisfying and

safe sex life.' This definition goes beyond traditional

notions of health care as preventing

illness and death, and it promotes a more

holistic vision of a healthy individual.

Post Cairo debate Continued

Sharp ideological differences divided participants

at the Cairo conference and continue

to be divisive till today. Women's

health advocates lobbied hard for incorporating

the concepts of reproductive health

and rights in the conference document, and

have called on governments to reaffirm

these rights in international meetings since

Cairo. Though most governments are supportive,

the Vatican, some Catholic countries,

and the United States under the Bush

administration and now under Trump

administration have taken issue with how

these rights are defined are bit departure

from the democrat administration.

A central sticking point is whether abortion

can be interpreted as a component of

reproductive health and as a universal right.

The Cairo conference forged a consensus

with carefully crafted language stating that

'in no case should abortion be promoted as

a method of family planning,' and that 'in

circumstances in which abortion is not

against the law, such abortion should be

safe.' This consensus, however, has not held

firm over time.

Debates also continue about the importance

of controlling population growth and

whether the entire Cairo agenda is feasible.

Because large numbers of young people are

in or approaching their childbearing ages,

world population will continue to grow well

into the 21stcentury. In some of the countries

survey data show that average family

size hardly declined rather stalled in the

second half of the 1990s which includes

from Bangladesh and Egypt.

These findings were surprising given

that the drop from 5 or 6 children to 3.5

children on average occurred fairly rapidly

between the 1970s and 1990s. It is possible

that the two-child average is still a

long way off, or will never be reached, in

some societies.

And while advancing women's health and

rights may well contribute to the transition

to smaller families, the goal may also

require long-term efforts in the poorest

societies. After all, women in the poorest

societies suffer the greatest health problems

and have the most limited opportunities.

decades, worrying evidence has emerged

from geologists that climate change is indeed

causing disruptions in a world always experienced

as timeless and permanent.

The clues to a potentially catastrophic

change in the equilibrium of Himalayan

ecology come in the form of the rapid melting

of one of the most important (and

mobile) components in Himalayan geography:

Its glaciers.

Glaciers are giant expanses of compressed

snow and ice (the bottom-most layers of

which can be several centuries old) that dot

the mountain ranges, creeping ever downward

from the force of gravity and their own

mass; contracting slightly in the summer

and adding millions of liters of meltwater to

the river systems that irrigate India.

About 10 percent of the earth's surface is

covered by glaciers, but most of it is at the

poles. Outside of the Arctic and Antarctic,

the most extensive glacier cover in the world

is in the Himalayas (which is why it is sometimes

called "the third pole").

Glaciers cover about 17 percent of the

Himalayas and some glaciologists estimate

that glacier meltwater comprises about 10

Figure 1

World Population Projections, 2000-2050

*TFR (total fertility rate) is the average number

of children a woman would have under prevailing

age-specific birth rates.

Source: UN Population Division, World

Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision(2003).

These efforts are of no small consequence

for world population: Population projections

show that a small difference in average

family size worldwide, such as an average of

2.5 children versus 2.0 children, translates

into a difference of 1.7 billion people in the

world's population total in 2050 (see Figure

1).

In spite of continuing debates and other

obstacles, a large number of countries have

redefined policy and program objectives

and adopted approaches that aim to meet

individual needs rather than national demographic

goals. Language about sexuality and

reproductive health that was considered

new and groundbreaking in 1994 is now

part of the health lexicon in most countries.

Bangladesh after ICPd

In the recently concluded 52nd Commission

for Population and Development (CPD) session

at UN Headquarters,Bangladesh reported

its readiness to use South-South Cooperation

(SSC) to share its best practices in population

and development to achieve the goals of the

International Conference on Population and

Development Program of Action (ICPD PoA).

Bangladesh's remarkable success in:

reducing infant, children under five, and

maternal mortality rates; increasing life

expectancy; increasing the use of contraceptives;

poverty alleviation; developing primary

and secondary education; and progressing

in eliminating gender disparities

are the evident examples of Bangladesh's

commitment and progress.

Bangladesh alsoput forth a set of recommendations

to mitigate the challenges of

achieving the ICPD PoA and 2030 agendas

in the last CPD session. Bangladesh suggested

strengthening the SSC, and investing

more in the idea of 'Centers of Excellence'

that focus on population and development.

Recent Rohingya influx in our country

and the related issues also came up which

has been pulling Bangladesh backward

jeopardizing all the achievements it has

made in the last quarter century. .

Bangladesh thus urged the international

community to come forward to find a sustainable

resolution to the Rohingyaissues.

As also underlined which echoes the

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percent of the water flow of the Ganga. In the

Anthropocene age - the period, usually

anchored to the beginning of the Industrial

Revolution some 250 years ago, in which

human beings have acquired the capability

to alter the course of nature's cycle - glaciers

are an important indicator of the health and

integrity of the mountains.

A landscape that took millions of years to

form could disintegrate in just a few centuries

because of the deleterious effects of

human practices

And, in recent decades, glaciers have been

speaking up - by retreating at ever faster

rates as the climate warms up in one of the

planet's coldest regions. A major scientific

paper published last month in the journal

Science Advances by a team of scientists led

by Joshua Maurer of Columbia University

shows that, not only have Himalayan glaciers

been melting steadily in the last four

decades, the pace of melting has actually

doubled in this century to about a foot-anda-half

of vertical ice a year.

The implications of this information for

India's water and economic security are

grave. In the short-term, of course, increased

expert opinions that Bangladesh put youth

and women development at the heart of the

national development agenda, in order to

realize the vision to transform Bangladesh

into a middle-income country by 2021, and

a developed country by 2041.

The nairobi summit

Over the past 25 years we have made significant

progress on advancing the ICPD

agenda. However, the world imagined at the

ICPD in Cairo is far from reality as millions

of individuals and couples are still not free to

choose whether, when or how many children

to have. In the current context, universal

sexual and reproductive health is central

to achieving the United Nations Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs). Urgent and

sustained efforts are crucial for the international

community to meet the SDGs by the

2030 deadline.

The governments of Kenya and Denmark

and the ICPD agenda host, UNFPA are coconvening

the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25,

a high-level conference to advance the

implementation of the Program of Action

scheduled in mid-November 2019. The conference

is set to offer an inclusive platform

to bring together governments, UN agencies,

civil society, NGOs, women's groups,

youth networks and the private sector to

make global commitments to end the unfinished

business of ICPD.

These commitments will be centeredon

achieving the "three zeroes":

" Zero unmet need for family planning

information and services.

" Zero preventable maternal deaths.

" Zero sexual and gender-based violence

and harmful practices against women

and girls.

Over the course of the Summit, delegates

will discuss how to work together to implement

the commitments and reach our goals

by the SDGs deadline. The global commitments

will then lead to specific national and

local commitments by all stakeholders, with

the overall target of ending the unfinished

business of ICPD within the next decade.

Conclusion

An important lesson from the Cairo process

is that national population goals cannot be

pursued without some form of public scrutiny,

either at home or abroad. If individuals' perspectives

and needs are disregarded, policies

will likely meet with evasion or open resistance.

Now that NGOs and citizen activists have

taken on a prominent monitoring role in international

agreements, they are likely to continue

to pressure governments to respect individual

rights.

Given (a) the growing body of evidence

showing the links between women's status and

population and development trends, and (b)

the growing influence of women's groups, it is

hard to imagine that women's health and

rights issues will disappear from population

policy debates. Issues related to sexuality and

childbearing are value-laden and complex,

ensuring that policy debates will continue. In

addition, continued sexual and gender based

violence threatens all the achievements so far

both ensuring access to SRHR services and

information and confirming gender equality.

Thus the Nairobi talks are much awaited talk

to look into ourselves, celebrate our achievements,

re-set our targets for making our population

as resources and keeping the pace of our

development.

[Dr. Noor Mohammad. Executive

Director, Population Services and

Training Center (PSTC)]

India must save Himalayan glaciers to avert ecological crisis

Without the Himalayas, there would be no Indian civilization

as we know it. Any disruption of the natural course of the

ecological cycle far from human eyes up in the Himalayas

would have earth-shaking consequences for the rest of India.

And, in recent decades, worrying evidence has emerged from

geologists that climate change is indeed causing disruptions

in a world always experienced as timeless and permanent.

glacial melting would result in larger volumes

of water being released into the rivers

of a country where water is becoming a

scarce and contested resource. This could

also be accompanied by what are called glacial

lake outbursts, threatening human settlements

in the Himalayan foothills.

Over the longer term, though, glacial melt

at current levels would deprive India of its

most permanent reserves of freshwater -

and there would be no way of reversing this

process. Further, as the levels of water stably

released by glaciers into the Himalayan

ecosystem over thousands of years is disrupted,

many species of rare flora and fauna

endemic to the Himalayas will die out or be

driven down into the increasingly waterstarved

plains.

A landscape that took millions of years to

form could disintegrate in just a few centuries

because of the deleterious effects of

human practices.

It's a big, big story, but one that's hard to

translate into human terms or to work into

an action plan in a society where the population

has tripled in the last 70 years and

that requires more water and burns more

energy and fossil fuels than ever before.

Already, recent studies show that the

Himalayas are warming three times faster

than other regions of the earth: At about

0.06 degrees Celsius annually, compared

to the global average of 0.02 C. Climate

change and the role of glaciers as an index

of a warming world need to be part of the

education of every Indian schoolchild if

the country is to hold off an ecological crisis

a century from now.

Source : Arab news


HEALTH

THURSDAy,

JULy 11, 2019

5

Magnetic resonance of a medulloblastoma in a child's brain.

Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade

Brazilian researchers have developed a

low-cost method of classifying the most

common malignant brain tumour in

children, which they say can help

medics diagnose and treat the

condition. Medulloblastoma, a tumour

of the central nervous system, affects

one in every 200,000 children and

adolescents worldwide and represents

20 per cent of all childhood brain

tumours.

The World Health Organisation

(WHO) divides the disease into four

molecular subgroups according to

their clinical and molecular

characteristics. Categorising patients

into one of these groups helps

oncologists choose an appropriate

treatment, with some groups

requiring more aggressive therapy

than others. However, low- and

middle-income countries cannot

afford to routinely use modern

sequencing platforms to carry out

this molecular classification.

Gustavo Alencastro Cruzeiro, a

geneticist at the University of São

Paulo's Ribeirão Preto Medical School

and lead developer of the method, said

it was "faster and cheaper" than similar

techniques used in developed

countries. He said it costs US$26 per

sample analysis compared with an

average of US$60 for tests used in

richer countries. "It should make this

new method widely available in lowand

middle-income countries, helping

oncologists make rapid clinical

decisions," he added.

To develop the new method,

researchers analysed 92 samples of

frozen medulloblastoma' tissue

gathered from children and young

adults up to 24 years old undergoing

treatment in three hospitals in the state

of Sao Paulo.

They extracted ribonucleic acid

(RNA) sequences from each sample

and converted them into stable

complementary DNA (cDNA), which

was processed using a technique called

real-time polymerase chain reaction

(PCR), which amplifies the signal of

genes activated by the multiplication of

cDNA molecules.

This allowed researchers to identify a

Photo: Reytan

New method to classify brain

tumour in children

set of 20 genes associated with all four

of the medulloblastoma molecular

subgroups: SHH, WNT, Group 3 and

Group 4. By using algorithm

assessment and bioinformatic analysis

techniques, the team identified the

minimal number of genes needed to

molecularly classify medulloblastoma,

without losing accuracy.

"We found that a set of six

differentially expressed genes would be

sufficient to distinguish SHH and WNT

from the other two subgroups", said

Cruzeiro. Roger Chammas, an

oncologist at University of São Paulo

School of Medicine, who was not part of

the team, said the method was

"undoubtedly a step forward," as it

allowed for more cost-effective

diagnosis.

But he cautioned that it would take

time for the new method to become

available in hospitals. "We are now

trying to obtain financial support for

opening a start-up focused on

childhood and central nervous system

tumours," he said. "This will allow the

achievement of molecular classification

at the national level."

How human's deepest

fears being exploited

Medicine dispensing innovation

wins engineering prize

Sally Nyakanyanga

The innovator of a smart locker

system designed to dispense

medicines to patients in less than 36

seconds has won the 2019 Africa

Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Public health institutions are

resource-constrained and healthcare

workers are overwhelmed, resulting

in them being unable to attend to

patients faster.

South Africa alone has close to five

million patients on anti-retroviral

treatment and collecting their refills

monthly, according to the WHO.

Patients collecting chronic medicines

wait for close to four hours at public

health centres, says Neo Hutiri, a 31-

year-old South African engineer who

invented the innovation called Pelebox.

"Pelebox takes pressure off medical

teams and gives patients on chronic

medicines valuable time back, ensuring

the collection process is tracked and

auditable," explains Hutiri. "This is the

highest stamp of approval that our

innovation could have hoped for. As an

engineer, building a socially-minded

solution was important to me and this

award is a nudge that we are in the right

direction." Hutiri received the first

prize of £25,000 (about US$31,000)

from the Royal Academy of

Engineering, the founder of the

competition.

"Pelebox will improve healthcare for

everyone using and working in a

severely strained public healthcare

system," adds John Lazar, one of the

competition's judges, in a statement

released this month (4 June) by the

Royal Academy of Engineering.

According to Hutiri, his team started

working on the project in 2015 but the

first unit became operational in 2017

and was pilot-tested in 2018.

"Each Pelebox unit has 72-99 doors

and can serve 1,200 patients per

month," Hutiri says. The innovation,

according to Hutiri, shows that science

in Africa can now drive a digitally

connected Africa particularly to inspire

young people by elevating the

standards of applied science and how

they can shape innovations.

Patient Dhliwayo-Chiunzi, a

biotechnologist at the Harare Institute

of Technology in Zimbabwe, tells that

Medicine displayed in a pharmacy.

the Pelebox is a needed innovation,

which has incorporated aspects of

patient privacy to a large extent.

"You realise the Pelebox operates like

those food dispenser machines, hence

it is quite user-friendly," Dhliwayo-

Chiunzi explains. She advises patients

using the Pelebox to access their

medications at designated times to

ensure that they take their medicines as

expected. Hutiri tells that six Pelebox

units have been installed at public

hospitals in South Africa, with 42 units

expected to be available by the end of

the year partly through a contract with

the South African government.

Photo: Anouk Delafortrie

How much does the

world trust vaccines?

Health Desk

Public trust in vaccination is on shaky

ground. Earlier this year, the WHO

named 'vaccine hesitancy' one of its top

ten threats to global health, defining

hesitancy as "the delay in acceptance or

refusal of vaccines despite the

availability of vaccination services".

Health experts fear that when people

question whether vaccines are safe or

effective, they may decide not to

vaccinate themselves or their children -

and that puts everyone at higher risk.

There is some evidence on how people

feel about vaccines, but until now

health experts had few details about

these views in different parts of the

world. Do most parents believe

vaccination is safe, effective, and

important for their children? And how

do their views relate to how much they

trust scientists and health

professionals?

This interactive visualisation

explores these questions through the

Wellcome Global Monitor - the first

study of public attitudes to science and

health on a global scale. Questions over

how public views on vaccination are

changing are more pressing than ever.

If enough people decide against

getting a vaccine, outbreaks become

more common and diseases more

difficult to control. If people lose

confidence in vaccination, they are

more likely to opt against it. It's a

decision that can affect not only their

own health but that of others around

them.

This is because each person that gets

immunised adds to a collective or 'herd'

immunity that can stop a disease from

spreading - but only if a large enough

number of people get the vaccine. How

large is 'large enough'? It depends on

the disease. For measles, 90-95 per

cent of the population needs to be

vaccinated for this collective immunity

to work. For polio, which is less

contagious, it takes 80-85 per cent.

This loss of vaccine confidence is

reflected in a global resurgence of

measles, with a 30 per cent rise in cases

from 2016 to 2017. Outbreaks have also

become more common, as seen in

Brazil, India and the United States. The

loss of confidence has been fuelled by

anti-vaccination theories that began

with a false claim of a link with autism.

Globally, about eight out of 10 people

have confidence in the safety of

vaccines. Though encouraging, this also

means one in five people question

vaccine safety.

And it's the pockets of scepticism

that matter, according to Heidi Larson,

director of the Vaccine Confidence

Project who was involved in the study.

Confidence is lowest in Eastern and

Western Europe, where just over half

the population agrees that vaccines are

safe (50 and 59 per cent). It gets a little

stronger in Northern

But confidence in safety is at its

highest in low-income regions. South

Asia tops the chart at 95 per cent,

followed by 92 per cent in East Africa.

Across the African continent and Latin

America, about 84 per cent of people

surveyed agree that vaccines are safe.

The figure is slightly lower across Asia

(80 per cent) and in the Middle East

(79 per cent).

Published June 2019, the study was

based on nationally representative

surveys of people aged 15 years or older

in over 140 countries. More than

140,000 people were asked questions

about their views on vaccination, their

trust in health professionals and in

science, as well as how science benefits

society. Before the questionnaire was

rolled out it was tested across 10

countries, in local languages. One

reason was to make sure that everyone

could understand the technical terms.

To get a measure of scepticism about

vaccination, researchers based their

questions on an index developed by the

Vaccine Confidence Project. According

to Larson, the index was designed to get

a better picture of the spectrum of

views. The idea was to capture not just

strong opinions for or against

vaccination, but also the views of

people in between who still question

and look for answers.

There is nothing in a vitamin drip that can't be got from a well-balanced diet.

Photo : Alpgiray Kelem

Rebecca Schiller

Of couples trying for a baby, 84% will

conceive naturally within the first year,

others after a little more time, but the

one in seven who continue to have

problems are increasingly at the mercy

of unproven "treatments" that promise

to boost fertility for a hefty price tag.

This week, intravenous wellness

company Get A Drip was forced to

withdraw a £250 "fertility boost" after

the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

highlighted the product's lack of proven

benefits. It accused the company of

"causing real damage to women's

emotional wellbeing".

The UK fertility industry is estimated

to be worth more than £320m, and is

growing all the time. An expensive

vitamin drip (that contains ingredients

that are all available - and more easily

absorbed - in a balanced diet) is just the

tip of the commercial fertility iceberg.

The age at which men and women

have their first child keeps rising, and

the older they are, the less fertile. As the

demand for fertility assistance grows,

the chances of accessing NHS

treatments diminish due to long

waiting lists, the rationing of treatment

and ever-narrowing eligibility criteria.

The intense pressure to boost

chances of conceiving naturally or

make the most of a single shot at NHS

treatment provides many opportunities

for companies to exploit. In addition to

a range of diet supplements and

alternative therapies, private fertility

clinics have been accused of profiting

from unproven "add-on" treatments

that can increase by thousands of

pounds an already hefty bill for assisted

conception.

The Human Fertilisation and

Embryology Authority (HFEA) found

that 74% of private patients had bought

add-on treatments. Its chair, Sally

Cheshire, says: "The 'fertility drip' is

just one more item on the list of myths

that claim to increase or support

fertility, targeting individuals who are

often already going through emotional

turmoil in their quest to conceive."

The HFEA is working with the British

Fertility Society to provide guidance to

fertility clinics on how unproven

treatments should be ethically

introduced and it already offers a

traffic-light system that rates add-on

therapies by efficacy. Yet many of these

commercial enterprises fall outside any

hope of regulation.

Some alternative treatments (such as

acupuncture) have proven benefits for

some - and can boost wellbeing and a

sense of control at a stressful time.

Sadly, desperation - especially in such

an emotive area - will always be met

with exploitation as well as support. For

many couples, cheap lifestyle and diet

changes, time, medical support where

necessary and a more equal offer of

NHS treatments will be far more

effective than expensive treatments -

whether they are dispensed in a

shopping centre or by a white-coated

professional in a clinic.

More than 80 per cent of children were vaccinated in Bangladesh by 2014.

Photo: Collected


NATIONAL

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019

6

Kalapara Upazila Committee

of BMSF formed

Gautam Halder, Kalapara

Correspondent: Kalapara Upazila

Committee of Bangladesh Mofossal

Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) has been

formed. A 13-member committee was

formed by electing Gautam Chandra

Halder as the President and Md. Sagir

Hossain as the general secretary. A fullfledged

13-member committee was

formed with voice votes of at a general

meeting of Kalapara Upazila Office of

Bangladesh Mofossal Sangbadik

Forum (BMSF) at around 11pm on

Wednesday.

Former President of Kalapara :

Kalapara Upazila Committee of

Bangladesh Mofossal Sangbadik

Forum (BMSF)SK Ranjan chaired the

meeting. Central member and former

general secretary of BMSF upazila unit

Tushar Haldar moderated the function

while assistant secretary Mizanur

Rahman announced the names of

newly formed committee members as

the chief guest. Other members of the

committee are senior vice-president

Kabir Talukdar, Vice-President Rasel

Sikder Sohag, Joint General Secretary

Harun Or Rashid Mukta, Organizing

Secretary Md. Saiful Islam, Finance

Secretary Md Taijul Islam, Office

Secretary Pranab Biswas, Publicity and

Publication Secretary Masum Billah,

Executive Member SK Ranjan, Tushar

Halder, Md. Rahim Jasim and Md.

Anwar Hossain Anu.

The chief guest at the occasion urged

Bangladesh Mofussil Journalist Forum

(BMSF) committee to work unitedly to

implement the 14-point demand of the

organization and urged the central

president Shahidul Islam Pilot and

General Assessor Ahmed Abu Jafar to

strengthen their hands and move

forward.

Gaibandha Police Super Engineer Abdul Mannan Mia addressed as the chief guest addressed a

press conference regarding appointment recruitment of constable post at Gaibandha Police

Lines recently.

Photo: Rafiqul Islam

Gaibandha residents expressed

gratitude to PM for recruiting police

constables without money

Rafiqul Islam, Gaibandha Correspondent: 144

meritorious youths of Gaibandha district got the final

appointment of the constable post of Bangladesh Police under

honest Gaibandha Superintendent of Police Engineer Abdul

Mannan Mia and according to the Prime Minister's wish to build

the Sonar Bangla dream of the Father of the Nation with IGP Dr.

Mohammad Javed Patwary BPM (Bar).

The first phase of the recruitment process of the police

constable started on 29/06/2019 and concluded with Primary

Physical Examination on 09/07/2019. Under the strict

observation of the Superintendent of Superintendent of Police,

the written examination of the passers of primary physical

examination was held on 30/06/2019. After the completion of

written examination, meritorious young candidates took part in

the oral examination on 03/07/2013. Superintendent of Police

Target set to

produce 18.08-lakh

tonnes Aman in

Rangpur

RANGPUR:

The

government has fixed a

target of producing over

18.08-lakh tonnes of

Transplanted Aman (T-

Aman) rice (27.13 tonnes of

paddy) from 6.35-lakh

hectares of land for Rangpur

region this season, reports

BSS.

Officials of the

Department of Agricultural

Extension (DAE) said

farmers have started

transplantation of T-Aman

rice seedlings and the

process will get full impetus

by the end of month.

"The production target of

T-Aman rice for this season

is higher by 1.69-lakh tonnes

than the production of

17.69-lakh tonnes of T-

Aman rice achieved last

year," said Horticulture

Specialist of DAE Khondker

Md Mesbahul Islam.

Last year, a target of

producing 16.39-lakh tonnes

of clean T-Aman rice from

5.94-lakh hectares of land

was fixed for all the five

districts of Rangpur,

Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat,

Kurigram and Nilphamari in

the region.

"The farmers, however,

cultivated T-Aman rice on

6.03-lakh hectares of land

exceeding the fixed target by

9,292 hectares of land and

fixed production target by

1.30-lakh tonnes last year,'

Islam said.

The DAE, Bangladesh Rice

Research Institute,

Bangladesh Agricultural

Development Corporation

(BADC),

Barind

Multipurpose Development

Authorities (BMDA) and

other organisations have

taken ample steps to make

the intensive T-Aman rice

cultivation programme

successful this time.

Meanwhile, farmers have

already prepared T-Aman

seedlings on 27,500 hectares

of land against the

requirement of preparing

the same on 31,716 hectares

of land for cultivation of T-

Aman rice on 6.35-lakh

hectares of land.

The process of preparing

T-Aman seedling continues

and DAE will prepare

additional seedling on over

3,000 hectares of land than

requirement to meet any

emergency.

Engineer Abdul Mannan Miah finalized the final 144 people.

144 appointments were finalized by selecting physicallymentally

qualified and meritorious candidates through

maximum alertness and honesty in each step of the

recruitment process. Case was filed against 7 people by the

mobile court on the day of physical examination for defaults

in the full process, frauds have been dropped and fraud cases

have been filed against some who have been involved in the

money scandal. Gaibandha district has it honesty of

appointment of the police constable at Tk 103. The poor

candidates are crying out of their emotions and thanked

Superintendent of Police of Gaibandha district Engineer

Abdul Mannan Mia and prayed for IGP Dr. Mohammad

Javed Patwary and longevity of the Prime Minister of the

country.

Joypurhat Institute of

Medical Technology and

MATS holds human chain

Masrakul Alom, Joypurhat Correspondent:

Students of Joypurhat Institute of Medical

Technology and MATS organized a human

chain in protest of land grab attempt of the

institute. They also submitted a

memorandum to the general manager of

Bangladesh Railway (Western Region. On

Tuesday morning, after holding a human

chain in front of Chitra Road, students and

teachers organized a human chain program

at Zero Point in the city.

According to sources on 19/10/17, in the

tender called by the railway, they including

some oragnzations including Tax Vat fimrs

within the boundaries of Joypurhat Institute

of Medical Technology and MATS despite

the having paid rent till June 2018 to the

railways. Regarding the matter, the

organization filed a case against the railway

in Joypurhat Sadar Senior Assistant Judge

Court (Case No- 25/18 Other). While the

case was under the jurisdiction of the law

enforcement, Mozammel Haque and his son

Ehsan attempt to build infrastructure within

the boundaries of the organization. Speakers

at the human chain urged the concerned

authorities to take legal action by stopping

the construction work from the illegal

landowners in the interest of the renowned

institution of Jaypurhat.

It is to be noted that the organization has

been contributing greatly to the health

sector. Already 10th batch students are

studying here. The institute has achieved

nationwide first position in three successive

years. After the human chain, the students of

the institute gave a memorandum to the

General Manager of Bangladesh Railway

(Western Region) Joypurhat Station Master

Habibur Rahman. During the time, Principal

of Joypurhat Institute of Medical

Technology and Mats and former Director of

Health Department (Ret.) Dr. AKM

Moazzem Hossain, Vice Principal Dr Khalid

Bin Sharif, Director Prof. (Retd.) Abdur

Rashid, Director Nazrul Islam, Director Dr.

M.I Hasan and others were present at the

occasion.

Students of Joypurhat Institute of Medical Technology and MATS formed

a human chain protesting against land grab attempt of the institute in

Joypurhat recently.

Photo: Masrakul Alom

BGB detains smuggler with 1.169 kg gold in Benapole

Jahirul Islam Ripon, Benapole Correspondent: Members of Border Guard

Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive seized 1.169 kg gold and arrested one suspected smuggler, from

bordering Sikri Bottala area on Tuesday night. The arrestee was identified as Nazmul Hossain

34, son of Atiar Rahman of Putkhali village of Benapole port police station. The value of the

seized gold was estimated at around Tk 53 lakh, said Lt Col Salim Reja, commanding officer

of 49 BGB Battalion. The BGB official said acting on a tip-off, a BGB team, led by Abdul

Malek of Benapole camp, raided Sikri area and arrested Nazmul Hossain along with 1.169

gold around 12:30am.

The gold was being smuggled to India, said the BGB official, adding that the smuggler and

the golds were handed over to Benapole Port Police Station. A case was filed with the police

station in this connection.

Gautam Chandra Halder was elected as the President and Md. Sagir Hossain as the General

Secretary of Kalapara Upazila Committee of Bangladesh Mofossal Sangbadik Forum (BMSF).

Photo: TBT

Mega project to be implemented for

supplying potable water in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: Rajshahi

Water Supply and Sewerage

Authority (RWASA) is going

to implement a mega project

aiming at supplying safe

drinking water for the city

dwellers, reports BSS.

The project titled "RWASA

Surface water Treatment"

will be implemented with an

estimated cost of Taka 4,150

crore to remove the existing

water supply related

problems.

Under the project, 26.5-

kilometer main pipelines,

48-kilometer primary and

Speakers for

planting of

trees to ensure

food security

RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a

function yesterday stressed

the need for planting of

saplings of fruit bearing

trees to increase food

production alongside

maintaining ecological

balance, reports BSS.

Tree plantation would play

a significant role in reducing

poverty, they told at the

inaugural session of a 20-

day long Divisional Tree Fair

and Fruit Tree Fair-2019 at

Green Plaza of Rajshahi City

Corporation today.

Social Forestry Division

(SSD) under the Ministry of

Forest and Environment

and Department of

Agriculture Extension

(DAE) are jointly organizing

the fair.

Commissioner of Rajshahi

division Nur-Ur-Rahman

addressed the opening

session as chief guest with

Deputy Commissioner

Hamidul Haque in the chair.

Deputy Inspector General

of Police AKM Hafiz Akhter,

Deputy Commissioner of

Rajshahi Metropolitan

Police Amir Jafar,

Additional Director of DAE

Deb Dulal Dhali and its

Deputy Director Shamsul

Haque and Divisional Forest

Officer Ahmmad Niamur

Rahman spoke as special

guests.

The speakers stressed the

need on extensive tree

plantation to improve

environment and

biodiversity to make the

region habitable for all.

secondary pipelines would

be installed for ensuring a

strong water supply

network.

RWASA Managing

Director Sultan Abdul

Hamid revealed this while

inaugurating a threekilometre

pipeline

installation work in Railway

gate area near Rajshahi

University campus

yesterday as chief guest.

The supply line from the

railway gate area to

Kharkhori bypass road will

be installed with an

estimated cost of Taka 91.10

lakh.

Deputy Managing

Director Amirul Islam and

Superintending Engineer

Parvej Mahmud were

present on the occasion.

Under the mega project,

water from the Padma River

will be supplied to

households for drinking

purpose after necessary

treatment. The mega project

has been adopted to supply

fresh drinking water under a

40-year water supply

management master plan.

The surface water-based

plant with capacity of

treating 20-crore litre water

daily will be installed at

Farhadpur, 26.5 kilometres

west from the city centre

under Godagari upazila by

June 2022.

From this water

purification plant, fresh

drinking water will be

supplied to all 30 wards in

Rajshahi City Corporation

and its surrounding areas as

well as 11 wards of Katakhali

and Naohata municipal

areas.

Atrai Press Club

provides farewell

to outgoing OC

Omar Faruk, Atrai Correspondent: Atrai Press Club organized a farewell and reception

ceremony of outgoing Atrai Police Station OC Mohammad Mobarak and newly elected OC

Mohammad Moslem Uddin. The program was chaired by Atrai Press Club Club President

Md. Ruhul Amin at the press club premises on Wednesday.

Among others, Atrai police outgoing OC Mohammad Mobarak Hossain, new OC Moslem

Uddin, SI Sotman Sarkar, Atrai Press Club Vice-President Md. Abdul Majid Mollik, Vice

President Md Ruhul Amin, general secretary general Nazmul Hossain Sentu, assistant

general secretary Md. Omar Faruk, Organizing Secretary Mohammad Nazmul Hossain

Nahid, treasurer Md Firoz Hossain, Office Secretary Mokhhedde Ali, Publicity Secretary Md.

Al Amin Milon, Executive Member Md. Mujahid Khan and Member Tapan Kumar Sarkar

were also present at the occasion.

Outgoing OC Md. Mobarak Hossain said that Atrai's journalists are completely different

from what I have seen in my long service experience. I have worked here for 21 months

without any kind of pressures. Afterwards, a crest was given to the outgoing OC on behalf of

the press club.

Members of Atrai Press Club handed over a crest to outgoing Atrai Police

Station OC Mohammad Mobarak at the press club premises of the upazila

on Wednesday.

Photo: TBT


INTERNATIONAL THURSDAy,

JUly 11, 2019

7

DNA test confirms identity of 1st

Filipino suicide attacker

A DNA test has confirmed

the identity of the first

known Filipino suicide

bomber in the country's

south, an alarming milestone

that underscores the

need for public vigilance

and a modernized armed

forces, officials said

Wednesday, reports UNB.

Two attackers carrying

explosives killed three soldiers,

two villagers and

themselves and wounded

22 others in a June 28

attack on an army camp in

Sulu province's Indanan

town. The Islamic State

group said the attackers

were its fighters but local

police played down the

claim.

Philippine police and military

officials said in a news

conference that tissues taken

from the remains of one

of the attackers, identified

by his family as Norman

Lasuca, matched those of

his mother, Vilman Lasuca,

and a brother in a police

DNA test. Efforts to identify

the second attacker were

continuing.

"One of the biggest implications

if we already have a

suicide bombing case in the

Philippines is that this

should open a new mindset

that we now have a different

security environment in

our country," military

spokesman Brig. Gen.

Edgar Arevalo said.

Arevalo called for greater

public vigilance and

stressed the need for a more

modern and betterequipped

armed forces to

fight "a rising level of terrorism."

Two other suicide bombings

in the country's south

last year and in January

have been blamed by

Philippine authorities on

foreign militants, who were

reportedly harbored by Abu

Sayyaf commander Hajan

Philippine police said the DNA tests confirmed the identity of one of the

bombers.

Photo : Internet

Sawadjaan in his jungle

encampments in Sulu.

Regional military commander

Maj. Gen. Cirilito

Sobejana has said Lasuca

left his family in 2014 and

joined the group of Sawadjaan,

who is believed to

have been recognized by the

Islamic State group as its

leader in the southern

Philippines.

According to military officials,

one of the attackers

tried to enter the army

camp in Indanan, where a

large number of newly

arrived combat troops was

based, and set off his explosive

when he was stopped at

the gate. The second militant

dashed into the camp

and managed to detonate

his bomb near a parking lot

while yelling "Allahu

akbar," or God is great,

despite being shot by soldiers.

Military officials could

not provide other details

about Lasuca's background.

An anti-terrorism officer

told The Associated Press

that he was one of several

children of a poor welder

who was recruited as a

member of an urban-based

militant unit under Sawadjaan.

He dropped out of

school early due to poverty,

said the officer, who spoke

on condition of anonymity

because of a lack of authority

to discuss the matter

publicly.

Battle setbacks have

reduced the number of Abu

Sayyaf fighters to less than

400 but they have

remained a national security

threat. They have largely

thrived on ransom kidnappings

and extortion,

although defense officials

say they may have received

foreign funds, including

from the Islamic State

group, to finance attacks.

The brutal group has

been blacklisted as a terrorist

organization by the United

States and the Philippines

for bombings, ransom

kidnappings and

beheadings during decades

of a Muslim separatist

rebellion.

Sturgeon, America's forgotten

dinosaurs, show signs of life

Sturgeon were America's vanishing

dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that

crowded the nation's rivers until

mankind's craving for caviar pushed

them to the edge of extinction, reports

UNB.

More than a century later, some

populations of the massive bottom

feeding fish are showing signs of

recovery in the dark corners of U.S.

waterways. Increased numbers are

appearing in the cold streams of

Maine, the lakes of Michigan and

Wisconsin and the coffee-colored

waters of Florida's Suwannee River.

A 14-foot Atlantic sturgeon - as long

as a Volkswagen Beetle - was recently

spotted in New York's Hudson River.

"It's really been a dramatic reversal

of fortune," said Greg Garman, a Virginia

Commonwealth University ecologist

who studies Atlantic sturgeon in

Virginia's James River. "We didn't

think they were there, frankly. Now,

they're almost every place we're looking."

Following the late 1800s caviar

rush, America's nine sturgeon species

and subspecies were plagued by pollution,

dams and overfishing. Steep

declines in many populations weren't

fully apparent until the 1990s.

"However, in the past three

decades, sturgeon have been among

the most studied species in North

America as a result of their threatened

or endangered status," said

James Crossman, president of The

North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish

Society, a conservation group.

Scientists have been finding sturgeon

in places where they were

thought to be long gone. And they're

seeing increased numbers of them in

some rivers because of cleaner water,

dam removals and fishing bans.

These discoveries provide some

hope for a fish that is among the

world's most threatened.

But the U.S. sturgeon population is

only a tiny fraction of what it once

was - and the health of each species

and regional populations vary widely.

While some white sturgeon populations

on the Pacific Coast are abundant

enough to support limited recreational

and commercial fishing, Alabama

sturgeon are so rare that none

have been caught for years.

Across America, dams still keep

some sturgeon populations low by

blocking ancient spawning routes.

And the fish face newer threats such

as rising water temperatures from climate

change and the sharp propellers

of cargo ships.

It will take decades to measure a

population's recovery, experts say.

Sturgeon sometimes live longer than

humans. And they spawn infrequently,

often requiring half a century to

bounce back from overfishing.

Environmentalists warn that more

conservation efforts are still needed.

"They've survived relatively

unchanged for 200 million years,"

said Jeff Miller, a senior conservation

advocate at the Center for Biological

Diversity, which is planning a lawsuit

seeking federal safeguards for sturgeon

in the Great Lakes and Mississippi

River watersheds. "If they're

going to survive us, they're going to

need additional protection."

In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 photo, an endangered shortnose sturgeon is fitted with a microchip after being caught in

a net from the Saco River in Biddeford, Maine. The fish was measured and tagged before being released by students at the

University of New England. The shortnose sturgeon is showing signs of bouncing back. In Maine, scientists have captured

about 75 this decade on the Saco River, where they were previously never seen.

Photo : AP

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President

Hassan Rouhani speaks during a cabinet meeting, as President's chief of staff Mahmoud

Vaezi sits at right, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Rouhani said Wednesday

Britain will face "repercussions" over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker. Photo : AP

Iran warns Britain of 'repercussions' over ship seizure

Iran's president said Wednesday that

Britain will face "repercussions" over

the seizure of an Iranian supertanker

last week that authorities in Gibraltar

suspect was breaching European sanctions

on oil shipments to Syria, reports

UNB.

Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the

official IRNA news agency as calling the

seizure "mean and wrong" during a

Cabinet meeting. "You are an initiator

of insecurity and you will understand

its repercussions," he warned the

British government, calling for the "full

security" of international shipping

lanes.

The tanker's detention comes at a

particularly sensitive time as tensions

between the U.S. and Iran grow over

the unraveling of the 2015 nuclear deal,

from which President Donald Trump

Thai PM revokes

some junta

orders before

heading new govt

The leader of Thailand's military

junta has revoked

dozens of special executive

orders and vowed to stop

issuing more as he prepares

to lead an elected civilian

government, reports UNB.

Prime Minister Prayuth

Chan-ocha signed an order

Tuesday revoking 66 of the

more than 500 orders he has

issued since a 2014 coup.

Prayuth has had the power

to issue executive orders

which have the force of law.

A member of the legal monitoring

group iLaw, Yingcheep

Atchanont, said Wednesday

the revocations are an attempt

to make it appear that the military

is relinquishing power

and transitioning to an elected

government, although the

new government will still be

led by Prayuth and will

include many junta members.

Yingcheep said executive

orders allowing the military

to influence politics remain

in place.

Somalia executes

3 over deadly

2017 hotel attack

Somalia's military says it

executed three men convicted

of carrying out a deadly

attack on a hotel in the capital

in 2017, reports UNB.

A statement issued by the

military said the three were

shot dead by a firing squad

at a police academy in

Mogadishu Wednesday.

The men were convicted of

participating in an assault

on Nasa-Hablod hotel which

killed 18 people and wounded

47 others in October,

2017.

The three were members

of Somalia's al-Shabab

Islamic extremist rebels and

were arrested during the

attack on the hotel.

Somalia's homegrown

extremist group, al-Shabab,

is allied to al-Qaida. The

rebels were pushed out of

the capital, several years

ago, but they continue to

operate in the countryside

and frequently carry out

violence attacks on hotels in

Mogadishu.

withdrew last year. In recent weeks,

Iran has begun to openly breach limits

on uranium enrichment set by the deal

in order to pressure European signatories

to salvage it.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad

Zarif meanwhile denied the supertanker

belonged to Iran, saying whoever

owned the oil shipment and the vessel

could pursue the case through legal

avenues. Iran had earlier summoned

the British ambassador over what it

called the "illegal interception" of the

ship.

The latest U.S.-Iranian tensions date

back to last year, when Trump withdrew

from the nuclear accord and

restored heavy sanctions on Iran,

including its oil industry, exacerbating

an economic crisis that has sent the

currency plummeting.

In the nuclear deal with world powers

negotiated by the Obama administration,

Iran had agreed to curb its nuclear

activities in return for sanctions relief.

It has offered to return to the agreement,

but Trump has long rejected the

deal, saying it was too generous to

Tehran and did not address its involvement

in regional conflicts.

In May, the United States dispatched

a carrier group, bombers and fighter

jets to the Persian Gulf region in

response to alleged Iranian threats.

The U.S. has accused Iran of

involvement in the bombing of oil

tankers in the Gulf and says it shot

down an American drone in international

airspace. Iran denies any

involvement in the attacks on the

tankers and says the drone had

veered into its airspace.

China's largesse in Tonga threatens

future of Pacific nation

The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga,

a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic

lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs

roam dusty roads that wind through villages

dotted with churches, reports UNB.

Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom

there are signs that a battle for power and

influence is heating up among much larger

nations - and Tonga may end up paying the

price.

In the capital, Nuku'alofa, government

officials work in a shiny new office block - an

$11 million gift from China that is rivaled in

grandeur only by China's imposing new

embassy complex.

Dozens of Tongan bureaucrats take allexpenses-paid

training trips to Beijing each

year, and China has laid out millions of dollars

to bring 107 Tongan athletes and coaches

to a training camp in China's Sichuan

province ahead of this month's Pacific

Games in Samoa.

"The best facilities. The gym, the track, and

a lot of equipment we don't have here in Tonga,"

said Tevita Fauonuku, the country's

head athletic coach. "The accommodation:

lovely, beautiful. And the meals. Not only

that, but China gave each and everyone some

money. A per diem."

China also offered low-interest loans after

pro-democracy rioters destroyed much of

downtown Nuku'alofa in 2006, and analysts

say those loans could prove Tonga's undoing.

The country of 106,000 people owes some

Trump defends Acosta but will

look into Epstein plea deal

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would be

looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's

handling of a sex trafficking case involving nowjailed

billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he

also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising

Acosta's performance on the job and saying he felt

"very badly" for him, reports UNB.

As for Epstein, Trump - who had once praised the

financier as "a terrific guy" - distanced himself from

the hedge-fund manager now charged with abusing

minors, saying the two had had a falling-out 15 or so

years ago. "I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you,"

Trump said.

His comments came as a parade of Democratic

presidential contenders and party leaders demanded

that Acosta, a former federal prosecutor in south

Florida, resign or be fired over his role in a secret

2008 plea deal that let Epstein avoid federal prosecution

after allegations he molested teenage girls.

Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to new

child sex-trafficking charges . Federal prosecutors in

New York accuse him of abusing dozens of underage

girls in the early 2000s, paying them hundreds

of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting

them at his homes in Florida and New York. He

could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

$108 million to China's Export-Import bank,

equivalent to about 25% of GDP.

The U.S. ambassador to Australia, Arthur

Culvahouse Jr., calls China's lending in the

Pacific "payday loan diplomacy."

"The money looks attractive and easy

upfront, but you better read the fine print,"

he said. China's ambassador to Tonga, Wang

Baodong, said China was the only country

willing to step up to help Tonga during its

time of need.

Graeme Smith, a specialist in Chinese

investment in the Pacific, is not convinced

China tried to trap Tonga in debt, saying its

own financial mismanagement is as much to

blame.

Nonetheless, he said it's worrying that the

nation of 171 islands, already vulnerable to

costly natural disasters, has little ability to

repay.

Why is China pouring money into Tonga?

Teisina Fuko, a 69-year-old former parliament

member, suspects China finds his

country's location useful.

"I think Tonga is maybe a window to the

Western side," he said. "Because it's easy to

get here and look into New Zealand, Australia."

"It's a steppingstone," he said.

For decades, the South Pacific was considered

the somewhat sleepy backyard of Australia,

New Zealand and the United States.

Now, as China exerts increasing influence,

Western allies are responding.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump repeatedly

praised Acosta, calling him a "really great secretary

of labor" and "very good" at his job. He suggested

it's not unusual to find past mistakes if you look

hard enough.

"You know, if you go back and look at everybody

else's decisions, whether it's a U.S. attorney, or an

assistant U.S. attorney or a judge, if you go back 12

or 15 years ago or 20 years ago and look at their past

decisions, I would think you would probably find

that they would wish they'd maybe did it a different

way," said Trump.

In sympathetic words that seemed to echo his

statements of support for then-Supreme Court

nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused

of sexual misconduct as a young man, Trump also

said he felt "very badly" for Acosta "because I've

known him as being somebody that works so hard

and has done such a good job."

Still, he said his administration would be

going back to look "very closely" at the circumstances

of the deal that allowed Epstein to avoid

prosecution on federal charges, plead guilty to

lesser state charges and serve 13 months in jail,

during which he was allowed to leave to go to his

office during the day.


ART & CULTURE

THURSDAy,

JULy 11, 2019

8

Beyoncé Dropped The Lion

King Special Album

Beyoncé's special new album

The Lion King: The Gift is being

released alongside the new film

on 19 July - but we don't have to

wait until then to get a taste of

what's coming!

The first single 'Spirit' has

dropped following the film's premiere,

and fans have been taking

to social media in droves to give

it the thumbs up.

'Mortal

Kombat'

Movie

Finds Its

Sub-Zero

Actor and martial artist Joe

Taslim will be playing the superpowered

fighter in the liveaction

adaptation of the video

game.

James Wan and his Atomic

Monster banner are producing

the movie, which will be the feature

debut of veteran commercial

director Simon McQuoid.

Todd Garner will also produce,

with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett

Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean

Robins executive producing.

While the plot of the film

remains unknown, the video

game centers on a massive roster

of character fighters from different

realms in a fictional universe

battling for supremacy. Greg

The album is being produced

and curated by Beyoncé herself,

and we'll also be able to hear her

singing on the film soundtrack.

Back on 2 July she posted a picture

on her Instagram account

showing her having a face-off

with her lion alter-ego. It racked

up almost 2.5 million likes in just

an hour.

Disney's The Lion King is due for

Russo penned the current version

of the screenplay.

First released in 1992, Mortal

Kombat has sold over 49 million

copies, spanning over a dozen

canon games and expansions,

making it one of the most profitable

video game franchise of all

time. Mortal Kombat 11 was

released in April and has become

the most successful launch in

franchise history.

The game was previously

adapted into a movie in 1995

from director Paul W. S.

Anderson that went on to gross

an impressive $122 million at the

worldwide box office. It was then

followed by 1997's Mortal

Kombat: Annihilation.

release 25 years after the cartoon

original, which was one of the

biggest animated films of all time.

As mentioned already, Donald

Glover will be the voice of the

future king Simba, while superstar

singer Beyonce is voice of

Nala - the lioness who befriends

Simba as a young cub, and later

becomes his partner as he fights

against his evil uncle Scar.

James Earl Jones, who was the

voice of Simba's dad Mufasa in

the original animated film, takes

on the role again in the liveaction

version.

Alfre Woodard will play

Simba's mother Sarabi, while JD

McCrary and Shahadi Wright

Joseph will be the young Simba

and young Nala.

Lovers of the original songs,

like Can You Feel The Love

Tonight, I Just Can't Wait To Be

King and Circle of Life, will be

pleased to hear that the new film

will include songs from the original

film.

The Lion King was the first

Disney animated film to feature

a completely original storyline -

that is, one that was not adapted

from a pre-existing story.

The film was also turned into

theatre show and was a huge success.

The Lion King isn't the only

live-action Disney remake being

released in 2019. Other movies

include Dumbo and Aladdin.

-BBC

Sub-Zero was one of the original

characters featured in the

1992 game and is known for his

attacks involving ice. He has a

long-running rivalry with similarly

garbed fellow kombatant

Scorpion.

Taslim's is the first deal to close

for Mortal Kombat, which is set

to shoot later this year in southern

Australia.

An alum of Indonesia's national

Judo team, Taslim made his

acting debut in the cult action

film The Raid. His other feature

credits include Fast & Furious 6,

Star Trek Beyond and the recent

Netflix feature The Night Comes

for Us.

-The Hollywood Reporter

Duck Duck Goose

A bachelor goose must form a bond

with two lost ducklings as they journey

south.

Genre

Director

Writer

Cast

Runtime

Release Date

: Animation,

Adventure,

Comedy

: Christopher

Jenkins

: Christopher

Jenkins

: Jim Gaffigun,

Zendaya, Lance

Lim

: 91 minutes

: 20 July,2018

Journalists to Boycott

Kangana Ranaut,

Demanding Apology

The film JudgeMentall Hai Kya has come under fire due

to the recent feud between Kangana Ranaut and journalist

Justin Rao. At the recent song launch of the film, the

actress got involved in a verbal spat with the journalist

stating that he criticized her film Manikarnika - The

Queen Of Jhansi and accused him for running a smear

campaign against her.

In the recent turn of events, the media fraternity decided

to hold a meeting with Balaji Motion Pictures' chief

Ekta Kapoor to talk about the incident. The body has

demanded a public apology and have decided to boycott

Kangana Ranaut.

"To all the entertainment journalists a body -

Entertainment Journalists Guild of India has been

formed, in the light of the unfortunate incident that happened

with reporter Justin Rao from PTI, on July 7 at a

promotional event of "Judgementall Hai Kya". The body

has been formed to safeguard the interest of our fraternity

and address issues that entertainment journalist face on a

daily basis be it with actors or producers or PR. It is time

for us to stand united to support our fellow members.

Today few members of the body met Ms Ekta Kapoor at

nicki Minaj cancels

her concert at

Saudi Arabia

The Human Rights

Foundation is applauding

Nicki Minaj's decision

to back out of a concert

in Saudi Arabia.

Minaj was scheduled to

headline the Jeddah

World Fest, a music and

performance festival, on

July 18.

Saudi Arabia is a conservative

kingdom where

people in some public

places are segregated by

gender and same-sex

relationships are criminalized.

Last week, the nonprofit

Human Rights

Foundation called for the

rapper to cancel her concert,

and on Tuesday, it

thanked Minaj for her

decision.

Minaj posted a picture

on Instagram addressing

her change of heart.

"Saudi Arabia I see

some of your comments

& I want to respond

directly to my fans," the

photo reads, "Voice your

opinions here."

She said in a statement,

"After careful reflection I

have decided to no longer

her office to demand an apology. Attached here is the letter

given to Ms Kapoor," an official statement read.

Along with it, the body also released the official letter

given to Ekta Kapoor regarding the incident which took

place on Sunday, July 8 during the launch of the song

'Wakhra Swag'. The media fraternity has declared they will

continue to support the film and will not come in between

of the promotions but they will boycott Kangana Ranaut.

JudgeMentall Hai Kya starring Kangana Ranaut and

Rajkummar Rao is set to release on July 26, 2019.

-Bollywood Hungama

move forward with my

scheduled concert at

Jeddah World Fest.

"While I want nothing

more than to bring my

show to fans in Saudi

Arabia, after better educating

myself on the

SToRyLine :

Peng is a freewheeling bachelor

goose who'd rather do anything

than practice for the upcoming

migration. He thinks he's better

than everyone else and spends his

time attempting crazy stunts at

even crazier speeds. In one such

stunt, Peng flies too near the

ground, hits a flock of ducklings

and separates brother and sister,

Chao and Chi, from the rest. In this

unlikely meeting, Peng will begin a

journey that will break his wing

and nearly break his heart as he

grows to understand the power of

unconditional love in the form of

two ducklings, who likewise grow

to see him as the best father they

could ever have.

-Original Force 3D Animation

-IMDb

issues, I believe it is

important for me to

make clear my support

for the rights of women,

the LGBTQ community

and freedom of expression."

PAID CONTENT

H o R o S c o p e

ARieS

(March 21 - April 20) : A member of

your household has perhaps been withholding

some negative emotions for a

long time. He or she may finally let loose with everything

today. This could prove disconcerting, Aries,

as you probably had no idea this was going on. Some

honest talk is definitely in order. Try to show that

you understand. All should be fine in the end.

TAURUS

(April 21 - May 21) : An unexpected

and perhaps unwelcome call or

email from a co-worker might mean

you have to work some extra hours,

Taurus. This could be frustrating. You may feel

that someone is taking unfair advantage of you.

If you aren't up to doing it, say no. This won't

affect your long-term standing with this person.

GeMini

(May 22 - June 21) : You may

have been saving up for something

you really wanted, Gemini,

when an unexpected expense

compels you to spend some of your savings.

This could cause some gloom. Make sure

you've exhausted all of your other options

before digging into your nest egg.

Appearances could be deceiving.

cAnceR

(June 22 - July 23) : Some hidden

problems in your house could suddenly

appear, Cancer. This could

involve plumbing, electricity, or the walls. Repairs

are definitely indicated. It's best if you see to them

right away rather than wait. The problem will only

escalate if neglected. It's probably better to call in

professionals than to try to do it yourself.

Leo

(July 24 - Aug. 23) : Some strange communications

could come your way today, Leo.

Hang-ups or blank emails could have you

wondering who the person is and what they want from

you. This is probably due more to problems with phone

lines or Internet connections than to anything else, so don't

waste time worrying. If you think you know who's trying to

reach you, wait until tomorrow and contact him or her.

ViRGo

(Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) : A group

you're affiliated with could find

some discrepancies in their

financial records and ask you to

check into it, Virgo. This is probably due

more to mistaken entries or lost pages than

to any major disaster, but solving it will set

everyone's mind at ease. Don't be surprised

if you have to dig through little scraps of

paper buried in the bottom of files.

LiBRA

(Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) : Secrets that someone

close has been trying to keep hidden

could come out today, Libra. This may or

may not be something Earthshaking, but either way,

some quick damage control might prevent them from

becoming common knowledge. The people around you

are more understanding than you know, so express

how you feel. By tomorrow it should be old news.

ScoRpio

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) : Some strange

news concerning friends who live far

away could come to you secondhand

today, Scorpio. Attempts to reach the people in

question may prove fruitless, at least now.

Withhold judgment about what you hear until you

talk to your friends, as much of what is passed on

to you is likely to be misinformation.

SAGiTTARiUS

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) : Some rather

unsettling insights into a friend's

thoughts and feelings could come to

you today. Your intuition is keener

than usual, Sagittarius, so trust your instincts

about everyone, even strangers. Disconcerting

though it may be, the experience will increase

your understanding of others and enable you to

deal with them in the right way.

cApRicoRn

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) : Communication

is the key, Capricorn. Avert misunderstanding

by explaining in

detail exactly what it is you need or what

you're prepared to give. Don't assume everyone

knows this already. Do this in person if

you can. Phone or email might not be as

effective.

AQUARiUS

(Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) : Plans to get

some long-neglected tasks done

around the house or yard may be

interrupted by a phone call from

someone dear who lives far away. You might

be so excited by the call that you are no longer

in the right frame of mind to finish your work

once the conversation ends.

piSceS

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) : Plans to get together

with a close friend or romantic partner

might go awry due to circumstances

beyond your control, Pisces. Sudden events

could necessitate being out of touch. You might have

to face delays when you're trying to make arrangements.

Don't give up - you will reach your goal but

just a little later than you'd hoped. Accept things as

they are and change your schedule.


SPORTS

THURSDAy,

JUly 11, 2019

9

Four years of planning will be put on the line for England when they face holders Australia in a

blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston today.

Photo: AP

England face acid test in World Cup

semi-final clash with Australia

Sports Desk: Four years of planning

will be put on the line for England when

they face holders Australia in a blockbuster

Cricket World Cup semi-final at

Edgbaston on Thursday, reports BSS.

England's woeful first-round exit at

the 2015 edition prompted a complete

rethink of their approach to one-day

internationals for a side that had long

placed Test success above all other considerations.

Australian coach Trevor Bayliss was

drafted in with the aim of guiding their

bid for a first World Cup title.

The transformation has been impressive,

with England climbing to number

one in the ODI rankings under the

astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan.

Their rise to the summit has been

based on dynamic run-scoring, with inform

openers Jason Roy and Jonny

Bairstow leading the way.

But the stakes for hosts England are

higher than simply the winning of a

match that would see them into a final

against either India or New Zealand at

Lord's on Sunday.

Satellite subscription host broadcaster

Sky has said it will allow the final to

be shown on free-to-air television in

Britain - but only if England are

involved in the showpiece match.

It would be the first time since 2005

that a major England men's home

match had emerged from behind a UK

television paywall, with cricket having a

chance to reconnect with a 'lost' audience

in its birthplace. Australia, however,

have never lost any of their seven

previous World Cup semi-finals -

although they did tie with South Africa

at Edgbaston 20 years ago before

advancing into the final on superior net

run-rate. They landed a psychological

blow in the group stage when they beat

Ashes rivals England by 64 runs at

Lord's last month.Australia left-arm

quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell

Starc shared nine wickets between

them in a match where Australia captain

Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving

a testing opening from England's

fast bowlers.

Roy, however, was missing with a

torn hamstring and since his return,

England have scored crucial wins over

India and New Zealand that took them

into the semi-finals.

By contrast Australia, who have not

won in any format at Edgbaston since

the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise

10-run defeat by South Africa at Old

Trafford in their final group game.

England, as well as finding a way to

cope with Starc, will have to contain the

run-scoring threat of a powerful Australian

top order.David Warner has

scored 638 runs this tournament following

the left-handed opener's return

to international cricket after a 12-

month ban for his role in a ball-tampering

scandal in South Africa. But paceman

Liam Plunkett insisted England

could rise to the occasion.

"We're a different sort of animal compared

to our last teams," he said.

"We've played well for the past four

years, we're ranked number one.

"We feel on our day we can beat anyone

in the world."

The five-time world champions, will

pitch late call-up Peter Handscomb

straight into Thursday's match after fellow

batsman Usman Khawaja suffered

a tournament-ending hamstring injury

against South Africa.

Australia coach Justin Langer led his

squad on a barefoot walkabout around

Edgbaston on Monday before they

shared stories on the outfield in a socalled

"bonding circle".

"Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I

used to do it as a bit of a ritual before

every Test match," former Australia

opener Langer explained.

"If you go back 12 months there wasn't

much to be relaxed and chilled

about in Australian cricket, was there?

We went through a major crisis in our

cricket. It didn't just affect our cricket, it

affected our country.

"We've got to work hard on being

more humble in what we do and being

focused on playing good cricket."

But despite the coach's new-age talk,

Australia's Nathan Lyon tried to put

pressure on England in typically acerbic

style.

"It's all on them," the off-spinner

said. "It's their World Cup to lose if you

ask me."

Murray rules

out US Open

singles return

Sports Desk: Andy Murray

on Tuesday ruled out

playing singles at the US

Open, indicating it could

take up to 18 months before

he felt ready to return,

reports BSS.

The 32-year-old Scot had

hinted that his successful hip

surgery, as well as a promising

foray into doubles at

Wimbledon, could pave the

way for a dramatic appearance

at the season's concluding

Grand Slam in August

and September.

However, despite reaching

the mixed doubles third

round with Serena Williams,

the former world number

one said he would not return

for singles in New York

where he won his first Slam

in 2012. "I think it's pretty

unlikely just in terms of timing.

Just a lot of stuff I need

to get done physically, to get

myself stronger," said Murray

whose ranking has

slumped to 227 in the world.

"The amount of work I

need to do on the court to get

ready for singles, the

amount of work I need to

put in off the court to get

myself strong enough to play

best-of-five sets, it's still

quite a ways away unfortunately."

Murray's most

recent singles match was at

the Australian Open in January

where he was defeated

in five sets in the first round

by Spain's Roberto.

Man United manager says Pogba

future not concerning for him

Sports Desk: Manchester United manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deflected questions

over the future of France midfielder

Paul Pogba, saying that Pogba has "never

been a concern" for him and that Manchester

United doesn't have to sell players,

reports UNB.

Pogba, who is considering a possible move,

with Real Madrid or Juventus mentioned

prominently, was among the players who

arrived in Perth on Monday for a 10-day,

two-match tour in Western Australia. Pogba

said last month in Tokyo that he feels ready

for a change despite him having two years

remaining on his contract.

"There has been loads of talk and speculation,

of course, about all our players or many

of our players, both ins and outs," Solskjaer

said Wednesday during his first media conference

in two months. "For me, it's business

as usual. When you're Man United, you

expect all these things to pop up in the summer.

"As far as I am aware and up to now, we

don't have any bids for any of our players so

there's no reason to say other than Paul - or

most of our players - have long contracts. We

are Man United. We don't have to sell players."Solskjaer

said he hasn't noticed any difference

in Pogba's demeanor or effort during

training.

"When he's on the pitch he's working hard,

he's a true professional and he's a proud

boy," Solskjaer said. "He's been fantastic so

far in training. Paul has never been a concern

for me." Manchester United finished in sixth

place in the Premier League this season, 21

points behind champion Liverpool.

"We know last year was disappointing but

we know what we have to aim for this year,"

Solskjaer said. "We have to close the gap in a

very competitive league and we have trophies

to play for. United is about bouncing

back and pre-season has been very encouraging

so far."

Solskjaer was also speaking for the first

time since the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka

and Daniel James.

"We've got some fantastic players and

there's loads of players here that will be successful

at this club," he said. "We've signed

two fantastic players in Daniel and Aaron

with speed and quality, and they're hungry to

succeed."

Man United signed defender Wan-Bissaka

from Crystal Palace in a deal worth around

$60 million at the end of June. The 21-yearold

Wan-Bissaka, who made 46 appearances

in all competitions for Palace, was Solskjaer's

second signing following the arrival of

winger James from Swansea earlier in the

month.

The English Premier League team plays its

first match on Saturday against the A-

League's Perth Glory. On July 17, Leeds

United will be the opposition at the same

Perth Stadium.

Pogba's comments in Tokyo last month

suggested the 26-year-old wanted to play

elsewhere."For me, you know I've been here

for three years in Manchester, it's been

great," Pogba said then. "(But) I think for me

it can be a good time to have a new challenge

somewhere else."

On Tuesday, Pogba's agent Mino Raiola

said he was hopeful that Pogba would soon

be allowed to leave Man United.

"The player (Pogba) has done nothing

wrong," Raiola said. "He has been respectful

and professional in every way. The club has

known his feeling for a long time. Hopefully

there will be soon a satisfying solution."

NBA allows coach's

challenge, replay

center reviews

Sports Desk: NBA team

owners unanimously

approved two changes to

instant replay rules on Tuesday

that will allow a coach's

challenge and other video

reviews triggered by the

NBA Replay Center, reports

BSS.

The measures, recommended

by the NBA competition

committee, are being

used in NBA Summer

League games and will be

adopted on a one-season trial

basis for the 2019-20 campaign.

In all cases, "clear and

conclusive visual evidence"

will be required to declare a

call incorrect and overturn a

referee's decision.

The coach's challenge is

available in a limited set of

situations, provided a team

has at least one timeout

remaining. The replay center

reviews were first tested

at last year's summer league.

"These initiatives further

strengthen our officiating

program and help referees

make the right call," NBA

President of League Operations

Byron Spruell said.

"Giving head coaches a

voice will enhance the confidence

in our replay process

among teams and fans and

add a new, exciting strategic

element to our game.

"Enabling the NBA Replay

Center to trigger instant

replay will improve game

flow and provide real-time

awareness of any adjustments

to the score."

Each team is allowed one

challenge a game, successful

or not, on a personal foul

charged to a player on that

team, an out of bounds call

or whistles for goaltending

or basket interference.

Federer eyes 100th Wimbledon

win and Nadal showdown

Sports Desk: Roger Federer can rack up

his 100th win at Wimbledon on Wednesday

and set-up a blockbuster semi-final against

Rafael Nadal, reports BSS.

In a quarter-final line-up which features

five players over 30, there is a growing anticipation

of a potential 40th career match-up

between the sport's two most successful

players. If it does happen, it will be their first

at the All England Club since 2008 when

Nadal triumphed in what is widely regarded

as the greatest final ever played at the tournament.

However, before they reach that stage,

eight-time champion Federer has to get past

Kei Nishikori while Nadal, a two-time winner,

tackles big-hitting Sam Querrey.

Whoever battles through that side of the

draw is likely to find defending champion

and four-time winner Novak Djokovic waiting

in the final. At 37, Federer is the oldest

quarter-finalist since Jimmy Connors in

1991. He reached his 17th quarter-final at the

All England Club - and 55th at the majors -

with a 74-minute demolition of Italy's Matteo

Berrettini, dropping just five games.

Between them, Federer, Nadal and

Djokovic lost only 19 games in their fourthround

ties and faced just one break point.

"I think the best guys now are fully

engaged, they know exactly what to expect

from the court and the conditions," said second

seed Federer. "That helps us to play better.

I think with experience, that's good. We

haven't dropped much energy in any way."

Federer will take a 7-3 record over seventhseeded

Nishikori into his quarter-final.

Nishikori defeated the great Swiss in the

ATP Finals last year, ending a drought which

had stretched to almost five years.

"I'm a big fan of his game," said Federer of

the Japanese star, who is into his second successive

quarter-final at Wimbledon.

"I think he's got one of the best backhands

in the game. He's a great return player. Solid

mentally. I always thought he was a great talent."

Nishikori is bidding to become the first

Japanese man since Jiro Satoh in 1933 to

make the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Nadal,

playing in his seventh Wimbledon quarterfinal,

faces Querrey backed up by a 4-1

record over the 65th-ranked American.

At 37, Federer is the oldest quarter-finalist since Jimmy Connors in 1991.

Photo: AP

Pogba, who is considering a possible move, with Real Madrid or Juventus mentioned prominently,

was among the players who arrived in Perth on Monday for a 10-day, two-match tour in Western

Australia.

Photo: AP

Madagascar

tongue-twisters

tackle Tunisia for

semi-finals place

Sports Desk: Before the

Africa Cup of Nations kicked

off in Egypt last month,

Madagascar were best

known for the tongue-twisting

surnames of players such

as Anicet Andrianantenaina

and Charles Andriamahitsinoro,

reports BSS.

Now, 20 days into the

biennial tournament, the

Indian Ocean islanders have

stunned three-time champions

Nigeria and are preparing

to face Tunisia on Thursday

in the last quarter-final.

While France-born coach

Nicolas Dupuis insists "the

team is the star", midfielder

Andrianantenaina and forward

Andriamahitsinoro

have caught the eye.

Bulgaria-based Andrianantenaina

was among the

11 footballers chosen by a

Confederation of African

Football (CAF) panel as the

best in the 36-match group

phase.

Andriamahitsinoro, who

plays for a Saudi Arabian

club, made the substitutes'

list in the group 'dream

team', and his two goals

have put him in contention

for the Golden Boot award.

"The coach is correct to say

the team is the star and,

sometimes, an individual

will stand out when we need

him to. That is our strength,"

explained Andriamahitsinoro.

Ex-England batsmen

slam ‘awful’ World

Cup semi-final pitch

Sports Desk: Former England batsmen

Graeme Fowler and Mark Butcher both took

to Twitter to condemn the "awful" pitch used

for the World Cup semi-final between India

and New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday,

reports BSS.

New Zealand found run-scoring tough on

what many observers agreed was a slow and

two-paced surface, making 211 for five in

46.1 overs before rain forced the match into

a reserve day.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson,

one of the world's best batsmen, took 97 balls

to make 67 after winning the toss.

Fowler, who spent the bulk of his first-class

career with Old Trafford-based Lancashire,

was scathing about the conditions at the

Manchester ground, tweeting: "What an

awful wicket for (a) World Cup semi-final.

"I feel sorry for the spectators who have

travelled and paid hefty prices having to

watch this lottery on a very substandard

pitch.

"It's a disgrace."

India still had to bowl well regardless, and

paceman Jasprit Bumrah led a disciplined

display by his side's attack with one wicket

for 25 runs in eight overs.

Low scores have been a feature of this

World Cup, with pitches playing in significantly

different fashion from the surfaces

seen in one-day internationals in England

during recent years. Some have attributed

this to an unusually wet June hampering

groundsmen in their pitch preparation.

But Butcher, like Fowler a former England

opener, had little sympathy.

"Sorry, but pitches have been garbage this

tournament," Butcher tweeted.

"Uneven, two-paced…MIGHT give you an

exciting 5 overs at the end of a run chase, but

you've scared everybody off in the previous

95," he added.

Meanwhile the International Cricket

Council again denied accusations it had

instructed local groundsmen to prepare

deliberately slow pitches.

"The guidance we give any host of an ICC

event is to prepare the best possible pitches

for the conditions in that country - so in this

case the best possible ODI pitch for typical

English conditions and we would also look

for even bounce and good carry," said a statement

from the global governing body.

"The ICC does not instruct groundsmen to

prepare pitches in a certain way to advantage,

or disadvantage, any team."

England batsman Jonny Bairstow, whose

host side face champions Australia in Thursday's

second semi-final at Birmingham's

Edgbaston ground, had previously queried

why this tournament's pitches were so different

from those normally associated with

World Cup venues.

"The pitches we've been playing on the last

two years are surely the pitches we would be

playing on in a World Cup? I don't know why

they've changed," Bairstow said.

Williamson has been New Zealand's runscoring

rock this World Cup and former

England fast-medium bowler Mike Selvey

tweeted Tuesday: "Travelling home and

reflecting that I have seen one of the finest

innings I've ever witnessed from Kane

Williamson today. "Look and learn those

who think teeing off is the only answer,"

Selvey, also a former cricket correspondent

of the Guardian newspaper, added.


ECONOMY & BUSINESS

10

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019

Md. Arfan Ali, President & Managing Director of Bank Asia and Sayed Mostahidal Hoq, Chairman

of Daraz, largest e-commerce platform in the country, are seen handing over a Memorandum of

Understanding (MoU) on providing e-commerce services for rural population through agent banking

network. Deputy Managing Directors Mohammad Borhanuddin, Md. Sazzad Hossain and

Mohammad Ziaul Hasan Molla, Senior Executive Vice President & Head of Channel Banking

Division Sarder Akhter Hamed of Bank Asia and Head of Offline Sales of Daraz Zubaer Siddique

and Manager Sk. Farhan Uddin are, among others, seen at the program held at the Corporate Office

of Bank Asia recently.

Photo: Courtesy

Asian markets hit as US

jobs data dent hopes for

big rate cut

Asian markets retreated Monday and the

dollar held gains after a blockbuster US jobs

report dashed hopes that the Federal

Reserve would slash interest rates this

month, reports BSS.

Labor Department data showed that

despite recent disappointing indicators, the

world's top economy continues to show

resilience as it created far more posts than

expected in June.

The news took traders by surprise and sent

all three main indexes on Wall Street falling

from record highs, while the dollar bounced

against its main peers.

Investors had been hoping the Fed would

cut borrowing costs by as much as 50 basis

points at its next policy meeting at the end of

the month, but Friday's report reduced the

chances of that happening.

And Asian investors extended the selling,

with Shanghai losing more than two percent,

Hong Kong down 1.5 percent and Tokyo off

one percent.

Sydney, Singapore and Mumbai sank

more than one percent. Manila, Wellington,

Taipei, Bangkok and Jakarta were also

lower.

Seoul sank 2.2 percent, hit by a simmering

trade row between South Korea and Japan.

Tokyo last week imposed restrictions on

exports used by South Korea's tech

companies in a dispute over court rulings

linked to Japan's wartime forced labour

policy. Samsung fell 2.8 percent and LG

Display sank almost five percent.

"Markets remain convinced the Fed will

cut rates at the end of the month," said

OANDA senior market analyst Edward

Moya.

"But the strong labour market has many

questioning whether we will see just two rate

cuts in 2019 and not what some call the

required three to see US stocks make

another 3-5 percent push higher into

uncharted territory."

He added that the focus will now turn to

Fed boss Jerome Powell's congressional

testimony this week, with investors hoping

he will provide some forward guidance on

the bank's plans.

"The testimony this week will be crucial

around how they are seeing the evolution of

the US economy," Anne Anderson, at UBS

Asset Management, told Bloomberg TV.

Also up this week is the release of minutes

from the Fed's June meeting, while US and

Chinese officials are working to schedule

top-level trade talks.

On currency markets, the dollar

maintained Friday's gains against the yen,

pound and euro.

And it surged more than three percent on

the Turkish lira after President Recep Tayyip

Erdogan sacked the head of the country's

central bank following months of tensions

over high borrowing costs.

Erdogan, who is battling to boost the

struggling economy, has repeatedly railed

against high interest rates and called for

them to be lowered to stimulate growth.

The removal of Murat Cetinkaya at the

weekend fuelled speculation the bank will

slash borrowing costs.

Win Thin, global head of currency strategy

at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, wrote in

a note: "Deputy governor Murat Uysal was

named as the replacement, though we all

know who really controls monetary policy

now." European markets rebounded from

opening losses. London rose 0.2 percent,

while Frankfurt and Paris were each 0.1

percent higher.

Tokyo stocks

open lower on

US falls, Iran

concerns

Tokyo stocks opened lower

on Monday, tracking falls on

Wall Street, as geopolitical

worries linked to Iran added

to the market's woes, reports

BSS.

The benchmark Nikkei

225 index was down 0.35

percent or 76.43 points at

21,669.95 in early trade,

while the broader Topix

index was down 0.25

percent or 3.99 points at

1,588.59.

US stocks retreated from

records and lost ground

Friday as better-thanexpected

US job data

clouded investors' hopes for

steep cuts in interest rates in

the world's biggest economy.

"The good news from

Friday night was that the US

labour market remains in

rude health, but the not so

good news was the negative

reaction" by US Treasury

yields and US equities,

Rodrigo Catril, senior

strategist at National

Australia Bank, said in a

commentary.

"The solid US jobs report

triggered… a pullback in Fed

rate cut expectations," he

said.

Geopolitical concerns may

be weighing on the market

"following news on Sunday

that Iran had breached the

nuclear deal's cap on its

stockpile of low-enriched

uranium," he added.

Deutsche Bank says to slash

18,000 jobs by 2022

Chinese yuan strengthens

slightly last week

China's yuan strengthened

slightly against a basket of

currencies last week,

according to the China

Foreign Exchange Trade

System (CFETS) index,

reports BSS.

The CFETS yuan exchange

rate composite index,

known as the CFETS RMB

Index, which measures the

yuan's strength relative to a

basket of currencies, came in

at 92.92 on July 5, the last

trading day of last week, an

increase of 0.26 points from

a week earlier, according to

the CFETS.

The index compares the

yuan to the value of 24

currencies, including the

U.S. dollar, euro and

Japanese yen, which was

expanded from a basket of

13 currencies in 2016.

Last week also saw an

index that measures the

yuan against the Bank for

International Settlements

currency basket up 0.28

points to 96.37.

Sensex tanks over 400

pts on global selloff

Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex

cracked over 400 points in early trade

Monday dragged by losses in HDFC twins,

L&T and RIL stocks, amid heavy selloff in

global equities, reports BSS.

The 30-share index was trading 405.67

points, or 1.03 per cent, lower at 39,107.72 at

0930 hours. Similarly, the broader Nifty

sank 128 points, or 1.08 per cent, to

11,683.15.

Top losers in the Sensex pack included

Hero MotoCorp, L&T, Maruti, Bajaj Auto,

M&M, Tata Motors and HUL, falling up to

3.44 per cent.

While, Yes Bank, HCL Tech, Sun Pharma,

Infosys, ITC, Vedanta and PowerGrid were

among the gainers, rising up to 6 per cent.

In the previous session, the 30-share gauge

finished 394.67 points, or 0.99 per cent,

lower at 39,513.39, and the Nifty sank 135.60

points or 1.14 per cent, to 11,811.15, after the

Union Budget proposal to raise public

shareholding threshold fanned fears of

oversupply of new papers in an already

overbought market. On a net basis, foreign

institutional investors sold equities worth Rs

89.38 crore, while domestic institutional

investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs

275.63 crore, provisional data available with

stock exchanges showed Friday.

Besides overhang from the Union

Budget, domestic equities extended losses

tracking a major selloff in global equities,

traders said.

Other Asian markets opened

significantly lower as hopes of steep cuts in

interest rates by the US Federal Reserve

faded after the world's largest economy

posted better-than-expected jobs data

Friday.

Shanghai Composite Index plunged 2.46

per cent, Hang Seng 1.64 per cent, Nikkei

0.99 per cent and Kospi tumbled 1.85 per

cent in their respective early sessions.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee

depreciated 15 paise to 68.57 against the

US dollar. Meanwhile, the global oil

benchmark Brent crude futures were

trading 0.06 per cent higher at 64.27 per

barrel.

Put off by US, Chinese students

eye other universities

Caught in the crossfire of the US-China

trade war, Chinese students are looking

for alternative study destinations -

threatening to turn off an important

source of revenue for American

universities, reports BSS.

China accounts for nearly a third of

foreign students on US campuses who

pour billions of dollars into the

economy, but in March their numbers

dropped for the first time in a decade.

Visa delays, concerns over being shut

out of research projects and safety fears

have turned off Chinese students,

according to several admissions

consultancies and nearly a dozen

parents and students interviewed by

AFP.

Rival education powerhouses such as

Britain, Australia and Canada are the

biggest beneficiaries, a survey by New

Oriental China's biggest private

education provider said.

Japan and South Korea - traditional

study abroad destinations for the

Chinese elite - and parts of Europe,

especially Germany and Scandinavian

countries with strong engineering

programmes, have also seen an uptick

in applications, the survey found.

The chilling effect started mid-last

year, after President Donald Trump's

administration slashed the visa

duration of students in science and

technology fields from five years to one

in some cases.

"Now there's a lot of uncertainty on

whether they can even finish their

studies," said Gu Huini, founder of

boutique college consultancy Zoom In.

Over one third of the roughly 360,000

Chinese students in the US study in

"STEM fields" - science, technology,

engineering and mathematics -

according to the Institute of

International Education in New York.

But the number of Chinese students

in the US dipped by two percent in

March compared to the previous year,

the first drop since 2009, data from the

US Immigration and Customs

Enforcement shows.

Melissa Zhang, a high school senior

in Beijing, said she has abandoned

plans to go to the US and was instead

taking German lessons, in the hope of

getting into a robotics programme in

Dresden.

"I've already wasted a year preparing

for my SATs," the 17-year-old said,

referring to the standardised test

needed to enter a US university.

"But what's the point in going to the

US if I might be shut out of a research

lab, just because I am Chinese."

Her mother, Mingyue, said "the

American dream is losing its shine" to

many Chinese students.

"If America makes them feel

unwelcome, they'll go elsewhere… this

generation feels the whole world is

open to them."

Chinese students contributed $13

billion to the US economy last year, a

figure that includes tuition fees and

living expenses, according to NAFSA:

Association of International

Educators.

Top US universities including Yale

and Stanford have complained that the

trade war has affected campus

recruitment.

Rafael Reif, president of the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

wrote in an open letter on June 25 that

students and faculty felt "unfairly

scrutinised, stigmatised and on edge -

because of their Chinese ethnicity

alone".

The State Department has said the

increased scrutiny was prompted by a

rising number of students who were coopted

by foreign intelligence while in

the United States.

Eric Wang, 25, a doctoral student at

Purdue university in Indiana, said he

was nervous about having to renew his

visa every year.

"It's difficult to plan long-term

research projects or even think about

going steady with your girlfriend," said

Wang.

Trump attempted to allay Chinese

students' fears after reaching a trade

war truce with President Xi Jinping at

the G20 summit last week, saying they

would be treated "just like anybody

else".

He also proposed a "smart person's

waiver" that would make it easier for

the brightest minds to get a Green Card

allowing permanent residency.

A Chinese government travel

warning last month citing "gun

violence and robberies" in the US has

also given Chinese high school students

and parents cold feet.

"State media have been pumping up

reports about crime in the US and

families, especially from smaller

Chinese cities, feel America isn't safe,"

said Li Shaowen, who organises foreign

college tours.

"We have over 250 families visiting

universities in Europe and the UK

during this summer break, while only

75 families are going to the US," he said.

"The numbers were reverse last year."

Chinese students and parents start

hunting for prospective colleges two to

three years before application

deadlines.

"The pipeline is drying up," said

Dorothy Mae, an independent college

consultant in Beijing. "US universities

will see fewer students from China for

several years."

Germany's biggest lender Deutsche

Bank said Sunday it would cut

18,000 jobs by 2022, as the former

leading light of the country's

financial sector looks to escape years

of turmoil, reports BSS.

The slashing of around one in five

of its workforce, to 74,000

employees, is an unprecedented

round of departures for Deutsche.

The bank said the layoffs would

reduce annual costs by six billion

euros ($6.7 billion) over the same

period.

"Today we have announced the

most fundamental transformation of

Deutsche Bank in decades," chief

executive Christian Sewing said,

dubbing the scheme "a restart for

Deutsche Bank".

The lender did not immediately

make clear where the axe would fall.

But with executives looking to find

synergies in the integration of

subsidiary Postbank and central

infrastructure roles, many jobs are

likely to go in home country

Germany.

The new round of job cuts comes

on top of some 6,000 already carried

out over the past yer.

Bosses expect the restructuring

plan to sap second-quarter results by

some three billion euros this year,

making for a net loss of 2.8 billion.

Over the whole year, Deutsche is

likely to plunge back into the red

after a brief flirtation with

profitability in 2018.

The bank does not plan to pay out

dividends this year or next.

" Last chance? -

The restructuring could be a last

chance for Deutsche after muchhyped

merger talks with crosstown

rival Commerzbank fell through

earlier this year.

Negotiations collapsed despite the

backing of the finance ministry in

Berlin, which feared seeing a vital

link in the financing of the country's

economy bought up from abroad.

Over the past four years, the firm's

market capitalisation has fallen by

75 percent, making it a potential

target for takeovers by bigger fish.

As markets closed Friday,

Deutsche was worth 15 billion euros

($17 billion), placing it firmly at the

back of the pack in a European

industry dominated by the likes of

HSBC (165 billion euros), Spain's

Banco Santander (69 billion) and

France's BNP Paribas (54 billion).

"Deutsche plays in the first

division, and should lay the

foundations for things to stay that

way" over the weekend, urged

economy minister Peter Altmaier in

the tabloid-style Bild's Sunday

edition.

Since he took the helm in early

2018, Sewing has attempted to

refocus the sprawling group on

stable revenue-generating business

areas, including retail banking and

so-called transaction banking for

businesses.

Meanwhile Deutsche's focus has

shifted from its attempt to compete

with US-based global giants back to

its home turf of Germany and

Europe.

In particular, tough cuts to the

former flagship investment banking

unit have been on the agenda since

May.

Sunday's announcements target

the once-proud division.

Deutsche will stop almost all share

trading activity, and is in talks with

France's BNP Paribas to sell off some

of its business and staff in the field.

On Friday, Garth Ritchie, the head

of Deutsche's South African

investment banking unit, was first

out of the door.

The unit's business had fallen back

by 20 percent in the first quarter of

2018 alone, and it was no longer

bringing in the fat profits of former

years.

Especially in the US, it was for

years plagued by lawsuits and

scandals, including some linked to

the so-called "Panama Papers" leak

of sensitive documents about

offshore dealings.

On top of the rank-and-file cuts,

Deutsche is also rebuilding its board,

sending away compliance chief

Sylvie Matherat and two other

executives.

The group will also create a socalled

"bad bank" unit to host some

74 billion euros of low-quality assets,

notably those linked to derivatives

transactions - highly speculative

financial products.

Deutsche's woes are a microcosm

of a struggling German banking

sector that was once widely envied.

Last year, more than 32,000 jobs

were cut in the industry, or 5.4

percent of the total workforce of

565,000, according to Barkow

Consulting figures.

Bosses complain that low interest

rates in the eurozone, sluggish

economic growth and competition

from new online platforms are

sapping their performance.

Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, inaugurating Financial

Excellence Campaign with the slogan "Islami Bank with you for financial excellence and secured

deposit" at Islami Bank Tower in the city on Monday. Additional Managing Director Mohammed

Monirul Moula, Deputy Managing Directors Abu Reza Md Yeahia, Mohammad Ali, Muhammad

Qaisar Ali, Taher Ahmed Chowdhury and Md Omar Faruk Khan, among others, were present.

Photo: Courtesy

Power outage hits Venezuela's largest

refinery complex: lawmaker

Venezuela's largest refinery complex has been hit by a power

outage, at a time of acute fuel shortages in parts of the crisistorn

oil producer, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday,

reports BSS.

Luis Stefanelli, a deputy in the National Assembly, told AFP

there was a "general blackout" at the Amuay and Cardon

refinery complex Saturday night. "Access to both refineries

has been closed and they have been taken over by the National

Guard and officials of the SEBIN intelligence service," he said.

"Some workers have been detained," Stefanelli added.

Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela

has experienced growing fuel shortages as corruption,

mismanagement and, more recently, US sanctions take their

toll on the oil industry. Power failures are common in

Venezuela and have grown in frequency since March

especially in the interior of the country, which has also seen

long lines at gasoline stations.State oil company PDVSA has

made no comment on the situation, which Stefanelli said had

left most of the Paraguana peninsula where the refineries are

located without power. A Paraguana resident told AFP that

telephone lines were down and surrounding areas "continue

to be without light."Stefanelli said it was the third such

incident at the refinery complex since 2015.

According to Stefanelli, production at the Paraguana

refineries has fallen to about 80,000 barrels of gasoline a day.

At their peak they refined 950,000 barrels of crude a day,

producing 280,000 barrels of gasoline and 220,000 barrels of

gasoil for domestic consumption.


MISCELLANEOUS

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019

11

Nushrat Jahan Nisa (Extreme Right), a Rover-Mate of Girls in Scout of Daffodil International University

Air Rover Scout Group visiting Tiger Hill of India during Study Tour in India organized by Girls in Scout

Division of Bangladesh Scout.

Photo : Courtesy

US returns first asylum seekers

to violent Nuevo Laredo

A U.S. policy to make asylum seekers

wait in Mexico while their cases wind

through clogged U.S. immigration

courts expanded to a fourth Mexican

border city Tuesday with the arrival of a

first group of migrants to the violent city

of Nuevo Laredo, reports UNB.

The 10 migrants crossed the border to

seek U.S. asylum Monday and will now

have to wait in Mexico as their

applications are processed.

Lucía Ascencio of Venezuela

had waited for three months in Nuevo

Laredo with her husband and two

young sons just for the chance to make

her asylum petition in Laredo, Texas.

She was stunned by her return to

Mexico as they walked from the bridge

carrying plastic bags containing a bottle

of water, a bottle of juice and an orange.

"We hadn't thought that they were

going to send us back," she said. Her

1 killed, 8 rescued as

under-construction

building collapses in

India

One person was killed

and eight others rescued

after an underconstruction

building

collapsed Wednesday

morning in southern

Indian city of Bengaluru,

officials said, reports

UNB.

The building collapsed

in the Pulikeshi Nagar

area of Bengaluru, the

capital city of Karnataka.

"One person identified

as Sambu Kumar of Bihar

was killed today after an

under-construction

building collapsed here,"

a police official said.

"Eight people have been

rescued."

Following the collapse,

police, firefighters and

disaster response

personnel reached the

spot to carry out rescue

operations.

The injured according

to officials have been

removed to Bowring and

Lady Curzon hospital.

Municipal officials said

the building was

constructed in violation of

the rules.

"The building collapsed

because an extra floor had

been built, violating the

rules," Bruhat Bengaluru

Mahanagara Palike

(BBMP) mayor

Gangambika Mallikarjun

said. "I have instructed

officials to take strict

action and to demolish

such buildings."

Deadly accidents due to

failing infrastructure

(either new or old) is

common in India.

Construction experts

blame the lax

administration and

corruption in India for

flouting building rules

that often results in using

poor quality materials,

inadequate supervision

and poor safety standards

for workers.

family was given a date in September to

return for the next step in their process.

A spokeswoman with Mexico's

immigration agency confirmed that the

first group of 10 returned Tuesday

under the program, which is formally

known as the Migrant Protection

Protocols.

U.S. Department of Homeland

Security officials did not immediately

comment.

Nuevo Laredo marks the first new city

for the policy since U.S. and Mexican

officials struck an agreement on June 7

that called for its immediate expansion.

Extending what U.S. officials name the

"Migrant Protection Protocols" policy

was a key piece of the accord to stave off

President Donald Trump's threat of

tariffs to see if new measures reduced

the flow of migrants.

U.S. officials announced Tuesday that

UN report: Climate

change is undermining

poverty eradication

Hunger is growing and the world is not on

track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and

meet other U.N. goals, mainly because

progress is being undermined by the impact

of climate change and increasing inequality, a

U.N. report said Tuesday, reports UNB.

The report on progress toward achieving

the 17 U.N. goals notes achievements in some

areas, including a 49% fall in child mortality

between 2000 and 2017 as well as electricity

now reaching nearly 90% of the world's

population.

But Liu Zhenmin, the U.N. undersecretarygeneral

for economic and social affairs, said

that despite some advances, "monumental

challenges remain."

He said at a news conference the most

urgent area for action is climate change,

which "may impact the progress made over

the last several decades" in reducing poverty

and improving life for millions of people

around the world.

According to the report, biodiversity loss is

happening at an accelerated rate, and "the

risk of species extinction has worsened by

almost 10 percent over the last 25 years."

Global temperatures have risen, ocean acidity

China's consumer price index (CPI), a main

gauge of inflation, rose 2.7 percent year on

year in June, the National Bureau of

Statistics (NBS) said Wednesday, reports

UNB.

The reading, in line with market

expectations, had the same year-on-year

expansion as that of May. On a monthly

basis, consumer prices edged down 0.1

percent last month.

For the first half of this year, CPI increased

2.2 percent compared with the same period

last year, according to the NBS."Extreme

poverty today is concentrated and

overwhelmingly affects rural populations,"

the report said. "Increasingly, it is

exacerbated by violent conflicts and climate

change."

Food prices grew 8.3 percent year on year

last month, up from 7.7 percent in May.

However, the prices edged down 0.3 percent

the number of arrests and people

stopped at the Mexican border dropped

28% in June compared to May to

104,344. That decrease was 11

percentage points more than the same

period in 2018, suggesting that it was

more than the usual summer decline.

The June arrest tally marks the first

month-to-month this year, which has

been marked by large number of

Central American asylum-seeking

families overwhelming Border Patrol

detention facilities.

"We are working with the

government of Mexico to expand

Migrant Protection Protocols to allow

the U.S. to more effectively assist

legitimate asylum-seekers and

individuals fleeing persecution and

deter migrants with false or meritless

claims from making the journey," the

Department of Homeland Security said.

has increased 26% since pre-industrial times

and "investment in fossil fuels continues to be

higher than investment in climate activities,"

it said.

Liu said the report also shows "inequality is

rising and too many people are left behind."

He said that "is another big challenge for the

world."

The first of the 17 goals adopted by world

leaders in 2015 is to eliminate extreme

poverty - people living on less than $1.90 a

day - and the second goal is to end hunger,

achieve food security and promote

sustainable agriculture. According to the

report, neither goal is likely to be achieved by

2030.

While the number of people living in

extreme poverty declined to 8.6% of the

world's population in 2018, the report said

the pace is slowing and projections suggest

that 6% of people will still be living in extreme

poverty by 2030 if current trends continue.

Francesca Perucci, chief statistician in the

U.N. Department of Economic and Social

Affairs, said an estimated 736 million people

still living in extreme poverty globally,

including 413 million in sub-Saharan Africa.

China's inflation remains

stable at 2.7 pct in June

on a monthly basis.

In June, fruit prices hit a record high by

climbing 42.7 percent from a lower base last

year and 5.1 percent month on month.

The price of pork expanded 3.6 percent

month on month due to tight supply.

Non-food prices rose 1.4 percent year on

year, 0.2 percentage points lower than that

of May.

The CPI in urban and rural areas both

registered a 2.7-percent growth year on year.

NBS official Dong Yaxiu said the carryover

effects resulted in a rise of 1.5

percentage points in the CPI growth in June,

while new factors contributed to 1.2

percentage points.

Wednesday's data also showed that

China's producer price index, which

measures costs for goods at the factory gate,

rose 0.3 percent year on year in the first half

of 2019.

Japan's Hayabusa2 space

probe begins descent to

asteroid to collect

samples

Japan's Hayabusa2 space

probe on Wednesday began

its descent to an asteroid

called Ryugu about 250

million km from earth where

it will collect samples from an

artificial crater that may

contain water and organic

substances, Japan Aerospace

Exploration Agency (JAXA)

said, reports UNB.

This will be the second

time the probe has landed on

the asteroid, with the latest

landing aimed at collecting

debris from a crater made in

April by the probe when it

fired a projectile at the

Ryugu's surface, the agency

said.

Organic substances and

water may be contained in

the new samples to be

collected by Hayabusa2, and

along with a number of

exploratory activities, JAXA's

mission to Ryugu and the

probe's findings are hoped to

possibly reveal clues about

the solar system's evolution

and possibly the beginning of

life itself.

According to JAXA, the

probe began its descent at

around 11:00 a.m. local time,

from a position of 20 km

above the asteroid's surface,

at a speed of 40 centimeters

per second.

When the probe is five km

above Ryugu's surface on

Wednesday night, its speed

of descent will be slowed to

10 cm per second, said JAXA.

UN calls for

ceasefire in

southern

Libya

The United Nations Support

Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

on Tuesday called for an

immediate ceasefire in

southern Libya following

tribal fighting, reports UNB.

"UNSMIL is greatly

concerned about ongoing

hostilities in Murzuq that

have regrettably caused

several casualties," the

mission said.

"The mission expresses

sympathy to the families of

the victims and calls upon all

parties to immediately end

the fighting and exercise

restraint. UNSMIL offers its

good offices to resolve

disputes through dialogue,"

the mission added.

GD-1094/19 (8 x 4)

Colombia court orders ex-rebel

leader wanted in US detained

Colombia's Supreme Court issued an arrest

order for a blind ex-rebel leader wanted in

the U.S. on charges of conspiring to traffic

cocaine after he failed to appear Tuesday

for questioning in a case that has touched a

nerve in Colombia, reports UNB.

Seuxis Hernandez went missing in late

June after abandoning his security detail

while visiting a transition zone for former

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

rebels making the shift to civilian life under

a 2016 peace accord.

There was no order for his capture at the

time, but the United Nations peace

monitoring mission expressed concern for

his safety while others openly speculated

that he fled in order to escape potential

prosecution.

Arriving at court Tuesday, attorneys for

the man best known by the alias Jesus

Santrich said they have had no contact with

him but believed he likely skipped his

scheduled court date over concerns for his

life. Over 100 former ex-combatants have

been killed since the peace accord's

signing.

President Ivan Duque and others who

have been clamoring for Santrich's arrest

praised the Supreme Court's decision.

"This decision is the one expected by all

Colombians who are angry over this show

of evading justice by the now fugitive alias

Jesus Santrich," he said.

The case has inflamed tensions over the

peace accord to end Latin America's

Ivanka Trump is applauding the recent

passage of legislation in Ivory Coast related

to changes she pushed during her April trip

to Africa, reports UNB.

The country is in the process of updating

its family code to make it more equitable to

women - a move President Donald

Trump's eldest daughter and senior

adviser praised as "a great step forward."

"We are pleased to recognize and

applaud the Ivorian government's recent

passage of the marriage law, which

supports women's equal management of

household assets," she said in a statement

to The Associated Press.

While the legislation proposing the

changes had already been in the pipeline at

the time of Ivanka Trump's visit, her team

is pointing to it as a sign of the potential

impact of the global women's initiative she

championed. It aims to empower 50

million women in developing countries

around the world by 2025 by providing job

training and financial support and

supporting legal and regulatory changes.

The White House's Women's Global

Development and Prosperity Initiative was

launched in February and received an

initial investment of $50 million from the

U.S. Agency for International

Development.

In her conversations with Ivory Coast

longest-running conflict.

Many Colombians were incensed when

the country's nascent peace tribunal

ordered Santrich released after a year

behind bars. He was later allowed to take a

seat in congress as stipulated in the peace

agreement, and the sight of the former

combatant in a house of power further

angered his critics.

Members of the political party formed by

former FARC rebels denounced Santrich's

failure to appear and urged him to comply

with the accords.

"Those who don't abide by the agreement

should have to deal with the

consequences," said Carlos Lozada, a

former rebel who is now a senator.

Santrich was an early proponent of peace

who served in a key role during four years

of negotiations held in Cuba with the

Colombian government.

He denied U.S. charges that he conspired

to ship 10 tons of cocaine and promised to

comply with the legal system as the

Supreme Court investigated the case.

Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace

ruled in May that Santrich should be

released, contending authorities hadn't

provided conclusive evidence to prove the

alleged crimes took place after the accord

signing. The agreement allows rebels to

avoid extradition and jail time for crimes

that happened before the signing if they

provide a full account of any wrongdoings

and make reparations to victims.

Ivory Coast passes legislation

encouraged by Ivanka Trump

Vice President Daniel Duncan during her

visit, Ivanka Trump said, she and her team

encouraged the passage of legislation to

advance women's rights and legal status,

including doing away with laws that

restricted women from owning or

inheriting property.

Under the revised code, husbands and

wives will have more equal say in

managing household assets and making

financial decisions. That's in addition to

other changes, such as new measures to

ensure that widows are entitled to

inheritances, additional protections

against domestic violence, and setting the

minimum age for marriage at 18 for both

women and men.

Ivory Coast President Alassane

Ouattara's governing coalition dissolved in

2012 after some members resigned in

protest of a proposed marriage law that

would have made wives the joint heads of

households. This time, however, the

measures have drawn little protest.

W-GDP and the Millennium Challenge

Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign

assistance agency, said in a joint statement

that the laws' passage "signals a new

direction in Côte d'Ivoire that

recognizes the critical role women play in

advancing economic prosperity in their

family, community, and for their country."


THurSDAy, DHAKA, July 11, 2019, ASHAr 27, 1426 BS, JIlquAD 8, 1440 HIJrI

Visually impaired persons observed hunger strike program on Wednesday at Manik Mia Avenue of the

capital to meet six-point demand.

Photo: Star Mail

Khaleda a serious threat to

politics: Hasan Mahmud

DHAKA : Information Minister Dr

Hasan Mahmud on wednesday said

BnP Chairperson Khaleda is a big threat

to the country's politics as her party does

not believe in people's welfare.

"the politics is for the welfare of the

common people, not for making people

suffer, but BnP had made people

hostage for a long time enforcing [road]

blockades and killed many people with

petrol bombs and arson attacks," he

said, reports UnB.

the minister further said, "He

(Fakhrul) said democracy is dysfunctional

without the release of Khaleda Zia.

I would like to say Begum Khaleda Zia is

a serious threat to politics."

Dr Hasan came up with the remarks

while unveiling the cover of a book titled

'sangbadikota raat Biraate' written by

Mahfuzur rahman, editor of United

news of Bangladesh (UnB), at the Jatiya

Press Club.

He said the current government

always welcomes criticism as it wants

to establish a democratic society based

The Adorable Custom of

InterestIng news

‘Telling The Bees’

there was a time when almost every rural

British family who kept bees followed a

strange tradition. whenever there was a

death in the family, someone had to go out

to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible

loss that had befallen the family. Failing to

do often resulted in further loss, it was said,

such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing

enough honey or even dying.

traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of

not only deaths but all important family

matters including births, marriages, and

long absence due to journeys. If the bees

were not told, all sorts of calamities were

thought to happen. this peculiar custom is

known as “telling the bees”.

Humans have always had a special connection

with bees. In medieval europe, bees

were highly prized for their honey and wax.

Honey was used as food, to make mead—

possibly the world's oldest fermented beverage—and

as medicine to treat burns, cough,

indigestion and other ailments. Candles

made from beeswax burned brighter, longer

and cleaner than other wax candles. Bees

were often kept at monasteries and manor

houses, where they were tended with the

greatest respect and considered part of the

family or community. It was considered

rude, for example, to quarrel in front of

bees.

the practice of telling the bees may have

its origins in Celtic mythology that held that

bees were the link between our world and

the spirit world. so if you had any message

that you wished to pass to someone who

was dead, all you had to do was tell the bees

and they would pass along the message.

telling the bees was widely reported from

all around england, and also from many

places across europe. eventually, the tradition

made their way across the Atlantic and

into north America.

on logic and argument. "But Khaleda

Zia and her party don't believe it, and

they exposed it through the August-21

grenade attack and their efforts to

divert the brutal incident to a different

direction."

the minister came down hard on BnP

secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam

Alamgir for his remark that the ruling

party is plundering public money in the

name of development urging him to see

his own face in the mirror.

He said around 1.5 crore people in the

country have elevated to the middle class

from the lower class over the last 10

years while poverty rate brought down

to 20 percent from 41 percent and

Bangladesh turned into a middleincome

country.

"But, these achievements and development

create heart burn to our opponents

as they had failed to do so. the country

had become champion in corruption for

the five straight years when they had

been in power. so, I would like to tell Mr

Fakhrul to see your own face in the mirror.

Your comments are applicable to

you," Dr Hasan added.

the minister said different parliamentary

standing committees were reconstituted

on tuesday to incorporate the

opposition MPs though they are very few

in numbers as part of the government's

efforts to make parliament more vibrant

and functional.

the minister thanked the UnB editor

for writing a book on journalism based

on his vast experience. "I hope journalists

and the students and the profession

as a whole will be benefited from the

book."

Dhaka University's ex-vice chancellor

Professor AAMs Arefin siddique, DU

Professor Mofizur rahman, JPC

President saiful Alam, Prime Minister's

speech writer nazrul Islam, UnB editor

Mahfuzur rahman and publisher of the

book gafur Hossain, among others

spoke at the programme held with DU's

Mass Communication and Journalism

Department Hononary Professor Dr

shakhawat Ali Khan in the chair.

Two Viqarunnisa

teachers indicted

over Aritree suicide

DHAKA : A court here on

wednesday indicted two

teachers of Viqarunnisa

noon school and College in

a case over the suicide of

schoolgirl Aritree Adhikari.

Dhaka third Additional

Metropolitan sessions

Judge Md rabiul Alam

framed the charges against

them in the case, reports

UnB.

those indicted are- principal

of the school nazneen

Ferdous and its morning

shift in-charge Zinat Ara.

the court also fixed

October 27 for starting trial

in the case.

earlier, a court accepted

the charge-sheet against

the former principal and

the Bailey road branch

head of the school in the

case.

the court also exempted

Hasna Hena, class teacher

of Aritree, from the charges.

On March 20, Detective

Branch Inspector Quamrul

Hasantalukdar, also the investigation

officer of the

case, submitted the chargesheet

against the two teachers

before the court.

Aritree Adhikari, a Class-

IX student, committed suicide

at their shantinagar

residence in the city on

December 3, 2018 after allegedly

being rebuked by

teachers for using mobile

phone during examination.

Victim's father Dilip

Adhikari filed a case

against three teachers of

the school.

Man lynched after

he 'kills' 3 people

in Cumilla

CUMILLA : three people,

including a woman and her

a 12-year-old boy, were

stabbed to death allegedly

by a man who was subsequently

beaten to death by

local people at radhanagar

in Debidwar upazila on

wednesday, reports UnB.

the three victims were identified

as Anwara Begum, 45,

wife of shah Alam, her son Abu

Hanif, 12 and nazma Begum,

40, wife of nurul Islam while

the attacker was identified as

Mokhlesur rahman, 35, son of

Martuz Ali of the village and a

rickshawpuller.

Quoting local people, Zahirul

Islam, officer-in-charge of

Debidwar Police station, said

Mokhlesur attacked Anwara

and two others around 11 am

and stabbed them indiscriminately

with a sharp weapon,

leaving them dead on the spot.

Later, local people managed to

catch him and gave him a good

thrashing, leaving him dead.

Quoting Mokhlesur's wife

rabeya Begum, police said he

went out with rickshaw in the

morning as usual and

returned home at 10:30 with

a sharp weapon in his bag.

He locked into an altercation

with rabeya over family

affairs and chased her

with the sharp weapon. she

managed to escape but he

stabbed three other people.

He had no health problem

except headache and he had

no enmity with others, she

said.

Govt digitizing services to

curb corruption: Joy

DHAKA : Prime

Minister's ICt Affairs

Adviser sajeeb wazed Joy

yesterday said the government

has been working

to digitize all government

services to curb corruption.

"when all the government

services will be

brought under digitization,

there will be no

scope of corruption," he

told a workshop on

"Digital Bangladesh: ICt

in the Journey of

Progress" arranged by

Jatiya sangsad (Js) secretariat

in BICC auditorium

in the city's Agargaon.

the PM's adviser said

there are around 1,500

government services and

of those, 300 have

already been digitized.

"works are underway to

bring all the services

under digitization. As the

government services are

being digitized, corruption

is also decreasing

gradually," he added.

Jatiya sangsad (Js)

speaker Dr shirin

sharmin Chaudhury

addressed the function as

the chief guest while

Deputy speaker Md.

Fazle rabbi Miah, Chief

whip noor-e-Alam

Chowdhury and state

Minister for ICt Division

Zunaid Ahmed Palak

spoke on the occasion as

the special guests. Js

secretariat senior

secretary Dr Zafar

Ahmed Khan chaired it.

Joy underscored the

need for changing the traditional

laws and policies

to take the country ahead

in a faster pace. "we are

now living in an age of

globalization. we should

further open up our economy

for more foreign

investments," he said.

the PM's adviser said:

"Many of us have a common

thinking that if any foreign

company invests in our

country, it will only earn

profit. Foreign companies

not only earn profits but

also create employment

opportunities. we should

change our mindset".

referring to singapore

and Malaysia, he said any

foreign companies can

easily invest and do business

in those countries

which help boost up their

economies. "we also

should go in this way," he

said.

"Only the government

cannot do everything. If

the government wants to

do everything, there may

be system loss. But in the

private sector, system loss

occurs hardly," he said.

Joy said the private sector

entrepreneurs should

not consider foreign

investors as their competitors

rather they

should work with partnership

to go ahead.

"If that can be possible,

we will go ahead very fast.

But changes in our laws

and policies are needed

for that," he said.

the PM's adviser said

the telecommunication

policy would be changed

to cope with the changing

world.

Highlighting different

development aspects in

ICt sector, Joy said very

few countries have been

able to achieve such a

rapid growth in such a

short span of time in the

ICt sector.

speaking on the occasion,

Dr shirin sharmin

Chaudhury underscored

the need for making the

new generation It

enabled to develop them

as human resources.

she said a project has

been taken to digitize the

parliament and ICt

Division and Posts and

t e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n

Division will implement

the project.

Due to non-stop raining for last two days, lower parts of Sherpur district submerged. Photo : Star Mail

Install complaint box

in schools to tackle

child repression: HC

DHAKA : the High Court (HC) yesterday

ordered authorities concerned to install

complaint boxes in all the schools across

the country so that students can let their

grievances know against any kind of

repression.

A High Court division bench comprising

Justice FrM nazmul Ahasan and Justice

KM Kamrul Kader passed the order while

holding hearing on a writ filed regarding

the suicide of Viqarunnisa noon school

and College student Aritri Adhikary.

the court also ordered to submit report

of a committee formed to tackle bullying of

students, within October 22, said deputy

attorney general Barrister ABM Abdullah

Al Mahmud.

the court in its observation said pupils

have many such issues, which they cannot

share with their parents or with their

teachers. If they can get a complaint box,

they would be able to let their objections

know without any hesitation.

Time to get tough on

crimes against women,

children: Anisul

DHAKA : Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister

Anisul Huq yesterday said it is time to get tough on any kinds

of crimes against women and children in the country, reports

Bss.

"we all should take the current social situation into consideration

and become more watchful so that the culprits

involved in crimes like rape cannot secure bail from High

Court," he said while talking to newsmen after distributing

keys of vehicles among district and session judges on

Directorate of registration premises in the capital.

the law minister assured all that legal proceedings in the

cases similar to nusrat of sonagazi, Feni, will be held swiftly

after the filing of charge sheet.

"But the situation at the High Court is little different. I have

information that lower courts have convicted many culprits

in different sensational cases, but the High Court has let

them go on bail. I would talk about such cases with Attorney

general. I think now the time has come to get tough on such

crimes, keep such criminals behind bars," Anisul further

said.

while replying another question on the allegations raised

by leaders of BnP regarding the judiciary, the law minister

said I think we should teach them about law.

"they perhaps used to write the court judgements and from

that experience they are now raising baseless allegations.

now the judiciary is completely free," he added.

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